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“The Unfinished Work”by the Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst

Thank you for this opportunity to share with you today. I count it a great honor. For the comfort and inspiration of our souls, hear these sacred words from Psalm 46:1-11 and Matthew 24:4-14:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.  

(Psalm 46:1-11)

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:4-14)

On this Memorial Day, I would also like to share with you a sacred address that has become a national treasure:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. (President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863)

Memorial Day is more of a day for the living than it is for the dead. The dead have now received their reward. And for us, the living, Memorial Day is meant for more than just remembering. It is a day meant for dedicating ourselves to “the unfinished work.” President Abraham Lincoln realized this when he stood on a battlefield saturated with the blood of young men who had given their lives in order to save their nation. And a year and a half later, President Lincoln’s life would also be taken in his effort to preserve the union.  

All of us here today have been touched by the lives of loved ones, who gave their lives for a greater cause. I was asked recently if I was a veteran. And my reply was, “No, but I have great respect for veterans and for those who give themselves in the fight for freedom.” I do come from a long line of veterans. My fourth great grandfather, Robert Hurst was a veteran of the Revolutionary War; my third great grandfather, William Hurst was a veteran of the Seminole Indian War, my second great grandfather, Robert Augustus Hurst was a veteran of the Civil War; and my grandfather, Herbert Johns Hurst was a veteran of World War One.     

If our ancestors and loved ones risked their lives to protect their homeland, then what will we do to pick up the pieces of broken freedoms, broken communities, broken families, and broken lives. I suggest that there are two things we can do in the endless labor of the unfinished work: Practice Love and Build Community!   

Human Rights for everyone must be more important than our own self-interests and agendas. To dedicate ourselves to the proposition that all men and women are created equal, requires us to look deeply within our souls and to rediscover the mandate of love.  One of my Catholic colleagues of high position, Pope Francis, has recently said, “Only love can save us!” Truly, there is nothing else that can save our nation and save our world.

So, let us love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves; let us love the alien because we also have been aliens; let us do unto others as we would have them do unto us; let us love one another as Jesus has loved us; let us love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

At the very core of human rights is love, and without love there is no sacrifice, no freedom, no real meaning to life, and no hope for our community and nation. Without the compassion of love we are no more than an angry mob that is let loose on a rampage of looting, burning, and killing; or a tyrannical, authoritarian power that crushes human dignity and freedom of expression.

One hundred years after President Lincoln’s address, the Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. made another speech that captured the minds and hearts of our nation as it struggled with civil rights. We know that speech by the title, “I Have a Dream,” delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., on August 28, 1963. He spoke in an eloquent way about the unfinished work of human rights and community. He had a dream of a nation and a community, whose children would not be “judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” What a wonderful dream for all of us!

Community is at the core of our nation. Without the communion of love there is no community, and without community there is no union, and without union there is no nation. Such preaching sounds radical and dangerous. And, I suppose it is! Dr. King found that out when his life was taken in his effort to proclaim the proposition of a beloved community. So, let us treasure such a beloved community, a community for which we would lay down our lives, and for which we would continue the labor of the unfinished work. The beloved community is more than a dream. It is a new reality, which must continue to be purchased by all of us, for all of us.            

Let us be dedicated together to “the unfinished work” that God has given us, to advance the call to love one another, to bring compassion, healing, and justice in our community and world. And, let us labor together as if the day has already arrived: A day when we will bring relief to the poor and marginalized, healing to the broken hearted, release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; A day when people will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, and when neighbors and nations will no longer fight one another anymore.

Let us pray: Dear God, fill our hearts with your love – the love of Christ to give our lives for our friends, and to live our lives with our friends in freedom and peace. Give us grace to find a way to bring healing and strength to one another, and forgive us of our selfishness and pride. Help us to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with you. And, continue O Lord, to create within us a pure heart, so that we may live and work together, until the day comes when others take our place in the unfinished work. Amen.

Written and delivered by the Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst, Pastor of Main Street Baptist Church, at the Veterans Park Pavilion on Memorial Day in Emporia, Virginia, on May 25, 2015.  Thank You to Rev. Dr. Hurst for sending the text for publication on Emporia News.

      

American Legion Celebrates Memorial Day with Community

American Legion Posts 46 and 151 joined forces on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day with the Emporia-Greensville community.

The event began at 11 Monday morning with a welcome from David Barnes that included a reading of the poem "Proud to Be an American," before the Greensville County High School JROTC presenting the Colors. Following the posting of the colors, the Bowmans offered a heartfelt "thank you," before performing the "Star Spangled Banner," our National Anthem.  The Pledge of Allegiance and an Invocation by Rev. Brad Barbour of Victory Fellowship Church.

Lee Seymour led the POW ceremony, noting that the empty chair is present with the POW/MIA flag on it as a reminder of those not present.

Adj. Ed Bryant then introduced the Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Ricky Hurst of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia. Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for 34 years.  He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.  Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia; the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.  Currently, he is the Pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia.  He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (daughter-in-law, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (daughter-in law, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.  The text of Rev. Dr. Hurst's address follows this article.

After the Keynote Address a wreath was laid at the Memorial as Taps was sounded by Kalib Turner.  The wreath was laid by (l-r between JROTC Honor Guard),  Richard Brown, LaVerne Johnson, Katherine Lucas, David Barnes under the watchful eyes of the JROTC Honor Guard provided by Jaquesa Joyne and  Ryshawn Sykes.

After the wreath was laid the Colors were retired and Rev. Barbour offered the Benediction

Brunswick Academy Graduates 29

Baccalaureate Services will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Sunday, May 31st at 5:00 pm.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Land Spigener of South Hill United Methodist Church in South Hill, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 pm.  Twenty-nine seniors will be graduating.

The valedictorian is Lucas Lee Curtis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Curtis of Gasburg.  The salutaorian is Madison Rose Lewis, daughter of Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt and F. W. Lewis of Stony Creek.  Lucas will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.  Madison will be attending Longwood University  in the fall.

There will be three other honor graduates at this year's ceremony.  Laren Talad Butler, daughter of Tammy Butler of Freeman and Laurence Butler of Henrico, NC; Alexis LeeAnne Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith of South Hill and Frances Coral Sadler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sadler, III, of Emporia.  Laren will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.  Lexi will be attending James Madison University in the fall.  Cora will be attending the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the fall.

Thirteen seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.

Pinning Ceremony for Greenville County High School Nurse Aide Students

Greenville County High School  Nurse Aide Students from Southside Virginia Community College recently participated in a Pinning Ceremony at the Christanna Campus.  Those completing the course are ( Left to right) Kayla Maloney, Millicent Slate, Jordan Watson, Te'la Harding, Ahkeem Allen, Mrs. Rose, Aaliyah Brodnax, Shanita Jeffress, Tavonia Banks, Jakyesia Murrell and Etavia Anderson. Back row- (Left to right) Nicholas Turner and Natalie Manning

Secretary of the Commonwealth to Address Improvement Association

Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth, will be the guest speaker at The Improvement Association’s Annual Board Banquet/Meeting to be held Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Golden Leaf Commons Building, at 6:30PM in Emporia.  

Levar Stoney was sworn in as Secretary of the Commonwealth on January 19, 2014. Stoney is the first African-American to hold this post and is the youngest member of Governor McAuliffe’s Cabinet.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth is designated by the Code of Virginia as the keeper of the seals of the Commonwealth.   Among the office’s various duties, Stoney assists the Governor in his appointments of nearly 4,000 individuals to serve on Virginia's boards and commissions and the restoration of civil rights to ex – offenders.

Prior to serving as Secretary of the Commonwealth, Stoney served as the Deputy Director of the McAuliffe Gubernatorial Transition. He was the Deputy Campaign Manager of McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for Governor. In 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. At the time he was one of the youngest state Democratic Party executive directors in the United States.

During his career, Levar worked in various public and private sector capacities, including for Virginia State Senator R. Creigh Deeds and former Delegate C. Richard Cranwell.

Levar remains engaged in civic and community service by serving on a number of boards and committees.  He is a member of VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board; member of LEAD Virginia Board of Directors; member of the Virginia State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee; member of the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee; and member of the Ujima Legacy Fund.

Levar received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 2004. In 2006, he completed the Virginia Commonwealth University Minority Political Leadership Institute's leadership development program. He is a native of Yorktown and is a product of the York County public schools. He and his wife reside in Richmond.

Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course offered at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course on June 13, 2015 from 8:30AM-5:00PM on the Christanna Campus in Alberta.

This eight-hour course provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. This course is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors.

Topics include: Starting a Business in Virginia, Laws and Regulations, Contractor Limits and Classifications, Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors, Statement of Consumer Protections, The Licensing Process, Obtaining the Contract, Customer Service and New Home Warranties, Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Underground Utilities, Insurance, Virginia Taxes, Labor Law, Erosion and Sediment Control, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and Liens.

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Isaiah Stephens Ends Perfect Track Season

Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens, a 5th grader at Belfield Elementary School ended his Indoor Track season with a perfect record, four gold medals in the shot put and a personal best of 39 feet 9 ½ inches.  This was Stephens first year participating in Indoor Track.  The indoor season consisted of four meets which were held at Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA.  

Outdoor season has started and Stephens has his work cut out for him.  Due to his birth date, he has moved up to the 11-12 Boys Division, although he is still 10 years old.  Stephens has dominated the shot put and javelin thus far with the Gold this outdoor season.   He has added discus to his participation of events.  He has placed in the top 3 in each meet in the discus.  Stephens’s determination to be #1 in the discus paid off on Saturday at Lakeland High School.  He received Gold medals in shot put, javelin and discus.  Isaiah is coached by Coach Bill Cain and Coach Les Young

Virginians Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Purchase supplies May 25-31 during the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians are at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 24-30 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.

“It’s critical that every Virginian take hurricane season seriously and understand how they could be affected by flooding, high winds and tornadoes during this time of year,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “Those who live along coastal areas also need to learn how storm surge could affect them so that they know what to do when tropical systems are approaching. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depend on getting ready before a hurricane or tropical storm hits.”

“The prediction of a below normal hurricane season should not be taken to mean Virginia won't be impacted this year,” said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorologist. “Let’s all remember that it only takes one storm to cause severe damage and even loss of life. Everyone should get ready now for this hurricane season.”

Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31 will provide Virginians with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free. All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday. Among the items that are exempt from sales tax are batteries including cell phone batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled water of all types and sizes, first aid kits, coolers, NOAA Weather Radios, portable generators and many other useful items. For more on the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-exempt items, visit www.vaemergency.gov.

How to Prepare

Among the most important actions people can take toward disaster preparedness are:

  • Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™. Features:
    • Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather Service
    • A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
    • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
    • “I’m Safe!” feature that allows you to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know you are safe
    •  Interactive map that allows you to find the maximum storm surge risk at your current location or an address entered in the search bar
  • Create a family emergency communications plan.
    • Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated
    • Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member
    • Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Don’t rely on your smart phone or online contact lists.
    • Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the new Ready Virginia app.
  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.
  • Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.
    • Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding; renters and business owners also can get flood insurance.
    • Just one inch of water in a mid-size home or office can mean $20,000 in repairs.
    • Go to www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information.
    • Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect.

People with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps. Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate. See www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities

The governor’s proclamation of May 24-30 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service.

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Local Artist Works to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

An effort to raise money for Wounded Warriors is ongoing by artist/composer/musician Tom Spivey. Currently he is offering four prints of his work: a) Emporia/Greensville County, $35.00.  b) Resurrection Morn, $15.00.  c) Christ at the Well, $10.00 d)  and Far From Home, $15.00. Contact tpspivey@yahoo.com or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

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YMCA BRINGING BRITISH SOCCER CAMP TO EMPORIA

With around 20 million Americans now playing soccer, the number one soccer company in the United States & Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in Emporia, Virginia. 

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville has teamed up to host the week long “British Soccer Camp” during the week ofAugust 10-14 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s elite team of 1,200 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold over 4,000 Soccer programs this year and will coach over 200,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19.  

Challenger’s 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of foot-skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices & daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership and Sportsmanship into the camper’s daily routine.

The British Soccer Camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries.

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, is offering “British Soccer Camp” sessions for boys and girls ages 6-14.  Camp will be held from 9:00-12:00 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.  Registration fee for the camp is $135 per person and each camper will receive a FREE Soccer Camp T-Shirt, a FREE Soccer Ball, a FREE Giant Soccer Poster and a personalized Skills Performance Evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online by June 15 will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey.

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line in advance to avoid disappointment. Sign up TODAY at www.challengersports.com or, for more information please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.

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Stream and Download Music and Movies at your Library

Freegal (“Free and legal”) Music and Movies is here for Meherrin Regional Library System patrons! Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives library patrons access to over 8 million songs in MP3 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

There is no software to install. Downloaded songs will play in Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other popular music players. They can also be transferred to an MP3 player or an iPod. The Freegal app is free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for use with smartphones or tablets. Freegal Music limits song downloads to 3 per library patron per week, and 3 hours of streaming time per day per patron.

Also use Freegal Movies to view movies and TV shows! Freegal Movies and Television is a streaming video service that allows patrons to access thousands of movies and television episodes from major content providers. Like Freegal Music, no software download is needed, and files are in MP3 format and can be played on any device. Freegal Movies limits movie and TV episode downloads to 3 per library patron per week. Each download can be viewed multiple times during a 48 hour viewing period.

Start downloading your favorite tunes or movies today! Access Freegal Music by visiting www.freegalmusic.com or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at www.freegalmovies.com or by downloading the Freegal Movies app. Login to both by selecting Meherrin Regional Library and using your library card number and pin. For more information on accessing Freegal through your library, contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

 

 

The 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival is June 10th

Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 10, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 8:00PM at the Ruritan Club Grounds at 370 Ruritan Drive in Emporia, Va 23847. This years music will be provided by The Embers, Albert Castiglia, Steve Owens & the Summertime Band, The Switch, & Exit 173. There will be some vendors there as well as Discovery Channel’s Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine. This year there will be over 40,000 pounds of pork in over 30 different styles for you to sample at the event. This event is one of the largest single day events on the east coast. In the past the Pork Festival has had as many as 15,000 in attendances for the event. Included in your ticket price will be sampling of over 30 different pork dishes, a liquor and beer bar. There will also be side items and soft drinks.

The Virginia Pork Festival will have over 30 different pork dishes, close to 40,000 pounds of pork will be served! Some of those dishes will include Minced Barbecue, Pit Cooked Barbecue, Barbecued Spareribs, Barbecued Boston Butt, Barbecued Loin Chops, Grilled Loin Chops, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Sausage Burgers, Bologna Steak Burgers, Italian Sausage, Pork Meatballs, BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chitterlings, Pigs Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters 



Pork Skins, & a Pork Festival Stew. 

Sides will include Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes, Pork & Beans,  Hushpuppies, & French Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Desserts will include Banana Pudding & Strawberry Shortcake.

Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Anheuser-Busch Family Beers, and a Liquor Bar will be included.

The Virginia Pork Festival was established in 1974 and has been growing every year. With 15,000 available tickets it is one of the largest events on the East Coast. The event raises funds for over 30 different Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations in the Southside Virginia Community. Its an event you don't want to miss!

The event does support several nonprofit organizations in the Southside Virginia areas such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxilary Police, Courthouse Hunt Club, Darvills Ruritan Club,Emporia Greensville Humane Society, Elks Lodge, Hospice, Greensville Ruritan Club, American Legion, Family Violence Prevention, Emporia Jr Women's. Club, Nurses Sorority Chi Eta Phi, Doodling Hunt Club, South Hill Jr. Women's Club, Petersburg Police, Black Pot Group, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Newsoms Ruritan Club, Meherrin Ruritan Club, Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club, Jarrett Ruritan Club, Surry 4-H, City of Emporia, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, South Weldon Chapyer 15 Eastern Star, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

 

For Ticket Information and purchase visit www.VaPorkFestival.com
  Tickets are $35
  VIP Parking is $25.
  Vendors can also apply on the website.
  If you would like to sponsor this event, call Karen at 252-536-6959

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ROUTE 301 SOUTH BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION MAY 18

Bridge near Emporia will be replaced; traffic to be detoured to I-95 during project





GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to alert drivers in Greensville County to possible traffic impacts associated with replacement of the Route 301 South (Sussex Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad tracks, about 3 miles north of the town of Emporia. The bridge will close to traffic on May 18, 2015, and will remain closed during the two-year construction project. Crews will first demolish and remove the old bridge, then construct a new bridge in its place.

The contractor will work with CSX railroad personnel to make sure train movements are not interrupted during construction. This project only affects southbound traffic, which will be detoured during construction. Route 301 North will remain open, and access will remain for property owners who live nearby. Access to Country Club Road will also be available during construction.

Detour signs will be posted along the roadside for drivers to follow. Before reaching the bridge closure, drivers can get onto I-95 at Exit 17, and get off at Exit 13 to access Route 301 South. This project is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2017.

For more information, visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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