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July 2014

  1. Southside Virginia Community College Has Ribbon Cutting For New Learning Resources & Student Services Building

    New state of art building will better serve the needs of SVCC’s students.

    Keysville, Virginia, July 25, 2014— Southside Virginia Community College has ribbon cutting for its new Learning Resources & Student Services Building on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, VA.

    The ribbon was cut by Virginia Delegate Tommy Wright and also in attendance was Virginia Senator Frank Ruff.

    During the ceremony Dr. John Cavan, SVCC President said, “This building is a prize in Southside VA.  It was my dream to bring a facility like this to SVCC as I ride off into the sunset.”  Dr. Cavan is retiring on July 31, 2014. 

    The two story building will house student services, a career center, counseling, admissions, business office, financial aid and a cafeteria on the first floor and the library with several study rooms on the second floor. This building will allow the college to consolidate all of the student service functions into one location as well as provided badly needed student activity and study space. The new library will be state of the art and will better serve today's learning resource needs.

    The building will allow for the elimination of three modular trailers and will free up space in the main instructional building for an enlarged bookstore and nursing space. It will also provide more faculty office space as well as room for the middle college.

    The newly constructed building is located to the north of the main instructional building and was built by Kenbridge Construction Inc.


  2. Obituary-Dorothy Marie Clary

    Dorothy Marie Clary, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after a brief illness. “Dot” as she was known by her family and friends leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Allen Dale Clary and his wife, Julie of Rocky Mount, NC; her grandchildren, Casey Clary of Raleigh, NC, Jordan Clary of Greenville, NC and Ali Clary at home with her parents; also her sister, Connie Kanipe of Louisburg, NC as well as many friends that she considered as family. “Dot” was preceded in death by her husband, Willie that she missed dearly after 53 years of marriage. They were truly best friends and had a real passion for each other and their time together as thay raised their son and spent their lives in Emporia. She was also preceded in death by her loving mother, Lizzie; her Aunt Florence and brother, Calvin. “Dot” loved her work as a hairdresser for over 40 years and developed many loving relationships during that time. The funeral service will be held11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will also be at “Dot’s” home Friday evening 4-8 p.m.

  3. Free Seminar on Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Petersburg, VA – Join Paul J. Meyers, MD as he presents about minimally invasive surgery and minimally invasive hysterectomy. Dr. Meyers is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, earned his bachelor degree at Yale University, and completed medical school and residency training at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

    This seminar will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Hopewell Library located at 209 East Cawson Street in Hopewell in the HMA room. Feel free to bring a lunch. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

    This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and


  4. Obituary-Joseph Marvin Harrell

    Joseph Marvin Harrell, 75, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce “Nita” Harrell; four sons, Chris Harrell and wife, Judy of Yale; Tony Harrell and wife, Cindy of Lewisville, TX, Darryl Harrell of San Francisco, CA and Todd Harrell and wife, Amy of Warwick, RI; eight grandchildren, Shawn Harrell and wife, Lauren, Richard Harrell and wife, Leesa, Joseph Harrell, Allen Harrell, Matthew Harrell, Vickie Martin and husband, Richard and Elizabeth and Judith Harrell; three great-grandchildren, Dillon, Kylie and Marvin; a brother, John Richard Harrell of Emporia; two sisters-in-law, Mary Strickland of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Barbara Spruill of Gaston, NC and a brother-in-law, Robert Moseley, also of Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, August 3 at Graves/Bobbitt Family Cemetery, 19133 Comans Well Rd, Yale, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct., Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made


    Mooresville, NC (July 28, 2014)- 1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current FOX SPORTS 1 analyst, Hermie Sadler, will return to the driver’s seat for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race since 2010. Sadler will pilot the No. 19 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd for his 260th career NNS start and again on September 5th at Richmond International Raceway.

    The Virginia Lottery will serve as primary sponsor, with whom Sadler has been an ambassador for over 15 years.  The car will promote The Virginia Lottery’s “Let’s Play VA” events, in which lottery players and NASCAR fans have the chance to join the No. 19 team as an honorary crew member, attend the NASCAR Awards banquet in Las Vegas as Sadler’s guest and have a chance to win other exciting prizes by entering second chance drawings at the following events:       

                Galax Fiddlers Convention - August 7-9

                Bristol Food City Fan Appreciation Day - August 21

                Hillsville Flea Market - August 29-31

                Richmond International Raceway - September 5-6

                Virginia State Fair - September 26- October 5

                Martinsville Speedway - October 24-26

                Urbanna Oyster Festival - November 7-8

    “I am thankful to my friends at The Virginia Lottery and to Mark Smith and his staff at TriStar Motorsports for making this happen,” exclaimed Sadler. “Getting to race again on two of my favorite tracks, as well as promote some once in a lifetime opportunities from the Virginia Lottery, is exciting for me.” 

    Associate sponsors of the No. 19 Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway will include Black Wolf Harley Davidson in Bristol, Va, Quaker Steak and Lube in Bristol, and The Maxxis Mid-Atlantic Dirt Series, a karting series in which Sadler’s karting team competes in.

    Meet Hermie Sadler at:

    The Virginia Lottery booth on State Street in Bristol on August 21 at 6:00 PM.

    The Quaker Steak and Lube Bristol, Va location on August 21 at 8:00PM.

    The Black Wolf Harley Davidson location on Saturday, August 23 at 9 am. 

    About the Virginia Lottery:When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2013. For more information, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

    About TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC: TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC currently fields Toyota Camrys in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Mike Bliss, Jeff Green, Will Kimmel, Blake Koch, Hal Martin, Eric McClure and David Starr. Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, TriStar Motorsports has competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series since 1989; fielding cars for some of NASCAR's premier drivers including Bobby Hamilton, Greg Sacks, Phil Parsons, Mike Wallace, Jason Keller, Reed Sorenson, Tony Raines and others. To find out more information about TriStar Motorsports please visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    About Black Wolf Harley Davidson: Black Wolf Harley Davidson is the largest Harley dealership in the Mountain Empire.  Black Wolf Harley Davidson’s 40,000 square foot facility is located off Exit 5 off I-81 in Bristol, Virginia. For more information, visit

    About Quaker Steak and Lube: Quaker Steak and Lube was founded in 1974 in Sharon, PA.  Today, Quaker Steak and Lube has expanded to more than 60 locations in the United States and Canada.  They are known for their unique décor, including racecars suspended from the ceiling, motorcycles, classic cars, and other memorabilia. Their New Location opened at 629 State Street in Bristol, Va. on June 4.

    About The Maxxis Mid Atlantic Series: The fastest growing dirt karting series in the US, The Maxxis Mid Atlantic Racing Series, is a Karting Series that hosts’ events at tracks in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, that offers racing opportunities for kids starting at age 7.  Each season culminates with the running of the Maxxis National Championships. For more information on the Maxxis Mid Atlantic Series, visit

  6. Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees

    WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

    County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committeesshare their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

    “There’s still time for eligible farmers and ranchers to get involved in this year's county committee elections,” said Garcia."Nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice to serve on the local county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

    While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or operating loans, they work closely with county executive directors and make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.

    Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers.

    To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated.

    To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at Forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2014. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 3 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 1. The newly elected county committee members will take office on Jan. 1, 2015.

  7. Obituary-Greg W. Webb

    Greg W. Webb, age 51, formely of Emporia, Va., died July 22, 2014.  He was pre-deceased by his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shelton S. Webb and Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow W. Lifsey; one brother - Jonathan W. Webb.  He is survived by his mother Dorothea L. Webb; father James W. Webb both of Emporia, Va.; and sister Rose W. Lee (Southgate) of  Capron, Va.; numerous other relatives.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2:00 P. M., at Monumental United Methodist Church, Emporia,Va.  A private interment will be held at a later date.    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia, 23847.  Condolensces may be sent to

  8. Prayer Garden Makeover-Contributed by Nicholas Short

    My name is Nicholas Short and I would like to share a recent scouting experience with my community. At Main Street Baptist Church, over the past few weekends my troop and I reconstructed the landscaping in the prayer garden adjacent to the church.  First, I had to obtain permission from the church and then send off a request to Council where the final approval took place. Two weeks later the papers came back and my eagle project had been approved. To help pay for the project I had a spaghetti take-out dinner at the church. The fundraiser was a great success due to the support I received from my church family and community. After the fundraiser, the project was underway. I visited Pineview Nursery in Jarratt, and met David Yoder. They were very generous and helpful to the troop which made for a successful project. After two weekends, the project was finished. If anyone who reads this would like to see what a lot of hard work and determination by Boy Scout Troop 209 can accomplish, they are welcome to swing by and take a look at the finished project that borders the interior of the prayer garden. It is located to the right of the Main Street Baptist Church. Thank you for reading this article and I would love to hear back from you.

    Eagle Scout to be,

    Nicholas Short


  9. Vincent Gratuates Coast Guard Boot Camp

    Christopher Downs Vincent, son of Timothy S. & Mary Beth Vincent and sister Meredith of Emporia graduated from U.S.C.G. Boot Camp on July 11, 2014. Vincent spent 8 weeks learning the Coast Guards basic requirements. Vincent has been assigned to Point Judith, Rhode Island where he will learn first hand the duties of the United States Coast Guard. The U.S.C.G. Is the only military organization that sends it's graduates to learn in the field rather than send then immediately to training centers. Scott and Mary Beth and Meredith are very proud if their sons and brothers accomplishments as 45% of the recruits were diverted and did not complete their training. Semper Paratus!


  10. Homicide in Empoira

    On July 25th at approximately 5:25am, there was a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Reese Street. Officers responded within a minute and found Michelle Roper (age 36) of Emporia lying in the front yard deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Police have witnesses to the shooting and are searching for the suspect. The suspect is Lamont V. George (age 47) of Emporia, the former boyfriend of the victim. The suspect Lamont V. George was thought to be driving a black 1998 Mercedes Benz .  A b.o.l.o. was issued for the suspect to other law enforcement agencies.

    By early afternoon, the following Warrants were obtained for Lamont V. George on the following charges: Murder of Michelle Roper, Attempted Murder of Wakki Roper, B&E of a residence with the intent to commit a felony, Possession of a Firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, Larceny of a motor vehicle, and 2 counts of Using a firearm while committing or attempting to commit Murder.

    By shortly after seven last evening, Lamont George had been apprehended in Rocky Mount, NC by the U.S. Marshals without incident.

  11. Emporia Student Logan Gilbert Awarded ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship

    -Scholarship goes to daughter of fallen police officer, James B Gilbert, who died serving City of Norfolk Police Department-

    Washington, DC –July 22, 2014 – Emporia, VA resident Logan Gilbert, 18, has been selected to receive an ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship). The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors presented 30 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year to recipients from 20 different states. Logan Gilbert will attend Radford University and expects to graduate in 2017.

    ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarships are presented annually to surviving children and spouses of firefighters, police officers and other public employees who have died in the line of duty. James B Gilbert died in the line of duty while serving the City of Norfolk Police Department.

     “It is a pleasure to present Logan Gilbert with a scholarship to help further her post-secondary education,” said ICMA-RC President and CEO and President of the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund Joan McCallen. “The ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship award honors the memory of Logan Gilbert’s father, James B Gilbert, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and pays tribute to all public employees who lost their lives serving their communities.”

    Individuals are eligible to apply for the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship if they are the child or spouse of a local or state government employee who has died in the line of duty and planning to study full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Applicants are selected based on factors including financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership in school and community activities, honors, and work experience.

    ICMA-RC and its Board of Directors established the Fund in 2001. Since its inception, more than 275 students have received more than $900,000 in scholarship awards. To learn more about the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship and the 2014/2015 recipients,

    About the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Fund is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity founded by ICMA-RC in 2001. Financial support for the scholarship is provided by individuals, foundations, organizations and ICMA-RC. Further information and the application for future scholarships can be found at

    About ICMA-RC

    Founded in 1972, ICMA-RC is a non-profit independent financial services corporation focused on providing retirement plans and related services for over 1.2 million public sector participant accounts and more than 9,000 retirement plans. ICMA-RC’s mission is to help build retirement security for public employees by providing investment tools, financial education, and other retirement savings related services. To learn more about ICMA-RC, visit


  12. Thank You


    Southampton County, VA – August 1st, 2014 begins the 5th season for Southampton Storm Fastpitch, Inc.

    Birthed out of a dream, need and passion for the sport, Southampton Storm Fastpitch was formed in the summer of 2010 by co-founders; Sean Wade, April Wade and Steph Wood. The children of both Wade and Wood played in the recreation league for Southampton County. “We saw a lot of talent in the rec league”, state Sean Wade, Southampton Storm’s Coach/Player Development Director, “and felt the need to help the girls maximize their talent and skill”.

    The first season produced two teams competing in the 12U and 14U age divisions. The teams were comprised of girls from Southampton County, Franklin, Sussex, Surry and Suffolk. Wood coached the 12U team along with the help of Ronnie Vincent and Wade coached the 14U team along with Cynthia Cobb, Michael Griffin and Clif Johnson. Both teams played well throughout the year and learned the game of softball.

    The second season began with a huge turnout for tryouts and three teams were formed in the 12U, 14U, and 16U/18U age divisions. Ronnie Vincent stepped up as head coach for the 12U team and Wade coached both the 14U and the 16U/18U teams. All three teams were successful on the field and won several awards from Softball Nation, ASA, and NSA. Wade helped secure two seniors positions on their prospective college softball teams.

    The third season brought another large turnout for the annual tryouts; which resulted in fielding five teams that competed in the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age divisions. Joe Stephenson and Cash Camp coached 10U, Jonathon Brown coached 12U, Vincent coached 14U, Wade coached 16U and Kyle Boykin and Clif Johnson coached the 18U team. The 16U and 18U competed in several Showcase Tournaments where college scouts would come out and watch the teams. Throughout the season all four teams competed in tournaments sponsored by Softball Nation, NSA, ASA, USSSA sanctions. As the season drew to an end all three seniors were recruited by colleges to play on the collegiate level. Emily Nelson attends and plays for Ferrum College, Demone Brickhouse attends and plays for VSU and Molly Langford attends and plays for Sweetbriar College.

    The fourth season began in August 2013 and produced three teams competing in 14Uand 18U. Brown coached 14U Red, Vincent coached 14U Black and Wade Coached 18U Gold. 14U Red placed in several tournaments and competed in EC Sports Nationals where they finished in 2nd place. 14U Black placed 1st in 4 out of 6 tournaments in the spring/summer season and will be competing in Softball Nation Nationals on July 24-27, 2014. The 18U Gold team placed in several tournaments and traveled to Myrtle Beach, Northern Virginia and Rock Hill, SC to compete in College Showcases, they finished their season by competing in EC Sports Nationals where they finished 3rd. Three of the four seniors on the 18U Gold will be competing on the collegiate level in the fall. Haley Boykin will be attending and playing softball for Richard Bland College, Lacoura Ellis will be attending and playing softball for Daytona State and Laura Paul will be attending and playing softball for Bridgewater College. Shelby Billups, who was the most recruited player in the organization, decided not to play collegiately; she will be attending Jefferson University.

    The goal of Southampton Storm Fastpitch, Inc. is to provide an atmosphere that allows for an enjoyable, fun and rewarding experience for all players, parents and coaches. Storm will assist players in developing advanced fastpitch skills and acquire the qualities of a complete player – a strong work ethic, disciplined focus to detail, positive mental attitude and sportsmanship.

    Southampton Storm Fastpitch, Inc. is in the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit corporation; which does take time and will enable the corporation to be able to apply for grants in the future. In the meantime; Storm is seeking community donors and corporate sponsors to help defray the costs of tournaments, equipment needs and travel fees associated with each team.

    For more information about Southampton Storm Fastpitch, Inc and to download a sponsor/donor form, please take the time to visit their website at

  14. Howling Good Time at the Library

    The Meherrin Regional Library System invites you to join Peggy Malone, with the Humane Society, for an educational program on Dog Safety.  This program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

    The show begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit

    The Lego Movie is the Monday Morning Movie of the day on Monday, July 28th.  This movie is rated PG and is 100 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Children under the age of 8 must be supervised.

  15. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Partners with EmCare for Hospitalist Services

    Emporia, VA– Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is partnering with EmCare®, a leading national provider of physician practice management services, beginning August 1st for management and physician staffing of the SVRMC’s new Hospital Medicine Service.

    Hospital Medicine is a newer medical specialty in which physicians, sometimes called hospitalists, focus on caring for patients who have been admitted to the hospital either through the Emergency Department (ED) or directly from the primary care provider’s office.  Hospitalist physicians devote themselves entirely to patients who have been the hospital, and they coordinate the patient care throughout their inpatient stay with other medical specialist and ancillary departments such as laboratory, radiology and rehab services. As the patient readies for discharge, the hospitalists works closely with case management, the patient’s primary care physician and the patient’s family to ensure that the transition from inpatient care goes smoothly.  Once discharged, the patient resumes the relationship with his/her primary care provider.

    “We are pleased to expand the services available to patients of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.” said Eric Lachance, SVRMC’s Chief Executive Officer, “The hospitalists will partner with the patient’s primary care physician, making certain that the patient’s doctor receives prompt and appropriate communication regarding the care being provided. This way, there is a seamless transition once the patient is discharged from the hospital, assuring continuity of care.”

    For more information on the hospitalist program at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at 434-348-4447.


  16. Obituary-David Hinton Barnes, Jr.

    David Hinton Barnes, Jr., 90, of Dinwiddie County, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Grant Barnes; son-in-law, Steven B. Taylor, and two sisters, Louise Barnes and Kathleen Barnes. Survivors include one son, Curtis Grant Barnes and wife, Sherry; one daughter, Ann Marie Taylor; three grandchildren, Melanie Barnes Sheldon and husband, Matt, Grant Barnes and wife, Jennifer and Ellie Taylor; great-granddaughter, McKenna Blaire Sheldon; two sisters, Ann Clay and Adelle Morgan and husband, Gill; sister-in-law, Louise Grant and numerous nieces and nephews. A U.S. Army veteran, David was a retired farmer and a member of Concord United Methodist Church where he was active in the Methodist Men’s Club. He was an accomplished baseball player in his younger days and later in life enjoyed watching and coaching. He also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made


  17. Obituary-Annie Lee Robinson

    Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

    Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

    A memorial graveside service will be announced at later date at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  

    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.

  18. Fire at Calvary Baptist Church

    In the early morning hours of yesterday a fire started in the Sunday School wing of Calvary Baptist Church. The rear portion of the building is severely damages, but the Sanctuary is still standing.  More details will be published as they become available.  There is a Facebook page for members of the community to share their memories.


  19. Obituary-Merle Stevens Jessee

    Merle Stevens Jessee, 73, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Lilmer and Laura C. Stevens and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, William “Billy” and her twin, Frank. Mrs. Jessee is survived by her husband, John D. Jessee, Sr.; son, John D. Jessee, Jr. (Mary Hill); daughter, Lynn Jessee Moseley and husband, Troy; granddaughter, Heather Leigh Moseley (Dave Smith) of Portsmouth; three brothers, Thomas Stevens of Pennsylvania, John Perry Stevens of Catlett, Virginia and Lilmer “Tuck” Stevens of Bealeton, Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 21. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

  20. Wylliesburg Siblings Are Youth Art Contest Winners

    (Chase City) Eleven-year-old Kaitlynn Love and her eight-year-old brother, Dylan, are winners in Cooperative Living magazine’s 2014 Youth Art Contest. Dylan won First Place in the Second Grade category, and Kaitlynn won Third Place in the Fifth Grade category. Kaitlynn and Dylan are the children of Sheri and Robert Love of Wylliesburg, who are members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC).

    For the 12th-annual version of this contest, Cooperative Living magazine invited students from across Virginia in kindergarten through fifth grades to submit artwork illustrating the theme, “Here’s How I Help Other People.” The contest was announced in the February and March/April issues of the magazine and entries were due May 1. The first-, second- and third-place entries for each grade are published in full color in the July issue of the magazine, which is available online at

    Dylan, who is a rising third grader at Scottsburg Elementary School, writes to soldiers who are a long distance from home, so his picture has a patriotic theme showing a letter expressing thanks to the soldiers. Kaitlynn, who will be entering 6th grade at Halifax County Middle School, drew a picture with the caption, “Every small action has a big effect on the world.” Because she enjoys raising vegetables and giving them to people, Kaitlynn’s picture shows herself and her grandmother, “Nana,” working in the garden.

    “Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative congratulates Dylan and Kaitlynn Love for their accomplishments in the Youth Art Contest,” says Deborah Blue Winn, MEC member and public relations specialist.  “This contest is one of many opportunities that cooperatives offer young people of all ages. Mecklenburg Electric has games and activities on its website for youngsters; and for adolescents, we provide informative programs and events at their schools, educational tours, and college scholarships. As the old adage says, It takes a village to raise a child; and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative strives to take an active role in the lives of young people in the area.” For more information, visit

    More than 250 student artists entered the annual art competition, which was judged by staff at the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, publisher of Cooperative Living. “We started the Youth Art Contest more than a decade ago to encourage youthful creativity and give kids in Virginia a chance to show their art to the magazine’s 1.2 million readers,” says Bill Sherrod, Cooperative Living’s editor. “Everyone who judged the entries was impressed with both the quality and creativity of the students’ work.

    Cooperative Living magazine is published for Virginia’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives and is mailed to more than 496,000 addresses across the state. It is published 10 times a year for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and 10 other electric cooperatives that are members of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. For more information or to view issues online, visit

    MEC is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 meters located in portions of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex counties. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Emporia, Chase City, and Gretna. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


    (EMPORIA, VA) – Sarah Wright has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for June 2014.  Ms. Wright, who has been employed with the hospital since April 2007, is an Emergency Technician in the Emergency Department.


  22. Home Canning Workshop Offered

    Greensville/Emporia Cooperative Extension Office is having a Home Canning workshop to learn proper canning techniques on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Participation is limited. The registration fee is $5.00 and you must be registered to attend. Registration deadline is Friday July 18th. Please contact the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at (434)348-4233 for more information or to attend.

  23. Obituary-William Todd Grizzard

    William Todd Grizzard, age 66, of Valentines, Va. passed away July 13, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his father, Norfleet Grizzard; two brothers, Wayne and Robert Grizzard; and his favorite pet, Chance.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy W. Grizzard; his mother, Kathleen R. Grizzard; his son Billy Grizzard; his daughter, Candice Bryant and husband Michael; a step-son Ken Francis; a step granddaughter, Cameron Francis; a nephew, Ricky Grizzard; and two sisters-in-law, Cathy Grizzard and Sue Grizzard.  A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the National Wildlife Foundation,  Online condolences may be made at


    Sclerotinia Blight Advisory

    Sclerotinia blight has been confirmed in a peanut field in Surry County, VA. According to the Sclerotinia advisory, the current risk for Sclerotinia in Virginia is HIGH and scouting for the disease is recommended. Cool temperatures and high humidity favor disease development. Signs and symptoms of Sclerotinia blight include rapid wilting and death of infected branches, bleaching of stems, and white, fluffy fungal growth on stems, leaves, or pegs. Once Sclerotinia is identified in a field, a fungicide spray such as Omega is the best way to limit further development of the disease. Foliar fungicide applications may be needed in fields with a 2- or 3-year peanut rotation if the crop has reached R3 (beginning pod stage). Fields with a 4-year or longer rotation do not need a foliar fungicide application until R5 (beginning seed stage).  According to the Virginia leaf spot advisory, the last effective spray dates for peanut leaf spots are the following: June 18 (Suffolk), June 20 (Southhampton - Capron), June 18 (Greensville – Skippers), June 20 (Sussex – Waverly). Fungicide applications for foliar diseases may increase severity of Sclerotinia blight.













    Southern Rust on Corn in North Carolina

    Southern rust, a potentially devastating disease of corn, has been reported from several counties in North Carolina. At this time, southern rust has NOT been reported in Virginia. Samples of corn plants suspected to be infected with southern rust should be submitted to your local extension office or the disease clinic at the Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC (contact Dr. Hillary Mehl, Signs of the disease are pustules filled with powdery masses of orange spores (see attached photo). Typically the disease has little impact on Virginia corn since it arrives too late in the season to affect yield, but if southern rust is confirmed in Virginia prior to corn reaching the dent stage (R5), fungicide applications may be warranted. Updates will be provided as more information is obtained.


    For more information on fungicide recommendations, scouting techniques, thresholds recommendations contact your local extension agent Brittany A. Council at (434)-348-4233.

  25. Food that’s In When School Is Out

    Emporia, Virginia- Boys and Girls Club of Emporia/Greensville is working to make sure that children in the Emporia/Greensville Community do not go hungry when schools will close for the summer. Over 75% of children in Emporia and Greensville County receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many of these children may not get enough to eat when school is out. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that all children continue to get a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch meal during the summer.

    The Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs recognizes the need for the program in Emporia/Greensville. “Many of our children, who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year, do not have the energy they need during the summer. That’s where we come in, by providing nutritious meals and activities to keep kids nourished and engaged" stated Stacy Gray, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club.

    Ms. Gray said, “Our responsibility to kids doesn’t end when school lets out. Kids who get enough to eat and have a safe educational and recreational activities to participate in during the summer are less likely to experience summer learning lost or get into trouble. Our summer meals program is a building block in the community for healthy, happy kids who are ready to learn.”

    The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Virginia Department of Health. The Summer Food Service Program is the largest federal resource available for local programs that combine meal time recreational and educational activities. Eligible sponsors such as non-profit organizations, schools, and local governments serve nutritious meals and snacks free to all children during the summer months. Summer programs are located at approved sites throughout the City & County. Meals will be provided to all children up to age 18 and up to age 21 for special needs adults without charge. Participation in this program and all activities are same regardless of race, color, national origin; sex, age or disability, there is no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

    To find out about the Summer Food Service Program & the location of the sites near you contact the Club at 434-336-1443.

  26. Obituary-Beverly Poole Morris

    Beverly Poole Morris, 52, of Carson, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. She is survived by her husband, James E. “Eddie” Morris; son, Dustin Morris (Ashley); daughter, Allison Morris Spivey (Matt); her parents, A.R. “Billy” and Betty Martha Poole; sister, Carolyn Poole Messier; mother-in-law, Kathleen Morris; sister-in-law, Nancy White and a number of nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Poole and grandmother, Alice Poole. She was employed at Richard Bland College for 28 years and was currently the Director of Financial Aid. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Interment will follow at Concord United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 20015 Halifax Rd, Carson, Virginia 23830. Online condolences may be made


  27. Purrfect Fun at the Library

    Monday Morning Movies at the Library on Monday, July 21st will feature Homeward Bound the Incredible Journey.  This movie is rated G and is 84 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Children under the age of 8 must be supervised.

    On Thursday, July 24th come learn about and meet a variety of animals from Creek Critters’ Rehab.  The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

    Show begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit

  28. Teens, Tweens, Toys, and Treats

    In honor of the Teens and Tweens Summer Reading Program Paws to Read the Meherrin Regional Library System will be having a Making Dog Treats and Toys program on Monday, July 21.  Come to the library to make some grrreat treats and toys!  The program, intended for children over 10 years old, will be held at5:00 pm at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 and the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539.


    (EMPORIA, VA) – Eight young ladies recently completed Safe Sitter® training at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC).  The two day course, held on July 10th   and 11th, culminated with a graduation ceremony during which each participant received a certificate of completion for the Safe Sitter® course, and a certification from the American Heart Association for successful completion of Heartsaver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CRP).  Following the graduation ceremony, the students and their guests were treated to refreshments. 

    Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 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.  Since it’s inception in 1980, more than 400,000 young people in the United States and England have graduated from the program. 

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is proud to be a training site for Safe Sitter®.  If you would like to be put on a list for the next Safe Sitter® course or for additional information on the program, contact Cynthia Mason-Kemp, RN, SVRMC Safe Sitter® Site Coordinator at 434-348-4456.

    Front Row, L – R:  Tamar Jeter, Emily Lachance, Olivia Ulch, Erica Lachance, Cynthia Mason-Kemp, Safe Sitter Site Coordinator.

    Back Row, L – R:  Queen Daniels, Safe Sitter Instructor, Destini Boone, Rachel Rego, Sarah-Paige Fajna, Cassie Robinson, Karen Kemp-Bynum, Safe Sitter Instructor


  30. USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

    106,000 Payment Helping Farmers in 40 States Recover from Losses;

    Producers reminded sign-up deadline approaching for ELAP

    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

    “Farmers and ranchers who waited two and a half years for a Farm Bill are now getting some relief,” said Vilsack. “We met the very ambitious goal to get these programs up and running in just 60 days. Now, thanks to our dedicated staff in offices across the country, we’ve provided more than 106,000 payments to farmers and ranchers in 40 states who suffered drought, blizzard, and other weather related losses.”

    A quick implementation of the disaster assistance programs has been a top priority for USDA. In February, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announcedthat enrollment for four disaster assistance programs would begin April 15, 2014, 60 days from the date the programs were reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill.  After the 2008 Farm Bill, it took over one year for the programs to get up and running.

    Since then, dedicated full-time FSA staff, as well as temporary employees hired to expedite the application process, have processed over $1.2 billion in payments to qualifying farmers and ranchers. The first payments were sent out to farmers and ranchers within two weeks of enrollment. USDA estimated that roughly $2.5 billion would be provided in disaster relief to cover losses from October 2011 through September 2014. If those estimates prove accurate, it would mean nearly half of all disaster payments have already been provided.

    While disaster relief is a critical lifeline that can prevent farmers and ranchers who do not have access to crop insurance from being wiped out by weather-related losses beyond their control, most producers only receive support equal to 60 percent of their actual losses.

    USDA disaster programs include:

    The Livestock Forage Disaster Program(LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides payments for grazing losses due to drought and livestock deaths due to adverse weather.

    The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program(ELAP) provides assistance for livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), weather, wildfires and colony collapse disorder, or for losses not covered under other disaster assistance programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    The Tree Assistance Program(TAP) provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines that were lost or damaged by natural disasters.

    Specific program deadlines are as follows:

    • 2011-2013 ELAP – Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
    • 2011 -2014 LFP – Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
    • 2011-2014 LIP – Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
    • 2011-2014 TAP – Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

    Producers affected by adverse weather should contact their FSA county office to make an appointment and learn if they are eligible for disaster assistance. For more information, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, and the LIP, LFP, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit any local FSA office.

    Vilsack also highlighted that more than $270 million in disaster assistance has been paid to farmers and ranchers in USDA StrikeForce counties experiencing chronic poverty. “Farmers and ranchers in these counties have extraordinary challenges. Through USDA’s StrikeForce initiative, we can get federal support to areas that need it the most,”said Vilsack. 

    The StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative works to address the unique set of challenges faced by many of America’s rural communities. Through the Strike Force, USDA is leveraging resources and collaborating with over 400 community organizations, businesses, foundations, universities and other groups to support 80,300 projects with more than $9.7 billion in USDA investments into rural America. StrikeForce currently serves 20 states that include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

  31. Roslin Davis, SVCC Success Story

    Roslin began her studies at Southside Virginia Community college in the fall of 2008. She entered the field of health care and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She gained experience in this field for two years and then decided to obtain her Registered Medication Aide certification through the college. In addition to this she became a licensed Phlebotomist.

    During this period Roslin was offered an opportunity to enter the Virginia Board of Health’s Administrator in Training program in the fall of 2013. Roslin was approved for a 680 hour program due to the approved college credits she received through South side Community college. 

    Roslin credits the opportunities for advancement in her field to the excellent guidance and support she was given by the faculty at the college.  When she made the decision to further her education, she was encouraged to come in and the staff made the process effortless.

    Roslin is now the Assistant Administrator for Mecklenburg Assisted Living Facility in South Hill, Virginia. She is excited to be a part of the health care Management team and looks forward to a long and rewarding career in this field.

    Roslin currently resides in Mecklenburg County and has two children, Javon and Jaleal.

    Roslin’s advice to incoming students…. “Never give up. I know that sounds cliché; however I started my career later and kept going even when there were road blocks along the way.” She goes on to say, “My children are my inspiration and they have encouraged me the entire way.” 

    Roslin has been a role model for her children as well. Her son , Javon,  attended Southside and received his Associate’s  Degree  and continued  to receive his Bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her youngest son Jaleal goes to Park View and may one day attend SVCC as well.

     Roslin is thankful for the college and the opportunities it provides for her family.


  32. Senior Babe Ruth Going To State Tournament

    Back Row  L-R   Jamel Chatman, Mason Lumpkin, Dustyn Winstead, Wade Goins, Dominic Grant, Jacob Pitman, Coach Richard Dagenais

    Front Row L-R   Manager Jamie Lewis, Michael Pitt, Shyheim Anderson, Dondre Gordon, Taylor Gill, Will Dagenais Not Pictured Stephen Allen

    The Emporia Greensville Senior Babe Ruth team competed in the District 2 Babe Ruth tournament this past weekend at Brunswick High School. They went through the tournament undefeated and had to face Colonial Heights in the championship round and would have to be beat twice. After a 10-0 loss in the first game which forced the second game the locals found themselves down 8-1 going into the 7th inning. In the bottom of the 7th Emporia's bats came alive as they battled back to 8-6 when Shyheim Anderson came to the plate with two outs, two runners on and hit a 3 run walk off homer to win the tournament. The team will travel to Shepard Stadium in Colonial Heights this Thursday at 1PM to begin the Virginia State tournament.

  33. Neighborhood Watch Meeting Next Wednesday

    Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

    A short program will be presented by Deputy Ronnie Pearce and their tracking/patrol K-9  from the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office.

    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.

    If you have any ideas for programs  you would like to have presented at the meeting, please contact Dana Kinsley or Roderic Tuell.

    For additional information call: Dana Kinsley 434-535-8861 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191

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


  34. Last Chance to Sign Up for EGRA Football and Cheerleading

    Final EGRA Renegades Football and Cheerleading Registration This final opportunity to register for football and cheerleading will be held at our local YMCA on July 12 from 9 - 12. After this date and time, late fees will apply if teams aren't full. Registration forms will be available at final registration, can be picked up at our local UPS Store or obtained online at Questions concerning Football can be directed to Commissioner Perry Manning @ (434)-632-4578 and Cheerleading inquiries can be directed to Program Sponsor Shayla White @ (434)-632-0705.


  35. Fundraiser Planned for Hannah-THIS WEEKEND!

    Hannah Wright is your typical eight year old child.  She runs, plays, and hangs out with her cousins and her little brother.  Everyone in Greensville Elementary School, where Hannah will be a third grader come fall seems to know Hannah and she always has a smile on her face. What you might not notice is that Hannah walks with a bit of a gait problem.  That is because Hannah was born with cerebral palsy, a disease that affects her neuromuscular system.

    Hannah was diagnosed with cerebral palsy 6 years ago.  Her parents, Jerry and Sarah Wright of Emporia, noticed that Hannah was not physically developing and trying to pull up or walk like other children her age.  She started crawling late and eventually would just sit up and walk on her knees.  At the age of eighteen months Hannah was referred to an orthopedist in Richmond. This is where the heartbreaking diagnosis came from.  Her parents were informed that Hannah had cerebral palsy and that the physician believed that she may never walk. With hearts aching, the family left the doctor’s office and drove back home to Emporia.  This was in July of 2007. According to her mother Sarah, “Hannah has fought against the odds since she was born.  She was born 10 weeks early and was a fighter from the minute she was born.”

    The family learned to cope with the diagnosis and researched cerebral palsy and found all kinds of avenues for Hannah to be able to function as normally as other children.  In fact Hannah has never been told that she could not do something because of her difference from others.  In October of that same year a phone call came from Hannah’s aunt, who was also her babysitter. She was crying and stated that Hannah had just gotten up and walked on her own across the room.  With disbelief, Sarah got off work and went to Skippers to find out that her daughter could in fact take a few steps on her own.  From there Hannah started seeing physicians at the Shriner’s Hospital in Greensville, South Carolina.  

    She was given braces for her legs, went through a few treatments of Botox, and was started on physical therapy.  Over time she began to strengthen and could run and rip with all of the other children. Father  Jerry says, “The Shriner’s are amazing with the work they do for these children.  Their facilities offer compassionate care that is child friendly.  We are very fortunate to be able to have Hannah receive care there.”  Hannah, along with her brother Berkley, love to go to the Shriner’s because of the friendly and kind faces that are always there to greet them.

    Recently Hannah has found out that she will have to have a major surgery on her legs.  She will have to make the six hour drive to the Shriner’s to have her heel cords and hamstrings stretched and lengthened and also to have her right femur rotated back into a normal position.  She will be hospitalized for several days and then will have a period of two months where she is in a wheelchair  and will not be able to bear weight on her legs.

    Though the Shriner’s do not charge patients for their care there are other expenses such as lodging, meals, and changes to the home that will be needed to accommodate Hannah. Her family is putting together two fundraisers to help offset the cost. There will be a HUGE yard sale on Saturday, July 12th starting at 8am at Calvary Baptist Church.  Many items will be available such as adult’s and children’s clothing, housewares, small appliances, computer desk, toys, books and so much more.  A second event will be held Wednesday, July 23rd at the Greensville Ruritan Club from 5pm-7pm.  This will be a BBQ chicken fundraiser.  The donation for this event is $10.00 and the menu is: half a BBQ chicken, string beans, boiled potatoes and rolls. Special thanks go out to the Huddle House, Bojangles and the Greensville Ruritan Club for their donation of supplies and space.  For more information on either of these

    events you may contact: Nita Wright (434) 594-6413, Sarah Wright (434)594-1720 or Jerry Wright (434) 594-6436.

  36. Summer Readers Learn About Local Wildlive

    Local children enrolled in the Summer Reading Program at the Library learned about Local Wildlife last Thursday. 

    Jinx Baney, Brunswick Extension Agent taught about recognising local animal tracks, showing the readers the molds that have been cast for identification.  Readers were also shown how to use plaster of Pairs to make positive impressions of the track, that were then used to re-create tracks in a container of dirt.

    The next station was Cynthia Grigg, also an Extension Agent for Brunswick County, taught the readers about local birds, and then helping them make pine cone bird feeders.

    The last station was Katie Martin, from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Katie showed readers pelts and skulls from local mammals.

  37. In Case You Missed the Fireworks...

    Emporia celebrated our Nation's Independence in style with live music at Veteran's Memorial Park and a Fireworks Display.  In case you were not here for the fireworks, here is a video set to some John Phillip Sousa Marches performed by the United States Marine Corps Band and the 82nd Airborne Division Band. The Marches are "King Cotton," "The Washington Post" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."



  38. Happy Independence Day!

    Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!


  39. SVCC Offers Life-Changing Opportunity for Author

    A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended Southside Virginia Community College. 

    Angela Marie Carter’s book, Memory Chose A Woman’s Body, published by Unbound Content is currently available for sale.  The book has been life-changing, much like her decision to attend SVCC.

    After high school, Carter decided to attend the local community college.  As a resident of Alberta, the Christanna  Campus  was practically at her back door. 

    “At SVCC, there was such fostering of ideas and allowance to be creative,” she said of her experience. 

    Carter got involved with student art and literature and helped to organize the SVCC Arts and Literature Festival featuring writers, artists and musicians.  Because she was going through turmoil in her personal life, she welcomed the involvement and escape through college life.

    During her years at SVCC (1999-2001), the college offered a Study Abroad Program in which students could travel to the University of Bath in England to study for a semester.  SVCC offered scholarships to the program and one was offered to Carter. 

    “I was not the typical person to receive this, but I feel it was just meant to be,” she remembers.

    After what transposed in England, Carter notes that she is afraid to consider what her life would be like had she not gone.

    Carter notes that the trip to England was her first escape from the grim specter of a childhood stolen and the first chance to discover her true self. As a child, Carter had encountered abuse by a non-family member. Her own parents were not aware of the long-standing effects, and toll it had taken on her life, until the last few years.

    “For the first time in my life, I could be who I wanted to be, I could be whoever I chose to be and I chose someone who I am really proud of,” she says with confidence.  Before she felt bullied, controlled and diminished, a country girl but now, she was a scholar. 

    Carter blossomed in England, was mesmerized by the country and the classes and after returning to the United States to get her life in order, she went back to England on a work visa.  She met her husband and they lived there for five years and have two daughters.  Returning to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and now lives in Harrisonburg, VA.

    Her life evolved into work and motherhood but she continued to be a motivational speaker and poetry performer, and a reading of her poetry in Bridgewater, VA, she was approached by a New Jersey publisher who wanted an entire book of her poems. 

    “My time living abroad forced me to get to know who I was and the book erupted”, she said.

    Having suffered depression and abuse, she speaks on these subjects and encourages others to live the best life they can.

    “My family definitely supports me and has accepted and encouraged me to speak out.  I am living my life, trying to make others comfortable in speaking up, who have experienced this.  I am not trying to embarrass others.  I believe I am helping others to open up because pretending something is not there does not mean it is not there,” she said.

    She notes that the book is not a “beach read” for fun, it has a lot of hope and is somber and sad, it is the truth, not meant to protect identities, and this is how abuse affects the victim.

    Life is to be lived and Carter has taken on a mission of helping others to be able to soar, live and enjoy life, even after devastation.  She is also a firm believer in reaching for the opportunities that are there, like Southside Virginia Community College.  Sometimes, the best things in life are right in your own back yard.

    Plans are underway for Carter to revisit the college and read from her book.


  40. Obituary-Mason (May-May) Bayne Taylor

    Mason (May-May) Bayne Taylor was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving granddaddy John Fajna and Charlie Taylor, grandma Mavis Taylor, godfather Charles Taylor, and his cousin Avery Drew Swenson. Mike and Trina were blessed to be Mason’s parents for 9 years.  He also impacted the lives of his big sisters Chelsea Dayne (JakeKing) and Caroline Layne, his big brother Michael Wayne (Amanda Earp). He leaves behind his grandmother Carolyn Fajna, godmother Diane Taylor, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a joyful, energetic, and in-the-moment little boy. Mason took advantage of every second of everyday and was always going from sunup to sundown. He had many loves in his life including hunting, fishing, being on the farm, music, and baseball. Mason was excited to have made the Emporia-Greensville All-Stars this year and played as number #33. As a prankster, Mason loved making people laugh whether it was acting silly, dancing, or singing terribly. He wasn’t shy and always took the opportunity to meet and become a friend to everyone he knew. At a young age, Mason impacted the lives of many and will always be remembered by his goofy grin, wide eyes, blonde hair, and his one-of-a-kind personality.
    The family will receive family and friends 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Road, Jarratt, VA. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA. He will be laid to rest at St. John Lutheran Cemetery on Purdy Road.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the Mason Taylor Scholarship Fund which will be handled through First Citizens Bank. The family asks that checks be made to the Mason Taylor Scholarship Fund and mailed to 2550 Chapmans Ford Road, Emporia, VA. The money will be donated as a scholarship to the 2022 graduating class. Online condolences may be made at
  41. Obituary-Lewis Wayne “Chip” Shifflett

    Lewis Wayne “Chip” Shifflett, 65, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2014. He was the son of the late Robert and Ruth Shifflett and was also preceded in death by five brothers, Carlton “Beetle” Shifflett, Jay Shifflett, Pleas “Petey” Shifflett, Terry “Monkeyman” Shifflett and Robert “Robin” Shifflett. He is survived by his wife, Doris Charrette Shifflett; son, Robert “Robbie” Shifflett and wife, April; three grandchildren, Gregory Jarratt, Brandon Goodwin and Corey Goodwin; three brothers, Larry Shifflett (Yvonne), Timmy Shifflett (Debbie) and Neil Shifflett, all of Rockbridge County, Virginia; sisters-in-law, Barbara Shifflett, Nancy Shifflett, Joan Parrish (Marvin), Nancy Simpson, Carolyn Williamson (Gene), Sandra Jarratt (Kenny); mother-in-law, Cecile “Sis” Charrette and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bon Secours Hospice, 7229 Forest Ave, Suite 200, Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at


    Soggy Forecast Requires Extra Caution on Virginia Highways

    RICHMOND – As Virginians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, the Virginia State Police encourages everyone to include traffic safety as an integral part of their preparations and activities. The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. During the July 4th holiday period over a five year span (2008-2012) nationwide, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.*

    “With the additional threat of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Arthur, motorists are also advised to be prepared for inclement weather conditions, as well as detours and/or delays due to possible flooding,” said Col. Flaherty. “Use extreme caution during and following any kind of severe storm. If possible, delay travel until the storm has passed by and the threat of standing water and downed trees has diminished.”

    To manage the increase in holiday traffic and in relation to the pending storm, Virginia State Police will step up patrols and enforcement as part of Operation C.A.R.E. The annual, nationwide, state-sponsored program, otherwise known as the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, concentrates on safe driving through strict traffic enforcement in an attempt to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The 2014 statistical counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, and concludes at midnight Sunday, July 6, 2014.

    “During the 2013 Fourth of July holiday period, Virginia troopers arrested 104 drivers for DUI because of their reckless decision to drive impaired,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Consider this your only warning. If you drink and drive, then you will be arrested and charged by a trooper. We have zero tolerance for those who irresponsibly choose to put lives at risk on Virginia’s highways.”

    During last year’s Independence Day holiday, Virginia State Police’s enforcement efforts also resulted in the following: 11,350 speeders and another 2,646 reckless drivers being cited; and 1,053 individuals being charged for failing to buckle up. There were also 335 child safety violations cited by state troopers. State police investigated 807 traffic crashes during the 2013 Independence Day weekend, of which seven were fatal. In 2012, 10 people were killed in traffic crashes during the same holiday.

    With state police’s stepped up enforcement efforts, drivers are also reminded of Virginia’s “Move Over” law this holiday weekend: (#MoveOver)

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