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Broadband in rural areas a top priority to legislators

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Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) and Delegate James Edmunds (R-Halifax) agree that finding additional funding for the broadband initiative in rural Virginia will be priorities for them in the upcoming General Assembly session.

The General Assembly convenes Wednesday in Richmond for a “long” session, which will adjourn on March 10 — a total of 60 days.

Ruff is focused on funding the expansion of broadband into rural Virginia, admittedly an expensive proposition.

The tobacco commission has committed $10 million to broadband expansion, but more money is needed, Ruff said.

“That’s the thing we need to enhance.”

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has applied for a grant through the tobacco commission to supplement the costs of providing broadband through fiber to its customers, according to Edmunds.

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Legislation project aims to honor legacy of county’s Henrietta Lacks

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The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in partnership with the Henrietta Lacks family and the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, the Office of the Governor of Virginia, Senator William Stanley (Virginia Senatorial District 20), Delegate James Edmunds (Virginia House District 60) and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center this week announced legislation for a new project aimed at honoring the legacy of native daughter Henrietta Lacks beginning with the formation of the Henrietta Lacks Commission.

The county IDA made the announcement in a press statement released Friday afternoon.

Lacks is an important historical figure in the world of cancer treatment and biomedical research. She was raised, married and started her family in Halifax County, and she is buried in a cemetery in the Lacks Town area of the county in Clover.

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60th District Digest October 23, 2017

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Attention all Fire Department Members in Halifax, Charlotte, Prince Edward Counties and Brookneal and Gladys.

I have decided to sponsor a Fireman of the Year Contest award this year!

Each fire department will pick from its membership one person who will be declared their "Member of the Year" based on their overall contributions to the department and that person will receive $100 from my campaign. Then, each Member of the Year will be eligible to win the overall Fireman of the Year for an additional $250 and other prizes! The overall winner will be picked by a committee based on a statement written by each club President as to why their Member should be considered the Fireman of the Year!

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James E. Edmunds II receives Endorsement from National Rifle Association

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Political Victory Fund has announced its endorsement of James E. Edmunds III for the 60th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Erin Luper, Virginia State Liaison for the NRA stated, “You have been recognized as being a solid pro-gun, pro-hunting candidate who is an advocate for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

“Your “A” rating is based upon your exemplary service as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and your firm pledge to support and uphold the Second Amendment rights of Virginia’s citizens. I look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Edmunds to advance the interests of Virginia’s law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen.”

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James Edmunds Endorsed by Virginia Society for Human Life Political Action Committee

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Delegate James E. Edmunds II has received the endorsement of the Virginia Society for Human Life Political Action Committee (VSHL PAC), for the 60th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

"I believe that human life is sacred and when presented with a decision on how to vote on any particular piece of legislation, I always vote my conscience," stated Delegate Edmunds. "I am proud to be recognized for being pro-life."

In making this announcement, The Virginia Society for Human Life Political Action Committee announce that Delegate Edmunds "has shown a commitment to advancing and defending pro-life principles, and had unwavering support of legislation that would protect the right of life to all Virginians."

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