LAWRENCVILLE – On the recommendation of the Lake Gaston Association the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter to Dominion and the Corps of Engineers asking them to pause with plans to raise the water levels in excess of 201.5 feet to give stakeholders an opportunity to be involved.
LAWRENCEVILLE - WHLQ was placed for sale by the three owners of Brunswick Broadcasting - Jimmy Johnson, John Trent and Terry Suggs. Application for purchase was made to Brunswick Broadcasting and the Federal Communication Commission by The Philadelphia Fellowship (Baptist) and its parent ministry The Ronnie D. Joyner Ministries, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non- profit October 2015. On Dec. 29, 2015 the FCC provided notice that the transaction had been approved. Transfer of Ownership was made on Jan. 6, 2016. Hot Joy Radio’s new format has a blend of talk, gospel music, and ministry 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
RICHM0ND – In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), VCU Massey Cancer Center has joined with the other 68 of the nation’s top cancer centers – National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers – in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. These institutions collectively recognize insufficient vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nations’ physicians, parents and young adults to take advantage of this rare opportunity to prevent many types of cancer.
LAWRENCEVILLE – A service to celebrate the life of Jacob Grady Martin was held on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, his home church. He passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The service beautifully reflected what made Mr. Martin to some and Grady to others so very special. His wife Peggy and son Scott with his wife Kimberly sat on the front row behind a whole section of the church saved for family and special friends, a tribute to the many lives Grady touched.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors approved the fee for the turnover audit of the Treasurer’s office not to exceed $8,000. Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates will perform the audit. The supervisors authorized the County Administrator to sign the engagement letter on behalf of Brunswick County and approved the transfer of $8,000 from the FY16 Board of Supervisors’ Contingency line item to the applicable line item in the FY16 Auditor departmental budget. Former Treasurer Alice Carol Maitland retired Nov. 20, 2015, prompting the need for the exit audit.
RICHMOND – State officials from both political parties have reached a sweeping compromise on gun laws that would continue Virginia’s agreements with other states regarding concealed carry permits, prevent the subjects of protective orders from possessing guns and encourage, but not require, background checks at gun shows.
LAWRENCEVILLE – Volunteers with the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Pinecrest Apartments, unit 903, on Jan. 16 at 10:20 a.m. and a female resident was at the door needing assistance.
The Lake Gaston Association received word recently about the Army Corps of Engineers proposed plan to increase water flows downstream and has ideas of its own about how things should be managed.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Hyponex Corporation is requesting property be rezoned from Agricultural (A-1) to Industrial (I-1).
LAWRENCEVILLE – At the January meeting hunters came out in force to let the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors know they support a resolution passed around 2007 that supports hunting with dogs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The 2015 County Committee election ballots for Local Administrative Area (LAA), No. 3 were tabulated on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Melvin P. Taylor was re-elected as the COC member. Annette W. Lynch was elected as the COC First Alternate. Newly elected members and alternates took office on Jan. 1, 2016.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors tabled voting on Supervisor John Zubrod’s motion to send a resolution to the Governor and the legislatures stating that Brunswick County is against the Attorney General's decision to ban 25 states reciprocal concealed weapon permits until the February meeting.
June H. Bethea to Lee R. Bethea, Jr. 52.86 acres, Red Oak District, deed of gift.
After more than a decade of study, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 216 Study last week, the Quasi-River-Run proposal and is recommending Kerr Dam release more water – not every day but during flood events.
When three Brunswick County Citizens met in April of 2012 discussing local government happenings they weren’t thrilled with what they saw.
LAWRENCEVILLE – A Celebration of Life for Peter “Pete” Green Brockwell, Jr. was held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. He died Jan. 26, 2016. Brockwell served as the Sheriff of Brunswick County from 1971through 1991. Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrenceville Police Department, Virginia State Police, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department and members of Masonic Lodge #52 AF and AM sat together to honor Brockwell. Pastor Paul Beighley and Pastor Jerry Bane Malone officiated. Pallbearers were: Cameron Moore, Todd Temple, Ray Edmonds, Roy Wright, Dale Temple and Eddie Twisdale. Katharine Samford beautifully sang two songs accompanied by her mother, Kaye Brewer, on the piano.
The regular quarterly meeting of the Southside Planning District Commission has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Commission's Conference Room at 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.
LAWRENCEVILLE – A traffic stop on Interstate 85 on Jan. 18 resulted in James William Ward, Jr., 51, from Greensboro, N.C. being charged with driving under the influence.
Due to the high water in Lake Gaston and the USACOE proposed changes, we have invited representatives of the US Army Corps of Engineers and Dominion Power to speak at the February 3 LGA monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. A question and answer period will follow. The meeting will be held at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church located on Hwy. 903, 1 mile north of Eaton Ferry Bridge, across from the Subway Restaurant.
LAWRENCEVILLE – At the January meeting of the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority, Executive Director Joan Moore said the Virginia Growth Alliance had established a Micro Loan Program to assist the development of small businesses, which is called the PackFund. Moore said low-interest loans are made to small businesses through this program not to exceed $40,000. Program and application information can be downloaded at www.thinkbiggervga.com/packfund.
The Lawrenceville Rotary Club in partnership with the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Baptist Church, 304 Hicks Street, Lawrenceville. Blood is always in demand and you never know when a loved one will need the gift of life from a stranger. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat a good meal, and bring a photo lD.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The January meeting of the Brunswick County School Board scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. was postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Brunswick County Public Schools were closed Monday, Jan. 25, because of inclement weather. The school board will hold a budget work session at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, 1718 Farmers Field Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Students from across the Commonwealth will serve during the nine-week session. Sutton Montgomery from Brunswick Academy and Eve Palmer from Park View Middle School will participate.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Heavy snow started across Brunswick County Friday morning quickly accumulating causing roads to become difficult to travel. Schools, county government and courts closed Friday in anticipation of the storm and remained closed Monday, Jan. 25. The snow changed over in the afternoon to sleet and freezing rain before changing back to all snow. The snow ended near midnight but a second round of snow began early Saturday morning continuing through much of the day. Snow and ice totals ranged from 5 to 8 inches throughout the county. VDOT workers were out early working to keep up with clearing the roads. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and Virginia State Police monitored all roads and provided assistance to those in need.
The Lake Gaston Weed Control Council will meet on Thursday, Jan. 28. The meeting will be held at the Calvary United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The church is 136 Calvary Church Road, Littleton, N. C.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Meherrin River Regional Jail Authority has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2016 budget.
LAWRENCEVILLE – Chief E. L. Gibson submitted the report for the Lawrenceville Police Department for December to the Lawrenceville Town Council. Officers responded to 195 calls for service and issued 121 uniform traffic summonses, 96 for speeding/reckless driving at an average of 18 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. Other traffic summonses were: 1 for driving under the influence, 3 for fail to obey truck route, 3 for fail to carry operator’s license, 2 for no/expired registration, 2 for expired inspection, 3 for suspended, 5 for defective equipment, 2 for seatbelt, 1 for fail to obey highway signs, 1 for noise ordinance and 1 for illegal tint.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors voted to take $200,000 from the Fund Balance to purchase the Saint Paul’s College Student Center. The supervisors will partner with the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority on the purchase.
On Jan. 12, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a larceny from Mt. Harmony Baptist Church on Tanner Town Road, Brodnax.
ALBERTA – Chad Short submitted the report for the Alberta Volunteer Fire Department to the Alberta Town Council. Volunteers responded to 27 calls in December 2015. The types of calls were: 2 for structure, 2 for vehicle, 15 for motor vehicle accident, 7 for EMS and 1 for miscellaneous.
SOUTH HILL - CCB Bankshares, Inc, (OTCQB: CZYB), the South Hill, based holding company for Citizens Community Bank today announced the retirement of William (“Bill”) J. Solari from the Board of Directors effective Dec. 31, 2015. James R. Black, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented, “On behalf of the board of directors we appreciate Mr. Solari’s dedication and service to CCB over the years. Mr. Solari’s retirement offers him a greater opportunity to spend additional time with his family and other community passions such as the local theatre and hospital foundation.”
ALBERTA – On the recommendation of Councilwoman Diane Ashley Alberta Town Council approved amounts for stipends paid to the Mayor and council members.
Come on out and join in the fun for the Brunswick County Relay for Life meeting to be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Brunswick County Government Building, 100 Tobacco Street, Lawrenceville. Snacks will be provided. Allison Mundy, Event Leader, is challenging her team captains – whoever brings the most team members will win some Relay $Bucks$ to go toward their fundraising total.
Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Virginia Press Association, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government are disappointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment’s action to refuse to allow journalists onto the Senate floor to cover the General Assembly proceedings, as reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Washington Post and others.
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Building, 228 North Main Street.
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Southside Health District has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for receiving accreditation as Project Public Health Ready (PPHR). The distinction is awarded to health departments exemplifying superlative practices in planning and responding to public health emergencies. “We are extremely proud of this recognition… [which] highlights our high level of public health preparedness,” said Dr. Kerry Gateley, director of Southside Health District.
South Hill woman swindled for $3,000 in scaThe uptick in telephone scammers trying to swindle money from local residents in the new year has continued.
Foreign investors with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States are being reminded that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Any person, class or group of persons may file a discrimination complaint with USDA if they believe a FSA administered program or function directly or indirectly results in treatment or services being provided differently, because of a person’s age, color, disability, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, political beliefs, reprisal or public assistance status.
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LAWRENCEVILLE - At an organizational meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors elected Supervisor Bernard L. Jones, Sr. as Chair and Supervisor Welton Tyler as Vice Chair. The term of office for Chair and Vice Chair will be one year, as in past years.
Three domestic assault and batter cases investigated
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LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) will sponsor a march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 18. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at the main entrance of Saint Paul’s College, James Solomon Russell Drive, and end at the Brunswick County Government Building, 228 Main Street. Organizers are asking people to gather at the entrance at 9:45 a.m. and to make signs, banners, and posters to express their interests and/or concerns.
The Mecklenburg County NAACP Branch will be sponsoring the annual Freedom Fund/Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Banquet, Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at VFW Post 7166, 1474 North Mecklenburg Avenue (Highway One, North), South Hill.
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Danny Evans; Et Al to Cynthia L. Evans Rogers; Et Al, 1.71 acres, Parcel A, Meherrin District, deed of gift.
On Dec. 24, 2015, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a break and enter and larceny from a residence on Kacey Lane, Lawrenceville.