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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will have its regular meeting Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

Career Opportunities


Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for youth located fifteen minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed LPN.  Full-time position.  Twelve hour evening shifts (8PM to 8AM).

A minimum of one year’s practical experience required.  Adolescent psychiatric and pediatric experience preferred.  Competitive hourly rate.  Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  JFBHS is an equal opportunity employer.  Position open until filled.

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-6, to address below.

Registered Nurse

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for boys & girls located fifteen minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed RN.  This full-time position is required to work three to four 12 hour shifts per week.  Works every other weekend.  Available shift is 8 PM to 8AM

A minimum of one year’s experience practicing as a RN required.  Experience in adolescent psychiatric setting preferred.  Competitive salary and benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and an employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug Free Work Place.  Position open until filled.

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-7, to address below.

Human Resources Assistant/Office Manager

An adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility seeks highly motivated person proficient in the operation of Microsoft Office software applications.  The HR Assistant/Office Manager provides administrative support to the Director of Human Resources, manages an eight line telephone switchboard, manages the mailroom, and performs the purchasing function for the organization.  This position manages employee benefits enrollments.  The HR Assistant also administers COBRA and FMLA benefits.  This position manages the HRIS system and generates reports as required by the HR Director.  This position also conducts criminal background screenings and assists with the onboarding of new hires.  The position ensures that all personnel files are in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies.  Significant time will be spent manually filing information in personnel files.  Accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Qualified applicants must possess a high school diploma/GED and five years experience as an administrative assistant.  The completion of formal college coursework in Microsoft Office software applications is preferred.  Qualified candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, Access, Outlook, and HR database applications including the ability to create custom reports, graphs, PowerPoint presentations and export data into excel for manipulation.  JFBHS is seeking candidates with high-level computer skills.  Successful applicants must pass a computer software competency test which requires applicants to manipulate data in excel and create a report that includes charts and graphs.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-5, to address below.

                                                                                                Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
                                                                                                Attn: Chris Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                               546 Walnut Grove Drive
                                                                                                Jarratt, Virginia 23867
                                                                                                fax: (434) 634-6237
Visit the Jackson-Field Behavioral Health Services Career Website:

Library Staff Development Day

The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed Tuesday, April 21th for Staff Development Day. Meherrin Regional Libraries will be open regular hours on Wednesday, April 22nd. For more information please call 434-848-2418 ext. 25 or 434-634-2539.

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

Producers May Need to Take Action to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must now file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support.

“USDA employees are working very hard to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “While many producers will not need to take action, we want to help make sure that those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable insurance.”

Producers should visit their local USDA service centerand talk with their crop insurance agent before the June 1, 2015, deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium support during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July, 1, 2015. USDA will publish a rule outlining the linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance premium support. Go to view a copy of the rule.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form is available at local USDA service center or online at When a farmer completes this form, USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

Today's announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has implemented many provisions of this critical legislation, providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

Southside Regional Medical Center Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement

Petersburg, VA -- Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip & Knee Joint Replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes SRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

SRMC underwent a rigorous on-site review in February of this year. A Joint Commission expert evaluated SRMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, SRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing joint replacement surgery," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend SRMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Douglas Moyer, SRMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in Hip & Knee Joint Replacement, for our organization, is a major step toward continuing our highly successful patient outcomes and improving the care we provide.”

A major partner in the delivery of orthopedic services at Southside Regional Medical Center is Colonial Orthopaedics. Colonial Orthopaedics, with seven joint replacement surgeons, alongside Lisa Mears, Director of SRMC’s Center for Advanced Joint & Spine Care, and her staff, are credited with the outstanding surgical results and patient outcomes in the program’s orthopedic services.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.


Emporia's Got Talent

Friday evening saw eight local artists trying for the grand prize in the First Emporia's Got Talent competition.  The event showcased local performers and raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Emporia-Greensville.

First up was Mr. Sakee Powell, performing "This Time" by John Legend.  Mr. Powell showcased his voice by performing his selection acapella.  Next up was Miss JaNayala Ashley with coreographed dancing to "Tramp Queen." Shameka Harvell then gave a powerful rendition of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me."  The last performance, before the Call to Action, Mission Moment and one Special Performance, was Mr Jawan Lundy, who performed Feel Good Music" into Kanyee West's "All Fall Down Remix."

The second half of the evening began with some Gospel Music from the Rising Star Youth and Young Adult Choir.  Misses Cymecca Powell, Markia Powell and Asic McNair them performed a choreographed dance piece.  Third up in the second half was Miss Shantee Stukes singing Neyo's "So Sick" acapella.  The last competitor of the evening was K. O. D., Gospel Hip Hop Mimes, who presented a choreographed dance piece.

The difficult task of choosing the top three performers was then in the hands of the judges for the evening: Mrs. Linda Richardson, Dr. Margaret Lee and Mrs. Mary Pearson.

The first prize winner, Miss Shameka Harvell.


The second place winners were the Gospel Hip Hop Mimes, K. O. D.  The third place winner, the Rising Star Youth and Young Adult Choir.  Pictured with the winners are Ms. Stacy Gray, the Executive Director and Rev. Clifton Threat, President of the Board of Directors.

New Director Brings Change to Pork Festival

This year's 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival promises to be better than ever.  This is the first festival that will have a new President, Dan Allen and a new Director, Karen Hall.

The first big change that many of you may have already noticed, is the new website (  You can order your tickets right from the new site, using Eventbrite.  There is no need to wait for your tickets to be mailed to you if you do order online, just print them out so that they may be scanned at the gate.  Remember to purchase your tickets by April 30, after May 1the price goes from $30 to $35.  VIP parking can also be purchased online for an additional $25.  It is important to remember to print your tickets for admission to the festival and for VIP Parking.

There are many local locations where you may purchase tickets, the full list of ticket sellers is available on the website.  Tickets may also be purchased by mail order, the order form is available on the website.  If you would like to order by phone, you may do so by calling (434)634-6611 after May 15th.

This year, four of the five bands are new.  Only The Embers is a returning act, and this year, Craig Woolard is back.  Other groups providing entertainment this year are Blues Star Albert Castiglia,  Steve Owens & Summertime, The Switch, and  Exit 173.  

In addition to the live entertainment this year there will also be a selection of Craft Beer

The Greensville County Ruritan Club, in addition to being host, is also now the sponsor.  Over 40,000 pounds of Pork will be prepared on site, as it is each year, to serve the thousands that make this the largest single day festival on the east coast.


Sappony Ruritan Club held its annual Wing Fling on Wednesday, April 15th.  Attendees enjoyed various kind of wings and all the fixings.






Obituary-Betty McNeely Reynolds

Betty McNeely Reynolds, 95, of Martinsville passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Blue Ridge Rehab Center. She was born on October 23, 1919 in Henry County to the late George Lester McNeely and Lena May Motley McNeely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, H. Aubrey Reynolds; son, Barry B. Reynolds; grandson Troy Motley; sisters, Louise M. Harmon, Violet McNeely and Shirley M. Weddle and brothers, Glen McNeely, William McNeely, Walter McNeely and Bobby McNeely.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Martinsville and was a homemaker/caregiver.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn R. Koger (Robert) of Martinsville, Diana R. Blick (Earl) of Emporia and Margaret R. Mura of Danville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald “Don” A. Reynolds (Ruthie) of Callands; sisters, Roslyn M. Ashby of Axton and Aileen M. Eanes of Columbus, GA; brother, Billy McNeely of Martinsville; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church with son, Pastor Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was at County Line Christian Church, Axton.

The family received  friends on Tuesday evening, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the church.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville is serving the Reynolds family.

Online condolences may be made at

There Really Are Fairy Godmothers

Volunteers with the Fairy Godmother Project of Richmond provide the opportunity for girls at Jackson-Feild to “shop” for a beautiful prom outfit at no cost to them. 

The Richmond program was established in 2006 at Collegiate School by Sloan Beaver. She served as chairperson of the project for two years and her sisters McKenzie and Ali carried on her legacy as chairpersons for the next seven years.  Their mother, Sabet Stroman, serves as the parent liaison.

This year Caroline Pollard and Lauren Dickinson served as co-chairs of the project whose mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for girls whose financial situation would otherwise preclude them ability to attend the prom.  Karen Albright and Toby Desch served as facility advisors for the 2015 project. SmartBox of Richmond and the Bostic family provide a free storage container for the prom gowns.

Collegiate students collect gently used prom dresses and have sponsored fund raisers to purchase additional dresses and accessories. Individual contributions, donations from area retailers and funding from a family foundation have also provided support for the project.


On April 11th twelve student volunteers served as Fairy Godmothers for the residents at Jackson-Feild Homes, a residential behavioral health organization serving boys and girls with severe mental health diagnosis. They were personal shoppers, helping girls select the perfect prom dress, shoes and accessories. 

The volunteers believe every student should have the opportunity to attend their prom regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.  It was rewarding and fulfilling to see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children as they selected the perfect outfit for their May prom.

Many thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Fairy Godmother volunteers and donors who care about the children at Jackson-Feild and want to be sure they experience the fun and excitement of prom night.

Obituary - Josephine "Queenie" Cicalese-Bost

Josephine "Queenie" Cicalese-Bost Passed peacefully in her sleep on April 8, 2015. Born and raised in Newark NJ to the late Teresina (Tomesetti) and Frank Cicalese, she moved to Emporia, VA 8 years ago. She was preceeded in death by her husband Robert Bost of East Newark NJ.  She is survived by one brother, Frank Cicalese of Macon GA, 5 children; Tammy Greco, Theresa Hicks, Ron Edwards, Frank Edwards and Rob Edwards, 13 grandchildren; Phil, Chris, Charles, Autumn, Kayla, Jessie, Cassie, Gina, Frank, Anthony, Lane, Maddison and Chase. Special "adopted" family : JT, Squirrel and Derrick and beloved pets; Pepper, Shadow, Mozzie and Athena. Her ashes will be placed alongside her husband in Holy Cross Cemetary, North Arlington NJ on April 18, 2015.


Kindergarten Orientation

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Greensville Elementary School will have a kindergarten orientation from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  This orientation is open to parents and guardians of all children eligible to attend kindergarten at GES for the 2015-2016 school year.

The purpose of this orientation is to inform parents about what is needed for kindergarten registration.  Information will also be provided that will help incoming kindergarteners transition to the school setting and have a more successful kindergarten year.  Parents will also learn what today’s expectations are for kindergarten.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Kindergarten registration will be held at Greensville Elementary School on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm in the auditorium foyer.



The 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival

Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 10, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 8:00PM at the Ruritan Club Grounds at 370 Ruritan Drive in Emporia, Va 23847. This years music will be provided by The Embers, Albert Castiglia, Steve Owens & the Summertime Band, The Switch, & Exit 173. There will be some vendors there as well as Discovery Channel’s Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine. This year there will be over 40,000 pounds of pork in over 30 different styles for you to sample at the event. This event is one of the largest single day events on the east coast. In the past the Pork Festival has had as many as 15,000 in attendances for the event. Included in your ticket price will be sampling of over 30 different pork dishes, a liquor and beer bar. There will also be side items and soft drinks.

The Virginia Pork Festival will have over 30 different pork dishes, close to 40,000 pounds of pork will be served! Some of those dishes will include Minced Barbecue, Pit Cooked Barbecue, Barbecued Spareribs, Barbecued Boston Butt, Barbecued Loin Chops, Grilled Loin Chops, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Sausage Burgers, Bologna Steak Burgers, Italian Sausage, Pork Meatballs, BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chitterlings, Pigs Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters 

Pork Skins, & a Pork Festival Stew. 

Sides will include Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes, Pork & Beans,  Hushpuppies, & French Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Desserts will include Banana Pudding & Strawberry Shortcake.

Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Anheuser-Busch Family Beers, and a Liquor Bar will be included.

The Virginia Pork Festival was established in 1974 and has been growing every year. With 15,000 available tickets it is one of the largest events on the East Coast. The event raises funds for over 30 different Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations in the Southside Virginia Community. Its an event you don't want to miss!

The event does support several nonprofit organizations in the Southside Virginia areas such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxilary Police, Courthouse Hunt Club, Darvills Ruritan Club,Emporia Greensville Humane Society, Elks Lodge, Hospice, Greensville Ruritan Club, American Legion, Family Violence Prevention, Emporia Jr Women's. Club, Nurses Sorority Chi Eta Phi, Doodling Hunt Club, South Hill Jr. Women's Club, Petersburg Police, Black Pot Group, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Newsoms Ruritan Club, Meherrin Ruritan Club, Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club, Jarrett Ruritan Club, Surry 4-H, City of Emporia, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

For Ticket Information and purchase visit

Tickets are $30 if purchased before May 1, 2015

Tickets are $35 if purchased after May 1, 2015.

VIP Parking is $25.

Vendors can also apply on the website


Free Seminar on Arterial Hypertension

Petersburg, VA – Join Dr. Amin for a presentation on high blood pressure. Learn about dietary and lifestyle changes and treatment from a board-certified physician. Dr. Amin is a member of the Medical Staff at Southside Regional Medical Center.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.



Southside Virginia Community College is offering a boating safety course in Mecklenburg County.  Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. 

The course will be offered at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill on April 29 and April 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. (Must attend both days).  Also offered at Clarksville Enrichment Complex in Clarksville on May 16, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.    This is a non-credit course limited to 30 students.

For information on registration, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or email


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