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Courtland Home Featured on Emporia Riparian’s Christmas Tour

 

 

Christmas has arrived at the home of Mark and Wendi Simmons located at 28005 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, Va. Mark and Wendi will open their doors to welcome you into their beautiful home to celebrate the 16th Riparian Woman’s Club’s Christmas Home Tour.

 

 

 

The home was built in 1937 and sits on the family farm that totals 240 acres.  The farm currently is farmed by the brothers of Mark Simmons.  Mark’s father, Gus Simmons and his brother, Kilby farmed the land for over 40 years prior to David and Donnie Simmons taking over the farming business.   Wendi, a Southampton County School Counselor, is a former resident of Emporia where she lived until 2013.  Mark is the Procurement Manager for Birdsong Peanut Company in Suffolk, VA. 

 

 

 

The two story farm home was purchased by Wendi and Mark in 2013.  The prior owners were Mark’s parents who bought the home in the early 1950’s.  The home was added on to in the early 1970’s with the addition of closing in a screened in porch and adding on to it.  This room is where the current owners spend most of their time.  Also added on was a first floor bedroom and large family room. 

 

 

 

In 1999, the home had a fire where the formal living room had significant damage, but the majority of the home had smoke damage.  Renovations were done including adding oak hardwood floors to the formal dining room and living room.  The original hard wood oak flooring is still in the foyer and upstairs. 

 

 

 

 In November 2013, the Simmons’ purchased the home after the death of Edith and Gus Simmons.  Prior to moving in, they renovated the entire house including painting, adding on a master bath and knocking down the wall from the kitchen to the sunroom to create one large room. They also removed doors to a closet and turned it into a sports bar area that has pictures of Mark’s favorite golfers and his favorite team the VT Hokies. . The hall bath was also completely gutted and a new one was built. The farm house also has a walk in attic that covers the length of the house.  In 2014 they added on a large carport.

 

 

 

As you enter from the back (the main entrance) you walk into a large utility room with an attached pantry.  Next is a spacious updated kitchen with new hardwood floors and a center island that was added in 2015.  The open kitchen/sunroom has picturesque views of the family farm as well as a collection of Mr. Peanut/Planters items that Mark collects.  The dining room houses Wendi’s collection of Christmas China, started by her mother in law and a beautiful table left to the owners from Mark’s parents, as well.    Also in the dining room is a piece of furniture built by Wendi’s great uncle, Freeman Harrell, who was also a family friend to the Simmons’.  The formal living room was turned into a 2nd den and used as such.  The large family room has handmade bookcases built in on both sides of the room.  The original fireplace remains as well. The fireplace was painted in 2016 by Wendi to lighten up the room.  Pictures of family and friends add a warmth to the room.  You can’t help but notice the presence of the family dog, 18 year old Sam, as pictures of him are all throughout the home.

 

 

 

What is so special about the home is that most of the furniture belonged to family members of both Wendi and Mark.  A china cabinet that belonged to Wendi’s maternal great- grandmother, Evelyn Everett, and then to her grandmother, Marie Goodwyn, sits in the front den.  The guest bedroom bed belonged to Wendi’s paternal grandfather Bryan Harrell.  Her father, Michael Harrell, recently handed down a Lane Cedar Trunk from World War II that his father gave Wendi’s grandmother, Marie Pope Harrell.  Also special, is a bookshelf handmade by Wendi’s maternal grandfather, John “Sonnybuck” Householder.   Many other pieces the couple obtained belonged to Mark’s parents and several pieces belonged to two of his aunts, Bernice Gillette and Ruth Babb. 

 

 

 

Christmas is a special time in the Simmons home as you will find Wendi’s collection of Possible Dream Santas.  Her mother, Brenda Harrell, started her collection in December of 1999, when she purchased her home in Emporia.  Since then, she has collected over 85 Santas.  The home also has a collection of approximately 7 trees that are decorated in themes from nautical to a travel tree.  The banister leading upstairs has lit greenery with a special collection of Christmas Cards giving it a personal touch.  Both Wendi and Mark enjoy decorating for Christmas. 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this home as it shouts Merry Christmas in every room!

 

 

 

Others whose homes are on the tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder, Kenneth Newcomb and Steve Smith and Mary Ann Renner.

 

 

 

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch Shoppe, Courtland, and any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

 

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich, 79, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Nettie Watson and was also preceded in death by four brothers.

Our MOTHER was an example of the Proverbs 31 Godly Woman.  She was a great Mother and Wife. She was our Father’s business partner and “life coach” lol, while taking care of the family and her home with perfection.

She could execute any task she was given with sheer determination and with a smile on her face. Our Mother loved her girls more than life and gave us the greatest JOY that life brings. She held a “special place” in her heart for each one of her grandchildren. Her smile was big and bright like the sparkle in her eyes. Strength and Honor will guide us for the rest of our days because of “OUR MOTHER”

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Joseph Helfrich, III; three daughters, Mary Jane Yeattes (Mark), Sue “Pickles” Green (Troy) and Brenda McCrary (Daniel); step-son, David Helfrich (Theresa); nine grandchildren: D. J. , Troy, Jr., Sammy Jo, Mark, Jr., Danielle, Mary Elizabeth, Freddy, Sarah, Faith, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas, Sammy, Shang; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth and Margaret; sister-in-law and best friend, Harriette Burks; sisters-in-law, Brenda Worley (Wayne) and Delores Taylor (Dave) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church.

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

The Holiday Season Kicks Off with St. John's Lutheran Church Bake Sale

The Holidays are here! The Ladies League of St. John's Lutheran Church hosted their annual bake sale on Saturday, November 27, 2018. The ladies baked 312 Dozen Kolacky, Pies, Breads, Brownies and too many other items to mention. Oh, there was Apple Strudel, too.

This sale is a tradition with many people, and before the official start time of 9 am, the lobby was full.

    

    

    

SVCC Receives Funding for Distance Learning Equipment

~USDA Awards a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to Help Serve Students in Southside Virginia~

ALBERTA, VIRGINIA, November, 14, 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) a grant to fund the purchase and deployment of equipment that will improve access to education for people residing in the rural areas of south-central Virginia. The college received the announcement in early November and is already taking steps to prepare 91 classrooms for distance learning activities at sites in five counties. The sites include the college’s two main campuses and four off-campus centers strategically located to serve students across SVCC’s ten-county region, the largest community college jurisdiction in Virginia.

Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer at SVCC explains, “We are constantly looking at innovative ways to ensure service to every nook of our 4,200-square-mile service area. We are very excited because this grant will allow us to do video streaming from every classroom and be flexible in our delivery methods to our student population.”

The project, Southside Learning Connections, will deploy high-definition cameras and room microphones in almost every classroom at SVCC. According to Wollenberg, “This helps us deliver classes to our other sites, to our partner schools, and potentially to students anywhere in the world. We have already had great success with a pilot project testing this video solution in several classrooms and the demand for this level of interactivity is very apparent.”

Grant funding totaling $168,000 will enable the purchase of equipment for synchronous and asynchronous distance education. Wollenberg notes, “The deployment of this solution will happen over several months by the very talented SVCC Information Technology team. The goal is to deliver the best technology to serve our students and community."

In a letter of support, Elizabeth Green, State Director of USDA’s Rural Development in Virginia, wrote that Southside Learning Connections aligns with her office’s Strategic Plan for Virginia. She identified the effort as an “important initiative,” and noted her “strong support for this project that will enhance the educational opportunities across areas of Virginia.”

“SVCC is proud to partner with USDA to promote education throughout our service area,” commented Dr. Al Roberts, College President. “Attracting new business to our region and restoring its economic vitality hinges on the ability to enlarge the pipeline for education and job training. This project increases our capacity to offer students flexible distance learning options so that they can embark on meaningful career pathways.”

USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Program funding facilitates linking teachers in one area to students in another or medical service providers to their patients. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process.

SVCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. It is a two-year institution of higher education that serves one small city and spans ten rural counties. The college offers 23 degrees at the associate level, a host of shorter-term academic and workforce development programs, opportunities for dually enrolled high school students, adult basic education, and other transitional services for non-traditional students.

If you would like more information about Southside Learning Connections and the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant, please call Chad Wollenberg at 434-949-1033, or email chad.wollenberg@southside.edu.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Donates to Operation Christmas Child

Emporia, VA – No child should be without the basic essentials. Ready to help children in need, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) donated more than fifty boxes full of hygiene items, school supplies and toys to the Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child.

 Throughout September SVRMC staff participated in “Denim Day Fridays” by donating $5 or four items to the cause. All monetary donations were used to purchase items for donation. Spearheaded by SVRMC’s Quality Department, all the items were boxed for their journey to children around the world.

 Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that works with more than one hundred countries to provide aid to victims of war, natural disasters, poverty and disease. To learn more Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child

“Noël! Nowell!”

The Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus is presenting “Noël! Nowell!” with 42 chorus members and instrumentalists, at two afternoon concerts: the first in Emporia on Sat., December 8 at 3:00 PM at the Main St. United Methodist Church, 500 S. Main St., Emporia, VA 23847; and the second in South Hill on Sun., December 9 at 3:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914 N. Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill, VA  23970. Directed by Carol Henderson and accompanied by pianist Sally Tharrington the concerts are free admission.

The SVCC Chorus is continuing to be supported by the Southside Virginia Community College and the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation. This support has allowed the SVCC Chorus to develop, grow, and bring these excellent concerts into Southside Virginia for our local communities free of charge.

“Noël! Nowell!” SVCC Chorus holiday concerts present Christmas themes of the birth of Jesus, the angel song that leads the shepherds into the quiet snow of wintertime, and the arrival of the three Kings.

Noëlis an ancientFrench word originating from the Latin natalismeaning "birthday." Noëlwas sung for the first time in a church motet dated in the 1400’s. A noelor nowell can be a buoyant refrain or it can tell the story of the nativity (as does, “The First Noel”). Traditionally, noels were sung when the entire village gathered for singing and celebrating the bringing in of the Yule log.

Randall Thompson’s “Nowel”is unique because it was composed using the singular word ‘Nowel’throughout. Thompson’s ingenious creation of melody and harmony leads our imagination, andas we listen, we can feelthe story of the shepherdsled byvoices of angels on that dark and quiet night. Randall Thompson has created a gem similar to his quintessential “Alleluia.”

Concert highlights include: ahauntingly beautiful French Canadian carol from the Huron Indians “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”written by FatherJean de Brébeuf in 1640 and featuresDee Pinnell of Boydton on the fluteandtenorRev. Dr. Steven DeOrnellas; the poignant “Carol of the Magi” by John Ruttershowcasescellist Brenda Fincher of South Boston and tenorGavin Honeycuttof South Hill;and“Pavane for a Silent Night”, a choral adaptation of Maurice Ravel’s Pavanne pour une infant défunte, with violinist Bradyn Cole of Boydton. Two Christmas duets: “The Birthday of the King” with Mary Hardin and Ken Vaiden; and “O Holy Night” with Betty Edwards and Gavin Honeycutt. And a piano duet audience pleaser with Carol and Sally at the piano!

 “Noël! Nowell!” promises to be a spectacular SVCC Chorus concert with 42 excellent singers from the local area: Sopranos-- Elizabeth Allgood, Brenda Ball, Betty Edwards, Mary Hardin, Judy Johnson, Patricia J. Jutz, Judy Moody, Louise Ogburn, Janie Pealer, Laura Jane Rash, Dottie Thaxton, Jan Vaughan, Nancy Turner, Margie Wollenberg; Altos-- Stephanie Bailey, Nancy Bradshaw, Misty Dooley, JoAnn Farnsworth, Martha Feagan, Charlene Gray, Judy Kemp, Becky Laben, Kelli Lewis, Norma Robertson, Debbie Wilson; Tenors-- Patricia Araway, Robert Bradshaw, Stephen DeOrnellas, Gavin Honeycutt, Bill Lindenmuth, Patricia J. Moyles, Guy Pealer,  Ken Vaiden: and Basses--Dan Araway, Braydn Cole, Lloyd Farnsworth, Tim Faegan, John Laben, Steve Lowe, Jimmy Martin, Buck Smyre, Jimmy Soyars.

You are cordially invited to “Noël! Nowell!” at 3:00 PM, on Saturday, Dec. 8th at the Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia, and on Sunday, Dec. 9th at the South Hill Presbyterian Church in South Hill. FREE admission. Traditional carols, noels, Christmas favorites –all with a “joyeux” French flair!

Southside Virginia Community College Chorus

“Noël! Nowell!”

Holiday Concerts

Saturday, DECEMBER 8  - 3:00 PM

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 S. Main St., EMPORIA, VA  23847

Sunday, DECEMBER 9 – 3:00 PM

South Hill Presbyterian Church
914 N. Mecklenburg Ave, SOUTH HILL, VA  23970

FREE Admission

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Tractor Trailer Truck Driver:  Must have valid CDL-A license, be at least 21 and have minimum of  6 months experience. Will drive tractor trailer flatbeds, vans, and reefers hauling various items. Home very weekend.  Company covers 48 states. Clean DMV/DAC record for past 3 years.  Regional, dedicated and over-the-road.  Employer does drug screening and background checks. VEC will provide DMV record to qualified applicants.  Salary is 27% of linehaul revenue.  SIGN ON BONUS $5,000.00.   Job Order# 1493744

 

CDL Class A Truck Driver: Must have CDL class A license with 1 year minimum experience with flat bed trailer. Will assist with unloading. Responsible for keeping DOT logs and documents. Good attendance record and strong customer service skills. Must be willing to work on yard when not hauling product. No overnight-all local driving. Paid per trip. Number of trips per day may vary.  &700.00 to $1000.00 weekly.  Job Order# 1489165

 

Painter: Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.   Job Order# 1488687

 

Maintenance Person:  Local Assisted Living Community in search of a full-time maintenance and repairs staff member. Duties include: electrical work, plumbing, care of the outside grounds, painting, transportation of equipment, and other tasks as assigned.  Applicants must have a high school education, valid driver’s license, transportation, and necessary tools. Job Order# 1476223 

 

Maintenance Technician: Responsibilities include general maintenance (repairs, apartment turnover, and preventative maintenance). Must have previous experience including basic electrical and plumbing repair, HVAC certified (or willing to become certified within 90 days of employment), valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Must be able to pass a credit screening, criminal background check and drug test. We offer competitive pay and benefit package. Job Order# 1476044

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

DENISE HARRIS

Denise Harris, 55, of Emporia, VA, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at her residence.

Denise was born in Petersburg, VA the daughter of Herman Marshall Harris and the late Amelia King Harris. She Graduated from Greensville County High School and Old Dominion University as a Dental Hygienist, also with a B. S Degree.

In addition to her father she is survived by: her lifetime soul mate, Randy Everette; sister, Amy Clary and her husband Andy, of Brodnax, VA; brother, Robert Harris and his wife Cristy of Crofton, MD; a niece, Cassie Modlin and her husband  Jim, of Sedley, VA; nephews Christopher Moseley and his wife Juli, of Boydton, VA, Lee Harris, and his wife Elysa, of Rockville , MD; James Harris and his significant other Kelley, of Cambridge, MD; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive at New Testament Christian Church, 615 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will follow in the Church at 1:00 PM, with Minister Daniel West officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.                                                                                                                                          

Memorial donations may be made to: Family Violence/Sexual assault Unit, 401C South Main Street Emporia, VA, 23847 or Jackson-Field Home, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867

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

Mary Taylor Simpson

Mary Taylor Simpson, 94, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Capital Caring Center in Washington D.C.

A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse B. Taylor and Mary Cordle Taylor. Mary was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Ronald Carlton Simpson. A retired public school teacher, she had lived for many years in the southern Maryland area.

Mary is survived by several distant relatives.

Funeral Services will be private.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE URGES MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE AND MAKE IT TO THE HOLIDAY TABLE THIS THANKSGIVING

RICHMOND – As millions of Virginians take to the roads this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday with family, Virginia State Police urges motorists to slow down and keep their focus on the road so everyone makes it safely to the holiday table.

Four lives have been lost just today (Nov. 16, 2018) in three fatal crashes across the Commonwealth. Over the past seven days (Nov. 9, 2018 – Nov. 15, 2018), traffic crashes have claimed 17 lives on Virginia highways, including a motorcyclist, two pedestrians, four passengers and 10 drivers. Sadly, eight of those individuals were killed in crashes where speed or reckless driving was a factor.

While fatalities in crashes involving distracted driving are down by approximately 37 percent, according to preliminary data, total traffic deaths remain on pace with last year. Through Nov. 15, 2018, 712 individuals have lost their lives in traffic crashes compared to 724 over the same period in 2017.

“When you get behind the wheel this Thanksgiving, remember the cars on the road with you are carrying someone’s loved ones, and the choices you make in the driver’s seat affect your family and theirs,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Avoid distractions, comply with speed limits, ensure everyone in your car is buckled up and never drive drunk. If we drive like every car is filled with our friends and family, we can make sure there are no empty chairs at the table this year.”

Speed-related fatalities have already outpaced last year with 291 fatalities, rising by nine percent. Fatalities involving unrestrained drivers remain relatively flat with 298 unbelted motorists killed so far in 2018 compared to 301 during the same period in 2017.*

In 2017, 248 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes throughout the state.* If holiday celebrations involve alcohol, remember to always plan for a designated driver, cab or rideshare.

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. Over the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 21, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018), state police will increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on highways throughout the Commonwealth.

The 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 611 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 206 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 8,181 speeders and 2,479 reckless drivers. A total of 105 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

  There were 14 traffic fatalities statewide during the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 22, 2017 – Nov. 26, 2017) for the 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday, marking the highest number of holiday fatalities since

2013.* Less than half of the individuals killed in holiday crashes last year were wearing seat belts. Six of those deaths occurred in alcohol-related crashes.   

In 2016, there were eight traffic deaths and in 2015, Virginia experienced nine fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.*

With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.**

*Source: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

**Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

GCPS Sponsors At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

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.

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 provider

Meals will be provided at these facilities:

Greensville County High School (snack & supper)       Belfield Elementary (snack)

403 Harding Street                                                                             515 Belfield Road
Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

E. W. Wyatt Middle School (snack)                                      Greensville Elementary (snack)

206 Slagles Lake Road                                                                       1011 Sussex Drive
Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

For further information please contact: Crystal Crutchfield, Food Service Supervisor or MaRendia Garner, Food Service Secretary 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.

Thank You From Council Woman Elect Yolanda G Hines

Dear Constituents of District 7

Thank you for your participation in the recent election. I am especially grateful to all who actually got out and voted.  Once sworn in I will work to improve conditions in District 7 as well as or the rest of City, If you voted for me I offer a special thank you. If you didnt I hope to earn your approval. I plan to push for progressive change in our community. Education, employment and healthcare are both my concern and passion, I had the opportunity to discuss these issues while campaigning. I'm thankful to all the supporters, volunteers, and contributors to my campaign. 

I also thank Mark Mitchell  for the friendly and highly competitive campaign. A special thank you to my husband Melvin Hines, he worked very hard all day making sure the democratic process prevailed.

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WARNER, KAINE BILL THAT AWARDS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN FOR THEIR WORK AT NASA LANGLEY PASSES SENATE

~ Bipartisan legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their groundbreaking contributions ~

WASHINGTON – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to award four African American women scientists the Congressional Gold Medal for their work at NASA Langley passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous support. The bill would give this distinction to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously award the medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. It serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA’s success during the Space Race and highlight their broader impact on society – paving the way for women, especially women of color, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives, where a companion bill has been introduced.

“These four remarkable women and their contributions to the success of the Space Race remained unacknowledged for far too long,” said the Senators. “We are thrilled that their achievements while at NASA Langley—particularly during a tough period of racial inequality—continue to be brought to light. This recognition will help carve their rightful place in history and inspire a new generation of diverse women to lead the way in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. It is awarded to those who have performed an achievement that has had an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized in the recipient’s field for years to come.

The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act will honor:

  • Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for multiple NASA space missions including the first human spaceflight by an American, Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission. She also calculated trajectories for John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission to orbit the earth. During her time at NASA, she became the first woman recognized as an author of a report from the Flight Research Division.
  • Dorothy Vaughan, who led the West Area Computing unit for nine years, as the first African American supervisor at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. She later became an expert programmer in FORTRAN as a part of NASA’s Analysis and Computation Division.
  • Mary Jackson, who petitioned the City of Hampton to allow her to take graduate-level courses in math and physics at night at the all-white Hampton High School in order to become an engineer at NASA. She was the first female African-American engineer at the agency. Later in her career, she worked to improve the prospects of NASA’s female mathematicians, engineers, and scientists as Langley’s Federal Women’s Program Manager.
  • Dr. Christine Darden, who became an engineer at NASA 16 years after Mary Jackson. She worked to revolutionize aeronautic design, wrote over 50 articles on aeronautics design, and became the first African-American person of any gender to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service at Langley.

The lives and careers of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden were featured in the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. That book was adapted into the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which the Senators showed at a Capitol Hill screening for hundreds of Virginia students last year. In addition, Sens. Warner & Kaine honored Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson by acknowledging their achievements in an official statement that was enshrined in the Congressional Record.

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Attends Virginia State Fair

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA student organization attended the Virginia State Fair SkillsUSACompetition on Monday, October 1, 2018  at Meadowbrook Park in Doswell, Virginia.

SkillsUSA Day had 561 participants from over 30 schools registered to compete in 15 contests. GCHS Students competed against students from across the state of Virginia in three areas. -Teo Jefferson and Joshua Sutton in carpentry; Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbridge in Promotional Bulletin Board; and Nathanial Grizzard in Welding.

Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbrdige won first place in the Promotional Bulletin Board competition. First place winners in each contest received a plaque for the school, a blue ribbon and will receive a $200 scholarship from the State Fair of Virginia for their achievement. SkillsUSA recognized the top ten competitors for all contests. NathanialGrizzard placed tenth out of twenty five participants in Welding.

Vicki Jean Lounge

On the 2nd of November, following a stroke, Emporia resident, Vicki Jean Lounge, was called to her Lord. She was 62.

Vicki was born in Houston, Texas on May 31st, 1956, to her loving parents, Mother, Christine Brannon nee Pearson, of Valentines,VA, and her father, Thomas Burns Brannon of Houston, TX.

Vicki had innumerable accomplishments during her life. Amongst some of her proudest achievements, her 22 years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She began as a secretary in the Astronaut office, quickly moving up in rank through her meritorious service and dedication, ending her career as Facilities Manager of AOD, in Ellington Air Field, Pasadena, Texas. She served her government, her family, and future generations through her passion for Aerospace exploration, expansion, and safety. Vicki took great pride in her country’s accomplishments. Vicki was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, volunteering her time as a member of the “Horsepitality” Commitee. She loved the Rodeo, with its pageantry and positive effects on the state she loved so dearly. The live music, one of her deepest and most abiding passions, was something she shared with all of her family and friends. She would arrange for tickets to shows, making gifts of her time and effort to all who wanted to attend a George Strait or Selena concert, as she put it herself, “dance like no one is watching, and then hope they sing along...” She participated in community events, instilling through action community spirit, state pride, and many family memories were made that will live on in everyone who knew her. Perhaps more than any other achievement, Vicki was a mother. She was known lovingly as “Mimi” to her five granddaughters. Her deep bond with her children and grandchildren is perhaps the greatest testament to her character and life. Two generations have thrived under her tender and compassionate maternal care. She was a mother and Mimi first, instinctively,and without reserve. The loss of such a bastion of love leaves her children bereft, but for the knowledge of her goodness and its guarantee of her place in Heaven. Vicki lost many close family members and friends in her life, and with a life so well lived, her surviving family know she is resting happily with a Loving God, her father, brother, and many friends. It is with regret and grief that we say farewell to her, but the gratitude and hope in our hearts, the eternal flame of love she lit in us will keep us warm until we are all joined again. To have had You, Daughter, Mother, Mimi, Friend, was an honor and blessing. You are etched on our innermost selves. We grieve because we love.

Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, John Eric Brannon, her father, Thomas Burns Brannon, and her children’s father, Mark Joseph Spenla. She lost many friends before their time, Diana, Pat, Jeannie, and others. She is survived by her mother, Christine Rivas of Emporia, VA, her son, Marcus Ian Spenla, his wife, Tiffany Spenla, daughter Lauren Jean Woodruff, and her husband Jason. Her precious granddaughters, Brittany Erica Ann, Madison Faith, Meadow MacKenzie, Ivey Nichole, and Evelyn Virginia. Vicki will remain in the hearts of her family,with her ashes to be placed according to her wishes. The family appreciates the condolences and kindness of her friends and neighbors after this sudden loss.

“We Don’t Know”

Yes we know not the condition
of our relatives and friends
a sneeky peek at hear say
is where our knowledge ends.
 
I saw a friend the other day
I had not seen for a while
when I told him of my problems
all he did was smile.
 
Yes it seemed that in our time away
he encountered much of the same
the only thing different I do recall
was the doctors and hospital name.
 
You see the most have problems
as the days of life go on
so be careful before you start singing
that feel sorry for me song.
 
I’ve seen this more and more since then
so more cautious I try to be
yes the person who might look quite well
could be hurting more than me.
 
Now looks can be deceiving
so be careful what you might say
yet it seems to me it is quite safe
to part with “have a nice day.”

Roy E. Schepp

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