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Obituary-C. Elmore Saunders

C. Elmore Saunders, 85, of Emporia passed away on July 26, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ritchie and Edith Saunders and his brothers, Robert Saunders and Curtis Saunders.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Watkins Saunders; daughter, Mary Meade Saunders; his sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and wife Sherry and Jim Saunders and wife Michelle; his grandchildren, Annecurtis Saunders Vinson and husband Daniel, Mary Warren Saunders, Carter Saunders, and Reagan Saunders. A memorial service will be held 11am, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Main Street United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church or the Emporia YMCA.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

MEHERRIN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

The W.E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed August 6, 2015 to prepare for the installation of a new circulation desk. The library apologizes for the disruption of service during this construction phase.

Bikes and Ice Cream on A Hot Summer Night

Twelve members of the Colonial Heights Rotary Club traveled to Jackson-Feild August 22nd to deliver 16 brand new bicycles.  With help from several of our residents the Rotarians worked tirelessly in the hot sun assembling all the bicycles. The bikes are Road Master bicycles with large tires which are needed to ride the gravel roads around the Jackson-Field Campus.

The funds to purchase the bicycles were provided by a grant from Rotary District 7600. Local Rotary Clubs can request grant funding for needs within their communities. A grants committee within the District must approve all grant requests.

After the bikes were assembled residents, guests and staff gathered in Robinson Gym for an old-fashion ice cream social. The Rotarians provided ice cream and all the toppings which brought smiles to the faces of residents.  Everyone had a great time.

Rotary International is an organization consisting of 34,282 service clubs with 1,200,000 members world-wide. Colonial Heights Rotary is one of 62 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 7600.  Their club members embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Obituary-Dennis Bryant

Dennis Bryant, 64, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. He is survived by a brother, Raymond L. Bryant, Jr. and wife, Twyla; sister, Sandra Noel and husband, Bruce; two nephews, Michael Bryant and Jamie Bryant; niece, Allison Hayes; four great-nieces and a great-nephew. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church or Greensville Rescue Squad or to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

County Resident Now in Charge of City Elections

New City of Emporia General Registrar Ashley K. Wall being sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court Bobby Wrenn.  Shown with Miss Wall are Norris Dickerson, Secretary of the Emporia Electoral Board; Antoine Claiborne, Father; Veronica Atcherson, Mother; Antonio Atcherson, Brother; Dr. Wynne Legrow, Vice Chairman or the Emporia Electoral Board.  Not present was Mr. Robert Grizzard, Chairman of the Emporia Electoral Board.

Ashley K. Wall was sworn in as the new General Registrar for the City of Emporia on Friday.  Miss wall is only the fourth General Registrar in City History.  At 23 years old, she is also the youngest.  She is the first to not be a resident of the City.  Miss Wall replaces Lucille Dunlow, who has been General Registrar since about 2003.  Ms. Dunlow was the Assistant Registrar for many years before her appointment.

Miss Wall, a 2010 graduate of Greensville County High School, was one of several candidates interviewed for the appointment which was recently vacated by Ms. Dunlow.

Below is the transcript of the interview done with Miss Wall after she was sworn in.

Emporia News:  What made you decide to apply for the position of General Registrar?

Ashley Wall: (Pause while thinking) Well, because I love the community, and I definitely love Emporia; so to see that type of position open and knowing how young I am - I 'm able to go out, reach out into the community, maybe get to voters that haven't been tapped into yet.  So that's what made me apply.  I saw it as a position of power and a position where I'm able to lead.

EN: You are obviously interested in politics, then?

AW: Yes.  Yes I am.

EN: Dr, Legrow has said that you just graduated from college.  Where did you go and what was your degree?

AW: I went to Virginia State University.  I graduated in December 2014 and my major was Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.  So I wanted to go into Public Relations but pretty much move into the public affairs sector, working with the government.

EN: And you think that the Mass Communications degree with the concentration in Public Relations will help in this position?

AW: Definitely, Definitely.  Those communication skills are important, and talking to people who held the position before, I know that you're going to need them.

EN: You talked to Lucille?

AW: Well, her assistant...

EN: Linda?

EN: You've just said that you've lived here for 10 years, but were born in D. C.  Did you stay in D. C. until you moved here?

AW: Yes, Yes.

EN: What experience do you have working on political campaigns?

AW: I actually worked with Delegate Roslyn Tyler for a little while, while I was in high school.  So that's most of what I've had.  Um...I worked with the grassroots campaign when Michelle Obama came to Virginia State; and you know that we did a lot of the prep work and planning for that.  And that's a little bit of the politics that I have .  I want to kind of get my hands in some more and I think that this position will really  help with that.

EN: What all did you do for Delegate Tyler?

AW: Well, I was...I don't remember the official title of it, because I don't think there was an official title.  But, you know, we helped with passing out campaign materials, you know, knocking on doors and stuff like that; and then we did help with some voters, like, getting voters to the polls and stuff.  That was like 2008, so it was a long time ago.

EN: Do you have any experience registering voters, voter registration drives or anything like that?

AW: No, not much experience.  So this is a whole new experience for me, and that's why I'm excited to take on the role, because it's new, its a learning opportunity.

EN: You actually live in the City?

AW: Um...I live in the County.  I live almost in Skippers, right before you get to the truck stop.

EN: Do you have any plans to actually move into the City?

AW: Not at the current moment, no, not at the current moment.  I have the security of living with my parents.  I'm not rushing to leave Mommy and Daddy. (Editor's Note: The original advertisement, as posted on the City's website, stated, very clearly, that "The successful applicant must be a registered voter in Virginia and a resident of Emporia prior to taking the oath of office."  It is unclear when that requirement changed.)

Independent-Messenger: Anything else you'd like to add about this position? When you got it, wheat were your feelings when you got the job?

AW: I was speechless.  I was excited.  I was so glad that...I asked how many people applied for the position, because to know that they are trusting me in such a leadership position, you know, really, my first career job after college.  I'm so excited; you know, just happy.  I'm humbled.  I can't wait for the new opportunities and knowing that the people that held the position held it for so long; I'm ready to jump in and see why they loved it so much and why they were committed for so long.

EN: You say your "first career job." how long do you see yourself staying in Emporia?

AW: I can't answer that question because I don't know.  You know, I never know what the future holds.  So, at least for the next four years, you have me here.  I'm not going anywhere.

In an effort to find out more about Miss Wall's experience, Emporia News reached out to the office of Delegate Roslyn Tyler.  When asked about the name, none of the people asked knew who Miss Wall was.  Miss Wall's name was not on any of the lists of campaign volunteers.  One of the Delegate's staff even reached out to Del. Tyler, who also did not remember Miss Wall.

 

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Local Artist Works to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

An effort to raise money for Wounded Warriors is ongoing by artist/composer/musician Tom Spivey. Currently he is offering four prints of his work: a) Emporia/Greensville County, $35.00.  b) Resurrection Morn, $15.00.  c) Christ at the Well, $10.00 d)  and Far From Home, $15.00. Contact tpspivey@yahoo.com or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

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"Nourish Your Digestive System” Program Offered in Emporia

Did you know that digestive disorders are among the most common problems in health care today? About 30 to 40 percent of adults say they experience frequent indigestion, and more than 50 million visits are made every year to health-care facilities for symptoms related to the digestive system. Experiencing digestive issues may not mean that you have a severe problem. Some of your daily behaviors may simply be disrupting normal digestion.

Join us Tuesday, August 11 at 6 p.m. for “Nourish Your Digestive System”.  This program will take place at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street Emporia, Virginia.  You will become familiar with the digestive system and ways to improve your digestive health.  Learn to nourish your digestive system and become healthier in the process.

There is no cost to attend this program, but participants must register to attend by Friday, August 7. For more information or to register, call the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance or accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least five days prior to this event. TDD number is 800-828-1120.

 

Stream and Download Music and Movies at your Library

Freegal (“Free and legal”) Music and Movies is here for Meherrin Regional Library System patrons! Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives library patrons access to over 8 million songs in MP3 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

There is no software to install. Downloaded songs will play in Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other popular music players. They can also be transferred to an MP3 player or an iPod. The Freegal app is free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for use with smartphones or tablets. Freegal Music limits song downloads to 3 per library patron per week, and 3 hours of streaming time per day per patron.

Also use Freegal Movies to view movies and TV shows! Freegal Movies and Television is a streaming video service that allows patrons to access thousands of movies and television episodes from major content providers. Like Freegal Music, no software download is needed, and files are in MP3 format and can be played on any device. Freegal Movies limits movie and TV episode downloads to 3 per library patron per week. Each download can be viewed multiple times during a 48 hour viewing period.

Start downloading your favorite tunes or movies today! Access Freegal Music by visiting www.freegalmusic.com or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at www.freegalmovies.com or by downloading the Freegal Movies app. Login to both by selecting Meherrin Regional Library and using your library card number and pin. For more information on accessing Freegal through your library, contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

 

Read to the Rhythm At Your Local Library

The Meherrin Regional Library System urges families to shake, rattle, or roll to the library for Read to the Rhythm! The Meherrin Regional Library System launches its Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Program on June 1st. During the next two months, the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville and the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia will host a range of free activities for children, tweens, and teens that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Themed summer events include a line dancing class with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Zumba with the YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, and a concert from the Richmond Gourd Orchestra. Magician and juggler Jonathan Austin and a fun filled show by the Sundae Puppets are also part of the summer fun.

There is a serious side to summer reading for youth. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Krystal Cook-Elliott, Youth Services Librarian states. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

The Libraries' Summer Reading Program Registration begins June 1st. To learn more about summer adventure at the library, please call the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia at (434) 634-2539 or check out the library’s website at www.meherrinlib.org.
 

ROUTE 301 SOUTH BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION MAY 18

Bridge near Emporia will be replaced; traffic to be detoured to I-95 during project

GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to alert drivers in Greensville County to possible traffic impacts associated with replacement of the Route 301 South (Sussex Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad tracks, about 3 miles north of the town of Emporia. The bridge will close to traffic on May 18, 2015, and will remain closed during the two-year construction project. Crews will first demolish and remove the old bridge, then construct a new bridge in its place.

The contractor will work with CSX railroad personnel to make sure train movements are not interrupted during construction. This project only affects southbound traffic, which will be detoured during construction. Route 301 North will remain open, and access will remain for property owners who live nearby. Access to Country Club Road will also be available during construction.

Detour signs will be posted along the roadside for drivers to follow. Before reaching the bridge closure, drivers can get onto I-95 at Exit 17, and get off at Exit 13 to access Route 301 South. This project is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2017.

For more information, visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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