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On Sunday October 2, the Oak Grove Baptist Church will Celebrate Senior Citizens Day and Veterans Day during the regular morning service at 11:00 am.  At 3:00 in the afternoon Oak Grove will be honoring two of it’s finest Deaconess Fannie Curley and Trustee Sally Cain.  They are the Mothers of Oak Grove.

ATTENTION:  GREENSVILLE COUNTY TAXPAYERS

Applications for Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Persons, Tax Relief for Landowners with 5 acres or more productive agriculture and Personal Property Relief for Certain Veterans can be obtained from the office of the Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue starting September 1st.  The application must be signed and filled out completely with all required documents and returned to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office no later than November 1st.  If eligible, credit will be given for 2017 taxation.  My office is located at 1781 Greensville County Circle,  Room 132, Emporia, VA – Highway 301 North – Sussex Dr.  Our telephone number is 434-348-4227.  THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY OCTOBER 21ST.  My staff and I will be attending a computer seminar.

Martha S. Swenson

Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Greensville County

The Improvement Association Breaks Ground on New Workforce Education Center

Members of The Improvement Association and its Board of Directors recently joined together with local community leaders to commemorate the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the construction of an early childhood education and workforce facility. The ceremony took place at the site of the former Sussex High School on Coppahaunk Avenue in Sussex, Virginia, which was donated to the agency several years ago by Sussex County Board of Supervisors.

Pursuant to The Improvement Association’s mission of empowering people to become self-sufficient, the agency is constructing a 6,500 sq. ft. Workforce/Education Center (WEC) in Sussex County to develop and prepare a ready workforce to meet future labor market demands. The WEC will operate in conjunction with community colleges, the Virginia Employment Commission, and other community partners. According to the executive director, Rufus Tyler, “This unique center will also include an Early Childhood Education initiative which will serve approximately 51 three and four year olds. The center will also house offices, an adult education center, and a commercial kitchen that will provide nutritious meals for the children enrolled in the Head Start program.

“We’ve had many hurdles to overcome,” said Mr. Charlie Caple, Jr., Chairman of The Improvement Association’s Board of Directors, “but we’re trying to be good stewards in our community.” Rufus Tyler, the Association’s Executive Director, stated this project was in the agency’s strategic plan for over 25 years and will assist children and families in reaching their full potential.”

The proposed project is a joint effort between The Improvement Association, BB&T, and various donors who wish to remain anonymous. “This is a great thing for the community,” said Mr. Walter Mason, Mayor of Waverly. This will be a place to hold community meetings and promote community development.”

Winners of 2016 VPF Car Show Announced

54th ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

2016 Special Awards

2016 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”

#

AWARD

VEHICLE

OWNER

1

Most Chrome

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Connie Jordan

2

Least Chrome

1919 Ford Model T

Billy Soles

3

Highest Ride

1963 Ford F-100

Richard Wrenn

4

Lowest Ride

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson

5

Most Original            

1967 Pontiac GTO

Kelvin Clarke

6

Best Interior

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Thurston Vann

7

Best Exterior

2014 Harley CVO

Amy Long

8

Best Engine                

1955 Chevy Bel Air

James Wrenn

9

Appreciation, ’16 Dash Plate

1961 Ford Conv. Sunliner

Roy A. Roberts Jr.

10

Charles Taylor Mem. Award

1964 Chevy Impala SS

Billy & Kathy Rackley

11

Pam’s Choice Award

1974 Chevy Camero

Roscoe Reavis

12

People’s Choice Award

1988 Chevy Monte Carlo

Joseph Seward

13

Most Club Participation

Oldies But Goodies     

#10

14

Best Paint

1966 Ford Mustang

Chuck Floyd

15

Best Appearing, Ford

1962 Ford Galaxy 500

Tommy Hawkins

16

Best Appearing, Ford Truck

1966 Ford F-100

Bert Dickens

17

Best Appearing, Import

2007 Subaru WRX

Eddie Pearce

18

Best Appearing, GM Product

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson

19

Best Appearing, GM Truck

1965 Chevy Pick-up

Walter Lynch

20

Best Appearing, Mopar

1968 Plymouth Rd.Runner

Doug & Sue Vaughn

21

Best Appearing  Mopar Truck

None

None

22

Best Appearing Antique

1933 Ford Tudor

Alan Fibish

23

Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2011 Harley CVO Soft Tail

Michael Long

24

Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2009 Suzuki Hogabusa

Marcus Long

25

Best Appearing, New Model

2015 Chevy Colorado

Benjamin Torbert

26

Best Appearing, Race Car

1969 Chevy Camero

Billy Lyles

27

Best Appearing, Street Rod

1950 Chevy Bel Air

Joe Barnes

28

Best Display

1967 Ford Mustang Conv.

Susan Harrell

29

Best Peanut Display

1967 Dodge Dart GTS

Billy Prince

30

Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

1936 Rat Rod Truck

Herbert  Smiley

31

Top Dog Award

1965 Chevy CorvetteConv.

Herbert Tuck Jr.

32

Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

1982 Chevy S-10

Stuart Slagle

33

Pro’s Pick

1959 Chevy Impala

Don Vtipil

34

Virginia Wheels Club Choice

1957 Chevy Pick-up

Dave Driver

  35

Distance Award

130 Miles

Marcus Long

36

Johnny Pearson Mem. Award

1962 Chevy Impala

Cindy Vann

37

Billy Hedgepeth Mem. Award

1965 Ford Mustang GT

Jason Ellis

38

George Blick Mem. Award

1953 Ford F-100

Bruce Vecchioni

39

Good Guys Award

1936 Chevy Coupe

Wright & Cindy Pond

40

Special Interest Award

1937 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

Bruce Tudor

41     

Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

1932 Ford Coupe

Chris Ellis

42

Best In Show, Motorcycle

2012 Road Yamaha

Johnnie & Debbie Long

  43

Best In Show, Truck

1933 Ford Pick-up

Bill Austin

  44

Best In Show, Car

1969 Chevy Chevelle

Gary Houchins

"Do You Have a Cat?"

If you ask this question to the most
Then pay attention to what they say
You'll find so many will say yes
But don't k know where it is today.
 
Now this is the truth without a doubt
And the reasoning isn't hard
Yes if you don't feed them regularly
They will wander to another yard.
 
You can take my word straight to the bank
For on the subject a specialist I be
The past eight years I've caught sixty in my yard
And none of them belonged to me.
 
Well my cat loves me very much
For I feed her every day
Now this is what each one must do
Or you'll create another stray.
 
Now if we could turn them into tourists
The city would be so proud
Yet keeping a cat not spayed or neutered
Should not be allowed.
 
yes each dog requires a license
And each year must get required shots
it might be good to do the same with cats
Causing a cut back in many spots.
 
Now I am an animal lover
But my thoughts on this don't vary
The many cats loose on our city streets
Just how much disease do they carry?
 
Roy E.. Schepp

Job Fair Coming to Greensville-Emporia November 2

Job Fair 2016 is coming to Southside Virginia Education Center at 1600 Greensville County Circle, Emporia on Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services are sponsoring the event along with Crater Business Services Team and First Media Radio.  This is a Regional Job Fair to serve employers in our locality.

Dress to impress, bring your resume, photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC gets you in the door at 1:45 p.m.) 

Interested employers with job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by October 26.  Hiring employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. compliments of SVCC.

Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434 949 1026.

The Improvement Association Hosts VML President, Shares Outcomes

Hon. Rufus Tyler, Executive Director for The Improvement Association; Hon. Kenneth Holmes, Board of Directors member; Hon. Ron Rordam, VML President; Debra Davis, Sussex County Administrator; Hon. Omar Smith, Jarratt Town Council member; and Hon. Mayor Bill Herrington of Lawrenceville

The Improvement Association recently hosted Ron Rordam, President of the Virginia Municipal League (VML), during its annual planning session. Rordam encouraged local governments and special guests to stretch their imaginations and consider various opportunities to get involved to make our children more successful in the future. He emphasized how early childhood initiatives, such as Head Start, prepares a skilled workforce and promotes economic development throughout Virginia.

The Improvement Association’s early childhood initiatives include the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and Head Start.

  • The Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative: Established in Greensville, Emporia, and Sussex in 2013, and implementers of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum, services are available to 68 families, pregnant moms and children from birth up to five years old. PAT helps caretakers understand their role in encouraging their child’s development. It helps children prepare for Kindergarten and ensures they are meeting developmental milestones, as well as passing hearing and vision screenings. Parent Educators also provide information on prenatal health to encourage intellectual development, curiosity, and language development.
  • Head Start: This early childhood education initiative is offered throughout the counties of Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, Sussex, and the City of Emporia. The Improvement Association’s Head Start initiative serves 262 children each school year and is currently 98% fully enrolled. Comprehensive early childhood services include education, health services, nutrition, social and parental involvement services.

To learn more about any of these initiatives, contact The Improvement Association at 434-634-2490.

VCU Health CMH to Host Annual High Heel Dash

South Hill- Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.  VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is hosting their annual High Heel Dash on Friday, October 7th and everyone is invited to participate; men, women and children. There will be many fun activities for everyone including a 100 yard run/walk in which all participants are required to wear heels. Several different “wacky” awards will be presented in the following categories: highest heels, craziest heels, best dressed individual, best dressed group, pinkest heels, pinkest hair and the overall “Miss/Mr. High Heel Dash 2016” an award going to the participant who goes all out with attire and spirit. There will also be an award for “Little Miss/Mister High Heel Dash” for the child who also goes all out in attire and spirit.

There will be activities for children and adults including face painting, blood pressure screenings, breast health education and door prizes. Registration is only $5.00 a person and begins at 5:00 pm and the race will start at 6:00 pm.

The area’s annual High Heel Dash will be held at The Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Susan G. Komen Central Virginia Affiliate.  Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention! For more information, call (434) 774-2541.

Virginia State Police HEAT program rewards auto theft prevention efforts

Agencies, individuals recognized at annual law enforcement conferences

RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program honored the 2015-2016 HEAT Awards recipients at the annual conferences of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association in Tysons Corner on Sept. 13 and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke on Sept. 19.

The HEAT Awards program is an annual competition open to all Virginia law enforcement entities and employees who work in auto theft enforcement and prevention. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following four categories: enforcement, intelligence gathering, prevention and recovery.

“Stolen cars are sometimes used to commit more serious offenses,” said Virginia State Police First Sgt. Steve Hall, HEAT program coordinator. “It’s important that we acknowledge some of the work that’s being done to prevent auto theft.”

Auto thefts in Virginia have declined 62 percent since 1992, but there was a 7.2 percent increase from 2014-2015.

“It’s a reminder as to why auto theft prevention is important,” Hall said. “Even though the overall numbers are down and it may not seem like an issue, if you wake up tomorrow and your car is gone, that’s going to be a pretty big issue to you.”

The complete list of HEAT Awards recipients is below. To learn more about HEAT Awards, visit HEATreward.com/resources/default.aspx.

Fifth Graders Study Native Americans

Ms. Robinson's and Mrs. Hawkins' 5th grade classes have been studying Native Americans. The students turned in wonderful projects this week including Navajo blankets, totem poles, wigwams and teepees!

SVCC Offers Deal On Welding Testing

It has been said, “the best things in life are free.”  This does not typically apply to professional credentials, but it does in the Southside Virginia Community College Welding Program. Welder certification is free to all welding students while they are enrolled in welding courses during the 2016-17 school year. 

In the welding industry, welders performing code quality work are required to pass a skill test to prove that he or she has the skill to make a sound weld.  These tests are called Welder Qualification Tests, and are typically part of the interview process at many companies that hire welders.  The tests are administered in various positions, welding processes, joints and shapes of material.  SVCC offers students the opportunity to take both plate and pipe tests while enrolled in welding courses at SVCC.

David Braun, Professor of Welding at SVCC, is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).  CWIs inspect welds and certify welders through Welder Qualification Tests. 

Cost can be a barrier for many students in attempting to earn the credential during training, which is why SVCC has removed that barrier.  Welder Qualification Tests typically cost between $150 and $450 elsewhere.  Some students enrolled in the SVCC welding program have passed as many as 12 tests saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

For more information about Welding at SVCC, visit the website at www.southside.edu  The college offers welding at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.

Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner Receives 2016 President’s Award

Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner, a 50-year-veteran of the department, is the 2016 recipient of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police President’s Award. Captain Turner was recognized at the VACP Annual Awards Banquet on September 20 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.

Captain Turner began his career with the Virginia State Police in 1966 as a dispatcher and transitioned to State Trooper just one day after his 21st birthday. From his early days with the department, Trooper Turner made serving the public the focus of his law enforcement career. And as he rose through the ranks, he maintained this priority in his duties and actions.

Captain Turner’s true talent emerged when he was first assigned to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) as a lieutenant in 1996, where he later became Division Commander in 2007.

As the Division Commander, Captain Turner has been on the ground floor of creating data systems for the administration of justice. He is a visionary, capable of not only seeing the needs of criminal justice agencies, but also envisioning how such systems can be used to better serve the administration of justice. Captain Turner has put tools in place to ensure data is retrievable in a variety of formats for countless criminal justice entities so that criminal history data can be used throughout the criminal justice system.

Virginia has one of the nation’s leading sex offender registries because of Captain Turner’s commitment and tireless efforts. He has been integral to the development of the registry and serves as a ready resource for law enforcement agencies that use the registry.

Captain Turner’s leadership enabled the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center to grow into a nationally recognized and model program. The center handles the speedy transfer of firearms to non-prohibited persons while maintaining an impressive record of arresting individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

Captain Turner chairs of the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board, which makes recommendations to the Director regarding policy, technical, and operational issues for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division programs, including the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Captain Turner has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and Criminal History Record (SEARCH). He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AFIS Internet, and Vice Chairman of the FBI/Compact Council’s Subcommittee on Policy and Procedures.  He fully recognizes the importance of his role on these national committees and uses his expansive knowledge and expertise to improve criminal justice services to Virginia’s criminal justice agencies.

Recently, Captain Turner was recognized by the FBI for his pivotal role in solving a series of rape cases in Virginia and Kuwait. His persistence coupled with his latent print database knowledge led the Norfolk Police to make inquiries into recently accessible non-criminal fingerprint files. A latent print taken from a Norfolk crime scene matched fingerprints of a Navy serviceman. The FBI deemed this case the “Biometric Hit of the Year.”

As a subject matter expert in the vast array of criminal justice information/data, Captain Turner’s knowledge and expertise is often sought by law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth and far beyond. He personally involves himself with other agency’s concerns and provides expert knowledge and direction. In Virginia, most law enforcement executives know that if they have a CJIS question, Captain Turner will know the answer—and he won’t have to do “research” to provide a response.

In the fall, Captain Turner will retire from the Virginia State Police with 50 years of service to the Commonwealth. He will leave a tremendous void in the agency and across Virginia. His historical knowledge of criminal justice and his overwhelming desire to serve can never be replaced. He will truly be missed, and Virginia law enforcement will never be able to thank him enough for this enduring dedication.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to recognize Virginia State Police Captain Tom Turner with the 2016 President’s Award.

COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 5

Area eleventh and twelfth-grade high school students and their parents are invited to attend “College Day” at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus in Alberta on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the Regional College Day program for Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and parts of Lunenburg and Nottoway counties.  Second-year students and graduates of two-year college degree programs are also urged to attend.  Over 50 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Bluefield College, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Eastern Mennonite University, Ferrum College, George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Living Arts College, Longwood University, Lynchburg College,  Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Radford University, Randolph College, Regent University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southside Regional Medical Center, Southside Virginia Community College,  Strayer University, Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, University of Mount Olive, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan College and William Peace University.  Also attending will be a representative for the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.

For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).

Book Signing Set for Sept. 30th

SOUTH HILL, VA– The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a “book signing” event featuring Carlos A. Williams, MD on September 30th from 12:00PM-5:00PM in the front lobby of the hospital, located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Williams, Neurologist at VCU Health CMH has recently published a book entitled, “Brain Storming” and will be in attendance to sign copies for the public. This event is free and open to the public and all book sales from the event will benefit the CMH Auxiliary.

When discussing his book, Dr. Williams stated, “I grew up in a poor country in a poor family earning our existence by doing business with everyone that came through the door, regardless of color or language.  After 28 years there, I became a foreign graduate student in a country where I did have to learn the language and culture in order to be a Neurologist.  I never contemplated living in this country but found myself here.  This is not my work, but a simple account of my encounters with people I have met at the end of their life.”

Chancellor Visits SVCC To Learn Of Best Practices

The Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success.  At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American Males in their successful pursuit of higher education.  Those participating in the event are (Left to Right) Shauna Davis, Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center, Dr. John Hicks, SVCC MIH Advisor, Andre Harrell, MIH student, Sharon Morrissey, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research, Kaleb Greene, MIH student, Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor, Anquinnie Lee, MIH student, LaFreda Ogburn, SVCC Local Board member, Jarius Miller, MIH student, Van Wilson, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Anne Hayes, SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success.   He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on September 13, 2016 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.

The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer.  This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college.  This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.

The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative.  They participated in this programto promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training, and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas.  These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, and melanoma in Hispanics by, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.

The MIH participants who presented during the Chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.

Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Harvest Festival Fundraising Concert & Dance Set for Oct. 1st

SOUTH HILL, VA– En’ Novation, featuring the extremely popular former members of Casper, is set to perform live on October 1st at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  This is a joint venture between VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Foundation and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.  Also performing as the opening act is The Big Eddy & Blue Trio featuring artists from Redneck Pool Party.  All proceeds from this concert will benefit programs and services at the new VCU Health CMH (that is currently being constructed) and the South Hill Chamber. 

To purchase tickets visit the South Hill Chamber or Brian’s Steak House, or call the CMH Foundation at (434) 774-2575.  Tickets for adults are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Children 10 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  There are a limited number of table reservations available on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments/concessions will be available for purchase at the event.  Coolers (and food) are not allowed and a photo I.D. will be required for alcohol purchase. 

The event is sponsored by the following:  Gold Sponsors-Benchmark Community Bank, “Beth & Beth” Exit Town & Lake Realty, Biggs Construction, Peebles, Pine View Assisted Living/M.C.’s Kids, Rent-E-Quip of South Hill and Vulcan Materials; Silver Sponsors-American Buildings Company, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, First Citizens Bank, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, South Hill Auto Glass, Inc., and Watkins Insurance Agency;  Marquee Sponsor-Town of South Hill; Venue Sponsor-Boyd Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of South Hill; Signage Sponsor-Xtreme Signs & Graphics; Ticket Sponsor-Crowder & Holloway Insurance; Libation Sponsors-Blue Ridge Distributing, Lawrence Distributing, Pecht Distributing, and Rosemont of Virginia; Media Sponsors-Lakes Media US 98.3 WLUS & Rewind 101.9 WKSK and Bobcat 93.5 WBBC .

A library card is the coolest card – September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.

Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them. Librarians provide guided training in digital media and grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home. 

Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. The development of makerspaces is just one way libraries are seeking to meet this demand, ranging from low-tech, hands-on engineering opportunities for children and teens using toys and kits to the incorporation of high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3D printers.

Resources at the Brunswick County Library and Richardson Memorial Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, or the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, or visit the library online at www.meherrinlib.org.

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: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/register/ If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov .

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 www.vaemergency.gov 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 pio@vdem.virginia.gov . 

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 http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.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. 

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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