Amelia County, VA

Sease named FFA National Teacher Ambassador

For years teachers across the country have advocated for their students regardless of their environment – whether it be in-person, virtual or hybrid. Agriculture education teachers are no exception. For the past few years, they have faced numerous challenges. This summer, they will be able to come together to share how they can work together to share the story of FFA and agricultural education in their states and communities. More than 70 agricultural education teachers will continue to share the story as part of the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program. Melissa Sease, an agriculture instructor and FFA Advisor at Amelia County High School has been selected to be one of these ambassadors.
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National Night Out held in courthouse square

Amelia County Sheriff Ricky Walker appeared at the National Night Out event sponsored by his office on Tuesday (Aug. 2) held on the courthouse square. The event sponsored bouncy houses, children’s activities, free clothes and school supplies, displays and free food. Local non-profits and businesses set up booths and games for those in attendance, such as Spurrin’ Up Hope (pictured right) that held a pool noodle horse-riding game. In spite of the heat, the event was well-attended and received much praise.
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School board views summer graduation

The highlight of the Amelia County School Board’s Monday (Aug. 8) meeting was a brief graduation ceremony for Amelia County High School senior Jhamari Amir Booker, who was presented his diploma at the meeting after completing requirements for graduation during the schools’ Summer Support Program. Mr. Booker was...

Amelia Major All Stars win Division II World Series

The Amelia Major All Stars won the Dixie Youth Division II World Series, a six-day tournament held from Friday, July 29 through Wednesday (Aug. 3). The team was the only team to go undefeated in the series, beating teams from Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia on the way to their victory. The series was held in Anderson, S.C. The team is coached by Peter Dietz and Tead Harvie, managed by Mark Borum, and includes Levi Borum, Carson Dietz, Evan Fisher, Taylor Harvie, Jordan Hathaway, Austin Miracle, Carson Roberts, Anthony Rudge, Ben Schenck, Lucas Stocks and Matthew Williams. A congratulatory event is scheduled at the Dixie Youth Baseball Fields, located behind Amelia Academy, from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 12). Light refreshments will be served. See additional picture and congratulatory messages on pages 12 and 13.

Chittum receives pin from Navy

Longtime Amelia County resident Gordon Chittum, age 92, was recently presented a pin and Certificate of Honor for his four-year service in the U.S. Navy. Following his Navy service, he became a Virginia State Police Trooper until his retirement. Navy Chaplain Chris Johnson (above) presented the pin to former Trooper Chittum.

Back To School Block Party held at Amelia Baptist Church

Amelia Baptist Church hosted its annual Back To School Block Party on Saturday (Aug. 6). There were 372 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed at the event, and after running out during the event, an additional 28 backpacks were distributed after the event. The party featured free food, free school supplies, free bounce houses and other children’s activities. The event was sponsored by the church, the NAACP-Amelia Branch, Woodmen of the World and Kathy Rhul. Below left, a child gets his face painted and below right, church members and other volunteers serve hotdogs and other goodies to those in attendance. To be a sponsor of this annual event, contact the church office, or John and Linda Burton for details.

Cheer Camp 2022 held

Amelia County Parks and Recreation recently hosted its 2022 Cheerleading Camp. The guest coach, Stephanie Clark, spent three evenings with the girls where they learned several chants/ cheers, worked on basic tumbling/stunts, and learned a cheer routine. Families attended a small demonstration on Friday evening so the girls could show what they had learned. Cheer Commissioner Cecelia Nichols said, “Cheer camp was so much fun and we are excited to start our fall football season! And we are grateful to Amelia County Public Schools for providing a meal for the girls.” Those who attended cheer camp were: Minor Cheerleaders (above) – K’Yleigh Baptist, Ashlyn Boyer, Emerie Epperson, Arianna Garcia, Caitlin Hopkins, Paisley Hunter- Lillijedahl, Emma Nichols, Alyla Redmond, Hailee Seay, and Irie Williams; and Major Cheerleaders (below) – Virginia Gilley and Jada Love with instructor (in the middle) Stephanie Clark. Fall football cheerleading is now open for enrollment.

Summer reading program ends and August challenge begins

The 2022 Marshall Bullock Summer Reading Program at the James L. Hamner Public Library ended with over 9,400 minutes of reading recorded and 261 attendees at the summer’s events. A special thanks goes to the Friends of the Library for financial support during the summer reading program. The August...

PSWCD accepting agriculture cost-share applications

The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) is now accepting applications for the agricultural best management practices (BMPs) cost-share program. The cost-share program provides financial incentives, tax credits, and cost-share to agricultural producers who voluntarily install conservation practices on their farm to improve water quality. Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are measures that farmers can take to not only improve soil and water quality but increase the productivity of their land or farming operation. Benefits include decreased erosion, increased soil organic matter, cleaner streams, and healthier animals.

Fall sports programs now accepting registrations

Amelia County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting player registrations for its youth football, cheerleading, soccer and softball programs for the fall. For more information about the programs, contact the parks and rec. office at 804-561-4100 or go to to register.

Church News

Services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Amelia County Veterans Center. Homecoming services is at 11 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 14). Revival is Wednesday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 19. Services start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s guest speaker is Pastor Samuel Trent. Thursday’s guest speaker is Bishop Dorsey Drawhorn and Fridays guest speaker is Bishop Kippy Lundy.

Driver and passenger injured in Sunday crash

Both the driver and passenger of a 1998 Dodge pickup truck were taken to an area hospital by the Amelia Emergency Squad Sunday (July 31) with non-life-threatening injuries after a single-vehicle crash on Dennisville Road (Rt. 614) about .1 of a mile north of the Poor House Road (Rt. 603) intersection. Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Todd Smith said the accident occurred about 10:55 a.m. when the truck, driven by Tyler Parrott, of Amelia, came around a curve and he lost control on the rain-slick pavement and the truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and then some trees. Mr. Parrott was charged with failing to drive right of the road’s center and failing to wear his seat belt. The truck was a total loss.

State VFW Commander greets Amelia Veteran

State Veterans Of Foreign Wars Commander Geoff Lyster (left) visited the Fourth District VFW last week, making an extended stop at Crewe VFW Post 7819 where he met many veterans from the region. Among those offering greetings was Mathew S. Rowe of Amelia VFW Post 8759. Mr. Rowe is a former Navy Hull Technician and served on the USS KIDD (DDG-993) in 1996 during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Cmdr. Lyster spoke with members about pending legislation in Congress and other veteran issues. Photo By Greg Eanes.