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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 9, 2017 Sheriff Ronnie Oakes announces implementation of body worn cameras Wise County Sheriff's Office Deputies will now be equipped with body worn cameras thanks to one Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles grant and two grants from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services that the sheriff's office has received. These grants provided funds to purchase cameras for deputies assigned to patrol, school resource, civil process, criminal investigations, and court house security. Full implementation of the body worn camera pro- gram is expected to be completed by February 2017. Sheriff Oakes states. "My deputies are expected to be complete profession- als at all times. These cam- eras will help protect them from any false complaints. aiad the video captured will also help in the prosecution of cases. Wise County Deputies assigned to the patrol division have uti- lized in-car cameras sys- tems for years and will continue to do so. These body cameras will work in conjunction with the in-car camera." Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp states. "We are excited by this announcement. The evi- dence preserved by officer body worn cameras pro- vide us a great tool in the courtroom in prosecuting crime and maintains trans- parency for the public good. This move helps show everyone the great job that law enforcement does on a daily basis to keep us safe from crime. I am thankful for the leader- ship of Sheriff Oakes and his team in securing grant funds to implement this program." Dominion's expanded Energy/Share program reaching out to aid thousands of Virginians Since Dominion's EnergyShare Program was dramatically expanded in 2015, literally thousands of Virginians in need are get- ting help with energy bills and making their homes more energy efficient. Since EnergyShare was founded by the company in 1982, more than 780,000 Virginians in need have received help with their energy bills, regardless of the type of energy used. The expanded program was launched on Sept. l, 2015 with a commitment of $57 million over five years from Dominion. Major new elements included free home weath- erization, a special focus Calendar "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Qrder of Eastem Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December. when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information _ please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and on veterans and those with disabilities, and reaching out to vastly more Virginians with energy education and awareness of the program. The results to date are impressive: 1. Total assistance -- 32.728 families, including 20.079 with energy bill payment assistance and more than 12.600 homes weatherized at no cost to recipients 2. Outreach effort 178.222 people attended 315 energy and conserva- tion informational events throughout the company service area 3. Special focus More than 2.450 veterans and individuals with dis- From Page 1 adult leamers, with or without their own home computers, in Lee. Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore. 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Altemative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information conceming GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- treat.org/blog/naloxone-avail- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431 - 1754 AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new members. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not required to have served over- seas or have seen actual com- bat. Contact us at American .Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number. Transfers are welcome. abilities assisted 4. Volunteering - Dominion employees vol- unteered hundreds of hours to assist EnergyShare recipients with weatheriza- tion and energy informa- tion in 2016 EnergyShare is a pro- gram of last resort to help eligible residents facing financial hardship pay heating or cooling bills when all other forms of assistance have been exhausted. Every cent donated by customers, employees or others goes directly to helping those in need. El ectric customer clients qualifying for weatherization recmve an energy audit from a quali- fied vendor. Afterwards, depending on the need, the following can be installed: High efficiency LED light bulbs Attic insulation and air sealing High efficiency central furnace fan motors Heat pump/AC rune up Water heater pipe wrap Low- flow shower- heads and faucet aerators Virginia residents can call 2-1-1 for EnergyShare assistance or referrals to health and human services resources. For more infor- mation about weatheriza- tmn. call 1-888-366-8280. For details on donating or applying for EnergyShare, v i s i t www.dom.com/EnergySha re. R K The 2017 General Assembly session has now reached the halfway point. Tuesday marks what we call 'crossover', the day when each chamber must complete work on the bills filed by its members. With one notable exception, the Senate must have either approved or rejected every bill filed by a senator and the House must have done the same with every bill filed by a delegate. The one notable excep- tion is the bill that amends the state budget. The House and Senate versions of the budget are approved on a separate day, which this. year falls on this com- ing Thursday. Although the Senate and House will have com- pleted work on the bills filed by their members. they now consider the bills . that were approved by the other chamber. From crossover until the end of session, the House will only be considering bills approved by the Senate while the Senate considers bill approved by the House. This is all part of the winnowing process that allows the General Assembly to successfully consider the nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions filed by its members this year. That volume of legislation necessitates an efficient system to complete the work within the time allowed under the Constitution of Virginia. The schedule, hectic but orderly, often looks like organized chaos to the casual observer. But, bill after bill is gtven a respect- ful hearing, presented by the legislators who submit them. These are the busiest days of the legislative ses- sion, with lots of commit- tee meetings and longer floor sessions to handle the volume of bills. The Senate completed its action on several of my bills this week. SB 1105 helps monitor who's on locality voting rolls. Did you know that eight localities in Virginia have more regis- tered voters than voting age citizens? Or that fif- teen additional localities have at least 95% regis- tered voters compared to voting age citizens? SB 1105 calls on registrars to look into the data when the number exceeds 100%, and as of last Monday, has passed the Senate! SB 1254, which requires the auditing of voting machines. Each locality would be audited at least once every five years. This bill passed unanimously through both committee and the, full Senate. SB 904, which authorizes concealed carry for Worker's Compensation commis- sioners in the Commonwealth. SB 1253 asks local registrars to adopt electronic pollbooks. This allows registrars to match your photo ID to DMV identification records. speeding up the voting process! One of my proudest moments came on Thursday, as our charter school legislation passed committee, not once but twice! Now the opportuni- ty to provide parents with a choice when faced with failing schools will come before the full Senate. It's been a long road to get to this point, but it's an excit- ing time for those who believe in educational choice. Record numbers of visi- tors continue to visit this year's session. Just about every group that comes to Richmond is introduced in the Senate Chamber. With so many different groups coming from across the state, the first hour of our daily legislative sessions primarily consist of intro- ductions. The groups who are introducedsit in the Gallery, abalcony just above the Senate Floor. The senator from a group's home district introduces them to the entire Senate, at which point the Lt. Governor gives brief remarks welcoming them. They stand to be recog- nized and the entire Senate applauds them. As a result, clapping is one of the most frequent - though largely unrecognized - jobs of your elected representa- tives. Two weeks ago, 4.858 people entered the General Assembly Building on Monday and then the next day, 4.942 did. Lines wait- ing to get through building security reached far into Capitol Square. These record numbers are coming as somewhat of a surprise during what has been a busy legislative year, but not one with an overarch- ing issue preoccupying the public or the media. Those working their way through the floors (with six packed and overwhelmed eleva- tors) are not here protest- ing, but most often just vis- iting and hearing from their lawmakers. We certainly had our share of visitors from home this past two weeks. Thanks very much to our esteemed guests who stopped by: Penny Gray from Luray, with the Treasurer's Association Becky Smith from Luray, Commissioner of the Revenue Kathy Black from Shenandoah County, Commissioner of the Revenue Sherry Sours from Warren County, Commissioner of the Revenue Karen Rose from Harrisonburg, Commissioner of the Revenue Stacy Swam from Warren County 4-H Page County Public School Board mem- bers Sharon Lucas and J'ackie Sullivan-Smoot, and Chairman Dr. Morgan Phenix Page County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Whitley-Smith Harrisonburg School Board member Kaylene Seigle Diane Bager of Harrisonburg, Minister of Christian Formation Loretta Wenger of Harrisonburg, with Blue Ridge Community College Marilynn Jarrells of Harrisonburg with Virginia Interfaith Patty Sensabaugh of Harrisonburg Jill Irby of Mount Jackson Jessica Clegg of Harrisonburg Amber Foster of Strasburg, Executive Director of Commonwealth Senior Living Audery Allison Broadway Emma Chupp, Jackson and Chupp of Frank Tamberri no, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Professor Tara Kishbaugh from Eastern Mennonite University Dennis Lynch with the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Kym Crump, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Arts Council Bettsy Heggie, CEO of GRASP 8 students from Lord Fairfax Community College's Dental Hygiene program Becky Johnson, Becca Gogue & Ashley Cromer, with Sentara RMH Medical Center Kristie Trumbo from Broadway - Jeff Lown with the Virginia Counselors Assocation Karen Gattuso with Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville The VAIL group, with Gayl Brunk, Paul McFarland, Jesse Compagnari, Paula Ford, Chelsea Turner, Matt McGruder and Kim Murray Sharon Harold and Louise Jennings with United Methodist Church Tony Biller with Nielson Builders, Inc Misty Ward and the Virginia Midwives Alliance Brookhave Birth Center Lori Kizner with the Bo3~s & Girls Club of Harrisonburg There are just three weeks left before this ses- sion ends. If you'll be in Richmond between now and then, please stop by our offices in Room 331 of the General Assembly Building. In next week's column, I'll have details of the Senate's proposal to amend the 2016-2018 Biennial Budget. as well as an update on the continued progress of legislation. Until then, have a great week. I. ADDICTION TREATMENT RESOURCES (ALCOIIOL/SI:i BSTAN CE) Addie:liolt Ed:~a~icm {il e~fleL ........................ {276)546-5432 + * (.'elebmte Recovery(Freedom ofWorslfip C.l:+mdf)(276)393-O | 15 * Clirmh VMley;Taz~:welI Clinic ........................... ,(276)963-3554 * Resource CenleL ......................... '. .............. (8~)575-g187 + Ctm~berkmd River Comp. Care (Haflm~, KY) ...... (606)573- 1624 * Drug-Rehab.conr (Io fred drug rehab progcam) ..... (866) 762-37 I2 * Fronlier Heal:lh, Wise Co. Behavior Health S~rviees AdttlN .................................................... (1276])523-8300 Children . ............................................. {276)523-8360 , His Ministries ....................... ~276)523-7447orf27(./)5.~6-336.a , ~The Lamels (Lebanon, VA).....(276)889-3063 or (888),143-1804 . *Li*) Ce~lter ofGa~x, VA ................................ (877)72 t-4567 . ~Magnc(|ia Ridge (JoN~>n City, "IN).. i ........... (423)232-4130 , Prq}ec) Link ifor mothers & preg)m.nt women) ...... (888)443- |804 Lee CotmW ................................................. (276)346-359{) Sc(:,~t County ................... (276).152- t 1 .Jl;J or (276)432-4370 Wise County/City of Norton ...................... (276)523-4938 " * *RMg/eview Pavflion (ligr.is{ol., VA) ................. (800)697-2762 , SW Vi:gi~tm ASAP (Alcohol SaPet.v Ac~mn Program) ........... (276)679-9337 * *Wot **'+'* Tl~r 6;f,AgP Sat I O:f~lA Mort 6200P ~i;", a;