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The Heart Of Virginia's Harmony
The Farmville-based Voices of Unity Ecumenical Choir made a noteworthy performance on the Prince Edward County Courthouse steps during Saturday’s Heart of Virginia Festival. (Photo by Ken Woodley)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015


PE Schools Level Funded
PRINCE EDWARD — County supervisors hashed their way through a motion and two substitute motions Thursday night before giving school supporters packed into the board meeting room what they wanted: level local funding for the County’s public schools.

And they did so holding the real estate tax rate at 49 cents per $100 of assessed value. With reassessment, the board’s decision will mean 67 percent of the county’s residential properties will see a decreased tax bill.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Accelerating Into Parks; Hougland Excited About New Role As District Manager

FARMVILLE — Eric Hougland has the ideal credentials to be a district manager for the Virginia State Parks—he can see the forests and the trees.

Hougland combines a wealth of experience as a park manager with a passion for the outdoors, in general, and the commonwealth’s state parks, in particular.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tech-Savvy CuCPS Faculty Awarded by SVRTC
CUMBERLAND — While hoverboards and self-lacing tennis shoes have yet to make their appearance on the market, there can be no doubt that our society is becoming increasingly more reliant on technology.  Everything from washing dishes to building cars now involves some level of technology, and the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) is focused on the importance of integrating technology into education.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Schools Could See More Buses In Buckingham

BUCKINGHAM — During recent County and school budget discussions, County supervisors initiated discussion with school board members on purchasing an additional two school buses on top of the two the division plans on buying with previous (FY 2013-2014) year-end funds.  

Division Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead related in March that each new school bus costs approximately $90,000. When asked about the bus rotation schedule, Transportation Supervisor Ronnie Palmore noted that the division used to purchase four new buses annually, where the fleet was rotated on a 10-year cycle.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Fest Is Saturday In Buckingham

BUCKINGHAM — A Buckingham tradition, ingrained in the customs of springtime in Europe during the times of the Romans, will bring together people from all corners of the county on Saturday.

The deep roots of the county—which span over 250 years from Sheppards to New Canton, and from Toga to Centenary—will produce blooms of celebration and unity during May Fest at the Buckingham Historic Village on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Centra Southside Medical Center To Open in August

FARMVILLE — The new Centra Southside Medical Center (CSMC) will open for patient care on Monday, August 31. Upon opening, the CSMC will be home to multiple physicians and specialties. It is anticipated that the former Rose’s 50,000-plus square foot building will serve thousands of patients in the first year.

The Centra Southside Medical Center will offer a full range of health care services including primary care, orthopedics, nephrology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory, speech therapy, and digital x-ray.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Farmville Herald Has Been Purchased

FARMVILLE — Farmville Newsmedia, LLC, a new Virginia entity wholly owned by Carpenter Newsmedia, LLC (CNL), purchased The Farmville Herald from the Wall family on Friday. CNL is an affiliate of Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI) with offices in Natchez, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The sale ends three generations of ownership by the Wall family.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Buckingham Could Pay $140K For New Voting Machines
BUCKINGHAM — New voting machines will soon be in Buckingham County in anticipation of the November 3 election and aftermath of the State’s Board of Elections (SBE) decision to decertify the touchscreen devices Buckingham voters are used to.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

'We Are Swimming In Ignorance...Dive In Anywhere'; Bill James Talks About Making The World A Better Place And, Oh, Yes, Baseball

FARMVILLE — Three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans but the world, itself, is almost completely covered in a sea of ignorance, according to Bill James.

“We are swimming in ignorance,” James told a standing room only crowd attending Longwood University’s annual Simkins Lecture last week.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sunshine Gardens Take Root at Cumberland Elementary School
CUMBERLAND — “Are you all going to go home and help Mom and Dad plant a garden at home, now?” Cumberland County Elementary (CES) students were asked as they joyfully dug holes, planted flowers, and collected worms in the flower beds in front of the CES building.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Altice Seeks Seat On PE Board Of Supervisors

PRINCE EDWARD — Richard H. Altice has announced that he is a candidate for the Hampden District seat on the Board of Supervisors of Prince Edward County. He plans to run as an independent in the November election.

When elected, Altice details that he will fully support county emergency services of the fire department, sheriff’s office, rescue squad and lifeline services like “Meals on Wheels” and the food pantry to best care for people in trouble. He says he knows that fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised by County government in order to safeguard property rights of the people of the county and to keep the tax burden on citizens low.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

PE Honors Teacher Of The Year

PRINCE EDWARD — Asking elementary school principal Amy McCurdy and assistant principal Jeanine Garrett to talk about Teacher of the Year Susan Moore creates its own challenge. It’s simply hard to reign in the superlatives.

“We could not be more thrilled with the selection of Susan Moore,” McCurdy begins. “We would be equally with the selection of (fellow elementary school nominee) Katherine Copeland, but Susan is an exemplary teacher. She cares for each and every student that walks in her door. She has high expectations of every one of her students.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PE Supervisors Talk Elected School Boards

PRINCE EDWARD — Is it time again for Prince Edward to consider elected school boards?

Perhaps.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Elected School Board Process Would Require A Petition
PRINCE EDWARD — County supervisors are taking a look at the process for moving from supervisor-appointed to elected school boards. The Herald checked into the referendum process.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Not Just Winging It; Dialogue Between Town And Pilots Beginning To Take Off
FARMVILLE — Earlier this year, local pilots landed airport development suggestions on town council’s runway in hopes of making the facility more beneficial to the entire community.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cumberland School Board Votes To Fund New Elementary Roof

CUMBERLAND — Santa has his fingers crossed in hopes of a smooth landing on a new Cumberland County Elementary School roof this Christmas.

The plan, as it stands, is for the school board to pay $150,000 of the $450,000 roof while the County pays the remainder of the funds.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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