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New Madeline Story Created During Virginia Children's Book Festival
Katherine Sadler, left, makes a Madeline Goes To Mexico plot suggestion to John Bemelmans Marciano during the first annual Virginia Children’s Book Festival at Longwood University last Friday. Shannon Coleman, center, also offered ideas during the brainstorming session. Both attend Fuqua School. (Photo by Ken Woodley)

Katherine Sadler, left, makes a Madeline Goes To Mexico plot suggestion to John Bemelmans Marciano during the first annual Virginia Children’s Book Festival at Longwood University last Friday. Shannon Coleman, center, also offered ideas during the brainstorming session. Both attend Fuqua School. (Photo by Ken Woodley)

FARMVILLE — One of the most famous characters in literature came to life in a new story spontaneously brainstormed in the atrium of Longwood University’s Greenwood Library on Friday morning.

The character?

Madeline.

The title?

Madeline Goes To Mexico.

The authors?

John Bemelmans Marciano and a group of second and third-graders from Fuqua School.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The New Story: Madeline Goes To Mexico

In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

One year during the Christmas season, Madeline flew off with her dog, Genevieve, for this very good reason:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PE Supervisors Seek To Meet With School Board To Discuss SOLs

PRINCE EDWARD — County supervisors want to talk Standards Of Learning (SOL) tests but where and when are still to be worked out.

The school board last week proposed a dinner meeting November 12 at the school.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Buckingham & Dillwyn Correctional Centers Will Not Close
BUCKINGHAM — Buckingham and Dillwyn Correctional Centers will not close and will be minimally affected by a recent state budget announcement by Governor Terry McAuliffe, according to Larry Traylor with the Virginia Department of Corrections’ Communications Unit.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

YMCA Financial Health Improves

PRINCE EDWARD — Upon further review, Southside Virginia Family YMCA is getting healthier.

Since February, the Y has taken steps toward a $50,000 annual savings through a shared service program, increased membership costs by $5, is now requiring employees pay 20 percent of their health insurance premiums, restructured two departments and moved from nine full-time employees to four.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cumberland Supervisors Rezone Land For Community Center
CUMBERLAND — Cumberland has one more parcel of vacant land that is now zoned business, thanks to the unanimous action of supervisors Tuesday night, October 14. The Cumberland Planning Commission recommended it — barely — on a split vote. During the public hearing held Tuesday night, two of the four citizens who spoke were against it.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eight Speak Against Pipeline In Buckingham

BUCKINGHAM — Eight county residents raised concerns and spoke in opposition to the proposed natural gas pipeline that’s slated to run through Buckingham County during the October 14 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Many of the speakers identified themselves as living in District Five, represented by Supervisor Cassandra Stish, and near the Yogaville community in northwestern Buckingham.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10,000 Kids And Counting: One Cartersville Man's Mission To Save Lives

CARTERSVILLE — Shallon was playing under her hospital bed. Attached to a stomach tube and with a tracheotomy to aid breathing, she was skin and bones.

When he first walked into the hospital in Linden, Guyana, Cumberland-resident Julian Metts didn’t even recognize that she was human.

Barely two years old, Shallon had swallowed lye. Her entire esophagus was scarred. There were simply no resources in Linden to get her the help she needed.

A nurse came up to Metts, as soon as he entered the room. “We’ve been waiting for you,” she said.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

School Board Discusses Naming Sites To Honor Barbara Johns, Rev. Griffin, And Dr. Anderson

PRINCE EDWARD — County school board members will consider naming sites on campus to honor three civil rights leaders.

Board Chairman Russell Dove proposed at the October 8 meeting that the high school’s auditorium be named after Barbara Rose Johns; the middle school cafeteria after Rev. L. Francis Griffin; and the school board’s meeting room in honor of long-time Superintendent Dr. James M. Anderson.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Proposed Dog Park Must Have Public Support

FARMVILLE — Town council is determined to find out if public support for a proposed dog park is all bark and no bite.

Without a commitment of long-term public support, of both time and fundraising, the Town is unlikely to move forward.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Town Considers A Community Christmas Tree

FARMVILLE — Never mind the Whos down in Whoville. If town council member Sally Thompson gets her Yule-time wish, Farmville will have a community Christmas tree and tree-lighting this year.

So far, the notion has been Grinch-free, not a Mount Crumpit resident in sight.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pine Harvesting Exceeds Growth In Southern Piedmont

BUCKINGHAM — More pine trees are being harvested compared to their net growth in the southern piedmont, which has caused some concern regarding the amount of timber being cut in Buckingham and other counties across Virginia, says H. Gwynn Tyler, a forester specialist with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF).

“At this time, the data shows that since about 2009, our pine removals in the southern piedmont, which includes Buckingham, are slightly more than the net growth.  The data also shows that we are still growing more hardwoods than we are harvesting,” Tyler reported to the Buckingham Board of Supervisors recently.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PE To Meet With Legislators, Discuss Issues

PRINCE EDWARD — There may not have been any earth-shattering results from annual meetings with state legislators in past years, but local officials always seem to have a receptive ear.

County officials have set a luncheon date with their two representatives to Virginia’s General Assembly for October 23 and, among the topics on the County’s radar this year:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ninety-Four Pounds Of Unused Drugs
Longwood University police officer, Jim Thorpe (left), and Farmville police officer, Eric Ellington, stand with nearly 100 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs brought by local residents during the recent National Take Back Initiative.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Prince Edward Cafeteria Workers Serving Healthier Lunches

PRINCE EDWARD — It’s 9 o’clock in the morning and the dark blue trays are lined up row on row in a square rack ready to be washed.

It is sweat-dripping hot in this cove of sorts in the Prince Edward County Elementary School cafeteria. It is also about as quiet as it gets. The first round has already cycled through with breakfast, and around 10:30 a.m. kindergarteners are scheduled to arrive for lunch.

And a lot of trays still have to be cleaned and put back into service.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cobbs Creek Reservoir Construction To Begin This Spring

CUMBERLAND — It’s been four years since Henrico County took over the Cobbs Creek Reservoir project. While the timeline for completing the reservoir has been pushed back several times since then, the project is anything but dead.

So far, Henrico has spent approximately $45 million on the reservoir project, according to William “Bill” Mawyer, assistant director of public utilities of Henrico County.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Town Council Committees Given Their Marching Orders: Be Proactive

FARMVILLE — Farmville Mayor David E. Whitus didn’t bang a bottle of champagne off their hulls but when he launched his new town council committees he did give them a clear commission.

Be proactive.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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