Vacation is almost over for Vance County kids. Vance County Public Schools start the year next Monday.Some private and charter schools are already back, and by next Monday, all school children will be in class. Families gathered at Vance Charter School late Monday afternoon for an open house. Vance Charter students return for their first day of classes on Aug. 20. Henderson Collegiate started classes Monday. Victory Christian School also started classes Monday. Crossroads Christian School’s students started last Wednesday. Kerr-Vance Academy begins classes Wednesday.
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Tricounty officials will have to wait till the end of the month to get a county by county breakdown on the unemployment figures for July. However the statewide figures were released on Monday in a report that showed a slight increase in the North Carolina unemployment rate. In June,the rate was 6.4 percent,and that went up to 6.5 percent in July. A spokesman for the Division of Employment security says the increase may be due to more people unemployed and looking for jobs, but being unsuccessful in finding them. The report shows that North Carolina employers filled about 15-thousand jobs in July. The largest increase was in the professional and business service sector. In June, Vance County’s jobless rate was 9.4 percent. Warren County was at 9 percent.
The music faculty at Farmville’s Longwood University have scheduled their annual recital for next week. The faculty gala has become a tradition marking the beginning of the Longwood University academic year. It will be held Monday, August 25th, in the Molnar Recital Hall. This will be the fourth annual faculty recital. It is free and open to the public.
Students and teachers at Cumberland Elementary are a lot more comfortable than they were at the start of the last school year, when the classrooms got way too hot. That discomfort, though,sparked county officials to get moving a getting a new HVAC system installed over the summer. It had been on the county’s capitol improvement plan for at least three years, because the heating and cooling system’s performance had been so inconsistent. The school district is still working on alternatives to ease congestion in the parking lot related to the carpool lanes.
The Prince Edward County Legislative Committee meets today with a couple of interesting items on the agenda. One of them deals with the collection of Internet sales taxes. The state currently collects sales taxes from some Internet retailers, but that tax isn’t redistributed back to the localities where the purchase was made. The committee today will consider asking the General Assembly to implement a method for that redistribution. They’ll also consider asking the General Assembly to change state law to require political parties to pay 100 percent of the cost of primary elections.
Most of us aren’t saving for retirement. Jack Murphy reports.
Appomattox is thriving. Those were the thoughts from Mayor Paul Harvey last week as part of his state of the town address, where he highlighted some projects that the town council has taken on since 2010, including the kiddie park project and Abbitt Park pavilion, while also reducing spending by 23 percent, thanks to town staff that pitched in to do a lot of the engineering services needed for the projects. Harvey also boasted that within the last four years, the Town of Appomattox has secured four new businesses, including a Hardee’s, and a Dollar Tree. He says they’re cleaning up blight and improving the quality of life for town residents.
In a story that’s almost poetic, a woman who lives on Poorhouse Road has been convicted of welfare fraud. Vanessa Ann Woods , a 41-year-old Lunenburg woman of 6236 Poorhouse Road, was recently convicted in Lunenburg Circuit Court sentenced to 10 years in prison with all suspended. She will be on supervised probation, must complete 50 hours of community service, and she has to pay the money back. Woods was suspected of selling her EBT card for cash in another county. When confronted by the investigator for Lunenburg Social Services, the defendant admitted that she had done so. She also revealed that she had been working for about one and a half years and had not reported the income as required by law. Woods was receiving $668 per month for most of the months in SNAP benefits.
A meals tax will not be on ballot in Buckingham. Jack Murphy reports.
A local woman could have gone to prison for stealing water, but she got a break.
Sharvette Antonia Walker, a 31-year-old woman of 43 Busy Lane, Kenbridge, was convicted recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court of one felony count of Shoplifting for stealing a case of bottled water at the Dollar General Store in Kenbridge last May. She was sentenced to five years in prison with all suspended except two days in jail.