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The Immigration Center in Farmville is being praised

 
Feb24

southsidemessenger.com – The Immigration Center in Farmville is being praised. The initial introduction to the plan was met with mixed emotions and widely varying opinions, but Farmville officials now say it is a good thing they did. According to the results of a recent economic impact study, the ICA has helped boost the Farmville economy, creating around 400 jobs and injecting nearly $20 million in labor income for employees from Farmville and surrounding areas.
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Clinton Speech Writer to Speak at Longwood

 
Feb24

President Bill Clinton was known for his powerful speeches. The man behind many of those words is coming to Farmville to speak on one of the 20th century’s most well-known political feuds.
Jeff Shesol, noted author and former presidential speechwriter, will present a lecture on how national politics influenced the civil rights struggle and presidential leadership as part of the Longwood Leadership Forum at the Robert Russa Moton Museum on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m.
Shesol’s lecture, titled “Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights: How Washington’s feud of the decade shaped the fight against Massive Resistance in the South,” comes on the heels of the award-winning film Selma, which portrays a contested relationship between the White House and civil rights activists.

Clinton speechwriter, noted political author to speak at Moton

 
Feb23

 

 

Farmville, Va.— President Bill Clinton was known for his powerful speeches. The man behind many of those words is coming to Farmville to speak on one of the 20th century’s most well-known political feuds.

Jeff Shesol, noted author and former presidential speechwriter, will present a lecture on how national politics influenced the civil rights struggle and presidential leadership as part of the Longwood Leadership Forum at the Robert Russa Moton Museum on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m.

Shesol’s lecture, titled “Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights: How Washington’s feud of the decade shaped the fight against Massive Resistance in the South,” comes on the heels of the award-winning film Selma, which portrays a contested relationship between the White House and civil rights activists. Shesol has published two highly praised studies of national politics, Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy and The Feud That Defined a Decade and Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court. It was Mutual Contempt that led Clinton to contact Shesol and tap him for senior staff.

“Jeff Shesol is an accomplished writer who brings an insightful perspective to national politics,” said Dr. Larissa Fergeson, professor of history at Longwood. “His work is grounded in a deep understanding of how Washington works and the forces that shaped public policy during the crucial decade of the 1960s. As Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy sought to intervene in the Prince Edward school closings case and was instrumental in the establishment of the Free Schools in 1963.  Shesol’s lecture will help to place Prince Edward’s civil rights history in a broader national context.”

Shesol also taught presidential history at Princeton University and the University of California Washington Center and is a founding partner of the West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and strategy group. He has been recognized for his comic strip Thatch, which was featured in more than 150 newspapers in the 1990s.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Warmer temperatures could be on the horizon

 
Feb23

Warmer temperatures could be on the horizon. Ice accumulation on tress and electrical lines caused power outages over the weekend, including in Prince Edward County, Charlotte, Amelia, Cumberland, and Appomattox, but forecasters say temperatures will rise well above freezing this week.
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therotundaonline.com – Arson, investigators now know, is to blame for a Feb. 3, fire

 
Feb23

therotundaonline.com – Arson, investigators now know, is to blame for a Feb. 3, fire behind the Habitat for Humanity Restore. The Rotunda reports, video surveillance of the area showed two people setting fire to a utility trailer filled with donated furniture parked behind the store on South Main Street. The burnt trailer was discovered by the store employees the next morning. Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation, to contact the Farmville Police Department.
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Three Amelia County men have been charged with attempted murder

 
Feb23

ameliamonitor.com – Three Amelia County men have been charged with attempted murder. According to posts at ameliamonitor.com, Sheriff Ricky Walker said the three men, one armed with a shotgun, broke into a residence and attacked 19-year-old Benjamin Thompkins III. Two shots were reportedly fired in the incident but who fired them is part of the ongoing investigation. The three suspects were being held at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, and are expected to appear in court, Monday (Feb. 23). Sheriff Walker said a motive for the break-in has yet to be determined, but they are looking into whether a Feb. 9 situation at a residence on Five Forks Road may be related to this incident.
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Longwood Hoops Legend Kersey Passes Away

 
Feb23

Longwood basketball legend Jerome Kersey passed away last Wednesday as the result of a blood clot that clogged his pulmonary arteries. He was 52 years old. Kersey is best known for his career with the Portland Trailblazers from 1984-95 where he helped the team make it to two NBA Championships.

Bloodmobile in Appomattox Today

 
Feb23

The Bloodmobile will be in the Town of Appomattox today. The Red Cross event will take place from noon to 6 pm at Liberty Baptist Church, which is located at 105 South Church Street. Walk-ins are welcome.

Farmville Hires New Police Chief

 
Feb23

By this time next month, Farmville’s new Chief of Police will be all moved in an ready to take the reins. Curtis Lee Davis is the Deputy Chief of the Roanoke Police. He’s been with that department for 26 years. Farmville’s former police chief Doug Mooney retired in January. The town got over 50 applicants for the job, and interviewed ten of the hopefuls before selecting Davis. He’ll will be moving to Farmville on March 16th.

Ice Caused Power Outages

 
Feb23

We’re beginning a new work week in Farmville that promises to be much more pleasant than the last one. We’ll be well above the freezing mark with no snow and ice expected,and maybe even a few peeks at the sun. Ice accumulation on trees and power lines caused some scattered power outages over the weekend. Southside Electric Cooperative crews handled outages in Prince Edward County, along with the counties of Powhatan, Charlotte, Amelia, Cumberland, Campbell, Appomattox and Bedford.

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