Driver Succumbs to Injuries from August 29 Crash

On August 29, 2021, the Virginia State Police investigated a single vehicle crash with injuries in Greensville County. The driver of a 2003 Nissan Altima, Onazty Vargas, 21 year old female, was traveling on Pine Log Road, south of Brink Road, when she lost control, ran off the roadway and struck a culvert pipe. Upon striking the culvert pipe, the vehicle overturned and ejected Vargas. Vargas was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. Vargas suffered life threatening injuries and was taken to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. On September 14, 2021, Vargas had succumbed to her injuries sustained from the crash. Vargas was from Garysburg, North Carolina, and notification was made to family members.

McEachin & Spanberger to Host Virtual Joint Service Academy Day

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) announced details for their upcoming virtual Service Academy Day, in which high school students from Virginia’s Fourth and Seventh Congressional Districts will be able to meet with representatives from various U.S. Service Academies and learn more about the Academy nomination process.

“Every year, I am impressed by the young men and women who are eager to serve

to serve their country,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “I am excited to once again host this Service Academy Day with Congresswoman Spanberger. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about these esteemed military academies and the incredible education and professional opportunities they provide. I strongly encourage interested students to attend, and I look forward to seeing the very best and brightest students and their families.”

“One of the greatest honors I have as a U.S. Representative is nominating outstanding young Virginians as candidates to our nation’s service academies. The sheer number of applicants, the caliber of students, and the clear dedication to excellence has been remarkable each nomination cycle. This event will be a terrific opportunity for students and their parents to learn more about the application and nomination process,” said Rep. Spanberger (VA-07). “Public service is truly our nation’s highest calling, and I am so proud of the Central Virginia students who are committed to serving their fellow Americans. I look forward to engaging with many Central Virginia students throughout this process, and I would like to thank the representatives from each of the U.S. service academies for giving their time and joining this presentation.”

Details for the virtual Joint Service Academy Day are as follows:

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am ET
  • WHERE: This information session will be held virtually. Interested students can RSVP here.

The five U.S. Service Academies include: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S.  Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Nominations to U.S. Service Academies can be made by the President, Vice President, or a Member of Congress. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

Re-Elect Delegate Roslyn Tyler to represent the 75th District

The leaders of Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance have been asked many times how we decide to support the candidates we choose to endorse. It is easy to say “We support those who have supported us”, but often it is just that simple. If an incumbent( such as Delegate Roslyn Tyler) has consistently voted to support the values of rural Virginia, especially in the defense of the tradition of hunting with dogs, they deserve to be supported.

We have been fortunate to have many friends in the Virginia General Assembly who have honored our hunting traditions and defended dog ownership. It is vitally important to have representatives from both parties support us. There is no better example of this than the fight to end the Right-To-Retrieve law (RTR) in the 2017 Session of the General Assembly with Delegate Roslyn Tyler.

The Republican Speaker surprisingly filed a bill (HB 1900) to end the RTR as the last bill of his legislative career. The Bill divided the Republican caucus, as many did not want to oppose their longtime leader and friend, while other members knew the importance of the RTR to rural Virginia both culturally and economically.

At this point, Delegate Roslyn Tyler from Jarratt took up the fight of her friends and hunters to defend the RTR on the floor of the House of Delegates. In an impassioned speech, Mrs. Tyler told her colleagues what hunting with dogs meant to her community and to her personally. No doubt, she had much to say in her closed Democratic Caucus meeting prior to the floor vote and many of them listened and voted to preserve that law that had been in place since 1936. The vote on February 6, 2017 was 47 to 48. We won by one (1) vote! Without Del. Tyler, not just voting with us, but leading the fight on our behalf, the RTR would have been abolished!

Delegate Tyler has continued to play an active role in defending our heritage of hunting with dogs in Virginia. She has gone to bat for us many times since that crucial vote, including in June of this year when Wildlife Resources Chairman John Daniel was again attacking hunting with dogs. We enthusiastically endorse Delegate Roslyn Tyler’s re-election in 2021 and urge the people of 75th District to vote for her re-election on November 2, 2021.

Kirby Burch,
Chief Operating Officer
Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance

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Vikings JJV Win over Faqua School

The Brunswick Academy Vikings JJV Football program are 2-0 for the season. The JJV Vikings are coached by Tim Powell and Daniel Hightower. On September 2, the Vikings traveled to Greenbrier Christian and dominated the whole game with a 62-0 victory. Hunter LIttle had a TD. Nathan Talbert had 4 TDs and Carter Early and Peyton McAden had 2 TDs each. September 8 the Vikings traveled to Fuqua School for a great game. It was a hard fought game but the Vikings remained undefeated with a 22-20 score. Nathan Talbert had 2 rushing TDs for the night and Peyton McAden had a pass reception for 1 TD.

Virginia Cooperative Extension to Host First Ever Mid-Atlantic Urban Agriculture Summit


Karen Washington
Karen Washington, Keynote Speaker And Founder Of Rise & Root Farm.


PETERSBURG, VA. – The Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting the first Mid-Atlantic Urban Agricultural Summit, formerly the Virginia Agriculture Summit, virtually from Tuesday October 12, 2021 – Thursday, October 14, 2021. The summit welcomes urban farmers, gardeners, policymakers, government officials, foodies, and anyone with interest in urban agriculture to take part in three days of learning about one of agriculture’s fastest-growing sectors, virtually touring successful urban farms, and networking with others who are passionate about creating healthy communities through urban agriculture.

The Virginia Agriculture Summit was launched five years ago. This year, organizers at Virginia Cooperative Extension have extended it to the entire Mid-Atlantic region to facilitate the sharing of even more knowledge and experiences.

This year’s topics will include:

  • Urban Agriculture and Food Security
  • Innovations in Urban Ag: Business, Technology, and Policy
  • Urban Community Gardening

Keynote speakers include Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm in New York City, Kristof Grina of Up Top Acres in Washington D.C., and Dr. Gail Myers of Farms to Grow, Inc. in Oakland, Calif.

Washington, a community activist, has lived in New York City all her life and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access fresh, locally grown food.

Grina, of Up Top Acres, grew up in the District and studied agriculture in Vermont. He became obsessed with scaling commercial agriculture to the densely populated, built environment of DC. Up Top Acres transforms city rooftops into spaces that produce locally grown food and provide educational opportunities for children and adults alike.

Myers, of Farms to Grow, Inc., earned her doctorate in anthropology from The Ohio State University. A cultural anthropologist, she founded Farms to Grow, Inc. in Oakland where she works with local, national, and international organizations to improve the lives and futures for socially disadvantaged and sustainable small farmers.

“By participating in the Summit, you can learn how urban agriculture can positively impact your community,” says Dr. Leonard Githinji, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Sustainable and Urban Agriculture at Virginia State University.

To register for the conference, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/midatlantic-uas. Registration is $25 per person.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Jessica Harris at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its 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, military status, or any other basis protected by law.

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