News Briefs for the week of March 8, 2023

Published 4:50 pm Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Please see below for this week’s Charlotte Gazette news briefs.

FBLA members place in regional

Randolph-Henry High School FBLA Members competed at the Longwood Regional Conference on March 1, first place: Ta’Myra Redd, Gracelin Lokker, Quederiah Roberts, Raegan Barton, Hannah Hughes, Haroon Abuzaid and Charlie Critzer. Second place: Nika Daniel, Jasmine Palmer, Darius Eubanks, Vivian Eason, Isabella Thompson, Taj Abdul-Aziz, Caryea Boyd, Kevin Eames, Devin Jones, Jasper Hamlett, Shayla Walker and Xander Rose. Third place: Ta’Quaysha Walker, Toni Jones, Trinity Aliff, Justin Pressnell, Payton Hargrove, Quintin Allen and Austin Routt.



SVCC student receives Verghese Award

Rachel Hudson, a Blackstone resident, is the recipient of this year’s K. George Verghese Memorial Academic Merit Award. It recognizes her academic achievements in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). Dr. Verghese was a long time faculty member at SVCC and was instrumental in the establishment of the ADN and Practical Nursing (PN) programs at the college. Hudson is pictured with Leigh Moore, Associate Professor of Nursing.




Garden Club set to resume

After taking two months off for winter, the Keysville Garden Club will resume their monthly meetings on March 27. The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the basement of Ash Camp Baptist Church. The program, focusing on edible flowers, will include recipes that incorporate a variety of flowers into food to make a colorful and tasty treat. New members are always welcome.




AARP warns of bank imposter scam

Banking has changed quite a bit thanks to the internet. While many people still prefer the brick and mortar experience when dealing with their money, today you can do many of the same functions online and over the phone. Criminals are cashing in on these remote transactions by impersonating banks.

AARP sent out a warning on Tuesday, advising that the number of bank scams has increased in Virginia and the surrounding states over the last two months. These scams start with a phone call, email or text that appears to come from your financial institution. These spoofed communications carry urgent warnings about problems with an account or transaction and direct you to click a link or call a given number.

The first defense against these types of banking scams is knowing that a reputable bank will not contact you out of the blue and ask for sensitive information. If you get a phone call, text or email saying there is a problem with your bank account, don’t engage. Instead, contact your bank in a way you know to be legitimate (a phone number on a statement, for example). By verifying the official number before calling you will know for certain that you’re talking to the legitimate institution and if there is a problem, they will help you address it.