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Vice President

Felicia is a Licensed Insurance/Annuity Agent for Synovus Securities, Inc. in Fayetteville, GA. She has been promoted to Vice President - Insurance Advisor. The Harris Connection swells with pride warranted by this “victory” in your career! Congrats!!

A Night to Shine

Kimberly and Lamar’s son, Lucas, was stylishly dressed in his tuxedo for an exciting evening at “A Night to Shine” on Saturday, February 9, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Hopewell, VA. It was an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for Lucas and others with special needs sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and First Baptist. The excitement included a limousine ride, a shoe shine, dancing, good food, and great fun! Lucas enjoyed every minute, and the Harris Connection salutes the Tim Tebow Foundation as well as First Baptist!!  

Naomi’s Birthday

Dee Dee and Anita's family will gather at the home of Monte and Patrice in Westminster, MD during the weekend of February 23-25, 2018. It is for an early birthday party for Monte and Patrice's daughter, Naomi Grace, who will turn 4 years old on March 1, 2018. Happy birthday, Naomi!!

Fate of Curtis W. Harris Bust Project--Unclear

By Kate Gibson 
Staff Writer 

Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 11:01 PM

HOPEWELL - The fate of the Rev. Dr. Curtis W. Harris bust project remains uncertain.

A deadlocked City Council failed to pass any motion regarding the project, proposed by The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. to be installed in the Ashford Civic Plaza.

By failing to definitively table the discussion surrounding the project, it is unclear whether Council will address this project again.

Over 30 citizens came to Tuesday’s meeting to show support for the bust project, and 10 addressed council in recognition of Harris’s achievements.

Council made a slew of motions, trying to decide whether to delay voting until a full body of Council was present (Ward 2 Councilor Arlene Holloway was absent), whether to reinstate the Plaza’s art commission and have the project go to the commission, whether to outright approve the project or whether to table the discussion until next meeting. All motions failed 3-3.

Ward 6 Councilor Brenda Pelham, Ward 3 Councilor Anthony Zevgolis and Ward 1 Councilor Christina Luman-Bailey voted in favor of waiting for a full body of Council and for resurrecting the art commission and letting them decide. They voted against any decisions to erect the bust or to table discussion.

Mayor Jackie Shornak, Vice-Mayor Jasmine Gore and Ward 5 Councilor Janice Denton voted against waiting for a full Council body and against putting the project through commission, and voted for council deciding to erect the bust regardless of commission status.

South Africa Bound

One of our own is going to be travelling abroad at the end of March 2018. Christina's daughter, Cynthia, will be going to South Africa. She plays trumpet in the high school band at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (her dad is the band director). Cynthia is so excited about her first band trip abroad, and so is the Harris Connection. The family is so proud!!!

Correctional Officer

B. J. has a new job as a correctional officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections. Congratulations and good luck, B. J.!!

General Manager

Kimberly was promoted to general manager at Eye Mart Express in Colonial Heights, VA. The Harris Connection is so proud of you!! Congratulations!

Orange Belt

Joshua has been promoted to an orange belt at Tiger DO Jang in Waldorf, MD. Congratulations, Josh!!

Harris Connection Patriarch

The Harris Connection Patriarch, 93, was granted his angel wings on December 10, 2017.

He laid in repose for public viewing outside of the doors of the Curtis W. Harris, Sr. Library at the Carter G. Woodson Middle School (1000 Winston Churchill Dr., Hopewell, VA 23860) on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of the Patriarchs life was conducted at First Baptist Church (401 N. 2nd Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860) on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Chaplain (COL) James Palmer, Jr. officiated and delivered a moving eulogy. At the conclusion of the celebration, the Patriarchs casket was gently lifted onto a horse-driven open hearse. His funernal processional made a trek down Route 10 to Rev. C. W. Harris Street and paused in front of the Harris home and Union Baptist Church. Interment followed at the Appomattox Cemetery (703 N. 21st Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860).

Rest in Peace, Patriarch

B. J.’s in the Elks!

B. J. has been initiated into the Sunlight-William Elks Lodge #1558 in Hopewell, VA. Congratulations, B. J.!

©joanne h. lucas 2018