Archives for April 2019

Frat Members Accused Of Hurting Hazed Students

In Petersburg, three Virginia State University fraternity members are accused of hurting 10 students who were being hazed Sunday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Kappa Alpha Psi members Deonte Barkley, George Feggins and Michael Snipes are each charged with 10 counts of hazing so as to cause bodily harm. The university says it has suspended the Alpha Phi chapter of the fraternity and the students, pending the outcome of their criminal cases. VSU says eight other students involved in the hazing have been referred to the school’s Office of Judicial Affa

PCHS Students Take Part In Chemistry Olympiad Exam

In March, students from Prince Edward County High
School (PECHS) competed in the Chemistry Olympiad Exam, with several qualifying to take the
National Exam.
Held annually, the Chemistry Olympiad is a worldwide competition. PECHS students on
the Chemistry Olympiad Team have competed for the past five years, earning a total of five
awards at the regional level. In 2018, the current team earned the Team Award for the First-
Year Exam and attended the awards meeting at VCU, which was sponsored by the Virginia
Section of the American Chemical Society. The current 2018-19 team consists of Katrina
Carrera, Maria Carrera, Tiba Hamza, Antonio Harvey, Naomi Jones, Rachel Kinzer, Abigail
Swanson, Emma Watson, and Melissa Williams.
Tiba Hamza and Rachel Kinzer earned 2 nd and 3 rd place, respectively, in the region for
their scores on the 2 nd Year Exam. This achievement qualifies them to take the National Exam in
April. Katrina Carrera, Maria Carrera, and Naomi Jones qualified as alternates for the National
Exam. Overall team awards remain under consideration.

Man With Nottoway County Ties Dies In Accident

A man with families ties to Nottoway County and known as one of the saltwater cowboys of the Chincoteague Pony Swim has died. Ed Reynolds of Bedford was killed when the tractor he was driving was hit by a tractor trailer while the rig was trying to pass him in a No Passing zone this weeke. Reynolds was 75 and he still has family in the area. Salwater cowboys are in charge of rounding up wild ponies and moving them safely from Assateaguue to Chincoteague and back again for auction as a fundraiser for the town’s fire department. Reynolds was 75.

Kenbridge Resident Nets 20 Years On Drug, Weapons Counts

20 years behind bars for a Kenbridge resident on several drug and gun offenses. 52 year old Al Martino Williams was sentenced after being found guilty on cocaine, marijuana and illegal weapons possession. The charges stem from an incident in March of last year when authorities searched Williams’ residence in Kenbridge. They had gotten information that Williams had begun selling cocaine again following his release from prison in 2014.

Individual Income Tax Deadline Coming

A very important deadline is on the horizon for Virginia taxpayers. The filing deadline for Virginia individual income taxes is Wednesday, May 1, 2019. There is an automatic six-month extension for individual income taxes if you don’t file on time; However, you still need to pay any taxes owed by May 1 to avoid additional penalties and interest; and Make sure your name and address are correct on your return.
If you do owe taxes this year, there are plenty of payment options available such as a direct debit from your bank account; an ACH credit initiated from your bank account; a credit or debit card; or a check or money order. If you’re due a refund, there are two ways to track its status – the “Where’s My Refund” app on the Virginia Tax website, or by calling (804) 367-2486.

Hurt Receives STEM Award

Dr. Tammy Hurt, STEM Coordinator for Prince Edward County Schools (PECPS),
recently received an award at the 13 th Annual Southside Virginia Regional Technology
Consortium’s (SVRTC) Award banquet on March 21, 2019.
At PECPS, Hurt plays a vitally important role in the STEM education of PECPS
students. As the division coordinator, she oversees and participates in projects to
develop curriculum, resources, and learning experiences for students to learn more
about STEM. Her accomplishments include developing STEM labs at the schools to
helping initiate a robotics club.

DuBois Hired As President Of SVCC

Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, currently of Mooresville, North Carolina, will become the next president of Southside Virginia Community College. He will assume the role at the beginning of July. Johnson’s selection marks the end of national search that attracted 81 applicants. Johnson has worked in higher education senior leadership roles for more than 20 years. That includes, beginning in 2004, serving as the president’s chief of staff and acting vice president for Student Life and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2011, he became senior vice president for Enrollment and Student Services at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia.

AP: State Trooper In Amelia Injured In Car Crash

Virginia State Police say a sheriff’s deputy has been injured in a car crash.

News outlets quote a state trooper’s preliminary investigation as saying that an Amelia County deputy sheriff was injured when he wrecked his patrol car. Police said Sunday that the deputy was taken to a hospital for serious injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police say they are investigating the crash that happened Saturday night. They say the deputy was trying to turn around on a vehicle with emergency lights on when another car backed out of a driveway. The deputy had veered off the road to avoid hitting the vehicle and struck a guardrail and several trees.

South Hill Picked As Health Issues Focus Group Site

Virginia health officials are offering six regional opportunities for residents to join a focus group or participate in a personal interview to discuss health issues.

The focus groups are part of a statewide health assessment conducted every five years by the state Department of Health. The goal is to assess the health needs of women ages 15-44, men of any age, pregnant women, new mothers and parents.

The assessment is conducted to learn about emerging health concerns so public health programs use funding in the best way. The data is used to promote health improvement.

The first focus groups will be held on May 9 at the Lake County Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill.

Two Dead After Nottoway County Crash Early Thursday

An early morning crash in Nottoway County has left two people dead. Virginia State Police say it happened at West Courthouse Road just before 6am. Troopers arriving on the scene found a vehicle had run off the roadway, struck a tree and caught on fire. The driver and adult front seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. No word on the identities of the victims or on what may have led to the crash in the first place.