- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) - A group of Pittsylvania County residents says the county’s agricultural development board violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act by not letting the residents attend a meeting.

The Danville Register & Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1CdwLuC ) the residents’ petition says board members escorted and locked them out of the building on April 8 after they ended their open meeting and announced they were going into closed session to discuss personnel matters.

Deborah Dix, Phillip Lovelace and Karen Maute filed the petition Thursday asking the county’s General District Court to require the board to comply with the FOIA provision pertaining to open and closed meetings.

The petition also seeks payment of attorney fees and costs.

Board Chairman Jay Calhoun, who is named in the petition, could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: Danville Register & Bee, https://www.registerbee.com

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