August opening anticipated for hotel here

JUST IN TIME FOR LOCAL LANDMARK’S CENTENNIAL Transformation of the former VUMAC building into a 100+ room hotel to be called The Inn at Blackstone continues this week. Chester-based Kalyan Hospitality, which owns and operates 15 other hotels, says the Inn will become its “signature premier property” and that it hopes to open its doors here in August, “just in […]


Six pets euthanized after attacks on twoinin Crewe

OWNERS ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP FOURTEEN OTHER DOGS Nottoway County and Town of Crewe authorities say charges are pending against the owners of six dogs — identified in veterinary records as pit bulls — that escaped a fenced backyard and mauled two men last week. The attacks occurred last Tuesday, March 29th, shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 400 block […]


Tighter animal laws sought in Crewe

Crewe Mayor Phil Miskovic this week issued the following statement in response to last week’s dog attacks of two men on Carter Street. “The dog attack incident was unfortunate and unacceptable. People should be able to walk on our streets without fear of attack by animals. I applaud the heroism of the second victim who, according to news reports, came […]


More than $1 million in paving projects now underway

If you don’t like traffic delays and back-ups, you’ll want to plan your travel carefully in Blackstone over the next several weeks and months. As many motorists witnessed last week, crews from Colony Construction paved Church Street between the western corporate limits and Main Street. That project cost $353,500, according to Town Manager Philip Vannoorbeeck. Blackstone receives from VDOT about […]


The Naming Commission returns today to Fort Pickett. I’ve given federal lawmakers my Dad’s recent suggestion to rename the base Fort Cox — after the two local Cox brothers, Charles and Thomas. They were killed in France fighting Germans during WWII. Their names are inscribed on the Nottoway County War Memorial in Seay Park. Their parents were among many forced […]


Service set for April 16th

A Celebration of Life service for Dr. James Walter Gmitter will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8007 E. Hyco Road, Virgilina, VA 24598. Dr. Gmitter passed away peacefully at his home in Myrtle Beach, SC surrounded by family on January 9, 2022. A time of fellowship and gathering will […]


Services set for Thursday

Justin Wayne Carmen Harvey, 22, of Blackstone, VA, passed away suddenly due to a tragic motor vehicle accident. He is survived by his mother, Edna Harvey (Kevin Cottrell) of Kenbridge; his father, Chris Harvey of Crewe; three brothers, Austin of Kenbridge, Ryan (Ashley Hamilton) of Crewe, and Prestin of Kenbridge; paternal grandparents, Wayne Harvey and Janet Lawson of Blackstone; maternal […]


On Saturday, March 19, 2022, God called one of his cherished children home to be with him. He will be truly missed beyond words, but God was ready for him to take a seat by him in Heaven. Charles Edward “Boo” or “Katy” Martin Jr, was born on February 9, 1978, to Charles and Linda Martin Sr. He attended Amelia […]


Services held Saturday

Rev. Louie Allen Overton, 91, of Victoria, VA, joined his family in Heaven on March 29, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Cary Overton; two daughters, Teressa Overton (Charlie) and Sharon Harding, all of Victoria; son-in-law, Wade Harding of Meherrin; four grandchildren, Jeanie, Natasha (Chris), Brandon (Kim), and Derek; five great-grandchildren, Malik, Greleigh, Angel, Maddox, […]


Services today at 10 a.m.

Alvin M. Schrock, age 86, of Cumberland, VA, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Magdalena Schrock; daughters, Grace Urso (Tommy), Faith Hochstetler (Vernon), Joy Yoder (Michael), and Alma Cornell (Rick); his sons, Randal Schrock (Laurel), Stanly Schrock (Alfrieda), and Ben Schrock (Susie); 29 grandchildren and 32 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Lena Nisly, Mary Yoder, Lydia Kanagy, […]