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Decision marks culmination of delegation’s fight against attempts to derail construction in Blackstone, Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, Don Beyer and Scott Rigell released the following statement welcoming the groundbreaking of a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia.

“After years of unnecessary delays and hurdles, the brave men and women who serve in our embassies around the world – many of whom call Virginia home – will finally have a dedicated facility to receive the best possible security training before they embark on assignments in high threat countries across the globe. We are especially proud that such an important facility will be located in Virginia. As four different federal agency evaluations and an independent cost-benefit analysis made clear, only Fort Pickett meets every requirement for a consolidated Foreign Affairs Security Training Center making it by far the best site – both from a strategic and cost perspective. We are pleased that groundbreaking is finally underway in Nottoway County.”

For months, members of the Virginia delegation have fought back against attempts to derail the construction of a FASTC at Fort Pickett. According to an independent cost-benefit-analysis released in December and a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last September, Fort Pickett is the only site that meets four requirements deemed critical in the selection of a diplomatic security training center, including: 1) consolidation of training venues; 2) proximity to Washington, D.C.; 3) exclusive use of the facility for State Department diplomatic security training; 4) use of the facility 24 hours/7 days a week to allow for nighttime training missions. In addition to meeting these four critical training criteria, the independent analysis found Fort Pickett to be the lowest-risk, most cost-efficient option - by approximately $90 million - when compared to the next closest alternative.


Obituary-Jerry Mattox

Jerry Mattox, 67, of Drewryville, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Kim Mattox; son, Ashton Mattox and wife, Theresa; four grandchildren, Austin Lee Mattox, Braelyn Mattox, Cameron Mattox and Grayson Mattox; a sister, Becky Ferrell and a brother, Stan Mattox. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Drewryville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department or Thomas Memorial Baptist Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Agnes Conwell Holloway

Agnes Conwell Holloway, 86, of Jarratt, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton W. Holloway, Sr.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Lee Conwell and a brother, M. L. Conwell.

She was a longtime member of Concord United Methodist Church and an educator in the Sussex County Public School System for 31 years.

Mrs. Holloway is survived by a daughter, Cindy Holloway Strickland and husband, Peter of Angier, NC; a son, Clinton W. Holloway, Jr. and wife, Beth of Jarratt; three grandsons, Clay Holloway and wife, Amory, Adam Holloway and wife, Stephanie and David Holloway and wife, Morgan; one granddaughter, Sadie Strickland; three great grandchildren, Claire, Braxton and Belle; two sisters, Florence C. Atkins and Edith C. Carraway and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 6 at Concord United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sappony Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund c/o Robert Douglas Poarch, 10305 Reed Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882, or to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o of Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882.

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Lawmakers Honor Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer

By James Miessler, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – After a successful career at Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer won’t be forgotten any time soon. On Thursday, both houses of the General Assembly honored the recently retired football coach with a center-aisle ceremony.

Legislators presented Beamer with a resolution to express their “admiration for his achievements and best wishes on a happy retirement.”

“We’re here today to honor one of the greatest football coaches in all America on his retirement,” said Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, whose district includes the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.

With the former coach and his wife Cheryl standing by, Edwards delivered a speech praising Beamer.

“He is one of the most successful and respected college football coaches in the entire country,” Edwards said. “He coaches the way that he is as a person – with character and decency – which is part of the reason for his remarkable success.”

Edwards shared the accolades that comprise Beamer’s illustrious career at Virginia Tech.

“At Virginia Tech, he’s had 23 consecutive winning seasons and Bowl game appearances and a national championship football game appearance,” Edwards said. “The team’s very first season with the ACC in 2004, the Hokies won the ACC title and an appearance in a Bowl championship series game, and Frank Beamer was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Altogether, the Hokies have won four ACC championships since 2004.”

Beamer was well known for getting all of his players involved in scoring. This style of play was successful enough to garner its own nickname.

“Coach Beamer pioneered an aggressive style of special-teams play that has come known far and wide as ‘Beamer Ball,’ ” Edwards said.

But Beamer didn’t just see success on the field. Throughout the years, he saw many of his players earn their degrees.

“Of particular pride to Frank Beamer and to Virginia Tech is that over 94 percent of his senior football players from 2001 to 2014 earned their college degrees,” Edwards said.

Edwards drove home Beamer’s impact on college football at the end of the speech: “Frank Beamer has finished his career as the winningest active football coach in all of the NCAA.”

Lawmakers presented Beamer with House Joint Resolution 75, which they had passed last month. The primary sponsors of the resolution were Republican Dels. Joseph Yost of Pearisburg, Greg Habeeb of Salem and Nick Rush of Christiansburg.

Birthday Gifts & Parties for Kids who Don’t Get to Celebrate

VIRGINIA, February 1, 2016 – Every child deserves to have a special birthday! Connecting Hearts is making that possible in 2016 with a new program – Birthday Bags and Birthday Bashes. Partnering with local business, Connecting Hearts will fulfill birthday wishes for children ages 2 through 17 in foster care and will hold a monthly birthday party for kids in Central Virginia.

The Birthday Bag is a reusable tote filled with complete party supplies, including theme decorations, paper goods, cake (or cake mix with frosting), candles, balloons, a personalized card and gifts for the child in foster care. Bags will be mailed or can be picked up just in time for a child’s special day!

Connecting Hearts recently held the very first Birthday Bash at Einstein Brothers Bagels for kids with January birthdays! The kids celebrated by making pizza bagels in a private room! There were decorations, cookies, and cupcakes. Each child got their very own Birthday Bag. It was a positive day for children who don’t normally get celebrated.

Some local business have already volunteered to help out, but Connecting Hearts seeks more community involvement to ensure every child who wants a special birthday can have one! There are several ways you or your business can help:

  • BIRTHDAY BAG SPONSOR- If you'd like to assemble a birthday bag for a foster child, there is a checklist to follow. Simply pick a theme and fill a reusable bag with the listed items. When a request comes in that matches the theme, we will personalize for the specific child and add their gift wishes. A sticker with your name will be on the bag saying, "Happy Birthday from the xyz Family."
  • BIRTHDAY BAG VOLUNTEER- Send your name and email. Our monthly email newsletter includes upcoming birthday requests. You will see the child's first name, age and requested theme, as well as instructions for assembling. These requests usually have a 1-2 week turnaround time, but allows you to really personalize for the specific child!
  • BIRTHDAY BAG DONOR- Help is always needed by donating online and let us do the shopping for you! Your gift will help cover the cost for a complete Birthday Bag experience ($50). We will also gladly accept any new party supplies, wrapping supplies or new gift items you may have.

Oftentimes children in foster care are unfortunately not used to celebrating their birthdays in a special way. You can help make their day just a little bit brighter with a Connecting Hearts Birthday Bag!

Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity is an adoption and foster care support nonprofit founded by Virginia’s Governor-appointed Adoption Champion Debbie Johnston. Connecting Hearts ensures that every child in Virginia has the opportunity for a loving home through addressing support needs across the state, partnering with other organizations, spreading awareness, and advocating. Virginia is home to over 5,000 children in foster care and over 860 children are waiting to be adopted.

To learn more about the available kids, call 1-800-DO-ADOPT or visit For more information about Connecting Hearts and to learn how you can get involved, visit www.ConnectingHeartsVA.orgor connect at


The Church Periodical Club’s Miles of Pennies Benefits Jackson-Feild

Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an independent organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and it relies on volunteers, clergy, and friends to promote its Ministry of the Printed Word.  In 1988 – on its 100th anniversary – the CPC established the Miles of Pennies Fund focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children from kindergarten through high school.

Grants in the amount of $844.80 are awarded to provide books, magazines, audiotape, videos and CDs.  Why $844.80?  Because it takes 84,840 pennies laid edge-to-edge to cover the distance of one mile.  Hence, the name of the fund and the amount of the grants provided.

The Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently received a full grant of $844.80 from this fund.  Over the years, The Gwaltney School has received more than $7,745 from the program. This year’s grant was used to purchase 69 hardcover and 77 paperback books written by a wide variety of authors.

Teachers and students alike are thrilled to be recipients of this grant, and the books are being checked out and read with enthusiasm.

Court-Ordered Parenting Classes – Living Apart, Parenting Together

When a family goes through divorce or separation, parents need to help their children adjust to the changes in their family. Our educational program, “Living Apart, Parenting Together” teaches parents about the impact of divorce/separation and gives them strategies to help both parents and children adjust to a new way of being a family.

Classes are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 15, 2016 - 9 am-1 pm
  • Monday, April 11, 2016 - 5 pm-9 pm
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 - 9 am-1 pm
  • Monday, August 15, 2016 - 5 pm-9 pm
  • Monday, October 17, 2016 - 5 pm-9 pm.

Classes are held by Donna Daniel, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Greensville/Emporia Office. Class fee and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at (434) 348-4223 during business hours of Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


Virginia State Police to begin enforcement for reckless driving.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY – Safety is the biggest priority for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Hampton Roads District is urging motorists to obey all traffic and detour signs posted around the Route 301 Southbound Bridge Replacement Project in Greensville County.  Recently, drivers have been observed traveling the wrong way over the Route 301 Northbound Bridge to avoid the construction detour, resulting in several near-collisions.

Beginning today, January 4, 2016, Virginia State Police will step up enforcement near the bridge and issue reckless driving citations to motorists exhibiting dangerous driving patterns.  Drivers traveling southbound will use I-95 as the detour around the bridge closure.

The Route 301 Bridge Replacement Project is currently on schedule for completion in summer 2017.  The old bridge has been demolished, and crews are currently working on building the new bridge approaches.   For more information, please visit VDOT’s project website:


TopHand Sports to Host First Annual Steak dinner Social

TopHand Sports is hosting their first annual Steak Dinner and Social to raise money for their travel baseball/softball teams to participate in out-of-state tournaments for the upcoming season.  TopHand Sports has youth from all over Southeastern Virginia and North Carolina on their teams who would greatly appreciate your support.  The reverse raffle associated with this event will give out $3,850 including a grand prize of $3,000; you don’t have to be present to win this raffle.  The date of this event is Saturday, February 6, 2015 at the Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia, VA.

Tickets include 2 drink tickets of your choice and a delicious steak.  We will sell 150 Reverse Raffle Tickets for a chance at the $3,000 grand prize.

Tickets and Reverse Raffle Information- Emporia, VA, January 5, 2016– Tickets- $35 for single/ $50 for couple; Reverse Raffle- $50.  For Tickets or  more information, please contact Rustin Jessee at 757-537-8480 / or Randy Jessee at 757-818-1822.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Please call either Rustin or Randy if you or your business would be interested in sponsoring this event.

Lost Pet

Please help me  to get back home. Missing since December 7, 2015. Last seen on Country Club Road. If found please call 434-594-2351


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


c    d 


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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