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August 2015

  1. Letter-Training School "Deserves to be Preserved"

    As you did with your earlier piece regarding the Emporia Elementary School Auditorium and the Emporia City Council's plans to demolish it, you made some persuasive points in your more recent writing regarding that same governing body's vote to do the same to the remains of the Greensville County Training School.
     
    Why the rush to raze any old structure with historical significance unless there are plans to re-build on the site, or plans to develop the site in such a way as to benefit taxpayers? Especially questionable and seemingly inappropriate in this instance, as with the initial vote by City Council with regard to the old auditorium, is the spending of a sizable amount of tax dollars for the demolition.
     
    And as with the auditorium, the Training School has a distinct historical relevance that deserves to be preserved, as you rightly pointed out. But in addition to its significance to black residents who may have attended there or whose ancestors may have done so, it should hold significant memories to the entire community.

    In 1968, history was made when three white teachers joined the faculty there for the first time, whereas the entire student body remained black. Granted, it was only for a brief period of time until the new Belfield Elementary School was completed mid-year.

     I remember it well, because I was one of those three.
     
    For the first time in my life, I experienced what it was like to be in a so-called racial minority. While I was readily accepted by the sixth- grade students, I didn't feel as though I were by some of my fellow teachers.  Eventually, pretty much all the faculty accepted me. Two whom I remember as being particularly helpful to me during the time I taught there were the principal, Ulysses Russell, and my fellow teacher, Larose Gilbert, whose funeral I attended within the past year. Mr. Russell and I eventually became good friends. Mrs. Gilbert became my confidant and earned my respect as one of the most color-blind people I have ever known.
     
    Typically, when I am out and about in the community today, I bump into former students who recognize me and whom I am always happy to see. Some I see and speak with on a regular basis and have for years. With others, it is bump-into and see no more, but I always enjoy the experience. One even serves on the city council.
     
    As with my earlier comments about the auditorium,  my suggestion here would be to develop some creative plan to restore and preserve the old historical  site. Some might see it as a reminder of the past that for them might not have been what they would have liked it to have been. Others, myself included, might recall the old school building as a reminder of a significant time of change in our community. For whatever reason, it has historical significance and deserves preservation.
     
    One suggestion might be to take all or a part of the money allocated to demolish it and to offer it, instead, to a non-profit group such as the association already formed as a type of challenge or matching amount for its restoration. And while the word "grant" as used for those financing vehicles that I mostly frown upon for projects that localities do not deem worthy enough to spend their own tax dollars to finance, why not pursue one for this project that is so worthwhile? Spending tax dollars to build or preserve definitely seems preferable than to destroy.
     
    Regardless, as the city governing body did with the auditorium, at least consider going the extra mile with the training school.  And let others join in the discussion. Seek out innovative suggestions and follow-up with those that have merit and seem plausible. Don't just give up and give in because others have decided that that is the only solution.

    The old school deserves it.

    Keith W. Mitchell

    Greensville County

  2. Letter-Heart Broken Over Training School Demolition

    Wow, my heart is broken.  Thank you for the passionate and honest editorial on the planned demolition of the Training School.  Please let me know who authored the editorial.  I pray the decision is not final and there is some hope and plan to save the historical site.  It is officially registered on the Historical Preservation site.  How can this be?  Is it permissible to tear down historical buildings?  Many Rosenwald schools throughout the country have been restored and re-purposed bringing revitalization to communities.  The historic Training School because of what it provided to the African American community, and the community as a whole, deserves the same consideration.  If $80,000 is being proposed by the City Council to demolish the historic building, why not use those funds for restoration.  I felt the same way about the Emporia Elementary School and the Auditorium.  By the way, I attended both the Training School and the elementary school.  Emporia and Greensville County are such special places, due largely because of its residents, history, and geographical location.  It is rich with economic and development potential, but I am not so sure that those who govern there are aware of this.  Let's come together to save and restore the Training School, making this the start of revitalizing all of Emporia and Greensville County. 

    Native Emporian - always in heart,

    Rose P.

    (Editor's Note-There is no law preventing the demolition of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places nor the Virginia Landmarks Registry)

  3. Dr. JoAnn Smart Named Director of Clinical Services at Jackson-Feild Homes

    Jackson-Feild Homes, the parent company of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services, has named Dr. JoAnn Smart Vice President of Programs.  Dr. Smart will be responsible for the therapeutic services at Jackson-Feild and will work closely with the residential, educational and spiritual services departments.

    Dr. Smart is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in Arizona.  She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the U.S. military at Camp Lejeune NC and in Jacksonville FL.

    She has conducted research focusing on attachment related problems among children and adolescents in residential placements and has extensive experience in working with adolescents suffering from multiple emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

  4. Teaching Peer and Fellow Recognition

    Southside Virginia Community College honored adjunct faculty members on August 19th at the Estes Community Center in Chase City.  In order to be named a Teaching Peer, an adjunct faculty member must have taught at least 30 credits over a minimum of five years and have above average evaluations.  A Teaching Fellow must have taught at least 60 credits over a ten-year period and have excellent evaluations.  The adjunct faculty members recognized as Teaching Peers and Fellows were:

    Teaching Peers: (L to R) Joanne Catron, Karen Osborne, Jeffrey Lazenby, Angela Mills

    Teaching Fellows: (L to R) Susan Zachensky-Walthall, James Popek, Danna Revis

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  5. Sunscreen Donated to Soldiers

    Dr. Angelnet Stith and Dr. Lorraine Chatmon, Independent Beauty Consultants, thank local businesses and individuals for donating special sunscreen sets valued $25 to our soldiers.  For every soldier sponsored, the profit was re-invested match another soldier.  108 soldiers were blessed with Mary Kay sunscreen and lip protector.  This gives our troops the much needed protection from the sun and provides a way for the community to show support.

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  6. New Features on Emporia News

    You may have noticed over the last few days that there are new buttons below every story on Emporia News.  With these buttons you can easily share an article on Facebook, Tweet a link or Pin it to your Pinterest Account.  Should you use other forms of social media, all of those are available by hovering over the "Save/Share" button.  Nearly every social media option currently known to man is available.

    It is now also super easy to print any article on the site.  Click the Print/PDF button and the article will be converted to a printer friendly page that you can print or save as a PDF.  For those of you that just want the article and not any of the fliers, simply click on any image or paragraph that you wish not to print and it will be omitted, or remove all images by checking the "remove images" box.  You can also change the txt size.  Click on either the printer icon, the PDF icon or the e-mail icon

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  7. Lt. Governor Northam to Headline Delegate Tyler's Annual Banquet

    Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be the guest speaker at Delegate Roslyn Tyler's 10th Annual Banquet to be held on September 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia, VA.

    Lt. Gov. Northam grew up on the Eastern Shore before attending VMI where he graduated with distinction and was President of the Honor Court. After then graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School then served eight years active duty in the US Army, rising to the rank of Major. Upon his return from treating soldiers injured in Dersert Storm, Ralph began practicing pediatric neurology at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. Ralph also serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and seventeen years of volunteer sservice as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.

    As a State Senator from 2008-2013, Ralph scored numerous major legislative accomplishments, including the prohibition on smoking in restaurants, protecting young athletes who have sustained concussions, improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and shielding our first responders from communicable diseases.

    Elected Lieutenant Governor on November 5, 2013, Ralph's top priorities are economic development, strengthening early childhood education, implementing meaningful mental health reform, protecting women’s health care access, and carefully stewarding the Commonwealth’s environmental resources.

    Ralph lives in Norfolk with his wife Pam, a long-time Elementary School teacher who currently works for the local conservation organization Lynnhaven River NOW. They have two children: Wes, a neurosurgical resident at the University of North Carolina, and Aubrey, a graduate of the University of Virginia, who works in communications in Hampton Roads.

    For more information concerning Delegate Tyler's banquet and attendance to this special event please contact Mary Beth Washington, Legislative Assistant to Delegate Tyler at the office #434-336-1710.

  8. Editorial-Tearing Down Our History and Our Community

    In the early part of the last century, when institutional racism was rampant, education was a rare commodity for the Black Community in the United States.  Slavery was over, but another form of brutal economic enslavement was still hanging on.  Sharecropping became the new way to keep Blacks and poor Whites “in their place.”  The White community had good public schools, but Black students were not allowed to attend classes in those grand Victorian palaces of education.

    In the Black Community there were private venues for education, many were Church supported.  Educating Black Americans was no longer illegal, as it was in the days of slavery, but it was rare to see a school for Black students in rural Virginia.  There was a school in Brunswick County that educated black students in the late 19th century, but it was funded, mainly, by subscriptions from Northern Backers.

    One man became the driving force for education in the Black Community, after seeing the major disparities in the segregated system of the South.  Julius Rosenwald, a Jew and President of the Sears Roebuck Company spent a substantial part of his fortune to build schools specifically for the Black Community.  Rosenwald was a second generation American whose parents fled Germany in 1854 because of the anti-Jewish sentiment; Rosenwald understood the effects of discrimination.

    Rosenwald was convinced of the need of quality education for Blacks in the South by a Virginian: Booker T. Washington.  Washington was born a Slave, but at the age of 25 became the first principal of the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers in Alabama.  He built his school into the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, by far the best known, largest and most successful Black College in the country.

    Both Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington understood the value of education and the importance of community.

    Rosenwald Schools depended on funding from the local government and donations from the local Black Communities where they were built, in addition to the funds from Rosenwald.  Many of these schools became centers of the communities that they served.

    In Greensville County alone, there were 13 Rosenwald Schools.  The Orion, Claresville and Barley Schools were One-teacher Types; Independence, Diamond Grove, Mars Hill, Antioch, Powell, Rylands, Radium and Dahlia Schools were Two-teacher Types;  Jarratts School was a Three-teacher type.  Of the 13 schools in the county only the South Emporia Training School – later known as the Greensville County Training School – was a Six-teacher type, and the only one constructed of brick.  Only 16 of the Six-teacher Schools were built in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Schools built with Rosenwald Fund monies were designated by the number of teachers or classrooms, and the plans were developed over several years.  Rosenwald Schools have several defining characteristics: high windows for ventilation and light, quality blackboards, coat-rooms, patent desks for the students.  The plans were published in books titled Community School Plans, which specified every detail, including color schemes.  This uniformity is what makes Rosenwald Schools so recognizable today.

    Many communities have preserved their Rosenwald Schools and made them, once again, centers of the community.  Just south of us, in Halifax, NC, there is a preserved Rosenwald School, the last remaining Rosenwald School in Brunswick County, the Saint Paul’s School has been preserved and just recently received a roadside historic marker.  In Farmville, Virginia, the R. R. Moton High School, also a Six-teacher Type has been preserved and is now a museum.

    Here, in Emporia, though, we apparently have no need for historic preservation.  Just last month Citizens voiced their opinions to save the Auditorium on Main Street after City Council decided to demolish the building.  Now that the voice of the people has saved that structure, City Council has the Greensville County Training School in the crosshairs.

    When the School Board consolidated schools, the old Training School was surplus and became a dumping ground for old furniture and equipment.  The new addition became the School Board office and was maintained while the historic building next door was allowed to deteriorate and crumble.

    Alumni of the school stepped in and started a grass-roots effort to save the building that was, at one time, the center of a thriving African-American Community.  While some still see the building as a symbol of the dark days of segregation, many of the alumni have fond memories of the school.  The Auditorium was the site of school and community events.

    The School Board deeded the building to the group in the early part of the 21st Century, and Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School  has been working hard to save the building since then.  Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School is a 501(c)3 Not For Profit organization.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a member of the Citizens United Board of Directors.

    Saving this building has not been easy.  The building had been neglected for so long that it was collapsing from the inside, prompting the City to require that the preservation group “selectively demolish” huge sections of the structure and fence it off in the name of safety and the group complied, leaving the structure in the state it is in today.  Even with the “selective demolition,” though, the group has not been deterred.

    Through donations and with limited funding from the City, plans were developed for the restoration of the building to its original state.  The plans included a museum and space for an education center long before the building of the Southside Virginia Education Center in the County.  In addition the building has been placed on the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the National Register of Historic Places because of its historic importance to our community.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared Rosenwald Schools “National Treasures.”

    An Architectural Rendering of the Restored Greensville County Training School.

    The City of Emporia seemed supportive of the project, just as they did with the Civic Center project.  Things have apparently changed now.  After a closed door meeting of City Council on August 18, Council voted to force the group to tear what remains of the building down, and has earmarked $80,000 to pay for it themselves if the group does not comply.

    Unlike the Civic Center Foundation, Citizens United has not been given an opportunity to share their concerns with the City.  The decision to demolish was made in private, with notice provided to Citizens United afterwards.  The closed session notice on the agenda was the only notice given that there were any discussions about the fate of the Training School building.  Said closed session was entered under the vague guise of “legal advice.”

    The vote to demolish was unanimous, with Council Member Dale Temple absent, on a motion made by F. Woodrow Harris and seconded by Jay Ewing.  It would seem that Council Member Harris (who also made the motion to demolish the Auditorium) does not see the need for historic preservation.  One may also assume that the three African-American members of City Council no longer remember the importance of Community.  One should also wonder why is it that Frances Woodrow “Woody” Harris, Council Member for District Four, seems so hell-bent on destroying every historic building in town?

    Our Community is dying.  Children are no longer born here, unless the delivery occurs in the Emergency Room.  There is no major prospect for sustaining Economic Development.  There is no desire to preserve the history of our Community.

    In order to help economic development we need to invest in our Community.  Saving structures like the Auditorium and the Training School is an investment that will help draw business and industry to Emporia.  Too little importance is placed on enhancing our Quality of Life.  Too little importance is placed on Quality Education for the students in our public school system, as evidenced by the budget impasse we nearly faced in June.  For businesses to relocate here we need a strong Public School System and choices for arts and culture. 

    Saving the Auditorium was the first step; we need to keep fighting to save our history and our community.  We cannot allow City Council to demolish one of the few remaining historic structures.  If We the People allow this building to be torn down, which one will be next?  Will Council set its sights on Village View and tear it down because it is in need of a coat of paint?

    Of the five sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the City, only one, the Greensville County Training School, is a site related to African-American History.  In light of the recent tax increases does the City really need to spend $80,000 to force this issue now?  What would be the harm in giving Citizens United the same opportunity that was afforded the Civic Center Foundation?

  9. Should City Council cancel the Demolition Order for the Greensville County Training School?

    Yes, Save the Building
    78% (270 votes)
    No, Tear Down our History
    22% (78 votes)
    Total votes: 348
  10. TopHand Reds U14 weekend champions

    Emporia VA based TopHand Reds U14 travel baseball team with several Roanoke Valley players earned a championship this past weekend at the "Battle of the Border" tournament in South Hill VA.

    The TopHand team beat Clark County Crushers 11-7 in the championship game in their first fall season tournament.

    Players & coaches pictured above are: Ethan Dixon, Colin Long, Cameron Medlin, Colby Turner, Ethan Vincent, Jeremy Harmon, Josh Smiley, Elliott Cross, Aaron Tudor, Josh Haydu, Jared Lynch, Chris Smiley, Scott Turner, Randy Jessee & Mark Haydu.

    Coach Randy Jessee stated, "We are proud of how hard the kids are working & how much improvement they are making." "The team had good pitching performances from Cameron Medlin, Josh Haydu & Colby Turner.

    Josh Haydu was starting pitcher for the championship & Cameron Medlin came in for relief in the 4th inning to close the game.

    Elliott Cross pitched well, defensive standouts were Colin Long, Jeremy Harmon, big offense were by Josh Smiley, Aaron Tudor, Collin Long & Cameron Medlin.

    (Thank You to RRSpin.com for allowing Emporia News to republish this story.)

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  11. Bobby Wrenn Speaks to Truck Driving Training School Grads

    Robert C. Wrenn of Emporia was the guest speaker on August 7, 2015 at the Truck Driver Training School graduation of Southside Virginia Community College in Greensville County.  For information about Truck Driver Training at SVCC, call 434-292-3101.

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  12. SBA Announces Funding to Boost Export Opportunities for Small Businesses

    STEP Program Awards $17.4 Million to Promote Small Business Global Trade

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a $578,500 grant to Virginia as part of the State Trade and Export Promotion program, which supports activities to increase exporting by small businesses, August 25, 2015.

    "Exports are a central part of America's economic growth; with export-supported jobs paying 15-18% more. Yet, less than one percent of small businesses export; and of those that do, 58 percent only export to one country. Unlocking trade opportunities for small businesses is key to continued growth and expansion,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “STEP ensures local resources are available to help small businesses tap global markets.”

    The program’s objectives aim to increase the value and number of exports number for small businesses. Expanding the base of small exporters and making the process as easy as possible is one of the keys to the Administration’s National Export Initiative.

    STEP 2015 helps states involve small businesses with export related activities and initiatives in line with program objectives; including participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, U.S. Department of Commerce subscription services, as well as design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops and more.

    “With more than two and a quarter million dollars going to Mid-Atlantic Region states and their export development partners, we’re delivering powerful tools and resources required for small businesses to launch services and products abroad,” added SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho. “With 95% of consumers living outside of the United States, STEP ensures America's small businesses succeed in the global economy,”

    For additional information on the STEP program and the FY 2015 awardees, visit https://www.sba.gov/content/sba-announces-funding-boost-export-opportunities-small-businesses.

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  13. Lorentz-Velvin Engagement Announced

    Mr. and Mrs. Richard David Lorentz, Jr. of Colonial Heights, Virginia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ann Lorentz to Justin Benjamin Velvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Benjamin Velvin, Jr. of Emporia, Virginia.  The bride –to- be is a graduate of Colonial Heights High School and is a lead teacher at James Child Development Center.  Her fiance’ graduated from Greensville County High School and is a technician at Georgia-Pacific.  The couple is planning a December 12, 2015 wedding.

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  14. Southside Regional Medical Center Offers Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR Training

    Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will offer Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR Training on Tuesday, September 1st from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The class will be held in SRMC’s A/B Classroom, located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg.  The cost to participate is $90. The class size is limited and the deadline to register is August 27.  To register for this class or for more information, call 804-765-5729.

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  15. Obituary-Margaret Taylor Mason

    Margaret Taylor Mason, 78, of Yale, VA, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by both her husbands Edwin Allan Gayle and J.R. Mason; and one sister, Ida Louise Goodman.  She is survived by six children, Katherine Anderson and husband, Bernard, Margaret Goodwin and husband, Lee, Elizabeth “Betsy” Vick and husband, Dennis, Richard Gayle, Matthew Gayle and wife, Barbie; and Mary Futrell and husband, Tim.  The funeral services will be held graveside, 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Readville Baptist Church Cemetery, Sussex, VA.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  16. Obituary-Carolyn Ann Starke

    Carolyn Ann Starke, 68, of Emporia, died Friday, August 15, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Thomas Starke and one daughter Valerie Newsome.  She is survived by her children, Sean Arritt and wife Amberlynne, Barbara Wyatt and husband Danny, Nelson Starke, and Penny Holland and husband Al; one brother Michael Reichert; 16 grandchilddren; 4 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Emporia, VA.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  17. Obituary-Wilmer “Will” Sledge

    Wilmer “Will” Sledge, 78, of Adams Grove, VA, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Sledge and one sister Lois Clark.  He is survived by one son, Jody Sledge; one daughter, Buffy Sledge Long; six sisters, Ruby Rodgers, Flora Cutchins, Shirley Bradshaw, Ann Jones, Josephine Peffer, and Jenny Lee Holt; and one brother, Vernon Turner.  Will was a member of Adams Grove Baptist church and an active member of Adams Grove Ruritan Club.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  18. SVCC Truck Driving Training School Graduates

    Southside Virginia Community College recognized graduates from the Truck Driver Training School located at the Southside Virginia Education center on August 7th.  Graduates were:

    Left to Right:  Duncan Quicke, TDTS Coordinator, Bobby Wrenn, guest speaker, David Gwaltney (4.0 GPA, Jarratt), Kevin Phillips (4.0 GPA, Emporia), Jerrell Turner (Emporia), Shaheed Ahman (Emporia), Cleo Malone (Emporia), Trey Martin (Emporia), Harry Woodly (Emporia), Willie Crawley, Instructor, Jason Drinkwater, Instructor.

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  19. SVCC Workforce Offers Groundsman Program

    Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development is pleased to announce its first cohort has completed the Electrical Utility Groundsman Training non-credit program.  

    The class consists of 16 days of instruction (128 hours).  Within the course curriculum, the student receives several certifications necessary for this field of work including, OSHA 10, Work Zone, Flagging, CPR/ First Aid.

    The hands-on, high-demand training program affords students the opportunity to utilize various pieces of equipment and tools of the trade. The course prepares the student for an entry level position as an electrical groundsman.

    The next class will begin Monday, November 2nd, 2015 and runs through Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. The class will meet Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4PM at the SVCC Occupational Tech Center/Picket Park in Blackstone, VA.

    For more information about the upcoming Electrical Utility Groundsman training class, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu. Pre-registration is required.

    On June 29th, Mecklenburg Electric representatives Leilani Todd and Ron Campbell spoke with the SVCC Electrical Utility Groundsman students on safety, job opportunities, and job readiness skills. Pictured (from left to right): Leilani Todd, Joshua Gilbert, William Weston, Stuart Armes, Dakota Rhodes, Robert Uribe, Ken Ashworth, instructor from TCR Management and Ron Campbell.

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  20. Missing Child Alert

    THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAVE ISSUED AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT ON AUGUST 20, 2015.

    THE SUFFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR SANISE DIAMONIQUE HALL,     14 YEARS OLD, 5 FEET 2 INCHES, WEIGHT 94 lbs., WITH  BROWN EYES, AND BLACK         HAIR WITH RED STREAKS, LAST SEEN WEARING: A BLACK HOODIE, BLACK TANK TOP, RED PAJAMA BOTTOMS WITH PINK HEARTS, AND UNKNOWN COLORED FLIP FLOPS.

    THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT 2024 BARCLAY PLACE, APT 304, SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA.              . 

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: SANISE HAS A SCAR ABOVE HER RIGHT EYE. SANISE ALSO RECENTLY HAD BACK SURGERY AND SHOULD HAVE A SCAR FROM THAT PROCEDURE. SANISE IS PRESCRIBED PROZAC, AND IS WITHOUT HER MEDICATION. SANISE MAY POSSIBLY BE HEADED TO FLORIDA BY AN UNKNOWN MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION.

    PLEASE CONTACT DETECTIVE MATTHEW FAUBION, SUFFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 757-377-6746 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

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  21. KAINE DISCUSSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION ALONG ROUTE 58

    Kaine visited Emporia, South Hill, Boydton & South Boston

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Continuing his five-day swing through Virginia today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine made stops in Emporia and South Hill to meet with local leaders and discuss opportunities for economic development and job creation. In the morning, Kaine met with Emporia Mayor Mary Person and went on a retail walk through the town. Photos are available here.

    "I sat down with Mayor Person and other local leaders today to hear their advice for ways I can be helpful, from pushing for long-term infrastructure investments to improving K-12 education and workforce training,” Kaine said. “Emporia's strategic location at the intersection of Route 58 and I-95 and the work I saw today to renovate its historic downtown will be critical as they work to attract new business to the city."

    Kaine also stopped in South Hill to tour the historic Colonial Theatre with Mayor Earl Horne, Town Manager Kim Callis and other local leaders. Photos are available here.

    “I’ve been looking forward to revisiting the renovated historic Colonial Theatre,” Kaine said. “The performing arts play an integral role in community building and local economic development. It’s great that South Hill has such a historic attraction in its town.”

    Later in the day, Kaine visited the Microsoft Data Center in Boydton and ABB Halifax in South Boston to take tours of the facilities, met with employees and discussed the importance of investments in career and technical education (CTE) to grow a workforce. Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, recently introduced the JOBS Act to expand federal Pell Grants to students who enroll in short-term job training programs, which would help workers afford high-quality training in advanced manufacturing and other industries.

        

        

        

  22. Note of Thanks

    On behalf of Josephine Fannin, myself (Tracy Sison), and the entire Fannin family I would like to say a deeply heartfelt THANK YOU for all of the cards, visits, meals, thoughts, prayers and various acts of kindness in between shown to us during the final days of our loved one, Ricky Fannin.  Each of you played a part in making his final days as happy as possible. The overwhelming generosity from all of you allowed the family to focus completely on Ricky and not have to be concerned with anything else.  Thank you does not seem sufficient enough to express how sincerely grateful we are.  Love was, without a doubt, manifest through all of you in our time of need.  We will never forget the love and kindness shown to us, we are overwhelmed by it. God bless each and every one of you!

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  23. Amanda Sopko Named R-MC Assistant Softball Coach

    ASHLAND, Va. – Former R-MC softball standout Amanda Sopko has been named the program’s first full-time assistant coach.

    “’Sop’ was a fantastic addition to our softball program four years ago,’ head coach Kevin Proffitt said. “After an outstanding career here at R-MC, I feel very fortunate to be able to add her to our staff as an assistant coach.

    “As a player, she was a committed student-athlete. She played with a great deal of passion and earned the respect of our coaches as well as her teammates. I expect her to hit the ground running and continue to model that same level of passion and commitment as a member of our coaching staff.”

    A native of Skippers, Va., and a graduate of Greensville High School, Sopko played both second base and outfield for the Yellow Jackets this past season. She batted .353 and earned All-ODAC Second Team honors. Sopko was tied for second in the conference with 27 stolen bases, third with 38 runs, fifth with 17 walks and seventh with an on-base percentage of .467.

    R-MC posted a record of 26-12 in 2015 and won its first ODAC Tournament title. The Yellow Jackets went 4-0 in Salem and Sopko was named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team. R-MC made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament and was runner-up in the Newport News Regional. Sopko earned a spot on the All-Regional Team and was also voted Second Team All-Region.

    “I’m excited to be returning from our championship team,” Sopko said. “I hope to work hard so our program can continue to have seasons such as this previous one.”

    Sopko played four years for the Yellow Jackets. During her career, R-MC went 115-47 (.710) overall and 51-27 (.654) in ODAC contests. Sopko was All-ODAC Third Team as a freshman and Second Team as a junior and senior. Sopko scored 122 career runs and was successful on 85 of 92 stolen base attempts for a success rate of 92.4%. Sopko is seventh all-time in the ODAC with 85 career steals while earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon in 2015 with a minor in communication studies.

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  24. Virginia Housing Development Authority Homeownership Workshop Offered in Emporia

    VHDA’s Home Ownership Education Workshop will be offered Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office located at 105 Oak Street, Emporia. Participants must attend both sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion.

    The workshop is free and being coordinated by Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Greensville/Emporia Office and the Emporia- Greensville Financial Literacy Coalition. It is aimed at first-time home buyers who are financially ready to become homeowners. The workshop covers the educational requirement for a VHDA mortgage and it may also count as first-time home buyer education for other loan programs.

    Topics to be covered in this six-hour workshop include: Personal Finances, Credit and Credit Issues, Working with a Realtor, Role of the Lender, Loan Closing and the Home Inspection. Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233 by Friday, September 4 to register. You may also register online at www.vhda.com. A minimum of 5 participants must be registered for class to be conducted.

    If you are a person with a disability and require assistance or accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least five days prior to this event. TDD number is 800-828-1120.

    Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. .

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  25. Impact the Future of Our Food: Fall Course Offerings at SVCC Include Seated and Online Options

    Whether an agricultural producer or a food consumer, each of us is affected by what happens within our food production system.  Southside Virginia Community College’s agribusiness program assesses all aspects of the food production system and offers four agribusiness courses this fall, including online options. 

    In the animal science course (AGR 141), students will gain an overview of the types of livestock raised in the United States and will get a basic understanding of the science behind the nutrition and reproduction of farm animals.  The plant science course (AGR 142) provides a similar type of background in plant biology, with a look at ecosystems, climate, soils, plant structure, and plant growth and development.  A key component of these two science courses is a Friday lab which takes students into the field to see agricultural production and agribusiness in action.  In past semesters, students have visited beef, dairy, swine, goat, and diversified animal operations; tobacco, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, small grain, and fruit/vegetable operations; as well as input supply and output marketing firms such as Meherrin Chemical, CPS, Spaulding Equipment, Southern States, Farm Credit, Clay’s Garden Center, and Mid Atlantic Gin.  Online students are provided with options that will work for their individual situations.

    The agribusiness marketing course (AGR 231) provides an understanding of consumer decision-making and all of the steps that it takes to get a product from the farmer to the end consumer.  Students create a marketing plan for a product or service of their choice, conducting market research, selecting a target consumer, selecting a pricing strategy, and determining the best way of getting the product into the consumers’ hands.  This course would be particularly helpful to existing farms or businesses seeking to expand or diversify operations. 

    The food production and food safety course (AGR 233) addresses the types of processing that farm products undergo enroute to the final consumer and emphasizes food safety regulations in place to keep the U.S. food supply safe.  Students will create a biosecurity plan for a farm of their choice. 

    In addition to the traditional seated daytime course offerings, the agribusiness program is offering these courses in an online format.  Students can register for the online section of the course and can listen to the two weekly lectures via the course Blackboard site.  The lecture will include a Powerpoint presentation and an audio recording of the seated class.  In place of any in-class activities assigned to the students in the seated section of the course, students in the online section will be given an assignment to be completed on the Blackboard discussion board.  Therefore, students who are unable to enroll in the seated courses due to work or family obligations can still participate in the agribusiness program.  If there is ever a time that online students are able to visit a campus location, they are welcome to join the seated class on those days.

    Agribusiness classes will begin meeting the week of August 24 and can be added throughout that week.  To register for any of the AGR courses, visit www.southside.edu .  First-time enrollees should click on the admissions link and complete the registration request.  Current students can enroll utilizing MySVCC.  For additional information about the courses or the degrees offered through the agribusiness program, contact Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu or 434-949-1053.

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  26. First Day of School at Brunswick Academy

        

    Left: Austin Dornak, Morgan Stanly and Shana Love are excited to start their day at Brunswick Academy.  Right:  Micah Love, Parker Burke, Kyle Tanner, Tyler Creedle and Hart Creedle look forward to an exciting year.

        

    Left: Cousins Sadler Lundy and Naomi Sadler look forward to midle school this year.  Right: Nick Coleman, Ashton Carroll, Conner Harper and Everett Lynch look forward to their first day in Middle school. 

    First Day of Senior Year!

  27. Team Mitch Bass Tournament

    I am hosting a benefit tournament for a friend of mine.  His name is Mitch Mitchell.  Over the years, Mitch and his family have given and done a lot for the community, always there when called upon, always thinking of others.  Well, now this family needs us.  Mitch has been battling cancer and the medical bills have been pouring in.  I would like to try and ease the burden some but I need your help.  That’s why I’m putting together this fundraiser called “Team Mitch”.  If you want to help a good cause come out August 22 and fish in this tournament.  If you don’t fish or don’t own a boat and still want to help you can make a donation to Team Mitch.  Every little bit will help.  We will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs at the weigh-in and also 50/50 raffle tickets.

    Place:             Nottoway River, 258 Landing

    Date:              August 22, 2015

    Time:              6:30am – 2:30pm

    Entry:             $75 (includes big fish)

    Size/Creel:     5 Bass Limit (12” length)

    Payback:        75% with 25% donated to Team Mitch

    For more information contact Bubba Gay @ 434-637-2822 or Tina Pope @ 434-594-4579.

  28. Peebles Celebrates Grand Re-opening After Remodel

    The Management and staff of Peeble's were joined by Mayor Mary Person, members of City Administration, Clerk of the Circuit Court Bobby Wrenn, members of the Chamber of Commerce and local shoppers for a ribbon cutting following a brief remodel.

        

        

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  29. Back-To-School-Splash Party

    Lawrenceville, VA August 31, 2015: WHLQ Radio Mix 105.5 FM and Brunswick-Mayfield Recreation Center is hosting a Back to School Splash Party, Saturday, August 29th from 12noon to 6 pm. There will be food, games, swimming, give-a-ways, gift cards, and backpacks filled with school supplies for children.

    We are asking individuals, businesses, and churches to partner with us and be a sponsor. We need volunteers, monetary gifts, gift cards, and school supplies. Call Tiffany Vincent at 434-378-3249 or Cathy Fielding 804-596-WHLQ to donate, be a sponsor, or to get more information. To email us write to whlq1055fm@gmail.com and or visit WHLQ website at www.whlqmix1055fm.com.
     

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  30. Obituary-Julian P. Mitchell, Jr. (Mitch)

    Julian P. Mitchell, Jr. (Mitch), 56, went home to be with the Lord and his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, August 14, 2015. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his battle with cancer and ultimately gave him peace. He was preceded in death by his father, Julian P. Mitchell, Sr. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Brenda L. Mitchell and his children, Shannon Mitchell (Lee), Justin Mitchell, Christopher Gay, Brandy Ogburn (Eddie); mother, Alice G. Mitchell; sisters, Joy Mitchell and Sydnee Mininno; nephews, Cody Mitchell and Noah Mininno; grandchildren, Alex Mitchell, Allison Turner, Dylan, E.J. and Jackson Ogburn and his three loving companions Petey, Bandit and Smokey Joe. Special thanks to Betty P. Harrell, Melinda and Nathan Jones, Sandy and Gene Craft, Concord UMC, Tina and Charlie Pope, Mike Shearin, Jeff Robinson, Darlene Parnell, Grayson Mitchell, Mark Yeattes, Sherry Barnes, Chipper and Kenny Brown, Danny Allen, Jim and Ashlyn Sampson and The Greensville Ruritan Club. Also a special thanks to Dr. Kevin Brigle,NP and special nurses Wendy Durham, Robin Harris, Linda Thompson and Helen Wilson. A visitation will be held Monday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 4pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Thomas Palliative Care Fund, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  31. Obituary-Frank B. Lifsey, Jr.

    Frank B. Lifsey, Jr., 72, of Emporia, died Friday, August 14, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Ann Lifsey, daughter, Katherine Giszack (Todd), daughter, Elisabeth Lifsey; son, John Lifsey (Margaret); four grandsons, Micah Giszack, Jared Giszack, Rhodes Lifsey and David Giszack; three sisters, Beverly Taylor, Frances Miller, and Myrt Quinlan. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday, August 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Monday, August 17 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  32. KAINE TO SPEND TWO DAYS DISCUSSING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON ROUTE 58

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will spend two days making stops along Route 58 to discuss economic development in Southern Virginia. On Wednesday, he will join Mayor Mary Person and other local leaders in Emporia for an economic development discussion and retail walk. Later in the morning, he will visit the historic Colonial Theatre in South Hill. In the afternoon, Kaine will tour the Microsoft Data Center in Boydton and the ABB Halifax facilities in South Boston to discuss the importance of investments in career and technical education (CTE) to grow a talented workforce. Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, recently introduced the JOBS Act to expand federal Pell Grants to students who enroll in short-term job training programs, which would help workers afford high-quality training in advanced manufacturing and other industries. As Governor, Kaine announced a major expansion of ABB in Virginia.

    On Thursday, August 20, Kaine will continue his tour along Route 58 at the Goodyear Tire Plant in Danville, where he will greet workers during the morning shift change and tour the facility that is home to Danville's largest employer. Later in the morning, Kaine will visit the New College Institute (NCI) where he will tour the new facility, meet with students and attend the unveiling of a new $1 million academic coater machine. As Governor, Kaine played a key role in establishing NCI, which provides students in Southern Virginia with state-of-the-art resources and high-quality training to help them compete in a new global economy. In the afternoon, Kaine will visit with students in Carroll County High School’s STEM lab for vocational agriculture. The STEM lab, which is the first of its kind in the nation, was made possible in part due to financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Later in the afternoon, Kaine will tour Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the United States and a major employer in Galax.  In the evening, Kaine will throw the first pitch as the Pulaski Yankees take on the Elizabethton Twins at historic Calfee Park.

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  33. SVCC Graduates Nurses

    Southside Virginia Community College held a Pinning Ceremony for its Practical Nursing graduates on August 6th at the Christanna Campus in Alberta, VA.

    The graduates were: Pictured (L to R):  1st Row: Kaelyn Williams, Crystal Bendall, Michelle Hensley, Autumn Britton; 2nd Row:  Sydney Marshall, Alyssa Velvin, Nicole Hicks, Chantel Walker, Candace Lee

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  34. Obituary-John Richard (Ricky) Fannin Jr.

    John Richard (Ricky) Fannin, Jr, 61, of N. Prince George, VA, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Ricky was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved animals, enjoyed collecting arrowheads and was deeply devoted to his family.  He is survived by his long time friend and companion, Jo Fannin; mother, Jean Fannin; brother, James “Jimmy” Fannin and wife, Phyllis; sister, Carolyn Fannin; a step-daughter, Tracy Sison and numerous nieces and nephews.  The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 at Southlawn Cemetery, 1911 Birdsong Rd, S. Prince George, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Humane Society of your choice.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  35. Southside Regional Medical Center Announces Launch of Open Heart Surgery Services

    Petersburg, VA (August 12, 2015– The Center for Heart & Vascular Care at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is pleased to announce the launch of its open heart surgery program. Several patients have undergone open heart surgery since the initial case was performed in June by Dr. Michael Wood, cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director of the Center.

    SRMC is the only medical center in Health Planning District 19 to offer open heart surgery, affording residents the ability to have highly-specialized cardiac care within their community. Previously, patients in southside Virginia had to travel up to 60 minutes or more to access these lifesaving procedures. With nearly half of all open heart procedures being emergent or urgent, travel time is critical. Additionally, families no longer need to face long travel times and the added expense of lodging and meals in order to support to their loved ones at the bedside.

    “I am honored to be a part of a team so dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care to our patients,” explains Michael Wood, MD, FACS, FACC. “Throughout the past months of extensive planning and preparation, I have been extremely impressed by the time and effort devoted to the recruitment of highly trained, experienced clinicians as well as to the cultivation of a patient and family centered environment.”

    Dr. Wood is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, where he also completed his internship and residency. In addition to being board certified in critical care surgery, general surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Wood specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic oncology. He is recognized as a fellow and member of several cardiac societies and associations.  Dr. Wood has been performing cardiac surgery for almost three decades.

    Open heart surgery services performed at the Center include Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, heart valve repair, and heart valve replacement, adding a full complement to SRMC’s existing comprehensive list of cardiovascular services. SRMC is an accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care) and a certified Primary Stroke Center (The Joint Commission). In addition to open heart procedures, SRMC offers diagnostic and interventional services through its cardiovascular and cardiac catheterization labs, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, stroke care and cardiac rehabilitation.

    For more information on The Center for Heart & Vascular Care at Southside Regional Medical Center and the open heart surgery program, please visit SRMConline.com/heart or call 1.844.59.HEART (1.844.594.3278).

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  36. Richardson Memorial Library Closed Friday

    The W.E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed Friday, August 14 for the installation of a new circulation desk. Regularly scheduled hours are expected to resume on Saturday, August 15, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. The library apologizes for the disruption of service during this construction phase.

  37. Delano Named to Board of National Association For Children’s Behavioral Health

    Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was recently named an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

    NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

    With twenty-five years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past six years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 160-year history, and the organization is more viable and meaningful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make an impact at the national level.

  38. Be a Part of the Virginia Peanut Festival

    The Virginia Peanut Festival is just around the corner.  The festival will begin with the Kick-off Cook Off on Thursday, September 24th.  The Parade will be on Saturday, 26th September.

    If you would like to be a part of the Festival, here are the applications you need to fill out.

    Parade Application

    All parade applications for the Virginia Peanut Festival Parade (to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26th) need to be received by this Thursday, Sept. 17th.

     

    Food Vendor Application

    Information Booth Application

    Arts and Craft Application

    Car Show Application

  39. Start A Great Career Through SVCC’s Precision Machining Program

    Precision Machining classes, also known as Integrated Machining, are available in Greensville County through Southside Virginia Community College.  The program offers a two-year Career Studies Certificate at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at the Government Complex of Greensville County.    The curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. 

    As the instructor, Douglas Beaver has 20+ years working in the Precision Machining Industry.  His wealth of knowledge is from experience as CNC Computer Numeric  Control ) Machinist, CNC Programmer, Quality Manager, and Sales Engineer in the Machine Tooling Industry. Previously, he was an Instructor in the Computer Integrated Machining program at Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC.  He also holds a Degree in Aviation Systems.

    The Greensville site offers state of the art machining equipment for hands-on training.  The course curriculum is based on the standards of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) offering  students  the opportunity to earn national industry certifications.  In addition to open enrollment classes, Precision Machining is offered as Dual Enrollment for Greensville County High School students in partnership with the school system. 

    Nakia Chambliss, one of two women currently in the program, notes that learning the new workforce skill will offer her “job stability” after her military career.

    Entry level machinists currently make about $20.00 per hour and experienced machinist can make more than $50,000 per year.  The Virginia Employment Commission projects there will be major increases in job openings for machinists by the year 2020.  The program at SVCC is designed to meet the need for machinists locally and regionally.

     Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.  Many of the tools now used in the processes are computerized and the industry is much more high tech than when it began using processes such as carving wood or hand-forging.

    Courses for the program include Machine Shop Practices, Blueprint Reading, Computer Numerical Control, and Geometrical Dimensioning.

    Classes start August 20, 2015.  For more information, visit the college website at www.southside.edu or call Doug Beaver or Gary Cifers at 434-634-9358.

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  40. Evelyn Newsome Celebrates 97 Years

    Friends and Family helped Evelyn Newsome celebrate her 97th birthday Sunday.  Evelyn's family attended Church with her. After Church friends and family gathered for lunch at Shoney's

  41. Obituary-Cora Belle Williams Davis

    Cora Belle Williams Davis, 103, of Emporia passed away on August 7, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband, Al Davis, Sr. and her son Al Davis, Jr. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Libby Davis; three granddaughters, Lynn Barefoot and husband Miles, Nancy Parrish and husband Hillary and Kris Rowland and husband Stephen; great-grandchildren, Liz Montanez and husband E.J., Blake Smith, Jessica Parrish, Elizabeth Rolfe and husband Evan, David Parrish, Mason Temple and wife Amanda and Carter Rowland; and one great-great-grandchild, Madelyn Montanez. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2pm in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Following the graveside service the family will remain to receive family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  42. Fostering Entrepreneurship to Look More like America

    BY SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho

    The world has its eyes on the United States’ entrepreneurial economy, but America needs to do more to ensure we’re tapping into our full potential. That’s why President Obama recently hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day, where startup founders from all walks of life and across the country showcased their savvy innovations, products and business models.

    Entrepreneurs are frustrated with state and local permitting processes, accessing capital, and receiving solid mentorship, and the SBA is addressing these issues with initiatives like StartUp in a Day, Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, and the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit. These initiatives help everyday Americans harness talent and ideas to innovate and create good jobs for a thriving 21st Century economy. Most importantly, they’ll help us maintain our lead as the best place to start and scale a business.

    Start Up In a Day:The cumbersome registration process for licenses and permits is a persistent challenge for business owners. As part of the Startup in a Day initiative announced by the President earlier this year, SBA announced 28 prizes of $50,000 each to cities and Native American communities to help them streamline the licensing, permitting, and other requirements needed to start a business in their areas, with the goal of enabling entrepreneurs to apply for everything necessary to begin within one business day.

    Growth Accelerator Fund Competition:  SBA announced a total award of $4.4 million to 88 startup accelerators, including those that fill geographic gaps and also foster entrepreneurship among women and other underrepresented groups. Awardees represent 39 states, plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and eight awards are dedicated to Native American entrepreneurs and small businesses. Richmond’s Lighthouse and Hampton’s Peninsula Technology Incubator both focused on technology received a $50,000 cash prize to help incubate local startups to boost the local economy and communities around them.

    2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit: Building off the success of the first InnovateHER Women’s Business Challenge earlier this year, SBA is expanding this initiative to more than double the number of local competitions designed to identify products and services that have measurable impacts on the lives of women and families, have potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace. Given that only around three percent of venture capitalists are women, but women make up over 80 percent of U.S. purchasing power, this expanded Challenge promises to provide a platform for innovations that are often overlooked. As part of this expansion, Microsoft will more than double the prizes awarded.

    The SBA is proud to be a partner for White House Demo Day, let’s continue to band together to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the Nation.

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  43. Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Breaks Par for Jackson-Feild

    Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial served as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Jackson-Feild Home’s annual Golf Tournament.  They contributed $5,000 with the proceeds being used to fund the summer activities program for the residents of Jackson-Feild.  This money paid for off campus field trips, annual Field Day, summer school activities, pool party and other events and activities this summer.

    Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. It has touched lives with fraternalism since 1883.  Their goal is to bring people together, support families and strengthen communities. They serve 770,000 families and are the third largest fraternal benefit society. The home office is in Rock Island, Illinois.

    Bob French has been an old friend of Jackson-Feild and in recent years his son, Travis, has joined with him to help. This year Christian Hamlett has also come on board. Bob is the Regional Director for Modern Woodmen and he embodies the tenets of the society especially strengthening communities.

    The children at Jackson-Feild Homes are the are the beneficiary of Modern Woodmen’s generosity and support and are very grateful for the opportunities they have been given.

  44. Dominion Virginia Power to help more customers manage energy costs thanks to $57 million commitment and expanded EnergyShare

    - EnergyShare expands significantly to include energy assistance, weatherization and energy education outreach.

    - Focus is on low-income customers, with emphasis on helping elderly, military veterans and people living with disabilities.

    - Annual funding and participation are expected to double.

    - Free weatherization and outreach will encourage sustainable energy savings.

    RICHMOND, Va., July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Sept. 1, Dominion Virginia Power will expand its EnergyShare program in both funding and scope to provide financial assistance, weatherization services and educational outreach to more qualifying customers, including people living with disabilities and military veterans facing financial hardships.

    "As a provider of an essential service, we know that many of our customers struggle to pay for basic necessities, including energy," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. "We're making a commitment to invest $57 million through 2019 to help more people get help with energy bills. In addition, we will be offering free weatherization services and outreach to help our customers reduce energy costs going forward."

    The initiative to reduce energy costs for Virginia's most vulnerable residents came out of legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly and an executive directive by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in February 2015. Since then, Dominion has worked hand-in-hand with more than 30 state agencies, non-profit organizations and other experts for guidance on how to best implement the program.

    "I am pleased to see the result of this cooperative effort between legislators, private companies and state agencies to provide help to many deserving individuals and families across the Commonwealth," Gov. McAuliffe said. "In particular, it's fulfilling to extend this important service to multi-family residences and to brave veterans who, in many cases, return stateside to face unemployment and homelessness."

    EnergyShare will remain a program of last resort to help eligible residents pay heating or cooling bills when all other forms of assistance have been exhausted. Under the expanded program, funding and participation are expected to double, and a new weatherization and outreach component will help recipients make lasting changes to reduce energy costs for the long term.

    Free weatherization assessments and improvements may include attic insulation, LED lighting, low-flow showerheads, pipe wrap installation, faucet aerators, furnace fan motors, heat pump and/or AC tune-ups, and air sealing or duct sealing. Weatherization services will be provided by the state's weatherization network to ensure the highest standard of service.

    Since EnergyShare's inception in 1982, Dominion Virginia Power and its customers, employees, retirees and business partners have contributed more than $67 million and have helped more than 300,000 individuals and families. With this newly expanded program, Dominion hopes to reach 10,000 participants a year with energy assistance and provide weatherization to 2,600-5,300 dwellings each year, including single-family homes, mobile homes and multi-family units.

    Under the new program, donations will still be accepted and used to help elderly and low-income residents who face financial hardship and need assistance with energy bills. Because Dominion covers 100 percent of the program's administrative costs, every cent donated by customers, employees or others goes directly to helping those in need.

    Virginia residents can call 2-1-1 for EnergyShare assistance or referrals to health and human services resources. For more information about weatherization, call 1-888-366-8280.

    For details on how to donate or apply for EnergyShare, as well as a list of participating agencies, visit www.dom.com and search: EnergyShare.

    Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with operations in 14 states. Dominion has a portfolio of approximately 20,400 megawatts of generation and 6,455 miles of electric transmission lines, and operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 13 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com/.

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  45. SVCC Panthers Baseball Tryouts Starting August 11th

    Southside Virginia Community College’s baseball team is having tryouts starting on August 11th from 3-5pm on the baseball field located on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.  The tryouts will continue on August 13th at the same time and location.  Games will begin in the Fall.

    To be eligible to participate on the team, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours at SVCC for the Fall semester which starts on August 20th.

    For more information contact head coach Jamie Jones at 434-949-1068 or email:  jamie.jones@southside.edu.

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  46. Sidewalk Sale Helps Local Businesses

        

        

    Despite the lack of customers shown in the photos, Halifax Street merchants hosted a Sidewalk Sale that helped boost business on both Friday and Saturday.  All three Thrift and Consignment Shops moves merchandise to the sidewalk for both days.

    This weekend long sale was billed as the first annual, but one of the shop owners plans on moving merchandise out every other weekend. 

    If you're looking for bargains on quality consigned merchandise, drive on by Halifax Street!

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