Local Virginia News


  • Friday December 26th, 2014

    One local organization is ‘Changing the community one kid at a time.’ That’s the motto of the Farmville based Beyond The Numbers Club, a student-run organization founded by Amelia McConnell, and fellow Longwood friends, for Farmville children to go after-school. The Beyond The Numbers Club centers offer academic tutoring, mentoring and a positive sense of community for students in grades elementary through high school. As BTN has grown, more Longwood students are joining the mission and volunteer their time at local community centers and after-school programs.

  • Friday December 26th, 2014

    A 32 year old Kenbridge woman will ring in the new year behind bars. Monica Renee Jennings was recently sentenced in Lunenburg Circuit Court on four felony counts of forgery for cashing eleven checks totaling more than $5,000.00 she stole from her parents, during the holidays from November to December, 2013. She faces one year in jail, according to the Southside Messenger.

  • Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

    For many , today will be the last work day before a long holiday weekend. When 89.5 million Americans take to the roads for holiday travel, they will find the cheapest gasoline since May 2009 and the lowest Christmas day prices since 2008. On average, Americans are saving $13 for a tank of gas compared to this time last year. If prices remain at these levels, households will save $550 next year, according to the Energy Information Administration. The cheapest gas in this morning is 2.16 a gallon, according to gasbuddy .com. Plunging pump prices have boosted disposable income by more than 3.5 percent, which encourages Americans to travel. AAA expects the highest number of travelers during the year-end holidays on record, which dates back to 2001.

  • Monday December 22nd, 2014

    The Jamerson Library in Appomattox County held a “Roll into Christmas” guessing contest, where patrons ages up through 13 years of age had to guess the number of tootsie rolls in a clear plastic Christmas Tree. The winner was Bennett, age 9, who guessed 220 and the actually number was 223. Tootsie rolls were purchased by ACLA, with over 85 patrons took a guess. The highest guess was 650, 584 tootsie rolls, and the lowest guess was 45.

  • Monday December 22nd, 2014

    A local woman is going to jail for stealing from her own parents. Monica Renee Jennings, a 32 year old Kenbridge woman of 1446 Blackstone Rd., was convicted recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court of four felony counts of Forgery of her parents’ checks and sentenced to a one year in jail.
    According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, the charges arose when the bank notified the state police that from November to December, 2013 someone had forged and cashed eleven checks totaling $5,930.00 at other banks and businesses. When interviewed by state police, Jennings admitted to obtaining her parents’ account number and ordering new checks with her parents’ names, but changing the address to her own residence in Meherrin. Jennings was also charged in Prince Edward County with additional offenses, but has not yet been tried.

  • Thursday December 18th, 2014

    They’re breathing a sigh of relief at the Appomattox satellite branch of Central Virginia Community College. The Times Virginian reports that this summer there were talks of budget cuts for community colleges in the state, but on Monday, officials said that the Appomattox branch would be safe from any cuts.

  • Thursday December 18th, 2014

    A bold armed robbery during Friday night’s annual Christmas Parade, Blackstone police say, was apparently pre-planned. The Courier-Record reports, a lone gunman held up the Blackstone Food Barn/North Main Convenience store, as hundreds of area residents attened the parade just blocks away, downtown. Police say the suspect is described as a 5’10” light skinned black male. If you have any information about this crime you’re urged to contact the Blackstone police department.


  • Wednesday December 17th, 2014

    December 21-27, 2014

    Highway work requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting. Traffic may be restricted. Items in italics contain new/updated information. For up-to-date information, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.

    Amherst County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
    Route 29 Business north- and southbound (Rt. 1108-Rt. 731) – Crews will mill and pave. Use caution.
    Route 501/130 (Snowden) – Preparations for construction of new structure. Signs installation and early ground work to take place
    Route 643 over Horsley Creek – 1/5/15-10/15/15, bridge replacement and approach work. Traffic control devices and flaggers will be in use. Use caution; expect delays.

    Appomattox County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
    Route 615 over David Creek – Road closed 1/5-1/23/15, for deck replacement and substructure repairs. Detour in place.

    Buckingham County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
    Dillwyn AHQ – Crews will make drainage repairs on secondary routes.
    Various – Crews will make surface repairs, boom axe and respond to customer concerns.

    Campbell County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
    Route 643 over Falling River – 12/15/14-7/22/15, bridge replacement and approach work. Traffic control devices and flaggers will be in use. Use caution; expect delays.

    Charlotte County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
    Route 675 over Cub Creek (Rt. 40 – Poor House Rd) – Road closed; temporary signal for bridge replacement. Est. comp. 9/28/15.
    Craftons Gate – Crews will mow, cut brush and work non-hard surface roads.
    Phenix – Crews will clean ditches and pipe with backhoe and add shoulder stone.
    Various secondary routes–Crews will boom axe and respond to customers.

    Cumberland County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
    Various – Crews will work surfaces, repair shoulders, cut brush and respond to customers.

    Halifax County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
    Bethel AHQ -Crews will work surfaces.
    Cluster Springs and Volens AHQ – Crews will work shoulders.
    Various – Crews will respond to customer concerns.

    Nelson County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator
    Route 722 over Branch of Buffalo Creek – Road closed 1/12-2/6/15, for structure replacement. Detour in place.

    Pittsylvania County: Kenneth Martin, Residency Administrator
    Route 621 (862-875) – Closed Dec. 16-23 for pipe replacement. Detour in place.
    Route 713 (701-662) over Sandy Creek – Road closed 1/5-3/27/15, for structure replacement. Detour in place.
    Brosville AHQ – Crews will work shoulders.
    Gretna, Mt. Airy and Rondo AHQ – Clean roadsides.
    Various – Crews will boom axe, work surfaces and respond to customer concerns.

    Prince Edward County: Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator
    Route 623 –Bridge replacement over NS and Buckingham Branch Railroads. Est. comp. 6/30/15.
    Route 658– Crews will make shoulder repairs.
    Various – Crews will clean roadsides, make surface repairs, cut brush and respond to customers

    District-wide activities:
    Bridge and guardrail maintenance – Crews will perform bridge/guardrail maintenance.

  • Wednesday December 17th, 2014

    The folks at Twin Lakes State Park are already looking past Christmas, getting ready for an event on New Years Day. It’s the Annual First Day Poker Hike on Thursday, January 1st. You can start as early as 9:00 a.m. but need to log in your poker hand by 3:00 p.m. Here’s how it works, you’ll check-in at the park office to receive your first GPS coordinate and playing card. Find the location to receive your next card with your GPS, and then you’ll return to the office for your last card and to log your poker hand. Cards can be swapped out at the end, by successfully answering trivia questions about Twin Lakes State Park. Participants can either be individuals or teams. at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded for the best hand.

  • Wednesday December 17th, 2014

    Just as they did at Thanksgiving, the folks at Triple A are predicting a banner year for holiday travel in the U.S. over Christmas.They predict 98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home.That would be up 4 percent from 2013 and the largest amount on record, which goes back to 2001.The holiday period is defined as Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 4. Ninety-one percent of that travel volume will be by car.

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