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Pipelines Would Meet North Of Rt. 56, 250 Attend Open House
As hundreds of landowners and citizens entered the proposed pipeline informational open house on Thursday evening, several stopped at this table, manned by two Buckingham residents opposed to the project. Pipeline opponent Chad Oba (right) looks on as a citizen reads literature supplied by the opponents. (Photo by Jordan Miles)

As hundreds of landowners and citizens entered the proposed pipeline informational open house on Thursday evening, several stopped at this table, manned by two Buckingham residents opposed to the project. Pipeline opponent Chad Oba (right) looks on as a citizen reads literature supplied by the opponents. (Photo by Jordan Miles)

BUCKINGHAM — At 4:15 p.m., about five County leaders gazed upon the large maps, with their fingers slowly following the thin, red line that portrayed the 400-foot study corridor of the proposed natural gas pipeline that runs through Buckingham County—outnumbered by the 20 Dominion employees, donning green stickers with “ACP YES!” on their tan shirts, signaling their support of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

STEPS Is Among Three Agencies Under Consideration By State Officials As New Community Action Agency
FARMVILLE — Governor McAuliffe could receive a recommendation on the area’s next community action agency before Thanksgiving, according to Jack B. Frazier, Deputy Commissioner for Operations with the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

PE Student Numbers Continue To Fall
PRINCE EDWARD — County school board members are taking a look at the loss of students.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

PE School Board Discusses Athletic Field Expansion
PRINCE EDWARD — It’s no secret that Prince Edward County Public Schools need some more playing fields. As it stands, the high school’s baseball and football fields overlap.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cumberland Supervisors Fail To Support Natural Gas Pipeline...For Now
CUMBERLAND — Two months ago, the Cumberland Board of Supervisors tabled a resolution in support of a natural gas pipeline. This month, they voted down another resolution of support. But, some board members still seem willing to pass a resolution, in one form or another, once they have more information.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Former Piedmont Regional Jail Supervisor Sentenced
RICHMOND — Former Piedmont Regional Jail Supervisor William A. Coles, Jr., 49, of Pamplin, has been sentenced to 50 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,035,014 in restitution for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the United States through the preparation and filing of false federal income tax returns and bank fraud, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, September 10, by Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Statewide SOL Scores Decline Again, Only Two Schools Fully Accredited Locally

The percentage of Virginia schools meeting state accreditation standards declined for a second consecutive year.

The drop is a consequence of the growing impact of more rigorous reading, writing, science, and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced last week.

The trend is mirrored in Buckingham, Cumberland, and Prince Edward, where the majority of schools have been accredited with warning.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Study Finds Poverty Predicts Accreditation Struggle
FARMVILLE — Area schools are fighting against a wave, says Longwood Economics Professor Dr. David Lehr, one that even smaller class sizes and better teacher pay can do little to counteract.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PE Middle School Is Now A Focus School

PRINCE EDWARD — There’s one in as a Title I Focus School and one out.

Prince Edward County Public Schools received a mixed bag of results last week with the release of the state’s annual report card. Among the good: the elementary school does no longer have a Focus School designation and the high school was within one three-year average point in reaching state accreditation. The not so good is that the middle school is now a Focus School.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mixed Accreditation Results For Cumberland County Schools
CUMBERLAND — This year was a mixed bag for Cumberland accreditation. Two years ago, all three schools were fully accredited by the state. Last year, all three schools were accredited with warning. This year, while the middle school continues to be accredited with warning, the high school has improved substantially, seeing across the board increases in student pass rates of the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Most Schools Accredited With Warning In Buckingham
BUCKINGHAM — Three schools, Buckingham Primary, Buckingham Elementary, and Buckingham Middle, have all been accredited with warning by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), while one school, Buckingham High, has been termed as fully accredited, based on the 2013-2014 Standards of Learning (SOL) test pass rates.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mayor Whitus Praises The Town's Debt Reduction
FARMVILLE — Mayor David E. Whitus has hailed the Town’s efforts to reduce its debt.

Reacting to the five-year debt comparison report he’d requested, the mayor told town council, “there’s about a 20 percent reduction in debt from 2010 to 2014.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Catching Fair Fever
The Five County Fair is off and running without a hitch. These fairgoers enjoyed a breathtaking ride on “Catch N’ Air” during the fair’s first night. Animal exhibits, amusement rides, funnel cakes and bingo will be available in Farmville every evening until Saturday. Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Country Music Showdown and professional wrestling, respectively. For more pictures, visit (Photo by Ilsa Loeser)
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spates: ICA-Farmville May Expand To Include Families
FARMVILLE — The ICA-Farmville immigration detention facility may expand, according to town manager Gerald Spates, and that expansion may include the housing of families.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prince Edward Board Given Reassessment Update
PRINCE EDWARD — Appraisers are marching to a planned October mailing and those interested in values await.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hudson Street Is Studied For Possible Dog Park Site

FARMVILLE — The stakes may throw the dogs a bone.

Driven into the dirt just across the West Third Street Bridge over Buffalo Creek, the wooden stakes mark off what may become a 150-foot by 60-foot dog park.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

American Legion Work To Restore A Sunny Side Landmark

SUNNY SIDE — Nothing has been sold in the Big Store in a long time, but the Cumberland American Legion post still thinks it holds a commodity for the people of Cumberland.

The large building on Old Buckingham Road, U.S. Route 13, about five miles east of Cumberland Court House, has stood vacant for years. It has been a store, a movie theater, a church, a tobacco warehouse, a meeting space and a dance hall.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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