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Amelia County High School’s new head football coach considers himself coming home

 
Aug3

Amelia County High School’s new head football coach considers himself coming home. Native, Justin Keeler was born in Amelia and graduated from Dinwiddie High, then got a phys ed degree at Longwood University before taking a job in Prince George County where he taught for 11 years and was also an assistant football and basketball coach. His new post in Amelia will be his first job as head football coach. Keeler says he’s looking forward to the team’s first scrimmage, Aug. 14
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There’s been a changing of the guard at the Charlotte Gazette newspaper

 
Aug3

There’s been a changing of the guard at the Charlotte Gazette newspaper. The company has been sold, and on Friday the torch was passed to the new owners, Farmville Newsmedia, as reported at southsidemessenger.com. Included in the sale is The Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch.
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Outlawed Printing in Keysville will soon have a new home

 
Aug3

Outlawed Printing in Keysville will soon have a new home. Currently located on D Osborne St., the new store is moving to the newly renovated 165 Railroad Ave.. Outlawed Printing specializes in providing custom designed t-shirts for all occasions, and the owner says the new store will expand to include an assortment of Pumpkin Heads Gear. The grand opening is expected within this month.
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Justice Delayed, But Not Denied

 
Aug3

A 33-year-old single mother in Victoria learned the hard way that meeting men on the Internet can be costly. She invited Fields Obryant McKnight into her home after meeting him on Facebook and talking with him for about a month on the phone.. The next morning she left the house briefly to take her children to her mother’s house just a few blocks away, and when she returned in about five minutes she found McKnight looking in her wardrobe where she had stored $5,800 in cash from her tax refund check.She looked in the wardrobe and found that $3,000 was missing. She called police. McKnight, a 28 year old former South Hill resident, pled guilty to Grand Larceny in Lunenburg Circuit Court, but failed to show up for his sentencing about a month later. He stayed away for about two and a half years before being arrested on a new charge of Felony Failure to Appear. He was sentenced recently to one year and ten months on the larceny charge and to an additional year for the Failure to Appear.

Two Victoria Friends Go to Prison for Knife Attack

 
Jul31

 

Evan Paul Wills,  a 30 year old Victoria man, and Jesse Shannon Ollis, a 40 year old friend, also of Victoria were sentenced recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court for a vicious stabbing attack upon a 40 year old Crewe man in an apparent conflict over a woman.

Wills was sentenced to 7 years and 10 months in prison, and Ollis was sentenced to 4 years in prison, both with additional suspended time over their heads once they are released.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, the convictions of Malicious Wounding were based upon an incident that arose on the evening of January 11, 2015 when the victim arrived at Wills’ residence at 1421 Lee Avenue, Victoria to pick up a female friend to spend the weekend.  She had been in a previous relationship with Wills, but had discontinued the relationship and resumed her former relationship with the victim. Wills became angry and approached the victim outside, and being joined by Ollis, chased him down the street.  The victim testified at the preliminary hearing that Wills struck him in the abdomen, and Ollis struck him lower in the waist.  He said he realized that the first blow was a major cut approximately six inches long, causing excessive bleeding.  It wasn’t until after being cleaned and stitched at the hospital that he realized there was a second smaller stab wound about width of a blade just below his naval.

Victoria police were called to a residence on Second Street where the victim had run, being chased by the two men.  Police observed injuries to the victim with blood pooling on the front porch of the home where he sought assistance, according to Clement

A nine year old boy who lived at the residence of the defendant Wills followed the men as they chased the victim, and was able to tell police that Wills threw an object into the woods beside the street after the chase ended.  Officer Daniel Medlin was able to gain the assistance of a trained weapons dog which narrowed down the location of the object and which allowed  the local officers to quickly find the knife.

The knife was sent to the state lab where an analysis revealed the DNA of Wills on the knife.

At the time of their arrests, Wills and Ollis said they did not stab the victim.

In addition to the active prison sentences, Wills will have an additional 12 years and two months suspended, and Ollis will have an additional 16 years suspended subject to conditions of good behavior for 20 years, supervised probation upon release for two years, no contact with the victim, counseling for anger management, restitution of medical expenses and warrantless searches for five years.

Fugitive for Three Years Finally Caught

 
Jul31

 

 

 

 

Fields Obryant McKnight, a 28 year old former South Hill resident, pled guilty to Grand Larceny of $3,000 cash from a Victoria woman in 2012 in Lunenburg Circuit Court, but failed to show up for his sentencing about a month later. He stayed away for about two and a half years before being arrested on a new charge of Felony Failure to Appear.  He was sentenced recently to one year and ten months on the larceny charge and to an additional year for the Failure to Appear.

This incident arose when a 33-year-old single mother in Victoria learned the hard way that meeting men on the Internet can be costly. She invited McKnight into her home after meeting him on Facebook and talking with him for about a month on the phone.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, the woman traveled to Henrico County and picked McKnight up in May 2012 and brought him back to Victoria to spend the night with her. The next morning she left the house briefly to take her children to her mother’s house just a few blocks away, and when she returned in about five minutes she found McKnight looking in her wardrobe where she had stored $5,800 in cash from her tax refund check.

She said nothing to him and then gave him a ride to a trailer park located on Lombardy Street in South Hill. When she returned home she looked in the wardrobe and found that $3,000 was missing. She called the police and they had her arrange another visit by the man since she had not made him aware that she knew about the theft.

About a week later, McKnight arrived in Victoria with some friends. Police were waiting for him. Victoria Police Officer Mark Arrington interviewed McKnight who admitted that he had been at the woman’s home with her,and that he was looking through the wardrobe and had seen the money, but denied taking it.

The suspended portion of McKnight’s sentence includes good behavior, supervised probation upon his release, restitution, warrantless searches and seizures, no contact and staying off the property of the victim, and staying out of Lunenburg County for five years upon his release.

LWU MEN’S GOLF AWARDED GCAA ACADEMIC HONORS

 
Jul31

story by Todd Lindenmuth

The Longwood men’s golf program has been honored by Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for its performance in the classroom. The Lancers were among the Division I programs to be named All-Academic Teams, while achieving a team grade-point average (GPA) above a 3.0.

Longwood is one of two Big South schools to be listed, along with Coastal Carolina, and is one of four schools in Virginia to be listed, along with Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Additionally, the Lancers have been named to the list in each of the seven seasons since the GCAA began naming All-Academic Teams.

To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad for the academic year, while achieving a minimum of a 3.0 team GPA.

Longwood opens its 2015-16 fall campaign Sept.  14-15 at the Joe Feaganes Invitational.

 

 

 

 

 

HSC COACH RAY ROSTAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 2016 SEASON

 
Jul31

Hampden-Sydney head lacrosse coach Ray Rostan has announced his plans to retire following the 2016 season after serving the college for over three decades. Rostan will be entering his 40th season as a collegiate coach and his 32nd as the head coach of the Tigers, where he has had an extraordinary career.

Rostan currently stands in the top ten among coaches, active and non-active, in all-time collegiate victories in all NCAA divisions, with an overall mark of 329-191, including a 289-166 record at Hampden-Sydney.

“I have so many fond and nostalgic memories at Hampden-Sydney,” noted Rostan. “We were attracted to Hampden-Sydney by the family atmosphere. My wife Karen has served the college for the past 25 years; our son and daughter, Jason and Jamie, grew up on this campus; and Jason played for Hampden-Sydney and has been our assistant coach for the last 12 years.

Rostan is just the third lacrosse coach in the college’s history, and since he took the helm in 1985, the Tigers have won four ODAC Championships (1989, 1995, 1998, 2001), made seven NCAA Tournament appearances (1989, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003), and had 158 All-ODAC, 65 All-America, and seven USILA Scholar All-America selections. Additionally, he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2001, and has twice earned the Francis “Babe” Kraus Memorial Award, after being voted the National Coach of the Year by his peers.

“I have taken great pride in our Tiger program and would like to thank the many great men and families that make up Tiger Lacrosse,” he added.

“I personally want to thank President Howard and Athletic Director Richard Epperson for their tremendous support of our program and for me as a coach,” Rostan added.

“Coach Rostan is one of the greatest coaches in college lacrosse history,” commented Hampden-Sydney President, Dr. Chris Howard. “More important than his impressive win-loss record, however, is his commitment to building men of character who have gone on to serve with distinction in virtually ever profession. His selfless service, passion for the game, and complete dedication to his players, their families, and his coaches serve as the gold standard in collegiate athletics. The entire Hampden-Sydney College community thanks Coach Rostan for his exemplary service.”

“Coach Rostan’s name has been synonymous with Hampden-Sydney lacrosse for over three decades, and his impact on our institution, athletic department, and our student-athletes is immeasurable,” noted Athletic Director Richard Epperson. “His numerous accomplishments rank him among the nation’s lacrosse coaching giants, not just in Division III, but in all NCAA Divisions. We will recognize and pay tribute to Coach Rostan throughout the upcoming year. On behalf of all Tigers, past and present, I thank Coach for all that he has done for Hampden-Sydney College.”

Nighttime burglar tiptoes to watch TV

 
Jul31

Blackstone police are still looking for whoever broke into a home earlier this month in Blackstone and left the TV on. Police recently responded to a call from a woman who says she woke up and discovered her television on, and both the front and back doors open as reported at courier -record.com. Police say there were no signs of forced entry. The homeowner says the unwelcome guest may have been watching dirty movies on her TV. Anyone with information about this break-in is urged to call Blackstone police.
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Joy Stump Comes to the Farmville Chamber of Commerce

 
Jul30

 

Meet Joy Stump, the new director of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce. She may have just moved here in March, but for Joy Farmville has always felt like home.

A New Jersey native, from Hunterdon county in the western portion of the state, Joy’s first acquaintance with Farmville began when her daughter started attending Longwood University in 2007. She was immediately struck by the similarities between Farmville and Hunterdon, down to the small but picturesque downtown area and the rich tapestry of local history.

“It already felt like home,” Joy says, “well before we moved here.”

Joy fell in love with Virginia when she was attending Roanoke College. And the state wasn’t the only thing she fell in love with. She also met and married husband Andy who currently works for an insurance company in Glen Allen. After graduating, the couple stayed in Roanoke briefly before returning to spend the past 28 years in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Virginia, much like Ray Charles’ Georgia, stayed on their minds.

“The plan was always to come back,” says Joy. With Andy’s family living in the Roanoke area and a daughter attending Longwood University, they had already established traditions centering around Farmville, including Thanksgiving at Charley’s Waterfront Cafe.

But it’s not just the family traditions and familiarity that seem a perfect fit between Joy and the community. Her new position with the Chamber is also a natural transition career-wise.

While in Hunterdon, Joy worked as the volunteer coordinator for Hunterdon Hospice, overseeing over 160 volunteers and wearing numerous other hats throughout her time there.

“Basically anything the medical staff wasn’t able to do, I did,” she says with a laugh. From interviews to press releases to speaking at senior centers and other community and education initiatives, Joy did it all. And did it well. In 2011, she was awarded the title of “New Jersey Volunteer Coordinator of The Year”

But despite the recognition of her work, Joy insists the most powerful part of her job was working with the volunteers themselves.

“The volunteers really changed my life,” she says, “working with people who were so giving changed who I was as a person”

It is this people-focused enthusiasm and optimism that has Joy excited to start her new chapter with the Chamber. Grateful for the legacy left her by previous director Lisa Tharpe, Joy hopes to continue the upward trajectory.

“The Chamber is really thriving now,” says Joy, “I’m hoping to look at what we have and see what we can enhance. I don’t want to change anything that’s working.”

She hopes to implement more small-business centric programs and add an educational component, while strengthening the web presence of the Chamber. And she’s not stopping with those ideas. Joy is eager to hear from members and the community about what the chamber can do to better serve the area.

“I want people to contact me and tell me what they think is working well and what they’d like to change. If I think it’s a good idea, I will do everything in my power to make it work,” Joy says. From a woman with such a natural gift for coordinating and working with people, this is no small promise.

Ultimately, Joy is just eager to start returning some of the love she has experienced from the Farmville community.

“I love this community that has welcomed me so warmly,” she says. “This job gives me an wonderful opportunity to give back to this community and help support it.”

Story submitted by Ilsa Loeser

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