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This is the last week people can enter the Easter Basket Raffle

 
Apr17

This is the last week people can enter the Easter Basket Raffle through the Appomattox County Library System’s branches. Three Easter baskets are being raffled off with different themes. Each contains a stuffed animal and some include candy, fun things or princess-related items. Chances are $1 each or six chances for $5. All proceeds benefit the library’s summer reading program.
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Business owners say they want the visitor center to stay where it is on Main Street

 
Apr17

Business owners say they want the visitor center to stay where it is on Main Street. Several Main Street business’ expressed concerns during Monday’s council meeting about increasing the meals tax and relocating the visitor center within the town of Appomattox. Council has proposed renovating the train depot to restore it to its 1923 appearance, and moving the visitor center to the other end of the station in the process so a business or rental space can be added. But opponents say, moving the center to where there is little parking could discourage potential visitors. Some business’ also opposed the idea of raising the town’s meals tax, which last was raised from 5 to 8 percent in July. Proponents said the meals tax was a fair way to tap revenue from other areas and it was an important part of the tax package. Appomattox has one of the highest tax rates among Virginia towns. Opponents believe it could deter businesses from locating in the town.
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Area farmers are getting some help

 
Apr17

Area farmers are getting some help. Sign-ups for farming-related disaster assistance programs began Tuesday, and offers assistance to eligible producers who lost grazing due to drought or fire or had livestock deaths. The 2014 Farm Bill re-established the livestock disaster assistance programs after they expired in 2011. Producers covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program can also enroll. Producers are encouraged to make an appointment with the local Farm Service Agency office to assess their losses. For more information log onto, fsa.usda.gov, or visit any U.S. Department of Agriculture service center.
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VDOT crews close area bridges for maintenance work

 
Apr16

VDOT crews have closed a bridge in Appomattox county this week for repairs. The work affects the Route 611 bridge over Stonewall Creek. The Road will be closed to through traffic through April 25 so workers can replace the bridge deck. VDOT has set up alternate routes in the area. In Buckingham County, VDOT has set up a temporary signal during railing repairs on the Route 20 bridge over Slate River. That project is scheduled to be finished on May 7. In Cumberland County, The Route 600 bridge over the Little Willis River will be closed until late June for maintenance. The bridge is located between Routes 636 and 633.

Cumberland County BOS votes to increase tax levy

 
Apr16

The Cumberland County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to increase the county’s real estate tax rate by 6 cents to a new total of 74 cents. The board also approved a budget that included some reductions in spending in some areas while increasing spending in others. The board approved an additional $100,000 in additional spending for schools and $100,000 for new sheriff’s vehicles above the advertised proposed budget. Board chairman Lloyd Banks argued against the tax increase, saying that neighboring counties of Prince Edward, Amelia and Buckingham only pay an average of 50 cents per thousand dollars of assessed real estate value.

They’re gearing up for the Appomattox County Cook-Off

 
Apr16

They’re gearing up for the Appomattox County Cook-Off this week. The popular food fair boasts a variety of creative dishes that will be prepared by about 50 cooks, and raises money to help those with cancer. The event will be held, Thursday (April 17) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Spout Spring Ruritan Club. This year, the event is in memory of the late Cindy Bollinger, an Appomattox County resident who last November lost her battle with cancer. Bollinger oversaw the Cook-off for about six years, prior to her passing. For more information about the Cook-off, call Beverley Davidson at 352-3941.
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Submissions are being accepted from the public for Appomattox County High School’s new logo

 
Apr16

Submissions are being accepted from the public for Appomattox County High School’s new logo. The school is phasing out their current “A Block” logo, after the University of Arizona claimed that the Raiders “A” is too similar to that of the Arizona Wildcats, and filed a cease and desist order. According to Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chris Dodge, the school began accepting submissions last week. Appomattox will phase out their “A” over the next several years, and stop selling merchandise with the old logo.
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LYNCHBURG DISTRICT TRAFFIC ALERT

 
Apr16

April 20-26, 2014

LYNCHBURG – Highway work requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.  Traffic may be restricted.  Items in italics contain new/updated information.  For up-to-date information, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.

Amherst County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator

Route 29 North and South over Buffalo River (739 – 151) –All traffic using southbound lanes; speed limit reduced to 50 mph.  Detour has a lane width of 12 ft with 16 ft between median curb and bridge parapet northbound and 19 ft between median curb and bridge parapet southbound. Est. comp. – 4/29/14.

Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.

Appomattox County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator

Route 611 over Stonewall Creek (Rt. 670 – 721) – Road will be closed to through traffic April 14-25 due to bridge deck replacement. Alternate routes are available.

Secondary routes –Plant mix and surface treatment operations on various routes.

Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.

Buckingham County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator

Route 20 over Slate River  - A temporary signal will be in place during railing repairs. Est. comp. 5/7.

Various – Crews will make surface repairs, cut brush, and respond to customer concerns.

Campbell County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator

Secondary routes –Plant mix and surface treatment operations on various routes.

Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.

Charlotte County:  Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator

Phenix – Crews will clean ditches and pipe and add shoulder stone.

Various – Crews will work surfaces, boom axe and respond to customer concerns.

Cumberland County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator

Route 600 over Little Willis River – Road closed until late June from Route 636 to Route 633 for bridge maintenance work. A signed detour will be in place.

Various – Crews will work surfaces, cut brush, clean pipe and ditches, and respond to customer concerns.

Halifax County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator

Bethel – Crews will clean ditches and address drainage issues. 

Cluster Springs- Crews will repairs shoulders and clean up/remove debris. 

Cluster Springs and Volens – Crews will boom axe at various locations.

Various – Crews will perform surface work, and respond to customer concerns

Nelson County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator

Route 56 over CSX Railroad in Wingina –Rail crossing closed from 7 am to 5 pm., April 21-24 for repairs. Traffic control devices will alert motorists.

Route 623 over Rockfish River– Road closed during bridge replacement at the intersection of 617/623. A signed detour will be in place. Estimated completion – Sept. 30. 2014.

Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.

Pittsylvania County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator

Gretna – Crews will trim tree limbs.

Kentuck,  Mt. Airy and Rondo– Crews will boom axe at various locations.

Mt. Airy and Rondo – Crews will clean pipe and work ditches.

Route 29 Bypass and Route 642 – Temporary restrictions in place during work on bridge over Norfolk-Southern Railway. Signs and other traffic control devices in place. Estimated completion May 30, 2014.

Route 845 over Stewart Creek – Road closed 4/14-30 for bridge deck repairs. Signed detour in place.

Various – Crews will work surfaces and shoulders, and respond to customer concerns.

Prince Edward County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator

Route 15 – Road widening project. Estimated completion mid-July 2014.

Route 633 (15 – 360) – Traffic control devices and flaggers will be in place during bridge replacement project. Estimated completion date is October 2014.

Route 658 – Crews will replace pipe.

Route 659 – Bridge replacement project.

Various – Crews will pick up trash, cut brush, clean pipe, make surface repairs and respond to customer concerns.

District-wide activities:

Bridge and guardrail maintenance – Crews will perform bridge and guardrail maintenance, including bridge washing at various locations. Signs, flaggers and other safety devices will be used to alert motorists to these operations.

Latex schedules -In preparation for latex paving schedules, crews will be eradicate link markings at various locations.

Message boards – Work is continuing on the installation of message boards at various locations. Be alert.

Fishing tourmament this weekend at Twin Lakes State Park

 
Apr16

The 6th annual YakAttack Tournament is this Saturday at Twin Lakes State Park. More than a hundred anglers have already registered for the kayak fishing tournament. Trophies will be issued for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill catagories. Prizes will be raffled off during the day of the tournament.

Two teens injured in separate weekend incidents in Farmville

 
Apr16

Farmville police are investigating a stabbing and a felony assault that took place in separate incidents. Some reported seeing a person lying on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Garden Street shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. An 18-year-old man had been robbed and stabbed several times. He is recovering at a hospital. He is not a Longwood University student, but he was in Farmville to attend off-campus parties for the LU Spring Weekend.

The other incident was reported at around 1:55 a.m. Saturday. A 19-year-old Longwood University student had been at an off-campus party in the 600 block of Buffalo Street when he was hit in the face with a glass bottle. He went to Southside Community Hospital for treatment. Police issued a felony warrant for malicious wounding for 23-year-old Travonte Dequan Graves, who is also a Longwood student. Longwood University police arrested Graves and booked him into jail. The address where the man was injured is the same address where a rape was reported in February.

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