1976 ARCHIVES

Abbitt retires as circuit court judge

George F. Abbitt, Jr. retired as Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit after 12 years on the circuit court bench. The 10th Circuit that Abbitt presided over consisted of Appomattox, South Boston, Charlotte, Halifax, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg Counties. In accepting the resignation of Abbitt, who was 70, Governor Mills E. Godwin applauded Abbitt’s “distinguished contributions and exemplary service in his high office.” Before being appointed to fill the unexpired term of Judge Joel W. Flood in 1964, Judge Abbitt was commonwealth’s attorney in Appomattox County from 1948. Abbitt was a native of Newport News and a graduate of Appomattox High School and the University of Richmond. 

30 YEARS AGO

State wants to close local DMV

Notification of the planned closure of Appomattox County’s Department of Motor Vehicles licensing agency touched off a furor of letter-writing to the DMV. A letter DMV commissioner Donald E. Williams sent to the Appomattox office noted that the DMV planned to close all 53 contract offices in the state. 

20 YEARS AGO 

School board appoints Marston as director 

Janice Marston was appointed as Director of Instruction and Personnel for the Appomattox County Schools at a special school board meeting. Marston had been the principal of Appomattox Elementary School for nearly 15 years prior to the accepting the new position. 

10 YEARS AGO

Five inducted into ACHS Sports Hall of Fame

Five nominees were inducted into the Appomattox Scholastic Hall of Fame during the Raiders’ home football game against William Campbell. The inductees were Karl Carter, Lindsay Fleshman, Phillip Jamerson, Joseph Lewis and Ray Wingfield.

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