2023-03-30 E-Edition

Fort Picket officially redesignated Fort Barfoot

The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett was officially redesignated Fort Barfoot in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with extensive Virginia ties, including being an Amelia County resident for over 30 years, during a ceremony Friday (March 24) at the Blackstone Army Airfield near Blackstone. Col. Barfoot’s daughter Margaret Nicholls, U.S. Sen. […]

Supervisors begin budget considerations

The Amelia County Board of Supervisors met for a total of nine hours over two days last week to interview department heads and others. The topics under discussion were budget requests as the supervisors begin to make decisions about the FY ’24 budget. The board is concerned about a $4 million deficit in the unadjusted proposed budget. DAY 1 Tuesday […]

Planning commission defers commerce park rezoning

After hearing from nine residents, mostly living on Dusty Hill Lane, at the Amelia County Planning Commission’s Monday (March 27) meeting, the commissioners voted to defer any recommendation on the rezoning of a total of 159 acres on westbound U.S. Rt. 360 and Richardson Road (Rt. 640) from Rural Residential RR-3 to Light Industrial M- 1. The commissioners want to […]

Historian to be April ALF speaker

A local historian who will be instrumental in the county’s American Revolution 250th Anniversary Celebration will be the featured speaker for the Amelia Leadership Forum (ALF) scheduled for April 13. Michael F. Whitaker (Lt. Col., USAF, ret.) is the president of the Amelia County Historical Society and is deeply involved with planning for the 250th American Revolution event in 2026. […]

Historical society hosts Namozine Church open house Saturday

The Amelia County Historical Society will open Namozine Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday (April 1) to commemorate the site’s role in Civil War fighting. Costumed and other docents will offer insights into nearby events during Lee’s Retreat. Society members will sell Amelia County history and cook books, maps, memorabilia, and refreshments. The public is invited. The […]

Patriots drop one to Falcons

On Monday (March 20) the Amelia Academy Patriots hosted Fuqua School in varsity baseball action. Pictured is sophomore Jacob Barbour pitching in the 7 to 5 loss.

Youth Conservation Camp scholarships offered

The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) is now accepting applications for the 45th annual Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) held on Virginia Tech’s campus July 9 -15. YCC is a camp for high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12. YCC brings together about 70 students from across the Commonwealth for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources […]

Julia Nowell Dillard

Julia Nowell Dillard, 81, of South Prince George, Va., passed from this life Wednesday, March 22, 2023. She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Ronald Lee Dillard, and son, Ronald Lee Dillard, Jr. and is survived by her children, Kim Perkins, Rhonda Glass (Jimmy), Tammy Hall (Ron), Ernest Dillard (Brittney); her grandchildren, Jamie Gay […]

Robert “Bob” Rode

GMGC Robert “Bob” Rode (U.S. Navy ret.), 88, of Amelia, passed Monday, March 20, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Dorothy Rode; his sisters, Ruth Rasmussen and Marge Wilke; and his wife, Lena A. Rode. Bob is survived by his nephews, Harry Rasmussen and George “Georgie” Wilke (Karen), and many loving family members from the […]