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.
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.
Blackstone’s Town Manager found himself in a zoning controversy last week in Amelia County.
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.
After nearly six hours of closed sessions spread over two nights, the Nottoway Board of Supervisors has taken no action on “Personnel,” which is believed to center on Ronnie Roark, who has served as County Administrator since 1974.
TOWN COUNCIL URGED TO RETAIN VENUE FOR ARTS & CRAFTS
DOWNTOWN INCIDENT DISTRESSING, SAYS VETERAN
Tense Times At Courthouse
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.”
SPEAKER SAYS 1860 CENSUS ‘FLOORED ME’
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.
VOTERS REMINDED TO READ BALLOT CAREFULLY
The senior member of Nottoway’s Board of Supervisors is warning a freshman official against efforts to privatize the County landfill.
Blackstone officials likely won’t consider the possible hiring of a current employee’s relative.
BUT CAN BLACKSTONE AFFORD IT?
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.
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?
Greg Marston, the Nottoway County resident who raised the profile of industrial hemp during his 2015 campaign for the House of Delegates, is now trying to shine a light on how Nottoway County taxes solar energy.
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.
Nottoway County Public Schools opened yesterday (Tuesday, Sept. 8th) in a “virtual” format that will continue for at least the first nine weeks as a precaution during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.