Archives for March 2019

Nottoway County School Superintendent Resigning, Search On For Replacement

The Nottoway County School Board accepted Dr. Rodney L. Berry’s resignation for the position of Division Superintendent effective May 18, 2019 at the March 27th Emergency Special Called Meeting. Dr. Berry has accepted a position as the State Superintendent of Education for the Department of Corrections in Virginia. We sincerely appreciate the service, dedication and experience that Dr. Berry has brought to Nottoway County, and we wish him the best in his new endeavor.
Dr. Yvonne Johnson, of Blackstone, retired Assistant Superintendent of Nottoway County Public Schools, was appointed as Interim Superintendent for the school division.

Farmville PD And FD Blood Drive

Once again, the Farmville Police Department and the Farmville
Fire Department will team up with the American Red Cross for the Ninth Annual “Heartland
Heroes Blood Drive” to be held on Friday, April 5th 2019. Just like last year, each donor will be
asked to donate blood in honor of one of the departments. The department generating the
most donations will be awarded the “Heartland Heroes Blood Drive” trophy to house for the
year. This trophy is provided by The American Red Cross. Last year, the two departments
combined recruitment effort gathered 62 units of blood. Those 62 units of blood have the
potential to save 186 lives.

According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two
seconds. Blood cannot be manufactured, it must come from a donor. That’s why donating is
so important. A single donation can help save the life of up to three people and the human
body quickly replaces the donated blood.

The Farmville Fire Dept. and Farmville Police Department will host the April 5th drive
at the John’s Memorial Parish House on High Street. The event will run from 12:00 noon until
6:00 p.m. Department members will be on site cooking hamburgers and hotdogs while
recruiting additional donors.

Victoria Man Cuffed In Kenbridge Theft

A Victoria man is under arrest, charge with stealing a firearm and othe items. Police say Shane Moore allegedly stole those items and more out of a vehicle in Kenbridge and faces charges as a result. He was arrested and taken to Piedmont Regional Jail. No word on what led authorities to Moore.

Two Men Arrested In Nottoway Man’s Death

Two neighbors have been arrested in connection to a Nottoway man’s death back in December. 82 year old Leslie Crews was found shot i the head on December 2nd. Under arrest in his death are 19 year old Kyle Wilmoth and 30 year old Jereme Lawrence. Wilmoth was charged with 1st Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Robbery, Breaking & Entering, and Grand Larceny of a Firearm while Lawrence was charged with Accessory After the Fact to 1st Degree Murder, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance. Lawrencer reportedly lived in a home near Crews and Wilmoth was living with Crews when the incident happened.

Event In Farmville For Women Interested In Running For Political Office

Women 2 Women are pleased to announce two informational sessions for
women interested in learning about running for political office. Make it Happen: Women as
Leaders is a nonpartisan event that will feature a panel of local women who have first-hand
experience running for office.
Featured speakers include:
Megan Clark, Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Sherry Honeycutt, Town of Farmville Planning Commission
Odessa Pride, Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors
Patti Cooper Jones, Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors
Teresa Sandlin, Prince Edward Planning Commission
Dr. Pam Tracy will moderate the panel.
Make it Happen: Women as Leaders will be held at the Farmville-Prince Edward Community
Library on Saturday, March 23 at 2 PM and again on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 PM.
Refreshments will be provided.

STEPS Program In Victoria Closing

The STEPS job training and manufacturing center in Victoria will close its doors in the next few weeks. The 30 or so employees and their families were notified about the plan earlier this month. According to officials, the decision was difficult but the operation was no longer financially viable. They have made arrangements for nine individuals with disabilities to work elsewhere. Six of them were offered employment with the STEPS facility near the Farmville headquarters, which is a recycling and document destruction operation.

Ruff Files For Re-Election

Frank Ruff filed as a candidate in the June 11th Republican Primary for
the 15 th Senate District seat.  He turned in the signatures of about 700 qualified voters.
“It has been the honor of my life to represent Southside in the General Assembly.
There is more work to do in Richmond to improve workforce development initiatives, create good
paying jobs, and stand up for our traditional values in Southside.  I am proud of my record and would
like to formally announce my candidacy for re-election to the Virginia Senate.”
Frank and his wife, Jessie, a retired teacher, live in Clarksville.  He serves as the chairman of the Senate
Committee on General Laws and Technology, as a budget conferee, and heads the subcommittee of
Finance that deals with economic development, agriculture, and natural resources

Input Sought On Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

In Amelia County, the Commonwealth Regional Council is seeking public input on our Draft Comprehensive Economic Development Stratetgy (CEDS) CRC Draft CEDS 2019 You may provide input to Melody Foster, Executive Director at mfoster@virginiasheartland.org or by calling 434-392-6104. We will be taking public input through March 29, 2019.

Farmville Area Chamber Of Commerce ‘Swing Into Spring’

The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce will “Swing into Spring” on May 9 with a new look and location for its annual golf tournament. The 13 th annual Farmville Area Chamber Centra Southside Golf Classic will
be held this year at the Farmville Municipal Golf Course. The second change for this year is a choice of morning or afternoon tournament rounds. Both 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee-off times will be offered with a shotgun and scramble format. After the tournament, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., a dinner party and awards presentation will
be held.

Jail Opens New Intake Facility

A new $4.5 million intake facility has been opened up at the Piedmont Regional Jail. The new building is attached to the main jail and includes a booking area, shower room, medical room and a dozen cells where inmates are house before they are brough to the main jail building. The shower and one cell are wheelchair accessible to meet ADA requirements.