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EDUCATORRECALLSNOTTOWAY’S‘RACIST PAST’

AROUND TOWN

I’m seeing more and more ‘Vote Yes for the Armory’ signs in Blackstone residents’ yards. I’m also seeing new signs cropping up, urging voters to oppose renovating the armory and to also oppose building a new community center. Blackstone’s first referendum in nearly 40 years will be interesting. I think most of us will be glad when it’s over. Of course, with new rules on absentee ballots, we might not know actual winners and losers until Friday, Nov. 6th.

HEALING POWER
HEALING POWER

HEALING POWER

These are some of the 50 people who gathered 4:00 p.m. Sunday outside Nottoway Courthouse to pray for President Donald J. Trump, who tested positive last week for COVID-19 and was hospitalized. Among those attending were State Sen. Frank Ruff (flag mask in lower photo) and Del. Tommy Wright (yellow mask), who recently recovered from the coronavirus.

Under Investigation
Under Investigation

Under Investigation

This was the scene Sunday night at 1022 Lakeside Drive near Blackstone, where fire destroyed an unoccupied one-story modular home. Authorities say one had lived at the residence for several weeks and that there was no electrical service at the time of the blaze. Blackstone volunteer firefighters took the call at 8:03 p.m. and were assisted by Ft. Pickett, Crewe, and Burkeville departments. Firefighters were able to prevent flames from spreading to the garage. Deputy Fire Chief Zac Beares said the origin and cause were unknown. Sheriff Robert Jones said a State Police arson team was at the scene Monday and is investigating. The scene is located about a half mile west of town limits beyond 10th Street, at the former “Mac’s Pond” property. Sunday’s blaze coincided with the first day of Fire Prevention Week. The structure was owned by Jeremy L. Smith.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

I spent six hours over two nights twiddling my thumbs at the courthouse while the Board of Supervisors chatted behind closed doors -- loudly at times -- about our County Administrator. Had they been serving food, I would have ordered the world famous “Nottoway Nothing Burger.”

Early Voting Begins Here
Early Voting Begins Here

Early Voting Begins Here

Nottoway poll workers Etta Neal (above) and Anne Ellett (below right) assisted residents voting absentee, in person, at the Voter Registrar’s Office inside the former Burkeville Elementary School building (507 Miller Street) last Friday -- the first day for early voting in the Nov. 3rd election.

Festival Unveilings
Festival Unveilings

Festival Unveilings

The Town of Blackstone surprised and honored long-time community volunteer and hardware store owner Bobby Daniels, shown above with wife Lynn, by naming a street in his honor Saturday at the 51st Arts & Crafts Festival.

AROUND TOWN

I’m glad Bobby Daniels didn’t get upset at being honored Saturday with a street named in his honor. Bobby has never sought fanfare or recognition -- in fact, he has shunned the spotlight -- which makes Saturday morning’s surprise even more fitting. ‘Bobby Daniels Lane’ has a nice ring to it. It was a nice gesture by Town Council, and I’m glad everyone kept it a surprise. Who says Blackstone folks can’t keep a good secret?

Off The Grid, On A Mission
Off The Grid, On A Mission

Off The Grid, On A Mission

Greg Marston, shown with grandson Magnus Marston, earlier this year installed solar panels outside his home on Melody Lane and is enjoying $0 power bills. Magnus will turn 6, and granddad will turn 57, on November 8th. He questions the County’s taxation policy.

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