Current Weather Conditions

 
Seven Day Forecast for Emporia, Virginia
 

October 2014

Like us on Facebook     Follow Emporia News on Twitter

Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

 

Job#: 2017-10

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2017-10
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org

  1. Southside Regional Wound Healing Center offers warning signs during American Diabetes Month in November

    Every Hour Seven People With Diabetes Have An Amputation

    (Petersburg, VA) November is American Diabetes Awareness Month and the health care experts at Southside Regional Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics™ network, are drawing attention to the fact that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg to the disease, which is the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents.

    "Diabetic patients are confronted with multiple challenges in the healing process. Not only is their circulation diminished, but they also have an impaired ability to sense the earliest stages of foot injury due to disease-associated nerve damage," said Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs for Healogics, Inc., a network of academic medical centers, hospitals and professionals committed to advancing wound healing and addressing the problem of chronic wounds. 

    According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people with diabetes ages 40 and older have at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling.  Those at greater risk for nerve damage include diabetics who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure.

    Statistically, one in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year.  The risk of amputations can be reduced by 45 to 85 percent through foot care programs that can include risk assessment, education, treatment of foot problems and referrals to specialists.

    State-of-the-art equipment and leading edge therapies are also playing a role in reducing the risk of amputation. Southside Regional Wound Healing Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. 

    The experts at Southside Regional Wound Healing Center note the following as indications of problems diabetics may have with their legs and urge people to discuss symptoms they may have with their healthcare providers:

    • pain in the legs or cramping in the buttocks, thighs or calves during physical activity;
    • tingling, burning or painful feet;
    • loss of sense of touch or the ability to feel heat or cold in the feet;
    • changes in the shape, color or temperature of the feet;
    • hair loss on the toes, feet and lower legs;
    • dry or cracked skin on the feet;
    • thick and yellow toenails or fungus infections between the toes; and
    • blisters, sores, infected corns and ingrown toenails.

    Physicians at Southside Regional Wound Healing Center recommend people with diabetes manually inspect their feet each day and seek immediate attention if a lower extremity wound has increased pain, redness or swelling, foul wound odor, a change in color, or change in amount of drainage.

    For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, contact Southside Regional Wound Healing Center located at 3335 South Crater Road, Suite 700, Petersburg, VA 23805 or call (804)765-5445.

    Tags: 

  2. EGRA Varsity Renegades Advance to Super Bowl after defeating South Hill

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, October 25th, the EGRA Varsity Renegades would once again take on their toughest opponent of the year, the South Hill Yellowjackets.   South Hill was the only team that the Renegades had lost to during the entire season.  The Yellowjackets would receive the ball 1st and would come out offensively  strong at first but turn over the ball over at 25 Yard Line thanks in part to a strong Defensive effort by Coach Tony Gallemore’s Varsity players.  The First Quarter would end scoreless but would include a nice 8 Yard Carry by Jalin Joyner.  The Second Quarter would see the Renegades Myles Featherston have a carry for a First Down and a follow up carry for Emporia’s first Touchdown of the Game.  The Conversion attempt would be handed off to Ja’shun Branch, who would be successful and the Renegades were up 7-0.  Emporia would kick off to South Hill deep into their own territory.  The Yellowjackets with a 1st and 10 would advance 15 Yards forward due to a facemask penalty.  South Hill would be unable to overcome the strong Defense of the Renegades and would turn the ball over on their own 34 at the 4:08 mark.  Ja’Shun Branch would have a nice carry to the Yellowjackets 25 Yard Line.  This would set up a nice pass to Myles Featherston  from Jalin Joyner  for the Renegades second Touchdown of the game.  Myles Featherston would follow up with a conversion attempt to up the score to 14-0 Renegades favor.  Emporia would kick off to South Hill for their last possession of the half, but the Renegades would shut them down at their own 45.

    The Third Quarter would start with Emporia receiving the ball and the kickoff would be returned back to their own 40.  The Renegades would be looking at a 2nd and 22 and would be unable to advance the ball on their next two plays and would turn the ball over to South Hill.  On the first play of the Yellowjackets next drive, Nicholas Reese would intercept the ball at the 35 Yard Line.  South Hill would turn up the defense and Emporia would be looking at 4th and 35 from their own 20 Yard Line.  Zykeem Fields would have a 12 Yard Carry, but it wouldn’t be enough for a first down and Emporia would turn the ball over again.  South Hill would get one more play in before the clock would run out, with the score 14-0.  The Fourth Quarter would see the Yellowjackets turn the ball over once again at the 5:08 mark.  The Renegades would carry the ball down the field to the 29 Yard Line, part of this advancement would include two 15 yard penalties for Unsportsmanlike Conduct against South Hill.  Emporia would be unable to put the ball into the end zone and the next possession by South Hill would fall short of scoring as well.  The Game would end with the Final Score 14-0 with the Renegades Victorious.  Thanks to all of the Emporia-Greensville Communtiy for your continued support.  The Varstiy Renegades will compete in the James River District Super Bowl on Saturday , November 1st at Lunenburg High School at 10am against the Buckingham Knights.

    Tags: 

  3. EGRA JV Renegades Advance to Super Bowl after defeating Nottoway

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, October 25th the 9-1 EGRA JV Renegades faced off against the Nottoway Gators to see who would go the Super Bowl.  The Renegades would receive the ball first.  Starting off with a 1st and 10 on their own 49 Yard Line, Kemory Sykes would take the handoff from Jayden White and put it the End Zone for 6.  On the Conversion attempt the Renegades would get back up five yards for an Offside Penalty and would still come up short to make the score 6-0.  Nottoway would receive the ball next and would find themselves looking at a 2nd and 14 at the 49.  The Renegades Robert “Sneaky” Rice would turn up the defensive heat with a hard blow to the Nottoway runner to force and recover a fumble.  The Renegades would take over with a 1st and 10 at the Gator’s 48 Yard Line.  Kemory Sykes would have a nice carry to the 25 Yard Line.  At the 2:26 mark, the Renegades were looking at a 3rd and 9, when Emari Brown would have a nice 6 Yard Carry and would follow this up with a Touchdown Carry.  Brett Allen would try to add 2 more to the Score, but the kick would be blocked by the Gators.  This would bring the 1st Quarter to an end with the Renegades up 12-0.  Nottoway would receive the ball next but would turnover the ball to the Renegades at the 7:09 mark with a fumble recovered by Ha’Saan Edwards .  Emporia would be unable to advance the ball very far and would turn over to the Gators at the 4:48 mark.  The Renegades would be called for a 15 Yard Facemask Penalty and an Offside Penalty during this possession and Nottoway would score a Touchdown at the 37 second mark.  The Point After Attempt was unsuccessful  and the Half would come to an end with the Score 12-6 in favor of the Renegades.

    In the Third Quarter Nottoway would  eat up the clock and would finally advance the ball to the 20 Yard Line.  Threatening to score again in the Fourth Quarter,  Nottoway would get as close as the 4 Yard Line but the Renegades Defense would show Nottoway why we have held our opponents to only 31 points in ten games.  With the Turnover on Downs , Emporia would start their drive off with a 1st and 10 at the 2 Yard Line.  The Renegades would get penalized for twelve players on the field, and would try to get something going with a nice carry by Emari Brown to the 14 Yard Line.  Nottoway would turn up their defense and would recover a fumble on the 17 Yard Line at the 1:51 mark.  Emporia would be called for twelve men on the field again to give the Gators a 1st and 5 on the 12 at the 1:22  mark.  Nottoway would have a carry to advance them to the 6 Yard Line.  On the next play Robert Rice would plow through the Gators line to cause a fumble that would be recovered by the Renegades.  The Clock would run out and the Rengades would be Victorious over the Gators  with the Final Score 12-6.  The Renegades will play the Buckingham Knights in the James River District Super Bowl on Saturday, November 1st.  This game will take place at Lunenburg County High School at 10am.  Thanks to everyone in the Emporia-Greensville Community for your support.

    Tags: 

  4. SVCC Hosts Job Fair

    Employers from Mecklenburg County to Virginia Beach came to Golden Leaf Commons looking for workers Tuesday.  SVCC hosted the event in cooperation with the Department of Social Services.  37 employers from the region were offered a Luncheon prepared by Southside Virginia Students from the Alberta Campus before 401 eager job hunters descended upon them. 

    Below is a slideshow of photos taken at the event.

    Tags: 

  5. FREE FLU VACCINATIONS

    The Southside Health District and the Brunswick County Health Department will be holding a

    FREE FLU VACCINATION CLINIC  RAIN OR SHINE ON

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH FROM 10AM – 2PM

    THE DRIVE THROUGH CLINIC WILL BE HELD IN THE PARKING LOT LOCATED BEHIND DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND LAWRENCEVILLE PRIMARY CARE ON SHARP STREET (FOLLOW THE SIGNS) WE HAVE 100 DOSES OF VACCINE TO DISTRIBUTE

    THIS WILL BE A DRIVE THROUGH CLINIC FOR INDIVIDUALS 18 YEARS AND OLDER.   WE WILL COME TO YOUR VEHICLE, GATHER NEEDED INFORMATION, SUCH AS NAME, ADDRESS AND DATE OF BIRTH AND GIVE THE INJECTION WHILE YOU SIT IN YOUR VEHICLE.

    THIS VACCINATION IS FREE TO EVERYONE NO INSURANCE OR ELIGIBILITY REQUIRED.

    Tags: 

  6. Obituary-Richard R. Jarratt

    Richard R. Jarratt, Sr., 69, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. He was the son of the late Paul and Mary Ella Jarratt and was also preceded in death by two brothers, William E. Jarratt and James T. “Tommy” Jarratt. Survivors include his daughter, April Lynn Brannan and husband, Lester; son, Richard R. “Buck” Jarratt and wife, Cindy; three grandchildren, Brian Simmons, Nicole Brannan and Miranda E. Jarratt and a great-grandson, Grant Simmons. He also is survived by his devoted companion, Lilah Jarratt and her children, Joshua Jarratt and Samantha Grizzard and husband, Brandon and children, Jaylon and Cameron Grizzard. Richard also leaves behind a brother, Charles “C. D.” Jarratt and wife, Anita; three sisters, Alice Turner and husband, Don, Frances Murr and husband, Freeman and June Faison and husband, Glenn and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 31. Interment will follow at Adams Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to assist the family with final expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  7. Obituary-Hugh D. Drake

    Mr. Hugh D. Drake, Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Laura C. Drake; son, Wesley D. Drake and wife, Gretchen; two daughters, Anita Colby and husband, Jeff and Tracy Drake; five grandchildren, Amber Colby, Tess Colby, Dylan Drake, Erik Alford and Zachary Goodwyn; one sister, Martha Ann Holland and husband, Kelly and nieces, Debra Turner and Kim Morris. Mr. Drake was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Drake. A graveside funeral service will be held 12 Noon Friday, October 31 at Maitland Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10-11:30 a.m. prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to assist the family with final expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  8. Virginia Community College Association Showcase

    The Virginia Community College Association annually recognizes faculty and staff from the state's community colleges with Showcase Awards.  These awards are presented for leadership, hard work and dedication to the mission of Virginia's community colleges.  Awards were presented at the VCCA Convention held in Arlington, Virginia and three representing Southside Virginia Community College were present.  They are (Left to Right) Vondrenna Smithers of Lawrenceville, Student Activities Coordinator at the Christanna Campus, Ashley Leslie, Instructional Technologist from the Daniel Campus who resides in Burkeville and Martha Reed, Assistant Professor of Biology for Christanna Campus who resides in Blackstone.  SVCC is made special by these exemplary employees.  Terry Clarke (retired) was also a Showcase Award winner for faculty from the Daniel Campus.

    Tags: 

  9. Back to School with Q

    Smart Beginnings Initiatives Focus on Quality As Key Driver for School Readiness

    The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and Smart Beginnings partners across the Commonwealth have joined forces with early learning centers in an effort to highlight one of the key drivers for successful school readiness—quality early learning.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, an event sponsored by The Improvement Association Head Start program and Smart Beginnings Southside was held at The Improvement Association Refuge Head Start Center in Brunswick County to showcase that center as a Virginia Star Quality Initiative three-star rated center and to point to Refuge as one of only two centers in the Southside Planning District to have participated in this voluntary program.   The star rating ensures that this program is deemed “high quality.”  Participants at this event included partners from The Improvement Association, Refuge Temple, Brunswick Public Schools, Brunswick Social Services, Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and Smart Beginnings Southside.

    At the event, Dora Wynn, Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, recalled the impact of the faith-based Refuge Head Start Program on students who came to her class when she was a kindergarten teacher.  She emphasized the importance of a quality preschool program on K-12 education. Wendy Wright, Executive Director of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, reported the mission of the chamber is to band together to make Brunswick a better place for citizens.  She reported that education and work force are at the top of the ladder, and she reminded everyone that we must go further than ABC’s; we must go to Q      --Quality Daycare.   The Improvement Associaton’s Executive Director, Rufus Tyler, and Board member,  LaVerne Ford stated that this agency is committed to high quality early childhood education throughout the service area.

    Tags: 

  10. Obituary-Willard Earl Upton

    Willard Earl Upton, 63, of Sussex, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Willard Earl “Willie” Upton, Jr. and his mother, Ruby C. Upton. Survivors include daughters, Wendy Upton Futrell and husband, Keith, Debbie Upton Grein and husband, Matt, Kristie Lynn Upton and Jessica Danielle Chouen; grandchildren, Eric Lee Jenkins, Haleigh Elizabeth Duncan, Jacob Mathew Grein, Brianna Marie Grein, Brayden Nathaniel Upton, Berkley Derringer Futrell and Tannar Vermillion; his father, Donal T. Upton; brother, Donal Upton, Jr. and wife, Adele; sisters, Joyce Jones an husband, Howard, Betty Carr and husband, Pete, Teresa Tripp and husband, Riley, Judy Monahan and husband, Tim and Lisa Whitmore and husband, Greg. He also is survived by his special friend, Liz DeBord and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 29 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct 30. Interment will follow at Winfield Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be made www.owenfh.com.

  11. Improvement Association Hosts Rally to Stop the Violence

      

    "Domestic Violence affects the entire community" - Reginald Goodman

      

    Saturday's event was the idea of Reina Rouka, whose neighborhood was witness to a horrible act of domestic Violence

      

    "Know this - Every one of us has a way out." Reginald Goodman

      

    I WAIT

    I wait:

    For you to get home, hoping that you’ll be in a good mood, knowing that in the end, it won’t make a difference.

    I wait:

    Watching you, all the while knowing that you’ll scream at me then push, hit, poke, punch, slap me before the night is over.

    I wait:

    For you to see that you have beaten love to a pulp and it doesn’t live in this house anymore, if it ever did. I “thought” I had it in the beginning, until, too late, I realized it was just a way for you to “lure” those like me.

    I wait:

    Wondering why you “keep” apologizing for the pain you “keep” giving and “keep” giving and “keep” giving. Please get “tired” of giving me “your” love early tonight. I need some more time to “recover” from last night’s “pain orgy”.

    I wait:

    Shrinking from the inevitable pain you start giving me now that you’ve knocked me to the floor. The shoes that I bought for you with my “real blood”, “fear sweat”, and many tears kick me as I look up at the “smiling anger” on your face and wonder why is “killing me” bringing you such abnormal satisfaction.

    I wait:

    Wishing some passerby outside the house would hear my “screams” and your “shouts” thru the broken windows and be compassionate enough to get involved just long enough to save my life by calling 911.

    I wait:

    Inspecting my body to see if I’m damaged enough to go to the Hospital, my only “safe oasis” away from you. I lie to them for “your” sake and safety all the while praying that I can “stay” for mine.

    I wait:

    In the car, waiting for you to start the engine so I can hear the radio and tune out you telling me it’s all “my” fault. AGAIN! And, you’re so right, huh. Do you really expect me to believe that this is what “I” made you do”?

    I wait:

    Hating the fact that you still expect me to do things for you, with this “new” cast on my “old” broken arm, after we get to that torture chamber you call “home”

    I wait:

    Counting the minutes that tick by slowly, contemplating whether or not the sleeping pills I crushed and poured in your drink will keep you knocked-out long enough for me to get some sleep after I cry in peace.

    I wait:

    To get into the passing lane on the “interstate” in the car donated to me by a “friend” and a trunk packed with items on the “safety plan” they gave me.

    I wait:

    NO MORE! NO MORE! now

    I “escape”! I “survive”! I “RISE”!

    Tags: 

  12. Neighborhood Watch Meeting

    Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

    A short program will be presented by the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office on holiday safety and scams.  Don’t let someone you know get scammed, so come out and learn how you can avoid scams and be able to have a safe holiday season. Learn how to protect yourself while shopping and how to protect your home.  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.

  13. Forth Graders Study Weather

    Recently, the students in the fourth grade at GES studied about weather.  Students learned about different clouds and storms, some of the instruments used for measuring and predicting the weather, and about meteorologist.  As a way to demonstrate their knowledge, students created projects on the various topics.  The projects came in many forms, from posters and models, to creating slide presentations and videos on the computers.  Pictured are some of the students and teachers in the fourth grade, as well as a small sampling of the projects.

  14. Obituary-John Carlton Butler

    John Carlton Butler, 80, of Emporia died on October 23, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Butler and son-in-law Kerry Dawson Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife, Katheryn Epps Butler; daughter, Cathy Mitchell; and grandson, John Dawson Jordan Mitchell.  Visitation will be Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6-8pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Monumental United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  15. NATIONAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AND ENGINEERING WEEK TO BE OBSERVED AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    Emporia, VA – In recognition of National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week, October 19 – 25, 2014, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) would like to thank the Engineering Department staff for the important role they play in keeping the hospital safe and operational. 

    A vital part of the healthcare team, the engineering staff at SVRMC work in all areas of the hospital including building and grounds, plant operations, design and construction, safety, security and clinical engineering.  In addition to keeping the facility efficient and operational, they make sure there is power, running water and a safe and comfortable healing environment for patients, physicians, visitors and staff.  Without this dedicated team, it would be impossible to provide for the health needs of the community.

    National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week, which is observed annually during the fourth week in October, is sponsored by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association.  For more information on ASHE, go to www.ashe.org.

    Tags: 

  16. Free Workshop but Must Pre-Register

    Diabetes: Making Sense of All the Numbers!

    This program will focus on the problems associated with uncontrolled blood sugar and the most common treatments. We will also discuss the goals of Diabetes treatment as recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

    When: October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM
    Cost: FREE
    Where: Southside Virginia Community College
    John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center
    109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821

    Pre-registration required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

    Presented by:

    Chris Buchanan, owner of Smith’s Pharmacy in Kenbridge, Virginia, has been helping pharmacy customers with their medication needs since 1999. He    attended Virginia Tech then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy. Rebecca Reitz has been with Smith’s Pharmacy for 10 years. She attended       Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate courses and pharmacy school.

    Tags: 

  17. JOB CENTRAL IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

    Over 30 companies seeking employees will be under one roof on Tuesday, October 29, 2014 at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.  There will be 33 employers/agencies participating in this  Job Fair co-hosted by SVCC Workforce Development, SVCC Student Development and Crater Business Services Team.  Dress to impress and bring your resume to this event from  2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Following is a list of participants:

    • The Center for Child & Family Services
    • SVCC - Career Center
    • AmeriCare Plus
    • Transamerica Agency Network
    • Penmac
    • Virginia Employment Commission
    • First Citizens Bank
    • American Buildings
    • New Journey Family Services
    • Wilco Hess - Subway
    • Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
    • AVON
    • Hampton Inn Emporia
    • DOMINION POWER
    • Stage Stores, Inc (Peebles, Goodys)
    • Georgia Pacific
    • Mecklenburg County Public Schools
    • Georgia Pacific
    • Oran Safety Glass
    • Fedex Ground
    • ProLabor Temps (Toll Brothers)
    • VCU Community Memorial Hospital
    • Bojangles
    • Kaine Connects
    • GEO GROUP
    • Health Insurance Navigator
    • Marriott
    • Fastenal
    • Dish Network
    • Care Advantage
    • Personal Touch Home Care Services
    • Global Safety Textile
    • Greensville Correctional Center

    Tags: 

  18. Brunswick Academy Wears Pink

    Brunswick Academy had a "Wear Pink Day" on Thursday, October 16th in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students, Faculty, and Staff dressed in pink to support the cause and promote finding a cure.  Shown are Mrs. McLawhorn's First Grade Class and our Middle School students.

     

  19. Proud SVCC Alum Returns As Published Author

    You can go home again.  Author Angela Marie Carter did that recently by taking a leap of faith to return to Southside Virginia.  Describing herself as ‘a proud graduate of Southside Virginia Community College,” Carter visited the Christanna Campus as a published author and mentor to students who now fill the halls she once walked.  The “Meet the Author” event was sponsored by the SVCC Empowered Woman organization and Student Development Services.

    Her book of poetry, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body, sells on Amazon.com, resides in libraries and is heard through her readings at colleges, schools, and art shows. 

    Carter is poetic in her expression as she noted, “First talk. Student body. Out of everything I've achieved as an author so far, yesterday had to be the most special accomplishment. I went back to my hometown. I spoke on three different occasions (all full) about my story, the book, what I've learned and how our very own community college changed my life--and how it's changing  their's.

    I got up on stage three times. Three times I said...My name is Angela Carter. I am a survivor....I ran away from this town, and realized later that our college is one of the reasons that I have the happiness I do now. (And then they listened....).”

    She also noted, “Abuse. Depression. Bullying. Importance of community college. Art and writing. All topics that I talked about yesterday, in THREE talks I gave at Southside VA Community College. Not only were the topics accepted, but I received over 8 messages last night regarding how my talks helped those that attended. I'm dancing on the inside and cannot explain what it meant to me to talk to students, faculty/staff and many community members.

    I feel that I can formally announce that this country gal is changing the world. Many past tears were cried and every single one was worth it for what I'm doing now.”

    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.

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

    Her triumphant return to her alma mater was marked by great attendance at each phase of the event, sales of her book, students and friends seeking autographs and photos.  Reviews on Amazon.com  say

    It's beautifully written, and the content is vividly real” and “a raw talent with honest words.” 

    SVCC is extremely proud of the accomplishments of this former student and hopes she will come home again soon!!

    Tags: 

  20. VIRGINIA FOOD WORKS RECEIVES USDA GRANT

    Prince Edward County, VA (October 1621, 2014) - The non-profit Virginia Food Works(VFW) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Specialty Crop Competitive Grant from the USDA and VDACS. These grant funds will be used in accordance with the Virginia Food Works mission of strengthening Virginia’s food infrastructure by developing recipes featuring Virginia-grown produce. These recipes will be able to be utilized by Virginians seeking to make canned or bottled products for resale using their locally grown fruits and vegetables.

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) award these grants based on a competitive application and review process. Applications are selected based on such criteria as potential impact, market opportunities, and financial feasibility.

    Virginia Food Works operates out of the Prince Edward Cannery and Commercial Kitchen located near Farmville, Virginia.  They provide free assistance to aspiring food business entrepreneurs as well as existing food businesseslooking to expand.  Cannery rental rates vary between $10 to $25 per hour and this rate includes use of the facility’s processing equipment plus a staff member to assist with operating the equipment.  The non-profit serves all Virginians, from small gardens to large orchards.

    Processing produce into shelf-stable products for resale allows farmers and industrious gardeners to profit from second grade fruits and vegetables. Virginia Food Works assists farmers and food entrepreneurs to process their own foods by guiding them through regulatory paperwork, sanitation guidelines, and proper usage of the bottling and canning equipment at the Prince Edward County Cannery. Since many farmers do not have the time or experience to develop their own recipes, in 2012 Virginia Food Works began investing in approved recipes such as fruit preserves, vinaigrettes and applesauce for use by Cannery clients. Since taking this step, 50% of Cannery clients use recipes from Virginia Food Works approved portfolio.

    Over the next two years Virginia Food Works looks forward to diversifying the recipes available to clients and to increase the number of Virginia-grown foods in the marketplace. The recipes developed will be for products which are high acid or acidified, processed in glass jars, and ready for resale in grocery stores, online marketplaces, at farmers markets, and more. Clients of the Prince Edward County Cannery will have access to the recipes free of charge. Possible products include chutneys, salad dressings, pickled vegetables, salsas, condiments and marinara sauce. Interested in helping Virginia Food Works choose the 10 new recipes? Visit their website at www.virginiafoodworks.org and take the survey!

    Tags: 

  21. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STAFF GO PINK FOR NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY AND BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

    EMPORIA, VA - According to the National Cancer Institute, the five year survival rate of breast cancer patients is 98% when detected early, and in the localized stage.  The best method of detecting breast cancer in these earliest stages - Mammography.  Although there has been some controversy surrounding the use of mammography in recent years, it remains the best method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, and before it is large enough to feel through clinical or self-breast exams.

    The importance of making people aware of breast cancer and breast cancer screening through mammography, is in the statistics.  It is estimated that 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  Although much less common, in men, approximately 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.  The good news, death rates attributed to breast cancer has been on a steady decline since 1991.  This decline is thought to be in response to increased breast cancer awareness, early detections through mammography screening, and advances in the treatment of breast cancer.   

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that all women begin getting yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams at age 40 (earlier if the woman is considered at high risk of developing breast cancer).   ACS also recommends that women between the ages of 20 and 39 have clinical breast exams every 2 – 3 years, and all women over the age of 20 are encouraged to perform monthly self breast examinations.

    National Mammography Day was designated as the third Friday in October by President Bill Clinton as a one day recognition during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for encouraging women to schedule an annual mammogram.  In recognition of National Mammography Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) had a “Go Pink & Denim Day” to promote breast health awareness on Friday, October 17th. For a $5.00 donation, participating employees were allowed to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wear their favorite jeans to work. Other staff not participating in the Denim Day also wore pink to raise awareness of the importance of mammography, and made donations to support this worthy cause.  An additional donation was made by the SVRMC Cardiac Rehab Nurse who contributed $5.00 on behalf of each of her patients who participated in the Go Pink fun.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $400.00 that they donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.     

    For more information on breast cancer or the benefits of mammography, contact your primary care provider or Betty Lou Robinson, SVRMC Mammography Technologist, at 434-348-4836.

    Tags: 

  22. EGRA JV Renegades Finish Regular Season with One Last Shutout

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, October 18th the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association JV Renegades traveled to Buckingham County to take on the Knights.  My Article this week won’t be as detailed as usual since I was at Cape Hatteras and unable to cover the game.  I will give a brief summary the game as conveyed to me by Coach Mandel Featherston.  The Game was scoreless through the first half.  The first two  touchdowns for the Renegades were scored in the Third Quarter by Kemory Sykes and the Point After Attempts by Cody Flint would hit the center in the back.  In the Fourth Quarter, the Renegades would score their third and last touchdown with a nice run by Jayden White.  Brett Allen would try to add 2 more with a kick that had distance but was just under the goal post.  The Renegades are the Regular Season JV Champions for the Southside District with a record of 9 wins and 1 loss, that I might mention was in double overtime.  I will share some of the Scoring Summaries for The Renegades for the Regular Season:

    Tremaine Hill  2 Touchdowns and 7 Conversion Carries, Emari Brown 7 Touchdowns, Lapaul Moore 3 Touchdowns, Jayden White 9 Touchdowns, Kemory Sykes 7 Touchdowns, Christopher Rodgers 1 Safety, and Cody Flint 2 Point After Attempts. 

    The Renegades had six games in which their Opponents were unable to score against them.

    The Renegades Outscored their Opponents 181-31 during the Regular Season.

    The Renegades Averaged Scoring 2.7 Touchdowns per game compared to allowing their Opponents to score 0.5 Touchdowns per game.

    The Average points per game scored by the Renegades was 18.1  compared to allowing their Opponents to score 3.1 Points per game.

    The Renegades will Travel to Nottoway High School on Saturday October 25th to take on the Nottoway Gators for the Southside Playoff at 4pm.   Thank You for Your Support of Our Team.

     

    Top Photo: Coach Melvin Lee with the Team.  Upper Left Photo:  Jayden White from the shotgun in an offensive set.
    Lower Photos (l-r). Kemory Sykes on a break out run for touchdown and Jayden White drops for a pass.

    Tags: 

  23. Muddy Waters Makes Donation

    Submitted by Lee Seymour

    On behalf of Muddy Water Riding Club, Lee Seymour donates a check to Nancy Turner for Family Violence Protection/Sexual Assault Unit of Emporia. Every year at Christmas I am blessed with your help to take many under-privileged children shopping, but this year I need your help with something a little different. The "Kids & Cop's" shopping will be held too, thanks to your previous donations. There is almost enough money in the account to accommodate the event this year. There is no need to keep a surplus amount in the account. I highly encourage you to support another program that I am a volunteer for and it is close to my heart. I had no idea the amount of families they serve in a years time until I became a volunteer. These dedicated women, men, staff and volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. The FVSAU is a program that assists over 500 victims a year that have been involved in domestic violence and/or sexual assault cases. The program is made up of a few staff members and a lot of volunteers, including myself. They operate strictly on grants and donations. They offer counseling, support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, safety planning, financial assistance, shelter, transportation and 24 hour crisis intervention, just to name a few. The majority of the women and men (yes, men) they assist in getting out of domestic situations have jobs but make just enough to get by. Every year the FVSAU assists many families with providing school supplies, clothing, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, Santa shopping and assistance with increased heating bills for the winter. The funding and assistance for FVSAU is less each year and those in need just keeps growing. Your donations will help them to continue helping the many ones that desperately need help. Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare for those in need. You can get the money to me or to you can donate directly at the event on October 27th at 5:30 pm under Pavilion at Veteran's Memorial Park located behind the post office on Main Street. We would like to invite you to attend this event and learn more in honor of October being "Domestic Violence Awareness Month!" What we do is help people get a fresh start from violence! Make your check payable to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit or FVSAU and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Dr., Emporia, Virginia. 23847 or call me at 434–430–5000 and I will gladly pick up your donations. All donations are tax deductible! Merry Christmas and "Thanks" to you all for helping make life a little easier for those that need us!

    Tags: 

  24. Emporia Hosts Exchange Fellows

    In October, local community leaders in Emporia and the Crater Regional Planning District will host Safrinal Sofaniadi (pictured above right) from Indonesia and Mateus de Almeida from Timor-Leste for short-term assignments in their offices, as they participate in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Professional Fellows Program. The exchange has been arranged by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the organization that develops and advances professional local government management worldwide.

    This year the Professional Fellows Program is providing professional development opportunities to up-and-coming leaders in the fields of legislative process and governance, media, and economic empowerment.  This international exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in 2013, more than 400 foreign fellows, including legislators, journalists, entrepreneurs, NGO managers, community activists, and government officials will come to the United States under the Professional Fellows Program.  In return, more than 300 American participants will take part in reciprocal fellowship programs overseas this year under the program.

    Emporia Mayor Mary L. Person expressed appreciation to Mr. Sofaniadi and Mr. Almeida for their willingness share their expertise and insight with city employees and the community.    The Fellows spoke to the Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct 16th and will speak to the Rotary Club, Tuesday, Oct. 28th.   While in Emporia, they will visit local government offices and participate in the assessment of housing conditions for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).   They will also visit with other local governments in the Crater District. 

    Safrinal Sofaniadi is a staff member of the Spatial Planning and Environmental Division, Regional Planning and Development Board of Semarang, Indonesia.   He will focus on intergovernmental collaboration and interdepartmental cooperation during his visit.   Mateus de Aleida is Senior Program Coordinator for Austraining International in Timor-Leste.   He is interested in increasing the participation of women in government and non-profit agencies in Timor-Leste

    The visit to Emporia is part of USAID’s awards to 14 U.S.-based non-profit organizations and universities, including ICMA, professionals from approximately 50 countries and territories worldwide will get hands-on experience in public and private organizations across the United States in October.   These exchanges benefit the participating American institutions and expand networks of international cooperation on critical issues. 

    Emporia City Manager Brian Thrower said the City was pleased to be selected for the program.  Only seven communities were selected as host sites from across the United States.  The program is a new experience for city staff.   Employees will learn about citizen services in Indonesia and Timor-Leste while sharing local practices with the Fellows.  

    At the conclusion of their fellowships, all participants will travel from their fellowship locations to Washington, D.C., where they will take part in the Professional Fellows Congress.  The congress marks the culmination of the exchange experience in the United States, providing a forum for participants to discuss best practices, meet other young leaders in their professions, and develop networks and concrete projects that they can implement upon their return home.  

    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports exchange programs that increase mutual understanding between people in the United States and those from other countries.  Approximately 50,000 individuals take part annually in exchange programs managed by the U.S.  Department of State.

  25. Emporia Hosts Exchange Fellows

    In October, local community leaders in Emporia and the Crater Regional Planning District will host Safrinal Sofaniadi (pictured above right) from Indonesia and Mateus de Almeida from Timor-Leste for short-term assignments in their offices, as they participate in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Professional Fellows Program. The exchange has been arranged by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the organization that develops and advances professional local government management worldwide.

    This year the Professional Fellows Program is providing professional development opportunities to up-and-coming leaders in the fields of legislative process and governance, media, and economic empowerment.  This international exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in 2013, more than 400 foreign fellows, including legislators, journalists, entrepreneurs, NGO managers, community activists, and government officials will come to the United States under the Professional Fellows Program.  In return, more than 300 American participants will take part in reciprocal fellowship programs overseas this year under the program.

    Emporia Mayor Mary L. Person expressed appreciation to Mr. Sofaniadi and Mr. Almeida for their willingness share their expertise and insight with city employees and the community.    The Fellows spoke to the Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct 16th and will speak to the Rotary Club, Tuesday, Oct. 28th.   While in Emporia, they will visit local government offices and participate in the assessment of housing conditions for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).   They will also visit with other local governments in the Crater District. 

    Safrinal Sofaniadi is a staff member of the Spatial Planning and Environmental Division, Regional Planning and Development Board of Semarang, Indonesia.   He will focus on intergovernmental collaboration and interdepartmental cooperation during his visit.   Mateus de Aleida is Senior Program Coordinator for Austraining International in Timor-Leste.   He is interested in increasing the participation of women in government and non-profit agencies in Timor-Leste

    The visit to Emporia is part of USAID’s awards to 14 U.S.-based non-profit organizations and universities, including ICMA, professionals from approximately 50 countries and territories worldwide will get hands-on experience in public and private organizations across the United States in October.   These exchanges benefit the participating American institutions and expand networks of international cooperation on critical issues. 

    Emporia City Manager Brian Thrower said the City was pleased to be selected for the program.  Only seven communities were selected as host sites from across the United States.  The program is a new experience for city staff.   Employees will learn about citizen services in Indonesia and Timor-Leste while sharing local practices with the Fellows.  

    At the conclusion of their fellowships, all participants will travel from their fellowship locations to Washington, D.C., where they will take part in the Professional Fellows Congress.  The congress marks the culmination of the exchange experience in the United States, providing a forum for participants to discuss best practices, meet other young leaders in their professions, and develop networks and concrete projects that they can implement upon their return home.  

    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports exchange programs that increase mutual understanding between people in the United States and those from other countries.  Approximately 50,000 individuals take part annually in exchange programs managed by the U.S.  Department of State.

  26. Coat Drive A Huge Success

     
    Article Submitted by Muriel Artis:
     
    Our coat drive was a huge success!  Within the first hour, we gave away 78 coats to adults and children.  We added 15 more coats to that count as people continued to come.  The total number of coats given away was 93.  Our goals was 100; however, we met another goals, which was to spread the love of God to those who are in need. In addition, to meet the needs of the community we gave away clothing and shoes. 
    A community that unites together becomes strong and will have great prosperity. We could not have had a success our community partners who donated  coats, clothing, shoes, and purses.  The community partners were Berean Light Ministries, New Walk Ministries (Richmond, Va), Power House Revival Center, Faith In Action Ministry, Second Chance Christian Center, Community Fellowship Church of Deliverance, E.V. Lankford Insurance, Lowry Bookkeeping, New Attitude Beauty Salon, and numerous individual donors.  Volunteers were very instrumental in process of the Coat Giveaway:  Berean Light Ministries and Faith Temple (Seaboard, NC)
    Therefore, to the community we say thank you!  We would also like to thank our partner, Faith Around the Word Chruch. We plan to have another  coat drive next year; Also, we will solicit community partners at the beginning of 2015 and have various coat drives to make the 2015 Coat Giveaway even bigger.

     
    Apostle Bruce Artis
    Prophetess Muriel Artis

    Tags: 

  27. Chamber of Commerce Golf Ball Drop

  28. SRMC Hosts Annual Joint Walk

    Each year at Southside Regional Medical Center, surgical patients that have undergone joint replacement surgery (knee or hip) gather for a celebration of their new mobility. Some 150 joint replacement patients joined their surgeons from Colonial Orthopedics this morning to walk together. October is National Joint and Bone Month.

    While Southside Regional Medical Center has been providing joint replacement surgery and spine surgery for decades, their specialized Joint and Spine Center opened nearly 3 years ago introducing an innovative approach to surgery that reduces a patient’s Length of Stay in the hospital, places safety and pain management as paramount to the care provided, utilizes a “coach” component for post-surgical recovery, and a patient suite conducive to a home-like environment for your hospital stay.

    Since the new center opened nearly 3 years ago....

    Nearly 700 joint replacement surgeries have been performed with nearly 80% of patients discharged directly to home.

    The average Length of Stay is 2.5 days. The national average length of stay is between 3 and 4 days.

    SVMC’s blood transfusion rate is less than 5%, which is 1/3 of the national average.

    What we are most proud of is our Complications from Surgery Rate – 0% for the past year...The national complications rate is between 5% and 10%, depending on the patient's age.

    Tags: 

  29. MSI & Southside Virginia Community College Announce New Industry Skills Partnership

    -Nine Community Colleges Designated MSI Assessment Centers-

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA– The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce development affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, announced today at the Dream It Do It Virginia Symposium that nine community colleges will be designated as authorized MSI Assessment Centers:  Blue Ridge Community College, Community College Workforce Alliance (John Tyler Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College), Mountain Empire Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, Tidewater Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College and Virginia Western Community College.

    The new MSI Assessment Centers will expand credentialing opportunities for Virginians to demonstrate skills to close the workforce skills gap.  The initial focus of the partnership will be to expand the MSI Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certificate program as a baseline credential for Virginia’s 6,000 manufacturers as well as integrating it into degree pathways and dual enrollment opportunities so that the emerging workforce has the 12 critical technical skillsthat are fundamental to occupations in advanced technology industries.

    The system office of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) has been integral in this development.  The VCCS recently provided support to local community colleges wishing to pursue MSI training and Assessment Center status.  This investment from the VCCS has enabled Virginia’s community colleges to further enhance students’ pursuit of industry credentials to prepare them for modern manufacturing.

    “The MT1 certification can be a launching pad for individuals across Virginia,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “This holds the potential to be a stackable credential that helps a person on his or her pathway to a specific career within the manufacturing field, like welding, metal working or mechatronics. And it’s one more step away from that ‘bachelor’s or bust’ mindset that can prevent people from promising opportunities in high-demand career areas.”

    This announcement is part of an aggressive move to expand the MT1 certificate program into community colleges and educational partners across the United States.  The MT1 is part of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications System and is approved by the Virginia Board of Education for high school use.  The MT1 has also been approved for use by Workforce Investment Boards for special populations and veterans wishing to improve their manufacturing skills. 

    “Southside Virginia Community College thrives on partnerships that offer growth and opportunity for people in our region.  The partnership with VMA to offer MT1 Certification is another example of SVCC's commitment to improve and enhance the region's workforce and bring industry and jobs our way,” said Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.

    “We knew in 2007 that manufacturers would have a skills gap of approximately 11,000 people a year.  We also knew that the largest need was in the Manufacturing Technician occupation and 96% of manufacturers wanted people with these applied and measurable skills.  Although the economic challenges of the last few years slowed demand, it is back and we need to move quickly and this partnership between MSI and Virginia’s community colleges will help close the skills gaps for manufacturers” said Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO.

    The new community college based MSI Assessment Centers will be joining ECPI University, which has six MSI Assessment Centers across the Commonwealth, as well as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in offering MT1 resources.  MSI’s next MT1 Train-the-Trainer Course for community college instructors begins October 20 in Richmond, Virginia.

    Tags: 

  30. UNIQUE HEALTH WALK GETTING PATIENTS BACK ON THEIR FEET

    (PETERSBURG) – October 18th (this morning) at 8:45am, patients who have undergone hip and/or knee replacement surgery at Southside Regional Medical Center will join each other for a special celebration and awareness walk. This walk is different than most. The walk is not being held to raise money. Walkers are not walking on behalf of someone or for a cause. They are walking because they now can.For them, it is a new chapter in mobility. For many, they are walking pain free for the first time in years.

    These patients benefitted from a unique Joint and Spine Program at Southside Regional Medical that uses a pre-surgery orientation, pain management education, a family “coach”, a shorter stay in the hospital, and many other unique approaches to care.

    Media organizations are encouraged to come and cover the event. There will be plenty of interview opportunities including; patients willing to share their story, orthopedic surgeons, family coaches, and others. There will also be various b-roll opportunities including a tour of the actual Joint and Spine Center, if desired.

    For more information, call Terry Tysinger, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at 804.898.5498.

    Tags: 

  31. Dollar General Literacy Foundation Donates $50,000 to Fund Adult Literacy through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

    RICHMOND, Va.– The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to promote adult literacy efforts through the foundation’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI). The retailer’s gift, which will be matched on a one-to-one basis, will fund $1,000 incentive scholarships for adults who earn their high school equivalency to attend a community college to earn a postsecondary credential. Altogether, the Dollar General donation and the matching funds will help 100 adults pursue a college credential.

    “This is a very generous donation from a company that is looking for ways to give back to the families and communities who help make their stores successful,” said former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, co-chair of the RVHI Steering Committee. “I applaud Dollar General for the leadership example they are setting with this donation and look forward to working with other companies who are looking for ways to contribute to the improvement and enhancement of the people who call rural Virginia home.”

    “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

    The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

    More than one in four of the 2.1 million Virginians across parts of the Rural Horseshoe have less than a high school education, according to the VFCCE. In addition, while Virginia ranks in the top 10 for higher education attainment, the Commonwealth ranks 19th from the bottom in percentage of the population with at least a high school equivalency.

    The VFCCE hopes to change those statistics by leveraging the programs and resources of 14 of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock, Southside, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, and Wytheville.

     “With one in four Virginians across parts of the state’s rural crescent having less than a high school education, preparing them for the jobs of the future is vital,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Dollar General’s contribution continues this effort’s momentum to help more Virginians develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing work environment.”

    The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) seeks to address the lack of educational attainment across rural Virginia, where nearly one in four adults lack a high school education and less than one in five have a bachelor’s degree. The focus will be providing full-time career coaching assistance to middle majority students and those from underrepresented populations, who are often overlooked by traditional guidance counselling but are critically needed to provide a trained workforce in most rural areas. The 10-year goal is to cut in half (one in eight) those lacking a high school diploma and double from 26 percent to 52 percent the population in rural Virginia holding an associate’s degree or other college certification.

    Tags: 

  32. Kaine Connects Event at SVCC Job Fair

    Diane Kaufman will represent Senator Tim Kaine as she meets with constituents:

    Emporia Kaine Connect

    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 – 2:00AM-4:30PM

    RSVP to Diane_Kaufman@kaine.senate.gov

    at the

    Southside Virginia Education Center

    1300 Greensville County Circle

    Emporia, VA

    Tags: 

  33. Today!

    Adams Grove Baptist Fall Festival

    Veterans Memorial Park, Emporia, Virginia 

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

     

    At 9:00 a.m. many yard-sale vendors with a variety of wares including...

     

    •  “All-Tied-Up,” crafts and jewelry
    • The “Phanuaygua’s Amazement” craft vendors
    • The “Beddle” craft vendors
    • “Nicholas And Carol Ford Organo Gold Coffee” vendors
    • “Avon by Norma Hill” vendors

     

    Also at 9:00 a.m. displays by

     

    • Humane Society of Emporia, Virginia
    • Southside Bee Keepers Association,Freeman, Virginia

     

    From 10 a.m to 2:00 p.m

     

    • Face painting and fun for children
    • Hot dogs and cold drinks for sale
    • Country and gospel music by the Drakes Branch, Virginia Singers
    • Country and Gospel music by the New Horizon, Emporia Virginia

    A free gift from Adams Grove Baptist Church to the first 40 people who arrive.

     

    - All proceeds support mission work of Adams Grove Baptist Church -

  34. Obituary-Wayne “Switchblade” Primm

    Wayne “Switchblade” Primm, 63, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Harris Primm. Survivors include three sons, Daniel Primm and wife, Rebecca, Jamie C. Primm and Michael Wayne Primm; a daughter, Joy Michelle Harris; five grandchildren, Alexis, Nicholas and Zachary Seward and Amanda and Vanessa Gaynor; two brothers, Earl “Butch” Primm and Roger Primm and a sister; Alberta; special friends, Sue and Ted Blair and Wayne’s racing family, Randy Wright and wife, Donna, Tommy Shearin and wife, Lisa, Mike Shearin and special friend, Wendy, Jeff Wrenn and Arthur “Farmer” Greene. A graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at First Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 12:30 – 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  35. Omick Selected as A Finalist for Top Nurse Award

    A faculty member in the Southside Virginia Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is  a finalist in the 2014 Virginia March of Dimes Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards Program.  Felicia Omick, Associate Professor of Nursing, has been named a finalist in the program.

    Over 325 nurses were nominated, with nearly 230 of them submitting applications for awards consideration.  Now, 121 nurse FINALISTS remain, with the 21 TOP NURSES to receive AWARDS at a Gala to be held on November 1.

     Omick was born in Richmond and raised in Hopewell. She received her BSN from Medical College of Virginia and her MSN from Old Dominion University. She was previously employed as a LPN instructor at Southside Virginia Community College and was the Director of PACU/Admissions at MCV Outpatient.

    She resides in Lawrenceville and teaches on the Christanna Campus of SVCC.

    Tags: 

  36. Diane Tayler Wins Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award

    This is the 3rd year for this particular award here at the Taste of Brunswick.  Ms. Thomas was extremely instrumental in getting the Taste of Brunswick Festival organized early on.  She was very active in her community and was very willing and giving of her time for the benefit of others.  We are forever grateful for her efforts and are putting forth this very special Annual Award to keep her memory alive.  Last year’s deserving recipient was none other than our own Earl Blick.

    The extremely well deserving recipient of the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award is a lady that loves to help people in the community but works hard to stay behind the scenes.  She is no stranger to dedicating her time, resources, or knowledge to help anyone in need.  She is an active member of the Virginia Wheels Car Club and does her best to attend every event possible & donates door prizes for every car show. 

    Her endless enthusiasm and dedication for donating her time for family, friends, and the entire community are second to none.  Here are just a few highlights that I am sure you will agree that put this award in perspective:  She puts in unlimited hours volunteering in many areas for her church.  Whether it be decorating for all seasons, helping with Vacation Bible School,  Singing in the Choir, ordering flowers for members,  donating countless items for shoe box donations or other collections, teaching Sunday School,  serving on the Social Committee, or serving on the Finance Committee and as Assistant Sunday School Director . There are countless things that she does that others just take for granted and never stop to think…..how did that happen or who did that?  I could go on and on with that list and all of those things are done so selflessly and she never expects recognition for any of it. 

    She is an Active member of the Senior Circle and enjoys volunteering with the many activities there.  The line dance class that she attends also shares their talents with the nursing homes on occasion to bring joy to their hearts.

    She is also an active member of the local “Young at Heart” group in the community.

    She retired from the Greensville County School System in 2004 but continues to volunteer whenever possible.  She can always be found there on the first day of school, as well attending the 100th day of school, field day activities, the Book Fair, the Dragon Den or just simply taking time out of her day to read a book in a classroom or at the YMCA.

    Join me on congratulating Diane Taylor as this year’s deserving recipient of the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award for 2014.

    Tags: 

  37. EGRA Renegades Dominate The Lunenburg Lightning

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday October 12th, the EGRA JV Renegades faced off against the Lunenburg Lightning for their second meeting of the season.  The first time these two met earlier in the season, both teams were still working a lot of kinks but Coach Mandel Featherston’s team has greatly improved and showed that they are the team to beat. 

    Lunenburg would receive the ball first on their 37 Yard Line.  Emporia would come out of the gate strong on a possession that would be short lived in part to a strong rush on second down by Anthony Brown  to have the Lightning looking at 3rd and 15.  Looking at 4th and long Lunenburg would turn the ball over to Emporia at the 4:20 mark.  The Renegades Offense looked as strong as the defense as Emari Brown would have a 6 Yard Carry, and then a 15 Yard Carry thanks to a key Block by Kemory Sykes.  This would set the up the Renegades first score of the game as Kemory Sykes would take it to the end zone with a run from the 27 Yard Line.  The Point After Attempt by Cody Flint was unsuccessful and the Renegades would end the First Quarter up 6-0.  Emporia’s Emari Brown would recover the ball on the kick off at the 30Yard Line, but this play would have to be redone due to a penalty against Emporia.  Lunenburg would get their second offensive possession of the game on their 45.  On second down Robert “Sneaky” Rice would break the line and give Lunenburg a loss of Yardage.  Looking at now 3rd and 16, “Sneaky” would repeat the previous play to have the Lightning looking at 4th and long.  This possession would result in a turnover on downs on the Lunenburg 46 at the 4:56 mark.  Jayden White, the Renegades Quarterback would see a strong defense coming at him and would break out of the pocket for a nice carry to the 34 for a First Down.  Kemory Sykes would take the next handoff and carry to the end zone for 6 more.  The point after attempt by Brett Allen was unsuccessful as the Lunenburg defense had a successful rush.  Lunenburg would finally be threatening to score with a 15 Yard Penalty against the Renegades to put them on Emporia’s 38 Yard Line.  A strong tackle by Anthony “Bull” Brown would cause a fumble that was recovered and returned to the Lunenburg 4Yard Line by Christopher Rodgers as the clock ran out leaving his team up 12-0 going into the Half.

    Emporia’s first possession of the half would see Jayden White have a 22 Yard Carry but the next would end up in a fumble that was  recovered by Lunenburg.  On the First Play of the Posession, Lunenburg would see a play in which they would carry the ball all the way to the End Zone but a Blocking in the Back Penalty would bring the ball back.  On the next play Coach Tory Carr and Coach Rodney Garrett ‘s defense would pay off as Christopher Rodgers would recover a safety to give his team two more points to up the score to 14-0.  Emporia would receive the ball on the 35 to start their next possession.  The Third Quarter would end after First Down and going into the Fourth, the Renegades offense would stay strong and carry the ball down the field to the 10.  Looking at first and goal, Emari Brown would receive the handoff to put it in the end zone for 6 more.  The Lunenburg defense would once again break through and the Point After Attempt by Brett Allen wouldn’t be able to get off the ground.  Lunenburg would have one more chance to score .  They would advance the ball to Emporia’s 40 Yard Line as the clock would run out with the Final Score 20-0.  The Renegades play their last away game of the regular  season against the Buckingham Knights on Saturday October 18th.  The Renegades will be in the playoff game for the Southside District.  This game will be at Nottoway High School at 10 am on October 25th.     Thank You for Your Support.

    Photographs, clockwise from top: Robert “Sneaky” Rice on one of many tackles, Kemory “Hot Sauce” Sykes on a touchdown jaunt, Emari Brown for a rushing touchdown, Brett Allen for a point after attempt.

     

    ,

    Tags: 

  38. Main Street Baptist Church Celebrates 175 Years

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    More pictures can be seen at www.msbcemporiava.org under the "About Us" drop down tab.

    Tags: 

  39. Obituary-Jeannette Mitchell Doyle

    Jeannette Mitchell Doyle, 71, of Emporia passed away on October 11, 2014.  She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Roy E. Doyle and numerous close nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, 6-7:30, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street Baptist Church or The American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  40. The Virginia Health Care Association Recognizes Outstanding Nursing Facility Administrator of the Year

    Richmond, October 8, 2014 – Mr. Bill Belmonte was named Nursing Facility Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) in recognition of his dedication to the residents, staff and family members of Autumn Care of Suffolk.

    Mr. Belmonte has been a nursing facility administrator for 25 years. On any given day, one may find him locked into a laughter filled conversation with a resident, dispensing wisdom to a staff member on how to address a problem, fielding the flashing lights of call bells or maybe just enjoying lunch with fellow employees. He understands that to lead as a whole, you must be part of it as well.

    His concern and dedication isn’t reserved for department heads and executive visitors, it extends limitlessly to volunteers, community members and residents, with whom he always establishes a personal relationship. Through his leadership he emphasizes the human/caring side of nursing home care. Staff members routinely share smiles and greetings to make residents and their families feel welcome. He sets the tone as he never misses an opportunity to say hello while extending a firm hand shake and a warm smile. He seeks out new residents and their families and makes sure they know that they can talk with him at any time. He instills a sense of pride and ownership which begins with him and spreads throughout the facility to each employee.

    Mr. Belmonte’s focus is on the residents’ quality of life. Nursing home staff at all levels and in all positions are required to take a break in the afternoon and spend one on one time with a resident. He ensures that all staff, himself included, refocuses their energies on the most important thing a nursing home does every day and that is taking care of people. He is a mentor to many but a preceptor for Administrator in Training (AIT) to some very fortunate people who have gone on to become administrators.

    The VHCA, which represents nearly 90% of all nursing facilities and a growing number of assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities in Virginia, presented Mr. Belmonte with this award at the VHCA Annual Awards Banquet at The Richmond Marriott on Wednesday, September 17th. He was nominated by those who know his work and he was selected by a panel of his peers for this distinguished honor.

    Mr. Belmonte is a graduate of Campbell University.  He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Mr. Belmonte holds a Master of Business Administration from Averett  College and a Healthcare Management Certificate from Duke University.

    Tags: 

  41. Gov. McAuliffe proclaims Oct. 16 as Earthquake ShakeOut Day

    Virginians can still sign up for annual earthquake drill

    RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly 1.1 million Virginians have signed up for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multistate earthquake drill set for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. To encourage participation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed the date Earthquake ShakeOut Day.

    The annual earthquake drill provides Virginians with the opportunity to learn what to do when an earthquake hits. In the U.S., people should not run down stairs or outside during an earthquake. Instead, emergency management and preparedness experts agree that DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON is the safest response to reduce injuries and deaths:

    • DROP to the ground (before the shaking drops you)
    • Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table if possible, protecting your head and neck
    • HOLD ON to the desk or table until the shaking stops

    The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is open to everyone: individuals, families, businesses, organizations, government agencies, and schools and colleges.

    To register, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.shakeout.org/southeast, where information about how to hold a drill is available. Those who can’t participate Oct. 16 can hold an earthquake drill any time through Dec. 31 and still register to be part of the ShakeOut.

    More than 1.8 million people have signed up so far for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut to be held in these states: Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. When compared to all states participating in the national drill, Virginia is second only to California in number of people who have registered.

    Coordinating partners for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut include the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). ShakeOut originated in California, where statewide earthquake drills have been held annually since 2008, and has grown to be an international program with nearly 25 million people participating in 2013.

    Tags: 

  42. Free Seminar on Cardiac Surgery

    Petersburg, VA – Join Dr. Michael Wood as he talks about coronary bypass and valve surgery. Learn more about the new cardiac surgery program at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC). Dr. Wood is the Medical Director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Care at SRMC.

    This seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

    This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.

    Tags: 

  43. Donut Sale

    The Student Ambassadors Organization (SAO) from the Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC) in Emporia is sponsoring a Krispy Kreme donut sale fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the SAO club’s outreach program.  SVEC is an off-site campus of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) serving Emporia, Greensville County, and the surrounding area. 

    This fall the SAO club is raising funds to donate to Stop Hunger Now.  Additionally, the club will be sponsoring needy families in the Emporia/Greensville County at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Please contact any member of the SAO, call 434-634-9358, or stop by the front desk reception area of Southside Virginia Education Center, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia to order your donuts.  The freshly baked donuts are reasonably priced at $6.00 per dozen.  To ensure that your donuts will be ordered, donuts must be paid for by Thursday, October 16, 2014.  Cash only, no checks or credit cards, please.  Donuts will be baked fresh on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and can be picked up at the SVEC reception area of the college after 12 noon on Wednesday, October 22nd

    Thank you for your support of this worthwhile endeavor. 

    John Seaborne, in the photo to the left, President of the Student Ambassadors Organization, is awaiting your order.

    Tags: 

  44. Obituary-Patsy H. Moore

    Patsy H. Moore, 60, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Franklin B. “Duke” Moore; three sons, Franklin B. “Pete” Moore, Jr., James Ray “Jamie” Moore and Timothy Scott Moore; daughter, Debra Copeland; eight grandchildren, four brothers, Charles T. “Tommy” Harrell, Ollin B. Harrell, Jr., Phillip Harrell and Carlton Harrell and a sister, Becky Stainback. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death bya brother, Kenneth Harrell. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11 at Emmanuel Worship Center of Emporia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Petersburg Animal Welfare Society, “P.A.W.S.”, P.O. Box 1841, Petersburg, VA 23805. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  45. Obituary-Elaine Clarke Bradley

    Elaine Clarke Bradley, age 86, of Emporia, Va. passed away October 6, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee “Pete” Bradley, Sr.; her daughter, Kathy “Chip” Bradley; and two brothers.  She is survived by her three children, Dianne Bradley of Emporia, Eddie Bradley, Jr. and Elizabeth M. of South Hill, and Rodney Bradley and Mark Webster of Richmond; two grandsons, John Bradley and Caroline and Ryan Bradley and Sarah; and six great grandchildren, Perrin, Hunter, Britain, Tyler, Brooklyn, and Ryder.  A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Main Street Baptist Church, Emporia.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St., Emporia, VA  23847.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

  46. GES Celebrates Constitution Day

    Students in the Kindergarten classes at Greensville Elementary School participated in their annual Constitution Day Parade on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  After learning about our Constitution and its importance, students made patriotic hats as a home project, then brought them to school and paraded through the halls of GES to demonstrate their patriotism.
  47. Virginia Redistricting Found Racillay Gerrymandered, Lines Must Be Redrawn

    Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a decision declaring the Virginia's congressional maps unconstitutional based on racial gerrymandering. The Court has ordered the General Assembly to draw new congressional maps by April 2015.

    The Court found that the legislature ignored constitutionally required redistricting criteria including compactness and contiguity, and unnecessarily split localities. "This is precisely why redistricting should be done by an impartial, independent commission, using non-partisan criteria, that invites public participation and is fully transparent," stated Gregory Lucyk, Member of OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, and former Senior Assistant Attorney General of Virginia.

    OneVirginia2021 has begun the process of working with legislators to adopt a constitutional amendment to establish an independent redistricting commission during the January 2015 Session. OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting is a group of Virginians from across the political spectrum that believe that congressional and state legislative districts belong to the citizens of our Commonwealth, and not to any legislator, special interest or political party.

    While yesterdays decision, technically, is about Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, the ripple effect could, potentially, change the lines of every district in the Commonwealth.  All of the minority population that was allocated to the 3rd District also created districts with largely white populations; specifically the 1st, 2nd and 4th.  While Rebublican lawmakers have cited the Justice Department required creation of a Majority-minority district in 1993 (this became Virginia's 3rd), this "requirement" was taken to extremes and used to create mostly white, mostly Rebublican, districts in the surrounding areas.

    During the last round of redistricting the Republican majority in the General Assembly added even higher numbers of Minority voters to the 3rd district to protect the incumbents from the changing demographics of their own districts.  From the 4th the largely African-American populations of both Petersburg and Hopewell were reallocated to the 3rd.  In addition to the reallocation of largely Minority populations, the third district is not continous

    The current district includes half of Richmond, all of Petersburg and all of Portsmouth, parts of Hampton, Norfolk, and Newport News; all of Charles City and Surry Counties with parts of Henrico and Prince George Counties.  The sections of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News, though, are not contiguous, which is also not legal.

    The Court is not mandating changes for the November, 2014, General Election.

    Tags: 

  48. Free Seminar on Diabetes

    Petersburg, VA – Join Norris Morrison, DPM as he talks about diabetes, its manifestations and preventative care. Dr. Morrison is a Podiatry and Wound Care Specialist at the Wound Healing Center at Southside Regional Medical Center.

    This seminar will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Library located at 201 West Washington Street in the multi-purpose room. Feel free to bring a lunch. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

    This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and ConnectVA.org.

    Tags: 

  49. EGRA JV Renegades Overcome the South Hill Yellowjackets

    By Craig Allen

    ON Saturday the EGRA Renegades traveled to South Hill to take on the Yellowjackets at their home field.  The Renegades would receive the ball first with an attempted onside kick by the Yellowjackets.  Looking at 1st and 10 from the 50 Coach Mandel Featherston’s team would come out strong on their first possession.  Jayden White would have a 12 Yard Carry that was called back due to a pushing in the back penalty.  The Renegades would continue to march down the field and Kemory Sykes would score the team’s first touchdown of the game from the 10.  The PAT by Cody Flint was unsuccessful and the Renegades were up 6-0.  The Yellowjackets first possession would be short lived as Kamarja Hewett would recover a fumble giving his team the ball on the 48 Yard Line.  This next  series would include a nice 8 Yard carry by Emari Brown but it would be  short lived as Emporia would turn over the ball at the 3:50 mark.  The Yellowjackets would take over with a 1st and 10 on the 44.  The Renegades would be called for an offside penalty to give South Hill  a 2nd and 5 for a first down.  The Rengades would turn up the defensive heat with a pass rush by Ha’Saan Edwards on second down and  third down would see a nice rush by Christoper Rodgers and Anthony Brown.  The First Quarter would end with The Renegades up 6-0.  The Yellowjackets would start the 2nd Quarter looking at a 4th and 20 on their own 35 Yard Line but would turn over the ball to Emporia at the 30 Yard Line.  Emporia would not be able to move the ball very far on their next possession and would turn it back over to South Hill.  Christopher Rodgers would recover a fumble on the Yellowjackets  1st play of the possession at the 22 Yard Line.  Emari Brown would have a 10 Yard Carry for a First Down and Kemory Sykes would once again take it to the end zone for 6 more at the 3:03 mark.  The PAT was foiled and the Renegades were up 12-0.  South Hill would get the ball one more time with 42 seconds left to go but would be unable to score before Halftime.

    The Yellowjackets would receive the ball first to start off the Third Quarter after a deep kick by Isaiah Stephens to the 30 Yard Line.  The Renegades would take over the ball from South Hill next after a turnover on downs at the 28 Yard Line.  Kemory Sykes would have a carry for 22 yards and LaPaul Moore would follow up with an 8 Yard Run to see the end zone.  The PAT was unsuccessful  and the score was still in favor of the Renegades 18-0.  The Fourth Quarter would go by quickly with a few back and forth possessions and the Yellowjackets would  score a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the game.  Final Score Emporia Renegades 18 South Hill Yellowjackets 6.  Next Saturday the Renegades will play at Greensville County High School for their last Home Game.  Please come out and support our team.  Special Thanks go out to Lifestar Ambulance Service for their contribution to our team.

    Tags: 

  50. EGRA Varsity Renegades get Revenge on the South Hill Yellowjackets

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, October 4th Coach Tony Gallemore had his team well prepared to take on the only team that delivered a loss to the Varsity Squad.  South Hill would receive the ball first at their own 30 Yard Line but this possession wouldn’t last long thanks in part to some excellent defense.  The Renegades would take over at the 35 Yard Line.  Zahmie’r Williams would have a nice pass reception for 12 Yards.  Myles Featherston would have a pass reception that he would fumble but recover and carry into the end zone to put the Renegades up 6-0.  Featherston would follow up the touchdown with a successful conversion attempt to put Emporia in the driver’s seat  with the score 7-0.   The Yellowjackets would take over the ball at the 32 after a hard hit on the kickoff by  Zahmie’r Williams.  On Second Down the Renegades would see a nice rush by their own Antewan Lee for a loss of Yardage.  The First Quarter would come to an end with Emporia ahead 7-0.  The Yellowjackets would be faced with a 4th and 3 but were unable to advance the ball for a First Down and  would Turnover on downs.  The Renegades would start off with a 1st and 10 on the 42 Yard Line.  This possession would be short lived but would include a nice 6 Yard Carry by Ja’Shun Branch.  The Second Quarter would see each team have one more possession that would be a defensive battle and the Renegades would be up at Halftime 7-0.

    The Renegades would take the ball after an onside kick at their own 45.  Myles Featherston would advance the ball to the Yellowjackets 44 for a first down.  Featherston would then carry the ball to the 22 Yard Line.  South Hill would turn up the defense against the Renegades and Coach Gallemore would be faced with a 4th and 2.  Myles Featherston would once again carry the ball to the end zone and follow up with the conversion to make the score 14-0.  South Hill would get the ball one more time in the Third Quarter  on their own twelve yard line due to a good kick by Michael Vaughan with 42 seconds to go but this possession would be shut down by the Renegades defense at the 5:19 mark in the Fourth Quarter.  Each team would have one more  offensive possession in the Fourth Quarter.  This would include a pass interception by Zahmie’r Williams to give his team a 1st and 10 on the 39 Yard Line but both teams would be unable to score and the Varsity Renegades would celebrate their victory over the one team that had brought an end to a 15 game winning streak.  The Varsity Renegades last game of the Regular Season will be against the Buckingham Knights on October 18th in Buckingham.    Special Thanks to Lifestar Ambulance Service for their contritbution to the team.

    Tags: 

  51. Brunswick Academy Homecoming Court

    Brunswick Academy held their homecoming game on Friday, September 26, 2014 against Quantico.   Senior, Ashley Duckworth was crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen at Halftime.  Ashley is the daughter of David and Melissa Duckworth of DeWitt.  

    Shown in picture:  Front Row (L-R) Crown Bearer, Mason Hardy and Flower Girl, Riley Griffin (Class of 2026); Back Row (L-R)  2014 Homecoming Queen, Ashley Duckworth (Class of 2015) and 2013 Homecoming Queen, Casey Burns. (Class of 2014)
     
    Back Row (L-R): Alyssa Harper, Katherine Daniel, Taylor Daniel, Autumn Hyde, Jordan Moore, Lexi Smith, Cora Sadler, AshleyDuckworth, Hannah Glenn, Shirlkay Poarch, Sydney Robertson
     
    Front Row (L-R):Flower girl- Riley Griffin, daughter of Josh Griffin, Class of 2000, and Melissa Mitchell Griffin, Class of 2002, granddaughter of Sam Griffin, Class of 1974, and Sandra Griffin, Class of 1976, as well as granddaughter of Scott Mitchell, Class of 1983, and Katy Mitchell, Class of 1984 and Crown Bearer - Mason Hardy, son of Trey Hardy, Class of 1996, and Kristin Robinson, Class of 1998, grandson of Judy Barnes, retired BA teacher who taught here for 45 years, and great-grandson of Mrs. L. G. Chandler, who taught at Brunswick Academy when the school opened in 1964.
  52. Governor McAuliffe Announces “Southern Virginia Works”

    Collaboration among three area community colleges to boost workforce credentials in Southern Virginia

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that more than 50,000 residents in southern Virginia will be positively impacted by a new workforce collaboration among three area community colleges. Called “Southern Virginia Works,” the colleges - Danville Community College (DCC), Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) - plan to boost the number of workforce credentials earned by Southern Virginians through community college programs by 1,500 in the next year. Within the next five years, the three colleges plan to triple the number of postsecondary education and workforce credentials. Earning credentials aligned with regional employer needs such as certifications and licenses improves individuals’ employability and better meets the region’s educational and economic development needs. 

    “My vision for a New Virginia Economy demands that community colleges and other partners in Virginia’s workforce system change and adapt to meet the emerging needs of business and industry, and the new Southern Virginia Works partnership of community colleges in the region is a big step in that direction,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “Three colleges, joining together to meet a common, regional goal sets an example that the entire state should celebrate.” 

    Through the recently announced Executive Order 23, called “The New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative, Governor McAuliffe is seeking to overhaul the state’s economy in several areas: (1) increasing STEM-H postsecondary education and workforce credentials; (2) securing employment for veterans; (3) aligning education with the needs of businesses; and (4) diversifying the economy. Virginia’s Community Colleges play a key role in carrying out the governor’s vision. 

    “I congratulate SVCC, DCC, and PHCC for their collaboration to ensure that underemployed and unemployed workers in the region have expanded opportunities to earn industry driven certifications that strengthen the workforce to help recruit, retain and grow businesses in Southern Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “It’s encouraging to see our community colleges collaborating and setting a bold goal for increasing their success in delivering training and credentials that work for working adults.”  

    At the same time, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), announced plans to triple the number of credentialed Virginians earn by 2021.  The VCCS will adopt “Complete 2021” as its six-year strategic plan early next year, pending approval from the State Board for Community Colleges. Southside Virginia colleges are already working together on expanding their workforce initiatives to meet both the Chancellor’s and Governor’s goals.  

    "Community colleges excel when they can bring together people to address community needs," said Chancellor DuBois. "This collaboration is a great example of that and promising for both the people and the businesses these colleges serve." 

    “We were inspired by the Governor’s call  for 50,000 STEM-H credentials in his administration and also want to be responsive to the Virginia Community College chancellor's goal of tripling credentials by 2021,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC President. 

    For more information about “Southern Virginia Works”, contact DCC (434-797-8430), PHCC (276-656-0256), or SVCC (434-949-1068).

    Tags: 

  53. NAACP Honors Moses D. Knox Award Winners

    On Friday Evening the Greensville-Emporia Branch of the NAACP held it's 74th annual Moses D. Knox Freedom Fund Banquet at E. W. Wyatt Middle School.  The annual event is not only the groups largest fundraiser, but is also a showcase for candidates for public office in the area and the night that the Moses D. Knox Awards are given.

    The main theme of the evening was the Five Points Game Changer Plan recently implemented by the NAACP:

    1.  Renewing a focus in voter education and maintaining voter's rights.

    2.  Making sure all children have access to a free, high quality public education.

    3.  Leveling the field for affordable healthcare and access to all.

    4.  Building systems of wealth and strengthening economic sustainability for all.

    5.  Ensuring public safety and criminal justice.

    "There has been great disparity among minorities across this country.  In an effort to bring equality and justice to all, the NAACP will continue to be in the forefront addressing issues from a local, state and national level.  We cannot sit idle and not have our voices heard on subjects that will impact our future as well as our children." President Debra F. Brown wrote in her "Letter from the President." Brown added that "We will continue to hold the lead position in registering citizens and getting people out to the polls to vote."

    The evening concluded with the presentation of the Moses. D. Knox Awards.  The first receptionist was Minister James L. Wilkins, founder of the Hope Fest and the evening's Key Note speaker' "in recognition of your commitment to give back and make a difference in your community thank you for the service and love you have exemplified through the Hope Fest."

    The second recipient was Dr. Alfred A. Roberts in recognition of being the first African American to serve as President of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta Virginia,  “thank you for your leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence in education.”

    The last recipient was Dr. Angela B. Wilson in recognition of being the first African American  to serve as Superintendent of the Greensville County Public Schools,  “thank you for your leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence in education.”

     

     

    Tags: 

  54. Southside Regional Medical Center to Host 3rd Annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Vigil

    Petersburg, VA – Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Community Alliance for Pregnancy and Infant Loss will host a candlelight vigil on October 15, 2014 for the nation-wide “Infant Loss Awareness/Prevention Day.” The “Upon the Waters” vigil will start at6:30 p.m. and will be held outside on the grounds at Southside Regional Medical Center, located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard, Petersburg, VA 23805. This event is open to anyone who has been affected by pregnancy and infant loss.

    For more information about the “Upon the Waters” candlelight vigil or to learn more about the support provided by the Petersburg Community Alliance for Pregnancy and Infant Loss, please contact Kristina Seymour at 253-312-8172.

    Tags: 

  55. Obituary-Ida Frances Saunders Griffin

    Ida Frances Saunders Griffin (Nanny), 97, of Emporia passed away on October 2, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin O. Griffin, Jr. and her parents, John T. and Mary Ruth Saunders.  She is survived by her son, (Ret.) General Benjamin Saunders Griffin (Noel); daughter, Mary Ann Wills; grandchildren, Don Newsome(Sandee), Melissa and Kenneth Mitchell, Beth Cain(Will), Jennifer Griffin, Michael Griffin Sheffield, Jason Griffin(Dawn); great-grandchildren, D.J., Trace, TaylorAnn Newsome, Liam, Benjamin, McKenzie, Miles Griffin, Zachary and Elliott Cain; 1 great-great-grandchild, Noah Newsome.  She was a lifetime member of Monumental United Methodist Church, a member of the Eastern Star and the Scarlett Belles and Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Societies.  A visitation will be held Sunday, 7-8:30 in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, 11am, at Monumental United Methodist Church followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church or the Boy Scouts of America.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  56. Obituary-Alexander Paul Buckner

    Alexander Paul Buckner, infant son of Christopher Buckner and Amber Pitt, passed away on September 27, 2014.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, 3pm, at Emmanuel Worship Center with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  57. Sign-up Now for 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program

    Emporia, VA, October 2, 2014 – Virginia farmers and forest land owners can now apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

    EQIP is one of USDA’s most popular Farm Bill conservation programs.  Under this program, NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland and non-industrial private forestland. In 2014, NRCS provided nearly $20 million in EQIP contracts to help Virginia farmers improve water quality, soil quality and wildlife habitat.

    NRCS accepts applications year-round but makes funding selections at specific times. Application cutoff dates for the first FY15 EQIP ranking period is November 21, 2014.

    Wade Biddix, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, noted it is important for farmers to get program applications in early to be eligible for limited funding. “Conservation plans must be developed for the area that is included in an EQIP contract,” he said. “When farmers develop a complete conservation plan for their farm, it speeds up the application process and oftentimes practices are applied more strategically.”

    Eligible producers who sign up for the program may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost for installing planned conservation practices. Socially disadvantaged, limited resource and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment rate. Veteran farmers who are also new or beginning farmers receive the higher payment rate and will be funded first.

    Special pools are also available for On-Farm Energy, Specialty Crops and Organic, Longleaf Pine and Seasonal High Tunnel conservation practices, as well as a number of landscape based initiatives. All offer technical and financial assistance through the EQIP program.

    • On-Farm Energy:NRCS and producers develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) or farm energy audits that assess energy use on the farm and recommend ways to reduce energy use. Funding is available for implementation after farmers get an approved energy audit.
    • Longleaf Pine:  NRCS has special funding dedicated to the establishment and management of longleaf pines within the historical range of that species in Southeastern Virginia.
    • Specialty Crops and Organic:NRCS helps certified organic growers working to achieve organic certification and farmers who have specialty crops install conservation practices to address resource concerns on their operations.
    • Seasonal High Tunnel (Hoop House):NRCS helps producers plan and implement high tunnels - steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures that extend growing seasons in an environmentally safe manner. Farmers who completed a hoop house under the 2008 Farm Bill are also eligible to apply for a hoop house under the current 2014 Farm Bill.

    The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) was rescinded by the 2014 Farm Bill.  However the wildlife concerns were included in the EQIP Program and a minimum of five percent of the available EQIP funding is to be used for wildlife purposes.  Landowners interested in establishing wildlife practices or pollinator habitat can apply under the EQIP program.

    If you are interested in Farm Bill programs, contact your local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you would like to implement on your land.  NRCS staff will help you develop a plan, identify recommended practices, and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available. 

    USDA service center locations are listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the phone book under Federal Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture. General program information is available on the NRCS Virginia website at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov.

  58. YMCA Hosts See You at the Pole Event

    The YMCA hosted "See You At The Pole" on Wednesday, Sept., 24.  There were two sessions, with 47 participants in attendance.  Ephesians 6:18 was the Scripture, which is "never stop praying."  For more information on this global event, visit www.syatp.org

    Tags: 

  59. VLAS to hold Wills Clinic for Seniors in Emporia

    Low-income senior citizens in the cities of Emporia and Franklin and counties of Greensville, Sussex and Southampton will be able to obtain simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives this fall. Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) will hold a Wills Clinic in partnership with the Richmond law firm Williams Mullen and local volunteer attorneys. The one day event will be held at the VLAS building at 412 South Main Street in Emporia from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This will be by appointment only. Attorneys will provide simple wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives at no cost. The day is designed to provide low-income seniors with basic life planning documents.

    Registration and prescreening for eligibility for this event is required and space is limited. Registration is required by November 1, 2014. For seniors interested in registering for the event or to find out more bout eligibility requirements, please call the Suffolk Office of VLAS at 800-539-3441, ext. 12, Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

    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.

    Tags: 

  60. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

    (EMPORIA, VA) – Paige Morgan, LPN has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for September 2014.  Ms. Morgan, who has been employed at SVRMC since August 2005, is the Central Scheduler for SVRMC.

    Tags: 

 

Emporia News

Stories on Emporianews.com are be searchable, using the box above. All new stories will be tagged with the date (format YYYY-M-D or 2013-1-1) and the names of persons, places, institutions, etc. mentioned in the article. This database feature will make it easier for those people wishing to find and re-read an article.  For anyone wishing to view previous day's pages, you may click on the "Previous Day's Pages" link in the menu at the top of the page, or search by date (YYYY-M-D format) using the box above.

Comment Policy:  When an article or poll is open for comments feel free to leave one.  Please remember to be respectful when you comment (no foul or hateful language, no racial slurs, etc) and keep our comments safe for work and children. .Comments are moderated and comments that contain explicit or hateful words will be deleted.  IP addresses are tracked for comments. 

EmporiaNews.com serves Emporia and Greensville County, Virginia and the surrounding area
and is provided as a community service by the Advertisers and Sponsors.
All material on EmporiaNews.com is copyright 2005-2016
EmporiaNews.com is powered by Drupal and based on the ThemeBrain Sirate Theme.

Submit Your Story!

Emporia News welcomes your submissions!  You may submit articles, announcements, school or sports information using the submission forms found here, or via e-mail on news@emporianews.com.  Currently, photos and advertisements will still be accepted only via e-mail, but if you have photos to go along with your submission, you will receive instructions via e-mail. If you have events to be listed on the Community Calendar, submit them here.

Contact us at news@emporianews.com
 
EmporiaNews.com is hosted as a community Service by Telpage.  Visit their website at www.telpage.net or call (434)634-5100 (NOTICE: Telpage cannot help you with questions about Emporia New nor does Teplage have any input the content of Emporia News.  Please use the e-mail address above if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content on Emporia News.)