Setting a festive mood for this year’s Heart of Virginia Free Clinic fundraiser, “Heroes of the Heart” Sweetheart Ball, are planners and sponsors (L-R) Abigail Weisenbech, Longwood student; Free Clinic Director Pat Payne; Free Clinic Board Member Mattie Wiley; Caryn Kayton, Caryn’s Bridals; Sid Allen, Rochette’s Florist; Kerry Mossler, Centra Southside Community Hospital; Larry Armes, WVHL Kickin’ Country; and Free Clinic Board Member Kim Butler. The event will be held February 7 at the Farmville Municipal Golf Course’s banquet room.
The Heart of Virginia Free Clinic, established and operated with donations from area residents, is planning a second fundraising gala. Planners choose a name that they believe reflects the generous spirit of the Farmville community — The “Heroes of the Heart” Sweetheart Ball. The gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Farmville Municipal Golf Course. Thursday, January 22, 2015
BUCKINGHAM — The Buckingham Agricultural Resource Network, or B.A.R.N. project, has been awarded a $265,549 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission on the heels of the recent announcement of a $35,000 planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID). Thursday, January 22, 2015
DILLWYN — In light of two reported residential breaking and enterings that occurred within four days of each other in late December, the members of the Dillwyn Town Council are encouraging residents to look out for each other and to remain vigilant around their own homes and the houses of their neighbors. Thursday, January 22, 2015
CUMBERLAND — What if you want your business’s parking lot to be a little bigger than County code allows? What if the shopping center you want to build really doesn’t need three acres, as County code requires? Where can you turn?
Right now, the Board of Zoning Appeals. But, the Cumberland Board of Supervisors may change all that by amending the County code and introducing a development standards waiver. Thursday, January 22, 2015
Longwood University’s 2015 MLK Service Challenge joined others across the nation and saw students volunteering their time and talent across the community on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity was among the beneficiaries of the day’s intent to celebrate Dr. King’s memory and mission by engaging in community service. Thursday, January 22, 2015
Firefighters responded mid-day Thursday to a trailer fire at Eastgate Trailer Park on Landon Street in Farmville. Dean Farmer, First Assistant Chief with the Farmville Fire Department, said smoke detectors alerted the trailer’s occupants to the fire. A resident, Farmer said, told him the fire started from an electrical cord in the bedroom area connected to a space heater. Farmer said there were three people in the trailer at the time of the fire—the two residents and a visiting family member. Assessing the damage, Farmer said that between the smoke and water damage the trailer was a total loss. One of the three occupants, he added, was transported to Centra Southside Community Hospital for evaluation, but not for a fire-related injury. In addition to the Farmville Fire Department, the Hampden-Sydney and Rice volunteer fire departments also responded to the fire. (Photo by Ken Woodley) Tuesday, January 20, 2015
BUCKINGHAM — Three juveniles were apprehended Friday, January 16, after school officials learned of a weapon inside Buckingham County High School. According to Division Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead, “a small caliber handgun with no magazine” was found at 4:15 p.m. on school grounds. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
PRINCE EDWARD — Six county volunteer fire departments will begin billing the insurance companies of culpable drivers on February 1 to recover the cost of responding to motor vehicle accidents.
Firefighters believe doing so will decrease the financial burden on taxpayers for equipment upgrades because departments will be less dependent on funding increases from the board of supervisors. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
CUMBERLAND — When you call 911 you expect someone to come to your home. But, what if they don’t? Or, what if it takes them an hour to get there?
With only 15 volunteers, all of whom work full-time jobs outside of the county, Cumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad (CVRS) is facing the reality that they cannot respond to as many emergency calls as they’d like. EMTs, drivers, aides have rushed to the squad building for a call only to go back home because there is not another volunteer to complete the crew. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
PRINCE EDWARD — County supervisors green-lighted the at-will enforcement program instituted at the start of the 2014 fiscal year, allowing sheriff’s deputies to work additional traffic enforcement and it is paying for itself.
County supervisors, following the sheriff’s presentation last Tuesday, agreed to extend it a year and continue with updates every six months. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
BUCKINGHAM — At a time when wearing seat belts in Virginia is consistently happening less and less, Buckingham is seeing more and more people buckling up before leaving their driveways and homes. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
BUCKINGHAM — There are three quotes on The Shop’s community page on its website: one by Mother Teresa, one by Gandhi, and the other isn’t attributed to anyone.
“We may not be able to do everything, but we can do something, and what we can do, we will do, by the grace of God.”
Though it’s not credited to them, it’s a concept that Shea Willis and her family embrace every day through their operation of The Shop, the blue-painted brick-and-block building on Route 60 in Buckingham, just outside of the court house village—one that’s been attracting the attention of those passing by and living in the area.
But the new color of the two-bay garage is not the only thing that's enticing people to stop in or peer through their windshields. Thursday, January 15, 2015