October 23, 2017

Lakeview Students Learn About Drug Perils in D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on April 22, 2017 by in Hometown, News, Virginia

Lakeview Elementary School student Shannon Carter (center) speaks at the Lakeview D.A.R.E. Program graduation as Police Officer A.L Barnhouse (left) and Lakeview Principal Patrick Neuman (right) listen on April 6, 2017. [John Adam/progress-index.com]

Students from Lakeview Elementary graduate from the D.A.R.E. program, which aims to educate them about drug and alcohol abuse. Right: Lakeview Elementary School student Shannon Carter (center) speaks at the Lakeview D.A.R.E. Program graduation as Police Officer A.L Barnhouse (left) and Lakeview Principal Patrick Neuman (right) listen on April 6, 2017. [John Adam/progress-index.com] COLONIAL HEIGHTS […]

Pennington Gap Police Reinstate D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on February 22, 2017 by in D.A.R.E. Comeback, Hometown, News, Virginia

Joel Duncan serves as the school resource officer for Pennington Middle School in Lee County, and now he is bringing back the D.A.R.E. program many may recognize from childhood.

PENNINGTON GAP, VA. – Communities across southwest Virginia are constantly looking for ways to cut down on the epidemic proportion of drug abuse and addiction. In Pennington Gap alone, the police chief tells us they have taken more than 40 reports of stolen medications since January and had four drug-related arrests this month. Police there […]

D.A.R.E. Program Expanding in Tazewell County schools

Posted on February 5, 2017 by in Hometown, News, Virginia

Tazewell County DARE

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) – Seventh graders at Tazewell Middle School are in a class of a different kind now. Thanks to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, the students are getting a refresher course with a program they first experienced in elementary school. D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education. “Today being the last day of class, I’ve seen […]

Bland County Deputies D.A.R.E. to Teach

Posted on January 1, 2017 by in Hometown, News, Spotlight, Virginia

Deputies Jason Ramsey (left) and Randy Dillow recently completed a D.A.R.E. training class.

Bland County Elementary and Middle School students will find familiar faces teaching their D.A.R.E. classes in the coming spring. Bland County deputies and school resource officers Randy Dillow and Jason Ramsey completed the D.A.R.E. America training program earlier this month and are ready to impart their knowledge on Bland County’s young minds. Image: Deputies Jason […]

Local Law Enforcement, DEA Team Up for Drug Take Back Event

Posted on October 22, 2016 by in Hometown, Virginia

Drug Takeback

The James City County Police Department, Williamsburg Police and York County-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host separate prescription drug take back events for area residents Saturday. According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of the […]

YAB PSA Videos Project Update

Posted on August 28, 2016 by in News, Virginia, Youth Advocacy Board

YAB Members with Retro Bill in Orlando, Florida. Top: Jacqueline Ho, Marlon Sanders MS
Middle:Kobe Blackwell AZ, Tori Streater TX, Annessa Masterson OK, Spencer Flanders NV. 
Middle: Mistie Bell-Renfro, Brighton Turner NM, Megan Kirchoff MO, Gabe Nummber AK, Frank Pegueros. 
Bottom: Lauren Etzkorn IL, Bill Russ, Caitlin Walker VA, Maggie Engnes WI, Hattie Powers AR.

In June of 2016, 12 Youth Advocacy Board members came together in Orlando, Florida for a 2-day workshop on creating a Public Service Announcement video.  The goal was to create a 60-second PSA video based on the D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School curriculum, advocating the implementation of the curriculum into their community and/or school. myPlaybook High […]

YAB Members Participate in Creating PSA Video to Promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum

Posted on July 5, 2016 by in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hometown, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, News, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Youth Advocacy Board


Recently 12 select members of our D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board participated in creating a public service announce (PSA) video to promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum. All 12 YAB members were invited to Orlando, Florida for a workshop on June 6-9, 2016, hosted by D.A.R.E. America’s CEO, Frank Pegueros, Director of Project Development, Mistie Bell-Renfro […]

Brown Wins Lifetime Achievement at EGCC Annual Awards Banquet

Posted on July 3, 2016 by in Hometown, Virginia

Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown's decades of giving to the children through his D.A.R.E. program paid off in a big way. Sheriff Brown, left, is <a href="https://www.dare.org/brown-wins-lifetime-achievement-at-egcc-annual-awards-banquet/" target="_blank">presented the Eugene Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award</a> from Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce vice president Preston Battle.

Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown is known as much for his work with children at Greensville and Belfield elementary schools as he is his contagious smile. On Wednesday night, his decades of giving to the children of our community through his D.A.R.E. program paid off in a big way. He was chosen as the recipient of […]

DEA to Host Press Conference on Opioid Epidemic

Posted on April 29, 2016 by in Events, Hometown, Spotlight, Virginia

DEA Badge

R/x, heroin, and fentanyl continue to see spikes in abuse and overdose. DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg and other federal, state and local officials will host a press conference to highlight the ongoing U.S. opioid epidemic, and outline continued efforts to address the crisis. The event will take place in conjunction with the 11th National […]

Mark Medford Retains District 3 York School Board Seat

Posted on November 10, 2015 by in Hometown, News, Virginia

Mark Medford

From Williamsburg Yorktown Daily: Sgt. Mark Medford will serve a fifth term on the York County School Board, according to unofficial election results. Medford took in 1,728 votes, or 53.22 percent, against challenger Julie Reichle, who garnered 1,516 votes, or 46.69 percent, results from the Virginia Department of Elections shows. District 3 has 9,606 registered voters. […]