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Indoor Christmas Yard Sale

 

We are downsizing our Christmas collection. Set of Christmas dishes & glasses.  Multiple platters, large & small.  Wreathes & garland.  Colonial Village retired houses, Possible Dream Santas & lots more.

4870 Purdy Road, Emporia from 8am until Noon on December 10, 2016.

 

NOTICE:

Starting on December 5th, 11:00 PM, Heavy and Oversized Loads will begin moving from the Rail Siding at the Greensville Industrial Park to the new Dominion Power Plant Construction site. The loads will be moved between the hours of 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM and will impact traffic on US 301, US 58 North Main Street and on occasion the I-95 Clover Leaf.Updates, when available from the City Department of Emergency management will be posted here, but you should also VDOT511 for road closure information.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2016 XUANJIANG GUO (BOB)

 

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Xuanjiang Guo (Bob) has been chosen the December 2016 Student of the Month.  Bob, a senior, is the host son of Travis and Katie Turner of Emporia. He is from Xinjiang China and has one younger sister.  Bob is a member of the National Honor Society and the Brunswick Academy Chorus.  He been a student at Brunswick Academy for 4 years and has volunteered countless hours around the Emporia area. 

Bob enjoys painting and calligraphy in his spare time.  He has applied to the University of Minnesota, Perdue University, University of Connecticut and Ohio State University.  And he plans to major in Finance and Banking.  Congratulations Bob on being chosen student of the month. 

WAY TO GO BOB!

Psychologist at Jackson-Feild Presents at the SBCNA Conference

Dr. J. Michael Griffin, a psychologist who provides neurofeedback therapy at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) recently gave two presentations at the annual conference of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.

Of his two presentations, one – titled “Neurofeedback in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program” – was the result of a study conducted at JFBHS.  In his presentation, Griffin noted that “adolescents in long-term residential facilities often have histories of abuse, neglect, and family histories of mental illness. Often these youths have received years of outpatient treatment, multiple in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations in acute care facilities, foster placements, and multiple behavioral health residential admissions. Multiple [types of treatment] have been used, including counseling, psychopharmacology, recreational therapy, therapeutic horticulture, equestrian therapy, and others. Despite these interventions, significant acting out behaviors may persist.”

The study at JFBHS sought to determine whether neurofeedback is an effective treatment to reduce the severity, frequency and duration of acting-out incidents.  Over the course of the study, it was found that children receiving neurofeedback had at least 50% fewer incident reports than in prior reporting periods and those who received an average of four per month had an additional 17% fewer incident reports than those receiving two per month. In addition, staff noted that children had improved self-awareness, greater impulse control and reduced hyperactivity.

JFBHS is constantly striving to provide better services to help children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and Griffin’s work and services are much appreciated tremendously beneficial.

End of Year Deadline Approaches for Federal Mortgage Assistance Programs

Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is reaching out to low and moderate income homeowners who are having difficulty keeping up with their mortgage payments. Dec. 30 is the deadline to apply for federal Making Home Affordable programs, including HAMP. This program ends in 2016, and the Dec. 30 deadline is your last chance to apply for this important program.

HAMP is the cornerstone of the Making Home Affordable program launched by the federal government in 2009.  HAMP lowers monthly mortgage payments for eligible homeowners to a more affordable and sustainable monthly payment for the long-term and helps people stay in their homes.

Housing Improvement and Preservation is one of the core programs run by VLAS, a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to underprivileged individuals and families in Southside, as well as the Western Tidewater and Central Virginia regions. To contact VLAS, call 866-534-5243 (866-LEGL-AID), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

To apply for HAMP before it ends, you must submit the following items by the Dec. 30 deadline:

  • A “Request for Mortgage Assistance” (RMA) form
  • IRS Form 4506T, 4506T-EZ, or a signed copy of last year’s tax return
  • The “Dodd-Frank Certification” (which may be part of the RMA)
  • Proof of income (two months pay stubs, bank statements, etc.)

You can get these forms and more information at www.makinghomeaffordable.gov or call the HAMP hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673).  Act quickly and watch out for scams – you should not pay anyone to apply for this assistance. Get help applying from a free HUD-certified housing counselor. Find one at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/find-a-housing-counselor/.

You can also call VLAS for free assistance but you must act quickly.

Hicksford DAR Supports Literacy at Meherrin Regional Library

The Hicksford Chapter, DAR presented a donation to the Richardson Memorial Library from their Literacy Committee. Shown are Margaret (Peggy) Jones presenting the check to Krystal Cook-Elliott. The Hicksford Chapter continues to support literacy programs and historic preservation each year.

VCU Health CMH Auxiliary Tree of Love Ceremony

South Hill—The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary celebrated the Christmas season with their annual “Tree of Love” program and reception on December 1, 2016 in the VCU Health CMH Education Auditorium.

The “Tree of Love” is an annual fundraising event that raises money for the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund.  This year 18 scholarships were given out totaling $14,400.00.  Recipients of the scholarships were:  The Bell Choir from the W.S. Hundley Extended Care Facility presented a musical program of Christmas music and celebration of the holiday season.

During the ceremony recipients of the scholarship fund were recognized.  Including the following:  Pictured:  Jessica Johnson, Nikki Kallam, Stacy Davis    Not Pictured:  Hope Alexander, Jennifer Bradley, Megan Neal, Tiffany Thompson, Caitlin Crowder, Gayle Stamper, Andrea Bagbey, Amanda Palacios and Tamyca Goode.

To make a donation to the “Tree of Love” Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund, make your check payable to CMH Auxiliary and mail to “Tree of Love” VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970 or make your gift online at www.vcu-cmh.org and click “Donate Now” at the bottom left of the page.

Your name and the name(s) of the person(s) in whose memory or honor you give your donation will appear in the newspaper. Also the names of the ones you gave to in memory or honor will be written on the “Tree of Love” Christmas tree, which will be on display in the CMH Main Lobby. If you wish to remain anonymous, your request will be honored.

Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections

Virginia Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots

RICHMOND, VA Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dr. Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

“We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said Dr. Bronaugh. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 13, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of County Committee seats are up for election each year. County Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support, conservation, indemnity, disaster and emergency programs.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the County Committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. You may also contact your local USDA service center or FSA office. Visit http://offices.usda.gov to find an FSA office near you.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 bio-based products through USDA's Bio-Preferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

WARNER, KAINE URGE ACTION TO AUTHORIZE DELAYED V-A MEDICAL LEASES BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

~ Delay has kept as many as 11 million veterans from accessing the care they deserve ~

WASHINGTON – Today, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging Congressional leaders to authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) medical facilities before the end of the 114th Congress. Congress has not authorized major medical facility leases since 2014, which are necessary to enable the department to deliver vital care and services to veterans in Virginia and across the country. Most of these leases have been pending congressional approval for more than a year.

“Veterans in each of these states deserve the timely and quality health care benefits they have earned through their service. As such, we ask that you work to include authorization for these leases in the December funding bill, or another appropriate vehicle, to be signed into law this year,” the Senators wrote.

Under law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) must receive specific legislative authorization to lease medical facilities with average annual rental payments in excess of $1 million. However, Congress has not, through a regular process, recently authorized any V-A major medical facility leases, hampering the ability of the V-A to provide much-needed health care and services to veterans around the country. Among the leases that are pending is a 155,000 square foot outpatient facility in Hampton Roads, Va., which has one of the fastest-growing veterans populations in the country. Patient visits in Hampton Roads’ service area increased by 30.5 percent from 2011 to September 2014, while the national average across the V-A system was 8.6 percent.

Full list of leases pending authorization include:

  • Ann Arbor, MI - Outpatient Clinic
  • Birmingham, AL - Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • Birmingham, AL - Outpatient Specialty Clinic
  • Boston, MA – Research Space
  • Charleston, SC – Research Space
  • Daytona Beach, FL - Outpatient Clinic
  • Denver, CO - Chief Business Office Purchased Care
  • Gainesville, FL - Outpatient Clinic
  • Hampton Roads, VA - Outpatient Clinic
  • Mission Bay, CA – Research Space
  • Missoula, MT - Outpatient Clinic
  • Northern Colorado, CO - Outpatient Clinic
  • Ocala, FL - Outpatient Clinic
  • Oxnard, CA - Outpatient Clinic
  • Pike County, GA - Outpatient Clinic
  • Portland, ME - Outpatient Clinic
  • Raleigh, NC - Outpatient Clinic
  • Santa Rosa, CA - Outpatient Clinic
  • Jacksonville, FL – Outpatient Clinic
  • Pontiac, MI – Outpatient Clinic
  • Rochester, NY – Outpatient Clinic
  • Tampa, FL – Outpatient Clinic
  • Terre Haute, IN – Outpatient Clinic

Other Senators who signed the letter are Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

In September, Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, which would authorize leases for medical facilities in 15 states.  

A signed PDF of the letter is available here.

WARNER & KAINE ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND PETERSBURG NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD EXPECTED TO BECOME LAW

~ Senators, Congressmen applaud inclusion of legislation to triple the size of key Civil War site in must-pass defense authorization bill ~ 

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that legislation to add more than 7,000 acres to the Petersburg National Battlefield is on track to be approved by Congress as soon as next week.

Text of the annual defense authorization bill released by a congressional conference committee includes legislation sponsored by the two Virginia Senators authorizing the National Park Service to acquire additional historic land sites related to the Siege of Petersburg, the longest military event of the Civil War. The National Defense Authorization Act is expected to pass the House of Representatives on Friday, with the Senate projected to follow suit early next week.

“The Petersburg National Battlefield bore witness to the longest sustained siege in our nation’s military history and draws visitors from all across the country, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy every year,” said Sen. Warner. “Expanding the park will encourage tourism to the region while preserving this important piece of American history for future generations. After working on this legislation for several years now, it’s great news that we are so close to seeing it a reality.”

“The NDAA ensures that the Petersburg National Battlefield will become the nation's largest protected battlefield,” Sen. Kaine said. “This hallowed ground bears witness to one of the longest, hardest and most decisive contests of the Civil War.   The stories of all the combatants--including more than 16,000 African-American troops--will now be more accessible to the current generation.  I thank my colleagues for their support and acknowledge the work of my predecessor Jim Webb in getting us to this day.”

“After working for years with my colleagues to secure the expansion of the Petersburg National Battlefield Park, I am proud to be able to say that we have protected these hallowed grounds and ensured that the lands and history of this battlefield will be preserved for future generations,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who introduced the legislation in the House.  

"Having worked toward this goal for years, I am pleased to see this important legislation being made into law during my final weeks in office,” said Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), who sponsored the House legislation. “The Petersburg area contains so much of history and heritage, and I thank my colleagues in both parties and both chambers for their efforts to protect it.”

The Petersburg National Battlefield – which injects more than $10 million into the local economy annually – currently protects over 2,500 acres of battlefield and historic buildings that were involved in General Ulysses S. Grant’s 10 month Siege of Petersburg, Virginia in 1864-1865. During the Civil War, Petersburg was an important supply post for General Robert E. Lee’s army and the Confederate Capital of Richmond, Virginia. General Grant’s victory over Lee’s army at Petersburg in March of 1865 directly precipitated Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. This was the longest siege in American military history and was an important event for the United States Colored Troops (USCT) as over 16,000 African-American soldiers served in battle.

In 2005, the National Park Service recommended modifying the Petersburg National Battlefield to include 7,238 acres of significant core battlefield land. The land identified for inclusion was the site of 18 major battles during the Civil War and are in danger of being lost to development. These sites are not currently protected within the National Battlefield and have been identified by the Civil War Trust as one of the most endangered group of historic battlefields in the country. The Petersburg National Battlefield Boundary Modification Act does not spend any money, only authorizes the National Park Service to acquire the land. The legislation also authorizes one small land transfer between Fort Lee and the battlefield.

The acquisition – through purchase or donation of the land – would make the Petersburg National Battlefield the largest Civil War historic battlefield in the nation. Several nonprofits, including the Civil War Preservation Trust, already acquired key acreage that will be turned over to the National Park Service to expand the Battlefield.

In August of this year, Sen. Warner joined the National Park Service on a tour of Grant’s Headquarters at the Petersburg National Battlefield. Photos from that visit are available for media use here.

Sen. Kaine’s bill to reauthorize and expand the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program was signed into law in 2014, and his bill to create a National Park Service commission honoring 400 years of African American history has passed out of committee and is before the full Senate.

ABC/SVCC Partnering for Southside Virginia

A local partnership is creating education and jobs for Southside Virginians.  Southside Virginia Community College and American Buildings Company (ABC), a division of Nucor, are working together to offer the training and skills necessary for many of the jobs offered by the company.  

ABC, located in LaCrosse, Virginia, recently purchased additional software for use in the Computer Aided Drafting classes offered at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center (LCAKC) in South Hill.  The software, TeklaStructures, is the same technology used by the local manufacturer in their Detailing Department. 

The local plant has plans to expand their Detailing Department and this leads to opportunities for those interested in learning a marketable skill.  SVCC offers a program designed to train individuals interested in working as a detailer. 

Greg Kuebrich, Business Services Manager, said recently “American Buildings Company and Nucor offer career opportunities not just jobs. We are one of the only companies I have seen where teammates have started out as a painter on the shop floor or a detailer in the office and worked their way up to become General Managers of a division.  The opportunities are virtually endless for those with the right work ethic and initiative!”

Cindy A. Kirby, Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator for the Atlantic Division of ABC, said, “We are excited about the prospect of teaming with SVCC to help grow the skills of the workforce in Southside Virginia.”

She added, “In 2016 Nucor was ranked #26 on Forbes list of best employers in the Nation.  American Buildings Company is proud to be a division of the Nucor Buildings Group and offer local employment opportunities to well qualified individuals.”

The company also hires welders from SVCC’s training program at the LCAKC. John Evans, Welding Instructor, notes that a number of his students have gone to work at ABC and there are two in a current class who work and continue to attend school at night. 

SVCC offers a Career Studies Certificate in these two programs.  Both are designed to give the student the skills and knowledge needed to attain entry-level work at ABC or similar manufacturing industries.

Vincent Brown, CAD instructor, said “These programs allow a working adult to commit a few hours in the evenings and gain a new career in less than one year.”

Learn more about the educational offerings at an Open House at the LCAKC to be held December 14, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Representatives from ABC and from SVCC’s welding and CAD programs will be present to discuss the classes as well as current and future opportunities.  Students may qualify for financial aid for these courses.

For information, contact Maki Malone at 434-955-2252.

New Members in SVCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

These students are recent inductees into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.  The ceremony was held November 29, 2016.  PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges with students required to maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.5. Student inducted are (Left to Right)Wayne Bruce of Meherrin, Sean Stith of Lawrenceville, Sarah Smith of Baskerville, Sallie Rogers of Kenbridge, Cody Marston of Lawrenceville, Camryn Carter of South Hill, Rebecca Sandlin of Chase City, and Velma Green of Brodnax

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT-Heavy Hauls to Start

On the night of December 5, 2016, the Greensville County Power Station will reach a milestone as it begins moving large components of critical equipment from the Toll Brothers rail siding off Hwy 301 to the project site along Rogers Road, Emporia, VA.

The hauling activity to be carried out by specialty contractors has been coordinated with VDOT, DMV, Virginia State Police, Emergency Services and the local authorities.  The movement of this equipment will happen overnight to minimize disruption to normal traffic.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • There will be haul activity for an estimated 42 nights beginning in December.
  • Haul activity will occur during 11:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m., Monday- Thursday (The entire trip takes approximately 1.5 hours from Toll Brothers, Industrial Park, Emporia, VA to the Project site.)  No movements will be made during expected holiday traffic.
  • The route starts at Toll Brothers, goes south on Hwy 301, to Hwy 58 West, to the new Radium Road, to Rogers Road, to the project site.
  • Travelers on this route traveling overnight may experience some delay.  State Police will escort the haul and provide traffic control and detour information as needed.
  • Estimated haul windows (excludes Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays):
  • December 5 – January 23
  • February 6 - February 16
  • February 23 - March 1
  • April 3, April 13, April 20
  • May 1, May 15
  • June 1, June 15, June 29
  • July 10

Christmas Concert at Pleasant Hill Christian Church

Tammy Hand, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Dr. Julie Hawley, Patti Watson, Kathy Baird

GASBURG ~ The Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia cordially invites you to celebrate God’s greatest Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, with “A Festival of Christmas Music” on Sunday, December 4, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, this concert is sure to usher you into the Christmas season.

The festive evening of Christmas music will be presented by Patti Watson, Kathy Baird, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Tammy Hand, Dr. Julie Baird Hawley, and the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs.  The concert will benefit children and families of domestic violence in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Patti Watson is a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church while, Kathy Baird, Patty Richardson, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Dr. Julie Hawley and Tammy Hand are members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Together they will present a medley of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the holiday season. Following the concert, you are also invited to a reception that will be held in the PHCC Family Life Center.

There is no admission fee or ticket required for the concert, however, a special love offering will be collected during the program for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program which is a non-profit organization that is specially designed to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The monetary gifts collected will be used for the victims in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.  The program started in 1991 and since that time has served thousands of victims.  Helping people in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about.  These local talents hope to raise enough money during the concert to help brighten Christmas for several local people.

For more information regarding the concert please call the church office @ (434)577-2463.

Information Session and Open House on Jobs and Apprenticeship Opportunities

An Information Open House will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Training opportunities are available and this is a time to learn more about them.  This is of interest if you want a better paying job, change the path you are on, develop skills for promotion, learn through hands-on and experience Apprenticeship Training.  Learn more about jobs in welding, precision machining, computer technology, networking and electricity. 

For more information, http://apprenticeva.com/ or call 434 579 7260 or 434 634 9358.

Lois B. Gaskins

Lois B. Gaskins, 91, of Capron, widow of Arthur D. Gaskins, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva C. Butler. Numerous nieces and nephews survive her. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at Drewryville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

TRAFFIC DEATHS DECLINE OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Virginians Still Encouraged to Drive to Save Lives During Winter Holiday Season

RICHMOND – Fortunately, a forecasted record volume of traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend did not yield an increase in traffic deaths across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Preliminary reports indicate a total of seven people were killed in seven traffic crashes statewide, compared to nine deaths during the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday and eight in 2014.

The 2016 Thanksgiving statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday (Nov. 23) and concluded at midnight Sunday (Nov. 27). This year’s fatal traffic crashes occurred in the counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Loudoun and Nottoway; and the cities of Newport News and Norfolk. Two pedestrians were killed in the crashes in Caroline and Nottoway counties. The crashes in Appomattox and Buckingham counties claimed the lives of two teenagers. Of the five drivers and passengers killed, four were not wearing seatbelts.

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police once again participated in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, Virginia State Police troopers:

  • Cited 9,594 speeders
  • Cited 2,812 reckless drivers
  • Arrested 137 drunken drivers
  • Cited 597 safety belt violations & 206 child restraint violations
  • Investigated 1,131 traffic crashes
  • Assisted 3,925 disabled/stranded motorists

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

“As we transition into the winter holidays, Virginia State Police troopers will continue our heightened patrol presence across the Commonwealth for the safety of all motorists,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are asking for Virginians to do their part, too, by always buckling up, obeying speed limits, driving alcohol and drug free, sharing the road, and not driving distracted. By working together, we can save countless lives on Virginia’s highways this holiday season.”

During the month of December, Virginia State Police will continue to participate in Checkpoint Strikeforce, a research-based, multi-state, zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using checkpoints and patrols. It also aims to educate the public about dangers and consequences of drunk driving. According to Insurance Institute of Highway Safety studies, sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20 percent through their ability to deter and detect drunk drivers.

The Elms Featured on Riparian Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to this historic home on the Emporia Riparian Woman’s Club Christmas Home Tour. We are excited that guests will have the opportunity to see this home located in the Town of Jarratt.

The Elms, aka the “Jarratt House”, in Jarratt VA, was originally built in 1833. Burned by Union soldiers in Dec 1864, it was rebuilt on the original footprint in 1866. It’s believed that the 14 inch solid brick walls of the 1st floor survived the fire. The home remained in the Jarratt family until 2012 but had been vacant for several years. It is currently being restored by Kurt Whitehead of Richmond VA. He is the son of Thomas and Cecelia Whitehead, who grew up in Greensville County and currently reside on Lake Gaston. Mr. Whitehead’s family connections to the area are extensive. He is the great, great grandson of Newitt H. Ferguson; one of five local Confederate men who participated in the Hicksford Raid. 

As you enter the grounds, there are two large antique iron urns on brick pedestals. The house, surrounded by massive magnolia and pecan trees, is a raised basement Greek Revival style with Italianate details. A basket weave pattern tumbled brick sidewalk leads to the columned porch and 2nd floor entrance. Since the house is still being renovated, only the 2000 sq. foot 2nd floor containing a hallway, living room, three bedrooms, two baths, and enclosed rear porch are on the tour. There are pine floors, 12 foot ceilings, and 3 of the 4 original fireplaces.

The home is furnished primarily with American Empire antiques from 1820s1860s, Victorian, and period reproductions. The walls are hung with antique prints, paintings, portraits and family photos. Throughout the house are many 19th century items like converted oil lamps, bronze and spelter statues, books, clocks, and girandoles.

Upon entering, you will be welcomed into a stately 12 x 38 foot hallway that runs from the front to rear of the house. The dark gray walls are offset by white woodwork, antiques, and artwork. Among the antique hallway furniture are pier tables, sofa, chairs, and a bookcase housing a collection of books printed in the 1800s and early 1900s.

In keeping with the original style, the living room is the most formal room in the house. Over the mantle hangs a 5 ft. x 7 ft. ornate mirror. There is a 12-light vintage French Empire chandelier. The Empire sofa is upholstered in archival reproduction fabric.  Of particular interest are an exceptional antique chair with ormolu mounts and a rosewood marble top cabinet. There is a collection of French ethnography prints from the late 1700s.

    

The bedrooms are furnished with antique and reproduction beds, marble topped dressers, chests, and other furnishings. 

Mr. Whitehead travels extensively for both work and leisure. He has acquired many antiques and decorative items on trips throughout the US, Europe, India, and Central and South America. The house is decorated with fresh and artificial greenery and seasonal décor. In the windows are custom made Christmas candles.  In the hallway is a Christmas tree decorated with ornament that were collected on his travels.

While the home contains 19th century furniture, it also has fully integrated 21st century technology. The house uses smart technology for the heating/AC, security, and entertainment systems. Using a phone App or accessing a computer allows the owner to adjust heating/AC settings, music, volume, and monitor security from any place in the world. 

The owner regrets that the first floor containing formal dining room, library, kitchen and pantry are not available for the tour but he hopes you will return again next year to see the completed home.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two- year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour will include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

SADD Hosts Drug Free Week at Wyatt Middle School

Third Row: Savion Taylor, Uriaus Obey, Mrs. Belinda King, Officer Reginald Harris, Darius Harris; Second Row: Sponsor, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, Zavion Harding, Quadarius Nicholson, Deshawn Epps, Malik Patrick, Karmisha Ivey, Collejah Sanks; First Row: Justin Graham and Ja’Niyah Murphy

 

Edward W. Wyatt Middle School SADD Chapter hosted Drug Free Week October 24 - October 28, 2016. Monday, October 24th students received red ribbons to wear all week, “Saying No to Drugs and Bullying”. Tuesday, October 25th Officer Reginald Harris from the Emporia Police department observed students during their lunch period and chose a student making good sound choices on how to behave in a large group of their peers. Wednesday, October 26th, District 19, Social Services, and the Public Library donated literature to educate students on the things that can seriously harm them. Encouraging words were given to help support our young people. Thursday, October 27th, was Self Awareness Day, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, SADD Advisor, was in the hallway with hand held models of mouths with cancer to show the effects that smoking can have on the body. These surreal models show cancer sores and other diseases in the mouth caused by negative use of drugs and tobacco. Friday, October 28th during morning announcements students were provided with encouraging words about making choices as a child so that we can be productive citizens as adults. We do thank our local law enforcement officers for all they do.

Get Your Riparian Miniatures While You Can!

The Riparian Miniatures Series is coming to a close. All miniatures are currently on sale for $15 each.  The history book, Sketches of Greensville County is also $15.  Once all miniatures and books are sold, this project will come to an end.  Funds raised by this project are donated to community projects.  Contact Evelyn Ewing at 634-9227 or another Riparian member for more information.

“Kids andCops - 2016”

“Kids andCops - 2016”

To:  Our Loyal “Kids and Cops Supporters”

From:  Lee Seymour and FOP Lodge #30

FOP Lodge #30 is preparing for another great Christmas Season with the Annual “Kids and Cops” shopping spree for under-privileged children at Walmart on December 10th. Each year at Christmas we have been blessed with your help to be able to take many under-privileged children shopping. Without your continued support this great event cannot happen, so please donate what you can.

“Kids and Cops” is a unique program sponsored by our local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #30, in which local Law Enforcement Officers share Christmas with children who are in need.The Officers and kids spend time together, one on one, in an unforgettable holiday shopping experience and then have breakfast together at Shoney’s. Parents and Guardians are notified in advance. Law Enforcement Officers in uniform pick the children up at their homes, take them shopping, to breakfast at Shoney’s and return them home after the event. Law Enforcement Officers help keep track of the spending and offer suggestions to the children with ideas for shopping. This is a great way for Law Enforcement Officers to make another positive contribution to the community and a long lasting friendship with these kids.

Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare.It costs $100 to sponsor one child, but you can sponsor as many as you like. If you cannot contribute 100% to sponsor a child, please donate what you can. It all adds up to sponsor another child. The children that will participate this year are determined by the amount of monies received by December 3th. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the kids, FOP Lodge # 30 and me. The Smiles you help put on a their face is amazing!

Make your check payable to:  FOP Lodge #30 and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847-2807.  Also, you can call me on my cell (434-430-5000) and I will gladly pick up your donation. Contributions are tax deductible!

Merry Christmas and “Thank You” Very Much For Your Support,  

Lee Seymour – Ambassador - FOP Lodge #30 – Emporia, Va.

115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847 – (Cell) 434-430-5000

Do you know a child that you wish to be a participant? Fill out this form.

You Are Invited to the Lake Gaston Baptist Church Adventurer's Christmas Luncheon

The Annual Adventurers Christmas Luncheon will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 11 AM at Lake Gaston Baptist Church in the Social Hall (128 Lynwood Road across from the Lake Gaston Subway, Littleton, NC).  Bring your favorite covered dish to go with Fried Chicken and Desserts that will be provided by the Adventurers.  Also, please bring an unwrapped toy(s) for The John 3:16 Center to make a child happy who might not otherwise receive a toy for Christmas.  There will be singing of Christmas Carols to start off your Christmas season led by Jim Simpson.  For any questions please contact Pat DeJesu at 252-586-6497.

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Additional Vehicle may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017

Greensville County, VA – Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue, Martha S. Swenson, announced today that due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles may now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.

The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds.  As of January 1, 2017, for non-prorating localities like Greensville County, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups, require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.  This change will mostly affect owners of ¾ ton and 1 ton pickup style trucks that are not used for business, but rather as personal vehicles.

Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.  Contact the Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue’s office for details at 434-348-4227. The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use.  If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.  You can reclassify your vehicle by calling DMV at (804) 497-7100 or by visiting your DMV customer service center.

Library wants Yearbooks

The Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking donations of local school yearbooks to include in a yearbook digitization project. Working with the Library of Virginia, MRLS is looking to the public to donate yearbooks especially from the years 1977 and before. Local public and private schools of Brunswick and Greensville counties may be included in the project. Donations are needed before October 26th and may be dropped off at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The books will be used for digitization and then added to the library’s permanent reference collection. For more information or questions call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539.

Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/register/ If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
 
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at www.vaemergency.gov so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov . 

VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO OBEY ROUTE 301 BRIDGE TRAFFIC AND DETOUR SIGNS

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:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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