Mulberry Grove holds homecoming

Published 6:27 am Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mulberry Grove Baptist Church, 1095 Mulberry Grove Road in Buckingham, begins its homecoming Sunday with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Dr. Dave Lones, with the Oak Hill Boys providing special music, followed by a fellowship lunch. Revival services will take place daily at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Dr. Dave Lones will be the speaker, with special music each evening: Monday — The Praise Team from Antioch Baptist in Scottsville; Tuesday — Pastor Nicky Blanton; Wednesday — All Problems Solved and Cindy Jones.

Spreading God’s Gifts is holding a spaghetti dinner Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church, 2160 Ca Ira Road, Route 632, Cumberland. The meal is at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. there will be music by the Second Time Around. This is a donations-only evening and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (434) 983-2269.

With the nearing of the elections, it is important for everyone to realize certain laws and guidelines (Code of Virginia and the Virginia Administrative Code) stipulate where election signs can be placed.

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Yard signs on one’s own property are allowed, but permission must be obtained from landowners to place signs on private property. Section 33.2-1224 of the Virginia Code prohibits signs and advertisements within the limits of the highway. As a general rule, the right of way is typically the entire roadway, including sidewalks, medians, ditches and the area between utility lines or fences lining the outside edges of state roads. Signs placed in median strips are of particular concern. Not only is it a safety hazard for campaign workers to place and remove these signs adjacent to fast-moving traffic, the signs can be a distraction for drivers and often impede their sight distance.

VDOT workers are authorized to remove any sign in violation of state code, especially if it interferes with roadside maintenance or presents a safety hazard to motorists. Hence, illegal signs can also be a hazard for the workers who must remove them. In addition, removal costs come directly out of VDOT’s maintenance fund, reducing resources available for taking care of a wide variety of other highway and transportation infrastructure needs. Further information about rights of way can be researched at the courthouse.

With the continued heat and humidity come timely warnings from the National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Never leave children, pets — any living being — in a closed, parked vehicle. Not even for a minute! Closed vehicles heat up quickly. The higher the relative humidity, the longer it takes for a body to cool off, increasing the risk for heat-related illnesses or even death. Be smart with heat and humidity and be safe.

Janet Miller is a painter, writer and retired educator. Her email is