Governors wager on college teams

Published 9:06 am Friday, December 2, 2011

Gov. Bob McDonnell and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have placed a friendly wager on the Virginia Tech versus Clemson University ACC Championship football game on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Haley has wagered that if Virginia Tech wins, she will send South Carolina barbecue from Hudson’s Smokehouse to McDonnell. Should Clemson win, McDonnell will send Haley a Smithfield ham and a tin of Virginia Diner Hokie Nuts. Smithfield Foods and Virginia Diner are official sponsors of Virginia Tech football, and Virginia Diner peanuts are the official peanut of Lane Stadium.

• Jean Stephenson with Southampton County Social Services reported that 116 turkeys were distributed for Thanksgiving. This does not include turkeys that were delivered by sponsors with food boxes.

In all, 221 households were served thanks to 18 contributors with turkeys and canned goods.

The effort also involved seven volunteers.

In related matters, members of Courtland United Methodist Church cooked a Thanksgiving meal and delivered to several individuals.

Courtland Baptist Church provided a soup kitchen the day before Thanksgiving.

“We value the commitment on your part to partner with us to help those less fortunate in our community,” Stephenson said.

• Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday shared a story about a Smithfield couple.

Collin and Jacki Bruce were married for less than a year when her kidneys started to fail from diabetes in 2006. Today, Jacki is on home dialysis every other day, and the disease forced her to close her massage therapy practice.

Collin wanted to donate a kidney to Jacki, but their blood types made them incompatible. However, a transplant coordinator at the hospital suggested a non-directed kidney swap coordinated through the National Kidney Registry.

Collin agreed, and on Tuesday will donate a kidney to a stranger in another state. On the same day, Jacki will receive a kidney from an anonymous donor in another state.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “I was shaking and crying, and I called Collin at work to tell him.”

Collin is a supervisor in systems engineering with Dominion Virginia Power.

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