Archives for March 2018

Grant To Help Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency On Aging

A $2,600 grant from Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) Learning by Giving course was recently awarded to Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging (PSRAAA).
The grant award from the class, led by Dr. Saranna Thornton, was the largest monetary grant the students handed out this year.
PSRAAA has participated in the grant cycles for two years now.
H-SC students compete with each other by working with specific nonprofits and advocating for them, resulting in the class voting for each grant application for the nonprofits.
The funds will be used to support PSRAAA’s new medical transportation program, helping fund the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van.

Fourth Arrest In Farmville Break-In

Farmville Police have arrested and charged a fourth suspect in
connection to the thefts of three vehicles, and the Breaking and Entering into Farmville
Sporting Goods on March 9th.
Farmville Police, with the assistance of the Blackstone Police Department, arrested
Devin Anthony James Walcott, age 19, of Glenn Allen, Virginia. Walcott was arrested at
a residence without incident in Blackstone on Monday morning. Walcott has been
charged with one count of breaking and entering into Farmville Sporting Goods, six
counts of grand larceny, and three counts of destroying private property. Walcott is
currently being held in Piedmont Regional Jail without bond.
Petitions remain on file for the fifth suspect, a 17 year old male from Crewe.
Anyone having information related to these crimes are urged to contact the Farmville
Police Department or Detective/Sergeant David Ragland at 434-392- 9259.

Kenbridge Town Council Votes To Allow For Some Modular Homes

Kenbridge Town Council has voted to allow for modular homes. Those homes, which are built off site and then moved to a site, are joined together by contractors and offer a more inexpensive option for new home construction. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are not allowed in town zoning districts under the new ordinance passed at a recent meeting.

Candidates For US Senate Debate

Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia clashed during a debate over the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville last summer. Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Nick Frietas, a state delegate from Culpeper, and E.W. Jackson, a minister from Chesapeake, are seeking the chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. The primary is scheduled June 12.

School Bus Crash In Chesterfield County

No injuries have been reported after a school bus crashed into a cemetery in Virginia.

Media outlets reported that no children were aboard the bus early Tuesday morning when it crashed into Sunset Memorial Park in Chester.

Chesterfield County police said the bus and a sport-utility vehicle were traveling east when the SUV drove into the bus’ lane, forcing the bus to run off the road, through a fence and into the cemetery.

Police said the fence and some headstones were damaged. The driver of the SUV was charged with improper passing.

Democrat Planning Run For VA 7th Congressional District

A Democratic candidate says she is now going to run for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District as an independent, saying too many Democrats have endorsed an opponent without getting to know her.

Helen Alli announced her withdrawal from the June 12 primary in an email to party officials Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Alli says her decision comes after several “hurdles,” including a news release from an opponent last week about being endorsed by current and former party chairs.

Alli pledged at a forum last month that she wouldn’t run as an independent if she lost the primary.

Alli was running against Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward in the Democratic primary. They are trying to unseat GOP incumbent Rep. Dave Brat who is running for his third term this November.

Despite Signs, Speed Limit In VA Not Enforced By Aircraft

There are 425 highway signs in Virginia that proudly proclaim “Speed limit enforced by aircraft,” and they’re all lying.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says her department hasn’t aerially enforced the speed limit for more than five years.

Geller says enforcing speed limits from the sky takes a lot of resources. She says the Cessna planes used by the program cost $150 per hour to operate, in addition to pilots, training, computer software, troopers and cars on the ground.

Geller tells the Bristol Herald Courier the signs are legally required to stay up because the program is still on the books and could be reinstated if funding becomes available.

Maryland also stopped enforcing speed limits by plane, ending its program in 2012.

Survey Counts Nottoway County’s Population Numbers

The population in Nottoway County sits essentially where it did for the 2010 Census. According to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service, the population as of July 1st last year was 15,845, less than point-one percent of a difference from the 15,855 figure in the 2010 count. In the area, only Dinwiddie and Amelia counties are showing population gains. They used birth and death records, school enrollment and housing figures to determine the latest numbers.

Northam Has New Budget Set For Special Session

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is set to introduce a new budget for next month’s special session.

Northam will discuss his proposal at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The governor announced last week that he was calling state lawmakers back to work in April after they adjourned the regular 2018 session without passing a state spending plan.

The GOP-led General Assembly is split on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House supports expansion while the Senate does not.

It’s unclear if there will be an agreement by April 11, when the special session convenes.

State government will shut down on July 1 if no budget is passed.

Major Business Announcement In Dinwiddie County

The Dinwiddie Department of Economic Development is pleased to welcome
Richlands Creamery, LLC as its newest local business. Governor Ralph Northam made the
announcement which equates to a $1,700,000 investment and 17 new jobs. The business will
be located at Richlands Dairy Farm, a longstanding, commercial dairy and agritourism destination in
Dinwiddie County. Northam stated, “Richlands Creamery will soon begin
operations in Dinwiddie County, demonstrating the hard work and innovation of Virginia’s farmers
and further strengthening our rural economy.”