Posted: February 17, 2018
New Phone System Coming to Town Hall by April 1
During the course of next month (March), Integrated Technology Group (ITG) of Forest will be installing a new, state-of-the-art, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system in the town offices. The VoIP replaces the existing but antiquated landline system that is no longer technically supported or properly functional.
This will provide much improved telephony for our citizens and staff, and will alleviate the problems with lost and/or misrouted messages that many have experienced the last few years. The new system will also have practically unlimited “reserve” capacity during times of high call volume, whereas the old system was limited to two landlines. Furthermore, the new system is actually a better use of taxpayers’ money, as it will actually lower the town’s monthly phone bills, thus paying for itself over about 3 years.
The only disadvantage we have identified is that for technical reasons, it will be necessary to change our phone number. To keep the explanation simple… the old FairPoint landline numbers cannot be ported into the Comcast Internet that will be the source/provider of the new service. To help ensure a smooth, gradual transition, the old number will be set to automatically forward calls made to it into the new number for a few months, allowing everyone time to adjust.
We will publish further details about the VoIP system, including the new number, once it is all live and ready for public use. Other than the minor, temporary inconvenience of adjusting to a new main number, we are confident that most everyone will like this product. Stay tuned…
Posted: February 5, 2018
For information on the Hurt Vol. Fire Department 5K Walk-Run for 2018, click here.
Updated: December 6, 2017
Second Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday evening’s event was a definite success, thanks to the collaborative efforts of everyone who contributed and/or attended. Great job, Hurt Elementary School students, parents, and faculty — we appreciated and enjoyed your program. A slideshow has been added below to highlight some of the moments (please allow time to load).
Warmly Welcoming Two New Dentists
Hurt is delighted to welcome Drs. Paul Miller and Rudy Wolf as they assume the long-time dental practice of Dr. Guy W. Walton, Jr., who retired as of September 29. Miller & Wolf will continue to operate at Staunton Plaza for the foreseeable future, and have indicated plans to expand the scope of services offered in our area. This will be a great benefit to the citizens of Hurt and the surrounding areas. Best wishes to all in this exciting new chapter.
Posted September 26, 2017
Hurt’s “Golden Jubilee” event was held this past Saturday PM in celebration of our first 50 years of incorporation as a town. Please visit our Semicentennial page under the “News” tab above for further details.
Watson Appointed to Fill Council Vacancy
Posted: August 5, 2017
During its August 1 meeting, Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Steve Watson as the person to replace Councilman Michael Blackstock, whose seat is being vacated August 31 due to his relocation outside of town limits.
The change becomes effective September 1. Watson was the runner-up in the 2016 election, which featured four candidates running for three seats on the council. Best wishes to both of these men going forward.
***New Traffic Pattern (Updated June 22, 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.