Wings, Wheels and Quilts Show Coming to SML

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

aptyuMONETA - If you enjoy cool antique cars and airplanes, you are in luck! And if you want to be dazzled by beautiful handmade quilts, you are in double luck! As part of the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, the events the week of May 13-15 are all about the 60’s!

To join in the 60’s fun, the Smith Mountain Lake Airport is hosting fly- in featuring cars and planes from the 60’s and earlier on May 14 between 11 and 3. Also on display will be hand crafted quilts and demonstrations with remote controlled airplanes School-agers can join in the fun with an airport scavenger hunt and food vendors will be on duty.

“This is a family-friendly event.” said organizational chair, Karen DeBord. “ It is perfectly appropriate to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair to enjoy the early afternoon admiring the craftsmanship of restored cars and antique planes and the quality of work invested in making the quilts that will be on display.”

The airport is nearly as old as the lake, yet not many even know that there is an airport in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake. Located at 1090 Cutlass Road in Moneta, the “Fly-in” will be open and free to the public between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The airplanes and cars will be in place by 11:00. DeBord says, however, “if you want to sneak in early and watch the cars and planes be put into place, come watch at 10:00.”

There will be a People’s Choice ballot offered for those who donate any amount of money to Vickie’s Vision Fund. Voting will be for the People’s Choice of car, quilt, and airplane.

Location: SML Airport 1090 Cutlass Rd. Moneta, VA

Fly-in Schedule:

10:00-10:30 Opening parade of cars down runway

11:00 - Remote Control demonstration

- Food vendors open

11:00 Kids scavenger hunt

12:00-12:30 Remote Control demonstrations

2:30 Announcements of People’s Choice voting to close

2:30-3:00 RC Demonstration

3:00 dismiss cars and planes


Ply Gem To Add 76 Jobs in Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

PlyGemWindowsLogoROCKY MOUNT - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Ply Gem Windows, a subsidiary of leading North American exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., will invest $1.98 million to expand its manufacturing operation in the Town of Rocky Mount in Franklin County. The company will increase capacity for its vinyl window lines, creating 76 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Florida and Georgia for the project. 

“Ply Gem Windows is the largest employer in Franklin County, and we are thrilled that the company continues to invest in the future of its manufacturing operation and create new jobs in the Commonwealth,” Governor McAuliffe said. “Advanced manufacturing is an industry of the future, and growing this important sector with expansions like Ply Gem moves us forward in our work to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.” 

“The manufacturing industry continues to provide a great opportunity for job growth throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I congratulate Ply Gem, the Town of Rocky Mount and Franklin County on this expansion and look forward to the company’s continued success in the region.” 

Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product line of windows and patio doors, vinyl and aluminum siding and accessories, designer accents, cellular PVC trim and mouldings, vinyl fencing and railing, stone veneer and gutterware, used in both new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States and Canada. 

“The Commonwealth of Virginia, Franklin County and Town of Rocky Mount have done a great deal to make us feel at home and encourage Ply Gem Windows’ growth and success for this strategic location in our supply chain,” said Art Steinhafel, president, Ply Gem Windows. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the long-standing tradition of this facility in Rocky Mount and the dedicated associates who take pride in their work, producing a quality product day in and day out. We look forward to expanding our team and facility in this community.” 

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Franklin County and the Town of Rocky Mount to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the Town and County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $160,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.  

“Franklin County is honored to be home to one of the nation’s leading building materials manufacturers in Ply Gem,” said Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cline Brubaker. “We know that Franklin County’s pro-business environment and elite workforce will allow the company to continue its trajectory of growth here in our community.” 

“Ply Gem and its employees are a key part of Rocky Mount’s economy and its growth, and the Town of Rocky Mount is glad to support the development of additional jobs for our residents,” said Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle. “We are grateful that Ply Gem, our other industries and our economic development partners continue to see the importance of investing in Rocky Mount and its future.” 

"Ply Gem has been an incredible partner with the citizens of Franklin County over the past years, and has proven that high-quality American-made products, like Ply Gem Windows, can once again be manufactured successfully in Southside Virginia,” said Senator William Stanley, member of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. “With this announcement of plans to expand its Rocky Mount operations, Ply Gem has made a firm commitment to the people of our region. Likewise, the Commonwealth, by its investment of Tobacco Commission dollars, remains committed to Ply Gem and its employees, both now and in the future." 

“Ply Gem has been a foundational industry in Rocky Mount and Franklin County for decades,” said Delegate Charles Poindexter. “This latest expansion is a great example of creating new jobs by growing an existing successful business, which has a long history of contributing to our great community. I am thankful to the Governor, VEDP, the Tobacco Commission, and local governments for their assistance in making this expansion possible.” 

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 634 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $10.94 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 25 months in office.



State Trooper Shot, Killed in Line of Duty in Richmond

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Update: 11 a.m. Friday - 

From the VSP:

RICHMOND, VA -  The male subject who shot Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer Thursday (March 31) has been identified as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Ill.

Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the Department's 84-year history. In honor of Trooper Dermyer, his patrol car is currently on display in front of the Virginia State Police Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield County. (Photo attached)


Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.



e698d6c6-d826-4f5e-ba14-ee69ab9f14aeFrom the VSP: RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot Thursday afternoon (March 31) at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in the City of Richmond.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside the front doors of the bus station. During the course of talking with the male subject, the male pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper multiple times. As the male subject continued firing his weapon, two state troopers, who were nearby, returned fire. The male suspect then moved into the terminal’s restaurant.

The shooter continued to be combative as police took him into custody and EMS crews tried to render aid to him. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy and examination. State police have confirmed the male subject’s identification, but are still in the process of notifying his next of kin. His name will not be released until next of kin is formally notified. The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

During the course of the gunfire, two adult females inside the bus terminal were also shot. Both were transported to VCU Medical Center and are being treated for of non-life threatening injuries. No other law enforcement personnel or civilians were injured in the shooting.

Trooper Dermyer was among approximately a dozen state police troopers participating in a specialized training on criminal interdiction practices. They had completed the classroom instruction and were conducting field practicals at the time the shooting occurred. Trooper Dermyer’s encounter with the male subject was part of the training. Trooper Dermyer was in uniform at the time of the shooting. Trooper Dermyer, 37, was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. Trooper Dermyer, a Jackson, Mich. native, graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy November 2014. His original patrol assignment was to the Chesapeake Division’s Area 46 Office, which encompasses the cities of Newport News and Hampton. He had just recently transferred to the state police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. Prior to joining the state police, Trooper Dermyer served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Mich., Police Department. Trooper Dermyer also served our nation for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

The City of Richmond Police Department immediately responded to the scene to assist State Police with securing the scene, interviewing witnesses and evidence collection. Additional law enforcement resources from the FBI, ATF, US Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals Service, and Henrico County Police responded to the scene to assist, as well.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.