2020 Year in Review (Part 3)

Above, Gehad (left) and Sabah Natour, founders of Natours Grocery in Appomattox, had retired after 34 years in business. Behind them is the store on Old Courthouse Road in Appomattox.

The following is part three of notable headlines from each week’s issue of the Times Virginian in 2020. Additional months from 2020 will be provided in the following week.

July 1

Appomattox militia holds food drive, will lobby for county recognition

The Appomattox County Militia held a muster call and food drive at noon Saturday at Courtland Festival Park. The newly formed militia gained almost 50 new members that day.

“Boiled down to its simplest terms, the militia is regular people taking responsibility for and participating in their community defense. How this will play out in our community is up to you here,” Marty White, who sits on the militia’s organizing committee, addressed the crowd.

White said they’ll be lobbying to seek the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors’ recognition of the Appomattox County Militia.

• School board reveals plan for reopening

• Appomattox budget OK’d

• Small Business Spotlight: Absolute Perfection Bra-tique serving fitting needs for 30 years

• Field fire put out quickly

• Funds donated for new sign at McLean House

• Controversy swarms Soil and Water vacancy

• Two seriously injured in Redfields Road accident

• The Court Report: Man pleads guilty to indecent liberties

• First Appomattox school nurse comments on COVID-19 pandemic, medical advances

July 8

Natours retire, sell local store after 34 years running business

When Gehad and Sabah Natour opened their convenience store and gas station on Old Courthouse Road in Appomattox, Ronald Reagan was in his second term as President of the United States, and entertainers such as Bon Jovi, Madonna and The Bangles were big stars on America’s music charts. 

That was in 1986. Thirty-four years later, the founders of Natours Grocery have decided to retire after achieving their personal goals and serving the community through their business.

Natours Grocery has been an independent family-owned store, which also serves as a delicatessen and gasoline station. The Natours’ four daughters have worked at the store at various times during their lives.

• Board OKs $42M budget

• Fire destroys 3 acres Sunday

• Pamplin’s Little Free Library fills need without bus mobile

• Historical Park increases visitor services

• Sheriff’s office serves community

• ACHS Senior FFA excels in first ever virtual convention

July 15

School: No plans to change Raiders name

Amid reports that Loudoun County High School is changing its existing mascot name of Raiders to a name yet to be determined, other reports arose last week as to whether Appomattox County High School might also take a name change under consideration.

According to reports, the Loudon County School Board voted June 29 to remove their Raiders name, which was chosen in honor of Civil War Confederate battalion commander John S. Mosby, whose fighters were known as Mosby’s Rangers.

However, the Appomattox Raiders mascot appears to portray a pirate. The patch over its eye is a symbol commonly associated with pirates, such as with the logo of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders (formerly Oakland Raiders). 

There’s more to this in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Support local journalism by purchasing the issue at a local newsstand or subscribing at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to receive the print edition or view the full article in the e-edition version.