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Retail Sales Fell In 2014; Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Hotels/Motels Saw Rise

FARMVILLE — Retail sales in Farmville fell by less than half a percent last year, according to data released this week by Town Treasurer Carol Anne Seal.

Overall dollar volume fell more significantly, but that 6.44 percent drop was largely attributable to the approximately $27 million decline in the “contractors” category.

“I think that was the main thing,” Town Manager Gerald Spates told The Herald. “We had all those big projects the year before with Longwood and Lancer Park.”

Spates is already peering ahead 12 months to what he expects will be good news.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


PE Discusses Deeper Cuts In School Funding
PRINCE EDWARD — County schools were facing the potential of $300,000 less in local funds in the County’s advertised budget. That number, however, could grow to nearly $400,000 if supervisors follow through on a per pupil reduction as proposed by Buffalo District Supervisor C.R. “Bob” Timmons Jr. in the board’s Tuesday afternoon budget work session.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Board Approves Grant Letter for Rescue Squad
CUMBERLAND—The pro-posed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Cumberland County was approved at the Board of Supervisors meeting held April 14. Regarding all Emergency Services needs present in the CIP, District One representative William Osl stated “We need to develop a plan, work together, to come up with how we can do this.”
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dillwyn To Consider Boundary Adjustment To Sprouse's Corner

DILLWYN — The Dillwyn Town Council is considering extending its corporate boundaries along U.S. Route 15 south to Sprouse’s Corner, the intersection of 15 and U.S. 60.

In addition to the southern boundary adjustment, the council is also considering extending the Town’s north boundary to Bell Road (State Route 650), and taking the limits to the end of Camden and LeSueur streets.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Only Two Speak At Buckingham Budget Hearing

BUCKINGHAM — Only two people spoke during the fiscal year 2015-2016 proposed budget public hearing held in Buckingham on Monday, April 13.

The proposed $45.8 million budget includes no tax increases and a three-percent raise for all County and school division employees (See Wednesday, March 25 front page story).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Buddy Benches Cross County Lines; Prince Edward Elementary School Tops CES Voting

CUMBERLAND—Tag, you’re it.

That’s what a group of Cumberland Elementary School students are telling Buckingham, Powhatan and Prince Edward elementary schools. All three schools are receiving a new Buddy Bench from the Little Duke Leaders.

The only catch? They have to “pay it forward,” sending a bench to another school.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

First Fridays Kick Off May 1

FARMVILLE — The Farmville Jaycees has unveiled this year’s First Fridays season, which gets underway on May 1 with the appearance of Moosetrap.

That first Friday kick-off also ushers in the Heart of Virginia Festival weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sesquicentennial Of Lee's Surrender To Grant Brought History To Life
Confederate General Robert E. Lee, portrayed by David Palmer, salutes a fellow soldier as he makes his way across Buckingham’s Historic Village near the present-day Robert E. Lee Wayside. Lee and his army camped nearby as they headed home after surrendering in Appomattox to General Ulysses S. Grant, right, portrayed by Dr. E. C. Fields, Jr., who saluted his troops outside the McLean House following the surrender re-enactment on April 9 at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. See more photos below in the Lee Surrenders To Grant photo gallery. (Photo of Lee by Jordan Miles; photo of Grant by Ken Woodley)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PE Superintendent Discusses Cost Per Pupil
PRINCE EDWARD — The issue of per-pupil costs in Prince Edward versus neighboring counties is a recurring one in budget season. According to figures presented during a recent board of supervisors meeting, it costs more local dollars to educate a child in the county.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

StormReady Relationship; PE-Farmville Preparing To Prepare Together

FARMVILLE — Prince Edward County and the Town of Farmville are preparing to weather any storm together.

And, if the relationship encounters hazards, the joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) the two localities are moving toward will provide a mutual, coordinated response to that as well.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Glenmore Day Is Saturday, April 25

GLENMORE — The first annual Glenmore Day, sponsored by the Emmanuel Episcopal and United Methodist churches at Glenmore, is set for Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Glenmore.

The village is located at the intersection of Howardsville, Glenmore, and Jerusalem Church roads (routes 602 and 655) in northwestern Buckingham.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cumberland Emergency Responders Plead For Resources

CUMBERLAND — During a Public Hearing held on April 7, the Cumberland community voiced its concern regarding the lack of funding for the County’s emergency medical services (EMS).

Half of those who spoke during the hearing requested greater funding for EMS needs which included a new ambulance for the Cartersville Rescue Squad, a new facility for the Cartersville Volunteer Fire Department, and a new tanker for the Randolph Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Metal Detectors At All Buckingham Schools?

BUCKINGHAM — Division Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead told the Buckingham Board of Supervisors that “a comprehensive look” would be given to the cost of having metal detectors at each school.

The request to look into the pricing of the detectors came from District Six Supervisor and Board Vice-Chairman Joe N. Chambers Jr. during a March 18 budget work session.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spates Believes Golf Course Is Operated Well, Provides Recreation; 'I Don't Know That We're In The Business To Make A Profit On Everything That We Do'

FARMVILLE — Town Manager Gerald Spates sought to ease worries this week regarding the future of the municipal golf course.

“A lot of people voiced concern…people thought we might get rid of the golf course,” Spates told The Herald on Monday. “I think there was a lot of concern about that.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coffee & Conversation With Police Chief Davis
FARMVILLE — Police Chief Curtis Davis and the Farmville Police Department would like to invite citizens to have “Coffee and Conversation” with them on Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s located at 306 South Main Street.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LU Student's Remains Found In Southampton

FARMVILLE — Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV issued a statement Friday telling the campus that the remains of missing student Angelica “AJ” Hadsell had been found in Southampton County.

Hadsell had been reported missing while in her hometown of Norfolk during spring break.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PE Helps Older Students Learn How To Swim

PRINCE EDWARD — Janet Green had a swimming idea.

A jump off the pier, wonder why no one else is doing it swimming idea.

Green, a first year physical education teacher at Prince Edward County High School, noticed that a lot of students simply could not swim. So, working with the Southside Virginia Family YMCA, she would take two classes of approximately 30 mostly male eleventh and twelfth grade advanced physical education students twice a week for eight weeks to take the plunge into the Y pool.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


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