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Petersburg, VA, United States

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Past articles by John:

Sheriff's Office hands out Thanksgiving turkeys

PETERSBURG — In collaboration with the Steve Harvey Foundation, Ricky Johnson and Friends Foundation, the Gee Law Firm, and 106.5 The Beat, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Office took part in the “Great Turkey Run” on Tuesday, where members of each organization led a caravan to the homes of various Petersburg residents. Once there, Sheriff Vanessa Crawford presented them with a Thanksgiving turkey.A… → Read More

No changes in Petersburg council, school board

PETERSBURG — Unlike the governing body down the road in Hopewell, the Petersburg City Council will feature all familiar faces after Tuesday → Read More

Thomas Dale wins 49-42 double-OT thriller over Hopewell

HOPEWELL — A wild night that saw Thomas Dale fall behind, lose starting quarterback Courtenay Burrell and overcome a raucous road atmosphere → Read More

Petersburg CAFR will be several months late

PETERSBURG — Saying that the administration would rather do it right than do it right now, Chief Operating Officer Michael Rogers told the → Read More

Dinwiddie family maintains blue-ribbon tradition at state fair

DINWIDDIE — Billy Bain, and his two grandsons, Austin and Aaron Hale, proudly represented the region at the Virginia State Fair last week, as the trio brought home numerous awards in the fair’s horticulture competitions.Though the ribbons won at a state fair would excite most people, it has become the standard for this Dinwiddie family, who have made a habit of showing up at the fair with some… → Read More

Petersburg comes from 19 down to defeat Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE — A rolicking homecoming crowd at Prince George High School did not faze the Petersburg Crimson Wave, as they came back from a 19-0 deficit to take down the Royals 36-33.“These kids, they played their hearts out,” Petersburg Football head coach Mike Scott said. “Tonight, I got to give it all to the kids.”Petersburg sophomore quarterback Meziah Scott completed 11 of 24 passes for… → Read More

After delays, work on old Ramada building project to begin again

PETERSBURG — After several months of delays, Chris Harrison, the CEO of C.A. Harrison Cos. LLC, said interior demolition of the old Ramada Inn off Exit 52 is slated to begin again on Oct. 15.Back in April, the city announced with much fanfare that the Ramada Inn had been sold to Harrison's company, which is based in Bethesda, Md., for $750,000. The building has been abandoned for several years,… → Read More

Calming the waters at Wilcox Lake

Once a popular recreational area, officials hope the historic Wilcox Lake at Lee Memorial Park can be returned to glory. → Read More

Longtime owner talks about losing furniture store in tornado; 'It's just not real'

CHESTERFIELD — Late on Monday afternoon, when numerous tornado warnings hit the Richmond and Chesterfield area, Roger and Wilma St. John were → Read More

Deadly tornadoes strike Chesterfield; cause one fatality

CHESTERFIELD — Just as Central Virginians thought they had avoided the wrath of Hurricane Florence, she came back with a vengeance on Monday → Read More

'Suspicious' fire destroys home on Harding Street

PETERSBURG — Firefighters responded to yet another fire in Petersburg that Fire Marshal Jim Reid deemed "suspicious".Crews responded → Read More

YMCA renovations on track for December opening

PETERSBURG — Coming later in 2018: a new and improved Petersburg YMCA.A $6 million, community-funded project is currently underway to enhance → Read More

On night honoring slain student, Dinwiddie takes down Salem 27-20

DINWIDDIE — On a night when the community was honoring Ke’Asia Adkins - the Dinwiddie High School student who was killed back in June - → Read More

Fifth vacant house on West Washington hit by 'suspicious' fire

Outbreak of suspected arson fires still under investigation → Read More

Pocahontas Island documentary wins award; can be seen on YouTube

PETERSBURG — A documentary that was made last year about Pocahontas Island has made some waves recently. Titled “The Promise Land: The → Read More

Man serving life for murders dies

John Adam Staff Writer @JohnAdam_PI Alexander Hill suffers pulmonary embolism RICHMOND — Alexander Hill, convicted of murdering a Petersburg family in 2014, died on Saturday while serving a life sentence for his crimes. He was 52 years old. According to Tracy Cooper of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the cause of death was pulmonary embolism, which is when one or more arteries in the… → Read More

Richard Bland students move in to start new school year

NORTH DINWIDDIE — On Tuesday morning, Richard Bland College President Debbie L. Sydow was overseeing student move-in day for the seventh straight → Read More

Summer camp brings history alive for Petersburg youth

PETERSBURG — From the Trailways Bus Station to Gillfield Baptist Church to Pocahontas Island, and to the chambers of federal Judge Roger L. Gregory, this past week more than 60 Petersburg children have been learning about the rich history of their hometown and the many important residents who have gone on to do great things.“Our mission is to teach the youth about where they come from,” said… → Read More

Heavy rain, heat damage local crops

Farms in Dinwiddie, Prince George seeing weather impact → Read More

Tri-Cities Workcamp builds homes, opens eyes

PETERSBURG — In 1987, Connie Romaine, then a youth director at a local church, decided to visit a couple of special work camps that were based in other areas. The camps were set up where faith and youth organizations could come stay for a week and do projects within the community, often doing things like repairing houses.After seeing those, Romaine and her husband John decided to establish the… → Read More