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April 11, 2019 - Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of Virginia
Chapter 820, House Joint Resolution No. 591
Chapter 821, House Joint Resolution No. 615
Chapter 822, House Joint Resolution No. 676
Chapter 823, Senate Joint Resolution No. 278
Chapter 824, Senate Joint Resolution No. 306
April 9, 2019 - Prince Edward County/Farmville Housing Needs Survey
December 20, 2018 - Everbridge Alerts - Farmville and Prince Edward County Work Together to Keep Citizens Safe and Informed. (View the Joint Press Release of the Town of Farmville and Prince Edward County here.)
May 8, 2018 - Prince Edward County High School Debate and Forensics Team Recognized by Board of Supervisors
At its May 8, 2018 meeting, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recognized the accomplishments of the Prince Edward County Debate and Forensics Team.
The Forensics Team competed in VHSL regionals at Goochland High School and placed 4th in the region and then advanced to the super-regionals at R.E. Lee High School.
The Debate Team traveled to Hidden Valley High School for regionals and placed 2nd out of 14 teams from VHSL groups 1,2,3, and 4. Four team members also competed in the Student Congress.
Pictured left to right (front row): Forensics & Debate Coach Debbie Rush; Grace Rust, 1st Place-Extemporaneous Speaking (Regional), 3rd Place-Extemporaneous Speaking (Super Regional), 1st Place-Student Congress (Regional); Tiba Hamza, 14th Place-Student Congress (Regional); Principal Gwendolyn McQuaige-Hicks.
(Back row) County Administrator Wade Bartlett, Supervisors David Emert, Odessa Pride, Bob Timmons, Vice Chairman Jim Wilck, Supervisors Jerry Townsend and Bobby Jones.
May 8, 2018 - Prince Edward County High School Girls Indoor Track Team Recognized by Board of Supervisors
At its May 8, 2018 meeting, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recognized the athletic achievements of the Prince Edward County Girls Indoor Track Team.
The team finished third overall in the 2018 Virginia High School League 2A State Championships. Additionally, the relay team of Jordan Booker, Naomi Jones, Mia Seay and Monteria Wynn won the 2018 State Championship in the 4 x 400 meter relay at Roanoke College with a time of 4:20. This is their second State Championship as this same relay team won the same event in Outdoor Track last year.
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Mia Seay, Moniera Wynn, Jordan Booker, Naomi Jones, Coach James Baker, Salma Muhammed, Makayla Morris, Principal Gwendolyn McQuaige-Hicks.
(Back row) Supervisors David Emert, Bob Timmons, Odessa Pride, County Administrator Wade Bartlett, Vice Chair Jim Wilck, Supervisors Bobby Jones and Jerry Townsend.
February 2, 2018: Cooper-Jones Makes History In Prince Edward County
Click the link for VACo's article on Supervisor Cooper-Jones' accomplishments in service to Prince Edward County.
Board Chairman Robert M. "Bobby" Jones presented the Virginia Association of Counties Supervisor Service Award to Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones at the October 10, 2017 Board meeting. The Supervisor Service Award recognizes her ten years of dedicated service to county government.
Supervisor Cooper-Jones completed the Virginia Certified County Supervisors' Program classes in 2015.
Supervisor Cooper-Jones represents Farmville District 801 on the Board of Supervisors.
See the VACo press release here.
September 28, 2017: Sandy River Reservoir Boat Ramp Temporarily CLOSED
September 19, 2017: Prince Edward County Announces New Company, Will Bring Jobs
December 9, 2015: The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors took a moment last night to honor the service of Supervisor Charles McKay with a plaque for his 20 years of service on the Board of Supervisors.
October 28, 2015: ShopLocalVGA.com invites local businesses to "Go Virtual"
Jason and Jennifer Mattox, owners of Uptown Coffee Cafe in downtown Farmville, can be found on ShopLocalVGA.com
October 13, 2015: Dr. Richard and Deborah McClintock presented the handmade ornament for the Governor's Christmas Tree, to the Board of Supervisors tonight. The ornament is the result of a contest open to all residents of Prince Edward County. This ornament will be sent to the Governor's Mansion to hang on their tree throughout the 2015 Holiday Season. Open House to see all of the ornaments provided "Celebrating Virginia's Localities" will be on Friday, December 4.
From L to R: Supervisor Calvin Gray, Chair Howard Simpson, Supervisor Jim Wilck, Supervisor Bob Timmons, Dr. Richard McClintock, Deborah McClintock holding the ornament, Supervisor Jerry Townsend, Supervisor Bobby Jones, Vice-Chair Patti Cooper-Jones, Supervisor Charlie McKay
September 1, 2015: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with his wife, Dorothy and their two youngest children, made several stops during their visit to Prince Edward County on August 29th. The McAuliffe's spent the morning riding bicycles on High Bridge Trail State Park; stopped for pictures at the LOVE in Farmville; had lunch at the Farmville Train Station, and sponsored by the Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park and then spent the afternoon at Twin Lakes State Park. Their stops are part of the Governor's commitment to spending time at all 36 of Virginia's state parks and promoting Virginia tourism.
August 11, 2015: Christmas Tree Ornament for the Governor’s Mansion – A Juried Contest for County Artisans
The Executive Mansion, home of Virginia’s first family, has announced the 2015 Mansion Holiday Tree theme is “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities”. An invitation has been extended to every county, city and town in the Commonwealth to provide a handcrafted ornament for this tree.
All eligible artisans, 18 years of age and older, and a resident of Prince Edward County or a full-time “resident student” of Longwood University or Hampden-Sydney College, may submit a handcrafted ornament to the County for consideration. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of local judges. The winning selection will be sent to the Governor’s Mansion, where it will represent Prince Edward County on the 2015 Executive Mansion Christmas Tree. Click the link above for rules and the submission form.
December 12, 2014: Members of the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors, representatives of VDOT and county residents were on hand Friday, December 12, 2014 for a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the new bridge on Rt. 633 (Virso Road/Mt. Pleasant Road), located in the Leigh District of Prince Edward County. The new bridge was designed to serve the residents of this area for decades to come.
Board Chairman William G. Fore, Jr. recognized Supervisor Don C. Gantt, Jr. at the December 10, 2013 Board meeting. Supervisor Gantt represented Leigh District 301 from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2013.
Vice-Chairman Howard F. Simpson recognized Chairman William G. Fore, Jr. at the December 10, 2013 Board meeting. Supervisor Fore represented Buffalo District 501 from January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2013, and served as Chairman from January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2013.
September 10, 2013: On the eve of September 11th, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors paid its respects to our community first responders and remembered those who have given their lives in the line of duty to the citizens of Prince Edward County. The Board added a remembrance plaque to the County’s In the Line of Duty Memorial in honor of Prince Edward County Sheriff Thomas Harris Dickinson who was killed while on duty on September 30, 1915. The current and three former sheriffs of Prince Edward County joined the Board of Supervisors for this commemoration. Pictured from left to right: Supervisor Bobby Jones; Supervisor Howard Campbell; Retired Sheriff Travis Harris; Retired Sheriff Gene Southall; Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones; Sheriff Wesley Reed; Vice-Chairman and former Sheriff Howard Simpson, Chairman William Fore, Jr.; Supervisor Charles McKay; Supervisor Don Gantt; and Supervisor Jim Wilck.
From left to right (front row): Prince Edward County Administrator, W.W. Bartlett; DCR Planning and Recreation Resources Director, Danette Poole; DCR Design and Construction Director, Kelly McClary; DCR Director, David Johnson; Norfolk-Southern Vice–President of Government Relations, Bruce Wingo; Prince Edward County Tourism Director, Magi Van Eps; Secretary of Natural Resources, Doug Domenech;
Left to right (back row): DCR State Parks Director, Joe Elton; Friends of High Bridge Trail Board Member, Roger Hamel; Friends of High Bridge Trail Board Member, Jo Smith; Prince Edward County Assistant County Administrator, Sarah Puckett; High Bridge Trail State Park Manager, Eric Hougland.
September 13, 2012: Virginia Association For State Parks spend a few days in the region reviewing how their donations have impacted local state parks. While in Farmville, the VAFP singled out individuals who have made significant impact on the High Bridge Trail State Park:
From Left to Right: Gerry Spates, Farmville Town Manager; Woodfin Ligon, Friends of High Bridge Board member; Joseph Morrissette, Burkeville Town Manager; Eric Hougland, High Bridge Trail State Park Manager; Magi Van Eps, Tourism Coordinator for Prince Edward County; ____; Jo Smith, Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park Board; Roger Hamel, Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park Board; _____; Joe Elton, Virginia State Parks; Bob Mitchell, Pamplin Town Manager. Several other members of the community were not present, but were awarded Certificates of Appreciation as well.
September 10, 2012: Tourism Revenue Grew in Prince Edward County in 2011 - While all localities in Virginia saw increased tourism revenue, Prince Edward County saw a seven percent increase locally.
May 29, 2012 - Prince Edward County dedicates Operation Iraqi Freedom plaque on the Post World War II Memorial: The Board of Supervisors unveiled the plaque saluting Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale's sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event was attended by over 100 people honoring all veterans who have served, who continue to serve, and especially those who sacrificed all in service to our country. Sergeant Major Robert Breedon, who was a 1st Sergeant on the day Cpl. Yale died, was on hand to talk about that day and to honor all his brothers and sisters in arms.
December 13, 2011: The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Present a Resolution of Respect to Mattie P. Wiley. Board Chairman William G. Fore, Jr. presented a Resolution of Respect to Supervisor Mattie P. Wiley at the December 13, 2011 Board meeting. Supervisor Wiley represented Farmville District 801 on the Board.
November 30, 2011: Winter Season at Prince Edward Cannery - The Prince Edward County Cannery is now operating on limited hours for the coming winter/early spring season. From December 1 – December 30, the cannery is open Tuesdays and Thursday at 7:00 a.m. In January, the cannery is open only by appointment. From February 1 through May 14, the cannery is closed. Read more here.
September 11, 2011: Board of Supervisors unveiling the In The Line of Duty Memorial on Sunday, September 11th. This new memorial can be found on the third floor rotunda just outside the Board of Supervisors meeting room. The memorial honors four men who gave their lives in service to the community of Prince Edward County. The memorial is open to the public.
Chairman Buckie Fore (far left) watches as Supervisors Pete Cambell and Bobby Jones unveil the memorial for the families of the men whose names grace this wall. Supervisors Charlie McKay and Howard Simpson can be seen watching from the far right.
April 12, 2011:
Representatives of Sailor's Creek Historical Battlefield State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, and High Bridge Trail State Park, which are all located in Prince Edward County, are presented copies of a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of Virginia State Parks, adopted by the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors at its April 12, 2011 meeting.
Presenting to representatives of Prince Edward County’s three state parks is Board Chair, William G. Fore, Jr. Pictured from left to right: Chief Ranger Mike Abston, Twin Lakes; Chief Ranger Chris Joyner, Sailor's Creek; and Eric Hougland, Park Manager High Bridge.
March 29, 2011: Judge Richard S. Blanton was presented a framed copy of the Resolution of Respect on his retirement after 16 years of distinguished service. Board Chair, William "Buckie" Fore, Jr. read the resolution and then made the presentation to the retiring judge.
Click here to read the full Resolution of Respect to the Honorable Richard S. Blanton.
February 28, 2011: Work on the High Bridge to begin in March 2011. Much anticipated work on the last segment of High Bridge Trail State Park is slated to begin in early March when Keith Barber Construction of Farmville will begin decking, handrail and overlook work on High Bridge.
Read the full News Release from DCR here.
May 27, 2010: Prince Edward County dedication of Post WWII monument slated for 9 a.m. May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day. The public is invited to attend this solemn occasion where those who gave their lives in both Korea and Vietnam will be honored.
December 8, 2009: Outgoing Board of Supervisors Members Receive Plaques of Appreciation
October 16, 2009: Prince Edward County/Town of Farmville Tourism Advisory Board are offering a Customer Service Seminar presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hampton Inn.
September 27, 2009: Unveiling Israel Hill Historical Marker (photos courtesy of Henry Cabarrus). In attendance were several descendants of the Hercules White family, who assisted with the unveiling of the Historical Marker.
June 4, 2009: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNVEILS LIGHT OF RECONCILIATION MEMORIAL
Courthouse Marker Honors Prince Edward County Heroes. Mrs. Louis Willis Foster, the last living litigant from the Davis v Prince Edward filing in 1951, led the Walk of Honor past the new monument.
May 6, 2009: Groundbreaking at the Prince Edward County Industrial Park - Four sites will be graded and prepared to welcome new business to the area. Special guests assisting the Board of Supervisors at this event included Senator Frank Ruff, Ned Stephenson and Scott Harwood from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Committee, and Joe Topham from Rep. Tom Perriello's office. Despite the heavy rains, the public enjoyed speeches inside Southside Virginia Family YMCA and then adjourned across the road to the actual sites for the groundbreaking ceremony.
February 24, 2009: Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Adopts Water & Sewer Ordinance
January 13, 2009: Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Honors Clem Richards
November 19, 2008: Prince Edward County and Town of Farmville Sign Water and Sewer Agreement
November 12, 2008: Prince Edward County Volunteer Rescue Squad unveils new Mass Casualty Unit.
August 22, 2008: High Bridge Trail State Park Opens First Four Mile Stretch
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July 23, 2008: PE Has A Guiding Light (The Farmville Herald)
From L to R: Chairman Fore, Rev. Michael Cheuk, Supervisor Mattie Wiley, Supervisor Howard Simpson, Supervisor James Moore, Supervisor Sally Gilfillan, Supervisor Bobby Jones, Supervisor Charles McKay, Ken Woodley, "Skip" Griffin, Russell Dove, Marcie Wall, Joan Johns Cobbs
April 25, 2008: Moton Museum Director Named (The Farmville Herald)
April 25, 2008: Dominion Donates $200,000 (The Farmville Herald)
From L to R: Bob Hamlin, current Moton Museum President; Rev. Douglas Goodwin, elder at AME Church overseeing 40 churches in Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC and former Moton High School student; William G. "Buckie" Fore, Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Chairman; Town of Farmville Mayor Syd Newman; Lacy Ward, Jr., Moton Museum Director; and Kenneth Barker representing Virginia Dominion Foundation.
February 19, 2008: Governor Kaine Breaks Ground on Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
Mark your calendars…again! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has been moved up!
The NEW air date for the episode “Lucas Family” filmed in Prince Edward County last December is SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2008 at 8PM on ABC.
Also, please stay tuned to the Oprah Special following the Extreme Makeover Show about families of soldiers who are serving overseas.
January 14, 2008
Moton Museum Hires Director
On Monday, January 14, 2008 at their monthly meeting, the R.R. Moton Museum Board of Directors unanimously accepted Mr. Lacy Ward, Jr. as museum director. With a proven track record of experience and passion in public service, Mr. Ward will lead the Museum into its next phase of development. The board - and the new director - are currently planning future events,including a community reception and educational programming to commemorate the April 1953 student walkout at the Moton School.
Those interested in being involved can contact the Museum at (434) 315-8775.
Photo courtesy of Wanda Whitus, Chamber of Commerce President
January 5, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - On a chilly Saturday morning, Board of Supervisor members, (from L to R): Buckie Fore, Howard Simpson, Sally Gilfillian, James Moore, and Charles McKay participated in a Board Cutting Ceremony to officially open the newest Lowe's Home Improvement Center in the Prince Edward County Business Park in Farmville, Virginia. Store Manager Karl Schultze (far left) can be seen assisting.
December 26, 2007: A Common Bond: Churches Share History, Lay Down Foundation
December 21, 2007: Lowe's Opens January 5th
December 19, 2007: Area Has Tourism Center
December 7, 2007: Tear It Down; Build It Back in 7 Days.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas A. Jones at The Southside Messenger)
Photo courtesy of Rob Chapman at The Farmville Herald
December 7, 2007: Extreme Construction "Reveal" Set Monday
December 5, 2007: Extreme Surprise: Local Couple Gets New Home Through TV Show
December 3, 2007: Extreme Makeover Home Edition Door Knock Fact Sheet
December 3, 2007: Extreme Makeover Home Edition Comes to Prince Edward County!
October 9, 2007: County Supervisors presented a framed copy of a resolution of respect honoring the late Oliver Hill Sr. Tuesday evening to his son, Dr. Oliver W. Hill Jr.
Click here to read the article from The Farmville Herald.
September 11, 2007: Virginia Tobacco Indemnification funds 2005 shortfall. Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors authorizes disbursement of over $336,000 in Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission funds to 9 local businesses and industries.
Last Updated: July 1, 2019