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Opportunites to Shop Small and Local Abound

Shoppers enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza that is Carolyn's Creations.  Every year Carolyn's Creations, a Local Business on Brink Road in Emporia, is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

With all the hype about Black Friday Door Busters and all night hours at the Big Box Retailers, it is easy to see that Thanksgiving, a uniquely American Holiday, has been relegated to the back burner.  Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming less of a Feast with the family, and more of a a day to spend money buying more stuff.

Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to spend time with your family and avoid the headaches of shopping on Black Friday.

The first Small Business Saturday was in 2010, and was started by American Express.  The entire point Small business Saturday is to encourage people to shop at Locally Owned Brick and Mortar Businesses.  Small Businesses are the lifeblood of any local economy, and even the financial giant American Express recognizes that. 

Even in a locality as small and Emporia-Greensville, you have many opportunities to save your sanity and Shop Small.

Carolyn's Creations, 1363 Brink Road, has an amazing selection of unique gifts and Christmas Decorations.  This weekend, Carolyn is offering 20% off storewide, making Saturday the perfect opportunity to find truly thoughtful gifts like Jim Shore ornaments, Tervis Tumblers, Jewelry, and a ton of other one of a kind things for the home.  If you have not yet decorated and need a tree, Carolyn has you covered there, too.  There are trees, wreaths, garlands, swags and every imaginable kind of decoration and floral pick.  This might be a good year to start a new tradition and start your loved ones a collection of dated Jim Shore ornaments or Christmas themed Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Someone in your life dropping hints, subtle or otherwise, that it is finally time for a new lawn mower or chain saw?  Stop by Farm and Lawn Service, 700 North Main Street, and check out their line of Husqvarna tools.  Beat the spring rush and get Dad that new String Trimmer or Leaf Blower for Chrstmas.

Paws and Purrs, 332 South Main Street, offers grooming, but also has a great selection of accessories and treats for the pet lover in your life.  Consider a Gift card for some Pet Spa Services, or maybe it's time for a snazzy new leash and collar set for your Mom's favorite child (and yes, the dog always outranks the two legged children), help her spoil her dog and she will think of you every time that pink, rhinestone-studded leash is used for a walk. 

Marketplace Signs and Apparel, 317 West Atlantic Street, is chock-full of all manner of personalize-able items.  Who on your gift list couldn't use a canvass tote with their name on it for the beach, of a new baseball cap with their favorite catch phrase embroidered on it.  An personalized apron might be the perfect gift for the person cooking your Christmas Dinner.  There really is too much to list here, be sure to check it out.

White's Family Shoes, 212 East Cloverleaf Drive, has an impressive selection of shoes, you are bound to find the perfect pair for just about anybony on your list.  With winter on the way, who wouldn't want a new pair of UGG Boots or some new Timberlands?  Kids need some new shoes for school, stop on by White's Family Shoes and pick them up a pair.  Maybe Mom would like some new pink walking shoes to go with that leash you got her?

Speaking of Mom, or your spouse, siblings or children, stop by one of the locally owned salons and get them a gift card for some pamper time.  What Mom doesn't like a Manny/Peddy to help sooth her during this frantic season? 

Don't forget about CJ's Furniture and Pawn Shop, 308 South Main Street or Jim's Pawn Shop, 400 South Main Street.  Pawn Shops are great sources for gifts for the entire family, electronics, tools, jewelry, firearms, and both shops have furniture.  Jim's Pawn Shop now carries Ashley Furniture, and can easily order something special.

Emporia also has several consignment shops, full of unique offerings, Lora's A-Z Consignments, 413 Halifax Street and Twice Told Tales & Treasures, 327 Halifax Street, are both overflowing with something for everyone.

Photographs make the perfect gift for grandparents (and most other relatives, too).  What grandparent would not love a framed portrait from Clement Mayes Photography and Picture Perfect Custom Framing, 401 Halifax Street?

Is there a better Christmas Gift than Food?  Stop by Franken Stube, 605 West Atlantic Street, and grab gift certificates for the foodies in your life. 

What gift sends a taste of home to your out of town loved one better than anything from the Good Earth Peanut Company, 5334 Skippers Road, Skippers?  From a tin of Roasted Salted Peanuts to Gourmet Trail Mix or Bourbon Praline Pecans and Good Earth Natural Peanut Butter, the selection of addictive goodies is mind-boggling.  In addition to Nuts, they also have Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, Jams, Jellies, Fruit Butters, and a selection of Gift Assortments perfect for nearly everyone on your list.

For the young athlete on your list, stop by Top Hand Sports, 119 North Main Street.  You can sign your basketball fan up for their upcoming Basketball Clinic at the YMCA on December 5th, or purchase lessons and batting cage time.  Top Hand now offers Jui Jitsu Classes as well, including the Jui Jitsu Bully Proof Program for ages 5-9 and a Jui Jitsu Self Defense Program for ages 10-13.

With all of the great food from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is it any wonder that so many people make a resolution to be healthier?  For that person in your life that wants to start, or continue, a fitness regime, a gift membership to Build a Body Fitness, and some time with Master Personal Trainer Ken Mabrey, both at 527 North Main Street, would then keep their resolution.  Individual memberships are $20 per month and couples are $35.  Additional fees apply for Mr. Mabrey's services as a Personal Trainer.

So, ask yourself if it is worth the drive to the mall or big box store when you can spend a beautiful Friday (it is supposed to be 65 degrees) with your family and friends?  Instead of fighting for parking, you can sleep in, play some tough football or kickball with the kids, eat some leftovers and relax.  When it cools off in the evening, make a big Turkey Pot Pie or just reheat the leftovers and pull out the Monopoly board and be a tycoon for the evening.  If you just cannot eat anymore turkey, have Lunch or Dinner, and maybe a Margarita or Cerveza at Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 103 B East Cloverleaf Drive.


Monica Palemer State Farm Agency Lives Up to "Good Neighbor" Motto

This year the State Farm Agent Monica Palmer and her staff acted as good neighbors for three families in our community.  Mrs. Palmer and her staff provided food boxes and a gift card to three families to assist with their Thanksgiving Dinner.  Each box contained a Turkey, Potatoes, Hawaiian Rolls, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Cake Mix and Icing. 

Mrs. Palmer said that she was looking for a way to help, so she called the Department of Social Services and got the names of three families and provided them with the basics of their Feast.

Pictured, left to right, are Linda Mabry, Bessie Brown, Sharon Cypress, S. Cary, Demetria Ellis and State Farm Agent Monica Palmer.



2015 Traffic Death Toll up by 20 Compared to 2014

RICHMOND – Nine persons ranging in age of 19 years to 85 years old died this past week in a traffic crash on a Virginia highway. Of those nine persons, only the 19-year-old Chesterfield County male was wearing a seat belt. With travel forecasts calling for a record volume of Thanksgiving week traffic, the Virginia State Police are issuing a challenge to all drivers and passengers – Drive to Save Lives.

During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, eight fatal traffic crashes claimed eight lives. That was Virginia’s lowest death toll for a Thanksgiving weekend in over a decade. But, with current reports showing the 2015 fatality rate for Virginia at 652 lives lost compared to 633 this time last year*, state police are very concerned about the safety of the Commonwealth’s highways. To counter the increase in traffic crashes and fatalities caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints, state police will once again be participating in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program.

“State police will have the majority of its uniformed workforce on patrol from Wednesday through Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Our goal is not to see how many summonses can be issued and traffic violators arrested over the holiday. The purpose of having our troopers out there on Virginia’s highways is to remind the motoring public of the importance of traffic safety, and to deter aggressive, dangerous, reckless, and impaired driving. We are prepared to do our job to make Virginia safer and we thank those people already driving to save lives. But, as evident by the spike in traffic deaths this year, we still need more drivers and passengers to do their part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, sharing the road, and never driving impaired or distracted.”

Motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers throughout the Commonwealth beginning Nov. 25, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., and continuing through midnight Nov. 29, 2015. As a result of drivers failing to obey the law during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday in Virginia, state troopers had to stop and cite 9,856 speeders and 2,315 reckless drivers. In addition, 706 adults were cited for failing to buckle up as required by state law. Troopers also issued 206 citations for child safety seat violations. A total of 91 drivers were arrested for DUI.

Virginia State Police are also participating in the ongoing national Click It or Ticket Mobilization, which concludes the Monday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26, 2015). Of the eight who died last year in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, six were not wearing seat belts. Virginia is aiming to achieve a seat belt use rate of at least 82.1 percent in 2015.

With the increase of emergency personnel on the highways, Virginia State Police reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

*Jan. 1, 2015-Nov. 23, 2015 compared to Jan. 1, 2014-Nov. 23, 2014, Virginia State Police

Obituary-Ophelia Pritchett Moore

Ophelia Pritchett Moore, 81, of Skippers, widow of Henry Clifton “Buck” Moore, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Ryland Pritchett. She is survived by her son,  Clifton Dean Moore and wife, Lori; her daughter, Deanna Moore Babb and husband, Michael; 4 grandchildren, Arlie Elizabeth Moore, Tyler Dean Moore; Austin Michael Babb and Aaryn Moore Babb; two sisters, Ernestine Parker and Goldie Matthews and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 27. Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Alvin Williams, 216 W. York Dr. Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Betty Corlette Pair

Mrs. Betty Corlette Pair, 85, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 PM at St. James UMC.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 pm until the funeral hour at the church.

Mrs. Pair, a native of Southport, graduated from Southport High School.  She attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, where she met and married the late, Percy Lee “Bo” Pair.  They made their home in Greenville in 1955, where she has been a member of St. James United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Pair was actively involved in many church ministries, including the choir, the United Methodist Women Circle #1 (past president), and enjoyed creating floral arrangements for the church.  She was also a member of the Delphian Book Club (past president), Dig’n Delve Garden Club (past president), and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Pair loved music and flowers, but her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pair was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rachel Corlette; and a sister, Doris Harrelson Ward.

She is survived by her sons, Lee Todd Pair and wife, Pam, of Newport, and Harry Corlette Pair and wife, Donna, of Greenville; grandchildren, Jason Pair and wife, Susan, of Bath, Bryan Pair and wife, Nichole, of Washington, Lee Pair and fiancé, Kristin Harris, of Supply, Andrew Pair and wife, Myers, and David Pair, all of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Joelie, Cecilia, Harbor, and Beckam Pair; sister, Harriet Lazzo of Spartanburg, SC; and             numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care provided by the caregivers at Spring Arbor Nursing Home, 3 East and Palliative Care at Vidant Medical Center, Dr. Shirley Patel, and Dr. Shona Varghess.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to St. James UMC, 2000 E. Sixth St., Greenville, NC 27858 in the name of Betty Corlette Pair.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Online condolences at

Riparian Home Tour Features The Webb House

The WEBB HOUSE is a lovely historical home built in 1802. The owners are Beverly and Sean Larkin of Philadelphia. Beverly is the daughter of the late Sam and Ann Rae Harrison, previous owners of the house.  The keeper of the house is Emporia native, Jane Barrows.

Rumor has it that the Webb house was the birthplace of Lucy Webb, wife of the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes.  After marrying President Hayes, the first lady was steadfast in her stance against alcohol. When guests entered her home, they were served lemonade instead of alcoholic beverages, and she was often called “Lemonade Lucy.”

The interior of the house has the original pine floors and approximate 15 foot ceilings, as stated by Ms. Barrows. The pine flooring and one corner cabinet was made from lumber on the farm.  There are four fireplaces, all of which are over 200 years old. The brick used to build the fireplaces and mantels was also made on the farm.

There have been some necessary renovations made to the house, but much of it is still authentic.  This is exhibited by the very narrow and steep stairway which leads to the second story.

The downstairs is composed of a kitchen, dining and den area combined. Off from the family gathering space is the entrance to the formal living room. Upon entering the second floor, there is a plentiful hall for sleeping along with two other bedrooms.

A few outstanding features on the exterior of the house are the 40 ft. chimneys. On one of the chimneys facing the front lawn, the year 1802 is carved in the brick. This has not always been clearly visible, but work is being done to restore this historic date.

In the summer, there is a lovely sunflower garden that sometimes serves as a browsing ground for deer. Because the house is hidden deep in the woods, Ms. Barrows says that the backyard is often a playground for wildlife.

Other outside vestiges from the past are a huge barn, smoke house, and a corn bin that still has the     wire used to protect corn from rodents, or other varmints. There is also an outdoor well that has the original inner walls made of stone.

The Webb House is expected to be an exciting holiday experience for those who love houses from centuries ago.

Other homes on tour are the homes of Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; Brenda Harrell, 104 State St., and Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.; and Victory Fellowship Church. 111 Battery Ave.

Visitors may tour Friday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

Tour ticket booklets are $12 which includes pictures, information and directions for the tour. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main St. in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Rare Historic Home Up for Auction

Features One of the Most Unique Staircases in Southside Virginia

EMPORIA, VA – A rare historic home boasting one of the most unique staircases in Southside Virginia is up for auction. Located at 208 Hicksford Avenue in Emporia, this custom Colonial Estate was originally built in 1902 and has undergone a series of renovations over the past century.

“The staircase in the front hall is not only breathtaking, but comes with a wonderful history,” said auctioneer Ernie Rogers, owner of United Country - River City Auction and Realty, broker VAAF #0879, who will auction the property live, onsite on Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. “The staircase was added during one of the earlier renovations. It was actually built in Petersburg and transported to Emporia by rail. The train stopped at the nearby railroad crossing to allow the staircase to be unloaded near the home for easier installment.”

This stately two-story home features approximately 4,344 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, six fireplaces, nine rooms, hardwood flooring throughout and a courtyard. Previously owned by the late Harry Evans of Emporia, the home is filled with Evans’ custom and intricate designs he engineered over nearly four decades of remodeling, including ornate crowns and an exquisitely terraced backyard.

“This is a one-of-a-kind find,” Rogers said. “Mr. Evans poured his life into perfecting this home.” The property also presents the rare opportunity of opening a bed and breakfast in an area without one. “There is no such inn in Emporia, and with its proximity to 1-95, Route 58 and Lake Gaston, its location is ideal for a quaint bed and breakfast.”

The auctioning of the home also presents a unique buying opportunity. ““

The auction marketing method is one of the best ways to present a property such as this to the public,” said Rogers. “It’s a chance to own a gorgeous historic home in an ideal location at a market price that only the auction format can provide.”

Potential buyers can preview the home on Sunday, November 22 and 29, from 2-4 p.m. This property will sell to the highest bidder at or above $99,000. Complete information about the property, as well as details about the auction, can be found online at, by calling 804-327-9090 or by email to


Robert B. Wynne Elected to Board of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

Robert B. Wynne, an associate in the tax and employee benefits department at McGuireWoods LLP has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

A native of Cary, North Carolina, Mr. Wynne received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Wynne and his wife Tsveti reside in Richmond, and he looks forward to his board service to an organization that helps children with mental health disorders.

Thanksgiving Sanitation Schedule





NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

Tuesday, November 24, 2015                                     Monday, November 23, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015                               Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015                                   Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015                                        Wednesday, November 25, 2015                                          









WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today’s funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia.

“Agriculture is an economic driver and job creator throughout the Commonwealth. These grants will help Virginia’s small businesses succeed, support local economies, and strengthen Virginia’s largest industry,” Sen. Warner said.

“Today’s funding will bolster local food networks and support small business activity throughout the Commonwealth,” Sen. Kaine said. “By giving these businesses the resources they need to expand operations, hire additional labor and promote their various products, we can help spur local economic activity in Virginia’s largest industry: agriculture.”

The following Virginia businesses will receive funding under USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG):

  • Ag Events, Inc. in Waynesboro, Virginia will receive: $250,000 in funding to buy supplies and labor to produce beer from far-grown hops and market their hops to other craft breweries in Virginia;
  • Cornell B. Goldman in Cullen, Virginia will receive: $125,000 in funding to market products to a wider customer base and help transport and sell produce;
  • Old House Vineyards in Culpeper, Virginia will receive: $250,000 in funding to support increased marketing activities that will help grow the business;
  • Riverstone Farm, LLC. in Floyd, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
  • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Virginia will receive $250,000 in funding for labor, marketing and packaging expenses;
  • The Good Earth Peanut Company, LLC. in Skippers, Virginia will receive $49,999 in funding to support operations and marketing for peanut products;
  • Engel Family Farms in Hanover, Virginia will receive $73,400 to support a feasibility study;
  • Meadows Pride Farm, LLC. in Monterey, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • Old Church Creamery in King William, Virginia will receive $175,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • Monroe Bay Vineyard in King George, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • North Cove Mushrooms, LLC. in Reva, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
  • Woods Mill Malting, LLC. in Lovingston, Virginia will receive $49,999 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • Buckingham Berkshires in Gladstone, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • FDC Enterprises, Inc. in Nottoway County, Virginia will receive $75,000 to support a feasibility study;
  • Next Generation Woods, Inc. in Hiwassee, Virginia will receive $50,245 to support a feasibility study;
  • Blue Bee Cider, LLC. in Richmond, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • Buffalo Creek Beef, LLC. in Lexington, Virginia will receive $200,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
  • Turkey Knob Growers, Inc. in Timberville, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
  • Davis Valley Winery and Vineyard, Inc. in Rural Retreat, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities and;
  • Kelly Turkeys USA, LLC. in Fort Valley, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities.

The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. The VAPG program aims to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income for local product-based businesses.


Most Americans enrolling on will receive financial support

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center offering free application assistance

Emporia, VA - “Open enrollment”—the annual three-month period during which Americans can comparison shop and purchase healthcare coverage on the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace—is in full swing.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), between 11 and 14 million consumers will purchase 2016 coverage through the Marketplace, and most will qualify for financial assistance.

HHS relays that 7 out of 10 returning customers will be able to buy a health plan and pay less than $75 for monthly premiums—which is the monthly fee charged for coverage; eight of 10 will pay less than $100. Those figures are tied to estimates that 80% of individuals re-enrolling will qualify for advanced tax credits based on their projected annual income; newcomers to the Marketplace are expected to fall in the same income brackets and receive similar help.

“If you’re eligible for a tax credit, the government will send money directly to your insurance company to help pay the premium,” says Matt Tavenner, CEO at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.“So for example, instead of paying the full $350 monthly cost, you might pay $50 or $75 a month.”

Penalties for not having health insurance increase significantly in 2016 and will be assessed when 2016 federal tax returns are filed. Fines are $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, and up to $2,085 per family or 2.5% of family income—whichever is higher.

The penalties are expected to drive many newcomers to the Marketplace, as most individuals must choose between paying a premium and paying a fine.

“Individuals who don’t have insurance or who need to re-enroll have nothing to lose and everything to gain by evaluating their options,” says Tavenner. “You may discover you qualify for Medicaid, tax credits or another type of discount. The goal is to find a plan that best matches your specific health needs and finances.”  

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is offering community residents free help with evaluating insurance options and enrolling on the Marketplace. Appointments can be made with certified assisters by calling 434-348-4406.

The purpose of the Health Insurance Marketplace is to offer all U.S. citizens access to affordable health plans that offer comprehensive benefits.

To help make health insurance affordable, the government uses household income to determine who is eligible for financial assistance. This assistance might include advanced tax credits to help pay for premiums, or discounts on co-pays and deductibles—which are additional costs related to specific healthcare purchases.

Some of the mandatory benefits included in all Marketplace plans include doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric care, and free preventive and wellness services. Coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health condition.

“If you are eligible for health insurance but do not purchase coverage, not only will you pay a penalty when filing your tax return, but you will also lose out on financial help with your healthcare expenses throughout the year,” says Tavenner. “Our assisters can help you shop the Marketplace to find a plan that meets your needs.”


Start a New Holiday Tradition, Shop Small

By SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho

It’s the one thing on which I think we can all agree: with the right support, small businesses have the power to propel local economies and lift up communities. When we shop small – by spending our money at locally-owned small businesses within our neighborhoods and towns – we are helping create two out of three net new jobs and supporting more than half of the country's private workforce.

Across the nation we are already seeing advertisements and news stories about which major chain is or isn’t opening their doors on Black Friday, or even Thanksgiving Day! What you might not hear about, but should, are the mom and pop shops and the corner bakery which are competing with the big stores with seemingly bottomless marketing budgets. This holiday season, let’s recommit in to keeping more of our hard earned money local by supporting our neighborhood champions, America’s small businesses.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses for all they contribute to our communities.  It’s a day for us all to do our part to support those jobs and economic growth in your own backyard. Visit your Main Street merchants to find unique, handmade gifts that you won’t find at a big-box retailer. Afterwards, dine small at your local restaurant to usher in the new tradition of supporting local eateries too. The restaurant industry employs 14 million Americans and generates $709.2 billion in sales, equal to 4 percent of the gross domestic product. Many of these small businesses are also more eco-friendly as well since they often provide locally made/grown products, which reduces the ecological effects of long-distance shipping.

As SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, I’ve seen the impact small businesses make on our economy and our communities. For example, Roanoke Bagel in Roanoke received counselling and assistance from ScaleUp Roanoke Valley. Through the SBA funded program, Amelia and Gary Goldacker got the training and confidence to expand their business to Buchanan, another outstanding business community in Virginia.

Shopping small packs a big punch to the U.S. economy. An estimated 88 million consumers “Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday®. 77% of consumers said Small Business Saturday® inspires them to “Shop Small” through the year and not just for the holidays. In addition, 66% of consumers state the main reason they support small businesses is because of their contributions to the community.

Main street businesses are critical to our nation’s success and supporting them during Small Business Saturday® is supporting our nation and ourselves. To continue the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, join me and the rest of the U.S. Small Business Administration in shopping and dining small on Saturday – November 28. While you’re out shopping, make sure to tell us about it on social media, using the hashtag #SmallBizSat to amplify your support. 

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SVCC to Offer Forklift Train the Trainer Course

This Forklift Train the Trainer Workshop is designed for powered industrial vehicle operators. Topics covered include: Basic Safety Principles, PIV accident causes, usage for unintended or non-designed purposes, exceeding capacity, inattention by operator or pedestrian, using defective equipment, horseplay, defective equipment, OSHA, specific operator training with

video, PowerPoint, and/or handbook, classroom and practical testing, testing by vehicle type, licensing for specific vehicle type, documenting the raining/testing, 3 places individual file, license, and training session records, company policy and training/operations, PPE requirements eye, fall protection, hard hats, etc., and sources for additional training material/information.

Who should attend? Lead safety officers and trainers at companies that use powered forklifts. Participants will learn procedures on how to train and certify their own company employees.


Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required by contacting

Angela McClintock by email at or

 by phone at 434-949-1026.

  Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time: 10 am - 4 pm | Fee: $89 (Includes booklets)

Location: Clarksville Enrichment Complex

1567 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville, VA


FOP Lodge #30 - "Kids and Cops" - 2015 Nov. 22nd Update - Please Donate - Monies are needed!

This year is flying by and we are preparing for another great Christmas Season with the Annual “Kids and Cops” shopping spree for under-privileged children at Walmart on December 12th. Each year at Christmas we have been blessed with your help to be able to take many under-privileged children shopping. Without your continued support this great event cannot happen, so please donate what you can.

“Kids and Cops” is a unique program sponsored by our local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #30, in which local Law Enforcement Officers share Christmas with children who are in need.The Officers and kids spend time together, one on one, in an unforgettable holiday shopping experience and then have breakfast together at Shoney’s. Parents and Guardians are notified in advance. Law Enforcement Officers in uniform pick the children up at their homes, take them shopping, to breakfast at Shoney’s and return them home after the event. Law Enforcement Officers help keep track of the spending and offer suggestions to the children with ideas for shopping. This is a great way for Law Enforcement Officers to make another positive contribution to the community and a long lasting friendship with these kids.

Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare.It costs $100 to sponsor one child, but you can sponsor as many as you like. If you cannot contribute 100% to sponsor a child, please donate what you can. It all adds up to sponsor another child. The number of children that are able to participate this year is determined by the amount of monies received by December 5th. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the kids, FOP Lodge # 30 and me. The Smile you put on a kid’s face is well worth It.!

Please don’t just throw this request in the trash! The “Kids & Cops” need your help to make this program possible and successful. Make your check payable to:  FOP Lodge #30 and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847-2807.  Also, you can call me on my cell (434-430-5000) and I will be excited to pick up your donation. All contributions are tax deductible!

Merry Christmas,

Lee Seymour – Ambassador - FOP Lodge #30 – Emporia, Va.


Local Artist Works to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

An effort to raise money for Wounded Warriors is ongoing by artist/composer/musician Tom Spivey. Currently he is offering four prints of his work: a) Emporia/Greensville County, $35.00.  b) Resurrection Morn, $15.00.  c) Christ at the Well, $10.00 d)  and Far From Home, $15.00. Contact or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

a    b


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Stream and Download Music and Movies at your Library

Freegal (“Free and legal”) Music and Movies is here for Meherrin Regional Library System patrons! Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives library patrons access to over 8 million songs in MP3 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

There is no software to install. Downloaded songs will play in Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other popular music players. They can also be transferred to an MP3 player or an iPod. The Freegal app is free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for use with smartphones or tablets. Freegal Music limits song downloads to 3 per library patron per week, and 3 hours of streaming time per day per patron.

Also use Freegal Movies to view movies and TV shows! Freegal Movies and Television is a streaming video service that allows patrons to access thousands of movies and television episodes from major content providers. Like Freegal Music, no software download is needed, and files are in MP3 format and can be played on any device. Freegal Movies limits movie and TV episode downloads to 3 per library patron per week. Each download can be viewed multiple times during a 48 hour viewing period.

Start downloading your favorite tunes or movies today! Access Freegal Music by visiting or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at or by downloading the Freegal Movies app. Login to both by selecting Meherrin Regional Library and using your library card number and pin. For more information on accessing Freegal through your library, contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

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