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Glenn retires after 25 years with library By Laura McFarland News Editor

Cumberland football looks for first win in final game, page 6


UMBERLAND – More than 25 years ago, Nellie Glenn found a place she loved to be and stuck around. Glenn, 70, of Cumberland, recently retired from the Cumberland County Public Library after 25 years of working there preceded by a few years of volunteering. Health problems were the main reason for leaving, she said, because she still enjoyed going to work. “I loved my job. I loved it here. To stay here 25 years, you better like your job,” she said. Books have long NELLIE GLENN been a passion for Glenn. Growing up in Halifax County, there wasn’t a bricks and mortar library. Instead a bookmobile came through once a month during the summer, she said. “I can remember taking my brother’s wagon to the post office where the bookmobile was, filling it up and dragging it home,” she said with a smile. When the library opened in Cumberland County at its current location in 1985, Glenn was raising young children and didn’t get out much. But she said she started coming in around two years later to check items out and loved it there. A few years after that, she started volunteering – running the desk and shelving books. Anne Kinsey was the library’s first see GLENN, pg. 10 



Darren Livezey, left, and Jay Overbey, employees with Atlantic Election Services, program new voting machines Cumberland County purchased after its previous machines were decertified by the state.

Paper ballots return By Laura McFarland News Editor


UMBERLAND – The Cumberland County Voter Registrar’s Office recently had to purchase new voting machines for its precincts after the ones

it had been using since 2007 were deemed a security risk and decertified by the state. The local office was one of about a dozen localities that had the AVC Edge DRE voting machine decertified by the Virginia Department of

Elections this fall because “they claimed that they were hackable,” Marlene Watson, voter registrar, said. With the upcoming General Election looming on Tuesday,

Christmas Parade set for Dec. 10, page 3

see VOTING, pg. 3 

Scales gives students a voice was selected as the 2017-2018 student liaison to the school board, she began attending board meetings in July and working to give students of UMBERLAND – Caylor Scales takes being a all ages in the county a voice with their school voice for Cumberland County Public Schools district’s elected school leaders. students seriously. “I like being able to voice all the opinions of After the Cumberland High School senior see LIAISON, pg. 4  By Laura McFarland News Editor


 COMMUNITY: Joey Dayton named Bear Creek Lake State Park manager P3  EDUCATION: Building trades students earn OSHA cards P5

Kennell promotes state parks, page 10

 EDUCATION: Call Me Mister participants honored P7  PUBLIC SAFETY: Fall wildfire season begins P9


Aftermath of hurricane devastation hard to witness realize how much of the tension is still there in your body until you physically get to put your arms around your loved ones and see for yourself that they are safe. As with any visit home, it was mostly filled with seeing family members and eating way too much good food. Like seriously, way too much

after home. Imagine seeing almost everything you own in a damp, smelly heap on your lawn. Pieces of furniture you collected one by one, family photos you always meant to scan but never had the time to do, clothes, heirlooms passed down through the generations of your family, books, games and toys


n the last decade, this writer has moved a grand total of three times: from Houston to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Winchester and finally here. It was never a fun experience. You tell yourself you are going to use the opportunity to go through some things and weed out what you don’t need any more. Then the move date approaches and you run out of time and promise yourself you will do it as you unpack. Pssh. Like those boxes ever got unpacked. Seeing all of my worldly possessions stuffed into the back of a moving truck, there was always a flutter in my stomach because it was a very real, visible sign that everything was about to change. I thought of that a few weeks ago when I went to visit family in Houston. As I have said before, almost all of my family members live in Texas and Houston in particular. Fortunately, while flooding was a constant danger for them, the water didn’t make it into their homes and there was minimal damage. In floods of years past, some family members weren’t so fortunate. After the stress of worrying about my family, I went for a quick visit and gave each one of them a very satisfying hug upon seeing them. You don’t

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Volunteer church groups were there helping clear out the houses and dispose of the items, which was good to see. The entire experience was so sobering to see, but since I also was in the car with my mom and one of my sisters, who both knew that this very easily could have been them, it was

damage in Texas, we were braced for Hurricane Irma to hit Florida. And then we saw Hurricane Maria leave Puerto Rico, which way too many people forget is a territory of the United States, without power and clean water. It has been heartwarming to see the ongoing efforts and fundraisers for hurricane victims in Cumberland, but all of these places really do have a hard road of recovery ahead. I hope people will continue to remember them in their thoughts, prayers and support even after they stop making headlines. Because I want to end on a positive note, I will share one Houston story. During this same car trip, my mom, sister and I went to a quilt shop. While we were looking around, I struck up a conversation with a woman. In the back of the shop she and a group of other women were making quilts for hurricane victims. They were cheerful PHOTOS BY LAURA MCFARLAND and welcoming, and in speaking with them I saw their hope that this small During a recent visit to her hometown, Houston, Texas, news editor Laura McFarland witnessed firsthand the devastation experienced by some residents when they lost everything in the flooding related to Hurricane Harvey, offering would bring a moment of shown left. She also met a group of quilters, right, who were making quilts for hurricane victims. happiness to people who had lost so much. If the recipients of those quilts food, but all of it really good. your children played, pieces of art incredibly emotional. experience even half the love those Driving around parts of Houston, that brought you joy … all of it piled Obviously Hurricane Harvey was women were putting into the quilts it was hard to believe a catastrophic high in the same place you only weeks more personal for me because it hit for them, I think they will feel that flood had overtaken the city only before tossed bags of household trash. my hometown so hard, but my heart moment of happiness. weeks earlier. But then you drove And across the yard and all down has gone out to all of the victims of through other parts and the evidence your street, your neighbors’ front hurricanes in recent weeks. Even as Laura McFarland may be reached was all there on the lawns of home yards looked just the same. we were all still shocked about the at

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Christmas Parade set for Dec. 10 Staff Report

The 2017 annual Cumberland Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 in the village of Cumberland Court House. A Cumberland County Christmas – Caring and Sharing will be the theme of this year’s parade. Entries should in some way be connected to this theme. Entry forms may be picked up at one of the following places: NAPA in Cumberland, Custom Interiors in Cumberland, Ashby Antiques in Farmville or from Stephany Johnson in the court house building. The application is also on the county’s website, and you may also ask for one to be emailed to you by contacting There is a $10 entry fee to help with expenses; churches, school organizations, county officials and civic organizations are exempt from this fee. Deadline for parade entries is Dec. 5, which is also the deadline for them to be judged. A late fee of $25 will be charged for anyone wishing to participate after that date.


Joey Daton has been named the new park manager of Bear Creek Lake State Park.

Dayton promoted to park manager Contributed Report


Local children participate in last year’s Cumberland Christmas Parade. The 2017 parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10.

No float other than the Christmas Parade Mail applications to: Christmas Parade committees will have “Santa” on it. Committee, P.O. Box 72, Cumberland, VA If the weather is deemed unsafe, the 23040. Contact Barbara Gamage at 804parade will be postponed and rescheduled. 492-4803.

Joey A. Dayton IV, assistant park manager at Bear Creek Lake State Park, has been promoted to park manager. Dayton started his career in parks as an interpreter at Claytor Lake State Park and was later hired as the chief ranger at Kiptopeke State Park. From there Dayton was promoted to the assistant manager at Shenandoah River State Park and then transferred see DAYTON, pg. 7 


Jay Overbey, an employee with Atlantic Election Services, feeds sample ballots into one of the new voting machines Cumberland County purchased after its previous machines were decertified by the state.



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Nov. 7, the county purchased seven Imagecast Evolution Optical Scan Tabulator and Ballot Marking Devices, which are scanners that will read paper ballots people will fill out, she said. The 21 previous machines the county was using were touch screen machines. “I had tried to prepare my county since before 2015 that it was coming. Originally, it was December 2019 that they were going to decertify them, but they brought it up,” she said. The bid Cumberland went with for the new machines is for a total cost of $59,660, which includes the machines, programming services and privacy screens, she said.

She said the cost of the unfunded mandate had to be covered by the county as there were no state funds made available to offset them. There will be a voting machine for each precinct and a spare in case one has issues, Watson said. With the new machines, voters will go behind a privacy screen and fill out a paper ballot, choosing their candidates by completely filling in bubbles next to their names in pen, she said. They can then personally feed their ballot into the optical scanners. Citizens can cast their ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the 61st District House of Delegates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Absentee voting will go on until Nov. 4 in person at the registrar’s office. Laura McFarland may be reached at


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the kids. In the past they haven’t always felt they could do that or they didn’t know they could. I feel like everybody from the elementary on up should be heard from,” she said. This fall, Scales asked Dr. Amy Griffin, superintendent, if she could attend the Superintendent’s Student Panel held regularly at all three schools so she could meet students and get their input firsthand. Griffin pointed out that Scales is taking her role as student liaison to the school board seriously. In addition to

attending the Superintendent’s Student Panel meetings, she organized the “Welcome Back to School” group photo of school board members and herself. “She has also suggested initiatives, such as high school students mentoring elementary students, that we plan to implement,” Griffin said. Scales attended the panels at Cumberland Elementary School and Cumberland High School for the first time on Sept. 22 but couldn’t make it to Cumberland Middle School because the meeting conflicted with a scheduled test. With the elementary school’s panel, Scales said the students were extremely energetic and expressed their interest openly.

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“They weren’t afraid to tell you about their favorite games, who their favorite teachers were and even the problems they had in the school that they wanted to get solved,” she said. “They were all interested in their learning. One of them wanted longer periods for the classes and more classes that challenged them.” Other input from the students included wanting some people to stop running in the halls, asking to get reusable trays and plates for the cafeteria, and requesting more resource time, she said. “Some people wanted to make PE longer and have snack time but also provide snacks. Someone said make school longer,” she said. At the high school, several students said they wanted more classes that were 21st century classes, such as cosmetology, robotics, and programming courses, Scales said. The students asked for more clarification on the school’s “I Can” initiative, which deals with teachers having a set of “I Can” statements with objectives and what students are supposed to learn, she said. Some high school students were interested in mentoring younger students, especially around transition years when they are changing schools and might need extra support, she


Caylor Scales, student liaison to the Cumberland County School Board, recently met with the Superintendent’s Student Panel at two out of three local schools. Here she is shown with students from Cumberland Elementary School: first row, Alex Hernandez-Gonzalez, Madelyn Tuttle, Alexa Blackwell, Somara Tuttle, and Davion Hayes; second row, Scales, Alana Johnson, and Bri-era Franklin-Harris.

said. “That way it is not as hard going into middle school or high school without having a face in the crowd you would know,” Scales said. Scales said she planned to meet with the middle school students and she also planned to attend Griffin’s next panel meetings on Friday, Nov. 10. She said she likes the meetings because she can hear the students’ feedback on where the schools are doing well and where they can improve. “Not every school system is perfect, but it is the things we

—Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools


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Building Trades I students receiving their OSHA 10 Cards include the following: front row, Christian Jackson and Damon Sims; back row, Orianna Anthony, Troy Ortiz, Michael Blevins, Chris Johnston, Julie Westbrook, Cesar Gamez, Ziahir Berry, Malachi McLean, Sultan Abassi, Brian Simpson, and Josh Marsh.

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Twenty-one Cumberland High School students enrolled in Building Trades I recently completed the 10-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Safety in Construction class. This class trains workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of hazards in the workplace. After successful completion of the course, participants are awarded

their OSHA cards, which are issued by the Department of Labor. The training covers such topics as fall protection, personal protective equipment, electrical safety, excavation hazards, and life-saving equipment. Building Trades instructor David Sullivan said, “I am very proud of them!” He added that students in his Energy and Power and Sustainability classes also completed training and received their OSHA cards.

Transportation employees honored with special breakfast Contributed Report

Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) celebrated National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 16 to 20. This event is held annually during the third full week of October and provides an opportunity for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and

address the importance of school bus safety. This year’s theme is “Stop on red!” As part of National School Bus Safety Week, CUCPS held School Transportation Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Members of the Transportation Department were treated to a continental CONTRIBUTED PHOTO breakfast, featuring donuts, Members of the transportation staff muffins, pastries, and an enjoy food and conversation in honor of National School Bus Safety Week. assortment of beverages.

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Cumberland Today Sports Cumberland football looks for first win in final game By Billy Fellin Sports Editor

The football season hasn’t gone the way that coach Ed Knapp and the Cumberland Dukes would have liked for it to have gone. After a 51-6 loss to Bluestone on Oct. 27, the Dukes have lost the first nine games of the season. “We’ve lost the first (nine) games of the season and that’s disappointing,” Knapp said. “That’s certainly not what we had expected.” The Dukes fell by eight points to Charles City in the opener on Aug. 25, its closest loss of the season. Unfortunately for Cumberland, every other game has been tilted heavily in its opponent’s favor. Knapp said that overall, the team is an inexperienced group of good athletes who just don’t have a lot of time on the field. “We’ve had a number of our players come back to playing football after taking a year or a couple years off,” he said. “So, our experience has been lacking for sure. We had four returning seniors coming back from last year’s team, who had played the previous three years. The remainder of our group is all relatively inexperienced when it comes to football. We’ve got some good athletes. We’ve got some basketball players who have decided to come out and play football and they’ve certainly had some good moments, but we haven’t been able to get to the point


where that lack of experience hasn’t shown.” Senior starting quarterback Darius Kyle is one player who returned to football after not having played since eighth grade, according to Knapp. “Kyle is mainly a basketball player,” Knapp said. “He has really done a great job for us at quarterback.” Knapp also pointed to some other “solid kids” who have been having good seasons, such as senior two-way player Darron Ridley, junior free safety/slot back Ziahir Berry and junior offensive tackle Chris Jackson. “We have some things that are going well,” Knapp said. “We just haven’t put it all together and scored enough points to win a ballgame.” One struggle this season has been the red zone offense. Knapp said that the team can march up and down the field, but once they hit the red zone, the Dukes struggle to score points. The most points that the Dukes have scored this season was 21 against Buckingham on Oct. 13. Kyle and Ridley are two of a handful of seniors who will leave the team due to graduation after this season, along with Davin Boykin, Christian Allen, Keyshawn Diming, Ja’Quan Brown, Davidrick Brooks, Joshua Brown, Markel Blakey, Jonathan Langhorne and Roger Garrison. Knapp said that with as difficult of a game as football is, the bond between coach and the longtime players on the

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Cumberland senior quarterback Darius Kyle (1) tries to evade the Goochland defense during the contest between the two teams on Oct. 6 at Goochland High School. Kyle has been a solid player this season under center for the Dukes.

team is akin to a family. “I always miss the seniors when they leave,” Knapp said. “I’ll certainly miss Christian Allen, Keyshawn Diming, Davidrick Brooks and Darron Ridley. They’re our four returning seniors. I’ll miss all four of them like my children going off to college. That’s just a fact on the way that it works.” Those seniors will be honored at home for the last game of the season on Nov. 3 against Randolph-Henry. The Statesmen have strug-

gled this season, also posting a winless record entering the Cumberland contest. Cumberland will advance to the playoffs and a win against Randolph-Henry would certainly aid in raising their seed in the postseason. “With our region, we’re going to have a playoff game,” he said. “We’re better off winning and getting a higher seed.” Had the Dukes defeated Bluestone, the possibility existed of hosting a playoff game, but those hopes were dashed in

the loss on Oct. 27.


James River District Coach of the Year for boys cross country. On the girls side, Goochland won the district title with 18 points. Cumberland was third overall with 66 points, trailing second-place Buckingham’s 54. After the Region 1B meet, if any Cumberland runner advances to the VHSL Group 1 state meet, it will take place on Nov. 10-11 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

On Oct. 25, the Dukes participated in the James River District Cross Country championships. The Cumberland boys team won the district title, scoring 42 points. Goochland was second with 61, then RandolphHenry with 83, followed by Buckingham, Nottoway, Billy Fellin can be reached Amelia, Bluestone and Prince at Edward. Allen Waechter was named or on Twitter at @BillyFellin.


Call Me Mister participants honored by school board

Students of the month


During the school year, the Cumberland County School Board recognizes students of the month at regular meetings. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, Oct. 9: Allahjah Harris, third grade, son of Darrell and Tiffany Harris; Phillip Cross, seventh grade, son of Phillip Cross Sr. and Channai Parker; and Justin Long, 11th grade, son of Robert and Ashley Long of Cumberland.


Matthew Thompson, Ty-Shon Scott, Bryant Winbush, and Dr. Maurice Carter were recognized by the Cumberland County School Board for their participation in and with the Call Me Mister program at Longwood University.

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to Bear Creek Lake, where he has been for the past 10 years. “I am very pleased Mr. Dayton accepted the position,” said Ken Benson, district manager. “His veteran performance, leadership and local knowledge will serve to enhance the current

Cumberland High School graduates, Bryant Winbush and DelMonté Langhorne. These graduates served as mentors for the high school students who attended the program. The Call Me Mister program is a national teacher leadership program that not only prepares young men for a successful career as an elementary or secondary teacher, but also provides them with resources that will place them in a position where they can effectively impact the lives of children.

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On Monday, Oct. 9, Cumberland High School seniors Brandon Caban, Muhammed Fulani, Ty’shon Scott, Jonathan Langhorne, Matthew Thompson, and Davidrick Brooks were recognized by the Cumberland County School Board for participating in the Call Me Mister program at Longwood University. This free six-day program was led by Dr. Maurice Carter, who was assisted by two

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR WEDNESDAYS  The World War II Round Table holds meetings beginning at 7 p.m. at the Father Val Hall of St. John Neumann Catholic Church located 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.  Cumberland County Public Library will hold Mother Goose on the Loose, a new story time option for all children from birth to age 3. It meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The story hour will Incorporate songs, nursery rhymes, lap-sit activities, movement and music and integrate the latest early literacy techniques into the library program.  Cumberland County Public Library will hold Reading with Ellie Mae at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Ellie Mae the Reading Dog visits the library to lend a friendly paw and ear for Preschool Story Time. Pre-school age children and their caregivers are invited to an hour of stories, nursery rhymes, songs and crafts.

THURSDAYS  The Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad holds a Bingo game on the third Saturday of each month. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. Jackpot depends on the number of players. All proceeds benefit the rescue squad. No children under 12 allowed. For more information, call Ann at 804-3140966.  Rotary Club of Farmville meets at noon at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill St. in Farmville.

SATURDAYS  “Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan” chapter

Living Wheels meets at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Members of the public are invited to join the members at Company 1 Fire Station at Old Buckingham Road and Mann Road. For more information, call 804-598-1834 or 804357-6730 or 804-512-8835.

MONDAYS  The Cumberland chapter of the NAACP meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Cumberland Public Library. Contact 804-909-0049.  A free health screening is offered from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 2294 Cartersville Road in Cartersville (the old Cartersville Medical Building). The screening includes checks for blood pressure, BMI, weight, glucose, height, and cholesterol. No appointment is necessary. Contact 804-375-9850.  The Loaves of Love Food Pantry will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Monday and from 3 to 5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at 2294 Cartersville Road in Cartersville. For more information, contact 804-512-7547 or go to

TUESDAYS  The Powhatan Moose Lodge will host smoke-free Bingo with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games starting at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and every third Friday. For more information, call 804-598-2809.  H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Prepare for Eternity is a Ladies Group that meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. All women are invited to join. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Powhatan Moose Lodge. For more information, call 804-598-2809.  Cumberland Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The CCC is located in the Community Center Building C-7 (Old Cumberland School building) and has gently used clothing, glassware, shoes and small appliances for sale.

ONGOING  Backpacks of Love, a nonprofit committed to eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekend, needs help. In addition to the constant need for donated individual-sized food items, adults or students are needed to double bag the plastic bags the group packs in, which will help expedite the packing process. (This job can be done at home if people pick up bags at the pantry office.) The group also needs help breaking down boxes for recycling. This job should be done weekly preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays after packing days. These are great jobs for students looking for community hours. Contact Gloria at 804-598-2723.

UPCOMING  Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist Church, 14 Fitzgerald Road, Cumberland, will hold a Meet, Greet and Eat: Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1.  A Dementia Training Workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on


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Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Woodland Community Center. Free and open to the public. Call 392-5005 for more information.  The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library will hold its booksale over four days in the meeting room at the library, 1539 Anderson Highway. The sale will be open during library hours, which is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. On the first three days of the sale, prices are $1 for hardbacks or six for $5; 50 cents for paperbacks or three for $1 and other mixed media available. On Monday, Nov. 7, you can stuff a bag for a “buck a bag.” For more information, contact the library at 804-492-5807.  The Woman’s Club of Cumberland, GFWC will sell Brunswick stew and a variety of homemade desserts on Tuesday, November 7, Election Day. The stew will be sold at Payne Memorial Methodist Church and will be ready for purchase at noon. The cost will be $7 a quart and $4 a cup. Those purchasing a cup may eat at the church. Call Juanita Urban at 804-375-3586 to pre-order or for more information.  The Heart of Virginia Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Prince Edward County Extension Office across from Lowe's in Farmville. We will talk about the Bee School, a report on the state convention, and insuring that the bees are ready for winter. Anyone who has bees or is interested in bees is welcome. For more information, call Mary Jane Morgan at 434-315-1433 or visit Facebook.  The Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Spaghetti Dinner for Veterans from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. on Friday, Nov. 10 at the fire department, 2145 Cumberland Road, Farmville. Donations accepted at the door. Veterans eat free.  The Friends of Bear Creek Lake State Park hold regularly scheduled meetings and activities and hope that you will be able to join them. The park is grateful for the help and support that the Friends Group provides, and encourages all who regularly visit the park to attend. Meetings are typically held the second Sunday of each month. The November meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Bear Creek Hall and will feature a program or activity led by a park ranger. Call the office for information on any changes to the schedule, or to be put on the FOBCL mailing list. Come be a Friend and make new friends. You can contact the Friends by email at  The Cumberland Ruritan Club will hold its annual Veterans Day Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department building on Route 13. The event is open to all veterans to celebrate your service to this country. For more information, contact 804-690-1081.  A Canning Workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Prince Edward County Cannery, 7916 Abilene Road, in Farmville. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required with a fee of $15. All supplies are included. Those interested are advised to contact Caitlin at 434-392-4246 for more information.  In partnership with other Cumberland churches, Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist Church, 14 Fitzgerald Road, Cumberland, will host the Community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Bring a canned good for food donation to the food bank. see EVENTS, pg. 12 


JAMES AUSTIN James Herman Austin, 72, of Cumberland, formerly of White Plains, New York, died on Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Richmond. He is survived by his children, James Elroy Austin, Lynnenia Burton and Lauren Bass; a sister, Barbara Jean Austin; two aunts, Jean Gilliam (Henry) and Luvenia Jones; other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m.on Friday, October 20, at New Hope Baptist Church, Cartersville. The Rev. Sherrie Thomas, pastor, officiated. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 130 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains, New York. Repast was held at Ferncliff Lodge, 1 Minerva Place, White Plains, New York 10601.

CARL CARR Carl "Reid" Carr, 75, of Midlothian, passed peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017, after a brief illness and medical complications. Reid was very devout to many causes, including his Methodist faith; his family, especially his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Pa”; family genealogy; his love for country cooking; and of course, his love for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Reid attended Hiwassee Junior College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy from Virginia Tech in 1963. Reid served briefly in the Army National Guard. He was a Mason and was a member of Manchester Lodge #14 in Richmond. He was a long-time business owner in Cartersville, where he operated James River Farm Service and then a dealer for Vermeer Hay Equipment. He considered his Cumberland County friends like family. For that matter, Reid was a fast friend to everyone, had a story about everything, and never knew a stranger. Preceding him in death are his wife, Elaine W. Carr; his parents, Allen P. and Nannie

W. Carr, and his sister, Nancy Henderson. Survivors include his daughter, Caroline Carr Brescia, and her husband, Bob; his son, Benjamin "Chad" Carr; and five grandchildren, Cassidy, Carleigh, Christy, Robert and Reid. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Poplar Hill. Burial followed in Shannon Cemetery, Poplar Hill, where Reid was buried among his family. Military rites were provided by the VFW Post #6000 and American Legion Posts #311 and #68. The family received friends from noon until service time at 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Shannon Cemetery, c/o Ernest Miller, 369 Walkers Creek Valley Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134. This cemetery was established in 1781 and is considered the oldest maintained cemetery in Giles County. Reid actively served to help preserve the upkeep of this cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate.

ANNIE THORNTON Annie Verlean Thornton, 66, of Cumberland, departed this life on Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Charlottesville. She is survived by her life companion, William Ross "Earl"; a daughter, Shirley Barksdale (James); five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Thornton (Linda), Taylor Thornton (Carolyn); a sister, Betty Dabney; two aunts, one uncle, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her remains rested at Marian Gray Thomas Funeral Home of Cumberland. Funeral service were held at noon on Thursday, October 26 at Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Cumberland. The Rev. Larry E. Smith, pastor, officiated. Interment in the church cemetery.

Fall wildfire season begins Contributed Report

Fall wildfire season in Virginia began on Sunday, Oct. 15, and runs through Nov. 30, so residents are being asked to be extra careful with anything (matches, campfires, bonfires, mechanical equipment, etc.) that could cause a wildfire during this time. Hot, dry and windy conditions have fueled a number of wildfires that have recently wreaked havoc in California, and the Virginia Department of Forestry has all of its emergency response equipment and personnel in an increased state of readiness. A quick response to a wildfire will help decrease the possibility of that fire becoming large and disastrous. Local fire departments will work closely with the VDOF to protect the citizens, property and resources of the Commonwealth, but they can’t do it alone. Wildfire prevention is still the best option. “Before the rain this week, it had been more than 30 days since any measurable precipitation fell on the commonwealth,” said Fred Turck, VDOF’s wildfire prevention manager. “That has us very concerned because when things are very dry they tend to burn much more quickly. And that makes battling a resulting wildfire that much harder and puts lives and property at risk.” Because more than 96 percent of wildfires in Virginia are caused by human activity, most can be prevented if people take care to ensure their debris burning or campfire doesn’t escape their control. People burning trash or debris remains the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Virginia.

“Weather plays a critical role in wildfire,” Turck said. “Before you light your fire, make sure winds are less than 15 mph and that the relative humidity level is above 35 percent. If the conditions aren’t right, please don’t ignite.” Fall is the time when some people burn their downed leaves, but there is an alternative – they make excellent mulch for your yard/garden. If you do have to burn: keep your pile small; have a rake or shovel on hand; keep a charged water hose nearby, and have a phone accessible to call 911 if the fire escapes your control. “Stay with your fire until it is completely out, and remember that ashes can retain enough heat to ignite a fire for as many as a couple of days,” Turck said. While there isn’t a 4 p.m. Burn Law in effect statewide during the fall, be sure to check with your local fire officials for any local restrictions or bans. The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians. Headquartered in Charlottesville, the agency has forestry staff members assigned to every county to provide citizen service and public safety protection across the commonwealth, which it’s been doing now for more than 100 years. VDOF is an equal opportunity provider. With 16 million acres of forestland and nearly 108,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide an overall economic output of more than $21.5 billion annually.

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The following new teachers were recognized by the Cumberland School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 9: Victoria Davis, Cumberland Elementary School third grade teacher; Sarah Rowley, Cumberland Middle School fifth grade math teacher, and David Muncy, Cumberland High School Algebra I teacher.

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director, and when a clerk position became open, she suggested Glenn should apply. “I was the general secretary. I did anything that had to be done, even to fixing the toilets or screwing in screws. Whatever they asked me to do, they could come to me and I was a great fixer at that time,” she said. “Of course, if we didn’t have a volunteer, I was out front doing the volunteer’s job, too.” Over time, Glenn said she learned to catalogue under Dorothy Putney, a former assistant librarian, using a system the latter had created. She recalled Putney making her own records using a small computer with a dot matrix printer for cataloging. “It was pretty simple because we were a small library,” she said. Glenn eventually moved to the assistant librarian position. Over the years, she went from working part-time to full-time and back again. One of her favorite tasks was cataloguing the new materials and putting them out for people to check out, she said. “It gives you such a sense of accomplishment because you are putting something out for somebody to enjoy. If I didn’t work on it, it wouldn’t have gotten out. It just gave me a good feeling to put out new things for people to look at and read. It just made me feel good,” she said. Lauraetta Jones-Yates, circulation manager, has worked for the library more than 10 years and said Glenn is a “walking catalogue.” “She would know just what most of the patrons would want to read. We would have some patrons who would call and say, ‘Could you pull some books for me and I will pick them up?’ She had a very good idea what types


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of books that particular patron would want to read,” Jones-Yates said. “Or you would ask her, ‘Nellie where do I find a particular title?’ She could pretty much go to the shelf and put her hand on the title without consulting the catalogue that we might be looking for.” The staff worked well as a team, Jones-Yates said. She was usually at the circulation desk and Glenn was in the office, so they didn’t interact as much during working hours. But when there was a need Glenn would come out and assist patrons. “If she saw I was swamped she would come out and help. We have to do that because we are so small,” she said. Jones-Yates added that many people would come into the library and ask where Glenn was because they were so used to seeing her, JonesYates said. Although her work often kept her in the room behind the front desk doing computer work, Glenn said she also loved being out in the main part of the library helping and getting to know people. “One day I had three people come in. It was a little girl about 1 year old, her mother, who was about 22, and it was her mother – and I won’t say how old she is. I knew the mother when she was little. Her daughter grew up, and I knew her when she was little. This was three generations,” she said. The library is a great asset to the community since it provides information, entertainment and a meeting place when people need it, and Glenn said she is happy to have been a part of that for so long. Seeing as she has been into the library multiple times since she retired on Sept. 29 and she plans to join the Friends of Cumberland Public Library, she added is obviously not through with it yet. “It is a wonderful group of people who work here and the volunteers are great. It has

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By Laura McFarland News Editor

Cumberland resident Tim Kennell has recently been making the rounds with local elected officials in Virginia to promote the full funding of state parks by the General Assembly. Kennell, who is the state chairman of the Virginia Association of Parks, spoke to the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 12 about the matter but has also been making the rounds with other local boards to ask for their support of state parks. The support comes in the form of adopting a resolution in support of full funding for the state

parks. The resolution points out that Virginia State Parks are a critical element of the state’s travel and tourism infrastructure, contributing to over $224 million to state and local economies. Of that, about $98 million comes from non-Virginia residents, so they are bringing those tourism dollars into the state. High Bridge State Park centers in Cumberland County and attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year. According to a Virginia Tech study, the park generated more than $8 million in day use spending and $11.7 million in local economic activity. see PARKS, pg. 11 


Nellie Glenn, who recently retired from the Cumberland Library after 25 years, sits at the desk she inhabitated so long and shows how she catalogued new library materials to go on the shelves for patrons to enjoy.

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Autumn is here, and along with colorful leaves, crisp air, and shorter days, it means Virginia’s white-tailed deer will be on the move. Fall is the breeding season for deer, and consequently, deer are more active now than at any other time of the year. In addition to more deer activity, motorists will soon be commuting in the dark, increasing the likelihood of encountering a deer on the road. While less than 2 percent of vehicle fatalities and injuries involve deer collisions in Virginia, hitting a deer can cause considerable damage to both people and property. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) recommend the following tips to drivers to avoid hitting a deer:  When driving, particularly at night (from dusk to dawn) slow down and be attentive. If you see one deer, likely there will be others. If one deer crosses the road as you approach, others may follow.  Deer habitually travel the same areas; therefore deer crossing signs have been

installed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Use caution when you see these signs.  Drivers should apply brakes, even stopping if necessary, to avoid hitting a deer, but should never swerve out of the lane to miss a deer. A collision with another vehicle, tree or other object is likely to be more serious than hitting a deer.  Rely on your caution and your own senses, not deer whistles you can buy for your car. These devices have not been shown to be effective.  Any person involved in a collision with a deer or bear while driving a motor vehicle, thereby killing the animal, should immediately report the accident to a Conservation Police Officer or other law enforcement officer in the county or city where the accident occurred.  Drivers who collide with a deer or bear, thereby killing the animal, may keep it for their own use provided that they report the accident to a law enforcement officer where the accident occurred and the officer views


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Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland attracts more than 97,000 visitors a year and generates more than $3.3 million in total visitor spending and $4.7 million in local economic activity. Despite this economic benefit, the state park system has received level funding since 2008, Kennell said. Tourists travel through Cumberland County to get to this and other Virginia State Parks in rural central Virginia to include but not limited to Powhatan State Park, Holiday Lake State Park, James River State Park, Sailors Creek State Park, and Pocahontas State Park. “Most people are familiar with the recreation values – hiking, biking, canoeing, nature conservation – but most of them aren’t aware of the business side of the Virginia State Park system,” he said. Kennell said that in the funding structure throughout the United States, Virginia ranks at the bottom for contributions to state parks in state funding. However, they are ranked consistently in the top four by visitor rankings, he said.

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Virginia State Parks help hurricane Irma cleanup Contributed Report

More than two dozen dedicated Virginia State Park and Natural Heritage employees helped Florida State Parks with cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, including two local state parks. The park rangers were dispatched under the Emergency Mutual Assistance Compact, the nation’s interstate agreement allowing states to provide aid in times of crisis. “We are honored to offer assistance to another state park system in this time of challenge and crisis,” said Virginia State Parks Director Craig Seaver. “These dedicated women and men represent the ‘Ranger First’ philosophy that makes our state park and natural heritage system outstanding. They have volunteered to give their skills and efforts to help others. They represent the best of the Commonwealth’s state parks and the communities that we serve.” The team members came from parks across

the Commonwealth, rallying at New River State Park near Max Meadows before heading south. The first team rolled out of Virginia on Sep. 15 and returned Sept. 22. The crew worked in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, home of the Cape Florida Light, Miami’s oldest standing structure. That team cleared and chipped downed trees and used their equipment to remove large loads of debris. In a single day, they filled the dump truck 10 times and removed more than 120 trees. The second crew left Virginia Sept. 22 and continued work at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park before returning home on Sept. 29. Among the second crew that traveled to Florida were John Meinhard, a staff member at Bear Creek Lake State Park, and Craig Guthrie, chief ranger at High Bridge Trail State Park. Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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Schools receive security grant Contributed Report

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 545 schools and other instructional facilities. "School safety is imperative to providing an environment where students can learn, grow and thrive,” McAuliffe said. “These grants will provide our school administrators with the resources they need to keep their students and teachers safe so they can concentrate on providing a world class education and preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.” Cumberland County was awarded $37,172 for Cumberland Elementary, Cumberland Middle, and Cumberland High schools. The School Security Equipment Grants program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the Dec. 14, 2012,

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 Cumberland County Public Library, 1539 Anderson Highway, will hold its seventh annual Holiday Boutique Cookie during regular library hours over several days. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. Join or renew your Friends membership and get a sneak preview from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. In addition to shopping, there will be a cookie walk, bake sale and raffles. ®


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 The Heart of Virginia Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 at the Prince Edward County Extension Office across from Lowe's in Farmville. The holiday potluck supper and election will be held. Bring a dish to share. Anyone who has bees or is interested in bees is welcome. For more information call Mary Jane Morgan at 434-315-1433 or visit Facebook.  Bear Creek Lake State Park, 22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, will hold its Lights at the Lake event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Visitors will drive their car through the park to experience a wonderland of lights and popular seasonal

mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gives priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades. This fifth round of awards brings the total number of school security projects receiving state funding through the program to 2,327. “These grants will allow for safety enhancements and systems that will help schools meet the basic expectation that public schools are safe environments where all students can focus on learning,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for the 2017 grants. The largest grant a school division may receive under the program is $100,000. A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions. figures. This is the fourth year of this event and will feature even more opportunities to marvel. In lieu of an event fee, participants are asked to bring a new toy to enter the display area for free. The toys will be donated to the Cumberland Christmas Mother. On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Friends of Bear Creek Lake will host a free pancake supper at Bear Creek Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Monetary donations will be gladly accepted. On Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, free seasonal craft-making will be offered at Bear Creek Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. This activity time will feature a decoration station. Supplies to make simple holiday and seasonally inspired crafts will be provided. We’ll be using lots of natural materials and show how people greened their wintery world in days gone by. See event description at  The Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the fire department, 2145 Cumberland Road, Farmville.  The Cumberland Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Organizers are still looking for entries for the parade. Nonprofit organizations, public officials, churches, civic organizations and school groups may enter at no charge. Others are $10. Deadline to register is Dec. 5. Contact Barbara Gamage at 804-492-4803.


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