Tomorrow, May 28th, marks a very somber anniversary in Blackstone. It will be one year since the tragedy that killed four members of Shiloh Baptist Church. Eleven church members -- nine women and two men -- were riding in the church van when it was struck from behind on Rt. 460 in Dinwiddie County. It was shortly before 6:55 p.m.

At presstime, plans were being discussed to have a brief motorcade or parade tomorrow afternoon to remember those lost: James Farley, Wartena Somerville, Delois Williams, and former councilwoman Constance Wynn. I’ll never forget last year’s outpouring at the Middle School and the four days of funerals the following week.

Town Council today (WED), at a 6:00 p.m. continued meeting, is expected to discuss the possibility of allowing expanded outdoor dining on sidewalks in front of downtown restaurants. There’s also talk of closing Main Street on either Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings, from maybe 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., to further expand downtown dining opportunities and help local restaurants do more than just take-out.






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