The Emporia Police Department has received what they are calling a "Credible Threat" of violence at this year's Virgninia Peanut Festival. The EPD, assisted by other law enforcement agencies, will have multiple tents and an increased presence. Festival attendees are asked to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you see something, say something.

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2018-5-11

"Ma-Ma Said"

When Ma-Ma said; we listened
for wisdom was her game
this showed up in our livelyhood
when adults we bacame.
 
She was always there to protect us
and keep us from all harm
yes and many were the day
I fell asleep on Mother's arm.
 
Now Ma-Ma fixed the food for everyone
from sunrise til sunset
she then washed clothes and cleaned each room
though her work wasn't finished yet.
 
No Ma-Ma still had to read a story
and show us games to play
when we went to be all were quite tired
yet for Ma-Ma just another day.
 
Yes show your love for Ma-Ma
and all the things that she did do
don't stop with a one day "Mother's Day"
why not make it two.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Electricity Bills Going Down While Transmission Rates and Fuel Surcharges Likely Increase

Our first stretch of hot temperatures may have some Dominion Energy Virginia residential customers thinking about summer energy bills. Savings from legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Ralph Northam will soon offer relief.

Customers will see savings in two ways: $133 million in bill credits and $125 million in rate reductions, both taking effect when the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018 becomes law on July 1.

The typical residential customer will receive a one-time credit of approximately $24.50 on their bill and approximately $2.50 per month in an ongoing reduction to our base rates, based on filings currently being prepared for submission to the State Corporation Commission later this month.

On average, our typical residential customer bill will remain largely unchanged in 2018. Our long record of offering rates below the state, regional and national averages continues, as shown by statistics released by the Edison Electric Institute this week.

The costs to support our high-voltage transmission system and to recover fuel expenses incurred to run our power stations would go up later this year under a pair of proposed rate changes filed today with the State Corporation Commission. If approved by the SCC, transmission costs will increase the typical residential monthly bill by $4.18 in September. We continue to make major and needed investments in the transmission network to ensure reliability and increase security.

The fuel rate change will increase the typical bill by $3.36 in July, if approved by the SCC, largely because of this January’s frigid temperatures. Constraints on the pipeline that supplies most of Virginia’s natural gas sent prices soaring from $3 per dekatherm in late December to an all-time record high of $175 in early January. The fuel rate is a straight pass-through of our fuel costs; the company makes no profit on it.

Dominion Energy Virginia is working to keep fuel costs low in several ways. Our parent company, Dominion Energy, is part of a partnership developing the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction of the pipeline would improve Virginia’s access to natural gas and hold down that fuel cost.

We also continue to expand our solar fleet and will open the nation’s largest and most efficient natural gas power station opening in Greensville County later this year.

Looking to the future, the proposed transmission and fuel cost increases will be mitigated by other savings on the horizon. Dominion Energy Virginia will provide another $67 million credit to customers in January 2019, through the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018. Plus, further savings from federal tax reform will be passed along to customers as they are calculated.

Weather has a strong impact on energy bills and we encourage our customers to save energy. For example, in these hot temperatures set your thermostat to 78 degrees, use ceiling fans and check and clean your air-conditioning filters. While extreme temperatures can drive up your bill, our goal is to continue our record of stable, low rates and help you keep your overall costs affordable.

To learn more go to http://www.dominionenergy.com/varates

New Inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SVCC

The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is an organization of scholars that exists to recognize and encourage scholarship among students in community and junior colleges. New inductees to this society from Southside Virginia Community College are:

Front row L-R Austin Hancock, Ryan Craighead, Destiny Morgan, Stephanie Apruzzese, Ametria Booker, Robin Falwell, Karen Anderson, Jonathan Byron, Na'shiyaa Robertson, Trent Pettus, Amanda Lenning, Teri McCall; and Back row L-R Dean Dr. Dixie Dalton (Congratulating the new inductees), Doralease Jackson, Sinclair Hargrave, Katie Clark, Nidhi Brahmbhatt, Amanda Pierre, Patrick Fowler, Haley Overton, Chyna Levy, Jalynn Hicks, Salima Wasi, Jessica Laws, Haniya Thomas, Emily DavisI

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