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Powhatan, Virginia

The hometown paper of Tom McCoy

Vol. XXVIII No. 6


February 5, 2014

“Chuck has a lot of respect in this company that the younger guys look up to him and I know I do and hopefully when I’m Chuck’s age I’m still doing what he’s doing.”

Steps to taking office


By Ben Orcutt News Editor

While the unofficial results of yesterday’s special elections for Circuit Court Clerk and representatives for District 4 and District 5 on the School Board have been announced, the official results could be determined as early as to- Alexander day, according to Powhatan County General Registrar Karen B. Alexander. “The State Board of Elections does not certify local election results,” Alexander said. “Therefore, the results of this election will be final upon completion of our Electoral Board canvass. If there are no outstanding provisional votes, then the canvass will be complete Feb. 5 [today] and the results will be declared final. “However, if there are outstanding provisional votes waiting for identification certification — meaning the voter showed up at the polls without proper ID — then the canvass could last as late as Friday, Feb. 7. Voters are given three days to show up to my office to produce proper identification if they want their vote to count.” Once the official winners have been declared, the newly-elected School Board members and the Circuit Court Clerk can be sworn in, Alexander said. “Our obligations are complete after the election results are announced,” she said. see Election page 4A


At 80, Chuck Urbine is still going strong as a tanker driver for Company 2.

CALL OF DUTY Company 2’s 80-year-old Urbine still going strong

By Ben Orcutt News Editor


t a time in life when many folks would be content to focus on family and friends and leisurely pursuits, 80-year-old Chuck Urbine continues to play an important role for Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department Company 2 in Powhatan County. For the past several years, Urbine has been honored for running the most calls from among the 45 or so members of Company 2. “We rely on him a lot,” Company 2 Chief Don Houtsma said. “He’s our primary tanker driver. I know when Chuck

gets that tanker out, I know I’m going to get water wherever I’m going to be. He’s going to find water. He knows this county like the back of his hand because he grew up here. He can tell us the history about this county that I never knew. ... Chuck has a lot of respect in this company that the younger guys look up to him and I know I do and, hopefully, when I’m Chuck’s age, I’m still doing what he’s doing.” Urbine is a charter member of Company 2 and helped to build its first station house more than 40 years ago down the road from the new station, which opened in 2010. Both buildings are located on Urbine

Road, which is named for his family. “It was a public service to the people and we had a great bunch of people in this end of the county that really helped us get this place built,” Urbine said of the first fire station. “We had ham and turkey suppers was one of the ways we used to pay for that building.” A 1952 graduate of Powhatan High School, Urbine and his wife Charlotte have two grown children and two grandchildren. Urbine was a warehouse manager for International Harvester and retired in 1998 as sales manager of the products see Duty page 5A

Chicken and dumplings, a Frisby’s tradition By Ben Orcutt News Editor

If it’s Monday, it’s chicken and dumplings day at Frisby’s Restaurant at 2150 Anderson Highway in Powhatan County. “We’ve always had chicken and dumplings on Monday forever,” said Emily Freund, who operates the restaurant with her husband, George Freund III. Her family moved to Powhatan from Fairfax County in 1978 and her parents, Fred and Doris Moore, opened Frisby’s the same year,

Freund said. At first, the business consisted of just a convenience store, but the food became so popular that her mother thought the couple should open a restaurant, Freund said. The Moores wanted a name that would stand out, so they named the restaurant Frisby’s after her mother’s maiden name, Frisby, Freund added. “My parents own the whole property and the businesses and they did run the restaurant and I worked for them when they ran it,” Freund said.

Powhatan County resident Chuck Martin has made a habit of eating chicken and dumplings on Mondays at Frisby’s Restaurant for about 25 years. PHOTO BY BEN ORCUTT

see Frisby’s page 4A




A6 Scavenger Hunt Heart of Virginia 4-H Livestock Club participates in fun learning activity

B1 McMillin on the mat Young wrestler doesn’t let hearing impairment stop him from winning.

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Greenbrier Baptist to celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 22 Contributed Report The Greenbrier Baptist Church at 4731 Bell Road in Powhatan will celebrate Black History Month in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 22. Special guests will include Men of Salvation Gospel Singers of Amelia and Men on a Mission Gospel Singers of Powhatan. There is no admission fee.

QU OT E S O F T H E W E E K “Yeah, I’ve seen it all. [I’ve] seen accidents where people shouldn’t have been hurt that were killed. I’ve seen accidents where they should have been killed and they were alive. I don’t know that you ever get used to it. It’s one of those things that you do and you don’t dwell on it. Life is precious, but sometimes we do stupid things.”


Chuck Urbine, 80, on serving for more than 40 years as a volunteer with Company 2.

POWHATAN  18.09 acres; Barry G. Isringhausen to Joshua T. Hogston, $145,000.  2.98 acres; Catherine L. Mason to Michael H. Griffin Jr., $65,000.  27.3 acres; Joshua S. Parrish (by substitute trustee) to Wells Fargo Bank, $334,000.  5 acres; Ronald Curtis Elsworth Mitchell to Heather N. Harding, $205,000.  5.04 acres; Richard O. Shelton to Roger O. Cook, $147,000.  96.33 acres; Marye-Ava Reed to Jack McKosky, $142,500.  Lot 13, Section B, Mill Station; BCJ LLC to Fairlane Construction Corp., $55,000.  Lot 16, Section C, Butterwood Creek; Becky Dix (by substitute trustee) to HSBC Mortgage Services Inc., $155,000.  Lot 2, Block F, Section A, Holly Hills; Carlton L. Allgood to Stephen R. Allgood, $87,500.  Lot 25, Section 1, Westlake at Mill Mount; UB Properties Inc. to Trademark Builders Inc., $50,000.  Lot 34, Section 2, Sparrows Landing; Sparrows Landing LLC to Dean T. Patric, $62,100.  Lot 39, Bel Bridge; CSVA Holdings LLC to John Poma, $112,000.  Lot 5, Section A, Burkwood Farms; SunTrust Bank to David J. Gay, $72,000.  Lot 57, Section A, Mill Station; BCJ LLC to Prince Construction Inc., $75,000.  Lot M. Block 15A, Red Lane; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Thomas H. Adams, $70,000.  Lots 1, 2 and 3, Lake Shawnee Estates; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Major Three LLC, $95,200.  Lots 3 and 5, Block B, Tilman’s Farm; Austin-Davidson Inc. to W.V. McClure Inc., $100,000.

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“The State Board of Elections does not certify local election results. Therefore, the results of this election will be final upon completion of our Electoral Board canvass. If there are no outstanding provisional votes, then the canvass will be complete Feb. 5 [today] and the results will be declared final.”

“I mean, you can definitely take a bite of the chicken and dumplings and just say, like, ‘Ummm.’ ” John Brown on the Monday tradition of chicken and dumplings at Frisby’s Restaurant. See page 4A

Powhatan County General Registrar Karen B. Alexander See page 1A

CALENDAR Wednesday, Feb. 5 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 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 each month. The Library is closed on Sundays and county holidays. For more information, call (804) 598-5670. ticulture at Lewis Ginter Bomeeting is scheduled for 7 p. tanical Gardens, as a guest m. at the Powhatan Junior speaker at 9:30 a.m. at the Friday, Feb. 7 High School cafeteria. Powhatan Village Building Auditorium. She will be shar- Gospel singing takes place BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge every Tuesthe first Friday night of each ing information about what day. Games start at 7 p.m. For month at Shiloh P.H. Church new garden plans are being more information, call (804) at 3400 Courthouse Road in readied for the spring, as well 598-2809. Richmond. Food and drinks as discussing some of the garwill be available. Music, Chrisden’s horticultural “best practian fellowship and food are The Eclectic Book Group tices” that will be valuable meets at 10 a.m. the second included. For more informaeducational information. For Tuesday of every month at tion, call (804) 276-0479 or more information, contact the Powhatan County Public (804)598-2660. Connie Sorrell, GPMGA, at Library. For more information, or at call (804) 239-6403. Saturday, Feb. 8 (804)794-8547.

Powhatan AA meets at 8 p.m. Powhatan AA meets at 8 p.m. The Powhatan American Legion meeting is held at 7:30 The Powhatan Lions Club every Saturday at Manakin every Thursday at the Powp.m. on the second Tuesday meets at 6 p.m. on the first Episcopal Church on Huguehatan Village Building. of each month. All veterans of and fourth Wednesday of not Trail. the armed forces are invited each month at the County The Powhatan Rotary Club to visit the American Legion Seat Restaurant. For more inmeets at 7:30 a.m. every Monday, Feb. 10 Post 201 in the 180th engiformation, call Mike Jones at Thursday at the County Seat neer Armory on Mann Road.  Library family story hours (see (804) 794-1440. Restaurant. For more information, call above). The library is closed Awaken to Hope Al-Anon Marsell Bustos at (804) 598on Sundays and county holiThursday, Feb. 6 meets at 7:30 p.m. every 6264. days. For more information, Library family story hours (see Thursday at St. John Neucall (804) 598-5670. above). The library is closed mann Catholic Church. UPCOMING on Sundays and county holiTuesday, Feb. 11 A women’s support group days. For more information, The Powhatan County Fair association meetings are held AA meets at 8 p.m. every based in Powhatan but open call (804) 598-5670. at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday to all women impacted by doTuesday at St. Luke’s EpiscoThe Powhatan Extension Ofof the month at the Powhatan mestic violence is free, confipal Church on Huguenot fice and the Goochland-PowFairgrounds at 4042 Anderdential and childcare is availTrail. hatan Master Gardeners Asson Highway in Powhatan, able. For more information, sociation are hosting Grace Virginia 23139. For more in- The Powhatan FFA Alumni Ascall (804) 598-5630 ext. 2422 sociation organizational Chapman, the director of horformation, visit www.powor 2420.

O B I T UA RY Mrs. Mildred Lee Cox Mrs. Mildred Lee Cox, of Powhatan, departed this life Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Bishop Lindberg Cox; children, Leroy Fox and Margaret Watson (Walter Sr.); eight grandchildren, devoted, Alphonso Berry; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, William Watson (Alberta); two nieces, one nephew, other relatives and friends. Remains rested at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Refuge Assembly of Powhatan, 2800 Huguenot Trail. Bishop Lindbergh Cox, Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Warren Lewis officiated. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Joint Valentine’s gala benefits two local non-profits Contributed Report A Valentine’s Gala benefiting the Free Clinic of Powhatan and Habitat for Humanity-Powhatan is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Mill at Fine Creek. This joint benefit features dinner and dancing with black tie optional. This is the first time that two Powhatan 501(c)(3) organizations have

joined together to raise awareness and funds. The net amount will be divided between the two organizations. The Free Clinic of Powhatan is now in its sixth year of operation and has almost 900 patients on its books. Habitat for Humanity-Powhatan has built nine houses in the last five years and repaired almost 30 more under the leadership of executive director Terry Paquette. Two more are

scheduled to be built this year. Sponsors for the evening include R.C. Goodwyn & Sons, Balzer & Associates, Powhatan Pharmacy, Midlothian Family Practice, Central Virginia Bank, New Horizon Bank and Colony Construction. Tickets are $75 per person and are available from either the Free Clinic at (804) 598-5637 or Habitat for Humanity-Powhatan at (804) 794-1700.

Powhatan Convention of States meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 Contributed Report


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Jason Deatherage Nicholas and Sheri Deatherage of Olympia, Wash., along with big brother Christian Provost, welcomed Jason Xavier into their family on Nov. 5 at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Jason weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. His proud grandparents are Bobby and Jean Weatherford of Powhatan and Brent and Julie Tomlin of Centerville, Utah. He also is greatly loved by his great-grandmother Nylla Kunard, aunts Sheffie, Stephanie, Kristin, Kimmy and Jessica, and his many cousins.

Emily Michelle Williams Sarah Barden and Jack Williams would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Michelle Williams, at 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2013. Emily weighed 9 pounds and 4 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. Her brothers, James Williams, 10, and Shawn Barden, 6, all live in Cumberland. Emily’s grandparents are Cheryl Woolney of Powhatan; Ronald and Debbie Schultz of Kennesaw, Ga.; and Ralph (Gene) Williams of Cumberland. Emily has many more nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts from all over.

Powhatan resident at U.S. Coast Guard Academy Contributed Report

ing major and will graduate in May Ethan Thomas of 2015. Beard, a 2011 The USCGA graduate of Powonly admits about hatan High School, 240 cadets each achieved a 3.94 Beard year from more out of 4.0 grade than 4,000 applipoint average for the cations, giving it one of completed fall semester the lowest acceptance at the United States Coast rates in the country. The Guard Academy in New Coast Guard values the London, Conn. four-year scholarship at Beard is an engineer- about $330,000.

DeHart of Powhatan graduates and becomes Va. state trooper Contributed Report Kyle Shane DeHart of Powhatan County is a new trooper with the Virginia State Police. DeHart, who is assigned to Powhatan, was among an 80-member class that graduated from the 120th Basic Session on Dec. 20 at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.



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Victoria Gail Bredemeier and Timothy Curtis Morrisette were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Grace Gospel Chapel in Richmond. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Bredemeier Jr. of Powhatan. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morrisette of Matoaca. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s grandfather, Pastor Douglas C. Bredemeier Sr. The bride, escorted by her father, was given in marriage by her parents. Catherine Mann of Chesterfield served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Olivia Bredemeier, cousin of the bride; Rose Bredemeier, sister of the bride; Alex Rooney, friend of the bride; Brittany Bredemeier, sister-in-law of the bride; Hannah Bredemeier, cousin of the bride; and Jewel Weekley, friend of the bride. The groom’s father was best

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Morrisette the former Victoria Bredemeier man. Groomsmen included Josh Kennedy, friend of the groom; Jimmy Howerton, cousin of the groom; Tyler Grant, friend of the groom; Stephen Bredemeier, brother of the bride; Sean Con-

drey, friend of the groom; and Aaron Egland, friend of the groom. Flower girls were Emily and Isabelle Bredemeier, cousins of the bride. Ring bearers were Bubbie Bowers, nephew of the groom, and Samuel Bredemeier, cousin of the bride. Music for the ceremony was provided by pianist Jonna Bowers, sister of the groom, and violinist James Noel, cousin of the groom. Heather Worsham, aunt of the groom, served as mistress of ceremonies. Sarah Worsham, cousin of the bride, served as guest book attendant and Benjamin Worsham, cousin of the bride, served as usher. A reception followed the ceremony in the church’s fellowship hall. Mark Worsham, uncle of the bride, was master of ceremonies. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at King’s Corner in Chesterfield. Following a honeymoon trip to the mountains of Virginia, the couple resides in Chester.

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Electric Cooperative Educational Scholarships available Contributed Report Any high school or home school senior graduating in 2014 whose parents or guardians are members of Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) and whose primary residence is served by the cooperative is eligible to apply now for the 2014 Electric Cooperative Educational Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Educational Scholarship Foundation Board. An applicant must be entering his or her first semester at a college or technical/ trade school in the fall of 2014. In 2014, the Educational

Scholarship Foundation Board will be awarding $1,000 scholarships, which must be used for tuition, student fees, room and board or the purchase of books. The Board selects scholarship recipients based on a combination of the following weighted criteria:  financial need at 40 percent.  academic achievement at 40 percent.  personal statement at 20 percent. The application submission is a three-step process as follows: 1. First step: complete the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Application form and submit it electronically to schol- no later than midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 2. Second step: compile supporting documents in the sequence listed below and seal in the same envelope. Do not fold. Do not use staples, paper clips, other binding materials or presentation folders. You must submit all documents at one time in one envelope and in the following sequence (front to back):  Application form, completed and signed.  A copy of your family’s most recent electric cooperative bill.  Your one-page Personal Statement plus two copies.  Your preliminary official high school or home school

transcript.  Your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).  A recommendation letter written by someone not related to you. 3. Third and final step: deliver your packet of supporting documents to the Foundation Board by using one of two delivery options: hand-deliver to 4201 Dominion Boulevard, Suite 101, Glen Allen, VA 23060 no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19; or mail postmarked no later than midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 19, to P. O. Box 2340 Glen Allen, VA 23058-2340. For the Educational Scholarship Application Form and for detailed information on the

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Frisby’s: Famous dish isn’t on the menu, diners need only ask for the chicken and dumplings Continued from page 1A

“Now they lease all the businesses out.” While Freund has been managing the restaurant for about 25 years, she and her husband started leasing it from her parents about five years ago, she said. The recipe she uses for the chicken dumplings came from the mother of an ex-boyfriend and is about 30 years old, but now she claims it as her


own, Freund said, adding that, while it’s not necessarily a secret recipe, “I do a couple of little tricks.” Freund said she arrives at the restaurant at 5 a.m. and makes a big pot of chicken and dumplings, which translates into about 40 servings. The dish is served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until it runs out, she said, adding that she has regular customers who make it a point to come to the restaurant on Mondays to order the chicken and dumplings. “They have a really faithful following,” she said. John Brown, 24, of Powhatan, has been ordering the chicken and dumplings at Frisby’s for about

six months and he said they’re some of the best he’s ever had. “The dumplings are, like, at the perfect temperature,” Brown said, “[and] the right tenderness to be able to enjoy the chicken with the whole flavor. I mean, you can definitely take a bite of the chicken and dumplings and just say, like, ‘Ummm.’ ” The price is right, too, considering what comes with the chicken and dumplings, Freund said. “You can get a salad or a grilled cheese and a drink for $4.75,” she said. With tax, the bill comes to $5. Freund said the inexpensive lunch was something her mother started

and she wants to maintain the tradition. Frisby’s is open every day of the year. And, on Mondays, if you want to order the chicken and dumplings, don’t bother to look at the menu, Freund said. “It’s not in the menu,” she said. “Just everybody knows we’ve been here so long.” Freund said she looks forward to making and serving chicken and dumplings. “It brightens my Monday,” she said. “Monday’s kind of a hard day because you’ve just worked the weekend and you’re tired, but it’s the highlight of my Monday.”

“A lot of people peek in the kitchen and tell us they enjoyed their meal. It’s wonderful. I enjoy cooking and being a part of the community. It makes it all come together.” Chuck Martin, 71, of Powhatan, is a chicken and dumplings aficionado, and, if you’re looking for him at lunchtime on Mondays, chances are you’ll find him at Frisby’s. “I’ve been coming in here for probably at least 25 years,” he said. “Some places, they’ll make chicken and dumplings with the breast meat and a lot of people like that because it’s low fat. That’s not the best piece of meat for flavor and so they use both

here. They use the dark meat and the light meat so I think that makes a difference for me.” The chicken and dumplings at Frisby’s are 70year-old Powhatan County resident Faye Campbell’s favorite dish, she said. Campbell said Frisby’s makes chicken and dumplings “just like my mother used to make them, so they’re really good. And, it’s a lot easier to come here on Mondays and get chicken and dumplings than it is to make them yourself.” Contact Ben Orcutt at borcutt@powhatantoday. com or at (804) 598-4305, ext. 19 or at (804) 3631577.

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Election: Lower turnout could mean possibility of recount would be more likely Continued from page 1A

The new School Board members can be sworn in by interim Circuit Court Clerk Kathryn C. Powers, according to Rose Mansfield, executive assistant of the State Board of Elections. The newly-elected Circuit Court Clerk will be sworn in by a Circuit Court judge, Mansfield added. The key is that the canvass


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Worship - 10:30 am Bible Study Wednesday 7 pm


Holly Hills Baptist Church

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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


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

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

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come necessary, Mansfield said. “The smaller the election, sometimes the smaller the spread is,” she said. “So you have to be careful there.” For more information, call Alexander’s office at (804) 5985604. Contact Ben Orcutt at or at (804) 598-4305 or (804) 3631577.

St. James Baptist Church

Christian Fellowship

Bill Sisson, Pastor

Rev. Bryan Stevens, Pastor

cellent in your area.” Vote totals have to be very close before a recount can be considered, according to Alexander. “If the margin of victory is less than 1 percent, the second place candidate can petition the courts for a recount,” she said. Given the fact that voter turnout may be lower than in a normal November election cycle, it could be more likely that a recount could be-


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

should be conducted in a thorough manner and those waiting on the official results exercise patience, Mansfield said. “The most important thing is that they’re thorough and they finish everything and that’s why it says ‘unofficial,’ [on the early results],” Mansfield added. “You really need to be patient and make sure you get the final number in…. and the general registrars are ex-


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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

2202 Old Church Road

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Duty: Urbine said he is grateful for the support that Powhatan County gives to Company 2 division for the Virginia Farm Bureau. During his four-decade tenure with Company 2, Urbine has served as chief for four years. While he doesn’t hold an office, he remains an active and vital member of the crew. “Well, I think I could say frankly that I’m the oldest member of any fire department in the county and still active,� he said. “It’s a public service and I just enjoy being with the other fellas and harassing them about different things that they should do and shouldn’t do and all of them have been mighty nice to me.� During his extensive career as a volunteer firefighter, Urbine has responded to just about any call imaginable. “I’ve seen it all,� he said. “Yeah, I’ve seen it all. [I’ve] seen accidents where people shouldn’t have been hurt that were killed. I’ve seen accidents where they should have been killed and they were alive. I don’t know that you ever get used to it. It’s one of those things that you do and you don’t dwell on it. Life is precious, but

sometimes we do stupid things.� While some of the calls have been tragic and others have been lifesaving, there are those that have been somewhat humorous, Urbine said. “I reckon one of the funniest ones,� he said, “we went out on a call one morning and we rescued a bunch of puppies from under an outhouse.� Urbine said he is grateful for the support the county has given to Company 2 and he’s proud to be a member of the squad. “Well, the thing that I say is we have been fortunate in Powhatan that the county has helped us keep up with technology and new equipment,� he said. “I’m thankful that I belong to a company where people take pride in what we do, how we keep our equipment and if you look in here, this equipment is as good today as it was the day they brought it in here.� The youngest a volunteer can be is 16, which is younger than his grandchildren, Urbine said, adding that he enjoys seeing younger generations come on board as volunteers.

“I’m glad that they have come here,� he said. “They can be a help because volunteerism is on the way out in this country. Everybody wants something for nothing today and then when they come here to volunteer and to help their fellow friend and neighbor, it’s a great thing.� While he doesn’t work out at a gym, Urbine said he keeps fit by doing chores around the house. “I still burn wood and I cut wood and split wood and I cut a lot of grass,� he said. “I cut probably 16 or 17 acres of grass. I have to be doing something. You can’t sit in this chair and look at [TV] to find out that the world is messed up. You gotta be doing something. People that retire and sit down don’t last.� Urbine admits that, as he’s gotten older, he’s begun to pace himself more. “Yeah. I am slowing down now,� he said. “I don’t get up in the middle of the night unless it’s a house fire or something or a wreck that somebody’s trapped, then I’ll be here because I’m close. I can be here and the truck ready to

Davis-Merchant reps attend national Kubota conference Contributed Report Mike and Cindy Merchant from Davis-Merchant Equipment Company of Powhatan attended Kubota Tractor Corporation’s 2013 National Dealer Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., joining more than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country for an exclusive first look at the latest Kubota products. New Kubota RTV X-Series work utility vehicles — the RTV-X900,

X1120D, and the X1100C — were introduced at the meeting. According to Power Products Marketing’s North American Utility Vehicle Report, Kubota RTVs have been the best-selling diesel utility vehicles in North America since 2004. During the meeting, representatives from Davis-Merchant Equipment Company also attended field demonstrations and classroom sessions, gaining handson operator experience with Kubota’s latest products.

go by the time most of them get here. I’ll do it as long as I can.� He said he continues to volunteer because people rely on volunteers like him. “It’s going to be a sad day for our company when Chuck decides to hang it up because of all his experience that we’ll lose and his leadership and just the friend that he is to everybody here,� Houtsma said. “It’s going to be a sad day for our company.� Contact Ben Orcutt at or at (804) 598-4305, ext. 19 or (804) 363-1577.

Chuck Urbine, 80, has served as a volunteer with Company 2 for more than 40 years. PHOTO BY ANJIE HENLEY

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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)


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Providence Presbyterian Church

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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.

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New Harvest Church

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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

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

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A great opportunity for Powhatan By Ben Orcutt

than 56 years before resigning in September. Maxey, 92, died in December. As Powhatan County General The challenge for the new Circuit Registrar Karen B. Alexander and her Court Clerk will be not so much to live staff go through the process of certify- up to Maxey’s legacy — although that ing the results of yesterday’s special certainly is a worthy goal — but to elections to the State Board of Elecimplement through technology, tions, the county has a great opportueducation and communication the nity to take advantage of new ideas most efficient, effective and customerfrom the newly-elected Circuit Court friendly office possible. Clerk and District 4 and District 5 As a Powhatan County resident Powhatan County School Board wrote in a recent letter to the editor, members. whether it is through litigation, The new Circuit Court Clerk will be recording a deed, settling an estate or following in the footsteps of William obtaining a marriage license, most E. Maxey Jr., who served for more county residents will have contact with News Editor

the Circuit Court during their lifetimes — with infrequent visits for some and regular appearances for others. Indeed, the Circuit Court plays a vital role in the lives of all county residents and thus the clerk is tasked with making sure that they have full confidence and faith in how the office is run. Just as important is the responsibility the newly-elected School Board members have been entrusted with, which is to ensure that the students, teachers and administrators within Powhatan County Public Schools have the tools they need to achieve success. Success can be defined in many ways, but at its core is that students

who matriculate and graduate from the system have mastered the basic fundamentals necessary to compete in a global economy. So while the newly-elected Circuit Court Clerk and School Board members are tasked with enormous responsibilities, they also bring with them new perspectives and fresh ideas with which to meet those responsibilities and challenges. As these newly-elected officials prepare to take office, hopefully they and their colleagues will take advantage of opportunities that lie ahead with the support of their constituents to help move the county forward.



The Heart of Virginia (HOV) 4-H Livestock Club, made up of Powhatan and Cumberland youth, met on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Powhatan Tractor Supply for a club meeting and a learning activity. The Powhatan Extension Office organized a scavenger hunt through which club members found examples of feed, show, grooming and housing equipment, as well as health supplies. The club worked in teams, which were assigned a species such as beef, sheep/goat and poultry. Once the items were found, they were presented to the group highlighting their cost and use. Members will take this knowledge home to care for their animals, including beef, sheep and hogs, that they will show this spring at the Piedmont Area Jr. Livestock Show and Sale in Blackstone. The HOV 4-H Livestock Club is open to youth ages 9 to 18 interested in learning more about livestock. For more information, contact Cathy Howland, 4-H Extension Agent, at the Powhatan Extension Office at (804) 598-5640 or

L E T T E R S TO T H E E D I TO R Herring has gone rogue on Marriage Amendment

ideology into the same-sex marriage controversy. He argues that Virginia is on the wrong side of history. I say that Mark Herring is on the wrong side of the people who elected him. The people of Virginia elected Mr. Herring with the expectation that he would honor his oath of office and perform his duties. He has broken this trust. He has violated his oath. He needs to resign for dereliction of duty. If he won’t resign he needs to be recalled or impeached. Fred Anderson Powhatan

This year the Christmas Everyday Committee was able to help more than 250 families have a more joyous Christmas season. This was only possible because of the amazing Dear Editor: generosity of the citizens of Powhatan! Mark Herring, the newly-elected activist Attorney We chose the theme “Share the Season” because General, has decreed the Marriage Amendment law we wanted everyone in the community to get of Virginia to be unconstitutional. involved and be a part of this wonderful organizaPerhaps the good citizens of this Commonwealth tion. The response was amazing! Thanks go out to need to remind Mr. Herring, that, as a member of the all those who contributed with monetary donations, executive branch, his job is to defend State law, it is but just as important are those who gave numerous not to determine the constitutionally of the law. hours shopping, wrapping, and delivering the gifts. Under the separation of powers, the judicial Our thanks go out to the many groups and branch gets to make that determination. Mr. Herring’s churches that planned events to raise money for the abuse of power doesn’t stop there. CEC. We were able to exceed our goal of $30,000! Not only does he refuse to defend this State law in Although it did “rain on our parade” this year, we court, this rogue attorney has decided to join the had a wonderful Christmas season and will be actively prosecution in an upcoming case. Dear Editor: helping those in need throughout the coming year. He voted for this law before he was against it. As we pack all the Christmas decorations and the God bless you all! Sound familiar? dust settles from the festivities, January is a good Pinckey and Jimmy Sowers Mr. Herring has inappropriately injected his 2013 Powhatan Christmas Mother and Father time for reflection.

Christmas Everyday Committee exceeds goal

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Powhatan native receives national teaching certification “Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere.”


ANR Extension Agent/MG coordinator Rachel Grosse, left, Debra Wilkerson, Jean Temple, Bonnie Garringer, Ruth Quarles, Connie Sorrell, Andrea Robert, Barbara Smiley, James Maitland, Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt and MG Volunteer Training coordinator Bill Swanson are involved with the Master Gardeners program.

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nificant because only those within a profession — the practitioners — can legitimately define the key terms of the profession,” he added. To date, more than 106,000 teachers across the country have achieved Board certification. The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers and leaders in that process. For more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit

The Goochland and Powhatan Extension Offices and the Goochland Powhatan Master Gardeners welcomed 12 new Master Gardeners on Jan. 9. The individuals graduated after completing a year of educational training and service to the communities, adding to the total of 10,385.25 hours of service that all of the Goochland Powhatan Master Gardeners contributed to the two


counties in 2013. Master Gardeners are Virginia Cooperative Extension volunteers that assist in the mission of VCE to help people put scientific knowledge to work through learning experiences that improve economic, environmental and social well-being. If you are interested in giving back to your community and becoming a Master Gardener or 4-H volunteer, contact the Goochland or Powhatan Extension offices at (804) 556-5841 or (804) 598-5640, respectively. Celebrating


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Jeremy B. Utt, a native of Powhatan County and a 1999 graduate of Powhatan High School, has achieved National Board Certification through a rigorous, performancebased, peer-review process. Utt is a 6th, 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher at Francis W. Jones Magnet Middle School in the Hampton City Schools and the son of Edwin and Karen Utt of Powhatan. Like board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching. “Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere,” Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board, said. “In achieving National Board Certification, Mr. Utt has not only demonstrated the ability to advance student learning in deep and meaningful ways, he has met the profession’s definition of what it means to be accomplished. That is sig-


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1. Take by theft

41. Publicists

17. ___ Dhabi, U.A.E. capital

7. Cash machine

44. Hollow cylinders

18. Small terrestrial lizard

45. Most hirsute

20. Unhappy

10. Removed from attendance

48. Wading bird

23. Takes off

12. Old World buffalo

49. Not in residence

24. Mollusk shell lining

13. Spread by dividing

50. According to

25. Socialist Debs’ initials

14. Herd of unsheared sheep

51. Property injury

26. Arrived extinct

15. Main arterial vessel


30. 17th Greek letter

16. Carbamide

1. Russian Emperor (var. sp.)

31. Blue eyed cat

17. In the style of

29. Atomic #37

18. Leafstalk angle

2. Take hold of

32. Alliance between nations

19. Physiques

3. South American Indian

35. Headquarters

21. Command right 22. Gratuitous 27. Printed display 28. Dexter inspector 33. “Hammer Time’s” initials 34. Making one ashamed 36. Hill (Celtic) 37. Expletive 38. Surface 39. Atomic weight

4. Commune in northern France

36. Container weight adjustments

5. “Run to Him” singer Bobby

38. Chadic language Bura-_____

6. Doctor of Education

40. Tributary of the Seine

7. Celestial intermediary

41. Length x width

8. Roman garment

42. A small dent

9. More (Spanish)

43. Distribute

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44. A gratuity

11. Diversify

45. Possessed

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, something does not seem to be falling into place. Take stock of things at home and at work to see if you can crack this nut. A little more investigation many be necessary. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You may be offered a professional opportunity this week that is too good to pass up, Gemini. Despite this great offer, do your best to stay focused on work for the next several days. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

Exercise caution and do not jump to any conclusions at work, Cancer. While you may know what your boss expects from you, it is better to wait to hear what he or she has to say.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a friend may shock you by doing something really outrageous. You do not know what to make of this change in personality, but do your best to take it in stride.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you can envision exciting adventures ahead, and those times will be here before you know it. Channel your enthusiasm so you can get a head start on planning your adventure.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, work figures to put a lot on your plate in the coming week. You can handle everything that comes your way, so long as you keep your cool and continue to work hard.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you have a desire to be different from everyone else this week. It’s good to be original, but don’t stray too far off the beaten path or you may find yourself lost.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 You may be tempted to sneak off and play hooky from work, Sagittarius. Just make sure you handle all of your obligations first. Now is not the best time to kick up your heels.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you have so much to do now that your mind may be in a complete jumble. Others will come at you with questions, but take a deep breath and answer them one at a time. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Change is not the best idea right now, Aquarius. It is much better to stick with the status quo for a little while longer. Then you will have enough stability to make a change. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you have many new ideas about how to get rich quick, but you will probably want to find more sensible ways to earn a living.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you are inspired to take on the world, but you may want to focus on smaller goals this week. Finishing a long-lingering work project is a viable option.

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The Alexandria law firm of MercerTrigiani has announced that Janie L. Rhoads, a native of Powhatan County, has been named counsel to the law firm. Rhoads joined MercerTrigiani in 2008. Her practice will continue to focus on the representation of developers and builders in the acquisition, financing, development and sale of property as well as in the creation of planned unit developments, mixed-use projects, and industrial, commercial, residential and conversion condominiums. Rhoads Rhoads also will continue to represent common interest community clients on general legal matters. She is a member of the Alexandria Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Chapter of Community Associations Institute. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Smithfield-Preston Foundation. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and received her law degree from George Mason University in 2002.

Ball graduates from basic training Contributed Report Air Force Airman Jeffrey S. Ball graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in 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 associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Ball earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Lisa Ball of Powhatan and a 2011 graduate of Powhatan High School.


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McMILLIN ON THE MATS Powhatan teen won’t let hearing impairment pin him down Mike Schoeffel Sports Writer

It’s early on a Friday evening and 13-year old J.D. McMillin is working hard on the mats at Blackhawk Gym in Powhatan. A nimble kid with a slim build, he gracefully transitions from one move to the next as he spars with a teammate. One of the coaches stops the action and begins giving instructions. J.D. furrows his brow and throws his hands by his hips. What looks like an act of defiance is actually one of sincerity. That’s because J.D., a top youth wrestler in the state of Virginia, is legally deaf. For a sport that relies heavily on player-coach communication, one might think the inability to hear would prove a major disadvantage. Not so with J.D. He and his coach, Mike Walter — a burly, passionate Marine who works full-time as a police officer — have invented an entire system of unique hand signals that allows McMillin to get all the necessary information while on the mat. “Every year we sit down and come up with a set of signs,” Walter said. “We write them down, go over them, internalize them. The signs are relatively simple in nature — they have to be, considering they must be processed by J.D. with a split-


J.D. McMillin is shown with his parents, Rob and Jill. The 13-year-old, who is legally deaf, has been wrestling with Blackhawk since the age of 9. He recently placed second at the Virginia Duals Nationals at the Richmond Coliseum.

second’s time — and run the gamut of possible situations that the teen could find himself in during a match. For example, when Walter puts two fingers to his forehead, it means he wants J.D. to gather himself and use his head. J.D. is an aggressive wrestler by nature, Walter said, and sometimes needs to be reminded to slow down and analyze his next move. “When I do this [puts two fingers to his forehead] it instantaneously settles him,” the coach added. “You can watch him physically shake it off and settle back in. We’ve been doing this for years now, so he knows exactly what I want him to do.” When Walter grabs his elbows, he wants McMillin to control the elbows. Same thing with the hips. There also are signals for more complex moves, like the Mason Tilt and the Crossface Cradle. All this gesturing is notable, especially coming from a guy as aggressive and impassioned

as Walter. “He uses a lot of facial expression. He’d be a good signer,” J.D.’s mother Jill said. Walter’s wild gesturing often times turns J.D.’s matches into something bordering on performance art. To watch Mike coach J.D. is almost as enjoyable as watching J.D wrestle,” Jill said. “I’m a very loud signer,” Walter agreed.. Walter has coached McMillin since he first signed up with Blackhawk wrestling at 9. Through the years, the two have formed a bond both spoken and unspoken. As a coach, Walter makes deep connections with all his wrestlers, but the fact that he and J.D. must communicate in a language unique to the two of them, in their own world, has sent their relationship “overthe-top” to something resembling the unconditional connection between a father and son. “It’s like he’s mine,” Walter said. “And if anybody comes near him, I’ll rip them in half.”

Walter’s devotion to J.D., coupled with J.D.’s dogged determination to improve upon his talent, has led the young wrestler to far greater heights than perhaps anyone could have foreseen. When McMillin first started wrestling for Blackhawk after being referred to the gym by close friend Jack Leipertz, he was, as Walter said, an “aggressive and enthusiastic kid who didn’t know anything.” But through countless hours of hard work and focus — years of “beating his head against a rock” — J.D. has transformed from a “Volkswagen to a Lamborghini.” The culmination of J.D.’s wrestling career — as agreed upon by his parents and Walter — was his second-place finish at the Virginia Dual Nationals at the Richmond Coliseum. J.D. fell by a single point to a wrestler from Virginia Gold, one of the elite teams in the state, and was a mere second away from being the first-place finisher, Walter said. “That was my biggest moment in wrestling so far,” J.D. said. “To make it to second in nationals was great. I may not have had the best matches out there, but I got to wrestle with the best.” For Walter, the moment was twofold in its meaning: It represented J.D.’s marked progress as a student of the sport, but it also was one of the first times that other parents and fans began to notice that something special was taking place. Strangers came up to Walter just to ask him when J.D. was going out on the mat. Then, when J.D. finally took center see McMillin page 3B

Ties that bind keeps Pugh near Powhatan native vying for starting spot on U of R lacrosse team Mike Schoeffel Sports Writer

Benny Pugh almost ended up 372 miles away from his family in Queens, N.Y. Pugh, a Powhatan resident and Woodberry Forest alumnus, committed to play lacrosse at St. John’s University in New York City in August 2012. The St. John’s lacrosse program is well-established. Team members defeated bigtime schools like Notre Dame and Georgetown during the 2013 season and Pugh was fairly certain that he would have logged quite a bit of playing time there. But, after reconsidering the academic and social aspects of the school — and the measurable distance away from his loved ones — he had a change of heart. “I felt like I rushed it,” Pugh said of the commitment. “It was my first college offer and I sort of jumped the gun. After thinking about it, it just wasn’t where I wanted to be. Coming from a small town like Powhatan, Queens would have been a huge change.” After serious deliberation, Pugh said he decided to pull the plug on his commitment. This was a definite risk, considering he didn’t have any see Pugh page 2B

Legislators considering bill allowing Sunday hunting Measure may soon become a reality in the Commonwealth Mike Schoeffel Sports Writer

A bill is making its way through the Virginia General Assembly that, if approved, will allow Sunday hunting on private property. This is a highly relevant issue for the citizens of Powhatan County, many of whom are hunters, know someone who hunts, or enjoy spending Sunday afternoons outdoors. Under current Virginia law, it is illegal to kill any animal with a firearm on a Sunday — save raccoons, which can be wiped out any time before 2

a.m. The bill, which is gainingmomentum in the General Assembly, passed on Jan. 28 in the House of Delegates by a vote of 71 to 27. Two days later, it was passed by the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 9-4. It now heads to the Senate, which passed a nearly-identical bill by a wide margin in 2012. Virginia is one of only 11 states with some sort of Sunday hunting restriction in its law book. One of the most utilized arguments against Sunday hunting, and the one often put forth by Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan) is that the ban ensures the safety of outdoor recreationists

who wish to have one day a week to enjoy the outdoors paranoia-free. As David A. Bovenizer, legislative counsel for Del. Ware, stated in an email correspondence: “95 percent of Virginians do not hunt at all, and a large majority of these individuals wish rather for the outdoors to be free of hunting [on the Sabbath].” Ware has long been a firm supporter of the Sunday hunting ban. He was the chairman of a House subcommittee that killed a bill in 2012 that would have lifted the ban. In an opinion editorial piece published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he wrote the SUBMITTED PHOTO following: A bill making its way through the Virginia General “Hunters are not the only Assembly would allow Sunday hunting on private individuals who wish to take to property without the use of dogs. Virginia is one of only see Hunting page 2B 11 states with some sort of restriction on Sunday hunting.


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River City QDMA to host banquet on Feb. 22 Contributed report

ties, including rifle target practice, skeet shooting, seminars from a game warden and a biologist, and, lastly, free gear. After a full and hearty lunch, everyone in attendance took to the woods for an afternoon hunt. Volunteers went with the kids who didn’t have someone to take them. It was described as a very successful harvest, as 16 hunters killed a total of 12 deer. The hunt went off without a hitch, thanks in no small part to the great volunteers who helped organize the event, offered their land to the hunters, and aided in the smooth execution of the hunt. Each year, the River City QDMA holds a dinner banquet. This year’s banquet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the ACCA Shriners Temple on 1712

The River City Quality Deer Management Association is a local chapter of the QDMA, a group that focuses on educating people about all aspects of whitetail deer. The local branch consists of a couple of hometown folks who wish to spread the word of QDMA in the community. Their main goal is to get people in the woods that don’t usually get a chance to go. One way in which they do this is by putting on youth hunts during deer season and spring gobbler season. These hunts are available to kids of all ages who don’t have a place to go or don’t have someone to take them. The most recent youth deer hunt featured a number of intriguing activi-


annual QDMA banquet are used to fund QDMA hunts, present educational programs, as well as clude a silent auction, live many other things. Bellevue Avenue in Rich- be served at 7 p.m. The banquet will be a auction, gun raffles and To purchase a ticket mond. call Joe Paquette at 804Social hour starts at buffet with an open bar. games. Other attractions inThe proceeds from the 698-9424. 5:30 p.m. and dinner will

Members of the River City QDMA, above, pose for a photo after a long day in the woods. At right, a ticket to the River City QDMA dinner banquet provides information about the event.

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talized a precarious period during which he began other scholarship offers at to doubt whether he’d the time. The move revi- find a school that suited him. He considered Roanoke College, but shied “Where it’s your Place to Pawn” away after finding five other goalies lurking on the roster. Plus, Pugh — who wants to be a veterinarian —didn’t feel like Roanoke was a proper fit JET SKIS, POP UP CAMPERS, ATVS, academically. He wanted FISHING BOATS AND MUCH MORE. a school that presented a Call for more information. challenging curriculum w and an opportunity to furW We will add $20 to any ther his lacrosse career. quote for $100 or more Enter the University of on the purchase of gold. Richmond. It seems more Not valid with any other offers or than a bit serendipitous specials. Good thru 2/28/14. that Richmond decided to LAYAWAY 2427 Anderson Hwy • Powhatan, VA 23139 1/3 DOWN kick-start a lacrosse pro60 DAYS Eastbound between Tractor Supply and Powhatan Tire gram when Pugh was TO GET (804) 598-SELL (7355) IT OUT desperately searching for Family Owned & Operated ER FF O a place to play. It also W Hours: WE NO American Family a P n Paw unting Mon-Thurs 9am – 5:30pm, Fishing & H and seemed like a stroke of diLicenses e Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 4pm or vine luck that one of Much M Like us Pugh’s coach at WoodA Place You Can Trust r on berry Forest, Greg lin, was high school teammates with Spiders head coach Dan Chemotti. The Powhatan Soccer Association Conklin spoke with Announces Chemotti. Before long, Pugh had a scholarship. He began vying for the Recreational Soccer starting goaltender job almost immediately. Pugh said he remembers riding by the University of Richmond campus Register online at as a child and dreaming about one day enrolling there. Fee $80/player & uniform “The campus is small but beautiful,” he said. “I (sold separately) remember thinking as a Avoid Late Fee: After kid ‘It’d be so cool to go February 17 fee goes up by $25 there,’ but it was always out of the question. So now that I’m here, it Girls and Boys, K through seems kind of like a dream come true.” 12th grade. Pugh’s main competi-

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tion for the goaltending gig is fellow freshman Conor Shannon. He and Shannon have split time during scrimmages against Towson, Georgetown and Randolph-Macon. There’s a third goalie in the mix, Rob Costanzo, but he’s been in and out of the hospital with medical issues for most of the preseason. For now, it’s essentially a two-man race. Pugh said the job is up for grabs and that Chemotti will likely re-evaluate the position on a week-by-week basis. “Conor and I have been pretty equal this whole time,” Pugh said. “Neither of us has played a Division I game, so we don’t know how our nerves are going to react. At this point, coach is experimenting to see how people are going to handle the pressure.” The pressure will be on immediately, as the Spiders open the season on Saturday, Feb. 8, against the seventhranked University of Virginia at home. The Cavaliers will be a stiff test. They placed six players on the preseason AllAmerican team and are annually recognized as one of the strongest collegiate lacrosse programs in the country. Whether Pugh is in net remains to be seen, but, either way, the game could mark the beginning of a heated rivalry within the Commonwealth. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off my college career,” he said.

Or a better way for the Richmond lacrosse program to begin its foray into the NCAA. The Spiders have 14 games scheduled for the 2014 season. Virginia is the only team they will play ranked in the preseason poll. With only 65 miles separating Charlottesville and Richmond, a big crowd is expected. Also adding intrigue is the fact that many of the players on the opposing rosters played either with or against one another in high school. For instance, Carlson Milikin, a redshirt freshman midfielder for the Cavaliers, was Pugh’s teammate at Woodberry Forest. While many kids wish to distance themselves from their parents during their college years, Pugh welcomes the fact that he gets to see his family on a regular basis. After all, Pugh spent four years apart from his loved ones while at boarding school. That experience taught him to cherish every moment he spends with his family. He said he sees them about “once a week” and goes skeet shooting in Amelia with his father Bill whenever he has the time. That’s a bonus when he considers the time he would have lost had he accepted the offer 300plus miles away in the Big Apple. “St. John’s would have been great,” he said. “But now that I’m at Richmond, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

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the woods on Sunday. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, picknickers, bird-watchers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers — all of these wish, too, to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors, often on Sunday — and they want to do so without the threat inevitably posed by the presence of rifle or shotgun-toting hunters.” For author and activist Marlene A. Condon, the threat Ware spoke of came close to being all too real. In an opinion piece in the The Roanoke Times, she wote about how she found herself in a dangerous situation while standing on what she believed was the safety of her own property. “One year I stood not 25 feet from my front door, I heard a shot and then the distinctive sound of a bullet whizzing by the side of my head,” she wrote. “Had I been standing just a few inches more to my left, I would have been shot in the face and killed by a bullet that emanated from private land.”

Expectedly, numerous rebuttals poured in from proponents of the Sunday hunting bill, including one by scientist Tod Distler. Distler claimed that the logistics of Condon’s story are literally impossible. Because the slowest rifle bullet (the .30-30) travels at faster than the speed of sound, he said Condon should have heard the bullet whizzing by her head prior to the gunshot. “I wish that honest, honhyperbolic discussions could be had on the subject,” he wrote in The Roanoke Times. However, Condon said that simply because a minor detail of her account was scientifically disproven — and even that is questionable, she said, considering that the bullet may have been slowed down by limbs and other hindrances on its way through the forest — doesn’t mean that the essence of her story is false. In an email correspondence, Condon said the incident took place perhaps see Hunting page 3B

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she said. “He had been a no-namer up to that point. Then, all of a sudden, it was like ‘Who is this kid? He’s pretty good.’ � For Jill, the accomplishments are certainly great, but what resonates with her most is her son’s upright and indomitable character, regardless of the circumstances. “He’s never been one to feel sorry for himself, never one to complain,� Jill

stage, Walter said it was as if everyone converged around the mat to watch the tuned-in duo work their unique, non-vocal magic. As Jill recalled, the nationals were the first time her son took on mini-celebrity status, of sorts. “When we went to nationals, nobody knew who J.D. McMillin was,�

said. “He shows an amazing amount of grace and humility. If he wins, he’s humble. If he loses, he’s graceful. That’s the most important thing to me.� J.D.’s father, Rob McMillin, a colonel in the U.S. Army, has stressed the importance of discipline and commitment to his son from a young age. Those ideals have aligned seamlessly with Blackhawk Wrestling’s core beliefs of

integrity and respect. “I think he takes a lot of his character from the team,� Rob said. “When you compare the way our team carries itself to other teams, it’s a very stark difference.� “Say ‘J.D., what would happen if you threw your headgear?’ � Jill asked. “Let’s just say I wouldn’t be wrestling for a few weeks,� J.D. responded. “Coach Mike

Hunting: Bill passed House by 71-27 vote more than 25 years ago, and that the details of the incident may have been murkied by the passage of time. “My recollection of having heard the shot and then the bullet could be in error, but that does not make me a liar,� she said. “It simply points out that our memories are not infallible.� As the issue of safety for outdoor recreationists continues to swirl around the discussion, proponents of the bill stand by the belief that allowing Sunday hunting will have little to no effect on outdoor recreationists. Powhatan resident Doug Caldwell, 43, has been hunting since the age of 6. He first took to the sport because it offered an organic alternative to the usual hangouts of his day, such as the arcade. He harvested his first deer at 10 and has been hooked ever since. A supporter of Sunday hunting, his opinion echoes many of those in his corner. “Folks can’t seem to understand that you can’t ride your horse or watch birds on ‘my property’ anyway,� he said. “However, they can do these things on public land all across the state.� “Plus, hunting season only runs 160 days of the year,� he added. “From

hunting licenses. He said he believes Sunday hunting would help boost license sales. Even with the cries of personal property infringement reigning down folks like Caldwell, Ware stands by his belief that upholding the ban is the supportive of the greater good. “We are a Commonwealth to the degree that each of us sets aside personal preferences for the common good,� he said during a speech in the ACNR committee. “That as a hunter I want to conserve our hunting traditions is subordinate to my belief that current custom best serves not only a majority of hunters but a majority of landowners, equestrians, and others who wish to enjoy the outdoors on Sunday.� Caldwell continued, “I raised a son and daughter, both of whom will probably have children of their own to share the sport with,� he said. “Sunday hunting will help assure that. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill sometime this week. One of the biggest efforts to further the Sunday hunting has been the Facebook page “Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting For All.� With over 5,300 members, Caldwell being one, the page has become a sort of epicenter for the Sunday hunting movement.

Sitting on the edge of the mat while J.D. flows effortlessly through his moves out in the center, Walter points a strong finger in the wrestler’s direction and, with eyes full of sincerity, utters the following: “You’re going to be writing stories about this kid when he gets to the high school level,� Walter said. “There’s not a doubt in my mind about that.�



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October to the first week of January and in April for spring turkey. Folks would have the rest of the year to do whatever they pleased.� Caldwell also pointed to the issue of personal property rights. “I pay taxes on my land and feel I should be able to do whatever I decide to do on it,� he said. “The fast-paced world we live in, with school five days a week and recreational sports on Saturday morning leaves little time for our children to experience the dying tradition of hunting.� Caldwell has raised a son, Blake Campbell, 24, and daughter, Avery Caldwell, 14, to become avid hunters just like himself. However, interest in the sport of hunting seems to be declining in the Commonwealth. According to a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, recruiting new hunters into the ranks has been a major issue for 25 years. The study found that more than half a million hunting licenses were sold in 1988 in Virginia. By 2012, that number had dropped to just over 300,000, nearly a 50 percent decrease. This is a disconcerting sign for Caldwell, who said he believes the phenomenon is caused partly by fewer hunters have less time to hunt and partly by the rising cost of

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might kick my butt.� For the longest time, Walter was convinced that J.D.’s auditory impairment may be a disadvantage. But his opinion has changed this season. What he once may have thought to be a weakness, he now considers a strength “Nothing phases him,� he said. “He can’t be distracted by noise and he just goes. He’s on a mission and he gets it done.�

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