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  • Monday February 08th, 2016

    A mixed bag of precipitation is likely across the Commonwealth over the next week, with rain, snow and sleet possible in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The Lynchburg District covers the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

    Crews will monitor conditions overnight and into early Tuesday to address any issues that might arise as a result of precipitation and cold temperatures.

    Motorists can do their part by:

    • Knowing road conditions in advance of any travel. Check local media or visit 511virginia.org and call 511.
    • Driving for the conditions: Slow down, ensure that windows and lights are clear of any snow/ice, avoid any sudden stops or turns and allow extra time for travel.
    • Avoiding any unnecessary travel during hazardous conditions.



  • Monday February 08th, 2016

    Two double-doubles, two Longwood wins and a redemptive performance at the site of a season-ending injury earned Lancer center Lotanna Nwogbo Big South Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, the conference announced Monday.

    The 6-8, 255-pound Nwogbo turned in a pair of dominant performances to lead Longwood (8-17, 4-8 Big South) to back-to-back wins over Campbell and Charleston Southern last week, vaulting the Lancers into eighth place in the Big South standings. Averaging 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, Nwogbo helped the Lancers take down Campbell 80-79 at home Wednesday and Charleston Southern 78-76 in double overtime on the road Saturday.

    Nwogbo was unstoppable in the paint in the two-game set, hitting 15-of-19 (.789) shots from the field, including 9-of-12 in the 50-minute, double-overtime affair in Charleston. Playing in the same venue where he suffered a season-ending thumb injury on Jan. 10 last season, Nwogbo lit up Charleston Southern for 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for his eighth double-double of the season. Nwogbo played a season-high 45 minutes in the win despite battling an illness in the days leading up to the crucial Big South showdown.

    Eight of Nwogbo’s 15 field goals last week were dunks, including four as part of a 6-of-7 shooting effort in the 80-79 win over Campbell Wednesday. The redshirt senior posted 16 points and 11 boards in that win, coming up big with nine points and five rebounds after halftime.

    The week raised Nwogbo’s season line to 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, joining High Point’s John Brown as the only two players in the Big South averaging at least 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Nwogbo has scored in double figures in 21 of his 25 games and enters the final six games of the regular season ranked among the Big South’s top 10 in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks.

    Now 4-4 over their past eight games, including 4-1 with senior forward Shaquille Johnson in the lineup, the Lancers head to second-place Winthrop this Thursday for a 7 p.m. rematch of Winthrop’s 82-68 win on Jan. 24. Longwood then returns home to Willett Hall to host in-state rival Liberty on Saturday at 2 p.m.

  • Monday February 08th, 2016


    Virginia’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2016 – the start of spring fire season in the Commonwealth.  This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

    A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine.  In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

    “Because people are the cause of more than 95 percent of wildland fires in the Commonwealth, the 4 p.m. burning law may be one of the most effective tools we have in the prevention of wildfires,” said John Miller, director of resource protection at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF).  “Each late winter and early spring, downed trees, branches and leaves become ‘forest fuels’ that increase the danger of a wildfire.  By adhering to the law and not burning before 4 p.m., people are less likely to start a fire that threatens them, their property and the forests of Virginia.”

    In 2015, there were 616 wildfires that burned a total of 5,906 acres of forestland in the Commonwealth.  This was significantly less than the 10-year average of 1,100 wildfires, which burn a total of 11,000 acres annually.

    “If not for the suppression efforts of VDOF employees and local firefighters, 901 homes and other structures, worth an estimated $150 million, would have been damaged or destroyed last year by these wildfires,” said Miller.

  • Monday February 08th, 2016


    : Gas prices have dropped another 8-cents at the pump over the past two weeks – to a national average of $1.82 per gallon – in the latest Lundberg Survey. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the falling price of crude oil gets the credit – for the drop, but also for the uncertainty of what’s to come. As for the high-low:

  • Monday February 08th, 2016

    J.J. “Jamie” Davis formally announced his bid for reelection to the Farmville Town
    Council “Ward E” seat in the May 3rd election. He currently chairs the Finance and
    Ordinance Committee and serves on the Asset and Resources Committee. In announcing
    his reelection bid, Davis said “While working with Council and the Town
    Administration we have been able to greatly reduce the Town’s long-term debt and
    progressively move forward with updating the infrastructure and developing new
    projects. Equally important has been the intentional strengthening of Town relationships
    with each other, Longwood University, state legislators, and other various boards and
    organizations. It is vital to our community to continue developing healthy relationships
    and forging forward together while remaining fiscally responsible and being willing to
    make tough decisions in the best interest of the citizens of our town.”
    In addition to serving as the Ward E representative, Davis is the downtown business
    owner of Custom Floors, member of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, an
    active member of New Life Church, serves on the board of the Prince Edward Farmville
    Youth Association where he also coaches baseball, and together with his wife of 21
    years, Ginger, rear their two sons Worth 10 and Ryder 7.

  • Monday February 08th, 2016

    The investigation continues into a chemical fire last weekend (January 30), at Patriot Rail in Keysville. Two employees were working at the railcar repair facility, on Horseshoe Bend Road, when a fire broke out in the paint room Saturday morning around 11 a.m., according to Keysville Fire Chief Lynn Duffey. Ten fire departments and 45 firefighters responded to the blaze, and the firefighters worked close to two hours to bring the blaze under control. The cause of the fire and estimated damage have not been determined according to Duffey. No one was injured

  • Friday February 05th, 2016

    BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Police Department continues to investigate a breaking and entering incident at a Food Mart on Church Street. The incident took place on the morning of January 23rd at approximately 2:00 a.m. Blackstone police say that the suspect was seen on video surveillance throwing a cinder block through the front glass door at the store, but his face is not visible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department or the Nottoway Crime Solvers tip line.

  • Friday February 05th, 2016

    VICTORIA – Vanished without a trace. That’s what police are saying as they continue their search for a 53 year old Victoria woman, missing since January 2. Kathleen Williams husband says he last saw his wife at their home on 10th Street in Victoria just before going to a local store, and when he returned from the shopping trip she was not there. Their son, who has special needs, was also at the house alone. Victoria Police Chief Keith Phillips said they have been searching the area, talking with neighbors and have also put her into the National Missing Persons Registry. Chief Phillips says that they are continuing the investigation and search, but at this point there have been no signs or leads as to what happened. If you have any information or may have seen Mrs. Williams you’re urged to call Crime Solvers or local police.

  • Friday February 05th, 2016

    Appomattox town leaders are planning a Civil War seminar this weekend. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is partnering with Longwood University for the 17th annual seminar tomorrow at Jarman Auditorium in Farmville. It’s free to attend and parking is available on campus. The doors open tomorrow at 8:30, with a lunch break at 12:30. This year’s seminar will focus on the aftermath of the surrender and the legacies of some of the key figures involved.

  • Thursday February 04th, 2016


    Desmond Abdul Crawley, a 22-year-old Lunenburg resident 3923 Rehoboth Road, Victoria, was sentenced recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court on one felony count of Grand Larceny to about 100 days in jail as a result of stealing a tip jar containing $232 in coins and small bills off the counter of Chinese Wok, a Victoria restaurant.

    According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, on October 17, 2015, Crawley was captured on video as he sat in the front room of the establishment watching the employee at the register.  When the employee had to step away from the counter toward the kitchen, Crawley jumped up and grabbed the glass tip jar off the counter.  A four-year-old child who was sitting behind the counter called out to the employee.  The employee ran outside yelling “Stop him, he stole my money.”

    Joey Behler was across the street and saw Crawley running away with the jar.  He followed in his truck to a spot behind the old NAPA store where Crawley was crouched down behind an air conditioning unit, trying to remove some clothing.  When Behler told him he was calling 911, Crawley said, “I’m not going to jail.”  Crawley then ran, and Behler followed, informing police of his location.

    With the assistance of law enforcement officers from Kenbridge and Lunenburg Sheriff’s Office, the Victoria police were able to find him in the backyard of a residence at the corner of Lee Ave. and 5th Street.  He still had the tip jar with him. Police later recovered Crawley’s black jacket behind NAPA.  He told police that they never would have caught him if he had been able to remove his top layer of clothes.

    Crawley was also extremely uncooperative during the booking process, making it difficult to fingerprint him, trying to answer his cellphone, sticking up his middle finger for the mugshot and refusing to put it down, and making statements that the police probably wanted to kill him and that black lives matter.

    Crawley apparently had a change of heart later, because after he was released by the magistrate on a secured bond, he came to court for advisement and asked to go to jail until his trial. His request was granted, and he stayed in jail until his trial date on February 1, 2016.  He also waived the preliminary hearing in district court, and pled guilty on the same day as he was indicted by the grand jury on February 1st.

    Clement said that Crawley had a prior conviction for Shoplifting in Mecklenburg County in April, 2015.  His Sentencing Guidelines came out to a recommendation of probation/no incarceration.

    An additional suspended sentence of four years and nine months was imposed under which Crawley is subject to conditions of good behavior for five years, including abstaining from and not possessing illegal drugs, supervised probation for one year, warrantless searches and seizures, and staying off the property of the restaurant for five years.

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