Community Pride Award

The Dillwyn location of James River Equipment is the August recipient of the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce's Community Pride Award.

"As we've said before, small businesses are the backbone of the economy of this county and region," said Thomas Jordan Miles III, Chairman of the Community Pride Award Committee." James River Equipment offers much-needed service and stock and inventory to those who work on the farm and in the woods and around their homes accessible and friendly service."

Miles said the company played a prominent role in the truck and tractor pull, held weeks ago, which resulted in thousands supporting the fire departments and rescue squads in Buckingham. "James River Equipment offered a great deal for this event, which benefited our rescue squads and fire departments, and for that, we are thankful." Miles said.

Pictured are, from left, Chamber representatives Sandra Moss, Donna McRae Jones, Krishna Jo Melendez, Thomas Jordan Miles III, Hank Hagenau, and James River Equipment staff Mike Favella, Lori Gilbert, and Chuck Melton.

Farmers Bank receives Community Pride Award.

The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce bestowed its July installment of the Community Pride Award to the Buckingham Branch of the Farmer's Bank of Appomattox on Monday morning.

"The chamber is so proud to support the financial institutions within the county's borders and those which are members of the Chamber," said Community Pride Award Committee Chairman and Chamber Vice President Thomas Jordan Miles III. "We're very thankful for the Farmer's Bank of Appomattox's Buckingham Branch and all they do for the community and their neatness and keeping their building and property neat and landscaped."

The bank is located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 15 near Dillwyn, next to Lucky's Convenience Store.

The award is a monthly honor the Chamber uses to recognize businesses which maintain their buildings and appearances.

Pictured are, from left, bank employees Lisa Warner, Dana Abernathy, Stephanie Oliver, Dela Trejo, Jackie Murphy, Misty Grooms, and Chamber leaders Barbara Wheeler, Hank Hagenau, Janet Miller and Thomas Jordan Miles III.

Herbert E. Maxey Jr. PC Attorney at Law is the May recipient of the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce's Community Pride Award.

Maxey's offices, located in the Buckingham Court House village on U.S. Route 60, are very noticeable due to the visible signage and professional and historic character.

"Herb Maxey's offices and grounds that surround it are always trimmed, blooming, and well-kept," said Community Pride Award Co-Chairman Thomas Jordan Miles III. "We're proud to have Maxey's law firm as a Chamber member."

Pictured are, from left, Sabra Haislip, Hank Hagenau, Victoria Harris, Herbert Maxey, Janet Miller, and Tina Maxey.

Business owners and operators speak to Chamber

Tripp Maxey, second from left, and Lori Gilroy, far right, spoke to the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night during its “How’s Business?” series. Maxey owns and operates Tripp Maxey Construction and Gilroy operates James River Equipment in Dillwyn. Both discussed the respective states of their businesses, their challenges and their successes. “The Chamber is proud to have Tripp and Lori representing their businesses, and we welcome other businesses to Boone for the small fee of $35 a year, which covers all monthly meetings, networking events, meet and greets, special promotions, discounts, and more,” said Chamber Vice President Jordan Miles. Pictured with Maxey and Gilroy and Sandra Moss, far left, and Janet Miller, second from right.

Chamber recognizes Kyanite as good stewards of the community

Pictured are, from left, Chamber Leaders Donna McRae Jones, Eddie Slagle, Faye Shumaker, Janet Miller, Jordan Miles, Hank Hagenau, and Kyanite staff Casey Gunter, Javannah Taylor, Ashley Glenn, Dan Batchelor, Sallie Mowbray, and Michael Wells.

Kyanite Mining Corp. was recognized Monday for the businesses' efforts in keeping the roadways across Buckingham County clean and litter-free. The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce bestowed its Community Pride Award for the month of April to Kyanite Mining, one of Buckingham's largest employers.

This is the first time this year the award, which seeks to commend and recognizes businesses for continued or new improvements to their grounds and facilities, has been presented.

"Kyanite Mining, whose employees recently picked up more than 600 bags of litter along more than 20 roads in an effort to keep Buckingham beautiful, is very, very deserving of this award from the chamber," said Community Pride Award Committee Co-Chairman Jordan Miles. "The chamber is proud to have Kyanite, not only as an active member of our organization, but a great partner and asset to Buckingham. Kyanite supports its people, no matter if they live and/or work here, but also the community as a whole. This recognition is very due to this terrific group of people and a fantastic business."

According to Kyanite, a majority of employees were out during the day-long litter pickup, which included a picnic to celebrate the employees.

Kyanite is a family-operated and privately-owned company based on U.S. Route 15 near Dillwyn. The firm is the world’s largest producer of industrial kyanite and calcined kyanite (mullite). The company mines kyanite-bearing quartzites associated with felsic and mafic volcanic rocks of the Chopawamsic Formation in the central Virginia Piedmont region.

"Kyanite employees work, live and enjoy life in Buckingham County, and we're proud they're here," Miles said.

For more information on the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, call 434-983-2372 or email Dues for membership are only $35 a year.