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November 2015

  1. SVCC's McMillan Selected to Attend the SVA Leadership Institute

    Walter Tillman(left photo)  who is the Director of Programs at Student Veterans of America and (right)s Jared Lyon the Chief Development Officer/Executive Vice President of Operations for Student Veterans of America. The corporate sponsor for our event was Gulfstream General Dynamics Company.  Shown with Monica McMillan

    Monica McMillan, who is president of Student Veterans of America(SVCChristanna Chapter, Southside Virginia Community College, was selected to attend the  SVA Leadership Institute held in Savannah, Georgia recently. 

    With a focus on easing the transition from combat to classroom and building sustainable student veteran organizations, the themes of the 2015 Leadership Institute were Strategic Planning, Collaborative Integration, Advanced Chapter Management Techniques and Networking and Professional Etiquette.

    Throughout the three day event, student veteran leaders in attendance had  the opportunity to work with other chapter leaders to develop innovative solutions to real life scenarios that affect life on campus every day. Attendees were also able to connect with corporate leaders from the Institute's co-host, Walmart, during networking receptions and events. The corporate sponsor for our event was Gulfstream General Dynamics Company.

    McMillan is WIOA Youth Case Manager at SVCC.

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  2. SIX MOTORISTS DIE IN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TRAFFIC CRASHES

    145 DUI Arrests and 11,000+ Speeders Cited on Virginia Highways

    RICHMOND – Six individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to preliminary reports. In 2014, a total of eight people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During the 2015 holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 25) and ended at midnight Sunday (Nov. 29), the fatal crashes occurred in Craig, King George and Loudoun counties, and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk.

    “Six deaths are still six too many, but the lower number of traffic deaths for this past Thanksgiving weekend is encouraging,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “As indicated by the increase in all areas of traffic enforcement over the holiday weekend and the fact that we are still averaging a dozen more traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 2014, there are still too many drivers making irresponsible choices when behind the wheel. The 54 more DUI arrests this past holiday weekend compared to last year are extremely alarming, especially as we head into the holiday season and its many festivities.”

    During the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday, Virginia State Police once again participated in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E), a state-sponsored, national program that aims to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.  From Wednesday through Sunday, Virginia troopers arrested 145 impaired drivers for DUI and cited 11,605 speeders and another 3,075 reckless drivers. In addition, the troopers cited 970 seat belt violations and 286 child safety seat violations.

    During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday in Virginia, state troopers cited 9,856 speeders and 2,315 reckless drivers. In addition, 706 adults were cited for failing to buckle up as required by state law. Troopers also issued 206 citations for child safety seat violations. A total of 91 drivers were arrested for DUI.

    Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 2014 saw a national decline in traffic deaths, but that the first six months of 2015 indicate fatal crashes are trending upward. Nationwide data for 2014 from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)show:

    • Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014.
    • Nearly half (49%) of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.
    • The number of motorcyclists killed was far higher in states without strong helmet laws, resulting in 1,565 lives lost in 2014.
    • Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people in 2014.
    • Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities; at least 846 people died in these crashes in 2014.

    All motorists are reminded to Drive to Save Lives by buckling up, avoiding distractions, complying with speed limits and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

  3. Richard and Betsy Short’s Country Escape Featured Home on Riparian Home Tour

    A well-worn country path which parallels a beautiful six acre pond will be the view up to the home of Richard and Betsy Short. The cozy ranch style house, built in 2007, overlooks the pond built by Dick Short, Richard’s father, and the surrounding acreage once owned by grandfather, Howard Short.

    Small, but quaint, the soft beige vinyl siding house boasts a full length porch extending across the front, half being screened and the other portion open, with an additional entrance door leading into the beautiful pine wood open floor design. The reclaimed pine flooring, rescued from a tobacco barn in Georgia, is one of the many intriguing features of the home. The interior of the house which is all pine from floor to ceiling offers immense beauty. The rustic appearance gives a hint to the peacefulness and serenity of the many offerings nature has contributed to the heritage of this scenario.

    Another captivating attraction to the home is the vast pyramid shaped chandelier built of entwined deer antlers adorned with white candle lights. Hunters will be amazed! The art of taxidermy is also prevalent throughout with displays taken from the farm and surrounding area.

     The couple’s newest addition is a narrow redwood wall table which was acquired on a trip to Washington State. It was hewed, finished and crafted locally.  A large impressive stone fireplace with a beautifully stained dense mantel is the centerpiece of the family den. The mantel was made from an old cedar log found on the farm.

    Opposite the family’s lounging area, is the dining space which holds a grand dark stained pine wood table that was transported from Colorado. The downstairs also embodies a kitchen, bath, and two bedrooms, one of which is the master bedroom. The upstairs is a dainty loft with two beds and a den area for the children.

    The Short home appears to be earthy, but very luxurious in nature. The rustic décor makes it a perfect choice for the Christmas tour! The family is looking forward to hosting the guests that attend the tour and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

    Other homes on tour are the homes of Brenda Harrell, 104 State St.; Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.; 1802 Webb House, Sean and Beverly Harrison, 2622 Smokey Ordinary Rd.; and Victory Fellowship Church, 111 Battery Ave.

    Visitors may tour Friday, Dec. 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

    Tour ticket booklets are $12 which includes pictures, information and directions for the tour. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting businesses. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main Street in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

    Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

    The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

  4. USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers Facing Market Downturn

     

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that beginning today, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.

    “Unlike the old direct payments program, which paid farmers in good years and bad, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized a new safety-net that protects producers only when market forces or adverse weather cause unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “For example, the corn price for 2014 is 30 percent below the historical benchmark price used by the ARC-County program, and revenues of the farms participating in the ARC-County program are down by about $20 billion from the benchmark during the same period. The nearly $4 billion provided today by the ARC and PLC safety-net programs will give assistance to producers where revenues dropped below normal.”

    The ARC/PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.

    Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected the ARC-County coverage option.  Ninety-nine percent of long grain rice and peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected the PLC option. Overall, 76 percent of participating farm acres are protected by ARC-County, 23 percent by PLC, and 1 percent by ARC-Individual. For data about other crops, as well as state-by-state program election results, final PLC price and payment data, and other program information including frequently asked questions, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

    Crops receiving assistance include barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, and wheat.  In the upcoming months, disbursements will be made for other crops after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Any disbursements to participants in ARC-County or PLC for long and medium grain rice (except for temperate Japonica rice) will occur in November, for remaining oilseeds and also chickpeas in December, and temperate Japonica rice in early February 2016. ARC-individual payments will begin in November. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

    The Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by Congress, requires USDA to reduce payments by 6.8 percent. For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency office. To find a local Farm Service Agency office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

    The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs were made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement 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.

  5. SVCC Graduates Truck Drivers

    Graduation was held on November 19,2015 of the Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training School.  

    Jason Cutcliff and Don Trammell both graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

    Kneeling, l-r, Don Trammell (North Dinwiddie), Georgeann Goldsberry (Blackstone), Rausheen Terry (Farmville) Standing l - r, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, Cedric Drumgold, Jr.(Lawrenceville), Kim Terry (Dillwyn), James Cutcliff (Emporia) and Alan Caviness, Director of Safety & Risk Management with Houff Transfer.  3rd row l-r, Willie Crawley, TDTS Instructor, Jonte' Stith (Alberta), Doug Kemerer, Instructor, Jason Drinkwater, Assistant Instructor and Duncan Quicke, Truck Driver Training School Coordinator.

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  6. PLAY BAD. LOSE A GAME. DRIVE BAD. LOSE A LIFE. HAVE A GAME PLAN TO DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES GAME DAY WEEKEND

    RICHMOND – Whether you root for the Hokies or the Hoos, or have your own favorite college football team to cheer on during this Saturday’s major matchups, nothing rivals the importance of all fans driving to save lives over the Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, Head Virginia Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer and Head University of Virginia Football Coach Mike London this summer put their rivalries aside in order to team up with the Virginia State Police for a traffic safety public service announcement (PSA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KrQUzAYYFY.

    The video, produced in partnership with Advance Auto Parts headquartered in Roanoke, Va., aims to reach young adult drivers who are most at risk for traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Virginia highways. Last year in Virginia, 123 male and female drivers and passengers between the ages of 18 and 25 lost their lives in a traffic crash.* In 2014, there were 10,220 drivers and 2,815 passengers between ages 18 and 25 injured in traffic crashes statewide.*

     

    “We need all drivers to have a game plan before they leave for and from game day festivities,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “First and foremost, never drink and drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving and puts you and all motorists at risk. Play bad and the greatest thing you risk is losing a game. Drive impaired, distracted, unbuckled, and/or recklessly and the greatest thing you risk is losing your life or taking someone else’s. Reducing traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways is a score we can live with.”

    Drivers are also reminded to maintain your vehicle, use caution at railroad crossings, and comply with the state’s “Move Over” law to protect first responders and highway safety workers.

  7. Christmas Concert This Weekend

    Pictured: Tammy Hand, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Dr. Julie Hawley, Patti Watson, Kathy Baird

    GASBURG ~ The Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia cordially invites you to celebrate God’s greatest Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, with “A Festival of Christmas Music” on Sunday, December 6, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Winter Wonderland, this concert is sure to usher you into the Christmas season.

    The festive evening of Christmas music will be presented by Patti Watson, Kathy Baird, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Tammy Hand, Dr. Julie Baird Hawley, and the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs.  The concert will benefit children and families of domestic violence in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

    Patti Watson, of Emporia, is a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church while, Kathy Baird, Patty Richardson, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Dr. Julie Hawley and Tammy Hand are members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Together they will present a medley of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the holiday season. Following the concert, you are also invited to a reception that will be held in the PHCC Family Life Center.

    There is no admission fee or ticket required for the concert, however, a special love offering will be collected during the program for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program which is a non-profit organization that is specially designed to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The monetary gifts collected will be used for the victims in Brunswickand GreensvilleCounties.  The program started in 1991 and since that time has served thousands of victims.  Helping people in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about.  These local talents hope to raise enough money during the concert to help brighten Christmas for several local people.

    For more information regarding the concert please call the church office @ (434)577-2463.

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  8. Opportunites to Shop Small and Local Abound

    Shoppers enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza that is Carolyn's Creations.  Every year Carolyn's Creations, a Local Business on Brink Road in Emporia, is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

    With all the hype about Black Friday Door Busters and all night hours at the Big Box Retailers, it is easy to see that Thanksgiving, a uniquely American Holiday, has been relegated to the back burner.  Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming less of a Feast with the family, and more of a a day to spend money buying more stuff.

    Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to spend time with your family and avoid the headaches of shopping on Black Friday.

    The first Small Business Saturday was in 2010, and was started by American Express.  The entire point Small business Saturday is to encourage people to shop at Locally Owned Brick and Mortar Businesses.  Small Businesses are the lifeblood of any local economy, and even the financial giant American Express recognizes that. 

    Even in a locality as small and Emporia-Greensville, you have many opportunities to save your sanity and Shop Small.

    Carolyn's Creations, 1363 Brink Road, has an amazing selection of unique gifts and Christmas Decorations.  This weekend, Carolyn is offering 20% off storewide, making Saturday the perfect opportunity to find truly thoughtful gifts like Jim Shore ornaments, Tervis Tumblers, Jewelry, and a ton of other one of a kind things for the home.  If you have not yet decorated and need a tree, Carolyn has you covered there, too.  There are trees, wreaths, garlands, swags and every imaginable kind of decoration and floral pick.  This might be a good year to start a new tradition and start your loved ones a collection of dated Jim Shore ornaments or Christmas themed Salt and Pepper Shakers.

    Someone in your life dropping hints, subtle or otherwise, that it is finally time for a new lawn mower or chain saw?  Stop by Farm and Lawn Service, 700 North Main Street, and check out their line of Husqvarna tools.  Beat the spring rush and get Dad that new String Trimmer or Leaf Blower for Chrstmas.

    Paws and Purrs, 332 South Main Street, offers grooming, but also has a great selection of accessories and treats for the pet lover in your life.  Consider a Gift card for some Pet Spa Services, or maybe it's time for a snazzy new leash and collar set for your Mom's favorite child (and yes, the dog always outranks the two legged children), help her spoil her dog and she will think of you every time that pink, rhinestone-studded leash is used for a walk. 

    Marketplace Signs and Apparel, 317 West Atlantic Street, is chock-full of all manner of personalize-able items.  Who on your gift list couldn't use a canvass tote with their name on it for the beach, of a new baseball cap with their favorite catch phrase embroidered on it.  An personalized apron might be the perfect gift for the person cooking your Christmas Dinner.  There really is too much to list here, be sure to check it out.

    White's Family Shoes, 212 East Cloverleaf Drive, has an impressive selection of shoes, you are bound to find the perfect pair for just about anybony on your list.  With winter on the way, who wouldn't want a new pair of UGG Boots or some new Timberlands?  Kids need some new shoes for school, stop on by White's Family Shoes and pick them up a pair.  Maybe Mom would like some new pink walking shoes to go with that leash you got her?

    Speaking of Mom, or your spouse, siblings or children, stop by one of the locally owned salons and get them a gift card for some pamper time.  What Mom doesn't like a Manny/Peddy to help sooth her during this frantic season? 

    Don't forget about CJ's Furniture and Pawn Shop, 308 South Main Street or Jim's Pawn Shop, 400 South Main Street.  Pawn Shops are great sources for gifts for the entire family, electronics, tools, jewelry, firearms, and both shops have furniture.  Jim's Pawn Shop now carries Ashley Furniture, and can easily order something special.

    Emporia also has several consignment shops, full of unique offerings, Lora's A-Z Consignments, 413 Halifax Street and Twice Told Tales & Treasures, 327 Halifax Street, are both overflowing with something for everyone.

    Photographs make the perfect gift for grandparents (and most other relatives, too).  What grandparent would not love a framed portrait from Clement Mayes Photography and Picture Perfect Custom Framing, 401 Halifax Street?

    Is there a better Christmas Gift than Food?  Stop by Franken Stube, 605 West Atlantic Street, and grab gift certificates for the foodies in your life. 

    What gift sends a taste of home to your out of town loved one better than anything from the Good Earth Peanut Company, 5334 Skippers Road, Skippers?  From a tin of Roasted Salted Peanuts to Gourmet Trail Mix or Bourbon Praline Pecans and Good Earth Natural Peanut Butter, the selection of addictive goodies is mind-boggling.  In addition to Nuts, they also have Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, Jams, Jellies, Fruit Butters, and a selection of Gift Assortments perfect for nearly everyone on your list.

    For the young athlete on your list, stop by Top Hand Sports, 119 North Main Street.  You can sign your basketball fan up for their upcoming Basketball Clinic at the YMCA on December 5th, or purchase lessons and batting cage time.  Top Hand now offers Jui Jitsu Classes as well, including the Jui Jitsu Bully Proof Program for ages 5-9 and a Jui Jitsu Self Defense Program for ages 10-13.

    With all of the great food from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is it any wonder that so many people make a resolution to be healthier?  For that person in your life that wants to start, or continue, a fitness regime, a gift membership to Build a Body Fitness, and some time with Master Personal Trainer Ken Mabrey, both at 527 North Main Street, would then keep their resolution.  Individual memberships are $20 per month and couples are $35.  Additional fees apply for Mr. Mabrey's services as a Personal Trainer.

    So, ask yourself if it is worth the drive to the mall or big box store when you can spend a beautiful Friday (it is supposed to be 65 degrees) with your family and friends?  Instead of fighting for parking, you can sleep in, play some tough football or kickball with the kids, eat some leftovers and relax.  When it cools off in the evening, make a big Turkey Pot Pie or just reheat the leftovers and pull out the Monopoly board and be a tycoon for the evening.  If you just cannot eat anymore turkey, have Lunch or Dinner, and maybe a Margarita or Cerveza at Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 103 B East Cloverleaf Drive.

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  9. Monica Palemer State Farm Agency Lives Up to "Good Neighbor" Motto

    This year the State Farm Agent Monica Palmer and her staff acted as good neighbors for three families in our community.  Mrs. Palmer and her staff provided food boxes and a gift card to three families to assist with their Thanksgiving Dinner.  Each box contained a Turkey, Potatoes, Hawaiian Rolls, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Cake Mix and Icing. 

    Mrs. Palmer said that she was looking for a way to help, so she called the Department of Social Services and got the names of three families and provided them with the basics of their Feast.

    Pictured, left to right, are Linda Mabry, Bessie Brown, Sharon Cypress, S. Cary, Demetria Ellis and State Farm Agent Monica Palmer.

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  10. WITH TRAFFIC FATALITIES ON THE RISE IN VIRGINIA, STATE POLICE ISSUE CHALLENGE FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

    2015 Traffic Death Toll up by 20 Compared to 2014

    RICHMOND – Nine persons ranging in age of 19 years to 85 years old died this past week in a traffic crash on a Virginia highway. Of those nine persons, only the 19-year-old Chesterfield County male was wearing a seat belt. With travel forecasts calling for a record volume of Thanksgiving week traffic, the Virginia State Police are issuing a challenge to all drivers and passengers – Drive to Save Lives.

    During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, eight fatal traffic crashes claimed eight lives. That was Virginia’s lowest death toll for a Thanksgiving weekend in over a decade. But, with current reports showing the 2015 fatality rate for Virginia at 652 lives lost compared to 633 this time last year*, state police are very concerned about the safety of the Commonwealth’s highways. To counter the increase in traffic crashes and fatalities caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints, state police will once again be participating in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program.

    “State police will have the majority of its uniformed workforce on patrol from Wednesday through Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Our goal is not to see how many summonses can be issued and traffic violators arrested over the holiday. The purpose of having our troopers out there on Virginia’s highways is to remind the motoring public of the importance of traffic safety, and to deter aggressive, dangerous, reckless, and impaired driving. We are prepared to do our job to make Virginia safer and we thank those people already driving to save lives. But, as evident by the spike in traffic deaths this year, we still need more drivers and passengers to do their part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, sharing the road, and never driving impaired or distracted.”

    Motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers throughout the Commonwealth beginning Nov. 25, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., and continuing through midnight Nov. 29, 2015. As a result of drivers failing to obey the law during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday in Virginia, state troopers had to stop and cite 9,856 speeders and 2,315 reckless drivers. In addition, 706 adults were cited for failing to buckle up as required by state law. Troopers also issued 206 citations for child safety seat violations. A total of 91 drivers were arrested for DUI.

    Virginia State Police are also participating in the ongoing national Click It or Ticket Mobilization, which concludes the Monday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26, 2015). Of the eight who died last year in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, six were not wearing seat belts. Virginia is aiming to achieve a seat belt use rate of at least 82.1 percent in 2015.

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

    *Jan. 1, 2015-Nov. 23, 2015 compared to Jan. 1, 2014-Nov. 23, 2014, Virginia State Police

  11. Obituary-Ophelia Pritchett Moore

    Ophelia Pritchett Moore, 81, of Skippers, widow of Henry Clifton “Buck” Moore, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Ryland Pritchett. She is survived by her son,  Clifton Dean Moore and wife, Lori; her daughter, Deanna Moore Babb and husband, Michael; 4 grandchildren, Arlie Elizabeth Moore, Tyler Dean Moore; Austin Michael Babb and Aaryn Moore Babb; two sisters, Ernestine Parker and Goldie Matthews and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 27. Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Alvin Williams, 216 W. York Dr. Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  12. Obituary-Betty Corlette Pair

    Mrs. Betty Corlette Pair, 85, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 PM at St. James UMC.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 pm until the funeral hour at the church.

    Mrs. Pair, a native of Southport, graduated from Southport High School.  She attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, where she met and married the late, Percy Lee “Bo” Pair.  They made their home in Greenville in 1955, where she has been a member of St. James United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Pair was actively involved in many church ministries, including the choir, the United Methodist Women Circle #1 (past president), and enjoyed creating floral arrangements for the church.  She was also a member of the Delphian Book Club (past president), Dig’n Delve Garden Club (past president), and Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Mrs. Pair loved music and flowers, but her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pair was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rachel Corlette; and a sister, Doris Harrelson Ward.

    She is survived by her sons, Lee Todd Pair and wife, Pam, of Newport, and Harry Corlette Pair and wife, Donna, of Greenville; grandchildren, Jason Pair and wife, Susan, of Bath, Bryan Pair and wife, Nichole, of Washington, Lee Pair and fiancé, Kristin Harris, of Supply, Andrew Pair and wife, Myers, and David Pair, all of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Joelie, Cecilia, Harbor, and Beckam Pair; sister, Harriet Lazzo of Spartanburg, SC; and             numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care provided by the caregivers at Spring Arbor Nursing Home, 3 East and Palliative Care at Vidant Medical Center, Dr. Shirley Patel, and Dr. Shona Varghess.

    Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to St. James UMC, 2000 E. Sixth St., Greenville, NC 27858 in the name of Betty Corlette Pair.

    Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory. 

    Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

  13. Riparian Home Tour Features The Webb House

    The WEBB HOUSE is a lovely historical home built in 1802. The owners are Beverly and Sean Larkin of Philadelphia. Beverly is the daughter of the late Sam and Ann Rae Harrison, previous owners of the house.  The keeper of the house is Emporia native, Jane Barrows.

    Rumor has it that the Webb house was the birthplace of Lucy Webb, wife of the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes.  After marrying President Hayes, the first lady was steadfast in her stance against alcohol. When guests entered her home, they were served lemonade instead of alcoholic beverages, and she was often called “Lemonade Lucy.”

    The interior of the house has the original pine floors and approximate 15 foot ceilings, as stated by Ms. Barrows. The pine flooring and one corner cabinet was made from lumber on the farm.  There are four fireplaces, all of which are over 200 years old. The brick used to build the fireplaces and mantels was also made on the farm.

    There have been some necessary renovations made to the house, but much of it is still authentic.  This is exhibited by the very narrow and steep stairway which leads to the second story.

    The downstairs is composed of a kitchen, dining and den area combined. Off from the family gathering space is the entrance to the formal living room. Upon entering the second floor, there is a plentiful hall for sleeping along with two other bedrooms.

    A few outstanding features on the exterior of the house are the 40 ft. chimneys. On one of the chimneys facing the front lawn, the year 1802 is carved in the brick. This has not always been clearly visible, but work is being done to restore this historic date.

    In the summer, there is a lovely sunflower garden that sometimes serves as a browsing ground for deer. Because the house is hidden deep in the woods, Ms. Barrows says that the backyard is often a playground for wildlife.

    Other outside vestiges from the past are a huge barn, smoke house, and a corn bin that still has the     wire used to protect corn from rodents, or other varmints. There is also an outdoor well that has the original inner walls made of stone.

    The Webb House is expected to be an exciting holiday experience for those who love houses from centuries ago.

    Other homes on tour are the homes of Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; Brenda Harrell, 104 State St., and Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.; and Victory Fellowship Church. 111 Battery Ave.

    Visitors may tour Friday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

    Tour ticket booklets are $12 which includes pictures, information and directions for the tour. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main St. in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

    Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

    The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

  14. Obituary-Harland James Belfield

    Mr. Harland James Belfield, 70, of Emporia, Virginia died on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Roanoke Rapids location of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.

    Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

  15. Obituary-Thomas William Matthews, Sr.

    Thomas William Matthews, Sr., age 86, born April 8, 1929, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 surrounded by family.  He was a Veteran of the Army and Air force.  He was stationed at Andrew Air force Base and Japan.  He was a retired volunteer firefighter for over 50 years and sold cars for Brunswick Chevrolet, M & W Chrysler Plymouth Dodge and Williams Auto Sales.  He was known to all as “Honest Tom, Walking Man’s friend”.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lena Matthews; brothers, Elmer, Albert, Warren and Wilbert; and a sister, Ethel M. Stainback.  He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Earline Bowen Matthews of Lawrenceville, Va.; two daughters, Judy Egeland and husband Ray and Linda Jones; his son, Thomas William Matthews, Jr. and wife Kimberly; four grandchildren, Paula Jones, Marty Lewis (Dave), Melissa Egeland, and Michelle Mavis (Tony); great grandchildren, Haley, Ethan, Hannah, Kylie, and Michael; and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Glenda Gray and caregiver, Sara Jane Clary, who gave her time and love to dad.  He was a special man who cared for others, loved selling cars and enjoyed life.  He will be truly missed.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Independence United Methodist Church, Emporia, Va. with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/donate.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

  16. Obituary-Jerry Blowe

    Jerry Blowe of Emporia, VA closed his eyes peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was born on February 14, 1948 in Sussex, VA to the late Jodie, Sr. and Inell Hunnicutt Blowe.  He was preceded in death by his wife Emma Blowe.  

    Jerry attended Central High School and graduated with the class of 1967.  He started work at Belding Hausman Textile after high school.  He was employed there over 40 years before retiring.

    Jerry enjoyed cooking, lots of talking, going to church and spending time with family.

    He leaves to cherish in memory, a daughter, Andrea Briggs (Ardie III) of Hopewell, VA and son Michael Blowe (Monica) of Alberta, VA; two brothers, Jodie Blowe, Jr (Shirley) of Sussex, VA and James Blowe of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren, Andra and Akira Briggs of Hopewell., VA, Destinie and Samera Blowe of Alberta, VA; one great grandson, Stephen Sellers Harris, Jr., a host of nieces nephews, cousins and friends

    Funeral Services will be held onMonday November 23, 2015, 11 AM at Knox-High Chapel

  17. Rare Historic Home Up for Auction

    Features One of the Most Unique Staircases in Southside Virginia

    EMPORIA, VA – A rare historic home boasting one of the most unique staircases in Southside Virginia is up for auction. Located at 208 Hicksford Avenue in Emporia, this custom Colonial Estate was originally built in 1902 and has undergone a series of renovations over the past century.

    “The staircase in the front hall is not only breathtaking, but comes with a wonderful history,” said auctioneer Ernie Rogers, owner of United Country - River City Auction and Realty, broker VAAF #0879, who will auction the property live, onsite on Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. “The staircase was added during one of the earlier renovations. It was actually built in Petersburg and transported to Emporia by rail. The train stopped at the nearby railroad crossing to allow the staircase to be unloaded near the home for easier installment.”

    This stately two-story home features approximately 4,344 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, six fireplaces, nine rooms, hardwood flooring throughout and a courtyard. Previously owned by the late Harry Evans of Emporia, the home is filled with Evans’ custom and intricate designs he engineered over nearly four decades of remodeling, including ornate crowns and an exquisitely terraced backyard.

    “This is a one-of-a-kind find,” Rogers said. “Mr. Evans poured his life into perfecting this home.” The property also presents the rare opportunity of opening a bed and breakfast in an area without one. “There is no such inn in Emporia, and with its proximity to 1-95, Route 58 and Lake Gaston, its location is ideal for a quaint bed and breakfast.”

    The auctioning of the home also presents a unique buying opportunity. ““

    The auction marketing method is one of the best ways to present a property such as this to the public,” said Rogers. “It’s a chance to own a gorgeous historic home in an ideal location at a market price that only the auction format can provide.”

    Potential buyers can preview the home on Sunday, November 22 and 29, from 2-4 p.m. This property will sell to the highest bidder at or above $99,000. Complete information about the property, as well as details about the auction, can be found online at EmporiaAuction.com, by calling 804-327-9090 or by email to Ernie@UCRiverCity.com.

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  18. Obituary-William J. Hines, Sr.

    Born: January 04, 1940
    Died: November 18, 2015

    William went home to be with the Lord at 2:12pm . The Hines family home address is 212 Low Ground Road. The time of his passing leaves the family with confirmation from God that he is indeed home. 

    He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:12 (NIV)

    WILLIAM J. HINES, SR., (Snag) departed his life peacefully on November 18, 2015 with his wife Cora at his side. He was born January 4, 1940 to the late Linwood and Georgia Williams Hines in Emporia ,VA.  He is survived  by one sister Rosine Davis of Philadelphia, PA.

    William received his education in the Greensville County Public School System. In his latter teen years he met and married the love of his life , Cora Jean Starks. From their union four children were born: William Jr, Lavoris Laverne (deceased), Beverly (James) and Barry Shawn. He also reared four nieces: Debra (Herbert) , Kimerly (Andre), Donna, Tameka (Ronald). His wife and children were his top priority and he provided for them abundantly. Five grandchildren share in loving memories : Rashawn , Cierra , Keeshawn , Cameron , Jalana and Levi (great grandson). 

    William accepted Christ at an early age and joined Claresville Baptist Church. He kept a strong faith throughout his life . 

    Those left with loving memories of William are: three uncles ; George Solomon Williams of Newark, NJ ; Luther Williams (Rose) of Fredricksburg, VA; Thomas Williams of Brooklyn , NY. One aunt : Dorothy W. Wilks of Emporia, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins relatives and friends. 
     
    Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

    www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

    "A Complete Service To Those We Serve"

  19. FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 9

    Farmers and Ranchers Have a Voice in Local Farm Program Decisions

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted.

    “County committee members represent the farmers and ranchers in their communities,” said Dolcini. “Producers elected to these committees have always played a vital role in local agricultural decisions. They are essential to the daily operation of nearly 2,200 offices across the country. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.”

    Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.

    Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.9 million producers are currently eligible to vote.  Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

    Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 9. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it more easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7, 2015. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2016.

    For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.  You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.  Visit http://offices.usda.govto find an FSA office near you.

  20. Obituary-Frank Lee Roach, Sr.,

    Frank Lee Roach, Sr., 74, of Stony Creek, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015. He is survived by his son, Frank Lee Roach, Jr. “Sam” and wife, Sherie of Hopewell; and a brother, Shannon Roach and wife, Jean of Waverly. Mr. Roach was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Anne Presson Roach. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and also served in the  U.S. Army overseas in Korea. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd Jarratt, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Rd, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

  21. Robert B. Wynne Elected to Board of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

    Robert B. Wynne, an associate in the tax and employee benefits department at McGuireWoods LLP has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

    A native of Cary, North Carolina, Mr. Wynne received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Mr. Wynne and his wife Tsveti reside in Richmond, and he looks forward to his board service to an organization that helps children with mental health disorders.

  22. Thanksgiving Sanitation Schedule

    CITY OF EMPORIA

       THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

    SANITATION SCHEDULE

    RESIDENTIAL SERVICE:  TRASH, BULK/YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING

    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015                                     Monday, November 23, 2015

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015                               Monday, November 23, 2015

    Thursday, November 26, 2015                                   Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Friday, November 27, 2015                                        Wednesday, November 25, 2015                                          

    ALL WASTE MUST BE PLACED AT STREET FOR REMOVAL BY 7:00 A.M. ON COLLECTION DAY.

    COMMERCIAL SERVICE

    NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015

    LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION

    NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015 AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015

    THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS TO REFRAIN FROM PUTTING TRASH OUT AFTER THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULED COLLECTION DAY.

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  23. SVCC Students Inducted Into Phi Theta Kappa

    These students are recent inductees into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.  The ceremony was held November 2, 2015.  PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges with students required to maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.5.  The new inductees are (Front Row, Left to Right) Advisor Tiffany Griffin, Ciara Cifers of Emporia, Cade Hamm of South Hill, Saquanna Price of Freeman, Christopher Hayes of Nelson, Terence Hardy of Clarksville, Olivia Tanner of LaCrosse, Madilynne Tanner of LaCrosse, Christina Beale of South Boston, Kayla Robinson of Kenbrige, Tiffany Hawkins of Lawrenceville and Leslie Cline, Advisor. (Back Row, L to R) Morgan Dianis of Emporia, Dallas Phelps of Jarratt, Jessica Buchanan of Kenbridge, Donovan Burkhardt of South Hill, Jasmine Berry of South Hill, Colton Seamans of Clarksville, and Delaney Basso of Blackstone.  

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  24. WARNER, KAINE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $3 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING TO SUPPORT VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today’s funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia.

    “Agriculture is an economic driver and job creator throughout the Commonwealth. These grants will help Virginia’s small businesses succeed, support local economies, and strengthen Virginia’s largest industry,” Sen. Warner said.

    “Today’s funding will bolster local food networks and support small business activity throughout the Commonwealth,” Sen. Kaine said. “By giving these businesses the resources they need to expand operations, hire additional labor and promote their various products, we can help spur local economic activity in Virginia’s largest industry: agriculture.”

    The following Virginia businesses will receive funding under USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG):

    • Ag Events, Inc. in Waynesboro, Virginia will receive: $250,000 in funding to buy supplies and labor to produce beer from far-grown hops and market their hops to other craft breweries in Virginia;
       
    • Cornell B. Goldman in Cullen, Virginia will receive: $125,000 in funding to market products to a wider customer base and help transport and sell produce;
    • Old House Vineyards in Culpeper, Virginia will receive: $250,000 in funding to support increased marketing activities that will help grow the business;
    • Riverstone Farm, LLC. in Floyd, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
    • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Virginia will receive $250,000 in funding for labor, marketing and packaging expenses;
    • The Good Earth Peanut Company, LLC. in Skippers, Virginia will receive $49,999 in funding to support operations and marketing for peanut products;
    • Engel Family Farms in Hanover, Virginia will receive $73,400 to support a feasibility study;
    • Meadows Pride Farm, LLC. in Monterey, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • Old Church Creamery in King William, Virginia will receive $175,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • Monroe Bay Vineyard in King George, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • North Cove Mushrooms, LLC. in Reva, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
    • Woods Mill Malting, LLC. in Lovingston, Virginia will receive $49,999 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • Buckingham Berkshires in Gladstone, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • FDC Enterprises, Inc. in Nottoway County, Virginia will receive $75,000 to support a feasibility study;
    • Next Generation Woods, Inc. in Hiwassee, Virginia will receive $50,245 to support a feasibility study;
    • Blue Bee Cider, LLC. in Richmond, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • Buffalo Creek Beef, LLC. in Lexington, Virginia will receive $200,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities;
    • Turkey Knob Growers, Inc. in Timberville, Virginia will receive $49,500 to support operations and expand marketing of locally-grown foods;
    • Davis Valley Winery and Vineyard, Inc. in Rural Retreat, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities and;
    • Kelly Turkeys USA, LLC. in Fort Valley, Virginia will receive $250,000 to support operations and expand marketing activities.

    The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. The VAPG program aims to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income for local product-based businesses.

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  25. Most Americans enrolling on Healthcare.gov will receive financial support

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center offering free application assistance

    Emporia, VA - “Open enrollment”—the annual three-month period during which Americans can comparison shop and purchase healthcare coverage on the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace—is in full swing.

    According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), between 11 and 14 million consumers will purchase 2016 coverage through the Marketplace, and most will qualify for financial assistance.

    HHS relays that 7 out of 10 returning customers will be able to buy a health plan and pay less than $75 for monthly premiums—which is the monthly fee charged for coverage; eight of 10 will pay less than $100. Those figures are tied to estimates that 80% of individuals re-enrolling will qualify for advanced tax credits based on their projected annual income; newcomers to the Marketplace are expected to fall in the same income brackets and receive similar help.

    “If you’re eligible for a tax credit, the government will send money directly to your insurance company to help pay the premium,” says Matt Tavenner, CEO at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.“So for example, instead of paying the full $350 monthly cost, you might pay $50 or $75 a month.”

    Penalties for not having health insurance increase significantly in 2016 and will be assessed when 2016 federal tax returns are filed. Fines are $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, and up to $2,085 per family or 2.5% of family income—whichever is higher.

    The penalties are expected to drive many newcomers to the Marketplace, as most individuals must choose between paying a premium and paying a fine.

    “Individuals who don’t have insurance or who need to re-enroll have nothing to lose and everything to gain by evaluating their options,” says Tavenner. “You may discover you qualify for Medicaid, tax credits or another type of discount. The goal is to find a plan that best matches your specific health needs and finances.”  

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is offering community residents free help with evaluating insurance options and enrolling on the Marketplace. Appointments can be made with certified assisters by calling 434-348-4406.

    The purpose of the Health Insurance Marketplace is to offer all U.S. citizens access to affordable health plans that offer comprehensive benefits.

    To help make health insurance affordable, the government uses household income to determine who is eligible for financial assistance. This assistance might include advanced tax credits to help pay for premiums, or discounts on co-pays and deductibles—which are additional costs related to specific healthcare purchases.

    Some of the mandatory benefits included in all Marketplace plans include doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric care, and free preventive and wellness services. Coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health condition.

    “If you are eligible for health insurance but do not purchase coverage, not only will you pay a penalty when filing your tax return, but you will also lose out on financial help with your healthcare expenses throughout the year,” says Tavenner. “Our assisters can help you shop the Marketplace to find a plan that meets your needs.”

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  26. Start a New Holiday Tradition, Shop Small

    By SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho

    It’s the one thing on which I think we can all agree: with the right support, small businesses have the power to propel local economies and lift up communities. When we shop small – by spending our money at locally-owned small businesses within our neighborhoods and towns – we are helping create two out of three net new jobs and supporting more than half of the country's private workforce.

    Across the nation we are already seeing advertisements and news stories about which major chain is or isn’t opening their doors on Black Friday, or even Thanksgiving Day! What you might not hear about, but should, are the mom and pop shops and the corner bakery which are competing with the big stores with seemingly bottomless marketing budgets. This holiday season, let’s recommit in to keeping more of our hard earned money local by supporting our neighborhood champions, America’s small businesses.

    Saturday, November 28, 2015 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses for all they contribute to our communities.  It’s a day for us all to do our part to support those jobs and economic growth in your own backyard. Visit your Main Street merchants to find unique, handmade gifts that you won’t find at a big-box retailer. Afterwards, dine small at your local restaurant to usher in the new tradition of supporting local eateries too. The restaurant industry employs 14 million Americans and generates $709.2 billion in sales, equal to 4 percent of the gross domestic product. Many of these small businesses are also more eco-friendly as well since they often provide locally made/grown products, which reduces the ecological effects of long-distance shipping.

    As SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, I’ve seen the impact small businesses make on our economy and our communities. For example, Roanoke Bagel in Roanoke received counselling and assistance from ScaleUp Roanoke Valley. Through the SBA funded program, Amelia and Gary Goldacker got the training and confidence to expand their business to Buchanan, another outstanding business community in Virginia.

    Shopping small packs a big punch to the U.S. economy. An estimated 88 million consumers “Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday®. 77% of consumers said Small Business Saturday® inspires them to “Shop Small” through the year and not just for the holidays. In addition, 66% of consumers state the main reason they support small businesses is because of their contributions to the community.

    Main street businesses are critical to our nation’s success and supporting them during Small Business Saturday® is supporting our nation and ourselves. To continue the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, join me and the rest of the U.S. Small Business Administration in shopping and dining small on Saturday – November 28. While you’re out shopping, make sure to tell us about it on social media, using the hashtag #SmallBizSat to amplify your support. 

    For more information, check out: www.sba.gov/smallbusinesssaturday

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  27. Riparian Home Tour Features Victory Fellowship Church

    VICTORY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH is a charming brick church, trimmed in white, with lovely oversized cathedral doors. The former Christ Episcopalian Church was originally a white frame building built at this site in 1840. It was replaced with the current brick structure in 1915. The cornerstone reflects the 100th anniversary of this beautiful church.

    Current pastor, Brad Barbour, is very enthusiastic about his new progressive congregation and the recent renovations, most of which were completed by members of the church. Victory Fellowship Church is non-denominational and everyone is invited to worship.

     Upon entering the church, visitors will be intrigued by the magnificent stained glass windows that are treasures of memorializing families. The Chaplin, Chambliss, Keedwell, Spivey, Prince, Rawls, Goodwyn and Turner families are some who are responsible for the Episcopal heritage in Emporia. The oldest windows are in the style of Louis Tiffany such as “Chris Visits Mary and Martha” and “The Good Shepherd”. The other windows are chronological moments of significance in Jesus’ life beginning with “The Annunciation” and ending with the “Crucifixion”.  

     The pulpit is great in size with substantial space to accommodate the pastor and musical instruments during worship service. The church also has a spacious fellowship hall for church functions and other special events.

    The true meaning of Christmas will be experienced upon visiting this holy church, not only because of the biblical scenes, but also because of the old fashioned Christmas décor reminiscent of the early 1900’s.

    Other homes on tour are the homes of Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; 1802 Webb House, Sean and Beverly Harrison Larkin, 2622 Smokey Ordinary Rd.; Brenda Harrell, 104 State St., and Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.

    Visitors may tour Friday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

    Tour ticket booklets are $12 which includes pictures, information and directions for the tour. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main St. in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

    Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

    The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

  28. Governor McAuliffe Sets Goal at Adoption Summit!

    RICHMOND, Va., November 11, 2015 – Connecting Hearts hosted a successful all-day summit for adoption and foster care professionals last Thursday, November 5th. Professionals joined together from every part of the commonwealth from state and private agencies tononprofit organizations. The event featured talks by Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel Jr. MD, and Virginia’s Adoption Champion Debbie Johnston.

    During his keynote speech, Governor McAuliffe laid out a goal for the over 860 children in Virginia waiting for a forever family. Governor McAuliffe said, “Let’s make it a goal – all of us in this room – that one year from today all 860 of these children will be adopted.” This proclamation was met with cheers from the adoption and foster care workers in the crowd.

    The summit included eight solutions-focused workshops and two panel discussions. Since its inception this spring, Connecting Hearts and Virginia’s Adoption Champion have travelled around the state to hear more about which areas of the system need attention. These issues were then addressed at the summit in an effort to pool resources and to better help foster youth in Virginia.

    Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity is an adoption and foster care support nonprofit lead by Virginia’s Governor-appointed Adoption Champion Debbie Johnston. Connecting Hearts ensures that every child in Virginia has the opportunity for a loving home through addressing support needs across the state, partnering with other organizations, spreading awareness, and advocating. Virginia is home to over 5,000 children in foster care and over 860 children are waiting to be adopted.

    To learn more about the available kids, call 1-800-DO-ADOPT or visit www.dss.virginia.gov. For more information about Connecting Hearts and to learn how you can get involved, visit www.ConnectingHeartsVA.orgor connect with us at www.facebook.com/ConnectingHeartsVAor www.twitter.com/ConnectHeartsVA.

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  29. Veterans Honored by American Legion

    American Legion Posts 46 and 151 held their annual Veteran's Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11th.

    A sizeable group, including many local dignitaries, attended this year's ceremony.  Among those in attendance were Circuit Court Judge Allen Sharrett, Clerk if the Circuit Court Bobby Wrenn, Greensville County Timmy Jarratt, Emporia Chief of Police Ricky Pinkshaw, Member-elect to the Board of Supervisors Raymond Bryant, City Commissioner of the Revenue Joyce Prince, Greensville County School Board Member Bessie Reed-Morre and retired City Chief of Police Bernard Richardson.

    After the Greensville County High School JROTC posted the Colors, veterans were recognized.  While the majority of Veterans present served in Viet Nam, there were also Veterans from the Gulf War, Korea, and two surviving Veterans from World War II.  A bag of sand from the Beach at Normandy was also presented and offered to those present; the sand was brought back from Normandy by Bobby Wrenn.

    Giving the Keynote Address this year was Emporia Native Major Phyllis Brown Simpson.  Major Simpson, the daughter of Phillip and Delores Brown, is a graduate of Greensville County High School and Graduated Magna Cum Laude from VCU, with a degree in Political Science, in three years.  Major Simpson also served on the staff of former Virginia Governor L. Douglass Wilder.  Major Simpson also received a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland before joining the United States Army in June of 2000.

    While in the Army, Major Simpson served at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and at Fort Meade in Maryland, and is currently awaitingg promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

    Carl Easter performed three musical selections, "How Great Thou Art," "America the Beautiful," and "Proud to be an American."

    After the Keynote Address, a wreath was laid at the memorial and "Taps" was played by Greensville County High School Bugler Kalib Turner.

    Placing the wreath at this year's Veteran's Day Ceremony were (l-r) Halee Miller, Earnest Thomas, Richard Brown, Ann Thomas, Laverne S. Johnson, Adj. Ed Bryant, and Shekinah Gray. 

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  30. SVCC to Offer Forklift Train the Trainer Course

    This Forklift Train the Trainer Workshop is designed for powered industrial vehicle operators. Topics covered include: Basic Safety Principles, PIV accident causes, usage for unintended or non-designed purposes, exceeding capacity, inattention by operator or pedestrian, using defective equipment, horseplay, defective equipment, OSHA, specific operator training with

    video, PowerPoint, and/or handbook, classroom and practical testing, testing by vehicle type, licensing for specific vehicle type, documenting the raining/testing, 3 places individual file, license, and training session records, company policy and training/operations, PPE requirements eye, fall protection, hard hats, etc., and sources for additional training material/information.

    Who should attend? Lead safety officers and trainers at companies that use powered forklifts. Participants will learn procedures on how to train and certify their own company employees.

    PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required by contacting

    Angela McClintock by email at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or

     by phone at 434-949-1026.

      Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Time: 10 am - 4 pm | Fee: $89 (Includes booklets)

    Location: Clarksville Enrichment Complex

    1567 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville, VA

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  31. Riparian Home Tour Features The Randolph Home

    The RANDOLPH HOME is a beautiful two story colonial home with white siding and black shutters. The home was built in 1977 and has four handcrafted fireplaces. All of the creative work on the interior and exterior was completed by Dave Randolph, owner.

    As a former Industrial Arts teacher, Mr. Randolph’s interest lies in working with wood. He has recently built a very attractive lawn and garden building at the back of his property, as well an outdoor shop where much of his woodworking takes place. He recently installed new flooring to the deck on the home.

    Some of the newest additions to the interior of the house area are a newly paneled living room trimmed with crown molding and  chair rail in the dining room. New kitchen counter tops have also been installed.

    Downstairs in the Randolph home, there is the master bedroom and bath as well as two living areas, one of which opens to the dining room and kitchen. A separate den area includes a cowhide rug sent from Uruguay. The second story is composed of two bedrooms, one of which is called “Mother’s Room” in memory of Mr. Randolph’s mother. In this room he is proud of a beautiful cherry dresser which belonged to his great grandmother.

    One other attraction that will brighten the faces of children and young people is an upper room above the garage which houses two electric trains that cover an approximate 18 to 20 foot space.

    The retired teacher was born and spent much of his childhood in Iowa. He has a Master’s Degree from University of Iowa and moved to Northern Virginia in 1969. Upon retiring from teaching in Fairfax he moved to Emporia in 2008.

    Mr. Randolph has two sons and two daughters, one of which was the first woman to go from flight school directly into fighter training. There is one corner of a room in his home designated to her accomplishments and the planes she piloted.

    The Randolph Home is without a keeper at least once a year when Mr. Randolph leaves Emporia to volunteer on a tourist railroad which travels from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico, a national historic site. His future plans include building a “Garden Railroad” in his backyard. His interest in trains started in his childhood and remains today.

    Dave Randolph welcomes visitors on the Christmas tour because in addition to his interest in trains, he has a great passion for decorating for the holiday season.

    The other homes on tour are those of Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; 1802 Webb House, Sean and Beverly Harrison Larkin, owners, 2622 Smokey Ordinary Rd.; Victory Fellowship Church, 111 Battery Ave.; and Brenda Harrell, 104 State St.

    Visitors may tour Friday, December 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

    Tour ticket booklets are $12.00 which include pictures, information and directions to the homes and the church. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main Street in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

    Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369. The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

  32. Stephen King Acquitted

    (Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to be a play-by-play of the entire process of Motions, Jury Selection and Trial.  With the exception of Lunch and a few short recesses, Circuit Court was in session from 9 am to just before 6 pm.  This article will only cover the highlights that were relevant to the case.)

    After a long day in court, that included Jury selection and pre-trial motions starting at 9:00 Friday Morning, Stephen King, who was charged with Election Fraud was found Not Guilty of the charge against him.

    Mr. King’s defense attorney, Del Brown, had pre-filed a Change of Venue motion, which was taken under advisement and later denied.  She also filed a motion to continue, as the defense was not provided a complete copy of the Jury list.  The only list provided to the Defense in advance gave the names of the potential Jurors; the state requires that the list include name, gender, age, occupation and employer.  The code section also requires that a complete copy of the list of potential Jurors be provided to legal counsel three business days in advance of the trial:

    Referencing the language of the code, the Judge said that “’shall’ doesn’t always mean ‘shall’,” adding “don’t ask me to defend that.”

    Ms. Brown stated that when she called the Sheriff’s Department for a copy of the list, the person she spoke to was “not authorized” to provide that information.  Special Prosecutor Michael Doucette added that he had tried to e-mail her the list, but that it had bounced.  Ms. Brown also argued that not providing this information was a violation of her client’s Right to Due Process, per Commonwealth v. Butler.  The motion to continue was also denied.

    During the Jury selection process, Ms. Brown also raised concern about the questions she wished to ask potential Jurors.  It had been agreed beforehand that she would be able to ask potential Jurors for whom they voted.  The judge did not allow this question as every citizen has a fundamental right to a private ballot.  Ms. Brown argued that this question sowed the “fundamental thinking” of the Jurors.  In not allowing the question, Circuit Court Judge Allen Sharrett added that the real issue was really about whether the Juror could “stand indifferent,” and that he would not “disenfranchise any Juror because of who they voted for.”

    There were 29 potential Jurors, of which, one had a Doctor’s note and was excused.  The remaining 28 were brought into the court room.  Judge Sharrett disqualified one for cause and eight more were excused by random drawing.  Of the remaining 20 Jurors, four each were stricken by the Defense and the Prosecution.  The four stricken by the Commonwealth were all African-American males, which brought a Batson Motion from the Defense.  The court ruled that there was Prima Facia and asked the Commonwealth to defend their preemptory strikes.

    The Commonwealth explained that of the four, one was excused for exhibiting confusion; one traded with Woodruff’s Store (owned by King), and the Commonwealth did not feel that he could continue to trade there if King were found guilty; one was excused for having received a mailing from King’s campaign; and the fourth excused for having received a mailing from the King campaign and because the same volunteers working for Mr. King were also passing out literature for his wife, who was running as a write in. 

    After the Court was able to empanel a Jury that said they could be fair and impartial, and the 12 Jurors selected were shown the Jury Room, the Judge denied the Motion for a Change of Venue.

    After the Jury was seated, Special Prosecutor Doucette, the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, gave his opening argument.  Doucette shared the two requirements for any person who wished for office.  The only two requirements were that the person was a Registered Voter and a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year preceding the election for office.

    The evidence he intended to produce, he felt, would show that by voting in North Carolina on November 4, 2014, Mr. King certified that he lived in North Carolina.

    Mr. Doucette also felt that the four witnesses he would place on the stand would confirm that Mr. King, was not a resident for the required one year.

    He urged the Jury to find a verdict of Guilty.

    In her opening statements, Ms. Brown thanked the Jury for their service and offered that her client had not broken the law and that the Commonwealth could not prove their case.  She asked the Jury to find her client Not-guilty.

    The first witness for the Commonwealth was Special Investigator Kimberly Darden, who was asked about her investigation.  It was revealed that Special Investigator Darden had met with Mr. King in person, but had spoken to others briefly and many on the telephone. 

    Ms. Darden testified that, during the course of her investigation, she had spoken to the complainant, Mr. Allen, by phone.  She stated that he “thought that” Mr. King “lived in North Carolina,” and that he had not seen Mr. King in several months.  She further stated that Mr. Allen had an association with Mr. King through his job.

    Ms. Darden also stated that Mr. King had told her that he moved to Virginia during the first week of October, 2014, but later in the conversation gave the date of October 1.  She received no paperwork from Mr. King and performed no follow-up interview.  She also testified that during the short conversation with Mr. Charles King, Stephen King’s father, she did not request any copies of the lease agreement or rent receipts.

    Another witness for the Commonwealth was Mrs. Dorothy Kea, the Greensville County General Registrar.  Mrs. Kea was asked primarily about State Board of Elections forms filled out by Mr. King, explaining them thoroughly.  The Statement of Organization, Statement of Candidate Qualification, a report from the DMV showing that Mr. King had registered at the DMV and Mr. King’s Voter Registration Application were eventually offered into evidence.  The defense objected when Mr. Doucette asked about a date stamp on one section of the Voter Registration Application, as it called for the witness to make an assumption as to how it got onto the form.  The section of the form in question was the tear-off that is sent to the Voter’s previous place of registration.

    The Commonwealth’s case relied heavily on Mr. King’s answer to question three on the Statement of Candidate Qualification form, affirming that he would be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year prior to election for the office he sought.

    The Commonwealth also called Ms. Susie Squire, the Elections Director of Northampton County North Carolina.  Ms. Squire was asked to explain the date stamp, which was the day it was received in her office (June 27, 2015).  She was also asked to explain the Authorization to Vote form, which Mr. King signed when he voted in last year’s election.  At issue was Mr. King’s signature in the first section of the form, certifying that Mr. King lived in North Carolina.

    Ms. Squire explained the process of in-person voting in North Carolina.  Each polling place has a binder with the Authorization to Vote, or ATV forms, to which a label is affixed when the voter gives his name and address.  Once the label is affixed, the Voter has the option of signing the form.  The form never comes out of the binder.  The relevant sections are the first two.  The first section is where the Voter certifies that they live at the address on the label while the second allows space for a change of address.  Any voter that moves less than 30 days before an election has an opportunity to vote in their old polling place, as there is not time to change their registration.

    Ms. Squire added that many signatures on these forms are upside down, since they are not removed from the binder.

    The witnesses for the Defense included Henry Stephen Allen and the accused, Mr. King.

    In his testimony Mr. Allen was asked how he came to make the complaint, which was only an oral complaint.  He answered that he made the complaint because he did not “think that he [Mr. King] lived in Greensville County.  Mr. Allen also stated that he made the complaint to the Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  When asked if he was related to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, he answered that he was.

    The only other witness for the Defense was Mr. King.

    Mr. King testified that he had lived in Virginia since the first week of October, 2014, and that he was living with his father.  He and his father have had a lease agreement since 2013.  King briefly returned to North Carolina because of vandalism at the house there, but was back in Virginia after a tenant was found for that home.

    He also answered that he had spoken with Agent Darden on July 17th of this year, adding that she and another member of the Virginia State Police arrived, unannounced, while he was repairing the egg belt at the farm in North Carolina.  He testified that he told Agent Darden that he did not have time to speak with her, but would meet her at his home on his lunch break.  Mr. King further stated that Agent Darden left no business card.

    Mr. King also stated that Agent Darden asked for no documentation, but was told that a lease agreement was on file with the Virginia ABC in Richmond. According to Mr. King, Agent Darden was also told about a legal proceeding in Greensville County.  Mr. King had attempted to buy a home in the Brink area of the County, and took the seller to court over that purchase.

    Mr. King testified that after he moved in the first week of October, he called to check on his registration, and was told that he needed to vote in his previous polling place in 2014 and change his registration after the election.  On Election Day, when he arrived to vote, he said that he told the poll worker that he had moved.  After he shared this information, he said that he was told that he could vote, but that this would be his last time voting at this location.  He said that the binder was slid across the table to him and he was told to “sign here,” and that he was never given the opportunity to read the form right side up.

    The Defense introduced the 2013 Lease Agreement, the Pleading in the Civil Case regarding the purchase of real estate and rent receipts.

    One piece of evidence that the Commonwealth introduced a transcript from the case of a hearing in the armed robbery of his store.  In the transcript King is recorded as testifying that he lived across the street from one of the defendants in that case, in Gaston, NC.  When asked about the difference in testimony, Mr. King stated that he was speaking in the past tense, speaking about events in the past.

    Ms. Brown asked her client what his intent was when he signed the forms from the State Board of Elections, he answered “to run for Greensville County Sheriff.”

    On cross examination, Mr. Doucette asked Mr. King why the witnesses to the lease were not present, or the poll worker from North Carolina, or even his father.  King responded that there was no need for the witnesses of his father to be called, and that all he had to identify the poll worker were her initials.

    Mr. Doucette gave Mr. King a piece of paper and asked him to read the letterhead, Ms. Brown objected and the objection was sustained.

    Mr. Doucette asked why Mr. King did not reach out to the investigator with evidence that would prove his innocence.  King responded that it was not his job to prove his innocence.

    When Mr. Doucette asked why he shared no evidence of his innocence when he was arrested, Mr. King answered that the arresting officer was not the investigator, and told Mr. King that he was only present to serve the paperwork, a sentiment shared with the Magistrate.  Mr. King also testified that his attorney reached out to the investigator, but received no response.

    In closing arguments, Mr. Doucette restated his evidence, which was projected on the wall for the Jury to see, and tried to call into question the evidence presented by the Defense.

    He questioned everything, but mainly the receipts for rent.  Mr. Doucette asked who gives cash receipts to family members for rent, and pointed out that, with the exception of one, all the receipts were in numerical order.  Mr. Doucette also thought that the date Mr. King changed his vehicle registration and voter registration in Virginia, and when he was removed from the North Carolina Voter Rolls.

    Mr. Doucette also told the Jury that if Mr. King had moved to Virginia on October 1, 2014, he would have been ineligible to vote in North Carolina on November 4th, but if “he [King] makes it the first week of October,” Mr. King could “have his cake and eat it, too.”

    Mr. Doucette also told the Jury that Mr. King testified that he told the poll worker that he had moved.  He stated that if that were true, that it was the poll worker that ignored the law.  “He [King] wants you to believe that he told this person that he had moved and she ignored the law.”

    Mr. Doucette also restated the requirements for holding office in Virginia, and that the “only conclusion” that the Jury could reach was that where there is smoke, there is fire.  He felt that his evidence proved that Mr. King had, on June 8, 2015, made a willful and false representation on his State Board of Election forms.  “I submit to you that he is guilty of Election Fraud and I ask you to find him guilty.

    In her closing, Ms. Brown thanked the Jury for their service and told them that Mr. Doucette said that where there is smoke there is fire, but “let me put that fire out.”

    Ms. Brown also questioned the investigation.  Ms. Brown stated that Special Investigator Darden only spoke with the complainant, Mr. Allen, for a couple of minutes.  In addition, Ms. Darden never tried to get a copy of the lease agreement from the ABC, only spoke briefly to Mrs. Kea, and not check court records for information about the suit filed when Mr. King tried to buy property here.  Ms. Brown also added that Personal Property Tax records and Real Estate Tax records were also not checked by the Commonwealth’s “seasoned investigator.”

    Ms. Brown also told the Jury that the investigator never asked Mr. King where he lived, only spoke with the Defendant’s father and the person who filed the complaint for a couple of minutes.

    Addressing the transcript from the February hearing, she asked the Jury to think about the way they would answer if they were asked questions about and were reliving an event from their past.

    Ms. Brown pointed out that we don’t always get everything changed when we move.

    The defense also told the Jury that, per his testimony, he had no intent to defraud and that he had answered all of the questions truthfully and to the best of his ability.

    Ms. Brown asked the Jury to find her client not-guilty.

    As the burden of proof was on the Commonwealth, Mr. Doucette had an opportunity to rebut the closing arguments of the defense.

    In his rebuttal, Mr. Doucette implored the Jury to look at the circumstantial evidence of the February transcript.  He said that he knew that that evidence was not a “smoking gun,” but it was a brick in the wall; just as was the rest of the evidence.

    The Jury got the case at 4:23 pm, and returned with the verdict of not guilty just before 5:30 pm.

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  33. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces September Employee of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Debra Rifkindhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for September 2015.  Ms. Rifkind, who has been employed at SVRMC since February 2013, is an Emergency Department Technician.

    Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for September was Sense of Ownership.  Ms. Rifkind’s nomination included the following statement: “Debra possesses a sense of ownership in her role as an ED Tech by “owning” her responsibilities and constantly looking for ways to improve the unit and processes for patient care.  Debra uses time wisely and takes the initiative to look for “extra” things to do around the unit. She feels a responsibility to keep the ED clean and stocked for efficiency and has excellent customer service skills.  She takes pride in her job and is committed to excellence.  Debra is dedicated to the department, her co-workers, and patients.  She owns her role at SVRMC.”

    As SVRMC’s September Employee of the Month, Ms. Rifkind received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash prize, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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  34. Obituary-Elizabeth “Susie” Fajna

    Elizabeth “Susie” Fajna, 78, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015. She is survived by her children, Robert A. “Buck” Moore, Dreama Justice, Terry Lynn Fajna, Donna Marie Rae, Joel “Frog” Fajna, Michael “T-Bird” Fajna and Larry Wayne Fajna; nineteen grandchildren, Justin Daniel Moore, Paula Beth Moseley, Jesse Aaron Lynch, Amanda Gayle Lynch, Ashley Nicole Lynch, Joel Lunceford, Brandon James Dean McCorkell, Angelina Julia McCorkell, Zandy Thomas Lunceford, Ray Lynn Lunceford, Myra Alvarez, Dina Dyson Cersley, George Fajna, Brandy Musgrave, Kimberly Kitchen, Brittany Kitchen, Tiffany Wells, Jessica Pierce and Dannielle Hughes; numerous great-grandchildren, among them, Mila Rose Moore, Aaliyah Garrett, Isaiah Garrett, Imani Ridley, Alexander Hicks, Violet Lynch, Jaron Lynch and Alex Lynch; three brothers, Otto Moore, , William “Butch” Moore and Jerry Donald Moore; a sister, Beatrice “Tina” Robbins and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 6, at Calvary Chapel Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  35. Letter the the Editor From Keith Mitchell

    Editor, Emporia News:

    I am writing to thank you for the contribution you made to the campaign process by sponsoring a public forum for the candidates. I was grateful for having had the opportunity to express my views and to have them so accurately reported. I felt that the forum and your reporting of it was fair to all the candidates.

    The voters have spoken, though, and they have spoken in overwhelming numbers. And while I was both shocked and shaken by the results in my contest, I nevertheless know that the Lord led me to run for a reason, and I am comforted by my belief that His reason for so leading me will be revealed over time.

    I am thankful that the margin of victory in my race for supervisor was as great as it was. Otherwise, had it been much closer, I would have second-guessed everything that I said and did during the campaign period. Now, though, I am comforted by the fact that I did my best and did not compromise my integrity in any way at any time. I am who I am, I say what I truly believe, and so be it.

    l was humbled throughout my campaign  while going door to door and by having 302 of the people to trust me and show up to vote for me on Tuesday. And despite losing the contest and seemingly letting them down, I intend to work for them as diligently as I can and for as long as I can. As I told so many of them, it is sometimes as easy to work from the outside as it is from the inside when one feels that a system or a process needs to change.

    I have no intention of being a radical crusader for change, nor do I plan to deliberately become a so-called "community activist." I do, though, plan to devote my time and effort to advocate for all the ones who touched me so deeply with their encouragement,  and who seemed so appreciative of having someone to listen to their frustration.

    Do I wish I had won? Lord, yes. But if I could go back and change the result, would I? Heavens, no!  Because I believe without a doubt that all things work together for good for those who trust in the Lord and who are called according to His purposes...

    I am reminded of the blessing we were taught as children to pray before a meal. It begins: "God is great, God is good..."  He really is, and all the time. We may not always understand. We can, though, always trust.

     Again, thank all of you who supported me, and I am so appreciative of and humbled by that support.

    Keith Mitchell

  36. Obituary-Dorothy Lewis Taylor

    Dorothy Lewis Taylor, 76, of Amherst and formerly of Northern Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She was wife of the late MSGT Elmo M. Taylor, USAF.

    Mrs. Taylor was born in Emporia, October 29, 1939 to the late Lillian Anderton and Thomas Edward Lewis. She was a homemaker and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Manassas where she was very active and especially enjoyed serving with the prison ministry. She was a Den Mother for her sons while involved in Scouting, and was very involved with the School Band Boosters. Mrs. Taylor moved to Amherst in 2008 and began going to Clifford Baptist Church.

    Surviving are her two sons: John Taylor (Roxanne) of Amherst, and Melvin Taylor of Amherst; three grandchildren: Keith Taylor, Gina Taylor and Greg Taylor; Five sisters: Francis Leonard of Chester, Phyllis Beasley of Richmond, Virginia Wrenn of Emporia, Nancy Castellow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Mable Gillam of Jarratt, two brothers-in-law: Ernest Taylor (Hilda) of Cedarville, OH and Carl Ray Taylor (Evelyn) of Richmond, and many nieces and nephews.

    Funeral services will be held at 3:30 pm Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Clifford Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Quantico National Cemetery.

    Thank you to the Staff of Runk & Pratt – Forest, Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals and everyone involved in making Mom’s final years with Alzheimer’s more comfortable.

    Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1022 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504 or Seven Hills Hospice, 2250 Murrell Road, B-2, Lynchburg, VA   24501

    Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst is in charge of arrangements.  www.DriskillFuneral.com

  37. Fall Literacy Carnival at GES

    Greensville Elementary School hosted a Fall Literacy Carnival Night on Monday, November 2nd.  Students enjoyed carnival themed booths which encouraged them to use math and literacy skills. Students presented their punch cards to receive a free book after visiting various booths. Door prizes were also awarded randomly throughout the evening. The event was filled with excitement and learning.

        

        

        

  38. Episcopal Church Women Support Jackson-Field

    The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has a long history of helping the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  The members met recently in Clarkesville where they collected items from a Wish List as part of their “Bless the Children” project and presented them to Jackson-Feild.

    The Diocese of Southern Virginia stretches across the bottom of Virginia from Hampton Roads to Danville and North to Richmond.  The ECW was founded in 1890 to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ’s work. Their mission today is to empower women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.

  39. Obituary-Virginia Bain Barnes

    Virginia Bain Barnes, 104, widow of Byrtice Rideout Barnes, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Judith B. Owen and husband, Ben; two granddaughters, Tracey Shenk and husband, Rob and Sally Vincent; four great-grandchildren, Owen and Taylor Shenk and Caroline and Guy Vincent. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, November 5 at High Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Judy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  40. Incumbents Carry the Day

    It is not surprising to hear that incumbents win elections. Incumbents, after all, have an advantage when running for reelection, especially when said incumbent is running unopposed.

    Both State Senator, L. Louis Lucas, and State Delegate, Roslyn Tyler were running unopposed; both carried the City and County.  Control of the State Senate will likely stay in the hands of the Republicans.

    There was also little excitement in the Greensville County School Board Races.  Bessie Reed-Moore, Danny Rook and Rhonda Jones-Gilliam were all running unopposed.  A write-in campaign was mounted against Jones-Gilliam, but only won 96 votes to Jones-Gilliam's 540.  In the Nottoway District, where Christopher Vaughan bowed out of the race, there were three write-in candidates running for that seat.  Alexis "Lexi" Jones won the write-in campaign for the Nottoway District School Board Seat.

    Martha Swenson, Commissioner of the Revenue, was running unopposed, as were the Greensville County Treasurer, Pamela Lifsey, and Commonwealth's Attorney, Patty Watson.  Linda Richardson staged a write-in campaign against Lifsey, who is facing multiple felony counts of Election Fraud for allegedly certifying petitions that she did not circulate.  Mrs. Richardson's campaign only won 377 votes.  Mrs. Richardson may have another opportunity if Lifsey is convicted, as a felony conviction would make Lifsey ineligible to hold public office.  The Virginia State Police are currently investigating Lifsey.

    In the Board of Supervisors races, Peggy Wiley and Mike Ferguson were unopposed and returned to office.  In the Belfield District Incumbent Margaret Lee won her race against Keith Mitchell.  Unofficial results also show Raymond Bryant winning over James Avent, but only by two votes; those results could easily change during the canvass on Wednesday.

    One of the major local races on this year's ballot was the Clerk of the Circuit Court.  Debra Brown challenged the firmly entrenched incumbent Bobby Wrenn.  Brown garnered 1648 votes to Wrenn's 2863.

    The most hotly contested local race was for the office of Greensville County Sheriff.  While Timmy Jarratt won his election, he has also been accused of falsely certifying his petitions, and like Lifsey, could face multiple felony convictions should he be convicted of those charges.  There were several complaints on election day about Jarratt's deputies campaigning for his reelection, in uniforms and cruisers.  Some deputies have been accused of harassing and intimidating volunteers for other candidates.  While it is unlikely that charges against the deputies involved will be pursued, several readers (who wished to remain un-named for fear of retaliation) called their behavior inappropriate and questioned the ethics of any sheriff that would encourage or allow his deputies to engage is such behavior.  Derick Banks, who dropped out of the race last month, but has not yet been charged with election fraud for allegedly falsifying forms filed with the state board of elections had a few votes; this is the same charge filed against Stephen King, who has been indicted on his charges.  Former Sheriff Wyatt Lee garnered 1428 votes and Stephen King ended the day with 127.

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  41. Linda Richardson Announces Write-in Bid for Treasurer

    Mrs. Linda Richardson, former Greensville County Treasurer, has announced her candidacy as a Write-in for her former office.

    In talking about why she chose to run as a write-in, Mrs. Richardson stated: "In light of the current and very serious allegations being investigated by the Virginia State Police, I felt that the Citizens of Greensville County deserved an better option."  Citing her experience, Mrs. Richardson pointed out that she could step in on January 4th and offer the people of Greensville County a "seamless transition."

    In addition to holding the Office of Treasurer previously, Mrs. Richardson also ran a successful business, Shades of Silk, for many years.

    Mrs. Richardson is also very active in the community.  In addition to her many community service activities she is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and a member of the 75th District Choir. Mrs. Richardson is also the Vice-Chair of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee, which fully supports her in this endeavor. 

  42. Riparian Home Tour Features Home of Brenda Harrell

    The home of Brenda Harrell is a classic brick one story house with a warm and welcoming white covered front porch and attached sunroom off to one side of the house. It was custom-built in 1956 for H. L. Hines by Slate and Spivey.  The kitchen and utility room were remodeled and beautifully updated in 2005.  The kitchen has granite countertops, ceramic tile floors and stainless steel appliances.  Ms. Harrell purchased the home in 2007, at which time, she installed full length windows in the sun room and relocated the exterior door from the front of the house to a rear entryway.  The sun room is a warm and inviting area for family and friends to gather and make new memories.

    Upon entering the home, you will see the original marble surround fireplace and exquisite crown molding. The house offers an open floor plan with the dining room, sunroom and kitchen easily accessible from the living room. The house has two bedrooms and a quaint den area for reading, watching television and relaxation.  The living room and dining room are accented with beautiful dentil crown molding.

    During the Christmas holidays and throughout the month of December, the dining table setting features Ms. Harrell’s cherished Christmas china.  There are three tastefully decorated Christmas trees in various areas in the house. Don’t miss the collection of “Billy Buttons” snowmen and ornaments for the CHRISTMAS tree!

    The house is somewhat eclectic in nature in that it is fully decorated with furnishings ranging from antiques preserved from the family and more contemporary pieces selected personally by Ms. Harrell.  Another unique feature about the home is the memorabilia concentrated on her children, parents, and friends.  The hall area of the house is a gallery of family and friend’s treasured photographs.

    The landscaping for the home has been upgraded with multiple beds in both the front and rear of the house.  Well-manicured flower beds surround the patio off the utility room.  After hurricane Isabel, the out building was rebuilt and upgraded.  The new building has custom shelving for storage, an attached carport and pergola. 

    The other homes on the tour are the homes of Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.; Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; 1802 Webb House, Shawn and Beverly Harrison Larkin, 2622 Smokey Ordinary Rd.; and Victory Fellowship Church, 111 Battery Ave.

    Visitors may tour Friday, December 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5thfrom 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

    Tour ticket booklets are $12.00 which include pictures, information and directions to the home and the church. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main St. in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

    Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax Street, from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369. The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

  43. Obituary-Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr.

    It is with mixed emotions that we are to inform you that Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr. departed Planet Earth yesterday shortly before noon but arrived immediately in heaven. We rejoice for his race is over, we grieve because of our love for him. Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr., 59, of Emporia, VA passed away on October 31, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Buckner; his children, Glen Buckner, Jr. (Stacy), Tammy Burnette (Mark), Christopher Buckner and Charles “Ben” Buckner (Kimberly); stepchildren, Jennifer Loetz (Santi) and Michelle Aycock; mother, Virginia Buckner-Wrenn; brother, Arthur Buckner, Jr.; sisters, Lois Rook (Jimmy) and Kay Lynch (R.B.); thirteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from noon to 8pm at the Buckner residence, 4625 Doyles Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847, on Monday, November 2, 2015. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 2pm at Emmanuel Worship Center followed by interment in Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Emmanuel Worship Center. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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