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Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committeesshare their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

“There’s still time for eligible farmers and ranchers to get involved in this year's county committee elections,” said Garcia."Nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice to serve on the local county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or operating loans, they work closely with county executive directors and make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.

Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated.

To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2014. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 3 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 1. The newly elected county committee members will take office on Jan. 1, 2015.

CITY OF EMPORIA TOWN HALL MEETING ON MEDICAID EXPANSION

Senator L. Louise Lucas will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Medicaid Expansion Plan for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the City of Emporia Council Chambers located at 201 South Main Street, Emporia Virginia 23847.

Dr. Jennifer Lee, Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources for Virginia, Gaylene Kanoyton, President of Celebrate Healthcare and Steve Ramey, Chief Financial Officer from Southampton Memorial Hospital are confirmed presenters. Members of the General Assembly invited to join Senator Lucas are Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr., Senator John A. Cosgrove, Jr., Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler and Delegate Richard L. Morris.

Currently there are an estimated 400,000 Virginians in the "Coverage Gap."  Those Virginians include Veterans, Working Parents and the Working Poor; people who make too  little money to afford coverage on the Marketplace.  The Commonwealth Department of Finance estimates that the cost of expanding Medicaid would be $127 Million; and while they also warn that that estimate could be on the low end, the truth is that the Federal Government will be paying 100 percent of the cost for three years and at least 90 percent after that. 

Accepting funding for the expansion of Medicaid allows the tax dollars collected from hard working Virginia families to be put to work helping the People of the Commonwealth.  These funds have already been collected, and the only way they will come back to Virginia is by expanding Medicaid.  The Commonwealth looses $4.4 Million every day that Medicaid is not expanded.  To date we have already lost $920 Million, amid partisan bickering in Richmond.  Conservatives in both the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates have resorted to extraordinary measures to punish Veterans and the Working Poor for being, well, poor.   The only financially responsible option is to accept this funding and expand Medicaid.

Obituary-Greg W. Webb

Greg W. Webb, age 51, formely of Emporia, Va., died July 22, 2014.  He was pre-deceased by his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shelton S. Webb and Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow W. Lifsey; one brother - Jonathan W. Webb.  He is survived by his mother Dorothea L. Webb; father James W. Webb both of Emporia, Va.; and sister Rose W. Lee (Southgate) of  Capron, Va.; numerous other relatives.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2:00 P. M., at Monumental United Methodist Church, Emporia,Va.  A private interment will be held at a later date.    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia, 23847.  Condolensces may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Prayer Garden Makeover-Contributed by Nicholas Short

My name is Nicholas Short and I would like to share a recent scouting experience with my community. At Main Street Baptist Church, over the past few weekends my troop and I reconstructed the landscaping in the prayer garden adjacent to the church.  First, I had to obtain permission from the church and then send off a request to Council where the final approval took place. Two weeks later the papers came back and my eagle project had been approved. To help pay for the project I had a spaghetti take-out dinner at the church. The fundraiser was a great success due to the support I received from my church family and community. After the fundraiser, the project was underway. I visited Pineview Nursery in Jarratt, and met David Yoder. They were very generous and helpful to the troop which made for a successful project. After two weekends, the project was finished. If anyone who reads this would like to see what a lot of hard work and determination by Boy Scout Troop 209 can accomplish, they are welcome to swing by and take a look at the finished project that borders the interior of the prayer garden. It is located to the right of the Main Street Baptist Church. Thank you for reading this article and I would love to hear back from you.

Eagle Scout to be,

Nicholas Short

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Emporia Student Logan Gilbert Awarded ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship

-Scholarship goes to daughter of fallen police officer, James B Gilbert, who died serving City of Norfolk Police Department-

Washington, DC –July 22, 2014 – Emporia, VA resident Logan Gilbert, 18, has been selected to receive an ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship). The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors presented 30 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year to recipients from 20 different states. Logan Gilbert will attend Radford University and expects to graduate in 2017.

ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarships are presented annually to surviving children and spouses of firefighters, police officers and other public employees who have died in the line of duty. James B Gilbert died in the line of duty while serving the City of Norfolk Police Department.

 “It is a pleasure to present Logan Gilbert with a scholarship to help further her post-secondary education,” said ICMA-RC President and CEO and President of the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund Joan McCallen. “The ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship award honors the memory of Logan Gilbert’s father, James B Gilbert, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and pays tribute to all public employees who lost their lives serving their communities.”

Individuals are eligible to apply for the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship if they are the child or spouse of a local or state government employee who has died in the line of duty and planning to study full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Applicants are selected based on factors including financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership in school and community activities, honors, and work experience.

ICMA-RC and its Board of Directors established the Fund in 2001. Since its inception, more than 275 students have received more than $900,000 in scholarship awards. To learn more about the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship and the 2014/2015 recipients, visitwww.vantagescholar.org.

About the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Fund is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity founded by ICMA-RC in 2001. Financial support for the scholarship is provided by individuals, foundations, organizations and ICMA-RC. Further information and the application for future scholarships can be found at www.vantagescholar.org.

About ICMA-RC

Founded in 1972, ICMA-RC is a non-profit independent financial services corporation focused on providing retirement plans and related services for over 1.2 million public sector participant accounts and more than 9,000 retirement plans. ICMA-RC’s mission is to help build retirement security for public employees by providing investment tools, financial education, and other retirement savings related services. To learn more about ICMA-RC, visit www.icmarc.org

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Howling Good Time at the Library

The Meherrin Regional Library System invites you to join Peggy Malone, with the Humane Society, for an educational program on Dog Safety.  This program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

The show begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

The Lego Movie is the Monday Morning Movie of the day on Monday, July 28th.  This movie is rated PG and is 100 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Children under the age of 8 must be supervised.

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