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More days lost to weather put Halifax school calendar at risk

SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2014
A wintry mix of rain, sleet and some snow on Monday morning kept students out of school again — on a day that had been declared a make-up day for time lost earlier from the classrooms.

“We can’t count that day at all,” said Robin Mahan, Clerk of the School Board, adding that means students have lost 14 days of instruction.

With that in mind, Mahan said the schools have only one banked day remaining before they will have to look at scheduling a make-up for any other lost days.

Schools were not the only ones affected by the late winter storm. The Virginia State Police had a flurry of accidents, with no serious injuries reported but a lot of property damages as vehicles hit icy spots and ran off roadways into ditches and trees.

On Monday night at 10 p.m. William K. Anderson, 65, of Vernon Hill, the operator of a 2006 Dodge Ram lost control on the ice, went off the left side of Mountain Road, about two-tenths mile east of its intersection with State Route 622, striking a mailbox before spinning around and hitting a business sign. He was not injured and investigating Virginia State Police Sgt. C.W. Owen placed no charges in the accident but estimated damages to the Dodge at $2,500.

Then at 11:25 on Monday night, Trooper D. H. Hess placed no charges in a single vehicle accident when 58 year old Albert T. Wilkerson of South Boston who was operating a 1998 Ford Explorer hit ice on a bridge on US Route 58 about one mile west of its intersection with State Route 119. The Explorer veered off the left side of the roadway before hitting a guardrail on the right side. Hess estimated damages to the vehicle at $2,000 and Wilkerson was injured and transported for treatment.

Then at 6:30 on Tuesday morning a 16 year old Halifax juvenile was not injured when the 2003 Honda Civic he was operating went off the right side of Grubby Road, about eight-tenths miles west of Old Grubby Road, striking a tree before going off left and hitting a ditch. Investigating Trooper L.V. Pamibid placed no charges, but estimated damages to the Honda at $3,455.

Then at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning Trooper B. L. Crews placed no charges when the 1996 Ford Explorer operated by 25 year old Kendall S, Sydnor of Scottsburg hit ice and ran off the right side of Dryburg Road, about one-half mile south of Ashcake Road. The vehicle then overturned to the driver’s side. Sydnor, as well as a 23 year old passenger, Jessica T. Sydnor ,suffered minor injuries but neither was transported for treatment.

At 8:20 Tuesday morning Jessica D, Lacks, 25, of South Boston was not injured when the 2012 Toyota she was driving ran off the right side of Route 360 about five-tenths mile west of its intersection with Charlie Brown Lane. Trooper D. W. Lacks placed on charges in the accident but estimated damages to the car at $2,500 after it struck a sign and then a tree.

Lacks placed no charges in a second accident he investigated on Tuesday morning at 9:21 a.m. on State Route 603 about two miles west of its intersection with US Route 501.The 1998 Toyota Tacoma operated by 42 year old Donald L. Henderson of Nathalie ran off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch and damages to the Toyota were estimated at $2,500.

In other reports from the State Police Trooper Pambid charged 61 year old Efrain V. Rios of Elkton, Maryland with reckless driving, failure to maintain control of the 2000 Sterling tractor trailer he was operating on Monday at 2:21 p.m. The truck ran off the road, hit a ditch and trees and lost its load on State Route 626 about two-tenths mile south of Chaney Lane.

Trooper Lacks also charged 23 year old Chrystal D. Womack of Scottsburg with reckless driving, failure to maintain control of the 2007 Hyundai she was operating on State Route 613 about one mile north of its intersection with Route 360. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway striking a tree, with damages estimated at $5,000. Womack suffered minor injuries.

Earlier on Sunday at 7:35 a.m., 19 year old Kenneth T. Harris of South Boston was charged by Trooper D. T. Spencer with reckless driving, failure to maintain control of the 2008 Ford Mustang he was operating on US Route 501 about a mile north of its intersection with State Route 715. The Mustang ran off the right side of the roadway, hitting an embankment and overturning. Harris and a 19 year old passenger Deontae Tucker were both injured and transported for treatment and damages to the Mustang were estimated at $15,000.

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