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Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries in Route 501 hit-and-run

Virginia State Police are investigating a Friday morning hit-and-run in northern Halifax County at the Staunton River and Campbell County line that sent a pedestrian to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.…

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Freedom Fund Banquet Jan. 15

SoVaNow.com / January 03, 2018


The Mecklenburg County NAACP Branch will mark the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Monday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at VFW Post 7166, South Hill.

Speaking at this year’s banquet is Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Paul Nichols.

Nichols is a native of southern Virginia. He began his career in education in 1980 and has served as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in K12 and at the university level. In 1998 he shifted to educational support and consulting, working with the Virginia Department of Education and with two national education software companies. In 2007 he helped create Virginia Advanced Study Strategies (VASS) and served as its first president and CEO. Nichols’ focus with students, parents, school staff, and local business and leaders is to prepare students for success with career and college. Nichols was recently honored to be appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe as a member of the board of trustees for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the banquet. Tickets are $25 per person ($10 for children 17 and under) and may be purchased from Virginia Fenty (434)374-3946; Everette Burwell (434)374-2660; Mary Winckler (434)447-8004; B. Lacy Marks (434)636-2881; Troy Bowers (434)738-7797, or any member of the NAACP branch.



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