Filed under: Election 2008, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, Morning Round-Up
Nine stories you should know about:
-The State Board Elections reports that over 148k people have registered to vote in Virginia since the first of the year. More than 2/3rds of them have been since the February 12th primary.
-UPI suggests that Latinos may provide the margin of victory in Virginia this fall.
-President Bush has lifted the executive order banning offshore oil and gas exploration that has been in place since his father’s administration. Might the President be taking cues from Delegate Chris Saxman?
-Shenandoah County Schools are using an interesting initiative to encourage schools to cut down on energy bills at the schools.
–Area blood blanks are suffering, according to various Red Cross officials, including SCRC and Board of Supervisors member Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the Shenandoah Chapter.
-The RNC Committee on the Platform is giving run of the mill Republicans an unprecedented level of participation in the formation of the convention’s platform.
-The New Yorker has a fascinating story up about how Obama got his start in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics.
-Speaker Bill Howell has named Delegate Todd Gilbert to a number of commissions:
Landes and Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, were named to the Substance Abuse Services Council, which makes recommendations on Virginia’s public and private efforts to control alcohol and drug abuse.
Howell named Gilbert to a commission studying the operations of the circuit court clerk’s office. The commission will consider staff shortages, security concerns, funding and technology-related issues.
Gilbert also is a member of the Southern Growth Policies Board, which promotes cooperation among Southern states.
And, Gilbert was named to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, which administers, funds and supervises the state system of local alcohol-safety action programs
-Finally, my grandfather’s obituary has been posted:
Roy C. Orndorff, 91, of Maurertown, died July 13, 2008.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 11:00 AM at the Dellinger Funeral Home Chapel, Woodstock, by Rev. Joe Fleming and Rev. Charlie Moore. Burial will follow at Sunset View Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Orndorff was born December 19, 1916 at Cedar Creek, Virginia. He was the son of the late Lester and Della Orndorff.
He was the founder of the Orndorff Trucking Company, Orndorff’s Coal Yard, farmer, sawmill owner, orchardist, mine worker in his early years, and a huckster.
He was a lifetime member of Cedar Creek Christian Church, where he served as superintendent, Sunday school teacher, elder, and chairman of the board. He was also a member of the Saumsville Christian Men’s Fellowship, and the Saumsville Hunt Club.
Mr. Orndorff was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Benjamin Orndorff.
Mr. Orndorff is survived by his wife Christie Jewell Orndorff of Maurertown; two sons, Lester H. Orndorff, and Charlie Orndorff both of Woodstock; a daughter, Mary Ann Herrell of Winchester; two sisters, Emma Good of Leesburg, and Ruth Long of Woodstock; two brothers, Donald Orndorff of Strasburg and Phillip Orndorff of Fairfax; seven grandchildren, Lisa Nelson, Amanda Herrell George, Melisa Orndorff, Christen Orndorff Palmer, Tiffany Brown, Craig Orndorff, and Sabrina Orndorff; three great grandchildren, Clark Keller, Ashton Nelson, and Meleah Brown.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, 7 to 9 PM at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Pallbearers will be Gary Strosnider, Jerry Elbon, Ron Smoot, Leo Ryman, Roger Orndorff, and Guy Gochenour. Honorary Pallbearers will be Guy Wetzel, James Allen Hepner, Harold Racey, and Carson Ryman.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, VA 22664, Toms Brook First Responders, P.O. Box 168, Toms Brook, VA 22660, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 321, Woodstock, VA 22664.
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