High light bills prompt independent testing of meters

RESIDENT JOLTED BY $672 CHARGE The Town of Blackstone plans to hire an independent firm to test accuracy of various electric meters after a wave of unusually high bills. Payment for those January bills is due tomorrow (Thursday, March 31st) and many have spent the past few weeks scrambling to arrange payment plans at the Town office. Perhaps no resident […]


Savings, safety, performance hailed by EV owner

DECISION TO BUY FUELED BY NO NEED FOR GAS, LESS MAINTNCE. Tate Watkins has long believed in the value of electric vehicles (EVs). Those beliefs have only been reinforced in recent weeks with the price of gas soaring above $4.00 per gallon. The 41-year-old manager of Watkins Jewelers is the proud owner of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 Mid Range. […]


Heavy smoke damage closes downtown restaurant

CAUSE OF FIRE STILL UNCERTAIN Corner Kitchen will be closed for at least several more days — possibly weeks — after fire Saturday afternoon caused considerable smoke damage inside the downtown dining establishment. Blackstone Fire Chief Dion Tomer says he’s grateful volunteers were able to respond quickly and prevent what he said could have been a major downtown fire. No […]


High speed drivers in Nottoway

Two more motorists have been ticketed in Nottoway County for traveling in excess of 90 mph. A Virginia Beach woman recently was clocked by State Trooper W. A. Peters driving 100 mph in a 60 mph zone. The alleged offense occurred at 4:30 p.m. January 14th on Rt. 460, one-half mile east of Rt. 614. She was driving a 2005 […]


$157,000+ in back rent write-offs

A number of tenants at County-owned Pickett Park are in arrears in their monthly rent. Nottoway Co. Administrator Ted Costin told the Board of Supervisors on March 17th that “there are everything from missed payments to no payments to bankruptcies. Essentially, I’m taking a ‘No More Mister Nice Guy’ approach and putting pressure on staff to make sure these things […]


It’s a good thing for actor Will Smith that Nottoway County didn’t host this year’s Oscars. Slapping Chris Rock certainly would have gotten him censured here. OVERHEARD: During an informal discussion on gender, one Nottoway County official recently said they now identify as noncensured. *** Relax. There’s only one request for Censure in today’s edition. A reader is calling on […]


Mr. Herbert W. Jones, Sr., 80, of Crewe, died March 17, 2022. He is survived by his former wife, Violet Jones; daughters, Diane Jones, Debbie (Theodore) Eppes, Brenda (Michael) Powell, and Charlene (Jerry) Phillips; son, Herbert Jones, Jr.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Jones and Charles Jones; other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 26, […]


Jonathan Lee Troyer, age 31, of Prospect, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Dan Miller and William Joseph Troyer; his aunt, Linda Lou Miller Troyer; and his niece, Adrienne Mast. He is survived by his parents, Eli and Barbara Troyer; sister, Ingrid Mast and husband Eric; brother, Jeremy Troyer and wife […]


Corene Green Kniceley, age 88, of Jennings Ordinary, Crewe, VA, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Kniceley; and son, Stephen D. Wallace. She is survived by her daughter, Shelia Ann Richard of Utah; two stepsons, William H. Kniceley and Paul E. Kniceley, both of Crewe; and many nieces and […]


Payment approved in 2020 dog attack

Nearly two years after two goats were fatally attacked by dogs, Nottoway County has agreed to pay $1,250 to the goats’ owner. The claim was approved March 17th by the Board of Supervisors for Midlothian resident Evan Fehleisen, whose two goats were killed west of Blackstone on May 14, 2020. Fehleisen’s claim initially was dismissed in court, ac- cording to […]