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Cooks: The Cook prepares food in a safe and sanitary manner in accordance with all hospital and local, state, federal regulatory procedures. The Cook follows production sheets and recipes to ensure diet compliance, portion control, food cost control, etc. as appropriate. The Cook keeps work area clean and sanitary at all times. Job Order 2577779

Laundry attendant:Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives Job Order 2569828                                                                                                 

Supply Chain Associate: Working as Part-Time Supply Chain Associate, you will be responsible for the day-to-day supply chain activities supporting the ongoing development of existing and prospective customers. You will communicate the value of inventory management solutions in order to grow partnerships Job Order 2556616

Dentist : Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventative care Job Order 2525910

Certified Nursing Assistant: Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens.
All shifts are available.  Please appy in Person.  Ask for Missy Dickens. Job Order 2572277






  Virginia Employment Commission hours in Emporia are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Wednesday 9:30 – 4:30

      The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de oportunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedidopara

 personas con discapacidades.

The Country Mouse School Letter to Santa

December 2021

Dear Santa,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go, especially the little town of Lawrenceville!  Santa, just wait till you see all the decorative business fronts in the town…you will love!  And the Lawrenceville Christmas parade was awesome with The Country Mouse School receiving a first place trophy with our “Peace on Earth” float.  The community is coming together as we begin to celebrate the season.

Our live tree from Lake Country Store will be decorated with all of our creations of ornaments and decorations.  Needless to say, our school is very festive and ready for the holiday with 27 little ones so excited about the upcoming holiday as their eyes just glisten and glow.  We are just so busy reading books, playing in centers/pods, creating with art, learning nursery rhymes, singing Christmas carols, sharing show and tell, spelling the words of the week, enjoying the outside playground and Picnic Park for snacks, and getting ready to travel to Swift Creek to see Drifty.  BUT we did have time to stop and tell our wishes for Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick.

MWF Group would like the following:

  • *Wyatt would like a log truck, a sprayer, a disc and forklift tractor, and a skid steer that has a bucket on it.
  • *Ella wants a unicorn and baby dolls.
  • *Owen would like presents and toys.
  • *Holden would like a lamborghini and hot wheel track.
  • *Camden wants a lookout tower and “fire” toys like a firetruck.
  • *Niven wants a Paw Patrol toy and a drum set.
  • *Maddox wants a big hot wheel and a toy monster truck.
  • *Parker wants a Christmas tree and another bird house.
  • *Mary Katherine wants a unicorn, Ariel, sandcastle for Barbie, yo-yo, balloons for my birthday party, and a flashlight.
  • *Lily says “I don’t know…I don’t want a walkie talkie doll.  Yes I think I do for mine is broken.”  She added to her list a stuff animal bear, but not with pink paws.
  • *Lillian would like a Barbie with purple hair, a buck, and a butterfly.
  • *Zoey says “I don’t know yet!”
  • *Layla wants a fairy finder, a bike, a teddy bear for mine broke, a floppy big doll, and a JoJo pillow.
  • *Salvatoria wants a Minnie Mouse robot, a Daisy stuff animal, and a pink robot with a tower.
  • *And lastly, McKenna would like a Minnie car, unicorn, and a big monster truck.

TTh Group would like the following:

  • *Austin Tucker wants a truck and Bluey toys.
  • *Austin Martin would like a tree and a dinosaur for Christmas.
  • *Kinsley wants a Princess Unicorn.
  • *Ellie Kate wants an Elsa baby and a big, big Elsa castle.
  • *Lily wants a pink toy and a little pink doll.
  • *Kennedi wants a balloon, Barbies, a doggy, and a pink car.
  • *Everett would like something to kill a snake…a shotgun, a four wheel drive, and a working place like Ms. Bettie’s tool center.
  • *Sterling is still just a talking about what he wants!
  • *Lincoln would like a food thing like water popping out, a water gun, a shot gun, a toy like Ms. Bettie’s as he points to the woodworking tool box, and a four wheeler.
  • *Parker wants a Christmas tree and another bird house.
  • *Ella wants a unicorn and baby dolls.
  • *And lastly, Owen wants presents and toys.

Whew Santa!  You and the elves are going to be busy.  Sometimes we don’t quite understand the children’s wishes, but we know you will understand.

We want to wish all the generous people in this small community a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Everyone is so good to our school!  And don’t forget our past students of The Country Mouse School!

And Santa, please add some new homes to your travels this year.  Ms. Bettie and Mr. Charles are grandparents to seven absolutely beautiful and wonderful “JOYS”!!!  Turner, Brent, and Maverick live in Alexandria; Steed and Blair live in Ashland; and Reagan and Cora live in Wake Forest, NC.  They have brought such joy to our family.  And we thank God for these many blessings every day.  Don’t forget their parents and Aunt Sallie in Chapin, SC.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


The Country Mouse School

Ms. Bettie and Ms. Margaret





VSP Seeks Community Help in Investigation of Jarratt Shooting

GREENSVILLE, VA - On the evening of December 1, 2021, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation along with Greenville and Sussex County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of S. Braxton Avenue and Mayes Street to investigate a vehicle shooting that resulted in the death of a juvenile.
Preliminary investigations reveal that an altercation occurred between the passengers of two vehicles that had begun in Sussex County on Route 301 and continued into the County of Greensville, before concluding at the intersection of Braxton Avenue and Mayes Street with the death of a male juvenile passenger. 
Currently BCI Agents are working in conjunction with both Greensville and Sussex County Sheriff's Office in the investigation that has resulted in a homicide.
The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses driving in the area or vicinity of Route 301, Mayes Street, or S. Braxton Avenue, prior to, OR after the incident occurred, or who may have possible information. Anyone with information about this shooting and/or witnessed suspicious behavior are encouraged to contact the Virginia State police at #(757) 424-6800 or at


Governor Northam Celebrates Major Advances to Clean Chesapeake Bay

Country’s largest project restores more than 150 acres of oyster habitat in the Piankatank and the Great Wicomico rivers, preserving native species and improving water quality

HUDGINS—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the completion of the largest oyster restoration project in the country, in Virginia’s Piankatank and the Great Wicomico rivers. Oysters are a critical natural component of Virginia’s work to clean the Chesapeake Bay, as one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. The Bay is the largest estuary in the United States with a watershed that encompasses six states that are home to more than 18 million people. 
Thanks to investments made under Governor Northam, Virginia now provides more funding for the Bay than under any previous Governor, investing more than $756 million in funding to help farmers, localities, and wastewater treatment operations reduce pollution from nutrients and sediment.
Virginia has been working to restore the native oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay with one of the largest and most elaborate plans in the nation. Virginia has fully restored four tributaries: the Lafayette, the Eastern branch of the Elizabeth, the Piankatank, and the Great Wicomico. Oyster populations are restored by constructing new reefs and planting young oysters to create new ecosystems. 
“As someone who grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, I could not be more proud of the progress Virginia has made,” said Governor Northam. “This administration has invested $10 million for oyster restoration during the past four years. Several years ago, Virginia joined other states on the Chesapeake Bay watershed and agreed to conduct a series of clean-up measures by a deadline of 2025. Today’s announcement is a major step in achieving the goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The investments we make in our natural resources—and our environmental stewardship—are paying off.”
Over the past two years, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission deployed more than 50,000 tons of rock and nearly 100,000 bushels of shell to restore 127 acres of oyster habitat in the Piankatank. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also deployed more than 12,000 tons of rock and 14,000 bushels of shell to restore 24 acres of oyster habitat in the Great Wicomico River. 
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission set a record this year with 100 acres for the most oyster reef acres restored in a single year. The Piankatank river oyster restoration effort is the largest restoration project that has been completed in the country.
“We can all be grateful for Governor Northam’s historic investment in oyster restoration efforts across the Chesapeake Bay,” said Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Ann Jennings. “Thanks to his leadership and committed partners, our goal to restore native oyster habitat in the Bay is a reality. This success also stems from a diligent, science-based plan and a coalition of dedicated partners. The continuing improvement in water quality and increasing number of oysters in these rivers shows what we can do when we all work together as partners.”
The Commonwealth worked collaboratively on oyster restoration with federal, non-profit, and shellfish industry partners including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Elizabeth River Project, Lynnhaven River Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and W.E. Kellum Seafood.
“These restored rivers will provide hundreds of acres of habitat for not just oysters but various other commercially and recreationally important fish and wildlife that depend on a thriving Chesapeake Bay including Virginia’s striped bass and blue crabs,” said Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steve Bowman. “What we have been able to accomplish will benefit Virginia for future generations to come.”
“The success of the Piankatank River oyster restoration project is a great testament to the positive benefits of environmental interest, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Federal partners working side by side with the Virginia oyster industry to enhance the sustainability of the oyster resource,” said Kellum Seafood Vice President Tommy Kellum. “The Virginia oyster industry is very proud to have been a part of this important effort.”
“Oysters are a keystone species in the Bay.” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Peggy Sanner. “Restoring oysters in Virginia’s rivers is an investment in clean water and healthy fisheries that will benefit our children and future generations. This dramatic progress is an important example of what can be achieved with successful partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and other stakeholders. We are grateful for the leadership of Governor Northam and for the General Assembly’s long standing bipartisan commitment to the Chesapeake Bay, which have made the success of oyster restoration on these rivers possible.”
“The Nature Conservancy engages in shellfish restoration around the world,” said The Nature Conservancy State Director Locke Ogens. “From Australia to Europe, our global shellfish restoration colleagues and partners look to the Chesapeake Bay as the model for how to get large-scale restoration done, and done right.”
This milestone marks the third and fourth Chesapeake Bay tributaries in Virginia to reach the goal for full restoration of the oyster habitat as part of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Under the agreement, Virginia committed to restoring five tributaries. Recently Governor Northam added a sixth Bay tributary, the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth, so Virginia will exceed its restoration agreement.
Governor Northam’s term has also seen improvements in striped bass numbers through tough limits on recreational and commercial fishing and a shift in the management of menhaden to the state’s fishery experts. In addition, Governor Northam’s leadership has ensured that climate change will be taken into consideration by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s Tidal Wetlands Protection Program and that living shorelines are now mandated as the preferred shoreline protection method.
Governor Northam is the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council. The Council will meet next on December 15.

Home of 18th Century Methodist Circuit Rider Added To Two Historic Registers


The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Historic Resources added Canaan, the house of the Methodist minister, The Rev. Edward Dromgoole, Sr. (1751-1835), to the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register.  The Virginia Landmarks Register is the Commonwealth’s official list of places of significant historic, architectural, archeological, and/or cultural significance. Following the listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the Department of Historic Resources forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service.  Approved by the National Park Service, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August, 9, 2021. Canaan will be one of only twelve historic sites in Brunswick County Virginia honored by being listed on both of these registers.   This property is considered significant for its historic associations with Reverend Edward Dromgoole and his son, Congressman George Dromgoole, as well as an excellent example of Federal Period architecture in Brunswick County, Virginia.

Based on Edward Dromgoole’s contribution to Methodism and the fact that Canaan is the only extant home within Virginia that had once belonged to an 18th century Methodist circuit rider, the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church had already designated the property as a worldwide Methodist Historic Site in 2020.

Built between 1796 and 1799 as indicated by dendrochronology, Canaan was the plantation home of Edward Dromgoole, Sr. and his wife Rebecca Walton Dromgoole.  As one of America’s pioneering circuit riding preachers, Edward Dromgoole helped spread John Wesley’s Methodist movement in America during two significant religious revival movements called the First Great Awakening (1740-1777) and the Second Great Awakening (1785-1830). This led to the establishment of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784 under the leadership of Bishop Francis Asbury and Bishop Thomas Coke.

Edward Dromgoole, Sr. immigrated from Ireland to Baltimore in 1770 with a letter of introduction to Robert Strawbridge, the founder of American Methodism. After preaching for the newly formed Methodist movement in Maryland from 1772 to 1775, Dromgoole moved to Virginia in 1775 where he remained for the rest of his life ministering on the Brunswick Circuit in Southside Virginia and adjacent North Carolina counties spreading the Methodist revival to those in the Church of England.  The Brunswick Circuit is called “the Cradle of Methodism in America” because of the phenomenal growth of this movement during the First Great Awakening. Dromgoole served as a Methodist traveling preacher from 1775 to 1786, then became a local preacher who settled to preach in his neighborhood and to farm.  In 1815 Bishop Asbury ordained him as a Methodist Episcopal Church elder. Asbury often stayed at Canaan to enjoy the hospitality of the Dromgoole family.

After his death in 1835, Edward Dromgoole’s son George Coke Dromgoole, resided at the property until 1847.  George represented his region of Virginia in the state legislature for 13 years, then in Congress for 6 terms.

Canaan, a two-story, mortise-and-tenon timber frame dwelling, embodies Federal-period vernacular style.  The property also features the remains of the kitchen’s stone foundation, a family graveyard where Edward Dromgoole, Sr. is buried, and a spinning house or workhouse dating to

at least 1803.  The property sits on 16 acres of land near Valentines in Brunswick County. The Dromgoole House is located at 2772 Christanna Highway, Valentines, VA 23886. Visitation will be available by appointment after restoration.

The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation is an historic preservation organization affiliated with the Virginia Conference Historical Society of the United Methodist Church.  In 2008, this foundation purchased the Dromgoole House to preserve and restore the house and grounds.  It plans to develop the site for meetings, cultural activities, pilgrimages, and retreats.

Carol Corker of Bracey, Virginia, did the lion’s share of research and writing for this nomination process.  She is hopeful that the listing of this property on these historic registers will bring more attention to this important Brunswick county historical resource. She anticipates that it will highlight its value as a local platform from which to teach about the development of religion in early America and about life in general in southern Virginia during that period.

Interested persons may find more information about The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation and the Dromgoole House at  To support the preservation efforts of the foundation, tax-deductible donations payable to The Old Brunswick Foundation may be sent to P.O. Box 385, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868-0385 (Memo line “to Dromgoole”); or payments  can be made via PayPal at The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation page at


Pursuit on I-95 ends with Double Fatality Crash

Yesterday evening (November 30, 2021) the Virginia State Police was dispatched to investigate a crash on I-95, northbound, at the 16mile marker.  Once troopers arrived on scene, it was discovered that Emporia Police Department was in pursuit of a 2018 BMW S550i, with a New York registration. Emporia PD requested the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team to investigate the motor vehicle crash. Emporia PD will be handling the pursuit aspect along with charges to be placed. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the BMW, 30 year old Jermaine Ricardo Bernard, of Richmond, was traveling on I-95 when he made a U-turn during the course of the pursuit , and began to travel south bound in the northbound lanes of I-95.  Bernard then struck a 2011 Lincoln, with a Connecticut registration, head on.  Bernard and his female passenger were not restrained at the time of the crash and both were ejected from the vehicle. The female passenger was killed as a result of the crash.  Bernard was flown to the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, with life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the Lincoln, a 36 year old male of New London, Connecticut, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Southern Virginia Medical Center and later flown to MCV, Richmond.  The passenger in the Lincoln, a 37 year old female, was killed in the crash.  Both were restrained.

Currently it is not known the reason for the pursuit, nor the speeds involved. The VSP Reconstruction Team continues to investigate the crash.

The female passenger in the 2011 Lincoln, has been identified as 36 year old Melissa R. Dorsett of New London, Connecticut.

The female passenger in the BMW that was driven by Jermaine R. Bernard, has been identified as 26 year old Meloney Vannessa McCormmock of Queens, New York. Notification has been made to family members. 

The Virginia State Police will provide updates once information becomes available for release.

Teamwork and Gratitude

By Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D.

As leaves and temperatures fall, people bundle up in sweaters and jackets. Warm camaraderie overcomes the chill in the air. This seasonal change provides an apt setting for the annual observance of Thanksgiving, and I feel truly grateful for so many of life’s blessings.

I am thankful for the opportunity to work among a supportive team of colleagues at Southside Virginia Community College, and I am thankful for our students, people who come to SVCC from all walks of life. As they pursue academic attainment and job training options, sometimes in the face of tremendous challenges, their dedication provides inspiration.

SVCC’s faculty, staff, and students are perhaps the most visible face of our college, but they are not the only members of our college’s team. Many volunteers also work behind the scenes, diligently serving on various boards that help us fulfill our mission. I am especially grateful for the dedication and hard work of these too-often unrecognized team members.

The Local College Board is one example. Its members provide guidance to ensure that SVCC delivers instructional programming to meet a diverse range of needs. Another example is the SVCC Foundation Board that guides activities to provide money, personnel, and other resources that help strengthen the college and its programs, including scholarships for students and other contributions to educational and administrative needs. In addition, Advisory Boards in specific program areas help ensure that student experiences are properly aligned with current needs among local employers.

Carla Sanford, RN, BSN, who serves as Clinical Nurse Manager of L.D.R.P. Unit, is a member of one such board. She explains her role. “The advisory board allows me to collaborate with SVCC faculty, staff, and students so we can continue to improve the student’s learning experience.”

John Lee, President and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, EMPOWER Broadband, Inc. and EMPOWER Telecom, Inc. serves on another Advisory Board. He says, “Through their utilization of business leaders on strategic oversight panels such as the Power Line Workers School (PLWS) Advisory Committee, SVCC receives valuable state-of-the-industry input that allows them to adjust or amend their programs to better fit the most recent and constantly changing industry needs for those positions. For example, at the PLWS, they have made curriculum and program adjustments based on the very input they are receiving from those who are actually hiring their graduates. It’s another win-win scenario for the very successful business/education partnership we built while establishing the school, a place that is literally changing the lives of those who enroll and succeed there.”

Robbie Pecht, a member of the Foundation Board, sums up the feelings of many when he says, "SVCC is such a vital part of our community and I am honored to serve on the SVCC Foundation Board.  I see our work to assist the college and SVCC students as an investment."

I am grateful for the dedication of community-minded people such as Mr. Pecht, Mr. Lee, and Ms. Sanford. Their willingness to be involved on behalf of our students and the communities we serve stands as an example, and their excellent leadership skills help us stay on course.

I am surrounded by people who continually give me reasons to be thankful. As you gather with your family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope your list of blessings is as long as mine.


Dr. Quentin R. Johnson is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the City of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

Coming Soon: “The Bank - Inspired by Lucy and Linda”

The Mayor and City Council would like to welcome a new eating establishment to our Downtown area. “The Bank - Inspired by Lucy and Linda” will be located at 401 South Main Street, Emporia Virginia and plans to be open prior to the beginning of 2022. 

The INSPIRED menu will include local favorites such as chicken, pork, seafood, and beef dishes. They will also serve sandwiches, great appetizers, and desserts. INSPIRED will also have a full bar including mixed drinks, wine, and beer.  A children’s menu will also available. Their plans are to be open on Tuesday through Saturday during lunch and dinner hours. 

Clifton and Kimberly Threat are the owners of the new restaurant and Tomaya Turner is part of the management staff.  Mrs. Threat hopes that the restaurant will serve in "bringing family together with some good southern food, one plate at a time."

The City is excited to see the restaurant reopen and bring additional business downtown. Please look out for times and dates to open as well as advertisements for the hiring of people from the food-service industry.

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