Child Abuse Awareness Fair Saturday

Published 8:55 am Friday, April 29, 2011

Southampton County Social Services will host its 7th annual Child Abuse Awareness Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Southampton High School.

To cover the fair’s expenses, the Courtland agency hosted a fundraiser at For Pete’s Sake and Pino’s Restaurant, both in Courtland. Proceeds also will help pay for free Child ID Kits.
Servers who donated their tips were J.E. Stieh, chairman of deacons at Black Creek Baptist Church; Brenda Redd from the Courtland post office; Southampton County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Francis; Jay Butcher, pastor of Millfield Baptist Church; Randy Wright, pastor of Hunterdale Christian Church; Blaine Britt, associate pastor of Sycamore Baptist Church; Clayton Newsome, deacon at Black Creek Baptist Church; Liz Morris and Norma Bland from Franklin Jr. Woman’s Club; and Donna Blythe, Penny Cassidy, Margaret Jackson and Jean Stephenson from Southampton County Social Services.

• The Lambda Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a mother-daughter Hats Off to You luncheon noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Harris building at 122 W. Second Ave., Franklin.
The luncheon will be for 13 college-bound girls, who the chapter has been mentoring as debutantes. The girls will be introduced during a Cotillion Ball on June 4.
Also during the luncheon, debutantes will recognize two women who are making a difference in their lives and the community. They will be Franklin City Manager June Fleming and Franklin Schools Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle.
Advance tickets are $10 if purchased by Wednesday, May 3, by calling 620-7155.

• Sedley’s Jennie and Chris Simms and their cat, Killer, are on the cover of the April issue of Cultivate, a monthly magazine published by Virginia Farm Bureau.
The Simmses are featured for using the Internet to share their agricultural perspective through a blog called The blog combines the couple’s backgrounds. Chris grew up in Southampton County and Jennie in the suburbs of Georgia and North Carolina. On their blog, they share stories of their daily lives, stories about other farmers, recipes from locally grown produce and more.
Jennie and Chris also are avid geocachers; last summer they created a series of geocaches called Agcaches. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices.

• Persons United Methodist Church in Drewryville recently hosted coffee during an alumni event for Randolph-Macon College at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
Pastor Michael Baugham opened the event with a prayer. Alex Nygeres, director of the museum and the Picaso exhibit, spoke.
Others from Persons UMC who attended were Melissa Butler, Mary V. Frances, Mark Person, Becky Kientz and Barbara Edwards.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is