2023-03-02 E-Edition

Lunsford killer dies before sentencing

Days prior to his scheduled sentencing hearing for his conviction for murder, John H. Howard, 64, died at the VCU Medical Center. Mr. Howard, convicted last year of the 1996 killing of his co-worker, Amelia resident Linda Lunsford, died on Feb. 7. He was due in Chesterfield County Circuit Court on Feb. 21 to be sentenced for that murder. Ms. […]

School board hears ACES Reset plan

No public comment on budget

Possibly because the Amelia County School Board’s public hearing on the proposed FY ’24 budget was advertised only days prior to the date of the hearing, there were no public comments at the hearing held Monday (Feb. 27). The board did take several actions including one following a presentation about a planned elementary school behavioral program. Director of Student Services […]

Finance director to be March ALF speaker

Community suggestions sought

Amelia County Finance Director Joshua Worrell will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, March 9 Amelia Leadership Forum (ALF) meeting. He is expected to address the county’s upcoming budget, its issues and concerns. He will open with a description of his duties. There will be a question and answer period following his presentation. The James L. Hamner Public Library […]

Most local offices on November ballot

No candidates for some positions

With most county offices on the ballot in November, several had no candidates as of Friday (Feb. 24), according to county Registrar Deborah B.Hathorn. Amelia County voters will have the House of Delegates and state Senate candidates on the ballot. The county was recently re-redistricted and this year will vote for the 72nd District House and the 10th District state […]

Cut to the Chase


Dear Friends, The Virginia Senate officially adjourned today, Saturday (Feb. 25) at 5 p.m. We have completed our work for the 2023 legislative session on all of our bills. Unfortunately, we have not fully completed our work on the budget and we will have to return for a Special Session to be called by the Governor. Today, we passed a […]

The Wright Report


The 2023 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on Saturday (Feb. 25). Saturday’s adjournment of sine die was expected, but a four-page budget bill was not. When negotiators met on Friday evening, we were well on our way to a final budget deal. Conferees had agreed in principle to $950 million in tax cuts with significant […]

Amelia Academy senior Cameron Morris delivers Chapel Talk

“Perseverance is doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success,” said Cameron Morris in his Chapel Talk, delivered on February 22. Cameron has found the strength to persevere through difficulties because of his faith. Quoting Philippians 4:13, he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When he was nine years old, Cameron played for a […]

Wayne’s Wisdom


Have you seen the TV commercial advertising a “legal referral service” – the one which includes a quick shot of a man talking on the telephone with a big smile on his face? I’m convinced he’s not talking with someone with a legal problem. He’s not listening to a middleaged lady who was injured in an accident not her fault. […]

Time to register for Amelia Day

There are a limited number of food and craft vendor spaces still available for this year’s Amelia Day Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse square. Each year the entertainment and vendor lineup attracts over 3,000 visitors to this event. Vendor spaces are 12 ft. x 12 ft. and start […]