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109 Market Drive
Emporia, VA 23847

2 Family Yard Sale - Fridaty and Saturday, October 24 & 25, 8:30 am - 310 Southampton St.,Lots of hunting clothes, boots and hunting supplies.  Household items, furniture, glassware (some vintage), tow straps,  knic knacks, Biker shirts, large men's clothing and women's clothing,small tv, odds and ends. More items coming Saturday.

Free Workshop but Must Pre-Register

Diabetes: Making Sense of All the Numbers!

This program will focus on the problems associated with uncontrolled blood sugar and the most common treatments. We will also discuss the goals of Diabetes treatment as recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

When: October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Where: Southside Virginia Community College
John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center
109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821

Pre-registration required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or

Presented by:

Chris Buchanan, owner of Smith’s Pharmacy in Kenbridge, Virginia, has been helping pharmacy customers with their medication needs since 1999. He    attended Virginia Tech then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy. Rebecca Reitz has been with Smith’s Pharmacy for 10 years. She attended       Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate courses and pharmacy school.



Over 30 companies seeking employees will be under one roof on Tuesday, October 29, 2014 at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.  There will be 33 employers/agencies participating in this  Job Fair co-hosted by SVCC Workforce Development, SVCC Student Development and Crater Business Services Team.  Dress to impress and bring your resume to this event from  2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Following is a list of participants:

  • The Center for Child & Family Services
  • SVCC - Career Center
  • AmeriCare Plus
  • Transamerica Agency Network
  • Penmac
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • First Citizens Bank
  • American Buildings
  • New Journey Family Services
  • Wilco Hess - Subway
  • Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
  • AVON
  • Hampton Inn Emporia
  • Stage Stores, Inc (Peebles, Goodys)
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Mecklenburg County Public Schools
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Oran Safety Glass
  • Fedex Ground
  • ProLabor Temps (Toll Brothers)
  • VCU Community Memorial Hospital
  • Bojangles
  • Kaine Connects
  • Health Insurance Navigator
  • Marriott
  • Fastenal
  • Dish Network
  • Care Advantage
  • Personal Touch Home Care Services
  • Global Safety Textile
  • Greensville Correctional Center


Brunswick Academy Wears Pink

Brunswick Academy had a "Wear Pink Day" on Thursday, October 16th in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students, Faculty, and Staff dressed in pink to support the cause and promote finding a cure.  Shown are Mrs. McLawhorn's First Grade Class and our Middle School students.


Proud SVCC Alum Returns As Published Author

You can go home again.  Author Angela Marie Carter did that recently by taking a leap of faith to return to Southside Virginia.  Describing herself as ‘a proud graduate of Southside Virginia Community College,” Carter visited the Christanna Campus as a published author and mentor to students who now fill the halls she once walked.  The “Meet the Author” event was sponsored by the SVCC Empowered Woman organization and Student Development Services.

Her book of poetry, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body, sells on, resides in libraries and is heard through her readings at colleges, schools, and art shows. 

Carter is poetic in her expression as she noted, “First talk. Student body. Out of everything I've achieved as an author so far, yesterday had to be the most special accomplishment. I went back to my hometown. I spoke on three different occasions (all full) about my story, the book, what I've learned and how our very own community college changed my life--and how it's changing  their's.

I got up on stage three times. Three times I said...My name is Angela Carter. I am a survivor....I ran away from this town, and realized later that our college is one of the reasons that I have the happiness I do now. (And then they listened....).”

She also noted, “Abuse. Depression. Bullying. Importance of community college. Art and writing. All topics that I talked about yesterday, in THREE talks I gave at Southside VA Community College. Not only were the topics accepted, but I received over 8 messages last night regarding how my talks helped those that attended. I'm dancing on the inside and cannot explain what it meant to me to talk to students, faculty/staff and many community members.

I feel that I can formally announce that this country gal is changing the world. Many past tears were cried and every single one was worth it for what I'm doing now.”

Carter is a graduate of SVCC.   She got involved with student art and literature and helped to organize the SVCC Arts and Literature Festival featuring writers, artists and musicians.  Because she was going through turmoil in her personal life, she welcomed the involvement and escape through college life. A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended SVCC

  During her years at SVCC (1999-2001), the college offered a Study Abroad Program in which students could travel to the University of Bath in England to study for a semester.  SVCC offered scholarships to the program and one was offered to Carter. 

“I was not the typical person to receive this, but I feel it was just meant to be,” she remembers.

After what transposed in England, Carter notes that she is afraid to consider what her life would be like had she not gone.

Carter notes that the trip to England was her first escape from the grim specter of a childhood stolen and the first chance to discover her true self. As a child, Carter had encountered abuse by a non-family member. Her own parents were not aware of the long-standing effects, and toll it had taken on her life, until the last few years.

Carter blossomed in England, was mesmerized by the country and the classes and after returning to the United States to get her life in order, she went back to England on a work visa.  She met her husband and they lived there for five years and have two daughters.  Returning to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and now lives in Harrisonburg, VA.

Her triumphant return to her alma mater was marked by great attendance at each phase of the event, sales of her book, students and friends seeking autographs and photos.  Reviews on  say

It's beautifully written, and the content is vividly real” and “a raw talent with honest words.” 

SVCC is extremely proud of the accomplishments of this former student and hopes she will come home again soon!!


Muddy Waters Makes Donation

Submitted by Lee Seymour

On behalf of Muddy Water Riding Club, Lee Seymour donates a check to Nancy Turner for Family Violence Protection/Sexual Assault Unit of Emporia. Every year at Christmas I am blessed with your help to take many under-privileged children shopping, but this year I need your help with something a little different. The "Kids & Cop's" shopping will be held too, thanks to your previous donations. There is almost enough money in the account to accommodate the event this year. There is no need to keep a surplus amount in the account. I highly encourage you to support another program that I am a volunteer for and it is close to my heart. I had no idea the amount of families they serve in a years time until I became a volunteer. These dedicated women, men, staff and volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. The FVSAU is a program that assists over 500 victims a year that have been involved in domestic violence and/or sexual assault cases. The program is made up of a few staff members and a lot of volunteers, including myself. They operate strictly on grants and donations. They offer counseling, support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, safety planning, financial assistance, shelter, transportation and 24 hour crisis intervention, just to name a few. The majority of the women and men (yes, men) they assist in getting out of domestic situations have jobs but make just enough to get by. Every year the FVSAU assists many families with providing school supplies, clothing, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, Santa shopping and assistance with increased heating bills for the winter. The funding and assistance for FVSAU is less each year and those in need just keeps growing. Your donations will help them to continue helping the many ones that desperately need help. Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare for those in need. You can get the money to me or to you can donate directly at the event on October 27th at 5:30 pm under Pavilion at Veteran's Memorial Park located behind the post office on Main Street. We would like to invite you to attend this event and learn more in honor of October being "Domestic Violence Awareness Month!" What we do is help people get a fresh start from violence! Make your check payable to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit or FVSAU and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Dr., Emporia, Virginia. 23847 or call me at 434–430–5000 and I will gladly pick up your donations. All donations are tax deductible! Merry Christmas and "Thanks" to you all for helping make life a little easier for those that need us!


Kaine Connects Event at SVCC Job Fair

Diane Kaufman will represent Senator Tim Kaine as she meets with constituents:

Emporia Kaine Connect

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 – 2:00AM-4:30PM


at the

Southside Virginia Education Center

1300 Greensville County Circle

Emporia, VA


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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


VLAS to hold Wills Clinic for Seniors in Emporia

Low-income senior citizens in the cities of Emporia and Franklin and counties of Greensville, Sussex and Southampton will be able to obtain simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives this fall. Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) will hold a Wills Clinic in partnership with the Richmond law firm Williams Mullen and local volunteer attorneys. The one day event will be held at the VLAS building at 412 South Main Street in Emporia from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This will be by appointment only. Attorneys will provide simple wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives at no cost. The day is designed to provide low-income seniors with basic life planning documents.

Registration and prescreening for eligibility for this event is required and space is limited. Registration is required by November 1, 2014. For seniors interested in registering for the event or to find out more bout eligibility requirements, please call the Suffolk Office of VLAS at 800-539-3441, ext. 12, Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. The VLAS mission is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.


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