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Checking Up ... Top Police Officers and a New Cidery

Checking Up ... Top Police Officers and a New Cidery

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Thumbs up to Deputy Erin Karajankovich and Lt. Jason Meador of the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office on their being lauded for quick thinking and calm demeanor during a dangerous September 2017 traffic stop. Deputy William Nash and Town of Amherst Police Officer Dante Robinson also get a “Thumbs Up” from us, too.

Karajankovich pulled a vehicle on U.S. 29 in Monroe for erratic driving. When asked to exit his vehicle, Ewers became belligerent. Smelling of alcohol and appearing to be intoxicated, he and Lt. Jason Meador of the Sheriff’s Office engaged in struggle. Ewers wound up shooting Meador in the head. Fortunately, his injuries weren’t life-threatening. Karajankovich, to protect the lives of her colleagues, fired her weapon and disabled Ewers.

As a result of her quick actions that night, Amherst County Sheriff E.W. Viar awarded Meador with the department’s Purple Heart and Medal of Valor and Karajankovich with the Distinguished Service Medal. Nash and Robinson received certificates of commendation for their roles in the incident, too.

Police work in a community like Amherst County is more often like Andy Griffith’s “Mayberry” than Chicago or Los Angeles. But on those rare occasions when it is, we are grateful there are public servants like Meador, Karajankovich, Nash and Robinson on the front lines for us.

Thank you.

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Thumbs up to entrepreneur Jerry Thornton, the owner of one of the county’s newest cideries, Bryant’s Cider.

Located in Roseland, the cider operation is headquarted on Edgewood Farm, which has been in Thornton’s family for six generations.

Though he lives in Richmond, Thornton’s roots are in Roseland. The alumnus of VCU and George Mason University gave up a career in corporate finance in Northern Virginia for the dream of making cider on the family farm and its 40-acre orchard.

He’s been crafting cider for about two years now, but only recently took the operation public. Over the Memorial Day weekend, he opened a tasting room at the orchard in Roseland; he has big plans to open a second tasting room in the Richmond area in the near future. The cidery specializes in three dry ciders: Brite Good, Unicorn Fuel (a dry cider infused with Rosehip and Hibiscus) and Chaider, a cider infused with a blend of Chai spices.

Nelson County is fast becoming famous across the commonwealth for its craft cideries. Spend a day in the county and check them out.

You may learn more about Thornton’s cider operations at Start planning your day at where you can learn all about the cideries, wineries, distilleries and other craft operations that call Nelson County home.


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