As teammates block, Buckingham’s Kenneth Johnson sneaks through the defensive line with the ball on Saturday when the Knights defeated the Gate City Blue Devils, 42-17. The Knights will trek to the Franklin City Armory Field on Saturday, December 7, for one of the VHSL 2A State Semifinals game against the Brunswick High School Bulldogs. (Photo by Hannah Davis) Tuesday, December 3, 2013
FARMVILLE —The United States Department of State continues to believe security training needs “are best addressed using the Fort Picket location” for the proposed Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC), the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, told Senator Tim Kaine in a November 18 letter.
But the deal is not done, even though a portion of funding has already been appropriated.
“A revised Master Plan for the Fort Pickett site is currently on hold while we complete due diligence concerning possible use of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia,” she writes in response to a November 5 letter from Senator Kaine and Congressman J. Randy Forbes to Secretary of State John Kerry seeking a project status update. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CUMBERLAND — Following an announcement last month that Ag-Renewable Resources, LLC (ARR) is considering dissolution, the Cumberland Industrial Development Authority is exploring other options for how to develop the Cumberland Business Park on Poorhouse Road and repurpose resources already received for the project.
ARR was going to produce biogas using local chicken litter. They were granted a Conditional Use Permit to operate at the Poor House Road Industrial Park three years ago, with a contentious split-vote by the Cumberland Board of Supervisors.
Members of the organization met with the IDA on October 26, requesting that assets purchased with a Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission grant be used to pay off ARR’s final debts and possibly pursue legal action against, what was described by ARR officials as, “a fraudulent lending entity.” Because the IDA served as a pass-through agency for the grant, they had to bring the request before the commission. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CUMBERLAND — There’s one thing about which almost everyone in Cumberland County agrees. The county needs more business. Supervisors and planning commissioners have discussed methods of attracting the ever-allusive Spirit of Industry, while citizens bemoan the lack of a grocery store.
The Cumberland Industrial Development Authority actually has a plan: The Cumberland Growth Areas Business Tax Incentives plan. Now they want supervisors to make it official.
During their November 26 meeting, the IDA unanimously voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve The Cumberland Growth Areas Business Tax Incentives plan. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
BUCKINGHAM — Substitute teachers have been part of the Buckingham County Public School division for many years now, filling in for regular teachers who have become ill, or may have a family emergency, or may be on a field trip.
Substitute principals, on the other hand, have not. But they soon will be in Buckingham.
Division superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead is implementing a model that will utilize retired administrators as substitute principals to provide continuous operations at a school whose principal may be out for a day or two. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
PRINCE EDWARD — New Horizons Community Action Partnership Interim Executive Director Dr. Henry J. Featherston pitched for funding at the November Board of Supervisors meeting for the agency formerly known as HOPE.
Supervisors, following the presentation and peppering of questions, opted to wait until their next budget process rather than coughing up funds in mid-budget year.
“We will ask you to follow our budget policy in the process,” advised Board Chairman William “Buckie” Fore following split board votes on the issue.
The issue for New Horizons is one of money—specifically a need to raise a 20 percent match for the community action agency’s block grant. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The annual Farmville Christmas Parade brings out the best in the community with local organizations and civic clubs, churches, and volunteer firefighters and rescue squad members participating. This young actor with the Waterworks Players is enthusiastically inviting all to attend the local theatre group’s upcoming holiday pantomime, Treasure Island. (Photo by Marge Swayne.)
There’s nothing like a comforting wave from the big guy. The weather cooperated wonderfully for Sunday’s annual Farmville Jaycees Christmas Parade, which drew the young and the young at heart. See more photos in the Christmas Parade photo gallery. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ARVONIA — Footprints were scattered across the cement floor amid the light layer of dust. The loud roar of saws filled the large building, echoing off of the aluminum walls. Hands danced from one end of the conveyor belt to the other, feverishly, but carefully, grabbing the arriving material. Dozens of hammers clanked in rhythm, as a radio played in the corner of the building.
To a visitor, the sound could become irritating, quickly. But the sight would be mesmerizing within moments.
The slate, which would soon travel across the world, formed millions of years ago and has impacted Buckingham County and beyond in a paramount way. Thursday, November 28, 2013