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February 2018

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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The End of an Era - Virginia Pork Festival Coming to an End

The Virginia Pork Festival is coming to an end. Below is the text postedon the Virginia Pork Festival Website:

"After 44 years, we have reluctantly decided that it is time to say good-bye to the Virginia Pork Festival. This has been a very painful decision to make, however, we would like to end this run on a positive note. This festival would never have existed without the support of hometown, Emporia and the Emporia/Greensville Ruritan Club, the County and all law enforcement. For that, we say thank you. There are so many people that have been a part of the festival throughout the years, that it would be impossible to list them all and not miss someone. To all the bands , especially Craig Woolard and the Embers, thanks for the many years of great entertainment that you brought to the festival. Boars Head, Gunnoe’s, Steven’s Sausage and Smithfield Meats, you deserve applause and our taste buds thank you for the  quality pork products throughout the years.

​To the Sadler family, the Pecht Family and Pecht Distributing, we truly appreciate your years of dedication and loyalty.

Our non-profit organizations and other groups that prepared all of the pork dishes, we love you and will truly miss each of you. The long hours of preparation and your dedication to this festival are not to be forgotten.  

Last, by definitely not least, we’ll miss our attendees. You guys came from all over. We’ve even  had people from Hawaii. We hope that you have enjoyed our hospitality has much as we enjoyed seeing you walk through those gates and there were a lot of you! We understand that this festival was a yearly tradition for many and we are truly humbled that you choose to spend your valuable time with us.  

​It has become to difficult for our group, of the last three years, to operate, raise adequate funds and sustain enough volunteers to carry on an event of this magnitude to make it what it deserves to be and should be, after the festival suffering many years before. Always remember, we came together for a common cause on a hot, June afternoon, once a year, only for a few short hours, to eat great pork dishes, drink some cold beverages, dance to some good music and be a part of the Virginia Pork Festival one more time. We did it together, all of us.  So we are choosing to go out gracefully as the sun sets once more, on the pond in the middle of the festival grounds, we wave farewell to you and we thank you for the many years of good times and great memories." 

Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities Heads to Senate Floor on 7-6 Vote

Lawmakers, Northam, lobbyists go to court — for a good cause

Exxon-Mobil Grant to Brunswick Academy

Brunswick Academy received a $1,000 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance.  This grant is given to selected schools across the country in communities served by Exxon or Mobil stations.  The grant was made possible by funding from Exxon Mobil Corporation in conjunction with Parker Oil Company.  Mr. Ed Low of Parker Oil Company presented the check to our Head of School, Mrs. Cheryl Bowen.

 

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for February 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Linda Wilkins, Environmental Services Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for January.  There to congratulate Linda was Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services and Gary Perry, Director of Environmental Services.

Linda has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 years.  Her dedication and attention to detail are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Linda went beyond what is outlined in her job description to help a nurse.  She demonstrated a level of teamwork that embodies the true feel of a community hospital. Service that shows you care is a great quality that Linda shows each day.  She cares about the patients on her hall and doesn’t hesitate to speak up for them! ” 

In addition to the award certificate, Linda 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.

Greensville Schools to host Child Find

Greensville County Public Schools will sponsor Child Find on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10 am until 5 pm at Greensville Elementary School.

Child Find is registration for Head Start or Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Head Start is a federal preschool program which provides comprehensive services and learning experiences to prepare children for Kindergarten and move families toward self-sufficiency. The program also operates in compliance with IDEA to include children with special needs. All Head Start services are free to children and families.

The Virginia Preschool Initiative, established in 1995, distributes state funds to schools and community based organizations to provide quality preschool program for at-risk four-year-olds. The program offers full day Pre-kindergarten, parent involvement, child health and social services, and transportation to families with four-year-olds at risk of school failure.

Parents of all children who are or will be four years old on or before September 30thand are residents of Emporia or Greensville County are encouraged to attend. There will be NO TESTING. Children do NOT need to attend!

To apply, you must bring your child’s OFFICIAL birth certificate (NOT a hospital certificate), immunization record, PROOF of residency (for example: a current water/electric bill with YOUR name and address) and, because of NEW state guidelines, verification of household income (for example: paystub, W-2, Medicaid card, TANF, SNAP, WIC, SSI).

VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Year for 2018

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Nellie Hawkins, Licensed Practical Nurse, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Year Award for 2017. There to congratulate Nellie was (left to right) Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Linda Norman, RN, Assistant Director of Medical-Surgical Telemetry.

Nellie has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 31 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, “One of my very close friends had a scare with her child and she was admitted to CMH overnight for observation.  The couple was so complimentary of every staff member they came into contact with, however, one really stood out.  The parents were emotionally and physically drained.  The nurse caring for the baby told the mom and dad that when she got off from work she would come back to the room and rock the baby so they could rest, grab dinner, and a change of clothes.  The mom had tears in her eyes telling this story.  It meant so much to them that she offered and they knew she meant every word.  They said that this nurse was focused on their child’s wellbeing and it was obvious she was passionate about caring for babies.  This nurse was Nellie Hawkins.”  “What an excellent example of STAR Service! Nellie’s dedication to her patient and family made a tremendous impact on them showing how much she cared.  I am so proud to have a nurse of her caliber working with me and being a role model to her peers.”

In addition to the award certificate, Nellie received a STAR Service Team Member of the Year lapel pin, a gift certificate worth $200.00 for hotel accommodations to any location of her choice and $300.00 of spending money.

GROW CAPITAL JOBS WORKS TO BOOST OUR REGION'S ECONOMY

As robust economic growth returns to the U.S., few Virginians realize that economic growth across our state continues to lag.  While most areas have now recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, statewide economic growth is far lower to that being experienced in other states.  In fact, in 2016, Virginia grew only 0.6% - ranking us 40th in the nation.  As a state used to economic prosperity, such data should be alarming. Even here in the Richmond area where the economy appears strong, we are performing just below the national average.

The reasons for this lagging growth are many – fewer federal contracts, less defense-related spending, and population declines in many Virginia localities.  At the core of these declines however, is the loss of higher paying jobs in the state.  In fact, last year, for the fourth year in a row, Virginia saw net out-migration of talented people to other states where better job opportunities exist.  When job growth does occur, it is often in lower-paying jobs, which reduces economic growth.

Fortunately, our elected leaders have recognized that to reverse these trends, we need to take a hard look at the way we have traditionally done business in Virginia by encouraging cooperation, instead of competition, among our localities to tackle the many challenges our state faces. 

In 2016, the General Assembly enacted the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act, also known as GO Virginia, to provide incentives for cooperation to boost the state’s economy.  Since that time, working through regional councils like our own GROW Capital Jobs, hundreds of business and community leaders have now started to develop innovative projects to again accelerate economic growth across Virginia.

GROW Capital Jobs has been working for the past year to first identify challenges to economic growth in our region and then prioritize the opportunities to reverse those trends.  That study identified innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of advanced manufacturing, life/biosciences, and logistics as keys to our region’s economic future.  Projects to spur the development of new small businesses, develop new industrial sites, and to focus worker-training programs around these key industries, are now being advanced. Recently, both the VCU Pharmaceutical Commercialization Program andtheCommonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy were approved for funding by the GO Virginia Board. These projects have the potential to stimulate job creation and economic development throughout our entire region. Over the coming months, GROW Capital Jobs will continue to seek out projects that that will benefit our region and meet the council’s funding criteria.

Already, over $5 million of state incentive funds have been approved statewide since December to advance projects to help create more higher-paying jobs through regional cooperation, and additional grants are expected in the near future. These funds have also leveraged over $9 million dollars in additional monies that augment the state’s initial investments.

Similar to the fact that these economic problems didn’t emerge overnight, the solutions will also take time. It will take years of focused determination and additional funding to put Virginia’s economy back on the right track.

Over the coming weeks, it will be important that members of the General Assembly, along with Governor Northam, hear about how to continue the good work of GO Virginia.  Such additional funding is necessary to sustain the progress we have already made and to restore Virginia’s competitiveness. Go to www.govirginia.org to learn more and to convey your support for the program. 

William H. Goodwin Jr., Chair, and John A. Luke Jr., Vice Chair, GROW Capital Jobs Council of GO Virginia, Info@growcapitaljobs.org.

Goodwin is Chairman Emeritus of CCA Industries, and The Riverstone Group, whose holdings include Kiawah Island Golf Resort, The Jefferson Hotel, Sea Pines Resort and Dynamic Brands. Luke is Non-Executive Chair of West Rock, a leading manufacturer of packaging and paper products.

GO Virginia is a business-led initiative to provide state incentives for localities to collaborate to strengthen our private sector economy by increasing higher paying jobs.

Region Four, or as it is called GROW Capital Jobs, includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex; and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond. The Region Four Council is led by William Goodwin Jr. as chair and John Luke Jr. as vice chair and supported by the GROW Capital Jobs Foundation, led by Mark Hourigan, Chair of Region Four GROW Capital Jobs Foundation and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Flohr.

AmeriGas Bestows School Days Check

L-R in front: Corey Lee, Autumn Dickens, Zahria Aziz, Jhamanus Futrell, Caleb Moseley, Roy Claiborne; Back: Principal Nicole Coker, Guidance Counselor Kendra Floyd and Amerigas Representative  Amy Moseley

Greensville Elementary School participates in “School Days”, a program sponsored by AmeriGas where you can turn your propane bills into cash for our school.  Schools can receive up to $2,000 per school year to purchase books, computers, equipment and more with the AmeriGas School Days Program.

Customers of AmeriGas in the area can drop their vouchers  off by the office, send them in with their payment or give them to the school office, Attention Kendra Floyd. They can also be mailed to your local office at 1141 North Main Street, Emporia, VA  23847.  The vouchers come in the envelope with you bill. AmeriGas donates back to the school  .02 cents for each gallon delivered and turned in.

Jackson-Feild Mourns the Passing of Robert G. Neuville

Robert Neuville recently departed this earth but his legacy lives in the lives of the children he helped at Jackson-Feild and in the Neurotherapy/biofeedback program he helped to refine and grow.

Robert was born and raised in Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Marine Corp and fought in the Korean War. Returning home he attended and graduated from the University of Richmond after which he has a successful 25 year career with AT&T.

Robert returned to college and received a Master’s in Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. He stated a second career as a professor at Norfolk State and working with underserved children in Norfolk.

He became a pioneer in the field of Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback began on the late 1950’s. It focuses on brain activity and uses and EEG. Robert was passionate about the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and revolutionized its treatment.

Jackson-Feild began using Neurotherapy in the 1990’s to help treat children who have suffered severe emotional trauma. Robert and his business partner and beloved friend Patty Graydon began providing this service for the children at JFBHS. They made a meaningful difference to countless children for years.  Robert’s health began to fail and he and Patty discontinued their efforts. Dr. John Griffin, local neuro-psychologist has picked up where they left off.

His goal was to depart this world leaving it a better place than he found it. He did through the lives of the children he helped at Jackson-Feld.

Brian Trent Clary

Brian Trent Clary, died Tuesday February 20, 2018, at his home in Hope Mills, N.C.

Trent was born on December 8, 1969, to Eileen Hallingshead Clary and Roger Clary. He was a talented professional musician, specializing in Christian music, and along with his parents was a longtime member of Faymont Baptist Church in Fayetteville. He was preceded in death by an uncle, James E. Hallingshead.

In addition to his parents, Trent is survived by a brother, Herbert Balquet Jr., of North Augusta, S.C., an aunt, Nancy Ann H. Mckee and her husband Leonard, of Fayetteville, uncles, Rev. Arthur David Hallingshead and his wife Glenda of Palmyra, VA, Ray Justice and his wife Nancy of Gasburg, VA, and Delaine Wilkey of Marietta, S.C.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery in Gasburg, VA with Pastor James Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends at Wrenn, Clarke, & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon Wednesday before the service.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

New VP of Practice Management & Business Development for VCU Health CMH

Brenda T. Palmore, DHA, FACMPE, FASPR

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to announce that Dr. Brenda T. Palmore is the new Vice President of Practice Management and Business Development.

The VP of Practice Management and Business Development will have administrative oversight to the operations side of all CMH physician practices and hospital based physician services.  In addition, the role will involve the development of new regional practice and business opportunities for VCU Health CMH.  The role will also entail coordinating any new VCU Health System regional population/community health initiatives developed in our service area. 

Dr. Palmore has been employed with VCU Health CMH since 1999. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Longwood University and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University. She received her Doctorate of Health Care Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Palmore is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).  Additionally, she earned Lean Six Sigma Certification, Yellow Belt.

Dr. Palmore was born at Community Memorial Hospital (now VCU Health CMH) and raised in the South Hill, VA area. She still resides in South Hill with her husband, Wilson, and her seven year old daughter, Addison. She is also very active in the community volunteering with the following local organizations:  Board Member, Lake Country Young Professionals; Board Member, First Christian School; Board Member, FEAT (Families Embracing Autism Together); Mecklenburg County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society; Co-Organizer Annual Adopt-a-Child Christmas program through social services/HALO.

Dr. Palmore resides in South Hill, VA

Co-Developers of Meherrin Solar Project to Host Public Meeting

(Emporia, VA)-Co-Developers of the Meherrin Solar Project, Brookfield Renewable and SolUnesco, have extended an invitation to the public and local media outlets to attend a meeting taking place on February 27th from 6-8pm at the Brink Ruritan Club in Emporia (5926 Brink Rd. Emporia, Va.)

The meeting is being held to offer a forum for the public to learn more about the project and the benefits it offers to the community, as well as to ask any questions.

Brookfield Renewable Stakeholder Relations Manager, Brian Noonan said, “Brookfield Renewable has a reputation and track record of successfully integrating ourselves as community partners in the areas where we operate. There are tremendous benefits to this project, and we look forward to discussing these benefits with local residents as well as answering any questions or working to address any concerns that they may have.”

SolUnesco Co-Founder & CEO Francis Hodsoll said, “Over the last year, we’ve worked with local landowners to locate the project and utilize setbacks and buffers that will ensure that neighbors enjoy the same view before and after the project is operational.  We believe the Meherrin Solar project will provide many benefits to the community including jobs, tax revenue and revenue for local businesses. . We are excited to talk about the benefits with the local community as well as answer any questions.”

If you are interested in the project and have further questions, Noonan and Hodsoll are encouraging you to visit MeherrinSolarProject.com to learn more, or contact Francis Hodsoll at (703) 672-5097 or e-mail him at info@solunesco.com.

SVCC Regional Job Fair in Emporia

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) and Greensville County/City of Emporia community partners will once again host a Regional Job Fair at Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC) at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  Crater Regional Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and First Media Radio , WPTM, WWDW, WYTT, WDLZ, WTRG, WSMY, WWDR  will support this exciting event.

This event will be open to the public from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  All job seekers are welcome during this timeframe.

This Regional Job Fair has invited over 70 employers who have participated in the past.  Job seekers have even been hired “on the spot”!  Employers who have participated in this job fair previously include: Georgia Pacific, Oran Safety Glass, Toll Brothers, Boars Head, Virginia Staffing Services, ProLabor Temps, Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center, GEO Group, Greensville Correctional, etc.

SVCC will host a private luncheon for participating employers who have open job vacancies.  Hiring employers will enjoy networking with other local business and industry.

Job seekers should come dressed to impress with several copies of quality resumes.  Job seekers who have earned a WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) can be admitted 15 minutes early at 1:45 pm with photo ID and copy of WorkKeys CRC.

To learn more about how to earn a WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate, please contact SVCC Workforce Development.

Employer space is limited! Deadline for employers to reserve a booth is March 16, 2018.  Employers who have job vacancies may reserve a booth by contacting SVCC Workforce Development at 434-949-1026 /angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434-949-6614/Yolanda.hines@southside.edu

KAINE JOINS COLLEAGUES TO INTRODUCE BILL THAT EXPANDS FUNDING FOR STATES FIGHTING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to introduce the Opioid Response Enhancement Act to help states better fight the opioid epidemic that has put a strain on communities in Virginia and across the country. This bill would expand a grant program that was created as part of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act of 2017 and ensure states have access to additional funding for the next five years under this program.
 
“This bill will help expand federal funding for states fighting the opioid epidemic, providing much-needed support for Virginians combatting addiction,” Kaine said. “The federal government has an important role to play in addressing this crisis that is hurting communities across the country.”
 
In 2017, Congress provided $1 billion over two years of additional funding for state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic under the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. As the opioid epidemic continues to strain local resources, Congress needs to continue to fund this important program to help communities combat this crisis beyond 2019, so that states, localities and tribal communities have adequate resources to help prevent and treat substance use disorders and addiction.
 
The Opioid Response Enhancement Act would provide an additional investment of $12 billion over five years for the State Targeted Opioid Response (STR) Grant, including a new Enhancement Grant for states that have been hit especially hard by the epidemic, including those with high opioid mortality rates. It would also provide an additional $1.5 billion for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 under new resources made available in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
 
Kaine has been a leader in the Senate on efforts to address the opioid epidemic and support disease research. In December, Kaine co-sponsored the The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tools including hi-tech chemical screening devices to help detect and interdict fentanyl and other illicit synthetic opioids. Kaine has pushed for funding to support health education initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic in vulnerable communities in Virginia. In October, Kaine introduced the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, which would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids and opioid addiction. 
 
In addition to Kaine, Shaheen, and Baldwin, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Angus King (I-ME), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Tom Udall (D-NM).
 
Specifically, the bill would:
 
  • Provide $10 billion over five years for the current STR Grant program under 21st Century Cures Actbeginning in FY19.
  • Add a new STR Enhancement Grant for $2 billion over five years for at least ten states and tribal entities with high needs, including high opioid mortality rates, to enhance and expand opioid abuse efforts under the STR program.
  • Include Tribal entities as eligible for the STR Grants, funded by a 10 percent set aside.
  • Require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide technical assistance to states and tribes through the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, for application procedures, outreach and support to underserved communities, and data collection.
  • Provide flexibility to allow states and tribes to use some of the funding to help address other substance use issues that are similar or substantial public health threats, in addition to carrying out opioid abuse efforts.
  • ·         Direct states to prioritize providing funding directly to local community organizations and counties to ensure that local leaders have access to critical resources to help them address areas of unmet need.

Athletes’ Artwork Scores Big at ‘Abstract’ Exhibit

As College Tuition Rises, Senate Panel Kills Bill Mandating Public Input

Virginia Prisoners a Step Closer to Free Feminine Hygiene Products

Dr. Grace Harris Is Remembered for ‘Her Spirit of Hope’

Vida Rodgester Fajna

Vida Rodgester Fajna, 73, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Mabel Rodgester and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dot Hobbs and Nellie Bradley. Mrs. Fajna is survived by her husband, Wayne Fajna; daughter, Kathy Fajna; brother, Cliff Rodgester and wife, Jane; two sisters, Emma Bradley and Linda Tuck and husband, Steve; and a large loving extended family including sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; cousins and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved family of furbabies.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 26 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd, Emporia, Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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

Senate Panel Votes to Ban ‘Lunch Shaming’ in Virginia

Virginia Teenagers May Rescue Volunteer Fire Departments

Delegate Tyler Sponsors Bill to Protect Correctional Officers

Correctional Officers from across the Commonwealth gathered for a Press Conference and lobbying day on Capitol Hill in Richmond to Voice their concerns for increased salaries, improved working conditions and officer’s turnover along with Delegate Roslyn Tyler (Sussex) and Delegate John Bell (Loudon). Delegate Tyler’s District includes the following state correctional centers in Greensville County, Sussex I and II, Deerfield, Lunenburg and the private prison in Lawrenceville.  HB 1418 introduced by Delegate Tyler for the Creation of Procedural Guarantee Act for Correction Officers has passed the House of Delegate’s and has now crossed over to the Senate. Additionally, she was recently appointed to serve on the House of Appropriations, Sub-Committee on Public Safety which funding allocations are recommended for public safety officers including the state police, sheriffs, deputies, emergency services and state correctional officers.

In the budget released this week, the Correctional Officers are winners. The House of Appropriations budget includes a $1,100 salary adjustment in January 2019 and 2% increase in salary in July 2019 and 1% merit pay in July, 2019. This funding will increase the starting salaries of Correctional Officers to approximately $33,000. This is one giant step towards funding correction officers for the work they do in protecting our community from harm and danger.

The officers, Donald Baylor, the NCPSO representative and I have addressed this issue for a long time and we are pleased of our accomplishment. Our work is not over. The final budget has not been passed by the House and the Senate. The two budgets will be in conference before final passage for negotiations. Therefore, contact the House and Senate Conferee to maintain funding in the budget for final approval.  Please feel free to contact me in Richmond at 804 698-1075.

Delegate Tyler is a Member of the Sportsman's Caucus

Pictured from the left:  Delegate Barry Knight, Senator Emmett Hanger, Senator John Cosgrove, Delegate James Edmonds, Delegate Robert Bloxom, Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Delegate Tony Wilt, Delegate Buddy Fowler, Jr., and Delegate John McGuire

Delegate Roslyn Tyler is a member of the General Assembly Sportsman Caucus in Richmond, Virginia. Pictured are members Senators and Delegates who enjoy hunting and outdoor recreation over the Commonwealth. Each Thursday morning at 7:00 AM the caucus meets for updates on certain topics such as Chesapeake Bay Foundation, World Life Foundation, Bear and Deer hunting and proposed sportsman rights legislation HB564, HB1328 and HB1414 all passed through the House and are in the Senate for vote.  If you are in Richmond, feel free to stop by and see us in room E321 in the Pocahontas Building on Main Street.  Delegate Tyler can be reached via email atDelRTyler@house.virginia.gov or (804) 698-1075.

Attorneys Launch Group to Boost Free Legal Services to Low Income Clients

SUFFOLK, Va., Feb. 20, 2018  – Virginia Legal Aid Society is pleased to announce the creation of the Suffolk Pro Bono Task Force, a  group of influential and successful attorneys who are recruiting their colleagues to provide volunteer, free legal help to VLAS clients.

The attorney members of the task force are calling, writing and visiting with other attorneys in the area to encourage them to take on pro bono cases for VLAS clients. In addition to this work, the attorney members of the task force all accept representation of VLAS clients on a pro bono basis. 

Private attorneys who agree to work pro bono allow VLAS to help many additional low income clients who otherwise would not be able to hire an attorney for representation in their civil legal case. VLAS staff attorneys in Danville, Lynchburg, Farmville and Suffolk close about 3,000 cases each year; pro bono attorneys close an additional 150 or so cases for VLAS clients. VLAS seeks to greatly increase the numbers of attorneys providing pro bono representation to its clients, and the Suffolk Task Force members are an invaluable asset in this endeavor.

The Suffolk Task Force members are:

  • Nicole Harrell
  • Jeanette Ojeda
  • Andrew Page
  • Richard Railey
  • Whitney Saunders
  • Martin Speroni
  • Daniel Vinson
     

For More Information Contact: Kristine Smith, Pro Bono Director (434) 846-1326, ext. 413

Virginia Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to underprivileged individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems in housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. Our mission is to resolve serious legal problems of vulnerable people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice. For more information on our services, to get involved, or to make a donation, please visit us at www.vlas.org and follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/VaLegalAidSociety, and Twitter @VA_LegalAid

Margaret Ann Turner Conley

Margaret Ann Turner Conley, 76, of Kilmarnock, Virginia  passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  She was born June 12, 1941 in Emporia, Virginia,  daughter to the late Joe Turner and Josephine Sopko Turner.  She retired after 20 years with VIMCO and enjoyed her retirement from gardening to traveling along with spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Roy Conley for whom she greatly missed.  She is survived by her two sons, David Lee Conley of Rockville, Va. and Jeffrey Scott Conley and wife Diana Lynn of Glen Allen, Va.; four grandchildren, Curtis Lee Conley and wife Laura, Lindsey Paige Conley, Jessica Blair Conley and Amber Lynn Conley and two great grandchildren Cason and Adalyn Conley as well as her two favorite grand dogs Gypsy and Panda.

Mass will be held 11:00 a. m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock, Va.  Interment will follow the service at Morattico Baptist Church Cemetery, Kilmarnock, Va.  The family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 p. m. Sunday, February 25th at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va.

Margaret Lee Williams Edwards

Margaret Lee Williams Edwards of Greensville County, died February 19, 2018. She was the daughter of the late George Thomas Williams and Olive Rawlings Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Floyd Edwards; brother, Reeves Williams; three sisters, Frances Wagner, Ida Barnes, and Audrey Blalock.

She was a homemaker and lifetime member of Monumental United Methodist Church. “Maggie”, as she was called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She is survived by two daughters, Merilyn E. Newsome (Wesley) of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Judy E. Rushing (Leon) of Cary, NC; sister, Agnes Murrill of Newport  News, VA; five grandchildren, Cynthia Browder, Ray Poole, Tripp Nunnally, Bryan Rushing, Megan Hare; and eight great grandchildren.

A service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Rachel Plemmons officiating. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff of Greensville Manor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church/Organ Fund.

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

KAINE CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN CHILDHOOD CANCER BILL

Bill complements Kaine’s Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act to further expand pediatric cancer research and treatment 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues as a co-sponsor of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act. This bipartisan legislation will advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing resources for survivors and those impacted by childhood cancer. 

“While we have made advances and breakthroughs in many fields, childhood cancer treatment has been left behind,” said Senator Kaine. "The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would help us right that wrong so one day we can ensure that no family has to lose a child to this terrible disease.” 

Childhood cancer research has progressed in recent years, but cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States, according to NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2017,  NCI estimated that nationwide, more than 10,000 children and adolescents up to 14 years of age would be diagnosed with cancer and that more than 1,190 would die from the disease.

Senator Kaine has consistently supported legislation funding pediatric cancer research. In 2014, he championed the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act to support pediatric medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Obama. The legislation honors the memory of Leesburg, Virginia’s Gabriella Miller, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor the size of a walnut at age 9. He also voted for the RACE for Children Act of 2017 to support the development of innovative and promising cancer drugs for children.

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act would:  

  • Expand opportunities for childhood cancer research
  • Improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences
  • Enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors
  • Ensure pediatric expertise at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Expanding Opportunities for Childhood Cancer Research:  Due to the relatively small population of children with cancer and the geographic distance between these children, researching childhood cancer can be challenging.  The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would authorize the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to expand existing efforts to collect biospecimens for childhood cancer patients enrolled in NCI-sponsored clinical trials in order to maintain relevant clinical, biological, and demographic information on all children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.

Improving Childhood Cancer Surveillance:  Building upon previous efforts, this bill would authorize grants to state cancer registries to identify and track incidences of child, adolescent, and young adult cancer.  This funding would be used to identify and train reporters of childhood cancer cases, secure infrastructure to ensure early the reporting and capture of child cancer incidences, and support the collection of cases into a national childhood cancer registry.

Improving Quality of Life for Childhood Cancer Survivors:  Unfortunately, even after beating cancer, as many as two-thirds of survivors suffer from late effects of their disease or treatment, including secondary cancers and organ damage. This legislation would enhance research on the late effects of childhood cancers, including a study on insurance coverage and payment of care for childhood cancer survivors; improve collaboration among providers so that doctors are better able to care for this population as they age; and establish a new pilot program to begin to explore innovative models of care for childhood cancer survivors. 

Ensuring Pediatric Expertise at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would require the inclusion of at least one pediatric oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board and would improve childhood health reporting requirements to include pediatric cancer.

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