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Crewe, VA

#41 May 19, 2009
The local grocery store that closed would have had to have 2.5 million dollars of repairs. The manager would have had to work 24/7 to manage it. That is not breaking even. It would be very nice to have a store close by without having to charge outrageous prices. There are reasons why the store closed and this is not condemning anyone. The Wally Worlds have monopolized everything. You will never get that across to town officials because they already have the report from potential buyers. That survey was a waste of money and you are right a co-op was not feasible. BankAmerica which bought up a lot of community banks is not, repeat interested in the area as it is not big enough for them. They picked Farmville because of the fact that it is a college town. South Hill is not even on the BankAmerica list. So should that not tell you something?
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Charlottesville, VA

#42 May 19, 2009
The grocery store that closed should be torn down and rebuilt. The right franchise could make money if they would use their minds on this. Yes, I know that the survey was a waste of money. Say that Burkeville were to join Crewe? It would still be small but people need a grocery store. I also know that Farmville was picked due to Longwood University. If you go to Walmart which I would assume you do, you notice people from all differetn towns there. It there was a grocery store in Crewe that would change things. People would still go to Walmart but a grocery store that is close would be a good start to a town that looks like a warzone.
CSI

Crewe, VA

#43 May 19, 2009
The Vice-Mayor owns the grocery store in Burkeville and he is the one who gave us the lowdown on the store. Now I ask you this, he is in competition with Walmart and truthfully you can get some good deals there. He will also try to get an item that you want but the same principal applies, you must have the flow to get the money. My father and mother had a mom and pop store in another county, they would still be put out of business today by the Walmarts and major retail stores. Personally I think tearing down the old store would be best, but you have a person who will not budge on his price. I hate the fact that the towns have gone down, it used to be a thriving place when we went through during the fifties, sixties and even seventies.
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#44 May 19, 2009
You know you talk about the small grocery stores mom and pops going out of business because of Wal-mart and the big franchise. If there was more in this County for kids, teenagers, and young adults to do, Maybe those small business would not have gone out of business they would get more business. Wal-mart has got senior citizen bingo in the day time on wendsdays to draw the seniors in. What other store is there that does that in this county. I can tell you one. That is the spaineville store on 153 they let folks come in sit , drink coffee, have chit chat and play cards. What does crewe have for anyone to do? What does Blackstone have? What does Burkeville have? You say people don't want to change and we just talk. Well we want to do but who's behind us? Who is willing to face the Mayors? The county board of Suporvisors? The Town Councils? I did find out for those that are interested if you have a complaint or a charge against a county official or officers or Lawyers you have to go to the State building in Richmond and file charges there. You cannot file charges in the county that they work in. This is the law. Remember the State building in Richmond. I already know people who are presuing such matters now. So you see if proper steps are taken than action and change can be made. CSI you told your age when you said you can't change. I am up in age but I do want to see change. Not for myself but for those who live in this county and will be here after I am gone. They can say I may have helped make a change.
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#45 May 19, 2009
To begin with the problem with mom and pop stores are that they go to Sams Club and Wal-mart to purchase the merchandise they carry in their store and they add a $1 to the price instead of a few cents. I understand they are a small store and can't afford for the truckers to bring the merchandise to them. And on top of that without the franchise you only employ a few people with the franchise we employ hundreds of people. I say bring on the franchise. I would rather make numerous people a little bit of money than mom and pop rich. See the problem we have in this county is the population exceeds the jobs. Now don't get me wrong I like the mom and pops stores. You have foriegners who run most of the convience stores who can keep prices low because they don't get taxed and the government gave them a grant for the store anyway. Do you get mad at the foriegner who is nice as can be or the government? What I am saying is we have to get more jobs here, there for the people will have money to spend at the mom and pop stores. And the franchises and the convience stores. Back to the basics we need a mall which by the way is filled with mom and pop stores. Maybe a community daycare inside the mall. Maybe a community swimming pool and game rooms. We need factories in here. We need to make small changes first as far as lowering taxes on the big companies to get them in here. Then they can lower thier prices and they can benefit , we can benefit and so can the mom and pop stores it is a chain effect. And jobs are made which will bring the bigger better community. Oh yeah don't forget bout my tit bar. lol give me something to do. And believe me this will enhance our community. Is this not constructive criticism. By the way what ever happen to people working together to rebiuld these small shops and making them better without a price tag being attached to it. I understand people can't do everything for free but I know that people can donate some of thier time to make these changes for the store to be up and running again. We still like the mom and pops. I am in construction trades and would be willing to help when I could. I hate to think I would be the only one. But it only takes one to start a change and then others will follow. You got churchs and good people every where. The people that want the store open would maybe do the same. God bless everyone and my prayers are with you. And if things don't change soon you might have some nut like me trying to run for office. I know they would try to tar and feather me. But I am still working on my education.
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#46 May 19, 2009
hey one last thought maybe we get the town officials the Sims game and they can learn what it takes to run a county. I know you can't make everyone happy but your are suppose to try.lol. I'm gone keep me in your prayers.
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#47 May 19, 2009
I will say our economy is down but yet Nottoway is in the good. But yet our citizens are struggling transmitting two and three hours just to make it work and gas prices back on the rise. Now the money that Nottoway was made to the good is not going into making the town grow. And all towns need growth to strive. We have people here that are proud and don't like being on the unemployment line. But you know when something good is brought to the table to make the changes and help the people economically by change. I do know about the people with medical issues and I do know about the families struggling for just food and clothes for thier children. Have you ever thought that is why it is time for change. My faults with Nottoway is if you don't have money you don't count for nothing and seem not to have any say or pull. But if you do have money than you walk right over top the poor person an look down your nose at them. Well now with that being said until the people who have the money in this town stop steppin on those little people who are actually the one paying their bills thats right us the taxpayers of minium wage jobs pay you uppers just to get no where. Well I am one of those taxpayers who thinks my tax dollars should be made to good use. And when I see how the people are running this county like only the money talks and bull shit walks well I also know that is us the taxpayers who pay thier salary and vote them in office. But yet in Nottoway when you see the people in the county actually vote for its official. I believe I saw online today When you type in Mayo K. Gravatt you will see 9 of 9 Votes for him that gave him 100% vote. I do believe Nottoway has more citizens than that I happen to know I have seen alot more than 9 at the voting polls. So when does Nottoway polls take place and shouldn't all of Nottoway get a vote on these matters. I am sure if you look further you will see this has happened on alot of our town officials. So I think yes it is time for our people to stand for this county and how it should be ran. I am one who is taking a stand I am trying to go all the way. I have made a point to talk to people in alot of communities to try and make a difference. I have written numerous attorneys and have written the government in different states and I haven't stopped there. I have made it my personal fight. I have been wronged in this county and I am going to make sure people get a say. I have no problem saying I have even written the Bar Association. I could list others . But I will say I won't give up until something is done and a change is made. I am not a negative person that holds grudges. But I was raised right is right and wrong is wrong. No matter how much you sugar coat it. I believe you have to stand for something. Quick question if you took a turd and rolled it in powder suger would that make it a donought or would it just be a sugar coated turd. See my problem. I mean that if something is wrong no matter how you try to make it look right it is still going to be wrong and if something right and you try to make it look wrong I don't care how you try to disguise it , it is still going to be right. And I say again people can make the difference they have for years. I believe alot of our citizens would say it is time for a change. And enough people stand for thier rights and change than it can be done. The Law and help does go beyond Nottoway. Jesus stood up for what was right and they crucified him. But he still stood up for what was right. I am a child of God and I won't stop till I am cricified.
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#48 May 19, 2009
the problem is here in Nottoway people have tried to make the changes and never really followed through with them. I believe if some of those same people stood up with the ones trying to make the difference now than maybe Good things could happen for this place. And you know maybe the reason the people are saying there is negativity is because they as well know that the change is needed not just needed but necessary. So now that is has been brought to the table and alot of good advice has been posted for our people to know how to be heard lets stand together to make that differnce. And I don't see the harm In Big Daddys tit bar. Adults as well as kids need the change. The only way to better a place is in growth. And Nottoway could surely take some of these ideas for thought. Surely even our county officials would like to see a better thriving Community. And maybe these officials can take the constructive critcizem to make these changes that thier citizens are longing for. you know I have read over these blogs and I don't see where people wanting change is so horrible nor do I see where citizens wanting their county to be ran by the laws of our government to be so bad either. And if it takes people pointing out the flaws and whey changes needed to be made than I think it is good some one has the voice and guts to do so. I commend you all for trying to make the differnce.
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Charlottesville, VA

#49 May 20, 2009
As I have said, it seems to be wired in the officials of Nottoway and others brains that change is a very bad thing. People that believe Nottoway is fine without change is living in a fantasy land. When the railroad left the town died slowly. There needs to be stores, entertainment, restaurants etc. in Nottoway. The space is here. Officials just need to make calls (which I doubt will be done) to companies. A mall would be a good thing but I don't see a mall or a grocery store coming in my opinion. Call me negative but when can you be positive when there is nothing to be positive about?
Blackstone Girl

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#50 May 20, 2009
Don't just talk the talk; walk the walk. If your town needs stores, entertainment, restaurants, whatever, see what YOU can do to get a business started. The government doesn't open new stores; individuals do. And if you don't have the guts to give it a try, don't whine because your neighbor doesn't either. One of the problems in this country today is that citizens expect the government to do everything for them. It is time for everyone in this country - not just Nottoway County - to get off their lazy behinds, suck it up, and do something for themselves and not sit around and wait for the government to do it for them!
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Charlottesville, VA

#51 May 20, 2009
Just stating a fact that Nottoway will never change Blackstone Girl. I don't expect Nottoway to open up a store. The words change and new is not in the officials vocabulary. Have YOU opened up a store? Hmmm?
Blackstone Girl

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#52 May 20, 2009
Nope; but then I'm not the one complaining about Blackstone/Nottoway County, am I? I think we have a surprisingly number of diverse and good restaurants in Blackstone. While I wish we had a nice locally owned grocery store like Billy's Food Barn or West's or White Front, I certainly understand the economics. And while I know there is little entertainment in Nottoway County, there never has been and I don't know of any town with a population of 4000 or less than has much more than we do. If you want lots of restaurants, malls, multiplex theaters, etc., then country living is not for you. That's what makes the country living different from living in the city. Almost any small rural community is going to be the same. We simply do not have the population to support such ventures. Look around and identify one small town in Southside Virginia that has more than Blackstone. Get over it and quit whining ... and if you find living here so unpleasant you are free to move on.
CSI

Crewe, VA

#53 May 20, 2009
First of all I never said I was too old to change, people have to want it and that does not seem to be the case. Blackstone Girl is right in this respect. We do not have the population. That is what companies and chains look at.
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#54 May 20, 2009
I happen to know quite of few people who have tried to start businesses in this county but if Supers in the county don't see it fit for this little town than it doesn't go. So people have tried just to get denied and country living is fine I love it but when you have a population of 4000 plus the children well than you have to ask yourself do you want crime or proper business. I know a girl right now with 3 felonies on her but was told if she could just turn one drug dealer in she had no worries. Three felonies. What is that? You know if there was more work than it would be less crime, less drugs, less people selling themselves. We have to find a balance. And people are moving in from the cities but not the work opportunity. And again there is nothing wrong with growth. Then I see town officials kiss the ass of the ones that have these companies else where and spending thier money else where. They just come here for a summer get away. And gone in th winter. Are you one of those people blackstone girl that thinks this is only a good retirement area. Well if you were to get mugged or shot because someone could feed their family , and the cops sweep it under the rug because they don't want to do their jobs. Then you would say maybe if they had more to do than it wouldn't come to this. But Your family would be fighting for justice and they would have that right. But you still say Nottoway don't need change. Better yet if you child or grandchild had something horrible happen to them by some big shot you would want justice. And if you seen that nothing was being done and plea's was being done to try and get off without haveing to pay for thier crimes. You would want that change. And I know for a fact even Wal-mart was in the Negative here in the last year. So now if these changes don't come in the few good things you think we have will end up leaving. you see businesses have to meet the town and county approval. Well open your eyes businesses need people to live here to shop here and in order for people to want to be here than you have to have something to spark thier interest other than this gossip page. And let me say if Wal-mart doesn't get more business this year I am sure they will count blackstone as a loss and move on because they are makeing money in better areas. Hopefully food lion will will stick around so we won't have to go to farmeville or petersburg or the excelling growing areas arround us. That is okay you stay behind granny all your family will suffer with the rest of us whiners who are trying to make the difference. Thank you so much for being the outstanding person you are whom don't seem to care for anyone other than yourself and you may even be married to one of the sorry peckers who are running this county in the ground. But keep in mind you are helping run it down too. And if you don't believe me I am sure Wal-mart will cut a store that is steadily loosing because I don't know a company that isn't in the business to make money. Such we had Ames to come and go and Roses and Big star and A&P store and the great loved Blackstone Restraunt that served no alcohol and Savalot to come an go do to no Growth. Stop and look at the history. We have had so many to come an try but due to the lack of sensible judgement of our officials we have lost them. Are you happy there has been no change and watch what I say Wal-mart will go next. They are already under tight scrutiny with Home office of whether they are worth keeping in this county then what?
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Martinsville, VA

#55 May 20, 2009
Blackstone Girl, you are looking at this from the perspective of Blackstone where in Blackstone you have a grocery store (Food lion), Stores (Walmart, ACE hardware) where in Crewe there is not a thing at all! It's more like a mortar attack here. It's rediculous. I can name a town that has more than Crewe and is smaller. Dillwyn. It has McDonalds. It has to be one of the nicest McDonalds I have ever eaten in. As well as two grocery stores (Food lion and Farmers Foods). I would say that you won't bad mouth Nottoway because you were born here. I would move in a heartbeat Blackstone Girl. I will be nice though and not say what I call it. I'm not at liberty to do so at the time.
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#56 May 20, 2009
Lets review Billy's Food Barn and Wessons and Whitefront why did they go out of business? I can tell you why. I don't know how many times I went into these stores and purchased groceries brought them home and the meats were rotten! Take it back one time at whitefront and they wanted me to exchange rotten chicken for more rotten chicken. Their chicken had slime on them and Wessons and Billy Food barn wasn't any better.These stores were owned by our local higher ups and that is what they offered us! Now you say get off my ass and make a change how about we start a petition get it signed by as many kids and young adults to bring in the YMCA, The boys and girl club of America , community swimming pool, a hip hop dance club for teenagers and a night club for young adults and a daycare center for babysitting so the young adults can go out. Now this can be done if enough signatures is gathered and all on a government grant to improve the community and Nottoway and the officials would not be allowed to stop the government of the USA. Whom ever is for this let me know I will get the petitions started. And granny put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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#57 May 20, 2009
And when you tell people who are trying to make the difference to leave and you run off all the ones who try to make these changes than you are right this town won't grow but let me say I am not going to move and I am telling you changes are coming and I agree with the petitions we need to get them going. So now I guess we will be getting off our asses to show it can be done. And hopefully you will understand that by not trying it would be hurting our lovely little community. Isn't people like you who tried to stop wood stock well you couldn't do it and It is now known as one of the greatest musical events of the century. I have only seen stories about Woodstock . But may I add For centuries you read in textbooks about change and evolution. What makes you think anyone can stop change it has occured over and over and sooner or later people have to accept that. But now it is up to you and I to see whether the change is for the better or not. And from what I have seen the changes in Nottoway to this point have all been worthless. So why not see it from a different perspective and try to see this count thrive. You tell me Why! Why should our children suffer because you can't accept change? Again what is so bad about making the community a better and safer place for our young people. And if there was more for our young ones to do to enjoy themselves they wouldn't have time to get into so much trouble. Why is this bad I ask again. You have come on here and tried to make me out to be bad and get people to be quite. But the truth is you know just like me if enough speak out that change is possible. Maybe you should quit bashing the thought of change and give it some educational thought and make a difference your self. You said your self nothing has changed well read these blogs and you will see that not many people are happy with the things in the county. But what is even more so enough people love this county to want to see it do better an prosper. Again I have to repeat where is this bad. It does no good to bash each other on here. But what is wrong in wanting a growing law abiding striving community not one that is continuing to die out. Please inform me where all this is so horrible.
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#58 May 20, 2009
well Blackstone Girl you don't want change I guess you like the idea of our young men taking our teenage girls and prostituting them in the back of a van. That is what was going on in the seventies and eighties when pickett was in full bloom. Or then their was the kids that met at the amelia dance hall and they were suppose to be at a girlfriends house and making out in the woods in backseat of a car. Going to the health department and getting on the pill or getting illegal abortions that the parents knew nothing about it. Lets not forget the kids that went to school and checked out early to go drinking,smoking, and swimming anywhere but in Nottoway. Remember the Seventies was the Baby Boom year and alot of illegal abortions went down. Is this the Nottoway you want? Well it is still the same here and I would like to see a change. I want to see the kids off the street out of the park cars hiding in the basements doing thier thing and put them where they can enjoy thier teenage years and not be forced into an adult life like the one you help to give them.
CSI

Crewe, VA

#59 May 20, 2009
I believe some of you are being harsh. But then again the towns have changed a lot and not for the better in the last decades. I would love to see real change and have it for the better. Look at Farmville and the growth rate there. But we do not an accerated growth like Chesterfield County in which homes are being auctioned off. I personally like my home and it is what I need, but I would also like to see young families have a decent home and a safe environment. Once again in larger cities you do not really know who to trust. I know it is hard to trust some officials around here. I do think though that we could have better facilities and ones that will give encouragement to the youth. Do not forget the senior citizens too. However with growth comes new problems and the police departments have to keep up with them. Plus the top cop of the county has to be prepared to handle the case load. Right now there is probably a young man graduating that would be a great CA. But until then we have to deal with what we have. Piss ant law enforcement is better than none. I know some of you will argue we have none. But try as you may, you must have people with you and their are those that are, but sometimes attitudes get in the way. I know that very well. Blackstone for now wants to run everything.
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#60 May 20, 2009
Well CSI I am glad to see you can see that change is needed. But You are right We shouldn't forget about seniors. But I have found alot of the seniors don't want the change. But for those who do there definately needs to things going for them. But Nottoway does have Bingo and most of the seniors go to the wal-mart an play it there too. The Moose lodge and all the charity church events normally is what our seniors attend and want. So that is why my focus has been on young adults and children. But I do beilieve everyone should benefit from these changes. Give something to the kids to do and our seniors should feel the area becoming a safer place. Just getting the kids off the street and the people entertained will stop alot of the crime. But also the biggest is bringing people and jobs into this County so we can continue to do better not steadily die out. I see you have internet access well you want to talk about small communities booming. But you check out some of these small towns and tricities areas and see what they have going for them. Small population but they are still booming with economic growth.

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