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Delegate Edmunds presented Lindsay Slagle a scholarship award to attend college this fall. Lindsay's plans are to attend community college and then transfer to attain a Physical Therapy Assistant degree.
In both Halifax and Charlotte counties, the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation has now connected 100 rural households to the Internet, for free.
Why is this a big deal?
In the United States, nearly 34 million people have minimal or nonexistent Internet connections. And 24 million of these people live in rural or countryside areas. With an ever-changing and advancing economy, the Internet is crucial in developing skills and workforce abilities, especially for kids. This lack of access exacerbates the divide between wealthy and less-well off communities, between urban and rural, and is a nationwide problem.
Delegate Edmunds participated in the ribbon cutting May 23, at the South Boston Early Learning Center, for the broadband initiative between Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and the Tobacco Commission to commemorate connecting the first 100 student households to broadband internet.
The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its 46-day 2017 session Saturday, but not before budget conferees agreed on a $107 billion state budget, a portion of which will boost funding for the Halifax County School System.
Halifax County School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon said she had a conference call with budget conferee Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason on Friday concerning the additional school funding and was assured the county school division had done all that was necessary to receive funding to cover a 2 percent pay raise given to employees in the fall.
According to Herndon, the state budget provides $32 million for salary increases that will cover the 2 percent raise given to county teachers in the current budget cycle.
We have reached the final week of the 2017 General Assembly session. All introduced bills have been addressed. If you have a particular bill that you want to know the status, please go to http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and type in the bill number in the box provided. From there, you can trace the history of all actions taken.
This week, Speaker Bill Howell announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year. His leadership ability was hailed on the floor of the House for over an hour from both Republicans and Democrats. It has been my privilege to serve under such a good leader for the past eight years. I wish him well. He will be sorely missed.
Delegate Kirk Cox, from Colonial Beach, has been named the next speaker. Delegate Cox should continue in the same leadership style as Speaker Howell.