November 2014

  1. Obituary-William Kenneth “Bull” Harrison

    Mr. William Kenneth “Bull” Harrison, 80, of Capron, passed away at home on Saturday, November 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Ellen E. Harrison; two sons, William Kenneth “Slim” Harrison, Jr. and wife, Teresa and Richard Peyton Harrison and wife, Susan; five grandchildren, Jesse Finch and wife, Hilary, Robert Finch, Brittany Harrison, Kaitlin Harrison and Richard W. Harrison; great-grandson, Cain Finch and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 at Capron Baptist Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Capron Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made


  2. Obituary-Ruth Tudor Collins

    Ruth Tudor Collins, 88, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, to reunite with loved ones in her eternal home. She was the daughter of the late Sidney A. and Lilly Mae Tudor and was also preceded in death by her husband, Cato L. Collins and all of her siblings. Mrs. Collins is survived by her son, L. Dennis Collins and wife, Jo Ann; her daughter, Linda C. Long and husband, Victor; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 1at Zion Baptist Church with interment to follow at Round Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Cliff Rodgester, 654 Johnson Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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  3. Obituary-Virginia Grigg Griffin

    Virginia Grigg Griffin, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 28, 2014 in Emporia, Va. She had resided at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center in Emporia.  She previously resided at Imperial Plaza in Richmond, Va.  She was the widow of Guy W. Griffin of Richmond. She was predeceased by her parents, Marion and Pat Lou Grigg Sr., infant child, Stephanie Ann Purdy, siblings; Marion Grigg Jr., Walter Allen Grigg Sr., Lucille G. Goodwyn, and Charlotte G. Watkins.  She is survived by her brothers; Captain William H. Grigg and wife Sye, Charles I. Grigg Sr. and wife Bette, sister-in-law Mrs. Lucy Grigg (Walter), and many nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Emporia Cemetery, Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Va.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Va., Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax St., Emporia, Va. or Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St Emporia, Va.  Condolences may be sent to

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  4. Support Our Local Businesses!


    Skip the Malls and the interstate this year and wait until Saturday and do your Holiday Shopping with Local Small Businesses!

    Start your day with a hearty Breakfast at Arby's or Bojangles and then head out to Carolyn's Creations on Brink Road and grab some Jim Shore ornaments or a Tervis (Carolyn has a large assortment of ornaments, decorations, trees, Tervis, Elf on a Shelf and tons of unique gifts).  Carolyn's is open Friday and Saturday, which gives you plenty of time to pick the perfect gifts!

    When you get back to town, swing by Picture Perfect for your Picture with Santa, and, while you are on Halifax Street, check out Twice Told Treasures and Twice Told Treasures, Too for a wide and eclectic assortment of consigned items.  If you have a hard to buy for person on your list, consignment shops are great places to look, choose from vintage clothing and accessories, books, estate jewelry and many fun and unique items.

    After your Pictures with Santa, stop and order your favorite sports fan a years worth of Tees from Top Hand Sports (or just download the order form while your are here, it is in the right hand column of Emporia News).

    If sports tees are not on your gift list, check out Sloan's Boutique in Dollar Tree Shopping Center of clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories.  Given that they are having a major sale on Friday, it might pay to stop buy then, see their ad on this page.

    After the trip to Carolyn's Creations and the consignment shops and the Pictures with Santa, wouldn't some piping hot homemade German food hit the spot?  Swing by Franken Stube and have a plate of Schnitzel or Brautwurst.  There is nothing like a nice relaxed lunch to recharge your batteries.

    Now that you are well fed and nice and rested, head on over to South Main Street and take care of your best friend at Paws and Purrs.  Emporia's only pet boutique has everything your dog or cat could want, from treats to a fancy collar.  They even have pet safe beer for you dog!

    The last stop on Main Street is Jim's Pawn Shop.  Yes, I said a Pawn Shop.  Pawn shops are great places for hard to buy for loved ones.  Right now there is a smoker in the front window that would surely make somebody happy.  Jim's also has a fine selection of jewelry, electronics, firearms and furniture.

    If you have a person with a computer on their wish list, don't forget Sam Crocketts Computer Services in Jarratt.  Sam can also restore your computer to that lightning fast speed you had when it was brand new.  The best thing about Sam Crockett is that you can call him, e-mail him or visit his website, all from the comfort of your favorite easy chair!

    Once your gifts are wrapped, drop them by the UPS store to be packed and shipped.  No Hassle Shipping!! What could be better!

    Now that you have saved yourself hours and hours of aggravation by shopping locally, you deserve a pizza or stromboli from Hermie Sadler's Fo Sho Bar and Grille.

    The best part about shopping locally is that the money you spend stays local, helping these business grow and offer more next year!  All of the business mentioned are also big supporters of Emporia News, it is their advertising that keeps us going.

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  5. Letters to Santa!

    Mrs. Harvey’s First Grade Class


    Dear Santa,

    My name is Bryce.  I am 7 years old.  I live in Skippers, VA.  This year I have been good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a drum set and games for my Xbox.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a four wheeler for kids.  I will leave some milk, cookies and cake for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Quadareyon.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia.  This year I have been good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is Spongebob Krab Attack because I like Spongebob.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flying Hero.  I will leave some cookies for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    I hope you come by when it is Christmas.  I love you very much.  I would like a computer for myself and a Barbie House for my baby sister.  Also, please bring my brother some wrestling toys and teddy bears for my baby sister.  Thank you very much!




    Dear Santa,

    My name is Seleya and I am six years old.  I am a smart little girl.  I love my family.  I am trying to be on my best behavior.  Santa, would you bring me a Barbie Doll, a hair salon, and an American Girl Doll?  Hope to see you soon.




    Dear Santa,

    My name is Blair.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia, VA.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is an American Girl Doll because I want to play with her.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like some iPod cases.  I will leave some milk and cookies for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Samantha.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia, VA.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a Frozen Castle, an Elsa Doll, and Anna Doll because I love Frozen.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a doll baby, a game, and a book.  I will leave some cookies for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Tashawn.  I have been a very good boy this year.  For Christmas, I would like to have a Power Ranger Mega Force Toy, Lego blocks, WWE Wrestling men and rings, and also a play Power Ranger Sword.  I will leave you some milk and cookies.  Please don’t forget my big sister Tashay.  Thank you and love you!




    Dear Santa,

    My name is Se’yona.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a doll.  You are the best, Santa!  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a tablet.  I will leave some milk and cookies for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Clayarta.  I am 6 years old.  I live in VA.  This year I have been good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a Ninja Turtle Battle Master because it’s awesome.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a tablet.  I will leave some chocolate chip cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Hayden Claire and I am 7 years old.  I live in Emporia with my Mom and Dad.  I have tried to be a very good girl.  This year, I want the Monster High Catacombs and the Freaky Fusion Dolls that go with it the most.  If your elves have some extra time, I would love to have a TMNT blimp and the new My Little Pony Dolls.  Please tell Louie, my elf, that I really want my usual Lalaloopsy doll.  Your cookies will be waiting for you.  (Something for the reindeer, too.)




    Dear Santa,

    My name is Eli.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia, VA.  This year I have been good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a Santa doll, Legos, and a Hulk doll because I like them very much.  If your elves are not too busy I would also lkie clothes, a Nabi with a blue cover and letters.  I will leave some cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    P.S.  I hope I’m not on the bad list.

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is QuaDarion.  I am 7 years old.  I live in Emporia, VA.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is basketball court games for my Wii, some new clothes, shoes, and coat because I’ve worked very hard in Mrs. Harvey’s class.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like some toys for my baby brother QuaTavion who’s 8 months so he will leave mine alone.  I will leave some egg nog cookies and a home cooked meal for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



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    Dear Santa,

    My name is Christian.  I am 7 years old.  I do try very, very hard to be a good boy.  I want MOST for Christmas a machine that turns broken crayons into new ones.  It is called the Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Crayon Maker Factory.  I will leave some cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve!  I love you and thank you for anything you bring me.




    Dear Santa,

    My name is Mykah.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Skippers.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is a lot of Wackyvision toys.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a puppy.  I will leave some cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,



    Dear Santa,

    My name is Tyler.  I am 6 years old.  I live in Emporia, VA.  This year I have been very good.  What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is Mario 3D World because I like playing Mario on the Wii.  If your elves are not too busy I would also like a Scooby Doo Meets Batman movie.  I will leave some cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,


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  6. SVCC Hosts Health Careers Fair for Local High School Students

    A host of high school students converged on the Estes Community Center in Chase City recently to attend the Southside Virginia Community College Health Careers Fair.  More than 200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance were from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

    The purpose of the event was to familiarize students interested in health careers with SVCC's programs, including nursing, both LPN and RN, massage therapy, emergency medical services, and medical office assisting.  Students also had the opportunity to learn about ways to further education in varied health care fields they can complete by transferring to nearby schools, including physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, sonography, and more.

    One of the highlights of the event was a student panel consisting of men and women who have completed or are currently enrolled in the PN and ADN programs.  The student panel was asked various questions about SVCC’s health career programs and the dedication it takes to complete these programs. 


    The SVCC Panther was on hand as well as a Zumba instructor and other college representatives. 

    Students were able to experience the college’s Sim Lab that features a computer-driven human simulator known as Sim Man and its smaller counterparts Sim Baby and our newly arrived Sim Newbie. Together, they allow students to assess changeable heart sounds, breath sounds, chest movement, experience cardiac monitoring and effects of interventions and medications given with patients across the life span. Our simulators can demonstrate different customized patient profiles and individualized medical scenarios ranging from basic to complex nursing care. Another simulator, "Noelle", provides maternal and neonatal birthing simulation.


    The VCU LifeEvac helicopter also landed outside the Estes Center and students were able to learn about this service.  VCU LifeEvac provides both scene and interfacility transfer of critically ill patients for areas that have previously not had this transport option available to them.

    Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Dean of Nursing and Health Technology at SVCC stated, "It is an exciting time in health care, and it was wonderful how many students were interested in learning more about health career opportunities at Southside Virginia Community College."

    The event was made possible through the generosity of the SVCC Foundation's Educational Excellence Grant and generous giving of time and expertise from many area health care professionals, surrounding colleges, VCU/CMH in South Hill, and PATHS in Boydton.



  7. Annual Community Thanksgiving Service Wednesday

    The Annual Emporia Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Wednesday evening, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church, on Southampton Street, Emporia

    Bringing the Thanksgiving sermon will be the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt has had fifty-four years of ordained ministry. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, of Louisville, Kentucky, and has received the Master of Sacred Theology Degree and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Union Presbyterian Theology in Richmond, Virginia.  He served three different congregations as a fulltime minister. Dr. Wyatt retired in 1996 and became active as a supply preacher and interim pastor of many churches in Southside Virginia.  He currently is interim pastor of Adams Grove Baptist Church. Dr. Wyatt invites his many friends in the area to come to this annual Thanksgiving service.

    In addition to the sermon by Dr. Wyatt, there will be special music by Kelli Draper.  Shannon Bryant-Starke will serve as organist. Barbara Clark will preside at the service.

    An offering will be received at the service for support of the fire-damage repair of Calvary Baptist Church of Emporia.

    The community is cordially invited to this service.




    RICHMOND – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases Virginians’ risks of being involved in a serious or deadly traffic crash. As families and friends prepare to gather to give thanks this year, the Virginia State Police reminds motorists to make safety a priority during the holiday weekend. Virginians are reminded to drive to save lives by always buckling up, never driving drunk and avoiding distractions.

    During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 12 people died in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the past five years, a total of 63 men, women and children have lost their lives in a traffic crash on Virginia’s highways over the four-day statistical counting period for the Thanksgiving holiday.*

    “In 2014, traffic crashes have claimed 619 lives on Virginia’s highways, which averages to about 56 traffic deaths a month,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “This is the time of year when we talk of giving thanks and committing selfless acts of kindness to help others. What better way to put that into action than by driving to save lives every time you’re on the road? Share the road, be alert to motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and do not drive aggressively, distracted or drunk. Simply drive to save lives because every life counts.”

    Virginia State Police will increase patrols and traffic enforcement efforts in order to prevent traffic deaths and injuries as part of the state police’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints. Motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers throughout the Commonwealth beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., and continuing through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

    During the 2013 Thanksgiving Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, Virginia State Police cited 9,841 speeders and another 2,697 reckless drivers statewide. Troopers arrested 98 impaired drivers and issued 772 seat belt citations. State police also cited 213 child restraint violations. Virginia troopers assisted 3,341 motorists.

    In addition, weather-related crashes accounted for 4 percent of fatalities during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 nationwide.** With the potential for snow and freezing rain forecasted for the Commonwealth as the holiday approaches, motorists are reminded to plan ahead for possible delays, slow speeds for conditions, always buckle up, and call VDOT’s 511 or go to www.511virginia.orgto check road conditions.

    With the increase of emergency personnel on the highways, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.



  9. Alumni Basketball Game Friday Night

    On November 28, 2014 @ 6:00pmThe Greensville County High School boys basketball team will be hosting the annual Alumni Basketball Game: Featuring some of the best basketball players from the Southside District that attended Greensville County High School: Players like Antoine Walton, Jamar Walton, Trey Drake, and Michael Stokes and more, Admission $5.00.  Those players who are interested in playing please contact Michael Stokes and Perry Manning or contact the head coach directly: Coach Young at 757-582-0087 or

    Players are expected to be at the gym no later than 5:15pm to be placed on teams by Coach Young.

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  10. St. John's Lutheran Ladies League Annual Sale Great Success

    The Lutheran Ladies League of St. John's Lutheran Church held their annual bake sale Saturday morning.  Judging by the brisk sales of Slovak Kolacky (260 dozen by 9:15 am) the day was a huge success.


    The bake sale has been a tradition since the Church was in the country, and has always played an important role in the life of St. John's.  While this year's sale had no specific single use and will be used for a variety of activities, past sales have helped purchase land and fund additions to their current building.


    The congregation that would become the modern St. John's Lutheran began in 1909 by Slovak farmers that had settled in the northern part of Greensville County.  Like many congregations, the early group began meeting in homes, building their first building in 1917 and moving into their current building in 1962.

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  11. National Reader’s Week – November 10-14, 2014

    BOOK IT! sponsored by Pizza Hut encouraged principals to read from bell to bell one day during National Reader’s Week.  Principal, Mrs. Nicole Coker, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tammy Hand of Greensville Elementary School accepted the invitation.  On Monday, November 10, 2014, Mrs. Coker read all day to students in her pajamas.  On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Mrs. Hand read to students from on top of EVFD Ladder Truck.

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    (EMPORIA, VA) – The employees and staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently participated in their annual food drive and competition.  Departments within the hospital compete against one another to see which department can collect the most donations in pounds per person.  The competition winner was decided by dividing the total weight of the donations from each individual department by the number of employees in that department to arrive at an average weight of the food donated per employee.  The winning department was the Quality Department(which included Data Abstraction, Infection Control, Medical Staff Credentialing, Patient Care Coordinators, and Risk Management)  166 lbs. of food, and equates to 23.7 lbs. of food donated by each employee in those departments.  The total weight of all donations collected totaled 1,340.4 lbs.  This year’s food drive will benefit the local Improvement Association.  

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  13. Southern Virginia Regional Home Health Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

    Emporia , Va. -  Southern Virginia Regional Home Health today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

    The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.

    “The 2014HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities, and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulateSouthern Virginia Regional Home Healthon being recognized as a top home care agency.”

    “HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.

    The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at

    Left to right: Front: Angie Lucy; Vicky Wells; Chaka Mayes; Middle: Casey Vaughan; Jodie Anthony; Pam McBeth; Kesha Woodley; Julia Lucy; Back: Nan Lee; Deborah Banty; Lisa Holloway; Alexa Dickens; Jennifer Watson; Not pictured: Greta Scott; Jenny Coates; Megan Gillette; Sam Bryant; Sheila Sasser

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  14. Library of Virginia Teams with Dominion for Essay Contest

    The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion, presents the 2014 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. This program highlights eight African American leaders and their achievements through an essay contest

    The original deadline was November 14 however we are extending it to November 25th  because we’d hoped for greater participation. Here is a link to more information, an overview of the contest and guidelines:

    Essay entries of 400 words or less will be accepted online.




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  15. BETA Students Read at GES




    On Wednesday, November 12, 2014 BETA students from Greensville County High School came to read with 4th graders at Greensville Elementary School.  BETA students volunteered their time to offer an opportunity for students to read.  Encouraging students to read and developing opportunities to read will create “super” readers at GES. The BETA students will be visiting GES throughout the year to promote reading.



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  16. Car Seat Safety Checks

    Petersburg, VA – Did you know three out of every four car seats are not used correctly? Stop by the Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Annex parking lot on Crater Road to get your child’s safety seat checked by a safety expert at no cost.

    This event will take place Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The SRMC Annex is located at 3335 South Crater Road in Petersburg, in the parking lot beside Clay Home Medical.



  17. Obituary-Jamie Gurganus Rooker

    Jamie Gurganus Rooker, 51, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Michael Rooker; brother, Chris Gurganus; sister, Kelly Hamilton; nephew, Bill Tomlin; aunt, Kathy Morgan and a large extended family of close friends and neighbors. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, November 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The family requests all attending to dress casual. In lieu of flowers, to honor her 8 beloved canine companions and the many she had a hand in rescuing, that memorial contributions be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, Inc., 113 Baker St, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at


  18. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

    Dear Editor,

    As a board member of Crater Community Hospice we work hard year-round to make sure people know the full range of services that we provide in the community. November, however, is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in which we ramp up our efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care that’s available. Every year, more than 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive hospice services. Crater Community Hospice (CCH) is the leading hospice provider in Central Virginia and is now celebrating our twentieth year of changing the way people think about hospice care by focusing on living and what the end of life can be. In those twenty years, we have provided compassionate care to over 6,300 in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties.

    Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness may be the hardest work a family ever faces.  Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of appointments and care needs and figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of your family, can be overwhelming. Hospice services help to manage care to the patient bringing skills for pain and symptom management and providing holistic support, comfort and love to the family when they’re most needed.

    CCH provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not the goal.  The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The CCH team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

    Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans with no cost to the family.  Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any life limiting illness.  CCH professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say.  They make your wishes a priority.  If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about Crater Community Hospice is right now at www.cratercommunityhospice.orgor (804) 526-4300.

    M. Stephen Cates, Vice President
    Crater Community Hospice
    Petersburg, Virginia

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  19. Meherrin Regional Library System Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

    The Meherrin Regional Library System will be closed the following days this holiday season:

    Wednesday, November 26 – Library Open 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29 – Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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  20. Obituary-Morris Conway Driver

    Morris Conway Driver, 86, beloved husband, father, PaPa, brother and uncle passed away peacefully in the home surrounded by family on Thursday, November 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ferguson Driver, whom he both loved and admired all of his life. He is also survived by his five children: Earl Conway Driver and wife, Susan of Richmond, VA. Morris Conway Driver, II and wife, Lynn of Capron, VA, Glenn Patterson Driver and wife, Pam of Halifax, NC, Greg Timothy Driver of Emporia, VA and Alma Dee Driver Rhodes and husband, Bryan of Rocky Mount, NC. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. M.C. was a quiet man with much wisdom. He was a self taught musician and gifted in his ability to play the guitar. He passed that love and gift down to his children and grandchildren. M.C. was a man of hard work, principles, perseverance and God’s word. He found much fulfillment working in his yard planting beautiful flowers. He was always willing to help someone in need or feed extra mouths at the table with his famous fried chicken. He finished out each of his days with reading of God’s word. He was loved, respected, and admired by his children. There will be an empty part within each of their hearts, along with many fond memories. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia with interment to follow at Forest Hills Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests that all visitation be at the funeral home prior to the service beginning at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct, Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at


  21. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized as Top Performer for the Second Time List Published by The Joint Commission Honors Exemplary Care

    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. Hospitals receiving this distinction have exceled in implementing clinical processes that have shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations. SVRMC has been specifically recognized for the excellent care we provided in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the secondtime SVRMC hasearned the designation.

    Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

    “This honor means that our community can turn toSVRMC with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Joseph D. Wilkins, SVRMC’s InterimChief Executive Officer. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”

    Top Performersare recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

    SVRMCis one of just 712hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for twoconsecutive years. It was recognized in 2012for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

    “We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Rakesh Sood, MD, SVRMC’s Chief of Staff. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”

    To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

    • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
    • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
    • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

    “Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

    For more information about the Top Performers program, please visit

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    (EMPORIA, VA) – Doris Cooper has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for October 2014.  Ms. Cooper, who has been employed at SVRMC since September 1979, is a cook in the SVRMC Nutritional Services Department.

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  23. PTK at SVCC Christanna Campus Holds Induction

    New members were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College on November 10, 2014.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours,  have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.  Those inducted are with Deveata Fuller, a member who helped with the ceremony (Front Row, Left to Right) Christopher Bowen of White Plains, James Alexander of Bracey, Noah Nichols of South Hill, Caylin Broadnax of South Hill, Payton Gwaltney of South Hill, Hunter Padgett of Jarrett, Sarah Lacks of Crewe, Kathy Drummond of Emporia, Marrica Hazelwood of Blackstone, Kaylin Weise of Baskerville, Destiny Staten of Chase City, Emily Mullins of Skipwith, Sarah Parsons of Boydton, Jenipher Singleton of Valentines, and (Back Row, L to R) Malissa Knight of Stony Creek, Felicia Jacskon of Emporia, Kailyn Drohan of Bracey, Claire Walker of South Hill, Robert Kirks of Petersburg, Lauren Burnette of South Hill, Maygan Clary of Lawrenceville, Levi Kent of White Plains, Daryl Lawson of Baskerville, Faith Ann Merricks of Stony Creek, Taylor Robbins of Kenbridge, Rachel Brown of Emporia, Monica D. McMillan of Lawrenceville, Sharon Cypress of Alberta and Linda Murphy of Brodnax.  These are the students who were selected and able to attend the ceremony.

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  24. Obituary-Elizabeth Chaplin Cook

    Elizabeth Chaplin Cook, 92, of Emporia died on November 8, 2014 at Bloom Retirement Center.  She was the daughter of Robert Hepton and Fannie Owen Chaplin and a lifelong resident of Greensville County.  She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church/Anglican Church for many years.  A graduate of James Madison University with a Masters from Longwood University, she taught in the Greensville County Public School System for 26 years and served as an elementary school principal for 10 years before retiring.  She was active in numerous local civic, charitable, and educational organizations, including the Greensville Retired Teachers Association and The Riparian Woman’s Club.  Survivors include her daughter, Ann C. Howard and her husband, Joseph, Jr.; her son, James D. Cook, Jr. and his wife, Gail; her grandsons, Joseph Howard, III and his wife, Nancy, Robert Howard and his wife, Alka and James Cook, III and his wife, B.J.; her granddaughter, Candis Neblett and her husband, Evan; her great-grandchildren, Randy Scott, Taylor Samantha, Connor Lewis and Tessa Ann Howard, and Ethan Christopher Neblett; her sister, Mary Ann C. Lohr; her brother, Edward R. Chaplin and his wife, Julia and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Fanny C. Rawles and her brothers, Robert Rogers, John Thomas, Charles Alfred, and William Stanley Chaplin, and a very special nephew, Dr. Robert R. Chaplin, Jr.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1pm in Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA 23847, followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.  Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.  Following the burial a reception will be held at Originals by Randi, 347 Halifax Street, Emporia.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any of the following, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, Lifestar Ambulance, Inc., 300 North Main Street, Emporia, or a scholarship fund of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to

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  25. Jobs and Job Seekers Converge In Emporia

    More than 400 job seekers converged with 35 employers at the SVCC Regional Job Fair held at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia recently with a positive outcome.  Some attendees were hired on the spot at the event sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development, Student Development Services, Crater Business Services Team, WYTT and First Media Radio.

     “It’s always rewarding to be able to provide something tangible and practical to potential candidates, regardless of where they end up ultimately working,” said Matthew Stewart, a senior staffing specialist at Dominion. “Advice as simple as customizing one’s resume for the respective job a candidate is interested in can make all the difference between a recruiter glancing at a resume, versus making it to a phone screening or interview. Not only did we get a chance to meet some wonderful people, we were also able to impart some helpful knowledge. There was a good turnout from the community and the students, and we were glad to be a part of it.”

    “It was wonderful! I spoke to several applicants who all had very positive things to say about the Job Fair. I spoke with more than half of the Employers and every one of them said they would come back in the spring.  SVCC especially impressed me with the degree of preparation; Separate tables set up for applicants to fill out applications, places for impromptu interviews, etc.  SVEC/SVCC did great work for our community and for the people we serve, said  John Holtkamp, Director LISW-S, ACSW, Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services. 

    “Representatives from First Citizens Bank’s Recruiting and Human Resources Department and I agree our participation in the SVCC Job Fair was time well spent,” said Cindy Thomas, area executive for First Citizens Bank. “The event was very well organized and attendance far exceeded our expectations.  The communication from SVCC before the event was timely and often, keeping this a “top-of-mind” event for us and I expect for those planning to attend as well.  The luncheon and presentation for the vendors before the Job Fair was informative and provided time for networking with the other vendors.  It was a successful event, and First Citizens would not hesitate to participate again the future.”

    A similar event was held in Alberta at the Christanna Campus of SVCC with 300 attendees.  There are plans to offer another job fair event in Emporia also, said Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at SVCC.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day 2014:

    “As I march in the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade, I'll be thinking about the service of every generation of American veterans – the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and promote the values we hold dear. We also pay tribute, after 13 years of war, to all those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001. During this time, more than two and a half million Americans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands completing multiple tours. 6,843 servicemembers have been killed in action and more than 52,000 wounded.  I’m proud that in September, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed my resolution to honor this remarkable generation of post-9/11 veterans. As members of our Armed Forces continue to face mounting challenges around the globe, it’s critically important to shine a light on the tremendous sacrifices made by this generation of veterans and offer our sincerest gratitude to all those who have served.”

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  27. EGRA JV Renegades Bring the Super Bowl Trophy back to Emporia-Greensville

    By Craig Allen

    On Saturday, November 1st the EGRA JV Renegades would take on the Buckingham Knights in the Super Bowl for the James River/Southside District Title.  This would be the third meeting for these two teams for the 2014 Season.  Emporia would kick off to Buckingham and they would start with a 1st and 10 from the 49 yard line.  On the first play of their possession, the Knights would be called for a false start on the Offense and would try again from the 44.  The Renegades Defense would force a turnover on downs at the 5:23 mark.  On Emporia’s first possession, Jayden White would have a 6 Yard Carry to the 43, but the Renegades would be unable to advance the ball very far and would turn the ball over to Buckingham at the 47.  The First Quarter would end scoreless.  In the Second Quarter Buckingham would have a hard time advancing the ball against the Renegades Defense.  Faced with a 4th and 15, Buckingham would turn the ball over to Emporia at the 6:21 mark.  Kemory Sykes would blast out of the backfield with a carry from the 42 to the 28 Yard Line of Buckingham.  Jayden White would carry the ball to the 10, the Emari Brown would carry the ball to the 2 and follow this up with a Touchdown Carry.  Cody Flint would follow up with a nice kick for two points to make the Score 8-0.   The Knights would get the ball once more in the Second Quarter with 49 seconds left to go, but they would be unable to score.



    The Renegades would come out in the Second Half looking strong as Christopher Rodgers would receive the Kickoff and have a 10 Yard Return to give the Renegades a 1st and 10 on the 45.  Kemory Sykes would carry the ball to the 33.  Jayden White would work in conjunction with Tremaine Hill to execute a “Tight End Reverse Option “ play in which the pass would be caught by Emari Brown to advance the ball to the 10.  Lapaul Moore would score the TD at the 5:38 mark.   The PAT was unsuccessful and the Renegades were up 14-0.  Isaiah Stephens would then kickoff deep into Knight Territory.  Buckingham’s Offense would seem to build up some steam and would carry the ball to the Renegades 8 Yard Line.  The Knights would fumble the ball and it would be recovered by Emporia .  Emari Brown would have a nice carry to the 17 to end the Third Quarter.  Kemory Sykes would carry the ball to the Knights own 22.  Buckinham would try to stop the score and would have the Renegades looking at 4th down and 8, but Jayden White would score on a Quarterback Keeper.  Brett Allen would try to add two to the score, but the Kick would be blocked By Buckingham making the Score 20-0.  Buckingham would finally find their way to the end zone on their next possession and would follow up the Touchdown with a successful Conversion Attempt to make the Score 20-7.  Emporia would receive the ball one last time for the 2014 Season with 53 seconds left to go.  As the rain would start to come in, Emporia would be able to have one last play in this cold, windy and rainy game.  Jayden White would take the ball up the left side of the field, run into three Buckingham defenders and would somehow manage to make it into the end zone as the clock ran out to make the Final Score 26-7 in Favor of the Renegades. 

    The Renegades will hold a banquet to honor all of the Football Players , Coaches, Cheerleaders and Cheer Advisors on Sunday, November 16th at Greesnville County High School at 3 pm.  Anyone that is interested in attending the Banquet please call Shirley Adkins  at 434-594-9668 to purchase a ticket.  Thanks to the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association for all of your efforts to make this program  so successful. 

    Photographs, clockwise from top left: Emari Brown, 2, on a break out rush;   Jaden White, 12, drops back for a pass;  Christopher Rodgers, 23, on a rushing play;  DeShawn Moore, 13, running a touchdown.

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  28. Milam-Saffelle Concert a Huge Success

    The Milam-Saffelle Concert Series at Main Street United Methodist Church held "An Afternoon of Music" concert to dedicate their new organ.  While the organ had been previously dedicated in a special service, this is the instrument's first secular performance.  Those in attendance were treated to a vase selection of Sacred favorites and secular pieces, largely from the Romantic period of Classical Music, with some formal readings and interjections of humor. 

    The Sunday afternoon concert started with words of welcome from Rev, Bruce Carper, followed by the first reading from the George E. Morrison, III, the Chair of the MSUMC Worship Committee and the person largely responsible for organizing the concert.  The opening reading included the opening lines of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night:" "if music be the food of love, play on..." before introducing the featured performer.

    Mr. Randy Hudson took the stage and shared that since 1998 that he had been "filling in" for Virginia Saffelle, who's generosity helped make the concert series possible.

    The first few selections were Sacred, starting with an arrangement of "How Firm a Foundation," followed by an arrangement of "Sweet Hour of Prayer." Mr. Hudson then introduced Mrs. Ceceila Allen, who joined him for a duet of Gabriel Faure's "The Palms."  Mrs. Allen joined in for duets of several "Sacred Favorites," later in the concert.

    After several classical numbers Mrs. Nancy Reilly was brought to the stage for a solo performance of William Bradley Roberts' "Pie Jesu."  Mr. Hudson shared that he and Mrs. Reilly had met in the workplace and have been performing for several years, including during the Community Choir Christmas Concerts for the past few years.

    Several pieces of the music played demonstrated some new capabilities not present in the former organ.  Godard's "Berceuse" was played using the Harpsichord setting on the new MIDI system, and the Canon voice was demonstrated as a method of shortening a "long winded" sermon. 

    The concert also included a reading of Psalm 150 before two wedding pieces.  A Trumpet Voluntary using the MIDI Trumpets, and the Canon in D using the String Ensemble voice on the MIDI system.  As an enchore, the crowd was treated to "Finlandia,"

    The concert ended with the Main Street Choir presenting a framed control board to Mr. Hudson as a token of their appreciation for his service, and as a reminder of life before the new organ.  The new organ was also dedicated to the Memory of long time Choir member Brian Carmine VanHall.

    A brief reception followed the concert.

    Photos- Top: Nancy Reilly, Randy Hudson and Cecelia Allen after the performance.  Bottom Left: George Morrison presents Randy Hudson with the framed control board from the old organ.  Bottom Right: Randy Hudson speaking about Brian VanHall with the Choir.

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  29. Obituary-Vernon Freeman Murr

    Mr. Vernon Freeman Murr, 60, of Emporia, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Frances Murr; son, Jerry Leonard “Dink” Draper, III and wife, Toni; granddaughters, Hannah Draper and Elizabeth Hasty; sister, Janice Lawson and husband, Jim; brother, Jeffrey Murr and wife, Gloria and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt where the family will receive friends 5:30 – 8 prior to and following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 N. Main St, Emporia, VA 23847 or to Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently announced the winners of the Employee of the Year, Clinical Manager of the Year and Non-clinical Manager of the Year for 2014. Given annually, these awards recognize and honor the chosen employee and managers as being crucial to the success of the hospital.

    SVRMC staff selects the Employee of the Year from the winners of the Employee of the Month.  The Employee of the Year for 2014 is Shauna Boone. Employed at SVRMC since April 2013, Ms. Boone is a registered nurse (RN) who also holds the position of Clinical Coordinator of the SVRMC Acute Care Unit (ACU). As an RN, Ms. Boone is responsible for the nursing care of the patients she is assigned, and she often functions as the ACU charge nurse delegating nursing assignments, troubleshooting issues as they arise and mentoring coworkers and other staff.   In her role as the ACU Clinical Coordinator, Ms. Boone assists the Acute Care/Intensive Care Director in planning, organizing, directing and controlling the operations of the ACU.  It was in this capacity that Ms. Boone truly excelled in 2014 earning her the Employee of the Month honor.  After only one month in the Clinical Coordinator position, Ms. Boone was asked to assume the leadership role for her unit during her Director’s leave of absence.  She graciously accepted, and never missed a beat!  During this time, Ms. Boone worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of managing the unit were thoroughly and accurately completed in a timely manner.  She built relationships with her staff, physicians, and others managers throughout the organization all while maintaining a calm, professional demeanor and making patient satisfaction and safety a priority.    Known to be kind, compassionate, soft spoken and dependable, Ms. Boone is a tremendous resource for the ACU and SVRMC. In addition to her professional commitments, Ms. Boone is a member of the Nurse Ministry and a volunteer for their Anointed Movement of Praise for her church and she serves on the SVRMC Chest Pain Accreditation Task Force.    She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters and a son. 

    As the SVRMC Employee of the Year, Ms. Boone and a guest will be treated to an all-expense paid weekend at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. During the trip, Ms. Boone, along with the Employee of the Year winners from each of more than 200 Community Health Systems hospitals nationwide, will be recognized at the Employee of the Year Banquet. Each of the Employee of the Year winners will receive a commemorative plaque and cash award.

    The 2014 Clinical Manager of the Year honor went to Peggy Dunn, RN, Director of Surgical Services for the second year in a row, and the third time in four years.  Employed with the hospital since 1986, Ms. Dunn has been in her current role since 2010, although she has served in many different capacities in her long tenure with SVRMC, and while working her way through nursing school.  As the Director of Surgical Services, Ms. Dunn is responsible for the day to day workings of the Operating Room, Recovery, Outpatient Services, Oncology and Central Sterile Supply.   in addition to serving on numerous hospital committees and work groups.  A team player who is always willing to pitch in to do whatever is needed to get the job done, Ms. Dunn serves on the hospital’s Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Environment of Care, Disaster Preparedness, and Mortality Review Committees, and in 2014, she was instrumental in the establishment of SVRMC’s new support group for cancer patients and their families, Cancer Connection.  Respected by staff, physicians and her peers, Ms. Dunn is a well-rounded, clinical manager who handles the challenges of running multiple units in a cost effective manner, volunteers to spearhead new projects in her areas and throughout the hospital, and assumes the role of house supervisor as needed.  Ms. Dunn’s dedication and commitment is also evident in the organizations she serves outside her professional duties.  She is a member of the Association of Operating Registered Nurses, the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a volunteer for the local Boys and Girls Club and the President of her church’s Nurse and Children’s Ministries.  In addition to being a three time winner of the Clinical Manager of the Year award, Ms. Dunn was named SVRMC Employee of the Month in February of 2000 and the Emporia/Greensville Boys and Girls Club Volunteer of the Year in 2002. 

    Rick McClenny was chosen as the 2014 SVRMC Non-clinical Manager of the Year. Employed by the organization since April of 2012 as Risk Manager, Mr. McClenny has willingly taken on numerous additional responsibilities including Facility Compliance Officer, Patient Safety Officer Quality Coordinator, High Reliability and Safety Champion, Safety Coach Co-Champion and he serves on a number of other working committees throughout the organization.  In his role as High Reliability and Safety Champion, Mr. McClenny spear-headed the High Reliability project at SVRMC.  By ensuring that safety was always a priority and a major focus of every meeting and event, Mr. McClenny led the organization on a 307 day run without a serious safety event in 2014.   His commitment to patient safety was further demonstrated when he accepted the challenge of piloting a Safety Coach Program at SVRMC, and acting as the programs Co-Chair.  Since the successful implementation of SVRMC’s Safety Coach Program, Mr. McClenny has shared his knowledge with peers from sister facilities across the company to help ensure success in their own Safety Coach Programs.  As Risk Manager, he was instrumental in the development of a fall risk prevention program that includes the use fall mats and bed alarms.  To help staff evaluate the reason that falls occur, and prevent similar fall situations in the future, Mr. McClenny implemented the facilities CODE AUTUMN process that includes a post fall huddle to ensure that every precaution was in place to reduce the fall risk.  He also identified the need for a patient elopement policy and as a result instituted SVRMC’s CODE GREEN protocol and policy.  In his “spare” time, Mr. McClenny, who is an RN and also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, is pursuing a Masters of Healthcare Administration degree in hopes of one day advancing to the administrative management level in a healthcare setting.  Outside of his professional aspirations, Mr. McClenny is very active in his church serving as bassist/vocalist for his worship team, youth leader and children’s church teacher, and as a member of the youth music ministry.        

    The Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Clinical and Non-clinical Managers of the Year compete regionally against other Clinical and Non-clinical Managers of the Year for the titles of Divisional Clinical and Divisional Non-clinical Manager of the Year. Managers selected as Divisional Managers of the Year are invited to attend the Employee of the Year Banquet in Nashville, TN along with the Employees of the Year from each facility and the other Divisional Clinical and Non-Clinical Divisional Managers of the Year.

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  31. SVCC Wins Award

    Southside Virginia Community College’s Public Relations office recently received recognition in the 2014 Virginia Community College’s Association Excellence in Communications awards competition.  Entrants represented the 23 community colleges in the state of Virginia and were evaluated against other entries in the same group and category by a panel of marketing and advertising professionals. Judging was based on overall creativity of the piece, marketing execution, effectiveness and impact of message and winners were  announced at the 2014 VCCA Conference held October 2-4, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Christie Hales(Left) and Jamie Jones (Right) are the team at SVCC.  Jones received two First Place VCCA awards for Newsletter (the college Student Services newsletter) and for New Media/Social Media for an event announced and marketed through Facebook.  Hales and Jones were also recognized with a First Place Award for Publication-External for a booklet dedicated to Dr. John Cavan’s legacy upon his retirement from SVCC.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the President’s comments in a news conference earlier today:

    “I welcome President Obama’s remarks today about the importance of working in a bipartisan manner with Congress on a positive agenda for the American people.  While there are many important issues to tackle in 2015 under new Senate leadership, we have two months left in the current Congress to get important work done.  I was especially heartened to hear the President say he will engage with Congress right away on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat ISIL, a step I have urged the White House to take for months. In addition to calling for this process and debate, I submitted a draft authorization in September for consideration in the Foreign Relations Committee. I look forward to an open debate and vote on the floor – it is what our Constitution demands and what our servicemembers deserve.”

    In September, Kaine submitted a proposal meant to reinforce the President’s strategy against ISIL, as well as set key limitations he hopes will be included in final authorizing language for broader Congressional consideration. His authorization is specific to ISIL and supports President Obama’s key pillars: a multinational effort to degrade and destroy ISIL, the use of necessary and appropriate force in a campaign of air strikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and the provision of military equipment to appropriately vetted forces in Iraq and Syria, including the Iraqi security forces, Kurdish fighters, and other legitimate, appropriately vetted, non-terrorist opposition groups in Syria. It also includes four key limitations: 1) no U.S. ground troops; 2) repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force; 3) sunset after one year; 4) a narrow definition of “associated forces.”

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  33. Emporia Voters Maintain Status Quo

    While there were four City Council seats on this year's ballot, two were uncontested.  Both F. Woodrow Harris and Doris T. White will both remain on the City Council.

    In District One, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Carey faced competition from write-in candidate Rev. Clifton Threat.  While inside observers reported that 233 people may have voted for write in candidates, only 67 write-ins were recorded to Rev. Dr. Carey's 185. 

    The other contested seat was in District Seven where Deborah Lynch was challenged by Alvina B. Matthews.  Only 165 people in District Seven voted and Mrs. Lynch won the day with 91 votes to Ms. Matthews' 61

    In both the City of Empoira and Greensville County, Mark Warner won his Senate race against Ed Gillespie (852-500 in the City and 1734-984 in the County).  At the time of publication, though, the race for the United States Senate in Virginia was too close to call and the State Board of Elections website was apparently overwhelmed with high traffic and crashed.

    J. Randy Forbes has once again retained his place in the House of Representatives over Democrat Elliot Fuasz. Fausz, who was tied in the polling last week, won the County but  narrowly lost the city. It is highly likely, however, that Forbes may have to stand for election again next year, as a result of illegal Gerrymandering in Virginia's Third Congressional District.

    All results are unofficial until the Local Electoral Board certifies them this morning. 

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  34. CCH achieves highest level in We Honor Veterans program

    CCH is pleased to announce that we have achieved Level 4, the highest level of achievement of the We Honor Veterans (WHV) program.   We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on improving end-of-life care for Veterans.  It surprises many Americans to learn that 26 million Veterans are alive today and 25% of all deaths in the US are Veterans.  The VA administration cares for a small number of Veterans at the end of life. Through the We Honor Veterans Program, Crater Community Hospice is committed to providing Veterans and their families with the care and community resources to make their last weeks and months a meaningful experience.

    For more information on the We Honor Veterans program, call Crater Community Hospice at (800) 275-4518 and learn how you can learn to become a valued volunteer training by contacting Teresa Brockwell at (800) 275-4518 or

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    Emporia, VA  - Beginning November 15, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The Health Insurance Marketplace provides U.S. citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits including, preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services, and coverage cannot be denied based on a pre-existing condition. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government, or subsidies, towards the cost of the premium.

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

    “This is where SVRMC can help,” said Joe Wilkins, SVRMC’s Interim CEO.  “As a primary health provider in the area, we want to help educate residents on the health plan options available through the Marketplace and assist with eligibility determination for Medicaid or financial help to lower the cost of health insurance premiums.  Although this is a major function of, SVRMC application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process.”

    Beginning in 2015, individuals who can afford health insurance but don’t sign up, may have to pay a penalty of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child – up to $975/family or 2% of family income, whichever is higher. And, without insurance, you will be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

    In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program also covers adults who fall below a certain income level. 

    “While Virginiahas chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in the community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Wilkins.“We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

    Open enrollment runs November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.  If you would like to make an appointment to speak with an SVRMC application counselor, call 434-348-4406



  36. SVCC Instructor Completes Certification Programs

    Lisa Vaughan Jordan, assistant professor of History at Southside Virginia Community College, recently completed two certification programs. 

    The Virginia Elected Officials Leadership Academy is a voluntary certification program open to elected officials in Virginia Municipal League (VML)-member cities, towns and counties. The purpose is to encourage continuing education, promote excellence in local governance and recognize local elected officials who take advantage of training opportunities.  Jordan completed this program and received certification at the recent VML conference held in Roanoke, and currently serves as a member of Town Council in South Hill, Virginia.

    Another program she has recently completed is the Archeological Technician Certification Program, designed to give individuals the opportunity to obtain recognition for formal, extended training in the techniques and goals of archaeology without having to participate in an academic degree program.  Certification students are provided technical training in both the field and laboratory in conjunction with rotational lectures and workshops and required readings. In fulfillment of these requirements, Mrs. Jordan has volunteered at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Petersburg National Battlefield, and multiple other sites throughout the state. The program is sponsored by the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV), the Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA), and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

    Raised in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, she received her BA in History, MT in Teaching Social Science, and MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has spent time in education K-12, the National Park Service, and recently as the Chief Operating Officer for The Colonial Center for the Performing Arts before coming to Southside Virginia Community College. She lives in South Hill with her husband, Bill and her son, Jared.

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    The Sappony Ruritan Club recently honored local Fire/EMS departments with a special dinner. Honored were Jarratt Volunteer Fire/EMS Department, Stony Creek Volunteer Fire/EMS Department and the Old Hickory Fire Department. After a delicious BBQ chicken dinner prepared by club members, monetary donations were made to each department.



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