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October 2019

Dr. William Clarence Stainback

April 13, 1943 - October 20, 2019

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Dr. William Stainback, fondly known as Billy, left this earth on October 20, 2019, for one more special journey.

A native of Emporia, Va., and resident of Richmond, Va., he was an educator, researcher and author as an advocate in the field of inclusion in special education. Being a UVA graduate, he was a great supporter of all things Wahoo. In his unassuming manner, he helped various individuals whom he saw had great potential in various walks of life. After his retirement from the University of Northern Iowa, he became an electrician, a plumber, and a passable carpenter, sustaining a few bruised fingers along the way. He was an explorer and always willing to try something new such as climbing Machu Pichu, riding a camel in Egypt, dog sledding in Canada and bicycling in various countries, always accompanied by his beloved wife, Linda, and good friends from Emporia.

During his professional career, Dr. Stainback was appointed in 1988 to an Endowed Chair Professorship at California State University Los Angeles. Dr. Stainback authored numerous professional articles and several books.  One of his textbooks was used in many national and international university classrooms. His career in inclusion in special education took him to several international conferences and was invited to be the keynote speaker at an educational congress in Riva del Garda, Italy in 1997.

He was predeceased by his parents, Willard T. Stainback and Maybelle M. Stainback Whitman, and step-mother Ellie P. Stainback. He is survived by his wife, Linda Slate Stainback; beloved twin brother, Dr. George H. Stainback and wife Madelyn of St. Augustine, Fl.;  a special nephew, Dr. G. Andrew Stainback (Sylvia) of Homestead, Fl.;  and a special niece, Amy Sakhare (Ravi) of Johnson City, Tn;  special  “nephew”,  William A. Harrison of Richmond; and step-son, W. Glenn Rainey (Tina) of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

He is also survived by one great-niece and three great-nephews, and many other relatives throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

There will be a graveside service at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road,  Emporia on Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Wrenn at 304 Church Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a memorial contribution to the UVA Gift Processing Services, PO Box 400331, Charlottesville, Va. 22904, “In Memory of William Stainback”. These contributions will be designated for a general academic scholarship fund which will impact students in financial need.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Elsie Lee Tomlinson Jarratt Winfield

 

 

5/28/1926 - 10/22/2019

 

Visitation Services

12 p.m. Saturday, October 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Saturday, October 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road

Jarratt, Virginia

Elsie Lee Tomlinson Jarratt Winfield, 93, widow of John B. Jarratt and B.D. Winfield, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Melvin Wayne Jarratt and a grandson, Brad Jarratt. Elsie is survived by two sons, Edward Jarratt (Patricia) and John Jarratt (Mabel); daughter, Kathy Harris; grandchildren, Robin Golem, Sherri Robbins (Scott), Holly Cooke (Walter) and Chris Harris (Angie), seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nellie Prince (Arthur “Preacher”) and Mildred Rawlings and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at  www.owenfh.com .

Jesse J. Grizzard, Jr.

May 21, 1951 - October 20, 2019

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 22

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

Jesse J. Grizzard, Jr., 68, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Matthews Grizzard. He is survived by his son, Jesse J. ‘Bubba” Grizzard, III (Jeannie); daughter, Brooke G. Haught (Daniel) and son, Cody W. Mitchell; grandchildren, Jesse J. Grizzard, IV, Gracie Lee Grizzard, Alexis Danielle Haught, Jaxson Connor Haught, Dawson Perry Haught, Taylor Griffin Mitchell and Holden Tate Haught; four sisters, Judy G. Powell (Winfred), Faye Grizzard, Minnie Grizzard and Karla G. Holloway (Keith); nieces, Jessica Jarratt (Charles), Teresa Hudson (Curt) nephew, Wayne Grizzard and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 23. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Virginia DMV Increases Staffing As Real ID Deadline Approaches

By Jimmy O’Keefe, Capital News Service

RICHMOND --  After noticing his driver’s license was set to expire, Loudoun County resident John Akins paid a visit to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Friday. This time he’ll obtain a Real ID-compliant driver’s license — a new requirement for many Americans. 

Virginians have until Oct. 1, 2020 to acquire a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or ID if they would like to travel by plane or access certain federal facilities. As the deadline approaches, the Virginia DMV has increased staffing at customer service centers .

“We’ve had more than 700,000 Virginians already receive a Real ID,” said Matthew Butner, a spokesman for the Virginia DMV. “The main driver I think is the air travel piece.” 

It is optional to acquire a Real ID, but federal agencies will not be able to accept non-Real ID licenses or IDs after next year’s deadline. Access to Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints will require either a Real ID or a passport for domestic and international flights. Some military bases already require a Real ID for access.

The Real ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, establishes minimum security standards for state-issued IDs, such as driver’s licenses. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the security standards required for the Real ID itself and the process of obtaining it include: “Information and security features that must be incorporated into each card; application information to establish the identity and immigration status of an applicant before a card can be issued; and physical security standards 

for facilities where driver's licenses and applicable identification cards are produced.”

Akins, a computer engineer, said he knew Real ID is intended to provide an increased level of security when traveling, but he noted that the look of his new driver’s license and the process for obtaining it wasn’t drastically different than the previous procedure.

“This process wasn't unlike any other time I've renewed my license, although obtaining a Real ID-compliant license required an in-person visit to the DMV,” Akins said. “I was surprised to see that the only discernible difference between my original driver's license and the Real ID license was a small solid black circle with a star in the center, in the upper right corner of the license.”

To meet demand for the new IDs, DMV has increased staffing at service centers. The organization also has expanded its mobile outreach program, which travels throughout the state providing Real IDs.

“We also have added DMV Connect teams, which are doing a ton of work for us,” Butner said. “These are two-to-three person teams, they have a laptop, a camera, and a signature pad and they can go out and do any DMV transaction other than testing and vital records.”

DMV Connect teams typically go to places that lack easy access to DMV customer service centers, such as rural areas. Recently, teams have been working in densely populated areas where customer service centers are already busy. 

Earlier this month, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that the state has been issuing Real IDs at all Virginia Department of Corrections facilities to formerly incarcerated people.

“We are fully committed to ensuring returning citizens have access to the support they need to successfully reintegrate into society,” Northam said in a press release. “Having identification that is Real ID-compliant will be a valuable tool in reducing recidivism and helping them start out on a positive path upon release.”

Butner encourages Virginians who still need to obtain a Real ID to do it sooner than later. 

“We are seeing increased wait times, and that's just simply due to the volume of customers that are taking advantage of Real ID,” he said. “It's only going to get more crowded as we head towards Oct. 1, 2020 … don’t wait until the last minute.” 

Obtaining a Real ID requires the following: 

  • One proof of identity and legal presence

  • Two proofs of Virginia residency

  • One proof of social security number

  • Current driver’s license, if seeking to obtain a Virginia driver’s license for the first time.

  • If proof documents contain different names (for example, if the last name on a birth certificate is different than the name on a payroll check stub), it's necessary to supply documents showing proof of the name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or a court order.

As Election Nears, Democrats Haul in the Cash -- Republicans Aren’t Daunted

 

By M. Quesada, Capital News Service

RICHMOND, Va. -- In competitive General Assembly races, a majority of Democratic challengers and incumbents are outraising their opponents and hoping dollars convert to voters on Election Day.

Stakes are high with all 140 General Assembly seats up for re-election on Nov. 5 and a push to flip both chambers to a Democratic majority. A win for Democrats would mean the party  leads both the executive and legislative branches and could be better positioned to pass legislative agendas. 

Democrats raised $13.7 million total to Republicans $8.1 million total in five key Senate races and 26 in the House of Delegates determined by a CNS analysis of competitive races, redistricting changes and recent voting trends on Virginia Public Access Project.

In competitive House races, six Democratic challengers outraised Republican incumbents in the past three months, based on new data released by VPAP. Only three Republican incumbents held a fundraising edge over Democratic challengers -- Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, and Del. Christopher Stolle, R-Virginia Beach. Freitas did not register in time to have his name on the ballot, but pledged in August to mount a write-in campaign that could translate to a win in the Culpeper Republican stronghold.

Democratic challenger Sheila Bynum-Coleman outraised Speaker of the House Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, by over $200,000 during the same period. Independent candidate Linnard Harris Sr. raised $2,167.

On the other side, with 11 Democratic incumbents seeking reelection, only two Republican challengers outraised their contenders. Ian Lovejoy is vying for Democratic Del. Lee Carter’s House District 50 seat. Lovejoy outraised Carter by over $70,000. Challenger H. Otto Wachsmann Jr. outraised Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex, in the race for the seat of House District 75.

Carter said he wasn’t surprised, or unsettled, by his opponent’s cash advantage, "given the fact that Virginia has no limits on corporate contributions.” 

“In fact, I've been continually surprised by how weak his fundraising has been compared to other Republicans in the area, and the fact that the overwhelming majority of his money ... comes from the Republican Party or other Republican campaigns,” Carter said. “I've never taken a single dime from for-profit corporations or industry interest groups, and I never will.  That grassroots support is certainly reflected in our conversations with voters, and I'm very confident that I'll be able to win despite being outspent, just like I did in 2017."

A U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld a redistricting map that favored Democrats and also left six Republicans in Democratic-leaning districts. Some Republican strongholds also began to fade blue when Donald Trump ran against Hillary Clinton, and in recent House and U.S. Senate elections.

There are five battleground races in the Senate, based on VPAP data. In Districts 10 and 12, Democratic challengers have outraised Republican incumbents.

 

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, raised over $1.4 million in the last two filing periods. She outraised her opponent, incumbent Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, whose cash haul was $694,844 in the same period. The two candidates were the first to spend over $1 million in media ad-buys. District 10 challenger Ghazala Hashmi outraised first-term incumbent Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, by $487,951.

Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, the only Democratic incumbent in this group, holds an advantage of nearly $20,000 over his Republican challenger Elizabeth Lankford.

Republican Jen Kiggans and Democrat Cheryl Turpin are vying for the seat vacated by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. Turpin raised over $890,000 and Kiggans brought in just over $600,000.

Democratic candidates in these competitive Senate races accumulated just over $4.1 million in three months, compared to the $2.1 million raised by Republican candidates, according to campaign finance reports collected by VPAP.

Jeff Ryer, press secretary for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, said the party has faced similar situations before. 

“Hillary Clinton outspent Donald Trump ... and yet Donald Trump was able to prevail,” he said. Ryer said the candidates’ message during an election is more important than money. “Every indication that we have is that most of the races are very close and that both State Senate and State House could go either way.”

Democrats see the uptick in fundraising as proof of the momentum they are gaining in Virginia. The party has also had a higher number of candidates run in the past two elections -- more than double the number in 2015.

“In 2017 Virginia really started a ‘blue wave,’ following Trump’s election,” said Kathryn Gilley, director of communications for the Virginia House Democrats. Gilley believes out-of-state money and interest is important for the future of Virginia. “People see that there is a possibility of flipping the chambers this year,” she said.

Across the state, Democrats have raised large amounts of cash in the past three months, even in districts that lean heavily Republican and don’t offer great odds of victory, in part due to a flood of donations Gilley referenced. But there are opportunities based on climbing voter turnout in off-year elections; heightened by the increasing popularity of absentee ballots. Still, the last time all seats were up for grabs in 2015, only 29% of registered voters turned up. 

“There is greater enthusiasm, right now, among Democratic-inclined voters than Republican-inclined voters,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. “The candidates that are better funded at this point have a better chance in using that money to turn out voters on election day.”

Kidd said out-of-state donations represent the attention these elections have around the country. “People are looking at Virginia as a bellwether to see where voters are and then look forward to next year in the presidential race,” he said.

Key races are identified in this story from VPAP’s competitive index of House and Senate races and also include districts that lean Democratic after House redistricting. Races with an Independent candidate were not included.

“A Real Change”

Years back I fixed the broken
or let’s just say I tried
now days it doesn’t make much sense
to all I must confide.
 
You pay for parts or service
which both are now too high
for less than the cost of repairing
you can another buy.
 
They have the warranties figured out
almost unto the day
so to get extended coverage
is a wasted fee to pay.
 
What do we do with all the extra parts
this system does create
we fill up the junkyards and landfills
and they raise your garbage rate.
 
Parts stores will go out of business
for no longer is the need
yes our high tech technology
means more than what you read.
 
So now when something breaks down
I look for a place to throw
for I can buy another cheaper
than to fix it, don’t you know!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

GCPS to Sponsor At-Risk Afterschool Meals

Greensville County Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants at each site.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded, State-administered program that provides funding to child and adult care centers and homes that serve healthy meals and snacks. Through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of CACFP, healthy meals and snacks can be served to children and teenagers who participate in afterschool programs in low income areas. To participate, these programs must (1) be organized primarily to provide care for children after school or on the weekends, holidays, or breaks during the regular school year; (2) provide organized, regularly scheduled activities; (3) include educational or enrichment activities, like arts and crafts, computer lessons, or homework help; and (4) be located in an eligible area.

Greensville County Public Schools is proud to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  We believe that afterschool snacks and meals are an effective way to help reduce childhood hunger when school is out and they help to promote a healthy childhood weight. 

The supper meal consist of a meat/meat alternate, vegetable, grain, fruit, and milk; students must choose 3 of the 5 components offered to make a meal. Most of our snacks consists of a whole grain rich product and a 100% fruit juice option or milk.

"I am happy to be able to fill the hunger gap while our students participate in constructive after school activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning," stated MaRendia Garner, Food Service Supervisor.

Meals will be provided at these facilities:

Greensville County High School

snack & supper

403 Harding Street
Emporia, VA 23847  

Belfield Elementary

snack

515 Belfield Road
Emporia, VA 23847

E. W. Wyatt Middle School

snack

206 Slagles Lake Road
Emporia, VA 23847    

Greensville Elementary

snack

1011 Sussex Drive
Emporia, VA 23847

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed for or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provided.

For further information please contact: MaRendia Garner, Food Service Supervisor at 434-634-2863.

For additional information, you may also contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition Programs by calling 804-225-2082.

Brunswick Counry High Speed Chase Ends in Fatality

Virginia State Police was called to investigate a single vehicle accident that was a result of a vehicle pursuit by Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.
 
Preliminary investigations reveal that at approximately 10:48 p.m. yesterday evening (October19), the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department attempted to pull over a 2010 Honda Civic for speeding 84MPH in a 70 MPH speed zone. The Honda Civic was traveling in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, when the deputy attempted to pull over Valeton Junior Pratt. Mr. Pratt failed to pull over and a pursuit entailed. Mr. Pratt attempted to take exit 34 at a high rate of speed, crossed over Route 630, and struck a tree.
 
Mr. Valeton J. Pratt, 27 YOA, of the 1000 block of First Avenue, Lawrenceville, VA., died upon impact. His front seat passenger, Keith M. Haskins, of South Hill, Virginia, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to VCU Hospital in South Hill, Virginia.
 
Mr. Pratt was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. It is unknown at this time if alcohol played a contributing factor. 
 
Notification to family members has been made.

Bobbie D. Barnes

February 27, 1944 - October 17, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 3:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Bobbie D. Barnes 75, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, October 17th, 2019. Bobbie was a member of The Trinity Church in Halifax N.C.

She was born in Greensville County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Randall D. Turner and Katie Mathews Turner. She was the widow of David Lee Barnes and also preceded in death by a sister Lucille T. Link Turner and a brother Louis E. “Joe” Turner.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Patti Lynn Barnes and special friend Stella Stanley and her daughter Morgan of Emporia, VA., a sister, Diane T. Huskey (Jimmy) of Emporia, VA., three brothers, Cleveland D. Turner (Betty) of Norfolk, VA., Bernard Turner (Bertha Ray) of Skippers, VA., R. Jimmy Turner (Marty) of Skippers, VA., numerous nieces and nephews, along with grand dogs Carmel and Bizzie.

A funeral service will be held at Echols Funeral Home on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 3:00 P.M., with Pastor Mitchell Norville officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Echols Funeral Home from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Special thanks to the staff of Greensville Manor for their devoted and dedicated care.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Panther Prep Advising Day is Coming to SVCC October 17

Everyone is invited to a huge event happening at six locations of Southside Virginia Community College on Thursday, October 17, 2019 .  Panther Prep Advising Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all current students, those interested in becoming a student or learning more about the college. The Event at Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event is being held at the Christanna Campus, Alberta, John H. Daniel Campus, Keysville, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, South Boston, Estes Community Center and Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, South Hill.  And of course, Emporia from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SVCC will show its Panther Pride on this day with fun, food, DJs, door prizes and offering help with registering for Spring Classes, applying for financial aid and advisors getting students on the right path to success. 

For information, call Leslie Perkins at 434 736 2022.

‘No pedestals, no weapons, no horses,’ -- Women’s Monument Unveiled on Capitol Square

By Susan Shibut, Capital News Service

RICHMOND -- Hundreds watched as the first seven statues of “Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument” were unveiled on the Capitol grounds this morning, on Indigenous Peoples Day. 

The monument is the nation’s first created to showcase remarkable women of Virginia.

Mary Margaret Whipple, vice chair of the Women’s Monument Commission, said the monument embodies the goals of the commission to honor real women in a way that is not mythic or symbolic. The Virginia General Assembly established the commission to determine and recommend an appropriate women’s monument for Capitol Square in 2010. 

“These women rose to the occasion and made significant achievements,” Whipple said. “They were from all walks of life. From different times and places. They were famous and obscure. Real women. Even imperfect women. Who have shaped the history of this commonwealth.” 

Clerk of the Senate Susan Clarke Schaar spoke about the decade-long process for the design and realization of the monument. She worked with professors and historians to design the structure. 

“No pedestals, no weapons, no horses,” Schaar said. “They wanted it to be approachable. They wanted it to be warm and welcoming. And they wanted to convey a sense of consensus building. And they wanted young women and young men to know that they could do anything they wanted to do with their lives.”

Gov. Ralph Northam said the monument is long overdue. 

“For far too long we have overlooked the transformative contributions of women and other underrepresented groups,” said Northam. “Until recently that has been the case on Capitol Square as well.”

Capitol Square is also home to the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, opened in 2008, and “Mantle,” a monument dedicated to Virginia’s Indian tribes in 2018. 

Artist Kehinde Wiley last month in Times Square unveiled “Rumors of War,” a statue of a young African American man on a horse in a pose modeled after Confederate monuments. The statue will be permanently moved to the entrance of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Arthur Ashe Boulevard in December.

2019 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. It also marks the 400th anniversary of the first slaves arriving in Virginia. 

Sen. Ryan McDougle, a Republican running for reelection in the 4th District, brought his daughter Reagan on stage with him. He said the monument was about inspiring the accomplishments of women yet to come. 

“It’s about Reagan, and all the girls here today, and all the girls that will come; whether they have those role models in their families or not, they will be able to see that women that have come before them have achieved tremendous things,” McDougle said.

When the monument is completed it will feature a dozen bronze statues on a granite plaza and an etched glass Wall of Honor inscribed with 230 names of notable Virginian women and room for more. For a future honoree to qualify for the wall, she must be a native Virginian or have lived mostly in Virginia and must be deceased for at least 10 years.

The granite wall features a quote excerpted from a 1912 address that Mary Johnston, a 20th century Virginian author, made to an all-male Richmond conference of state governors:

“It did not come up in a night, the Woman Movement, and it is in no danger of perishing from view. It is here to stay and grow … It is indestructible, it is moving on with an ever- increasing depth and velocity, and it is going to revolutionize the world.”

The seven completed statues are Anne Burras Laydon, a Jamestown colonist; Cockacoeske, Pamunkey chieftain; Mary Draper Ingles, a frontierswoman; Elizabeth Keckly, seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln; Laura Copenhaver, an entrepreneur in the textile industry; Virginia Randolph, an educator; and Adèle Clark, suffragist and artist. 

Five more statues will be added as they are funded and completed — Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, America’s inaugural first lady; Clementina Bird Rind, the first female printer in Virginia; Sally Louisa Tompkins, a hospital administrator; Maggie L. Walker, a civil rights leader and entrepreneur; and Sarah G. Boyd Jones, teacher and physician. 

The statues, which each required a $200,000 investment, were sculpted by New York-based Ivan Schwartz, who also crafted the Capitol’s Thomas Jefferson statue.

Schwartz spoke about the lack of statues to, for, or about women. According to the Washington Post, of the estimated 5,193 public statues depicting historic figures on display on street corners and parks throughout the United States, 394 are of women. 

“Women have been excised from the marble pedestal of history,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz has recently worked on other sculptures of notable women around the country. He mentioned projects highlighting Susan B. Anthony, Anne Frank and Harriet Tubman.

“I still make sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington,” Schwartz said. “I don’t turn my back on these good gentlemen. But their gentlemen’s club, which has occupied our national living room, our nation’s public spaces, has at last started to admit women, African Americans and Native Americans.”

Girl Scouts unveiled the structures, pulling back a blue cloth as the name of each statue was announced by Susan Allen, chair of the Virginia Capitol Foundation and former first lady of Virginia. The Girl Scouts represented councils from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Skyline and the Colonial Coast. 

Allen gave closing remarks, calling the occasion “a monumental day.”

“Let us recognize our diverse past, and those on whose shoulders we stand so proudly today and be inspired to work on for a better future for our daughters and the young leaders of tomorrow like these lovely young women here today,” Allen said.

Annual Ginger and Turmeric Field Day Focuses on New Varieties and Health Finding

Dr. Reza Rafie holds baby ginger grown at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm.

Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct its Ginger and Turmeric Field Day Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Virginia State University (VSU), Petersburg, Va. The popular annual program will cover both the health benefits of ginger and turmeric, as well as techniques to successfully grow and market it. Participants will also visit VSU’s Randolph Farm, where they will see four new varieties of container and outdoor grown ginger, as well as learn about the harvesting, washing and packing of the crops for market. Additionally, participants will learn about the runaway success story of Richmond’s Hardywood Brewery Gingerbread Stout, which features locally-grown ginger.

Pre-registration is required and costs $20 per person. It includes a boxed lunch.

At the program new VSU research will be announced that confirms immature ginger, or “baby” ginger, contains about twice as many polyphenols and has two to three times more antioxidation activity than the mature ginger found in most grocery stores. “That means if you’re eating ginger for its health benefits,” said Dr. Rafat Siddiqui, associate professor of food sciences at VSU’s Agricultural Research Station, “you may be selling yourself short at the supermarket, which traditionally offers only mature ginger, recognizable by its light brown color.”

Unfortunately for consumers though, 100 percent of the ginger found at the supermarket is imported, largely from Southeast Asia on container ships. From the time it’s packed until it makes its way into our kitchens is usually months. “Baby ginger is more perishable than its older counterpart, which naturally features a papery skin to lock in moisture and freshness,” said Dr. Reza Rafie, horticulture Extension specialist at VSU. “The immature ginger just couldn’t make the voyage.”

So, what’s a health-conscious, ginger-lover to do? Rafie and others at the field day will present solutions that not only hold benefits for consumers, but also for U.S. small-scale farmers, as well.

Since it takes less time to grow and harvest baby ginger (seven to eight months, Rafie explained, compared to commercial ginger, which matures in the ground for about 10-11 months), the tropical plant can grow in regions with shorter growing seasons than Southeast Asia. Rafie explained he and many others have had great success growing baby ginger in pots and in raised beds up and down the East Coast.

“But it’s a crop that must be sold close to home and quickly,” he added. “It’s perfect for those small-scale farmers who sell direct to consumers at farmers markets or through community supported agriculture (CSA) programs or to chefs, who prefer it for its more delicate taste and the fact it doesn’t need to be peeled.”

Presenters at the field day will also discuss the potential profitability of growing baby ginger. Immature ginger is selling this fall for about $5 to $10 a pound, depending on the market, remarked Rafie. Compared with traditional small-scale farming crops like tomatoes or sweet potatoes, which were selling this summer at a Richmond, Va farmers market for $2 and $1.50* respectively, baby ginger can offer farmers the opportunity for greater profits per production area.

He explained that production results at VSU have shown that each ginger plant has the potential of producing three to eight pounds of marketable baby ginger, depending on production techniques, including fertilizer, irrigation, disease management and mounding.

“The market potential is considerable,” says Rafie.

The program will be held in the L. Douglas Wilder Building Auditorium, Carter G. Woodson Avenue on the VSU campus.

For more information, visit the VSU Cooperative Extension calendar of events at ext.vsu.edu and click on the event. If you desire further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mark Klingman at mjklingman@vsu.edu or

804-524-5493/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Gene Seward

March 28, 1949 - October 12, 2019

Visitation Services

1 p.m., Tuesday, October 15

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m., Tuesday, October 15

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia
 

Gene Seward, 70, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Seward, Sr. and a sister, Arlene Leasburg. He was a retired employee of Greensville Correctional Center and a USMC veteran of the Vietnam War where he earned the Purple Heart.

Gene is survived by his wife, Betty V. Seward; son David Seward (Paula); his mother, Frances Seward; three brothers, James Wilson Seward, Jr. (Diane), Leon Seward (Rita) and Billy Seward (Gail); a number of nieces and nephews and his beloved “grandpuppy” Roscoe.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

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

Elton Alexander Lucy

September 18, 1929 – October 9, 2019

Memorial Service

2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pleasant Hill Christian Church
175 Ankum Road
Gasburg, Virginia

Elton Alexander Lucy, age 96, of Lake Gaston-Henrico, N.C. and Emporia, Va., passed away October 9, 2019. The son of Charlie Lear Lucy and Daisy Browder Lucy, Elton was born September 18, 1923 and raised in Lawrenceville, Virginia.  February 11, 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Lucille Baird Lucy.  They had 65 happy years together until her death in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Joseph Gilbert Lucy and Emory Lear Lucy, and a sister, Phyllis Lucy Daniel.  He is survived by his son, Gerald W. Lucy of Lawrenceville, and his daughter, Glenda Lucy Pope and her husband, Linwood, of Emporia, Va.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lin Pope, Charles Pope and his wife, Tina, all of Emporia, Jeremy Lucy and his wife, Angie, of Dolphin, Va., and Daisy Lucy Cary and her husband, Tommy, of Liberty, Texas. Great grandchildren are Emily Pope, Carter Pope, Allie Pope, Charlie Pope, Meredith Lucy, Abbie Grace Lucy, River Lucy, Sadie Cary, and Rock Cary.  He is also survived by a niece, June Lucy Spurlock, of Reno, Nevada and a nephew, Danny Hale Daniel, of Courtland, Va.

Elton worked for the U.S. Postal service from 1961-1985 serving as Assistant Postmaster in Emporia, Va. and as Postmaster in Lawrenceville, Va.  He was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Gasburg, Va. where he was an Honorary Lifetime Elder, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of his Sunday School Class.  During World War II, he served in the Army Transportation Corp aboard the hospital ships USAHA Louis A. Milne and USS Chateau Therry.  

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 175 Ankum Road, Gasburg, Va.  There will be a reception following the service in the Family Life Building.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Pleasant Hill Christian Church.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.    

Virginia Ranks Among States With Lowest Crime Rates

 

By Jaclyn Barton, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Virginia had the fourth lowest violent crime rate and 13th lowest property crime rate in the United States last year, according to new data from the FBI.

The commonwealth had 200 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2018, the data showed. Only Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire had a lower violent crime rate. Nationally, there were 369 violent offenses per 100,000 population.

Virginia had about 1,666 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. A dozen states — topped by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont — had lower property crime rates. Nationwide, the rate was 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 population.

From 2017 to 2018, the violent crime rate decreased 3% and the property crime rate fell 7% nationwide and in Virginia.

All of Virginia’s metropolitan areas had violent crime rates below the nationwide level, and most were below the national rate for property crimes.

The Winchester and Harrisonburg metro areas had the least violent crime — fewer than 140 offenses per 100,000 population.

The metro areas with the most violent crime were Roanoke (235 offenses per 100,000 residents), Richmond (239), Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (265) and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News (307).The Virginia metro areas with the least property crime were Harrisonburg (1,137 offenses per 100,000 population) and Lynchburg (1,350). The metro areas with the most property crime were Richmond (2,156 offenses per 100,000 residents), Roanoke (2,378) and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News (2,405).

Under the FBI’s definition, violent crimes include murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Although Virginia’s overall statewide and metro-area crimes rates generally were low, the data revealed some trouble spots — especially regarding homicides.

Nationwide, there were 5 murders for every 100,000 people last year. Virginia’s murder rate was 4.6 per 100,000 population.

Most Virginia metro areas had murder rates below the national average. For example, the Winchester area didn’t report any homicides last year; the Blacksburg-Christiansburg area had just one; and the Charlottesville area had three (for a rate of 1.4 per 100,000 population).

But the murder rates in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria and Lynchburg metro areas were at the national average of 5 killings per 100,000 residents. The murder rates exceeded the national level in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News and the Roanoke metro areas (about 7 murders per 100,000 residents) and the Richmond area (almost 8 murders per 100,000 population).

Murder rates were well above the national average in several Virginia cities, the FBI data showed. The murder rate last year was 44 killings per 100,000 population in Petersburg, 27 in Danville, 23 in Richmond, 21 in Portsmouth and 15 in Norfolk.

Of the 490 U.S. cities with a population between 25,000 and 35,000, only three had a higher murder rate than Petersburg. (One of the three was Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in 2018.)

Of the 31 U.S. cities with a population between 200,000 and 250,000, only two (Birmingham, Alabama, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana) had a murder rate higher than Richmond last year.

Among cities in Virginia, Portsmouth, Newport News, Richmond, Norfolk and Roanoke all had violent crime rates and property crime rates above the national average.

The Roanoke Police Department is active in community outreach programs created to reduce crime. They include neighborhood watch groups, a summer youth basketball league and programs to help students read and do their homework. Police officials attend as many as 30 community events each month.

“There is no way to determine causation factors for a potential decrease in crime. It could be a number of different reasons, and we cannot determine that any of our community outreach or crime prevention has impacted the crime rates,” said Caitlyn Cline, who does community outreach, public information and crime prevention for the Roanoke Police Department.

In 2018, Richmond reported 52 murders — more than any other city or county in Virginia. Still, that was a far cry from two decades ago.

“I don’t think Richmond or Virginia has a particularly high murder rate relative to places like Maryland and Baltimore,” said Patrick Lowery, assistant professor of criminal justice at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He said that in 1994, the number of murders in Richmond “peaked at 160. In 2014, we were down to 43, so that’s about four times less homicides relative to 10 or 15 years ago.”

Overall, violent crime in every major American city has decreased since the early 1990s. Lowery attributes that to many factors, such as community outreach programs and changing sentencing laws.

The FBI data release, from an annual report called Crime in the United States, represents statistics reported by about 16,700 law-enforcement agencies last year.

In June, the Virginia State Police issued a state-level report called Crime in Virginia. The State Police report covered additional crimes such as kidnapping and abduction.

A total of 1,696 kidnapping and abduction offenses were reported in 2018. That number was up 6% from 2017. Prince William County had the most kidnappings last year — 111.

“It’s not as if random people are getting snatched off the street,” said Sgt. Jonathan Perock, supervisor for the Prince William County Police Department. “The majority of the time, it’s a domestic incident in which both parties are known to one another.”

 

 

Schools With the Best and Worst Graduation Rates

By Sravan Gannavarapu, Capital News Service

RICHMOND — Three small rural school districts had 100% graduation rates this year, and the Brunswick County, Manassas and Richmond school systems had the state’s lowest graduation rates, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

Colonial Beach and Charles City, which each had fewer than 50 students in their 2019 graduation classes, and Highland County, which had just 14, graduated all of their seniors. Twenty-seven district had rates of at least 95%, including such larger school districts as York, Montgomery and Hanover counties.

The proportion of Virginia high school students graduating on time dipped from 91.6% in 2018 to 91.5% in 2019, the data showed.

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said Virginia’s on-time graduation rate has risen by more than 10 percentage points in the decade since the department began reporting graduation rates that account for every student who enters the ninth grade.

“I believe this long-term, upward trend will continue as school divisions and the commonwealth adopt equitable policies and practices that provide instructional and support services tailored to the unique needs of every learner,” Lane said.

During the past school year, 74 of the state’s 131 districts had graduation rates above the statewide average. That was true of 197 of Virginia’s 327 high schools.

Eleven high schools — most of them with 50 or fewer students — had 100% graduation rates in 2019. Six of those schools achieved perfect rates the previous year as well: Chincoteague High in Accomack County; Highland High in Highland County; Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News; Open High and Franklin Military Academy in Richmond; and Chilhowie High in Smyth County.

Greensville County Public Schools, which covers both Greensville County and the City of Emporia had a dropout rate of 9.1% and a graduation rate of 86.6%.  The graduation rate for the previous year was 88.8% while the dropout rate was 8.6%.

Among high schools with at least 400 seniors, three had graduation rates of 99% or higher: Thomas Jefferson High for School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County; Cosby High in Chesterfield County; and Rock Ridge High in Loudoun County.

Analysis of the data also showed that:

  • The Lunenburg County, Colonial Beach and Charles City County school divisions registered the most improvement in their graduation rates in 2019. Each district’s rate jumped by more than 10 percentage points from 2018.
  • The Brunswick, Amherst and Sussex County school divisions saw the biggest drops in graduation rates — at least 7 percentage points.

Many of the students who did not graduate on time are still pursuing their high school diploma or a GED. Other students, however, have quit school and are considered dropouts.

Statewide, the dropout rate rose from 5.5 in 2018 to 5.6 this past year. The dropout rates varied among demographic and socioeconomic groups. The rate was:

  • 4% for female students and 7% for male students
  • 2% for Asian students, 3% for white students, 6% for African American students and 17% for Hispanic students
  • 8% for economically disadvantaged students, 9% for students with disabilities, 22% for homeless students and 26% for English language learners
  • The Richmond Public Schools had the highest dropout rate in 2019 — more than 24%.

“We are of course deeply disappointed by the latest graduation numbers, but as we shared last spring, we knew a decline was possible — if not likely — as we stopped a number of inappropriate adult practices that were artificially inflating our rate,” Jason Kamras, superintendent of the Richmond school district, said in a statement.

“We clearly have more work to do, but I’m confident we are now heading in the right direction.”

Chesterfield County, which had a dropout rate of 7%, planned to do a “complete audit” of every student who had quit school, said Superintendent Merv Daugherty.

“This involves making personal contacts with each family with a goal of having the student re-enroll,” Daugherty said. “Additional student support services are also being incorporated to work with students who may be vulnerable to dropping out.”

DRS Imaging Partners with Southside Virginia Community College to Invest in Virginia Families

DRS employees outside the facility in Clarksville,Virginia are (Left to Right) Jamie Caknipe, Kelly Gordon, Judieth Cain, Allene Thompson, Shelby Russell , Shantell Cheatwood, Alexis Gregory, Bruce Terry (New Production Manager) Clifford Newman (CEO), Jeanette Rawlings (New Floor Manager) , Tiffany Slagle, SVCC Instructor,  Michelle Jiggetts, Shavonda Hurt, Shavonne Hargrove, Monica Vaughan, Nick Jean-Baptiste, DRS Board Member and Investor, Jessica Caknipe,  and Calvin Long.

A new partnership between DRS Imaging Services, LLC (“DRS”) and Southside Virginia Community College (“SVCC”) has the potential to increase the skillset of Clarksville, Virginia residents, while also creating jobs in the local community.

DRS, a document scanning, storage and retrieval services company located in Clarksville, and SVCC have created an innovative partnership which offers college classes to DRS employees during work hours. The aim of the partnership is to empower DRS’ workforce to meet a growing demand for its services, while also investing in the families of Clarksville.

The partnership is a part of DRS’ on-going commitment to the communities in which it works, particularly rural communities. This new partnership is a good fit for the rural Virginia community, as Governor Ralph Northam has made rural workforce development a priority. He recently stated at the Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity that investing in jobs and workforce development are critical to help the commonwealth’s rural communities thrive.

The first class offering, Introduction to Business, has helped DRS employees grow their skills and enhance their productivity, both on the job and off.

Bruce Terry of Clarksville, a 37-year-old DRS employee, enrolled in the class and was recently promoted to production manager.  He considered college at one time but, instead, joined the workforce out of high school.  The Introduction to Business course is allowing Bruce to now revisit his desires to attend college, he said. 

“It also allows something that my stepdaughter, a freshman at Old Dominion University, and I  can bond over”, he continued. 

Shavonne Hargrove, a mother of three and DRS employee, admits, “I was nervous about taking a college class, especially the testing part”.  However, she has endeavored to learn business and believes that this class will improve her job performance and increase her personal satisfaction.   

Jeanette Rawlings, a floor supervisor, shares that being a college student makes her a role model for her two daughters.  “Anything I can do to help my kids, I am going to do,” said Rawlings.

DRS has eleven nationwide offices, and the company has employed Southside Virginians at the local site for over 16 years. DRS CEO Cliff Newman, inspired by his own father’s success as an entrepreneur, has always sought solutions for a more productive and empowered workforce. The partnership with SVCC was, to him, a no-brainer.

“We have hundreds of employees nationwide and we work hard to take care of them,” said Newman. “Our employees are our core asset, and by investing in them, we are investing in our business. Giving employees an opportunity to gain college credits towards a diploma helps them and, candidly, is also beneficial to the growth of our business.”

Nick Jean-Baptiste, Board Member and an investor in DRS said, “DRS is growing the local community, our employees and our bottom line.  Partnering with SVCC enables us to reach these goals.”

The classes, which are held in a conference room that was quickly converted into an educational classroom to hold 16 eager students, have exceeded everyone’s high expectations. The students love their teacher, Tiffany Slagle, an SVCC Accounting instructor.

 “It has been such an amazing experience working with students outside of the traditional college setting and stepping out of my comfort zone,” said Slagle. “This in-house training program is such a wonderful opportunity for the employees and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, sees this partnership as something that can be replicated by other companies and other community colleges. The partnership, he said, has been a success due to DRS’s commitment.

Dr. Patton said, “It has been a pleasure to work with DRS on creating this opportunity.  It is obvious the company is dedicated to improving their employee's lives and is willing to make this happen.”

Martha Ann Powell Jasso

September 1, 1953 - October 2, 2019

Graveside Services Visitation

2pm October 19th

Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
974 Zion Church Road
Skippers, Virginia

October 19th following service until 4:30 pm

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Road
Skippers, Virginia

Martha Powell Jasso (66) our beloved mother and sister departed her earthly home into God's hands on Wednesday, October 2nd.  For over a year, Mom was in hospice.  She always showed strength and love as she battled the ups and downs associated with her illness, ultimately succumbing to complications from a stroke.

There will be a graveside service 2pm October 19th at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery (974 Zion Church Road Skippers Virginia).  The family will provide refreshments and receive friends to celebrate Martha's life in the Fellowship Hall until 4:30 p.m.  We welcome any pictures and stories of our mother you'd like to share.

Mom enjoyed collecting Angels, watching QVC and Hallmark, observing Birds and other wildlife on her many feeders.  Her favorite thing was visiting with her children, grandchildren and staying connected with family and friends.

Martha was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, however, enjoyed Texas for many years before returning to Virginia.  She loved her time in Emporia, Virginia working as a Radiologist Assistant in the local hospital while caring for her aging parents.  Mom ultimately settled in the Greensboro, NC area to be closer to her three grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Posey Odell Powell (2011) and Betty Ray Powell (2001) she is preceded in death by her brother Mitchell Ray Powell (2015).

Surviving are her Daughters Wendy Conner (Tony) of Julian, NC and Debra Barnes (Chris) of McLeansville, NC; Father of her children Joseph Boyette of Greensboro,  NC; Grandchildren Shelby, Krandle, Emily and Christopher; Sister Patricia Earnhardt (Jerry) of Emporia, VA; Brother Terry Powell (Wanda) of Emporia,  VA; Sister-in-law Melanie Powell of Skippers, VA;  Nephews Tommy, Carl and Robert; Nieces Crystal, Michelle, Caitlin and Lindsey;  and several greatnephews and greatnieces she adored.

We cannot thank the nurses and staff of the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell enough as we witnessed their love and compassion to our mother during her final days.

Mom will forever be in our hearts but we know that she is pain-free surrounded by her family that has gone before and is in the presence of our Lord and Saviour.

Flowers can be sent to Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA or In Memory Of Mom donations can be made to Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell (www.hospiceac.org)

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WELCOMES 59 NEW TROOPERS TO ITS RANKS

RICHMOND – On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, the Commonwealth graduated its 130th generation of Virginia State Troopers. The 59 new troopers were presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County. Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Ryant Washington was in attendance of the graduation ceremony.

The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 130th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 20, 2019.

The graduates of the 130th Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Upon graduation, the new troopers reported to their individual duty assignments across Virginia the week of October 7. For their final phase of training, each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.

130th BASIC GRADUATING CLASS

  Name

Hometown

Assignment

Kevin Alexander Allen

Virginia Beach

Hampton/Newport News

Maximo L. Arduini

Hamilton, New Jersey

Chesterfield

Domanic James Banish

Ticonderoga, New York

Fairfax

Brian Wayne Barrett

Bristol

Scott

Richard Shayne Brooks

Suffolk

York

Sung Hoon Cho

Sterling

Springfield

Jabreia Camay Clark

South Hill

Mecklenburg

Christopher Thomas Cortese

Guilderland, New York

Orange

Kelsea Lee Crotts

Smithfield

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Anthony Carroll Daulton, Jr.

Appomattox

Prince Edward

Luis Brian Delgado

Chester

Chesterfield

 Aaron Matthew Dorr

Suffolk

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Nicholas Charles Fleischer

Bangor, Pennsylvania

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Jacob Peter Gooch

Woodbridge

Springfield

Keith Aaron Griese

Manassas

Prince William

Devin Nicholas Hacker

Courtland

Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Chance Alan Harrington

Rural Retreat

Frederick

Justin Roy Harris

Seville, Ohio

Campbell

Matthew Lane Hedgepeth

Chester

Hampton/Newport News

Andrew Ryan Jennings

Charlottesville

Arlington

Tanner Blake Jones

Damascus

Halifax

William Revely Keesee

Amherst

Franklin

Alexander Stephen King

Indianapolis, Indiana

Fairfax

Jason Patrick Kirk

Wytheville

Wythe

Joseph James Kulick

Edwardsville, Pennsylvania

Hampton/Newport News

Michael B. LeSage

Port Haywood

York

William McKinley Lester, II

Wise

Scott

William H. Littlejohn, Jr.

Chester

Dinwiddie

Joseph Hunter Lowe

Rural Retreat

Springfield

Larry Nathan Luna

Hackensack, New Jersey

Springfield

Jalante Rashard Manns

Roanoke

Isle of Wight

William Wyatt McCraw

Danville

Pittsylvania

Matthew David Meadows

Verona

Augusta

Conlan Jonathan Miller

Herndon

Fairfax

Bradley Austin Mills

Ashland

Hanover

Christopher Edward Miskin

Midlothian

Chesterfield

Adolfo Alberto Orellana

North Chesterfield

Stafford

Caleb James Parnell

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Rockbridge

Jesse Dylan Peebles

Fries

Albemarle

Joshua Ryan Pelletier

La Crosse

Lunenburg

William Austin Peters

Rural Retreat

Dinwiddie

Alexander Carl Pike

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Warren

Devin Joseph Pluchino

Virginia Beach

Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Isaiah Chance Puckett

Ararat

Botetourt

Katie Jean Reeves

Bealeton

Madison

Benjamin Alan Rhodes

Bracey

Mecklenburg

James Matthew Riggs

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

James City

Alexandra Nicole Roberts

Bumpass

Stafford

David M. Saunders

Henrico

Hanover

Kevin Peter Schumann

Centreville

Fairfax

Timofey Smosyuk

Vestal, New York

Henrico

Lloyd Ryan Spencer

Patrick Springs

Botetourt

Justin Lee Sproston

Gloucester

Mathews

Ryan James Walker

Midlothian

Rockbridge

 Matthew Allan Wilkinson

Clarksville

Appomattox

John Dakota Winebrenner

Danville

Pittsylvania

John Carper Workman

Wytheville

Albemarle

John Tyler Wukich

Christiansburg

Albemarle

James Brandon Yates

Lebanon

Botetourt

Frances Jeanette Phillips

October 8, 1941-October 2, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6-8 pm Sunday, October 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Monday, October 7

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Frances Jeanette Phillips, 77, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019. She was the widow of Marvin T. Phillips and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Chuck Anderton, Bobby Anderton and Earl Anderton.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by two sons, Roger Phillips (T. J.), and Jason Phillips (Rhonda); granddaughter, Tori; step-grandchildren, Justin Mitchell (Brianna), Casey Davis (Justin) and Aleahsia Wyatt; sister, Edna Turner and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 Sunday, October 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, October 7 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Virginia Attorney General Sparks Up Conversation on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

By Jeff Raines, Capital News Service

RICHMOND –Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Virginia Tuesday night. 

“Virginians know we can do better. It’s time to move toward legal, regulated adult use,” Herring said in his retweet ofa studythat revealed more than half of Virginians agree with him. 

The study, published by the University of Mary Washington last month, showed that 61% of Virginians support legalization of recreational marijuana, while 34% oppose legalization. The remaining respondents said they were uncertain.

 This is a noticeable uptick from a UMW study conducted in 2017 that showed 39% of Virginians supported legalizing marijuana for personal use. The 2017 question was worded differently, asking if marijuana should be legalized in general, for personal or medical use, or remain illegal. A plurality said medical marijuana should be legal and the rest (17%) were opposed to legalization. 

Recreational use of marijuana is becoming an increasingly popular issue for Virginia politicians as they go into the November State Senate elections and the upcoming 2021 gubernatorial elections. 

Stephen Farnsworth, a UMW political science professor, said he believes legalization is several years away, but the timeline could change if a Democratic majority is elected in November. Eighty percent of the Commonwealth’s youth (25 and under) are in favor of recreational marijuana, Farnsworth said. “Winning the support of younger voters can be key.” 

Herring, a candidate in the 2021 gubernatorial elections, has long voiced his support for decriminalization of marijuana. 

Micheal Kelly, director of communications for Herring, said in an email the attorney general believes “Virginia needs to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, take action to address past convictions, and a move towards legal and regulated adult use in Virginia.”

Almost all marijuana-related arrests last year (90%) were for possession alone, and arrests for marijuana possession have increased 115% from 2003 to 2017, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. First time marijuana convictions in Virginia have risen 53% from 2008 to 2017, with enforcement costs estimated to be nearly $81 million a year.

Henry Chester "Chet" Boone

September 9, 1938-September 28, 2019

Memorial Services

Monday, October 7, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Henry Chester "Chet" Boone, born September 9, 1938, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the age of 81. Chet spent his formative years in Gates County, NC ; he entered the Marine Corps after high school, and later  earned a degree in accounting and a Master’s in Business from the University of Richmond.  Chet moved with his family in 1969 to Emporia, VA where he worked as a CPA and was well known for his community work in Rotary, Ruritan, YMCA and Main Street United Methodist Church.  After retiring from his work life, Chet remained committed to his community work while dedicating himself to his passions. He earned another degree, this time in fine furniture making; he trained in cooking and gardening and became a fixture in southside Virginia as he travelled on his bike.

Chet is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Ipock Boone, his children: Hank, Bill, Bob and his wife Chantal, Alex (Betsy) and her husband Gary Nelson; seven grandchildren, Laura, Kiara, Kyle, Sarah Mia, Alan, Stephanie, and Cade.  He is also survived by extended family including his sister Edna and her husband Heber Eason, his brother Robert and his wife Lynda, and numerous beloved nieces and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents William and Doris Greene Boone and his brother Bill.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 7, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. Chet’s family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

October, 2019 Update From Congressman McEachin

 

This month we are very excited to announce a special opportunity for the young people of my district, Eco Heroes. Participating students will complete a series of environmentally focused challenges to learn more about the importance of being eco-friendly in our daily lives. This is an opportunity for youngsters in our district to show their passion and be Eco Heroes.

I am very concerned about the environment and the future health of our planet. I have been so impressed by the work, commitment and passion shown by youth around the world to improve the environment, particularly after the Youth Climate Strike. Greta Thunberg and her dedicated climate army are an inspiration to all of us. This program emphasizes the small and easy ways you can make a difference and is open to elementary school students in Virginia’s fourth congressional district.

To register yourself, your child or another youth in your life send an email to va04.projects@mail.house.gov before October 14th. For those who successfully complete the program, I will be hosting a reception for them with their parents and they will each receive a certificate. I hope to meet many, many young EcoHeroes so join the program and become a Fourth District Eco Hero!

Just a reminder - If you have an issue or a problem with a federal agency, my office is happy to help. Just go to my website, mceachin.house.gov, to get started. We are also happy to record your opinion on any news topic. Additionally, my office will be participating in the Grand Opening of Freedmen’s Point on October 15th in Hopewell so please feel free to say hello to them or express any concerns.

-Congressman A. Donald McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th Congressional District

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