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SVCC Truck Driver Training to Start in March at Pickett Park

Truck Driver Training through Southside Virginia Community College will be offered in March of 2019.  Classes at the Pickett Park site in Blackstone begin March 11, 2019.  The South Boston site will begin a class on March 18, 2019.  Train now for a great well-paying job.   The classes will run for six weeks, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.   SVCC's program is an excellent school turning out qualified drivers that are in high demand.  Pre-registration is required so contact the school at 434 292 3101 or visit our website at www.southside.edu for more information.  There is assistance with tuition so call soon to register for this exciting program to put you on the road to success.

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Frances Geraldine Brown Moore

August 16, 1931-February 17, 2019

Services

Saturday, February 21, 2019, 2:00 pm

Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Road, Emporia, Virginia

Frances Geraldine Brown Moore of Skippers, VA passed away February 17, 2019. She was born on August 26, 1931 to Tassie and Harry Brown. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Otis Warren Moore, daughter, Cathy Moore Lee, son-in-law, George Moseley Lee, son, Harry Lynn Moore, grandson, Paul Everrett Lee and numerous other extended family members.

She was an active member of Zion Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, held numerous volunteer roles and served as church clerk for 35 years.

A service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019, Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Road, Emporia, VA 23847. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Cliff Rodgester, 654 Johnson Road, Emporia, VA 23847

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Guy (G. L) Leslie Rawlings, Jr.

December 16, 1929 - February 17, 2019

Visitation Services

6 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia

2 P.M. on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Road, Emporia, Virginia

Guy (G. L) Leslie Rawlings, Jr. passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 89 at Retreat Hospital in Richmond Va. G.L was born on December 16, 1929 in Greensville County Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Guy Leslie Rawlings, Sr. and Sarah Newsome Rawlings. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Nellie B. Rawlings and a special friend Stan Ferguson, Jr.

G.L was a retired farmer who was the Champion Peanut Producer in Greensville County for 5 years in a row. He was very active in the Brink and Greensville Ruritan clubs and Independence United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Greensville County Planning Commission and the Soil and Water Conservation Board for Greensville County ASCS.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Wednesday February 20, 2019 at Independence United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Family request memorial donations be made to Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery fund, 4438 Independence Church Rd. Emporia, Va 23847.

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

Reading across the Community

Reading is important. The One World Literacy Foundation explains, “Reading is how we discover new things and how we develop a positive self-image. The ability to read is a vital skill in being able to function in today's society. Reading is important because it helps to expand the mind and develops the imagination.”

Echoing these sentiments, popular author Neil Gaiman says, “Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write, we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood.”

The National Endowment for the Arts notes, “Literature inspires, enriches, educates, and entertains. It reminds us that there is beauty and joy in language, that others have insights worth paying attention to, that in our struggles we are not alone.” Furthermore, NEA cites scientific evidence confirming that reading for pleasure reduces stress, improves empathy, helps students achieve better test sores, slows the onset of dementia, and encourages citizens to become more active and aware.

To support all these benefits, and in conjunction with its own Quality Enhancement Plan, “iRead, iLead, iSucceed: A Commitment to Literacy,”  Southside Virginia Community College applied for NEA grant funding to conduct an NEA Big Read program across the communities in our service area. Through a competitive process, the SVCC was selected as one of 75 applicants representing institutions across the nation to receive an award.

The title chosen for SVCC’s NEA Big Read is A Lesson before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines. Set in Louisiana during the 1940s, the novel tells the story of a young, uneducated black man who has been incarcerated and sentenced to death for his alleged participation in the murder of a white storekeeper. A college-educated black man who teaches in a nearby plantation school befriends him. Together, both men search for ways to live with dignity.

SVCC’s NEA Big Read program is currently in full swing, and I’d like to invite you to participate in a book discussion and one of the slated special events. Here’s a sampling: A panel discussion will be held at the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville on February 21, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A movie adaptation of the book, starring Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, and Don Cheadle, will be shown at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville on March 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The Longwood University Jazz band will present a concert of songs related to the book and time period at SVCC’s Daniel Campus in Keysville on March 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. For more details and additional information, visit SVCC’s website at www.southside.edu.

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.

As More Va. Farmers Grow Flowers, VSU’s Cooperative Extension Program Positions Them For Success

Cut flowers—the kind you can pick up at the grocery store or are found on many restaurant tables—is part of the “green industry,” the fastest growing sector in U.S. agriculture and the second most important in terms of economic impact, according to the USDA. “People don’t often think of farmers growing flowers, but the cut flower industry is significant in Virginia,and is often an excellent source of income for farmers with small acreage,” said Susan Cheek, Virginia State University (VSU) Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) agriculture management agent. 

To meet the demand for knowledge and training in this growing industry, the SFOP, part of the Virginia Cooperative Extension program at VSU, is hosting its second cut flow growers conference in as many years. The conference is one of close to 200 programs the Cooperative Extension program offers through VSU to assist small, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and military veteran farmers and ranchers across Va. to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently. 

This year’s conference will be held March 13-14 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. The theme is “Beyond the Bouquet.” 

“We are excited to host this conference again in 2019. Our 2018 conference reached capacity quickly, and we know that small farmers in Virginia and across the U.S. are extremely interested in learning how to incorporate locally grown flowers and herbs into their farm operations,” said SFOP Director William Crutchfield.

Per acre, flowers are one of the most profitable crops to grow, and they are especially suited to small farm operations. A 2014 University of Wyoming Extension publication indicated specialty cut flowers achieved gross yields as high as $25,000 or $30,000 per acre. At the 2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference, attendees will learn more about the positive results they can get from starting a cut-flower growing operation or adding cut flowers to their current farm products—not only for their profit margin, but for the benefit of human health, insect and wildlife habitat, and the environment.

The two-day conference will bring together new and experienced growers, buyers and representatives from government agencies to help attendees learn how to improve the production and marketability of a cut flower farm business. Local and national growers will explain how to build relationships with wholesale and retail buyers; provide tips for growing and marketing pollinator-beneficial plants and flowers; and share insights about establishing a high tunnel operation to extend the growing season. Participants will also learn how to add value and profit with herbs and medicinals, and see hands-on demonstrations for floral design with native wildflowers and herbs. 

In the opening keynote, Brent Heath, owner of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Va., will discuss best bulbs for cut flowers selected for longevity of blooms, ease of harvest and added value of fragrance. In the closing keynote, Dave Dowling will share his experiences and insights from 20 years of cut flower farming and five years as a sales rep and advisor to cut flower farmers. Dowling is employed by New Jersey-based Fred C. Gloeckner & Company, Inc., a horticulture wholesale distributor.

Registration is $150 per person, with a 10 percent discount for groups of three or more. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

Persons needing further information or have a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, can contact the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

The SFOP provides outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, available USDA farm programs and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability. It has recently added an additional 10 counties, bringing the total it serves to 74. It has also hired additional agriculture management agents and offers public events across the state. For more information, visit https://www.ext.vsu.edu/small-farm-outreach-program/.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension 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, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

 

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Donates to Southside Virginia Community College

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) donated a  a 2004 GMC truck to assist with training of future technicians through the automotive program at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). According to Jeremy Parenti, the lead instructor, “The donation of this truck helps to round out our fleet of vehicles allowing our students to have hands-on training in a variety of vehicle types.” Participating in the delivery are (from left) Kris Newcomb and Ray DeJarnette of MEC and Jeremy Parenti and Chad Patton of SVCC.

Law Would Protect Elderly Against Financial Crimes

Assembly OKs Bills to Address Housing and Eviction Issues

Growing Business Through Partnership

Patrick Henry Community College and Longwood University SBDC join forces to increase small business support

Michael Scales, business analyst for the Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Western Region, knows business from the ground up. The Martinsville native owned and operated a family construction business for over 30 years.

Scales, who will base his operations in the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Dalton IDEA Center located at 26 Fayette Street, Uptown Martinsville, is looking forward to building relationships with SBDC clients.

“Recently, Longwood SBDC reorganized and moved to a more regional approach using a team of consultants,” Longwood SBDC Executive Director Sheri McGuire says. “Michael will assist in covering our western territory and be our ‘boots on the ground’ in Martinsville-Henry County, Patrick and Franklin counties.”

PHCC President Angeline Godwin is enthusiastic about the small business/college connection.

 “PHCC has enjoyed its partnership with SBDC, and we are confident that housing the office in our Dalton IDEA Center in Uptown Martinsville will provide greater access, exposure and camaraderie for the communities that we mutually serve,” Godwin says. “Entrepreneurship is alive and well in our region, and this collaboration further enhances our work.”

They both believe Scales is an ideal fit for the Martinsville position.

“Other than going to UVA in Charlottesville, I’ve been in Martinsville my whole life,” he notes. “I went to college to get my financial and accounting background so I could come home and work in the family business.”

After taking over the business from his father, Scales primarily worked on projects for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

"I found that I was really good with math,” he adds. “Whether it’s a finance problem or figuring out the super elevation of a curve for a roadway, if you know how to use formulas, you can do it.”

For the past five years Scales has shared his expertise as a workforce development instructor at PHCC.

“Teaching at PHCC, I’ve learned the satisfaction of what I call ‘light bulb moments,’” he relates. “When my students get it, you can see it in their eyes. They understand, and they want to learn more.”

Now Scales is excited about sharing similar “light bulb moments” with small business clients.

“Michael will link clients and stakeholders in our Western Region to Longwood SBDC resources available throughout Southern Virginia,” McGuire says.

Scales will begin with a one-on-one approach for startup clients.

“I want to make sure potential business owners have a knowledge of the business they want to pursue,” he explains. “Once I find out what particular services my clients need, then I’ll set up workshops on general business topics like Quickbooks or accounting.”

If Scales can’t meet a client’s need, he’ll find someone in the SBDC network who can.

“We all work together,” Regional Manager Lin Hite adds. “SBDC is like a big family, and we’re excited to welcome Michael as our newest member.”

As a small business resource for 30 years, the Longwood SBDC core mission is to provide education, consulting, and economic research to support potential and existing small business owners throughout Southern Virginia. Longwood SBDC works with local sponsors to provide consulting services free of charge; for more information visit www.sbdc-longwood.com.

USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.

“The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty and stability to our Nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation,” said Under Secretary Northey. “We are seeking input from stakeholders on how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery while also enhancing customer service.”

The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.

The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbillby February 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to regulations.govby February 22, 2019.  Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019.Comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov.

“Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions,” said Northey

For more information on the listening session visit  farmers.gov/farmbill.

Mary Jane B. Phillips

June 7, 1938 - February 14, 2019

Graveside Services

Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 a. m.

Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery

4438 Independence Church Rd, Emporia, Virginia

Mary Jane B. Phillips, 80, of Emporia, widow of Linwood N. Phillips, died Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was preceded in death by a son, Linwood “Buck” Phillips, Jr.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by a son, Kevin Scott “Scotty” Phillips; six grandchildren, Staci Phillips (Jason), Stephen Phillips (Christy), Heather Phillips, Amber Thompson, (Brandon), Kailee Phillips and J. R. Phillips; great-grandchildren, Logan Long, Amelia Collins, Leslie Phillips, Aliyah Collins, Cassidie Phillips, L. J. Phillips, Kaydence Schlosser, Ethan Otten and Brynlee Woodruff; two sisters, Martha Whatley and Juanita Johnson and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Monday, February 18 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

John Shepherd Has a Cool Job

John Shepherd’s job is cool because he practices the ancient art of farming using modern methods.  Recently, he and his wife, Lydia, of Nottoway County, were awarded third place in the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award.

According to the Virginia Farm Bureau news release, “The Achievement Award honors young farmers who are successful in production agriculture and provide leadership on and off the farm. State-level winners from Farm Bureaus across the nation compete for the award, and judges narrow the field to 10 finalists.”

The Shepherds called the recognition “pretty amazing” and said the competition had been an exciting process. The Shepherds serve on the VFBF Young Farmers Committee and raise wheat, rapeseed, corn and soybeans on their farm near Blackstone.

            John is a Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) graduate who attended a full two years before transferring to Virginia Tech (VT) where he received a degree in Agricultural Science.  He received minors in Biology and Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.  He planted his first crop in the fall of 2007 while finishing his last semester at VT. 

About his SVCC experience, he said, “I am excited that SVCC now offers Agribusiness as part of the curriculum.  The community college helped me to mature and prepare for a four-year school.  Also, I saved a bunch of money and I would recommend community college to everyone.”

The Shepherd’s started their farm from scratch and said in the VFB article, “the fact that we built from the ground up without inheriting a farm” helped them place so high in the national competition. 

After graduating from VT, he was working full-time as a seed and fertilizer representative when he began buying land for his future farming career.  Shepherd serves on the Nottoway Country Farm Bureau board of directors and Lydia teaches at Kenston Forest School in Blackstone.  They were recipients of the 2011 VFBF Young Farmers Environmental Stewardship Awards and the 2012 Bayer Crops Science Young Farmer Sustainability Award.  The couple uses conservation practices in their farming business.

The Shepherd’s truly are a farm family as their days are spent raising crops and three children!!

"Be My Valentine"

It seems like I have waited forever
for this special day to come
I have some words to say to you
and I'm sure that you have some.
 
We've known each other for so long
yet time has went swiftly by
I've seen you smile with pure delight
and have also seen you cry.
 
Yes life goes on with our without
us making special plans
it's best that we some patience show
and the rest leave in God's hands.
 
I've loved you from the very start
and more and more each day
it seems that you do feel the same
for you sure do act that way.
 
You are quite special in my life
and with you I love to share
I'm sure that you know but I will remind
that I do truly care.
 
Yet I still have one question
for this sweet love of mine
tell me darling you'll say yes
and be my Valentine!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

Luther Gene Allen

Services

Graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019

Emporia Cemetery

Mr. Luther Gene Allen, 77, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019. He was the son of the late Charlie W. and Mary P. Allen and was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Teresa Allen. A loving son, brother and uncle, he had a longtime career repairing guitars and retired as owner of Gene’s Music.

He is survived by his brother, Tommy Allen, nieces, Tanya Zimmerman (Brian) and Tabitha Brooks (Ben); nephew, Travis Allen (Kimberly); six great-nephews and great nieces and one great-great-niece.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14 at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).

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

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019– Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program(MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments. 

Producers of corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat should apply at their local Farm Service Agency(FSA) office.

“Farmers are very resilient, and these payments are helping agricultural producers meet some of the costs of disrupted markets in 2018,” said USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We view it as a short-term solution to help America’s farmers, and we encourage impacted producers to apply for this program by the February 14 deadline.”

USDA previously announced the second and final round of trade mitigation payments. Producers need only sign-up once for the MFP to be eligible for the first and second payments. 

How to Apply

MFP applications are available online at www.farmers.gov/MFP. Applications can be completed at a local FSA office or submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing or faxing. To locate or contact your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov.

Applications can also be completed via the farmers.gov dashboard by producers who have Level 2 eAuthentication accounts. Sign into the dashboard here: https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in. Producers who do not have an account can register for an account at www.eauth.usda.gov.

Critics Say Tax Relief Legislation Would Widen Racial Inequities

New Law Would Protect Students Who Use CBD and THC-A Oils

Local Student Athletes Sign With Bluefield College

Local Softball Standouts Grason Hudson of Parkview High School in South Hill, Virginia and Madison Prince of Greensville County High School in Emporia, Virginia signed letters of intent with Bluefield College. Grayson and Madison are shown with Bluefield College Head Softball Coach Drew Bailey and Bluefield CollegeTrustee Martha Dodd-Slippy.

Grayson and Madison with Bluefield College Head Softball Coach Drew Bailey, Bluefield College Trustee Martha Dodd-Slippy and their parents (standing, l-r) Kresha And Allen Fulks and Keith Prince

Madison Prince and her family - Keith Prince, and Joyce Jones, Taylor Mattox, Michael Jones and Wanda Clements.  Also pictured are Bluefield College Trustee Martha Dodd-Slippy and Bluefield College Head Softball Coach Drew Bailey

Grayson Hudson and her family - Kresha and Allen Fulks, Katherine Fulks, Skyla Williams, Shawn Williams, Dylan Williams, Justin Hudson, Allison Edwards, Shawn Sulks

Grayson and Madison with Rustin Jesse, Martha Dodd-Slippy, Greensville County High School Coach and A. D. Ruby Allen and Travel Ball Coaches Sean Wade and Milton Benton

Music Therapy Remains an Uncertified Medical Practice in Virginia

Rep. McEachin Leads Members of VA Congressional Delegation in Letter Opposing Seismic Airgun Blasting and Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) led a letter, signed by every Democratic member of the Virginia Congressional Delegation, expressing opposition to the five Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) permits issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last November, and requesting the Trump Administration revoke these IHAs and refrain from issuing seismic airgun survey permits off the coast of Virginia. The letter also expresses opposition to the inclusion of the Commonwealth’s offshore area in the final 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

“Virginians have too much to lose when we prioritize polluters’ profits over the health and safety of our ocean and coastal communities,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Seismic airgun blasting can devastate marine life, including endangered species and essential fish stocks. History has shown us that offshore drilling accidents can irrevocably harm coastal communities’ economies, public health and marine life – and compromise military activities that are important to national security. The potential toll from an oil spill—in terms of damages, injuries, deaths, and other harms—is incalculable. I urge the administration to listen to Virginians, who have expressed vehement opposition to all forms of oil and gas exploration off Virginia’s coast.”

“In Virginia alone, more than 20 communities have officially voiced their opposition to seismic surveys and offshore drilling, including Virginia Beach and Norfolk – Virginia’s most populous cities. The Commonwealth has a diverse and robust economy based on sectors like tourism, recreation, aquaculture, deepwater port commerce, and Department of Defense infrastructure. Moving forward with seismic testing and offshore drilling could threaten these critical engines of Virginia’s economy, along with the valuable ecosystems along the coast and within the Chesapeake Bay. These shores, and the ecosystems and jobs they support, are simply too vital to the Commonwealth to risk,” wrote the Members of Congress. “Our constituents remain concerned with the administration’s efforts to open the Commonwealth’s offshore area to oil and gas exploration and drilling. Accordingly, we again request that the Department of Commerce revoke these IHAs, and that the Department of the Interior deny all pending seismic survey permits for the Atlantic.”

“Assaulting our ocean with seismic airguns in search of dirty and dangerous offshore oil is reckless and wrong,” saidDiane Hoskins, Offshore Drilling Campaign Director of Oceana. “Today’s letter calls on President Trump’s administration to do the right thing and protect Virginia from the harms associated with offshore drilling. Seismic airgun blasting threatens serious injury and even death to whales, dolphins and other marine life.  This dangerous blasting is being proposed so that companies can come in and drill for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Local communities and businesses up and down the East Coast have objected to expanded offshore drilling activities, like seismic airgun blasting.”

Full letter text is available here.

New Law Seeks to Treat Pets More Humanely

Virginia Expresses ‘Profound Regret’ for History of Lynchings

Four Bills Target Nicotine Products and Underage Smoking

Dr. Indu Shivaram Joins VCU Health CMH

Dr. Indu Shivaram

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Indu Shivaram to our family of healthcare providers.  Dr. Shivaram specializes in Pulmonology and Critical Care.

Dr. Shivaram earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Government Medical College in India and completed her Fellowship in pulmonary medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and her Fellowship in critical care medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 

Dr. Shivaram comes to South Hill from New York where she was an attending physician in pulmonary and critical care medicine. She is Board Certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine.

Dr. Shivaram is currently working at CMH ENT and Pulmonology Services located inside the C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.  She is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 584-2273 (CARE). To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Dr. Khalid Mojadidi Joins VCU Health CMH

Dr. Khalid Mojadidi

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Kahlid Mojadidi to our family of healthcare providers.  Dr. Mojadidi specializes in Cardiology.

Dr. Mojadidi earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan and completed his Fellowship in cardiology at the University of Florida. 

Dr. Mojadidi comes to South Hill from VCU in Richmond, where he is an Assistant Professor. He is skilled in cardiovascular disease, cardiac catheterization, transthoracic echocardiography, TEE, nuclear cardiac imaging, cardiac CT, Holter monitoring, stress testing, pacemaker & ICD management

Dr. Mojadidi is currently working at CMH Cardiology Services located inside the C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.  He is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 584-2273 (CARE).

Dr. Mojadidi joins Dr. Bethany Denlinger, Dr. Jayanthi Koneru, and Dr. Nimesh Patel, to provide a complete range of personalized and preventive cardiac care.  To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Jenea Bennett-Talley, FNP-C, Joins VCU Health CMH

Jenea Bennett-Talley, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Family Nurse Practitioner, Jenea Bennett-Talley to our family of healthcare providers.  Nurse Practitioner Bennett-Talley specializes in Family Care.

Jenea Bennett-Talley earned her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Chamberlain University in Illinois where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Jenea is also certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Practitioner Bennett-Talley is currently working at Chase City Primary Care Center located at 200 East Fifth Street in Chase City.  She is accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 372-0900. To view a full list of services visit:  VCU-CMH.org

Virginia Legislature Makes Moves to Keep Tuition Down

Senate OKs Bill Requiring Daycare Facilities to Test Water for Lead

Advocates Still Pushing for Virginia to Ratify ERA

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