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September 2015

  1. Emporia News to Host Candidate Forum

    Emporia News will host a live Candidate Forum preceding the November Election.  With so many people standing for Local Offices, there have been few opportunities to hear from all of them.  The questions asked will be submitted by Emporia News readers, and candidates will be given some time to introduce themselves.  The forum will be a town hall style format. 

    Given the sheer number of candidates, and in an effort to hold the event to two hours, those who are running unopposed will not be asked questions, but will be given time to introduce themselves.

    The event will be held on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm. in the Greensville County Elementary School Auditorium.  Moderators for the 2015 Candidate Forum will be Mrs. Carla Harris and Mr. George E. Morrison, III.  Mr. Morrison is the Chair of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee while Mrs. Harris will represent the Emporia-Greensville Republican Committee.

  2. USDA Commits $2.5 Million to Expand New Farmer Education

    Training Will also Help Returning Service Members, Underserved, and Urban Producers

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2015 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community.

    The grants will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education institutions that develop proposals to improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices.

    “We want to partner with nonprofits, colleges and universities who share USDA’s priority of helping more Americans enter farming as a profession, whether they are new or underserved farmers, returning Service members, minorities, women, and urban producers or those who sell their crops locally,” said Harden.

    USDA will conduct four evaluation periods to review applications, with the deadlines of Nov. 20, 2015, Jan. 22, 2015, Mar. 18, 2016, and May 27, 2016. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available. To learn more about the funding solicitation and the related Farm Service Agency programs, details can be found at www.grants.govwith the reference number USDA-FSA-CA-2015-001.  For nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that are considering participation, an online informational session will be conducted on Sept. 28, 2015.  Additional information is posted on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach.  

    This funding builds on historic investments made in rural America over the past six years and supports programs enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill, which achieved meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has progressively implemented each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

  3. Obituary-Laura Ann Stainback

    Laura Ann Stainback, 74, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Born July 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Ellen Powell; she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, James T. “Jimmy” Stainback; brothers, Sammy and Buddy; and sister, Margaret. Laura Ann is survived by her daughters and son, Donna Jeffries-Castro and husband, Mauricio, Tommy Stainback and wife, Carolyn; and Glenda Rawlings and husband, Mike; five grandchildren, Shaun Glenn, Tiffany Ricks and husband, Chad, Clifton Whitby and wife, Heather, Brandon Rawlings, and Shannon Rawlings; five great-grandchildren, Ella and Skyler Ricks, Ryland, Kellan, and Aydan Whitby, and brother, Bobby Powell and wife, Laura. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1. Interment will follow at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  4. 2015 Peanut Festival Highlight Slideshow

    Rain, at times heavy, did dampen the festivities, but those of us that braved the weather enjoyed the 2015 Virginia Peanut Festival.

  5. New Circulation Desk at Library

    The Richardson Memorial Library located in Emporia, Virginia recently completed the purchase and installation of a new service desk.  This new public service desk is constructed at varied height which now offers library users of all heights and needs easy access to the librarians.  Instead of the older desk which was at a standing height only, the new desk is lower and allows for approachability for comfortable patron-staff interactions.  The new desk also provides a better staff workflow and this means a more effective and efficient public assistance to library patrons.  The old stair steps children had to use to get their books to the top of the desk for check-out are gone, no longer necessary.  The funds for this new public service desk were provided to the Richardson Memorial Library by an anonymous donor expressly for the purpose of improving public service through better design and materials.  The Meherrin Regional Library thanks that donor for thinking of the Richardson Memorial Library and its contribution to the community.  Everyone please come into the library and check out the new desk.

  6. Virginia Peanut Festival Car Show Winners

    53rd ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

    2015 Special Awards

    2015 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”

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    AWARD

    VEHICLE

    OWNER

    1

    Least Chrome

    `37 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

    Bruce Tudor

    2

    Lowest Ride

    `86 Mazda B2000

    Larry Banks

    3

    Most Original            

    `89 Chevy Corvette

    Mason Bradley

    4

    Best Interior

    `86 Chevy Astro Van

    Willie Davis

    5

    Pam’s Choice Award

    `52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

    Cindy Vann

    6

    People’s Choice Award

    `52 Chevy  Styleline Cp.

    Cindy Vann

    7

    Best Appearing, Ford

    `63 Ford Galaxie 500

    Donald Dade

    8

    Best Appearing, Ford Truck

      2010 Ford F-150 p/up

    Bennie Acree

    9

    Best Appearing, Import

      2013 Subaru BRZ

    Felicia Goode

    10

    Best Appearing, GM Product

    `55 Chevy Bel Air

    David Carter

    11

    Best Appearing, Mopar

    `95 Dodge Dakota p/up

    Lester Brannan

    12

    Best Appearing Antique

    `51 Chevy Sedan

    David Turner

    13

    Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

    2010 Harley Ultra       Classic

     

    Lee Seymour

    14

    Best Appearing, Motorcycle

    2005 Harley Electra Glide

                            Dennis Halderman

    15

    Best Appearing, New Model

    2005 Ford Mustang

    Jason Poythress

    16

    Best Appearing, Race Car

    `84 Camaro Drag Car

    Timothy Briley

    17

    Best Appearing, Street Rod

    `68 Chevy Chevelle

    Bobby Cherry

    18

    Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

                                             2011 Ford F-150

                               Tony Wesson

    19

    Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

    `65 Ford Comet

    Mello Davis

    20

    Good Guys Award

    `37 Chevy Sedan

    Bruce Tudor

    21

    Special Interest Award

    `57 Chevy Handyman

    Jack Neal

    22     

    Best In Show, Street Rod                                                  

    `37 Chevy Business Cp.

    Thurston Vann

    23

    Best In Show, Motorcycle

     2001 Harley Trike

    Linda Childress

      24

    Best In Show, Truck

     2005 Chevy SSR

    Mel Ogburn

      25

    Best In Show, Car

    `52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

    Cindy Vann

     

     

    DASH PLATES SPONSORED BY CREEDLE JONES & ALGA CPA

    CHAIRMAN: EARL BLICK

    Title Sponsors: Boyd Chevrolet & Link’s Electrical

  7. Questions for 2015 Candidate Forum

    Emporia News will sponsor a Candidate Forum for all of our candidates for local office.

    Use this form to submit your questions.

  8. SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program Presents FREE Fair Housing Seminar

    South Boston, VA – Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP), a HUD Approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA), and the Virginia Fair Housing Office will present a FREE Fair Housing Seminar to educate the public about Fair Housing Laws in Virginia. This seminar will also cover Hoarding; now a protected class in Virginia.

    This seminar will be presented by Mahalia “Mally” Dryden-Mason, an approved course provider by the Real Estate Board and the Fair Housing Board, and the seminar meets the Continuing Education Units (CEU) requirements for Realtors and Housing Counselors. Topics covered will include: History of Virginia Fair Housing Law, Exemptions in the Law, Restrictive Covenants and Retaliation, and Compulsive Hoarding. What is a Protected Class?, Explanation of Each Protected Class, Fair Housing for Persons with Disabilities, Group Homes, Accessibility (Construction) under Fair Housing, Unlawful Discriminatory Housing Practices, Fair Housing and The Housing Providers, and more.

    The seminar will be:

                            Date:               Monday, October 19, 2015

                            Time:              11:45AM – 4:00PM

                           Location:        Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

                                                      820 Bruce Street

             South Boston, VA 24592

    Call SERCAP at 540-345-1184 ext. 113 (TTY Dial: 711) to reserve your seat for the FREE seminar or to learn more about SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Programs.

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  9. Peanut Festival Underway

    Mr. Peanut poses with this year's Grand Marshall, Mrs. Ruth Tillar

    he 53rd Virginia Peanut Festival kicked off with last evening's Kick-off Kook-off.  Thirteen of Emporia's finest home cooks and professional chefs offered tasty treats and faced the judgment of the crowd.  Mr. Peanut was also present to greet and take photos with guests.

        

    Spivey's Market, represented by Lance and Lisa Williams (pictured above left), offering Peanut Chipotle Chicken.  Virginia Staffing Group, represented by Kelly Epps and Lytricia Warren-Moore (pictured above right) baked Homemade Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Butter Creme Icing. 

        

    Tiffany Slagle and Sherry Scott (pictured above left) made Peanut Butter Crispy Bars while Jean Cobb made (pictured above right) Peanut Butter Haystacks.

        

    Kristen Vaughan (above left) baked Peanut Butter Cupcakes.  Jason Holt, the new chef at The Bank by Kahills (above right), cooked Chicken and Cabbage Alfredo Tacos.

    Trula Hepner and Joshua Grooms, of HHS at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center had two entries, Broccoli Salad with Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing and Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing and a Dark Chocolate Drizzle.

        

    Mike Wells (avobe left), also had two offerings Peanut Butter Ice Cream, with a touch of Cashew Butter and Peanut Brittle.  Elizabeth Wells (above right), owner of the new eatery City Girl with Country Hands made Peanut Soup.

    The entries were divided into categories and prizes were awarded for each category.  Winners were: Main Course-Jason Holt, The Bank by Kahills; Side Trula Hepner and Joshua Grooms, HHS; Dessert-Lytricia Warren-Moore and Kelly Epps of Virginia Staffing Group.  Nutty Mention went to Mike Wells.

  10. Funds to Benefit Apprenticeship Based Training Through SVCC

    President Barrack Obama recently named a consortium of four Virginia community colleges — including Southside Virginia Community College — to receive $2.9 million in grant funds to develop and implement an apprenticeship-based jobs training program.

    The award, made under the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative, will teach advanced manufacturing and information technology career skills to both incumbent workers as well as those new to the workforce. Apprenticeship training combines classroom study with on-the-job training.

    Partnering with SVCC on this project are fellow consortium members Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College, both from the Richmond area, and Danville Community College.  Based on Department of Labor data, as well as regional industry surveys, these colleges share with SVCC a common need to train workers in career pathways such as mechanical engineering technology, computer programming, welding, chemical operations, and database technology, to name but a few of the occupations that will be targeted by the American Apprenticeship grant.

    SVCC anticipates that over $600,000 of the $2.9 million award will be directed to SVCC's service region, with the majority of funding going to cover tuition and training costs for participants.  SVCC serves ten counties and one city in the Southside region of the state.

    “Strategies like apprenticeship programs are both great for talent development and for sourcing talent for employers,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We want to increase these programs in Virginia to help prepare our workforce, and we congratulate the award recipients.”

    Registered Apprenticeships is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction. It is a "win-win" approach to workforce development. In addition to industry certifications that apprentices earn through their work study efforts, the programs SVCC will offer through this American Apprenticeship funding will enable participants to earn college credentials as well.

    SVCC's Vice President of Workforce Services Keith Harkins's said “This award underscores the commitment SVCC has to serving the employers in Southside Virginia. When we leverage the knowledge and skills of our community partners, everyone benefits."

    Employers who would like to participate, as well as current employees and first-time job seekers who would like to develop lifelong career skills can call SVCC at (434) 949-1029, or email gloria.westerman@southside.edu for more information.

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  11. 53rd Annual Peanut Festival Starts Today! UPDATED

    The 53rd Virginia Peanut Festival starts Today.  The Kick-off Kook-off, held at the Farmer's Market at 6 pm, will be the first event of the annual festival.  The event will feature local cooks competing for top prize for the best Peanut themed entry.

    The Carnival will also get underway today.  Today and Sunday will offer $22 wrist bands for unlimited rides.

    City of Emporia Emergency Services Coordinator has warned of inclement weather for the weekend, here is the most recent update. There is still a lot of uncertainty with the weather for the weekend, while the forecast is for 50% chance of rain Friday and 60 to 70% chance on Saturday, they only expect Emporia to get less than an inch of total accumulation , winds will be about what they are today with higher gust at times. That means it should not rain all the time! However as with any guess as to what the weather will be tomorrow , it just may change.

  12. Obituary-Dr. Morris Garland Wray

    Dr. Morris Garland Wray, 73, entered into eternal life on Saturday, September 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and William Wray and is survived by his brother, Aubry Wray. Morris spent his childhood on a farm in Greensville County, Virginia and much of his youth was spent working in a country store. Having graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia, he entered Mars Hill College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and History with Minors in Education and Religion. Upon graduation from Mars Hill College, he enrolled in Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He was admitted into the Graduate School of Religion at Vanderbilt University, where he later earned the degree master of Arts and the degree Doctor of Philosophy. As an ordained minister, Dr. Wray served a church in Claremont, Virginia and during his ministry there, a sanctuary was constructed. Dr. Wray served as President of Andrew College in Georgia, as Dean of Brevard College in North Carolina, as Associate Dean of students at William and Mary in Virginia, and as Director of Freshman Life at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and as Vice-President of Internal Affairs at High Point University in North Carolina. Prior to his appointment at High Point University, Dr. Wray served as the Director of the Office of Colleges and Schools, the Division of Higher Education and Ministry, The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the United Methodist Church in Tennessee, where he coordinated the church’s work in support of the 125 Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities. Dr. Wray officially retired May 31, 2005. He then became Vice-President for Institutional Effectiveness at Louisburg College in North Carolina. He was the founder and CEO of Wray and Associates in Jarratt, Virginia where he served as consultant to institutions of Higher Education. He was enlisted as a consultant by Darton College in Georgia, where he assisted in the writing of the history of Darton College. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church, c/o Jamie Poole 11457 Slagle Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882 or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  13. Obituary-Joan McDearmon Rainey

    Joan McDearmon Rainey, 78, of Emporia, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Born October 6, 1936, the daughter of the late Harry and Jeanette McDearmon, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James P. Rainey, Sr. and daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Rainey Allen “Beth”.

    She is survived by her son, James P. Rainey, Jr. “Jim” and wife, Ellen; two granddaughters, Kathleen Crowder (Dwayne) and mary Fulks; six great-grandchildren, Sarah Crowder, Dyson Crowder, Elijah Crowder, Katelyn Fulks, Benjamin Fulks and Avery Fulks.  

    A memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia. A reception in the church fellowship hall with the family will immediately follow the service.

    The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers and food; Memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 S. Main St, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, 210 S. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

  14. House of Refuge Donates School Supplies

    Pastors Bruce and Muriel Artis, of House of Refuge in Emporia, recently donated several boxes of school supplies to Belfield.  Thank you for your support, from all of us at BES! Pictured: Principal Mary Person and Pastor Bruce Artis

  15. Obituary-Rufus James Lundy

    Rufus James Lundy (R.J.), 84, peacefully passed away on Sunday morning, September 20, 2015. His is now with the Lord and will be laid to rest at 2 PM on Saturday, September 26, at Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA 23847 (located at Independence Church Rd. and Dry Bread Rd. Emporia, VA). R.J. was born in Emporia, Virginia on December 28, 1930, to the late William Turner Lundy III and Lelia Newsome Lundy. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after serving 20 years. He then worked for the City of Portsmouth, VA, retiring after 20 years. Left to cherish his memory and his wife of 67 years, Gertrude Lundy; son, James Walter Lundy (Karen) of New Bern NC; daughter, Judy Ann Krajewski (J. Phillip) of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Terry Allison, Jr. (LeShea) of Chesapeake, VA; David J. Allison (Amanda) of Chesapeake, VA; James Matthew Lundy (Mallory) of Jacksonville, NC; Janet Gotlieb (Joshua) of Virginia Beach, VA; and Kathryn A. Krajewski of St. Charles, IL; greatgrandchildren, Alex and Carter Allison, Julie and Justin Allison, Dylan Lundy, Dominic and Sophie Gotlieb. He is survived by his brother, Russell A. Lundy (Betty) of Emporia, VA; and sister-in-law, Shirley Lundy of Broadnax, VA and many nieces and nephews. R.J. was preceded in death by his brothers, William Turner Lundy IV (Louise) and Moses T. Lundy, and his sisters, Irene L. Brown (Vernon), Fannie L. Bowen (Frank), Cora L. Britton (Russell), Katherine L. Sadler (Younger) and Ellen L. Buckner (Ben). R.J. will be deeply missed by his family who would like to thank the kind and considerate care afforded by Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater and Leigh Hall Memory Care Unit in Norfolk, Virginia. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, any remembrances may be mailed to the Treasurer, Independence United Methodist Church, 5066 Independence Church Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  16. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE MOURNS LOSS OF TROOPER

    Trooper Dies Following Traffic Crash in Prince George County

    RICHMOND – Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of one of its own today after Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith died following a traffic crash in Prince George County. Trooper Smith, 27, of Henrico, Va., becomes the Department’s 61st sworn employee to die in the line of duty. 

    At 7:11 a.m., Monday (Sept. 21), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County. A 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was traveling east on Route 460, near Airport Street, when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. The adult male driver was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center, where he died later Monday morning. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

    One of the troopers at the Route 460 crash scene radioed the state police Richmond Division dispatch to request emergency assistance. When other troopers in the Area heard that request over the radio, they understood it to mean there was a trooper in distress, as well as the crash victim. Trooper Smith was among several troopers who immediately began responding to the scene to render aid.

    While en-route to the Route 460 crash scene at approximately 7:20 a.m., Trooper Smith took the Interstate 295 south exit ramp to Interstate 95 north in Prince George County. His Ford Taurus patrol vehicle ran off the left side of the ramp and crashed into the wood line. Trooper Smith was flown to VCU Medical Center. He died later Monday (Sept. 21) morning.

    The state police Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the Prince George County crash, which remains under investigation. It was later determined that no troopers were in distress at the Route 460 scene.

    Trooper Smith was a member of the 121st Basic Session and graduated from the Academy June 6, 2014. The Suffolk, Va., native was assigned to the Richmond Division Area 7 Office, which includes the cities of Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Prince George. Trooper Smith was assigned for patrol to Prince George County. He is survived by his parents, wife and two children.

    Contributions can be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund. Make checks payable to the VSPA-ERF and notate. "Smith" on the memo line of your check.  Mail to VSPA. 6944 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA, 23225.  Also, if anyone would like to make an online contribution through Paypal.  Visit www.vspa.org and click on Emergency Relief Fund.  It is important to put "Smith" in the note section of your Paypal contribution.

  17. Crater Community Hospice Offers Hospice Volunteer Training

    Crater Community Hospice (CCH) will conduct a three-part volunteer training class in October.  The class will be held on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 from 8 am until 4 pm, and Tuesday, October 13 from 1 - 5 pm. Classes will be held in the Community Room at Crater Community Hospice at 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA  23805.

    Join our highly skilled volunteer trainer and learn how you can provide support to families and friends coping with terminal illness.  Training will include the hospice philosophy, spirituality at the end of life, support to bereaved children, comfort and care of the dying. Trained hospice volunteers are used throughout the CCH service area from the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties, north to Richmond and Chesterfield County and south toEmporia and Greensville County. Volunteers play a major role in providing family visits, office assistance, bereavement care, support for events and community outreach.

    Military Veterans are needed to participate in our Vet to Vet Program! Crater Community Hospice is a Level 4 participant of We Honor Veterans, a national campaign, demonstrating a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. Partners in the campaign integrate into their organization, best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans.

    Visit our website to learn more at www.CraterCommunityHospice.org and for additional information on volunteer opportunities and upcoming training, contact Teresa Brockwell, Volunteer Coordinator, at 526-4300 or tbrockwell@cratercommunityhospice.org

    CCH is also seeking volunteers to work in the CCH Thrift Shop, opened Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 am until 5 pm.  Donations for the Thrift Shop can be accepted during business hours. Please call Karen at 722-3943 for additional information.

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  18. Obituary-Nell Tudor Allen

    Nell Tudor Allen, 88, of Emporia passed away on September 20, 2015. She was the widow of Cecil Wade Allen, Sr.  She is survived by her sons, Cecil W. Allen, Jr. (Pam) and Gilbert Earl Allen (Linda); grandchildren, Amy Allen, Kevin Allen (Ashley), Brian Allen, Lee Allen, and Nicole Allen; great-grandchildren, Landon, Kane, Caroline Reese, and Levi. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  19. Obituary-Dorothy “Dot” H. Doyle

    Dorothy “Dot” H. Doyle, 90, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George C. Holloway and Bessie L. Weeks and was also preceded in death by three brothers, George C. Holloway, Richard C. Holloway, Woodrow Holloway and two sisters, Mary Shelton and Virginia Lyzotte. Mrs. Doyle is survived by one son, Richard J. Bria and wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Christine Croarkin, Anthony Bria and Alex Bria; four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 23 at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences amy be made at www.owenfh.com.

  20. Brunswick County Library turns 75

    Did you know that the Brunswick County Library checked out more than 44,000 items last year? Did you know that the library added more than 3,000 items to its collection last year? Did you know that the library will be celebrating its 75th Birthday on October 7th?

    Visit the Brunswick County Library on Wednesday, October 7th to celebrate this important moment in the community’s history. Throughout the day library patrons will be honored with an All Day Patron Appreciation. Guest speakers followed by fellowship and refreshments will be 4:00-6:00 PM. Dr. Sandra Treadway, Librarian of Virginia; Gay Neale, local historian; and the Honorable Barbara Jarrett Drummond Harris, Brunswick County Board of Supervisor Chair are the featured speakers for the event.

    The Brunswick County Library is a part of the Meherrin Regional Library System and is located at 133 W. Hicks Street, Lawrenceville. For more information contact the library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or visit FaceBook at www.facebook.com/meherrinregionallibrary.

  21. City Girl With Country Hands Hosts Ribbon Cutting

    Elizabeth Johnson shares here contagious smile while waiting to cut the ribbon at her new business, City Girl With Country Hands.

    Emporia finally has Soul Food!  Friday morning the take-out restaurant City Girl With Country Hands hosted a ribbon cutting.  The new restaurant is located at 720 North Main Street (in the old bus station).

    Mayor Mary Person was on hand to cut the ribbon.  After the ribbon Cutting the Mayor, members of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce and the public were treated to a a sampling of the delicious fare offered by Elizabeth Johnson.  Samples included Jerk Pork Belly, Smothered Pork Chops, Jerk Chicken, BBQ Jerk Chicken, Curried Chicken and Oxtails.  All of the samples were delicious; the both styles of the Jerk Chicken were well seasoned, the smothered pork chops were wonderful, the Curry not too spicy, the Jerk Pork Belly was super tender and juicy and the Oxtail was perfect.

    The restaurant is the realization of a dream for the owner, Elizabeth Johnson, and is a family affair; her Son and Daughter help with the operation.

    Ms. Johnson said that opening a restaurant has always been a dream, and while this one started in her home, she is looking forward to a sit-down establishment in the future.  Even with the limited space in her current location, she will be expanding to Breakfast next month, offering Salmon Cakes, Salt Herring and an assortment of Biscuit Sandwiches.  New options for evening fare will include Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Sub Sandwiches. 

    City Girl With Country Hands is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday and Satruday from Noon to Midnight and closed on Sunday.  For speedier service, call your order in to (434)348-4009.

        

        

        

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  22. Hope Fest Draws Crowd

    The Seventh Annual Hope Fest drew a large crowd to Veteran's Memorial Park on Saturday.  The event featured inspiring testimony, great music, lunch, information booths and bikes were raffled off to the kids!

        

        

        

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  23. Stephen King Has Day in Court

    Candidate for Sherrif, Stephen King, had his day in court Monday.  While it was only a probable cause hearing, resolution for King is one step closer.  King maintains that he moved to Virginia in the first part of October, 2014, but because of the short time before the election, was allowed to vote in North Carolina.  The Commonwealth maintains that since he voted in North Carolina he was not a resident of Virginia.

    At the hearing the special prosecutor, Michael Doucette, present his evidence and called three witnesses.  The first witness was the State Police Investigator, A. L. Darden, who shared detail of her interview with King.  When asked by King's attorney if there was a recording or field notes, neither was available.  Upon cross examination, Investigator Darden admitted that she had not checked a Lease Agreement filed with the Virginia ABC, Tax Records of real estate records.  Investigator Darden also testified that when she asked Mr. King when he moved to Virginia that he said the beginning of October, 2014, but when asked for a specific date said October 1, 2014, which would have made him ineligible to vote in North Carolina.

    The second witness was the Greensville County General Registrar, Dorothy Kea.  Ms. Kea was asked by the Commonwealth about the "Declaration of Candidacy," and the "Certificate of Candidate Qualification."  The defense asked Ms. Kea about Mr. King's registration date and she shared that as Mr. King had registered at the DMV, and he had proof, she had back dated his registration to May 22.  The defense asked Ms. Kea to what "residency" meant; she replied, "Where you reside.  It's in the law book, I don't have it with me."

    When the Defense argument turned to Voting, the Commonwealth objected, asking if when and where Mr. King Voted was relevant.

    The next witness was Ms. Squire, Northampton County, NC, Supervisor of Elections. Ms. Squire explained the "Authorization to Vote Form," and the timeline  for when a person that moved would be allowed to vote.  The Commonwealth asked a few questions about when a person who moved would be allowed to vote; questions that the Commonwealth had previously objected to.

    After the Commonwealth rested, the defense called their sole witness, the Emporia-Greensville Commonwealth's Attorney, Mrs. Patty Watson.  The only question for the witness was to ask the name of the person making the complaint; Mrs. Watson answered the only complainant was Steve Allen.

    The Defense moved to strike the Commonwealth's evidence, stating that the questions about Mr. King voting in North Carolina were a red herring, and that the code required the violations Mr. King is charged with to be willful.   She also asked, "is there intent."

    As Probable Cause Hearings are not Jury proceedings, The Honorable C. Ridley Bain heard the evidence.  The judge found probable cause to certify the case to the Circuit Court.

    Several of Mr. King's supporters were in the gallery, and met with him after the hearing.  After hearing from his supporters, Mr. King has decided to stay in the race for Greensville County Sherrif.  The supporters present felt that the charges were just a way to force him out of the race.

    Mr. King, in a comment released through one of his legal team, gave his reason for staying in the race. "The people of Greensville County and the City of Emporia deserve someone who wil fight for them and not maintain the status quo."

  24. E-G Chamber Hosts Monthly Luncheon

    The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce held their Monthly Luncheon Thursday at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center.

    Chamber members had an opportunity to network before lunch.  Two new members were present; Monica Palmer, our new State Farm Agent and Elizabeth Johnson, owner of City Girl With Country Hands, a new take out spot in the old bus station on North Main Street.

    As members and guest enjoyed lunch, Brenda Pultz delivered the keynote speech promoting the upcoming 53rd Annual Peanut Festival.  Mrs. Pultz's presentation included a brief history of the Peanut Festival; she also introduced the Grand Marshall for this year's parade: Mrs. Ruth Tillar.

    In addition to the history and the announcement of the Grand Marshall, the schedule and a list of the Live Bands were announced (check back for the schedule).

    This year's Peanut Festival will also include two discount ride nights.  Thursday Evening and Sunday Afternoon will offer $22.00 Unlimited Ride Bands for each day.

  25. New State Farm Agent Opens Office

    Emporia's newest insurance agent, Monica Palmer, cut the ribbon and hosted an open house at her new State Farm Office on South Main Street on Tuesday.  Mrs. Palmer, a native of Chesterfield County recently moved with her husband to Greensville County.  Mr. Palmer is a native of Brunswick County. 

    The bright and sunny office was brightened even more by Mrs. Palmer's brilliant smile and sparkling personality.

    For the convenience of the many out of town workers in Emporia, the office is open on Tuesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. and by appointment on weekends and after hours.

    Guests on Tuesday were treated to a tour of the office, introduced to the staff and given free hot dogs.

    For more information, feel free to stop by the office at 420-B South Main Street; call (434)634-3276 or visit monicapalmer.com.

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  26. Obituary-Mamie Faye Bailey Williams

    Mamie Faye Bailey Williams (formerly of Skippers, VA), age 62, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Mechanicsville, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton H. (Shorty) Williams and her mother, Emma Babson. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Clifton H. Williams, II and Carol Lynn Williams; three brothers, Ernest Bailey (Peggy), Jerry Bailey (Marie) and Cliff Bailey (Louise); one sister, Irene Ogletree (Frank); three nieces and three nephews; four great-nieces and four great-nephews. Graveside services, officiated by Reverend Larry Grizzard, will be held at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Skippers, VA at 11:00am on Friday, September 18, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mamie Faye’s name to Zion Baptist Church in Skippers, VA. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  27. Southside Regional Medical Center Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

    Tri-Cities–area center meets all criteria as a Comprehensive Center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care

    Petersburg, VA - Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in Central Virginia.

    Tejwant Datta, MD, FACS, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC), today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

    The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

    “Since we launched the bariatric surgery program at SRMC five years ago, we have been committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to our patients leading up to, during, and months to even years following surgery. Receiving this accreditation from the MBSAQIP in our first application is a true tribute to the hard work and dedication of our bariatric team,” stated Dr. Datta.

    SRMC’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.  They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

    To earn the MBSAQIP designation, SRMC met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIPResources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

    After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

    In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

    For more information on Southside Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, call 188.88.LIFEBACK or visit southsidebariatricsurgery.com.

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    *Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

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  28. Sappony Ruritan Club Holds 11th Annual Frog Leg/Chicken Supper

    The Sappony Ruritan Club held its annual frog leg/chicken supper on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Club members served up around 400 lbs. of frog legs with all the trimmings.

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  29. Neighborhood Watch Meeting September 23

    Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at 7:00 P.M.

    This meeting will be a candidate forum for the sheriff elections in Greensville and Sussex counties.  All the candidates running for sheriff election/re-election in Greensville County and Sussex County have been invited to the meeting so the citizens from these communities can meet the candidates. The candidates will give a brief introduction of themselves.

    Please plan on attending this very important meeting to meet the candidates and bring a friend.

    All residents in Jarratt, Greensville, Sussex Counties and Emporia are invited to attend this program.  Please come and voice your ideas to help our area to prevent crime and make our area a safer place to live and enjoy.

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

    For additional information call Dana Kinsley 434-637-7553 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191

     

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

  30. Statewide Challenge to Increase Seat Belt Use among Teens and Youth Kicks Off in Virginia; Allstate Foundation Awards Generous Grant for the Challenge

    SALEM, VA— Fifty high and middle schools across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. (See list of schools below)
    The three‐week challenge, “Save Your TAIL‐Gate, Buckle Up” will encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong habit of buckling up. It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office. The Allstate Foundation is sponsoring the campaign through a generous grant that is funding educational materials for participating schools. The grant is also funding prizes for the high and middle schools that place in the top three for their programs to encourage seat belt use among students.
    During the three-week challenge, student groups from schools across the state will compete against one another to increase seat belt use among teens and youth. Students will develop creative ideas for encouraging seat belt use among their peers at school events and home football games. Each participating school will be judged on the effectiveness and creativity of its seat belt educational programs, the percentage of students submitting online pledges to buckle up, and the percentage increase in the school’s seat belt usage rate by the end of the campaign. The high school that wins the challenge will receive a recognition celebration for its students with food, music, prizes, and games sponsored by the Allstate Foundation.
    “This is one of our most exciting campaigns throughout the school year, said Casey Palmer, YOVASO Program Development Coordinator. “A lot of our clubs kick off the campaign during home football games, adding to the excitement yet bringing a serious reminder to teens of the risks of not buckling up and driving unsafely.
    According to Virginia statistics, teens between the ages of 16 and 20 are less likely to buckle up when riding in a motor vehicle than other age groups. In 2014, 67 teens were killed in crashes in Virginia. Of those 67 teens, 43% (29) were not wearing safety belts. An additional 952 teenagers were seriously injured in crashes.
    “While we see a 33% decrease in the number of teens killed in crashes (not wearing safety belts)in our state from 2013-2014, the numbers are still very high,” explained Palmer. “It’s our goal this campaign will help us help our youth and teens develop a lifelong habit of buckling up.”
    The Save Your TAIL‐Gate, Buckle Up Campaign will end on October 9. Campaign winners in the high school and middle school brackets will be announced on October 22. All prizes are being funded by a grant from The Allstate Foundation.
    YOVASO is Virginia’s peer‐to‐peer education and prevention program for teen driver safety. Through YOVASO,
    teens work to advocate for safer driving among their peers and to develop positive prevention strategies for their schools and communities. The nonprofit organization, which has approximately 130 active school clubs across Virginia, is administered by the Virginia State Police and funded through a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. For more information, contact YOVASO at 540‐375-3596 or visit the website at yovaso.org.

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  31. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Invests $1,077,000 to Support Unique Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative in Southside VA

    VECF-led effort includes coaching, resources to benefit parents & young children

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation Invests $1,077,000 to Support Unique Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative in Southside VA VECF-led effort includes coaching, resources to benefit parents & young children Richmond, Va. (Sept. 11, 2015) – Many families with young children in the Southside region of Virginia will benefit significantly from a grant of almost $1.1 million awarded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The $1,077,000 grant will fund a three-year dual-generational initiative called Smart Beginnings for Southside Families, serving 100 families in the cities of Danville, Emporia and Martinsville along with Brunswick, Greenville, Pittsylvania, Henry and Sussex counties.  The initiative takes a unique, holistic approach to establishing a solid foundation for early  learning and success in school by responding to the needs and challenges of both the adult and the young child in a home. Parents taking part in the initiative may not have completed high school and are either expecting their first child or have given birth to their first child within the past 12 months. Participants primarily will be recruited from low-income communities and neighborhoods in each of the Southside Virginia cities or counties identified for this grant-funded effort.
     

    In addition to staffing a full-time coordinator for Smart Beginnings for Southside Families, VECF also will engage with and train several local Family Coaches who will provide case management as well as parenting and career coaching services for the participating families. The project will receive ongoing support and technical assistance at the state level from VECF and its collaborative network of Smart Beginnings initiatives.
     

    Smart Beginnings for Southside Families aims to address the following needs for the families who are enrolled in the initiative, which will run through 2017:

    • Access to quality early childhood education for young children
    • Parenting education
    • Adult education or training for the parent
    • Professional development for participating early childhood education programs
    • Access to preventative health care
    • Access to resources for early literacy and family literacy
    • Financial literacy training for the parents

     

    “Smart Beginnings for Southside Families is an innovative initiative that is designed to open doors of opportunity for the entire family,” said Kathy Glazer, president of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. “In order to change the life trajectory for many at risk young children, it is imperative to consider the family context in which they live and develop from birth. Thanks to this generous grant from the Kellogg Foundation, we anticipate that Smart Beginnings for Southside Families will serve as a strong regional model that integrates the educational, social, physical and economic needs of both parents and children.”

    Ruth Frierson, coordinator for Smart Beginnings for Southside Families added, “Our goal is to help new parents give their baby a great start in life, so that the child will start kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. The Family Coaches also want to help parents set and achieve training and employment goals for themselves, so they can become excellent role models for their young children—the workforce of the future.”

    “We are pleased to support this transformational approach for communities in Southside Virginia to ensure the health and well-being of young children and their parents,” said Jenefer O’Dell, program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We look forward to learning from the accomplishments and outcomes that result from this grant.”

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  32. CEREMONY HELD FOR MACHINING SKILLS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OF SVCC

    Those successfully completing the Southside Virginia Community College Machining Skills Certification Program were recognized September 3, 2015 at a ceremony at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Greensville, County.  They are (Left to Right) Nakia Chambliss, John King, J'nai Foreman, Bradley Doke, Tyler Burgan, Javier Lopez and Decorress Parrott.  Another graduate, Anthony Rivera, was unable to attend.

     

    A graduation ceremony was held September 3, 2015 for the first class the Machining Skills Certification Program based at Southside Virginia Community College’s Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County.  A total of eight transitioning active duty soldiers and veterans associated with Fort Lee, Virginia completed the course and obtained five industry certifications through the program.

    The program is a  collaboration amongst,   Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing (C-CAM), the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB),the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program and 180 Skills, an online career and technical education curriculum provider.

    Bruce Sobczak, Director of Workforce Development for the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing, talked about how the program came to fruition calling it “First Say Yes, a story of innovative collaboration.”  He talked about all the partners that joined forces to make the program a success despite some obstacles.  Students in the program completed 162 online modules plus 300-plus hours  of lab work. 

    Command Sargent Major Clarence Richardson noted that the program is great for the military as it downsizes

    “This Is a great opportunity to take care of our service men and women and it means a lot to us,” he said.

    Certificates were presented to the graduates by Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.  The graduates are Tyler Burgan, Nakia Chambliss, Bradley Doke, J’nai Foreman, John King, Javier Lopez, Decorress Parrott and Anthony Rivera.

    Douglas Beaver, instructor for the Machining Program said, “Many of our students are continuing with the second part of the Program while working in the field.  The average hourly wage is $16.93 per hour.”

    Presenting the certificates are (Left to Right) Evan Feniman, Executive Director, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, with J'nai Foreman, and Sergeant Major Clarence Richardson.

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  33. Library to hold 75th Birthday Celebration

    The Brunswick County Library is celebrating 75 years of service on October 7th.  An all-day appreciation of library patrons is planned featuring special gifts for the first 75 visitors. On display will be art by William Ward Moseley as well as library memories from year’s past. From 4:00-6:00 PM the library will host featured guests including, the Librarian of Virginia, Sandra Treadway; local historian, Gay Neale; and Brunswick County Board Supervisor, Barbara Jarrett Drummond Harris.

     The first library building, which is the present Brunswick County Museum, was opened October 7, 1940. The current library building opened in 1987 to allow for the expansion of the library’s collection. Ever changing and evolving to meet the needs of the community, the library has access to more than 83,000 books and movies, as well as large collection digital books, magazines, and music available for download.

     Through the years the Brunswick County Library has served as a central hub of the community offering not just books and information, but also programs, fax and copy service, public computer and printer access, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and more.  Be sure to stop by, see all that the library has to offer, and mark your calendar for October 7th to celebrate the library’s birthday.

    The Brunswick County Library is a part of the Meherrin Regional Library System and is located at 133 W. Hicks Street, Lawrenceville. For more information contact the library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or visit FaceBook at www.facebook.com/meherrinregionallibrary.

  34. Delegate Tyler Celebrates Ten Years as Our Delegate

  35. Obituary-Maude Elizabeth Spence

    Maude Elizabeth Spence, 91, of Emporia passed away on September 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Maggie Spence, four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sisters, Daisy Lambert and husband Marshall of Mechanicsville, VA and Mollie S. Roberts of Emporia, VA and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a longtime resident of Emporia Manor for 37 years and a longtime member of Spring United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held Sunday, 2-3pm, at Spring United Methodist Church with the funeral service starting at 3pm. Interment will be in Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Spring United Methodist Church, c/o Joseph Dickens, 2271 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  36. Obituary-Lucy Maude Powell Herrick

    Lucy Maude Powell Herrick, age 93, of Emporia, Va. went to be with the lord on September 10, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Albert Herrick.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Victory Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. with interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 2360 Bolling Rd., Roanoke Rapids, N.C.  27870.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

  37. Colonial Heights Rotary Club Supports Jackson-Feild Homes

                The Colonial Heights Rotary Club held a drive to collect school supplies for the students of the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes. The items were presented to Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement at their weekly meeting on September 10.  Debbie Wall, past president, made the presentation after which members gathered for a group photo.

                    Over the years, the Rotary Club has helped the children in a variety of ways.  It recently partnered with the Petersburg Rotary clubs to paint several rooms in historic Walnut Grove.

  38. TASTE OF BRUNSWICK FESTIVAL RETURNS OCTOBER 10 TO SVCC

    The 19th Annual Taste of Brunswick Festival will be held Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southside Virginia Community College, Christanna  Campus., Alberta.   One of the highlights of the festival is the Brunswick Stew Cook-off and more than 20 crews put their hats in the ring to be declared the best in the very competitive cook-off.

    Don’t miss this event attended by thousands each year.  Admission and parking is free.  Events include Car and Tractor Show, variety of entertainment including Steve Owens and Summertime, playing beach music and southern soul and rock and roll, bluegrass bands, rides and games, tractor rides, horse exhibition with Rachel Jackson providing Truck and Roman Riding, Civil War Reenactment, stage coach rides, food, vendors, organ grinder, arts and crafts, Brunswick fest t-shirts and hats, kids train rides and plenty of good ole Brunswick Stew.

    Mark your calendar now for the biggest event of the year for Brunswick County!!

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  39. SVCC Offers Continuing Education Class

    Online Continuing Education Course for Licensed Nurses!!! Pap Smear Management

    Fall 2015 | Online NUR 295 Class Dates: October 1, 2015-December 11, 2015

    This continuing education online course is for licensed registered nurses who want to improve their knowledge of pap smear management based on the ASCCP (American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology) guidelines. This is a self-directed review of the current evidence based guidelines for health care providers that includes the 2013 guidelines, management of normal and abnormal pap smears (age specific), risk factors, prevention and patient education strategies for the licensed nurse. At the completion of each module, participants will complete a brief examination of the information presented.

    Participants that successfully complete this course will be awarded 15 contact hours (1 college credit) towards their license renewal.

    Register by September 28th, 2015 by contacting: Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

    NUR 295 (68305-A6) 1 Credit Hour | In State Tuition: $145.00 | Out of State: $339.60

     

     

     

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  40. Obituary-Eugene Atkinson Tuck

    Eugene Atkinson Tuck, age 78, of Emporia passed away on September 9, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents, Ollie and Mary Tuck and his four brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Tuck; step-son, Joseph Edward Barnes; step-grandson, Daniel Joseph Barnes; two brothers, Thomas Tuck and Edward Tuck of Franklin; two sisters, Jeraldene Mulliguan and Evlyn Atkins and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Thursday, 7-9, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 4pm, at Calvary Baptist Church followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  41. Obituary-Martha Webb Skinner Proctor

    Martha Webb Skinner Proctor, age 75, of Emporia died September 7, 2015. She is survived by her three sons, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Hampton Edward Hite and wife Oksan, Douglas Reid Hite and wife Anna, and Brian Eason Proctor and wife Karin; four granddaughters, Amanda Lynn Hite Pardue, Caroline Elizabeth Hite, Katherine Virginia Hite and Emily Carson Proctor; two grandsons, George Webb Proctor and Charles Anderson Proctor; a great-grandson Dillon Reid Pardue and great-granddaughter Molly Frances Pardue.

    Martha became a member of Main Street United Methodist Church at ten years old, growing up in the Church and going on to serve in numerous leadership positions, including Staff/Pastor Parish, Member Care and as Chair of the Trustees.  Martha was also active in the United Methodist Women.  In addition to sending cards for Member Care, she sent cards for every birthday and anniversary listed in the Church Newsletter.

    The very talented Martha is also remembered fondly as the longtime owner of Martha’s Country Corner on North Main Street.  The shop has been called the brightest corner in town and described as a “Christmas Extravaganza.”

    Both Martha and her husband, Pete, loved children; their house was the neighborhood spot, with both a playground and a perpetual basketball game.

    The family will receive friends in the Proctor home on 411 Battery Avenue. The graveside funeral service will be held 2pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in the Emporia Cemetery. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Emporia, VA 23847, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847 or Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868. Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, VA, is in charge of arrangements where condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  42. Obituary-Michael Wayne Harrell

    Michael Wayne Harrell, 59, of Yale, Virginia completed his earthly journey to continue he spiritual journey with Our Lord and Savior, Monday, September 7, 2015.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Pamela Phelps Harrell, daughter, Abbey Harrell Webb and husband Jared, son Thomas Wayne Harrell and wife Melissa, beloved friend while Mike called son Joey Hartly and fiancé Mary Anna Richardson, and 7 grandchildren, Rylee, Reagan, and Brody Webb, Mckenzie and Joshua Lennick, and Karson and Bryson Harrell.

    Mike is also survived by his loving and compassionate sister, Nita Harrell Wright (Johnny) and sister-in-law, Nancy Harrell; brother-in-law, Billy Morris and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Edna Harrell, brother, Warren Harrell and sister, Joyce Harrell Morris.

    An ordained Minister Mike served the congregations of Cypress Chapel Baptist Church in Spring Hope, NC, Millfield Baptist Church in Ivor, VA, Antioch Baptist Church in Yale, VA, interim at Franklin Congregational Christian Church in Franklin, VA and pastor of Purdy Baptist Church in Purdy, Va. Mike also served as Chaplain for Southampton Correctional Center in Capron, VA.

    Devoted to serving the Lord and sharing his faith with others, Mike touched the lives of many. It is no secret to most, Mike had a way of challenging you to evaluate your journey, to be still and listen to the Lord, and work on fulfilling the purpose he set forth for you. Mike's earthly journey may be complete, but his spirit lives on through so many.

    The family will receive friends at Owens Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA on Thursday September 10th from 6 to 8 pm. And a Service to Celebrate Mike's life will be held at Oak Level Farm, 23249 Peters Bridge Rd, Yale, VA on Friday September 11th at 6:30pm. In leu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice Foundation of At Home Care Hospice 4118 Fitzhugh Ave Richmond, VA 23230. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

  43. Faculty members from Southside Virginia Community College were recognized with Excellence

    Awards for Learning Environment during 2015.   Those receiving this award are (Left to Right) Kristen Beekwilder, Dr. Dixie Dalton, Jonette Talbott, Felicia Omick, Karen Hopkins and Sharon Freeman.  

    Annual Faculty Awards were presented by Southside Virginia Community College and the recipients are (Left to Right) Dr. Dixie Dalton, Kristen Beekwilder, Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter, Richard Bell and Tommy Wright.

    Faculty receiving the Professional Excellence Award from SVCC are (Front Row Left to Right) Crystal Jones, Sharon Freeman, James Wilkerson, and Karen Fisher and (Back Row, L to R) Martha Reed, Katrina Wells, Vincent Brown and Joan Tuck. 

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  44. R & S Mall Hosts Ribbon Cutting

    The R & S Flea Market, at 206 West Atlantic Avenue in Emporia, hosted mayor Mary Person, members of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce and the public at their Ribbon Cutting on Thursday.  Guests were treated to snacks and Great Deals on a wide variety of merchandise.

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  45. Small Business Showcase Offers Big Opportunities

    FARMVILLE, VA—The Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in conjunction with the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Fourth Annual Small Business Community Showcase on Wednesday, September 23, at the STEPS Centre in Farmville, Virginia. The showcase is the largest business networking and development event of its kind in Southside Virginia.

    The showcase offers business owners the means to communicate what their business is all about and the chance to network with other businesses. That could be as an exhibitor, as a sponsor or as an attendee," says Sheri McGuire, executive director of Longwood SBDC. “Plus, our featured speaker will inspire you and share information helpful in growing your own business.”

    Keynote speaker, Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership Officer at Luck Companies, will discuss Values Based Leadership and the Future World of Work: Collaboration, Culture, and Community. Fernandes has addressed audiences internationally on learning to live, work and lead in alignment with one’s personal core values. The showcase begins at 11:30 a.m. and, in addition to Fernandes, includes over 40 exhibitors, networking opportunities and lunch.

    According to Lindsey Vincent, owner of Good Earth Peanut Co. and an exhibitor at last year’s showcase, the benefits are not only practical but profitable as well. “The speakers allowed us to learn a lot and also hear other small businesses success stories. We are also actively working, promoting our business and getting our name out there. We have picked up new customers from attending, both individual and corporate,” Vincent says.

    Networking and growth are commonplace for attending businesses. "It can be difficult to network in rural communities. But, it’s just as important here in Southside Virginia as in metropolitan areas like Richmond,” explains McGuire. “Businesses in previous years have increased their bottom line through the connections they made at the showcase. This year will be no exception."

    The showcase will feature a number of giveaways, including an overnight adventure package from the Outdoor Adventure store, a date night basket complete with movie tickets from Sunchase Cinema 8, an overnight stay the Hampton Inn, a gift certificate for a paint party from Red Door 104, and a combination copier and printer furnished by Key Office Supply.

    "The chamber's goal is to look for ways to support encourage and grow local businesses,” says Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joy Stump. "The chamber is proud to connect with Longwood SBDC and sponsor this event. We are so privileged to use this platform to help local businesses showcase what they have to offer and also learn and grow regardless of whether they are an exhibitor or simply attend.

    Tickets for the event are $20, including lunch, and can be purchased at www.sbdc-longwood.com/business-expo. Admission is $30 at the door.

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  46. BA Color Run

    Brunswick Academy held a Color Run Fundraiser on September 1st.  The students, faculty and staff had a great time getting splattered with color. The fundraiser was successful and B.A. thanks all who donated to help get new technology for the school!!!  

        

    Mr. Newsom, BA Head of School, had a fun time with students.

  47. SVCC Recognizes Long Serving Employees

    Five Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for five years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Five Year Recognition are (Left to Right) David Braun, Tiffany Griffin, Dr. Jackie Daniel, Dr. Anne Hayes, Pam Jackson, Rebecca Laben, Makiko Malone and Chad Rogers.

    Ten Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for ten years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Ten Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Linda Allen, Karen Fisher, Melissa Arthur, Sandra Bacon, Gary Cifers, Allen Fulks, Ricky Lyles, Leonard Martin, Angela McClintock and Mary Rodriguez.

    Fifteen Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for 15 years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving 15Year Recognition are (Left to Right) John Hicks, Bernadette Battle, Robin Daniel, Shannon Feinman, Angela Jackson, John Duty, Dr. Chad Patton, David Smith and Rosa Townsend.

    Twenty Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for twenty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Twenty Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Buddy Hyde and Dr. Percy Richardson.

    Twenty-Five Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for twenty-five years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Twenty-Five Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Rodnita Blackwell, Crystal Jones, Diane Nipper and Louise Ogburn.

    Thirty Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for thirty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Thirty Year Recognition are Toni Lambert and Pardha Gadiyaram.

    Forty Years of Service

    Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for forty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Forty Year Recognition is Rhina Jones.

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  48. City Council Takes No Action to Stop Demolition of Training School

    At the end of last evening's City Council meeting, several members of the community spoke to the Emporia City Council, during the public comments period, about saving the Greensville County Training School.  The Demolition Order was sent to the Not-for-profit preservation group trying to save the building late last month.

    At the August 18th meeting City Council discussed the demolition of the building behind closed doors, with no prior notification to Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School.  The grounds for the closed door portion of the meeting was "legal advise."  After the closed session, there was no discussion on the decision. The demolition order was dated and postmarked the next day.

    At a recent meeting of Citizens United there was discussion of meeting with the City Manager, Mr. Brian Thrower, but those plans were scuttled when the group was told that Mr. Thrower had stated that was open to a meeting, but that no extension would be granted.  After the president of the preservation group spoke to City Council, Mayor Person asked that Mr. Thrower explain the process from here.  Thrower stated that if Citizens United did not comply withe the demolition order by the deadline that the item would be given to the City Attorney, who would seek a court order to demolish the building.  Thrower gave every indication that the item would not be placed on the agenda for further action.

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