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
PRINCE EDWARD — Participating localities of the Piedmont Regional Jail are already dealing with the harsh realities of having to pay for housing inmates at the facility.
The counties have long had a bye on costs with the facility generating revenue from housing inmates outside of the jail’s family membership. But fewer inmates are coming and Prince Edward County, having already budgeted $700,000 to pay for its share, it’s about to get worse.
To the tune of an additional $700,000.
Supervisors, with little discussion, approved the additional expenditure at their December 10 meeting. Tuesday, December 17, 2013
BUCKINGHAM — Approximately $300,000 dollars has been awarded to the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office as part of an asset forfeiture transfer.
The money means lots of new technology and many new tools for law enforcement officers to better serve the county.
“I’ve got an announcement for you,” began Sheriff William “Billy” Kidd during the December 9 board of supervisors meeting.
“Several months ago, the attorney general’s office, contacted all the sheriffs departments, or sheriff’s offices, and said ‘if you want to get some of this one-time asset forfeiture money that the state won, he was willing to share it with us.’ So, I got Mr. (Brent) Uzdanovics (an investigator) to fill out the paperwork, because he’s very good at it. And we have received a letter from Mr. Cuccinelli’s office.” Tuesday, December 17, 2013
CUMBERLAND — Will, five years old and four feet tall, could be seen dragging a six-foot-tree towards a bright red shed where Richard Nuckols was waiting to measure it Sunday afternoon.
Why did Will choose that tree? Because it’s very green, he told The Herald, adding that he helped cut it down, too. When an employee offered to put it in the tree shaker, a vibrating device meant to clear out dead needles, Will was reluctant to let go of his new-found tree.
Most people would agree that greenness is a good quality for a Christmas tree. But, even though picking out a tree might not be rocket science, growing them in Cumberland County is pretty complicated. Even if it were rocket science, Richard is covered, because he is a rocket scientist. At least, he was, before retiring last year. Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Like Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, foul weather tried to steal the opportunity for Cumberland Christmas cheer earlier this month, forcing organizers to postpone the annual Christmas parade a full week. But, on Sunday, December 15, sunshine and smiling faces were ready to shine, despite the delay. Marching units, antique cars, school bands and church floats rolled down U.S. Route 60, past the courthouse, as young bystanders eagerly awaited the gift of candy. More pictures of the event are available under “New Photo Galleries.” (Photo by Ilsa Loeser) Tuesday, December 17, 2013
FARMVILLE — A Wednesday night fire badly damaged a residence on Griffin Boulevard but there were no injuries and firefighters lived up to their name in time to save much of the home, returning to the scene Thursday morning to extinguish a rekindling.
“Nobody was hurt. Everybody got out,” Farmville Fire Chief Andrew Goss told The Herald Thursday morning. “The damage to their property—the back side bedroom, storage and porch are heavily damaged but crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to any other rooms and we placed salvage covers on all their property in order to keep things dry and safeguard what property they had.”
Chief Goss said the origin of the fire has not been determined. “I don’t know what caused it yet,” he said. Thursday, December 12, 2013
BUCKINGHAM — Four solid waste disposal sites throughout Buckingham will close in February.
Members of the board of supervisors voted four to three at their December 9 meeting to close the four unmanned sites and add personnel at the Route 56 recycling center.
District Two Supervisor Donnie Bryan, District Four Supervisor John Staton, District Five Supervisor Cassandra Stish, and District Six Supervisor Joe Chambers Jr. supported the motion made by Staton, while District One Supervisor Monroe Snoddy, District Seven Supervisor Danny Allen, and District Three Supervisor E.A. “Bill” Talbert voted in opposition. Thursday, December 12, 2013