***New Traffic Pattern (Updated June 17, 2017)***
As most residents are already aware, one week ago today VDOT crews placed all-way STOP signs and painted white stripes at the intersection of Tanyard and West Hurt Roads. While we expect improved safety to be the result, this change will require a period of adjustment. Everyone is urged to continue exercising caution when traveling through this area, and also patience as we adapt.
This week, we have received word from VDOT that the new signage and markings are an early step in processes leading up to the Staunton River bridge closure anticipated next year. VDOT does plan to monitor traffic behavior and volume, along with other statistics, before and during the bridge replacement project. Beyond that, they will use this information to help decide whether or not to leave the all-way STOP as a permanent feature after the new bridge opens (projected for 2020). While the bridge is closed (an estimated 18 to 24 months), there will obviously be major alterations to traffic flow along Hurt Road and in other areas.
In the meantime, please be attentive to this change and observe good-sense measures to avoid accidents. We will post updates when more information becomes available. Safe travels!
Anniversary Reception Initiates Celebration
April 13, 2017
The first in a series of celebratory events commemorating Hurt’s incorporation as a town was held Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017. Hosted by New Prospect Baptist Church in their Family Life Center, approximately 150 people attended and/or participated in our Community Anniversary Reception, which focused on town history. Participants included local churches, Hurt Volunteer Fire Department, Hurt Police Department, Avoca Director and local historian Mike Hudson, Faith Christian Academy, John L. Hurt, Jr. Elementary School, and local government officials.
Distinguished guests were our state representatives, Senator Frank Ruff and Delegate Les Adams, who presented the town with a commending resolution passed unanimously by the General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session and recognizing Hurt for both its history and its future aspirations.
A sampling of photos from the afternoon’s events has been posted below (please allow a few moments for the sequence to load). Additional pictures may be added at a later date, pending confirmation of the necessary permissions for publication.
We extend much gratitude to all who attended and participated, and also a special note of thanks to NPBC for their graciousness and hospitality in providing a most appropriate venue and fine refreshments for our event.
Photos Courtesy of Ron Rowland
Board Chairman, Business Leader, and Mayors Sign Letter of Intent
February 23, 2017
Below, L to R: Gary Poindexter, John Gilstrap, and Mike Mattox (Mayors from Town of Hurt, City of Danville, and Town of Altavista, respectively), along with Jess Washburn, Managing Partner of Southern Virginia Multimodal Park (SVMP), LLC and Bob Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, pause for a chat and photo-op following a Letter of Intent (LOI) signing ceremony earlier this afternoon at The Willows. The LOI is the first official, concrete step in forming the Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority, a private-public partnership that plans to pool ideas and resources to promote economic development at the SVMP.
Photo courtesy of Jane Ward Johnson
New Fire Department Leadership Sworn In
February 4, 2017
Below: following 16 years’ service at the helm of the Hurt Volunteer Fire Department, outgoing Chief Brian Dudley (left) administers the oath of office to his successors, Chief Eric Colbert (center) and Deputy Chief Jason Colbert (right). The ceremony took place on Saturday evening, January 28 during the department’s annual awards banquet, held this year at a new venue – Hurt Pentecostal Holiness Church’s fellowship hall. Congratulations and best wishes for both new officers in their respective roles.
Above: outgoing Chief Brian Dudley (c) is flanked by incoming Deputy Chief Jason Colbert (l) and Chief Eric Colbert (r) following a ceremonial “changing-of-the-guard” last Saturday.
Photos courtesy of Ron Rowland.