Local Virginia News


  • Thursday July 30th, 2015


    Meet Joy Stump, the new director of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce. She may have just moved here in March, but for Joy Farmville has always felt like home.

    A New Jersey native, from Hunterdon county in the western portion of the state, Joy’s first acquaintance with Farmville began when her daughter started attending Longwood University in 2007. She was immediately struck by the similarities between Farmville and Hunterdon, down to the small but picturesque downtown area and the rich tapestry of local history.

    “It already felt like home,” Joy says, “well before we moved here.”

    Joy fell in love with Virginia when she was attending Roanoke College. And the state wasn’t the only thing she fell in love with. She also met and married husband Andy who currently works for an insurance company in Glen Allen. After graduating, the couple stayed in Roanoke briefly before returning to spend the past 28 years in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Virginia, much like Ray Charles’ Georgia, stayed on their minds.

    “The plan was always to come back,” says Joy. With Andy’s family living in the Roanoke area and a daughter attending Longwood University, they had already established traditions centering around Farmville, including Thanksgiving at Charley’s Waterfront Cafe.

    But it’s not just the family traditions and familiarity that seem a perfect fit between Joy and the community. Her new position with the Chamber is also a natural transition career-wise.

    While in Hunterdon, Joy worked as the volunteer coordinator for Hunterdon Hospice, overseeing over 160 volunteers and wearing numerous other hats throughout her time there.

    “Basically anything the medical staff wasn’t able to do, I did,” she says with a laugh. From interviews to press releases to speaking at senior centers and other community and education initiatives, Joy did it all. And did it well. In 2011, she was awarded the title of “New Jersey Volunteer Coordinator of The Year”

    But despite the recognition of her work, Joy insists the most powerful part of her job was working with the volunteers themselves.

    “The volunteers really changed my life,” she says, “working with people who were so giving changed who I was as a person”

    It is this people-focused enthusiasm and optimism that has Joy excited to start her new chapter with the Chamber. Grateful for the legacy left her by previous director Lisa Tharpe, Joy hopes to continue the upward trajectory.

    “The Chamber is really thriving now,” says Joy, “I’m hoping to look at what we have and see what we can enhance. I don’t want to change anything that’s working.”

    She hopes to implement more small-business centric programs and add an educational component, while strengthening the web presence of the Chamber. And she’s not stopping with those ideas. Joy is eager to hear from members and the community about what the chamber can do to better serve the area.

    “I want people to contact me and tell me what they think is working well and what they’d like to change. If I think it’s a good idea, I will do everything in my power to make it work,” Joy says. From a woman with such a natural gift for coordinating and working with people, this is no small promise.

    Ultimately, Joy is just eager to start returning some of the love she has experienced from the Farmville community.

    “I love this community that has welcomed me so warmly,” she says. “This job gives me an wonderful opportunity to give back to this community and help support it.”

    Story submitted by Ilsa Loeser

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015


    The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

    Hampden-Sydney had two honorees, as both Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Will Scott (Virginia beach, VA/Cornell) met the criteria for the Honors Court. The criteria are as follows:

    1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
    2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.
    3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
    4. Member of a NCAA Divisions I, II, III, or NAIA Divisions I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

    Lewis excelled both on the court and in the classroom, scoring 995 career points, averaging 9.0 per-game over four years, and graduating with a major in Economics and Business and a 3.45 GPA.

    Scott, a captain this past season, boasts a 3.74 GPA, majoring in Economics. On the court this past season, he appeared in 23 games, starting in five, while averaging 1.0 points and 1.8 rebounds-per-game.

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    Goochland County- A North Chesterfield, Virginia man died early Thursday morning (July 30) after the vehicle he was driving ran off the road and struck an embankment.  The crash occurred at approximately 1:50 a.m. on Route 288 southbound on the exit ramp to Route 6 east (Patterson Ave.) in Goochland County.

    Virginia State Police Trooper F. Ross investigated the crash.

    The troopers investigation revealed that a 2011 BMW was traveling south on Route 288 when the vehicle was exiting the ramp, ran off the road to the left, struck an embankment continued across Route 6 stopping at the northbound ramp.

    The driver (sole occupant) of the 2011 BMW Thomas A. Dennard, 59, of North Chesterfield Virginia was transported to MCV hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


    Story contributed by VSP


  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    The Appomattox all-stars are now advancing to the Dixie Youth Minors Baseball World Series. A dozen Appomattox boys ages 9-10, qualified for the World Series after cruising through the State Tournament. Appomattox will now represent the state of Virginia in the World Series, which will start on Aug. 8 in Lexington, S.C. Appomattox is the first minors team to win a state championship since 2001. The local all-stars beat out 56 teams from 8 districts across Virginia.

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    A three-car crash that claimed the life of an Amelia County teen is still under investigation. According to the Virginia State Police, Cheyenne E. Martin, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on westbound U.S. Rt. 460 in Nottoway County last week Monday (July 21), when her vehicle colided with a car at the Lewiston Plank Road (Rt. 723) intersection. The driver of a third vehicle, who didn’t see the wreck in the roadway ran into them. The driver who crashed with the teen was charged with reckless driving, and taken to Centra Southside Hospital in Farmville with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the third car and his two passengers were also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    New dugouts are coming to Appomattox Community Park, thanks to the efforts of some local businesses. Youth base ball player will soon be enjoying dugouts with cinderblock siding and a roof, a big improvement from the old dugouts comprised of a tarp. The project is expected to be completed next month.

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    Four members of the Longwood women’s soccer team’s freshman class were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Virginia High School State All-Star Team. Representing Longwood on the squad were incoming freshman midfielders Amber Hodges Kathryn Miller and Sydney Wallace and forward Sheyenne Stretz

  • Thursday July 30th, 2015

    Workers at Appomattox County Schools will be seeing some bigger numbers on their paychecks, beginning this school year. The School Board has okayked a two percent pay hike. The raise will be for all staff at county schools. Also teachers can expect to see changes to the pay scales coming back this year.

  • Wednesday July 29th, 2015

    Farmville is gearing up for National Night Out 2015. The police department is urging area residents to host neighborhood block parties on that night to celebrate the fight against crime. If you want to host a neighborhood block part for the Night Out event, scheduled for for August 4th, contact the police department by July 30th. Last year Farmville residents held 11 Night Out events in neighborhoods across town. According to a press release from the Town of Farmville Police Department, “National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, develop and strengthen partnerships between police and residents, and generate support for anti-crime programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Crime Solvers and Business Watch.”

  • Wednesday July 29th, 2015

    http://patch.com/ – Back-to-school shopping will cost a little less. Virginia’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday will take place from Aug. 7-9 statewide. It traditionally begins on the first Friday of every August. School supplies and back-to-school clothing are among the main items included in the sales tax exemption. However, each school supply must cost under $20, and each item of clothing must cost less than $100. Also included in the weekend-long tax exemption are hurricane and emergency preparedness items, as well as EnergyStar and WaterSense products.

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