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Powhatan, Virginia

The hometown paper of Bob Swemba

Vol. XXVIII No. 3

January 15, 2014


PERFECT FIT Angie Cabell’s goals changed after father’s 2001 cancer diagnosis By Ben Orcutt News Editor

Angie Cabell, the new executive director of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce, appears to be a perfect fit for the position. During an interview at the Chamber’s office in the Courthouse Village last week, the 46-year-old said her family moved to Powhatan County when she was 2. She graduated from Huguenot Academy in 1985 and went on to major in anthropology and sociology at Sweet

Briar College. Over the years, Cabell held several positions in Powhatan County and in 2001, earned a law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in hopes of practicing law with her father, Robert G. Cabell Jr, who was a criminal defense attorney. However, her life changed dramatically when her father was diagnosed with see Cabell page 8A

AFTER FIRE: Family tries to find way back to normal By Ben Orcutt News Editor

Angel McKenney, who lost all of her belongings in a Jan. 2 fire at the home she rented in the 1900 block of Russell View Lane off Va. 13 in Powhatan County, said she and her three boys are trying to get on with their lives. Her sons — David, 13, Rayden, 9, and Austin, 8 — went back to school last week, McKenney said during an interview at her burned-out home. “We wanted them to get back to normal,” she said. While all three boys were transported to Chippenham Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, only David and Austin were treated and released, but Rayden remained in the hospital until the night of Jan. 4 because he required further treatment for smoke inhalation, inflammation of the lungs and difficulty breathing, McKinney said. “Rayden has to do breathing treatments every four hours and he’s on three steroids,” McKinney said. “He’s still having trouble breathing, but when he doesn’t feel well he goes to the clinic [at school].” She and her sons were staying at a hotel in Chesterfield County last week, but it was supposed to only be for several days, McKenney said. “I’m scared,” she said. “I don’t see Fire page 5A

News Editor

A retired ophthalmologist and World War II veteran, Dr. Marion Crockett Waddell had some 80 people on the edge of their seats at last week’s meeting of the World War II Round Table of Central Virginia at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in


Carson Tucker elected chairman By Ben Orcutt News Editor

recapturing the Philippines to avenge the Bataan Death March, which claimed the lives of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers at the hands of the Japanese. Waddell also drew laughter on several occasions with humorous anecdotes. You had to have a sense of

Powhatan County District 5 Supervisor Carson L. Tucker said he is looking forward to using his leadership skills as chairman of the Board of Supervisors. At its Jan. 6 meeting, the Board voted unanimously to elect Tucker as chairman of the panel. “I was pleased,” Tucker said. “I was humbled of course. My peers on the Board are very gracious men and they’re all trying to do the right thing and I think they recognize that changing leadership periTucker odically makes sense to get a different perspective on things. It doesn’t change the fact that we are going to have some key dynamics. We’re going to retain the lively give and take among our board members and I think that’s very positive. I think it was a very gracious act on the part of my peers to allow me this opportunity to serve.” Tucker, 67, was first elected to the Board in 2007, and was re-elected in 2011. He served as the Board’s vice chairman last year. Tucker retired after 27 years of service with Philip Morris USA, where he was the director of leadership planning. Establishing how the Board will function will be a major part of his responsibilities as chairman, Tucker said. “I think that’s a large part of the job is to set the tone of how we do business and that tone’s going to revolve around can do, evidence-based decision making, planning very carefully what you’re trying to do over the long term, involving as many stakeholders as possible in solving problems, transparency in process and a whole lot of listening,” he said. “The bottom line is have a bias for action.”

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Angel McKenney and her three sons are trying to put their lives back together after a Jan. 2 fire destroyed their home in the 1900 block of Russell View Lane off Va. 13 in Powhatan County.

WWII vet wows with stories at round table By Ben Orcutt


Angie Cabell, Powhatan Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director.

Powhatan County as he spoke about his combat experiences as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Waddell, 95, spoke with clarity and conviction about what it was like to battle Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of World War II with an emphasis on being part of the 738th Ordinance of the 38th Division — also known as the Cyclone Division — in




A3 Fire department responds to blaze at Dorset Market gas pump

B1 Cross-River romp Lady Indians post back-to-back victories.

Calendar Classified Crossword Horoscope Letters

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Obituaries Opinion Quotes TV Listings

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O B I T UA R I E S Deborah “Debbie” Boyles Allen Deborah “Debbie” Boyles Allen, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, after her yearlong battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 21, 1958, in Farmville, Prince Edward County. Debbie is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dennis James Allen; and her parents, Virginia and James F. Boyles of Cumberland; two daughters and their spouses, Amy A. Hintz (Todd) of Powhatan, Reva L. Allen (Ed) of Cumberland; two brothers, J. Larry Boyles (Mericia) of Dillwyn and Michael W. Boyles of Cumberland; her precious grandson, Clay Allen-Hamby; and granddaughter, Natalie C. Hintz; and her special niece and caregiver, Michelle “Peaches” Whitley. She was preceded in death by her son, Jamie Franklin Allen; her brother, Ronald F. Boyles; and her grandparents, Lee and Pauline Hudgins and Pearl and Ollie Boyles. Debbie was a beautician and will be remembered for her love of gardening and playing bingo, but mostly for the love she had for all her family and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, with interment following in Rocky Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery, James Madison Highway, Dillwyn. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 11 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mount Church.

Willie Stillman Jones Willie Stillman Jones, 83, of Chester, formerly of Powhatan, departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Richmond. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday Jan. 10, 2014, at Mt. Pero Baptist Church in Powhatan, with Rev. Patrick Bland, pastor, officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery. Marian Gray Thomas Funeral Home of Cumberland was in charge of the service.

Julia Lee Melton Julia Lee Melton, 73, of Blenheim Road in Powhatan, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Julia was born in King and Queen on May 2, 1940, a daughter to the late James McFarland Sr. and Hazel Longest McFarland. Julia was the wife of the late Raymond Edward Melton Sr. for 39 years. Julia possessed a kind heart, a generous soul, and showed love to all those she met throughout her walk in this life. Her Christianity was her foundation and she was a proud member of Fitzgerald Baptist Church, see Obituaries page 4A


“I would like every single Chamber member to feel that this membership to them is invaluable.”

“I’ve never seen people being shot at and act so calm in my life.”

Angie Cabell, the new executive director of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Marion Crockett Waddell, a 95-year-old WWII veteran, on combat.

Angel McKenney on the help she and her three sons are receiving after their Powhatan County home was destroyed by fire on Jan. 2.

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Bourne pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge By Ben Orcutt News Editor

A Henrico County man was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty on Friday in Powhatan County Circuit Court to misdemeanor sexual battery of a minor. Daniel Irby Bourne, 34, of 207 W. Gerald St., Highland Springs, was charged with 2009 offenses of aggravated sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl and a second felony molestation charge. A plea agreement fashioned by Powhatan Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. and Richmond defense attorney Charles C. Cosby Jr. called for the aggravated sexual battery charge to be reduced to a Class 1 misdemeanor and the second charge to be dropped. Bourne entered an Alford plea, Cosby said, which means that while not admitting guilt, Bourne believed the Commonwealth had sufficient evidence to find him guilty of the charge. In his evidential summary, Beasley said that the victim was 13 at the time the offenses occurred and that Bourne was dating her sister and living with her sister in an apartment above a garage at the victim’s home in Powhatan.

In the summer of 2009, the couple broke up and the victim’s sister was evicted, but Bourne remained in the apartment, Beasley said. The victim and her younger sister would go to Bourne’s apartment sometimes to watch movies, Beasley said, adding that on some occasions Bourne would help the victim with her homework. On some occasions the victim would fall asleep and such was the case when she and Bourne were watching a movie and he picked her up and carried Bourne her to his bed, Beasley said. However, the victim pretended to be asleep and was aware of what was going on, Beasley added. On this occasion Bourne began kissing the victim and then sexually assaulted her, Beasley said. “Those things happened a number of times,” Beasley added. Beasley said he asked the victim why she kept returning to Bourne’s apartment in light of what happened to her. “She felt like if she was up there, he wouldn’t bother her sister,” Beasley said.

Had the case gone to trial, it would have been contested based in part on text messages to Bourne from the victim and the length of time it took her to report the matter to law enforcement, Cosby said. “This was kind of a complicated case and could have gone either way,” Beasley added. In addition to serving a 60-day jail sentence for misdemeanor sexual battery, the plea agreement also called for Bourne to register as a sex offender. The victim agreed with the terms and conditions of the plea agreement, with her primary motivation being “that he not do this to anyone else,” Beasley said. Circuit Court Judge Paul W. Cella accepted the plea agreement and allowed Bourne to serve his sentence on weekends with a beginning reporting date of Jan. 24. “The plea agreement seems to be a reasonable compromise,” Cella said. The victim, who is now 17, cried outside the entrance to the courthouse after the proceeding was concluded. “I’m just glad it’s over,” she said. Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@ or at (804) 5984305, ext. 19 or (804) 363-1577.

Parks and Recreation offers new programs By Lynne Siewers Contributed Report Powhatan Parks and Recreation is offering several new programs throughout the coming weeks. Bark-Talk Dog Training classes are now forming and are scheduled to be held on Wednesday mornings and evenings at the War Memorial Building. The cost is $120 per dog. Classes will be held Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 for puppies four to six months old (must have shots); beginners for dogs six months and over; and intermediates. A Walkin’ & Talkin’ program is slated for Thursdays on the new trails at Fighting Creek Park. This is a great way to begin walking or continue walking and breathe fresh air while meeting new people. The walks will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and are scheduled on Thursdays, beginning on Jan. 16

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and continuing through Feb. 20. Participants will meet in the Powhatan County Public Library parking lot. There is no charge, but participants must register a week prior to the first class. Another free walking program scheduled on Tuesdays at Fighting Creek Park is Mommy & Me “Strollin’” the Trails. The walks run from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 25. Participants will meet at the playground parking lot and must register one week prior to the first class. Ballroom dance classes taught by a certified instructor are slated to begin on Jan. 23 and will be held on subsequent Thursdays through Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rescue Squad facility at 3920 Marion Harland Lane in the Courthouse Village. The cost is $80 per couple and participants must register one week prior to the first class. For more information, contact Lynne Siewers at lsiewers@powhatanva. gov or at (804) 598-1304.

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Butts graduates from basic training in Texas Contributed Report Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob W. Butts graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an Butts associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Butts is the son of Guy Butts of Powhatan and Debbie Miller of Charlottesville. He graduated from a home school program in 2011.

Personal Care Aide Classes Are you interested in providing one-on-one personal care to those in need? If so, then Care Advantage has the perfect opportunity for you! Care Advantage, Inc. is currently holding affordable Personal Care Aide classes. The 40-hour class is now offered mornings and afternoons.


Emergency personnel responded Thursday to a fire at Dorset Market on Genito Road in Powhatan County involving a gas pump and a vehicle, which appears to have been started by a static spark while a patron was pumping gas.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Beasley endorses Gresham for Clerk of Circuit Court

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Powhatan Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. has endorsed Tim Gresham in the Feb. 4 special election for Powhatan County Clerk of Circuit Court. “I am endorsing Tim Gresham for Clerk,” Beasley said. “Tim has served our community and our Commonwealth with distinction in the past and I believe that he will work diligently to uphold the dignity of the office of Clerk in the future.” Gresham responded in kind. “I am honored to have Bob Beasley’s full support and endorsement,” Gresham said. “Bob is one of the most respected pillars of our community and SUBMITTED PHOTO he knows better than most what is needed in the Clerk’s office. Powhatan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr., His confidence and support left, has endorsed Tim Gresham in the Feb. 4 Clerk of Circuit Court special election. means a great deal to me.”


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Powhatan County Registrar Karen Alexander has announced that a special election will be held on tuesday, Feb. 4. The purpose of this election is to fill the unexpired term of the Clerk of Circuit Court position, as well as the unexpired terms for members of School Board Districts 4

and 5. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, Jan. 22. Qualified residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia may apply for, or update/change, their voter registration at the office of the General Registrar located at 3910 Old Buckingham Rd., Suite E, in Powhatan.Office

hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state holidays. The Office of the General Registrar will mail applications upon request. Call (804)598-5604 for more information. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail in this election is Tuesday, Jan.

28. The deadline to apply and vote an absentee ballot in-person is 5 p.m., Saturday Feb. 1. The office will be open for absentee voting during regular business hours Monday-Friday, and also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.


Jan. 22 last day to register for upcoming election (804) 598-7160

Are you or someone you know a victim of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? Contact Powhatan Domestic Violence Services at 598-5630 ext. 2420

DISTRICT 5 TOWNHALL MEETING Carson Tucker, Board of Supervisors, District 5, cordially invites you to a TOWNHALL MEETING

RICHMOND BALLET THE STATE BALLET OF VIRGINIA Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director presents

JANUARY, 28TH at 7:00 P.M. Little Zion Baptist Church 5680 Cartersville Road


In attendance will be Ms. Patricia Weiler, County Administrator, who will share her impressions of Powhatan based on being here almost a year. Also present will be Ms. Karen Alexander, County Registrar, who will address absentee balloting for the February 4th Special Election, and provisions her office has made to help physically challenged voters on election day.



Ms. Kim Hymel & Mr. Bobby Shortridge, candidates for District 5 School Board, will also be present.




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where she enjoyed participating and assisting in their many church functions, whether it be through her cooking, crocheting, or simply her love of people. Julia was a hard worker and enjoyed her many years carrying on the legacy left by her late husband, Ray, at Ray’s Upholstery and Ray’s Trailer Sales. Julia possessed the knack of sales mostly due to her enjoyment of interacting with people and because she was an honest and truthful woman. Anyone that knew Julia knew she loved barrel racing. Throughout her life, she travelled many miles attending barrel racing events with her family, which led her all over the country. People all over the world knew and loved her, mostly because she never met a stranger and possessed an inviting spirit. She had a special love for the sport and strongly supported not just her family, but also her barrel racing friends, which were more like extended family. Julia was known as “Nanny” to all of them. She will be greatly missed working the shows, taking in entries, and rooting and hollering for everyone. Above all, Julia was most proud of her beautiful family, who she definitely didn’t mind

bragging on. Her family was her life. She loved them hard and was their biggest fan. She was the type to stick by her loved ones through thick and thin. She is survived by many beloved family members. She was mother to Raymond Melton Jr.; and Diane Renee Roper and her husband, Mike. She was grandmother to Michael “Adam” Roper and his wife, KayKay, and Amie Roper Sturgill and her husband, Spanky. She was great-grandmother to Raylee Brooks Roper, Clayton “Clay” Ashton Mann, Shawna Nastasi, Daphne Nastasi, Bella Nastasi, Preston and Caleb Sturgill. Julia will undoubtedly be missed by her loved ones, friends, and barrel racing family, but they can take solace in knowing she is assuredly rejoicing in heaven and reuniting with her husband, Ray and other loved ones that have gone on before her. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy., (Rte. 60), Powhatan, where services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Interment was at 2 p.m. in the Upper King & Queen Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Laura Masten Nord Laura Masten Nord, 44, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Powhatan, died Dec. 31, 2013. She is survived by her son Ryan of Eugene, Ore; her daughter Kelsey of Richmond; her mother Patricia B. Masten; grandmother Jo (Nana) Bennett, both of Powhatan; two sisters, Amy Hoyle (Eric) of Huntersville, N.C. and Carol Beach Jeffery) of Powhatan; nephews and niece Joshua and Ashley Beach and Caden and Adam Hoyle. She was preceded in death by her father Winfred L. Masten and her grandfather Harry (Pop) Bennett. A memorial service was held on Jan. 11 2014, at Old Powhatan Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Ministry at Old Powhatan Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

John Lawrence “Larry” Redd John Lawrence “Larry” Redd, of Mechanicsville, passed away Dec. 27. 2013. Born April 20, 1952, in Radford, he was preceded in death by his father, John Burton Redd Jr., a biologist who worked for Virginia


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SECOND ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH 1059 Dorset Road Powhatan, VA 23139 Reverend Mark A. Divens, Sr. Pastor

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Powhatan, Va

Worship - 10:30 am Bible Study Wednesday 7 pm

Holly Hills Baptist Church

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(Independent Bible Believing)


Randy Blackwell, Pastor Pastor Shawn Dandridge, Sr. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Bible Study Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Sunday Youth Ministry - 6:00 p.m.

Office: 804-598-2667 Worship Service, Each Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Sunday School, Each Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Prayer and Bible Study, Each Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Reverend Lawrence A. Wilson, Sr., Pastor 804-379-3539

Pastor Gregory L. Beechaum Sr.

"The church where Jesus is Alive"

379-8930 1659 Anderson Highway 3½ miles east of Flat Rock


Baptist Church

Sundays 9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Mondays Sunday School 7:00 p.m. Handbell Choir Worship Wednesdays Children’s Choir 5:45 p.m. Church Supper Younger Youth Bible Study 6:30 p.m. May’s Kids, TeamKID, RA’s All Youth—dinner and recreation All Youth Bible Studies Older Youth Bible Study Adult Bible Studies 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir Dr. Michael Edwards, Pastor 598-3098 Ed Alexander, Minister of Music Shelley Shust, Minister of Youth Located on Rt. 13 in the Village Sheri Jordan, Minister to Children

“A Church Where Love Never Fails!” Pastor Otis B. Lockhart, Jr.

598-2763 Sunday School at 9:30 am Morning Service at 11:00 am Bible Study Every Wednesday Night at 6:30 pm 3964 Old Buckingham Road

Muddy Creek BAPTIST CHURCH Baptist Church


2591 Ridge Road Powhatan, Virginia 23139 804-598-2051

3920 MAIDENS RD., POWHATAN Pastor Vera Rhyne


Sunday School - 9:45 am Worship - 11 am Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer Service- 7:00 pm

Dr. Ronald Wyatt, Jr., Pastor Praise & Worship 8:30 am Sunday School 9:45 am 2095 Red Lane Road Worship 11:00 am 1/2 mile off Rt. 60 on Red Lane Road Children’s Worship 11:00 am 804-598-2455 Prayer Service - Wednesday 6:30 pm Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m. 598-3481 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 975 Dorset Road Traditional Service 11:00 a.m. Four miles south of Flat Rock Wed. Night Classes for all ages 6:30-7:30 Rev. Bill Gohmert, Pastor

5680 Cartersville Road • Powhatan, Virginia 23139

9:45 a.m.-----------Sunday School 10:45 a.m.----------Prayer & Praise 11:00 a.m.----------Sunday Morning Worship Kid's Church on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays 7:30 p.m.-----------Tuesday Night Worship & Bible Study

Wednesday Prayer - 7:30 p.m.

Graceland Baptist Church SBC



Wednesday Bible Study 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.

The selected volunteer will be awarded a plaque recognizing their commitment to community service in 2013. Also, the club and New Horizon Bank will each donate $100 to a local charity of the volunteer’s choice. Recent recipients of this award include Bobby Fulcher, Terry Paquette, Tom Walton and Billy Kornegay. The volunteer of the year for 2013, will be announced at the Huguenot Ruritan Club’s March meeting. Powhatan civic clubs, churches, business leaders, government officials and all Powhatan citizens are asked to submit the name and information of someone they feel deserves recognition for their involvement in the community in 2013.

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2901 Jude’s Ferry Rd.


11 a.m. – Worship Service 9 a.m. – Church School

Elva Worsham, 87, of Powhatan, widow of Willis B. Worsham, died Jan. 5, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Chapman (Richard) of Chester; grandchildren, Sheila Walters, Kimberly Pendergrass; four great-grandchildren, Kyle, Andre and Hailey Walters; Jacob Pendergrass. She was preceded in death by her son, Willis B. Worsham Jr. The family received friends Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Red Lane Baptist Church, Powhatan. Interment was at Powhatan Community Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

St. James Baptist Church

Christian Fellowship

Bill Sisson, Pastor

Rev. Bryan Stevens, Pastor

Elva Worsham


Sunday School 9:45-10:45 Sunday Morning Worship will begin at 11:00 a.m.

4731 Bell Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 804-598-5491

The Huguenot Ruritan Club of Powhatan is seeking nominations for the Outstanding Powhatan Volunteer Citizen of the Year award for 2013. This award recognizes a Powhatan citizen who, in the opinion of a panel of judges, volunteered an exceptional amount of their time and effort in 2013, to improve the quality of life in Powhatan County. The deadline for receiving nominations for this award is Feb. 14. Nomination forms may be obtained by contacting Jim Cox at (804) 598-9099 or by email at

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ing new people at ports. No matter who you were, you knew where you stood with Larry. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service was held Saturday. Jan. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Rd.

Huguenot Ruritans seek top 2013 volunteer nominations


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Game and Inland Fisheries, whose work helped open military bases across America to hunters and sportsmen. Larry is survived by his mother, Cheri Redd; sons, John “Corey” Redd and Robert Redd; grandson, John Nicholas Redd; two brothers, Chip Redd (Glenna) and Jay Redd (Kathy); two nieces and two nephews. Larry attended Randolph-Macon Academy and Powhatan High School, where he won the All-District center award while playing football. He became a master carpenter, owning his own business. He worked for the Henrico County School system in building structure maintenance, eventually becoming a Henrico commercial building inspector, a job he was very proud of because he protected people’s lives, such as a fireman or the police who enter compromised buildings. He trained and did ride-alongs with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. He was a strong supporter and life member of the NRA. He loved to fish and hunt. He loved watching and hunting black bears. He was a guide to wildlife photographers who won awards for their films. He worked for the Virginia Shad Restoration Project. He served in the National Guard as an explosives expert. His dream was to cruise around while drinking beer on a yacht meet-


3470 Trenholm Road

Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Mid Day Bible Study 11:30 a.m.


Evening Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

3619 Huguenot Trail Powhatan, Virginia 23139 804-403-3070 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Traditional Rev. David A. Simpson, Pastor

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Brad Russell, Pastor 598-4241 First Worship 8:30 am Bible Study for all ages 9:45 am Second Worship 11:00 am Wed. Family Ministry 6:30 pm

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know where I’m going to go. I don’t know if we’re going to have the money to do anything. I’m relying on my friends for rides right now. It’s really a whirlwind. I’m looking for a place to stay. We need a place to rent badly.” While her boys are trying to move on, it’s difficult for them, McKenney said. “My boys have always been real happy go lucky kids and real positive, but they’ve been real sad,” she said. “They want a home. They miss our dog, our Chihuahua [Pancho that died in the fire]. But then they’re grateful that so many

people have helped out.” She also is grateful for the community’s support, McKenney said. “They’ve been great,” she said. “I’ve had so many calls from people praying for me and the kids and stuff and helping out with clothes and everything.” Some of her friends have sent her checks and a Powhatan County church has offered to put them up for of couple of extra nights at a hotel if necessary, McKenney said. Despite the hardships she faces — she also suffers from kidney disease — McKenney said she remains confident things will work out. “I have a lot of faith,”

she said. “I’ve got more faith now than I’ve ever had in my life just because of how many people have kind of come forward. I don’t feel alone. “I know I’ll end up making it out of it. It’s going to take some time, but I know that somebody has some special plans for me. There’s something I’ve got to do here, even if it’s just my boys, take care of my boys. “I value life a whole lot more because you never know when it’s going to be gone. I’ve been hugging my kids a whole lot more and making sure I tell ‘em I love ‘em….We could have been gone if my kids wouldn’t have been

awake and seen the fire. So I value life so much more and I know that at any second we could be taken out of here. I’ve been trying to show a lot more love to everybody I care about.” Special Agent Allen Cooke, a fire investigator with the Virginia State Police, has been assigned to investigate the fire that destroyed McKenney’s four-bedroom home.

Cooke said the investigation is ongoing and the cause of the blaze has not been determined. For those who would like to help McKenney and her boys, the McKenney Family Fire Fund has been set up at New Horizon Bank, located at 2501 Anderson Highway in Powhatan. For more information, call (804) 302-4858. Also those who wish Paid Political Advertisement


The top priority for the board going forward this year is the same as it is every year, Tucker said. “It’s having a balanced budget, living within our means, prioritizing what we spend money on, making sure that we account for every taxpayer dollar and continue to make the hard decisions that the Board has been making over the last few years,” he said. “Another major issue that’s going to come to the fore here very quickly is that we want to put together a robust economic development plan. We need to and we’ve all agreed in principal that we need to find proper ways to generate available cash to run this county, to run our schools, to provide services that we provide from the point of view of safety and public welfare, etc.” Another top priority, Tucker said, “will be trying really hard to sit down face to face with our counterparts on the School Board and school administration and prioritizing the plethora of issues that face public education in our community — how we fund it, how the money is used, with a whole lot of emphasis on how we can drive as much funding as

we possibly can down to the classroom and the teacher level. I think everybody is going to engage in some good faith give and take around how we can make sure that we’re doing right by the children that we’re entrusted to educate.” Funding the needs of county employees who work in the public safety sector also is at the top of the list, Tucker said. “We’ve got to take care of our public safety people,” he said. “We’ve got to give them equipment. We’ve got to pay them appropriately. We’ve got to make sure that they’re able to respond to any emergencies that need to be responded to in this community.” Tucker is a fixture at community events and meetings, which is part of his philosophy of good governance that he plans to maintain as Board chairman, he said. “The government exists to serve every member of our society — age wise, race wise, location wise, income level wise — and one of the tools of the trade of being a public servant is getting out there,” he said. Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@ or at (804) 5984305, ext. 19 or (804) 363-1577.

Jason TACKETT Circuit Court Clerk FEBRUARY 4, 2014 The Office of Circuit Court Clerk is a very demanding and technical position. The person elected to this position must have a clear understanding of the Judicial System, the Code of Virginia, and legal process. I have spent the last eighteen years serving in the criminal justice field, the last sixteen serving the citizens of Powhatan County, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

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to help the family may go to the Facebook page for Feeding Powhatan or call the organization at (804) 303-6431. Another Facebook page that has been created to help the family is Rebuilding the McKenney Family. Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@powhatantoday. com or at (804) 5984305, ext. 19 or (804) 363-1577.

 I have been a lifelong resident of Powhatan County

 I have a strong working relationship with law enforcement, Commonwealth’s  I have a clear understanding of the Code Attorney Office, employees of of Virginia, The Judicial System, legal both Clerk’s Offices, worked terminology, courtroom procedure, rules closely with Attorney’s that of evidence, and the operations of the practice in the eleventh judicial Circuit Court Clerk’s Office district, and with Judges that are  I have working knowledge of a appointed in the Circuit Court. Constitutional Officer’s Budget  I have over 1000 training hours  I am a Master Detective and have held the in the Criminal Justice Field, supervisory rank of Sergeant for the last Forensics, and Legal Procedure ten years at the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office  Served in the U.S. Naval Reserves

I would like to continue my service to the citizens of Powhatan County as your next Circuit Court Clerk.

VOTE Jason TACKETT on February 4, 2014,


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The Episcopal Churches of Powhatan welcome you!

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church SUNDAYS 8 AM Holy Communion 9 AM Family Service of Holy Communion with children’s sermon followed by 10 AM Sunday School • 11 AM Holy Communion with Choir 5:30 PM, 4th Sundays September through May, Taize Service Wednesdays 7 PM Holy Communion and Healing Service

Route 711 at Three Bridge Rd. • 794-6953 Visit us at

EVERGREEN COMMUNITY CHURCH Proclaiming & Practicing the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Worship service at 9:30 AM Meeting at Flat Rock Elementary School

598-8844 Rev. Leonard Liu, Pastor

Ken Filliben, Pastor Email:

Turn South At Post Office at Rt. 522 on Emmanuel Church Road 9:15 am – Worship "A Traditional Episcopal Church"

Visitors Welcome The Rev. Stephen P. Beatty, Vicar

Manakin Episcopal Church Sunday Services 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 985 Huguenot Trail (1 mile west of Rt. 288)


“It’s an Experience”

Providence Presbyterian Church

1957 Capeway Rd., Powhatan, VA

Powhatan Christian Fellowship Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service 11:00 am Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 am Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.

598-4970 Located 1950 Ridge Road (Rt. 627) 2/10th of a mile north of Rt. 13

Pastor Linda Beyond Our Doors Lowe

Worshiping Sundays at: 4480 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, 8:28AM, 9:45AM & 11:30AM Westchester Regal Cinemas, Midlothian, 10:30AM Online, 9:45AM 598-1174

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sundays: 804-403-3963 Morning Worship 10:00 AM Stephen Shelton, Bishop Wednesday: Sacrament Service – 9:00 am Family Life Night 7:00 PM Gospel Doctrine – 10:20 am 2480 Academy Road Priesthood/Relief Society – 11:10 am 598-7159 Pastor: Johnathan M. Whichard Located off Route 60 at Lower Hill Rd.

Powhatan United Methodist Church

New Harvest Church

Don’t be fooled by the old building! Caring, Authentic, Practical, Casual Dress, Biblically Honest. 3931 Old Buckingham Road In the Village on Route 13 across from Skaggs Road Intersection. (Next to Kountry Kids Daycare) 804-403-3100

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Bethesda Community Church

Worship: 2253 Rosson Rd. 8:30 Just off Rt. 13 in8:30 the Village Worship: & 11 a.m.& 11 a.m. Sunday School: 598-4438 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 2253 Rosson Road

Preschool (ages 2-5) J Weekday t ff Rt13 i th Vill

3308 Pleasants Road, 1/4 mile off of Route 711 Russ Cress, Pastor 598-0733

St. John Neumann Catholic Church Rev. Walter G. Lewis, Pastor

Advertise in Powhatan Today’s Church Directory

CALL 598-4305 for details.

Saturday - 5 p.m. Sunday - 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. 598-3754 Located behind Flat Rock Village Shopping Center


Hobson’s Chapel


inviting. building. equipping.

William Todd (Pastor Todd) Gess 1801 Huguenot Trail Sunday School 9am Sunday Worship 9:45 AM Sunday Worship 10am Wednesday Bible Study 6:45pm Sunday School 11:00 AM Rev. Bryan M. Holt, Pastor 492-4366 378-3607 Located on Route 13 (Old Buckingham Road)

Advertise in Powhatan Today’s Church Directory Call 598-4305 for details.

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Long live the Greatest Generation By Ben Orcutt News Editor


orld War II veterans have been hailed as part of “The Greatest Generation,” which is the title of a book written by longtime television journalist Tom Brokaw. Powhatan County residents are fortunate in that they can gain a better understanding of the men and women of “The Greatest Generation” without leaving the county. On the second Wednesday of each month, the World War II Round Table of Central Virginia meets at 7 p.m. at St.

John Neumann Catholic Church, which is located at 2480 Batterson Road behind Flat Rock Village Shopping Center. All meetings are followed by a social and are open to the public. The group was formed about four years ago by 84year-old Powhatan County resident Tom Tokarz, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. The purpose of the group, Tokarz said, is to give WWII veterans a place to share their experiences and to allow younger generations to understand first-hand what motivat-

ed those men and women who made history. Dr. Marion Crockett Waddell, 95, a retired Richmond ophthalmologist who served in the Army during WWII and saw combat action in the Pacific Theater, was the guest speaker at last week’s meeting of the Round Table. In describing near-death experiences, the loss of comrades and jungle warfare in chest-high mud under a scorching sun, Waddell punctuated his remarks with humorous anecdotes that had those at the meeting smiling and laughing. And at one point during his

Clerk of Court position not a political one

Free Clinic of Powhatan executive director Connie Moslow, left, accepts a check for $5,000 from Powhatan Chamber of Commerce board member India Cox at the Chamber’s December luncheon.

Powhatan’s Free Clinic wins Susan Ash award Contributed Report The 2013 recipient of the Susan Ash Award was the Free Clinic of Powhatan. The Susan Ash Award is given to a local 501(c)3 annually by Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape, the Chamber’s signature event. The award is in honor of Ash who was a Festival Founder and chair for the first seven years. (2014 will be its 12th year.) Other recipients include Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center, Powhatan Performing Arts, Francis/Emma and Powhatan Rescue Squad.

Dear Editor: The Clerk of the Circuit Court in Powhatan is a very important position. It is NOT a political position, but an elected one. The fact that you are Republican, Democrat or Independent or the political direction of our nation should have no bearing on which candidate is elected for this position. Qualification, experience, knowledge of the clerk’s duties and job requirements should be first and foremost in the candidate that we elect. The candidate can have all the leadership skills and organization there is but without knowledge, experience and hands-on know how, I wonder how well the job will be done. If you are going to build a house, would you get a person with leadership and skills to build your house or would you get a person that has actually built a house to do the job? I would choose the latter and so it goes with the clerk’s job, pick the one with the most experience. I will vote for Teresa Hash Dobbins and I hope you will too. Susan Stevens Powhatan

Powhatan needs a clerk with court experience

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butes for this job, I believe the residents of Powhatan need a clerk who is knowledgeable and experienced with the court system, not just community service or political affiliation. This office is not a political position. It serves all citizens equally. There is something to be said for the Republican voter turnout at the mass meeting on Nov. 14. There was a large turnout of voters for both candidates. This indicates that our Republican county residents do have a choice of who they wish to fill this position. Republican or Democrat, voters are choosing an official to serve this wonderful county. Teresa Hash Dobbins is a candidate who has demonstrated her desire to serve Powhatan County by reinforcing her skills and abilities to be totally knowledgeable in the court system. She is the only candidate who has been trained by the Supreme Court of Virginia. This has been her life for the past 10 years. She is currently serving in the Chesterfield County Circuit Court as a principal court clerk, thus continuing to demonstrate her love for public service. Teresa Hash Dobbins is running for this office not only based on qualifications, experience and knowledge, but her sincere desire to give the citizens of Powhatan County the quality of customer service and dedication that this county deserves. Please elect Teresa Hash Dobbins on Feb. 4 as your Powhatan public servant. Pat Dalton Powhatan

hatan, I know and appreciate the warm, rural values prominent in the county. It is a wonderful community and I am proud to say I am from Powhatan County! I am enthusiastically endorsing Tim Gresham for Clerk of Circuit Court in Powhatan and encourage citizens to vote Gresham on Feb. 4. Tim has the right experience and the character needed to lead and serve the good citizens of Powhatan. I have seen Tim in action. I had the distinct pleasure and honor of serving on the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Board of Visitors with Tim Gresham. I have seen him lead on issues that matter. He understands how to assemble a team to accomplish a goal. He knows how important it is to equip and train people and then lead them to perform at their best. Above all, Tim knows how to serve. He did that at VCU. He has done that at Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic. The Clerk of the Circuit Court position needs someone to lead that has experience doing just that — leading and managing. The position requires someone with high values and strong character in addition to the right experience. That man is Tim Gresham. I hope you will join me in supporting Tim Gresham for Clerk of Circuit Court on Feb. 4. W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. D.D.S. Richmond

Gresham really cares about county’s people

Dear Editor: The future of Powhatan’s Circuit Court is about to change after a record-breakDear Editor: ing 56-year term served by I read in last week’s paper Mr. Maxey. There will be letters knocking Tim Gresham some important shoes to fill who is running for Clerk of on Feb. 4. While it appears that several of the candidates Circuit Court. I was discourfor this position have many Dear Editor: aged in reading these letters Having grown up in Powpersonal and political attribecause it tells me the people P.O. Box 10 Powhatan, Va. 23139 Phone: 804-598-4305 Toll Free: 877-888-0449 Fax: 804-598-7757


medical school, which also drew laughter. “Greatest experience I ever had in my life — better than the Army,” he said. Berkeley Yonce, Waddell’s 24-year-old grandson, who’s been listening to his grandfather’s WWII stories since he was a little tyke, also attended last week’s meeting and perhaps said it best about why the Round Table is important to his generation. “It seems like an entirely different world now,” Yonce said. “I respect what he did completely.” Long live “The Greatest Generation.”


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talk, Waddell made the poignant statement that, in order to survive and to come out of the war “as a human being,” you had to be able see the humor amid the chaos. He drew laughter when describing the swiftness of being examined by military medical personnel. “They listen to your heart and look in your eyes and say, ‘You’re in the Army,’ ” he said. A West Virginia native, when the war was over, Waddell studied to become an ophthalmologist at the Medical College of Virginia. He said he really enjoyed going to

writing the letters really didn’t want Mr. Gresham to run or they would not have written the letters. Everyone has a fair chance to run for office. If you really want to win you should make the effort to go door to door and send fliers in the mail. Attend the different churches in the area. Stand outside grocery stores and greet people. You might in the process even help people put groceries in people’s cars. These days people just crucify other people in the county paper. Sad thing to see. I want to tell you that I know some of the other candidates who are running for office. Only one has been to my home. Only one has called my home and only one has reached out to me. That person is Tim Gresham. No other candidate has reached out to me in any way, shape or form. Tim Gresham has raked leaves at my home when my husband died. He has given me encouragement when I needed it. He and Julie keep in touch. They reach out when I am feeling down. They always tell me to keep the faith when I get discouraged. They have been good Christian people reaching out to someone they didn’t know before my husband died, but have kept me on as a friend. More people should be more like them and they would be better people for it. Tim is an honest, hardworking, good person. He really cares about people in his community. He is the example of what God intended us to be. That is the kind of person you want to work in the Clerk of Circuit Court position. There are those people who get out there and work for the community and are doers and there are those who don’t and just gripe. I think Mr. Maxey would have approved of the kind of person Tim Gresham is. Kathy Lee Powhatan

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humor to come out of the war “as a human being,” he said. He said he didn’t care much for Spam, but noted on one occasion he was given a Spam sandwich and thought it best that he not let it go to waste. “’I better eat this now because I won’t get anything for 12 hours,’” Waddell said he told himself. In places like New Guinea it was “miserable hot,” he said, but added that the men who he fought with and who withstood the conditions were “the cream of the crop.” “I’ve never seen people being shot at and act so calm in my life,” Waddell said. Even the Japanese acknowledged the Americans’ tenacity by referring to them as the best jungle fighters in the world, he added. Bataan was “nothing but jungle and there was

no way you could get to the Japanese unless you burned them out,” Waddell said, adding that in some places the mud was “up to your chest.” The Japanese were “amazingly intelligent about terrain and defensive tactics,” Waddell said. Waddell drew chuckles when he described being examined by military medical personnel. “They listen to your heart and look in your eyes and say, ‘You’re in the Army,’” he said. On one occasion Waddell and the men under his command were on a ship that was about to be attacked by Japanese fire. He instructed the soldiers to take off their helmets and jump into the water before the ship took a direct hit, Waddell said. “Boy that was a long way down,” he said. The reason he had the men take off their helmets was


Tom Tokarz, left, founder of the World War II Round Table of Central Virginia, interviews WWII veteran Dr. Marion Crockett Waddell, 95, during last week’s meeting at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Powhatan.

that the strap keeping it on their head could cinch when they hit the water and it was possible to suffer a broken neck. “The most fearsome thing was sitting there waiting for the sharks,” Waddell said, adding that he and the 20-some men were eventually picked up by a destroyer. A West Virginia native, Waddell said following

the war he enrolled at the University of Richmond so that he could eventually go to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. “I have to thank the government for the GI Bill,” he said of the help he received with tuition. Waddell said he enjoyed going to medical

school, which also drew laughter as he elaborated. “Greatest experience I ever had in my life — better than the Army,” he said. Waddell was joined at last week’s World War II Round Table by three of his five children and one of his 14 grandchildren. He also has 11 greatgrandchildren. Berkeley Yonce, 24, said he remembers listening to his grandfather tell stories about the war when he was 6 or 7 years old. “It seems like an entirely different world now,” Yonce said. “I respect what he did completely.” After being called a war hero following last week’s meeting, Waddell responded by saying, “I think I was a hero to my patients.” The World War II Round Table of Central Virginia was founded by

84-year-old Tom Tokarz of Powhatan, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War. The Round Table is geared toward World War II veterans and allowing them to share their stories, Tokarz said, adding that their average age is 92 and that they are part of what has been referred to as the “greatest generation.” The WWII Round Table of Central Virginia meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Father Val Hall at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 2480 Batterson Road behind Flat Rock Village Shopping Center. All meetings are followed by a social and are open to the public. Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@powhatantoday. com or at (804) 598-4305, ext. 19 or (804) 3631577.

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as the Powhatan Rescue information, call (804) 5985670. Squad and the Fire Department, many scholarships for the students at all of the Powhatan AA meets at 8 p.m. every Thursday in the Powhatan schools, plus Powhatan Village Building. many other projects. Most of the funds raised are put The Powhatan Rotary Club back into the county. For meets at 7:30 a.m. every more information, call Sue Thursday at the County Seat Kornegay at (804) 598-1014. Restaurant

Family story hours are held at 10:30 a.m. at the Powhatan Library on Monday and Wednesday. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Gaming days are held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of Habitat for Humanity-Pow- The Powhatan Ruritan Club hatan holds its board meeteach month. The library is meets at 6:30 p.m. on the ings at 5:30 p.m. on the third closed on Sundays and third Thursday of each Wednesday of each month. county holidays. For more month at Powhatan United Meetings are held at 1480 information, call (804) 598Methodist Church. A dinner 5670. Anderson Highway in the will be served followed by a offices of JORD Construcprogram and a brief meetThe Women’s Club of Powtion. ing. It is a community serhatan meets at 10 a.m. every vice organization dedicated third Wednesday at the Thursday, Jan. 16 to the county. All are welPowhatan Armory. The club come. For more handles the Powhatan Library family story hours information, call Larry Cary Clothes Closet, the main (see above). The library is source of money for many closed on Sundays and see Calendar page 8A philanthropic projects such county holidays. For more






49. Bring upon oneself 51. Leuciscus cephalus 52. Cold War foe U___ 53. Bumpkins or hayseeds 59. Fleshy seed cover 60. Golf ball prop 61. Antipathetic 62. Wait or tarry 63. Weather map line ___ bar 64. Civilian dress 65. Relaxing resorts 66. Box (abbr.) 67. Burning crime CLUES DOWN 1. Informant (slang) 2. Olive tree genus 3. Armed conflicts 4. Am. Music Awards 5. Dance mix DJ Einhorn 6. Oxidation-reduction 7. Structure 8. Modern 9. Roman Conqueror 10. So. Honshu bay city 11. 8th C. BC minor Hebrew prophet 12. = to 100 satang

20. In active opposition 24. 007’s Flemming 26. 12th century Spanish hero El ___ 27. Macaw genus 28. Slave rebellion’s Turner 29. Cuckoo 30. From a time 32. Applies with quick strokes 37. Fasten with string 38. Teller replacement 39. Command right 40. Sea eagle 42. Most closely set 43. __ Dhabi, Arabian capital 44. Marten furs 46. Strike workers 47. Thysanopter 48. Louise de la Ramee’s pen name 50. King of Thebes 54. __ mater, one’s school 55. Time unit 56. Klutzes 57. __ Von Bismarck, Iron Chancellor 58. Front of the leg

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 A temporary situation at work may alter your plans for a few days, Cancer. But don’t let changes stop you from scheduling some down time with your friends.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, now is the time to address some relationship issues that you have been avoiding. Deal with them in a straightforward way, and you will glad you did.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, react swiftly to stressful situations, but do so with a clear head and conscience. Once a situation has been resolved, take some time to recharge your batteries.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, hidden feelings come to the surface, and this will prove a pleasant surprise. Let things play out this week, and you will get some peace.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, think things through before swinging into action. Run your ideas by someone close, and consider all of your options. This will ensure you make the best decision.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 A demanding schedule makes it impossible for you to be bored this week, Scorpio. However, if you desire a little time to decompress, you can fit it into your schedule.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, do your best to hold up your end of a bargain with a loved one. If you are struggling, simply ask for more time or help to ensure that everyone comes out a winner.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Your confidence about the future is a byproduct of the past, Virgo. You have learned from past mistakes and are ready to forge ahead and turn your hard work into results.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, while you may be anxious about the future, make sure you enjoy the here and now and not wish the present away too soon. New friends come into your life.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, your foremost priority is to further your position at work. Rely on your strong work ethic and attention to detail.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, your friends are up to something and they want it to remain a surprise. Keep your distance, and don’t let your curiosity get the better of you.


CLUES ACROSS 1. NOHOW 6. Record (abbr.) 9. Hair detangler 13. “l836 siege” of U.S. 14. Old name for Tokyo 15. Largest continent 16. Showed old movie 17. Clatter 18. Considered one by one 19. Chinese cinnamon spice tree 21. Frequently 22. 3 person 32 card game 23. Misaddressed mail (slang) 25. Expresses pleasure 26. Samba or basket rummy 31. Military leader (abbr.) 33. A citizen of Iran 34. Environmental Protection Agency 35. Carbon, radioactive or varve 36. Loss of electricity 41. Mass. Cape 43. Mediator 44. 1/1000 of a tala 45. Players at 1st, 2nd & 3rd 46. Covered Greek portico

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, enjoy some well-deserved time off. Life has taken on a hectic pace of late, but some much-needed time to rest, relax and recharge has finally arrived.

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Calendar Continued from page 7A at (804) 598-5194. The Powhatan Chamber of Commerce luncheon takes place at noon on the third Thursday of each month at the County Seat Restaurant. Awaken to Hope Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Friday, Jan. 17 The Powhatan Moose Lodge will

Games start at 7 p.m. For more inbe hosting smoke-free Bingo at 7 above). The library is closed on (804) 357-6730 or (804) 512-8835. Sundays and county holidays. For formation, call (804) 598-2809. p.m. on the third Friday of every more information, call (804) 598month. Doors open at 6 p.m. with The HOPE Ministry Supper Table H.O.P.E. — Helping Others Prepare holds their monthly dinner be5670. games starting at 7 p.m. For more for Eternity — is a ladies group that tween 3 and 5 p.m. on the third information, call (804) 598-2809. meets at 7 p.m. every third TuesSaturday of every month. The Sup- Tuesday, Jan. 21 per Table serves those in need and day of the month in the Fellowship Saturday, Jan. 18 the elderly of Powhatan County. The Chrysalis Writers Group meets Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. the first and third Tuesdays of the Powhatan AA meets at 8 p.m. evDinners are served at the PowhatAll women are invited to join. H. month at 5 p.m. in the small meetery Saturday at Manakin Episcopal an County Fair building, 4317 AnO.P.E encourages Christian develing room of the Powhatan County derson Highway. For more inforChurch on Huguenot Trail. opment of ladies in the church and mation and if you need community through missions, Library. For more information, call The Christian Motorcyclists Assotransportation to and from the Fair spiritual outreach, community in(804) 598-1795. ciation Powhatan chapter Living Building, contact Mamie Scott at volvement, and Christian fellowWheels meets at 6 p.m. on the (804) 382-9154. Bring a friend and/ AA meets at 8 p.m. every Tuesday ship. Members said they are comthird Saturday of each month at at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on or neighbor. mitted to take their name to heart Company 1 Fire station at the inHuguenot Trail. and work hard to do God’s will on tersection of Old Buckingham Monday, Jan. 20 many levels, supporting local, BINGO is held at the Powhatan Road and Mann Road. For more instate, national, and international Moose Lodge every Tuesday. formation, call (804) 598-1834 or Library family story hours (see missions on a regular basis.

Cabell: The time was right to re-enter job market as her priorities realigned themselves Jeanne, Cabell said. “I would not trade that pancreatic cancer in time for anything,” Cabell February 2001, shortly said of helping her mother after she completed her take care of her father. degree requirements. Cabell worked primar“My priorities almost ily part-time when Jeanne overnight realigned was younger and then in themselves,” she said. 2007, opened a yarn shop Instead of practicing in the Courthouse Village law, Cabell helped her with her mother. Jeanne, mother Jackie, who died in 11, is in the sixth grade at November 2012, take care Pocahontas Middle School. of her father until his death The yarn shop closed in in August 2002. By that February of last year shortly time, she and her husband after her mother’s death, Rich Wolkiewicz had a Cabell said, adding that she young daughter named took some time off after Continued from page 1A

closing the store and settling her mother’s estate. When Tina Bustos announced last month that she was stepped down as executive director at the end of this month after having served in that capacity since May 2008, Cabell said the time was right to re-enter the job market. There were several motivating factors in her wanting to become the Chamber’s next executive director, Cabell said. “Number one, I

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absolutely love Powhatan County and I want to see Powhatan thrive and I love this little village area,” she said. “I think we’re very, very fortunate to have it. I think that in order for Powhatan to thrive, part of that is economic prosperity. The Chamber of Commerce I think is a huge player in that and having been a small business owner here in the county I feel like I can relate to some of the issues that the businesses face.” Cabell’s first day on the job was Jan. 6. “Right now is definitely a time of transition from Tina to me,” Cabell said. “Our Board presidents are changing. The annual celebration for the Chamber is Jan. 26 and I think that’s sort of really the end of their year and the beginning of the new year.” Bustos will remain with the Chamber through the end of this month to help with the transition, Cabell said. “I would like to see the Chamber grow on all levels, whether it’s event

attendance or membership or just enthusiasm,” Cabell said. “I would like every single Chamber member to feel that this membership to them is invaluable. I would love for the Chamber to make it possible for a small business to open or stay open.” The Chamber currently has about 250 members, Cabell said. “In Powhatan, the bulk of our membership is made up of small businesses,” she said. “Very few businesses in Powhatan are 50-plus employees.” One of the questions Cabell says she’s been asked is where does she see herself in five years? Her response, she said, was right here in Powhatan. “I have been a lot of places and I don’t think there’s any place quite like it,” she said. “The location is perfect. Another thing about Powhatan County that I think is different is there is such a sense of benevolence. I mean I have never been told ‘no’ or have had people not be willing to help. Powhatan is always willing to help.”

She also looks forward to working with the Chamber’s staff and its Board of Directors, Cabell said. “It’s a fabulous group of people and I knew that going in,” she said. Olander “O.C” Fleming, who will take over soon as the new president of the Board of Directors of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the nominating committee that recommended Cabell as a finalist for executive director to the Board, who then made the final decision. “I think Angie brings new energy to the Chamber,” Fleming said. “She’s well-rooted in the community and she’s looking forward to working with all of the individuals and businesses in Powhatan as well as surrounding counties. Tina was a fantastic director and we look forward to a very prosperous 2014.” Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@powhatantoday. com or at (804) 598-4305, ext. 19 or (804) 363-1577.

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Powhatan 54, Goochland 35

C RO S S  R I V E R RO M P Win over Goochland gives Indians back-to-back victories

Fuqua 63 Blessed Sacrament 23

Fuqua’s Revenge

Falcons soar past Knights in rematch of football title game

Mike Schoeffel Sports Writer

The last time the Powhatan girls basketball team played a home game, they were taken to task by a high RPM Monticello team that ran the court better than any squad the Indians have faced this season. When they returned to their home court five days later (Jan. 8), they looked like a completely rejuvenated group of girls. Grant it, their competition was a notably weaker — a 2A school with a .500 record — but that doesn’t diminish the fact that they were able to roll past the Bulldogs 5435 to nab their first two-game win streak of the season. In her office after the game, coach Bowman talked about the differences between the two games. “Monticello was a much better team, simple as that,” she said. “They are the best team in the district. So it’s not necessarily what we did better, it’s just that the Mustangs were able to hit their shots. They made us pay for our mistakes.” “When we made a mistake against Goochland, we didn’t pay for it quite as much,” she added. Playing no small part in the Indians dominating victory was imposing senior center Timesha Morris. Morris had a relatively quiet game against Monticello, but she was in top-notch form against the red-clad foes from

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Powhatan and Goochland fight for a rebound during a non-district match at Powhatan. The Indians won 54-35, improving their record to 4-5 and earning their first two-game win streak of the year.

across the river. She played the majority of the game — save half of the fourth quarter, when the second team was granted court time — and finished with a season-high 27 points. The two Johnsons — Addi and Monty (no relation) — did an outstanding job of feeding her the ball inside, and the physical center easily outmuscled the Bulldogs down low. Bowman discussed in blunt terms the key to Morris’ success. “We were able to get her the ball,” said Bowman flatly. “We

had a hard time getting the ball to her and giving her the opportunity to score [against Monticello]. We were able to get her the ball this game. That’s the main thing. We allowed her have a good game.” The teams were tied at nine at the conclusion of the first quarter. It wouldn’t stay close for long. The Indians outscored the Bulldogs 24-9 in the second quarter and 15-5 in the third, to bring the score to 48-18 heading into the final period. That turgid advantage granted Bowman the freedom to sub in a good num-

ber of second teamers who rarely have the opportunity to grace the court — something, she says, is much more valuable than the scrimmage time that the second string sees during practice. “We scrimmage in practice, but we always have to stop when someone makes a mistake,” said Bowman. “But here, they get to play through their mistakes. So it was huge that everybody got to play. Plus they got to play quite a few minutes.”

Let’s be frank: there is some bad blood boiling between Blessed Sacrament and Fuqua. Though the two private institutions have competed against one another for some time, the beef didn’t get heavy until this past autumn on the football field. In November, the Knights knocked off the Falcons in the VISAA Division IV football state title game. The victory was not without controversy. To make a long story considerably shorter, the Knights converted a two point conversion on a pass at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime, where they eventually won. It was originally ruled incomplete, but the call was reversed moments later. By this time, the Fuqua fans had already stormed the field to celebrate. This — as one could imagine — led to quite the chaotic situation. Upon further review, the call was indeed correct. This is evidenced by a video posted on YouTube that clearly shows BSH wideout J.T. Taylor landing a good foot in front of the back end line. Still, Fuqua fans did not take kindly to this re-

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For Indians, it’s more blight than bloom Powhatan boys basketball team seeks consistency during trying season Mike Schoeffel Sports Writer

When a team find itself in the throes of a frustrating season, it sometimes helps to cherry pick the positive moments. Keeping a keen focus on those times when everything ran smoothly helps instill the idea that the worm is turning — or on the brink of turning— and

that brighter days are on the horizon. There is no denying that these are trying times for the Powhatan boys basketball program. Locked in a constant struggle to find consistency, their record currently sits at a frustrating 2-8. Despite their difficulties, there have been certain stretches — sometimes a few minutes, sometimes a quarter, rarely an entire game — during which the Indians have looked like a unified, focused group. It’s these golden moments that give head coach Steve Washburn reason to believe that there is untapped po-

tential dwelling somewhere below the ho-hum win/loss ratio. Three such moments spring to mind right off the bat. The first — 75-66 overtime victory at home over Louisa — is perhaps the high-point of a stillyoung season. A near 20 point comeback against Monacan on Dec. 7 also ranks high on the list. The most recent triumph — a 62-59 victory over crossriver rival Goochland on Jan. 8


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The first half of the fourth quarter was dedicated solely to granting the second teamers that valuable real-game experience. But when Goochland went on a 12-2 run that shrunk the Powhatan lead to 50-30, Bowman hurried to get the first teamers

back out there — Morris and the two Johnsons included. But the game was already well in hand at that point. Any thought of a Goochland comeback on the Indians’ part could have been dismissed as mere paranoia. Still, the first-teamers provided the jolt Powhatan needed to put a proper

coda on the contest. The Indians walked away with a 19-point victory. “There’s no doubt it’s a good win,” said Bowman. “Every win is a good win. We’re at a pivotal point in the season right now [being 4-5] and where we go from here is going to determine this team’s legacy.”


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— was a huge morale boost that gave the boys their first victory over a team with a winning record. In that game, the Indians trailed the Bulldogs by six at the half. Undeterred, Washburn’s crew rallied to complete the improbable comeback. A win of such dramatic nature would have been uplifting no matter the opponent, but the fact that it came against an aboveaverage Goochland team that entered the game with a 5-2 record made it all the more meaningful. “That was a much needed confidence boost,” said Washburn. “We battled back to take the lead late and were able to hold on for the win.” Two of the Indians most competent ball handlers — Joey Balcom and Sam Fleming — were the game’s leading scorers. Balcom finished with 20. Fleming had 18. Drew Ratliff contributed 11. Logan Allen was voracious on the boards, finishing with double-digit rebounds. The Goochland game came on the heels of one of the more demure moments of the season: a 31point loss on the road against Jefferson District foe Monticello. The Indians trailed by only four

points late in the second quarter, but the Mustangs ended the half on a demoralizing (for the Indians) 16-2 run. That sudden explosion of points took the fire out of Powhatan’s gut. Things only got worse in the second half: The Mustangs outscored the Indians by 11 points over the final two quarters, bringing the final to 80-49. After the game, Washburn tried to parse out how the game took such an ugly turn. “We need to get much better on the defensive end,” said Washburn. “We’re giving up too many second chance points and we need to cut down on turnovers on the offensive end.” Sandwiched between the Goochland triumph and the Monticello loss was a 38-point smackdown at home against Western Albemarle. The loss was the nadir of the season thus far. The Warriors (10-3) — perhaps the most complete team in the district — flaunted their talents with reckless abandon. Much like the Monticello game, the Indians kept it close early on only to lose control in the latter stages. Down by only four after the first quarter, they were outscored 21-11 in the second. The second half was much of the

same, as the Warriors cruised to a 75-37 victory. It was the Indians worst lost of the season. Pinpointing the source of the Indians’ problems isn’t a black-and-white matter. But it certainly doesn’t help that several key players have missed time with time with injuries. Balcom, Fleming and Luke Ellis have all been forced to the sideline due to ailments ranging from the flu to a broken finger. For a team that doesn’t exactly have a lot of depth to begin with, those injuries have been a definite factor. Washburn’s bunch also lacks a physical presence on the interior, a weakness that was glaringly obvious during the Western Albemarle game. The Warriors had two shaggy haired big men down low — Will Mason, a six-footfive forward, and Sam Chisholm, a six-foot-seven center — that the Indians simply had no answer for. So at least a portion of the Indians’ issues has been circumstantial: a towering center can’t be grown out of nothing, after all. For now, the Indians will keep taking their shots with an eye on methodical improvement. For Washburn — the consummate optimist — it’s the only way.


Joey Balcom dishes a pass to Drew Ratliff against Western Albemarle.

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Domination at Deep Run Duals Indians finish 6-1 in two-day wrestling tournament

well the Deep Run Duals during the weekend of Jan. 10-11, finishing with a 6-1 record. The team secured victories over Amelia (6912), Hopewell (48-30), Atlee (46-34), Varina (52Mike Schoeffel 28), Clover Hill (52-30) Sports Writer and Thomas Dale (4623). The Powhatan High “The win against School Indians wres- Thomas Dale was espetling team performed cially sweet,” coach Jon-

athan Tanaka said. “We lost to them by eight in December, so it was good to get some revenge and prove how much we’ve improved as a team since that loss,” he added. Their only loss of the weekend came against a Lee-Davis High School team that went on to place second in the tournament.

Powhatan’s Hunter Smith takes on an opponent from Atlee High School in the 220-pound division while a “Sportsmanship is our passion” banner lurks in the background.

Jake Tomlinson goes for a pin in an 182-pound Wrestling in the 106-pound division, Elijiah match against Atlee. The Indians won the match Jordan gains control over his opponent from 46-34 and finished the tournament with a 6-1 Atlee. record.

Leading the way for the Indians was Jake Tomlison (182-pound division, 7-0), Hunter Smith (220-pound, 4-0), Elijiah Jordan (106 pounds, 6-1), Noah Green (195-pound, 6-1), Jacob Martin (138-pound, 5-2), Ben Causey (152-pound, 5-2) and Stephon Lemmons (heavyweight, 52). Photos by Mike Schoeffel

Jake Tomlinson sizes up his opponent during a match against Varina on Jan. 11.

Animosity: Fuqua Falcons started game with Blessed Sacrament on 22-0 run versal. Their anger was alive for all to see during the first male athletic event between the two schools since “The Miracle on Academy:” a basketball game at BSH on Jan. 10. The Falcons traveled well, supplying an enthisiastic student section that attempted to drown out the Knights faithful all evening long. . Luckily for them, their Falcons were in top form. Fuqua started fast, taking a 22-0 lead early.. The Falcons stalled all of BSH’s offensive advances until 4:50 remaining in the first half, when the Knights scored their first basket. The Falcons’ backers let out a sarcastic cheer at

this juncture, which led to reactive groans and eye-rolls from several home fans. The Knights responded with a 9-0 that momentarily silenced the visiting crowd. Still, Blessed Sacrament’s countering point streak didn’t make much of a dent in the Falcons’ sturdily constructed advantage. At the half, the score rested a 26-11. Tensions that had been rising steadily in the first half finally boiled over early in the third quarter. After a play was blown dead, a shoving match ensued between two undisclosed players. In a scene reminiscent of the state title game (but for different reasons), the

entirety of the Fuqua bench emptied onto the court, led by head coach Marcus Gregory. Gregory — a chippy, wiry character — was later seen restraining an assistant. Referees rallied frantically to quell the disruption. After a five-minute respite, play resumed as before. The rest of the game unfolded without incident, but a palpable air of mutual acrimony hung in the gymnasium thereafter. Unfortunately, the Knights weren’t able to get out of second gear the rest of the evening. They played with a sense of trepidation that likely stemmed from the 22-point hole they dug themselves early in the contest, eventually falling 63-23.


Blessed Sacrament’s Jake Waldrop goes up for a layup against Fuqua on Jan. 10

Justin Cary looks for an open man during the fourth quarter against Fuqua.

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Quincy Green dribbles up the sideline during the third quarter against Fuqua on Jan. 10.

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