January 2019

  1. Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Thomas

    Visitation Services

    Friday, February 1, 5-7 pm

    Williams Funeral Home

    410 Windosr Avenue

    Lawrenceville, Virginia

    Saturday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.

    Edgerton United Methodist Church

    92 County Pond Rd.

    Lawrenceville, Virginia

    , age 85, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away January 30, 2019.  He is the son of the late Wilbur A. and Bessie O. Thomas and was born and raised in Brunswick County.  He is a Graduate of the University of Richmond and a U. S. Army Veteran.  He was the owner of Brunswick Insurance Agency and was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia.  Gene loved his community and served on many boards such as the Old Brunswick Foundation; the Local Board of Southside Virginia Community College; the SVCC Foundation Board; Lawrenceville Brick Board of Directors; Sovran Bank; the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Greensville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.  Mr. Thomas also served as president for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrenceville Jaycees and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.  He was a member of Edgerton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was a Lay Leader and Finance Chair; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Petersburg District Council.  Gene was a proud Red Cross 8 gallon blood donor and a member of the Spider Club.  He is survived by his sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; six great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Davis and Lois Clary; and his brother, Ran Thomas.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA; University of Richmond Spider Club, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA  23286; Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868; or the Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA  23821.

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  2. Esther Allen

    Visitation Services

    Friday, February, 1, 6-8 pm

    Owen Funeral Home

    303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia


    Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm

    Greensville Memorial Cemetery

    Emporia, Virginia


    Esther Allen, 81, of Emporia, widow of Bubba Allen, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. She is survived by a special friend, Bob Morris; son, Lawrence Allen, Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Lagiglia and husband, Rick; granddaughter, Brandy Ogburn and husband, Eddie; grandson, Jamie Willis and wife, Margie; great-grandchildren; Dylan, E. J. and Jackson Ogburn and Aiden Willis and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite hospice group. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.


  3. Charles M. "Chuck" Rullman

    Visitation Services

    Saturday, February 2, 1 pm

    St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

    1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA

    Saturday, February 2, 2 pm

    St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

    1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA


    Charles (Chuck) M. Rullman, Jr., of Emporia, entered into the life beyond, January 29, after a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; daughter Leah (fiancé Brian) of Hoboken, NJ; sister Peggy (husband Bob) of North Huntington, PA; and brother Don (wife Debbie) of Johnstown, PA.

    A native of Johnstown, he was the son of the late Charles M. Rullman Sr. and Anna Moskal Rullman.  Chuck graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He also earned a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

    Chuck recently retired from the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church and a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Emporia for many years.

    Chuck loved volunteering and helping people, was an avid gardener and steadfast Steeler fan, and greatly enjoyed his two Jack Russells and cats.

    Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Stephen Bocklage officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847

    Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.


  4. Michelle Ashby – VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Year

    Getting a really big surprise twice in one year at your workplace can be disconcerting, just ask Michelle Ashby.

    Michelle was named the Team Member of the Month in October 2018 and was shocked then, but was even more surprised to learn she was named the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Star Service Team Member of the Year for 2018.

    Michelle’s work as a home health nurse earned her the distinction thanks to her interaction with a patient over many weeks.

    “I’ve been in home health for 20 years and it’s great to enjoy what you do and to be honored like this, I just want to thank the patient who nominated me,” she said.

    Her patient was glowing in praise for Michelle’s knowledge, friendliness and efficiency.

    The patient said, “I am an extreme introvert. The thought of someone I don’t know coming into my home was not a good feeling for me. Add to that, not feeling well and just having been through a traumatic emergency surgery and you can guess how apprehensive I was. But we needed help and I could not have had a better experience.”

    She continued, “I never felt like she was rushing to her next home visit even when my questions kept her with me longer than normal. And speaking of normal, she put me at ease many times over my expectations of how long my healing was taking versus how I thought it SHOULD be going. I could ask her absolutely anything health related and knew I would get an honest answer and helpful suggestions.”

    Michelle’s supervisor, Megan Gardner, agreed with the patient about Michelle. “In her short time here at VCU Health CMH, Michelle has touched the lives of many patients within our community. She is always thinking ahead on how to improve organizational processes and is more than willing to go that extra mile for her patients. Michelle is an integral part of our home health and hospice team and our organization as a whole is better because she is a part of it.”

    By earning the Team Member of the Year Award, Michelle received a special gift from VCU Health CMH, a gift certificate for $200 to spend on a getaway and $300 in spending cash. The patient who nominated Michelle learned about her selection as the Team Member of the Year and said, “I’m extremely happy that she received this well-deserved honor.”

    Michelle has been with VCU Health CMH for just over a year. She was recently married to Mike Thomas and Michelle has two children, Daleigh, an RN herself, and Hunter.

    She’s a graduate of Lenoir College in Kenston, NC and resides in the Bracey, VA area.

    Michelle has experienced a major health issue herself. She broke her neck in two places nearly 10 years ago and understands the impact healthcare can have on a person and how the treatment a patient receives makes such a huge difference in their life.

    Other nominees considered for 2018 VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Year were: Erin Davis, Lovellah Ballesteros, Brian Jones, Laure Gill, Bertha Evans, John Watson, Megan Llewallen, Ashley Wray, Patricia Urda, Mildred Waye and Linda Wilkins.


  5. Bill Would Allow ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ for Terminally Ill

  6. Legislators and Victims Plead for Expansions on Distracted Driving Bill

  7. Republicans, Democrats Clash Over ‘Disturbing’ Abortion Bill

  8. New VMFA Exhibit Looks Closely at 17th-Century Life

  9. Legislators Shift Gears to Test Drive ‘Green’ Vehicles

  10. Bill Allowing Removal of Confederate Monuments Dies In House

  11. Legislative Proposals Address Costs of College

  12. Virginia Sports Betting Bills Advance

  13. Panel OKs Rules for Using ‘Dangerous’ Room Dividers at Schools

  14. Northern Virginia Road Projects Get $1 Billion Investment

  15. ERA Supporters to Protest Daily After Resolutions Killed in Va.

  16. Timothy Scott Rice

    Timothy Scott Rice

    A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia.

    Timothy Scott Rice, loving Husband, Father, Son, and Papa, died Saturday January 26.  He was 56.

    A United States Air Force Veteran, Tim was born in Petersburg, the son of James Riley and Elsie W. Rice.  A friend to all he met, Tim was an avid golfer and fisherman,  a devoted driver for Life Star, driving dialysis patients and others for appointments, but mostly he cared for “His Girls”.

    In addition to his parents, Tim is survived by “His Girls”, his loving wife of 33 years Joy Clary Rice, daughter Jenny R. Johnson and her husband Cecil, grandchildren, Olivia Spence, Jax Newton, and Lily Johnson, brother Steve Rice and his wife Wendy, and sister Terri Anderson and her husband Todd, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and very special lifelong friends.

    Services will be announced at a later time.

    Online condolences may be left at www. echolsfuneralhome.com.


  17. State Lawmakers Kill Legislation to Protect Student Journalists

  18. Amid Protest, Legislators Announce 5% Pay Raise for Teachers

  19. Senate OKs Bill to Boost IT Jobs in Southwest Virginia

  20. Panel Kills Ban on Gender-Based Pricing at Dry Cleaners

  21. National Film Festival Makes Stop in Richmond

  22. Care Advantage Hiring Event to be Held on February 7th

    Care Advantage locations, simultaneously across the Commonwealth, are hosting a Hiring Event and Job Fair on Thursday Feb, 7th from 10am-2pm.

    Looking for a new job? Know someone who might need personal care at home? Learn about all our services and training opportunities in one day! Recently voted the BEST Homecare Provider by over 3000 readers of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Care Advantage is the largest privately owned home care provider in the state of Virginia.

    Since we began in 1988, we have ensured our clients have the care and support they need to remain safe, healthy, and happy in their home environment. “Care Advantage is growing and we need to hire amazing caregivers to fulfill the needs in our local communities. We hope to engage our local counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth to let them know in these tough economic times, we are here for you. Our senior community is growing fast and they need care, we are ready to provide them with compassionate, excellent caregivers so they can age in place with dignity.” Said CEO, Tim Hanold.

    Care Advantage is looking for a variety of positions in all aspects of home health care including RNs, CNAs, PCAs, LPNs, office support staff, sales support and more. Please contact your local office or stop by one of our branches to get more information.

    All locations will be hosting a Career Fair & Open House on February 7, 2019 from 10a-2p. Stop by - we'd love to meet you! Or apply online today at https://careadvantageinc.applicantpro.com/jobs/. You can also engage with our facebook event: https://business.facebook.com/events/551061325362380/

    Office locations include:

    Alexandria, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Newport News, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke,  and Staunton, Virginia






  23. Mary Hardin – VCU Health CMH’s New VP of Patient Care Services

    Sometimes you just know what you’re going to do for a career very early on. For Mary Hardin, that job was nursing.

    Mary has been named the new Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, replacing the retiring Ursula Butts. Mary took over for Ursula in December.

    Mary comes from a family of nurses.  Her mother, Joyce Tudor, was a nurse at CMH and area doctor’s offices for years, her brother is a nurse practitioner and her aunt is a nurse. Mary was encouraged by her mom to enter the field and after helping her mom take care of her ill grandmother, Mary knew what she wanted to do.

    “I entered the Brunswick- Lunenburg-Mecklenburg Practical Nursing program at CMH in September 1986,” Mary said. “While in the LPN program, CMH hired nursing students to become nursing assistants and I was hired May 1987 as a nursing assistant on Lower West, aka Skilled Care.”

    Mary was a Licensed Practical Nurse after graduating from the CMH program in 1987 – the program’s 25th class.  Her mother graduated from the very first class. Mary started her additional educational road to becoming a registered nurse in 1989 with Barton College. Mary has a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University.

    Mary was born at the original CMH and is from Bracey, VA. She attended LaCrosse Elementary and then Park View Junior and Senior High Schools.

    She has held quite a few jobs at CMH through the years. She was a nursing assistant on Lower West for five months and once she graduated as an LPN, she worked five years on West, before earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 1992. Mary has been a charge nurse, team leader and a staff nurse through the years, as well as patient care coordinator, nursing supervisor for two years, education coordinator for three years and for the past 20 years, she was the Director of Oncology at the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center. Mary even found time to be an adjunct nursing instructor at Southside Virginia Community College for two years. Hard work has never bothered Mary.

    Mary’s varied experience at CMH made her an ideal candidate for the Vice President of Patient Care Services.

    “We had several qualified candidates for this position, but Mary’s vast experience, demonstrated leadership attributes and the respect she garnered from her co-workers and colleagues made her stand out as our top choice,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

    Mary has a message for the citizens of Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina. “I want the citizens of the community to be able to trust in our care.”  She continued, VCU Health CMH’s nursing mission is to  “deliver safe, effective care that produces outcomes in a manner that allows nurses to leave at the end of the day proud of what they have accomplished, knowing their care has made a difference.”

    And making a difference is very important to Mary Hardin.

    “I can make a difference in serving our patients and families, by inspiring and engaging team members by operating with transparency to sustain our culture of excellence in care,” she said.

    Mary’s management style is that of a servant leader. “I want to be a role model as a leader,” she added.

    Mary feels her last 20 years at CMH have helped prepare her to be an empathetic leader. “I have learned such valuable lessons about life from the oncology patients and their families.  They keep me humble to know life is precious and how important people and relationships are to us.  I have also learned throughout my journey in oncology how important spirituality and faith is for me and for others,” she said.

    There is an adage in health care that the only constant is change, and Mary can cite many examples of change in her career.

    “When I entered into nursing, I wore white uniforms and a cap.  However, it was short lived and transitioned to colored uniforms by 1992.  Wearing gloves to bathe a patient was considered offensive to a patient and of course now our nurses wear gloves for most patient interactions.  So much has changed in 30 years as patients have shorter lengths of stays and the focus is now more on the patient experience,” she added.

    Mary foresees many challenges and changes moving forward as well with reduced government reimbursements, staffing challenges and addressing the nationwide shortage of nurses.

    But one thing is clear, Mary Hardin is ready to face those challenges with a smile and a kind word.

    Mary has been married to Jimmy for the past 26 years and they have twins, Jon and JoBeth. She will be gaining a daughter-in-law this June. In her spare time, Mary enjoys singing and dancing, although she claims not to be a good dancer – just a dancer who enjoys dancing. She’s an active member of South Hill United Methodist, where she is in the choir and leads the children’s music ministry and helps with a teen Bible study.


  24. Virginia Legislators Consider Letting Governors Seek Re-election

  25. Panel OKs Bill Seeking Data on Solitary Confinement

  26. Panel Wants Prisons to Modify Tampon Ban

  27. Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr.

    Visitation Services

    Saturday, January 26, 6-8 pm

    Owen Funeral Home

    303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia

    Sunday, January 27, 2 pm

    Owen Funeral Home

    Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr., 82, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Grizzard; longtime devoted companion, Teny Jones; and brothers, Earl, Elmer, Pete and Frank Grizzard.

    Mr. Grizzard is survived by three sons, John Grizzard (Angela), Benjamin Grizzard, Jr. (Rose), and Kenneth Grizzard; two daughters, Tammy Butler and Kathy Anne Grizzard; nine grandchildren, Nathaniel, Bryanna and Nicholas Grizzard, Ashley and Damon Butler, Joshua and Jason Grizzard, Lara Ellis and Mark Goldsworthy and a number of great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Grizzard and six sisters, Ethel Vick, Alease Braswell, Polly Proctor, Barbara ‘Bobbie” Grizzard, Willie Mae Harris and Diane Smith; sisters-in-law, Grace Grizzard and Earline Grizzard and numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributionss be made to Kindred Hospice, 595 Old Wagner Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

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  28. Virginia Redistricting Amendment Advances to the Senate

  29. William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

    William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

    Graveside Service Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 11 am

    High Hills Cemetery

    Friday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am

    WindsorMeade, Williamsburg, Virginia

    Another from the Greatest Generation has passed: Jan 21, 2019, William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D., at age 91 in Williamsburg, VA, following a brief illness. Known to his friends while growing up in Jarratt, VA, as "Billy-Gid", and otherwise known as William or Bill to others, he was an accomplished pianist and musician from an early age. William organized performing swing bands during his high school years, known as "Billy Batte and his Wings of Rhythm", which carried over into his college years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now Virginia Tech). Obtaining BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, with recognition in the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, graduate studies in Electrical Engineering were performed at the University of Virginia and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Circuitry design) from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. William's notable professional career began at NASA as he was actively recruited to head a team to design and implement satellite tracking stations worldwide in anticipation of project Mercury and putting a man in space. William subsequently became division chief of the Data Reduction computer facility at NASA Langley. After leaving NASA, William became a full professor in Electrical Engineering for computer circuitry design at the University of Virginia. The final phase of his professional career was devoted to his technical consulting company and real estate interests.

    At a personal level, Bill was known to his friends as always the quintessential polite Southern gentleman, kind and gentle, who maintained his wit and dry sense of humor to his final days. He is survived by his son, W. Granville Batte, Jr., M.D., daughter Sharon Kay Batte, and preceded by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Parker Batte, also of Jarratt, VA, brother, John Feild Batte, Jr., and sister Hazel Batte Nelson. Bill and his music will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved him. May he rest in peace.

    Funeral arrangements are through Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA with a graveside service to be held at High Hills Cemetery on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. There will be a memorial service held at WindsorMeade in Williamsburg on February 9 at 9:30 a.m.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  30. Senate Panel Rejects Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

  31. Governor Calls Bipartisan Effort to Clean Coal Ash ‘Historic’

  32. New Redistricting Maps Favor Democrats

  33. Ruth Weimer Tillar

    Ruth Weimer Tillar (1923-2019)

    Visitation Services

    Friday, January 25, 6-8 pm

    Echols Funeral Home, Emporia

    Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm

    First Presbyterian Church of Emporia

    Reseption to follow in Fellowship Hall

    Ruth Weimer Tillar, 95, of Emporia, VA passed away on January 21, 2019 at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center. She was married for 57 years to the late Thomas Cato Tillar, Sr. and is survived by her son Thomas Cato Tillar, Jr. of Blacksburg, VA and daughter Elizabeth Kennedy Tillar of Tamworth, NH. Ruth was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

    Ruth was a 1945 graduate of the College of William & Mary and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was an avid alumna of the College who served as President of the Olde Guarde Alumni Board, established the Ruth Tillar Student Prize, and received recognition for her service with the Alumni Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the William & Mary Alumni Medallion. She was also active with recognition societies at Virginia Tech and Colonial Williamsburg.

    Ruth was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia where she served in various leadership roles. Her many community activities included the Emporia Book Club, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Emporia Rotary, Riparian Women’s Club and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her civic involvement further included the Southern  Regional Medical Center, the Emporia Industrial Development Authority, the Regional Airport Commission, the Civic Center Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Village View Foundation. Earlier in her career she taught high school in Blacksburg and Greensville County, Virginia.

    The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 25th at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia. A funeral service will be held the following day on Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor are encouraged to the College of William & Mary Foundation, Williamsburg, VA 23187.  

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echols funeralhome.com


  34. Instead of Cooking Up Laws, Politicians Enjoy Stew

  35. Young Republicans National Federation Chooses Virginia for National Meeting

  36. Panel OKs Qualifying Drug Offenders for Food Stamps

  37. Panel OKs Bill to Move Virginia Away From Fossil Fuels

  38. Bill Offering Tuition Refunds for Unhealthy Veterans Gets Revised

  39. Northam Details Budget Proposals to Boost Education


    New Safety Approval Sticker Promotes “Move Over” Safety Message

    RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police Safety Division is rolling out a newly-designed vehicle safety approval inspection sticker that now includes a traffic safety message. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, all certified Virginia inspection stations began issuing the sticker which has been reduced from 2.75 inches in height to 2 inches and from 4 inches in length to 3 inches. The year of expiration is now permanently affixed to the right side of the sticker, with the only insert being the month of expiration. Even though the overall size has been reduced, the month has been enlarged to provide better visibility.

    “The change in size is in response to the feedback State Police received from Virginians following the sticker’s relocation to the bottom left corner of the windshield in 2018,” said Captain R.C. Maxey Jr., Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander. “We heard from a number of motorists who had difficulty seeing around the sticker, so we worked to reduce its size to slightly smaller than the average credit card.”

    The sticker’s security features have also been enhanced in order to discourage and prevent unauthorized removal, tampering and counterfeit practices. The changes in size and design do not apply to motorcycle or trailer safety inspection stickers. Vehicle rejection stickers also remain unchanged.

    Another new feature of the inspection sticker enables State Police to reach an estimated 8.2 million motorists annually with a reminder about Virginia’s “Move Over” law. This portion of the sticker is not for display on the front windshield. Instead, it is detached by the inspector and provided to the customer. Virginia’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to move over a lane when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law applies to all vehicles equipped with red, blue and amber lights.

    The placement of the sticker was changed in 2018 from the center of the windshield to the bottom, left corner due to safety concerns related to automotive innovations in recent years. The center placement of the sticker could prevent a vehicle’s crash avoidance system from operating properly.


  41. Senate Panel Kills Bill To Update Law For Same-Sex Parents

  42. Panel Takes Step Toward Legalizing Casino Gambling

  43. Senate Passes Bill To Address Virginia Food Deserts

  44. Voting Along Party Lines, House Subcommittee Kills ERA


    RICHMOND (January 22, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring is warning Virginians who have been furloughed because of the government shutdown, or those who wish to help federal workers, to be vigilant and look out for scams related to the shutdown. Shutdown related scams could include fake employment offers for “side jobs”, predatory lenders taking advantage of temporarily unpaid Virginians, and fake charities that claim to be working on behalf of federal workers.
    “As the government shutdown enters its fifth week, it is important for Virginians, especially those who work for the Federal Government, to be vigilant and pay close attention to potential scams,” said Attorney General Herring. “Unfortunately, individuals will capitalize on federal workers’ vulnerabilities and lack of income during this time and try and take advantage of them. People who are affected by the government shutdown have enough to worry about and should not also have to worry about a scammer preying on them. My consumer protection team and I will continue to do all we can to protect Virginians from getting ripped off and taken advantage of.”
    Virginians are encouraged to remember the following tips during the Federal Government shutdown:
    Fake Employment Offers
    • Be wary of emails that appear to be from major retailers offering positions at local stores unless you've applied for a position, use caution when proceeding.
    • Cross reference any emails with the company's website to see if they have openings.
    • Watch out for imposters using the names of real employees at legitimate businesses.
    • Be wary of interviews conducted through Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime.
    • If using sites like Craigslist to find a job, use the "too good to be true" rule of thumb. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here are a few warning signs to look for:
    • High pay rates for simple tasks
    • Receiving a Job offer without an interview
    • Requesting up-front payments and personal information
    • Contact information and address are missing and an online search doesn't turn up the company's name   
    • Never provide your Social Security number or personal information unless you are certain the company and job offer are legitimate.
    • Most legitimate companies do not ask for personal information over email or by unsolicited phone call.
    • Never reply to a suspicious email or provide personal information to an unsolicited phone call.
    Predatory Lending
    • Familiarize yourself with the risks associated with small-dollar loans including payday, auto title, open-end, and online loans, and understand your rights when taking out one of these potentially risky loans.
    • Payday Loans
    • Limitations on interest and other fees—Interest on a payday loan is generally capped at 36% annually. Lenders may not charge more than 20% of the loan proceeds as a loan fee, and may only charge a $5 verification fee for checking the state’s payday loan database prior to issuing a loan. For a one-month loan of $500, the total APR will be 288%.
    • Length of loans—The term of a payday loan must be at least twice the borrower’s pay cycle so they have a better chance of repaying it. After that time, lenders cannot charge interest of more than 6% per year.
    • Loan amount—Lenders cannot loan more than $500 to a borrower. 
    • Number of loans—Lenders cannot issue more than one loan at a time to a borrower.
    • Number of loans in a 180-day period—If a borrower receives and pays off 5 payday loans in a 180-day period, there is a mandatory 45-day cooling off period when a lender cannot issue another loan to that borrower.
    • Loans to military personnel—Lenders cannot make a payday loan to a borrower who is a member of the armed forces or one of his or her dependents.
    • Auto Title Loans
    • Interest—Title lenders can charge interest based on the following sliding scale:
    • 22% per month on the first $700 in principal;
    • 18% per month on any amount above $700 up to $1,400; and
    • 15% per month on any amount above $1,400.  
    • For a one-month loan of $500, the total APR of the loan will be 264%.
    • Length of a loan— The loan term must be between 120 days (four months) and one year. 
    • Number of loans—Only one loan may be issued at a time to each borrower, or on each title.
    • Amount of loan—The amount loaned cannot exceed 50% of the value of the vehicle. 
    • Post-repossession protections—After default, a lender generally may only repossess the vehicle. They cannot continue to charge interest on the loan.
    • Loans to military personnel—Lenders cannot make a title loan to a borrower who is a member of the armed forces or one of his or her dependents.
    • Open-End Credit Plan Loans
    • Lenders are increasingly exploiting a loophole and steering borrowers towards open-end credit plans that afford borrowers very few consumer protections and can expose borrowers to unlimited interest rates.
    • These loans can be offered by both online and brick-and-mortar lenders, often using phrases like “line of credit” and “cash advance.”
    • While open-end credit loans might look like more traditional loans, open-end credit lines can stay open for an unlimited amount of time and lenders can often charge unlimited interest.
    • One of the few consumer protections in this area is a 25-day “grace period” during which the borrower has an opportunity to pay off the loan without interest or other finance charges, but once the 25-day grace period expires, a lender can charge an unlimited interest rate.
    • Online Loans
    • Online loans are generally subject to Virginia’s “usury statutes” which limits them to a 12% interest rate. If the interest rate is higher than 12% you should avoid taking out a loan and report the lender to Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section.
    • Be wary of closed-end installment lenders that operate online and make loans to Virginia consumers because they are not required to be licensed by the SCC under current law.
    • Alternatives to Predatory Loans
    • Before obtaining a potentially predatory loan from a non-traditional lender, consumers should consider their other alternatives.
    • Traditional lenders—See if you can meet your needs through a traditional lender such as a bank, credit union, or consumer finance company, which typically will have a longer term and lower interest rates. Even if it is a small amount, a community bank or credit union may be willing to loan you the money you need.
    • Credit card cash advance—If you have a traditional credit card with remaining credit available, obtain a credit card cash advance, which will often have a lower interest rate than that offered by a payday or motor vehicle title lender.
    • Negotiation with creditors and companies—If you need money because you are having temporary trouble keeping up with routine bills, speak with your creditors, explain the financial difficulties you are having, and see if they will let you enter into a payment plan to take care of what you owe them.   
    • Personal connections—Consider whether you can get a temporary loan from family, friends, your congregation or place of worship, or a local charity.
    • Military options—If you are in the military, check with the applicable military aid society to see if they have any financial assistance programs that could be of use.
    • Authorized overdraft—Some banks will allow an authorized overdraft that may be preferable to taking out a risky loan that could saddle you with debt for months or years. If you utilize this option, be sure you understand the associated limitations, rates, or penalties.
    Charitable Donations
    • Only give to charities and fundraisers you can confirm are reliable and legitimate. Scrutinize charities with consumer advocates or friends and find out how much of your donation will go to the charity's programs and services.
    • Be especially cautious if you do not initiate the contact with the charity.
    • Do not be pressured into giving. Legitimate organizations will not expect you to contribute immediately.
    • Ask for written information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number. Legitimate organizations will give you materials about the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax-deductible. Just because a "charity" has a tax identification number does not mean your contribution is tax-deductibl
    • Avoid cash donations. Make checks payable to the charitable organization and not to an individual collecting a donation. For security and tax record purposes, you may wish to pay by credit card.
    • If a charity is soliciting contributions in Virginia, verify its registration with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at (804) 786-1343, or by searching OCRP's Charitable Organization Database online: http://cos.va-vdacs.com/cgi-bin/char_search.cgi
    • While a legitimate charity should be registered with OCRP to solicit contributions in Virginia, registration alone does not mean that the organization will be effective in aiding people affected by the government shutdown.

    Many localities in Northern Virginia have centralized resources for residents who are impacted by the Federal Shutdown.
    Since 2014, Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $273 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators. Following a major reorganization and enhancement in 2016, the OAG’s Consumer Protection Section has been even more effective in fighting for the rights of Virginians.
    If you think you have been a victim of a scam, you should contact Attorney General Herring's Consumer Protection Section to file a complaint or to get additional information about any consumer protection related matter:

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  46. Event Promotes Racial Reconciliation on Virginia’s 400th Anniversary

  47. Citizens Advocate for Gun Control from Both Sides at the Capitol

  48. Senate Kills Bill to Raise Minimum Wage in a Party-Line Vote

  49. Jackson-Feild Promotes Johnnie McKeller

    Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Johnnie C. McKeller has been named Director of Education for the Gwaltney School effective January 17, 2019. McKeller began teaching at the Gwaltney School in 2009, and had been serving as the acting director since July 1, 2018.

    A resident of Franklin, McKeller earned his undergraduate degree from Longwood University, and his Master’s degree from Cambridge College.  He has been an educator since 2005 in a variety of capacities with several school divisions in North Carolina and Virginia. He also has been a coach for baseball, football, wrestling, track & field, and basketball.

    McKeller is well liked and respected by the students as well as his colleagues, and his promotion has been well-received. With infectious enthusiasm, McKeller is a visionary who constantly seeks to improve himself and the Gwaltney School.




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  50. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for December, 2018

    Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Erin Davis, Registered Nurse in Acute Care, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for December.  There to congratulate Erin was Mary Hardin, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director.  Erin has been employed at VCU Health CMH for three and a half 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, “Erin has completed an extensive amount of work in the field of palliative care and her passion for this area of work is evident.  She has collaborated with the VCU Palliative Care Department to search out the feasibility of a palliative care program at VCU Health CMH.”  “Erin is all about patient care and this is just another example of that.”

    In addition to the award certificate, Erin 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.

    Erin resides in Henrico, NC on Lake Gaston.


  51. Lobbying ‘Day of Action’ Brings Hundreds to Richmond

  52. Virginia Senate committee votes to legalize guns in churches

  53. School Safety Bills Are Up for Final Approval in House

  54. Alvin Lear Lucy

    Alvin Lear Lucy, age 91, of Dolphin, VA passed away January 20, 2019.  He is the son of the late Elbert and Grace Lucy.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a Brunswick Stew Master.  He was also a member of the Central Ruritan Club for years.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Johnson Lucy; his son, Alvin Earl Lucy; Baby Boy Lucy; his son-in-law, Freddie Reekes; and his brother, Harold Lucy.  He is survived by his daughter, Peggy L. Reekes; his son, Michael Lucy and wife Susan; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and his brother, Carlton Lucy.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Liberty Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868 or Liberty Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA  23843. 

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  55. Thousands March on Washington Despite Controversy

  56. Senate Votes to Repeal Racist "Jim Crow" Wage Law

  57. Senate Agrees Not to Ask Job Applicants About Criminal History

  58. Democratic-Socialist Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Right-to-Work Law

  59. Apply Now for meherrin Regional Governor's School

    The 2019 Meherrin Summer Regional Governor’s School sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education for identified gifted students in the General Intellectual Aptitude area in current grades 4-7 will be held at the Greensville County High School on July 8-11 and 15-18, 2019. Participating counties include Greensville, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Southampton, and Sussex. For more information, contact the local gifted education coordinator, Brenda Matthews at Greensville Elementary 434-336-0907 Application Deadline – February 22, 2019

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  60. Governor and Others Vow to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights

  61. Bipartisan Group Launches Initiative for Racial Reconciliation

  62. Some Energy Donors Gave Democrats More Than Republicans

  63. Senate Panel Kills Stricter Seat-belt Law

  64. New Takeout Food Concept in Scott’s Addition

  65. Panel OKs Bill to Restrict Tethering Animals

  66. Poor People’s Campaign Delivers Demands to Legislators

  67. Richmond Public Schools Rallies Community with Advocacy Training during GA session

  68. Senate Panel Kills Bill Designating Election Day as a Holiday

  69. Bipartisan Support Behind Bills to Curb Distracted Driving

  70. Bill Seeks Insurance Coverage for More Virginians with Autism



    (SOUTH HILL, VA, DECEMBER 2018) – March of Dimes Virginia has awarded a grant to CMH Women’s Health Services, a practice of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, to support Centering Pregnancy Group Prenatal Care, aimed at serving maternal and child health needs here in Southside Virginia. This program will serve pregnant women in our area by providing prenatal care in a group setting that facilitates interaction and discussion and allows women to be more involved in their care. Centering Pregnancy has been shown to have an array of benefits for moms who participate, including lowering the occurrence of preterm birth and low birth weights.

    This grant is one of many that March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.  This grant is made possible through a partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

    “We will use the March of Dimes grant to help meet our objective to expand our Centering program, which allows us to offer quality group prenatal care to expecting moms in our area,” said Terry Wootten, Certified Nurse Midwife at CMH Women’s Health Services.  “We are grateful to those in our community who support March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways.  That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” she said.

    CMH Women’s Health Services reinstated the CenteringPregnancy program in January of 2017. In November of that same year, we moved to a brand new hospital with a Labor and Delivery unit and, since then, have delivered more than 170 babies. It is our goal to provide the women in our area with the support they need to have a healthy pregnancy and birth experience.

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  72. Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant

    Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant, 93, of Jarratt, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, J. Linwood Grant and her brother, Edward “Pete” Harrell. Mrs. Grant taught fourth grade for 41 years with the Sussex County School System and she considered all of her students “her babies”. She was a longtime member of High Hills Baptist Church serving in many capacities including teaching Sunday School for over 30 years. She and Linwood worked together through the years in numerous civic organizations and countless projects to better the community.

    Mrs. Grant is survived by a sister-in-law, Peggy Harrell; nieces, Rhonda Harrell, Alison Reickard, Alice Whitby (Dennis), Suzanne Ivey, Alicia Milam (Bob) and Ann Marie Taylor; nephew, Curtis Barnes (Sherry) and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

    The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. The funeral service will be held graveside 1 p.m. Friday, January 18 at High Hills Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  73. Immigrant Advocates Bash Bill Blocking ‘Sanctuary Cities’

  74. Panel Kills Bill to Shield Older Kids from Secondhand Smoke

  75. Virginia Legislators Seek Refund for Utility Customers

  76. Legislators Introduce Journalist Protections

  77. Bill Would Exempt Mentally Ill from Death Penalty

  78. Democrats’ Priorities: LGBT Rights, Environment, $15 Minimum Wage

  79. Lawmakers Call for Improvements in Foster Care

  80. Lake Gaston Booker’s Club Donates Books To Jackson-Feild

    For eighteen of their thirty years in existence, members of the Lake Gaston Bookers Club have been donating books to Jackson-Feild.  Last month, just in time for the holidays, the members donated a number of books to the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS).

    At the request of the Bookers Club, faculty and staff at JFBHS provided a list of titles that appeal to the residents.  Several members of the Bookers Club visited the JFBHS campus and presented the books to school staff. The books are housed in the school library, and are available to students through a typical library check-out system.

    Over the years, the Bookers Club has hosted other events and activites depending upon the needs and interests of the children. The Gwaltney School students enjoy reading, and are most grateful to the club members for their kindness in donating books that satisfy their reading appetites.

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  81. Virginia Lawmakers Eye Paid Family Leave

  82. Minimum Wage Boost, Backed by Women’s Groups, Passes Committee

  83. Rally Urges Legislators to Reinstate Parole in Virginia

  84. Lawmakers Tout Plan for Casinos in Bristol, Danville and Portsmouth

  85. General Assembly to Consider Legalizing Sports Betting

  86. Live-Streaming Fosters Transparency in the General Assembly

  87. Dual Enrollment Opens Diverse Doors

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    At the end of the last school year, in addition to their high school diplomas, 741 graduating seniors received credentials from Southside Virginia Community College. Awards included 287 Associate Degrees, 300 Career Study Certificates, and 154 other Certificates documenting the completion of job readiness training. These achievements were made possible through collaborative dual enrollment partnerships with 14 public and private high schools across SVCC’s service region.

    Dual enrollment programs offer students an opportunity to get an early start on postsecondary education pursuits. For students in transfer associate degree programs or enrolled in courses designed to satisfy general education requirements at senior institutions, dual enrollment credits can shorten the time required to complete a bachelor’s degree, resulting in tuition cost savings. For students with plans to enter the workforce in technical areas, dual enrollment offers a chance to receive training necessary to pursue more advanced opportunities, enter apprenticeships, and embark on career pathways with family-sustaining earnings.

    Standards adopted by the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges safeguard the quality and rigor of college courses offered to high school students. These rules ensure that high school students meet the same academic challenges faced by on-campus college students and that the students be held accountable to the same criteria of achievement. In addition, instructors who teach college-level courses to high school students must hold the same qualifications as instructors who teach older college students.

    Brent Richey, Chair of the Mecklenburg County School Board, says “The dual enrollment partnership between Mecklenburg County Schools and Southside Virginia Community College offers our students a wide range of higher education opportunities. Some students will complete a degree, certificate, or industry-recognized certificate that they can use to move immediately into the workforce, while others take their credits with them as they matriculate at a university. It also provides the rigor needed to give Mecklenburg County a talented and well-qualified workforce, which helps us attract new industries to our area.”

    Shanley Childress Dorin, a dual enrollment (DE) instructor at Kenston Forest School, says her work with college-bound students equips them for success. “As an instructor I try to prepare my students for college life. Students leave a DE class with college credits and a glimpse into meeting college deadlines, learning various teaching styles, and mastering time management.”

    The Commonwealth of Virginia first opened the door to dual enrollment opportunities in 1988. Since that time, course offerings have expanded to provide young adults with multiple pathways to achieve wide-ranging academic goals. SVCC’s most recent Annual Report highlights the diverse successes made possible through collaborative partnerships between the college and regional high schools. For more information about dual enrollment or to view the Annual Report, visit the college’s website at http://southside.edu/parallel-pathways-svcc-annual-report

    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 al.roberts@southside.edu.

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  88. Herring Chastises Panel for Rejecting Hate Crime Bill

  89. Advocates Seek More Access to Medical Marijuana

  90. Hundreds March For Women and Minority Rights in Richmond

  91. Database Chronicles 400 Years of Virginia House of Delegates

  92. Library hosts National Seed Swap Day Event

    Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier? How would you like to grow your own vegetables and herbs, maybe even just plant some new flowers? The Meherrin Regional Library will be kicking off its brand new Seed Exchange Library Program with a celebration of National Seed Swap Day. Visit the Brunswick or Richardson Library  to register for the program, pick out your seeds, and speak to Master Gardeners about how to start your very own garden. Planting and harvesting information will be available for the seeds that the library currently has to offer. You can even bring your own seeds to share with others. This event is open to all ages. Crafts will be available for younger participants. The event will be held at the Richardson Memorial Library on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and at the Brunswick County Library on Monday, January 28th from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Visit www.meherrinlib.org or call  434-634-2539 or 434-848-2418 to learn more.

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  93. Before Legislative Session, a Serving of Eggs and a Prayer for Civility

  94. Conservative Activists Urge Lawmakers to Reject ERA

  95. General Assembly Members Ask DOT for Toll Freeze for Federal Workers Affected by the Government Shutdown

  96. Wayne E. Wilson

    Wayne E. Wilson, 53, passed away Friday, January 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Stryker Cole Wilson, Special Father, Willis Ray “Punk” Walton and his brother, Charles Wilson.

    Wayne leaves behind to celebrate his life: his wife of 37 years, Melanie; daughter, Ashley; son, Anthony (Rachel); granddaughter, Camilla; Special Mother, Shirly Walton; sister-in-law, Melinda Greene (Marty) and a number of nephews and cousins.

    Wayne worked as a millwright and crane operator with Fulghum Fibres/Price Fibres. He was a loyal “Company Man” and thought of his co-workers as family. Though he didn’t have a long life; he lived it to the fullest and loved the simple, old ways. He enjoyed just cooking a hog on the grill and spending time with his family and friends enjoying good food and sitting around the fire shooting the breeze. Wayne loved farming; watching things grow and caring for God’s creation; talking about his Lord and giving away Bibles to people he thought the Word would help. Everything Wayne did was for his wife and children.

    The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

    In accordance with his wishes, a private interment will follow the chapel service and a celebration of life will be held in the spring.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns/Manville Clubhouse Project, P.O. Box 336, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  97. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Governor’s Address

  98. Amendment to Restore Felon Voting Rights Dies Along Party Lines

  99. Faculty Members Lobby Legislators on Higher Education Issues

  100. Lawmakers Seek Information on Prisoner Segregation

  101. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

    Community Out-Reach Education

    South Hill – Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is all about improving patient outcomes and speeding up recovery following surgery.  Having an operation can be both physically and emotionally stressful.  After hip and knee replacement, the enhanced recovery program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital helps to make sure patients receive the right education before surgery while getting them up and moving shortly after their operation so that they can retain their independence and recover more quickly.  What is ERAS?  How can ERAS help after surgery?

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

    This FREE program will be on Thursday, January 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

    The speaker for the program with be Dr. Niraj Kalore.  Dr. Kalore is an Orthopedic Surgeon that specializes in joint replacement and preservation, arthroscopic and minimally invasive treatments of sports injuries and other problems involving hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.  Dr. Kalore practices at CMH Orthopedic Services, located in the C.A.R.E Building at VCU Health CMH.

    Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0917 or visitwww.vcu-cmh.org. All attendees with have a chance to win door prizes!

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  102. December 2018 SVCC Truck Driving Graduates

    Southside Virginia Community College celebrated another successful class at the Pickett Park site in Blackstone on December 13, 2018.  They are (Front Row: L-R) Martin Ahrens (Midlothian), Warren Branch (Church Road), Gregory Brown (Cullen), Melvin Cabrera (Meherrin), Tim Reavis (Blackstone). (Back L-R)  Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Christopher Kennon (Farmville), James Baskerville (Lawrenceville), Reggie White (Instructor) and Duncan Quicke, Truck Driver Training School Coordinator.

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  103. Teachers Highlight School Funding as Priority for Legislators

  104. ERA Clears Senate Committee, Faces Uncertainty in House

  105. Virginia Black Caucus Unveils Legislative Priorities

  106. Legislators Outline Plans for Expanding Mental Health Services

  107. Gov. Northam Backs Plan to Fund I-81 Improvements with Tolls

  108. Air Board Approves Permit for Buckingham Compressor Station

  109. K. Wayne Kei

    K. Wayne Kei, 72, of Emporia, VA died January 5, 2019, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.

    Mr. Kei was born in Emporia, VA the son of the late, Johnny Kei and Helen Jones Kei. He was a retired engineer with Philip Morris International  and original member of the Electras Band.

    Surviving are: his wife, Patsy Anderson Kei; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Sally the beagle.

    Graveside services will be held in Emporia Cemetery, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating.

    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echols funeralhome.com

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  110. Roger Wayne Clary

    Roger Wayne Clary, died Friday, January 4, 2019. He was 74.

    A native of Brunswick County, Virginia, Roger, a retired construction superintendent and member of Faymont Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC was the son of the late Preston M. Clary and Thurlan C. Baird Clary. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved son; Brian Trent Clary, brothers; Preston B. Clary and Howard M. Clary, his sisters; Evelyn Marie Dorman, Kay Justice, and Phyllis Ann Clary.

    Roger is survived by his loving wife, Eileen Hallingshead Clary, brother; Ray Justice and his wife Nancy of Gasburg, VA, sister; Delaine Wilkey of Marietta, SC.

    Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral and Cremation Chapel with Rev. James Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 until Service time at the Funeral Home.

    Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

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  111. Democratic Legislators on Gun Violence: ‘It’s Common Sense’

  112. Legislators Discuss Evictions, Schools and Other Issues With Constituents

  113. Gov. Northam Touts Bills on Voting Rights and Campaign Financing

  114. Prison Reform Advocates Want Data on Solitary Confinement

  115. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Donates Needed Funds to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit/Child Advocacy Center

    Emporia, VA – For some in our community, leaving abuse could mean homelessness. During this holiday season, the staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) helped support those brave individuals in our community who left abusive situations. Donations from “Denim Day Fridays” in the amount of $340 was gifted to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit/Child Advocacy Center (FVSAU)

    Throughout November, SVRMC staff participated in “Denim Day Fridays.” By donating $5 and wearing jeans on Friday’s, staff members showed their support for local families in need. All donations from November’s “Denim Day Fridays” will be used to help those assisted by (FVSAU) including rent, electricity, groceries and clothing.

    FVSAU offers a range of services for both adults and children whom are victims of domestic violence and sexual violence in the Emporia/Greensville, Brunswick and Sussex area. Services provided include 24-hour confidential support hotline, legal referrals, assistance with protection orders, access to shelter 24 hours per day to victims of domestic violence who are in imminent danger, ongoing support and information, court accompaniment, transportation, education, medical advocacy and referrals. To learn more about the center call the Emporia location at 434-348-0100 or the Brunswick location at 434-848-2142.

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  116. Rep. McEachin Cosponsors Democratic Priority H.R. 1 – ‘For the People Act’

    H.R. 1 includes language derived from Rep. McEachin’s ‘Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018’ and ‘Election Day Holiday Act’

    WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) proudly co-sponsored H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019” – a Democratic legislative priority that includes voter protection and access language derived from two bills he co-introduced in the 115th Congress.

    H.R. 1 includes voter protection language derived from Rep. McEachin's “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018,” co-introduced with Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), and voter access language derived from “Election Day Holiday Act,” co-introduced with Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18).

    “No person should be deceived as they seek to cast their vote in an election, and all those who wish to vote should have the time they need to do just that. Our democracy depends on the involvement of our citizens, and the right to vote is the most basic form of participation,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Democrats are and have been committed to making it easier for the American people to exercise their right to vote. Just this past November, we saw well-documented election fraud in a North Carolina congressional race. We must pass federal legislation that will ensure security and integrity in our elections and make it easier for Americans to participate in our democracy.”

    Congressman McEachin is proud to see language from his bills included in the sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms to be passed in the Democratic-led House of Representatives.


    As introduced in the 115th Congress, the “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018” (H. R. 6607) aims to prohibit disinformation regarding elections—including disinformation about political endorsements or an individual’s eligibility to vote—and it would forbid intentional efforts to “hinder, interfere with, or prevent another person from voting, registering to vote, or aiding another person to vote or register to vote.” Violators would face a fine of up to $100,000, a prison sentence of up to 5 years, or both. The bill would also empower the Attorney General to take corrective action in the face of disinformation campaigns, and it would enable those affected by such campaigns to seek preventive relief in federal court.

    As introduced in the 115th Congress, the “Election Day Holiday Act” (H. R. 6880) would require the federal government to treat Election Day as a holiday and urge private employers to do the same.

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  117. Food and Toy Distribution A Success

    On December 21, 2018 a distribution of toys, food and gift cards were given out to approximately 125 needy families in Emporia. The event was sponsored by Pastor Lori Hovey from WorldCare Relief Ministry in conjunction with Food Lion, Toys for Tots, The Emporia Social Services Department and many businesses from the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

    Over 700 pounds of food including turkeys were distributed along with toys and 25 Food Lion gift cards. The event was held at the Emporia Food Lion and volunteers from the store and the Department of Social Services assisted pastor Lori Hovey to help make the event a great success.



  118. Robert “Bobby” Luther Lewis


    Robert “Bobby” Luther Lewis, age 70, of Dolphin, VA passed away January 3, 2019.  He is preceded in death by his father, John “Achie” Harman Lewis, Sr.; his brother, Billy Lewis; and his sister, Beverly Jackson.  He is survived by his mother, Mable Temple Lewis; his children, Chad Lewis and wife P.C., Curt Lewis and wife Patti, and Wendy Glasscock; his grandchildren, Lindsey Lambert, Nicholas Glasscock, Harley Jones, Kurt Velvin, Megan Lewis and Mallory Lewis; his great grandchildren, Mason and Zach Lambert; his brothers, John H. “Buddy” Lewis, Jr. and Barron Lewis and wife Melissa; his brother-in-law, Larry Jackson; and numerous nephews.  A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Church Cemetery, Dolphin, VA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Church Cemetery Fund c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA  23843.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

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  119. Carlton A. Rae

    Carlton A. Rae, 73, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. He was the son of the late John M. and Dorothy H. Rae and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tracy Diane Rae; sister, Ann Harrison and two brothers, Jackie “Goose” Rae and Howard Rae.

    Carlton is survived by his devoted companion, Sue Maitland; daughter, Kim Rae (Scott); son, Mike Rae (Bobbie Jo); three grandchildren, Katie Rae, Hunter Rae and Tyler Rae; sister, Jane Barrows; brother, Wayne Rae (Sandra) and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Emporia/Greensville Humane Society or to Purdy Baptist Church.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  120. Women’s Prison Must Improve Medical Care, Judge Says

    By Daniel Berti, Capital News Service

    A federal judge has ruled that the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women is in violation of a federal court order mandating basic medical care — nearly a year and a half after the high-profile death of an inmate.

    Deanna Niece died of cardiac arrest in her cell at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on July 25, 2017, after several unmet requests for medical assistance that same day, according to the prison.

    Niece is one of four prisoners who died of preventable deaths at the prison since 2016, U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon found. Legal advocates for the women say their deaths reflect a pattern of inadequate medical care at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.

    "In sum, the medical treatment these women received was neither timely nor appropriate, and their deaths illustrate the danger of not having appropriate medical equipment on hand," Moon wrote.

    On Wednesday, Judge Moon concluded that the Virginia Department of Corrections and FCCW had violated the terms of a 2016 settlement agreement that required the agency to implement medical care reforms at the prison.

    “The record shows that VDOC’s and FCCW’s own officials had — by their own admission — actual knowledge that FCCW was not complying with parts of the Settlement Agreement,” Moon said.

    The court determined that the facility’s medical team had remained understaffed and that, as of January 2018, the shortage of nurses at the prison had actually gotten worse since the settlement agreement took effect in 2016.

    The report also alleges that FCCW failed to improve access to medical equipment for medical personnel, which was relevant in Niece’s death.

    “In the last minutes of Niece’s life, as she choked and bled from her mouth, neither a stretcher, nor oxygen, nor suction equipment was readily available,” Moon wrote.

    Additionally, the court’s findings showed that the facility’s medical staff failed to appropriately supply and administer medications to prisoners. The plaintiffs documented several occasions in which medical staff failed to reorder medications before they ran out because of incorrect charting or record-keeping, and in some cases, “by nurses not even knowing how to reorder medications.”

    Prison officials argued that they were unable to carry out the obligations set forth in the settlement agreement because the language was too “subjective” and unclear. That argument earned a rebuke from Moon, who wrote, “The Settlement Agreement does not condone lollygagging.”

    “Women at FCCW have died in the months and years after approval of the Settlement Agreement,” Moon added.

    Lisa Kinney, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said that the court had declined to find the department in contempt and would not impose civil penalties.

    “VDOC has continued to work to provide appropriate medical care to inmates during the pendency of the lawsuit,” Kinney said.

    The court has ordered the prison to fulfill a number of requirements to remedy its breach of the settlement agreement, however.

    FCCW will be required to have 78 nursing-equivalents on staff and ready access to medical equipment such as backboards for carrying patients and suction machines in all FCCW buildings. The order will also require nurses “to be trained on how to reorder medications, as well as identify and respond to signs of cardiovascular or pulmonary problems.”

    The settlement agreement was the outcome of a yearslong legal battle that began in 2012 when prisoners at FCCW filed suit against the VDOC for failing to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners.

    Inmates then filed a motion of contempt in September 2017, claiming that medical care at FCCW had not improved since the settlement was reached.

    The plaintiffs’ attorney, Shannon Ellis, said that serious medical misdiagnosis and preventable deaths were ongoing in the years after the settlement agreement was reached.

    “Wednesday’s ruling is an important victory for the women who have suffered for years at FCCW,” Ellis said. “This decision is important not only for the women at FCCW, but because it lays bare the terrible human, financial, and legal costs of Virginia’s current practice of over-incarceration across the state.”


  121. Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson

    Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson, 46, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019. She is survived by her devoted and beloved companion, Ronnie Coleman; two daughters, Haley Nicole Hopson and Lauren Kelly Hopson; sisters, Karen Geiger, Priscilla Wiggins, Sandy Pond and Lynne Pond; brothers, Mac McAllister and Ricky Miller; the father of her children, Kenneth Hopson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  122. Advocates Seek Funding to Help Virginians with Disabilities

  123. Legislators Host Town Hall for Henrico Constituents

  124. Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin

    Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin passed away on January 1, 2019. She was born in Greensville County On August 24, 1918, the daughter of Joseph and Daisy Newsome Bowen. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her first husband, Garland M. Malone and her second husband , Carl W. Gauldin, Sr., sons Garland Lee Malone and Carl W. Gauldin, Jr., daughter-in-law, Maxine Phillips Malone, as well as two brothers and eight sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie G. McWilliams (Peter) of Durham, NC, grandchildren Robin McWilliams of Raleigh, NC, Allison McWilliams of Winston-Salem, NC, Cathy Malone Adcock (Jim) of Tifton, GA, Lee Malone (Rose) and Chris Malone (Belinda) of Chesapeake, VA, Timothy  Gauldin Crawley (Stephanie) of Raleigh, NC, former daughters-in-law, Peggy Gauldin Crawley and Joyce Malone Spears, six great grandchildren as well as one sister, Nellie Roberts of Blackstone, VA, and one sister-in-law, Marie Bowen of Emporia, VA, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

    Early in her life she enjoyed sewing, making most of her daughter’s clothing, working in her flower and vegetable gardens and helping out on the family farm. She grew up and was baptized at Independence Methodist Church. As an adult, she moved to Brunswick County and became a member of James Square Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years. Upon moving back to Emporia about twenty years ago, she became a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or New Century Hospice.

    Visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m on Saturday January 5, 2019 in Echols Funeral  Home’s Chapel, followed by a funeral service.

    A graveside service will be held at 1:00P.M. at Crestview Cemetery, in La Crosse, VA.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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  125. Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

    On behalf of Governor Northam, Bernadette Battle was appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board for a term of three years retroactive to November 1, 2017, and ending October 31, 2020.

    Governor Northam is focused on building a Commonwealth that works better for all people, no matter who they are or where they live. During your term, you will assist the Governor in solving real problems real people face.

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
    Secretariat of the Commonwealth Board Appointments

    State Historical Records Advisory Board

    • Bernadette Battle of Emporia, Dean for Student Success, Southside Virginia Community College

    The entire article can be found here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2018/november/headline-836773-en.html

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