News Briefs: Week of March 15, 2023 – Food Bank returns, Scholarship opportunity and more

Published 2:47 pm Friday, March 17, 2023

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Food Bank returns to Red House

Food boxes will be distributed this Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Red House. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for those in the Phenix and surrounding Red House community who are residents of Charlotte County.

You can receive USDA food monthly at only one site in Virginia each month. Residents who do come are asked to bring a large cardboard box and identification. If you have questions, call Bernice Pannell at (434) 248-6465 after 5 p.m. and before 8 p.m.

Also, COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. Directions will be given as you enter the parking lot. You must stay in your vehicle and the box will be put in your trunk.

Scholarship offered to graduating seniors

The Southside Virginia Herb Society offers a $500 scholarship for college students. This scholarship is available to high school seniors living in Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg, or Mecklenburg counties who plan to attend college in the fall of 2023.

To be considered, the applicant must submit a 500-word typed essay explaining the role that plants or the study of plants/agriculture have played in their life or career goals. On a separate paper, include your name, address, phone number, high school or home school, and GPA if available. Also required is proof of college acceptance. This must be mailed to Southside Virginia Herb Society, c/o Cheryl Jerome, 633 Legrande Ave., Charlotte C. H., VA 23923 and postmarked by Saturday, April 22.

Kimbrough chosen for regional honor

Hampden-Sydney College fourth-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough has been voted the 2022-23 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III District 6 Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the NABC.

Kimbrough led H-SC to its finest season in 10 years with an overall record of 22-7, earning its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013. The team finished 14-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play, claiming the No. 2 seed for the ODAC Tournament. The Tigers made it to the semifinals before falling on a last-second three-pointer. Hampden-Sydney, anked No. 20 nationally in the final regular season Top 25, enjoyed both an 11-game winning streak, as well as a seven-game winning streak during the season-completing the season with 19 wins in their last 23 games. The 22 overall wins, as well as the 14 conference wins, are the program’s highest win totals since 2012- 13 (23-5, 14-2), while only the fourth 20-win season in the last 20 years. Coach Kimbrough is 52-35 (.598) at the College, already ranking eighth among the 19 head coaches in the program’s tradition-rich history.

Del. Wright visits schools

On March 9, Virginia House of Delegates member Tommy Wright visited Bacon District Elementary School, where he donated Virginia Studies activity books to all of the third and fourth grade students. Pictured are, from left, Principal William Pettus, Kiley Kean, TaMiyah Houchens, Collin Moorefield and Jakarie Walker and Delegate Wright.



Outreach program provides food to those in need

On Sunday, March 12, the Phenix Fire Department partnered with Virginia State’s Small Farm Outreach Program to help provide food, clothing and household supplies to those in need in Charlotte County. The Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP), a part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, educates and empowers small, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers to own, operate and sustain farms and ranches independently with agricultural training programs that improve farm management skills and quality of life.