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May 2014

  1. Homicide in Empoira

    Yesterday at approximately 1:42am, a shooting occurred in the 100 block of School Street.  A party was being held at this location and there was a confrontation between two adult males.  One of the males shot the other.  Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the Emporia Police due to the large crowd present.  The victim was transferred to MCV after being stabilized at SVRMC.  Detectives are following up on strong leads as to the perpetrator and warrants are anticipated soon.   The victim passed away yesterday morning and the identity is being withheld until confirmation that family has been notified.



    EMPORIA, VA – Each year in May for more than 75 years, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month.  This month is not designated to recognize Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, but to raise public awareness of the 40 million Americans who suffer with developmental disorders related to hearing, speech, language and/or voice, or those who have acquired such a disorder as a result of illness or injury.  Fortunately, when detected early most people with communication disorders can be helped with proper treatment.

    Recently, the ASHA launched a nationwide public awareness campaign, Identify the Signs, to encourage parents, teachers, caregivers and others to educate themselves about the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing disorders.  According to an ASHA membership survey, 45% of respondents reported lack of awareness as the number one barrier to early detection of communication disorders.

    With the nationwide launch of the new public awareness campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s speech-language pathologist Stacy Eubanks encourages parents, caregivers, and others to familiarize themselves with the signs of communication disorders. In children from birth to four years of age these signs may include: words are not understandable and/or saying only a few sounds, words, or gestures (18 months to 2 years of age); doesn’t combine words into phrases (starting at 2 years); doesn’t interact socially (infancy and beyond); struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years); and doesn’t follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year). In adults signs of a communication disorder may include: struggles to say sounds or words; repetition of words or parts of words; speaks in short, fragmented phrases; says words in the wrong order; struggles with both using words and understanding others; difficulty imitating speech sounds, inconsistent errors, slow rate of speech; and slurred speech.  

    Results of a recent survey of ASHA’s membership revealed that research has shown that early detection is critical to treating—and oftentimes reversing—communication disorders. Delayed treatment can result in isolation, poor academic or career performance, and delayed development.

    “As a certified speech-language pathologist, I see how delayed intervention impacts the people of our community every single day,” Stacy says. “ASHA’s campaign has great potential to help the public identify and act on the early warning signs of communication disorders, allowing people to get the most effective treatment for the best chance at improved quality of life.”

    ASHA’s campaign consists of English and Spanish television, radio, and print public service announcements disseminated to outlets across the country. In addition, the effort includes an online banner ad and features a campaign website highlighting the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing disorders, as well as consumer resources for treatment and help.

    “Far too many people in Emporia—and across the country—suffer from communication disorders. This campaign has the ability to reduce that number by helping people to identify the first signs of these disorders and seek professional help immediately,” Stacy says.

    For more information, visit


  3. Looking for Something to Do This Summer-4-H Has The Answer

    4-H Summer Camp has Scholarship funds still available

    4-H still has scholarship funds available for youth ages 9-13 looking to attend 4-H Summer Camp. Summer Camp will be at Airfield 4-H Education Center in Wakefield from July 21st – 26th. For more information please contact the Greensville/Emporia Cooperative Extension Office at 434-348-4233.

    4-H Summer Day Camp Experiences

    Greensville/Emporia Extension Office is having Summer Day Camps’ for youth ages 9-13 during the week of June 24th-27th. There will be camp for Art, Cooking, Science and a trip to the Zoo. You can register for one day or for all four days. Space is limited.Registration deadline is June 6th! For more information please contact the Greensville/Emporia Cooperative Extension Office at 434-348-4233.


  4. Top Hand Reds are State Champions

    TopHand Reds 10u Baseball team
    USSSA Virginia State Champions- 10u AA D2
    Left to Right- Coaches: Wes Griffith and Mike Yeary; Back Row: Lane Cross, Christian Kizer, Harlee Henry, Kyle Cook, Dalton Moseley; Front Row: Zach Lee, Garrett Boris, Wyatt Pinner, Layne Felts, Nathan Yeary; Not pictured: Tripp Mattews, Payton Faulkner
    TopHand Reds 12u Baseball team
    USSSA Virginia State Runner-Up- 12u AA D2
    Left to Right- Coaches: Greg Byers, Randy Jessee, Rustin Jessee; Back row: Trevor Cook, Josh Smiley, A.J. Walton, Winston Browne, Jared Lynch, Andrew Byers, Josh Haydu; Front Row: T.J. Britt, Mike Walton, Will Bryant, Elliott Cross; Not pictured: Chris Newsome


  5. Free Fishing Days Established for June 6-8

    RICHMOND, VA. -- You may fish without a license again this year, during the first week in June. Take advantage of the free fishing days, June 6, 7 and 8, 2014, and enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends without having to spend money for a fishing license.

    “We hope you catch a big one!” said John M.R. Bull, the head of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.  “We work tirelessly to create and maintain sustainable fisheries. Our conservation efforts are aimed at giving anglers a fair chance at landing some fish. As a result, the fishing in Virginia is terrific.”

    No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational rod and real fishing during free fishing days, except in designated stocked trout waters.  All fishing regulations including size, season, catch limits, and gear restrictions, will remain in effect. If you’re fishing in designated stocked trout waters, both a freshwater and trout license will be required. 

    “We have some of the best rivers, lakes and streams for fishing in the country and we would love it if the non-fishing public would give it a try. It’s fun and rewarding,’’ said Bob Duncan, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) which manages freshwater fishing. “Virginia has always been recognized as an angling destination--from blue ribbon trout streams in the mountains, to world-class saltwater fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.”

    The Marine Resources Commission’s website,, has extensive information on Virginia’s recreational fishing size, season and creel limits. The freshwater catch regulations can be found at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website,  Regulations can also be viewed on a cell phone or other mobile device by downloading the Department’s free Hunting and Fishing App:

    VDGIF has a way to recognize a trophy freshwater catch, called The Virginia Angler Recognition Program. On average, anglers measure up over 6,000 trophy size fish annually.  Since 1963, when the program began, over a quarter-million trophy fish awards have been issued.  

     If you land a big saltwater fish, please consider posting that information to the Virginia Saltwater Fisherman Journal, an online site which has been used by recreational anglers since 2007.

    The Journal is intended to benefit the individual angler, the fishing community, and fishery managers. It allows individual anglers to keep a record of their fishing experience, which they can be used to identify their successful locations and conditions in the future. The Journal also allows the fishing community to share and learn about other anglers' experiences. Finally, posting your saltwater catch information on the Journal will benefit fishery managers by allowing them to assess fish populations by analyzing data provided by you, the recreational fisherman.

    “I hope anglers and boaters of all ages take advantage of both free fishing days and the Saltwater Fisherman Journal,” said Commissioner Bull.  “Fishing is a great recreational past-time, and fosters a sense of stewardship of our natural environment.”


  6. Obituary-Mary Louise Pair Whiteside Edwards

    Mary Louise Pair Whiteside Edwards, age 82, of Emporia, Va., died Sunday May 25, 2014.She is survived by 1-daughter; Linda Colleen Whiteside, Emporia; 2-sons; Robert Edward Whiteside of Zebulon, N. C. and Benjamin Whiteside of Tampa, Fla and a brother, R. Henry Pair. of Emporia.  A memorial service will be held, Thursday, May 29, 2014 ,2:00 P. M.,  at the Calvary Chapel, North Main St. Emporia, Va.  Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome. com

  7. Vincent Joins Coast guard

    Christopher Downs Vincent joins the United  States Coast Guard. Christopher left for Cape May, New Jersey for an 8 week boot camp for the USCG on Tuesday May 20, 2014.  Christopher is the son of Timothy S. and Mary Beth Kei Vincent also of Emporia. A 2009 graduate of Brunswick Academy and 2013 Graduate from Longwood University with a B.S in Criminal Justice and a current student at Liberty University seeking a Masters in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Christopher has chosen maritime enforcement as a career with the USCG. Christopher follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Branch W. Vincent Jr. who served in the U.S.M.C in the 50's. Christopher's father is a Sgt./Investigator for the Lawrenceville Police Department and his mother is a R.N. S.V.R.M.C in Emporia. A July 11th graduation ceremony will be held at Cape May, New Jersey.


    Motorists Urged to “Drive to Save Lives” This Summer

    RICHMOND – Eight people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, according to preliminary reports for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, nine people also died in traffic crashes statewide. In 2012, 11 individuals lost their lives over the four-day holiday reporting period. In an effort to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the Virginia State Police stepped up patrols as part of the annual Operation C.A.R.E., (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, and ended at midnight Monday, May 26, 2014.

    The eight fatal traffic crashes occurred during the statistical counting period in the counties of Brunswick, Charles City, Cumberland, Giles, Hanover, Northumberland, Scott and Spotsylvania. Of the eight individuals killed, seven were not safely buckled up.

    Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program that encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. The stepped-up law enforcement operation was part of the new, nationwide Drive to Save Lives (#DrivetoSaveLives) campaign that aims to not only reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014, but to also increase officer safety for those on patrol. To achieve a 15 percent reduction in the Commonwealth, there must be 111 fewer traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways this year.

    During the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, Virginia State Police troopers stopped 13,829 speeders and another 3,136 reckless drivers statewide. In addition, troopers arrested and charged 142 drivers for DUI. Troopers also cited 1,241 safety belt violations and 340 child safety seat violations. State police investigated a total of 463 traffic crashes, eight of which were fatal.

    “The summer travel season is now officially upon us,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Our figures indicate there were 10 fewer traffic crashes this Memorial Day Weekend compared to 2013, which is encouraging considering the forecasts for record travel volume over the holiday. However, more than 140 individuals still chose to drive impaired, several thousand chose to speed, and more than 1,200 failed to buckle up. Attitudes and behaviors must change if Virginia is going to reach its goal of 111 fewer traffic deaths by the end of 2014. Every motorist must drive to save lives by complying with speed limits, buckling up, avoiding distractions, and never driving drunk or drugged.”

    All funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.



    (EMPORIA, VA) – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) will once again offer Safe Sitter, a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies when caring for children.  Specifically, the Safe Sitter learns:  what to do when a child chokes, safety for the sitter, how to call for emergency help, babysitting business skills, basic child care skills (diapering, feeding, etc.), and how to entertain children and keep them safe.  In addition, Safe Sitter parents are given tips for helping their Safe Sitter to stay safe, and make the most out of their babysitting experiences. 

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is proud to have served as an official training site for Safe Sitter for more than 20 years.  Our certified instructors have been a part of this valuable program since its inception at SVRMC.  The two day course is scheduled for July 10th and 11th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the SVRMC classrooms.  The fee for the course is $45.00 per person, and includes lunch, National Safe Sitter Manual and American Heart Association Heartsaver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.  Registration packet may be picked up at the SVRMC hostess desk beginning June 1st.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 20th.   For more information on Safe Sitter, or to sign-up, contact Cynthia Mason-Kemp, RN, SVRMC Safe Sitter Site Coordinator at 434-348-4456.


  10. Dr. Alfred A. Roberts Named Southside Virginia Community College’s Next President

    RICHMOND–The next president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) is Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said Roberts will assume his new post on or about Aug. 1, 2014, replacing retiring president Dr. John Cavan.

    “I’ve known Al for a long time and I have observed his leadership at SVCC for many years,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “I’m confident he will do a terrific job in taking the college to the next level.”

    Roberts is currently provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he has held since 2012. He served as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC, in Keysville, from 2010-2012.  Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.

    “The Southside Virginia Community College Board unanimously supports Dr. Roberts as our next president,” said Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, acting chair of the College Board. “We are very pleased and excited to have a solid and experienced new president with proven leadership, expertise to advance educational and workforce development programs to prepare students for the 21st century economy, a commitment to working with the Southside Virginia community and leaders to strengthen our economy, and more. We look forward to his leadership in our region.”

    “We set a high standard and spent many hours in our search, with input from stakeholders at the state and local levels,” said Dr. Nancy Carwile, College Board member and former chair. “In all areas, Dr. Roberts was first among well-qualified candidates. Our hearts were in this process and Dr. Roberts' heart is also in this work as SVCC moves forward.”

    Roberts says the presidency is “a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that has done so much for me.”

    “I have a real commitment to a high level of community engagement; to quality academic programs; and to workforce training and development,” he said. “It will be a challenge to follow in Dr. Cavan’s footsteps, but also a tremendous opportunity to advance the mission of the college and enhance its reputation as a world class, 21st century community college.”

    Before joining SVCC, Roberts was program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services and also taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University.

    He received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

    The longest serving president in the VCCS, Cavan has presided over SVCC since 1983.


  11. Obituary-Bernadine Bowden Brookover

    Bernadine Bowden Brookover, age 98, of Tarboro, NC died peacefully on Friday May 23, 2014.

    She was born on July 12, 1915 in Zanesville, OH to Mary and Howard Bowden. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

    Bernadine is survived by three daughters, Marcylyn Kleinberg (Michael) of Sequim, WA; Marcia Headley (Fred) of Emporia, VA; and Kay Shew (Richard) of Pullman, WA; six grandsons, one granddaughter and nine great-grandchildren.

    She graduated from Adamsville High School in Adamsville, OH where she was active in 4-H and played women’s basketball. She was married for 53 years to Charles Milton Brookover and lived in Wintersville, OH and retired to Pinellas Park, FL. Charles proceeded her in death in 1990.

    As a homemaker, Bernadine enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and playing cards. She was active in Wintersville United Methodist Church and served as a 4-H leader.

    A memorial service was held on May 25th at The Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental UMC, 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

  12. Obituary-Margaret Fulcher Grimes

    Mrs. Margaret Fulcher Grimes, age 87, died May 24, 2014.  She was the widow of William Grimes.  Mrs. Grimes was a drawend for a Textile Co. Visitation will be held 1-hour prior to a 11:00 A. M. funeral service at St. John's Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va, Wednesday, May 28, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
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  13. American Legion Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

    American Legion Posts 46 and 151 hosted a Community Memorial Day Ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park yesterday, and laid a wreath in memory of our fallen Service Men and Women. Please enjoy this brief slideshow of the ceremony.  The slideshow has been set to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," performed by Judy Collins as featured in the Ken Burns Series "The Civil War" on PBS.  "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was written by Julia Ward Howe and was first published in 1861. 

    Our modern Memorial Day also dates from the time of the Civil War, originating as "Decoration Day."  While Memorial Day started as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, it now serves as a day to honor all Americans that have died in military service.  Yesterday's ceremony also featured a moment of silence for Prisoners of War and those Mission in Action.

  14. Retired General Delivers Keynote at Memorial Day Celebration

    Brigadier General (ret.) David L. Johnson served for 30 years as a United States Air Force Officer.  General Johnson has 78 combat sorties to his credit.  He commanded airdrop/airland operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (93-95) and was the Deputy Joint Task Force Commander for Operation Support Hope in Central East Africa (Rwanda) in 1995. He commanded the 43rd Airlift Wing and Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville North Carolina 1997-1999.  He served his last operational assignment as the Vice Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.  Because of his diverse operational credentials, General Johnson was selected to serve as the Air Force Director of Weather and he retired from that position in 2004. 

    After forming and operating a senior executive consulting company General Johnson was asked to apply for and then served as the Director of the National Weather Service 2004 from 2004, through Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Under his leadership, the National Weather Service  exceeded the Government Performance and Results Act standards for tornado accuracy and lead-time during the record setting 2004 tornado season.  He led the fielding and achieved the Initial Operating Capability for America’s Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific and Atlantic/Caribbean and acquired operational capability for the 35th and 36 largest supercomputers in the world.  General Johnson placed a NOAA weather radio in every public school in America in a massive joint initiative with the Department of Homeland Security.

    He retired to Lake Gaston in 2007 with his wife, Elizabeth.

    His moving remarks reminded all of us in attendance what the real meaning of Memorial Day is.  General Johnson kindly provided an excerpt of his speech, which I am publishing below:

    On Memorial Day we remember fallen heroes and pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again.   It’s a day of thanksgiving for their service and sacrifice, a day to remember America and soldiers who now rest.   It’s a day we celebrate -- it’s a day to be with the family and to remember.   

    It is not “Veteran’s Day" when we appreciate all veterans – living and deceased.  And, it is not “JUST A DAY OFF”……

    It is all about remembering Airmen, Marines, Soldiers, and Navy and Coast Guard Sailors who have died after serving their country.  It is about us – being worthy heirsof their sacrifice.

    I know this morning, that across the country -- children and their parents will watch or participate in local town Memorial Day parades.  I can see the young ones sitting on the sidewalks and waving flags as the decorated bicycles of young people pass – as the high school band goes by. I can see people who were seated – RISE and stand and place a hand over their heart in honor as the flag of our nation passes by.  I can almost smell the cookout and see people enjoying a day on the lake. Memorial Day is a good time to remember and it is a good day to be with the family at the cookout and to remember the sacrifices of those who died after protecting us.

    Sgt Willie McLawhorn was not at the cookout – and he won’t be on the lake later today.  He made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan just before Christmas 2010.  He was there to train the Afghan Army – teach them how to operate a checkpoint when suicide bombers turned the building in which he was working -- into a crater in the earth.  They used a minivan packed with explosives.  Willie was a great soldier.  He had re-upped while serving in Iraq – agreeing to another 5 years in the dedicated service of his country.  He and everybody knew this was dangerous territory – the homeland of the Taliban

    Ever since the Taliban were supposedly “cleared” from this area in 2001, there had been continuing incidents.  The soldiers (Afghan and US) who were working at the base needed protection.  While Willie was teaching Afghans in the building -- the suicide bombers crashed through the outer checkpoint.   They may have been using Afghan Army Uniforms – a common tactic designed to gain a few seconds of doubt in the guards mind.  The explosion was massive and, it was quick.  Willie gave his life for us – keeping us safe here by fighting evil over there…

    He was young, only 23 years old.  He was one of the Screaming Eagles Finest – one of the Roanoke Valley’s best.  Diane, Willie McLawhorn Sr. still live here.  We honor their son, what he stood for, what he did in his too short life, and we honor his sacrifice. 

    On June 21, 2006, Massachusetts born -- Sgt First Class Jared  Monti  was a leader in a  team that established a small base on a ridge to support a larger Army operation in the valley below. When the larger operation was delayed, Monti's team ran low on provisions.   Unfortunately, the helicopter that brought supplies -- revealed the team's position.

    That evening, our small team was attacked by a group of at least 60.  Our team took cover and returned fire, and Monti radioed for artillery and close air support. Enemy fire killed one of our team outright.   Another soldier, Specialist Brian Bradbury, was severely wounded and was lying out – completely in the open between the enemy and our team's position. The attackers continued to shoot at the wounded man – it was almost like target practice.   When someone called out that he was going to try to rescue Bradbury.   Monti replied, "That’s my guy. I am going to get him."

    Monti made three attempts to reach Bradbury. On his first, he advanced to within three feet of Bradbury before it became so intense that he was forced back by a massive amount of machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire.

    The response to his second try was similarly intense and he was forced to turn back.  In an act of selfless dedication to Bradbury, as the rest of his patrol provided covering fire, Monti advanced a third time but was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade and died moments later.  For this above and beyond the call action -- Sgt Monti was awarded our Nation’s Highest Award – the MEDAL OF HONOR. 

    Unfortunately the wounded man, Bradbury subsequently died when the cable on the rescue hoist lifting him into the evacuation helicopter broke. The fall also killed a medic who was riding up with him.  What bravery, what selfless action, what sacrifice for brothers in arms – and for us.

    Another Roanoke Valley Veteran, Dallas Jones just passed away last year. 

    He was at Kaneohe Air Field – just on the other side of the island from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Dallas was awakened by Japanese strafing aircraft. Running to the hanger to discover that several of the planes were already ablaze, Dallas recovered a .50 caliber machine gun from one of the burning aircraft and he and a fellow crew member mounted the machine gun on a piece of pipe. As the next formation of three Japanese bombers flew over the hanger, Dallas began firing on the oncoming planes. Dallas Jones lost 7 fellow Naval comrades at Kaneohe that day.  Dallas went on to serve a full 20 year career in the Navy, then he retired, spent some time in California but he felt the intense call of family and home – he returned to his native Roanoke Valley.   Working locally till he was well into his eighties, Dallas Jones, founded, in 2008 -- the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum.  It is located,  just down I-95 in Roanoke Rapids, to honor valley veterans and to educate the community about the sacrifices Veterans and their families make.   This Veterans Museum is still going strong today.

    All Veterans that make the ultimate sacrifice love America very much. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for their country. They rejected the all too fashionable skepticism of today.  Those we honor today -- chose to believe and answer the call of duty.

    They personify dedication of the heart and stood for good. 

    Their sacrifice -- the sacrifice of all we honor here today-- is appreciated by us.  We honor them AND THEIR FAMILIES here today, on this special day of remembrance. 

    Our world is safer because of them and what they did.

    And we owe them something.

    We owe them first, a promise: That we remember that peace is fragile and needs constant vigilance. It sometimes needs direct action – like helping a newly emerging army in a country half way around the world from us – like saving a buddy from further harm.  And we owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in this world -- people that have values much different that those we hold dear.  Those enemies may not overfly us on the way to a target – they might not even seem dangerous until we know their true intent.  We know we have challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace -- is by staying strong and staying engaged where our interests lie.

    As President Reagan once said, “If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, (through our strength), demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does.”   That’s the lesson of this century and, I think, it is a great lesson for this day. 

    Those we honor here today-- understood that principle of commitment;  they acted on it and we honor them.

    There have only been two people willing to die for you – one is the American soldier.

    May God bless you, and may you have a day full of meaningful memories of those you know from the Roanoke Valley who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.    Let us also remember, ALL who have died after serving their country honorably and well in the military.

     I just hope we walk worthy in the footsteps they make possible.

  15. Happy Memorial Day

  16. Bee Keepers Host "Open Hive" Demonstration

    Saturday May 24th was the perfect day to hold the 2014 Open Hive Demo for the Southside Beekeepers Association. We had about 40 people in attendance. Lucky Streich the President of Southside Beekeepers Association took everyone through different hives in many different stages. He showed everyone honey, pollen, eggs, larvae, capped brood, bees hatching, drones vs worker/nurse bees and the queen. He demonstrated how to clip a queen's wings and how to mark her. He showed how different feeders work on the hive. There were also many bee related products on display for people to look at and ask questions. We had a beehive set up in the garage with all of the components including the brood box & honey super with frames, queen excluder, screen bottom board, screen inner cover and telescoping cover. There was a section of honey extraction equipment including a hand crank honey extractor, uncapping box, uncapping tools, electric uncapping knife, strainers and buckets. There was a bee vacuum and hive extraction tools and swarm equipment, queen marking equipment and many hive tools. We had some new beekeepers picking up their first nucs (5 frame full working hives) Lucky raised and had inspected just in time for this event. Lucky made hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and everyone brought a dish to share for lunch. A good time was had by all!  For more information on becoming a beekeeper call Lucky at (757)403-4616 or attend a Southside Beekeepers Association meeting held every 4th Thursday of the month at the Emporia/Greensville Extension Office, 105 Oak Street, Emporia, VA  23847.

  17. Hurricane Season – What You Should Do Now

    Much of Virginia has seen flooding already this year, and hurricane season is just beginning.  What should you do now to protect your family and property?

    • Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.  Just one inch of water in a home or office can mean $8,000 in cleanup and repairs, and most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flooding.  Remember:

      • There is usually a 30-day waiting period before coverage begins.

      • Renters also can buy flood insurance, to cover personal belongings or business inventory.

      • Go to or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information.

    • Download the free Ready Virginia app foriPhone® and Android™ devices.  Use the app to prepare for disasters and to stay informed during emergencies.  Features include:

      • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service

      • A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
      • The latest disaster news on widespread emergencies from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
    • Build an emergency kit.  Start with three days’ water and three days’ food that doesn’t need electricity or refrigeration.  Then add:
      • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band and extra batteries to hear information from local officials
      • Flashlights and extra batteries
      • First aid kit and extra supply of medications
      • Special items for babies, older family members and pets

    Learn more about preparing for emergencies at and


  18. Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 25-31


    Get ready to save money!

    Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 25-31

    Go shopping the last week of May and save money on lots of useful items.  Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 25-31.  Before the storms hit, stock up on many supplies for protecting your home and business and you won’t pay sales tax on them.

    New this year: gas-powered chainsaws costing less than $350 and chainsaw accessories are tax free!  Among other items that are tax-exempt are these, with a price of $60 or less:

    • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice       
    • Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries
    • Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks
    • First aid kits
    • Cell phone chargers
    • Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
    • Portable self-powered radios, including radios with electrical power capability
    • Bottled water of any size, including flavored and carbonated
    • Two-way radios
    • Manual can openers
    • Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
    • Bungee cords and rope
    • Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
    • Ratchet straps
    • Duct tape
    • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
    • Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers
    • Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers

    Shop for items on this list that have a sales price of $1,000 or less:

    • Portable generators and generator power cords
    • Inverters and inverter power cables. 

    Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday.  For more, go to and



  19. 1st Annual G.Scott Charity Flag Football Game Scheduled

    Franklin, VA – The Cover 3 Youth Football League has scheduled their first fundraiser of the year. On June 21, 2014 at 3 p.m. Cover 3 Foundation and The G.Scott Experience will sponsor the 1st Annual G.Scott Charity Flag Football Game at Southampton High School. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cover 3 Youth Football League.

    The G.Scott Charity Flag Football game will feature local high school alumni football players and other football enthusiasts. Greg Scott, retired NFL Defensive Lineman and President of the League, will coach one team and Xavier Scott, former Franklin Quarterback and Vice-President of the League will coach the other team. Admission will be $5 per person with kids 10 and under admitted free. The half-time show will feature music and dancing and a kids relay for a prize. Tickets will be sold throughout the game for a chance to win the 50/50 raffle. Concessions will be available throughout the day. The event will be a family atmosphere filled with excitement and entertainment. There are still a few spots to fill on the team rosters. Anyone interested in playing in the Charity Flag Football Game should contact 757-562-2252 or email

    Registration for the Cover 3 Youth Football League will also be available at the game beginning at 1:30 p.m. Any child interested in signing up to participate in the league, should bring a birth certificate, a DMV issued identification card, and their report card. The Cover 3 Youth Football League will offer three programs for the 2014 season; Flag Football, Tackle Football and Cheering. Youth Flag Football will be available for ages 6-8, Youth Tackle Football will be available for ages 8-14 and Youth Cheering will be available for ages 6-14. The cost for Flag registration is $30, Tackle is $40 and Cheer is $20. Registration will also be available online beginning June 1. Deadline for payment and registration is July 15. More information about rules, registration guidelines and team assignments is available at

    For advance tickets to the Charity Flag Football Game, please call 757-562-2252.



    Annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Leadership Skills, Academic Achievement and Commitment to Community Service

    RICHMOND, Va. – May 23, 2014 – The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded scholarships to 59 Virginia high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment initiatives, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

    Comcast, joined by Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring, recognized the students at a special event held Thursday at the Virginia State Capitol. Fifty-eight of the 2014 Virginia Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Keonna Knight, a senior at Richmond Community High School, was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $68,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school students. After a prize drawing, two students were also given iPads to use at college.

    "Each of these deserving students earned their scholarship by displaying a strong commitment to both the classroom and their community," said Attorney General Herring. "Higher education can open doors of economic opportunity and keeps our Commonwealth competitive in a global economy. With the support of their community, including partners like Comcast, these young people's dreams can become a reality."

    “In today’s high-tech businesses, advanced education and training are more important than ever,” added Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Comcast is dedicated to helping students succeed so they can go on to deliver the next great innovation. We applaud this year’s outstanding scholarship winners and are excited to see them take the next step in their academic journeys.”

    The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

    To date, Comcast has awarded more than $21.6 million to nearly 21,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.

    2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from our area.

    Emporia - Janae Adams of Greensville County High School

    Sussex County - Felicia Miller of Sussex Central High School

    Connect with the scholarship winners at Explore and “like” Comcast in the community

    The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.



  21. Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

    The Meherrin Regional Library System is pleased to announce the start of the Paws to Read Summer Reading Program for children, tweens, and teens. Sign-up begins Monday, June 2. Each child registering for the reading program will receive a gift bag with special summer reading information and prizes. This year’s events are:

    Children’s Programs



    Place & Time

    Place & Time

    Thurs., June 26

    Animals Unlimited

    Brunswick 11:00

    Richardson 1:00

    Thurs., July 3

    Cynthia Gregg

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 2:00

    Thurs., July 10

    Sundae Puppets

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 2:00

    Thurs., July 17

    K-9 Dogs

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 2:00

    Thurs., July 24

    Creek Critter’s Rehab

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 2:00

    Thurs. July 31

    Dog Safety (Humane Society)

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 2:00

    Teen Programs



    Place & Time

    Place & Time

    Monday, July 14

    Wii Game Night

    Not scheduled

    Richardson 5:00

    Monday, July 21

    Making Pet Treats & Toys

    Brunswick 5:00

    Richardson 5:00

    Wednesday, July 30

    Learn to Draw Superheroes & Pizza Party

    (Reserve your seat)

    Brunswick 1:00

    Richardson 3:00

    Monday Morning Movies



    Place & Time

    Place & Time

    Monday, June 30

    The Nut Job

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 10:30

    Monday, July 7

    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 10:30

    Monday, July 14

    Birds of Paradise

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 10:30

    Monday, July 21

    Homeward Bound

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 10:30

    Monday, July 28

    The Lego Movie

    Brunswick 10:30

    Richardson 10:30

    The Summer Reading Program gives area children and teens an opportunity to visit, enjoy, and explore the many educational and recreational resources the library has to offer. Due to room capacity, event seating may be limited.

    For more information please visit or contact the Brunswick County Library, 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library, 434-634-2539.


    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Teen Volunteer Program.  Under the supervision of SVRMC’s Human Resources Director, Becky Parrish, the Teen Volunteer Program offers opportunities for career exposure in the healthcare profession.  To be considered for the Teen Volunteer Program, one must be between 14 – 17 years of age and return a completed application for volunteer services, along with a letter of recommendation, by Friday, June 13th.

    The number of participants for the program is limited, and applicants will be selected based on the student’s interview, his/her interests and the volunteer needs of the hospital.  Those selected will be required to attend a mandatory orientation, provide a parental consent form to participate, parental consent for drug screen and TB skin test, a photo ID and social security number (for drug screen), and $20.00 to cover the cost of the test.

    Applications may be picked-up at the SVRMC hostess desk.  For additional information on the 2014 Summer Teen Volunteer Program contact Vicky Powell, Human Resources Assistant at 434-348-4486.  Deadline for applications is Friday, June 13, 2014.


  23. Girl Scout Troop 3256 Silver Award “Getting Things Blooming at the Bloom Center”

    Article Submitted by Grace Lewis.

    Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3256 is currently working on our silver award, which is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.  Our troop consists of 3 energetic and ambitious young ladies in the 6th and 7th grades, and we are all currently working together on our silver award which requires each of us to have at least 50 hours of work on the project. We have been working on this particular project since we decided in January to make the Bloom Center the recipient of our Silver Award project.  The three of us decided together that we wanted to beautify the space and make the residents that live there happy by creating a beautiful outdoor space.

    We met with Mrs. Ann Temple, director of the Bloom Center to see specifically what kind of help was needed.  We learned that the prayer garden needed a makeover and the patio was looking pretty gloomy with worn out cushions on the furniture and empty flower pots.  Our troop leader, Kerrie, asked us to pick which area we would like to fix up.  She wanted us to focus on one space, either the patio or the garden.  After a brief meeting by the three Girl Scouts, we decided to “go big or go home!”  We really wanted to work on both the flower garden and the patio area!

    During our research of the garden we discovered it was actually a prayer garden, which was created by the Emporia Women’s Club in 1994 and was dedicated to a former Bloom Center resident, Mattie Hughes Watson.  We met with Riparian’s Jean Cobb and Lois Williams who told us about Ms. Watson.  She was a petite, soft- spoken, red head with a big heart.  Thanks to an inheritance from her twin sister, Ms. Watson was able to generously donate money to Village View , DAR, the Hospital Auxiliary, Brunswick Academy, Southampton Academy and Greensville and Brunswick County schools, to name a few. 

    Our project has required a lot of physical work as well as research.  We have visited Pine View Nursery and talked to them about the types of plants that were hearty, colorful and the deer wouldn’t eat.  We made a list of different plants we liked and Michael Padgett, a local landscaper helped us with the first draft of our landscape plan.  We met with Mrs. Temple again and presented our ideas to her and the plan was approved. 

    We have had to make a few changes to our design, but we were finally able to have our first workday last Saturday.  We completely cleaned out all of the grasses, weeds, and volunteer trees.  We had a lot of help from our families and Ms. Jean Cobb and Mrs. Mary Ann Renner from the Riparian’s Club also helped us out by not only physically working but also by providing gardening advice and bringing us some delicious homemade cookies!  The Bloom Center residents had fun watching us work on Saturday from the windows in the dining hall.  One even came out to visit us.  We were happy to hear that they told Mrs. Temple Monday morning about what they saw.

    Hearing stories from Mrs. Renner about residents that enjoyed the fish pond that is there, inspired us to want to keep the pond in place for the enjoyment of the residents.   Some of the current residents may not even know there is a fish pond there, because until last weekend it was covered with grass!  By Memorial Day we hope to have everything planted and goldfish placed in the pond.  It will be a pretty spot for the residents, their families and the workers that take care of them.

    This project has taught us to compromise about which flowers to plant and to pick ones that will be best for the garden instead of which plants we think are the prettiest.  We’ve learned that sometimes when you start a project, you may find problems that you didn’t know about when you started.  We’ve learned to reuse things to save money, like keeping the hosta plants that we didn’t know were there when we visited in the winter and removing a broken piece on a statue to save money for the centerpiece of our garden and honor a gift that was given by someone a long time ago.

    We would like to thank the people that have already donated to our project.  We are trying to buy things as we collect the money, but we still need donations.  $1.00 can buy a fish and $ 50.00 can help buy cushions or a bench to put next to the pond for the residents to sit on while they reflect, pray or just enjoy watching the fish.   We anticipate that the total cost of the project will be around $1,000.00.   Any donation will help a lot.  We would also like to place a footstone in the garden with Ms. Watson’s name on it so that her kindness will never be forgotten.  Most of all, we would like to invite the families of the residents and former residents to see how pretty it all turns out.  We will keep you posted.  To make a donation and help our project “bloom”, please call, Kerrie  Combs, Girl Scout Troop 3256 leader at  434-637-1431.

    Photo Captions (top to bottom):

    Photo #1 Grace, Allie & Jean work together to clean over grown grasses away from the fish pond in the Mattie Hughes Watson prayer garden

    Photo # 2 Bloom Center Resident, Mrs. Louise Grant comes out to see what changes the Girl Scouts Allie, Olivia and Grace have made in the prayer garden

    photo #3 The Girl Scouts with their friends and family feeling proud at the amount of work they accomplished

  24. SVCC holds Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony in Alberta

    Southside Virginia Community College held a Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony on May 8 at the Christanna Campus in Alberta.  The following Students were recognized:

    Brunswick High School

    Row 1 (L to R):   Jenifer Wesson, Instructor, Kyesha Manning, Latrell Wallace-Williams, TaNeisha Moore, Anika Smith, Jalisha Maddox, Angelicia Richardson, Shalonda Cherry, Dominque Hill,

    Row 2 (L to R):  Ashley Blue, Asia Johnson, Whitney Puryear, Tia Fields, Kadajah Thomas, Kristen Jackson, Ryshauna Jones, Stacey Toone

    Greensville & Emporia

    Row 1 (L to R):   Kaylesha Edwards, Brianne Rose, Alexis Autry, Christina Knight, Ashley Walker, Jennifer Watson

    Row 2 (L to R):   Sabrina Burns, Taylo Harrison, Ashley Myrick, Sharebra Doyle, Mayci Clements

    Chase City

    Row 1 (L to R):  Shuntwayne Osborne, Francine Medley, Rebecca Evans, Crystal Caparatta


    Park View

    Row 1 (L to R):   Crystal Roberts, Ariel Phillips, Diana Martinez, Lizbeth Jimenez, Amber Wooton, Brittany Whitby, Summer Wells, DaShawnda Lambert, Olliyah Bagley,
    James Ragsdale

    Row 2 (L to R):  Heather Popick, Tajayla Ratliff , Savanna Pearce, Reba Davis, Tamia Overbey, Terry Edmonds, Alicia Brown, Lori Surry, Instructor
    Row 3:  Patricia Urda, Instructor



    Row 1 (L to R):  Krystal Fuentes-Nunez, Kaci Pittard,
    Row 2 (L to R):  Kristian Crews, Dy’Equa Walker, Amanda Melnick


    Lake Country Advance Knowledge Center in South Hill

    Row 1 (L to R):  Melissa Hamm, Ashley Crump, Jessica Hudson, Jennifer Weeast, Stacey Rogers, Martani Hurt
    Row 2 (L to R):  Geneva Couch, Tracy Short



    Row 1 (L to R):  Mattie Bishop, Shaniqua Carter, Kristina Baicy, Jasmine Brown, Kamila Goode-Spencer, LaChanda Brandon


  25. American Legion to Host Memorial Day Ceremony *Today*

    American Legion Posts 46 & 151 of Emporia invites you to attend this years Memorial Day Services. The ceremony will be held at the Veteran's Park Pavilion located behind the Post Office on Main St. on Monday (May 26 at 11am). Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. Our guest speaker for this years event is Retired Brigadier General David L. Johnson. General Johnson had a very distinguished military career and we are very pleased to have him as our keynote speaker. Service's start at 11am and we hope you will take a portion of your Memorial Day to honor our fallen heroes. It would surely be great to see the pavilion and hillside filled with many people there to honor these men and women who sacrificed the ultimate in payment for our freedom. Be sure to bring the kids too and explain to them the meaning of the event. God Bless America and God Bless our Troops, Past & Present!


  26. Blood Drive Today!


    EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) honored employees with milestone years of service in 2013 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week.  “This was a great opportunity for us to thank our employees,” said Eric Lachance, CEO of SVRMC.  “Our dedicated and passionate employees set Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center apart from other healthcare providers,” he said. 

    As a part of the celebration, staff were invited to a special luncheon where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift.  Employees with twenty, twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five years of service were also presented with flowers and the respective manager spoke to the group about the contributions of these long term employees.  Thirty-seven employees reached milestone years of service in 2013 representing a total of 480 years of experience.


    5 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
    Front L- R :  Bonnie Cummings, Jakai Barnes, Troy Watson, Erica Brown, Donna Taylor
    Back L – R:  Kelly Byers, Lauren Barnes, Dora Smith-Person, Leroy Smith, Rhonda Robinson, Telisha Seward
    Not Pictured:  Linda Allen, Alberta Babaran, Catherine Clary, Ronchetta Jackson, Ashley Page
    10 Year AwardsPhoto Above Right
    Front L – R:  Terry Joyner, Ruby Etters
    Back L – R:  Alison Phillips, Bonnie Anderson, Stephanie Speller, Stacy Atkins


    15 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
    L – R:   Shelby Wyatt, Kandy Poarch, Linda Thompson – Not Pictured:  Penny Powell
    20 Year Awards – Photo Above Right
    L – R:  Virginia Worrell, Wendy Durham, Lisa Wiant


    25 Year Awards – Photo Above Left
    Gladys Bowser – Not Pictured:  Arleatha Young
    30 Year Awards – Photo Above Right
    Barbara Finch – Not Pictured:  Lorenze Dennis

    35 Year Awards
    Helen Wilson, Chris Avent, Vickie Michael



    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) joined with hospitals across the nation in celebration of National Hospital Week May 12-16. Dating back to 1921, National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication to the patients they serve.

    SVRMC kicked off their Hospital Week celebration on Monday with a $1.00 lunch special in the cafeteria followed by an ice cream social that afternoon.  Other activities included BINGO in the cafeteria and an afternoon candy cart, the annual services awards luncheon, and afternoon wings and things snack attack, and SVRMC casino games and a seafood buffet in the cafeteria.  The celebration at SVRMC culminated on Friday with a cookout featuring hot dog, hamburgers, grilled chicken and bratwursts with all the trimmings. 

    Each year, staff participate in fund raisers leading up to and throughout Hospital Week to benefit the Emporia/Greensville Relay for Life. On the Friday prior to Hospital Week, staff participated in an SVRMC Denim Day, collecting $5.00 from staff who wore their favorite jeans to work.  During Hospital Week, all proceeds from the $1.00 lunch special were added to the collection and raffle tickets were sold throughout the week for prize drawings to be held following the Hospital Week picnic.  When all was said and done on the final day of the celebration, staff had raised a total of $1,057.00 that they donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  

    Susan Mitchell and Brenda Pultz, Co-Chairs of the Emporia Greensville Relay for Life accept the donation raise by staff during National Hospital Week from SVRMC Chief Executive Officer, Eric Lachance.

  29. Spring is in the air at the Emporia Farmer's Market

    Vendors at the Emporia Farmers display their products,

    The Skippers Strawberry Patch (selling, Strawberries),

    Alberta General Store (selling Brunswick Stew) and

    Wayne's  Produce Farm (selling Asparagus, Potatoes, Spring Onions, Cabbage and Beets).


  30. High Water in Emporia

    On Sunday the Meherrin River was forecast to crest at about 23 feet.  The Meherrin actually crested at 23.26 feet between 2:00-3:00 Monday Morning.  Flood Stage at the Emporia Guage is 23 feet, and even at this modest level, high water could be seen in the back yards of homes near the intersection of Park Avenue and Center Street, where water was running across the road by 8:30 Sunday night.


  31. Photos from this weekend's Relay for Life

  32. Progress at Meherrin River Park Canoe Landing

    Crews have been busy working on steps to the new Canoe Landing from the Farmers Market, while a new Boat Ramp is under the Main Street Bridge.


  33. Halifax Regional Health System Honored with 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

    (Richmond)– Halifax Regional Health System of South Boston, Virginia, has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.  The system was nominated for the award by Southside Virginia Community College.  The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia recently. 

    According to CEO, Chris Lumsden, “Higher Education and the community college system specifically give people opportunities and hope.  It is the foundation for our higher education system here in this region and supplied a pool of highly qualified employees for our business.” 

    He noted that the community college system also provides the vehicle for people to stay at home and receive a great education which means strong job opportunities, too.

    The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year the awards have been given.

    This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

    In keynote remarks, Virginia Business Higher Education Council Chair W. Heywood Fralin said, “Many believe, including myself, that the community college will be the centerpiece of economic development in each region of the commonwealth for the next several decades…..All philanthropists are interested in their local communities, and I would argue that in today’s world, the local community college should be considered a top priority for philanthropic dollars.  Where it happens, regions will thrive, and where it doesn’t, they will struggle.”

    VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said that the generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders makes a critical difference in the lives of students and their families as well as in the economic vitality of the commonwealth. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian.  We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving.”



    CHRISTINE ALLISON ROBERTS departed this life on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the family home on Sussex Drive in Greensville County, Virginia after a lengthy illness. Christine was born on April 12, 1920 to the late Ferdinand Vincent Allison, Sr. and Elizabeth Rae Allison, in the Orion area of Greensville County. She moved to Emporia with her family when she was eight years old.

    Christine received her formal education in the local public schools and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA, and a Master's Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.

    Christine was married to the late Willie "Dinks" Roberts. This union was blessed with two sons, Willie Eugene and Alfred Allison. She faithfully cared for her husband during his extended illness, and was a loving and supportive mother to her "boys". She poured into her sons an enduring sense of faith, family, community, purpose and self-worth. In later years, she shared these same values with her grandchildren.

    Christine accepted Christ at an early age and attended the Royal Baptist Church, Emporia, VA. After attending St. Paul's College, she moved her church membership to St. James Episcopal Church where she served faithfully as a choir member and leader of the Episcopal Church Women until her illness.

    Christine devoted over 40 years of dedicated service to Greensville County Public Schools, starting her career in a multi-grade, one-room school house. After many years as a first grade teacher at Greensville County Training School, she finished her career teaching first grade at Emporia Elementary School. She was a caring and nurturing teacher who had a heart and passion for her students who needed her most.

    Christine was also an active member of the community, giving unselfishly of her time to organizations such as the Community Youth Center, American Red Cross, Meherrin River Arts Council, Virginia and Greensville Education Associations, Greensville Teachers Association Federal Credit Union, Greensville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Democratic Party of Virginia, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Christine was a champion of the local civil rights movement and was especially committed to voter registration and voter participation, ensuring that the voices of all citizens of Greensville-Emporia were heard in local, state, and national elections.

    Christine is survived by her two sons and a daughter-in-law, W. Eugene Roberts, and Al and Janet Roberts, all of Emporia, VA; three grandchildren, Ross P. Roberts and his wife Cassandra of High Point, NC, Scott A. Roberts and his wife Jennifer of Suitland, MD, and Lauren Roberts Haire and her husband Bryan of Norcross, GA; and one great-granddaughter, Nia Roberts.

    She is also survived by one sister, Rosie B. Caves of Washington, DC; one sister-in-law, Lovonia E. Allison of Durham, NC; a devoted caregiver, Doreatha Carrington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

    Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday May 17, 2014, 11:00 AM at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel, 568 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.  

  35. Power Provider for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Receives CPCN Approval to Construct 1,000 Megawatt Natural Gas Generation Facility

    CHASE CITY – Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Wildcat Point), a state-of-the-art, combined-cycle natural gas generation facility proposed by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) power provider, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has been approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The facility will be located adjacent to ODEC’s existing generating facility in Conowingo, Md.

    The $675 million Wildcat Point facility will improve reliability on the region’s electric grid, and help ODEC deliver cleaner, cost-effective power to its 1.2 million members in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, including those served by MEC. Wildcat Point is expected to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 390,000 homes annually. By issuing a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, or CPCN, the PSC has provided ODEC the final permitting required to begin construction.

    “The PSC’s decision is an important win for our members and for the region’s energy future,” says Jackson Reasor, president and CEO of ODEC. “As demand for electricity has grown in ODEC-served areas, constructing a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly power generation facility became a critical priority. Wildcat Point will enable us to provide our members cost-effective power while reducing reliance on costlier electricity bought on the market.”

    John Lee, CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and member of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors states, “For some time, ODEC has been able to meet significant portions of its members’ power needs through cost effective power contracts; however, forecasts began to show that natural gas pricing made the construction of a power plant the best long-term option. These facilities are strategically located to meet the needs of ODEC’s system demand and appropriately take advantage of existing infrastructure by building this new plant adjacent to our Rock Springs site. We are excited to receive the go-ahead to begin construction and begin putting steel in the ground to meet the growing needs of our members.”

    The Maryland PSC’s decision follows a rigorous, 11-month review of ODEC’s proposal by local, state, regional, and federal agencies. To receive the CPCN, Wildcat Point was required to meet stringent environmental, traffic, and historic preservation regulations. During the review process, both ODEC and the PSC hosted public hearings with no one formally opposing the project.

    Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, and upon startup in 2017 the facility will increase the capacity owned by Old Dominion by more than 30 percent. Wildcat Point will be built in Conowingo, Cecil County, on existing property at the ODEC-constructed Rock Springs Generation Facility, which became operational in 2003.

    Editor's Note: While this article concerns a power plant to be built in Maryland, it is a plant that will supply electricity to members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and other electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware that are members of ODEC (Old Dominion Electric Cooperative).

  36. New Study Reveals 205,000 Central Virginians at Risk of Hunger

    A new study finds that 205,000 individuals in FeedMore’s service area – including 51,440 children – do not always know where they will find their next meal. In all, over 13% of Central Virginians struggle with hunger, according to research recently released by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks.

    “Studies like 'Map the Meal Gap 2014' allow FeedMore to continue to evaluate and adjust to the need in our area,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore. “The research data shows that hunger continues to be a reality for thousands of our neighbors.”

    Map the Meal Gap 2014 is a detailed analysis of food insecurity done by Feeding America and the only study available that provides county–level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a socioeconomic condition of limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. Additional data available in the Map the Meal Gap study include weekly food-budget shortfalls, demographics and poverty levels.

    Food-insecurity numbers in the Capital Region are as follows:

    City of Emporia – 26% of the population and 20.3% of children – 1,520 individuals and 260 children

    County of Dinwiddie – 13% of the population and 13.9% of children – 3,640 individuals and 870 children

    County of Greensville – 19.4% of the population and 18.9% of children – 2,360 individuals and 370 children

    County of Brunswick – 20.9% of the population and 21% of children – 3,630 individuals and 700 children

    County of Sussex – 18.1% of the population and 10.5% of children – 2,190 individuals and 210 children

    County of Prince George – 11.3% of the population and 12.7% of children – 4,080 individuals and 1,040 children

    City of Richmond – 21.7% of the population and 21.2% of children – 44,510 individuals and 8,310 children

    County of Henrico - 12.5% of the population and 13.7% of children – 38,480 individuals and 10,140 children

    County of Chesterfield - 9.4% of the population and 11.8% of children – 29,930 individuals and 9,650 children

    City of Petersburg – 25.4% of the population and 21.2% of children – 8,180 individuals and 1,450 children

    City of Hopewell – 18.8% of the population and 21.1% of children – 4,220 individuals and 1,230 children

    City of Colonial Heights – 11.2% of the population and 15.3% of children – 1,950 individuals and 590 children

    “Hunger is a pervasive and solvable problem plaguing every corner of America today,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “By continuing to provide extensive and revealing data like the 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, we will be able to tackle these issues head-on and be armed with the information needed to work towards making sure everyone has enough to eat.”

    Research for the study was generously supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ConAgra Foods Foundation and Nielsen.

    “It should be a wake-up call to us all that nearly 50 million of our neighbors are at risk of hunger in the United States, a country with the most productive farmers helping to feed the world,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman & CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “Research like Map the Meal Gap is critical to organizations like the Feeding America network of food banks and agencies as they work to develop the most effective solutions for addressing hunger in every community in America.”

    The Map the Meal Gap 2014 analysis was developed by Dr. Craig Gundersen for Feeding America. Food-insecurity rates are based on a state-level model that allows for estimation of the population in need of food at the county and congressional district level. Additionally, Feeding America worked in collaboration with Nielsen to arrive at estimates for food-cost variation by county. Results were reviewed by the Feeding America Technical Advisory Group in order to ensure accuracy and promote transparency.

    A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States, and the full report are available

    The study also reveals that 46% of the food-insecure population in FeedMore’s service area lives below the SNAP threshold of 130% poverty and 61% of children are eligible for federal nutrition programs, like free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast.

    “No one should have to worry about where they will find their next meal,” added Baldwin. “We are confident Central Virginia will continue to rally together and help us ensure that no child, family or senior goes hungry in our region.”

    About FeedMore

    FeedMore’s programs – the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen – provide hunger-relief solutions for our region’s most vulnerable populations – food-insecure children, struggling families, the disabled and homebound seniors. FeedMore serves neighbors in need across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and five cities, ranging from rural and suburban to urban localities, and is a Feeding America member agency. For additional information about our programs and services, please visit

    About Feeding America

    Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit for more information.


  37. Dr. John Cavan Presides Over 32nd SVCC Commencement

    For the 32nd and final time, Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, awarded degrees, certificates and diplomas on Saturday May 10, 2014.  The capacity crowd of nearly 4,000 moms, dads, family and friends and graduates gathered under the huge tent for the Pomp and Circumstance.

    “As a college graduate, you have beaten the odds.  The demand for those who earn the credential is increasing every day.  That brings me to the question I want to pose this morning:  What’s next?,” asked Dr. Glenn DuBois, Commencement speaker and Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

    Dr. DuBois related his story of finishing high school with no thought of college, becoming a dishwasher at a restaurant and being badgered by his mother to attempt the community college.  He finally attended and completed community college and then, kept pursing higher education.  Dr. DuBois now heads a state system of 23 community colleges.

    “So what does it mean to be graduating this morning?  In a word, it means everything,” he said. 

    It was our job to prepare you for that question with the education and experience you earned here at Southside Virginia Community College, he said.  It is now your job to answer What’s next?  Choose wisely and good luck, he noted.

    During the commencement, student completing the SVCC Honors Program were recognized.  This program allows students to pursue a variety of honors courses, seminars and special projects and is designed challenge, and involve the superior student.  This year’s Honors graduates are Joseph Baker, Makayla Evans, Waverly Garner, Jeffrey Karow of Emporia (pictured at left), Kristen Milton, Cecilia Moser, Courtney Salley and Victoria Wood.

    The American Association of Community Colleges/Phi Theta Kappa/All-USA Team represents the best academic talent at the nation’s community colleges.  Being nominated for this award is an honor.  This year’s students are Joseph Baker, Waverly Garner and Victoria Wood.

    Hooding ceremonies were held for three members of the SVCC faculty who have received terminal degrees this year.  Those celebrated were Michelle Edmonds, SVCC Dean of Nursing and Health Technology, who received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University, Christy Lowery-Carter, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who received her Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, and Sarah Horne, who received a Doctor of Education degree from Liberty University.

    The First Annual Hero Award was presented this year by SVCC to Dr. DuBois. A Hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  Due to his tireless efforts and courageous willingness to lead and pioneer programs, Dr. DuBois is a hero in area of education and deserving of this award.


  38. SVCC’s Commencement Pays Tribute To Dr. Cavan, Leader for 31 Years

    Dr. John Cavan (Left) and Dr. Glenn DuBois (Right) saying goodby at the Southside Virginia Community College graduation ceremony.  Dr. Cavan will retire this year after 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

    How do you say goodbye to a great leader, mentor and higher education advocate?  A good place to start is a gathering of thousands celebrating the completion of educational goals.  This is just what happened on May 10, 2014 at the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.

    Dr. John Cavan presided over his final SVCC graduation recently and though it certainly is all about the students, this day was about him too.  In his tenure, he has graduated more than 12,000 people and spent 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

    During the event, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor for the Virginia Community College System, was the speaker and had the following to say about Dr. Cavan: “If you are lucky, my friends, you will find mentors and people who inspire you throughout your life.  I have.  And if you will afford me just a moment of personal privilege, I want to tell you about one that is special to me.

    The Importance of John Cavan,

    For this person, today’s commencement exercise is the final one of his presidency – a significant moment for a man who has loved this community and this college for years.  In turn, they have loved him right back. 

    I am talking, of course, about Dr. John Cavan.  Like me, John is a native of New York.  That makes him a hybrid, meaning he operates with southern efficiency and northern charm.

    You can search high and low, far and wide, and back again and never meet another person who takes the community college mission to heart the way that John Cavan does.

    He once told me that he had a re-occurring nightmare – one that would wake him up at night in a cold sweat. Well, what is it, I asked?

    Glenn, he said, I dreamed that I ran out of people to recruit to come to the community college. And he was dead serious.

    John Cavan would tell you that only two type of people lived around here: Those who were students of this community college and those who someday will be.

    John Cavan is enshrined in three different halls of fame for his success on the basketball court. He has competed 120 marathons over the course of his lifetime, including 18 Boston marathons and 29 New York City marathons. (In fact, I even have a picture in my office of him competing in a Richmond race while on crutches.)

    But as passionate as John is about those hobbies, I have no doubt that he would stop any basketball game, that he would walk-off from any marathon course if it meant being able to inspire and convince just one more person to attend his college.

    Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, “It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be judged.”

    By that standard, John, I believe that you are the single, greatest community college evangelist that I have ever known. For more than 30 years now, you have spread the word about “America’s Democracy Colleges.” You have inspired a “tradition of education” in more families than we can count. And you have done it all with a passion and energy that is second to none.”

    Dr. Cavan will retire July 31, 2014.


    EMPORIA, VA – A national recognition day for nursing professionals was first signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 proclaiming "National Recognition Day for Nurses" to be May 6th of that year.  In 1990, the American Nurses Association expanded the recognition of nurses into a week-long celebration each year May 6 – 12.  The first annual National Nurses’ Week was celebrated in May 1991 and has continued every year thereafter.  The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the integral role nurses play in the delivery of healthcare national wide. 

    Nurse leaders from Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) organized events for nursing staff throughout the National Nurses’ Week.  Some of the events included Nursing Superlatives for each unit voted on by that staff, handing out of Lifesavers to staff, and candy baskets delivered to each unit.  The week culminated, on Friday, May 9th when SVRMC nurse leaders hosted a reception for nursing staff and nurses from other organizations throughout the community.  During this event, Mary Person, Mayor of the City of Emporia, presented a proclamation proclaiming May 6 – 12 as National Nurses Week in the City of Emporia.  

    In the above photo, CNO, Linda Burnette and Peggy Dunn, Director of Surgical Services look on as Mary Person, Mayor of the City of Emporia, reads the Nurses’ Week Proclamation.  The photo at the top of the story were the  Nurses attending the reception  along with the Nurses’ Week Proclamation and  Mayor Mary Person.


    Nurses Week

    May 6, 2014 through May 12, 2014

    Whereas, nurses are knowledgeable health care professionals who are leaders in the management and delivery of health care services; and

    Whereas,  nurses are striving  to meet the challenges of an ever evolving health care system while continuing to provide safe, dependable, and conscientious care for each of us; and

    Whereas, professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in the safety and quality of care for patients; and

    Whereas, there is an urgent need, not only to recruit well-qualified candidates into the profession, but also to retain nurses in the workplace; and

    Whereas,the week of May 6, 2014 through May 12, 2014 has been declared throughout the United States as National Nurses Week with the theme "Nurses: Leading the Way" in celebration of the ways in which nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care.

    Now, Therefore,I,Mary L. Person,by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Emporia, Virginia do hereby proclaim May6, 2014 through May 12, 2014 as Nurses Week in the City of Emporia, Virginia and ask all residents of the community to join me in honoring all nurses for their significant contributions to patient care and to our health care system.

    Done this 9th day of May, 2014.

  40. Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meeting *Tonight*

    The Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

    A short program will be presented by the Virginia State Police Bomb Tech with the Bomb Truck.  This will be an excellent and very informative presentation.  With all the bomb scares we have had at our local schools this is a program we all need to learn about what happens when threats are called in, what to do, what to look for. Bomb threats can happen anywhere and any time.  Please pass the word around about this program, plan to attend and bring a few friends and neighbors.  Let’s show our support for the neighborhood watch program.

    We all need to be aware of our surroundings and what is going on in our neighborhoods and community.

    All residents in Jarratt, Greensville, Sussex Counties and Emporia are invited to attend this program.  Please come and voice your ideas to help our area to prevent crime and make our area a safer place to live and enjoy.

    For additional information, or if you have any ideas for programs  you would like to have presented at the meeting, call: Dana Kinsley 434-535-8861 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191

    Please tell your neighbors about this meeting and encourage them to attend.

  41. YMCA Preschool Picks Berries, Plants Garden

  42. Obituary-Evelyn V. Gerke

    Evelyn V. Gerke, 92, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died May 12, 2014 in Richmond, Va.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Gerke; her parents, Fred and Frieda Kruse; and a sister, Marjory Schwartz. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Gerke Povar and her husband, Tedd; grandson, Matthew Johnson and significant other, Celinda Gardner, of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Philip Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Mooseheart, Illinois; granddaughter, Laura Lawal and her husband, Akins, of Alexandria, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Kadin and Haley Johnson, Isaiah and Aderemi Lawal; brother-in-law, Mel Schwartz; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was an executive secretary for 27 years and retired in 1978. A war bride, she was married in 1943 in Walla Walla, Wash. Evelyn was a charter member of Zion Girls club, a lover of all things chocolate, especially Hershey's chocolate bars, a fast walker at Gayton Terrace, and a good and faithful steward. The family will receive friends at Hockemeyer-Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind., on Monday, May 19. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane, Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., St. John Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va., or Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Ind.

  43. Obituary-Jennifer Harris Haddaway

    Jennifer Harris Haddaway, 36, of Emporia, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Wayne Haddaway and Aaron Michael Haddaway; her parents, Wayne and Delores Harris; sister, Debbie Whiting; brother, John Whiting and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Grace Community Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made


  44. City Recognizes Building Safety Month


    Building Safety Month

    May 1-31, 2014

             Whereas,our City’s continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, and resilience in the built environment that affect our citizens, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, give us confidence that our structures are safe and sound, and; 

             Whereas,our confidence is achieved through the devotion of vigilant guardians––building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople,laborers and others in the construction industry––who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings, and;

             Whereas,these guardians—dedicated members of the International Code Council—use a governmental consensus process  that brings together local, state and federal officials with expertise in the built environment to create and implement the highest-quality codes to protect Americans in the buildings where we live, learn, work, worship, play, and;

             Whereas,the International Codes, the most widely adopted building safety, energy and fire prevention codes in the nation, are used by most U.S. cities, counties and states; these modern building codes also include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters such as hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, wildland fires and earthquakes, and;

             Whereas,Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council, to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardiansof public safety––our local code officials––who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings, and;

             Whereas,Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks,” the theme for Building Safety Month 2014, encourages all Americans to raise awareness of the importance of building safety; green and resilient building; pool, spa and hot tub safety; backyard safety; and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month 2014 encourages appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies, and,

             Whereas,each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Americans are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments and federal agencies in protecting lives and property.

             Now, Therefore,I,Mary L. Person, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Emporia, Virginia do hereby proclaim the month of May 2014 as Building Safety Month.

    Done this 6th day of May in the year 2014.

  45. Learn Hands Only CPR

    In celebration of EMS Week 2014 (May 18-24), VCU LifeEvac is joining with the Family YMCA of Emporia Greensville, VCU Medical Center, and Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad to offer FREE Hands Only CPR training to members of the community.   Hands Only CPR can be learned in about 30 minutes using three simple steps and is a valuable skill for every one to know!!

  46. Obituary-Eunice E. “Jeanie” Wilson

    Eunice E. “Jeanie” Wilson, 78, of Emporia; widow of Benjamin F. Wilson, Jr., passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014. She is survived by two sons, Charles Wilson and Wayne Wilson and wife, Melanie; daughter, Wanda Wilson and husband, Gene Jordan; five grandchildren, Joshua Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Amanda Stone, Ashley Wilson, Anthony Wilson and Heather Jordan. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 at Greensvile Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to The Caring House, 2625 Pickett Rd, Durham, NC 27705. Online condolences may be made at

  47. Cover 3 Youth Football League Gearing Up

    Franklin, VA – The Cover 3 Youth Football League is preparing for the 2014 season. Since the acquisition of the Franklin Little League Football Program, Cover 3 Foundation Founder and Board of Directors have been reorganizing and revamping league operations and standards of safety for the 2014 season.

    The goals for the Cover 3 Youth Football League are to increase access to and participation in rural recreation football and cheering, to improve the quality of skill development and football I.Q. in players, to advance safety measures and safety education for players and coaches, to promote physical fitness through football and cheering, to endorse respect in oneself and others through good sportsmanship, to encourage responsibility in oneself through motivated participation and education, and to sponsor football and cheer education and certification for all volunteer coaches.

    The Cover 3 Youth Football League will offer three programs for the 2014 season; Flag Football, Tackle Football and Cheering. Youth Flag Football will be available for ages 6-8, Youth Tackle Football will be available for ages 8-14 and Youth Cheering will be available for ages 6-14. The cost for Flag registration is $30, Tackle is $40 and Cheer is $20. Registration for the League and all programs will be available online no later than June 1 with a deadline of July 15. Participants may also register on June 21 at the 1st Annual Alumni Flag Football Charity Event. The Alumni Flag Football game will feature former Southampton and Franklin High School football players and will act as a fundraiser for the Cover 3 Youth Football League. Anyone interested in playing in the Alumni Flag Football Game should contact 757-562-2252. Admission will be $5 per person with kids 10 and under admitted free. The League Board Members and volunteers will be in attendance accepting registrations for all programs. The location of the event is TBD, but will likely be held at Southampton High School. More information about the event can be found at

    The Cover 3 Youth Football League has become an official participant of the USA Heads Up Football Program which is nationally recognized as the new standard in football skill development and safety. USA Football will assist the League in Coaches Education and Certification, Concussion Awareness, Equipment and Fittings, Heads Up Tackling and Heat and Hydration techniques. “It is vital that our kids are safe while playing football,” said Greg Scott, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, “we will take the necessary steps to insure that equipment is safe, coaches are trained and educated and players understand the proper techniques to play the game. USA Football and the Heads Up Tackling techniques will be instrumental in this process.” USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling℠ is a step-by-step protocol to teach the core principles of the skill and sets a new standard in player safety. The program utilizes five fundamentals through a series of drills to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach players how to properly tackle with a focus on reducing helmet contacts.

    The Cover 3 Youth Football League is actively seeking volunteers to act as coaches for Flag, Tackle and Cheer. All volunteer coaches and League Board Members will be required to become certified in USA Coaching Education and pass a criminal background investigation to participate in the League. Anyone interested in volunteering, including past coaches and volunteers, should attend the meeting being at on May 12 at 6 pm at the Cover 3 Foundation Headquarters. Interested parties should download the volunteer application from The completed application should be presented at the meeting. All coaches, past and future will be required to complete the application. Applications can also be picked up at Cover 3 Foundation Headquarters or by contacting the Foundation at 757-562-2252.

    More improvements have been and will continue to be made to League operations. Scott understands that transition may be difficult for some. “I understand that folks have done things a certain way for a very long time. I respect those who have sacrificed their time, effort and resources to help our community. However, there must change in order to improve the safety and skill development of our children which is the most important thing to me,” said Scott, “we are all excited about the future of the League.”

    Many outside teams have already contacted the Foundation with interest in joining the League and funding sources are stepping up to the plate to assist in growing the League and helping young people participate. “The NFL Foundation is a huge part of our growth, we are grateful to the help they have provided. In addition, Riddell Equipment will visit our headquarters and inspect all of the equipment, advise us on what to purchase and assist in fitting our players,” added Scott. “I am super excited about the opportunity to help a league that I was once a part of, it’s truly an honor.”

    More information including registration forms and weight limits can be found at the Foundation’s newly redesigned website at


  48. Southside Virginia Commnity College Honors Correctional Officers

    Southside Virginia Community College  held its Sixth Annual Corrections Awards Banquet on April 24, 2014 at Christanna Campus in Alberta.  Dr. John J. Cavan presented the Keynote address.  Officer and Employee of the Year from each institution were recognized and presented with an award to commemorate the honor.

    Front Row – Left to Right:

    Officer Mary A. Artis, Lawrenceville Correctional Center

    Danielle R. Coleman, Counselor, Nottoway Correctional Center

    Officer Tina R. Powell, Nottoway Correctional Center

    Sharon A. Alexander, Lunenburg Correctional Center

    Richard P. Harrison, Grounds Supervisor, Greensville Correctional Center

    Officer Tyrone Cutter, Greensville Correctional Center


    Back Row – Left to Right:

    Dr. James H. Taylor, III, Associate Professor of Administration of Justice & Program Head,

    Charles E. Smith, Safety Officer, Buckingham Correctional Center

    Kimberly W. Weaver, Regional Office Manager, Deerfield Correctional Center

    Lerberta Davis, Lawrenceville Correctional Center

    Sgt. Cynthia B. Powell, Deerfield Correctional Center

    Vanessa K. Haskins, Office Services Specialist, Baskerville Correctional Center

    Officer Willis A. Woodall, Baskerville Correctional Center

    Officer Michael C. Jones, Lunenburg Correctional Center

    Officer James R. Hicks, Halifax Correctional Unit #23

    Garry A. Jones, Counselor, Halifax Correctional Unit #23

    Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Instruction


  49. Southside Virginia Community College Honors Dual Enrollment Students

    Southside Virginia Community College recognized Dual Enrollment students with a dinner on the Christanna Campus recently.  These students take classes that offer credit for both high school and college and many are able to graduate from SVCC before high school.   Students from Greensville are (Left to Right) With Assistant Superintendent Angela Wilson, Michael Seay, Tiara Manning, James Driver and Dr. John J. Cavan, SVCC President.


  50. Southside Virginia Community College Graduates Nursing Students

    Southside Virginia Community College recognized Associate Degree Nursing students with a Pinning Ceremony held on May 6, 2014.  These students have successfully completed the program and are now eligible to take the State Board to become Registered Nurses.  The students from the Christanna Campus Program are (Front Row, Left to Right) Lisa Smith of Kenbridge, Kristina Chapman of South Hill, Jessica Sargent of Blackstone, Cindy Choate of Bracey, (Second row L to R) Melissa McCarthy of La Crosse, Jenea Bennett of South Hill, MIriam Ridout of Bracey, Debra Atkins of Victoria and (Third row, L to R) Sherry Barnette of Brodnax, Ashley Jackson of Boydton, Peggy Carter of Baskerville, Brittney Turner of Emporia and Back Row, l to r Chad Carter of Baskerville, Shauna Robertson of Lawrenceville, Tracey Mays of Warfield and Michael Gallagher of South Hill.



  51. State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Southside Virginia Community College

    RICHMOND– The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Southside Virginia Community College. The three finalists include Dr. Thomas F. Wright, of Cleveland, Tennessee; Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia; and Dr. Linda Y. North, of Opelika, Alabama.

    Dr. Thomas F. Wright is currently vice president for finance and administration at Cleveland State Community College where he also served briefly as interim vice president of academic affairs in 2012. Previously, he worked as director of administrative support services for student development and as director of housing operations at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Wright began his career in 1993 at Brevard College in Brevard, NC as assistant director of housing. The following year, he would take on the role of coordinator of maintenance services at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a doctorate from Tennessee State University and master’s and bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee State University.

    Dr. Alfred A. Roberts is currently the provost of the Christanna Campus at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From 2008-2010, Roberts worked as vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services. He previously served as program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services. Prior to joining the Community Youth Center in Emporia as director in 1980, Roberts taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University. Roberts received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

    Dr. Linda Y. North is currently the dean of academics at Southern Union State Community College. For a brief period, she also worked as interim president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College while serving as dean of health sciences at Southern Union State. From 1999-2004, North was employed as associate dean for instructional design at Alabama Southern Community College.  She began her career as an instructor at Trenholm State Technical College and has taught nursing at Athens Area Technical Institute and Troy State University. North holds a doctorate and master’s from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s from Troy State University.

    Candidates will attend interviews at the community college beginning later this week. VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois plans to announce the appointment before the end of June. The appointee will replace Dr. John J. Cavan, who will retire this July after 31 years of service as SVCC’s longest reigning president.

    About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit


  52. Brunswick Academy Graduation This Weekend

    Baccalaureate service were held in the Brunswick academy gymnasium on Sunday, June 1 at 6:00 PM.  The guest speaker will be Rev. Layne Spigener of South Hill United Methodist Church in South Hill, Virginia.

    Commencement exercises will be held in the Brunswick Academy gymnasium on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 PM.  Twenty-one seniors will be graduating.  The valedictorian is Christin Michaela Copeland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Copeland of Triplett.  Ms. Copeland will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.

    The Salutatorian is Dustin Peebles Clary, the son of Daryl Clary of Gasburg and Cheryl Clary of South Hill.   Mr. Peoples will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.

    There will be one other honor graduate at this year's graduation: Travis Graham Browder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Browder of Dolphin.  Mr. Browder will also be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.

    Nine members of the class of 2014 are children of Brunswick Academy Alumni.


    (EMPORIA, VA) – Patsy Rose has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for April 2014.  Ms. Rose, who has been employed with the hospital since March 1984, is an a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  in the Behavioral Health Unit.

  54. Mayor Presents Proclimation Honoring a Century of the Virginia Cooporative Extension


    Declaring May 1 -31, 2014 as

    National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Month

    Whereas,Virginia Cooperative Extension of Greensville/Emporia is part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System that is a partnership of federal, state and local governments and Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the state’s land-grant universities in Virginia; and

                  Whereas,the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, utilizing faculty serving as Extension Agents, who along with local staff and community-based resources, extend University research and knowledge to local communities; and

               Whereas,Virginia Cooperative Extension provides wide-ranging educational programs and information in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health, along with related areas of economic and workforce development across Virginia; and

               Whereas,Virginia Cooperative Extension programs in Family and Consumer Sciences; Agriculture and Natural Resources; 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability, benefit families, schools and businesses in Greensville/Emporia; and

                Now, Therefore, I, Mary L. Person, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Emporia, Virginia do hereby designated May 2014 as National Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration Month and encourage all residents to take advantage of the programs and educational opportunities that Virginia Cooperative Extension offers to the community.

    Done this 6th day of May in the year 2014.

  55. Obituary-James Emerson “Gene” Hallingshead, Jr

    James Emerson “Gene” Hallingshead, Jr., 70, of Emporia, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Augustine “Tina” Hallingshead; daughter, Dowanna “Dee” Powell; son, Clayton Wayne Hallingshead; three grandchildren, Charles David Martin, Brian Joseph Martin and Emerson Blake Carroll; four great-grandchildren, Harleigh, Aden, Abby and Colton James; brother, Arthur David Hallingshead; two sisters, Sue Eileen Clary and Nancy Ann Hallingshead McKee and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. The family will receive friends at the family home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the James Hallingshead Cancer Fund, c/o First Citizens Bank, Emporia, Virginia. Online condolences may be made


  56. Obituary-Anna Bourdon Cook

    Anna Bourdon Cook, age 24, of DeWitt, Virginia passed away May 5, 2014. She is preceded in death by her step-father, Wade Reese, Sr.; her father, Donald O. Cook; her grandfather, William F. Abernathy, III and her uncle, William F. Abernathy, IV. She is survived by her mother, Laura A. Epps and husband Wayne; her brother, Christopher Cook; her grandmother, Peggy G. Wells and husband Oliver; her significant other, Joseph Richard Calandra, Sr.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Online condolences may be made at

  57. Calvary Baptist Relay for Life Car Show Results

    Car & Truck

    Most Chrome –  Ken Myrick – 1955 Chevy Bel Air/ Mel Ogburn - 2005 Chevy SSR

    Least Chrome –  Andre’  Cain – 1994 Mazda RX7/ Scott Hudson - 1969 Chevy Corvette

    Highest Ride –  Glenn Moss – 1966 Chevy pickup

    Lowest Ride –  Charlie Robinson – 1955 Chevy Bel Air

    Most Original –  Dickie Delbridge – 1968 Chevy Nova/ Susan Harrell – 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

    Best  Interior –  Ernie & Nita Sydnor – 1950 Ford Coupe

    Best Exterior(paint) – Chris Ellis – 1932 Ford Coupe

    Best Engine –  Jimmy Day – 1969 Chevy Camaro


    Best Paint –  Jesse Harrell – 1999 Harley Ultra Classic

    Best Engine –  Don Bullock – 1996 Boss Hoss  


    Charles Taylor Memorial Award – Thurston Vann – 1937 Chevy  Coupe

    David Williams Memorial Award – Walter Lynch – 1965 Chevy  pickup

    Peoples Choice – Glenn Moss – 1966 Chevy  pickup<


  58. Emporia Greensville Humane Society Doggie Fashion Show

    The Empoira-Greensville Humane Society held their Fifth Annual Doggie Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday at Golden Leaf Commons. Below is a video of the Fashion Show portion of the day.

  59. Obituary-Sarah Klugel Temple

    Sarah Klugel Temple, 75, of Emporia passed away on May 3, 2014.  She was predeceased by her parents Harry T. Klugel, Jr. and Mary Alice Johnston Klugel and a sister Sue K. Harrison.  She is survived by her husband Aubrey N. Temple; sons Aubrey “Temp” Temple, Jr. and wife Nancy of Emporia, VA and Thomas “Tom” M.Temple, Sr. of Emporia, VA; grandchildren Starr Temple Nienaber and husband Brent of Denver, CO, Nicholas Evan Temple of Emporia, VA, Thomas Mason Temple, Jr. and wife Amanda of Emporia, VA, and Jonathan Eli Temple of Emporia, VA; great-grandchildren Cassidy Raine Gordon of Denver, CO, Nicholas Evan Temple, II of Emporia, VA, and Gracey Elizabeth Temple of Emporia, VA; brother Harry T. Klugel, III of Gaithersburg, MD; sister Kristina K. Dickens and husband Joe of Skippers, VA; brother-in-law Claude Harrison of Richmond, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, 2:00pm at Calvary Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends following the memorial service.  Condolences may be sent to

  60. Dick Collins Retires from Boy Scouts of America

    Newport News, VA (April 16, 2014) – Dick Collins, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer for the Boy Scouts of America, Colonial Virginia Council, announced his retirement after 33 years serving as a professional with the Boy Scouts of America.  For 23 of those years Collins provided leadership to the Scouting program in the Hampton Roads community.  Collins, a native of Bristol, Tennessee, is retiring to accept a new position with the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Empire, located in his home town. 

    Collins was honored April 16th at a reception attended by Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Irving, Texas.  At the reception it was announced the Colonial Virginia Council would establish the Dick Collins Camp Scholarship Fund to commemorate the legacy left by his leadership.  The fund will provide scholarship funds for underprivileged youth to attend Bayport Scout Reservation, the 300 acre boy scout camp and high adventure base owned by the council.  Individuals interested in contributing to the fund may  At the request of its namesake, donations to the fund should be in addition to any donations given to support Bayport Scout Reservation and scouting in our community. 

    “Having Dick retire is a tremendous loss to our council,” said Jeff Wassmer, Council President.  “However, Dick has built a great and stable foundation for Scouting in the Hampton Roads area.  Because of his leadership we will continue to thrive and provide the best program possible to every youth.”  

    The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.  For more information on joining or volunteering in a Scouting program, contact The Boy Scouts of America, Colonial Virginia Council, at (757) 595-3356.


  61. Obituary-Alice Rook Ligon

    Alice Rook Ligon, 86, of Emporia, VA, daughter of Brutus and Katie Rook, died May 2, 2014.  She is predeceased by her husband of 64 years, George Benjamin Ligon; two sisters, Kathleen Rook Ligon and Mary Rook Lyerly and one brother, Brutus Watkins Rook, Jr.  She is survived by her children, Gayle Ligon Skowronski and husband Steve, George Benjamin Ligon, Jr. and wife Mary, Sandra Ligon Allen and husband Kenny; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin Andrew Skowronski (deceased), Kay Randolph Ligon, Lindsay Kendall Allen, Kenneth Samuel Allen, Jr. and George Watkins Allen; two step-grandchildren, Mary Katherine Pratt and William Joseph Pratt.  Her remains rest at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, VA, where the family will receive family and friends on Sunday, May 4th, 2 to 3:30pm.  A graveside funeral service will be held Monday, May 5th, at 11:00am at Emporia Cemetery, Brunswick Ave., Emporia, VA.  Memorial donations may be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.  Condolences may be sent to www.

  62. USDA Seeks Comments to Amend Soybean Request for Referendum Procedures and Announces Dates of the Soybean Request for Referendum

    WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on proposed amendments to procedures for soybean producers to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. USDA also announces the Request for Referendum will be held May 5, 2014, through May 30, 2014, in county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices.

    The Act requires that a request for referendum be held every five years following the initial referendum. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009. Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the Order participate. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the Order would not participate. Participating in the request of referendum is voluntary. Eligible producers participating in the request for referendum must certify that they or the entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at some time during January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013. USDA would conduct a referendum only if at least 10 percent of all eligible soybean producers, no more than one-fifth of which may be soybean producers in any one state, requested a referendum.

    This action would amend the procedures to request a referendum by removing the specific number of producers eligible to request a referendum. The number of producers eligible to request a referendum would be replaced with language that allows the Secretary of Agriculture to update this number based on information provided by FSA. For the purposes of the 2014 Soybean Request for Referendum, the number of eligible soybean producers identified through FSA soybean acreage reports for crop years 2011 and 2012 is 569,998. Additionally, this rule would replace specific USDA and FSA Web site and office addresses with more flexible language.

    The 70-member United Soybean Board, authorized by the Act, administers a coordinated soybean promotion and research program designed to expand uses of soybeans and soybean products in domestic and foreign markets.

    The proposed amendments to procedures will be published in the March 4, 2014, Federal Register. Persons wishing to comment on the proposed rule should go to Comments must be received by April 3, 2014. For more information, contact James Brow, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, STOP 0251, Room 2610-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0251; tel. (202) 720-0633, e-mail; or fax (202) 720-1125. 

  63. Spring Clean-up at Greensville Memorial Cemetery

    We will be doing an annual clean up of the cemetery the week of May 12 - 16, 2014.  At this time, all old flowers, flower stands and vases that are not attached to markers will be removed.  If you would like to keep these items, please remove before May 12.   All mini flag stands will be permitted, as long as they are close to the markers.   If you should have any questions, please call Carlissa at 434-882-5871. Thanks for helping us keep your cemetery beautiful.



  64. YMCA Hosts Run for God

    Emporia's Run For God team completed the 5K Challenge on April 26 at the YMCA Sprint for Spring race.  The Run For God Bible study was led by Pastor Greg O'Berry of Calvary Chapel Emporia, and the physical study was led by Sharon O'Berry and Brenda Robinson.  Run For God is a 12 week training course sponsored by the YMCA, Jeff Robinson & Associates and Calvary Chapel Emporia. 
    Pictured front row L to R:
    Sharon O'Berry, Anthony McGhee, Lisa Gund, Amanda O'Berry, Harley Moore, Leslie Edwards, Hunter O'Berry, Nateesha Maryland
    Back Row L to R:
    Greg O'Berry, Kristen Strickler, Jeff Robinson, Brenda Robinson, Patricia McGhee, William Wilburn, Christy Moore, Henry Moore, Martha Dodd-Slippy, Amy Owen
    Not Pictured:
    Sandy Ligon, Damita Saulter, Diane Taylor


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