(More AROUND TOWN, page 5) 89076 01069 6 6 ( See 40 YEARS , page 3) WOMAN O K, REMOVE D FROM BOX Page 2 BUILDIN G SELLS FO R $1.9 MILLI ON: Land Transfers, page 15 ROOF TO EXCEED $700,000 IN BLACKSTONE: Building Permits, page 15 ( See ACCIDENT, page 8) I hope everyone had a great Independence Day weekend. It was mostly quiet here but kinda busy for the news de- partment. Dogged State Dis- tillery enjoyed a successful Grand Opening on Saturday. I don’t think I’d ever had vodka before Noon, not even in col- lege. The punch was excellent and the hospitality rst class. The Chamber of Commerce’s planned reworks display that evening was cancelled after the reworks guy from Roanoke showed up and said the site wasn’t safe for the size re- works he brought with him. He was worried about re, and efforts to nd a suitable nearby site were unsuccessful. *** According to the Cham- ber, the reworks company used Google maps to plan its show instead of making a site visit beforehand. Luck - ily, the Chamber hadn’t paid the co mpany, and the crowd Saturday couldn’t have been more gracious and under - standing. (Admission was free.) Many folks stayed and listened to music and en - joyed a cold beverage and fellowship with others. Town Council gave the Chamber $5,000 for the reworks. Will the Town seek a ‘refund,’ or let the Chamber use those funds for next year? *** The Tri-County Eagles’ reworks show north of town Sunday night, July 4th, was outstanding. It was 25 min- utes long and fantastic from the start. The Eagles deserve praise for bringing back orga- nized reworks to this com- munity three years ago. A number of local residents also shot-off reworks in town and did mighty well, too. *** I don’t like to say ‘I told you so,’ but I’m gonna do it this week. If Nottoway Coun - ty had built Nottoway Lanes in the downtown hole (Town Square) in 2010 -- the Town offered that site at no charge -- no one would have driven a car through it, more people would have bowled there both before and after dinner, and it would be open and operating today. As it stands now, I’m told by bowlers that July 22nd will mark the 500th consecutive day of clo - sure for the County-owned building. *** Five years ago, I opposed and actually vetoed a Town budget for several reasons -- including these two: 1) it elim- inated the museum curator position; and 2) it greatly re- duced funding for DBI, and I said the DBI director needs to be a full-time Town employee. . *** I’m glad to report that the current Council, most of whom weren’t in of ce in 2015, is considerin g mak - ing the DBI director a full- time employee whose duties Fire In The Sky Several hundred area residents ocked Sunday evening, July 4th to the Tri-County Eagles on Cox Road north of Blackstone for the organization’s annual reworks display. The rst explosions rang-out at 9:06 p.m. and were over at 9:31 p.m. From start to nish, the display was almost non-stop. A Blackstone boy suffered abrasions on his face and arm and other injuries when the bicycle he was riding collided with an SUV. Fortunately, the name of 8-year-old Zamir Stith won’t be added to the long list of summertime tragedies that this community has witnessed over the years. And, after extensive tests, doctors at VCU Medical Cen- ter in Richmond sa y Zamir didn’t suffer a fractu red neck 8-year-old transferred to VCU, returns home CHILD ON BIKE STRUCK BY SUV NO CHARGES IN ACCIDENT; POLICE SAY BIKE’S BRAKES DIDN’T WORK as some had initially feared. The accident occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon, June 30th, at the intersection of Tavern and North Harris Streets. PHOTOS: page 8 According to Blackstone Police, the bicycle was travel- ing east on Tavern Street and failed to stop for a stop sign and that the bike’s brakes didn’t work. Police said the bicycle was struck by a northbound 2002 Ford Expedition being driven by John Bishop, 48, of Mann Street. No charges were led. In a weekend inte rview at his Viewbank Stree t home, Zamir told the Courie r-Record that he feels “good” despite his ordeal. Zamir, a rising 3rd grader at Blackstone Primary School, recalls riding bikes with his friends and says he didn’t see the vehicle coming. Zamir, who remained alert at the scene, said he remem- bers a woman at the scene comforting him on the side- walk, and also recalls the am- bulance ride to Farmville. Zamir’s mother, Trechelle Bass eld, said her son was transported by Nottoway Emergency Squad to Farmville hospital and later transferred to VCU in Richmond after the rst CAT scan showed a possible neck fracture. Ad- ditional testing showed no neck fracture, and he returned home Thursday evening. Fol- low-up tests are scheduled in a few weeks. Ms. Bass eld, a 2011 graduate of Nottoway High School, was preparing to take a quiz at Bryant & Stratton College in Richmond when she received a text from her mother, saying Zamir had been struck by a vehicle. Trechelle said she was so shocked that she actually read the text aloud in class and then immediately, when Crewe Medical pays tribute to patient advocate ‘THE GOLD STANDARD’ 40 YEARS & COUNTING FOR NURSE “I can’t believe it’s been 40 years.” Deborah Alder One of Southside Virginia’s most well-known, dedicated, and dependable nurses was surprised and honored last week on her 40th anniversary of entering the profession. Deborah Alder of Black- stone received an engraved jewelry box and pendant from Dr. Clay Hall and Dr. Jonathan Marston and her colleagues at Crewe Medi- cal Center. The box reads, “In Grateful Appreciation to Deborah Alder for 40 years of Dedicated and Compassionate Service as a Nurse In South- side Virginia 2021.” The celebration and ca- tered luncheon took place last Wednesday, June 30th beside the of ce in a building where, for many months, hundreds of Southside Virginians have been tested for COVID-19. Every Patient Important “I was incredibly sur- prised on Wednesday!” nurse Alder shared this week with the Courier-Record . “I had no idea anything was planned. Can’t believe it’s tr uly been 40 years! So much in medicine has changed over the years -- some good and some bad. The Publication No. 135720 VOL. 132, #27 $1 Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 MR. MOTIVATOR Inside