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EMPORIA, VA - According to the National Cancer Institute, the five year survival rate of breast cancer patients is 98% when detected early, and in the localized stage.  The best method of detecting breast cancer in these earliest stages - Mammography.  Although there has been some controversy surrounding the use of mammography in recent years, it remains the best method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, and before it is large enough to feel through clinical or self-breast exams.

The importance of making people aware of breast cancer and breast cancer screening through mammography, is in the statistics.  It is estimated that 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  Although much less common, in men, approximately 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.  The good news, death rates attributed to breast cancer has been on a steady decline since 1991.  This decline is thought to be in response to increased breast cancer awareness, early detections through mammography screening, and advances in the treatment of breast cancer.   

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that all women begin getting yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams at age 40 (earlier if the woman is considered at high risk of developing breast cancer).   ACS also recommends that women between the ages of 20 and 39 have clinical breast exams every 2 – 3 years, and all women over the age of 20 are encouraged to perform monthly self breast examinations.

National Mammography Day was designated as the third Friday in October by President Bill Clinton as a one day recognition during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for encouraging women to schedule an annual mammogram.  In recognition of National Mammography Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) had a “Go Pink & Denim Day” to promote breast health awareness on Friday, October 17th. For a $5.00 donation, participating employees were allowed to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wear their favorite jeans to work. Other staff not participating in the Denim Day also wore pink to raise awareness of the importance of mammography, and made donations to support this worthy cause.  An additional donation was made by the SVRMC Cardiac Rehab Nurse who contributed $5.00 on behalf of each of her patients who participated in the Go Pink fun.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $400.00 that they donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.     

For more information on breast cancer or the benefits of mammography, contact your primary care provider or Betty Lou Robinson, SVRMC Mammography Technologist, at 434-348-4836.


EGRA JV Renegades Finish Regular Season with One Last Shutout

By Craig Allen

On Saturday, October 18th the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association JV Renegades traveled to Buckingham County to take on the Knights.  My Article this week won’t be as detailed as usual since I was at Cape Hatteras and unable to cover the game.  I will give a brief summary the game as conveyed to me by Coach Mandel Featherston.  The Game was scoreless through the first half.  The first two  touchdowns for the Renegades were scored in the Third Quarter by Kemory Sykes and the Point After Attempts by Cody Flint would hit the center in the back.  In the Fourth Quarter, the Renegades would score their third and last touchdown with a nice run by Jayden White.  Brett Allen would try to add 2 more with a kick that had distance but was just under the goal post.  The Renegades are the Regular Season JV Champions for the Southside District with a record of 9 wins and 1 loss, that I might mention was in double overtime.  I will share some of the Scoring Summaries for The Renegades for the Regular Season:

Tremaine Hill  2 Touchdowns and 7 Conversion Carries, Emari Brown 7 Touchdowns, Lapaul Moore 3 Touchdowns, Jayden White 9 Touchdowns, Kemory Sykes 7 Touchdowns, Christopher Rodgers 1 Safety, and Cody Flint 2 Point After Attempts. 

The Renegades had six games in which their Opponents were unable to score against them.

The Renegades Outscored their Opponents 181-31 during the Regular Season.

The Renegades Averaged Scoring 2.7 Touchdowns per game compared to allowing their Opponents to score 0.5 Touchdowns per game.

The Average points per game scored by the Renegades was 18.1  compared to allowing their Opponents to score 3.1 Points per game.

The Renegades will Travel to Nottoway High School on Saturday October 25th to take on the Nottoway Gators for the Southside Playoff at 4pm.   Thank You for Your Support of Our Team.


Top Photo: Coach Melvin Lee with the Team.  Upper Left Photo:  Jayden White from the shotgun in an offensive set.
Lower Photos (l-r). Kemory Sykes on a break out run for touchdown and Jayden White drops for a pass.



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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Applications for Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Persons, Tax Relief for Landowners with 5 acres or more productive agriculture and Personal Property Relief for Certain Veterans can be obtained from the office of the Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue starting September 1st.  The application must be signed and filled out completely with all required documents and returned to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office no later than November 1st.  If eligible, credit will be given for 2015 taxation.  My office is located at 1781 Greensville County Circle,  Room 132, Emporia, VA – Highway 301 North – Sussex Dr.  Our telephone number is 434-348-4227.

Martha S. Swenson

Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Greensville County

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


Governor McAuliffe Announces “Southern Virginia Works”

Collaboration among three area community colleges to boost workforce credentials in Southern Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that more than 50,000 residents in southern Virginia will be positively impacted by a new workforce collaboration among three area community colleges. Called “Southern Virginia Works,” the colleges - Danville Community College (DCC), Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) - plan to boost the number of workforce credentials earned by Southern Virginians through community college programs by 1,500 in the next year. Within the next five years, the three colleges plan to triple the number of postsecondary education and workforce credentials. Earning credentials aligned with regional employer needs such as certifications and licenses improves individuals’ employability and better meets the region’s educational and economic development needs. 

“My vision for a New Virginia Economy demands that community colleges and other partners in Virginia’s workforce system change and adapt to meet the emerging needs of business and industry, and the new Southern Virginia Works partnership of community colleges in the region is a big step in that direction,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “Three colleges, joining together to meet a common, regional goal sets an example that the entire state should celebrate.” 

Through the recently announced Executive Order 23, called “The New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative, Governor McAuliffe is seeking to overhaul the state’s economy in several areas: (1) increasing STEM-H postsecondary education and workforce credentials; (2) securing employment for veterans; (3) aligning education with the needs of businesses; and (4) diversifying the economy. Virginia’s Community Colleges play a key role in carrying out the governor’s vision. 

“I congratulate SVCC, DCC, and PHCC for their collaboration to ensure that underemployed and unemployed workers in the region have expanded opportunities to earn industry driven certifications that strengthen the workforce to help recruit, retain and grow businesses in Southern Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “It’s encouraging to see our community colleges collaborating and setting a bold goal for increasing their success in delivering training and credentials that work for working adults.”  

At the same time, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), announced plans to triple the number of credentialed Virginians earn by 2021.  The VCCS will adopt “Complete 2021” as its six-year strategic plan early next year, pending approval from the State Board for Community Colleges. Southside Virginia colleges are already working together on expanding their workforce initiatives to meet both the Chancellor’s and Governor’s goals.  

"Community colleges excel when they can bring together people to address community needs," said Chancellor DuBois. "This collaboration is a great example of that and promising for both the people and the businesses these colleges serve." 

“We were inspired by the Governor’s call  for 50,000 STEM-H credentials in his administration and also want to be responsive to the Virginia Community College chancellor's goal of tripling credentials by 2021,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC President. 

For more information about “Southern Virginia Works”, contact DCC (434-797-8430), PHCC (276-656-0256), or SVCC (434-949-1068).


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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