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***Updated-Upcoming CSX Railroad Crossing Closures-Updated***

The Following Rail Road Crossings in the City of Emporia and Greensville County will be closing on or near the dates below. Changes will be posted as they are made available. During the Closures both East Atlantic Street and Low Ground Road will remain open as detours.

As of 8/15/2019, Southampton St, Hicksford Ave, and Greensville Ave. have closed

The plan for next week is as follows:

  • Briggs Street-Close on 8/19

  • Low Ground Road (will not close until Hicksford, Greensville, and Briggs all re-open)- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Liberty Road (Stage emergency response vehicles at crossing)- Tentative closure of 8/19 or 8/20

  • East Rock Bridge Road- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Bass Road-TBD

  • Rolling Acres Road-TBD

  • Forrest Road-TBD

John David Diani

June 8, 1951 - August 16, 2019

 

Graveside Memorial Services

11 a.m. Saturday, September 7

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

 

John David Dianis, 68, of Emporia, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Matthew and Margaret Dianis. David is survived by three brothers, Matthew “Marty” Dianis, Jr. (Evelyn), George Dianis (Debbie) and Walter Dianis (Amy); nieces, Mandy Jones (Dwayne), Andrea Horsley (Alex) and Morgan Dianis; nephew, Daniel Dianis; great niece, Jamison Jones and great-nephew, Ben Horsley; aunt, Betty Veliky; numerous cousins and his co-workers at the Greensville-Emporia Combined Court whom he considered as extended family.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the social hall at St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley

December 11, 1934-August 13, 2019

Graveside Services

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

New Kent Chapel Cemetery
13100 Cooks Mill Road
New Kent, Virginia
 

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home in Emporia, Virginia. He was born December 11, 1934 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Ralph Fraley and Mabel Boze Fraley Clarke. In addition to his parents and step-father, Holden U. Clarke, he is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edith Maxine Fraley, and his son, Michael Allen Fraley.

He is survived by his children, Robert Munson, Cheryl O’Berry, Donna Smith, four step-children, Sue Waddell, Barbara Spangler, Jerry Loan and Ray Loan, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, one sister, Charlotte Fraley Freeze, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

A graveside service and interment will take place at New Kent Chapel Cemetery, 13100 Cooks Mill Road, New Kent, Virginia on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Arrangements entrusted to Vincent Funeral Home, West Point, Virginia.

VCU Health CMH Heart Walk set for Sept. 21st

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to have a heart walk at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA on Saturday, September 21st.  Activities will begin at 10:00AM and the one mile walk (two laps) around the hospital will begin at 10:30AM. There are plans to have snow cones, games, music, blood pressure checks, health information and an appearance by Rodney the Ram at the event.  T-shirts will also be available for a $25.00 donation.  A new feature for this year’s walk is you can receive a personalized shirt (up to 15 characters) with a separate payment of a one-time $20 screening fee per team name and a $5 imprint fee per shirt.  The t-shirt vendor, River City Logo in Richmond, will donate $10 from each screening fee to the AHA.  All personalized shirt orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 10.  If you would like to make a donation and receive a t-shirt before the event please call, (434) 447-0917.

If you are interested in participating, please sign-up at:  www.RichmondVAHeartWalk.org

McEachin Announces Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one for $159, 551 to the American Civil War Museum Foundation for a summer program for teachers' professional developed. The second grant is awarded to the Library of Virginia for $324,958 to restore and digitize historic American newspapers.

"I am thrilled to see these monies come into Virginia. As we all know, the Civil War is an important, but sometimes difficult and fraught subject to teach. Teachers, like everyone else, bring the biases of their upbringing and location. This program can help sift through that so the legitimate historical information can be imparted and then shared with students,” said Congressman McEachin. “Newspapers are struggling and all too many are dying. This grant will allow the Library of Virginia to help ensure that history, as it happened, through local newspapers can be preserved and appreciated. 

Both of these grants will help ensure a better, more objective and more accurate understanding of our history."

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

General Employee:  Will perform a variety of duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Lead Person and/or Manager. Will be regularly required to walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. Occasionally required to climb or balance. Must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. Regularly exposed to extreme cold, frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and toxic or caustic chemicals.  Job Order #1730973

Production Associate – Retail Operations: Provides the best customer service to customers. Maximizes the store's appearance by cleaning and straightening, filling in the sales floor, and assisting with visual presentation. Inspects donations and raw material for quality to determine marketability. Sorts raw material and categorize. Hangs sorted goods for placement onto retail sales floor, etc.  Job Order #1700844

Machinist (Shop):  Must have a HSD/GED and a minimum of 24 months experience in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, lathe work, forklift operation and fabrication. Valid driver's license required as may drive employers vehicles at times.  Job Order #1718041

Part-time Taxi Cab Driver:  Provides customer service. Must be able to meet employer's need to serve the public in a positive manner in actions, delivery of service and communication with customers. Should be able to work with minimal supervision and to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors and clients. Must be flexible in performing services which are dispatched in the varying types of calls received. Must be able to perform duties as assigned by management.  Job Order #1719446

CDL-A Truck Driver:  Operates a tractor/flatbed trailer combination unit and delivers material from the distribution center to customer locations. Performs pre-trip inspection. Checks and secures load prior to leaving yard. Assists customers in unloading and identifying materials. Documents delivery paperwork. Returns unwanted material to yard. Performs post-trip inspection. Operates forklift and moffett. Miscellaneous projects as assigned.  Job Order #1720275

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de portunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedido para personas con discapacidades

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces the Safety Superstar Award

Emporia, VA – Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, has been named Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s (SVRMC) Safety Superstar for the Second Quarter of 2019. Letrice, who works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit, was caught making a difference in safety and was chosen by the SVRMC Safety Coaches to receive this award.  Her nomination included the following statements:  “She is always safety conscious and uses her error prevention tools on a daily basis.  She is often called the safety person on the Unit”.  Her Manager, Theodora Zacharopoulos stated “Letrice is always eager and willing to assist with the patients and staff on the unit.  Most importantly, she is extremely observant and we are proud to have her as part of our Behavioral Health Unit”.

Each quarter, safety coaches at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center nominate employees that have been caught making a difference in safety from safety coach observations throughout the quarter. The employee chosen is a wonderful example to others and is one that stands up for safety as well as uses their error prevention tools on a daily basis to ensure the patients at SVRMC receive the best and safest quality of care possible. These employees are never afraid to stand up for safety!

Front row, left to right: Susan Williams, CNO, Krista Turner, Quality Director, Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, Theodora Zacharopoulos, Behavioral Health Manager, Peggy Dunn, Surgical Services Director; back row left to right: Meghan McCormack, Behavioral Health Unit RN, Sarah Wright, Quality Analyst, Wilson Thomas, CEO.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for July 2019

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Lynn Holt, Long Term Care Social Worker, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Lynn was Tammy Trent House, Director of Social Work, Care Management and Chaplain Services, and Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Lynn has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 11 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Lynn went above and beyond her normal work hours when asked to help the staff.  Her willingness to give up her personal time to meet the needs of her department demonstrates her professionalism and true teamwork philosophy.  She also exhibited a positive attitude through this usually busy period.  She performs thoughtful acts of kindness to other team members and is always well respected by her coworkers.  She constantly exhibits qualities of the Star Service Program and is a valuable asset to The Hundley Center.”

Lynn has been married to her husband for 50 years, has two sons, and two grandchildren.  When asked what words of wisdom she would give other employees, she stated, “Work hard and keep your sense of humor!”

In addition to the award, Lynn received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Lynn resides in Union Level, VA.

SVCC Employee Completes Apprenticeship Training in IT Field

Maynard Stowe (Left), with the Department of Labor, presents Anthony Taylor (Center), a Southside Virginia Community College employee, with his Apprenticeship card and certificate, and is accompanied by Kelly Arnold (Right), SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator.

A Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) employee has distinguished himself as the first in the Virginia Community College System to complete a certificate of Apprenticeship in Information Technology.  Anthony Taylor of Alberta, a server technician, received his journeyworker card from the Virginia Apprenticeship Council in a ceremony held on August 7, 2019, at the Christanna Campus of SVCC. Implementing the apprenticeship model proved to be an ideal training platform for SVCC’s IT department, relates Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer.  

Maynard Stowe, an Apprenticeship Consultant for the Department of Labor, presented the certificate and card to Taylor. This certificate represents 2000 hours of On-The-Job (OTJ) training and 144 educational hours completed by Taylor, who is a graduate of SVCC and Old Dominion University.

“The program proved to be a lot of work but carries so much value with it,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s dedication and commitment to the program guaranteed a positive experience. The college’s investment in a Registered Apprenticeship program is ensuring a talent development program for the IT staff at SVCC.

According to Kelly Arnold, SVCC’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, “The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. Keeping current is critical and the college’s apprenticeship program is the solution. While the apprenticeship model is well known within the building trades, it’s coherent approach to training fuses well in the IT world.  OJT hours combined with educational hours contribute to the program’s strong success. New IT occupations are being added to the DOL’s database.”

This training was made possible through the AAI Grant (American Apprenticeship Initiative) which awards funds to support the expansion of IT and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships in Virginia. 

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr.

June 6, 1925 - August 14, 2019

Services

Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019. He was born on June 6, 1925, to the late Arthur W. Harrison, Sr. and Daisy Lynch Harrison. A.W. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Jeanne Rouse Harrison.

A.W. was a 1941 graduate of Greensville County High School. Following high school, he worked for twelve years at Mitchell Brothers Grocery and then ran an Esso service Station from 1953 – 1959. In 1959 he went to work for what would become Citizens National Bank and spent thirty years as a devoted employee.

In his early years A.W. went to photography school in New York City, and become an avid photographer. He traveled to Europe and visited many countries, was a small craft pilot and served on the Emporia – Greensville Airport Commission for numerous years.

He is survived by cousins, Billy Skroback and wife Anita, Joan Shumaker of Chesterfield, VA., Janice Cohen and husband Frank of Richmond, and Thomas Shumaker and wife Debra of Chesterfield, VA. The family would like to give a special thank you to his loving caregivers, Theresa Myers, Faith Vann, and Debra Lipscomb.

Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00P.M. Interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.

In Lieu of flowers, it was A.W.’s wish for donations to be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Emporia, VA.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING SHUTS DOWN DECEPTIVE ORGANIZATION THAT EXPLOITED SERVICEMEMBERS

~ Multistate settlement includes $10,000 in payments and will shut down Hearts 2 Heroes, permanently ban owners from engaging in charitable solicitations ~

 

RICHMOND(August 14, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has led a coalition of four states to shut down a deceptive organization that exploited goodwill towards those in the military and misused funds that were supposed to benefit servicemembers serving overseas. The multistate settlement involves Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., a for-profit company doing business as Active Duty Support Services Inc., which made door-to-door sales of “care packages” ostensibly to be sent to service members overseas. Last summer, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Hearts 2 Heroes alleging that the company violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by misrepresenting the nature of the business and the care packages purchased, and by misusing donated funds. The lawsuit was announced as part of “Operation Donate with Honor”, a nationwide sweep to crackdown on fraudulent charities that exploit the name of America’s veteran community to solicit donations. As part of the settlement, the business has been shut down and the owners will be permanently banned from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization.
 
“Organizations who prey on the kindness of Virginians and deceptively solicit donations from folks who are hoping to help veterans or servicemembers are shameful and should be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I hope this settlement sends a strong message to other organizations that may have similar deceptive operations that they must follow through with their promises and be honest about where their money is going.”
 
The complaint, filed in Henrico County Circuit Court, alleges that Hearts 2 Heroes violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by:
  • leading prospective donors to believe that Hearts 2 Heroes is a charity, when it is not, and that donations made are tax deductible, when they are not;
  • delivering care packages, if delivered at all, to military bases in the United States, not overseas as represented;
  • representing to consumers that staff were veterans or volunteers when in fact those staff were not veterans or volunteers; and
  • employing staff who would “skim” cash donations for personal use.
 
The settlement reached by Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia includes injunctive relief in the form of a ban of the two owners from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization, as well as the dissolution of the business. The settlement also includes a $286,959.95 restitution judgment against the now-defunct company, which will be suspended but enforced if the other terms of the settlement are not complied with. Additionally the states will receive a total of $10,000. 
 
The settlement is in the form of a Consent Judgment that has been filed with the Henrico County Circuit Court for approval. The Commonwealth is represented in this matter by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky.

Otto Wachsmann Announces Candidacy for Virginia’s 75th House of Delegates District

Stony Creek, VA – Otto Wachsmann, a pharmacist and small business owner, announced his candidacy for the 75th House District, which encompasses all of Sussex, Southampton, Greensville, and Brunswick Counties, all of Franklin and Emporia City, and parts of Lunenburg County.

“Having lived most of my life in Sussex County, I have watched businesses close and jobs leave our region, our healthcare system fail our neighbors, with leaders in Richmond more interested in partisan politics than helping rebuild our community. As a small business owner and pharmacist, I have dedicated my career to serving my patients and our community. I am running for the House of Delegates because we need a new prescription for Southside that will make our community the best place to work and live for future generations,” Wachsmann said.

“My family has owned a locally operated pharmacy in Stony Creek for more than 50 years. I see on a daily basis the struggle those in our community have with paying for prescriptions and navigating the complex health insurance maze of requirements that even health care providers often do not understand.

As a small business owner, I also understand how important it is to promote policies that bring back and keep jobs in Southside. That starts with lowering taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, and investing in our students to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. We must make it a priority to keep great teachers in the classroom and that means our teachers need to be fairly compensated.”

As your delegate, I would be committed to working with you to solve these problems and more. I will work with anyone, regardless of party, to find creative solutions for the unique problems facing our region. We deserve a leader that will put our community ahead of politics. It is time for a new prescription for Southside.”

Otto Wachsmann is a pharmacist and owner of Stony Creek Pharmacy in Stony Creek, VA. The Pharmacy has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years, with his father Howard Wachsmann owning the store from 1966-2003. Otto is a graduate of Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree in Pharmacy in 1986. After graduation he worked in chain pharmacy as well as a number of independent pharmacies throughout Virginia. Otto has also spent time working for the A H Robins Company in Richmond where he gained a keen awareness with how prescription medications are marketed, priced, and the relationship between the drug manufacturer and the insurance industry.

In 1996, Otto served as the Director of Experiential Education at Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia for fix years. It was during this time that he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association from 1997-1998.

Otto and his wife Judy live in Sussex County and have two daughters, Katherine (Kate) and Kirsten. Born and raised in Sussex County, Otto has always had a passion for service. For 16 years he was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club.

Learn About All Things Agriculture at AgFest Field Day 2019

~Showcasing Innovation In Virginia’s Food Production~

Surry county farmer and retired Extension agent Clifton Slade talks with participants at VSU's Field Day about how to make the most of their farming operations and increase productivity.

nterested in learning how to raise healthy fish in freshwater, how to properly prepare soil for growing niche crops, such as hemp and blackberries, or how versatile livestock, such as sheep and goats, can add value to farming operations? Then AgFest Field Day 2019 is the place to be.

The field day will be held Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Randolph Farm at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

AgFest Field Day is a fun and informative event that is open to the community, including farmers, teachers, students and anyone interested in learning about agriculture production in Virginia. The day will include demonstrations and exhibits for every age range and experience level, from beginning farmers to experienced farmers, as well as vocational teachers and youth interested in learning about careers in agriculture.

Farmers can explore the latest techniques in aquaculture, goat and sheep management, hydroponics, aquaponics as well as learn about sustainable and urban agriculture initiatives. 4-H programs will provide middle- and high-school students with a rich, hands-on learning experience and teach them about careers in agriculture.

If you have any questions about this event or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. 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. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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SVCC Truck Driving School On The Road for 23 Years

Since opening the Truck Driver Training School in 1996, Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) has enrolled almost 2,800 students and 85% of those have completed the six-week course to earn the Commercial Driver’s License.  SVCC operates at three locations in Virginia, Pickett Park in Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia. 

There are about 70 trucking companies that actively recruit the graduates and many will graduate one day and go to work the next.  The average salary for beginning trained drivers is between $40,000 and $55,000 with benefits. 

Course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, safety procedures, daily logs, vehicle maintenance, security and fire protection, defensive driving, freight handling, highway driving and map reading and trip planning.  Training range exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills.

"Our graduates do a great job of staying in touch. They are constantly calling, texting, emailing, and even dropping by in their rigs to let us know about their wonderful experiences in the trucking profession. All of us at the Truck Driver Training School are honored to be able to  play even a small part in sharing with their success,” said C. Duncan Quicke, Coordinator

SVCC Truck Driver Training School

 Currently, SVCC is working with Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College to offer this training to their students at the South Boston site.  Tuition is $4,500 but the FastForward Credentialing Program may help pay tuition for qualifying Virginians and other scholarships are available.

Upcoming classes in Blackstone are September 9 through October  17, and November  4 through December 11 and in South Boston September 16 through October  24 and

November 18 through December 18.  For information, call Susan Early at 434 292 3101.

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