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See SVCC for Free program helps students pass the GED test                  

WHO/WHAT:From September 22 – October 3, 2014, Southside Virginia Community College is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who come into the center. Students who take GED Ready can see for free:

  • If they’re ready to pass the GEDtest
  • The skills they need to work on to pass the test
  • A personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books

Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta at 434-949-1090, 434-949-1093 or Keysville at 434-736-2084, 434-736-2048.

WHEN:           September 22 – October 3, 2014

WHERE:        Amelia – EOC Building, Dunn Street

Brunswick – SVCC, Alberta, Middle College Building

Charlotte – SVCC, Keysville, Daniel Campus

Cumberland – Cumberland County Community Center

Halifax – Southern Virginia Higher Ed Center

LunenburgKenbridge Library and Victoria Library

Mecklenburg– Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, Clarksville Enrichment Center, Estes Center, Boydton Library

Nottoway– Pickett Park, Crewe Library, Amelia-Nottoway VoTech

Prince Edward– Career Technical Center

To register for any practice test session, please contact Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta at 434-949-1090, 434-949-1093 or Keysville at 434-736-2084, 434-736-2048.

About GED Testing Service: The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.  For more information, please visit


Delegate Tyler Hosts Legislative Banquet

(Photo: The 75th District Choir Performs at Delegate Roslyn Tyler's Legislative Banquet on Thursday, September 11, 2014)

Delegate Roslyn Tyler hosted her annual Legislative Banquet on Thursday evening at the Golden Leaf Commons in Greensville County.  This year's event began with a welcome from Mrs. Linda Richardson, followed by a Moment of Silence in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  After the moment of silence Mrs. Richardson introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Sister Theresa Gee.

Theresa Gee, a Christian talk radio host in Richmond is best known hosting "Talk Back Live" and "Community Hope;" she also presented the one woman show "Through the Eyes of Coretta," a look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

Following the presentation of the Colors by the Greensville County High School ROTC, those assembled were led in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

After the National Anthem Dr. Tyrone Brandon, Pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church and the President of the Bethany Baptist Association of Virginia offered words of welcome.  Dr. Brandon related that while many people call on him for various reasons, Delegate Tyler is one person that he will always be there to assist, calling her a woman that "knows where the stones are."

By way of explanation, he told the story of a young Pastor at his first posting out of the Seminary.  This Pastor was eager to impress, and after speaking to more senior Pastors at the Ministerial Association meeting, was invited fishing.  As the boat was leaving the shore, one of the older Pastors remembered that the cooler was in the van.  One of the others volunteered to go back and get it, got out of the boat and walked on the water back to the van.  Upon his return, it was remembered that the lunches were also in the van, so another of the older Pastors offered to go and collect those, also getting out of the boat and walking on the water to the van.  When the group realized that they had forgotten the tackle box, the young Pastor was quick to offer to go back and get it, when he stepped out of the boat, however, he plunged in over his head.  Once rescued and revived, he commented about how the other two Pastors were able to walk on the water and wondered why he did not have the ability.  One of the senior Pastors out his mind at ease by pointing out that the older Pastors were not walking on water, but simply knew where the stones were.

After the welcome from Dr. Brandon, the 75th District Choir began to gather.  Theresa Gee gave a brief history of the group, was began specifically for this annual banquet.  The group is led by Anthony Artis, an officer with the Emporia Police Department, and is accompanied by Rufus Tyler, Jr.  The choir is composed of members from around Delegate Tyler's Districe, including Emproia, Greensville, Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Franklin, Brunswick and Isle of Wight.  The choir performed two selections before Rufus Tyler, Sr, and Bill Cain recognized the guests and sponsors,

The Honorable Charlie Caple, Sussex County Board of Supervisors blessed the meal, which was prepared by A Touch of Elegance Catering with assistance of hostesses and hosts from high schools from across the 75th District.

After the buffet was served, the program continued with the introduction of Delegate Tyler by her husband.  During his comments Mr. Tyler talked about how his wife is a Christian who was born and raised in Greensville County.  Mr. Tyler shared that the Delegate was not only the youngest person to be elected to the Sussex County Board of Supervisors (at the age of 23), she was also the first woman.  She served on the Board for 11 years, and was even selected to serve as Chair.

Delegate Tyler's remarks began with a bit of her history before turning quickly to the changes coming to her District, stating that with the new natural gas power plant being built in Brunswick County that there is finally an "economic engine in the 75th District!"  She also highlited Governor McAuliffe's recent announcement of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will bring Natural Gas, not only to the new power plant, but to localities throughout the Piedmont, Central and Southside Virginia.  Delegate was rightly proud of the fact that jobs and economic development were finally coming to the 75th District, noting that between the two profect there were 8800 new jobs and $1.42 Billion in economic activity coming our way.  She added that finally our "young people have a reason to stay," with sufficient job opportunities.

She also let everyone know that she was heading back to Richmond on September 18 to debate Medicaid Expansion, noting that Virginia was loosing 5 Million Dollars each and every day that Medicaid Expansion is not implemented here.  "Medicaid is not only for the poor, but for working families that need to work two and three jobs to pay for healthcare," the Delegate continued, adding that resistance to the President's landmark Affordable Care Act, and resentment of "Obamacare" are not good enough reasons to send our hard earned tax dollars to other states to pay for their healthcare.

At the conclusion of her remarks, Delegate Tyler presented two Memorial Resolutions and Honored members of the Media for an "Outstanding Job in the Mass Communications Industry."  Please see the related stories on Monday's Emporia News for details on both the Memorial Resolutions and the Honorees for the Evening.

Ms. Tara Ellis with the Virginia Communications Association assisted with the presentation of the plaques to those honored their contributions to the Mass Communications Industry.  In her remarks Ms. Ellis, who is from Roanoke Rapids and considers Emporia to be just as much home, commended Delegate Tyler for her work on the Commerce and Labor Committee in the House of Delegates.  "Delegate Tyler represents you very well," Ms Ellis continued, adding that the Delegate's "door is always open."  Ms Ellis concluded that Roslyn Tyler is a "great representative for the 75th District, "you are lucky to have her in your corner." 

Obituary-William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter

William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA, a Vietnam War veteran, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at McGuire’s Veteran Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was retired from the City of Emporia.  Born in Ashland, Ohio on December 21, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul Bernard Fraunfelter and Ruth Eleanor Gilbert Miller, and a sister Donna Miller Thomas.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter; daughter, Casey Lindsay (Steve) of Wadsworth, Ohio; and son Eric Fraunfelter (Birte) of Kirn, Germany; stepchildren, Melissa Ivey Harrison (Brian) of Jarratt, VA and Will Ivey (Shannon) of Alberta, VA; grandchildren Laura Ashley Fraunfelter, Seraphine Fraunfelter, Logan Claire Harrison, Collin Lindsay, and Kristen Michele Ivey; and sisters Kay F. Wingrove (Harvey) of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ann F. White (David) of Ashland, Ohio, a brother, John Paul Fraunfelter of Arizona. Bill is also survived by his faithful companion Buddy.  A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 13th at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10053 Lebanon Church Road, Jarratt, VA.  A visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 PM.

Annie Lee Robinson Services September 20

Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Emporia, VA. 

SVCC to host Regional Job Fair

Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services is partnering with the Crater Business Services Team in sponsoring a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, October 28th at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, VA.

The job fair is open to all job seekers from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by Friday, October 17th.  Employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon on the day of the event compliments of SVCC.  Employer luncheon space is limited.

Employers should contact Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development, to reserve a booth at 434-949-1060 or


Library Card Sign-Up Month

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 


Resources at the Meherrin Regional Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our library offers access to important educational resources, likeLiterati Literati is a great resource for school projects and also has online homework help for students from 3rd to 12th grade.  With their library card patrons will have access to SOVALUE, Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically.  Through SOVALUE, eBooks and audio books can be downloaded to a computer, smart phone, kindle, etc.


Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a performance by the Sundae Puppets on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The program will be at 11:15 at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia and 2:00 at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville.


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Meherrin Regional Library System in person or visit the library online at Carnival coming to Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia Sept 25 - 28, 2014.

Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. - is pleased to announce they will be returning to the 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia, September 25th through 28th.  Owner, R C Cole has proudly owned and operated "Virginia's Finest Amusement Company" for the past twenty-five years, providing quality amusement rides and affordable family entertainment. is extremely proud of our excellent safety record and reputation.  The company has been utilized yearly for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy. offers a remarkable amusement midway this year for the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Featured rides will include the Ferris Wheel, Catch N Air, Rainbow, Scat, Sizzler, Jungle Crawl, Slide, Dragon Wagon and many more rides for all ages. Also available will be the games and food. 

Don't miss it!! - September 25th through 28th at the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Carnival opens daily at 6 PM and weekends at Noon.  Unlimited Ride Special will be available on Thursday, September 25th.  Visit for more info and updates.


September is National Preparedness Month

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

The national Ready campaign established four building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The Ready Virginia and Listo Virginia campaigns echo these messages. Now America’s PrepareAthon! goes a step further and builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness. 

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. This September, which is National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities are encouraged to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day event on or near September 30. The theme of the month is, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” For more information on NPM, to register a National PrepareAthon! day event, or download the 2014 NPM toolkit,




The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville will host The Virginia Peanut Festival Fall 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The race will begin at 8:00 AM in the YMCA parking lot, and is open to all ages.  Registration cost is $20 per person and everyone that pre-registers by September 22, 2014, will receive a free t-shirt.  Fees increase to $25 per person after September 22, 2014.  Following a course of paved roads, the 5K/10K will feature a water station and post-race refreshments.  For more information, please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.    


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