About 1.2 million tons of coal ash will soon be dumped near Jetersville. It will go to Waste Management’s Maplewood commercial landfill from Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station plant in Eden, North Carolina. The shipping is part of Duke’s plan to close coal ash basins and safely store coal ash generated from its North Carolina power plants. Amelia County Director of Environmental Management Ray York said the landfill has accepted coal ash previously and the North Carolina ash will be no different. He expects the landfill will receive about 3,000 tons per day once the removal has been cleared.
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Who’s last name will they take. Vontanya Coleman, of Blackstone and her wife, Stephanie Ingram, of Kenbridge, tied the knot last week in Lunenburg, marking the first same sex marriage in Nottoway County, since the law was passed last month in Virginia making it legal for gay couples to say “I do.” According to the Courier-Record, the two women were officialy wed at the Lunenburg Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Friday. Votanya has taken Stephanie’s last name and will be known as Vontanya Coleman-Ingram. The newlyweds are making their home in Blackstone.
A social media dispute landed four Clover Hill High School students in handcuffs. Chesterfield police say the students, three boys ages 16 and 17, and one 15-year-old girl, were taken into custody following a morning fight in the school cafeteria. Police found what appeared to be marijuana on two of the teens, and alcohol was also confiscated from another of the students. No one was seriously injured in the incident. All four students are currently being held at the Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Home.
An 18 year old Amelia teen, charged with dealing drugs, was expected to face a judge this week. 18 year old Christopher D. Call, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling a controlled substance on or near a school or library. He also faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was freed on bond and was expected to appear in general district court Tuesday (Nov. 18).
A racial discrimination suit against Nottoway County Public Schools has been rejected. The Courier Record reports, The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled against former employee Clive Pettis, who filed the $1.35 million lawsuit two years ago. The ruling handed down last week concluded Pettis failed to show that he was performing his job satisfactorily when his contract was not renewed.
November 23-29, 2014
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 Business north- and southbound (Rt. 1108-Rt. 731) – Crews will mill and pave. Use caution.
Appomattox County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 675 over Big Cub Creek – Road closed until 12/12/14 for bridge replacement. Detour: Rt. 700 to Rt. 635 to Rt. 720 to Rt. 644 and back to Rt. 675.
Buckingham County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Andersonville AHQ – Crews will boom axe .
Dillwyn AHQ – Crews will make drainage repairs on secondary routes.
Various – Crews will make surface repairs and respond to customer concerns.
Campbell County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
Route 501 over Opossum Creek – Bridge inspection scheduled on 12/4. Use caution.
Route 501 over Staunton River – Bridge inspection scheduled on 12/3. Use caution.
Route 684 over Buffalo Creek – Bridge inspection scheduled on 12/4. Use caution.
Charlotte County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 675 over Cub Creek (Rt. 40 – Poor House Rd) – Road closed; temporary signal for bridge replacement. Est. comp. 9/28/15.
Craftons Gate – Crews will cut brush and work non-hard surface roads.
Phenix – Crews will clean ditches and pipe with backhoe and add shoulder stone.
Various secondary routes–Crews will mow, boom axe and respond to customers.
Cumberland County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 45 South and various secondary routes –Crews will perform shoulder repairs.
Route 637 over Dry Creek – Road closed for structure replacement. Detour via 635 North to 668 West and back to 637. Est. comp. 12/12/14.
Various – Crews will mow, work surfaces, cut brush and respond to customers.
Halifax County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
Cluster Springs AHQ – Crews will work surfaces..
Cluster Springs and Volens AHQ – Crews will work shoulders.
Various – Crews will mow, boom axe and respond to customer concerns.
Nelson County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
No activities reported
Pittsylvania County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
Route 29 North (in Tightsqueeze area) – Crews will be paving.
Gretna, Kentuck & Rondo AHQs – Crews will boom axe.
Kentuck AHQ – Crews will perform shoulder and ditch work.
Mt. Airy AHQ – Crews will trim trees on secondary routes.
Various – Crews will work surfaces and respond to customer concerns.
Prince Edward County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
Route 623 –Bridge replacement over NS and Buckingham Branch Railroads. Est. comp. 6/30/15.
Route 658– Crews will make shoulder repairs.
Various – Crews will make surface repairs and respond to customers
Bridge and guardrail maintenance – Crews will perform bridge/guardrail maintenance.
Area landowners are being threatened. The Farmville Herald reports, Dominion is asking Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward landowners one last time to survey their property for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Property owners had denied Dominion access to their land, but if they refuse this time, Dominion threatened to go to court.
Alcohol is being blamed in a two car wreck that injured a Farmville man. Police say, 22-year-old, Shawnese Evett Eleazer, of Virginia Beach, was driving drunk when she crashed into, Angelo Lee Artis of Farmville last week (Nov. 7), on N.C. 11. Her blood alcohol level was not available. According to a State Highway Patrol collision report, Eleazer was driving in the northbound lane when she crossed over into the oncoming lane and hit the right front side of Artis’ vehicle. He suffered minor injuries. Eleazer has been charged with DWI in the two-vehicle accident near Grifton.
A tip led police to a suspect wanted in Powhatan (pow – hatten) and Amelia County. After being on the run for almost two months, Erin Scott Knipe, 18, of Amelia, was arrested in Amelia last week on the Powhatan charge. He now faces a charge in Amelia as well. Police tracked the teen down at a home on Howard Road (Rt. 1201), Friday (Nov. 7) after the Powhatan sheriff’s office discovered him living at the residence. When the two officers arrived, Knipe tried to escape but was caught hiding in the woods on Rt. 604 where he surrendered to officers. He was taken to Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville and was later served an Amelia warrant by Prince Edward County. He was due to appear in juvenile and domestic relations court on the Amelia charge, Monday (Nov. 10). In Powhatan, the 18 year old is charged with a Sept. 18 stabbing. Two other suspects were also arrested in connection to the stabbing case back in Sept..
Economic growth is the vision council members hold for Appomattox. The Town Council reviewed plans, Friday, during an annual meeting referred to as the council’s retreat, aimed at beautifying the area and boosting the economy by attracting tourists. A consulting team presented the draft, which addressed upgrades to business districts, the train depot, signage, a pedestrian trail, a farmer’s market, and the Appomattox Battlefield Park Entrance, aimed at presenting the town in the best light for new people that arrive to the area. The council will vote on a final copy of the master plan in January.