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Vulcan Materials donates pizza for front-line hospital workers on the night shift

Vice President of Professional Services Todd Howell, Vice President of Patient Care Services Mary T. Hardin and Chief Medical Officer Ikenna C. Ibe thank Vulcan Materials for showing such generosity to the night shift.

Despite reports of overall decreases in COVID cases statewide, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Hospitals are full, health care workers are exhausted, and people are still refusing to be vaccinated, causing unnecessary deaths. One local business hasn’t forgotten the need for morale boosting.

Vulcan Materials in South Hill recently had 17 pizzas delivered to front-line night shift workers at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.  

Vice President of Patient Care Services Mary T. Hardin, said, “Thank you – they were enjoyed by many!”

“It is a very small gesture for what you all are going through,” Brandy Clary with Vulcan Materials in South Hill said. “Thanks to everyone for the hard work and relentlessness through these very tough times.”

McEachin Votes to Pass the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted to pass H.R. 3110, the bipartisan, bicameral Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act to expand workplace protections for breastfeeding mothers. This bill updates and improves the 2010 break time for nursing mothers’ provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide reasonable break time to pump for one year after a child’s birth and ensure proper accommodations for mothers to pump.

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would protect millions of employees inadvertently left out of existing legislation by extending protections to cover salaried employees, such as teachers, nurses, and farmworkers. It also clarifies paid versus unpaid pumping time to protect salaried workers from having their pay docked. Finally, it ensures that nursing mothers have avenues of legal recourse under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“I was proud to help pass this crucial legislation to provide additional workplace protections for mothers,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “All working mothers who want to breast feed should have reasonable accommodations to do so. Too often mothers feel forced to choose between nursing and returning to work successfully.  No mother should have to make the untenable choice between earning a living or feeding their child. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act is an important step in protecting the rights of working mothers, and I urge the Senate to take up this bipartisan legislation without delay.”

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act is supported by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE), National Retail Federation, National Education Association, NARAL Pro-Choice America, HR Policy Association, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, A Better Balance, and UC Hastings Center for Work Life Law.

Read H.R. 3110, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act bill text here.

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8 Percent in September

Unemployment rate has dropped every single month for 16 straight months

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in September, 2.8 percentage points below the rate from one year ago. Virginia unemployment continues to stay below the national rate of 4.8 percent.

In September, the private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 69,300 jobs and the public sector gained 3,700 jobs, totaling 73,000 new jobs.

“September marks the sixteenth consecutive month Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped,” said Governor Northam. “People are working, businesses are hiring, and that’s all good news. This consistent progress shows the strength of Virginia’s economy, and we need to keep this momentum going.”

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,700 jobs over-the-month. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 8,606 to 159,786. The number of employed residents rose by 4,747 to 4,084,410. In September 2021, Virginia saw over-the-year job gains of 1.8 percent.

“Even with an unemployment rate well below the national average, our administration remains committed to helping those Virginians who are still searching for work,” said Secretary of Labor Megan Healy. “We will continue to work with our workforce development partners to ensure that all Virginians have access to the resources and skills they will need to find a high-quality career in this new job market.”

“Since this time last year, employment in Virginia has increased by more than 70,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has dropped by 2.8 percentage points,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “These numbers are just a few of the latest encouraging signs for the Commonwealth’s economy in a post-pandemic world, and we are optimistic that job growth will continue in the months ahead.”

Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, nine of eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains. The largest over-the-year job gain occurred in professional and business services, up 23,800 jobs or 3.1 percent. The next largest over-the-year job gain occurred in leisure and hospitality, up 19,300 jobs or 5.9 percent. Trade, transportation, and utilities experienced the third largest over-the-year job gain of 10,500 jobs or 1.6 percent.

For more details, visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website.

Malcolm Lee King, Jr.

May 30, 1939 - September 29, 2021

Celebration of Life

October 30, 2021 from 6PM to 9PM

South Hill Country Club
3061 Country Clun Road
LaCrosse, Virginia

Mr. Malcolm Lee King, Jr.  of Emporia, Virginia passed away peacefully on September 29, 2021 in Greensville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  He was predeceased in death by his parents Malcom Lee King Sr., and Jessie Harris King; His wife of 56 years, Marjorie Baird King; and his Sister Jean King Scott.  He is survived by his daughter Michelle King Edmonds, and her husband Scott and his grandson, Ryan Scott Edmonds of South Hill, Virginia.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law J.E. Baird and wife Cordie or Colonial Heights, Virginia; sister-in-law Catherine Baird Hartley of Charlotte, North Carolina, and sister-in-law Mary Carter Harris Roberts of Freeman, Virginia.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews along with a host of close friends who are like family.  Malcolm was born in South Boston Virginia on May 30, 1939 and grew up in Brodnax, Virginia.  He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1956 and then went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he was a member of the Highty-Tighties. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in distributive education.  This started his life-long love for all things Virginia Tech!  Malcolm was known by most people as “Mack”,  “Big Mack”, or “Mack Daddy” by his grandson Ryan.  If you were from Brodnax you knew him as Malcolm Lee.  Mack had a wonderful professional career always doing what he loved.  He started his career as a teacher in Isle of White County High School and went on to have an extremely successful career in sales at several pallet manufacturing companies throughout Virginia. He was also an adjunct business professor at Southside Virginia Community College in Emporia at night for six years teaching business classes.  He ended his professional career working for 26 years as a solicitor for Valley Proteins, Inc.  Mack believed in education and the role it played in transforming people’s lives.  He dedicated much of his life in service to Virginia Tech as an active participant in the Alumni Organization and served as President of the Emporia Hokie Club for many years.  He was very civically engaged in his community and in the state.  He served as the state president for the Virginia Jaycees and was active at the local level.  He received a lifetime membership as a Jaycee for his service and leadership.  Mack was a member for over 40 years of the Greensville County Ruritan Club and served as President and was well known for his BBQ chicken fundraiser every May.  He was a member of the Emporia Country Club for 47 years and served in various leadership positions including President and Chairman of the Membership Committee.  Mack was the Chairman of the Greensville County Planning Commission for 26 years and was the President of the Virginia Pork Festival for over 25 years and was involved with the festival from the beginning.  Mack loved his family, his friends, and life.  At his request, a Celebration of his life, his family, and his friends will be held on October 30, 2021 from 6PM to 9PM at the South Hill Country Club, 3061 Country Club Road, LaCrosse, VA 23950.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Greensville/Southampton Hokie Club Mack King Scholarship, P.O. Box 741, Emporia, VA  23847 or to The Southside Virginia Community College Foundation in memory of Malcolm L. King, Jr.  109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA  23821

The three stages of COVID-19

Community Memorial Hospital respiratory therapist shares what she sees

Sandra Pearce, M.S., R.R.T., of Mecklenburg County, has been on the front lines of caring for adult patients with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. She’s been a respiratory therapist at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Va., for 35 years and was recently promoted to respiratory supervisor.

Pearce sees COVID-19 patients from the moment they arrive in the emergency department and throughout their hospital stay. Here, she describes the three stages of COVID-19 she witnesses everyday among her patients, depending on their ability to fight the virus. Please not that not everyone experiences these same symptoms.

Stage 1: Flu-like symptoms

Stage 1 is the early viral response. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

“Forty-seven percent of people are asymptomatic, which is a major problem for unknowingly spreading the disease,” Sandra said. “It can take anywhere from two to 14 days for symptoms to appear, which explains the need for quarantining after exposure.”

If you experience these symptoms, visit the Virginia Department of Health for a list of COVID-19 testing sites near you. Seek emergency medical care for difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to stay awake, and pale, gray or bluish-colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone.  

Stage 2: Pneumonia/respiratory symptoms

Stage 2 is when the virus moves into your lungs and causes pneumonia. This is the critical stage where you must watch closely for trouble breathing, chest pain and confusion.

 “When you’re constantly coughing and can’t take deep breaths, your oxygen level can decrease,” Sandra said. “If the oxygen saturation in your blood is not at a satisfactory level, you will be admitted, and we’ll start treatment.”

Respiratory therapists work closely with hospitalists and pulmonologists to treat COVID-19 patients. They will try to increase your flow of oxygen first with non-invasive equipment similar to what some people use at home for sleep apnea. You can also perform breathing exercises and receive anti-virals, steroids and other medications deemed appropriate by your doctor.

“Our pulmonologists, Dr. Shivaram and Dr. Adarkwah, do everything they can to keep patients out of the ICU unless medically necessary,” Sandra said.

In addition to pneumonia and other severe respiratory problems, at this stage you might require emergency care for blood clots. If you can’t walk across the room without getting winded, seek emergency care immediately. The Emergency Department physician will order blood work and other tests to determine the proper treatment for your condition.

Stage 3: Organ failure

Stage 3 is when your lungs go into a hyperinflammatory response, which can lead to sepsis and organ failure.

“This is when we call your family because it may be the last time you’re able to talk to them,” Sandra explains.

If you require a ventilator, a long tube will be inserted into your trachea, in addition to multiple IVs and catheters. Pressure can build up in your lungs, requiring the insertion of a chest tube through your ribcage.

Sandra notes that at the beginning of the pandemic, CDC statistics showed that only one in 10 patients on ventilators survived. Of those who did, many required rehab and home oxygen.

“I’ve cried,” Sandra admitted. “It’s hard to watch when they are close to the end. So, when patients do recover and are discharged, it gives hospital staff a big boost of morale.”

Dealing with the stress

How does Sandra deal with the stress after 18 months of caring for COVID patients?

“I relish my days off,” Sandra said. “I enjoy relaxing at home, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.”

Sandra still orders her groceries for pickup and wears a mask in public indoors. With the positivity rate in the Southside Health District still at 11%, she’s not taking any chances.

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask and get the vaccine.

“I recommend everyone, with few exceptions, get the vaccine,” Sandra said. “After seeing what I see every day, and the fact it can be prevented, I just wish people would understand.”

Since July 1, 51% of the patients admitted to VCU Health CMH with COVID have been less than 60 years of age. Of those who died from COVID since then, 38% were less than 60.

To find a vaccination location near you, visit www.vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233. You can also text your zip code to 438-829 for a list of vaccination sites near your home. Vaccination is free!

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Bank Sales & Service Representative (Teller): The Sales and Service Representative is responsible for processing transactions and other customer service requests in the branch. Facilitates customer awareness and education of bank capabilities, tools, and resources. Supports the sales efforts of a branch team by identifying and referring sales opportunities to the appropriate bank partner. Job Order 60442658

Jail Officer : DCJS certification preferred but not required. The salary is $38,000 for an uncertified officer. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, pass a background check and drug screening, possess an operator's license valid in the state of Virginia and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Benefits include paid vacation, holidays, health insurance, group life insurance and Virginia Retirement System. Job Order 2501576                                                                    

Grievance Coordinator: Assists inmates/detainees in filing grievances through informal communication procedures. Maintains accurate records of prisoner grievances and any corresponding action pursuant to the grievance. Investigates and recommends response action to management. Ensures full compliance with client agency procedures pertaining to inmate/detainee grievances. Recommends appropriate corrective action when warranted to management. Performs other administrative and investigative duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent certification required. Minimum of two (2) years as a Correctional Officer required. College coursework and advanced training in behavioral sciences, correctional services or related field preferred. Must possess a working knowledge of correctional program objectives, applicable court orders and laws as well as have a general understanding of the requirements for managing a secure correctional facility. Demonstration of the abilities needed to write communications, documents, policies, courtroom defenses, contract negotiations, and other required written correspondence is required. Must be mature, flexible, intellectually alert and able to command the respect and confidence of inmates/staff, philosophically committed to the objectives of the facility, and possess a high tolerance to mental stress. Must be able to use computers and the software applications typically used by the facility. Job Order 2494615

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General:  Unloading delivery truck (early morning hours). Pull and rotate stock. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Responsible for upkeep of the grounds and premises. Will train and may be assigned to other duties per the supervisor. Equal employment opportunities are provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected category in accordance to applicable federal, state, or local laws. Job Order 2496935

LPN:  Licensed Practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic medical care. Licensed Practical Nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve. They work under the direction of the physician, registered nurses and Administrator. Duties of the Licensed Practical Nurse are in part but not limited to: Monitor patients' health, for example, by checking their blood pressure. Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters. Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress. Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns. Report patients' status and concerns to registered nurse and doctors. Keep records on patients' health. Duties of LPNs: Experience with Care Plans, they may reinforce teaching done by registered nurses regarding how family members should care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed residents; collect samples for testing, give medication, supervise staff and other duties/tasks as assigned.. Job Order 2496980





  Virginia Employment Commission hours in Emporia are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Wednesday 9:30 – 4:30

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

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de oportunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedidopara

 personas con discapacidades.


Attendees encouraged to participate in costume contest

EMPORIA, VA – Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The auction will have a special seasonal twist. Those attending the auction are encouraged to dress in costume. There will be a contest for auction participants with a prize awarded for the best costume.

The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847, then move to the units at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11 and finish up at its third location on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific. Those attending should adhere to current government guidelines regarding COVID-19 by wearing masks and practicing distancing.

Multiple units will be auctioned. The exact number of units will not be available until the day before the auction. During this cash only sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

Gates open at 9 a.m. for registration. Registration is free. The auction begins at 10 a.m. Bidders will be given a few minutes to look at the units once they are opened. In this absolute auction, units will be sold "as is, where is" and contents must be removed by the winning bidder by 6 p.m. that day. A 15% buyers’ premium will apply. Please bring your own masks and locks, as you are responsible for security of your units upon winning the bid. The auction will be conducted by Carla Cash Harris, Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

Take Advantage of Early Voting in 2021!


Dear Editor:

This letter is written to my fellow citizens of Emporia and Greensville as a STRONG reminder from the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee!

GO VOTE!!!  The November General Election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Here’s your 3-minute WARNING!!!

First day of In-Person Voting at your local Registrar’s Office (Weekdays Only):

Begins Friday, September 17, 2021.

Deadline to Register, Confirm or Update your Voter Registration: Tuesday, October 12, 2021!

In-Person Voting:

Again, First day of In-Person Voting (Weekdays Only) at your Local Registrar’s Office -

City of Emporia: City Municipal Building, 201 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847

Telephone: 434.634.9533

Greensville County: Greensville County Government Building, 1781 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847 Telephone: 434.348.4205

Sunday Early Voting (Souls to the Polls!) – GREENSVILLE COUNTY ONLY!!!

►Sunday, September 19, 2021, Polls Open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday Early Voting: October 23 and October 30, 2021 at ALL local Voter Registration Offices!

Last Day of In-Person Early Voting:

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at your Local Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m.!

Election Day:

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Voting From Home:

Deadline to apply for a Ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, October 22, 2021

(Request MUST be received at Local Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to mail your Ballot: Must be postmarked NO LATER than November 2 and Received by the Registrar by November 5, 2021. Allow time for delays and mail it before the deadline!

There, now you have the FACTS…and just the facts! Now everyone within reach of this letter to the editor is armed with the most basic of rights Constitutionally guaranteed to them!  There are no excuses for you NOT to be seen or at least heard at the polls! 

Some of you out there may not be aware but there are those that are betting against you that you will take an opportunity to cast your vote and be heard in our Democracy!

A huge thank you to Greensville County’s Electoral Board and Registrar for offering to encourage “Souls to the Polls” and offering a very special Sunday in September (September 19, 2021) to have the Registrar’s Office open and to encourage folks to vote early and show their commitment to not only our community but also to our State!   

There are a few Electoral Boards across the Commonwealth that opted to focus on past patterns of apathy or didn’t feel committed to encouraging voters to expand opportunities to allow you to vote early…regrettably, one of those is the city of Emporia.  So, the only way to prove our commitment to this and ANY future election is to show them!  I will personally be leading the effort to drive as many people to the polls on those last two Saturdays in October – October 23 and October 30 to flood the Registrar’s Office from open to close with excited voters to keep them busy! The Registrar’s Office is supposed to be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm please, TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE!!!

I encourage you to take one of the many opportunities provided to you to GO VOTE!  Grab your family, friends, neighbors, Cousin Pookie, you’re Aunt Nay Nay and Uncle Buck, your Sorors, Line Bros, Ladies Circles, Fellow Elks, whomever and make sure they get to exercise their right to voice their VOTE!

The Election this year is VERY important!  On the Democratic Ticket for Governor is Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Hala Ayala, Attorney General Mark Herring, House of Delegates Roslyn Tyler and in the City of Emporia for Treasurer is Jay Osburn.

Should you need help registering to vote, getting to the polls for early voting or on Election Day, need more information about the candidates running or checking your registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or members of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee and someone will be glad to assist.  We may be reached at 434.634.5499.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the Polls – Early or on Election Day!!!

GO VOTE!!! No Vote, No Voice – KNOW the VOTE, Know YOUR VOICE!!!

George E. Morrison, III, Chairman

Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committees

(Editor's Note: Your letters may not always reflect the views of Emporia News. Letters to the Editor may be sent to news@emporianews.com and must include your name. Letters that may be considered inflamitory in nature will not be published. Do not include profanity, racial ephitets, lewd, demeaning or disparaging comments. Letters may be edited for space, clarity and/or grammar.)

McEachin Invites VA-04 Students to Compete in Congressional App Challenge

Richmond, VA – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the start of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for all middle and high school students in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District.

The annual competition challenges students to create an original software application. The winner will be eligible to have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol, featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website, and will be invited to attend the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill reception.

“The annual Congressional App Challenge is an exciting chance for students to harness their STEM-related knowledge and potentially develop the next best app. I have been so impressed with previous competitors’ creativity and command of coding software,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Computer science is a burgeoning industry and continues to present new career opportunities. I encourage all eligible students to enter this year’s competition, and I look forward to seeing your innovative apps.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to compete against their peers and test their abilities in coding and computer science. The competition provides students with the chance to hone their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines and begin exploring new industries and potential future career paths.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students who reside in or attend school in the Fourth Congressional District. Students may begin pre-registering for the event today on the Congressional App Challenge website. Official launch of the competition begins on June 24th. The deadline to submit an app is November 1st.

More information on the Congressional App Challenge is available on Rep. McEachin’s website.

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