Lovingston receives OK for planning grant 

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) made a total of $35,000 available for Nelson County’s Lovingston Revitalization Project last week.

The announcement came after county officials and Lovingston stakeholders submitted a request for a community development block grant for business district revitalization planning assistance at the beginning of January. The money will be used for developing solutions for the identified business district needs.

The next steps for the county include county officials and Lovingston stakeholders conducting a meeting with a staff member from DHCD for a facilitated planning strategy session. The goal of the session is to develop a work plan that will identify what needs to be done, when.

The county officials and stakeholders have a week to then submit a planning grant proposal to DHCD that includes a plan and a budget of the activities. If DHCD approves

the planning grant proposal, a contract will be issued within a week

of a contract negotiation meeting and money will be awarded for business district revitalization in Lovingston.

Jesse Rutherford, East District representative on the Nelson County Board of Supervisors, said he is thrilled they are able to move forward.

“This is a great next step. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I am 100 percent certain we will get there and I’m ecstatic for the future of Lovingston,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford said the next stakeholders meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Live concert to be held at North Branch School

Folk Legend Bill Staines will be in concert live on Feb.1 from 7 p.m. to 9.m. at North Branch School. North Branch School is located at 221 Mickens Road, Afton. The attendance fee will benefit North Branch School. Attendees are invited to bring a main or side dish and join Bill for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. For ticket information, call: (540) 456-8450.

PVCC to host public safety drone conference

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will host its third annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference March 4 through 6 in Crozet, Virginia at King Family Vineyards.

According to a news release from PVCC, “the three-day conference

will include workshops, breakout sessions, networking events and disaster and response scenario demonstrations. Presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Land Management’s National Aviation Office and other public safety agencies will be in attendance.”

PVCC launched its UAS program in 2015 and became the first college in the nation to receive a certificate of authorization from the FAA to conduct research and development of small, unmanned aerial systems for public safety in 2016.

Public safety professionals may register for the 2019 Public Safety UAS Conference at www.pvcc.edu/uasconference. For questions, contact uasconference@pvcc.edu or (434) 961-5354.

Fire department hosting cornhole tournament

Red House Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Cornhole Tournament, Feb.16 at 6 p.m. at 9467 Red House Road, Red House, Va. Entry fee is $25 per team. Register at the door. Event will feature $5 Blind Draw, 50/50, and food available for purchase. Prize is monetary. For more information contact Larry at: (434) 420-9054 or Shannon at (434) 665-4610.

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