Archives for May 2019

Victims Of Church Van Crash ID’ed

Virginia state police have identified four people who were killed when a pickup truck slammed into the back of a church van carrying choir members to a revival.

The van was taking 11 members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone to a revival at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ford Tuesday evening.

State police said the four people who died were: 87-year-old James Farley, 36-year-old Wartena Somerville, 72-year-old Delois Williams and 85-year-old Constance Wynn.

State police said the van rolled over several times after it was struck by the pickup truck.

Blackstone Teen Hurt In Crash

A 17 year old male from Blackstone was hurt in a crash in Lunenburg County. It happened on Route 635 Oral Oaks Road near New Grove Road. The unidentified driver’s vehicle ran off the right side of the highway, hit a utility pole and then flipped onto its roof. The teen was wearing a seatbelts and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He’s been charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

Police Check Out Brick Used In Attack Against Business Owner

A brick thrown that was thrown at and struck Herb Cottage owner Candy Early last week, is now being examined by Blackstone Police. She told authorities she was sitting at her computer early last Wednesday when someone apparently took the brick, which usually sits on a grease container behind her restaurant, opened the back door of the business, struck her and then took off. Whomever did it also apparently locked the back door again to delay the response of police. Early had to get six staples in her head as a result of the incident.

Memorial Day Garbage Pick Up Changes In Farmville

With Monday, May 27 th being Memorial Day there will be no residential or business
garbage collection, no cardboard collection and no miscellaneous/brush collection.
Monday and Tuesday residential garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, May 28 th .
Please have your rollouts at the curb by 7:00 am that morning. Business garbage and
cardboard will be picked up on Tuesday and Friday only this week. Miscellaneous/brush
call-ins will be picked up on Tuesday. Business recycling and residential cardboard call-
ins will be collected on Wednesday. If you have any questions, please call the
Department of Public Works at 392-3331.

South Hill Budget

No tax increase in the Town of South Hill proposed budget and no citizens offered comments on it at a recent public hearing. The total spending plan comes in at $12.3 million with $9.5 million in the water and sewer fund for a total of approximately $21.8 million. That amounts to about a half million dollars more than the current spending plan. Officials say the real estate tax rate will remain at 0.34 percent, and the personal property rate remains at 1.5 percent.

Farmville PD Citizens Police Academy

The Farmville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Class # 6 graduated on May 2nd, 2019. Sixteen area citizens participated in the sixth annual Citizen’s Academy.
The goal of the academy is to provide citizens with a general knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Farmville Police Department, all in an effort to enhance our abilities to better serve them and the community.
Academy sessions provided information on topics including: hiring and training; uniform operations; special operations; traffic enforcement and radar; criminal law; investigations; forensics; and court room testimony to name a few. Numerous academy graduates also participated in a police ride along and accompanied a Farmville Police Officer for a shift.

Prepping For Primary Voting

The last day to register to vote for the upcoming 15th District Senate seat vote is Monday. The primary election happens Tuesday, June 11th. The candidates are incumbent Senator Frank Ruff Jr and challenger Dale Sturdifen. Residents will be able to vote at their area voting precincts. June 4th is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot by may and June 8th is the last day for in-person absentee voting. Law requires showing a photo ID. Voters without one can get a free photo ID from any voter registration office.

Kenbridge Man’s Death A Case Of Murder

Police say the death of a Kenbridge man is a case of murder. 40 year old Earl Cox died after being taken to VCY Medical Center with multiple injuries. It happened early Saturday morning on Sugar Hill Road in Lunenburg County. A 36 year old woman was also taken from the scene and treated and released from Community Memorial Health Center in South Hill. 50 year old Terrence King of Richmond was arrested at the scene and charged with murder, malicious wounding and property damage. Police say King was known to the victims.

Blackstone East End Community Clean Up

Blackstone holds its East End Community Clean Up later this week into next. It happens Friday, the 17th and runs through next Thursday, May 23rd. Residents are encouraged to get rid of items around the house and yard and town dump trucks will pick the stuff up. The pickup applies for Viewbank, Tavern, E. Broad and Hurt streets. No construction materials, tires or hazardous materials allowed.

Duck Derby Reaches Goal, Raises More Than $6K

The United Way of Prince Edward County’s 2nd Annual Great Farmville Duck Derby was held Friday, May 3 – raising a little over $6,000 and putting the group over its fundraising goal for the year.

Last year’s derby brought in approximately $9,000, and while this year’s event raised just over $6,000, board members noted that ticket sales began later and didn’t last as long as last year’s derby was about a month later.

All proceeds will benefit the United Way’s 22 partner organizations.

Meanwhile, the United Way announced that it has surpassed its goal of $60,000 for the fiscal year.