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  • Friday May 29th, 2015

    A police brutality review board held their first meeting this month. Recently Sheriff Wesley Reed of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on an Expert Review Panel to assist with improving the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Initiative. Under Executive Order 40, law enforcement agencies, which make up the panel will review a case in which a student was injured during an arrest in Charlottesville. The State Police are conducting an independent investigation of the incident. The Governor’s appointed review board will take further steps to review broader concerns about ABC law enforcement, including requiring more training for all ABC special agents on use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth and young adults, and community policing.
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  • Friday May 29th, 2015

    The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors is proposing a 53-cents tax increase in personal property rates and a $10 increase in vehicle license fees. The tax hikes are needed, supervisors say, to balance a $37.3 million budget. The public is invited to attend a public hearing, Monday, on the two tax increase proposals.
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  • Friday May 29th, 2015

    A police brutality review board held their first meeting this month. Recently Sheriff Wesley Reed of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on an Expert Review Panel to assist with improving the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Initiative. Under Executive Order 40 law enforcement agencies, which make up the panel will review a case in which a student was injured during an arrest in Charlottesville. The State Police are conducting an independent investigation of the incident. The Governor’s appointed review board will take further steps to review broader concerns about ABC law enforcement, including requiring more training for all ABC special agents on use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth and young adults, and community policing.
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  • Thursday May 28th, 2015

    They’re racing against the clock to fill a recently vacant Appomattox Town Council seat. With the death of Norman H. “Jimmy” Mayberry, members have 45 days from the time the position became available to appoint someone to fulfill the remaining term, according to the Town Charter and Code of Virginia, which also states someone must be selected by a majority vote of the governing body to complete the remaining term. Council will advertise the position and vote on the applicants. Mayberry, who died on May 14, had served on the town council for 19 years. In order to fill the open seat, Harvey said town council will undertake a series of steps.
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  • Thursday May 28th, 2015

    Who let the dogs out? Some Amelia County residents posed that question to town supervisors as complaints about loud barking dogs in the River Estates subdivision on Mattoax Lane (Rt. 635) were filed with the Board last week (May 20). Twenty five residents in the subdivision had signed a petition asking the supervisors to do something about a neighbor’s dogs that bark non stop for hours. The complaintants are asking officials to adopt an ordinance that would allow the residents to call the sheriff’s office.
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  • Thursday May 28th, 2015

    Appomattox County residents could be paying more taxes. The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors is proposing a 53-cents tax increase in personal property rates and a $10 increase in vehicle license fees.
    The tax increases are needed, supervisors say, to balance a $37.3 million budget. To get out of the red, the Board would have needed an 18-cents increase in the real estate tax rate, but that number was considered way too large of a burden on taxpayers. The public is invited to attend a public hearing, Monday, on the two tax increase proposals.
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  • Thursday May 28th, 2015

    SUNDAY CRASHES – Several people were injured in two separate crashes, Sunday, (May 24) on U.S. Rt. 360. A total of nine people were rushed to the hospital after the accidents at the Butler’s Road (Rt. 628) intersection Sunday night. Virginia State Police said alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crashes.
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  • Wednesday May 27th, 2015

    The Farmville Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired on May 26th, 2015, in the 600 block of South Main Street. Several witnesses and officers who were near the area reported hearing 3-4 shots fired at approximately 7:20 P.M… Officers responded to the scene and secured the area. During the course of the investigation, officers located and interviewed several individuals. The initial detailed search of the area did not produce evidence of a person or property being struck by the gunfire. Currently there are mixed reports as to the possibility of a vehicle being involved or if the suspect was on foot behind the houses. Some witnesses reported a white vehicle (Possible Toyota) may have been involved. One witness was confident that the shots were fired from behind a residence. During the course of the investigation officers made one arrest of an individual who was wanted on active warrants but that person is not a suspect in this incident at this time. The investigation into this matter is continuing and patrols have been increased in the area.

    As a precaution due to the proximity of the campus from this incident, an alert was sent out to secure the campus until the extent of the situation could be determined. Longwood Police and Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office also responded and assisted during the investigation.

    Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact the Farmville Police Department at 434-392-9259.

  • Wednesday May 27th, 2015

    Making a difference. That was the theme for ACHS’ Valedictorian, as she spoke to the 2015 graduating class last week. A 179 Appomattox County High School graduates, where challenged during commencement to go out and change the world. Graduates’ plans are varied, with 70 heading off to a four-year college, 42 to community college, five to vocational school, and 52 straight to the workforce.
    Six graduates are set to enlist in the armed services.
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  • Wednesday May 27th, 2015

    The new Sluggers Academy debuted last week. An Open House and fundraiser was held at the sports training facility’s new building behind the old J.E. Sears on Court Street in Downtown Appomattox.
    The newly renovated Sluggers facility allows Appomattox’s youth athletes a venue to hone their sports skills in a controlled environment. The 60-by-100-foot metal building officially opened in February, complete with new artificial turf, two 70-by-12-foot batting cages, and a 70-by-70-foot center section with a pitching mound. Six pitching machines were also placed within Sluggers, as well as six L-Screens, 10 sock nets, 15 tees, 400 baseballs and 150 softballs.
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