PittCo Happenings

PittCo Happenings

Learn more about what Pittsylvania County leaders are up to, stay up to date on county developments, and hear about decisions that are being made and why they are made, all in just 15 minutes a week.

Episodes

February 19, 2024 15 mins

Jude Swanson, executive director for the House of Hope homeless shelter talks with PittCo Happenings about a fundraising event on February 24, the Coldest Night of the Year Walk, which is designed to help those needing shelter in Pittsylvania County and Danville. Swanson also touches on the causes of homelessness and why those numbers are rising in this region. 

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PittCo Happenings meets with Mike Meinel with RiverStreet Networks to talk about its partnership with Pittsylvania County to expand high speed internet in the County. Meinel provides information on the benefits of fiber internet, how to sign up for service with RiverStreet, how fiber will be connected to your home or business, how to contact the company to see if you are eligible for service and when the project is expected to be c...

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February 5, 2024 16 mins

Pittsylvania County Administrator Stuart Turille goes over the many accomplishments made by the County in 2023, to include dialing back the proliferation of solar farms, the completion of the Gretna Library renovations, advances in economic development and enhancing communication and collaboration with the volunteer fire and rescue community.  

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Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Darrell Dalton and Vice Chairman Robert Tucker talk with PittCo Happenings about how and why they were elected by their fellow Supervisors to lead the Board in 2024. Dalton and Tucker also talk about their desire for increased professionalism and teamwork moving forward, as well as the challenges the Board faces in 2024, to include the reassessment, the budget and taxes. 

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January 22, 2024 22 mins

The Freedom of Choice Committee, with the support of the Pittsylvania County Library, School Board and the Danville Regional Foundation, celebrates the completion of a two-year long project documenting the experiences of black students who attended white high schools during the Freedom of Choice era in mid-1960s Virginia. The project culminates with plaque dedications at the County’s four high school in February – coinciding with B...

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Pittsylvania County has started the process of updating its 2010 Master Plan and is seeking input from residents about what they want in terms of facilities and programs in the future. To let residents know what to expect as the plan is updated, PittCo Happenings talks with Parks and Recreation Director Justin Price and Senior Consultant James Mickle with BerryDunn about the update and how they can contribute. 

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PittCo Happenings talks with Murray Whittle, who was elected in November to serve the Westover District, where he has lived for more than three decades. Whittle is new to politics and said he is eager to learn all he can about Pittsylvania County and its government. Mr. Whittle is particularly interested in assisting fire and rescue with volunteer efforts and looks forward to working with the Board next year. 

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Pittsylvania County voters approved a 1% sales tax increase in 2022 to pay for school infrastructure improvements. Now that the money is coming in, the School Board is looking to start its first project next summer – safety vestibules for the schools. Other projects are also in the works. In this episode of PittCo Happenings, Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Jones talks about these projects and how the sales tax ...

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Eddie Hite grew up discussing Pittsylvania County politics with his dad, which fostered a love for his community. In January, Hite will take his seat on the Board of Supervisors for the first time, representing the Dan River District where he has been a lifelong resident. During this episode of PittCo Happenings, Hite discusses his desire for the Board to work together as they begin the new year, as well as wanting more input from ...

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Ken Bowman will be one of three new members on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to be sworn into office in January. During this episode, Bowman discusses the experience and strengths he will bring to the Board and how economic development remains one of his top priorities. Bowman also talks about how he wants to make sure there is funding for the schools and the Sheriff’s Office, as well as looking at how to move forwar...

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Blairs Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief of Administration Stephen Barts takes listeners back to the early morning hours of November 12 when a fire at the NorthPointe Apartments threatened the lives of its residents. Barts describes how prior experience, forethought and planning, along with the purchase of a key piece of apparatus, kept numerous lives from being lost, as well as the strategic decisions made by Pittsylvania County dispat...

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Outgoing Chatham-Blairs Supervisor Bob Warren discusses his two terms on the Board of Supervisors and what the Board was able to accomplish during that time in the areas of school funding and debt reduction, economic development, public safety, the evolution of the service authority and how strong working relationships helped save the County money and increase efficiency. 

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PIttCo Happenings talks with Pittsylvania County Administrator Stuart Turille. On the job since April, Mr. Turille discusses his impressions of Pittsylvania County; his desire for balancing the County’s agricultural and rural heritage with economic development and job creation; the areas he has been focusing on over the past several months; and how the recent reassessment and the real estate tax rate will factor into the budget pro...

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Fred Pearson with Pearson’s Appraisal Service talks with listeners about how his company conducted the 2024 Reassessment in Pittsylvania County, the market forces that have shaped property values since the last reassessment in 2018, and how property owners can appeal their assessment if they disagree with the value.

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PittCo Happenings talks with Blairs Fire and Rescue Chief Dean Fowler and Mt. Hermon Chief Tommy Barber about the work of fire and EMS volunteers. Fowler and Barber describe why the work is deeply satisfying and how it creates a sense of family among its members. At the same time, being a volunteer is demanding, requiring a high level of dedication by the volunteer and his or her family – but the rewards are priceless. 

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During this episode, Pittsylvania County Director of Economic Development Matt Rowe talks about how the County and Danville fought back against economic “rock bottom” and worked to reinvent themselves, with one big component being the creation of a “landing site” for economic growth – the Southern Virginia mega site at Berry Hill. Listen to learn how the mega site fits into the County’s future, as well as a possible site for emergi...

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Pittsylvania County Director of Economic Development Matt Rowe talks about the challenges business and industry face in a changing world and how this region has responded with its focus on training the next generation for satisfying careers in manufacturing, robotics, cybersecurity and more.  

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Join Pittsylvania County Director of Economic Development Matt Rowe in a multi-part series on the state of business and the workforce in this region. While economic development may be a challenge to describe, its efforts lead to concrete results such as brick and mortar facilities, jobs and future prosperity. 

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PittCo Happenings host Diana McFarland tells listeners about several fun and exciting events coming up – the re-opening of the Gretna Library, a celebration of the improvements at Wayside Park and the launch of a new program – the Pittsylvania County Citizens Academy. 

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September 18, 2023 15 mins

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working on two projects in the County that need public input – a survey for a portion of Franklin Turnpike and a new intersection design at Tightsqueeze. VDOT spokesperson Len Stevens talks about those two projects, as well as the Route 57 Bridge and how a temporary bridge structure works. 

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