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Virginia State law requires that a child entering the sixth (6th) grade must have documentation on record that he/she received the Tdap vaccine.   You may take your child to the health department at 140 Uriah Branch Way on Mondays (except 7/31/2017) to be vaccinated.  Until the end of July, the hours are from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.  During August only, the extended schedule is from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Parents must be present with identification for the parent and the child and insurance information.  When your child receives the vaccine, please provide the record to E. W. Wyatt Middle School.  Children who do not receive this vaccine will NOT be allowed to start sixth grade.  Contact the Greensville County Health Department at (434)348-4235 if you have additional questions. 

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Security Officer: Under direct supervision, the Security Officer position, patrols assigned areas to ensure protection of clients, visitors, property and equipment. Responsibilities include: watching for irregularities, such as security breaches, facility and safety hazards, and emergency situations, contacts emergency responders, such as police, fire, and/or ambulance personnel as required. Remains alert for the presence of unauthorized persons and/or security code violators, approaches suspicious person and/or notifies police as appropriate, may confront and detain violators, as required, until police arrive. Etc. JOB ORDER 1152246

Supervisor Trainee:  The Supervisor Trainee creates values by leading the plywood production team to work safely in a continuous manufacturing environment. This individual will ensure product quality and contribute to the overall direction and success of the operations team through coaching individuals, developing strong teams, promoting safe work practices, and applying problem solving skills to maximize production.  JOB ORDER 1152076

Operations Admin I-III (Senior): Responsible for performing the clerical and administrative functions for any or all hub and station operational areas, including line-haul, quality assurance and customer service. Tends to damaged and incorrectly addressed packages in a timely manner to optimize delivery time. Serves as a customer's first line of contact for a variety of issues.  JOB ORDER 1138923

Herdsperson: Duties include but are not limited to: moving pigs, vaccinating, treating sick animals feeding animals, ear tagging, removing dead animals, power washing, keeping records, collection for artificial insemination procedures and processing pigs. JOB ORDER 1138364

Seasonal Part-time Human Services Assistant: Duties include but are not limited to: moving pigs, vaccinating, treating sick animals feeding animals, ear tagging, removing dead animals, power washing, keeping records, collection for artificial insemination procedures and processing pigs. JOB ORDER 1137494


Richardson Memorial Library Summer Reading Winners

The Meherrin Regional Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design, has come to a close! Children were challenged to meet reading goals of 20 (Bronze level), 35 (Silver level), and 50 books (Gold level) over the summer. Teens were challenged to read 10 chapter books. Participants who reached the Bronze level were entered into a drawing to win a tablet at the Grand Finale on August 3rd. The tablet winner at Richardson Memorial Library was Liam Kelley. 

Gold Medal winners at Richardson Memorial Library were Jashanti Valentine, Savannah Taylor, Taraji Adams, Cadence Taylor, Katie Gordon, Kevin Gordon, and Haley Prince, pictured with Director Becky Walker. Not pictured are Jacqueline Grubb, Joceline Grubb, Jasmine Grubb, Abby Hancock, McKenzey Dickens, Sam Dickens, Blair Dickens, and Kensley Roach.

Southside Virginia Community College has been named a “2017 Great College to Work For”

SVCC is a great college to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released July 17, 2017 in The Chronicle’s tenth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities.

Only 79 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with SVCC included among the 22 two year institutions that made the cut.

SVCC won honors in two categories this year which are Facilities, Workspaces and Security and Work/Life Balance.

"The legacy of Southside Virginia Community College as a great place to work continues.    Once again, we have gained this designation by fostering a college culture that promotes a phenomenal work/life balance and provides a safe, secure and comfortable environment.   We invest in our human resources and encourage inclusive and transparent communication; promote and value diversity; and support innovation," said Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.

“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the

commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”


2017 BA Senior-First Grade March

Brunswick Academy held one of its oldest traditions on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Senior-First Grade March.  The Class of 2018 introduced the Class of 2029.  This tradition builds new friendships and is always one of the favorite days of the year!  

Colonial Heights Rotary Collect School Supplies & Host an Ice Cream Social for Children at Jackson-Feild

Over the course of several weeks, the Colonial Heights Rotary Club held a drive to collect school supplies for the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. OI August 10, club members traveled to the campus to present the supplies to the children at an ice cream social.  The residents thanked the members for the supplies but were more interested in the ice cream, with toppings, severed on a hot summer evening.

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club has been a loyal friend to the children at Jackson-Feild. They regularly conduct drives for needed items, lend a helping hand for volunteer projects and hosted events for the pleasure of residents.

Club president Debbie Wall and the members have enjoyed interacting with the residents. Jackson-Feild is a behavior health organization serving children with severe mental health disorders.

Isaiah Stephens Competes at Junior Olympics

Lazers Track Club member and rising 8th grader at E. W. Wyatt, Isaiah Stephens competed in the 2017 AAU National Jr. Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Detroit, MI.  Stephens competed in the javelin, shot put and discus events.  He is ranked #10 in the javelin, 16th in the shot put and 16th in the discus in the United States.  Stephens also still holds his rank of #1 in the state of Virginia for javelin, shot put and discus.

Stephens and his mother, La-Tina Smith would like to thank his Coach, Les Young and his sister, Laricesa Miles (former athlete of Coach Young) for their time and dedication in training him.  They would also like a special thanks to family members, neighbors, Sadler Brothers Oil, Juanita Brown & family, Joann Christina, Ava Young, Christine Johnson, Chaka Newell, Andree Lee, Ruby Allen and Lawrenceville Correctional Center for their support. 

Stephens says that he will continuously thank God for his talent because without God, he knows none of this would be possible.

The 2018 USATF National Jr. Olympics will be held in Greensboro, NC and AAU National will be held in Des Moines, IA. See you next year!

Information for Monday's Solar Eclipse

According to the interactive map supplied by NASA, the Partial Eclipse in Emporia will begin at 1:18 pm and end at 4:05 pm. Maximum Obscuration will be at 2:45 pm. While we are not in the path of totality, we should see 88.4% of the sun obscured by the moon.

Safety Information

Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (totality), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.

  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the Sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

Safety information courtesy of NASA

Freeman Community Empowerment Day

Back To School Event in Freeman, VA on August 19, 2017

The 4th Annual Freeman Community Empowerment Day will be held on Saturday, August 19th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Inspiration Center (formerly Meljo’s), 21391 Governor Harrison Parkway, Freeman, Virginia. Hosted by ten partnering organizations, the goal of Freeman Community Empowerment Day is to connect the attendees with important community resources, to help local children prepare for the school year, and to foster fellowship. This family event is free and open to the public. Over 700 backpacks with schools supplies will be provided to area children. Attendees are encouraged to come out and enjoy the cookout, door prizes, clothing giveaway, games, moon bounces, face painting, third annual car show, and live Gospel Stage sponsored by WHLQ 105.5 Hot Joy Radio!

Many community agencies will be represented in the resource fair including Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Cooperative Extension Office, Improvement Association, NDUTime, Brunswick County Public Schools Family Engagement, Inspiration Center, YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, Southside Virginia Community College, Old Dominion University, Dominion Power, Second Chance, Virginia Housewives of Finance, Litter Control, Longwood Small Business Development Center, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Turning Point Family Services, DNC, Nutrition & Health, and the VCU Massey Cancer Center's Cancer Research and Resource Center of Lawrenceville and more!

The Fourth Annual Freeman Community Empowerment Day is a collaborative effort of the following churches:  First Baptist Church, First Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, New Hope RZUA Church, Pleasant Grove Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Union Bethel RZUA Church (all of Freeman Virginia), Zion Baptist Church (of Purdy, VA), the Coalition for Delaying Parenthood in Youth and WHLQ 105.5 Hot Joy Radio.

For information, please email Vondrenna Smithers at

VPSA Big Game Contest Coming in September

The Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen's Association (VPSA), in cooperation with the VDGIF, will be hosting its annual BIG GAME CONTEST to recognize those successful Sportsmen who harvested citation size Deer, Bear, and Turkey last season.  This year the contest will include a western Regional, Eastern Regional, and State Competition under one roof.  The event is September 23 & 24 at the Southampton County Fairgrounds.  Each day the show will be open from 9-5.  Entries must be received by 5PM on Saturday September 23.  Cost of the event is $10 for a weekend pass or $7 per day.  12 and under as VPSAll as active duty military are free.

The VPSA, headquartered in Williamsburg, is a group of sportsmen who serve sportsmen.  VPSA founded the BIG GAME CONTEST in 1940 and developed the Virginia Scoring System for Deer and Bear.  In the early years VPSA assisted the game department with the Whitetail Deer recovery effort in the Commonwealth.  VPSA members had a deer holding pen in Newport News, which is today known as Deer Park.  This contest is the oldest in the country and VPSA has 78 years of records from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Annually VPSA receive many great entries from the Greensville, Southampton, and Brunswick County area Sportsmen of Virginia.  Youth hunters are highly encouraged to attend as VPSA have an entire youth division!

Successful sportsment wishing to enter a Deer, Bear, or Turkey in the Contest must have a valid confirmation number or game tag from last hunting season.  For Deer we need the antlers to measure; for Bear we need the skull to measure, and for turkey we need the spurs, beard, and certified weight card.  If you have an entry you are free to enter the show at but there will be a $15 per animal fee to score the animal.

In the deer category we have divisions for archery, muzzleloader, and gun harvests.  We have one division for Bear and one for turkey.  Additionally we have an entire division dedicated to youth hunters.  We award trophies for the top 3 scores in all divisions and state citations for all those who meet the minimum score for a citation. 

So for example if a you are a Youth VPSA member who harvested a huge buck in Greensville county.  Theoretically you could come home with a State Citation for that buck, VPSA member only contest trophy, Youth Division trophy,  Eastern Regional trophy, and State trophy for that one buck! 

For more information, email or text or call 757-371-3335.

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