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Farmville Downtown Hires New Program Manager


Farmville Downtown Partnership has announced that John Burton has been hired as its program manager. Burton takes the reins on October 19th. In a news release,Farmville Downtown says its goal is to bring together the residents, merchants, and students of Farmville to preserve downtown’s role as the center of a historic community and to plan for the future. Their mission is to present Farmville as an exciting and profitable place to live, learn, open a business, and visit.The downtown partnership believes Burton embodies their goals. Burton graduated from Longwood University in Farmville in 2006.

Court Hearing in Pipeline Case Today


Things could get tense in a Buckingham courtroom this afternoon, as homeowners square off against Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC. The company is suing to gain access to survey their properties. The pipeline,, a joint venture led by Dominion, is seeking federal approval of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline that would travel through Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties.

Deaths Spark Prayer Vigil


A disturbing string of deaths in Appomattox sparked a prayer vigil in that community. The Times Virginian reports that about 200 people recently gathered at Bragg Stadium at the high school to pray for families who have suffered losses. In recent weeks, Appomattox has seen five of its young people suffer untimely deaths, two of which occurred in automobile accidents, two of which were suicides, and one of which was a murder.

Pimentel, Johnson Suspended From Longwood Basketball Tedam


Longwood University men’s basketball stars Shaquille Johnson and Jason Pimentel were suspended indefinitely from the team Friday ,according a report in the Longwood Rotunda. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, both players were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.Their preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 23.Troy Austin, Longwoods athletic director said, ” “Shaquille and Jason have not met the standards Longwood expects from its student-athletes .They will be removed from team activities while we review this matter.” Just four days before being charged with possession of marijuana, Pimentel was found not guilty of a battery charge in Prince Edward County Circuit Court.

Drive Smart Visits Brunswick High School Today


DRIVE SMART Virginia’s interactive traffic safety program will visit Brunswick High School, today.For the past nine years, DRIVE SMART Virginia has worked to educate businesses, municipalities, state agencies and students about distracted driving. while-driving simulator to the school. In addition to the simulator, students will learn about impaired driving as they attempt to navigate traffic cones while riding adult-size tricycles and wearing goggles that affect visual balance cues.

Keysville Company Filling Ten Jobs


A Keysville company is hiring ten skilled workers. The Southside Messenger reports that Blue Ridge Railcar Repair is looking for car repairmen, mechanical shop operators and railcar blast operators. The company may be adding 28 more jobs in the near future. Blue Ridge repairs, cleans, and paints a wide array of railcar types including boxcars, hoppers, gondolas, and flatcars. The Business Employer Services Team will offer funding for On-the-Job training to Ridge Railcar Repair, LLC for any participant that qualifies for this program.

Appomattox Board Okays Massive Spending Measure


We have talked about this list for years, and it’s time to do something about it. Those were the words of Appomattox County supervisor Sara Carter as the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve spending 864-thousand dollars on county-wide maintenance needs. That figure includes three quarters of a million dollars in school repairs.

Couple Dead in Murder-Suicide


An apparent murder-suicide claimed the lives of a man and woman in Appomattox County last week. Sheriff Barry Letterman says police found the bodies of 28 year old Andre and Taryn Christian inside their home in the 200 block of Megginson Mill Road last Friday night. It’s believed that Andre Christian shot his wife before taking his own life. Sheriff Letterman says the two were going through a separation.

County Won’t Ride tothe Rescue for Pamplin’s Money Troubles


Pamplin has money troubles, and Appomattox County supervisors say they won’t ride to the rescue. Pamplin Mayor William Horton wrote a letter to supervisors telling them that Pamplin is facing a shortfall of more than 21-thousand dollars in unpaid bills over the last 15 months. Horton says Pamplin also has nearly 8-thousand dollars in unpaid bills related to work done on the sewer system. In the letter,Horton asks supervisors for financial help to deal with the crisis. All five of the county supervisors said they had “sympathy” for Pamplin Town Council, but they were reluctant to use taxpayer money as a subsidy to Pamplin’s inability to pay its bills.

Railroad Festival Is This Weekend


The 43rd Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival is happening this weekend. The festival commemorates the Norfolk and Western Railroad’s donation of the Appomattox Depot to the Town of Appomattox in 1973. Events kick off Saturday morning with the Joel Sweeney 5 K race at 7:30 am. The parade steps off at 9:30 down Main Street in Appomattox. Festival goers will enjoy live music, small steam engine locomotive rides, and fireworks. Sunday events include the car show, the firefighters competition and the teddy bear parade. New featured events this year are the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular and the Battles End Bucking Bulls rodeo shows.

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