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A Heartwarming Visit

August 17, 2018Blog Post

I was moved almost to tears by a recent visit to my office by law enforcement officers.   Sheriffs, deputies, state police, dispatchers, and local police were all represented  as we squeezed into my Richmond office.

 

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Heading Into Coal Country

July 23, 2018Blog Post

Heading Into Coal Country         

BIG STONE GAP/MOUNTAIN EMPIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

When I think of economic development in Southwest Virginia, I think of drones. And when I think of drones, I think of Jack Kennedy. Jack, a former State Senator and current Clerk of the Courts in Wise, has been the cheerleader in the region and in Richmond about the possibilities that drones present.

 

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Roanoke Times Editorial

July 23, 2018News Clip

When someone asks "what did you do on your summer vacation?," Janet Howell will have a ready answer: She went to Southside and Southwest Virginia.

 

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Visiting Southwest Virginia #1

July 18, 2018Blog Post

Visiting Southwest Virginia #1

MARION: I was eager to visit Marion because I wanted to talk with Eric Blevins. Eric wrote an op-ed last April in the Richmond Times Dispatch about the drug addiction crisis in his hometown. Eric is in his early thirties and at about thirteen started using various drugs and alcohol. He has been clean for over six years. Currently, he is a peer counselor and is studying to become a licensed counselor. He has seen or experienced it all. I reached out to him to see if he would share his story and advice with me.

 

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Visiting the Villes: Farmville, Danville, Martinsville, Hillsville

July 13, 2018Blog Post

Several days ago I wrote about my planned ten day trip to two of the "extremes" of Virginia:  Southside and Southwest.  Augie Wallmayer had written a book about the regions and the extreme challenges they face after the loss of the manufacturing and coal industries. My husband Hunt has spent his whole career in economic development in Latin America and I feel that as a state senator I have a responsibility for all of Virginia. So, we decided to spend our vacation getting to know those regions better.

 

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