December 2013 newsletter
- In preparing for the 2014 session of the General Assembly, I have begun looking at possible new legislation for the next session of the Virginia General Assembly which will begin on January 8th. If you have a concern or feel that something needs to be changed legislatively, please let me know.
- In light of the Creigh Deeds tragedy, Governor McDonnell has issued Executive Order 68, which proposes new mental health funding and establishes a task force on improving mental health services and crisis response. More information can be found on the Governor's initiative at www.governor.virginia.gov/policyoffice/executiveorders/.
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
- Halifax County lost one of its most prominent citizens last month with the death of former Judge Frank Slayton. Judge Slayton served in the Virginia House of Delegates for eight terms, beginning in 1972, representing the 60th District, during which time he was instrumental in revising the Juvenile Justice Code. He was appointed a judge for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the Tenth Judicial District from 1997 and served until retirement in 2003. He had a passion for education and for his community. He will be sorely missed!
- The town of Virgilina has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant to begin plans for updating their water system.
- The town of South Boston has received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $600,000 for the Washington Coleman Housing Project.
- Virginia Tourism Corporation has awarded a Marketing Leverage grant to the Halifax-Mecklenburg Blueway project that will promote waterways in Halifax and Mecklenburg County. Market the rivers and the lake to promote non-motorized use of our waterways and to promote visitation in general.
- Next week is Christmas! Where has the year gone? I wish all of you joy in this blessed Christmas season!