The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services is experiencing phone problems and callers are not able to leave a voicemail.  Each hour our phone carrier expects to have the problem resolved; but, it is not resolved yet. 

For emergencies, call 434-634-2121

After 5:00 pm or for immediate assistance dial 911

To report child abuse or adult abuse please call the hotline at (800) 552-7096

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Career Opportunity

Youth Service Workers

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2016-14

The last day for the CYC Pool will be Saturday August 27, 2016 from 2 to 7.  Admission and refreshments will be free.  Sponsored by CYC, Ltd Board and GCHS Class of 1985.

SVCC Recognizes Tobacco Commission Partnership

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission as a partner that has been, and continues to be, instrumental in providing resources to students in the form of scholarships and in the development and expansion of programs.

In making the presentation, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “the college has a history of making the most out of our individual and community partnerships. It is how our institution has grown over the years and how we are better able to serve our communities and all residents of Southside Virginia. Tonight, the SVCC Local Board and the SVCC Foundation Board would like to recognize The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly to promote growth and development in tobacco dependent communities.”

He noted that for over 15 years, SVCC and the communities served have partnered with the Commission. He said funds have assisted in the creation and development of many facilities and programs that are instrumental to SVCC. Centers, such as The Estes Community Center, the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the Clarksville Enrichment Complex, the Southside Virginia Education Center, and the Occupational Technical Center, allow SVCC to offer classes and programs that make education and training accessible throughout the 4,200 square-mile footprint. The Commission partnered with the communities in the development of these state-of-the-art facilities.  Programs offered by SVCC have been established and expanded because of Commission funding. Nursing, Welding, Precision Machining, Automotive, Truck Driver Training, Diesel Technology, Information Technology, Emergency Medical Services are all included and, the list goes on and on! The Commission has supported programs to encourage and assist students to complete their GED. It has provided scholarship assistance to help hundreds of students in their quest for education and training.                                                       

SVCC’s grateful appreciation was expressed with the presentation of  a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the Student Services and Learning Resource Center on the Daniel Campus.

Jacskon-Feild Homecoming

It’s time to start planning for this year’s “Homecoming”; so mark your calendars TODAY!

Let's face it...years are passing and our time is short; so please make every effort to attend this annual event. We’d love to see ALL our sisters from days gone by so make it a special afternoon to spend time with those who come to share and reminisce of memories as young girls at Jackson-Feild and check out our website at!

We would love to see everyone, so please communicate with ANY sisters you may see or make contact with about our annual "Homecoming”.

It’s a time to celebrate and learn of our Legacy so please feel free to bring your family; spouses, children and grandchildren as well!

We would love to see EVERYONE attend this year, especially YOU…so please grace us with your presence!

"HOMECOMING" occurs every year...2nd Sunday of September..Mark your calendars NOW!  

Our event will be hosted at the on-site Community Building for Homecoming 2016!

Grace Church

9986 Purdy Road

Jarratt, Virginia 23867

September 11th

Noon 'til...

Bring a dish to pass and photos of the past!

SVCC Recognizes Employees for Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Nancy Turner of Kenbridge received her Thirty Year Award.  Brent Richey of South Hill (not pictured) received the Twenty Five Year Award.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Twenty Year Award are (Left to Right) Debra Andrews of Charlotte Court House, Matt Dunn of Keysville, Dr. Al Roberts of Emporia and Dr. Dixie Dalton of Kenbridge.  Not pictured is Duncan Quicke of Blackstone.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Fifteen Year Award are (Left to Right) Marysue Lewis of South Hill, Tim Jenkins of Kenbridge, Sharon Freeman of Lawrenceville and Stephen Capon of Keysville.  Not pictured are Mary Elkins, Teresa George, Mike King, Gunay Smith.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Ten Year Award are (Left to Right) Terri Milroy of Midlothian, Christy Lowery-Carter of South Boston, Janet Lenhart of Chase City, Stacy Hines-Bentley of Lynchburg, John Hays of Ashland and Alfonzo Seward of Lawrenceville.  Not picured is Christopher Dickerson.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Five Year Award are (Left to Right) Patricia Archer of Kenbridge, Mashonda Macklin of Lawrenceville, Bobby Lester of South Hill and William McGraw of Blackstone.  Not pictured is Pamela Taylor of Clarksville.  

"It's Our Job"

Remember not so long ago
Of the cold weather we complained
Yes and then it started again
When it seemed it always rained.
Well you can still hear those voices
If you stand in the right spot
Once again the weather has changed
and for most it is too hot.
We can talk about the weather
Though there's not much we can do
It's just "Mother Natures" way of trying
To please both me and you.
Now the weather makes one change their plans
Upon any given day
Yet it's something you must deal with
When you're on vacation far away.
Yes it's our job to complain
And we do it very well
Still when our favorite will come around
It's much too hard to tell.
Accept it as it is each day
Knowing that it soon could change
then perhaps it will be what you want
For the weather can be strange.
Roy E. Schepp

Jackson-Feild Promotes Gary Bryant to Residential Supervisor

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Gary Bryant has been promoted to the position of Residential Supervisor of Darden Cottage where he had been serving as a residential counselor.

In his new position, Bryant will be responsible for the daily operations of Darden Cottage and supervise the residents and staff of the cottage. He will be responsible for the implementation of curriculums and help with the development of new program initiatives.  He also will be responsible for ensuring that Darden Cottage operations comply with licensing and certification standards

He has worked in the field of children’s services and mental health since 1993. He has been on the staff at Jackson-Feild since 2010.

Mr. Bryant, a native of New Bern NC, is attending Southside Virginia Community College working toward his degree in human services.  Additionally, he is an intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Mr. Bryant is a youth pastor at First Anointed Christian Assembly in Lawrenceville VA.

He is the proud father of two grown children:  a son who works for a general contractor in Georgia, and a daughter serving in the United States Army.

Jackson-Feild congratulates Gary Bryant and thanks him for his dedication to all that he does both for JFBHS as well as for his community.

Drs. Gilbert and Tillar to Retire

Dr. Lowell H Gilbert, Optometrist and Dr. William T Tillar III, Optometrist are retiring due to health reasons and closing their practice and office in Emporia. It has been our pleasure serving this community. We sincerely appreciate your business..

Patient records will be available at Emporia Office at 508 Belfield Dr, Emporia, VA  until September 12, 2016.  434-634-5195.

After September 12th the records will be available at the office of Drs Gilbert and Farley, OD PC 3731 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 804-526-3676


RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam in which the caller says he is calling from the IRS and demands payment by verbally threatening and intimidating the individual. In addition, the caller ID number used by this scam is a legitimate Virginia State Police Area Office phone number. State police has received numerous calls concerning this scam within the past few days.

In each case, the caller has a “thick foreign accent” and identifies him/herself as working for the IRS. The scammer also has personal information about the individual being called – information that can be commonly found by searching the Internet. If the individual refuses to pay, then the fake IRS caller becomes very agitated and impatient, and begins threatening the individual with imprisonment or other severe punishment if the person does not promise to provide payment.

Also adding confusion and concern for those being targeted by the fake IRS caller is the use of a legitimate state police office number with an 804 area code. This is known as “spoofing”and enables the caller to disguise his true identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.  U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.

The IRS phone scam is common and often preys on senior citizens. One individual reported to State Police Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2016) that she had just sent the caller $2,000 in gift cards. Just this week the Fredericksburg Police Departmentreported a 72-year-old resident was targeted and scammed out of more than $12,000.

Common characteristics of the IRS Phone Scamare as follows:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administrationat 1.800.366.4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Additional ways to prevent you and your loved ones from falling victim to any phone scam are as follows:

  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious. 
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request.
  • Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
  • If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it.  Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number.  A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.

Roanoke Times Editorial: Warner promotes Capitalism 2.0

The things that worry Mark Warner don’t fit easily on a bumper sticker.

This past week, Virginia’s senior senator has been doing the sort of thing that senators typically do when Congress is in recess. He toured the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem. He presided over roundtables with business leaders in Rocky Mount and Martinsville. He took a test drive in a driverless car at a research site near Danville.

In between, he scrunched his lanky frame into a booth at Zorba’s Small World Café in Salem and expounded on his favorite topic — the economy. Specifically, how it’s changing, both for good and for ill.

Up and down the Interstate 81 corridor, Warner sees “new energy” in one small town after another — he name-checks Marion, Wytheville, Pulaski and ticks off some of the specific developments he’s seen in each town. He talks excitedly about the rise of a new wave of entrepreneurship — with shared workspaces, incubators and accelerators springing up in one town after another. He mentions the Grandin Co-Lab in Roanoke, the new Staunton Makerspace in that city.

He expresses the wish that someone — someone other than government, that is — would step forward to create a “statewide backbone” for all these new entrepreneurial spaces, so they could share ideas, back-office resources and even lists of potential angel investors so we “basically make sure we don’t reinvent the wheel” in each community.

All that’s on the plus side. Then there are the things that worry him — basically the fate of capitalism itself.

This is the futuristic side of Mark Warner that appealed so much to Virginians when he was governor, but is harder to see in the context of a partisan U.S. Senate and a gridlocked Washington.

For the past year or more, he’s been digging into an issue that defies a partisan pigeonhole. That’s the rise of the so-called “gig economy” — the idea that more and more Americans are working as “independent contractors,” and not full-time employees. By some estimates perhaps one in three people in the workforce no longer hold a full-time job, but instead move from “gig” to “gig,” trying to piece together multiple streams of income.

For some, that’s an entrepreneurial opportunity; for others, it’s a forced necessity. In any case, the result is the same: They’re not getting benefits through a traditional employer. Warner’s worry is that someday this is all going to come back to the government’s doorstep. All those Etsy merchants and Airbnb hosts and Uber drivers aren’t paying into government unemployment funds — and so when they get sick, or get hurt on the job, they don’t qualify for disability benefits or worker’s comp. Who pays the bill then? Should government do something now to make sure it doesn’t get stuck with a big bill (or a social crisis) later?

A year ago, Warner came to Roanoke for a roundtable with “gig economy” contractors at the CoLab. Since then, he’s joined with scholars at The Aspen Institute to study the issue. Interestingly, that initiative has a Republican co-chairman — Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana and now president of Purdue University. One answer seems easy, Warner says: Portable benefits. The United States is unique in that most benefits flow through specific employers — and therefore don’t move when workers do.

Warner sees this as part of a bigger problem: Is capitalism today working the way it’s supposed to? He thinks not, and rattles off some statistics that he says prove it.

In the pre-Internet 1960s, the average stockholder worked through a broker and held their stocks for eight years and four months. Now, in the world of digital trading, it’s down to just two months. That, Warner says, values short-term profits over long-term investment. He blames so-called “activist investors” — who in some cases might rejuvenate sleepy companies, but often simply cut costs (and workers) to squeeze out an immediate profit for shareholders without regard for the people or communities those decisions impact.

Some more stats: At one time, 50 percent of corporate profits were reinvested in the business. Now, 95 percent of corporate profits are going into stock buy-backs or dividends. Good for shareholders, but not necessarily good for the country. “It’s just a very different capitalism than the capitalism I grew up with in the 1980s,” says Warner, who made his fortune in cellphones before turning to politics “I want to make American capitalism work for everyone.”

He has some ideas on how to change things. On corporate governance: Should long-term shareholders have more voting weight than short-term shareholders? On the nation’s tax code: Why is investing in machinery considered an asset, while investing in people is considered a cost? Companies do a better job training workers than the government does, Warner says, but disincentives in the tax code — not to mention the short-term profit motive — mean companies are foisting that job off on taxpayers.

Warner’s not alone in asking these questions. There are various buzzwords for these kinds of discussions in economic circles: Capitalism 2.0. Conscientious Capitalism. Inclusive Capitalism. Whatever they’re called, Warner senses an opportunity to act on some of them after the election — assuming Hillary Clinton wins. Voters, he says, intuitively understand the nation’s social contract has frayed. “They may not know the data, but they get the idea.”

He says some Republican senators have expressed interest in these ideas, but they’re reluctant to speak up during an election. After the election … well, a new president will probably have ten months to push through an agenda before the next set of elections start to loom. “If it becomes the old Democratic left against the old Republican right,” he says, then nothing will happen even then. But can some of these issues be “re-framed” in a new, non-partisan way? He’s hopeful.

He’s also worried. He sees signs that the economy is about to go through even more upheaval than we’ve already had. “The biggest job in America for males is driving,” he says. “Artificial intelligence could put all of them out of jobs in 20 years.” In other words, those driverless cars like the one he tested near Danville could be the precursor for automated commercial vehicles like tractor trailer trucks. What happens then?

You may read this editorial on the Roanoke Times website here:

Locals Save 10¢ to 50¢ on Gas and Diesel at CornerStone Market BP

On Tuesday, August 16th CornerStone Market BP (CSM) had an all-day promotion saving locals in Emporia hundreds of dollars on their gas and diesel purchases.  The promotion named Lucky 7’s was designed as a fun way to show customers how to save up to 50¢ per gallon on gas and diesel for every $100 spent on gas and diesel.  The term Lucky 7’s came from the chance for a bonus gift from CornerStone Market if a participant got a discount of 17¢, 27¢, 37¢ or 47¢.  Everyone was guaranteed to save a minimum of 10¢ per gallon on their purchase.

As one participant said “A 50¢ savings per gallon is a tremendous savings.  My purchase of 17 gallons at 32¢ per gallon in Reward discounts saved me $5.44.  I had enough left to go get a Subway sandwich for free with the savings.”


89 participants received immediate savings of 10¢ to 50¢ per gallon on Tuesday.  The average savings dropped the already low price of $1.8890 down to $1.6970 with the ultimate prize savings down to the price of $1.3890.  When has Emporia seen prices for gas at $1.3890?  It can happen immediately for you if purchase $100 in gas or diesel with the pump price at $1.8890.  It is that simple.

Due to the great success of the Lucky 7’s promo last week, CornerStone Market will be running it again on Thursday, August 25th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Besides the 50¢ per gallon in Rewards through the Rewards Program, every person can get an additional 20¢ per gallon if they purchase their gas or diesel with the BP MasterCard under the new credit card promotion (credit card approval is required by BP).  When using the two promotions together, every person can save 70¢ per gallon for 90 days and 30¢ per gallon for the rest of the year.  The BP MasterCard promotion requires all particpating accounts to be approved by August 31st.  The 20¢ per gallon will run for a year from getting the BP MasterCard set-up.

STEM Specialist Seeks to Engage, Energize, Motivate Youth

Ettrick, Va. –  Charles Nealis, new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Cooperative Extension specialist at Virginia State University, portrays today’s student as a curious, passionate, techno-savvy innovator destined to change the world. Shortly after arriving at VSU, “Charlie” has hit the ground running, his sights set on increasing awareness of STEM opportunities and encouraging youth to pursue STEM careers.

“STEM subject matter helps students develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities vital to success in nearly every profession,” Nealis says. “Employers have come to expect this from their employees.”

Nealis says he’ll work closely with 4-H programs and local school systems to engage community youth in unique, cutting-edge, hands-on activities designed to equip them for the future.  “My job is to corral and funnel their creativity and enthusiasm to position them for success in our global, technological society,” he adds.

A Gainesville, Fla. native, Nealis  earned  each of his academic degrees from the University of Florida. His bachelor’s degree is in food and resource economics; his master’s degree in  agricultural  education and extension; and his doctorate in soil and water science.

An ardent Florida Gator fan, Charlie’s first priority is spending time with his wife and infant daughter. During his spare time, he enjoys basketball, hiking and fishing.

He can be reached at (804) 524-2583 or at

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. 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, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.”




RICHMOND, Va. – A Surry County man has been identified as the individual who led a Virginia State Police trooper on a high-speed pursuit through Louisa County last week. Now state police are searching for Justin Eugene Abney, 28, of Surry, Va., as he is wanted on multiple charges related to the pursuit: one felony count of eluding police; reckless driving; improper registration; no motorcycle endorsement; and for failing to pay the uninsured motorist fee.

It was the evening of Aug. 8, 2016, at approximately 5:23 p.m., that Abney was operating a Honda CBR1000rr with a Repsol paint scheme on Interstate 64 in Louisa County at the 147 mile marker when he came through Virginia State Police Trooper M. Kriz’s radar at 102 mph. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.

Trooper Kriz activated his emergency lights to attempt a traffic stop on the speeding motorcycle. The motorcyclist refused to stop for the trooper and sped away increasing his speed to 120 mph. A pursuit was initiated, but the trooper terminated it 12 miles later.  The motorcycle continued east on I-64.

“I especially want to thank the public for helping us identify this suspect,” said Trooper Martin Kriz. “More than a dozen tips came in on this individual and were essential to confirming his identification and helping advance this investigation.”

Anyone with information concerning Abney’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police Richmond Division at 804-553-3445 or by dialing #77 on a cell phone or by email to

Local Jr. Track and field Athlete Ranked Nationally

Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the 2016 USA Track & Field National Jr. Olympics Championship in Sacramento, CA held on July 25-31, 2016.  Isaiah earned medal in the javelin for ranking #6 in the United States, which also earned him an “All American” title. He also earned the rank of 24th in the country in the shot put.

Isaiah also competed in the AAU National Jr. Olympics Championship in Houston, TX held on Aug 1-6, 2016.  Stephens earned a medal in the javelin for ranking #5 in the United States, which earned him another “All American” title.  He is also ranked #16 in the discus in the country.    Isaiah continues to hold the record in the javelin from the 2015 AAU National Jr. Olympics which was held at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. 

Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith give all the glory and honor to God for his much success during his Track & Field season.  They also give thanks to his coaches Les Young and Bill Cain for their time and dedication to him.  Special thanks to Chaka Newell, Food Lion, the angel named Jennifer in Food Lion, Greensville County Ruritan Club, Robert Sykes of Boar’s Head, Greensville County Public Schools and the Emporia-Greensville community that supported Isaiah and made it possible for him to compete in the 2016 Jr. Olympics.  God bless each one of you.

The 2017 USA Track & Field National Jr. Olympics will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and the 2017 AAU National Jr. Olympics will be held in Detroit, MI.  Please continue to support Isaiah Stephens at


Boys & Girls born in 2006-2003 looking for an opportunity to participate in competitive soccer are asked to contact Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Association [Coach Bob 252-586-5341].  ‘Select’ teams are forming now and begin league play Aug 20th.  A Classic team comprised of high school age girls has a -few openings on their roster.  Contact the team manager at [252-308-2679].

VCU Health CMH Offers Medication Assistance Program

South Hill—Can’t afford your medication?  Don’t have prescription drug coverage?  VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill has a program that may help you.  

VCU Health CMH’s Pharmacy Connection Program is a program that helps eligible patients of the VCU Health CMH coverage area obtain free prescription medication.  All patients regardless of age who are un-insured or under insured, as well as patients with Medicare Part D who have reached the coverage gap, are eligible. Eligibility is based on household income and pharmaceutical manufacturers’ guidelines. 

VCU Health CMH’s Pharmacy Connection Program has Patient Advocates who are available to talk with patients to determine if they are eligible for the program. The Patient Advocate works with the patient’s physician and contacts the drug manufacturer to obtain the medication for qualifying patients.  There is no charge for this service. 

The Pharmacy Connection Office is located in the CMH Leggett Center at 300 Ferrell Street in South Hill.  For more information about this program, call Melissa Morris at 434-774-2584.

VCU Health CMH Offers Nurse Extern Program

Seated 1st row left to right: Sandra Agostinelli, RN, Nurse Mentor, Jenna Lindner, RN, Nurse Mentor, Linda Norman, Asst. Nurse Director, Med-Surg; Second Row: left to right: Hazel Willis, RN, Nurse Extern Coordinator, Nurse Externs; Elana White, Krista Smith, Kinuthia Gain, Alyxandra Powers, Molly Buchholz, and Kiera French-Torres

Submitted by Hazel Willis, RN, BSN

South Hill - Six registered nursing students participated in the “Nurse Extern Program” offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital this summer. The Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health CMH is designed to give registered nursing students whom plan to graduate next year the opportunity to work side-by-side under the supervision of a registered nurse mentor. It is a ten week program and allows the nurse externs to rotate to different nursing units of their choice. The students get hands-on experience working with registered nurses.  The program helps to prepare them for their senior year of nursing school and the role of a registered nurse in the workforce. 

The nurse externs described their experience as a wonderful and great learning adventure. They stated, “We really felt like we were a part of the VCU Health CMH health care team and everyone was very helpful. It boosted our confidence tremendously and it was an awesome experience to have the opportunity to apply what we have learned in school.”  The nurse externs had many nursing stories to share and reiterated that they were glad they had taken the time this summer to participate. They completed the program stating they would strongly recommend it to other registered nursing students.

This was the 12th year that VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has offered the program. “We are pleased that we can offer this opportunity to registered nursing students,” said Hazel Willis,RN, BSN, VCU Health CMH Nurse Extern Coordinator. “It has been a positive recruitment tool to attract nurses to VCU Health CMH upon graduation. The nurses that attended the program previously and joined the VCU Health CMH nursing team after graduation described the transition from nursing student to registered nurse as already feeling as if they were a part of the dynamic health care team at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. We encourage other nursing students to take advantage of the program next summer to better prepare themselves for the workforce and for their senior year of the Registered Nursing Program.”

CornerStone Subway Opened Saturday

CornerStone Subway at 501 West Atlantic Street in Emporia opened for business at noon on Saturday.

CornerStone Subway is owned by Jill Slate and Stratford Ward.

Local businessman, Ed Conner, is the manager of CornerStone Subway.

CornerStone Subway is the final part of the master plan for CornerStone Market BP and CornerStone Subway.

The site will be open 24 hours a day.

The phone number for CornerStone Subway is 434-634-1186.

SVCC Pins Nurses at Christianna Campus

Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College celebrated a Pinning Ceremony for Practical Nursing students successfully completing the program.  The students are (Left to Right): Jaquell Wilson from Prince George, Brandi Harrell from South Hill, Ashley Sadler from Brodnax, Brittany Cross from South Hill,  Cynthia Wilson from Emporia, Nickie Ervin from Fort Lee, Mandi Egnor from Dinwiddie, and  Lauren Upton from Dinwiddie.

So Many Choices

By Dr. Al Roberts

The Model T was America’s first automobile priced for the middle class. In writing about it, industrialist Henry Ford quipped, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”

Not all early cars were black. Cars built by craftsmen—and even some of the first production models of the Model T—sported different colors. The switch to all-black was made to accommodate nascent assembly lines and to overcome technical problems related to paints. The one-color-fits-all approach didn’t last long.

After the end of World War I, improvements in painting technologies opened the way for car manufacturers to offer a variety of colors. By 1926, even Henry Ford found himself bowing to customer demand and offering more choices.

It seems that in every area of human endeavor, individual needs based on unique circumstances call for customize solutions.

This is especially evident in education. Students come from diverse walks of life. They face multi-faceted challenges. Daily, they juggle numerous obligations, and each faces different sets of complications and worries.

For this reason, Southside Virginia Community College offers courses in a variety of places and with a wide array of scheduling options. SVCC serves students from more than seven different physical sites across its service area. Classes include those taught in traditional 16-week semesters, but others are available in shorter formats of twelve, ten, eight, five, or even four weeks. Some classes are held during the day; others meet at night.

And, just as improvements in painting technologies ushered in a rainbow of car color choices, the present internet age has introduced a host of new technologies for teaching. SVCC makes full use of these state-of-the-art developments to offer classes in a wide variety of formats, including online, hybrid, compressed video, and shared distance learning courses. Online course can be completed from anywhere with a computer and a reliable internet connection. Hybrid courses combine the benefits of seated and online components. Compressed video technology makes courses available at more locations by enabling instructors and students to connect with two-way communication tools. Furthermore, shared distance learning lets SVCC students broaden their online class choices to include offerings from other partner institutions.

So many choices! Yet, not every choice is right for every person. At SVCC, counselors work with each individual to customize a roadmap to success. This dedication to personalized assistance helps ensure that every individual finds just the right mix of class schedules, formats, and locations to successfully reach his or her chosen destination.

If you’re ready to start or to continue on an education journey, call 888-220-7822 or visit for assistance in choosing the right education model for your lifestyle.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

2016 Relay for Life Wrap Up Meeting and Interest Meeting for 2017

Help Us Wrap Up Relay

The Relay For Life of Emporia/Greensville would like to invite everyone to help us wrap up Relay 2016! We will have an open discussion on what was liked, disliked and how we can make Relay 2017 even better!

In addition, anyone in attendance will be entered to win fun raffle prizes. Not to mention, we will recognize our Team Captains, Top Teams and Top Participants.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Please join us us on Monday. August 15th from 6-7 pm at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, 727 North Main Street, Emporia, Virginia.

Come ready for a relaxing evening of fun! Bring your Party Hat and any additional donations to turn in.

Contact us at (804)527-3778 or for more information.

Help us plan for Relay 2017

The Relay for Life of Emporia/Greensville interest meeting for 2017 will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm, also at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center.

For more information contact Mynik Taylor at (804)527-3778 or

We are looking for dedicated volunteers in the Emporia community interested in the fight against cancer.

Small Town Girl Now Working At The Pentagon

“Just because you are from or live in a small town, this does not mean your chances and options are limited,” advises Brishauna J. Hawkins-Wesson.  A native of Lawrenceville and graduate of Southside Virginia Community College, this small town girl now works as a Temporary Hire for the U.S. Department of Army Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at Headquarters, U.S. Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia.

Hawkins-Wesson graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014 as number 6 in the top ten percentile of her class.  Having tried but not gotten a spot in the prestigious Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, she enrolled in dual enrollment courses as well asclasses on her own at SVCC in order to complete her Associates of Arts and Science degree in General Studies with a specialization in Administration of Justice the same year as her high school graduation.

Having many credits to transfer to her four-year college of choice, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree at James Madison University in two years.  Hawkins-Wesson received the B.S. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Public Management and a minor in Political Science in May 2016. 

An added bonus was serving the state of Virginia and Virginia’s 5th Congressional District by interning for U.S. Representative Robert Hurst and U.S Senator Mark Warner from May to August of 2015.

About her experience at SVCC, she said, “First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the late Mrs. Rosa Hawkins (former dual enrollment Coordinator) for her dedication and service in shaping and molding the dual enrollment program, as well as serving as a mentor to the students within the SVCC community. Her encouragement and spiritual wisdom carried me through this program and made my SVCC experience the greatest. In addition, I would like to thank Professors: Lisa Jordan, Teresa Hudson, Shanley Dorin, and Mary Downing-Gardner for shaping and molding me to become a better learner and student.”

She also encourages students to “seize every opportunity that is provided or available for you and persevere and stay focused on achieving your goals.”

Both of her parents are Brunswick County natives. Her mother, Rachelle Hawkins-Wesson, is a popular educator and We The People coordinator for Brunswick County Public Schools and her father, Terrence Wesson, is SGT First Class in the U.S. Army and human resource specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Setting and meeting goals is in Hawkins-Wesson’s DNA.  Her future plans include receiving a Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management or Security Studies at a well accredited and qualified institution of higher learning within the next two years. Within the next four years she plans to be proficient in Arabic and to obtain graduate certificates in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies and possibly cyber security.   She hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the future also. 

SVCC offers dual enrollment opportunities throughout Southside Virginia in many areas of studies including administration of justice, nurse aide, culinary arts, fire science, welding, emergency medical services, high performance technology, advanced manufacturing, general education coursework, and more! For more information, please contact the guidance department at your local high school.

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or . 

Kids Kab Kommunity Kickback Planned

Southampton County.  On August 27 from 1 -7 pm the Kids Kab community organization will host a free Kommunity Kickback event at the Boykins Community Park in Boykins, VA.

The purpose of the Kommunity Kickback Is to provide activities for children and families in a positive atmosphere, raise awareness about Kids Kab services and programming and raise money for the organization through donations. The Kickback will encourage physical activity with a 3-Point Shootout, Around the World Shooting Contest, Free-Throw Contest, Tennis Ball Toss, 40-yard dash and will end with a kickball game. Children may also participate in bounce houses provided by Spacewalk of Suffolk. Free concessions will include hot dogs and hamburgers, waters, Gatorades, juice boxes and healthy choice baked chips. At the end of the event each child will receive a bag of school supplies to include pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and more. “It is my goal to keep kids mobile and motivated,” said Charles Cooper, Executive Director, “free school supplies and physical activity are two ways that we can do that.”

Donations will be accepted at the gate and Kids Kab t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local churches are providing donations of concession items. The organization is accepting school supplies donations as well. More information is available by emailing To learn more about Kids Kab, please visit

INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-lane closures. 

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

During construction there will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit

Motorists are encouraged to visit, 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. 


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:


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