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BA May 2017 Student of the Month

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Jared Ethan-Everette Utley has been chosen the May 2017 Student of the Month. Jared, a senior, is the son of Ben and Judy Utley of Alberta.  He has two brothers Will Utley and John Woodard, both graduates of Brunswick Academy.  Jared has played JV and Varsity Football, JV and Varsity Basketball, JV and Varsity Baseball and Varsity Soccer.  He is also a member of the Spanish Club, The BA Theatre Tech Crew and this year was a Big Vike to the Class of 2028. 

Jared has been a very active member of the Farmville District Youth Ministry.  This group participates in youth activities, fund raising projects and delivers pastoral care to churches within the district.  Jared is a also an active member of Bethel United Methodist in Alberta.

He will attend Southside Virginia Community College this fall.  He plans to further his education at Regent University’s combined ROTC program with Old Dominion University.  Jared plans to major in Religion and wants to be a Military Chaplain.    


Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen soldiers

By Alexander P. Crespo, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – About 1,000 people attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, honoring members of the military who gave their lives in service to the United States.

The ceremony Monday morning began in the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheatre with music, followed by remarks from Clay Mountcastle, director of the Virginia War Memorial.

“Memorial Day, at its core, is about more than appreciation,” Mountcastle said. “It’s the most valuable reminder that the freedoms we enjoy and sometimes take for granted in this country come at a tremendous price.”

The theme of solemn reverence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation was prevalent throughout the ceremony. The keynote speaker, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard, spoke fondly of the War Memorial’s significance in his own life by recalling a childhood trip to the site with his grandfather.

“My grandfather pointed up on the east wall of the memorial to a name and began to tell us the story of his brother,” Williams said. His grandfather’s brother had enlisted in the Air Corps and eventually flew a B-26 Marauder over Europe for nearly two dozen missions before being shot down and killed over Frankfurt, Germany, on March 20, 1944.

Hearing this story, Williams said, gave him a new appreciation for both the memorial and the veterans who served and died before him.

“Many times I catch myself thinking how I wish I could take a page out of history, go back and talk to those veterans, tell them how much I appreciate what they did and how much that I love them,” Williams said.

Many veterans both old and young from all branches of service attended the event. One of them was Sammy Rutledge of Ashland, Virginia.

Rutledge is among the dwindling number of World War II veterans still alive. He said he was drafted at age 18 during the final years of the conflict, fought on the European front and was in Berlin when Nazi Germany surrendered.

On Monday, the 90-year-old veteran was scanning the thousands of names inscribed in the Shrine of Memory, looking for the entry for his older brother, James. He said James was killed during the Allied invasion of France in 1944.

Visiting the memorial “brings back a lot of old memories,” Rutledge said. Two other brothers died the year after the war ended from injuries they had sustained while fighting. Their names are not inscribed in the memorial’s shrine.

After all these years, why does Rutledge still attend Memorial Day commemorations?

“I like to see the people and those of us veterans still left,” he said.

The event featured music from St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes and Drums and the Benedictine Cadet Pipes and Drums. Then retired Col. Terence W. Singleton led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. “Thirty-one powerful words,” Singleton said.

Another speaker was Al Hillman, commander of the 11th District of the American Legion. “No one willingly gave their life, but they willingly went into danger,” he said.

This year’s Memorial Day ceremony coincided with several military milestones, including the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I and 75th anniversary of America’s entry into World War II.

The commemoration concluded as 25 wreaths were placed at the foot of the Statue of Memory inside the shrine. That was followed by a 21-gun salute, taps and closing remarks by Mountcastle.

“Find a name,” he told the attendees. “Pick it out, take it home. Think about that name for the rest of the day, for the rest of the month and for the rest of the year.”

CNS reporter Sean Boyce contributed to this report.

2017 SVCC Powerline Graduates

The Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training School graduated the fourth class on May 11, 2017.  The new graduates are (Front L-R:)  Branden Hinton (Amelia), Bryce Morcom (Madison Heights), Tyler Parrish (Dundas), Adam Weaver ( Chesterfield), Chase Goodman (Beaverdam), Lisa Hodson (Blacksburg), Hunter Hicks (Madison Heights), Devan Hinton (Amerlia), Cody Harvey (Gladys), Daniel Bradbury (Amelia), Brandon French (Chester) and Brad Wike, Instructor)

Back L-R:  Clyde Robertson, Instructor, Patrick Robbins (Kenbridge), Ricky Wilson (McKenney), Ethan Kelly (Fredericksburg), Wayne Allen (Amelia), Jake Dillard (Jetersville).  For information about the school, Call 434 292 3101 or email

2017 Associates of Nursing Pinning

Southside Virginia Community College held a Pinning Ceremony in May to recognize students from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. These students from the Christanna Campus are now eligible to take the State Licensing Test to become Registered Nurses.  They are (front row )Left to Right:  Emily Pope-Emporia, Kristen Jackson-Dolphin,  Tammy Wright -Boydton, Rose Privott-Chester, Courtney Yager-Bracey.

2nd row L to R: Molly Buchholz-South Hill, Jessica Young-Blackstone, Dominique Gunn-Kenbridge, Linda Gordon- South Hill, Melissa Jones- Lawrenceville

3rd row; L to R: Michelle Williams-Brodnax, Stephanie Thomason- South Hill, Anita Simmons-South Hill, Jessica Gordon-South Hill.  SVCC has three sites that offer the ADN program;  Christanna Campus, John H. Daniel Campus, and South Boston.

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