August 2018

  1. Ruby Gordon Jones

    Ruby Gordon Jones, 83, of Skippers, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018.  She was a life-long member of Forest Hill Baptist Church where she served in many roles and a retired Greensville County Public Schools employee.  Her family will always cherish the memories she leaves behind from the deep love she bestowed upon her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Alamance Jones, Sr. and one brother, Gilbert Thomas Gordon, Sr. She is survived by her children, Alamance “Buck” Jones, Jr., Betty Lane Jones, June Luczynski and husband Mike, Cheryl Allen and husband Brian; Grandchildren, Sheree Wood and husband Lance, Michelle Jones, Faye Waller, Nicole Allen and fiancé Andrew Acree; Great-grandchildren, Jonathan Jones, Haley Jones, Jayshon Waller, Jermaine Jones, Hakeem Jones, Bradley Wood and KeMiyah Marley; One sister Alicia French; One brother, William A “Bill” Gordon; and special friends Mary Ann Fuller, Katie Ferguson, and Linda Paulson.  The family will receive friends 6:00-8 p.m. Saturday, September 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 3p.m. Sunday, September 2 at Forest Hill Baptist Church and the interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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  2. Helen Mowbray Good Tusing

    Helen Marie Mowbray Good Tusing, 87, of Elkton, died peacefully, Thursday, August 30, 2018, at her home.

    She was born June 1, 1931, in McGaheysville, VA, and was the daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Isla May Magalis Mowbray.

    Helen worked at Shenandoah Manufacturing for 15 years before retiring in 1989 due to health issues.  She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, photography, and family time.  In 2010 she wrote a story about her family which was published in the book, “The Good Ole Days”.

    She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dale William Tusing, whom she married May 7, 1988; two daughters, Donna Good Hayslett (Neil) of Linville and Lisa Good Junkins (Jim) of Broadway; grandchildren Heather Boyer Curry (Earl) of Harrisonburg, Elyse Campise of Michigan, Lena Campise of New Jersey, Kyle McDorman of Harrisonburg, Erek Mowbray of Elkton, Ryan Hensley of Elkton, Laura Hayslett Montanez (Josh) of Linville, Megan Hensley of Elkton, and Adam Hayslett (Sydney) of Lebanon, Tennessee; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter due January 2019.

    Helen leaves behind five siblings, Kathleen “Kitty” Propst (Charles) of Weyers Cave, Joyce Carol Morris (Robert) of Grottoes, Leon Mowbray of Mt. Crawford, Nelson Mowbray (Brenda) of Harrisonburg, and Faye Lauria of Florida; father-in-law Reuel Tusing of Broadway; numerous nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law, Marguerite Good Mangum of Jarratt, VA. and Patricia Hawkins (Lewis) of Harrisonburg.  She also leaves behind her rotund orange tabby cat, Mustang 5.0.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Compton Good, on April 29, 1985 and a daughter, Yvonne Rose Good Williams, on March 11, 1991.

    Pastor Margaret Michael along with Nathanael Kelley will conduct the funeral service on Sunday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home, Elkton, with visitation from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Interment will be at Mill Creek Church Cemetery in Port Republic following the service.

    Helen loved roses and invites attendees to bring a single rose of any color to be placed in vases.

    The family would like to extend their appreciation to Sentara Hospice and to the following who assisted in her care:  Ryan and Megan Hensley, Carolyn Lewis, Lynne Rhodes, Laura Spitler, Linda Swecker, and Penny Wilhelm.

    Condolences may be shared at

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    RICHMOND – Seven lives have been lost in the past seven days as a result of traffic crashes on Virginia highways. Sadly, four of the six individuals killed in passenger vehicle crashes during that week were unrestrained.

    Despite a nine percent decrease in total traffic fatalities during the first eight months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, fatalities involving unrestrained drivers or passengers are on pace with last year, according to preliminary data. Of the 493 total people killed to date in 2018, 220 of them weren’t wearing a seat belt. More than a quarter (58) of those unbelted fatalities were individuals age 21-30.

    “It takes just three seconds to buckle up, and the choice you make could be the difference between a life saved and another tragic statistic,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We need your help to prevent fatalities on our roads and continue driving these alarming fatality numbers down. As you travel for the Labor Day holiday, whether it’s across the state or around the corner, buckle up every ride, every time.”

    Occupant restraint enforcement is a key component of the Labor Day Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) traffic safety initiative that begins 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, and concludes Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at midnight. Virginia State Police will increase patrols to ensure the long holiday weekend is as safe as possible.

    The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like Labor Day. The program also means that all available Virginia State Police troopers will be on patrol through the holiday weekend.

    The 2017 Labor Day Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 576 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 181 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 7,447 speeders and 2,092 reckless drivers. A total of 97 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

    There were five traffic fatalities statewide during the four-day statistical counting period (Sept. 1, 2017 – Sept. 4, 2017) of the 2017 Labor Day weekend. None of those individuals were wearing seat belts.

    In 2016, there were eight traffic deaths, and in 2015, Virginia experienced 16 fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.*

    With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

    From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle and killed because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.**

    *Source: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

    **Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

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  4. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

    (Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018)– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.

    “Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. After careful analysis by our team at USDA, we have formulated our strategy to mitigate the trade damages sustained by our farmers. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive in the world, and we aim to protect them,” said Secretary Perdue.

    These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets:

    • USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting September 4, 2018. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.
    • USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
    • Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions.

    “President Trump has been standing up to China and other nations, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. In short, the President has taken action to benefit all sectors of the American economy – including agriculture – in the long run,” said Secretary Perdue. “It’s important to note all of this could go away tomorrow, if China and the other nations simply correct their behavior. But in the meantime, the programs we are announcing today buys time for the President to strike long-lasting trade deals to benefit our entire economy.”

    To watch a video message from Secretary Perdue regarding today’s announcement, you may view Secretary Perdue‘s Overview of Trade Mitigation Package.

    Background on Market Facilitation Program:

    MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and administered by FSA. For each commodity covered, the payment rate will be dependent upon the severity of the trade disruption and the period of adjustment to new trade patterns, based on each producer’s actual production.

    Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100 percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production. Beginning September 4th of this year, MFP applications will be available online at Producers will also be able to submit their MFP applications in person, by email, fax, or by mail.

    Eligible applicants must have an ownership interest in the commodity, be actively engaged in farming, and have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations. On September 4, 2018, the first MFP payment periods will begin. The second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.

    Market Facilitation Program


    Initial Payment Rate

    Est. Initial Payment**

    (in $1,000s)


    $0.06 / lb.



    $0.01 / bu.


    Dairy (milk)

    $0.12 / cwt.


    Pork (hogs)

    $8.00 / head



    $1.65 / bu.



    $0.86 / bu.



    $0.14 / bu.





    ** Initial payment rate on 50% of production

    The initial MFP payment will be calculated by multiplying 50 percent of the producer’s total 2018 actual production by the applicable MFP rate. If CCC announces a second MFP payment period, the remaining 50 percent of the producer’s total 2018 actual production will be subject to the second MFP payment rate.

    MFP payments are capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for dairy production or hogs. Payment for dairy production is based off the historical production reported for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). For existing dairy operations, the production history is established using the highest annual milk production marketed during the full calendar years of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Dairy operations are also required to have been in operation on June 1, 2018 to be eligible for payments. Payment for hog operations will be based off the total number of head of live hogs owned on August 1, 2018.

    MFP payments are also capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

    For more information on the MFP, visit contact your local FSA office, which can be found at

    Background on Food Purchase and Distribution Program:

    The amounts of commodities to be purchased are based on an economic analysis of the damage caused by unjustified tariffs imposed on the crops listed below. Their damages will be adjusted based on several factors and spread over several months in response to orders placed by states participating in the FNS nutrition assistance programs.

    Food Purchases


    Target Amount (in $1,000s)





















    Kidney Beans








    Navy Beans


    Oranges (Fresh)


    Orange Juice


    Peanut Butter




















    Sweet Corn






    Program details yet to be determined


    Target Amount (in $1,000s)



    Sweet Cherries




    Products purchased will be distributed by FNS to participating states, for use in TEFAP and other USDA nutrition assistance programs.


    AMS will buy affected products in four phases. The materials purchased can be adjusted between phases to accommodate changes due to: growing conditions; product availability; market conditions; trade negotiation status; and program capacity.

    AMS will purchase known commodities first. By purchasing in phases, procurements for commodities that have been sourced in the past can be purchased more quickly and included in the first phase.

    Vendor Outreach:

    To expand the AMS vendor pool and the ability to purchase new and existing products, AMS will ramp up its vendor outreach and registration efforts. AMS has also developed flyers on how the process works and how to become a vendor for distribution to industry groups and interested parties. Additionally, AMS will continue to host a series of free webinars describing the steps required to become a vendor. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered during the webinar. Recorded webinars are available to review by potential vendors, and staff will host periodic Question and Answer teleconferences to better explain the process.

    Product Specifications:

    AMS maintains purchase specifications for a variety of commodities, which ensure recipients receive the high-quality product they expect. AMS in collaboration with FNS regularly develops and revises specifications for new and enhanced products based on program requirements and requests and will be prioritizing the development of those products impacted by unjustified retaliation. AMS will also work with industry groups to identify varieties and grades sold to China and other offshore markets such as premium apples, oranges, pears and other products. AMS will develop or revise specifications to facilitate the purchase of these premium varieties in forms that meet the needs of FNS nutrition assistance programs.


    AMS purchases commodities for use in FNS programs such as the National School Lunch Program, TEFAP and other nutrition assistance programs. AMS is working closely with FNS to distribute products to State Agencies that participate in USDA nutrition assistance programs as well as exploring other outlets for distribution of products, as needed.

    To the extent possible, FNS will identify items for distribution that are appropriate for each potential outlet. The products discussed in this plan will be distributed to States for use in the network of food banks and food pantries that participate in TEFAP, elderly feeding programs such the Commodity Supplemental Foods Program, and tribes that operate the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.

    These outlets are in addition to child nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program, which may also benefit from these purchases.


    AMS has coordinated with the Office of the Chief Economist, FNS, Industry, and other agency partners to determine necessary logistics for the purchase and distribution of each commodity including trucking, inspection and audit requirements, and agency staffing.

    Background on Agricultural Trade Promotion Program:

    The FAS will administer the ATP under authorities of the CCC. The ATP will provide cost-share assistance to eligible U.S. organizations for activities such as consumer advertising, public relations, point-of-sale demonstrations, participation in trade fairs and exhibits, market research, and technical assistance. Applications for the ATP will be accepted until November 2, 2018 or until funding is exhausted. Funding should be allocated to eligible participants in early 2019. The ATP is meant to help all sectors of U.S. agriculture, including fish and forest product producers, mainly through partnerships with non-profit national and regional organizations.

    Agricultural Trade Promotion Program


    Est. Amount (in $1,000s)

    Ag Products Total


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    The Brunswick County Library will host Authors’ Night 2018 on Monday, September 17, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Seven Virginia authors will be on hand to talk about their work and to autograph copies of their books. Authors attending this year’s event will include:  Valerie Burke, Lisa Clary, Catina Macklin, Joey and Vicky Powell, Teresa Stith, and Ronald Thornhill.

    Valerie Burke, a Suffolk native, is the author of A Good Apple, a children’s book that teaches foundational life learning skills including educational concepts, biblical values, character development, and important social skills. The book features subjects such as the alphabet, numbers, and colors, and also features Bible verses and moral teachings.

    Lisa E. Clary was born Brunswick County and lives in South Hill, VA. She is the author of Lisa’s Lines From Under The Hat, an accumulation of poetry and prose that she has written over the years. Lisa has spent most of her life working in the media field, and currently works for the Mecklenburg Sun as an account executive, reporter, and photographer. She has also been a part of many organizations in South Hill, including the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.

    Catina Macklin is a native of Brunswick County and author of The Call, The Answer, The Experience. Her book offers reflections on her life experiences and outlook on finding true success. She has been working in the counseling field for over 11 years and is currently a Dialogue Practitioner and Interventionist, providing coaching and facilitating training to those who are in leadership and treatment roles.

    Look in next week for profiles of authors, Joey and Vicky Powell, Teresa Stith, and Dr. Ronald Thornhill.

    Plan to attend Authors’ Night 2018 at the Brunswick County Library on Monday, September 17th.  During this special event, table space and seating for the public may be limited. Refreshments will be served. The Brunswick County Library is part of the Meherrin Regional Library System. For more information please call the library at 434-848-2418 or visit

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  6. Milton Eugene Allen

    Milton Eugene Allen, of Emporia, born July 30, 1935 in Greensville County to the late Floyd Allen and Anna Newsome Allen, passed away on August 27, 2018, leaving behind his loving wife of 62 years, Martha Moore Allen.

    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, David Carlton Allen.

    Eugene graduated from Greensville County High School in 1955 and served in the Virginia National Guard from 1958 until 1964. He was employed at the American Box Company as Plant Manager before retiring from Toll Brothers in 2002 as a supervisor. Eugene was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church where he served in many leadership positions and sang in the choir.

    In addition to his wife, Eugene is survived by a son; Milton Eugene “Mickey” Allen Jr. and his wife Pamela Newsome Allen, grandchildren; Kevin Blake Allen and wife Loren Taylor Allen of Jarratt, , Nicholas Eugene Allen and special friend Courtney Lewis of Brodnax, , Katelyn Malone of Richmond, Stephen Malone and wife Heather of Okinawa, Japan , and Crystal Carpenter of Emporia; great grandchildren , Bryson Blake Allen and Macy Rain Allen of Jarratt Va.; sisters-in-law, Peggy Blankenship of Emporia and Helen Rose and Shirley Lamm, both of Richmond;  a special nephew Ted Rose and wife Melinda of Harrisonburg and two special nieces Ginger L. Hawthorne of Richmond and Candy L. Harrison and husband Billy of Chesapeake.

    Memorial Services will be held Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Hurst officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1:00 P.M. until service time.

    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church Youth Group Fund, 310 N. Main St. Emporia, Va. 23847.

    Online condolences may be left at

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  7. “Noël!” Christmas Is Coming!

    Announcing the news that the Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus will begin its fall rehearsals on Sunday, September 9, 2018 6:00-8:00PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914 Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill, VA  23970. The SVCC Chorus concert will be held on Sunday, December 9th in South Hill and will also include another venue to be announced.

    The music for this season is inspired by French Christmas carols using Noëls and Glorias of the angels. The Star lights the night sky for the Three Wise Men as they seek the way to the stable. Lighter holiday music is also included: such as, “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with other favorites. Instrumentalists will include cello, violin and flute. Other soloists and a variety of settings with instruments and voices will complete a delightful program. Carol Henderson is the director and Sally Tharrington is the pianist.

    The SVCC Chorus appreciates the support of both the SVCC College and the SVCC College Foundation which allows this chorus to continue sharing music with the community. Most recently in April 2018, the SVCC Chorus presented two (2) exceptional concerts in South Hill and Clarksville, featuring a string quartet, string bass, flute, commissioned music and a visit from stringed instrument maker, Paul Becker of Chicago.

    This musical variety of choral music provided by the SVCC Chorus is a welcome addition for the community in Southern Virginia. Comments from attendees in April 2018:

    “ [I appreciate the] “diligence…to bring such a professional concert to our community,”

    “the angelic voices of the ladies chorus accompanied by the strings created a sacred moment for me.”

    “ [The SVCC Chorus is] truly bringing culture to Southside Virginia”.

    “highlight [of the concert for me] was the variety of smaller groups…Sally playing…females singing…strings performing alone, solos, etc.”

    Perhaps you would like learn some new holiday music and sing Noels and Christmas Glorias with the fine voices of the SVCC Chorus! The SVCC Chorus will begin its fall rehearsals on Sunday, September 9th at 6:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church. Registration is $20.00 payable to SVCC. For more info please contact:

    “Noël!” Christmas Is Coming!

    Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus

    Rehearsals Begin: Sunday, September 9th at 6:00

    South Hill Presbyterian Church
    914 N. Mecklenburg Ave
    South Hill, VA  23970

    Registration Fee due at your first Rehearsal: $20.00

    No Auditions

    All music included!

    For more Info Contact: or

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  8. Theodore George Brna

    Theodore George Brna, 85, of Cary NC departed this world on Monday, August 20, 2018. He was born in Emporia, Va on March 14, 1933. He graduated from Emporia High School as a multi-sport letter athlete. He then served his country as a veteran of the Korean Warand completed over 30 years in the service of his country in the US ArmyReserve before retiring with a rank of colonel. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech where he also taught mechanical and environmental engineering following completion of his doctorate from NC State University. In 1976, he relocated to Cary and joined the inaugural Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental engineer. His EPA career included extensive domestic and international consultation activities in the control and recovery technology field. Professionally, he was also very involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), serving as regional vice president before his retirement in 2004. Ted was also a dedicated leader at Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Raleigh where he continued to serve in many capacities after his retirement. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he will be most sorely missed at his grandchildrens' sporting events, the NC State Fair and Christmas Eve gatherings. He is survived by his 4 children, Theodore George (Jr) of Bailey; Brenda of Loveland, CO; Ronald Paul of Youngsville; and Thomas Eric of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren Stephanie, Merri, Andrew, James Matthew, Kaitlyn, Jennifer, Roxann, Madison, and Elli; and a sister, Ellen Dillard of Richmond,VA. Funeral service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh on September 1 at 11 AM with reception. This will be followed by a graveside commitment service at the St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery in Emporia, VA at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Raleigh, and St John's Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va.


  9. "The Nature Walk"

    I looked down from the hilltop
    to the valley far below
    just to watch the bubbling water
    of the stream which did there flow.
    Now I couldn't see the fish or turtles
    though I knew that they were there
    yet when you're enjoying nature
    you don't need to sicht to care.
    Yes I am a true nature lover
    and do enjoy whate're I see
    a walk through the fields and forest
    can give a piece of mind to me.
    A nature walk can do wonders
    clense stressful thoughts from mind
    yes and the aderenaline keeps flowing
    from not knowing what you'll see.
    One does not have to hurry
    it's better to take time and enjoy
    now this info is from experience
    of when yet a little boy.
    Now just put it in your schedule
    take the time for to explore
    I assure you if you once attempt
    your want will be for more.
                        Roy E. Schepp

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    ~ AG Herring joined a coalition of state attorneys general asking the Courts to block the Trump Administration’s dangerous plan back in July ~

    RICHMOND (August 27, 2018) – Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring won a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s dangerous plan to make 3D-printed guns more widely available. The preliminary injunction follows a lawsuit that was filed by Attorney General Herring and a coalition of state attorneys general back in July, seeking an injunction to prevent the distribution of detailed plans for printing plastic guns using 3D printers.

    “The Trump Administration's reckless plan to make 3D-printed guns widely available and easily accessible was one of the most dangerous ideas I have ever heard,” said Attorney General Herring. “As a country, we need to focus on keeping our communities safer, not making it easier for dangerous individuals or criminals to get their hands on home-printed, untraceable, and undetectable guns. This preliminary injunction is an important first step in keeping 3D-printed guns off of our streets and I will continue to work with my colleagues to put a stop to the Trump Administration’s dangerous plan once and for all.”

    3D-printed guns could be undetectable by metal detectors, untraceable because of a lack of a serial number, and sought out by criminals and domestic abusers who cannot legally possess a firearm or pass a background check. The company that wants to distribute the plans online does not require proof of age or proof of eligibility before allowing a customer to download the plans.

    Attorney General Herring previously joined a bipartisan coalition of 21 attorneys general in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo objecting to the Trump administration’s plan to allow the print-at-home gun plans to be made available online.

    In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues argue that publicly available information on 3-D printed weapons will enable the production of firearms that are untraceable and undetectable by magnetometers in places such as airports, government buildings and schools. Additionally, unrestricted access to this kind of information will increase illegal trafficking of weapons across state and national borders.

    The posting of the print-at-home gun plans was set in motion by a recent settlement between the Trump administration and Defense Distributed, a Texas-based online company that was previously ordered by the U.S. Department of State to remove downloadable files for firearms from its website.

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  11. Dental Health Why a healthy mouth is good for your body

    Community Out-Reach Education

    South Hill – Good oral health has a positive impact on your general health and timely dental care can help you keep your teeth longer.  Bad oral bacteria that cause tooth and gum disease can travel to other parts of your body, contributing to chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. How can natural aging affect my teeth?  Is there a link between gum disease and heart disease?  Which dental treatment options will work best for me?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend September’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about dental health.

    This FREE program will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the new C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

    Dr. Natasha Grover will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Grover is a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is licensed with the Virginia Board of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association and The Royal College of Surgeons in England.  Dr. Grover’s scope of practice includes general dentistry for children and adults, with special interest and continuing education in pediatric and adult restorative dentistry as well as root canals, crowns, bridges and dental extractions.  She will practice in the new CMH Family Dental Clinic that will be located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA. The new dental clinic is planned to open in November, 2018.

    Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or

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  12. Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

    Jenna Lindner, RN Mentor, Heather Hill, Nurse Extern, Kassie Felts, Nurse Extern, April Hayes, Nurse Extern, Ashley Willis, RN, Nurse Mentor (Nurse Externs not pictured: Keri Lenhart, Jamie McGhee, Allison Meyer)

    Submitted by Hazel Willis, RN, BSN

    Six Registered Nursing Students participated in the Nurse Extern Program offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital this summer. The Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health CMH is designed to give Registered Nursing students that will graduate next year the opportunity to work side-by-side under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Mentor. It is a ten-week program that allows them to rotate to different nursing units of their choice. The students get hands-on experience while working with registered nurses.  The program expands their knowledge and helps to prepare them for their senior year of nursing school and the role of a Registered Nurse in the workforce. 

    The Nurse Externs described their experiences as wonderful and a great learning adventure. They stated, “We really felt like we were a part of the VCU Health CMH health care team. It boasted my confidence tremendously and it was an awesome experience to have the opportunity to apply what I have learned in school.” The Nurse Externs had many nursing stories to share and reiterated that they were glad they had taken the time this summer to participate. They completed the program stating they would strongly recommend it to other registered nursing students.

    This was the fourteenth year that VCU Health CMH has offered the program. We are pleased that we can offer this opportunity to registered nursing students,” states Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, VCU Health CMH Nurse Extern Coordinator. It has been a positive recruitment tool to attract nurses to VCU Health CMH upon graduation. The nurses that attended the program previously and joined the VCU Health CMH Nursing team after graduation described the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse as already feeling as if they were a part of the dynamic health care team at VCU Health CMH. We encourage other nursing students to take advantage of the program next summer to better prepare themselves for the workforce and their senior year of the Registered Nursing Program.

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    To the Editor:

    This letter is written in support of the candidacy of Mr. Richard E. Pearson for the Board of Supervisors’ Special Election in the Belfield District of Greensville County.  I write this letter on behalf of the City of Emporia and Greensville County Democratic Committee.  It is rare that this committee endorses any one candidate in a local election, further, a special election, and in particular a candidate that has opted to run independently.

    Typically, our committee has the option to set on the sidelines and allow each committee member to focus on their particular candidate of choice in a contested local election or endorse a candidate that would reflect the committee’s sought direction for its community.  This is NO typical year, we have opted to do the latter in the person of Richard E. Pearson!

    Upon the early resignation and untimely death of the late Honorable Dr. Margaret T. Lee from the Belfield District’s Board of Supervisors seat our committee was approached by several candidates seeking our committee’s endorsement and support.  The only fair way to wholeheartedly support any candidate was to interview each potential candidate; each interested person was asked to appear before our committee and share their vision and future for Greensville County and our region, provide answers to questions about their commitment to this community and its people, and finally answer questions from the committee’s interview panel.  To that end, it was the UNANIMOUS consensus of our entire committee to support Richard Pearson to run for the Belfield District Board of Supervisor’s seat in the special election this November. 

    Mr. Pearson is an outstanding business man in this community and in our region.  He is civic minded and a staunch supporter of the communities of Greensville County and the City of Emporia.  As a dedicated member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, he serves as Deacon.  He is a person on whom you can rely…if he says it, he means it and will get it done!

    Above all else, he is concerned about the future of Greensville County and its citizens, in particular his fellow citizens in the Belfield District. As Belfield’s Board of Supervisors’ representative he will be proactive in keeping the concerns of his fellow citizens at the forefront of the board’s agenda and he assures action. He is concerned about this area’s lack of employment and limited job opportunities.  He will work tirelessly to insure a bright future for the county’s youth and foster a place of pride so that our brightest and best may return home to limitless employment and excellent careers with an educational system second to none.

    As Chairman of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee, I write to promise that our committee is 1000% behind the candidacy of Richard Pearson and commit our energies as one body to guarantee his election to this seat.  We have been divided in previous elections but those days are assuredly over – that was a history which has taught us all valuable lessons.  We no longer look to the past but build upon it for a brighter and more prosperous future in Greensville County with Mr. Richard E. Pearson!

    Now is the time to take ACTION! I ask you to join me in committing your support to elect Richard Pearson to the Belfield District in Greensville County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!  The polls open at 6:00a.m. and close at 7:00p.m. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    If you are not registered to vote it’s not too late to take action now and be counted and remember - If you don’t vote you ONLY have yourself to blame!

    George E. Morrison, III, Chairman, Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee

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  14. Emma Jean Allen Moss

    Emma Jean Allen Moss, 79, of Skippers, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 24, 2018. A faithful member of Zion Baptist Church, she retired from Greensville County Sheriff’s Department/Southside Regional Jail.

    Mrs. Moss was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mary Allen; her husband, Rudolph Moss; sisters, Bessie Richardson and Virginia Goodfellow and brother, Robert Allen.

    She is survived by a son, Wayne Moss (Jean); daughters, B J Sasser (Hunter) and Amy Sopko (Paul);  six grandchildren, Cassey Taylor (Richard), Brandy Huskey (Jim), Eric Moss (Heather), Brent Moss (Crystal), Amanda Sopko (Mike) and Tara Moss; nine great-grandchildren, Blade, Logan, Ciara, Alexis, Bryson, Briar, Serenity, Harley and Noah and a sister, Shirley Doyle (William Neal).

    The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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  15. Small Ruminant Health Will Be the Focus of Annual Small Ruminant Field Day

    Goat and sheep health is the theme of this year’s Small Ruminant Field Day, which will be held on Friday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. 

    “We hope participants will take away the message that having good healthcare management will result in high-performing animals,” said Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, small ruminant Extension specialist.“They will understand how to identify common health issues, treatments and steps to take in preventing health problems and when to contact their veterinarian.” 

    Dr. Niki Whitley, an animal science Extension specialist at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, is this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Whitley has worked with goats and sheep for 20 years at the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and North Carolina A&T State University. She earned herPh.D. in animal physiology from Mississippi State University. 

    VSU agricultural researchers will also present during the field day. Dr. Michelle Corley will discuss using stinging nettle for deworming and Dr. Eunice Ndegwa will discuss maintaining gut health in pre-weaned kids and lambs. Dr. O’Brien and Amanda Miller, VSU’s herd manager, will conduct hands-on sessions on vaccinations, proper drenching techniques, FAMACHA scoring, body condition scoring and maintaining hoof health. Goat and lamb products will be available for sampling.

    Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

    If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at or call (804) 524-6960 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

    Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.



    The Brunswick County Library will host Authors' Night, Monday, September 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Authors included in this special event will be Valerie Burke, Lisa Clary, Catina Macklin, Joey and Vicky Powell, Teresa Stith, and Ronald Thornhill. Each author has ties to Brunswick County and writes on a variety of interests. Look in next week’s edition for more information on featured authors.

    September 17th at Brunswick County Library will be an evening to remember. The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, VA is part of the Meherrin Regional Library System. For more information please call 434-848-2418, visit

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  17. Cecile “Sis” Charette

    Cecile “Sis” Charette, 97, of South Prince George, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018, peacefully in her home.  She was born January 6, 1921 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Francis “Frank” Charette; son, Francis A. Charette; son-in-law, Lewis “Chip” Shifflett; her parents; five sisters and two brothers.

    Cecile and her family moved to Emporia, Virginia, in 1951. She worked at Weldon Mills for over 30 years until retiring. She was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church until moving to South Prince George, where she became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

    Mrs. Charette is survived by five daughters, Carolyn Williamson (Gene) of Atlanta, Georgia, Nancy Simpson of Midlothian, Virginia, Doris Shifflett of Emporia, Virginia, Sandra Jarratt (Kenny) of Branchville, Virginia and Joan Parrish (Marvin) of South Prince George, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Jillian Delaney of Martinsburg, West Virginia; one brother, Roland Quintin (Peggy) of Rhode Island; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, 9300 Community Ln, South Prince George, Virginia.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to assist the family of hospice nurse Jim Grumblatt through

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    ~ In Virginia, fentanyl deaths have gone up 1,337% since 2009 ~

    RICHMOND (August 23, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territory attorneys general to call on Congress to help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement. Since 2009, Virginia has seen fentanyl overdose deaths increase by 1,337 percent.

    “I remain committed to combatting the opioid crisis that is affecting communities across the Commonwealth and the country,” said Attorney General Herring. “Fentanyl has become the biggest driver of the rise in overdose deaths in Virginia and far too many Virginians are still losing their lives and loved ones to this dangerous drug. Fentanyl can be deadly in microscopic doses, which makes it a threat to law enforcement and first responders who are investigating or trying to treat an overdose. It’s also indistinguishable from heroin and other opioids, meaning that a user can suffer a fatal overdose on any use without even realizing what they are taking. We need to make it as hard as we can for criminals and drug dealers to get their hands on this deadly drug, which is why I am urging Congress to close this loophole.”

    Attorney General Herring sent a letter to Congress in support of S. 1553 and H.R. 4922, Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act. Fentanyl is currently a Schedule II controlled substance. However, outside of careful supervision, fentanyl and analogues manufactured illicitly can be lethal.

    The SOFA Act, if passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, would eliminate the current loophole which keeps the controlled substance scheduling system one step behind those who manufacture fentanyl analogue and then introduce these powders into the opioid supply. The SOFA Act utilizes catch-all language which will allow the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to proactively schedule all newly-modified fentanyl analogues.

    Fentanyl is a particularly dangerous drug because even the smallest of doses can be fatal and, in many cases, it is indistinguishable from heroin. It can be hundreds of times more powerful than morphine and much more powerful than heroin. In Virginia alone, 2,182 people have died from a fentanyl overdoes since 2007. Additionally, cartels have begun to import chemicals from China to create their own homemade batches of fentanyl that they then sell on the streets. Importing these chemicals from China has made it even more difficult for law enforcement officials to crack down on the drugs because of complicating factors like Chinese chemical control laws, import laws, and the dark web where people can easily buy and sell the ingredients needed to make these drugs.

    The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. He and his team continue to attack the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcementeducation,prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education. He and his team also continue to participate in a multistate investigation into the practices of additional drug manufacturers and distributors to determine what role they may have played in creating or prolonging the crisis and what accountability they should face.

    Attorney General Herring and his team have handled 117 cases against heroin and fentanyl dealers and traffickers involving more than 667 pounds of heroin (302 kilograms) worth more than $37 million on the street. These cases against dealers and traffickers have involved 39 overdose victim fatalities as well as 47 overdose victims who survived.

    The attorneys general who signed this letter include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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  19. Microsoft Graduates First Group of Apprentices at Boydton, VA Datacenter

    Anthony Putorek -Microsoft,Wendell Walker-DOL, James Rutherford-SVCC, Harley Ficke-DCC, Kelly Arnold-SVCC and Patricia Morrison-DOL

    Inside Microsoft’s Boydton, Virginia, datacenter, cloud storage is racking up. While new expansion is flourishing outside, inside a new workforce training model is also racking up transformations. The datacenter adopted the apprenticeship model as the framework for training their network technicians. For the Microsoft datacenter network technicians, the apprenticeship model is producing results. The success of the apprenticeship model stems from the ability to marry educational instruction with on-the-job training (OJT).

    Recently, two Microsoft datacenter employees, James Rutherford and Harley Ficke, successfully completed the two-year training program for Network Support Technician. In doing so, they completed six educational classes and worked 4000 hours of OJT. For their accomplishment, Microsoft held an awards ceremony where Patricia Morrison, Director of Registered Apprenticeship, and Wendell Walker, Apprenticeship Representative from the Department of Labor (DOL), spoke about James and Harley’s outstanding work. Both received a nationally recognized journeyman’s card, apprenticeship certificate, and a commemorative plaque from Microsoft.

    Anthony Putorek, Lead Global Datacenter Field and Community Program Manager, spoke on Microsoft’s commitment to training. At the awards ceremony, Mr. Putorek stated, “This is the first datacenter facility to adopt the apprenticeship model for training. And because of the positive results we have seen here, we will replicate this program at our other US datacenters."

    In the US, apprenticeship conjures the thoughts of skilled labor training, not a model of training for the high-tech computer world. So, when Microsoft looked locally for training programs, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) and Danville Community College (DCC) presented the apprentice framework as a solution. With an American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant from the DOL, funding for the educational component of the program was 100 percent covered. The objective of this grant was to train and up-skill the local workforce, which directly benefits Microsoft’s workforce - all 32 registered apprentices are working on completing the network support technician certification. 

    Through the implementation process, Microsoft worked with Kelly Arnold, Apprenticeship Coordinator for SVCC, and Phil Baughman, DCC’s coordinator, to create a profile of the exact educational classes necessary for each apprentice. Through seated and on-line community college classes, each apprentice took classes that helped them achieve certifications in A+, Network +, Server + and Cisco.

    Making recommendations and helping the employees select the correct coursework was necessary for them to be successful. As the program rolled out, Arnold stressed to each apprentice how these classes allowed them to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications, which easily builds into an Associate’s Degree in Networking. In the IT datacenter world, certifications are important. But for career pathways, small steps-six classes in this case, all enhance career potential.

    For SVCC, Microsoft has helped build and outfit the new CITE (Center for Information Technology) lab in South Hill, VA. Microsoft donated racks of servers allowing the instructors who teach Networking classes to have real-world equipment to teach and clarify various scenarios. This lab now serves dual-enrollment high school students in the morning and adult learners, including apprentices, in the evening.

    For many IT companies, mapping the bytes and bits necessary to train their employees can be a real challenge. Oftentimes, a simple plan can be overlooked, but for Microsoft, partnering with the community college and combining that with OJT, which is the apprenticeship model, was a logical choice.

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    ~ Herring joins 22 Attorneys General in urging DC Circuit to vacate and reverse FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality ~

    RICHMOND (August 21, 2018) – Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herringfiled a new brief in the lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) illegal rollback of net neutrality, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to vacate and reverse the FCC’s order. Attorney General Herring is part of a coalition of 23 attorneys general that filed suit earlier this year.

    “Having an open and fair internet is integral to economic, cultural and educational growth in the Commonwealth, by connecting Virginians to jobs, opportunities and experiences only accessible online,” said Attorney General Herring. “The FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality protections could open consumers up to internet providers who will take advantage of them, limit access to certain websites, slow down internet speeds, censor viewpoints they may not like, or even charge websites for priority access. These protections need to remain in place to make sure that ISPs provide fair services. I will continue to fight to keep the internet open for all Virginians.”

    Attorney General Herring and his colleagues partnered with the County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, and the California Public Utilities Commission in this brief. The non-government petitioners submitted a separate companion brief today and Attorney General Herring and the other attorneys general also joined the arguments made by the non-government petitioners in that brief.

    Attorney General Herring’s brief focuses on two critical issues: first, that the FCC’s order is arbitrary and capricious, therefore putting consumers at risk of abusive practices by broadband providers, jeopardizing public safety, and more; and second, that the FCC’s order preempts state and local regulation of broadband service.

    As Attorney General Herring’s brief states, “for more than fifteen years, the Federal Communications Commission has agreed that an open Internet free from blocking, throttling, or other interference by service providers is critical to ensure that all Americans have access to the advanced telecommunications services that have become essential for daily life. The recent Order represents a dramatic and unjustified departure from this long-standing commitment”.

    The coalition of 23 attorneys general collectively represents over 165 million people – approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population – and includes the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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  21. Virginia Rural Center’s Innovation in Broadband Roundtable Showcases Promising Solutions to the Challenge of Universal High-Speed Internet Access

    Senator Emmett Hanger addresses participants at the Innovation in Broadband Roundtable in Prince George County, hosted by the Virginia Rural Center.

    PRINCE GEORGE, Va., Nearly 150 state and local officials and business leaders convened in Prince George County on August 16 for an Innovation in Broadband Roundtable, sharing updates on the tangible successes and ongoing challenges faced by rural Virginians lacking increasingly vital high-speed internet access.

    “Universal broadband is an economic necessity, it’s an educational necessity, it’s a moral necessity,” said panelist Evan Feinman, Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Chief Broadband Advisor to Governor Northam.

    The event was hosted by the Virginia Rural Center and held at the Prince George Central Wellness Center, one of the first places in the largely rural county to have received broadband thanks to a promising fiber-optic cable deployment program piloted by the Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC).

    “When you have the right partner, you can stop talking about broadband, and you can start doing it,” said Prince George County Administrator Percy Ashcraft, noting that the county has won 5 awards from state and national organizations for its broadband partnership with the PGEC.

    Building on the success of its pilot broadband program providing 30 Mbps speeds, the PGEC formally announced the launch of R4uralband, a new gigabit high-speed internet service offering that will soon be available to its residential and commercial customers. Dubbed R4, which stands for Rural, Reliable, Revolutionary and Responsible, the service will be delivered over a system-wide fiber optic network that PGEC is building to eventually connect all distribution equipment on its grid.

    “We are using the history of the electric coop to chart a new course for fiber broadband in Prince George County, today,” said Jeff Stoke, Deputy County Administrator for Prince George County.

    And while local partnerships with cooperatives have proven highly beneficial in certain rural communities where they exist, it will take a more holistic approach to fully solve the rural broadband issue according to Feinman.

    “Ultimately the solution to universal broadband access is going to be patchwork – some folks will get fiber or coax service from the incumbent telecommunications company, some will get it from their electric coop, some will get it from their telephone coop, some will get it wirelessly,” Feinman explained.  “We’re going to engage all of those different efforts.”

    Feinman explained that Virginia has some catching up to do around broadband initiatives, especially with respect to “last-mile” efforts.

    “That said, Virginia is going to be one of the first states in the union, if not the first state in the union, to get broadband functionally to everybody,” said Feinman. “Governor Northam has said that we need to get him a plan to get it to everybody within 10 years. You’re going to see the first iteration of that plan in January.”

    But the middle-mile remains critical, according to Tad Deriso, President and CEO of the Mid‐Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), which has 45 wholesale customers ranging from the largest cable companies in the state to the smallest internet service providers (ISPs).

    “If you don’t have that wholesale capability to reach the internet, to reduce that cost of access, then all of the last-mile efforts are really not going to work very well,” said Deriso.

    Additional discussions during the roundtable explored other technical solutions and organizational resources seeking to drive broadband efforts forward.

    Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Innovation Center, discussed the advantages and potential for TV white space – the empty spectrum between over-the-air TV channels – as a broadband solution.  Besides requiring very little infrastructure, Bailey explained how this solution does not require line-of-sight to antennas and that there is plenty of unlicensed spectrum available, especially in rural areas.

    Chuck Kirby, Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), also gave an update on the state’s Broadband Advisory Council role in advising the Governor on policy and funding priorities to speed the cost-effective deployment of broadband access in the Commonwealth.

    Kirby also highlighted an upcoming Virginia Broadband Summit that the CIT is hosting in partnership with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA Program. The summit will take place in Roanoke on October 30, 2018.

    Broadband will also be a featured topic of discussion at the Virginia Rural Center’s annual Virginia Rural Summit, taking place October 21-22, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.

    While challenges remain and there is much work to be done, momentum and resources are building behind the universal broadband access movement.

    “This is a 10-year effort, but it’s not a moonshot. We already know how to do this, and we already have the resources to do this. This is a question of whether or not we have the political will to do it,” said Feinman. “I believe based on the folks in the room, we do, so let’s make it happen.”

    “This is what revitalization is going to look like in rural Virginia,” added Delegate Emily Brewer, who represents the state’s 64th district.

    The roundtable concluded with a presentation by John Tyler Community College President Edward "Ted" Raspiller, who stressed the critical role that broadband plays for colleges who are now challenged to provide a distance learning experience that matches the in-class experience.

    Raspiller offered a live demonstration of the power of broadband when he established a videoconference connection with a former distance learning student who described the tremendous impact broadband had on her life.

    Struggling to juggle jobs that weren’t the right fit with the responsibilities of raising a young child, the student wanted to go back to school but knew that attending class in person was not the answer.

    But online classes, enabled by broadband, offered a solution.

    “Distance learning was my answer,” she explained. “And it was because of that little internet connection, that I am what I am today – having earned my master’s degree, doing purposeful work, and living a lifestyle that is much more comfortable for my family.”

    “Ask yourself, what can a single internet connection do for you, for a family, for a community?” the student challenged the audience in conclusion.

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  22. Lewis D. Allen

    Lewis D. Allen, 87, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Vincent Allen; his son, Larry Allen; daughter, Wanda Lankford and brother, Benton Allen.

    Mr. Allen is survived by four sons, J. W. Allen and wife, Patricia, Randy Allen, Stanley Allen and wife, Cindy, and Barry Allen; seven grandchildren, Ashley Burns and husband, Adam, Jessica Hevener and husband, Michael, Kathleen Crowder and husband, Dwayne, Ryan Allen, Brianna Allen, David Allen and Lee Hunter; five great-grandchildren and a half-brother, James Allen and wife, Pam.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25 at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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  23. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month July 2018

    (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Bertha Evans, Environmental Services Supervisor, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Bertha was Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

    Bertha has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Bertha consistently exceeds expectations.  She is a wonderful example of whom a supervisor should be in that she never asks of her team anything she wouldn’t do herself.  She always has a warm and approachable manner.  Bertha recently went above and beyond to find a patients phone that had been lost in a linen pile.  Bertha along with her team member Linda Wilkins took on the challenge and found the phone while having a positive attitude. There isn’t a time that she has not stepped up to resolve an issue, especially for patients.”

    In addition to the award certificate, Bertha received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

    Bertha resides in South Hill, VA.

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  24. Isaiah Stephens Competes in Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships

    Lazers’ Track member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the 2018 USA Track & Field Hershey National Jr. Olympics Championship at North Carolina AT& T State University in Greensboro, NC. Stephens competed in the javelin and discus field events for 13-14 boys age group.  He is ranked #20 in the discus and ranked #28 in the javelin in the USA.

    Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith would like to thank everyone for their support.  They give special thanks and blessings to his Coach Les Young.

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  25. In Virginia town, African-American elders hold mixed views on confederate statue

    The Confederate statue in Leesburg, Virginia, does not represent a certain Confederate figure, but rather a generic Confederate soldier. (Capital News Service photo).

    By ALEXANDRIA CAROLAN, Capital News Service

    LEESBURG, Virginia -- Gertrude Evans, 70, was born into the Jim Crow South and lived through the rocky integration of Leesburg when firemen filled a swimming pool with cement and garbage rather than permit its integration.

    More than a half-century later, she turned to art as therapy to work through that traumatic period when she wasn’t allowed to sit on the red stools at Little John’s drugstore or watch a movie at the neighborhood Tally Ho theater.

    The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year brought “everything to the surface,” she told Capital News Service recently. “…  I mean you see (racism), you see it.”

    For the first time, she said, she’s been thinking too about the Confederate statue in front of the Leesburg courthouse. She doesn’t believe it should be moved but, still, “it’s the first thing you see” downtown.

    “It causes conversation — good.” But “take it down and put it in Ball’s Bluff (Battlefield), you’ll never see it again,” she said. History will be forgotten.

    Leesburg’s statue, like so many others around the country, became the subject of renewed concern following the 2015 murder of nine black church members by a white supremacist who posed on social media with a Confederate flag. One member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has recommended the statue be moved to Ball’s Bluff Battlefield two and a half miles away where the Confederacy defeated the Union.

    Virginia law prevents the county from moving or relocating the monument. In September 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors decided not to ask the state for authority to move the statue, but it asked the county’s heritage commission to make recommendations this summer regarding the statue and its surroundings.

    Capital News Service recently interviewed community members in Leesburg as part of a series exploring the views of African-American and white residents in five southern cities where Confederate statues stand on public land in front of courthouses.

    Teams of reporters traveled to Anderson, South Carolina; Easton, Maryland; Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Franklin, Tennessee; and Leesburg, Virginia. They also interviewed leaders of the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    Most residents, black and white, were wary of taking dramatic steps, such as removing the statues, that would inflame tensions within their communities and could make it more difficult for future generations to understand the Civil War and segregationist Jim Crow eras. Most residents also said they preferred adding more context to Civil War memorials than removing them all together.

    Derek Summers Jr., 36, and the founder of Loudoun County’s Citizens’ Committee against Domestic Violence, said he feels the Confederate statue’s gun pointing at him when he drives or walks past it on North King Street nearly every day.

    “It’s like letting you know that in the hearts and mind of some of these folk here, the fight’s not over,” said Summers, seated on a bench next to the statue.

    David Dixon, 59, owner of Jackson’s Barber Shop a few blocks down the road, has passed the statue on his commute to Leesburg for 24 years. He said the monument doesn’t bother him.

    “My personality and the way I am, I really don’t care,” he said. “ … I look more toward the future than the past.”

    Marquez Mitchell has passed the Leesburg statue when he visits Jackson’s for a haircut every few weeks. Confederate monuments “represent hatred and slavery, even though on paper they said we were free,” the Harpers Ferry resident said.

    As a child, 41-year-old Chris Johnson would go to concerts near the courtyard of the statue. Johnson, a lifelong Leesburg resident, said the statue doesn’t bother him, but “what it stands for” does.

    “They don’t need to destroy it necessarily, because there are people who find value in it. But I think for the greater good it is something that should be moved,” Johnson said.

    Jim Roberts who leads a walking tour to commemorate African-American history here, leaves the statue off his itinerary. As a child, Roberts played near the statue and never paid much attention to it. He believes the newcomers are offended by it, not so much the old-timers.

    “I can’t waste time thinking about what happened 150 years ago because it’s over and done with,” he said.

    Horace Nelson Lassiter, 84, a barber at Robinson’s Barber shop which opened in 1962 said the statue “doesn’t bother me. I don’t care what is already done,” he said.

    Lassiter was one of the first black police officers in the Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff’s Department in the 1960’s, and took the position “to show black people that they could get a job.”

    “There’s still racism (in Leesburg). It hasn’t changed ... It’s not the younger people, it’s the older people in my age group,” Lassiter said.

    Lassiter’s wife, Mary Louise Lassiter, 81, a prominent activist in Loudoun County and former local NAACP chapter president wants the statue to stay and for visitors to understand the pain slaves went through on courthouse grounds.

    “When they’re told, hopefully they’ll understand the torture of all of those people who were put in those stocks.”

    Formerly A Slave Market, Now a Favorite Lunch Spot

    The square where the statue sits operated as a slave market throughout of the Civil War. Today the statue is surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops, a bar and the original courthouse. Government employees often lunch feet away from where whipping posts, cages and auction blocks once stood.

    While the slave auctions in Leesburg were much smaller than those in other Virginia towns, the courthouse was the epicenter of the city’s slavery institution. In 1856, the court ordered that whippings move off courthouse property, according to newspaper advertisements at the time.

    Three lynchings of black men accused of crimes also took place in Leesburg, in 1880, 1889 and 1902, according to the “Lynching in Virginia” history project at George Mason University.

    Six years later, in 1908, the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Leesburg chapter paid to have the statue erected to commemorate soldiers who had died in the war. Like most

    Confederate statues across the South, the Leesburg statue’s unveiling came during “a terrible period of disenfranchisement — the Jim Crow period where enforced segregation and disenfranchisement really started to bleed,” said Jim Hall, author of the “Last Lynching in Northern Virginia.”

    The president of the Leesburg chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy declined to comment, but the national organization has said it does not support racism, white supremacy or the white nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville, and that it opposes their use of Confederate symbols.  Many of its members say the Civil War was not about preserving slavery, a view historians dispute.

    “The statues that celebrate the Confederacy were put up when African-Americans were demanding to be treated like human beings,” Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair said Phyllis Randall, the only member of the board to vote in favor of asking the state for authority over the statue.

    Known as "Loudoun's silent sentinel," the bronze figure built by famed sculptor Frederick William Sievers is a soldier with his gun cocked and his eyes fixed forward. It stands higher than both the Korean War monument to the right of the courthouse entrance and the Revolutionary War monument to the left.

    In 2005, the local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter organized the cleaning and rededication of the statue.

    It was cleaned with ground up walnut shells to help dissolve the mint green oxidation covering it.

    Statue Oversees Businesses District

    The generic soldier has an unobstructed view of the Downtown Saloon, a biker bar established in the 1960’s and decorated in bras and Confederate symbols. The menus have images of the courthouse and statue on them. The bar sells T-shirts with art of the statue. Sometimes, motorcycle riding members of the Mechanized Cavalry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans visit and park outside.

    A sticker on the mirror behind the bar says “Dixie Rider,” overlayed on top of a Confederate flag.

    Scott Warner, in a black T-shirt with a Confederate flag on the left pocket, said of the statue: “Any soldier who dies for what he believes in needs to be honored.” The statue’s fate has “become a political issue and it shouldn’t be,” he said. “It’s our history.”

    Not many people paid attention to the statue “until Charlottesville,” said 46-year-old Jim Boyce, seated in the restaurant. “You can’t get rid of everything,” he said. “If you get rid of everything, the history isn’t here.”

    Margaret Brown, a member of the Black History Committee at the local Thomas Balch Library, protested against the statue last summer after the march in Charlottesville. She said the biker bar was an intimidating presence for protestors.

    “There were some guys who were across the bar who were pretty aggressive with their motorcycles,” revving the engines and glaring at the protestors, she said.

    Phillip Thompson, president of the Loudoun County NAACP, said the statue shouldn’t be located in a place for justice. “The courthouse is a seat of power and people were trying to send a message to black citizens,” he said.

    Pastor Michelle Thomas, a member of the nine-person commission assessing the future of the statue, said the statue “has the microphone —  of hate and oppression and fear.”

    Evans, though, has mixed feelings. The statue controversy has made her want to know more about the Civil War era.

    “I know my ancestors were enslaved. But I don’t know how they were treated,” she said. “It just makes me think and wonder … I’m very interested in that whole era.”

    CNS staff writers Ariel Guillory and Elisee Browchuk contributed to this report.

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  26. Raleigh R. Jones, Sr.

    Raleigh R. Jones, Sr., 84, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine T. Jones and all five of his brothers. He was also preceded in death by his longtime devoted companion, Joyce Whitehead just earlier this year.

    Mr. Jones is survived by two sons and their families, Raleigh Jones, Jr. and wife, Lillian and Patrick Jones and wife, Kathy; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service with full military honors will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 21 at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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  27. Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett

    Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett, 81, of Jarratt,  died Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was the widow of the late Preston Arnold Padgett. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Alma Gregory, a granddaughter, Blair Alexis Padgett, and a niece, Angie Gregory. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Padgett of Emporia,VA; Pat Padgett of Ridgeway,VA;and Shirley Slagle  and fiancé Gerald Lee and son Blake of emporia,VA; one son Michael Padgett and wife Sherry of Jarratt,VA; five grandchildren, John Banty and wife Brandy of Windsor, VA, Megan Davis and husband G.W. of Emporia Hunter Padgett of Chesapeake,VA, Brianna Padgett of Jarratt,VA, and Patton Carroll and wife Michelle of South Port N.C. and one great-grandson Jase Banty. The family will receive friends Friday August 17, 2018 at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt,VA from 6:00 P.M.until 8:30 P.M.  where the funeral service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2108 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

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  28. "Just Wait"

    Yes wait is known by Everyone
    no matter what the age
    it's not a profound movement
    but really just a stage.
    We all wait to see the doctor
    and for our favorite T. V. show
    It does rarely mean forever
    yet for now we cannot go.
    The world becomes a standstill
    as we while away the time
    to anticipate how things will be
    is like watching a mime.
    To wait puts everything on hold
    all thoughts and hopes or dreams
    yet some waiting helps improve
    but that's just how it seems.
    Waiting's played a stellar part
    in our life throuought the years
    sometimes it brought joy and excitement
    thought other times brought tears.
    Yes hurry up and wait ole friend
    there is nothing else to do
    just remember if I must wait in line
    it's only right you do!
             Roy E. Schepp

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  29. Brunswick Academy First Day of 2018-19 School Year

    Brunswick Academy's First Day of School on August 14th, 2018.


    Siblings, Carter (11th Grade) & Reagan (10th Grade) Saunders
    Kindergartener, Holland Council
    4th Grader, Koen Morris
    The Class of 2019's LAST FIRST DAY

    Landon Edwards is getting used to having a locker in 6th grade.

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  30. Brunswick Academy Class of 2019 Senior-First Grade March

    Brunswick Academy held one of their oldest traditions on Wednesday, August 15th.  The Senior- First Grade March has been done at B.A. for many years.  Each Senior introduces their First Grade friend. Pictured is the B.A. Class of 2019 and their First Grade friends, the B.A. Class of 2030.

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  31. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces Employee of the Quarter

    Emporia, VA – Vickie Michael has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Quarter. Ms. Michael, who works in SVRMC’s Laboratory, has been employed at SVRMC since May 1978.

    Each quarter employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in any or all of ten Standards of Behavior.  Ms. Michael’s nomination included the following statement:  “Vickie’s commitment to her co-workers and sense of ownership is demonstrated by her quality of work.  She has been instrumental to the Lab’s success with many Joint Commission surveys. Although her co-workers in the Lab know the importance of her role, many of SVRMC’s other staff members do not realize the hard work, long hours, and effort it takes to prepare for Lab Joint Commission surveys.  Vickie, along with her co-workers, is a vital part of ensuring that success.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vickie for everything she does all year to ensure SVRMC’s Laboratory Services meet those regulations for the safety of our patients.”

    As SVRMC’s Employee of the Quarter, Ms. Michael received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

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  32. VSU Small Farm Outreach Program To Hold Farmer-Buyer ‘Meet Up’

    On Wednesday, August 22, farmers and buyers will have an opportunity to “meet up” at Virginia State University’s (VSU) Randolph Farm Pavilion, 4415 River Rd., Petersburg, Virginia. The event will take place begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

    Farmers and buyers can participate in a networking session that can lead to sales relationships and open doors for follow-up. No contracts will be signed onsite. There will be a roundtable discussion in which some of the state’s top buyers will share what they’re looking for and answer questions. Representatives from United States Development Agency Rural Development will make a presentation, and there will be a Harmonized GAP Introduction workshop.

    Farmers should come prepared with business cards, and a list of products and/or a price sheet. Buyers—including wholesalers, chefs, restaurant owners, grocers and food service directors—should bring business cards and a list of products they wish to source locally.

    The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early. To register, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

    If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 633-9964 or, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

    The Small Farm Outreach Program, which is part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, aims to encourage and assist limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and military veteran farmers and ranchers to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently, to participate in agricultural programs and improve their overall farm management skills. The SFOP provides outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, available USDA farm programs and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability. Currently, the program provides educational programming in approximately 64 Virginia counties, which have the highest concentrations of limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers in the state. For more information, visit The SFOP website.

    Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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  33. Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Officers & Trustees

    At its annual meeting, Jackson-Feild Board of Trustees elected new officers: T. Darley Adamson, III of Richmond - President; William H. Poarch of Emporia -  Vice-President; Anne G. Greever of Richmond - Secretary; and Robert B. Wynne of Richmond and Blacksburg -  Treasurer.

    Five new trustees were also elected to serve on the board.

    Beverley A. Coleman of Petersburg has extensive experience in state and local government working in business development.  A graduate of Virginia State University, Coleman has worked for Chesterfield County, Historic Jackson Ward Association, and the Department of Housing and Community Development helping residents as well as businesses.  With her talents and background, Coleman will serve on JFBHS’ development committee.
    Dr. Muriel A. Hawkins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to JFBHS. Currently an Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia State University, Hawkins has more than 40 years’ experience in higher education as an administrator, faculty member and allied health practitioner. She has served on numerous civic boards and professional educational organizations.
    Dr. Leslie W. Rose, III, a specialist in internal medicine, treated the children at Richmond’s Virginia Home for Boys and Girls for over 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and his MBA from the University of Richmond. Rose has devoted his life to taking care of others and particularly enjoys helping children.
    Anne W. Hill currently manages professional malpractice claims for the Virginia office of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to her insurance career, Hill was a Trust and Estate/Tax attorney for McGuire Woods in Richmond.  She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and her MBA and JD from the University of Richmond. Hill lives in Goochland and is active at Gayton Baptist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and is Vice-President of the   Missions Counsel.
    The Rev. James W. Browder, III currently lives in Courtland where he serves as Vicar at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Browder is also a social worker at East Pavilion Nursing Home located at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin VA. Browder earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, MEd at the University of Virginia, and his MDiv at Virginia Theological Seminary.  In addition to a number of memberships, Browder is a trustee of the Ridley Foundation, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Southampton Memorial Hospital.

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  34. Commonwealth's Attorney Patricia Watson to face Civil Suit for Malicious Prosecution

    A recent "Opinion of the Day" in Lawyers Weekly highlighted the opion of the Federal Judge in the case of King v Darden, Watson and Allen. That opinion is available online here, and, like all of the documents in the case, is public record.

    That opinion found that the allegations in two of the four counts of the complaing warranted proceding.

    The Judge granted the motion to dismiss all counts against Mr. Allen but denied the motion to dismiss for both Ms Darden and Mrs. Watson on Counts I and III. Count II was dismissed, but Mr. King was granted leave to amend the complaint. The Judge's opinion also stated that Mrs. Watson did not enjoy Eleventh Amendment Immunity.

    As for Commonwealth's Attorney Watson and Virginia State Police Special Investigator, the Judge ruled that they would both face some of the allegations in the Complaint filed by Mr. King. his opinion further stated that Eleventh Amendment Immunity does not shield Mrs. Watson from facing the claims in the complaint it is alleged tht she acted in her personal capacity and not a professional one. Mrs. Watson may still be shielded by State Immunity, but that would require a "more complete record" and an affirmitive defense by Mrs. Watson.

    Count IV of the complaint was dismissed for all defendants.

    Below are the pertinant details of the Compalint.


    Comes now the plaintiff, by counsel and sues the defendants for redress of the violation of his civil rights pursuant to the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and for relief for violations of State law.


    This court has jurisdiction in this matter pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §l983 and §l988. This court has supplemental jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and 28 U.S. C. §1367.


    1. The plaintiff, Stephen King (King), is a resident of Virginia; he resides at 8007 Brink Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

    2. The defendant Kimberly L. Darden (Darden) at all times germane to this case was employed by the Virginia State Police (VSP) and was acting under the Color of State Law when she undertook the actions complained of herein against King.

    3. The defendant Patricia T. Watson (Watson) at all times germane to this case was the Commonwealth Attorney for Greenville County and the City of Emporia, Virginia. She was acting under the Color of State Law when she undertook her actions complained of herein against King.

    4. On good faith and belief Watson was not acting in her official capacity from just prior to the time King was charged with Election Fraud and seized in his person and prosecuted.

    5. The defendant Henry Stephen Allen, a/k/a Steve Allen (Allen) is a resident of Greenville County, Virginia and resides at 618 Hilltop Lane, Skippers, Virginia 23879.


    6.  King is the owner of a grocery store on Brink Road Emporia, Virginia.

    7.  On Friday, June 13, 2014 the store experienced an armed robbery.

    8.  King and his family also own a farm in North Carolina just south of the State line approximately 4 miles from the store's location.

    9.  Approximately a month after the robbery, King had a recall of memory that he had seen a teal green colored car coming out of the road across from the farm on the night of the robbery. The car was covered with mud.

    10.  King recalled that the car driven by the robbers of his store was said to have been teal green in color.

    11.  King knowing the land around his farm knew that the closest mud source to the road he had observed the car the night of the robbery was a parcel of land locally called the "stump pile."

    12.  King went to the stump pile and found evidence of the robbery in the form of various items that had been taken from his store.

    13.  King contacted police and Deputies Pearce and Rook, from Greenville County's Sheriff's Office, as well as two Deputies from Northampton County, North Carolina met King at the "stump pile."

    14.  As a result of King's findings four young men were arrested and charged with robbery.

    15.  As the criminal case against the four men was proceeding, the neighbor whose road King had seen the car exiting and who is a relative of one of the men charged with the robbery brought charges against King for trespass.

    16.  King was to be tried in North Carolina on September 15, 2014, a Monday.

    17.  On September 12, 2014 the Friday before the trial, King's Defense

    attorney, Monica Wilson received a telephone call from Watson, who informed her

    that the two Greenville County Sheriff Deputies who came to the "stump pile" and

    who were to testify at King's trespass trial on his behalf would not be in Court as

    they were to be in Court in Emporia, Virginia.

    18.  Wilson asked if they could be present in the afternoon and was told they would be in Court "all day" Monday, September 15, 2014.

    19.  King had concerns that if the Deputies were not present and if he were to be found guilty of trespass the evidence he found in the "stump pile" could be suppressed.

    20.  The trial for trespass commenced that Monday, at which time the District Attorney for Northampton County, North Carolina moved the Court to dismiss for lack of probable cause.

    21.  On the morning of September 15, 2014 King had to drive by Deputy Pearce's home on his way to North Carolina. Pearce's patrol car was parked at the home.

    22.  That afternoon as King was driving back to his store he noticed that Pearce's patrol car had not been moved from where it was that morning when King  was driving to North Carolina.

    23.  Seeing the patrol car having not been moved, prompted King to drive to the Greenville County Courthouse, where he arrived at approximately 1 :30 p.m. The Courthouse parking lot was empty.

    24.  Seeing that the patrol car had not been moved and the Courthouse parking lot empty, King went to the Greenville County Administration offices and made a FOIA request for the video camera recordings of the Courthouse's entrance door for that Monday, September 15, 2014.

    25.  King then, at approximately 3:30 p.m., confronted Watson in her office and told her he was 99% certain she bad lied to his Defense Attorney.

    26.  After King obtained the FOIA video, which showed that Deputy Pearce did not enter the Courthouse at all and that Deputy Rook was in the Courthouse from 9:50 a.m.; to 11:09 am. on September 15, 2014.

    27.  King again confronted Watson by going to her office.

    28.  King told Watson he was going to file a Bar Complaint against her.

    29.  King thereafter caused a Bar Complaint to be filed with the Virginia State Bar.

    30.  On June 8, 2015 King legally filed with the Greenville County Voter Registrar to run for the office of Sheriff of Greenville County for the upcoming election to be held on November 3, 2015.

    31.  On July 17, 2015 King was approached by Darden who told him she was there to speak with him regarding his Certificate of Candidate Qualification to run for Sheriff.

    32.  At the trial Darden was asked how did she get the "complaint" regarding election fraud? Her response was that the VSP received a letter of request from the Greensville County Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

    33.  Arguably Watson was without authority to cause an investigation to be commenced. (See §24.2-104, Code of Virginia) This is particularly true given Watson had an undisclosed conflict. See infra.

    34.  To date the letter has not been seen. The plaintiff filed a FOIA request with the Virginia State Police for Darden' s file which was opposed. A Richmond City Circuit Court, Judge Rupp, up held their position.

    35.  At the Preliminary Hearing in General District Court and at trial the Greenville County Voter Registrar, Dorothy Kea, testified that King would have to have lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year, next proceeding the election date in which he sought office. That is prior to November 4, 2014. (See Exhibits A and B )

    36.  Darden learned from speaking with King that he had moved from the farm to live with his father in Greenville County the first week of October, 2014. A period of greater than one year prior to the November 3, 2015 Election.

    37.  Darden spoke with the Voter Registrar as part of her investigation and there has been no indication she was told anything differently by Dorothy Kea, prior to filing charges than what Dorothy Kea testified to at King's preliminary hearing and trial. (See Exhibits C and D)

    38.  At the preliminary hearing Darden testified she had spoken by telephone with Allen, the person who was supposed to have made a complaint to Watson.

    39.  Darden's testimony regarding her telephone conversation with Allen was "but he had no information. He said he did not know Mr. King's current residence." (See Exhibit E)

    40.  Darden having spoken with King, Kea and Allen knew or should have known King was a resident of Virginia and Greenville County for more than a year prior to the election, Darden nonetheless sought a felony charge against King.

    41.  Darden did not have probable cause to charge King with Election Fraud.

    42.  On July 24, 2015 Darden caused a Criminal Warrant for the arrest of King to be issued by the Magistrate of Greenville County. (See Exhibit F)

    43.  King was charged with a Class 5 felony for Election Fraud, which if convicted would have caused King to serve a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than I 0 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement injail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both. § 18. 2-10,  Code of Virginia.

    44.  On November 6, 2015 King was tried for Election Fraud in the Greenville County Circuit Court and was found to be not guilty by a jury.

    45.  Watson interactions with King the prior year provides motivation for the actions she took against him.

    46.  The timing of the charges, which were publically disseminated in the media, also calls into question the motives of the other defendants.

    47.  Days prior to the charges being issued against King, Watson presented to the Greenville County Circuit Court an order seeking to have Michael Doucette, Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Lynchburg appointed as Special Prosecutor of the King case. (See Exhibit G)

    48.  On September 14, 2015 at the preliminary hearing in the prosecution of King, Watson testified that she had received a complaint that King was committing election fraud from a Steve Allen.

    49.  Watson at no time disclosed that Steve Allen was related to her. Whether Darden knew of their relationship is currently unknown. (See Exhibit H)

    50.  Watson clearly had a conflict, in that the complainant, Steve Allen was related to her.


    51.  The forgoing slated facts which are adopted and incorporated herein as allegations.

    52.  The conduct of the defendants, as alleged herein constitutes the violation of King's civil rights guaranteed by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution to be free of illegal seizure of his person.

    53.  King had the Constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment to be free from illegal seizure of his person and said right was a clearly established right at the time of the violations alleged herein.

    54.  The defendants knew or should have known that King had not violated the Election Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    55.  The defendants, jointly and severally, had no probable cause to believe King had violated the Election Laws of Virginia.

    56.  The actions of the defendants’, jointly and severally, were taken under the Color of State law for an improper purpose.

    57.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King.

    58.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King.


    59.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

    60.  The conduct of the defendants' ,jointly and severally, was such as to cause the false imprisonment of King, to deny him his freedom of movement, to cause him to be publically arrested, handcuffed, booked into the local jail, processed and officially charged with a felony.

    61.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King, such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

    62.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.



    63.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

    64.  All persons are charged with knowing the law. Darden and Watson, due to their positions are particularly charged with knowing the requirements of the law; the most basic is the requirement in a criminal matter is "probable cause."

    65.  The defendants' conduct was intended to cause the prosecution of a crime they knew or should have known, especially after Darden's investigation developed no probable cause, King had not committed.

    66.  Notwithstanding said knowledge the defendants proceeded to prosecute King.

    67.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King, such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

    68.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

    69.  The prosecution of King may have caused him loss of an election, it did cause him money for his defense; it did cause him to be held up to public disfavor and it did cause him fear, anxiety and apprehension of the loss of his freedom.

    70.  King may bring this Count for Malicious Prosecution because he meets all of the elements for the tort. " ... the plaintiff has the burden of proving four essential elements: that the prosecution was (1) malicious, (2) instituted by or with the cooperation of the defendant, (3) without probable cause, and (4) terminated in a manner not unfavorable to the plaintiff. Baker v.  Elmendorf, 271Va.474 (2006). Malice may be inferred from a lack of probable cause.

    71. In order to maintain malicious precaution action it is necessary that it be alleged and provided: (1) that the prosecution was set on foot by the now defendants and that it had terminated in a marmer not unfavorable to the now plaintiff; (2) that it was instituted, or procured by the cooperation of the now defendants; (3) that it was without probable cause, and (4) that it was malicious. Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia,  James 0. Wiggs. Jr .•  v.  Marian C.  Farmer,  205 Va 149 (1964) (Emphasis Added)


    72.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

    73.  The defendants, jointly and severally combined, associated, agreed, mutually undertook and concerted together for the purpose of willfully and maliciously injuring King in his business and profession such as to permit King civil relief under§ 182-500, Code of Virginia.

    74.  The conduct of the defendants entitles King to recover treble damages from the defendants and his reasonable attorney fees.

    WHEREFORE, the plaintiff, King, demands judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally in the amounts as stated per Count as set forth infra:


    Compensatory Damages and an award of reasonable attorney fees.


    Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.


    Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.


    Compensatory Damages, said damage to be trebled by operation of law and an award of reasonable attorney fees.


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  35. Teachers Needed for Tomorrow

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    Nationwide, schools are experiencing a scarcity of qualified job candidates for teaching positions. Declining enrollment in programs that prepare students for licensure as teachers is one cause. According to a report issued by the Learning Policy Institute, enrollments in teacher education programs dropped by 35% between 2009 and 2014. This decline represents a decrease of nearly a quarter of a million potential teachers.The impact on school districts across the nation varies considerably. The Learning Policy Institute report noted, “Students in high-poverty and high-minority settings bear the brunt of teacher shortages. Considerable evidence shows that shortages historically have disproportionately impacted our most disadvantaged students and that those patterns persist today.”

    These quandaries are very much apparent here in Southside Virginia. Data compiled by the Virginia Department of Education indicates that we have the highest percent of unfilled teaching positions. Paul Nichols, Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools, says, “We have classrooms of all subject areas that are difficult to find teachers to fill. However, our greatest need is in math and science. Close to 10% of the math and science classrooms in Southern Virginia are in need of a qualified teacher. Career and Technical teachers are also very hard to find.”

    One proposed solution is to provide an opportunity for career professionals in other areas to obtain the credentials necessary to teach in Virginia’s classrooms. Virginia’s Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to do just that.  To help support this effort, Southside Virginia Community College has developed a list of the general education courses required for teachers. Potential teachers who have graduated from a four-year college but lack some of the required courses, can pick up their missing credits at SVCC.

    Another potential solution is to encourage local high school students to consider careers in education.  With this in mind, the Virginia Department of Education developed a program called “Teachers for Tomorrow,” which provides opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to receive career information, pursue dual enrollment credits, and participate in field trips where they can observe classrooms and gain teaching experience before they head off to college.

    For students considering the teaching profession, SVCC offers an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Education. The degree is designed for students who want to begin their academic journeys at a low-cost, close-to-home institution and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate program. In addition, for people interested in working with young children, SVCC also offers an Early Childhood Programs Career Studies Certificate.If you are interested in learning more about preparing for a teaching career, contact Dr. Dixie Dalton, SVCC’s Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business ( or call 434-949-1053).

    Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

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  36. Gwathmey Memorial Trust Awards a Grant to Jackson-Feild

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

    The Gwathmey Memorial Trust has been investing in Jackson-Feild’s children since 1993, and recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to partially fund the salary for a teacher in its new Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program.

    The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey  Memorial Trust was established by Mrs. Elizabeth Gwathmey Jeffress in 1981 in memory of her parents and is administered by Bank of America US Trust Private Wealth Management and a Board of Trustees.

    Jackson-Feild has received several grants since the founding of the Gwathmey Trust.

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    Warren Carlton Rawlings, 75, of Emporia, VA, died Friday, August 10, 2018.



    Warren was born in Greensville County, VA the son of the late George Clifton Rawlings and Mildred Wills Rawlings. He served in the Virginia National Guard and was the former Chief of the Greensville Volunteer Fire Department.



    He was the owner and operator of Rawlings Truck Line and Crestline Equipment Company. Presently he operated Southern Cars, Inc. of Emporia.



    Surviving are: three sons, William Scott Rawlings, Warren Christopher Rawlings and his wife Leanne, and Jeffery Watkins Rawlings and his wife Stephanie, all of Emporia, VA; five grandsons, Justin Watkins Rawlings, William
    Chase Rawlings, Logan Warren Rawlings, Seth Ryan Rawlings and Christopher Graham Rawlings; a uncle Robert E. Wills of Emporia, VA.



    Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave. Emporia, VA , Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Troy Green and Mr. Charles Kasper,  officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.



    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: echolsfuneralhome

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  38. Apprenticeship Builds People at Toll Brothers

    Apprenticeship students were recently recognized at Toll Brothers' awards dinner.Apprentices in the front row: Steven Brown, Calvin Terry, Rene’ Gutierrez, Timothy King, and Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career and Occupational Technology. Back Row, Kelly Arnold, SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator,Jerry Irby, Chris Johnson, Toll Brothers' Plant Manager, Rickey Hall, Maynard Stowe, Department of Labor, Mike Wells.

    Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, is not only building component parts in their Emporia production facility but also building and investing in their employees. For Toll Brothers, the investment in people is a priority, and one way they chose to build people is through the Apprenticeship model of training. Toll Brothers’ Chris Johnson, Plant Manager,  partnered with Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) apprenticeship coordinator, Kelly Arnold, to implement the apprenticeship program for training machine operators with the end goal of helping them become Industrial Maintenance Technicians.

    The college’s proposal to Toll Brothers was simple; begin educational training one night a week for one year and couple that with 2000 hours (1 year) of on the job training. Although a slow and steady process, this proved to be a doable training model for employees who work 40+ hours per week and have family commitments.

    Conveniently, SVCC’s Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County  was outfitted with electrical training equipment, and six eager employees became college students. As the need grew for training, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Studies, and Erica Andrews, SVCC’s site coordinator, helped bring the training lab to life.

    The Toll apprentices embraced the educational task with gusto and worked hard to learn. For some this was the first time taking a college level class. The students were determined to finish the three classes, complete the on-the-job component, and earn the Department of Labor credential for Machine Operator.

    These students finished their goal and learned what they needed to learn.   Their accomplishments were recognized on Wednesday night, July 18, at the company’s award dinner. Johnson and Maynard Stowe, DOL apprenticeship representative, presented their certificates with family and friends cheering for them.

    In Johnson’s opening remarks, he stated, “We have tried many training programs, but the apprenticeship program, by far, has been the most successful for our facility.”

    Each apprentice logged the hours, studied, and worked hard, but the simple plan is producing results; results that make a difference to them individually and results that are making a difference at Toll Brothers. While each earned their certificate for machine operator, they immediately turned around and registered to begin the same simple process to earn their Industrial Maintenance Technician apprenticeship certifications.

    Starting in the fall semester at SVCC,  the Toll students will walk into a newly outfitted Industrial Maintenance lab. This new lab is a partnership between CCAM in Richmond, SVCC, and a grant from Go Virginia along with Greensville County and the city of Emporia. State of the art trainers now occupy two rooms with wall to wall equipment all ready for students to roll up their sleeves and learn electrical, mechanical, pneumatics and hydraulics, the core of mechatronics training.

    For Toll Brothers, let the building of luxury homes continue, but most importantly, for the people of Southside Virginia, let the building up of people be the cornerstone of what drives our community. If you are interested in learning more about the lab in Emporia or Apprenticeship, contactErica Andrews at 434-634-9358 erica.andrews@southside.eduor Kelly Arnold at 434-579-7260.

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  39. Our Future Health Care Providers

    Front Row Left to Right: Theresa Griles, RN Educator, Sophia Crowder, Cindy Trejo, Hailey Forbes, Natalie Hall, Hazel Willis, RN, Camp Coordinator; Second Row Left to Right: Kaylee Newman, Madyson Willis, Lillie Puryear, Alex Love, Miguel Ballesteros, Matthew Gaskins; Third Row Left to Right: Steven Gardner, Ayrin Matthews, Nicole Stanley, Mackenzie Long, Ashley Balducci

    CSI (Career Scene Investigators) returned to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, not to investigate crime scenes, but to explore the suspects of health care. VCU Health CMH offered a week camp to seventh and eighth graders from local middle schools July 30th thru August 3rd.  Fifteen students from Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Brunswick, and Bluestone Middle Schools participated in the camp. The focus of the camp was to give the students an opportunity to learn about the many exciting careers available in health care. The camp offered a variety of activities that allowed the students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment.  The campers rotated through various departments getting hands on experience with simulated activities that health care professionals perform daily.         

    The middle school years are the ideal time to introduce students to the various career opportunities in health care. It attributes to the selective Science, Math, and or English courses that they may include into their curriculum as they choose their classes throughout their high school years. By the end of the week some of the campers want to be doctors, nurses, physical, speech, or occupational therapists, while others want to become engineers or computer technologists.  We are excited that some of our campers from previous years chose health care careers, have graduated from college, and are currently employed here at VCU Health CMH as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Exercise Physiologists.   

    VCU Health CMH is pleased that they can offer this excellent opportunity to area students to learn about the world of health care.  Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta participates and supports the camp each year with the provision of activities and a pizza lunch. Southside Virginia Rescue and VCU Health Med-Evac also participate in the activities for the campers. According to the students, it was a fun week and they learned what health care professionals do daily to help and provide care to others. 

    We encourage other middle school students to apply to attend the CSI Camp next summer. The information and the application for the camp will be delivered to the local schools in the Spring, of 2019 and it will also be available on the


  40. Joyce Ann Whitby Clary


    Joyce Ann Whitby Clary, age 87, of Gasburg, VA passed away August 7, 2018.  Joyce was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. until she married her love, Aubrey Lewis Clary, and moved to Gasburg, VA.  Throughout her life she worked hard. She was the first secretary of the Roanoke Rapids Recreation Center and secretary for J. C. Lucy Lumber Company. She then worked with her husband at Aubrey L. Clary, Inc and Clary Trucking, Inc. which she eventually owned and operated.  Joyce was a lifelong member of James Square Baptist Church, where for many many years she taught Sunday school, was the choir director, and was also a WMU leader. She loved to travel and was a lifelong member of the Southside Homemakers.  Family was everything to Joyce.  She loved her grandchildren and her family. They will always cherish memories of her favorite holiday, Christmas, weekends at the lake, her Easter Egg Hunts, and endless family gatherings.  Joyce is the daughter of the late William Rogers Whitby and Tressie Revelle Whitby Traylor.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Lewis Clary and her brother, William E. Whitby.  She is survived by her children, Sherry C. Dail and husband Kenneth and Kerry L. Clary and wife Angelia; her grandchildren, Kenneth Layne Dail, Aubrey Evan Dail, Hunter Lewis Clary, Hannah Carol Clary and Parker Benjamin Clary; her great grandson, Morgan Landen Rethman; her sisters, Betty W. Mitchell and Helen W. White; her brother, George Michael Whitby; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at James Square Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, VA with interment in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Square Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 643, Lawrenceville, VA  23868. 

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  41. June, 2018 SVCC Truck Driving Graduates

    Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training School Graduates from the Emporia class on June 14, 2018 are

    Front Row L-R:  Donnie Sisk (Instructor), Isreal Stith (Lawrencevile), Mark Shinn (Virginia Beach); Back Row L-R:  Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Wilson Treese (Instructor), Kyle Hornung (Virginia Beach), Kirtwood Squire (Gaston, NC), Ronald Tucker (Lawrenceville), David Porter (Kenbridge), Adam Hoffman (Guest Speaker and Recruiter for TMC), Duncan Quicke (TDTS Coordinator.  For information, call 434 292 3101.



    Greensville County Public Schools announced its policy for providing free meals to all children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs on August 8, 2018.  Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

    All schools in the division will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  Enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household.  Households will not be required to submit a meal application form to receive meals at no charge.  Each household will receive a letter informing them of the program, including contact information for any questions.

    Any questions can be directed to:

    Crystal Crutchfield, Food Service Director, or MaRendia Garner
    105 Ruffin Street
    Emporia, VA 23847

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  43. SVCC Massage Therapy Class Coming to Chase City

    Massage Therapy is being offered through Southside Virginia Community College beginning August 28, 2018 at the Estes Community Center in Chase City, Virginia.  Now is the time to sign up for this year-long class that leads to a rewarding career. 

    Call today to register and learn more about possible financial assistance.  Classes will meet two nights a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.  Call Wanda Vaughan for more information at 434 736 2093 or email

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  44. Power Line Worker Information Session

    Power Line Workers are in demand and information about becoming one will be offered on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Officer’s Club at Pickett Park, 3951 Military Road, Blackstone.  Learn about admission requirements, schedule, cost, housing, job prospects and scholarships.  This has become a popular program and was the first PLW school in Virginia.  

    Register at in order to attend.  Pizza will be served.




    • Age now: 12
    • Sex: Female
    • Hair: Black
    • Eyes: Brown
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 112 lbs
    • Description: Angie Carolina Rodriguez-Rubio, Hispanic, Female, brown hair, brown eyes, 12 years of age, 5 foot 1 inches tall, weighing 112 lbs wearing black blouse with flowers, black leggings and white sandals
    • Age now: 48
    • Sex: Female
    • Hair: Black
    • Eyes: Brown
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140 lbs
    • Description: Elizabeth Rodriguez-Rubio, Hispanic, Female, black Hair, brown eyes, 48 years of age, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing 140lbs, last seen wearing a black skirt, burgundy blouse.
    • Sex: Male
    • Skin: White
    • Hair: Black
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 180 lbs
    • Description: Jamie Rodriguez-Sariol, White, male, black hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 6 inches, weighing 180 lbs.




    An Amber Alert for Angie Caroline Rodriguez Rubio, 12, of Harrisonburg, Va., and a Critically Missing Adult Alert for her grandmother Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio, 48, of Harrisonburg, Va., have been activated at the request of the Harrisonburg Police Department.

    They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in the 2800 block of South Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va., with Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol, who is believed to have abducted them.  All three individuals were believed to be traveling in Sariol’s vehicle, which was involved in a vehicle fire on I-66 in Warren County.

    Angie Caroline Rodriguez Rubio is a Hispanic female with long, curly, brown hair and brown eyes, height 5’1”, weighing 112 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with flowers, black leggings-style pants and white sandals.

    Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio is a Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes, height 5’4”, weighing approximately 140 lbs. She was last seen wearing a burgundy blouse and a black skirt.

    Rodriguez-Sariol is described as a Hispanic male, height 5’6”, weighing approximately 180 lbs., with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a known history of infatuation with Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio. Rodriguez-Sariol was last seen at the 2 mile marker on I-66 where the vehicle fire occurred.  

    Rodriguez-Sariol is believed to be traveling north toward New York in white 2000 Volvo tractor trailer, owned by AMG Express L.L.C., with Virginia license plate number 21739PZ.  

    If you have information about Angie Carolina Rodriguez Rubio, Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio or Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol, please call 911 or Harrisonburg Police Department at (540) 564-5050.



    RICHMOND – Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police (VSP) Superintendent, today announced additional advancements involving Department leadership. Within recent weeks, two new directors have been named and three new deputy director positions have been added to each of the Department’s bureaus: Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS), Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Bureau of Field Operations (BFO). The additions now afford each bureau to have one director supported by two deputy directors. In addition, a Support Services Division has been reinstated within BCI. The promotions and internal restructuring are part of the new superintendent’s goal to strengthen state police operations across all three bureaus, and enhance the many services and programs VSP provides Virginia residents and visitors.

    “For 85 years, our Department has proudly and proficiently served the Commonwealth in all facets of public safety,” said Col. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Sustaining a distinguished level of operational effectiveness and customer service in today’s high-tech, rapidly-evolving environment requires us to be even more administratively strategic and operationally proactive. These internal, leadership modifications strengthen state police to achieve such effectiveness, while also laying the groundwork for robust succession planning as we work towards the next 85 years of public safety and service.”

    Effective June 10, 2018, was the promotion of Maj. Matthew D. Hanley to BFO director; and July 10, 2018, the advancement of Maj. Lenmuel S. Terry to director of the Office of Performance Management and Internal Controls (OPMIC).

    The newly-created BFO deputy director position has been filled by former BFO Richmond Division commander, Capt. Steven L. Chumley. Property and Finance Division commander, Capt. F. Daniel Glick, has been promoted to the new BASS deputy director position. BCI Salem Division commander, Capt. Rex J. Taylor, has been promoted to the new BCI deputy director position. Effective Aug. 10, Capt. Todd M. Taylor of the Culpeper Division, will assume the BFO deputy director position vacated by Terry upon his promotion to lieutenant colonel.

    The new Support Services Division (SSD) comprises the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction (CCI) Unit, Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program, Insurance Fraud Program (IFP), and Polygraph Unit.  Settle promoted former CCI leader and 29-year VSP veteran, Lt. Norman E. Gray Sr. (pictured above) to captain to serve as the new SSD commander.  Gray and the SSD are located at the VSP Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield, with troopers and special agents assigned throughout the Department’s seven BCI field offices. 

    Effective June 25, 2018, was the promotion of Capt. Steven L. Chumley to the newly-created BFO deputy director position. Prior to his appointment to major last week, Chumley had served as the Richmond Division commander for the past 12 years. He joined state police in 1986 with his first assignment in the Chesapeake Division. Over the years, Chumley has served as a special agent with the Richmond BCI Drug Enforcement Section, sergeant in the Wytheville Division’s Dublin area office and first sergeant of the Chesapeake Division’s Waverly area office. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 and assigned to the Chesapeake BCI Field Office. Chumley has also served as the Department’s regional Special Olympics director for the past two years. Before joining VSP, he served with the U.S. Air Force and was an officer with the Norfolk Police Department. Chumley earned a master’s degree through the Naval Postgraduate School (Center for Homeland Defense and Security) in California and a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield, Va. College. The Cumberland Gap, Tenn., native is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.

    The new, additional BASS deputy director position is being filled by Capt. F. Daniel Glick. He has served as the division commander for Property and Finance since 2016. Glick achieved the rank of captain in 2014 upon his promotion to commander of the Safety Division. During his tenure with VSP, Glick served as the Fairfax Division headquarters lieutenant for two years before transferring to Richmond to serve on the executive staff as the BFO staff lieutenant from 2010 to 2014.  He graduated from the VSP Academy in 1996 and was assigned to Greene County as a trooper. His advancement through the supervisory ranks has taken him to the Louisa County and Bristol area offices. Growing up in North Carolina, Glick served six years in the North Carolina National Guard and is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ National Criminal Justice Command College.

    Effective July 10, 2018, will be the promotion of Capt. Rex J. Taylor to the new, additional BCI deputy director position. Taylor joined VSP in 1993 with his first trooper assignments in the Culpeper Division’s Area 5 Fredericksburg and Culpeper County area offices. As a sergeant, Taylor was assigned to the Culpeper Division headquarters, again to the Fredericksburg area office and then the VSP Academy in Chesterfield County. He relocated to the Salem Division’s Covington area office with his promotion to first sergeant and then transferred to the BCI Salem Field Office’s Drug Enforcement Section. As lieutenant he returned to the BFO Culpeper Division headquarters, and then transferred to the Salem Division where he served as a lieutenant in both BFO and BCI. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2017 and took command of the BCI Salem Field Office.  Taylor holds a master’s degree in criminal justice command leadership from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from East Tennessee State University. The Greeneville, Tenn., native is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ National Criminal Justice Command College. Prior to joining VSP, Taylor served with the U.S. Army and served in its Criminal Investigation Division.

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  47. Crater Community Hospice Is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Father Thierry Hakpon to Our Team.

    Crater Community Hospice is pleased to announce the addition of Father Thierry Hakpon as Hospice Spiritual Counselor. Father Hakpon brings more than twenty years of experience as a spiritual director, preacher, teacher and interpreter. He has a Master's Degree in Divinity from Catholic University of Yaounde and also holds Masters Degrees in Public Law and Criminal Justice. He has an incredible reputation in the community and is proficient in speaking French, English and several African languages. As Spiritual Counselor, Father Hakpon is an integral part of our interdisciplinary care team. He serves as the spiritual care manager to our patients and their families, offering spiritual and emotional support to those facing serious illness and end of life care. He will also provide care and support to our Crater Community Hospice staff family and will preside over community memorial services and other faith led programs.   Father Hakpon is excited to join the Crater Community Hospice team and stated:  "I was attracted by what this team is doing in the community. It's Amazing! I'm so proud to be part of the Crater Community Hospice family!" 

    "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -

                                                                                                                                                           -Henry Ford

    Please help us in welcoming Father Thierry Hakpon to our Crater Community Hospice Team!

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  48. Dominion Energy, Ørsted Advance Offshore Wind Development

    "Today's announcement further affirms our commitment to a new era of clean, renewable energy for the Commonwealth," said Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are truly excited to bring offshore wind to Virginians for the first time."

    NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 3, 2018/PRNewswire/ - Dominion Energy Virginia and Denmark-based energy company Ørsted took significant steps forward today in the development of Virginia's first offshore wind facility. Dominion Energy filed with Virginia's State Corporation Commission (SCC) for approval to build the two 6-megawatt turbines and grid infrastructure needed to connect the facility to the coast.

    Ørsted, hired by Dominion Energy to build the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (CVOW), announced that a research vessel will conduct the final ocean floor mapping needed before construction can begin.

    "Today's announcement further affirms our commitment to a new era of clean, renewable energy for the Commonwealth," said Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are truly excited to bring offshore wind to Virginians for the first time."

    Farrell made the announcement Friday while in Norfolk with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Thomas Brostrøm, president of Ørsted North America. In addition to the announced filing, business and government leaders toured the ocean-mapping vessel, temporarily docked at the maritime museum Nauticus.

    "The announcement today represents a significant step toward harnessing Virginia's offshore wind energy resource and the many important economic benefits that this industry will bring to our Commonwealth," said Governor Ralph Northam. "The offshore wind demonstration project will provide critical information to stakeholders and will position Virginia as a leader as we work to attract job opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain and service industries."

    Ørsted is a premier offshore wind power developer with over 1,000 offshore wind turbines installed and operating around the world.

    "Ørsted is the energy supplier in Europe that has come the farthest in the transition to renewable energy, and we are excited to bring our expertise to Virginia," said Thomas Brostrøm, Ørsted's North American President.  "This project will provide us vital experience in constructing an offshore wind project in the United States and serve as a stepping stone to a larger commercial-scale partnership between our companies in the future. We see the tremendous potential in the Mid-Atlantic for emission-free, renewable wind generation and we are excited to help the Commonwealth in reaping the benefits of wind power."

    The offshore wind project will be located about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on 2,135 acres of federal waters leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The two six-megawatt turbines will sit in about 80 feet of water and rise over 550 feet above the ocean's surface – but will not be visible from the Virginia Beach shoreline. The facility is expected to begin generating emissions-free energy for customers by December 2020.

    While officially a demonstration project, it would be the first constructed in federal waters through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) approval process. It will be the nation's second commercial-scale offshore installation, following one off the coast of Block Island, RI, operational since 2015.

    The project will provide critical permitting, construction and operational experience, and could pave the way for 2,000 more megawatts of carbon-free generation in the adjacent 112,000 acre wind energy lease area – enough energy to power about half a million homes. Dominion Energy currently leases the massive acreage that would be needed for this facility from BOEM.

    The $300 million project will be funded through existing base rates, enabled by the Grid Transformation & Security Act. Contingent on various regulatory approvals, onshore construction would start in 2019, followed by turbine installation and operation in 2020.

    In July 2018, the Grid Transformation & Security Act became law, declaring offshore wind to be in the public interest. Passed overwhelmingly by the Virginia General Assembly, the comprehensive energy reform legislation paves the way for a smarter, stronger and greener energy grid.

    In conjunction with Dominion Energy's filing for regulatory approval of the first phase of its Grid Transformation Plan in Virginia, the company committed last month to have 3,000 megawatts of new solar and wind, enough to power 750,000 homes, under development or in operation in Virginia by the beginning of 2022.

    Dominion Energy's solar fleet is the sixth largest in the nation. And with more than 3,300 megawatts of renewable energy resources either operational or under development across 10 states, the company is an industry leader in renewable energy.

    For more information about today's filing with the SCC, please visit:


  49. Working While Disabled – Social Security Can Help

    By Jacqueline Weisgarber,Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

    While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a connection to community. If you’re getting Social Security disability benefits, we have good news for you. Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you’re interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments.

    The Ticket to Work program may help you if you’d like to work. You can receive:

    o    Free vocational rehabilitation;

    o    Training;

    o    Job referrals; and

    o    Other employment support.

    You can read more about working while collecting disability benefits at

    Work incentives include:

    o    Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;

    o    Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and

    o    Help with education, training, and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.

    If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI, let us know right away when you start or stop working, or if any other change occurs that could affect your benefits.

    If you returned to work, but you can’t continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again — you may not have to file a new application.

    You can read more about the Ticket to Work program in the publication titled “Working While Disabled: How We Can Help” at



    Part of securing today and tomorrow is giving you the tools to create a fulfilling life. Getting back to work might be part of that. We’re here with a ticket to a secure tomorrow.

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  50. TopHand Foundation Buy-a-Brick Fundraiser

    Make a lasting tribute to family, friends, or your business allowing individuals to purchase laser engraved bricks for installation outside the newly renovated TopHand Foundation located at 206 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA. Bricks purchased will fund the renovation of TopHand Foundation. The first order will not be laid until construction is completed. The donation per brick is tax deductible.

    Each 4X8 brick can be engraved with up to three lines, 18 characters (including punctuation and spaces) per line.  You can purchase just one brick or several. Engravings can be purchased in your name or the name of a friend or family member; in celebration of a birth, graduation, wedding or anniversary; in honor of a soldier or veteran; or in memory of someone you love. Honor a casual effort; commemorate a special occasion, remember a loved one, the possibilities endless with our brick laser engraving technology. Businesses, firms and organizations are also encouraged to participate.

    Bricks sales will continue until August 25th, 2018.

    They may be purchased through any TopHand travel ball player, at TopHand Foundation, or log onto to order online.



    ~ Abandoning new federal standards will cost Americans between $193 billion and $236 billion more on gas and add carbon emissions equivalent of 400 million more cars ~

    RICHMOND (August 2, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 19 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, in releasing the following joint statement announcing an intention to challenge the Trump Administration’s illegal and environmentally-destructive plan to roll back federal limits on tailpipe pollution from cars and trucks.
    “Federal rules to limit tailpipe pollution and improve fuel economy are our best strategy to reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality, and save drivers money on gas. The Administration’s proposal to weaken these rules will cause the American people to breathe dirtier air and pay higher prices at the pump. If adopted, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollbacks will cost American drivers hundreds of billions of dollars. Freezing or weakening these standards puts the health of our children, seniors, and all communities at risk, and increases the rising costs of climate change for our states. This decision upends decades of cooperative state and federal action to protect our residents. We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan.” 
    Today’s multistate statement includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
    “Virginia is uniquely vulnerable to the threat of climate change and air pollution, particularly in Hampton Roads where streets are frequently closed by nuisance flooding and the world’s largest naval base is threatened by sea level rise,” added Attorney General Herring. “We also recognize the huge health, economic, and environmental benefits of clean air, especially for our kids. We’ve made too much progress as a country and a Commonwealth to let President Trump roll back the clock and undo all our progress just to boost the bottom line of oil and gas companies.”
    Background on Clean Cars Rule:
    Globally, the transportation sector is the fastest growing source of dangerous greenhouse gas pollution. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the transportation sector has surpassed the electric power sector and is now the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Cars and light duty trucks make up 60 percent of the country’s transportation sector and are the main driver of U.S. dependence on oil, including foreign imports. 
    Beginning in 2010, the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board agreed to establish a single national program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from model year 2012–2025 vehicles. This program allows automakers to design and manufacture vehicles that will comply with tailpipe standards in all states.
    The current federal standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles are estimated to:
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons;
    • Remove the equivalent of 422 million cars from the road; and,
    • Save drivers $1,650 per vehicle.
    If enacted, the EPA’s proposal to freeze the emissions standards at 2020 levels would:
    • Reduce average fuel economy from an estimated 46.8 miles per gallon in model year 2026 vehicles to 37 miles per gallon;
    • Increase the country’s oil consumption by 5.3 to 11.9 million gallons per day in 2025;
    • Result in 16 to 37 million metric tons more carbon pollution in 2025; and,
    • Cost Americans roughly $193 billion to $236 billion more at the pump through 2035.
    In January 2017, the EPA determined, in its “midterm evaluation,” that the 2022-2025 standards are readily achievable by the auto industry. After an extensive technical review, based in significant part on information from industry, advocates, and other interested parties, the EPA found that “automakers are well positioned to meet the standards at lower costs than previous estimated.” However, in April, the EPA arbitrarily reversed course and claimed that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2022–2025 vehicles should be scrapped. The Administration offered no evidence other than a meager record of self-serving industry analysis to support this decision and deferred further analysis to a forthcoming rulemaking.
    A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia—who together represent 44 percent of the U.S population and 43 percent of the national new car sales market—sued the agency in May over its decision to withdraw the agency’s evaluation supporting the standards. The lawsuit is based on the fact that theEPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations, and violated the Clean Air Act. 
    In its draft rule, the EPA not only proposes to freeze federal emissions standards at 2020 levels but also threatens the authority of states to enforce stronger standards to protect residents. The Clean Air Act authorizes California to adopt emission standards that are more stringent than the federal standards and other states are authorized to adopt those same standards for new motor vehicles sold within their states. The proposed rule would eliminate the California standard, subjecting every state to less efficient and dirtier standards.


  52. ***UPDATED*** Virginia State Police Canine Looses Life in Shootout Following Pursuit on I-95


    Update from Thursday, August 2, 2018

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va., has positively identified the individual who was shot and killed in Sussex County on Wednesday (Aug. 1) as Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41, of New Haven, Conn. The Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting remains ongoing at this time. The Virginia State Police is most appreciative of the assistance and support provided by the New Haven, Conn. Police Department during the course of the investigation. 

    In relation to VSP K-9 Vader... State police is currently working on arrangements for a memorial service to honor Vader. Please stay tuned.

    "Our canine program is essential in so much of what we do as a Department to achieve our public safety mission," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Vader and are forever grateful for his sacrifice and selfless service to the state police and the Commonwealth. For our canine handlers, their dogs are more than just a partner on the job. They are their protectors, their constant companion and confidant on the road. Vader was family."  


    At approximately 8:18 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2018, a Virginia State Police trooper was traveling north on Interstate 95 in Sussex County when he identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Connecticut. The trooper activated his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle's driver refused to stop for the trooper and sped away.

    A pursuit was initiated north on I-95 during which time an individual in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the trooper's vehicle. Sporadic shooting by the pursuit suspect continued as the stolen vehicle headed north on I-95 and then took Exit 24 for Owens/Route 645 in Sussex County.  As the stolen vehicle approached the intersection of Loco School and Bell roads, Virginia State Police positioned themselves to stop the stolen vehicle.  The pursuit suspect continued firing at the state police vehicles. One of the suspect's bullets pierced a K9 trooper's back passenger window and struck a state police canine riding in the back seat compartment. 

    Once the stolen vehicle was stopped, state troopers engaged with the suspect and shots were fired. The male suspect died at the scene and will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va. for examination and autopsy. Virginia State Police are still working to confirm the shooting suspect's identity.

    An adult female passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She has been treated and released.

    No troopers were injured in the course of the incident.

    The state police narcotics detection canine, Vader, did not survive his injuries. Vader was a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois and had graduated from Virginia State Police Narcotics Detection Training in December 2017.  

    In accordance with state police policy regarding officer-involved shootings, three troopers have been placed on administrative leave. 

    The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

    Multiple reports have identified the deceased suspect Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41.

    New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told the New Haven Register that Poole was wanted for the murder of 28-year-old Tyekqua Nesbitt who was shot to death in front of her two children in New Haven, Connecticut on May 31. Poole was also wanted in New Haven for the first-degree shooting assault of his wife on May 7.


    The identy of the suspect has not been comfirmed by the Virginia State Police..

    Photos are the property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for their publication/broadcast.

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    The Virginia State Police has issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert on behalf of the Martinsville Police Department on Aug. 1, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. The Martinsville Police Department is looking for John Alee Wimbush, an 88-year-old, black male, height 5’ 06”, weight 176 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/gray hair.

    He was last seen wearing, a blue shirt, jacket and blue jeans. He also uses a cane to walk. He is believed to have been abducted and in danger. He was last seen on Aug. 1, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. on Forest Street in Martinsville, Virginia.

    He is believed to be with Valerie Vianna Swinson (AKA Valerie Vianna Condell), a 59-year-old, black female, height 5’ 08”, weight 167 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black and white striped tank top.

    They are believed to be traveling in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with an unknown registration. Their possible direction of travel is I-81 north to I-95 north to Fort Washington, Maryland.

    Please contact the Martinsville Police Department at 1-276-403-5328 if you have seen Mr. Wimbush or have information about his whereabouts. Complete information on this alert can be found at

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  54. Southside Physicians Network Commits to Improving Eye Care in Emporia New Ophthalmology Office Coming Soon

    Emporia, VA – Starting Wednesday August 8, Emporia residents will now be able get quality eye care from Southside Physicians Network (SPN). Dr. Rishi Parikh is now accepting patients at the Southside Physicians Network office in the Walmart Shopping Center at 301 Market Dr. Suite I in Emporia.

    Rishi Parikh, MD is board certified on ophthalmology and has performed more than 5000 surgeries. A native of Ohio, Dr. Parikh is no stranger to Virginia. He did his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system and has been in Richmond, VA working alongside Dr. Akshay Dave at Dominion Eye Associates.

    Dr. Parikh provides a comprehensive list of eye care services, from advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide range of vision problems, to the latest techniques in vision-correction surgery. Dr. Parikh utilizes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to preserve or improve eyesight.

    Available at this new SPN office will be a full range of ophthalmologic services from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures for vision problems such as:

    • Cataracts
    • Corneal disease
    • Diabetic eye disease
    • Glaucoma
    • Laser vision correction
    • Premium lens implants.

    Call to make your appointment today – 434-336-1030.

    About Rishi Parikh, MD

    Fellowship: Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ

    Residencies: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

    Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

    Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH

    Professional Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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  55. CITE Open House is August 2 ***Tomorrow***

    Please note the change of date. This event is actually August 2.

    Plan now to attend the Open House of the Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) on Tuesday, August 2, 2018 at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center at 118 East Danville Street, South Hill, Virginia from 5 to 7 p.m.  Take this opportunity to view the state-of-the-art training laboratory enhancing workforce readiness for jobs in IT.

    The lab offers both high school dual enrollment students and adult evening students the opportunity to train as IT technicians while earning both college credit and the ability to earn CompTIA certifications.

    This field encompasses the application of computers to securely store, study, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data or information, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. The lab simulates the work environment of large data centers such as Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.

    Curriculum is based on a proven program that targets a gap between education supply and occupational demand.  The Career Studies Certificate received upon successful completion is Networking and Computer Support.  It is an 18-hour credit program.

    For information, contact Chad Patton at 434-949-1038.

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