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Profanity greeted students and staff at Amelia County High School

 
Apr30

Profanity greeted students and staff at Amelia County High School, Monday morning. Sheriff’s investigators said vandals used white paint to spray an obscene word on the track and also sprayed paint on the door of a storage shed. Police suspect the the deed was done sometime over the weekend (April 22-April 25).
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A change of heart led two robbery suspects to eventually turn themselves in

 
Apr30

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – A change of heart led two robbery suspects to eventually turn themselves in to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were led on a brief chase, first though, along Route 40 after an alleged armed robbery April 17 of a family in the Aspen area of Charlotte County. Both suspects were able to elude police, but a short time later one the men called 911 and wanted to turn himself in, with the second suspect following suit and surrendering the next day. Both men are being held in the Charlotte Co. Jail.
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$20-Grand scam suspect identified

 
Apr30

A suspect in a $20-thousand dollar scam involving a Dinwiddie County man has been identified. Blackstone Police arrested, 50 year old Sheldon V. Stokes of Philadelphia, PA, in connection to the con, in which Stokes convinced his target, whom he met at Walmart last month, to withdraw the large sum of money from his savings account at Citizens Bank & Trust, according to reports at courrier-record.com. Police Chief Nick Kuzmiak says Stokes will be transferred to Virginia to face two felony charges. The investigation is ongoing.
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LWU BASEBALL TEAM SPENDS AFTERNOON AT THE WOODLAND

 
Apr29

FARMVILLE, VA. – A case of the Mondays in college baseball usually means something completely different than it does for most people. Monday is the beginning of the work week, the start of the school week, and far from the promise of joy that the weekend brings

For college baseball players Monday means a chance to recover from a weekend of games and a chance to rest before the mid-week gauntlet begins. Aside from the rare makeup for a rain-postponed game, which the Lancers faced earlier in the season at Charleston Southern, Mondays mean a day away from the intensity of a collegiate baseball game. For Longwood baseball, this past Monday also meant a trip to The Woodland, an assisted living community in Farmville, to make the day of dozens of residents

A day after the Lancers played a doubleheader to wrap up a three-game set against Campbell on the diamond and a day before they travelled to take on Norfolk State, the baseball team was represented by 18 players and head coach Ryan Mau at The Woodland. The team met with the residents during their late-afternoon meal, were introduced one-by-one by Mau, and sat down at tables with the residents during the afternoon

“It was an amazing afternoon being able to spend time with the senior residents of The Woodland,” Mau said after his team’s trip to the assisted living community. “I’m proud of our players who volunteered their off-day to make a difference in our community.

The team spent an hour talking with the seniors, covering a wide array of topics stemming from how Farmville had changed over the years, how Longwood was different from when a number of the residents studied at the university, and delving into other topics aboutfamily, life adventures, and, of course, baseball

“We had some great conversations taking place, and the room wasn’t short on laughter, either,” Mau said. “Especially when a resident asked 6-foot-9 pitcher Eric Harp, ‘How are the clouds up there?’

After arriving at 4 p.m., the players lined up outside the dining room inside the main building, the Moore Center, and walked out one at a time as Mau announced his “starting lineup.” After chatting for an hour with the residents, the team, joined by Elwood, posed for a group photo with everyone who wanted their picture taken. The team returned to the dining hall and spent another few minutes in conversation before it was time to leave

“I hope we positively impacted a few people today because, I can assure you, they all had a major impact on us,” Mau said

The following day the Lancers played a road game at Norfolk State, winning 13-5 against the Spartans. The 13 runs tied the season high for Longwood, and the Lancers picked up 12 hits in the decisive victory. Longwood (24-18, 8-7 Big South) is in the middle of one of its best seasons since joining the Division I ranks in 2008. The Lancers sit two wins shy of their best win total since joining the Big South in 2012. The Lancers won 26 games in the 2013 season

It may not be a daily occurrence for seniors to interact with a group of college baseball players, but then again the 2016 Longwood baseball team is not your typical club. With a 10-3 record in one-run games, five walk-off wins, and an 18-7 record in Farmville, the Lancers are certainly one of a kind.

Note: this story is contributed by:

Darius Thigpen

Longwood University

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for New Media

FOUR HSC TIGERS EARN ALL-ODAC, GOODWYN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 
Apr28

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced its all conference teams with four Tigers earning spots, including Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) who was named the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Senior second baseman John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run), senior shortstop Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle), and Goodwyn were named to the Second Team, and senior reliever Dylan Gonzales (Richmond, VA/J.R. Tucker) earned Third Team honors.

Randolph-Macon and Washington & Lee split the other four major awards; Randolph-Macon’s Travis Lodge and James Walsh were named the Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, and the Generals’ Lucas Jones was tabbed the Coach of the Year and Tom Conklin the Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Goodwyn had a strong debut season, leading the Tigers with 153 at bats, a .379 batting average, 58 hits, ten doubles, three triples, 30 runs, and an ODAC-high 23 stolen bases. Additionally, he batted in 19 runs. He hit safely in 30 of his 36 games, including 21 multi-hit games. Impressively he had a five consecutive games with at least two hits that included a perfect 5-for-5 day at the plate against Moravian.

Lloyd led the team in homeruns this season with four, while batting .319 with 36 hits, eight doubles and 22 runs – all third best for the Tigers. Additionally, he was second on the team in RBI with 23 and fifth in triples with one. On the base paths, he stole four bases while only being caught once. Lloyd recorded a hit in 23 of his 29 games and tallied nine multi-hit games.

Carneal, who earned First Team All-ODAC honors in 2014, batted .355 on the season with 44 hits. He was second on the team in doubles (9) and runs (24), and led the team in both RBI (32) and walks (25). Carneal hit safely in 30 of his 36 games, while also recording 14 multi-hit games.

Gonzales enjoyed the best regular season of his career, breaking the program record for single season appearances with 25, while also posting a team-best 1.70 ERA. He threw 42.1 innings, while boasting a 3-0 record and two saves. This year he struck out 28 while walking just 13.

Below is a full list of the All-ODAC teams.

2016 ALL-ODAC BASEBALL AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Travis Lodge, Sr., 3B, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Pitcher of the Year: James Walsh, Sr., Randolph-Macon
ODAC Coach of the Year: Lucas Jones, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Brian Goodwyn, Fr. OF, Hampden-Sydney
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Tom Concklin, Jr., P, Washington and Lee
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Tom Concklin SP Jr. Washington and Lee
James Walsh SP Sr. Randolph-Macon
Phil Morse RP Sr. Shenandoah
C.J. Lindsay C Jr. Virginia Wesleyan
Chuck Noble 1B Sr. Guilford
Joe Tomasulo 2B Sr. Lynchburg
Travis Lodge 3B Sr. Randolph-Macon
Brandon Kussmaul SS So. Virginia Wesleyan
Abel Arocho OF Jr. Shenandoah
Kenner Berry OF Jr. Bridgewater
Brandon Lineberry OF Sr. Emory & Henry
Nick Maiolo DH Sr. Randolph-Macon
Rick Spiers UT So. Randolph-Macon
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Colin Morse SP So. Shenandoah
Michael Scimanico SP Sr. Shenandoah
Danny Devereux RP Fr. Washington and Lee
Mitchell Keeler C Sr. Randolph-Macon
Carson Bryant 1B So. Emory & Henry
John Lloyd 2B Sr. Hampden-Sydney
Ryan Weston 3B Jr. Washington and Lee
Lee Carneal SS Sr. Hampden-Sydney
Justin Erby OF Jr. Virginia Wesleyan
Brian Goodwyn OF So. Hampden-Sydney
Michael Trentham OF Sr. Randolph-Macon
Jake Loew DH Jr. Shenandoah
Kyle Armstrong UT Sr. Eastern Mennonite
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Harrison Richards SP Sr. Roanoke
John Ruhlman SP Jr. Roanoke
Dylan Gonzales RP Sr. Hampden-Sydney
Cory Paton C Jr. Washington and Lee
Kyle Salladay C Jr. Eastern Mennonite
Clark Crutchfield 1B Sr. Roanoke
Tristan Baker 2B Fr. Shenandoah
Cavin Clyde 3B Sr. Bridgewater
Holden Watkins SS So. Emory & Henry
Joe Coleman OF Sr. Shenandoah
Randy Neisz OF So. Virginia Wesleyan
Christian Sanderson OF Sr. Randolph-Macon
Griffin Stanley OF Jr. Eastern Mennonite
Taylor Erby DH Jr. Virginia Wesleyan
Ryan Leake UT Sr. Bridgewater

 

Tornado Relief Distribution Center is wrapping up

 
Apr27

The Evergreen Baptist Church Tornado Relief Distribution Center is wrapping up. The center, which was set up to assist victims of the EF3 tornado that ripped through Appomattox County on Feb. 24, will no longer be operating after May 28, according to a media release. While the Distribution Center will be closing on May 28, organizers said it will remain open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, starting May 1. The tornado destroyed 27 homes and damaged another dozen or so, displacing hundreds of residents from their homes. The twister, which also killed one man and sent seven others to the emergency room, has been recorded as the third official tornado in Appomattox County since 1950.
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Appomattox County High School students who recently passed away will live on

 
Apr27

Three Appomattox County High School students who recently passed away will live on at the schools Memorial Garden. During a ceremony last week, three pavers were added to the Memorial Garden, for John-Ryan Nantz, Calob Wilson, and Jason Chilton, according to Appomattox School Board Chairman Bobby Waddell, who addressed the crowd of one hundred or more friends and family, Thursday. These recent deaths brings to 37 the number of pavers the school has dedicated since the gardens inception in 2010.
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Past meets present, at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historic State Park

 
Apr27

It was past meets present, as Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historic State Park personnel prepared for the 151st anniversary earlier this month (April 9). They found what appeared to be a battlefield marker believed to have been used during the centennial event in the 1960s. A park-area resident donated the use of his conservation easement property for a new interpretive trail telling the story of the Marshall’s Crossroads battle of Sailor’s Creek, fought in April of 1865, near Farmville, as part of the Appomattox Campaign, near the end of the American Civil War.
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Plans to spruce up the Town of Appomattox are underway

 
Apr27

Plans to spruce up the Town of Appomattox are underway. A Business District Revitalization will enhance the economic development of the Town of Appomattox and current property and business owners in the Town’s Central Business District. Areas in the Central Business District are Main Street, Court Street and Church Street, as well as Confederate Boulevard and Route 24.
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Former Hampden-Sydney College Freshman Facing Gun, Drug and Theft Charges

 
Apr26

A FORMER HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE STUDENT IS FACING A NUMBER OF CRIMINAL CHARGES. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

18-YEAR-OLD BRADFORD SPROUSE IS CHARGED WITH SIX FELONIES AND THREE MISDEMEANORS…AFTER CAMPUS POLICE FOUND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, GUNS AND MORE THAN 6-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. SPROUSE IS ALSO ACCUSED OF SEVERAL THEFTS ON CAMPUS.

POLICE FOUND OUT ABOUT SPROUSE’S CRIMINAL OPERATION AFTER AN OFFICER STOPPED HIS VEHICLE BECAUSE OF A SHOTGUN IN THE FRONT SEAT. THE OFFICER ALSO FOUND SEVERAL OTHER GUNS AND WEAPONS…DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN ON-CAMPUS.

SUBSEQUENT SEARCHES UNCOVERED THE DRUGS AND CASH. POLICE SAY ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE LIKELY.

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