Archives for January 2018

Nottoway County Supervisors Vote To Give Money Back To School Division

$142,000 is headed to the coffers of the school division in Nottoway County following a vote by supervisors. The money represents last year’s school surplus and will be used to boost the contribution for employee health insurance in the 2018/2019 budget. Premiums are expected to increase 15-20% as of July 1st and with that facing the divsion, board members voted unanimously to hand the money over. Specifically, the money will go into the textbook account with the intent of using it to handle those higher premiums.

Home School Athlete Bill Shot Down

A Virginia bill that would allow home-schooled students to compete in public school sports has been defeated. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the bill was killed Monday by a Republican-led education committee.

The committee initially supported the bill but a tied vote stopped House Bill 496 from heading to the full House of Delegates.

The bill would have also allowed home-schooled students to participate in other interscholastic programs.

The issue became well known because of former NFL and University of Florida football player Tim Tebow who had been allowed to play the sport at a public Florida high school despite being home-schooled.

South Hill Revitalization Matching Grants Available

If you’re a business owner or the manager of a business, the South Hill Revitalization Committee has an incentive program offering a match of up to $250 if you have a need or want to spruce up your building during this year. The goal is to make downtown look more attractive to visitors. Applicants will be asked to attend at least two SHRC meetings in the calendar year and help at one event. They will also be asked to provide matching funds for their project. The committee may choose to view the completed project or they can accept photos. No funds will be paid out until project is approved, completed and verified Applications for improvement funds are available at the South Hill Chamber of Commerce or from any SHRC member. Call 434- 447-4547 or 434- 447- 4823 for more information.

PSRAAA Hires Intern With Unique Background

Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging (PSRAAA) has named a non-traditional student as an
intern in its new Farmville office.
Sherron Walton, 68, of Meherrin, is studying human services at Old Dominion University. She is currently
a senior, and is studying sociology as her minor.
At age 12, Walton was denied public education when the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors
closed public schools in defiance of the Brown v. Board of Education decision to integrate public schools.
During her internship, Walton is meeting PSRAAA clients, conducting surveys, delivering food, learning
about direct care coordination, helping coordinate friendship cafes, fielding questions on the telephone
and better understanding the services of the agency.

Hollywood In South Hill

Hollywood comes to our area. The Showtime television series ‘Homeland,’ starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and F. Murray Abraham, will be filming in South Hill, at the original Community Memorial Health hospital site. Filming will begin on Monday, January 29 and continue though Thursday, February 1. Also, while here, the crew is looking for people to play extras. First and foremost, they’re looking for medical personnel and all who do have an interest would need to be available for 12 hours of work per day. You can email Homeland@KendallCooperCasting.com with the subject line, South Hill.

LU Opposes Proposed Farmville Cell Tower

A cell tower is proposed for 718 Griffin Blvd. in Farmville and Longwood University officials don’t like it. The school has sent a letter to the town manager saying as much. The tower would be 150 feet tall and LU top brass say it conflicts with the vision of the recently released university plan. The school says the tower would interfere with views of the campus from all quadrants and would leave an unfavorable first impression for visitors and detract from quality of life for those living on campus as well.

Schedule Changes In Dinwiddie Public Schools

Dinwiddie Public Schools officials made some changes to the school schedule to make up for some snow days.
Monday, Jan. 29 was originally scheduled as a teacher work day, which is now a full day for students.
Also, President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19, will also be a full day for students.

Rabies In Cumberland County

A 3 month old kitten with rabies was recently reported in the Clinton area of Cumberland County. The
sick kitten had been taken to a veterinarian; it was tested and found to be rabid on January 18, 2018. Ten
persons who had contact with the kitten are receiving rabies post exposure treatment; six from the family
that owned the kitten and four from the veterinarian’s office. It is likely that the cat caught the virus
from a rabid wild animal such as a raccoon or skunk. If you or your pet is attacked or bitten by a wild animal or you get a wild animal’s saliva or brain tissue on you, report it to the Health Department and Animal Control immediately and seek medical attention.

Charter Change A Precursor To Vote On Armory’s Future

The future of the Harris Memorial Armory in Blackstone is murky for now, but could become clearer down the road. This week, officials authorized the Town Attorney to lay out the game plan for a charter change that would lead to a referendum being put before voters on the armory’s future. With the change, the town attorney is being told to word it so that other non binding referendums beyond that involving the armory could be taken in the future as need be.

School Bus Accident In Nottoway County

An accident involving a school bus in Dinwiddie County. It happened Monday with 20 students on board. The bus was headed westbound on Cox Road when the accident took place. Police say no other vehicles were involved. The families of all students were contacted about the crash. No word on why the bus lost control or if there are any charges pending against the driver.