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Motorcycle riders urged to take class

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Virginia State Police is once again offering its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth, now through October. The free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow current riders the opportunity to learn and practice rider safety, how to handle hazards, special situations,...

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William James Epperly

William James Epperly, 90, of Patrick Springs, VA, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Sovah Hospital in Martinsville. He was born on March 13, 1931 in Patrick County to the late Emma Mabe Epperly and Luther Epperly. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Lessie Young, Grace...

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The Glorious Christmas Cactus

By Debbie Brown, PC EMG For many years the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) has taken its place of honor in seasonal home décor. These well-loved plants are often passed down from generation to generation. I recently became the recipient of my mother’s cactus, which I remember well from my...

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Loan Guarantee Initiative launched

As part of the Administration’s efforts to address food systems challenges arising from the pandemic as well as those going back decades, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA plans for another $100 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding would...

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