Archives for July 2018

VA Scores ON Best And Worst School Systems Survey

Virginia fares pretty well in a new 2018 report on States with the Best & Worst School Systems from Wallethub. Virginia scored number 4 in math scores with 1 being the best and 25 average. The state came in 7th in reading test scores, 4th in bullying incidence rates and 5th in median ACT scores. The median SAT scores weren’t as good, scoring a 28. Virginia finished 20th in drop out rate.

Towns May Apply For Economic Development Grants

A program that’s worked in South Hill is being checked out in Victoria and Kenbridge in an effort to foster economic development. It involves a Virginia Department off Housing and Community Development program and helps communities set up and pursue a small business development strategy. The next step involves applying for one of the program grants and then determining which businesses the towns would benefit most from. The towns could hold a small business competition to compete for start up funding.

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Jul. 27, 2018 12:02 PM CST
by pkilleen

Economic Development Grants May Be Pursued

A prpgram that’s worked in South Hill is being checked out in Victoria and Kenbridge in an effort to foster economic development. It involves a Virginia Department off Housing and Community Development program and helps communities set up and pursue a small business development strategy. The next step involves applying for one of the program grants and then determining which businesses the towns would benefit most from. The towns could hold a small business competition to compete for start up funding.

Two Dinwiddie Men Charged In Fox Pen Sweep

Two men from Dinwiddie are among those facing charges in connection with a sweep targeting fox pens stocked with illegal wildlife. 84 year old Joseph Lewi pled guilty to a felony charge of purchasing wildlife in Brunswick County and was sentenced to five years with five years suspended for ten years and limited involvement with fox pens indefinitely. Also, 45 year old John Tucker, 45, of Dinwiddie, pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of purchasing wildlife in Dinwiddie County and was sentenced to 12 months with 12 months suspended for five years and no involvement with fox pens for five years. Additionally, his fox pen will no longer operate as a fox pen and he must relinquish his fox pen operator permit indefinitely.

Two Indicted In Shooting

Two people indicted in connection with a December 9th attack on a man. 34 year old Jermaine Nelson and 25 year old Tylleah Russell are charged in the attack on Melvin Hatcher at the Green Acres Trailer Court outside of Chase City . Police got word of a possible shooting and arrived there to find Hatcher shot in the face. They administered first aid and were credited with saving Hatcher’s life. He died in the hospital on February 12th.

ACA Health Insurance Rates Headed Up In 2019

Health insurance rates for Virginia individuals under the Affordable Care Act are expected to increase next year. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports numbers insurance companies presented Tuesday to the State Corporation Commission say rates in the individual market are estimated to rise by an average of roughly 13 percent. Rates in the small group market are estimated to increase by nearly 8 percent.

Closed Session Meeting Called Concerning Courthouse Security

A special meeting of the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors is happening Wednesday. Chair Pattie Cooper-Jones called for the closed session which will be held at 5:30pm at the County Courthouse. The discussion will be centered around plans related to security at the courthouse.

VA School Board Could Become First To Arm Teachers

Nationally, teachers are overwhelmingly against the idea of carrying weapons into classrooms. Not so in the westernmost county of Virginia, where declining revenues from growing tobacco and mining coal have left the local government unable to afford more than four resource officers to protect 11 schools.

Despite strong criticism from the state capitol, a six-hour drive to the east, the Lee County School Board has voted to become Virginia’s first county to arm their teachers and staff. Their next step is to ask a judge to exempt them from state law.

Board member Rob Hines says they were talking informally about possibly arming teachers for more than a year before the Parkland, Florida shooting killed 17 people.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is considering his next move.

Attack Becomes Homicide Case In Farmville

Terry Edward Hearld, 62, of Farmville died Friday evening at MCV Medical
Center as a result of injuries he sustained from an assault on July 16 th , Farmville Police
reported.

Farmville Police previously arrested Michael O. Mitchell, 34, of Farmville and
charged him with Malicious Wounding, after finding Hearld lying in the parking lot of the
Town Motel, brutally beaten. Two Juveniles have also been charged in connection with this
case. Each Juvenile has been charged with Malicious Wounding, and Assault by MOB, and
are currently being held in detention. Upgraded charges against the three are forthcoming.

Detectives continue their investigation into this homicide. Anyone with

information is urged to contact Detective/Sergeant David Ragland with the Farmville Police
Department at (434) 392-9259.

House Fire In South Hill

A home in South Hill was the scene of a fire Wednesday. Crews got called out to the 800 block of Plank Road at about 10am. The call was placed by the homeowners, who got out of the structure okay. Investigators say the origin of the fire appears to be electrical in nature. Damage to the home was minor and there were no injuries reported as a result of the blaze.