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September 2014

  1. Southside Regional Medical Center and Colonial Orthopaedics 2nd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk and Health Fair


    Petersburg, VA – Please join Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and Colonial Orthopaedics on Saturday, October 18, 2014 as we celebrate our joint replacement patients and their coaches at the 2nd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk.

    The 1-mile walk around the hospital campus will be followed by a health and resource fair. This event will be held on SRMC’s main campus, located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m.Vendors will provide goodies, refreshments and free health information. This is a rain or shine event. 

    The walk is open to the public. To register, please contact Lisa Mears, RN, Orthopaedic Service Line Director, at (804)765-5626.  Registration can also be completed online at


  2. Local Organization Supports Nursing Students at SVCC

    40 & 8 Voiture Locale 1312 has established a scholarship fund to support nursing students at Southside Virginia Community College.  This organization is an independent fraternal organization of veterans organized in 1920 by American Legionnaires as a fun and honor society.  It draws its origin from WWI, when young Americans were sent to France to fight.  The narrow gauge railroads of France had small boxcars (Voitures) that transported men and horses to and from the fighting fronts.  On each side of these boxcars was stenciled the capacity of each, holding either forty men or eight horses, and these voitures became the trademark of the organization.   Mindful of the vital role battlefield nurses played during WWI, support for nursing education is a foundational emphasis for the organization.

    Pictured above:  Mary Jane Elkins, Executive Director of the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation accepts a donation from Leonard Smith, Chef de Gare (Commander).  Joining them is Paul Doucette (left) and Tom Queck (right).



    (PETERSBURG, Va.) –The Crater Health District (CHD) will receive approximately $436,000 annually for four years to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health disparities as part of a federal grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  “We are excited to be awarded this funding opportunity to enhance current community efforts that are focused on reducing health disparities by preventing and managing chronic diseases,” said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Health Director of the Crater Health District.

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) competed with numerous states and large cities and counties nationwide for this award. VDH will receive $2,664,121 annually through June 29, 2018, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will in turn distribute the majority of grant money to five local public health districts to include the CHD.

    The funds will be used to develop programs across the district in Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Sussex, and Surry counties and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Working with locally-driven, diverse collaborative networks (referred to as Community Action Networks, or CANs), health districts will implement targeted activities that directly serve their communities. The focus will be on policy, system and environmental changesthat address the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke and that reduce health disparities in these areas among our citizens in the CHD.

    Working closely with organizations within the communities they serve, local health departments (LHD) can help identify and develop policies and programs that positively influence the social, physical, and economical conditions of their residents while improving and sustaining residents’ health over time. For example, LHDs and community partners may assess vending and cafeteria menu options and recommend food-purchasing policies that encourage healthier options. They may help develop community-wide walking or biking challenges to engage residents in physical activity events, or partner with health systems to identify patient populations experiencing health disparities. With these grant funds, LHDs and CANs may be able to link people with high blood pressure or other chronic diseases to lifestyle change or self-management programs and community resources.

    “Working in partnership withpublic, private and nonprofit health and human service providers, local governments, schools, faith based community and others, we can make the Crater Health District a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Together we create opportunities to help Virginians live longer, healthier lives. Our goal at VDH is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation” said Dr. Hart.

    For more information on services offered by the health department and other wellness organizations in the area, visit

  4. EGRA Renegades Crack the Whip on the Brunswick Bulls

    By Craig Allen

    I have a phrase that I have used for years as a coach and it is “Sometimes you have to lose to be able to appreciate winning”. The JV Renegades played Nottoway last week in a double overtime loss  to the Gators, bringing an end to a 17 Game Winning Streak.  Although I don’t coach Football, I talked to many of our JV players last week and told them that this would only make us stronger.  Coach Mandel Featherston went on to tell his team and this was just a bump in the road.  After a week of practice, including focusing on some of the teams key weaknesses, the Renegades bounced back strong as ever. 

    Saturday in Emporia was a busy day for our team.  The team participated in the Peanut Festival Parade Float and tailgated after the Parade was over.  There was a pre-game pep rally that started off with the Greensville County High School Marching Band entertaining the crowd followed by player, coaching staff, cheerleader and team introductions. 

    The Renegades would kick off to Brunswick and they would start on their own 38 Yard Line.  Their first possession would be short lived and they would turn the ball over on downs on their own 42.  On the Renegades first possession, Emari Brown would take the handoff and carry it to end zone for six.  Cody Flint would follow up with a nice kick for 2 to make the score 8-0.  The Bulls would take over at the 50 from an onside kick.  They would see some strong defensive pressure from the Renegades line including Christopher Rodgers and Ha’saan Edwards.  Looking at 4th and 14 the Bulls would turn over the ball, and the First  Quarter would end.  The Renegades would start the second quarter but the Bulls would recover a fumble and carry the ball to the end zone.  This play would be called back to the 35 Yard Line due to a blocking in the back penalty.  The  Renegades’ Devin Parker would apply strong defensive pressure  by on the Bulls and they would turn over the ball at the 50 Yard Line with 2:44 to go in the quarter.  Jayden White would make a nice carry on the first possession that he would fumble, but was recovered by several of his teammates on the 22 Yard Line.  The next play would be a handoff to Tremaine Hill who would score his first touchdown of the season in part to a key block by Emari Brown.  The point after attempt by Cody Flint was unsuccessful  and the Renegades were up 14-0.    The Renegades would attempt an onside kick that was recovered by Emari Brown at the 50 Yard Line.  On second down and 56 seconds left in the half, Jayden White would score a touchdown.  Brett Allen would attempt his first kick of the season that just under the goal post and the Renegades would go into the half  20-0.

    The Renegades would start off the second half fired up and LaPaul Moore  would run the ball all the way back for his team’s fourth  touchdown of the game.  The field goal attempt by Brett Allen was unsuccessful after a bad placement and the Renegades were up 26-0.  The Third Quarter would not see a lot of activity since the Renegades were ahead by three touchdowns, the Bulls coaching staff were able to choose what Renegades  players they wanted removed from the game.  While this selection was taking place, the clock continued to run and the Bulls would only have one possession.   In the Fourth Quarter looking at 4th and long the Bulls would see Shamon Whitfield break through with a nice rush, forcing the Bulls to turnover on downs.  The Renegades would have one more scoring drive in the 4th, including a nice  20 Yard carry by Kemory Sykes, a 15 Yard run by Jayden White and a follow up run for a touchdown by Jayden White as the clock would run out making the Final Score 32-0.  This would be a game in which every single player would get ample playing time and would show that our second string offense and defense have greatly improved.

    Special Thanks go out  to the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association , Perry Manning –Football Commissioner, the GCHS G-Force Marching Band, our Commentator Dameon White  , our Coaching Staff,and to our Cheerleaders. Last but certainly not least,  to all of our Concession Stand Staff.  They worked tirelessly all day and were well prepared for one of our largest crowds that we have ever had since I have been attending Renegades Football Games for the past three years and have done an excellent job all season long as well.  The Renegades travel to South Hill with games starting on October 4th at 10am.  We Hope to see you there.

    Photos, top to bottom:  Hassan Edwards #24 & Tyson Garrett #11 making a tackle; Emari Brown #2 rushing for a touchdown; LaPaul Moore #13 rushing for a touchdown; Jaden White #12 running touchdown with a wall of blockers.


  5. 2014 Peanut Festival Parade Highlights

  6. Obituary-Anne Edwards Woodruff

    Anne Edwards Woodruff, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 28, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years John Russell Woodruff, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter Beth and husband Allen Meade Blackwell.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, 6-8pm, at the residence of Mrs. Woodruff, 10578 Brink Road.  A funeral will be held on Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, YMCA of Emporia or Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be sent to

  7. 2014 Peanut Festival A huge Success

    The 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival is now one for the history books.  Thousands of area citizens descended on downtown Emporia.  The Festival included a peanut themed cook-off to kick things off on Thursday.  Friday's festivities included continued carnival rides and  music in Veteran's Memorial Park.

    Saturday was the big day, though, with the majority of the Festival's activities.  The day began with a Parade that included political candidates, floats from area organizations and churches and four marching bands.   After the parade the festivities continued at both the Carnival and the Park.  In addition, there was also a Car Show at Main Street Baptist Church and the Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Show at Village View.  Saturday night wrapped up with the annual fireworks display.  A video of the fireworks display is shown below this article.

    While things were winding down on Sunday, there was still plenty of fun at the Park and the Carnival was open until late afternoon.

  8. VLAS awarded Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) from Legal Services Corporation

    VLAS has been awarded a Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) in the amount of $150,000 from Legal Services Corporation (LSC). VLAS received the award as part of LSC’s core initiative of using technology to expand access to justice. The funding will support the Triage and Intake Phone System Project (TIPS).

    The project will address twin crises in the growth of legal aid intake demand and funding-caused reductions in service. It will do this by creating a new triage, data input, and client communication

    system that makes advanced and new use of existing telephone, database, and case management technology. Callers will be guided more quickly to the help that they need, interviews with callers and potential applicants will proceed more quickly as intake workers review, confirm and edit already entered data in the case management system, and callers using cell phones will receive additional information by text message. This aligns with VLAS’ Strategic Plan goal in the use of technology to increase efficiency and impact in meeting the most pressing needs of the low-income population in south-central Virginia.

    Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. The VLAS mission is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.



    Jeffrey Robert Koch 46, of Emporia VA, formerly of Potsdam, NY, passed away on Sept 22, 2014 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital (MCV), Richmond, VA, following an automobile accident which occurred September 13, 2014.

    He was preceded in death by his father, John Koch, sister, Gayl Koch, and infant brother, Timothy Koch. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Sherman Koch of Emporia, VA, sister, Debra Koch Brigman (Jim) of Manassas VA, one niece, Kayla Duesterdick of Northern VA; several aunts, one uncle, and several cousins.

    Jeffrey graduated from Potsdam Central School and worked at the Department of Corrections in Greensville County, VA.

    A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey's memory to the organization of your choice or to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, VA 23847.

  10. Golf Tournament Winners

    The 5th Annual Brunswick Academy Golf Tournament was held at Emporia Country Club on Friday, September 19th.  Thank you to all who participated, sponsored and donated to the tournament.  This year's winners are the Remac, Inc. Team.  Pictured l to r: Zack Smith, Ryan Short, Matthew Brewer, and Austin Blackwell. (All B.A. Alumni)

  11. Girl Souts Earn Silver Award Pins

    On Friday, September 19th 3 members of Girl Scout Troop 3256 received their silver award pins for their work revitalizing the Mattie Hughes Watson Prayer Garden at the Bloom Retirement Center.  The silver award is the highest honor that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Girls earn the award by exploring their community; focusing on an issue they care about; building a team; picking, planning and putting their Take Action project into action; demonstrating an understanding of the sustainability and the wider world; and sharing what they have learned with others.

    The girls put in almost 50 hours each working on the revitalization of the flower garden.  Their project also included work on the patio of the Bloom Center.  The girls added pots of flowers to the patio and added new cushions to the chairs.  In the garden the girls designed, cleaned out, replanted and revitalized the garden by adding all new shrubbery, knock-out roses, butterfly bushes, phlox, golden mop cypress, miniature globes, as mulch and a new stone border.  They uncovered and cleaned out a small fish pond that was in the garden and they added new water plants and goldfish to the pond.

    The three recipients of the silver award include Allie, Grace and Olivia.  Allie is an 8th grader at Brunswick Academy.  In her report to Girl Scouts Allie stated that she found the project to be so rewarding.  She enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents as they completed the project and she enjoyed making a difference in someone’s life.   Grace, a 7th grader at Wyatt Middle School stated that she learned that when everyone comes together you can do something amazing and hard work gets noticed.  Grace was instrumental in the design of the garden and the presentation of the project to Ann Temple, director of the Bloom Center.  Olivia is a 7th grader at Brunswick Academy.  She learned about working with others and how to make good choices when it comes to types of plants and design and she learned a lot about gardening in general.

    The original garden was placed at the Bloom Center in 1994 by the Woman’s Club of Emporia.  It was given in memory of Mattie Hughes Watson a former Bloom Center resident.  The girls were able to secure enough donations that they purchased a marble foot stone marker for the garden that identifies who the garden was originally dedicated to and by whom.  The stone also reflects the names of the three girls; Allie, Olivia and Grace who 20 years later have given new life to the garden.  A special thanks to everyone that supported the girls with monetary donations, materials and time.  Without these kind and generous donations the project would not have been possible.

  12. 52nd Peanut Festival Kicks Off With Kook -Off

    This year's Peanut Festival got off to a tasty start Thursday as area cooks vied to prepare the best peanut recipe.  Mr. Peanut was on hand as over 100 people judged the entries in three categories. Appetizers/Side Dishes/Sauces, Main Dish, Dessert plus a wild-card: Nutty Mention. 

    Competing in the Appetizer/Side Dish/Sauce Category were the Boys and Girls Club, Bill and Teen Howell of Nationwide Insurance.  The Boys and Girls Club went healthy with Vanilla Flavored Peanut Butter and a choice of dippers-apples, carrots, celery or strawberries.  Bill and Teen Howell were serving "Billz Nuts," deep fried Virginia Peanuts with Himalayan Salt.

    In the Main Dish Category there were three entries.  Stacy Bradshaw prepared Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles for judging and served with Thai Crunchy Salad with Peanut Dressing as a bonus.  The Bank by Kahill's entered Pad Thai.  Spivey's Market served Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

    Four contestants entered the Dessert Category.  The first contestant seen as people entered the Farmer's Market was Mike Wells with a very tasty Peanut Ice Cream and Peanut Ice Cream with Pineapple.  Tia Powell entered with Peanut Triangles-a shortbread type crust topped with buttery toffee and peanuts.  Kelly Epps of Virginia Staffing prepared Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls, which she described as a cross between peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip cookies.  Jean Cobb served Loaded Preacher Cookies-chocolate-peanut butter no bake oatmeal cookies with chunks of peanuts and raisins.

    Guests were tasked with sampling and judging each entry while being entertained with live music.  There was also an opportunity to enter an 50/50 raffle and visit.  Also available were beer and wine while the votes were tallied.

    Shortly before 8:00 the winners were announced and are pictured below.

    Winner of the Best Appetizer/Side Dish/Sauce was Bill and Teen Howell of Nationwide Insurance.

    Returning as Champion in the Dessert Catagory was Jean Cobb

    Mike Wells won the Nutty Mention.

    The Best Main Dish was, hands down, Spivey's Market.

    Jennifer Turner was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

  13. SVCC hosts Meet the President Event

    Southside Virginia Community College held a meet and greet event with new SVCC president Dr. Al Roberts on September 9th at the Estes Community Center in Chase City.

    Chase City Mayor, J. Eddie Bratton, welcomed Dr. Roberts, county, city and town officials and superintendents from multiple school divisions that were in attendance.

    Brunswick County Administrator and Chairman of SVCC’s Local Board, Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, introduced Dr. Roberts by acknowledging his many career accomplishments that brought him to his current position as SVCC president.

    When speaking to superintendents, economic development and local officials in attendance, Dr. Roberts stated, “It goes without saying that our collective success is dependent upon the mutual engagement of local leadership across Southside Virginia that harnesses the capacity of local school divisions, workforce investment boards, the Virginia Employment Commission, job developers, community based organizations, economic developers, and local governments.  In other words, we need your help. We need your support, your ideas, your encouragement, and your collaboration. And in return, I pledge my support to you.  Whatever Southside Virginia Community College can do to assist you in regional or local economic development and in keeping our community strong, we are a ready and willing partner. This is my personal commitment to you.  Hold me to it.”

    Dr. Roberts served as provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he held since 2012 and also as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus 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.

    In the Photo:  Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, is pictured talking with Delegate Tommy Wright during a recent meet and greet event in Chase City, VA.



    EMPORIA, VA —When you’re experiencing a healthcare emergency, the last thing you need to do is wait. Emergency medicine is about three things: compassion, skilled care and speed. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) knows the importance of prompt service – especially in the emergency room (ER). “That’s why SVRMC is launching a 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge – to assure patients we’re dedicated not only to offering quality care, but also providing that care as efficiently and quickly as possible,” said Linda Burnette, CNO/Interim CEO. 

    When a patient enters the ER at SVRMC, the arrival time is noted. The 30-Minute ER Service Pledge begins the minute a patient checks in at the ER desk. “Our pledge is that a clinical professional will work diligently to initially see each patient within 30 minutes or less of their arrival to begin evaluation and treatment. When the patient is seen by a clinical professional -- a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner -- the time is logged on the patient’s chart, so we can track our performance in keeping our pledge of short ER wait times,” said Burnette.

    The hospital records and monitors many ER indicators as part of its ongoing quality improvement efforts.  “One of the items we track is patient wait times in the ER to determine how efficiently we triage patients and get them to a  clinical professional for initial evaluation and treatment,” said Burnette.   “While the goal of SVRMC’s ER pledge is to work diligently to  initially see every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival, the most critical health emergencies will always receive top priority at triage.  I’m pleased to report that the majority of patients at SVRMC’s ER were already being seen within 30 minutes of their arrival time,” she said.

    The hospital will launch the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge in October 1, 2014. “We believe this service pledge will distinguish us from other health care providers in the area, and underline our commitment to the patients we serve,” said Burnette.  

    “Though we’re committed to prompt and appropriate care for our ER patients, the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER pledge should not be misinterpreted as an effort to rush patients though the ER,” she added. “Our process improvements focus on getting ER patients into a treatment room as quickly as possible, enabling our clinical professionals to see a patient and begin diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner.”

    For more information on the 30-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge at SVRMC, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment.


  15. Pride Chapter Donates School Supplies

    Greensville Elementary School receives more community support through donations from Pride of Emporia Chapter 34 PHA OES.  Pictured are Assistant Principal Mrs. Tammy Hand and Pride Chapter Member Ms. Victoria Clark.

  16. Historic Masonic Building Catches Fire

    In the early evening hours of Wednesday evening a fire broke out in the basement of the Historic Masonic Building at 427 South Main Street in Emporia.  The fire is  of undetermined origin and was quickly contained by the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.

    The Classic Revival building was completed for the Widow's Son Lodge in 1905.


  17. Brunswick Academy Students Celebrate Mexican Independence

    Students in Mrs. Nelson's Spanish classes at Brunswick Academy celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 by wearing green, white, and red. Those are the colors of the flag of Mexico.

    Top photo: Kelsey, Karly, Ashley, Jackson and Cole.  Lower photo: Alyssa, Jamie and Sarah

  18. Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild Raffle Quilt

    A raffle quilt benefitting the Meherrin Quilt Guild’s outreach program is just one of the many quilts and quilted items that will be displayed at the Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild Show during Peanut Festival weekend.  Over the years many quilts have been made by the guild members, and are then either raffled by the guild to provide resources for Emporia and Greensville County community outreach or donated directly to local organizations to raffle.  Organizations that have benefitted when the guild raffles the quilts are Family Violence, Kids and Cops, Jackson-Feild Homes, and Christmas Happiness.  Some of the organizations that have raffled donated quilts are the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Adult Activity Services, Relay for Life, the YMCA, the Civic Center Foundation, and the Meherrin River Arts Council.  The raffle quilt will be displayed and tickets sold at the quilt show at Village View on Briggs Street in Emporia, VA.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.  The quilt show hours are from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th, and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28th.  Admission is $3.00 for adults; children are admitted free.  Admission tickets can be purchased from any guild member prior to the show or at the door on the days of the show.

    Members of the Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild constructed this raffle quilt as a fundraiser for their community outreach program.  This quilt will be displayed and raffle tickets sold at the guild’s Quilt Show at Village View on Saturday, September 27th, and on Sunday, September 28th.

  19. Learn About a New Way to Treat Knee Pain

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  20. EGRA JV Renegades fall to the Nottoway Gators in Double Overtime.

    On Saturday, September 20th, The  EGRA JV Renegades took on the Nottoway Gators at their Home Field.  Nottoway would win the toss and elect to kick off to Emporia.  Emporia’s Jayden White would return the ball back to the 46 Yard Line.  The Renegades first possession would be short lived in part to loss of yardage on a rushing play, a delay of game penalty and a dropped pass.  Nottoway would then have their first possession of the ball but with some strong defensive pressure and a False Start penalty they would turn the ball over.  The Renegades would see a 13 Yard Carry by Jayden White and Emari Brown had a carry that would help his team get another first down.   The First Quarter would end scoreless. The Gators would turn up the defense and would have the Renegades looking at 4th and 14 with a quarterback sack and a major loss of yardage, they would take over the ball on the 35 at the 6:10 mark.  At the 4:08 mark, Nottoway would be threatening to score looking at a first and goal on the 3.  An offside penalty on the Renegades would move the ball halfway to the goal line.  Nottoway would then have a false start penalty against them.  Looking at 3rd and 5 Nottoway would feel the defensive heat applied by Christopher Rodgers and Kamarja Hewett.    On 4th down Jayden White would intercept a pass.  With the Quarter coming to a close, Emporia would take over the ball on the 20 Yard Line.  Jayden White would have a 6 Yard Carry and he would also have a complete pass to Emari Brown who would carry the ball to the 40.  Emari Brown would have an 11 Yard Carry but the clock would run out on the next play and the Half would end scoreless. 

    The Gators would receive the ball first to start off the second half,  but this possession would be short lived for they would turn the ball over to the Renegades with a fumble on 2nd down.  The Renegades would take over the ball on the 41.  On a second and 8, Jayden White would carry the ball to the 26, but the Gator Defense would once again shut down the Renegade Offense.  Nottoway would turn the ball over on downs on their next possession and the Third Quarter would end scoreless.  The Renegades would start the Fourth Quarter by returning the kickoff back to their 40.  They would follow this up with a first down .  Once again Nottoway would turn up the defense and force the Renegades to turn the ball over.  Nottoway wouldn’t make much progress on their next possession, and they would turn the ball over to Emporia with two seconds left in the game.  An incomplete pass by the Renegades would bring the Fourth Quarter to an end. 

    In the first Overtime Nottoway would receive the ball first on the 10 Yard Line.  The Gators would score on a 3rd down to make it 6-0.  The Conversion attempt was foiled by the Renegades.  Emporia would either have to score in their next possession or go home.  After some strong Defensive pressure and penalties , the Renegades found themselves looking at 4th and goal from the 16, Jayden White would put it in the end zone for 6.  Emporia would be unsuccessful  with the conversion.  In the Second Overtime, Emporia would have the ball first , but would be unable to score.  Nottoway would score on 3rd down to make the score 12-6 in their favor.

    This game was a hard fought game and brought an end to a 17 Game Winning Streak for the Renegades.  We would like to say Thank You for everyone’s support.  If you haven’t been to one of the games for any and all divisons for the EGRA we encourage you to do so.  Next Game will be at Greensville County High School starting at 4pm. 


  21. See Your at the Pole Prayer Event


  22. Peanut Festival Schedule

    SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2014
    201 SOUTH MAIN STREET EMPORIA, VIRGINIA 23847            

    Sunday, September 28, 2014 – Sunday Picnic in the Park!

    12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Sunday Picnic in the Park – Entertainment to be announced!  Bring a blanket and picnic with your friends in the park.  Pack a lunch or enjoy some fair food one last time!

    12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Carnival, Rides & Games

    12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Food/Craft Vendors in the Park

  23. National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week OBSERVED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    Emporia, VA – National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week is observed annually in September.  During this week, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) would like to recognize their environmental services staff for the important role they play in maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment for our patients, visitors, physicians and staff.    

    “Environmental services staff are essential to the overall healthcare delivery process at SVRMC,” said Linda Burnette, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “Too often seen in the background, our environmental services staff are called upon to provide a wide range of services.  While daily duties consist of empting trash and general cleaning, what is not as widely known is the vitally important role they play in preventing infections in a complex medical environment.  Our staff consistently provide a high quality service as is evident from our recent patient satisfaction scores which rank cleanliness in the 97th percentile nationwide and fourth overall company-wide out of 206 hospitals,” she said.

    Front row L – R:  Mary Jane Lucas, Wanda Phillips, Sharon Brown, Erica Brown; Back row L – R:  Eric Drake, Randy Newsome, Daniel Jenkins - Environmental Services Director, Stephanie Jefferson; Not pictured – Gloria Gary, Timmy Harris, Timothy Owens, Leroy Smith, Marlin Stallings, Avis Taylor, Virginia Worrell


  24. Virginia State Trooper Charles Dunn Speaks to SVCC Students

    Trooper Charles Dunn of the Virginia State Police, assigned to Brunswick County, visited the Criminal Justice class at Southside Virginia Community College on September 16 and conducted a presentation to combined Administration of Justice class students. 

    Dunn is a 2011 graduate of the Criminal Justice Program at SVCC where he was awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice under the instruction of Dr. James Taylor, Associate Professor and Program Head. 

    Dunn briefed the class on the application process for the position of Trooper, the rigors of State Police Recruit training academy and duties and responsibilities of a Trooper.  He responded to students' questions and shared insight to those aspiring to a career in law enforcement.

    Dunn expressed how his education at Southside had been beneficial to him in the process of becoming a Trooper and also in his duties as a Trooper.  He stated that he was humbled but thankful for the opportunity to come back to the same classroom where he sat as a student, now as a sworn police officer.  

    The class concluded with a visit to Trooper Dunn's police cruiser where he fielded many questions about procedures on the road and equipment.  It was a most memorable session for the students and Dr. Taylor.

    When asked about Dr. Taylor’s Criminal Justice class Dunn said, “Dr. Taylor’s class prepared me very well for the academy.  I would highly recommend Dr. Taylor’s class because he has practical knowledge and real world experience as a police officer.”   Dunn also stated that he would love to come back and speak to Dr. Taylor’s class again because of everything SVCC had done for him.


  25. Southside Regional Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

    Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on September 11, 2014.  Accreditation expires on September 9, 2017.

    “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Anne Fereday, SRMC’s Director, Cardiac Service Line.

    Douglas Moyer, SRMC’s CEO, further explains, “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

    The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

    With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

    The Accredited Chest Pain Center at SRMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

    • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
    • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
    • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
    • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
    • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Centerpersonnel
    • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
    • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
    •  Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack


  26. Annie Lee Robinson Services September 20

    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.

    Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Emporia, VA. 

  27. Learning Their Colors!

    The Kindergarten class at Brunswick Academy has been studying their colors.  The students shared with their teacher and friends their favorite color.  Each day Mrs. Ferguson has been seeing lots of colors.  Blue was the color forTuesday!

    Pictured with Mrs. Ferguson’s class Katie Quinn, teacher assistant, and Jessica Rivas, student helper.

    Mrs. Ferguson's Students are Autumn, Olivia, Ana, Sarah, James, Jud, Addison, Harrison, Lacey, Mallory, Maddison, Koen, Grayson, Arya, Kennedi, and Chloe.

  28. Obituary-Janice Kay McEntire Harrell

    Janice Kay McEntire Harrell, 73, passed away Tuesday, September 16. Born in Crawford County, PA; She was raised in Phillipsburg, PA where she lived with her parents, Kenneth and Lena McEntire and her brother, Jeffrey.She and her loving husband, Gordon B. Harrell, Jr. built their home in Centre Hill, PA where they raised their children, Shelley, Robert and Douglas. Janice was active in the Centre Hill United Methodist Church, the Centre Hill Grange and community service. She was always helping where she was needed including her children’s school and scouting. She helped establish the local soccer field and volunteered for Meal on Wheels and local charities. After retiring in 2003, she and Gordon moved to Gordon’s childhood hometown, Jarratt, Virginia and joined the Lebanon United Methodist Church. Janice is survived by her children, Shelley, Robert and Doug and her grandchildren, Shanon, Rheann, Cody, Willow, Daisy, Quinn and Meadow. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Virginia Lee Harrell and brother-in-law, James “Bootsie” Harrell. Janice will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20 at Lebanon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

  29. Jackson-Feild Homes Residents Treated to a Day of Fishing

    Three years ago Don Lancaster, host of Fishing Tidewater on WKHT, started a fishing outing for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes. Almost none of the participating children had ever been saltwater fishing, and he wanted to provide this opportunity.

    Unable to lead the event this year, Don turned the 2014 outing over to his close friend Dan Minnick who rose bright and early Saturday morning to ready the rods and reels and purchase the bait before the boys and girls arrived at 9:30.

    Following Dan’s Fishing 101 lesson, the residents grabbed their gear and started fishing. Everyone had a great time and caught a lot of fish. The children were amazed to see and learn about the living organisms come from the ocean. In addition to a wide variety of fish, they also caught a sea horse and a few crabs.

    The boys and girls are still talking about this experience which they will long remember and cherish. Don, Dan and other caring folks in the Hampton Roads area have been providing quality of life opportunities for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for many years.

  30. EGRA JV Renegades remain undefeated

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, September 13th the EGRA JV Renegades hosted the Buckingham Knights at the Greensville County High School Field.  This would be a battle of two undefeated teams and the Renegades would have their work cut out for them.   The Renegades kicked off to Buckingham first and were able to recover an onside kick.  Looking at 1st and 10 from the 50 Yard Line, Jayden White would hand off the ball to Emari Brown for  a strong  run to the 28 Yard Line.  Jayden White would have a nice 6 yard  carry to bring the ball to the 22.  Emari Brown would catch a screen pass and advance the ball to the 6 Yard Line.  On the next play Jayden White would carry into the end zone for 6.  The point after attempt was no good after a struggle with the snap.  Emporia would kick off to the Knights and they would have their first possession at the 1:12 mark.  The first quarter would end in favor of the Renegades 6-0.  In the second the Renegades would apply some good defensive pressure,  including a nice rush by Christopher Rodgers and Buckingham would turn over the ball at the 4:41 mark.  The next possession for Emporia would be short lived as they would turnover on downs, however the Renegades defense would keep the Knights from scoring and the Halftime score would remain 6-0.

    The Renegades would receive the ball to start the Third Quarter.  They would advance the ball down the field thanks to some nice carries by Deshawn Moore and a touchdown run by Kemory Sykes.  The extra point was foiled due to a strong defensive rush by Buckingham and the Renegades were up 12-0.  Buckingham would start their next posession  at the 17 Yard Line thanks to a deep kickoff by Isaiah Stephens.  During this possession for the Knights,  the Renegades Devin Parker would break through the Buckingham line with a sack and with 26 seconds left to go in the Third Quarter Buckingham would once again see a  turnover on downs.    Looking at a good opportunity to score again , the Renegades Christopher Rodgers would have his first pass reception of the year.  Looking at a 1st and goal on the 8 Yard Line, the Renegades Jayden White would take it  to the end zone , but a facemask penalty on the Renegades would set them back 15 Yards.  With a  loss of yardage on third and fourth down , the Renegades would turn the ball over at the 4:44 mark.  Buckingham would turn the ball over to the  Renegades next.  Looking at a 1st and 10 the Second String Offense would try to score against the Knights but this attempt was cut short due to a fumble on 3rd down.  The clock would run out on Buckingham’s next possession with the final score 12-0.  The Renegades improved their record to 5-0.  The Renegades are now halfway through the season.  They have outscored their opponents 87-13 so far.  Thanks to everyone in the Emporia-Greensville Community for your support.  Then Renegades travel to Nottoway this week  to start the second half of the season.  Games start Saturday at 4pm.


  31. Local Members of the Media Honored

    At Delegate Roslyn Tyler's annual banquet, several members of the media in the 75th district were honored for exillence in the field of Mass Communications.  Assisting Delegate Tyler with the awards was Tara Ellis of the Virginia Communications Association. 

    Ted Wesley Andrews

    Ted was born February 10, 1964 to Alburtha Andrews and Robert Jones of Emporia, Virginia.  Ted was raised by his grandmother Magalene Andrews of Purdy, Virginia.  Ted has been taking pictures for 18 years since 1996.  Ted is married to Rebecca Cain Andrews and they have 5 children Christopher, Markos, Andre’, Laticia and Makayla and one granddaughter, Ezra. 

    Ted can always remember having his family and his in-laws around and taking different pictures of them.  When Ted was 19 years old his brother bought him a 35 mm Bell and Howard camera and he has been taking pictures since.  With this camera Ted took many pictures at different family functions and enjoyed it.  And I can remember before we were married my niece and his niece were and still are best friends ~ they invited me to their family reunion.  Ted wanted to take pictures of me and I said no I don’t like taking pictures, but of course he still took them, not knowing we will be married today.  Knowing Ted was preserving a moment in time @ that time. 

    Today Ted is still preserving a moment in time ~ because he is now a Licensed Photographer.  He enjoy taking pictures of his children, weddings, family reunions, family gathers, church functions and other auxillaries in the community, everything else and especially his loving wife. 

    Ted is happy to have found passion in this craft known as photography.

    Theresa Wray-Welsh

    Teresa Wray-Welsh is the daughter of Robert Wray and the late Edla Mae Hobbs Wray of Greensville County. She became a reporter on Feb. 22, 1999 and found her niche.

    Teresa found out the hard way what it was like to be a reporter. By the end of her first week at the Independent Messenger, staff had decreased from three reporters to just her. It was quite a learning experience for someone with only a high school education.

    For the biggest part of her more than 15 years at the paper, Teresa has been the only reporter at the twice-weekly newspaper. While others have come and gone, she has remained.

    She has also been published in several magazines, including a story about Emporia and Greensville County in Mecklenburg Electric's Cooperative Living.

    She covers everything from schools to board meetings to local events to breaking crime and politics.

    Teresa has one daughter, Wendy, and one granddaughter, Kelly. She also has one brother, Roger, who has been a volunteer of the Greensville County Rescue Squad for more than 40 years.

    Sylvia M. Allen

    Sylvia M. Allen, Dolphin, Virginia - Editor of the Brunswick Times-Gazette, Lawrenceville, Va., sister papers are the Independent-Messenger, South Hill Enterprise, Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer and Warren Record. She joined Womack Publishing Company in July 1997 to cover Brunswick County news for the South Hill Enterprise. When the company bought the Brunswick Times-Gazette she was named Editor, still covering Brunswick County news.

    Sylvia covers local government: Brunswick County Board of Supervisors, Lawrenceville Town Council, Alberta Town Council, Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Brunswick County School Board.

    Other affiliations include: Board of Director of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club, member of the Taste of Brunswick Festival Planning Committee, Past Co-Chair of Brunswick County Relay for Life, teacher of ladies’ Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church, Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, supporter of ArtBank of Southside Virginia, member of the Brunswick Garden Club and Board of Directors for the Brunswick-Mayfield Recreation Center.

    Sylvia received the Rotarian of the Year Award from the Lawrenceville Rotary Club in 2010,

    Sylvia has a daughter, Shannon Parker, who lives in Mechanicsville with her husband, Cliff, and two children Charles Parker, 13, and Ainsley Parker, 11. Her mother, Marie Morgan, lives in Emporia.

    Don Koralewski

    Don Koralewski is a seasoned journalist, who is no stranger to Southside Virginia. He is currently the editor of the Sussex-Surry Dispatch — covering Sussex and Surry counties.

    Prior to that, he served as editor of the Independent-Messenger in Emporia for nearly seven years and as the editor of the Tidewater News in Franklin. He was also the assistant editor of The South Hill Enterprise in South Hill; and, as is a former reporter for the Smithfield Times in Smithfield.

    In addition to his work as an editor and a writer for four Southside newspapers, Koralewski has also worked at a daily newspaper in Sandusky, Ohio — the Sandusky Register — and at Soundings, an independent weekly newspaper covering the U.S. Navy community in Norfolk.

    Outside of newspaper work, Koralewski has worked as a community relations manager in higher education and as a writer and photographer for the Virginia Beach School System. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as a photographer and a photojournalist for a decade.

    Don and his wife Nelda make their home in Emporia.

    Mr. Kaorlewski noted after accepting his award that the local papers were not as conservative as they might seem, adding that Congressman Forbes has space because he writes every week.  Those in attendance were encouraged to have their representitave write editorials.  He finished by saying letters to the editor, "we need them, we want then, we'll publish them.

    Also honored was Jim Wood of WEVA Radio.  Mr. Wood was not present and no further information was available.  His award was accepted by his sister, Arletha Cain.

  32. Neighborhood Watch Meeting This Evening!

    Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

    A short program will be presented by Officer Dustan Jarratt and narcotic K-9 Kaman from Emporia Police Department.  Also Benji Ligon will be present to talk about fraud and tornado preparedness. Please plan on attending this very informative meeting and bring a family member, friend and/or neighbor.

    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 434-637-7553 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191

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

  33. Delegate Tyler Presents Memorial Resolution to the Family of George "Red" Carter


    Offered June 8, 2014

    Celebrating the life of George Malvin Carter.


    Patron-- Tyler


    WHEREAS, George Malvin Carter, a proud veteran and active member of the Emporia and Greensville County communities, died on May 17, 2014; and

    WHEREAS, a native of Southside Virginia, George Carter attended elementary school in Sussex County and Edward W. Wyatt High School in Greensville County, where he worked on the family farm; and

    WHEREAS, desirous to be of service to his country, George Carter joined the United States Army and earned a Purple Heart during the Korean War; and

    WHEREAS, after his honorable discharge, George Carter returned to the Commonwealth to finish his education and pursued a distinguished professional career with Allied Corporation and Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company; and

    WHEREAS, working to better the lives of his fellow residents, George Carter generously donated his time and wise leadership as a member of the Emporia-Greensville NAACP; Acme Lodge 158 of the Free and Accepted Masons, Inc.; American Legion Post 151; the Greensville County Democratic Committee; and the Greensville County Transportation Safety Commission; and

    WHEREAS, George Carter enjoyed fellowship and worship with the community as a longtime member of Little Shiloh Baptist Church in Emporia; affectionately known as “Red Carter,” he was a devoted friend and mentor to countless individuals throughout Southside Virginia and the United States; and

    WHEREAS, predeceased by his wife, Daisy, George Carter will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his children, Sharon, George, Jr., and Larry, and their families and numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of George Malvin Carter, a proud veteran and an admired member of the Emporia and Greensville County communities; and, be it

    RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of George Malvin Carter as an expression of the General Assembly’s respect for his memory.


  34. Delegate Tyler Presents Memorial Resolution to the Family of Robert "Rudy" Conner


    Offered April 22, 2014

    Celebrating the life of Robert H. Conner.


    Patron-- Tyler


    Introduced at the request of the Governor


    WHEREAS, Robert H. Conner, a diligent public servant and successful businessman in Brunswick County, died on April 19, 2014; and

    WHEREAS, a native of Brunswick County, Robert "Rudy" Conner was raised in South Hill and graduated from Park View High School; and

    WHEREAS, a successful and admired entrepreneur, Rudy Conner and his wife co-owned Conner Claims Service from 1980 to 2006; he also owned a beef cattle farm in Brunswick County; and

    WHEREAS, desirous to be of service to the people of Brunswick County, Rudy Conner ran for and was elected to the board of supervisors, where he ably represented the Meherrin District from 1992 to 2011; and

    WHEREAS, a certified planning commissioner, Rudy Conner represented the board of supervisors on the Brunswick County Planning Commission; he worked to preserve the area's natural resources by creating the Brunswick County Water Safety Committee and supporting the designation of the Meherrin River as a Virginia State Scenic River; and

    WHEREAS, Rudy Conner helped implement efforts to name and map roads to facilitate countywide 911 services and oversaw the construction of the Albertis S. Harrison Courthouse and the development of the Fort Christanna Historical Site; and

    WHEREAS, Rudy Conner strove to enhance the community on several local boards and generously offered his time and wise leadership to a variety of civic, service, and peer organizations, including as a master mason with the Masonic Lodge of Richmond and a past president of the South Brunswick Ruritan Club; and

    WHEREAS, Rudy Conner also worked to safeguard the lives and property of his fellow residents as a life member of Ebony Volunteer Fire Department, and he enjoyed fellowship and worship with the community as a member of Prospect United Methodist Church; and

    WHEREAS, Rudy Conner will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of more than 50 years, Patricia; sons, Robert and Charles, and their families; and numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of Robert H. Conner, a pillar of the Brunswick County community; and, be it

    RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Robert H. Conner as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for his memory.

  35. Area Churches Host Back to School Events This Weekend

    Zion Baptist Church Back to School Bash

    The Zion Baptist Church, 3155 Smokey Ordinary Road, Purdy, VA where Rev. Jerome Pratt is the pastor; will sponsor a BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Free school supplies will be given away, while they last. Food will be served and the attire is jeans and t-shirt. Come worship with us. Fun, Food, and Fellowship.


  36. Obituary-Jewel Duncan Cordle

    Jewel Duncan Cordle, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 13, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband William S. Cordle. She is survived by sons William R. Cordle and wife Peg of Chesapeake, VA and Robin L. Cordle of Crozet, VA; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Thursday, 1pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service following at 2pm.  Interment will be private.  Condolences may be sent to

  37. Southside Virginia Community College TO GIVE FREE GED PRACTICE TESTS FOR LIMITED TIME

    See SVCC for Free program helps students pass the GED test                  

    WHO/WHAT:From September 22 – October 3, 2014, Southside Virginia Community College is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who come into the center. Students who take GED Ready can see for free:

    • If they’re ready to pass the GEDtest
    • The skills they need to work on to pass the test
    • A personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books

    Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta at 434-949-1090, 434-949-1093 or Keysville at 434-736-2084, 434-736-2048.

    WHEN:           September 22 – October 3, 2014

    WHERE:        Amelia – EOC Building, Dunn Street

    Brunswick – SVCC, Alberta, Middle College Building

    Charlotte – SVCC, Keysville, Daniel Campus

    Cumberland – Cumberland County Community Center

    Halifax – Southern Virginia Higher Ed Center

    LunenburgKenbridge Library and Victoria Library

    Mecklenburg– Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, Clarksville Enrichment Center, Estes Center, Boydton Library

    Nottoway– Pickett Park, Crewe Library, Amelia-Nottoway VoTech

    Prince Edward– Career Technical Center

    To register for any practice test session, please contact Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta at 434-949-1090, 434-949-1093 or Keysville at 434-736-2084, 434-736-2048.

    About GED Testing Service: The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.  For more information, please visit


  38. Delegate Tyler Hosts Legislative Banquet

    (Photo: The 75th District Choir Performs at Delegate Roslyn Tyler's Legislative Banquet on Thursday, September 11, 2014)

    Delegate Roslyn Tyler hosted her annual Legislative Banquet on Thursday evening at the Golden Leaf Commons in Greensville County.  This year's event began with a welcome from Mrs. Linda Richardson, followed by a Moment of Silence in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  After the moment of silence Mrs. Richardson introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Sister Theresa Gee.

    Theresa Gee, a Christian talk radio host in Richmond is best known hosting "Talk Back Live" and "Community Hope;" she also presented the one woman show "Through the Eyes of Coretta," a look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

    Following the presentation of the Colors by the Greensville County High School ROTC, those assembled were led in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

    After the National Anthem Dr. Tyrone Brandon, Pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church and the President of the Bethany Baptist Association of Virginia offered words of welcome.  Dr. Brandon related that while many people call on him for various reasons, Delegate Tyler is one person that he will always be there to assist, calling her a woman that "knows where the stones are."

    By way of explanation, he told the story of a young Pastor at his first posting out of the Seminary.  This Pastor was eager to impress, and after speaking to more senior Pastors at the Ministerial Association meeting, was invited fishing.  As the boat was leaving the shore, one of the older Pastors remembered that the cooler was in the van.  One of the others volunteered to go back and get it, got out of the boat and walked on the water back to the van.  Upon his return, it was remembered that the lunches were also in the van, so another of the older Pastors offered to go and collect those, also getting out of the boat and walking on the water to the van.  When the group realized that they had forgotten the tackle box, the young Pastor was quick to offer to go back and get it, when he stepped out of the boat, however, he plunged in over his head.  Once rescued and revived, he commented about how the other two Pastors were able to walk on the water and wondered why he did not have the ability.  One of the senior Pastors out his mind at ease by pointing out that the older Pastors were not walking on water, but simply knew where the stones were.

    After the welcome from Dr. Brandon, the 75th District Choir began to gather.  Theresa Gee gave a brief history of the group, was began specifically for this annual banquet.  The group is led by Anthony Artis, an officer with the Emporia Police Department, and is accompanied by Rufus Tyler, Jr.  The choir is composed of members from around Delegate Tyler's Districe, including Emproia, Greensville, Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Franklin, Brunswick and Isle of Wight.  The choir performed two selections before Rufus Tyler, Sr, and Bill Cain recognized the guests and sponsors,

    The Honorable Charlie Caple, Sussex County Board of Supervisors blessed the meal, which was prepared by A Touch of Elegance Catering with assistance of hostesses and hosts from high schools from across the 75th District.

    After the buffet was served, the program continued with the introduction of Delegate Tyler by her husband.  During his comments Mr. Tyler talked about how his wife is a Christian who was born and raised in Greensville County.  Mr. Tyler shared that the Delegate was not only the youngest person to be elected to the Sussex County Board of Supervisors (at the age of 23), she was also the first woman.  She served on the Board for 11 years, and was even selected to serve as Chair.

    Delegate Tyler's remarks began with a bit of her history before turning quickly to the changes coming to her District, stating that with the new natural gas power plant being built in Brunswick County that there is finally an "economic engine in the 75th District!"  She also highlited Governor McAuliffe's recent announcement of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will bring Natural Gas, not only to the new power plant, but to localities throughout the Piedmont, Central and Southside Virginia.  Delegate was rightly proud of the fact that jobs and economic development were finally coming to the 75th District, noting that between the two profect there were 8800 new jobs and $1.42 Billion in economic activity coming our way.  She added that finally our "young people have a reason to stay," with sufficient job opportunities.

    She also let everyone know that she was heading back to Richmond on September 18 to debate Medicaid Expansion, noting that Virginia was loosing 5 Million Dollars each and every day that Medicaid Expansion is not implemented here.  "Medicaid is not only for the poor, but for working families that need to work two and three jobs to pay for healthcare," the Delegate continued, adding that resistance to the President's landmark Affordable Care Act, and resentment of "Obamacare" are not good enough reasons to send our hard earned tax dollars to other states to pay for their healthcare.

    At the conclusion of her remarks, Delegate Tyler presented two Memorial Resolutions and Honored members of the Media for an "Outstanding Job in the Mass Communications Industry."  Please see the related stories on Monday's Emporia News for details on both the Memorial Resolutions and the Honorees for the Evening.

    Ms. Tara Ellis with the Virginia Communications Association assisted with the presentation of the plaques to those honored their contributions to the Mass Communications Industry.  In her remarks Ms. Ellis, who is from Roanoke Rapids and considers Emporia to be just as much home, commended Delegate Tyler for her work on the Commerce and Labor Committee in the House of Delegates.  "Delegate Tyler represents you very well," Ms Ellis continued, adding that the Delegate's "door is always open."  Ms Ellis concluded that Roslyn Tyler is a "great representative for the 75th District, "you are lucky to have her in your corner." 

  39. Meherrin Piecemakers Annual Quilt Show

    The Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host its Ninth Annual Quilt Show on September 27th and 28th at Village View.  Quilts and quilted items made by the members will be on display along with items made using other needlecraft techniques, such as cross stitch and punch needle.  Throughout the historic mansion, members will also demonstrate various quilting techniques such as appliqué and hand quilting.

    Hours for the Quilt Show are 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28th.  Admission is $3.00 for adults; children are admitted free.  Prior to the show, tickets may be purchased from any guild member or at the door on the day of the show.

    Sandwiches, soup, drinks, desserts, and handmade items will be sold.  In the basement of Village View, Quilters ‘n’ Friends Quilt Shop from Capron will sell fabric, and an assortment of yard sale items will also be available.

    The Quilt Guild was formed in 2000 by three quilting friends, Barbara Adams, Chris Cooper, and Marcia Headley.  The guild has grown through the years and now has approximately thirty active members.  Over the years, many quilts have been made by the club members and donated to local organizations to raffle.  Some of the organizations that have benefitted are the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Adult Activity Services, Relay for Life, the YMCA, the Civic Center Foundation, and the Meherrin River Arts Council.

    The club members are active in many ways to benefit the community.  Each year, most members make and donate at least one quilt that is often donated to groups or individuals in need.  Past groups that have benefitted are the Family Violence Prevention Program, Jackson Feild Homes, and Emporia Social Services.  The club also adopts one or more families at Christmas and provides gifts for them, and also provides gifts to nursing home patients.   Members make turbans for cancer patients at the local hospital, knit hats for the “Hats for Heroes” project, and participate in several other worthwhile activities, such as Kids and Cops and Christmas Happiness.

    Guild members meet twice monthly.   On the second Wednesday afternoon of each month at 1:30 p.m. they meet at the Palm Tree on Halifax Street, and on the fourth Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., they meet at the Main Street Baptist Church Parish Hall in Emporia, VA.  New members are welcome.  For more information about the club and its activities, contact club President Evelyn Kientz at (434) 535-8813.

    These homemade holiday decorations would be ideal for door hangings at home or for a loved one in a nursing home.  This sampling below, along with many more items made by guild members, will be for sale at our Ninth Annual Quilt Show at Village View on Saturday, September 27th from noon – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


  40. Obituary-William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter

    William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA, a Vietnam War veteran, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at McGuire’s Veteran Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was retired from the City of Emporia.  Born in Ashland, Ohio on December 21, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul Bernard Fraunfelter and Ruth Eleanor Gilbert Miller, and a sister Donna Miller Thomas.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter; daughter, Casey Lindsay (Steve) of Wadsworth, Ohio; and son Eric Fraunfelter (Birte) of Kirn, Germany; stepchildren, Melissa Ivey Harrison (Brian) of Jarratt, VA and Will Ivey (Shannon) of Alberta, VA; grandchildren Laura Ashley Fraunfelter, Seraphine Fraunfelter, Logan Claire Harrison, Collin Lindsay, and Kristen Michele Ivey; and sisters Kay F. Wingrove (Harvey) of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ann F. White (David) of Ashland, Ohio, a brother, John Paul Fraunfelter of Arizona. Bill is also survived by his faithful companion Buddy.  A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 13th at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10053 Lebanon Church Road, Jarratt, VA.  A visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 PM.

  41. Free Session on Women’s Health Procedures

    Petersburg, VA – Learn about mammograms and other women’s health procedures. A radiology special procedure technician from Southside Regional Medical Center will discuss the Women’s Imaging Center capabilities and answer questions.

    This seminar will be held on Monday, September 15 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Prince George Library located at 6605 Courts Drive in Prince George in the large meeting room. Feel free to bring your lunch. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

    This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and

    SRMC is a 300-bed, acute-care facility located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, VA. SRMC serves nearly 200,000 residents and boasts a medical staff of more than 380 physicians representing over 40 specialties. SRMC treats more than 60,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department and is a Level III Trauma Center. The medical center provides inpatient care for approximately 12,000 patients per year. For more information about SRMC and the services it provides, please visit


  42. Virginia State Police Arrest Two Law Enforcement Officers


    ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. – A Windsor man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 9) on one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses. Both charges were handed up by an Isle of Wight County grand jury Monday (Sept. 8). The arrestee, Arlis V. Reynolds, 39, of Windsor, Va., turned himself in to Virginia State Police Tuesday. Reynolds was released on bond.

    The charges result from an investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office. The investigation began in October 2013 when the Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney requested the state police look into allegations made against Reynolds, who at the time was employed by the Town of Windsor as its police chief. The prosecution is being handled by the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring, and Senior Assistant Attorney General Patrick Dorgan has been appointed to serve as special prosecutor in the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

    The one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses stems from Reynolds’ misuse of state grant money intended to supplement police personnel expenses associated with conducting selective traffic enforcement/safety operations.  Reynolds was charged with embezzlement for using town property as barter for a personal rent payment.

    The investigation remains ongoing at this time.


    WAVERLY, Va. – A North Carolina man now faces multiple fraud charges. On Tuesday (Sept. 9, 2014), Virginia State Police arrested Douglas Davis Jr., 48, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., on five felony counts and one misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses.

    The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office initiated the investigation in February 2014 at the request of the Town of Waverly Police Department.

    On Tuesday (Sept. 9), a Sussex County grand jury handed up the six-count indictment against Davis.

    The charges stem from Davis’s falsification of timesheets during the time of his employment with the police department.

    Davis was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon without incident. He was released on bond.

    The investigation remains ongoing at this time. The case is being prosecuted by Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jay C. Paul, who has been appointed as special prosecutor.



    Newport News, VA (September 10, 2014) – The Boy Scouts of America, Colonial Virginia Council invites the general public to come “Swing a Sledge for Scouting”, beginning Wednesday, September 17that the Scout Service Center, located at 11721 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.  Participants will be able to swing a sledge hammer at a car to raise money and awareness for the Boy Scouts of America, one of the largest youth serving organizations in Hampton Roads.

    “We are really excited to offer our folks a unique opportunity to support Scouting,” said Amanda Wroten, Chief Public Relations, Marketing and Fundraising Officer for the Boy Scouts of America.  “Our staff and volunteers are ready to snap photos and share those pictures online.  Its good fun, for a good cause.” 

    Participants are asked to donate $20.00 in exchange for three swings at the vehicle.  Safety googles and a hard hat are provided.  The vehicle will be available Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day, beginning on September 17th and ending October 25th.  Members of the media are encouraged to visit the event at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, for a special media hour.

    The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.5 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the event, or joining or volunteering in a Scouting program, contact the Boy Scouts of America, Colonial Virginia Council, at (757) 595-3356 or visit


  44. Rainfall Estimates for Monday's Drenching Rain


    Southside Virginia was inundated on Monday, September 8.  The image above is a radar derived map of rainfall totals.  While some areas of Greensville County are were estimated to have seen anywhere from three to six inches of rainfall, there were indications of amounts of six to eight inches of rainfall and a portion of the county even saw an estimated eight to ten inches of rainfall.  Radar derived rainfall estimates for the City of Emporia were six to eight inches of rain, with the extreme western edge of the city in the eight to ten inch range.  There were also isolated indications of ten or more inches of rain in portions of the county. 

    Areas east of us experienced street and urban flooding far worse than here.  The entire town of Smithfield saw an estimated minimum of ten inches of rainfall on Monday.  

    While there is standing water in several area yards, the Meherrin River crested below flood stage at just over 18 feet.  Flood stage at the Emporia Gage is 23 feet.


  45. EGRA JV Renegades Overcome the Lunenburg Lightning

    By Craig Allen

    On Sunday, September 7th, the EGRA Renegades took on the Lunenburg Lightning at their home field.  Lunenburg would receive the ball first after a nice kickoff by Isaiah Stephens.  Looking at a  1st and 10 on their own 17,  the Lightning would see a strong defense by the Renegades that would pretty much be theme of the entire game.  On third down,  the Renegades applied the heat with a great rush by Emari Brown and Tyson Garrett that would give the Renegades their first possession of the ball on the Lunenburg 8 Yard Line.  Coach Mandel Featherston brought in the second string offense to try to put the Renegades on the board but they would fall short due to a strong Lunenburg defense turning the ball over on 14 Yard Line and the First Quarter would end scoreless for both teams.  The Renegades would take over the ball in the Second Quarter,  but once again a strong Lunenburg defense would shut them down.  The Renegades would return the defensive favor, taking possession of the ball on the 8 Yard Line of Lunenburg at the 5:45 Mark.  This time the First String Offense would struggle to score due to an interception and touchback.  Lunenburg would take over the ball at the 20 Yard Line but would fall short on getting a first down.  The Renegades would finally see the end zone with a nice run by Emari Brown for 6 points and the extra point was unsuccessful.  The Second Quarter would see a possession of the ball by both teams but their scoring attempts were unsuccessful.  This would include a nice carry by the Renegades Jayden White. 

    In the Third Quarter, the Renegades would receive the ball first.  After a fumble recovered by Lunenburg and a facemask penalty against the Renegades, Lunenburg would be threatening to score with a 1st and 10 on the Renegades 25 Yard Line.  Once again the Renegades defense would hang tough and force a turnover on downs.  The Renegades would take over the ball on their own 30 Yard Line.  This possession would be short live after an interception.  The Lightning would take over the ball on the 43 Yard Line but would  turnover the ball due to some excellent defensive pressure by Emporia.  The Third Quarter would come to an end with the score 6-0 in favor of Emporia.  The Fourth Quarter would be a back and forth possession battle between the two teams, which would include some nice carries by Emporia’s Kemory Sykes and Jayden White.  With 41 seconds to go, Tremaine Hill would intercept the ball and carry it into the end zone to up the score to 12-0.  Cody Flint would have his first score of the year with a successful kick, which in this league is good for 2 points to make the score 14-0.    Lunenburg would receive the ball next with 21 seconds to go in the game and would carry the ball back 85 Yards as the clock would run out.  The Final Score would be 14-6 in favor of the Renegades.  The next scheduled game will be on Saturday, September 13th at 11am against Buckingham at Greensville County High School.  Please come out and support our Team.


  46. Obituary-Richard Benjamin Jones

    Richard Benjamin Jones, Sr., 87, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. Mr. Jones was the former owner of Jones Upholstery Shop in Emporia. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Harrell and husband, Rickey of Emporia; his son, Richard Benjamin Jones, Jr. and wife, Susan of Callaway, Virginia; two grandchildren, Adam Harrell of Richmond and Eric Jones of Callaway. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

  47. Library Card Sign-Up Month

    Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 


    Resources at the Meherrin Regional Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our library offers access to important educational resources, likeLiterati Literati is a great resource for school projects and also has online homework help for students from 3rd to 12th grade.  With their library card patrons will have access to SOVALUE, Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically.  Through SOVALUE, eBooks and audio books can be downloaded to a computer, smart phone, kindle, etc.


    Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a performance by the Sundae Puppets on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The program will be at 11:15 at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia and 2:00 at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville.


    For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Meherrin Regional Library System in person or visit the library online at 

  48. SVCC to host Regional Job Fair

    Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services is partnering with the Crater Business Services Team in sponsoring a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, October 28th at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, VA.

    The job fair is open to all job seekers from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

    Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by Friday, October 17th.  Employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon on the day of the event compliments of SVCC.  Employer luncheon space is limited.

    Employers should contact Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development, to reserve a booth at 434-949-1060 or


  49. Boyd Chevrolet Cuts Ribbon at New Location

    Boyd Chevrolet of Emporia has moved to their new location at 240 East Cloverleaf Drive in Emporia.  The new, state if the art showroom and service center was ready last month and the vehicles were moved from the former North Main Street/Atlantic Avenue location.

    Festivities began Friday with the Emporia-Greenville Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting.  A light lunch buffet was catered by FoSho Bar and Grille.  Door prizes were also up for grabs and Langley Federal Credit Union was on hand for most of the afternoon. 

    Later in the day, the open house continued with a "Beach Bash" theme and food catered by Moe Ghassemi.  Members of the Franklin Shag Club were in attendence for the evening during a live remote of Johnny Drapers Friday Beach Blast on WTRG-FM the Great 98.

    Below is a brief slideshow of some of the Grand Opening activities.  More photos can be found on the Boyd of Emporia Facebook Page

    Feel free to stop by and visit the new showroom at 240 East Cloverleaf Drive (next to Peebles) in Emporia.  You can also visit Boyd of Emporia's Website.

  50. Donation to Greensville Elementary School

    Monumental United Methodist Church recently held a School Supply Drive.  All donations that were collected from the members of the church were donated to Greensville Elementary School.  The following items were donated:

    • 6 bottles of hand sanitizer
    • 17 containers of Clorox wipes
    • 59 boxes of Kleenex
    • 125 glue sticks
    • 244 pencils
    • 129 packs of loose leaf paper
    • 110 cap erasers
    • 17 highlighters
    • 32 boxes of crayons
    • 16 notebooks

    The supplies will be distributed amongst the teachers to be used in their classrooms or for students who were not able to bring supplies to school.  The members of M.U.M.C. wish the teachers and students a blessed school year. Written by Mrs. L. Roach


    EMPORIA, VA – During World War II, our nation called on the Red Cross to develop a system that would supply lifesaving blood for the men and women of the United States armed forces injured in combat.  This large scale, desperate need led to the establishment of the American Red Cross Blood Donor Service. Recognizing that there was also a need for blood and blood products in times of peace, the Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program after the war.  Today, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 15.7 million units each year.   This accounts for more than 40 percent of all blood supplied to patients in hospitals across the country.   


    As one of more than 2,700 hospitals nationwide who depend on the American Red Cross (ARC) for blood and blood products for our patients, and in keeping with the mission of the ARC, to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply through voluntary donations, SVRMC recently hosted their annual end of summer blood drive with a goal of 19 units.  Throughout the 4 hour event, SVRMC staff and individuals from the community generously donated 20 units to surpass the goal set for this drive.

    For more information on the American Red Cross or to locate a collection event near you log on to

    In the top photo, Donna Munden anxiously awaits the ARC technician for her first donation in many years.

    In the lower photo, Troy Watson plays it cool while donating at the SVRMC Annual Summer Blood Drive.


  52. Local Students Receive Honors

    President’s List, Summer 2014

    To be eligible for the President’s List a student must attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher, complete a minimum  of 20 semester hours at SVCC, attempt six or more hours during the present semester and be enrolled in a curriculum at the college.  Local students recognized on the President’s List for the Summer  2014 are:

    Local Students making the President’s List were:

    • From Emporia: Tammy Goddard, Kim Graham, Jessica Harris, Debra Norwood, Amber Woodard, Roland Weaver, Kristen Moseley, Felicia Jackson, Heather Veliky and Jennifer Watson.
    • From Jarratt: Candice Harding and Mary Bailey. 
    • From Skippers: Brittany Moody and Ceilidhe Brown.
    • From Lawrenceville: Makayla Evans, Garetta Johnson, Madison Browder and Monica McMillan.
    • From Freeman: Darrell Stewart, Marsha Hays and Sherwood Harrison.
    • From Stony Creek: Theba Bellamy and Patricia Castillo.
    • From Yale: Marsha Granderson.
    • From Brodnax: Kadesya Rainey.

    Provost’s List, Summer 2014

    To be eligible for the Provost’s List a student must achieve a composite average of 3.2 on courses attempted during the semester, attempt 12 or more credit hours during the present semester, and be enrolled in a curriculum.  Local students recognized by the Provost at SVCC for the Provost’s List at the end of the Summer 2014 are:

    Shaquanna Morgan of  Lawrenceville, Faith Merricks of Stony Creek, Marsha Pearson of  Valentines, Melinda  Houle of  Brodnax and Krystal  Cheely of LaCrosse.



    Angela Marie Carter, author of  Memory Chose A Woman’s Body, will speak at a Meet the Author event at the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  She will be speaker at a 12 noon event in the John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center and again at 6 p.m. in the Howell Library on the Alberta, Virginia campus.  The public and students are encouraged to attend.

    Quoted from where her book is sold, “Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice. Angela M Carter navigates uninviting terrain with the skill and grace of a veteran truth teller. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a ray of cleansing light directed at the dark corners of the human heart. It is an offering of sisterhood to survivors of all kinds.”

    Carter is a graduate of SVCC.   She 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. A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended SVCC

    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.

    For more information about the event, contact Bernadette Battle at 434-949-1049 or


  54. Former Governor McDonnell and Wife found Guilty

    In a verdict yesterday afternoon from the Federal Courthouse in Richmond former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on multiple corruption counts.

    Both former Governor McDonnell and his wife faced 13 charges for multiple gifts and favors from Businessman Johnnie Williams.  Williams himself was given immunity in exchange for his testimony against the McDonnells.  The gifts and favors included well over  $100,000 in cash (including $15,000 for wedding catering), a little over $3,000 spent on golf outings for the former Governor and his sons, thousands of dollars in designer clothing for Mrs. McDonnell and the infamous Rolex watch purchased for the Governor.

    The charges came to light after the McDonnell family accused the Chef at the Executive Mansion of stealing food and equipment from the Mansion after they allegedly told him to take the materials in return for catering for the Governor’s family.

    Count 1: Conspiracy to Defraud the Citizens of Virginia of their Right to Honest Services by Use of Interstate Wires - The McDonnells were accused of secretly using the governor’s official position to enrich themselves and their family by soliciting payments, gifts, loans and other things of value from Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and Star Scientific in exchange for promoting, legitimizing and obtaining research studies for Star Scientific’s products. Prosecutors alleged the actions deprived the citizens of Virginia of honest services by their governor and that the scheme was partly carried out through electronic communications.  Both were found guilty.

    Count 2: Use of Interstate Wire Communications to Further Schemes to Defraud the Citizens of Virginia of Their Right to Honest Services.  The evidence used to support this charge was the May 26, 2011 electronic transfer of a $15,000 check from Jonnie Williams's Starwood Trust to the McDonnells for wedding catering.  Both were found guilty.

    Count 3: Use of Interstate Wire Communications to Further Schemes to Defraud the Citizens of Virginia of Their Right to Honest Services.  This charge was brought based on an electronic transfer of a $50,000 check from Jonnie Williams's Starwood Trust to the real estate company owned by Robert McDonnell and his sister on March 12, 2012.  Both were found Guilty.

    Count 4: Use of Interstate Wire Communications to Further Schemes to Defraud the Citizens of Virginia of Their Right to Honest Services.  Porsecutors alleged, and the Jury upheld that the May 22, 2012 electronic transfer of $20,000 from Jonnie Williams's Startwood Trust to the real estate company run by Robert McDonnell and his sister was also a violation of the law.  The Governor was found Guilty while Mrs. McDonnell was acquitted.

    Count 5: Conspiracy to Obtain Property under Color of Official Right alleged the the McDonnells conspired to use the governor's office to obtain property to which he was not entitled from Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific.  Both were found Guilty.

    Count 6: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right – on May 23, 2011 The McDonnells received a $50,000 check from Starwood Trust to which they were not entitled.  Both were found Guilty. 

    Count 7: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right – on May 23, 2011 The McDonnells received a $15,000 check from Jonnie Williams's Starwood Trust to which they were not entitled.  The check was used to pay for catering at a daughter's wedding.  Both were found Guilty.

    Count 8: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right - $2,380 in greens fees, caddie fees, goods, dining at Kinloch Golf Club on May 29, 2011.  Both were found Guilty.

    Count 9: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right – also for greens fees, caddie fees, goods, dining at Kinloch Golf Club on January 7, 2012: $1,424.  The Governor was found Guilty while Mrs. McDonnell was acquitted.

    Count 10: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right for a $50,000 check from Starwood Trust to the real estate company co-owned by the governor and his sister on March 6, 2012.  Both were found Guilty.

    Count 11: Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right stemming from the May 22, 2012 check from Starwood Trust for $20,000 made payable to the real estate company co-owned by the governor and his sister.   The Governor was found Guilty while Mrs. McDonnell was acquitted.

    Count 12: False Statements for Governor McDonnell’s failure to disclose his debt to Jonnie Williams. Specifically, on Oct. 3, 2012, Robert McDonnell submitted a personal financial statement to TowneBank which failed to list loans from Williams. Mrs. McDonnell was not charged and the former Governor was found Guilty.

    Count 13: False Statements – Both the former Governor and his wife were acquitted on charges that they failed to disclose a loan from Jonnie Williams. Specifically, on Feb. 1, 2013, Robert and Maureen McDonnell submitted a joint loan application to Pentagon Federal Credit Union which did not show $120,000 in loans from Williams.

    Count 14: Obstruction of Official Proceeding alleged that Mrs. McDonnell impeded grand jury investigation. In March 2013, Mrs. McDonnell sent a handwritten note to Jonnie Williams, trying to make it appear she and Williams previously agreed she would return designer clothes, rather than keep them.  Former Governor McDonnell was not charged in this count.

    The former Governor was offered a plea deal in December, but refused.  Had he accepted the deal, he would have only been charged with one Felony and his wife would not have been charged at all. 

    “I am deeply saddened by the events of the trial that ended in today’s verdict, and the impact it has had on our Commonwealth’s reputation for honesty and clean government,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.  One of the first Executive Orders issued by Governor McAuliffe was a strict limit on the value of gifts to himself, his family and members of his administration.

    Former Virginia Governor and current Senator Mark Warner called it “a sad day for Virginia.” “I have known and worked with Bob McDonnell for more than 20 years, and my thoughts today are with Bob, Maureen, and their children,” he said in a statement. “I urge all Virginians to keep the McDonnell family in their prayers.”

    Robert McDonnell is the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be charged, tried and convicted of a felony for his actions while in office.

    (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

  55. Governor McAuliffe sets September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia

    Join America’s PrepareAthon! by taking action to prepare for emergencies

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, calling on families, business owners and communities to take specific steps to be ready for emergencies.

    “Most Virginians know they should be prepared for emergencies, but they haven’t completed an emergency plan or participated in an exercise or drill to test their plan,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “It’s never too late to get ready, so I encourage all our people to take at least one action during September to make sure our families, businesses and communities are prepared for the next emergency.”

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

    • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™.  Features:Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather ServiceA customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friendsA checklist for gathering emergency suppliesCreate a family emergency communications plan. Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separatedChoose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family memberMake a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace.  Don’t rely on your smart phone or online contact lists.Get a free emergency plan worksheet at or or use the new Ready Virginia app.Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding; renters and business owners also can get flood insurance.Just one inch of water in a mid-size home or office can mean $20,000 in repairs.Go to or call 1-800-427-2419 for more

    This year, National Preparedness Month features a day set aside specifically for taking actions to get prepared for emergencies. September 30 has been designated America’s PrepareAthon! Day.  To sign up for America’s PrepareAthon! go and register how you will take action to prepare in September.

  56. EGRA JV Renegades shut down the swarm of South Hill Yellowjackets

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday August 30th the EGRA Renegades faced off against the South Hill Yellowjackets in their third contest of the 2014 season.  The Yellowjackets would receive the ball and  their first possession would start on the 35 Yard Line.  Their first play would see and offside penalty for five yards, then Jayden White would cause a fumble which was recovered by the Renegades own Anthony Brown.  On  2nd down  and 10 to go Jayden White  had a nice 25 yard run but a fumble on the next play would be recovered by South Hill.  With a 1st and 10 South Hill would see some strong defensive pressure by Christopher Rodgers and Kemory Sykes.  The First Quarter of the game would end scoreless.   In the Second Quarter the Renegades started to pick up steam with a 14 yard run by Kemory Sykes, a 9 yard run by Kamarja Hewitt, and a 1st down carry by Emari Brown.  Looking at a 1st and Goal to go, Jayden White would hand the ball off to Deshawn Moore, who would score his first Touchdown of the season.  Tremaine Hill would follow up with a successful conversion to make the score 7-0.  On the Yellowjackets next possession starting at the 48 yard line, the Renegades would shut down their Offense with a nice tackle by Jayden White.   After a turnover on downs by the Yellowjackets, the EGRA Renegades would take over the ball on South Hill’s 48 Yard Line.  Emari Brown would receive the ball  on the first play of the Renegades possession and carry it all the way to make it 13-0.  Cody Flint would attempt a kick but was unsuccessful and the 2nd Quarter would come to an end with the Renegades leading 13-0.

    In the Third Quarter, South Hill would kick off to Emporia in which an  onside kick was recovered by the Renegades.  Looking at a 1st and 10 Coach Mandel Featherston would have the play go to Emari Brown who would catch a nice pass from Jayden White to put it in the endzoneTremaine Hill would have a second conversion attempt to make the score 20-0.  The Yellowjackets would once again struggle to score due to some excellent  defensive pressure by the Renegades and the Third Quarter would come to an end.  Although the Fourth Quarter would remain scoreless, the Renegades Second String Offense would move the ball deep in the Yellowjackets territory including a nice carry by Tremaine Hill and a 11 Yard pass reception by Tyson Garrett but they would  eventually turn the ball over on downs.  The Clock would run out  and the Final Score 20-0 in favor of the Emporia Renegades. 

    The next game for the Renegades will be on Saturday, September 6th at 4pm at Central of Lunenburg High School.  Thanks for coming out and supporting our Team.



    • $4.5 billion-$5 billion pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to North Carolina and Virginia
    • "Transformational’ project provides growing Mid-Atlantic markets a new route for access to competitive, domestic energy supplies
    • Investment would create thousands of jobs, promote economic development and cleaner air, increase state and local tax revenue
    • Pipeline expected to be in service by late 2018, pending regulatory approvals

    RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 2, 2014 – Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) and AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) – announced today the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The $4.5 billion to $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline would run from Harrison County, W. Va., southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County.

    The partnership, called Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, will own the pipeline initially proposed by Dominion as the Southeast Reliability Project. It is designed in part to meet the needs identified in requests for proposals last April by Duke Energy and Piedmont, and in June by Virginia Power Services Energy. It would deliver natural gas supplies to growing markets for additional customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The pipeline would provide a new route for direct access to the burgeoning production in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    The chief executives of the four sponsoring companies – Thomas F. Farrell II of Dominion, Lynn J. Good of Duke Energy, Thomas E. Skains of Piedmont Natural Gas and John W. Somerhalder II of AGL Resources – issued the following joint statement:

    “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a transformational project for our region. It will create thousands of construction jobs during development and significant new revenue for state and local governments throughout North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The expanded source of gas will also help fuel economic development across the region as businesses and homes rely more on natural gas. 

    “Natural gas is increasingly important for advanced electricity generation, contributing to significantly lower greenhouse gas and other emissions. The project will also provide more reliable access to new sources of natural gas, keeping consumers’ energy costs down – even during the coldest and hottest weather.”   

    Dominion is to build and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on behalf of the venture. With more than 100 years of service, Dominion is one of the nation’s most-experienced operators of natural gas pipelines. It operates nearly 8,000 miles of interstate pipeline in six states as well as one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems.

    The joint venture ownership stakes are: Dominion, 45 percent; Duke Energy, 40 percent; Piedmont, 10 percent; and AGL Resources, 5 percent. Subsidiaries and affiliates of all four joint venture partners plan to be customers of the pipeline under 20-year contracts, pending regulatory approvals. PSNC Energy also plans to be a customer of the pipeline under a 20-year contract, pending regulatory approvals.

    Dominion has begun surveying to determine the best route, one that meets operational and reliability needs while minimizing the impact on the environment as well as historical and cultural resources. The company plans to make a pre-filing request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this fall on behalf of Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It expects to file its FERC application in the summer of 2015, receive the FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in the summer of 2016, and begin construction shortly thereafter.

    The extensive FERC review process solicits input from numerous local, state and federal entities, and private citizens. Public safety, air quality, water resources, geology, soils, wildlife and vegetation, threatened and endangered species, land and visual resources, cultural and historic resources, noise, cumulative impacts and reasonable alternatives are fully examined.

    The main pipeline would have a 42-inch diameter in West Virginia and Virginia, reducing to 36 inches in diameter in North Carolina.

    In announcing their request for proposals, Duke Energy noted increasing reliance on natural gas to generate electricity, and Piedmont cited growing customer demand. Currently, North Carolina is served primarily by a single major wholesale interstate natural gas pipeline that runs through the western portion of the state. A related joint news release is available from Duke Energy at Piedmont at

    Virginia has limited access to supplies from the Marcellus and Utica shales and has a need for increased infrastructure to support growing demand for natural gas-fired generation, and to add supply diversity for reliability and price stability. 

    More information about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is available on the web at on Facebook at DominionAtlanticCoastPipeline.



    EMPORIA, VA) – Shauna Boone has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for August 2014.  Ms. Boone, who has been employed with the hospital since April 2013, is a registered nurse (RN) and the Clinical Coordinator on the Acute Care Unit.


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