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Heavy Presence

Heavy Presence

This was the scene Saturday evening shortly before dark on Governor Avenue (off of South Main between 10th Street and Clay’s Garden Center), where police discovered one of several local vehicles that were stolen last week and apparently taken for ‘joy rides.’ A 17-year-old Blackstone male, who had allegedly escaped from a detention home in Greensville County, was arrested Sunday afternoon and faces several charges.

90 Units Planned At Old VFW Park
90 Units Planned At Old VFW Park
90 Units Planned At Old VFW Park
90 Units Planned At Old VFW Park

90 Units Planned At Old VFW Park

Richmond developer Herbert Fitzgerald, who has family connections to Nottoway County, is moving forward with plans to build “Patriot Square Apartments” at the old VFW ballpark property on Epes Street. The 90- unit venture, which aims to serve U. S. State Dept. trainees and employees at the new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett, will feature three 3-story buildings with 27 furnished one-bedroom apartments. The five-acre site, which runs along a portion of Dinwiddie Avenue, also will include nine two-bedroom townhouses available for long-term rental by FASTC staff. Fitzgerald says the three-story buildings will have elevators, and weekly housekeeping will be provided. A clubhouse (lower left) will offer a gym, large lounge, and an apartment for the Square’s on-site manager. Availability is planned for 2021, he said.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

What a difference a half century makes. Fifty years ago this week, Nottoway County fully integrated its public school system -- back on Aug. 31, 1970. That was the first day of operation for what was then “Nottoway Senior High” (grades 10-12), which today is Nottoway High (grades 9-12).

TAXING SOLAR

About a dozen Nottoway County residents this year have installed solar panels on their homes, and the Board of Supervisors is trying to determine how best to assess those panels for taxation purposes.

TERMINATED
TERMINATED

TERMINATED

Crewe’s new Town Council has voted 4-3 to fire Police Chief Scott Dixon and has named Sgt. Ronnie Hite as Acting Chief.

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No Easy Answers

Nottoway School Board Chair Shelli Hinton (left) was among the officials wrestling with the division’s reopening decision Thursday night. She told staff, “I know how hard this is on us, and please know we appreciate all your dedication on this.” Division Supt. Dr. Tameshia Grimes (right) said the division’s virtual (online) reopening will be far different than when schools were closed this past Spring. “Teachers have to report to work, and work will be graded.” The division has ordered 600 mobile hot spots and is in the process of distributing some 1,900 devices -- one for every student.

CUT-OFFS LOOM

Unless Town Council issues another pandemic extension, a number of Blackstone utility customers are facing disconnection later this month due to nonpayment.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

I was gonna write, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” for the headline about four women now serving on Crewe Town Council. But I feared backlash and accusations of being sexist. Then I thought about joking that the new Council’s first big decision was approving a weekly shoe allowance. But folks, I’m way too smart for that!

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