During the conclusion of the program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, held last Saturday evening, the audience sang Lift Every Voice And Sing, a song referred to many as the Black national anthem, in unison, before reading aloud a benediction given by the Rev. W.J. Kerr at the dedication of the marker at Woodson’s birth site in New Canton in 1975. The first annual Carter G. Woodson Day honored Buckingham’s native son, known worldwide as the Father of Black History. See more photos of the event online at www.farmvilleherald.com. (Photo by Jordan Miles)
BUCKINGHAM — It was a small home in New Canton, too small for the large family that lived there. The family made do though, the father worked as a carpenter, while the children missed many school days working on the farm.
Neither the children’s mother nor father, who were former slaves, could read or write.
Education seemed very scarce.
One of their sons, who moved to West Virginia to attend high school, had to work in coal mines at a young age to keep food on the table.
That son, through much education, would later become the world-known Father of Black History, graduating from Harvard University and writing several books, documenting the historical contributions of African Americans. Thursday, December 19, 2013
BUCKINGHAM —Buckingham County supervisors are set to reconsider their decision to close four unmanned solid waste sites across the county when they meet in January.
Two of the four supervisors, who voted in favor of the measure, are having second thoughts about the action.
“Absolutely. Absolutely,” District Five Supervisor Cassandra Stish told The Herald during a Wednesday afternoon telephone interview, regarding bringing the matter up at the January 13 meeting. Thursday, December 19, 2013
FARMVILLE — Pool membership rates will more than double next summer at the Farmville Municipal Golf Course.
And town residents will no longer pay less than someone living in Buckingham, Cumberland or Prince Edward.
Town council approved a family pool membership rate of $400, up from the $175 charged this year, an increase of 129 percent, or a $225 fee hike. Family membership includes two adults and all dependents living in the house. Thursday, December 19, 2013
CUMBERLAND — A grocery store in Cumberland County?
“We’re working on one,” realtor John Godsey told The Herald during a phone interview this week.
Godsey is one of the seven directors of the Cumberland Industrial Development Authority (IDA). During a meeting of the IDA last month, Godsey announced that he was in ongoing negotiations with a grocery store. They are considering a location on a four-acre plot of land near the intersection of U.S. Route 60 and Route 13, he told his fellow directors. Thursday, December 19, 2013
CUMBERLAND — Besides convenience and increased revenue for the County, having a grocery store in Cumberland County could also improve overall health for citizens.
Currently, Cumberland is ranked in the bottom 25 percent of Virginia localities when it comes to population health, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. A collaborative project conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, rankings are meant to reflect the overall health of a county’s population and highlight the factors that influence resident health and lifespan. Thursday, December 19, 2013
PRINCE EDWARD — The Commonwealth of Virginia has changed the way “Watch For Children” signs are posted.
And that could cost localities.
“Approximately a year ago, the Code of Virginia was changed to take the responsibility and authority to install ‘Watch for Children’ signs away from the department and allow the localities to be responsible for the installation and maintenance of those signs,” Virginia Department of Transportation’s Residency Administrator Kevin Wright explained at the November Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors meeting. “In order to do this, the first step that is required is for the locality to enter into an agreement with VDOT…” Thursday, December 19, 2013
State Police were notified of a tractor-trailer crash in Prince Edward County shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to State Police, the crash occurred approximately three quarters of a mile east of Highway 15 on Route 460. “According to a preliminary report, the truck was traveling east on Route 460 and ran off the left side of the road. The truck struck a guardrail (and) continued down an embankment where it eventually came to rest in the westbound lane of 460,” an email from Deborah Cox State Police Public Relations staff detailed. It was also cited that there were no injuries and no other vehicles were involved and that the crash remains under investigation. (Photo by Rob Chapman) Thursday, December 19, 2013
FARMVILLE — Vice-Mayor Armstead D. “Chuckie” Reid has taken the voice of the Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County and rural Virginia into Governor-elect McAuliffe’s inner circle.
At the governor-elect’s invitation.
Reid was invited to serve as a member of McAuliffe’s Transition Council on Local Government, a group that is advising the overall Transition Team on issues relating to local government.
Transition Team member, Carter Hutchinson, said the council on which Reid is a member will be “helping us map out a set of goals, challenges, and opportunities over the next four years.” Tuesday, December 17, 2013
PRINCE EDWARD —Southside Virginia Family YMCA has requested the County’s help in lowering its interest rate on existing debt. Though supervisors did not jump in following the Y’s presentation at the December 10 meeting, they will wade into the idea with the help of a committee.
“I think…it would be a little irresponsible for us to go without doing due diligence on this request,” Board Chairman William “Buckie” Fore offered. “And so I, in looking over this thing, I think the committee’s the way to go.”
Fore moved forward (with board concurrence) to tap Lockett District Supervisor Robert “Bobby” Jones, Farmville District (701) Supervisor Jim Wilck, Hampden District Supervisor Charles McKay, YMCA Executive Director Jane Schirmer, Businessmen Tim Tharpe and Brad Watson, and the County Administrator “to get together and work out the details that would present to this board a better picture of what we may do to help the Y. This board has been an avid supporter of the Y from day one and I don’t think this board is gonna let you down now, but the better way to handle it is the way to go.” Tuesday, December 17, 2013