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The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors earns a ringing, resounding “Hallelujah Chorus” of praise for Thursday night’s 5-3 vote that restored $300,000 in funding for the county’s public school system. 

Amen to the board’s defeat of a proposed cut in local funding that school superintendent Dr. David K. Smith described as “a heavy hit…a huge reduction” that would affect teachers and programs.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sell Mottley Lake

Sell Mottley Lake?

The Town of Farmville is actively considering the possibility of making that big splash.

The lake, located several miles west of town, was wisely purchased seven years ago as an insurance policy against devastating drought conditions. Water released from Mottley Lake would supplement the Appomattox River upstream from the Town’s water treatment plant.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pilots And Town Officials Fly In Formation During Discussion On Airport

The clearing away of turbulence that once clouded the relationship between some of the pilots who call the Farmville Regional Airport home and Town officials is a very good thing.

Blue skies can lead to a high ceiling when it comes to the airport achieving its full potential.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One Small Step For Ethics Reform
There was no giant leap for humankind regarding ethics reform during the General Assembly this year. But approval of an amendment from Governor McAuliffe setting an aggregate annual gift cap of $100 was a small, but important, step in the ethical direction. 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Buckingham's Letter To FERC Makes Many Good Points

There’s a lot to like about the letter and resolution the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors has agreed to file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about routing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), mitigation of its environmental impacts, the overall current siting process, and local access to the pipeline’s natural gas.

And there is one thing to remember regarding any advocacy of rerouting the 550-mile pipeline.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Funding For Prince Edward's Public Schools Must Be Based On Reality; Doing So Is The Single Most Important Action For The County's Future

Not only is an advertised $300,000 cut in local funding in danger of growing to nearly $400,000, but the Prince Edward County public school system may face additional cuts in local funding on an annual basis for several years to come.

That must not happen.

At least one board of supervisors member, C. R. “Bob” Timmons, spoke openly during last week’s budget work session of trying to get the Average Daily Membership costs “more in line with the counties around us…rather than where we are sticking out with a lot…more funding per student than what…our neighbors are. It can’t happen in one year…”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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