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August 2018

Southside Virginia Community College wants you!!  There is still time to register for classes and  apply for Financial Aid for the upcoming semester starting August 20.  Come by to see us...  Go to SVCC's Christanna Campus in Alberta or the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville or a location  in Emporia, Blackstone, Chase City, South Boston,  or South HIll for individual help or visit SVCC online at Southside.edu.  Now is the time, SVCC is the place!!!!!

*** AMBER ALERT & CRITICALLY MISSING ADULT ALERT ***

*** AMBER ALERT & CRITICALLY MISSING ADULT ALERT ***

ADBUCTED COMAPANION SUSPECT
  • Age now: 12
  • Sex: Female
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5'1"
  • Weight: 112 lbs
  • Description: Angie Carolina Rodriguez-Rubio, Hispanic, Female, brown hair, brown eyes, 12 years of age, 5 foot 1 inches tall, weighing 112 lbs wearing black blouse with flowers, black leggings and white sandals
  • Age now: 48
  • Sex: Female
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 140 lbs
  • Description: Elizabeth Rodriguez-Rubio, Hispanic, Female, black Hair, brown eyes, 48 years of age, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing 140lbs, last seen wearing a black skirt, burgundy blouse.
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  • Sex: Male
  • Skin: White
  • Hair: Black
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Description: Jamie Rodriguez-Sariol, White, male, black hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 6 inches, weighing 180 lbs.

 

 

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An Amber Alert for Angie Caroline Rodriguez Rubio, 12, of Harrisonburg, Va., and a Critically Missing Adult Alert for her grandmother Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio, 48, of Harrisonburg, Va., have been activated at the request of the Harrisonburg Police Department.

They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in the 2800 block of South Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va., with Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol, who is believed to have abducted them.  All three individuals were believed to be traveling in Sariol’s vehicle, which was involved in a vehicle fire on I-66 in Warren County.

Angie Caroline Rodriguez Rubio is a Hispanic female with long, curly, brown hair and brown eyes, height 5’1”, weighing 112 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with flowers, black leggings-style pants and white sandals.

Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio is a Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes, height 5’4”, weighing approximately 140 lbs. She was last seen wearing a burgundy blouse and a black skirt.

Rodriguez-Sariol is described as a Hispanic male, height 5’6”, weighing approximately 180 lbs., with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a known history of infatuation with Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio. Rodriguez-Sariol was last seen at the 2 mile marker on I-66 where the vehicle fire occurred.  

Rodriguez-Sariol is believed to be traveling north toward New York in white 2000 Volvo tractor trailer, owned by AMG Express L.L.C., with Virginia license plate number 21739PZ.  

If you have information about Angie Carolina Rodriguez Rubio, Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio or Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol, please call 911 or Harrisonburg Police Department at (540) 564-5050.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month July 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Bertha Evans, Environmental Services Supervisor, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Bertha was Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

Bertha has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Bertha consistently exceeds expectations.  She is a wonderful example of whom a supervisor should be in that she never asks of her team anything she wouldn’t do herself.  She always has a warm and approachable manner.  Bertha recently went above and beyond to find a patients phone that had been lost in a linen pile.  Bertha along with her team member Linda Wilkins took on the challenge and found the phone while having a positive attitude. There isn’t a time that she has not stepped up to resolve an issue, especially for patients.”

In addition to the award certificate, Bertha received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Bertha resides in South Hill, VA.

Isaiah Stephens Competes in Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships

Lazers’ Track member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the 2018 USA Track & Field Hershey National Jr. Olympics Championship at North Carolina AT& T State University in Greensboro, NC. Stephens competed in the javelin and discus field events for 13-14 boys age group.  He is ranked #20 in the discus and ranked #28 in the javelin in the USA.

Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith would like to thank everyone for their support.  They give special thanks and blessings to his Coach Les Young.

In Virginia town, African-American elders hold mixed views on confederate statue

The Confederate statue in Leesburg, Virginia, does not represent a certain Confederate figure, but rather a generic Confederate soldier. (Capital News Service photo).

By ALEXANDRIA CAROLAN, Capital News Service

LEESBURG, Virginia -- Gertrude Evans, 70, was born into the Jim Crow South and lived through the rocky integration of Leesburg when firemen filled a swimming pool with cement and garbage rather than permit its integration.

More than a half-century later, she turned to art as therapy to work through that traumatic period when she wasn’t allowed to sit on the red stools at Little John’s drugstore or watch a movie at the neighborhood Tally Ho theater.

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year brought “everything to the surface,” she told Capital News Service recently. “…  I mean you see (racism), you see it.”

For the first time, she said, she’s been thinking too about the Confederate statue in front of the Leesburg courthouse. She doesn’t believe it should be moved but, still, “it’s the first thing you see” downtown.

“It causes conversation — good.” But “take it down and put it in Ball’s Bluff (Battlefield), you’ll never see it again,” she said. History will be forgotten.

Leesburg’s statue, like so many others around the country, became the subject of renewed concern following the 2015 murder of nine black church members by a white supremacist who posed on social media with a Confederate flag. One member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has recommended the statue be moved to Ball’s Bluff Battlefield two and a half miles away where the Confederacy defeated the Union.

Virginia law prevents the county from moving or relocating the monument. In September 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors decided not to ask the state for authority to move the statue, but it asked the county’s heritage commission to make recommendations this summer regarding the statue and its surroundings.

Capital News Service recently interviewed community members in Leesburg as part of a series exploring the views of African-American and white residents in five southern cities where Confederate statues stand on public land in front of courthouses.

Teams of reporters traveled to Anderson, South Carolina; Easton, Maryland; Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Franklin, Tennessee; and Leesburg, Virginia. They also interviewed leaders of the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Most residents, black and white, were wary of taking dramatic steps, such as removing the statues, that would inflame tensions within their communities and could make it more difficult for future generations to understand the Civil War and segregationist Jim Crow eras. Most residents also said they preferred adding more context to Civil War memorials than removing them all together.

Derek Summers Jr., 36, and the founder of Loudoun County’s Citizens’ Committee against Domestic Violence, said he feels the Confederate statue’s gun pointing at him when he drives or walks past it on North King Street nearly every day.

“It’s like letting you know that in the hearts and mind of some of these folk here, the fight’s not over,” said Summers, seated on a bench next to the statue.

David Dixon, 59, owner of Jackson’s Barber Shop a few blocks down the road, has passed the statue on his commute to Leesburg for 24 years. He said the monument doesn’t bother him.

“My personality and the way I am, I really don’t care,” he said. “ … I look more toward the future than the past.”

Marquez Mitchell has passed the Leesburg statue when he visits Jackson’s for a haircut every few weeks. Confederate monuments “represent hatred and slavery, even though on paper they said we were free,” the Harpers Ferry resident said.

As a child, 41-year-old Chris Johnson would go to concerts near the courtyard of the statue. Johnson, a lifelong Leesburg resident, said the statue doesn’t bother him, but “what it stands for” does.

“They don’t need to destroy it necessarily, because there are people who find value in it. But I think for the greater good it is something that should be moved,” Johnson said.

Jim Roberts who leads a walking tour to commemorate African-American history here, leaves the statue off his itinerary. As a child, Roberts played near the statue and never paid much attention to it. He believes the newcomers are offended by it, not so much the old-timers.

“I can’t waste time thinking about what happened 150 years ago because it’s over and done with,” he said.

Horace Nelson Lassiter, 84, a barber at Robinson’s Barber shop which opened in 1962 said the statue “doesn’t bother me. I don’t care what is already done,” he said.

Lassiter was one of the first black police officers in the Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff’s Department in the 1960’s, and took the position “to show black people that they could get a job.”

“There’s still racism (in Leesburg). It hasn’t changed ... It’s not the younger people, it’s the older people in my age group,” Lassiter said.

Lassiter’s wife, Mary Louise Lassiter, 81, a prominent activist in Loudoun County and former local NAACP chapter president wants the statue to stay and for visitors to understand the pain slaves went through on courthouse grounds.

“When they’re told, hopefully they’ll understand the torture of all of those people who were put in those stocks.”

Formerly A Slave Market, Now a Favorite Lunch Spot

The square where the statue sits operated as a slave market throughout of the Civil War. Today the statue is surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops, a bar and the original courthouse. Government employees often lunch feet away from where whipping posts, cages and auction blocks once stood.

While the slave auctions in Leesburg were much smaller than those in other Virginia towns, the courthouse was the epicenter of the city’s slavery institution. In 1856, the court ordered that whippings move off courthouse property, according to newspaper advertisements at the time.

Three lynchings of black men accused of crimes also took place in Leesburg, in 1880, 1889 and 1902, according to the “Lynching in Virginia” history project at George Mason University.

Six years later, in 1908, the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Leesburg chapter paid to have the statue erected to commemorate soldiers who had died in the war. Like most

Confederate statues across the South, the Leesburg statue’s unveiling came during “a terrible period of disenfranchisement — the Jim Crow period where enforced segregation and disenfranchisement really started to bleed,” said Jim Hall, author of the “Last Lynching in Northern Virginia.”

The president of the Leesburg chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy declined to comment, but the national organization has said it does not support racism, white supremacy or the white nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville, and that it opposes their use of Confederate symbols.  Many of its members say the Civil War was not about preserving slavery, a view historians dispute.

“The statues that celebrate the Confederacy were put up when African-Americans were demanding to be treated like human beings,” Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair said Phyllis Randall, the only member of the board to vote in favor of asking the state for authority over the statue.

Known as "Loudoun's silent sentinel," the bronze figure built by famed sculptor Frederick William Sievers is a soldier with his gun cocked and his eyes fixed forward. It stands higher than both the Korean War monument to the right of the courthouse entrance and the Revolutionary War monument to the left.

In 2005, the local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter organized the cleaning and rededication of the statue.

It was cleaned with ground up walnut shells to help dissolve the mint green oxidation covering it.

Statue Oversees Businesses District

The generic soldier has an unobstructed view of the Downtown Saloon, a biker bar established in the 1960’s and decorated in bras and Confederate symbols. The menus have images of the courthouse and statue on them. The bar sells T-shirts with art of the statue. Sometimes, motorcycle riding members of the Mechanized Cavalry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans visit and park outside.

A sticker on the mirror behind the bar says “Dixie Rider,” overlayed on top of a Confederate flag.

Scott Warner, in a black T-shirt with a Confederate flag on the left pocket, said of the statue: “Any soldier who dies for what he believes in needs to be honored.” The statue’s fate has “become a political issue and it shouldn’t be,” he said. “It’s our history.”

Not many people paid attention to the statue “until Charlottesville,” said 46-year-old Jim Boyce, seated in the restaurant. “You can’t get rid of everything,” he said. “If you get rid of everything, the history isn’t here.”

Margaret Brown, a member of the Black History Committee at the local Thomas Balch Library, protested against the statue last summer after the march in Charlottesville. She said the biker bar was an intimidating presence for protestors.

“There were some guys who were across the bar who were pretty aggressive with their motorcycles,” revving the engines and glaring at the protestors, she said.

Phillip Thompson, president of the Loudoun County NAACP, said the statue shouldn’t be located in a place for justice. “The courthouse is a seat of power and people were trying to send a message to black citizens,” he said.

Pastor Michelle Thomas, a member of the nine-person commission assessing the future of the statue, said the statue “has the microphone —  of hate and oppression and fear.”

Evans, though, has mixed feelings. The statue controversy has made her want to know more about the Civil War era.

“I know my ancestors were enslaved. But I don’t know how they were treated,” she said. “It just makes me think and wonder … I’m very interested in that whole era.”

CNS staff writers Ariel Guillory and Elisee Browchuk contributed to this report.

Raleigh R. Jones, Sr.

Raleigh R. Jones, Sr., 84, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine T. Jones and all five of his brothers. He was also preceded in death by his longtime devoted companion, Joyce Whitehead just earlier this year.

Mr. Jones is survived by two sons and their families, Raleigh Jones, Jr. and wife, Lillian and Patrick Jones and wife, Kathy; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service with full military honors will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 21 at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett

Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett, 81, of Jarratt,  died Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was the widow of the late Preston Arnold Padgett. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Alma Gregory, a granddaughter, Blair Alexis Padgett, and a niece, Angie Gregory. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Padgett of Emporia,VA; Pat Padgett of Ridgeway,VA;and Shirley Slagle  and fiancé Gerald Lee and son Blake of emporia,VA; one son Michael Padgett and wife Sherry of Jarratt,VA; five grandchildren, John Banty and wife Brandy of Windsor, VA, Megan Davis and husband G.W. of Emporia Hunter Padgett of Chesapeake,VA, Brianna Padgett of Jarratt,VA, and Patton Carroll and wife Michelle of South Port N.C. and one great-grandson Jase Banty. The family will receive friends Friday August 17, 2018 at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt,VA from 6:00 P.M.until 8:30 P.M.  where the funeral service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2108 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

Brunswick Academy First Day of 2018-19 School Year

Brunswick Academy's First Day of School on August 14th, 2018.
 

 

Siblings, Carter (11th Grade) & Reagan (10th Grade) Saunders
 
 
Kindergartener, Holland Council
 
 
4th Grader, Koen Morris
 
 
The Class of 2019's LAST FIRST DAY

Landon Edwards is getting used to having a locker in 6th grade.

Brunswick Academy Class of 2019 Senior-First Grade March

Brunswick Academy held one of their oldest traditions on Wednesday, August 15th.  The Senior- First Grade March has been done at B.A. for many years.  Each Senior introduces their First Grade friend. Pictured is the B.A. Class of 2019 and their First Grade friends, the B.A. Class of 2030.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces Employee of the Quarter

Emporia, VA – Vickie Michael has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Quarter. Ms. Michael, who works in SVRMC’s Laboratory, has been employed at SVRMC since May 1978.

Each quarter employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in any or all of ten Standards of Behavior.  Ms. Michael’s nomination included the following statement:  “Vickie’s commitment to her co-workers and sense of ownership is demonstrated by her quality of work.  She has been instrumental to the Lab’s success with many Joint Commission surveys. Although her co-workers in the Lab know the importance of her role, many of SVRMC’s other staff members do not realize the hard work, long hours, and effort it takes to prepare for Lab Joint Commission surveys.  Vickie, along with her co-workers, is a vital part of ensuring that success.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vickie for everything she does all year to ensure SVRMC’s Laboratory Services meet those regulations for the safety of our patients.”

As SVRMC’s Employee of the Quarter, Ms. Michael received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program To Hold Farmer-Buyer ‘Meet Up’

On Wednesday, August 22, farmers and buyers will have an opportunity to “meet up” at Virginia State University’s (VSU) Randolph Farm Pavilion, 4415 River Rd., Petersburg, Virginia. The event will take place begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

Farmers and buyers can participate in a networking session that can lead to sales relationships and open doors for follow-up. No contracts will be signed onsite. There will be a roundtable discussion in which some of the state’s top buyers will share what they’re looking for and answer questions. Representatives from United States Development Agency Rural Development will make a presentation, and there will be a Harmonized GAP Introduction workshop.

Farmers should come prepared with business cards, and a list of products and/or a price sheet. Buyers—including wholesalers, chefs, restaurant owners, grocers and food service directors—should bring business cards and a list of products they wish to source locally.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

If you need 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 Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 633-9964 or micarter@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

The Small Farm Outreach Program, which is part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, aims to encourage and assist limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and military veteran farmers and ranchers to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently, to participate in agricultural programs and improve their overall farm management skills. The SFOP provides outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, available USDA farm programs and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability. Currently, the program provides educational programming in approximately 64 Virginia counties, which have the highest concentrations of limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers in the state. For more information, visit The SFOP website.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Officers & Trustees

At its annual meeting, Jackson-Feild Board of Trustees elected new officers: T. Darley Adamson, III of Richmond - President; William H. Poarch of Emporia -  Vice-President; Anne G. Greever of Richmond - Secretary; and Robert B. Wynne of Richmond and Blacksburg -  Treasurer.

Five new trustees were also elected to serve on the board.

Beverley A. Coleman of Petersburg has extensive experience in state and local government working in business development.  A graduate of Virginia State University, Coleman has worked for Chesterfield County, Historic Jackson Ward Association, and the Department of Housing and Community Development helping residents as well as businesses.  With her talents and background, Coleman will serve on JFBHS’ development committee.
Dr. Muriel A. Hawkins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to JFBHS. Currently an Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia State University, Hawkins has more than 40 years’ experience in higher education as an administrator, faculty member and allied health practitioner. She has served on numerous civic boards and professional educational organizations.
Dr. Leslie W. Rose, III, a specialist in internal medicine, treated the children at Richmond’s Virginia Home for Boys and Girls for over 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and his MBA from the University of Richmond. Rose has devoted his life to taking care of others and particularly enjoys helping children.
Anne W. Hill currently manages professional malpractice claims for the Virginia office of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to her insurance career, Hill was a Trust and Estate/Tax attorney for McGuire Woods in Richmond.  She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and her MBA and JD from the University of Richmond. Hill lives in Goochland and is active at Gayton Baptist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and is Vice-President of the   Missions Counsel.
The Rev. James W. Browder, III currently lives in Courtland where he serves as Vicar at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Browder is also a social worker at East Pavilion Nursing Home located at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin VA. Browder earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, MEd at the University of Virginia, and his MDiv at Virginia Theological Seminary.  In addition to a number of memberships, Browder is a trustee of the Ridley Foundation, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Southampton Memorial Hospital.

Commonwealth's Attorney Patricia Watson to face Civil Suit for Malicious Prosecution

A recent "Opinion of the Day" in Lawyers Weekly highlighted the opion of the Federal Judge in the case of King v Darden, Watson and Allen. That opinion is available online here, and, like all of the documents in the case, is public record.

That opinion found that the allegations in two of the four counts of the complaing warranted proceding.

The Judge granted the motion to dismiss all counts against Mr. Allen but denied the motion to dismiss for both Ms Darden and Mrs. Watson on Counts I and III. Count II was dismissed, but Mr. King was granted leave to amend the complaint. The Judge's opinion also stated that Mrs. Watson did not enjoy Eleventh Amendment Immunity.

As for Commonwealth's Attorney Watson and Virginia State Police Special Investigator, the Judge ruled that they would both face some of the allegations in the Complaint filed by Mr. King. his opinion further stated that Eleventh Amendment Immunity does not shield Mrs. Watson from facing the claims in the complaint it is alleged tht she acted in her personal capacity and not a professional one. Mrs. Watson may still be shielded by State Immunity, but that would require a "more complete record" and an affirmitive defense by Mrs. Watson.

Count IV of the complaint was dismissed for all defendants.

Below are the pertinant details of the Compalint.

COMPLAINT

Comes now the plaintiff, by counsel and sues the defendants for redress of the violation of his civil rights pursuant to the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and for relief for violations of State law.

JURISDICTION

This court has jurisdiction in this matter pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §l983 and §l988. This court has supplemental jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and 28 U.S. C. §1367.

PARTIES

1. The plaintiff, Stephen King (King), is a resident of Virginia; he resides at 8007 Brink Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

2. The defendant Kimberly L. Darden (Darden) at all times germane to this case was employed by the Virginia State Police (VSP) and was acting under the Color of State Law when she undertook the actions complained of herein against King.

3. The defendant Patricia T. Watson (Watson) at all times germane to this case was the Commonwealth Attorney for Greenville County and the City of Emporia, Virginia. She was acting under the Color of State Law when she undertook her actions complained of herein against King.

4. On good faith and belief Watson was not acting in her official capacity from just prior to the time King was charged with Election Fraud and seized in his person and prosecuted.

5. The defendant Henry Stephen Allen, a/k/a Steve Allen (Allen) is a resident of Greenville County, Virginia and resides at 618 Hilltop Lane, Skippers, Virginia 23879.

FACTS

6.  King is the owner of a grocery store on Brink Road Emporia, Virginia.

7.  On Friday, June 13, 2014 the store experienced an armed robbery.

8.  King and his family also own a farm in North Carolina just south of the State line approximately 4 miles from the store's location.

9.  Approximately a month after the robbery, King had a recall of memory that he had seen a teal green colored car coming out of the road across from the farm on the night of the robbery. The car was covered with mud.

10.  King recalled that the car driven by the robbers of his store was said to have been teal green in color.

11.  King knowing the land around his farm knew that the closest mud source to the road he had observed the car the night of the robbery was a parcel of land locally called the "stump pile."

12.  King went to the stump pile and found evidence of the robbery in the form of various items that had been taken from his store.

13.  King contacted police and Deputies Pearce and Rook, from Greenville County's Sheriff's Office, as well as two Deputies from Northampton County, North Carolina met King at the "stump pile."

14.  As a result of King's findings four young men were arrested and charged with robbery.

15.  As the criminal case against the four men was proceeding, the neighbor whose road King had seen the car exiting and who is a relative of one of the men charged with the robbery brought charges against King for trespass.

16.  King was to be tried in North Carolina on September 15, 2014, a Monday.

17.  On September 12, 2014 the Friday before the trial, King's Defense

attorney, Monica Wilson received a telephone call from Watson, who informed her

that the two Greenville County Sheriff Deputies who came to the "stump pile" and

who were to testify at King's trespass trial on his behalf would not be in Court as

they were to be in Court in Emporia, Virginia.

18.  Wilson asked if they could be present in the afternoon and was told they would be in Court "all day" Monday, September 15, 2014.

19.  King had concerns that if the Deputies were not present and if he were to be found guilty of trespass the evidence he found in the "stump pile" could be suppressed.

20.  The trial for trespass commenced that Monday, at which time the District Attorney for Northampton County, North Carolina moved the Court to dismiss for lack of probable cause.

21.  On the morning of September 15, 2014 King had to drive by Deputy Pearce's home on his way to North Carolina. Pearce's patrol car was parked at the home.

22.  That afternoon as King was driving back to his store he noticed that Pearce's patrol car had not been moved from where it was that morning when King  was driving to North Carolina.

23.  Seeing the patrol car having not been moved, prompted King to drive to the Greenville County Courthouse, where he arrived at approximately 1 :30 p.m. The Courthouse parking lot was empty.

24.  Seeing that the patrol car had not been moved and the Courthouse parking lot empty, King went to the Greenville County Administration offices and made a FOIA request for the video camera recordings of the Courthouse's entrance door for that Monday, September 15, 2014.

25.  King then, at approximately 3:30 p.m., confronted Watson in her office and told her he was 99% certain she bad lied to his Defense Attorney.

26.  After King obtained the FOIA video, which showed that Deputy Pearce did not enter the Courthouse at all and that Deputy Rook was in the Courthouse from 9:50 a.m.; to 11:09 am. on September 15, 2014.

27.  King again confronted Watson by going to her office.

28.  King told Watson he was going to file a Bar Complaint against her.

29.  King thereafter caused a Bar Complaint to be filed with the Virginia State Bar.

30.  On June 8, 2015 King legally filed with the Greenville County Voter Registrar to run for the office of Sheriff of Greenville County for the upcoming election to be held on November 3, 2015.

31.  On July 17, 2015 King was approached by Darden who told him she was there to speak with him regarding his Certificate of Candidate Qualification to run for Sheriff.

32.  At the trial Darden was asked how did she get the "complaint" regarding election fraud? Her response was that the VSP received a letter of request from the Greensville County Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

33.  Arguably Watson was without authority to cause an investigation to be commenced. (See §24.2-104, Code of Virginia) This is particularly true given Watson had an undisclosed conflict. See infra.

34.  To date the letter has not been seen. The plaintiff filed a FOIA request with the Virginia State Police for Darden' s file which was opposed. A Richmond City Circuit Court, Judge Rupp, up held their position.

35.  At the Preliminary Hearing in General District Court and at trial the Greenville County Voter Registrar, Dorothy Kea, testified that King would have to have lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year, next proceeding the election date in which he sought office. That is prior to November 4, 2014. (See Exhibits A and B )

36.  Darden learned from speaking with King that he had moved from the farm to live with his father in Greenville County the first week of October, 2014. A period of greater than one year prior to the November 3, 2015 Election.

37.  Darden spoke with the Voter Registrar as part of her investigation and there has been no indication she was told anything differently by Dorothy Kea, prior to filing charges than what Dorothy Kea testified to at King's preliminary hearing and trial. (See Exhibits C and D)

38.  At the preliminary hearing Darden testified she had spoken by telephone with Allen, the person who was supposed to have made a complaint to Watson.

39.  Darden's testimony regarding her telephone conversation with Allen was "but he had no information. He said he did not know Mr. King's current residence." (See Exhibit E)

40.  Darden having spoken with King, Kea and Allen knew or should have known King was a resident of Virginia and Greenville County for more than a year prior to the election, Darden nonetheless sought a felony charge against King.

41.  Darden did not have probable cause to charge King with Election Fraud.

42.  On July 24, 2015 Darden caused a Criminal Warrant for the arrest of King to be issued by the Magistrate of Greenville County. (See Exhibit F)

43.  King was charged with a Class 5 felony for Election Fraud, which if convicted would have caused King to serve a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than I 0 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement injail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both. § 18. 2-10,  Code of Virginia.

44.  On November 6, 2015 King was tried for Election Fraud in the Greenville County Circuit Court and was found to be not guilty by a jury.

45.  Watson interactions with King the prior year provides motivation for the actions she took against him.

46.  The timing of the charges, which were publically disseminated in the media, also calls into question the motives of the other defendants.

47.  Days prior to the charges being issued against King, Watson presented to the Greenville County Circuit Court an order seeking to have Michael Doucette, Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Lynchburg appointed as Special Prosecutor of the King case. (See Exhibit G)

48.  On September 14, 2015 at the preliminary hearing in the prosecution of King, Watson testified that she had received a complaint that King was committing election fraud from a Steve Allen.

49.  Watson at no time disclosed that Steve Allen was related to her. Whether Darden knew of their relationship is currently unknown. (See Exhibit H)

50.  Watson clearly had a conflict, in that the complainant, Steve Allen was related to her.

COUNT I -VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS

51.  The forgoing slated facts which are adopted and incorporated herein as allegations.

52.  The conduct of the defendants, as alleged herein constitutes the violation of King's civil rights guaranteed by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution to be free of illegal seizure of his person.

53.  King had the Constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment to be free from illegal seizure of his person and said right was a clearly established right at the time of the violations alleged herein.

54.  The defendants knew or should have known that King had not violated the Election Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

55.  The defendants, jointly and severally, had no probable cause to believe King had violated the Election Laws of Virginia.

56.  The actions of the defendants’, jointly and severally, were taken under the Color of State law for an improper purpose.

57.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King.

58.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King.

COUNT II - FALSE IMPRISONMENT

59.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

60.  The conduct of the defendants' ,jointly and severally, was such as to cause the false imprisonment of King, to deny him his freedom of movement, to cause him to be publically arrested, handcuffed, booked into the local jail, processed and officially charged with a felony.

61.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King, such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

62.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

COUNT III

MALICIOUS PROSECUTION

63.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

64.  All persons are charged with knowing the law. Darden and Watson, due to their positions are particularly charged with knowing the requirements of the law; the most basic is the requirement in a criminal matter is "probable cause."

65.  The defendants' conduct was intended to cause the prosecution of a crime they knew or should have known, especially after Darden's investigation developed no probable cause, King had not committed.

66.  Notwithstanding said knowledge the defendants proceeded to prosecute King.

67.  The defendants' actions were willful, wanton and malicious and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King, such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

68.  In the alternative the acts were negligent, grossly negligent and/or done with a reckless disregard for the rights of King such as to permit King to recover from the defendants compensatory and punitive damages.

69.  The prosecution of King may have caused him loss of an election, it did cause him money for his defense; it did cause him to be held up to public disfavor and it did cause him fear, anxiety and apprehension of the loss of his freedom.

70.  King may bring this Count for Malicious Prosecution because he meets all of the elements for the tort. " ... the plaintiff has the burden of proving four essential elements: that the prosecution was (1) malicious, (2) instituted by or with the cooperation of the defendant, (3) without probable cause, and (4) terminated in a manner not unfavorable to the plaintiff. Baker v.  Elmendorf, 271Va.474 (2006). Malice may be inferred from a lack of probable cause.

71. In order to maintain malicious precaution action it is necessary that it be alleged and provided: (1) that the prosecution was set on foot by the now defendants and that it had terminated in a marmer not unfavorable to the now plaintiff; (2) that it was instituted, or procured by the cooperation of the now defendants; (3) that it was without probable cause, and (4) that it was malicious. Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia,  James 0. Wiggs. Jr .•  v.  Marian C.  Farmer,  205 Va 149 (1964) (Emphasis Added)

COUNT IV - CONSPIRICY TO VIOLATE §§18.2-499 & 500, CODE OF VIRGINIA

72.  The preceding paragraphs are incorporated herein by this reference.

73.  The defendants, jointly and severally combined, associated, agreed, mutually undertook and concerted together for the purpose of willfully and maliciously injuring King in his business and profession such as to permit King civil relief under§ 182-500, Code of Virginia.

74.  The conduct of the defendants entitles King to recover treble damages from the defendants and his reasonable attorney fees.

WHEREFORE, the plaintiff, King, demands judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally in the amounts as stated per Count as set forth infra:

COUNT I

Compensatory Damages and an award of reasonable attorney fees.

COUNT II

Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.

COUNT III

Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.

COUNT IV

Compensatory Damages, said damage to be trebled by operation of law and an award of reasonable attorney fees.

TRIAL BY JURY IS DEMANDED

Gwathmey Memorial Trust Awards a Grant to Jackson-Feild

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

The Gwathmey Memorial Trust has been investing in Jackson-Feild’s children since 1993, and recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to partially fund the salary for a teacher in its new Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program.

The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey  Memorial Trust was established by Mrs. Elizabeth Gwathmey Jeffress in 1981 in memory of her parents and is administered by Bank of America US Trust Private Wealth Management and a Board of Trustees.

Jackson-Feild has received several grants since the founding of the Gwathmey Trust.

WARREN CARLTON RAWLINGS

 

 

Warren Carlton Rawlings, 75, of Emporia, VA, died Friday, August 10, 2018.

 

 

Warren was born in Greensville County, VA the son of the late George Clifton Rawlings and Mildred Wills Rawlings. He served in the Virginia National Guard and was the former Chief of the Greensville Volunteer Fire Department.

 

 

He was the owner and operator of Rawlings Truck Line and Crestline Equipment Company. Presently he operated Southern Cars, Inc. of Emporia.

 

 

Surviving are: three sons, William Scott Rawlings, Warren Christopher Rawlings and his wife Leanne, and Jeffery Watkins Rawlings and his wife Stephanie, all of Emporia, VA; five grandsons, Justin Watkins Rawlings, William
Chase Rawlings, Logan Warren Rawlings, Seth Ryan Rawlings and Christopher Graham Rawlings; a uncle Robert E. Wills of Emporia, VA.

 

 

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave. Emporia, VA , Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Troy Green and Mr. Charles Kasper,  officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

 

 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: echolsfuneralhome
@telpage.net

Apprenticeship Builds People at Toll Brothers

Apprenticeship students were recently recognized at Toll Brothers' awards dinner.Apprentices in the front row: Steven Brown, Calvin Terry, Rene’ Gutierrez, Timothy King, and Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career and Occupational Technology. Back Row, Kelly Arnold, SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator,Jerry Irby, Chris Johnson, Toll Brothers' Plant Manager, Rickey Hall, Maynard Stowe, Department of Labor, Mike Wells.

Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, is not only building component parts in their Emporia production facility but also building and investing in their employees. For Toll Brothers, the investment in people is a priority, and one way they chose to build people is through the Apprenticeship model of training. Toll Brothers’ Chris Johnson, Plant Manager,  partnered with Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) apprenticeship coordinator, Kelly Arnold, to implement the apprenticeship program for training machine operators with the end goal of helping them become Industrial Maintenance Technicians.

The college’s proposal to Toll Brothers was simple; begin educational training one night a week for one year and couple that with 2000 hours (1 year) of on the job training. Although a slow and steady process, this proved to be a doable training model for employees who work 40+ hours per week and have family commitments.

Conveniently, SVCC’s Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County  was outfitted with electrical training equipment, and six eager employees became college students. As the need grew for training, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Studies, and Erica Andrews, SVCC’s site coordinator, helped bring the training lab to life.

The Toll apprentices embraced the educational task with gusto and worked hard to learn. For some this was the first time taking a college level class. The students were determined to finish the three classes, complete the on-the-job component, and earn the Department of Labor credential for Machine Operator.

These students finished their goal and learned what they needed to learn.   Their accomplishments were recognized on Wednesday night, July 18, at the company’s award dinner. Johnson and Maynard Stowe, DOL apprenticeship representative, presented their certificates with family and friends cheering for them.

In Johnson’s opening remarks, he stated, “We have tried many training programs, but the apprenticeship program, by far, has been the most successful for our facility.”

Each apprentice logged the hours, studied, and worked hard, but the simple plan is producing results; results that make a difference to them individually and results that are making a difference at Toll Brothers. While each earned their certificate for machine operator, they immediately turned around and registered to begin the same simple process to earn their Industrial Maintenance Technician apprenticeship certifications.

Starting in the fall semester at SVCC,  the Toll students will walk into a newly outfitted Industrial Maintenance lab. This new lab is a partnership between CCAM in Richmond, SVCC, and a grant from Go Virginia along with Greensville County and the city of Emporia. State of the art trainers now occupy two rooms with wall to wall equipment all ready for students to roll up their sleeves and learn electrical, mechanical, pneumatics and hydraulics, the core of mechatronics training.

For Toll Brothers, let the building of luxury homes continue, but most importantly, for the people of Southside Virginia, let the building up of people be the cornerstone of what drives our community. If you are interested in learning more about the lab in Emporia or Apprenticeship, contactErica Andrews at 434-634-9358 erica.andrews@southside.eduor Kelly Arnold at Kelly.arnold@southside.edu 434-579-7260.

Our Future Health Care Providers


Front Row Left to Right: Theresa Griles, RN Educator, Sophia Crowder, Cindy Trejo, Hailey Forbes, Natalie Hall, Hazel Willis, RN, Camp Coordinator; Second Row Left to Right: Kaylee Newman, Madyson Willis, Lillie Puryear, Alex Love, Miguel Ballesteros, Matthew Gaskins; Third Row Left to Right: Steven Gardner, Ayrin Matthews, Nicole Stanley, Mackenzie Long, Ashley Balducci

CSI (Career Scene Investigators) returned to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, not to investigate crime scenes, but to explore the suspects of health care. VCU Health CMH offered a week camp to seventh and eighth graders from local middle schools July 30th thru August 3rd.  Fifteen students from Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Brunswick, and Bluestone Middle Schools participated in the camp. The focus of the camp was to give the students an opportunity to learn about the many exciting careers available in health care. The camp offered a variety of activities that allowed the students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment.  The campers rotated through various departments getting hands on experience with simulated activities that health care professionals perform daily.         

The middle school years are the ideal time to introduce students to the various career opportunities in health care. It attributes to the selective Science, Math, and or English courses that they may include into their curriculum as they choose their classes throughout their high school years. By the end of the week some of the campers want to be doctors, nurses, physical, speech, or occupational therapists, while others want to become engineers or computer technologists.  We are excited that some of our campers from previous years chose health care careers, have graduated from college, and are currently employed here at VCU Health CMH as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Exercise Physiologists.   

VCU Health CMH is pleased that they can offer this excellent opportunity to area students to learn about the world of health care.  Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta participates and supports the camp each year with the provision of activities and a pizza lunch. Southside Virginia Rescue and VCU Health Med-Evac also participate in the activities for the campers. According to the students, it was a fun week and they learned what health care professionals do daily to help and provide care to others. 

We encourage other middle school students to apply to attend the CSI Camp next summer. The information and the application for the camp will be delivered to the local schools in the Spring, of 2019 and it will also be available on the VCU-CMH.org.

Joyce Ann Whitby Clary

 

Joyce Ann Whitby Clary, age 87, of Gasburg, VA passed away August 7, 2018.  Joyce was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. until she married her love, Aubrey Lewis Clary, and moved to Gasburg, VA.  Throughout her life she worked hard. She was the first secretary of the Roanoke Rapids Recreation Center and secretary for J. C. Lucy Lumber Company. She then worked with her husband at Aubrey L. Clary, Inc and Clary Trucking, Inc. which she eventually owned and operated.  Joyce was a lifelong member of James Square Baptist Church, where for many many years she taught Sunday school, was the choir director, and was also a WMU leader. She loved to travel and was a lifelong member of the Southside Homemakers.  Family was everything to Joyce.  She loved her grandchildren and her family. They will always cherish memories of her favorite holiday, Christmas, weekends at the lake, her Easter Egg Hunts, and endless family gatherings.  Joyce is the daughter of the late William Rogers Whitby and Tressie Revelle Whitby Traylor.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Lewis Clary and her brother, William E. Whitby.  She is survived by her children, Sherry C. Dail and husband Kenneth and Kerry L. Clary and wife Angelia; her grandchildren, Kenneth Layne Dail, Aubrey Evan Dail, Hunter Lewis Clary, Hannah Carol Clary and Parker Benjamin Clary; her great grandson, Morgan Landen Rethman; her sisters, Betty W. Mitchell and Helen W. White; her brother, George Michael Whitby; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at James Square Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, VA with interment in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Square Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 643, Lawrenceville, VA  23868. 

June, 2018 SVCC Truck Driving Graduates

Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training School Graduates from the Emporia class on June 14, 2018 are

Front Row L-R:  Donnie Sisk (Instructor), Isreal Stith (Lawrencevile), Mark Shinn (Virginia Beach); Back Row L-R:  Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Wilson Treese (Instructor), Kyle Hornung (Virginia Beach), Kirtwood Squire (Gaston, NC), Ronald Tucker (Lawrenceville), David Porter (Kenbridge), Adam Hoffman (Guest Speaker and Recruiter for TMC), Duncan Quicke (TDTS Coordinator.  For information, call 434 292 3101.

POLICY FOR PROVIDING FREE MEALS FOR SCHOOL DIVISIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION (CEP) FOR ALL SCHOOLS IN THE DIVISION

Greensville County Public Schools announced its policy for providing free meals to all children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs on August 8, 2018.  Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

All schools in the division will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  Enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household.  Households will not be required to submit a meal application form to receive meals at no charge.  Each household will receive a letter informing them of the program, including contact information for any questions.

Any questions can be directed to:


Crystal Crutchfield, Food Service Director, or MaRendia Garner
105 Ruffin Street
Emporia, VA 23847
434-634-2863

ccrutchfield@gcps1.com

SVCC Massage Therapy Class Coming to Chase City

Massage Therapy is being offered through Southside Virginia Community College beginning August 28, 2018 at the Estes Community Center in Chase City, Virginia.  Now is the time to sign up for this year-long class that leads to a rewarding career. 

Call today to register and learn more about possible financial assistance.  Classes will meet two nights a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.  Call Wanda Vaughan for more information at 434 736 2093 or email Wanda.vaughan@southside.edu

Power Line Worker Information Session

Power Line Workers are in demand and information about becoming one will be offered on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Officer’s Club at Pickett Park, 3951 Military Road, Blackstone.  Learn about admission requirements, schedule, cost, housing, job prospects and scholarships.  This has become a popular program and was the first PLW school in Virginia.  

Register at powerlineworker@southside.edu in order to attend.  Pizza will be served.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE STRENGTHENS AGENCY OPERATIONS AND SERVICES WITH LEADERSHIP CHANGES

RICHMOND – Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police (VSP) Superintendent, today announced additional advancements involving Department leadership. Within recent weeks, two new directors have been named and three new deputy director positions have been added to each of the Department’s bureaus: Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS), Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Bureau of Field Operations (BFO). The additions now afford each bureau to have one director supported by two deputy directors. In addition, a Support Services Division has been reinstated within BCI. The promotions and internal restructuring are part of the new superintendent’s goal to strengthen state police operations across all three bureaus, and enhance the many services and programs VSP provides Virginia residents and visitors.

“For 85 years, our Department has proudly and proficiently served the Commonwealth in all facets of public safety,” said Col. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Sustaining a distinguished level of operational effectiveness and customer service in today’s high-tech, rapidly-evolving environment requires us to be even more administratively strategic and operationally proactive. These internal, leadership modifications strengthen state police to achieve such effectiveness, while also laying the groundwork for robust succession planning as we work towards the next 85 years of public safety and service.”

Effective June 10, 2018, was the promotion of Maj. Matthew D. Hanley to BFO director; and July 10, 2018, the advancement of Maj. Lenmuel S. Terry to director of the Office of Performance Management and Internal Controls (OPMIC).

The newly-created BFO deputy director position has been filled by former BFO Richmond Division commander, Capt. Steven L. Chumley. Property and Finance Division commander, Capt. F. Daniel Glick, has been promoted to the new BASS deputy director position. BCI Salem Division commander, Capt. Rex J. Taylor, has been promoted to the new BCI deputy director position. Effective Aug. 10, Capt. Todd M. Taylor of the Culpeper Division, will assume the BFO deputy director position vacated by Terry upon his promotion to lieutenant colonel.

The new Support Services Division (SSD) comprises the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction (CCI) Unit, Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program, Insurance Fraud Program (IFP), and Polygraph Unit.  Settle promoted former CCI leader and 29-year VSP veteran, Lt. Norman E. Gray Sr. (pictured above) to captain to serve as the new SSD commander.  Gray and the SSD are located at the VSP Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield, with troopers and special agents assigned throughout the Department’s seven BCI field offices. 

Effective June 25, 2018, was the promotion of Capt. Steven L. Chumley to the newly-created BFO deputy director position. Prior to his appointment to major last week, Chumley had served as the Richmond Division commander for the past 12 years. He joined state police in 1986 with his first assignment in the Chesapeake Division. Over the years, Chumley has served as a special agent with the Richmond BCI Drug Enforcement Section, sergeant in the Wytheville Division’s Dublin area office and first sergeant of the Chesapeake Division’s Waverly area office. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 and assigned to the Chesapeake BCI Field Office. Chumley has also served as the Department’s regional Special Olympics director for the past two years. Before joining VSP, he served with the U.S. Air Force and was an officer with the Norfolk Police Department. Chumley earned a master’s degree through the Naval Postgraduate School (Center for Homeland Defense and Security) in California and a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield, Va. College. The Cumberland Gap, Tenn., native is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.

The new, additional BASS deputy director position is being filled by Capt. F. Daniel Glick. He has served as the division commander for Property and Finance since 2016. Glick achieved the rank of captain in 2014 upon his promotion to commander of the Safety Division. During his tenure with VSP, Glick served as the Fairfax Division headquarters lieutenant for two years before transferring to Richmond to serve on the executive staff as the BFO staff lieutenant from 2010 to 2014.  He graduated from the VSP Academy in 1996 and was assigned to Greene County as a trooper. His advancement through the supervisory ranks has taken him to the Louisa County and Bristol area offices. Growing up in North Carolina, Glick served six years in the North Carolina National Guard and is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ National Criminal Justice Command College.

Effective July 10, 2018, will be the promotion of Capt. Rex J. Taylor to the new, additional BCI deputy director position. Taylor joined VSP in 1993 with his first trooper assignments in the Culpeper Division’s Area 5 Fredericksburg and Culpeper County area offices. As a sergeant, Taylor was assigned to the Culpeper Division headquarters, again to the Fredericksburg area office and then the VSP Academy in Chesterfield County. He relocated to the Salem Division’s Covington area office with his promotion to first sergeant and then transferred to the BCI Salem Field Office’s Drug Enforcement Section. As lieutenant he returned to the BFO Culpeper Division headquarters, and then transferred to the Salem Division where he served as a lieutenant in both BFO and BCI. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2017 and took command of the BCI Salem Field Office.  Taylor holds a master’s degree in criminal justice command leadership from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from East Tennessee State University. The Greeneville, Tenn., native is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ National Criminal Justice Command College. Prior to joining VSP, Taylor served with the U.S. Army and served in its Criminal Investigation Division.

Crater Community Hospice Is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Father Thierry Hakpon to Our Team.

Crater Community Hospice is pleased to announce the addition of Father Thierry Hakpon as Hospice Spiritual Counselor. Father Hakpon brings more than twenty years of experience as a spiritual director, preacher, teacher and interpreter. He has a Master's Degree in Divinity from Catholic University of Yaounde and also holds Masters Degrees in Public Law and Criminal Justice. He has an incredible reputation in the community and is proficient in speaking French, English and several African languages. As Spiritual Counselor, Father Hakpon is an integral part of our interdisciplinary care team. He serves as the spiritual care manager to our patients and their families, offering spiritual and emotional support to those facing serious illness and end of life care. He will also provide care and support to our Crater Community Hospice staff family and will preside over community memorial services and other faith led programs.   Father Hakpon is excited to join the Crater Community Hospice team and stated:  "I was attracted by what this team is doing in the community. It's Amazing! I'm so proud to be part of the Crater Community Hospice family!" 

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -

                                                                                                                                                       -Henry Ford

Please help us in welcoming Father Thierry Hakpon to our Crater Community Hospice Team!

Dominion Energy, Ørsted Advance Offshore Wind Development

"Today's announcement further affirms our commitment to a new era of clean, renewable energy for the Commonwealth," said Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are truly excited to bring offshore wind to Virginians for the first time."

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 3, 2018/PRNewswire/ - Dominion Energy Virginia and Denmark-based energy company Ørsted took significant steps forward today in the development of Virginia's first offshore wind facility. Dominion Energy filed with Virginia's State Corporation Commission (SCC) for approval to build the two 6-megawatt turbines and grid infrastructure needed to connect the facility to the coast.

Ørsted, hired by Dominion Energy to build the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (CVOW), announced that a research vessel will conduct the final ocean floor mapping needed before construction can begin.

"Today's announcement further affirms our commitment to a new era of clean, renewable energy for the Commonwealth," said Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are truly excited to bring offshore wind to Virginians for the first time."

Farrell made the announcement Friday while in Norfolk with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Thomas Brostrøm, president of Ørsted North America. In addition to the announced filing, business and government leaders toured the ocean-mapping vessel, temporarily docked at the maritime museum Nauticus.

"The announcement today represents a significant step toward harnessing Virginia's offshore wind energy resource and the many important economic benefits that this industry will bring to our Commonwealth," said Governor Ralph Northam. "The offshore wind demonstration project will provide critical information to stakeholders and will position Virginia as a leader as we work to attract job opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain and service industries."

Ørsted is a premier offshore wind power developer with over 1,000 offshore wind turbines installed and operating around the world.

"Ørsted is the energy supplier in Europe that has come the farthest in the transition to renewable energy, and we are excited to bring our expertise to Virginia," said Thomas Brostrøm, Ørsted's North American President.  "This project will provide us vital experience in constructing an offshore wind project in the United States and serve as a stepping stone to a larger commercial-scale partnership between our companies in the future. We see the tremendous potential in the Mid-Atlantic for emission-free, renewable wind generation and we are excited to help the Commonwealth in reaping the benefits of wind power."

The offshore wind project will be located about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on 2,135 acres of federal waters leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The two six-megawatt turbines will sit in about 80 feet of water and rise over 550 feet above the ocean's surface – but will not be visible from the Virginia Beach shoreline. The facility is expected to begin generating emissions-free energy for customers by December 2020.

While officially a demonstration project, it would be the first constructed in federal waters through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) approval process. It will be the nation's second commercial-scale offshore installation, following one off the coast of Block Island, RI, operational since 2015.

The project will provide critical permitting, construction and operational experience, and could pave the way for 2,000 more megawatts of carbon-free generation in the adjacent 112,000 acre wind energy lease area – enough energy to power about half a million homes. Dominion Energy currently leases the massive acreage that would be needed for this facility from BOEM.

The $300 million project will be funded through existing base rates, enabled by the Grid Transformation & Security Act. Contingent on various regulatory approvals, onshore construction would start in 2019, followed by turbine installation and operation in 2020.

In July 2018, the Grid Transformation & Security Act became law, declaring offshore wind to be in the public interest. Passed overwhelmingly by the Virginia General Assembly, the comprehensive energy reform legislation paves the way for a smarter, stronger and greener energy grid.

In conjunction with Dominion Energy's filing for regulatory approval of the first phase of its Grid Transformation Plan in Virginia, the company committed last month to have 3,000 megawatts of new solar and wind, enough to power 750,000 homes, under development or in operation in Virginia by the beginning of 2022.

Dominion Energy's solar fleet is the sixth largest in the nation. And with more than 3,300 megawatts of renewable energy resources either operational or under development across 10 states, the company is an industry leader in renewable energy.

For more information about today's filing with the SCC, please visit: www.dominionenergy.com/CVOW.

Working While Disabled – Social Security Can Help

By Jacqueline Weisgarber,Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a connection to community. If you’re getting Social Security disability benefits, we have good news for you. Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you’re interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments.

The Ticket to Work program may help you if you’d like to work. You can receive:

o    Free vocational rehabilitation;

o    Training;

o    Job referrals; and

o    Other employment support.

You can read more about working while collecting disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/work.

Work incentives include:

o    Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;

o    Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and

o    Help with education, training, and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.

If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI, let us know right away when you start or stop working, or if any other change occurs that could affect your benefits.

If you returned to work, but you can’t continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again — you may not have to file a new application.

You can read more about the Ticket to Work program in the publication titled “Working While Disabled: How We Can Help” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10095.pdf.

 

 

Part of securing today and tomorrow is giving you the tools to create a fulfilling life. Getting back to work might be part of that. We’re here with a ticket to a secure tomorrow.

TopHand Foundation Buy-a-Brick Fundraiser

Make a lasting tribute to family, friends, or your business allowing individuals to purchase laser engraved bricks for installation outside the newly renovated TopHand Foundation located at 206 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA. Bricks purchased will fund the renovation of TopHand Foundation. The first order will not be laid until construction is completed. The donation per brick is tax deductible.

Each 4X8 brick can be engraved with up to three lines, 18 characters (including punctuation and spaces) per line.  You can purchase just one brick or several. Engravings can be purchased in your name or the name of a friend or family member; in celebration of a birth, graduation, wedding or anniversary; in honor of a soldier or veteran; or in memory of someone you love. Honor a casual effort; commemorate a special occasion, remember a loved one, the possibilities endless with our brick laser engraving technology. Businesses, firms and organizations are also encouraged to participate.

Bricks sales will continue until August 25th, 2018.

They may be purchased through any TopHand travel ball player, at TopHand Foundation, or log onto www.TophandFoundation.org to order online.

AG HERRING JOINS 19 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ANNOUNCING INTENT TO SUE OVER EPA ROLLBACK OF CLEAN CAR RULE

~ Abandoning new federal standards will cost Americans between $193 billion and $236 billion more on gas and add carbon emissions equivalent of 400 million more cars ~

RICHMOND (August 2, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 19 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, in releasing the following joint statement announcing an intention to challenge the Trump Administration’s illegal and environmentally-destructive plan to roll back federal limits on tailpipe pollution from cars and trucks.
 
“Federal rules to limit tailpipe pollution and improve fuel economy are our best strategy to reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality, and save drivers money on gas. The Administration’s proposal to weaken these rules will cause the American people to breathe dirtier air and pay higher prices at the pump. If adopted, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollbacks will cost American drivers hundreds of billions of dollars. Freezing or weakening these standards puts the health of our children, seniors, and all communities at risk, and increases the rising costs of climate change for our states. This decision upends decades of cooperative state and federal action to protect our residents. We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan.” 
 
Today’s multistate statement includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
 
“Virginia is uniquely vulnerable to the threat of climate change and air pollution, particularly in Hampton Roads where streets are frequently closed by nuisance flooding and the world’s largest naval base is threatened by sea level rise,” added Attorney General Herring. “We also recognize the huge health, economic, and environmental benefits of clean air, especially for our kids. We’ve made too much progress as a country and a Commonwealth to let President Trump roll back the clock and undo all our progress just to boost the bottom line of oil and gas companies.”
 
Background on Clean Cars Rule:
 
Globally, the transportation sector is the fastest growing source of dangerous greenhouse gas pollution. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the transportation sector has surpassed the electric power sector and is now the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Cars and light duty trucks make up 60 percent of the country’s transportation sector and are the main driver of U.S. dependence on oil, including foreign imports. 
 
Beginning in 2010, the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board agreed to establish a single national program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from model year 2012–2025 vehicles. This program allows automakers to design and manufacture vehicles that will comply with tailpipe standards in all states.
 
The current federal standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles are estimated to:
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons;
  • Remove the equivalent of 422 million cars from the road; and,
  • Save drivers $1,650 per vehicle.
 
If enacted, the EPA’s proposal to freeze the emissions standards at 2020 levels would:
  • Reduce average fuel economy from an estimated 46.8 miles per gallon in model year 2026 vehicles to 37 miles per gallon;
  • Increase the country’s oil consumption by 5.3 to 11.9 million gallons per day in 2025;
  • Result in 16 to 37 million metric tons more carbon pollution in 2025; and,
  • Cost Americans roughly $193 billion to $236 billion more at the pump through 2035.
 
In January 2017, the EPA determined, in its “midterm evaluation,” that the 2022-2025 standards are readily achievable by the auto industry. After an extensive technical review, based in significant part on information from industry, advocates, and other interested parties, the EPA found that “automakers are well positioned to meet the standards at lower costs than previous estimated.” However, in April, the EPA arbitrarily reversed course and claimed that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2022–2025 vehicles should be scrapped. The Administration offered no evidence other than a meager record of self-serving industry analysis to support this decision and deferred further analysis to a forthcoming rulemaking.
 
A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia—who together represent 44 percent of the U.S population and 43 percent of the national new car sales market—sued the agency in May over its decision to withdraw the agency’s evaluation supporting the standards. The lawsuit is based on the fact that theEPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations, and violated the Clean Air Act. 
 
In its draft rule, the EPA not only proposes to freeze federal emissions standards at 2020 levels but also threatens the authority of states to enforce stronger standards to protect residents. The Clean Air Act authorizes California to adopt emission standards that are more stringent than the federal standards and other states are authorized to adopt those same standards for new motor vehicles sold within their states. The proposed rule would eliminate the California standard, subjecting every state to less efficient and dirtier standards.

Southside Physicians Network Commits to Improving Eye Care in Emporia New Ophthalmology Office Coming Soon

Emporia, VA – Starting Wednesday August 8, Emporia residents will now be able get quality eye care from Southside Physicians Network (SPN). Dr. Rishi Parikh is now accepting patients at the Southside Physicians Network office in the Walmart Shopping Center at 301 Market Dr. Suite I in Emporia.

Rishi Parikh, MD is board certified on ophthalmology and has performed more than 5000 surgeries. A native of Ohio, Dr. Parikh is no stranger to Virginia. He did his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system and has been in Richmond, VA working alongside Dr. Akshay Dave at Dominion Eye Associates.

Dr. Parikh provides a comprehensive list of eye care services, from advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide range of vision problems, to the latest techniques in vision-correction surgery. Dr. Parikh utilizes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to preserve or improve eyesight.

Available at this new SPN office will be a full range of ophthalmologic services from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures for vision problems such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disease
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser vision correction
  • Premium lens implants.

Call to make your appointment today – 434-336-1030.

About Rishi Parikh, MD

Fellowship: Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ

Residencies: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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