Program Leaders Boast about ACCE

ACCE December Column

Program Leaders Boast about ACCE




Dr. Lewis Webb who serves on the NRCC Educational Foundation, the local Giles ACCE Development Committee, and supported the Muddy ACCE Race event speaks at the Appreciation Dinner where students and guests shared success stories of the program.

Giles County- The holiday season is here and many students, out of high school, are enjoying their semester breaks. Whether students complete their journey in higher education at New River Community College or use their experience there as a step in their educational adventure, the Access to Community College program in Giles County is helping students and families along the way. Every month we bring you a story of someone involved in the ACCE program or the very popular Muddy ACCE Race event. The 2017 MAR is slated for September 16, 2017 along the banks of the New River Water Trail in the western part of Giles County. This month we chat with one of the people pivotal to the committee and program, Dr. Lewis Webb. Read on for his story.


Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. A: “Practiced Dentistry in Narrows (35 yrs), Served on Giles County School Board (27 yrs), former member of NRCC College Board (8 yrs), presently serving on the New River Community College Educational Foundation Board.”

Q: How did you participate in the ACCE Program? Where you a runner, sponsor, student, parent, spectator? A: I “served on the ACCE Development Committee [and also] sponsored my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in the Muddy ACCE Race 2016.” Dr. Webb was also on-hand the day of the event as a spectator and cheerleader for the participants at the first annual event.

Q: Why did you get involved with the Muddy ACCE Race? A: “Have been involved with the Access to Community College Education Program at NRCC since its inception and worked with Giles County planning the Muddy ACCE Race.”

Q: What is the one thing you’ll take away from the Muddy ACCE Race event? A: “2 THINGS! How well organized the race was and the course was spectacular!”

Q: If you could share a sentiment to those considering the program- what would you tell them? A: “The ACCE Program opens doors to many students who otherwise may not be able to attend college. For some it is a life changing event. As I always say, this program is a triple win; certainly a win for the students, a win for NRCC, and a big win for Giles County!”

If you are interested in learning more about the NRCC ACCE program in Giles, please visit For more information on the 2017 Muddy ACCE Race,

Sep 17- New River Water Trail Poker Float

September 17- New River Water Trail Poker Float

Giles County is hosting the first New River Water Trail Poker Float! Ever heard of a Poker Run? Well, this event is the same amount of fun with just a bit more water. Whether you are a pro in the water or are just starting to get your feet wet, our Poker Float is the perfect place to get outside in the sun, explore the New River Water Trail, and have an great time!

The day starts off at the Eggleston Fire Department where you can leave your car and register. The fee to preregister is $25 and a Free T-shirt is included! To register the day of is $3o. All proceeds go to the Pembroke, Eggleston, and Newport Volunteer Firefighter Stations.

The float: Your exciting trip down the beautiful New River begins at the Eggleston Boat landing (Wide Spot), and you can float and relax while letting the river work for you while you take in the New River’s unforgettable scenery or paddle yourself into an adventure to the three stops planned and grab your cards! As the New River Water Trail sweeps you to the new Ripplemead Boat Landing its time to get out, dry off, and see who has the best hand!

There will be lots of opportunities to win something! The grand prize for the best hand will be a new kayak! 2nd place prize is $250. 3rd place prize is $150. 4th and 5th place prizes will be sponsored prizes. Didn’t have anything good? That’s okay, lowest hand gets there money back! If you didn’t do good enough for a prize or bad enough for your money back there will be T-shirts for sale so everyone can take something home!

Don’t have a way to float? Don’t worry! Our partner, Tangent Outfitters, will be there with options to rent for the fun day ahead of you! Tangent will also be providing a shuttle to the loading site and take out site back your cars.

Ready to try your luck on the New River Water Trail?  Register Today! This event is hopefully the start of a date you’ll schedule on your calendars for years to come, so get outside and try your hand on the New River Water Trail with us!

Newest River Water Trail Poker Float

Find more on their Facebook Event Page

Or at New River Water Trail Poker Float


2016 Pembroke, Eggleston, Newport Volunteer Fire Departments Canoe & Kayak Poker Float Rules and Regulations

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. launch time will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and – Cost is $25 pre-register (includes t-shirt and ticket pack ); $30 register day of (includes ticket pack); $15 for extra hand; $10 extra card (Mulligan Card)

Pre-registration ends Monday September 5, 2016. All entries postmarked by September 5, 2016 are considered pre-registered and the participant may pick up their preregistration packet at the registration tent at The Eggleston Vol. Fire Department between 08:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. on September 5, 2016.

All entries must abide by Virginia Boating Laws. Safety comes first!

More than 1 entry per CRAFT will be permitted.  More than one entry per person will be permitted.

The “owner” of an entry shall be the individual who signs the waiver on the entry form.  The owner will be required to provide a state issued photo ID when they pick up their original packet.  The owner may then designate another individual to draw their cards at the designated points along the river.  All prize money will be made payable.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.

There will be no limit on the number of entries accepted.

Any evidence of tampering with scorecards will result in disqualification and forfeiture of fees.

An owner of a hand (entry) must be 18 years of age.

The run will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m.  You may complete the run at your leisure as long as you have drawn all 5 cards by 4:00 p.m. (6 cards if Mulligan card is purchased).

The 5th and final card will be drawn at the boat ramp at the Whitt Riverbend Park.  Any participant who is not in line for check-in at the Park by 4:00 p.m. will forfeit their entry fee and cannot continue to the check-in table. NO EXCEPTIONS!

After receiving your final card at the Whitt Riverbend Park, you will inform the judges of what type of hand you are turning in to compete for the prizes. (Example: If you have A,2,3,4,5 you may inform the judges that you are playing a straight. Another Example may be that you have drawn a 3,5,7,9,J so you may want to play your hand as the lowest hand to compete for the $100 prize).

All entrants will draw their Mulligan (6th) Card if they purchased it, at registration.  The 1st and 6th cards will be drawn at the same time on Saturday at the registration tent on September 17,2016. Cards from all pick-up locations must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.—NO EXCEPTIONS!

All entrants must check-in at Eggleston Volunteer Fire Department between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Any participants not checked in by 10:00 a.m. will forfeit their entry fee—NO EXCEPTIONS!

You will draw your 1st and 6th (Mulligan) cards when you receive your registration packet at Eggleston Volunteer Fire Department and may draw your second card at the first pickup spot along the river between Eggleston River Road to Whitt Riverbend Public Boat landing You will draw your cards from the Water Teams that are stationed along the river throughout your float. They will be easily identifiable.

Hands will be scored upon completion beginning at 4:00 p.m. At Whitt Riverbend Park Boat ramp.

Prizes will be awarded according to the rules of 5 Card Stud. If at any time you draw a duplicate card of the same suit, you must give that card back to the dealer and draw another card. You will need to draw from that deck of cards until you draw a card that you do not already have stamped on your punch card.

The total number of entries will determine the prizes given away.


A grand prize will be awarded to the highest five card stud hand entered.

Second through fifth prizes will be awarded to the next highest five card stud hands (ex. Straight Flush, 4 of a Kind, Full House, etc.)

The lowest hand of the contest will receive entry fee pay back ($30)

Mulligan Cards:

A Mulligan Card works much like a Mulligan in golf.  Upon check-in at the Eggleston Volunteer Fire Department you will draw your Mulligan Card if you purchased one. Each participant will use ONLY 5 of the 6 cards to make the best possible hand.  Each entry will be allowed to purchase only one Mulligan Card.

Mulligan cards will be sold for $10.00 and must be purchased before the run begins.

50/50 Tickets:

You may purchase 50/50 tickets at the registration table at the Eggleston Volunteer Fire Department, or check in stops or the judges’ check-in table (Whitt Riverbend) at the end of the float.  Ticket sales will be complete by 4:00 p.m.  The Winning ticket will be drawn during the awards presentation.

50/50 tickets are sold in $10.00 lots.  You may purchase as many lots as you desire.

All tickets sold will be combined into one hopper.

One ticket will be drawn and the winner will receive half of the money collected.  You must be present to win.

In case of a tie for the Grand Prize, the judges will determine the winning hand by using the high card.  The winner as determined by the judges will be the Grand Prize winner, the other player will be awarded 2nd place.

In the case of a tie for 2nd or 3rd place, a high card will be drawn by each participant.

A tie for 4th place will be decided by the judges based on the high card.  The loser of the tie will move into 5th place.

A tie for 5th place will be decided by the judges based on the high card.  The winner of the tie will retain the 5th place position.

All prizes will be awarded immediately after the completion of the 4:00 p.m. Closing Deadline

Natalie Warren Visits Giles County, Va.

Presentation2On the weekend of June 3rd-5th Natalie Warren, of Wild River Academy and Canoe & Kayak Magazine came and stayed with Paul and Alisa Moody at New River’s Edge. Friday evening she was welcomed by the Town of Pembroke, Giles County Administration, stakeholders, outfitters and others during her presentation on “Your Community from the Paddler’s Perspective“. Afterwards, she and Giles Chamber Members enjoyed a cookout at New River’s Edge where they all got to know each other better and discuss the New River’s significance to Giles County businesses and tourism.

IMG_5940On Saturday, Natalie paddled with a small group that included Cora Gnegy, Giles County Tourism Marketing Director, Paul and Alisa Moody, Ralph Robertson, and others from Eggleston to Pembroke to experience the New River herself. Other than a quick, heavy rain shower the kayak trip was fun, relaxing and showed off the natural beauty of the New River.

Sunday, Natalie explored the areas favorite tourist spots; Cascade Falls, Mountain Lake Hotel and Conservancy, and War Spur Trail, talking to visitors, hikers, staff and business owners along the way. She landed in the Town of Narrows where she wrapped up her visit with a paddler’s point of view on Giles County’s trail towns and how to reach out to paddler’s to bring them off the river and into town to spend money. Natalie also offered her professional observations about how Giles County can not only improve, but also better promote the New River Water Trail.

We look forward to reading about her experience with the Town of Pembroke and the New River Water Trail in her blog “The Next Best Paddling Town” on Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s website in the coming weeks.

You can read more about Natalie’s life as a professional speaker and canoeist here:
How to Make a River Town: An expedition paddler’s perspective on community development