Spotsylvania NewsFebruary 8th, 2011, 4:07 pm
Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
In other news…
It’s been an afternoon of awards and photo ops.
- In between giving awards, supervisors agreed to fund part of a lawyer for the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. This position had been covered by state money but the state cut the position to part-time. The lawyer specializes in domestic violence cases and has a heavy workload, said Spotsylvania Commonwealth Attorney Bill Neely. He said the office prosecutes about 20,000 cases each year, including more than 12 homicide or manslaughter cases.
- The county recognized its employees of the year for 2010: Elmer Oakes, who works in the utilities department and Deputy Kelly Mills with the sheriff’s office.
- The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recognized the county parks and recreation department for its efforts in boating safety instruction.
- The Tri-County/City Soil and Water District gave its Clean Farm Award to Lakeside Dairy Farm. Supervisor T.C. Waddy said the farm is in his district. He talked about the farm’s president, Charles Harris. “I knew Charles when he was just crawling around.” Lakeside is one of three dairy farms left in Spotsylvania, Waddy said, telling Harris: “Keep up the good work and doing what you’re doing.”
- The soil and water district also gave its Outstanding Farm Conservation Award to William and Gwen Jones for their Christmas tree farm. “They want to leave the land in a better condition than when they acquired it,” said Ray Simms, director of the district.
When the awards were all given, County Administrator said, ‘It’s time to leave the land of Oz.”