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Sale will resume on Tuesday, January 17

The Heavy Hauls for the Greensville County Power Station starting Sunday (1/22/2017)  will have a severe impact on traffic. The moves are scheduled for Sunday (1/22/17), Tuesday (1/24/17), and Thursday (1/26/17). Due to the size of the moves, Ext. 11 will be closed as well as the I-95 overpass while they are moving over I-95. Please plan accordingly, this will impact some business at the time of normal shift changes. All moves are weather permitting.

HALIFAX STREET (ROUTE 610) BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT BEGINS

Construction underway

EMPORIA– A project to demolish, remove and replace the existing Halifax Street Bridge on Route 610 is under construction. Contract crews for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will demolish then replace the bridge and rebuild the approach roadway to tie into the new bridge. The new bridge will be 36 feet long and 32 feet wide. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. 

Halifax Street (Route 610/3807) is closed to thru traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions. Motorists are advised to follow the signed detours in place. 

S.T. Wooten Corporation was awarded the $660,000 contract for the new bridge replacement on November 8, 2016. The project will continue over the next 5 months, with completion scheduled for June 2017.

Businesses and homeowners will always have access at all times. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/halifax_st_bridge.asp.

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

Robert William Little, Jr.

Robert William Little, Jr., 94, of Emporia passed away on January 19, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert William Little, Sr. and Virginia Grizzard Little; first wife, June Beach Little and their children, Todd Wingood Little and John Oscar Little; second wife, Mary Watkins Morgan Little and sister, Mattie Todd Berger. He is survived by his children, Robert William Little, III, Irene Beach Little and Mildred Little Lankford; sister, Katherine Little Sanders; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of Main Street United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 3pm, Tuesday, at Main Street United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www. Echolsfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman passed away January 18, 2017 at the age of 87 after a long and brave battle with COPD and congestive heart failure. She was born to Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore on December 17, 1929. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore; her daughter, Barbara Jean Bass; her late husband and soul mate, Robert F. Coleman, Sr.; her late first husband, Cecil Bass; her late husband, Lawrence Delbridge; her brothers, Johnny L. and Randolph Neal Moore; her sisters, Willar Ferguson, Lila M. Harrison, Carrie Harvey, Shirley Kirkland, Edna M. Birch and Martha M. Williams. She is survived by her son, Robert F. Coleman, Jr. and his wife, Natalie V. Coleman; grandson, Matthew R. Coleman and granddaughter, Marissa E. Coleman; her sister, Betty Gregory with her husband Charles Gregory of Jarratt as well as many nieces and nephews from the Moore, Bass, Coleman, and Delbridge families. She wished to acknowledge special friends from Emporia, Virginia Beach and Suffolk; her McDonald’s family; her unofficial adopted son, George Best of Portsmouth; Dr. Richard Holm and his brother Jeff; her wonderful neighbor, Jane Wendell and Betty Lou; and her very special nephew who called her every week since 2000, William F. Harvey; and finally her devoted caregiver, Will Tomlin. Anyone that knew Dorothy knew her as Dot and knew how much family meant to her. Her “Little Coleman Family” was her life. She loved her friends and loved to garden. She had three great bosses she wished to acknowledge, Eugene Bloom of Emporia, William Davenport of Virginia Beach, and Ms. D. Davis of Emporia. A memorial service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Frank Willard Moseley

Frank Willard Moseley, age 77, of Valentines, VA passed away January 19, 2017.  He was the son of the late Jessie and Mildred Moseley.  He is survived by his children, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird, Tony Moseley and Melinda, Randy Moseley and Jeannie; his grandchildren, Shannon Gibbs and Brandon, Heather Smith and Dave, Brendan Moseley, Joshua Moseley and Noah Moseley; his great grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs and Fraya Smith; and his brother, Melvin Moseley.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia,VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857.

Dr. Christopher D. Imber Joins Roanoke Clinic

Board-certified Family Physician Welcoming New Patients

January 17, 2017 (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – Roanoke Clinic is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Imber, MD, has joined the Roanoke Rapids-based medical practice. The announcement was made today by Will Mahone, Chief Executive Officer at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

“We are pleased to announce that Dr. Imber will be joining the outstanding and talented team of providers at Roanoke Clinic,” said Mahone, “At Halifax Regional, we are committed to ensuring our community has access to the finest medical care possible.”

Roanoke Clinic is part of the Halifax Regional Medical Center family.

“I’m thrilled to be able to join such a highly-regarding medical practice,” said Dr. Imber. “My goal is to make a difference in my patients’ lives, and I take great pride in caring for them the same way I care for my family and friends.”

Dr. Imber brings more than 20 years’ experience in patient care to the community.  He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and New Jersey. He earned his board-certification in 1998, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He most recently served as a family physician at a practice located in Emporia, Virginia.

On a personal note, Dr. Imber and his wife Michelle have a blended family, with four daughters ranging in age from 14-18.  When not seeing patients, Dr.

Imber enjoys being in a band that plays at local and regional venues. While he primarily plays guitar, he can also play drums and sing.

Dr. Imber will begin seeing patients on February 1, and is welcoming new and former patients. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Roanoke Clinic 252-537-9176 or visit roanokeclinic.com. The practice is located at 1385 Medical Center Drive in Roanoke Rapids.

Groups Criticize Panel For Not Hiking Minimum Wage

By Jesse Adcock, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Advocacy groups for low-paid workers blasted a Virginia Senate committee for killing two bills that would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next three years.

“It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition. “$7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty.”

Supporters of the legislation had hoped Virginia would become the 30th state with a minimum wage above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour. But on Monday, Republicans on the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted to kill the two proposals:

·         SB 785, proposed by Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, would have raised the minimum wage to $8 an hour on July 1, to $9 an hour in 2018, to $10.10 an hour in 2019, and finally to $11.25 an hour in 2020. The bill died on an 11-3 vote.

·         SB 978, proposed by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, would have raised the minimum wage to $10 an hour on July 1, to $13 an hour in 2018, and ultimately to $15 an hour in 2019. The committee voted 11-2, with one abstention, against the proposal.

“Had we indexed the minimum wage for inflation 40 years ago, it would be $11,” Marsden said. “People are really falling behind.”

He said that by raising the minimum wage in yearly increments, his bill could have been repealed if evidence showed it was hurting the state’s economy. Marsden added that by raising the minimum wage, consumers could reclaim lost buying power that had been lost to inflation during the previous decades.

Representatives from the Catholic Conference, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, workers’ unions and minimum wage employees themselves came to speak in support of the bill.

“We continue to walk beside and around these people always telling them to ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps,’” said Athena Jones, who came from Portsmouth representing home care workers. “But(we) have never given them shoes in the first place.”

Representatives of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the chambers of commerce for Prince William County, Roanoke and the Richmond area opposed the bill.

“Raising the minimum wage does not solve the problem – it only creates new problems,” said Ryan Dunn, a representative from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “There is no silver bullet for poverty.”

Dunn said that should SB 785 pass, between 10,000 and 31,000 minimum wage jobs would be lost.

Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw of Fairfax pointed out that number of jobs lost would represent a tiny slice of the state population.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the more than 4 million working Virginians in 2015, 50,000 of them earned exactly $7.25 per hour, while 69,000 earned less, because of exceptions to the federal law. (Employees under 20 years old in their first 90 consecutive days of employment, workers who make tips and apprentices can all legally be paid less than the minimum wage.)

“How many of your members pay $7.25?” Saslaw asked the business representatives. “If your business plan requires you to pay $7.25, you don’t have much of a business plan.”

“Some of us have a view that the system does work,” said Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Mechanicsville. “We have a good system in place.”

The committee voted to “pass by indefinitely” both bills, which means they will not be considered further in this session.

Afterward, Julie Emery, executive director of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition, said she was disappointed by the panel’s actions.

“Yet again, the politicians in Richmond have refused to give the working people of Virginia a raise. This despite the fact that polls show Virginians overwhelmingly favor increasing the minimum wage,” Emery said.

Three bills pending in the House of Delegates, all filed by Democrats, also seek to raise the minimum wage. They are HB 1444, proposed by Del. Sam Rasoul of Roanoke; HB 1771, by Del. Kenneth Plum of Reston; and HB 2309, by Del. Marcus Simon of Falls Church. Those bills have been referred to a subcommittee of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

Bill Would Exempt Fracking Chemicals from FOIA

By Tyler Hammel, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Open government advocates are alarmed at a legislative subcommittee’s approval of a bill that would hide from the public record the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said House Bill 1678 would violate the public’s right to know about possible environmental and health hazards posed by fracking, in which liquids are injected into the ground to extract oil or gas.

“They would shield information from the public and local government and would jeopardize their ability to monitor public health,” Rhyne said.

Last week, a subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee voted 4-3 to recommend approval of the bill, which was sponsored by Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Midlothian. If the full committee agrees, the measure will go to the House floor for consideration.

Robinson, who introduced a similar bill last year, said the bill is intended to protect trade secrets of companies that use hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping large amounts of water and chemicals into the ground to break open rock formations containing natural gas and oil.

The bill would exempt from the state’s Freedom of Information Act “chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well.”

Robinson noted that her measure includes exceptions for health care providers and first responders in the event of an emergency. They would be able to access the information about chemicals from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

“The industry has been fracking in Virginia for decades without any disclosure requirements and with a remarkable record of safe natural gas production,” Robinson said.

At last Thursday’s subcommittee meeting, Miles Morin, executive director of the Virginia Petroleum Council, spoke in favor of the bill. He said it strikes a balance between protecting the industry’s secrets while maintaining full disclosure to regulators.

“With this protection, Virginia would still have one of the strongest chemical disclosure requirements in the country,” Morin said.

Fracking has attracted attention in recent years for potential pollution in places such as Pavillion, Wyoming, where former EPA scientist Dominic DiGiulio published a report connecting contaminated water to fracking waste.

Opponents of Robinson’s bill, including Travis Blankenship of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, said the measure would prevent landowners from knowing about chemicals that could affect their well water.

“We feel this legislation goes far beyond protecting the competitive trade secrets the legislation attempts to get at and actively prevents landowners from knowing chemicals affecting their drinking water,” Blankenship said.

Another opponent, Emily Francis of the Southern Environmental Law Center, said the bill would put trade secrets in a black box hidden from citizens and could pose dangers for local governments.

“Specifically, we are concerned that localities would not have access to this information ahead of time in order to prepare for any potential accident,” Francis said.

The bill contains language that would allow for emergency personnel and first responders to be informed of the chemicals used in fracking in the event of an emergency. But Rhyne fears this would not give first responders enough time to prepare and would put them at risk.

“This is not quite the same, but in 9/11 there were so many people exposed to the chemicals in fluorescent light bulbs that exploded during the towers’ collapse,” Rhyne said. “You’re exposed to chemicals, and then you develop illnesses later.”

Robinson has a similar bill, HB 1679, scheduled to be heard Wednesday by the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.

HB 1679 would require fracking chemicals exempted under HB 1678 to be disclosed to the director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. It would allow the director to disclose the chemical information to state and local officials assisting in an emergency but would prevent further dissemination.

Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, has filed two virtually identical bills in the Senate. SB 1291 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and SB 1292to the Senate Committee General Laws and Technology.

House OKs Bill to Ease Rule on Concealed Gun Permits

By Nick Versaw, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill Wednesday to allow members of the military to obtain concealed handgun permits at age 18.

HB 1582, introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell, R-Marion, passed by a vote of 78-19. It will now go to the Senate for consideration.

The bill would allow active-duty military personnel and those with an honorable discharge between the ages of 18 and 20 to receive concealed handgun permits, provided they have completed basic training. The current minimum age for a concealed handgun permit is 21.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase a handgun from a licensed firearm dealer. However, Virginians between 18 and 20 can legally buy a handgun in a private sale or receive one as a gift.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, cited that reason in opposing the bill.

“We don’t think it’s smart to let 18- and 19- and 20-year-olds who can’t legally purchase a firearm from carrying concealed,” he said when the bill was debated Tuesday.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, disagreed.

“I see no harm at all in trusting young men and women who were ready to give their lives for our freedom” to have a concealed handgun permit, he said.

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpepper, echoed Lingamfelter.

“We don’t seem to have any problem putting a gun in their hands when they’re going to go overseas to get shot at,” he said. “So this whole idea that we can’t trust them when they come back to exercise the very constitutional amendment they went overseas to defend seems a little bit ridiculous to me.”

Campbell said the bill also would increase concealed handgun permit reciprocity with other states.

Currently, Virginia permits are recognized throughout the Southeast except in Georgia. Campbell said his bill would change that by “removing the sole impediment to recognition of Virginia concealed carry permit holders by the state of Georgia,” thereby granting permit holders full passage throughout the southern I-95 corridor.

“As a practical matter, this is a good bill for those of us who like to travel out of state on the East Coast,” Lingamfelter said.

Campbell said the bill is another step toward his party’s goal of concealed handgun permit reciprocity across all 50 states. Currently, Virginia permits are recognized in 32 states.

Simon said he fears that in expanding reciprocity, Virginia may be headed down a slippery slope.

“We’re going to have to lower our standards in state after state after state to make sure that our laws are just as generous to concealed carry permit holders and that we have the lowest standards of any state in the country,” Simon said. “It is the first step in having us liberalize our concealed carry permits to go to the lowest common denominator.”

Permit reciprocity has been a hot-button issue among Virginia officials. In December 2015, Attorney General Mark Herring revoked Virginia’s permit reciprocity agreements with 25 states.

However, during its 2016 session, the General Assembly passed legislation reversing Herring’s decision and restoring all previous reciprocity agreements.

With Donald Trump’s election as president, the issue of permit reciprocity has risen to prominence at the federal level. This month, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in Congress.

Hudson’s proposal would force all 50 states to recognize permits from all other states. The bill is awaiting hearing in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

State Building Named After Civil Rights Pioneer

By Taylor Knight, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The renovated state building that houses the Virginia attorney general’s office will be named after Barbara Johns, a civil rights pioneer who helped end school segregation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced.

“When we name our state buildings after people from our history, we make a statement that the work done within those buildings will advance their legacy,” McAuliffe said last week at Virginia Union University’s 39th Annual Community Leaders Breakfast.

“I am honored to announce that her name will be placed on this beautiful building as a lasting reminder of the enormous impact one person can have when they stand up fearlessly for what is right.”

Johns, who was brought up in the segregated school system of Prince Edward County, organized a student strike at her high school in 1951 to protest the dilapidated classroom conditions and lack of resources compared with the all-white school in the county.

By 1954, Johns’ fight for equality arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court, and her plea was combined with what became the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which declared school segregation unconstitutional.

McAuliffe’s announcement to name the building after Johns was made alongside one of the structure’s new inhabitants, Attorney General Mark Herring.

“Change in this commonwealth and this country has always come when brave individuals stand up and demand their rights, and so often it has been a young person who can still see injustice with clear eyes,” Herring said.

“To me, that’s the legacy of Barbara Johns – a brave young woman who stood up and demanded the rights that the Constitution guaranteed to her and to each of us. I will be proud every single day I walk into the Barbara Johns Building to fight for justice, equality, and opportunity for every Virginian.”

The building, at 202 N. Ninth St., will be formally dedicated at a date to be announced.

The newly modernized building overlooks the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, which features a statue of Johns on the grounds of the State Capitol.

USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Greensville County Producers

Subscribers Can Receive Important Program Reminders and Updates

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Melvin E. Hill, Jr. in Greensville County announced that farmers and ranchers in Virginia now can receive notifications from their FSA county office through text messages on their cell phone.

"In addition to the free FSA GovDelivery email news, customers now can choose to receive text message alerts from their county office," said Hill. "These text messages inform producers of important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events, and updates.”

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service will enable FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go.

Producers can text VAGreensville to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from Greensville County. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any time.

To receive GovDelivery email notifications, subscribe online at www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribeor contact the Greensville County FSA office for subscription assistance.  Producers can establish subscriber preferences by choosing to receive federal farm program information by topic, by state or by county. Producers can select as many subscriber options as they want, which allows producers who farm in multiple counties or across state lines to receive updates from each county in which they operate or have an interest.

According to Hill, GovDelivery is a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date USDA program information.

Please contact your local FSA office at 434-634-2462 Ext. 2 if you have questions regarding FSA’s electronic news service or new text message option.

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 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred 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.

Clarksville Community Players to hold Audtions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Clarksville, VA—The Clarksville Community Players and Director Georgene Glasscock are holding auditions for the upcoming spring musical production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Auditions will be held at the Fine Arts Center on Sunday, January 22 and Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:30pm.  Sunday night will be singing and dance auditions and Monday night will be cold reads from the script.  Anyone interested in being a part of the ensemble will only need to come Sunday night but those desiring a named role should come both nights.

All roles are open and auditions are open to everyone.  Auditions will consist of both cold reading from the script and all actors, including those auditioning for ensemble, should also be prepared to sing a song from the show itself for the character for which they are auditioning.  There will be no accompanist at this audition, so please bring a device that plays digital or cd accompaniment if needed.  There will be a system set up to play music cds and an adapter for apple and android devices.  Please dress comfortably for movement/dance exercises.

Besides a cast and crew of 40+ people both onstage and off, Mrs. Glasscock needs and will specifically be looking for actors for the following lead roles:

Belle (acting age 18-  30s)  is the original fairy tale heroine – kind, gentle, and beautiful.  This role requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence, passion and courage in her singing and speaking voice with Mezzo- Soprano range.

Beast (acting age 20s- 30s)  - There is anger and menace in The Beast's appearance and behavior, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle.  The role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence with Baritone range.

Gaston (acting age 20s-40s) -   Gaston is the absolute antithesis of The Beast. Although he is physically handsome, he is shallow, completely self centered, not very bright, and thrives on attention.  The role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well with Baritone range.

Le Fou (acting age 16-30s) - is Gaston's dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master. The actor must be comfortable with physical comedy, and the role requires strong character acting. Baritone: Audition Songs: Gaston

Maurice (acting age 40s-70s) – is Belle's somewhat scatter brained father.  Maurice is a Baritone vocal range and he and Belle sing the lovely duet No Matter What.

Lumiere (acting age 16-60s) -  Lumiere is the French butler who was transformed into a Candelabra. He  speaks with a French accent. This role requires strong character acting and a Baritone vocal range that is best displayed in the song Be Our Guest.

Cogsworth (acting age 16-60s) - Cogsworth is a tightly wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast's household. He speaks with a British accent and is a Baritone vocal range.

Mrs Potts (acting age 20s- 60s) - is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast in a Mezzo-Soprano vocal range.

Chip (acting age 8-12) - is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts and who sings in a soprano voice.

Babette (acting age 18-30s)  -  is a saucy, enchanted feather duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections as she dances a tango with Lumiere during Be Our Guest. This character speaks with a French accent.

Madame De La Grande Bouche (acting age 20s-70s)  -  is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. She is very melodramatic and requires strong character acting and a strong Soprano voice.

Monsieur D'arque (acting age 30s-70s)  -  is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He will also be an ensemble member and a Tenor voice.

The 3 Silly Girls (acting age 16-30s)  -  are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston. They are also in the ensemble as dancers.

Ensemble - Townspeople, Enchanted objects, wolves, Gargoyles, Beggar Woman, Enchantress, Cronies, and should come prepared to sing any song that best shows off your vocal range.

Performance Dates of Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be May 20, 21, 26-28, 2017.  Before auditioning please be sure you are available for all performances.

For more information please contact Director Georgene Glasscock at 434-738-3364 or visit clarksvilleplayers.webs.com

"How Much Does a Snowman Weigh?"

Now I am sure that it will vary
In its size and shame and all
Yet id seems that so very little
Caused my large gazebo to fall.
 
Yes it busted the canvas and supports
Almost halfway to the ground
Now I didn't see or hear it
But this is what I found.
 
Well I should have taken it down I guess
Yet I really didn't know
You see in this particular area
It's not noted for deep snow.
 
its a lesson that i learned
And for now I've just despair
Yes every time I go outside
That mess is hanging there.
 
Now it's just material and no one got hurt
It's a blessing that I see
Yet i wonder how many in this wide world
Are just as smart as me!
 
-Roy E. Schepp

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

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.

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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