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2017 Summer Travel Season Off to a Deadly Start on Virginia Highways

RICHMOND – With a “record-breaking” number of travelers forecasted for the 2017 Independence Day weekend and the recent rash of fatal crashes in Virginia since the official start of summer, the Virginia State Police is urging all motorists to put traffic safety at the top of their list of holiday priorities. This past weekend, 15 people were killed in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth. Those who lost their lives in traffic crashes June 23-25, 2017, included drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians ranging from 4 months to 74 years of age.

To ensure the Fourth of July holiday is as safe as possible, Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the long holiday weekend. Beginning Saturday, July 1, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2017 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, and continues through midnight Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

“Halfway through 2017, there have already been 20 more traffic deaths compared to this date in 2016,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Let’s try to turn this year around and work towards saving lives, beginning with this July Fourth weekend. Traffic crashes and deaths are prevented when drivers and passengers simply follow the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired, avoiding distractions while driving and always wearing a seatbelt.” 

During the 2016 July Fourth weekend, Virginia troopers arrested 106 drunk drivers and cited 9,487 speeders and 2,590 reckless drivers. They also cited 821 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt and 360 motorists for child safety seat violations during the four-day statistical counting period.

With increased patrols, state police also remind drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.                  

Previous July 4th Fatality Statistics*:



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   *Traffic Crash Facts, VA Highway Safety Office, DMV               

Fish Tales

For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of spring is a freshwater fishing trip to Smithfield. Old Point Bank sponsors the event providing the bait, rods & reels and food for a cookout.

The young anglers – many of whom had ever been fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish. Don Lancaster and Matt Smith volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.  They enlisted a number of additional volunteers. Matt provided a brief “Fishing 101” lesson in which he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and then release the hooked fish.

According to one enthusiastic participant, the kids caught “a bazillion fish,” releasing most but keeping enough to fill a cooler to bring back to campus for dinner.  

When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying a simple pleasure.”

VSP Investigating Fatal Brunswick County Crash

Virginia State Police Master Trooper B.L. Tulloh is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Brunswick County. The crash occurred June 24, 2017, at 6:30 a.m., on Route 644 at Route 656.

A 2000 Mitsubishi was traveling south on Route 656. It pulled up to the stop sign, slowed for the stop sign and then slowly pulled into the intersection with Route 644. As the Mitsubishi pulled across Route 644 to make a left turn, it collided with a 2016 Honda traveling east on Route 644. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to run off the road and strike an embankment.

The passenger in the Honda, Laila N. Hawkins-Manning of Brodnax, Va., was seated in an infant seat. The child was not secured in the seat nor was the seat rear-facing, as required by law. The child was ejected from the seat in the crash, but remained inside the vehicle. The 4-month-old child was transported to VCU-CMH in South Hill, Va., where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Stephanie N. Hawkins, 31, of Brodnax, Va., was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hawkins was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Chavioleyette S. Lambert, 34, of LaCrosse, Va., was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, she was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

The crash remains under investigation.

Improvement Association Plans "Total Service Center

On April 24, The Improvement Association’s Executive Director, Rufus Tyler and staff, met with Community Stakeholders and Leaders throughout Southside Virginia to discuss and plan for an upcoming initiative. The initiative is called The Total Service Center (TSC).  The Total Service Center is a Community Service opportunity to allow individuals to maintain/regain their Self-Sufficiency by developing skills and ways of interacting in the community to complete education and/or to secure employment.

Community Stakeholders who provided input and comments on this initiative were excited and stated “our community needs initiative such as this”.  Ms. Erica Singleton, Housing Coordinator, stated “we as an Organization don’t have all the answers, our Stakeholders and citizens know the problems plaguing their communities, and we value their input. We are looking forward to continuing to work with local stakeholders and Community Leaders to address employment and education issues at a grassroots level.”

The Improvement Association is non-profit organization based in several local communities, with a 35-year old track record of helping individuals and communities identify and address issues of Self-Sufficiency. The Improvement Association provides several initiatives to help adults and children in local communities in order to empower them to become Self-Sufficient.

The Improvement Association’s Total Service Center (TSC) will help individuals reach education and employment goals through many comprehensive initiatives that will allow for positive change in their lives. The Total Service Center workshops will take place in three service areas and implemented over four to five weeks.

We are pleased by the energy, enthusiasm and commitment from Stakeholder and Community Leaders to this imitative. Collaborative partnerships have the capability and power to turn things around in our communities. We are excited to implement and lead this process so that individuals and families are no longer in crisis due to the lack of employment and/or education.

FRONT ROW: Carol Mercer, Emporia City Council/The Improvement Association Board Member; Brenda Drew, Sussex Housing Authority; and Vondrenna Smithers, SVCC; MIDDLE ROW:  Anita Shelburne, The Improvement Association; Jessica Jones, Brunswick County DSS; Erica Singleton, The Improvement Association; and Rufus Tyler, The Improvement Association; BACK ROW: Vandy Jones, III, Sussex County; Shanice Mason, The Improvement Association;  John Holtkamp, Emporia/Greensville DSS; Judy Smith, Crater PDC; Charlie Caple, Jr., The Improvement Association Board Chairman. 

Isaiah Stephens Going to Nationals

Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the AAU Track & Field Region 5 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Gloucester, VA on June 23-25, 2017.  He qualified for Nationals in the discus, shot put and javelin with gold medals. Stephens still holds his #1 rank in the state of Virginia.  AAU National Jr. Olympics will be held at Eastern Michigan University in Detroit, MI on July 29-August 5, 2017.

Please support him at  Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith are grateful to God for this opportunity once again.  They give special thanks to his coach Les Young.

Local Teen Raising Money for Church Flagpole

Tyler Dunn hopes to raise $2,200

June 26, 2017 (EMPORIA, Va.) – Tyler Dunn has been involved with the Boy Scouts since he was 12 years old, and is now pursuing his Eagle Scout rank. To earn this rank, Tyler must complete a community improvement project. He’s raising money through to install a flagpole at a local church.

The flagpole will be installed at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia. Tyler will need to purchase the 25-foot pole, an American flag, concrete, lights, and other supplies for the project.

“The church does not currently have a flagpole, therefore the project will allow them to demonstrate patriotism to our great country,” said Tyler.

To help offset the costs of this project, Tyler has partnered with to host an online fundraiser. He hopes to raise $2,200 to purchase the necessary supplies.

“Help this church gain a symbol of freedom and American values that is important to our country, the American flag,” Tyler said.

The fundraiser will be online through August 4. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit             

Over 700 Served at First Southside RAM Clinic

Bright and early Saturday morning hundreds of people descended on Greensville County High School for free medical, dental and visions services provided by area volunteers and Remote Access Medical of Virginia.

The parking lot opened at midnight and number distribution was planned to begin at 3 am.

Light rain at 4 am cleared and the bright sunshine was tempered by a pleasant breeze and comfortable temperatures.

The large parking lot by the gymnasium was full before 5 am and the overflow parking by the ROTC building was full not long after.  There were two other satellite parking areas at Main and Laurel Streets as well.

Patients were given numbers and a general idea of when to head towards the front door. While waiting, announcements were made about the types of services available. Those in need of care were given the option of dental or vision care, in addition to medical care. Due to time constraints and other concerns, patients were given the option of only one service-Dental or Vision. Having a tooth extracted changes a patient’s blood pressure (as would any other surgical procedure) and makes some eye exams impossible on the same day. Patients of all ages were seen, and income or residency was not an issue for this clinic. Any patient who showed up was given a number and provided with health care.

The large crowd that formed on the front lawn of the high school after receiving their numbers were given snacks and bottled water while they waited, and some patients also reported being served breakfast. The volunteer with the bullhorn, a teacher from Washington, DC, kept patients entertained and informed as they waited. Golf carts were provided for those who needed assistance getting from the back parking lot to the front door. While there were complaints of people not being able to hear, groups were called in close in ranges of 50, so the person struggling to be heard over the crowd had the people who needed to hear within range. After 7:30 the RAM volunteers started using a bullhorn, but were still respectful of the neighbors early on a Saturday morning. Numbers were called and registration proceeded as quickly as possible, given the limited space and number of people.

Once registered at one of more than a dozen stations in the lobby, patients were directed to the cafeteria for triage.

As a triage station was available cards were held up letting runners know where to take the next patient. Each of the tables set up in the cafeteria held two triage stations, ensuring that all of the volunteers were able to get patients to the care providers as quickly as possible. During triage all patients had their vitals (blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, and blood sugar) taken and were asked the typical questions patients are asked at the Doctor’s office about health concerns, medications and the like. Well over 60 Registered Nurses made Triage quick and painless (some would disagree with the painless assessment, though, as blood sugar cannot be tested without pricking a finger to draw blood, to which a surprising number of people are squeamish).

After triage, medical patients stayed in the high school, where a number of services were offered in different rooms. One class room was set up as an EKG station. A wide range of services were offered for those in need of medical care. Several specialties were present, including Cardiology, Podiatry, Mental Health and Urology.

In addition to Primary Care, X-rays, laboratory services and other diagnostic testing was available. People waiting for Mammograms found that they needed to wait until Sunday as the person driving the truck had health issues of his own and was unable to get here in time. While there is no current status on his condition, prayers were offered for a speedy recovery.

The Lions Club mobile vision clinic was on site, along with 31 eye-care professionals. One Ophthalmologist, six Optometrists, six Opticians, ten Vision Techs and eight Vision Students screened patients for a wide range of problems, including glaucoma, and were able to make most prescriptions on site.

What appeared to be the most popular service was Dental Care. A team of 45, that included Dentists, Patient Ready Students with Faculty, Hygienists and Dental Assistants offered Cleanings, Fillings and Extractions. The gymnasium was outfitted with 20 stations.

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After additional triage, patients were divided into three groups, based on the service that was needed. Patients were given the option of one service before being sent to one of three sections in the bleachers. Those expecting to receive multiple dental services could return on Sunday, if able, for additional care. Some patients were further disappointed when one of the Dentists would only fill one cavity, as opposed to all of the patient's cavaties.

The only appearance of an issue was keeping people in order. Upon arrival, patients in the gymnasium were just told to line up, as opposed to being given numbers, and after triage were given numbers, but only the fillings group kept a number system. One lead volunteer grew mildly frustrated while trying to keep the cleaning group in order and, at one point, told them that she didn’t “care what number they were given” by the previous volunteeer.  The cleaning group was the most vocal about line-cutters, and loudly pointed out when one woman, who was not present for most of the day, showed up in the gym and had her teeth cleaned after waiting less than an hour whole others  waiting for a cleaning had been waiting for several hours. Many who had arrived early and gotten a place in line, attended workshops, took their children to day care or ran errands or got a meal before returning to continue waiting.

The Dental clinic used few disposable tools, and two autoclaves (the size of large laser printers) worked overtime to keep the tools that were used sterilized. At one point early in the day, everything stopped as they ran out of tools and had to wait for more to be sterilized; after the volunteers working to keep the tools sterile got ahead of the demand that was not an issue for the rest of the day as the autoclaves sterilized tray after tray of dental tools.

As with any trip to the Dentist, patients were offered education on oral care and left with a toothbrush, floss, a package of DenTek Easy Brushes and a sample of Listerine.

In addition to the care provided, there were several classes and workshops offered throughout the day on Saturday. Many people took advantage of these workshops while they waited. Eventually a few of the workshops relocated to the gym lobby, the most notable being the hands-on CPR course in front of the trophy case.

The Virginia Department of Health was onsite for the event.  Among the workshops offered by the VDH were multiple nutrition classes, including Diabetic and Kidney Nutrition. In these workshops FitBit style pedometers, coolers, and several booklets with recipes and information were distributed.

The Bureau of Insurance was present with an attorney to answer any questions about health care and insurance.

In addition to the workshops information tables were set up in the hallways (including one offering Red Velvet Cake), and a Prayer Station was provided between the main building and the gymnasium.

Volunteers worked to arrange the clinic, recruit providers and work with Remote Access Medical to clear all the logistic hurdles. Volunteers worked with Greensville County Public Schools to secure the space. Volunteers also did all the promotion for the clinic and arranged transportation from other communities served.

Volunteers kept the whole event running as smoothly as possible. Everything from registration to the actual care was provided by volunteers of all ages. There were volunteers directing traffic before the sun rose, volunteers distributed water and snacks while people waited to register and while they waited for care. Volunteers directed patients to the right room or building for the service that was needed. The Medical, Dental and Vision Professionals were all volunteers, as were all of the people supporting them by sterilizing tools, cleaning and repairing equipment and running samples to the lab.

The volunteers came from all over the region. Virginia Commonwealth University had a large contingent of volunteers from the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk was also well represented (an accident in one of the tunnels left some volunteers from Norfolk waiting for over an hour in the tunnel, but the dedicated volunteers made it to Emporia safely).

The Meherrin Ruritan Club prepared and served the food for the volunteers in the Band Room.  

Most notable among the corps of volunteers were a group of faculty and 4 students from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, who drove 300 miles to be here.

In addition to the many volunteers, everything was donated. There were monetary donations from several groups that paid for what was not already available. Dr. Tillar donated equipment and frames for the Vision Clinic. All of the major equipment from the dental chairs to the x-ray machines was provided by Remote Access Medical, the organization behind this clinic and many others nationwide.

Upcoming clinics in Virginia include:

  • Wise – July 21-23
  • Grundy  - October 7 & 8
  • Warsaw – November 4 & 5

There is also an urban clinic planned for Washington, DC on August 26.

Even after nearly a year of planning this event was not without hiccups, but it proved to be an overwhelming success and provided much needed services to nearly one thousand people in an area from Amelia County to Portsmouth, with the lion’s share coming from the immediate area.

Remote Access Medical was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock. The organization provides medical, care through mobile clinics in underserved, isolated, or impoverished communities. Most clinics provide general medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and education. RAM also provides services internationally, disaster relief and mobile veterinarian services.

For more information on RAM, visit their website at

RAMVirginia is an affiliate of RAM that now oversees the RAM Clinics in Wise, Smith County, Warsaw and now Emporia. RAMVirginia is led by William and Mary graduate Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, OD, who has been involved in over 45 clinics in Virginia – including helping to found the landmark clinic in Wise, Virginia - and elsewhere, including New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina.

You may visit the RAMVirginia Facebook Page, or donate to future clinics in Virginia by visiting, clicking on the"support RAM of Virginia" box and selecting RAM of Virginia in the donation details box. You may also donate to the overall program support for RAM USA of any of the other options in the list.

Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program with Krendl Magic

The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to be a part of our Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design! Our first event will be held Thursday, June 29th, and will feature an amazing science-based magic show from Krendl Magic. The event will be held at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.

Events begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis. For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539, or visit

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Articulated Haul Truck Driver:  Company is looking for an experienced Articulated Haul Truck Driver with at least 6 to 8 months experience.  CDL is not required; however, CDL License and/or HAZMAT experience is a plus.  JO #1080078        

Electrical Maintenance Planner:  This position is responsible for planning routine Electrical Reliability work and Preventative Maintenance tasks.  Determining and documenting steps and time estimates required to complete jobs within scope; Step out jobs detailing completion requirements; complete work order step text in accordance with job package guidelines; build job packages, provide cost estimates as needed and/or requested.  Other duties assigned.         JO #1081426

PLC/Electrical Technician:  Responsibilities include:  program, troubleshoot and maintain advanced PLC/5 and Control Logix; read assembly drawings, schematics and equipment layouts; maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electronic circuits; maintain, troubleshoot and replace control devices; understand and use data to improve productivity.  Other duties assigned.   JO #1077648

Mobile Equipment Mechanic:  Responsibilities include:  maintenance and repair of a diverse fleet of mobile equipment to include but not limited to the inspection, diagnoses and repair of mobile equipment.  Operate equipment for maintenance purposes.  Perform PMs, routine repairs and maintenance involving disassembly, assembly and adjustments of equipment components.  Other duties assigned.    JO# 1077646  

Millwright I:  Must have 3 years of industrial mechanical maintenance experience.  Experience should include troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining industrial machinery and mechanical equipment for improved reliability and uptime.  Demonstrated knowledge and skills in advanced hydraulics, pneumatics, reading hydraulic schematics, fabrication, reading tap charts, basic layout, blue print reading, precision measurement, knowledge of bearings, chains, sprockets, gear boxes, troubleshooting,  precision alignment of motors and couplings and computer skills.   JO #1077644

Free Workshops are Available. Call for more information.


Summer Feeding Program Sites Announced

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, andthere will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows:


Location Days of Service

Greensville Elementary School

1101 Sussex Drive

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:45 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45 am – 8:30 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:00 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:30 am.

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library

100 Spring Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Thursday’s Only

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Word of Life Assembly of God

707 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Northwood Village Apartments

300 Lewis Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm

Brookridge Apartments

1325 Skippers Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Community Youth Center (CYC)

800 Halifax Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 29-July 29 Thursday – Saturday only

Snack only 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Main Street United Methodist Church

500 South Main Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:30 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847


**All sites will be closed July 3 & 4, 2017.

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