Obama returns to campaign trail for Dems in governor’s races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month’s elections. Obama will first drop in on campaign workers in Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday for a private “canvass kickoff” for Democratic candidate Phil Murphy. He will then head to Richmond, Virginia, to rally support for Democrat Ralph Northam. Murphy is leading in polls against New Jersey’s Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the race to replace Gov. Chris Christie. Northam is in a tight race with former...

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Governor McAuliffe Announces $481,410 in USDA New Specialty Crop Block Grants for Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced an award of $481,410.50 in grant funding for 10 agriculture-related projects from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grants will promote and enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops and create more economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth. The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funds. “As one of our largest private industries, agriculture plays a key role in supporting our efforts to build a new Virginia economy and create jobs...

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 2017 Recipient of Governor’s Award for Excellence in International Trade

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that QubicaAMF is the recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Award for Excellence in International Trade. The award was presented at the 69th annual Virginia Conference on World Trade, held in Williamsburg. QubicaAMF, based in Mechanicsville, has been a participant in the Commonwealth’s international trade programs since 2014. Through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program, the company has experienced international successes, growing its annual revenue by over 15 percent and increasing its Virginia-based employment by more than 25 percent. The Governor’s Award for Excellence in International Trade recognizes a Virginia...

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Northumberland’s Cable TV Moves to Atlantic Broadband

Northumberland County Supervisors last Thursday, October 12 adopted a resolution transferring the county’s cable television franchise from Metrocast to Atlantic Broadband. Metrocast was recently purchased by Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications, the 9th largest cable operator in the U.S. District 1 supervisor Joseph Self moved to adopt the resolution, District 3 supervisor James Long seconded the motion and the resolution was...

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Supervisor Election Forum to be held in Middlesex

A Middlesex County Candidates Election Forum for supervisor candidates, presented by the Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs of Middlesex and the Southside Sentinel, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department pavilion. The doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and learn more about the candidates, and to speak to them before and after the forum. The forum moderator will be Tom Hardin, executive editor of the Southside Sentinel. Candidates will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and make...

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St. Margaret’s Daingerfield Merit Scholarship Makes a Difference For Girls

Tappahannock, VA (October 18, 2017) – The Daingerfield Merit scholarship provides funding to exceptional girls from around the region who apply to attend St. Margaret’s School as day students during grades 8-10. “We are so grateful to St. Margaret’s for the Daingerfield scholarship,” said Kia Ware. The Ware’s daughter is a now a junior and has attended St. Margaret’s since 9th grade “Not only is it a tremendous honor for us that the school faculty thinks so highly of our daughter’s character and academic performance, but it gives parents much needed help with tuition and budgeting for their entire high school experience at...

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Union, Xenith Banks set to merge

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) Richmond Fed, SCC approve bank merger Regulators have approved the merger between Union Bankshares Corp. and Xenith Bankshares Inc.  The regulatory approval came from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and from the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the companies said Tuesday. Under the proposal, Xenith will merge into Union. Following the deal, Union will have $11.9 billion in assets.  The proposed merger remains subject to approval by shareholders of Union and Xenith. Shareholders meetings are scheduled for Oct. 26. The deal is expected to close in early...

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Jefferson told lawyers to read these; now they’ll be online

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Nearly 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson came up with a legal reading list for lawyers. Now, the University of Virginia is putting those books online. Hundreds of texts ranging from legal dictionaries to books on English law are being made available to the public. Jefferson’s book list goes back to the creation of the University of Virginia, a project he took on after he served two terms as president. A voracious reader himself, Jefferson believed the school’s library would be the heart of the new university. Though many of the original books Jefferson had purchased...

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Man sentenced for killing university student in Virginia

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say accidentally fatally shot a Virginia Commonwealth University student has been sentenced to one year in prison. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 20-year-old Emmanuel E. Jordan was sentenced Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction for the death of Samuel O. Kwarteng. Prosecutors say Kwarteng and another man, referred to in court proceedings as “Ish,” went to Jordan’s home on April 13. Jordan owed Ish $500 for marijuana. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Traci B. Miller says Jordan waved a weapon at the men and ordered them to leave. Miller...

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Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia cities

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word “racist” was found painted in red on the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Tuesday. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says a memorial to the Confederate dead was spray-painted with “#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER” early Monday morning. Richmond’s Davis statue is on Monument Avenue, which also features four other Confederate statues. The nearby J.E.B. Stuart statue was splattered with pine tar in August, and three statues were tagged with spray paint after President Donald...

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In Virginia governor’s race, Northam leads Gillespie in cash

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Ralph Northam has a hefty cash advantage over Republican Ed Gillespie in the final weeks of the closely watched Virginia governor’s race. Campaign finance reports filed late Monday show Northam raised more than $7 million in September and had about $5.7 million in the bank at the end of the month. Gillespie reported raising $4.4 million, with $2.5 million cash on hand for the same period. Northam’s big donors included unions and special interest groups like Planned Parenthood and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as best-selling authors John Grisham and David...

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Experts expect worst season in years for fall foliage

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Tree experts say Virginia will experience its worst season in years for fall foliage. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that a dry stretch over the summer is to blame. Trees that turn yellow are already browning, and trees that turn red aren’t reaching their full potential. John Seiler, who teaches tree physiology at Virginia Tech, said that colors will be more muted because of the weeks of drought-like conditions in August. Rain from Tropical Storm Nate last week may salvage some trees, but many are beyond help. The prospects look much...

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Virginia state-owned liquor stores sell nearly $1 billion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s state-owned liquor stores had nearly $1 billion in sales last fiscal year. A new report to state lawmakers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the state’s ABC stores had $940.1 million in sales last year. That’s up from $897.6 million the year before. The department said it made $171.7 million in profits in fiscal 2017, up about $6.9 million from fiscal 2016. Virginia is one of more than a dozen states that manages the sale and distribution of...

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Land preservation board approves easements for pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A public land preservation organization in Virginia has approved easements that will allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees approved 11 easements on Monday, the board said on its website. In exchange for crossing 53 acres of protected land, two pipeline developers will convey to the foundation 1,130 acres of substitute land in three counties. Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets. Prominent business and political leaders back the projects, saying they...

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Governor McAuliffe Named by Chesapeake Bay Conservancy as 2017 ‘Champion of the Chesapeake’

RICHMOND – The Chesapeake Bay Conservancy has named Governor Terry McAuliffe as one of the 2017 “Champions of the Chesapeake” for his successful protection of 1,000 natural and historic Virginia treasures and securing millions in federal funding for land conservation across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe accepted the award on behalf of Governor McAuliffe. “I am grateful to receive this award from the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy, a group that works tirelessly to protect and improve one of our nation’s greatest natural and economic treasures,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Chesapeake Bay is an indispensable asset to this...

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Youth Enrichment Forum @ Old Beale Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm
Please join us for our Community Forum on Youth Enrichment co-hosted by Essex Churches Together and the Essex Resource Council, being held on the October 24th at 7:00 pm at Old Beale Courthouse to hear ideas, learn about other[...]
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Youth Enrichment Program @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
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Northumberland Public Library Te... @ Henderson United Methodist Church
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Henderson United Methodist Church hosts a time of community fellowship and lunch the fourth Thursday of each month, January through October.  On October 26, Northumberland Public Library’s brand new Tech Mobile will make its first[...]
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Haven 2017 Awards Banquet @ Warsaw Banquet Hall
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join The Haven as they celebrate the dedication and commitment, to the work and mission of The Haven, their volunteers, community allies, and staff at the 2017 Community Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 26th from[...]
5:30 pm WCPS State of the Schools Program @ Washington & Lee High School
WCPS State of the Schools Program @ Washington & Lee High School
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Westmoreland County Public Schools is hosting the State of the Schools program from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Washington & Lee High School. Come hear the status of Westmoreland County Public Schools. Also, exciting[...]

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