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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Tonight’s meeting

The Board of Supervisors meets tonight, 6 p.m., at the Holbert Building. It will be a work session on the budget, and will probably feature three of my favorite topics: foster children, homelessness and capital improvement projects.

Tuesday night, Supervisors asked county staff to look at foster care, contributions to Micah, employee raises, the sense of adding new positions now and the library.

Supervisor Jerry Logan brought up Spotsylvania’s high rate of foster children. The county has 2.5 percent of Virginia’s foster children, but doesn’t make up 2.5 percent of the state population. Logan said he thought this should be looked at, considering that the proposed budget calls for more money to social services. You can see those numbers here by clicking on the February demographics link.

Supervisor Hap Connors asked county staff to look into the recommended money for Micah Ecumenical Ministries. The budget calls for about $4,000, which is $5,000 less than the requested amount. Connors said that he’d heard that “quite a few” of Micah’s clients are from Spotsy. That would make sense, as Micah takes care of homeless people, and Spotsylvania leads the region in producing homeless people. According to numbers just released from the annual regional tally of homeless, 38 percent of the homeless people counted list Spotsylvania as their last fixed address.

So perhaps these discussions will be existential enough for me.

Since a commenter brought up Lent, I’ll tell you that as a former religion reporter, I’m definitely missing Lent discussions this year. So I’ll leave you all with this Lent story, from the CNN religion blog:

For the 46 days of Lent, J. Wilson is forgoing solid food and only drinking beer and water – just as Bavarian monks did hundreds of years ago.

Wilson is a husband, father, newspaper editor and beer enthusiast. The 38-year-old is the proprietor of the beer blog brewvana, where the motto is, “An ideal condition of harmony, beer and joy.”

Click here for the rest of the story. (Really, I just wanted an excuse to use a beer picture in my blog.)

And while we’re on the topic, here’s another beer and Lent story. Probably won’t surprise anyone that this one comes from a newsroom:



  • Steve T.

    38% of homeless in our region come from Spotsy? That is tremendously sad. We need to do a better job with our local economy.

  • LarryG

    I missed the part about the foster children. Were there any answers as to why Spotsy has a higher than average percentage?

    I’m amazed and saddened by the workload of Social Services.

    What do we do about kids abandoned by their parents?

    Is that a government/taxpayer responsibility?