The Emporia Police Department has received what they are calling a "Credible Threat" of violence at this year's Virgninia Peanut Festival. The EPD, assisted by other law enforcement agencies, will have multiple tents and an increased presence. Festival attendees are asked to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you see something, say something.

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Walter Glenn Rainey

Walter Glenn Rainey, Sr., 78, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 after a brief illness at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Almeda and Leonard Rainey, brothers, Bart and James and a niece, Beth Allen.

Walter is survived by his wife, Brenda; son, Glenn Rainey and wife, Tina; brother, Marion; step-daughter, Kellie Kirby and step-son, Wayne Smith and a number of beloved nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Walter was a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard and worked in auto sales until his retirement. He loved the outdoors and greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services and interment will be private.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at ww.owenfh.com.

How Social Security Defines Disability

By Jacqueline Weisgarber, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

Disability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability.

We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You can’t do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability.

Social Security is also required by law to review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if someone’s health hasn’t improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive benefits.

To help us make our decision, we’ll first gather new information about a benefit recipient’s medical condition. We’ll ask their doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources for their medical records. We’ll ask them how their medical condition limits their activities, what their medical tests show, and what medical treatments they have been given. If we need more information, we’ll ask them to go for an examination or test for which we’ll pay.

Social Security is a support system for people who cannot work because of a disability. You can learn more about Social Security disability at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityand also by accessing our starter kits and checklists at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/disability.

IALR NAMED AS PROGRAM MANAGER OF VINEYARD GRANT PROGRAM, ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

~Cost-share program addresses grape shortage, encourages growth of Virginia wine industry~

Amy Turner of IALR, Program Manager of TRRC’s SOVA Vineyard Development and Expansion Program(DANVILLE, Va.) – The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has been named by Virginia’s Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) as the new program manager of the SOVA Vineyard Development and Expansion Program, first launched in 2016, and is currently accepting new applications for grant awards. Through the cost-share program, IALR will work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, TRRC and the Virginia Vineyards Association to increase vineyard acreage and address the shortage of Virginia-grown grapes.

“We are excited to step into this new role with the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, and look forward to supporting vineyard acreage expansion efforts as well as growth of the Virginia wine industry,” said Mark Gignac, Executive Director of IALR. “As we strive to be a regional catalyst for economic transformation, agritourism and business development are important components of the process. IALR is excited to offer leadership throughout 34 counties in Southern and Southwest Virginia.”

This grant program, in place through Jan. 12, 2020, is designed to support Virginia’s wine industry and agritourism by providing growers incentive to expand vineyard acreage. A cost-share award of up to $3,000 per acre is available for qualified vineyard growers—reimbursing 33 percent of eligible expenditures. Vineyards with up to nine acres may receive a maximum award of up to $15,000, and those with ten or more acres may receive a maximum award of up to $20,000. Funding is awarded through a competitive process and may be sought by qualified existing growers who wish to expand their current acreage and by new growers developing their first vineyard. To be considered for the program, new growers must establish at least three acres of new vines, and existing growers must be willing to plant a minimum of one new acre. Eligible cost-share items include, but are not limited to, grapevines, hardware for trellis systems, fencing and irrigation systems.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, including a detailed map of eligible counties, growers may visit TRRCgrape.com or contact Program Manager Amy Turner at amy.turner@ialr.org or (434) 766-6788. Turner also will assist growers with the application process, which is currently open. Vineyard grower workshops and grant program interest meetings are being planned and will be announced on TRRCgrape.com.

The SOVA Vineyard Development and Expansion Program was developed with an overall goal of increasing production of wine grapes in Southern and Southwest Virginia. In order for wines to be marketed as Virginia wines, they must contain at least 75 percent of Virginia-grown grapes. While the number of wineries in Virginia has been increasing, the pace of vineyard expansion has lagged, resulting in acute grape shortages and the slowing of Virginia wine production. In 2015, the Virginia Wineries Association, Virginia Wine, Virginia Vineyards Association and Virginia Wine Council partnered on a strategic plan to address the issue.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

Pictured above is Amy Turner of IALR, Program Manager of TRRC’s SOVA Vineyard Development and Expansion Program

Shirley Pearson

Shirley Pearson, surrounded by family and friends, died September 17, 2018 at Beason Place in Greensboro, N.C.   Shirley was born in 1932 in Emporia, Va.  She lived there all of her life except the last three years when she moved to Greensboro to be near her daughter.

Shirley graduated from Greensville County High School.  Much of her adult life, over 30 years, she and her husband owned and operated a family style restaurant.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Pearson of Greensboro. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gertrude and Billy Bowen, brother William and her husband T.J. Pearson.

Shirley loved to play bingo and acquired the nickname of BINGO by her fellow residents at Heritage Greens Assisted Living.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel and followed by interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 A. M. until time of the service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

"Good Ole Grandma"

Has anyone asked Grandma
well you all know that you should
yes if anyone will help you
you know that Grandma would.
 
Yes Grandmas they are everywhere
to guide us through each day
if they are ever needed
they are only a step away.
 
You sometimes wonder who’s in charge
of the house that you live in
well if you bet on Grandma
you most likely will win.
 
Now Grandmas give out lots of love
but they like some in return
yes if you don’t do your part
in a short time you will learn.
 
They say Grandmas don’t have favorites
so they will treat all just the same
yet Grandma will work around this
and give each one her special time.
 
Now hos come Grandmas still awake
when we have all gone to bed
it proves the fact she in is charge
just like before I said!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

Panther Prep Advising Day Coming to SVCC Campuses and Other Locations

Panther Prep Advising Day, a semi-annual event sponsored by Southside Virignia Community College, is happening again on Tuesday, October 2, 1018 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The event offers students and prospective college students a chance to sign up for Spring classes,  meet with advisors and other college staff, learn about offerings at the college and relax with some food and entertainment. 

Panther Prep Day will be held on the Christanna Campus in Alberta, John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, The Estes Community Center in Chase City and Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill. 

If you have question, email them to student.services@southside.edu

Virginia’s Community Colleges expand FastForward workforce training in rapidly growing solar energy, heavy construction sectors

RICHMOND—Virginia’s Community Colleges today announced a $4 million economic investment over the next two years to support curriculum development and FastForward workforce training in the rapidly growing fields of utility-scale solar energy and heavy construction. Select community colleges will develop programs that can be expanded across the commonwealth as the demand grows for skilled workers in these fields.
 
VIRGINIA SOLAR WORKFORCE INITIATIVE
 
Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will receive funds to work with businesses in the energy industry to develop and deploy the Virginia Solar Workforce Initiative, a first-in-the-state curriculum and training program for the utility-scale solar industry. The need for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, who earn an average starting salary of $42,000-50,000, is emerging in Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Energy reports the solar energy sector is poised for robust growth.
 
“The Virginia Solar Workforce Initiative is an exceptional example of a public-private partnership,” said Dr. Al Roberts, president of Southside Virginia Community College. “These jobs represent an excellent opportunity for Virginians to be a part of this dynamic, high-growth industry, and we’re excited to partner with industry leaders in the utility-scale solar field, the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, to create this program.”
 
VCCS HEAVY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS
 
The new grants also will increase access to FastForward training for workers in the heavy construction industry.  Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), and Germanna Community College (GCC) will team up to develop a curriculum and statewide training capabilities for courses that support Virginia’s development sector.
In partnership with the Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA) and the Virginia Asphalt Association (VAA), the colleges will establish online access to training programs in the principles and practices of road building and other major infrastructure projects. 
 
“The expanded initiative provides an opportunity to truly create a pipeline of current and future employees who will reap the rewards of a well-paid and rewarding career pathway,” said Ken Garrison, Executive Director of the Heavy Construction Contractors Association. “We have worked collaboratively with LFCC to build the pilot program and our firms benefited from hiring the graduates.”
 
“We look forward to working in partnership with our sister colleges to scale and expand the program in order to serve more employers and give access to more job seekers to obtain these high demand industry credentials,” said Kimberly Blosser, president of LFCC.
 
The average starting salary in Virginia for heavy equipment operators is $43,000 a year. 
 
Since July of 2016, Virginians who trained in FastForward programs at community colleges have earned more than 11,000 valuable industry recognized workforce credentials. FastForward training programs are specifically geared toward the needs of local businesses and offer students affordable access to new careers in weeks or months instead of semesters and years.
 
“FastForward is benefitting both the individuals who earn credentials in high demand fields and the businesses that are eager to hire skilled employees,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These strategic investments will bolster those talent pipelines feeding these emerging industries and prepare even more people for these good-paying careers.”
 
Find out more about FastForward at www.fastforwardva.org.

AG HERRING WARNS VIRGINIANS TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN DONATING TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF HURRICANE FLORENCE

~ Solicitations from fake charities are more common following natural disasters ~

RICHMOND (September 17, 2018) - As the East Coast begins to recover from Hurricane Florence, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to exercise caution as they consider donating money to assist victims in their recovery. Sadly, scammers often use natural disasters such as hurricanes to set up fake charities where the money collected is pocketed by the scammer. As crowdfunding becomes more popular, it is especially important to research a crowdfunding page to make sure it is legitimate before donating.
 
“The images we are seeing out of the areas hit by Hurricane Florence are heartbreaking, and it is the first instinct of Virginians to help victims during this time of need,” said Attorney General Herring. “Folks must be smart and cautious when donating to hurricane focused charities because the sad truth is there are immoral people out there who will take advantage of a natural disaster to line their own pockets. I would encourage everyone to do their research before donating money to any charity that claims to help victims of this storm.”
 
Prior to making any contributions, Attorney General Herring encourages potential donors to take some common-sense precautions. While there are many legitimate organizations that provide relief to disaster victims, there are also many con artists that will use the phone, e-mail, U.S. Mail, the internet, or personal contact to try to separate you from your money. Always follow these tips when considering a charitable donation:
 
  • On crowdfunding sites:
  • Check the creator or page owner's credentials and try to confirm its authenticity and seriousness.
  • Look for indicators of endorsement or legitimacy that the page is actually collecting donations for a particular victim or organization. Some sites offer verification and transparency measures for campaigns. Look for those markers of authenticity, and check out the site's fraud protection measures.
  • Be cautious, and if you feel uneasy, contribute to a more established charity in the community.
  • Be wary of charities that spring up overnight in connection with a current event or natural disaster. They may make a compelling case for you to make a donation but even if they are legitimate, they may not have the infrastructure or experience to get your donation to the affected area or people.
  • Only give to charities and fundraisers you can confirm are reliable and legitimate. Scrutinize charities with consumer advocates or friends and find out how much of your donation will go to the charity's programs and services.
  • Beware of "copy-cat" names that sound like reputable charities. Some scammers use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations.
  • Be especially cautious if you do not initiate the contact with the charity.
  • Do not be pressured into giving. Legitimate organizations will not expect you to contribute immediately.
  • Ask for written information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number. Legitimate organizations will give you materials about the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax-deductible. Just because a "charity" has a tax identification number does not mean your contribution is tax-deductible.
  • Avoid cash donations. Make checks payable to the charitable organization and not to an individual collecting a donation. For security and tax record purposes, you may wish to pay by credit card.
  • If contributing over the Internet, be sure the web site you are visiting belongs to the charity to which you want to donate. See if other legitimate web sites will link to that web site. Make sure the web site is secure and offers protection of your credit card number
  • If a charity is soliciting contributions in Virginia, verify its registration with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs ("OCRP") at (804) 786-1343, or by searching OCRP's Charitable Organization Database online: http://cos.va-vdacs.com/cgi-bin/char_search.cgi
  • While a legitimate charity should be registered with OCRP to solicit contributions in Virginia, registration alone does not mean that the organization will be effective in aiding victims of a particular natural disaster.

 

Who to Contact

You can report charitable solicitation fraud to the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs and the Office of the Attorney General at the following addresses and telephone numbers:
 
OFFICE OF CHARITABLE AND REGULATORY PROGRAMS
P.O. Box 1163
Richmond, Virginia 23218
(804) 786-1343
(804) 225-2666 (fax)

 
OCRP administers the provisions of the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions ("VSOC") law, Virginia Code §§ 57-48 through 57-69, and registers charitable organizations soliciting in Virginia. OCRP investigates complaints where there is an alleged violation of the VSOC law by a charitable organization or its professional fundraiser while soliciting contributions in Virginia. If it has reason to believe violations have occurred, OCRP can make an investigative referral to the Attorney General's Office and/or other agencies for a possible law enforcement action.
 
Here is a link to OCRP's Charitable Solicitation Complaint Form: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/cscomplaint.pdf

  
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Consumer Protection Section
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(800) 552-9963 (if calling from Virginia)
(804) 786-2042 (phone) (if calling from Richmond area)
(804) 225-4378 (fax)
 
The Virginia Attorney General has authority under state and federal consumer protection statutes to investigate and prosecute charitable solicitation and other consumer fraud and misrepresentation. If an action is brought, the Attorney General can seek injunctive relief to halt fraudulent or deceptive conduct in Virginia and obtain restitution for injured consumers. 
 
Here is a link to the Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Form: http://www.ag.virginia.gov/consumercomplaintform/form/start

 

COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 3

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 3, 2018, 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 40 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Barton College, Bluefield College, Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, Bryant and Stratton-Richmond, Campbell University, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory and Henry College, Ferrum College, George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University,   Mary Baldwin College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Radford University,  Regent University, Shenandoah University, Southside College of Health Sciences, Southside Virginia Community College, The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan College and Winson-Salem State 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 at 434-949-1014.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Skilled Laborer: Skilled laborer position is held within the Guardrail Division of Curtis Contracting, Inc. Under close supervision, a skilled laborer performs traffic control duties, guardrail installation and repair duties including all safety regulations and procedures.  Work is performed outdoors at construction sites, maintenance facilities and outside environments with exposure to inclement weather. Moderate physical demands; strength sufficient to lift and move heavy materials. Job Order# 1436736

Housekeeper: Will clean residents' rooms, wash linen, clean living rooms and visiting rooms.  Will vacuum floors, clean bathrooms for employees and residents.  Will restock linen and toiletries. Part-time - will work 28 hours weekly (including weekends) Job Order# 1436949

MILLWRIGHT I: High school diploma or equivalent.  At least 3 years of industrial mechanical maintenance experience. Should include troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining industrial machinery and mechanical equipment for improved reliability/uptime.  Experience with a cutting torch, brazing and welding.  Job Order#  1432772

LPN: VCU Health Systems CMH Physician Practices is seeking a full time LPN.. Must possess LPN State License  Job Order# 1425906

CDL Class A Truck Driver:  Must have CDL class A license with 1 year minimum experience with flat bed trailer. Will assist with unloading. Responsible for keeping DOT logs and documents. Good attendance record and strong customer service skills. Must be willing to work on yard when not hauling product. No overnight-all local driving.  Paid per trip. Number of trips per day may vary. &700.00 to $1000.00 weekly.  Job Order# 1413994

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

www.vawc.virginia.gov

56th Annual Virginia Peanut Festival is Next Weekend

This 56th annual event presented by the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce features various festival activities Thursday - Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park and a carnival with rides, games and favorite fair food Thursday - Sunday at the Old Elementary School site.

The peanut harvest celebration starts with the annual Kick-Off Kook-Off Food Tasting Competition on Thursday. Festival highlights include live music, arts and crafts, the annual Car & Truck Show, a peanut farm tour, farm animal petting zoo, Civil War re-enactors, educational exhibits, antique tractor displays and a variety of festival food. The annual parade will roll at 11 am on Saturday, with a fireworks display at night.

Festival and carnival admission and parking are free. Call 866-666-3247 for ride prices and specials, or visit DreamlandAmusements.com.

Midway hours are 5-10 pm Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, noon - 11 pm Saturday, and noon - 5 pm Sunday. Festival hours are 4:30-9:30 pm Thursday, 4:30-11 pm Friday, and 9:30 am - 11 pm Saturday. Visit EmporiaGreensvilleChamber.com for event updates.

IT’S RAINING DOGS AT THIS YEAR'S PEANUT FESTIVAL

This adorable doggie quilt is one of the many quilts that will be on display at the free Quilt Show at the Richardson Memorial Library during the Peanut Festival.

There will be dogs on display at the Meherrin Piecemakers’ Quilt Show during the Virginia Peanut Festival.  This is one of the many whimsical quilts that will be displayed at the Richardson Memorial Library on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  While at the Peanut Festival, take a break to cool off and see the many creations the quilters have crafted.  Quilters will be on hand to answer questions about they many styles and techniques on display at the free event.

The Quilt Guild meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia at 7:00 p.m.   The guild welcomes individuals of all skill levels to join.  Beginners and experienced quilters alike will learn new techniques and ways of expressing their love of this craft. The guild also supports the community by making quilts for oncology patients, donating to a local Food Bank, and donating to victims of domestic violence.  For more information, contact guild president, Marcia Headley at (434) 658-1555.

Welding Class Beginning Oct. 8

Welders are in demand and Southside Virginia Community College is offering training through its Welding Skills Certification Program.  The class begins Monday,  October 8, 2018 at Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, Virginia. The class will run through January 16, 2019 and meet four days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

The class utilizes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).  Financial Aid may be available through FastForward and those completing the course receive credentials. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to better your future job skills.  Call 434 634 9358 or email Erica.andrews@southside.edu

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