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October 2017

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  1. Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

    Para Professional: Candidate sought to fill personal care aide positions. Full time and Part Time position openings in the Pleasant Hill, NC area. Must have at least a High School Diploma or GED and be able to work with individuals with mental health, behavioral and physical disabilities. Must have CPR and First Aid certifications as well as Medication Administration training and training in Seizure Protocols. Job Order 1190673

    Certified Nursing Aides: Must have a state licensure in good standing as a certified personal care aid or nurse aid. Possession of a High School Diploma or GED strongly preferred. Must have current CPR certification and able to speak and write effectively in English. Prior experience working with geriatric population is preferred. Position openings currently in the Lawrenceville, VA area. Job Order 1174114

    Solar Construction Laborers: Position openings in Boykins, VA for individuals able to work outdoors for at least 10 hours per day in all types of weather. Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds regularly throughout shift and be able to use a variety of hand and power tools. May be required to work up to 60 hours per week. Minimum hourly pay of $13.00 per hour. No experience required but is preferred. Job Order # 1199396

    Part Time Dietary Server:. Candidates needed that can work part time hours from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and/or 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Must have a High School Diploma or GED and be able to perform cleaning, serving and hostess duties. Will be required to complete daily assignments as well as regularly scheduled weekly and monthly scheduled duties. Excellent customer service skill are a must. Employer will train. Job Order #1201603

    Part Time Teller: Position opening in Lawrenceville, VA. Applicants must have at least a High School Diploma or GED and at least 6 months prior cash handling and customer service experience. Must be able to work between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 Monday – Thursday and 8:30 – 5:30 on Fridays and 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon on Saturdays. Job Order #1196485



    South Hill, VA – History was made on Saturday, October 14, 2017 as officials cut the ribbon for the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH). 

    Officials participating in the ribbon cutting were from VCU, VCU Health and VCU Health CMH.  An open house followed where the public was given the opportunity to see the new state-of-the-art 167,000 square foot facility for the first time.

    Wayne Parrish, Chairman, VCU Health CMH Board of Directors, started the ceremony by addressing the crowd in attendance by saying, “Two years ago on a warm October day I stood before you and sang a song; a beautiful morning, a beautiful day and a wonderful feeling, I won’t sing today but I will share this seed that was planted that day. A certified seed, that states 100 percent germination with a maturity date of October 2017; right on schedule. These are the people that made it happen, DPR Construction, JLL and the Smithgroup JJR. Today we are here to see that this seed has grown, with God’s help, into the beautiful structure before us.”

    W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health CMH, said, “Over the last two years I have been talking about the new era of health care for this region.  The facilities you see before you are the physical manifestations of the beginning of that era.”  Burnette also added, “Through this site, and in partnership with VCU Medical Center, MCV Physicians and the many other divisions of VCU Health, we will be able to deliver an integrated, multi-discipline model of health care that combines the best of community medicine with world class academic medicine to the citizens of Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina.”

    Burnette received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 500 when he was introduced.

    Michael Rao, Ph.D, President, VCU and VCU Health System, said, “This new world class facility becomes the standard for community hospitals anywhere. This is a really important day because we will be able to save and improve lives that we could not have touched in the same way without this facility and without all these great people that will fill this facility.” 

    Marsha Rappley, M.D., CEO, VCU Health System, VCU Vice President for Health Sciences said, “This is a joining of two institutions that share a very important value and that is a dedication to be here when you need us; getting the right care to the right person in the right place and doing it at the right time and that’s the future of medicine.  The future is not going to be about people traveling long distances if they don’t have to.”

    “What we’re celebrating is not only a building, but the commitment the people of this community have to make sure that quality health care is being provided locally and in facilities that warrant and support the team members providing it,” said Deborah Davis, Chief Operating Officer, VCU Hospitals, VCU Health System.  Davis also noted that the new facility will feature an “integrated care” environment where the facility and team members work in unison to promote health and healing.

    Linda Powers, MD, Chief of Staff, VCU Health CMH said, “I can promise, from the medical staff currently, that we will do our very best to provide the best medical care we can.”

    Burnette said that the new hospital will become a health care destination for the region.  “Our affiliation brought together two organizations that have had a history of and continued passion for quality and patient safety.  Combining that commitment with state-of-the-art facilities and technology will allow for a level of service that will truly set VCU Health CMH apart from any other hospital in this region and perhaps the state.”

    Nancy Bradshaw, President, CMH Auxiliary and Joanne Bedford, Chaplain, VCU Health CMH also addressed the crowd.

    The new hospital will not officially open until November 11, 2017 and the Obstetrics department will officially open on November 20, 2017.

    The new VCU Health CMH features 70 private patient rooms. The facility also includes three operating room suites, a cesarean section suite, a 16-bay emergency department and an Obstetrics department with four LDRP rooms (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum).

    The new hospital also features a permanent cardiac catheterization lab to provide the most advanced cardiac care in the region and a full complement of diagnostic services including MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, cardiac, vascular and pulmonary studies.

    Sixty-three years ago, Community Memorial Hospital opened its doors to serve the health care needs of the community.  Now, as VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, medical services will grow to greater heights and VCU Health CMH is set to become a regional destination for advanced medical services right here at home.  The future of health care for this region is bright and with the support of VCU Health, on November 11, 2017, “We’re opening the doors to a healthier future.”

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is a nonprofit hospital that is dedicated to being the leader in health services for the south-central region of Virginia and portions of northern North Carolina. VCU Health CMH offers quality, state-of-the-art health care in a convenient, friendly setting, in the town of South Hill, VA.  VCU Health CMH is affiliated with the VCU Health system.

  3. Taste of Brunswick Car Show Winners

    TOB Dash Plaque Recipients 2017: Bert Dickens & Earl Blick






    Most Chrome

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    James Wrenn


    Least Chrome

    1987 Porsche 944

    Dane King


    Highest Ride

    2005 Ford F-150

    Sam Capps


    Lowest Ride

    1954 Ford P-up

    Ernie & Nita Sydnor


    Most Original

    1955 Pontiac Star Chief

    Stephen Wood


    Best Interior

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    Thurston Vann


    Best Exterior

    1966 Pontiac GTO

    Doug Sevis


    Best Engine

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Logan & Chris Ellis


    Best Display

    2005 Chev. SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best Paint

    1965 Ford Mustang

    Bridgette & Jason Ellis


    Most Club Participation

    Stray Cats Car Club



    People’s Choice Award

    1965 Ford Econoline

    Brenda Page


    Pro’s Pick

    1966 Ford Mustang Fastback

    Charlie Wells


    Distance Award

    147 miles

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing Ford

    1964 Ford Falcon

    Ricky Morris


    Best Appearing GM Product

    1966 Chevy Chevelle

    Fisk Johnson


    Best Appearing Import

    1975 Datsun P-up

    Ken Myrick


    Best Appearing MOPAR

    1968 Plymouth Roadrunner

    Doug Vaughan


    Best App.Motorcycle(Daily Rider)

    1998 Kawasaki

    Wayne Maitland


    Best Appearing Motorcycle

    2010 Yamaha

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing New Model

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    Jerry & Lois Allen


    Best Appearing Street Rod

    1933  Ford Coupe

    Jeff Jackson


    Best Appearing Pro Street

    1948 Ford Anglia

    Charles Hammack


    Best App. Special Interest

    1965 Ford Econoline

    Brenda Paige


    Best Appearing Antique Car

    1952  Chev. Styleline Coupe

    Cindy Vann


    Best Appear. Antique Truck

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Best Appearing Truck

    1965 Chevy P-up

    Walter Lynch


    Best Appearing Car

    1966 Pontiac GTO

    Doug Wray


    Top Dog Award

    2012 Ford Mustang Fastback

    Raymond Morris


    Earl B. Achievement of Exc.

    1969 Chevy Impala

    Dickie Delbridge


    Charles Taylor Mem. Award

    1957 Chevy Bel Air

    Connie Jordan


    Dorothy Thomas Mem. A.


    Jesse Harrell


    Billy Hedgepeth Mem. A.

    1940 Ford Coupe

    Sonny Tunstall


    Johnny Pearson Mem. A.

    1970 Plymouth GTX

    Wayne Reese


    Good Guys Mem. Award

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    Thurston Vann


    Best In Show Motorcycle

    2011 Harley CVO Softtail

    Michael Long


    Va. Wheels Car Club choice

    1967 Chevy Chevelle SS

    Diane Taylor


    Best In Show Street Rod

    1940 Ford Coupe

    Barry George


    Best In Show Truck

    2005 Chev. SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best In Show Car

    1966 Chevelle SS

    CW Cassada


    Least Chrome Motorcycle

    2007 Kawasaki

    Mick Harris


    Best Exterior Motorcycle

    2008 Hayabusa

    Marcus & Jessica Long


    Best Appearing Import

    Volkswagon Convertible

    Judy Hairfield



    Creedle Jones and Alga CPA – Dash Plates

  4. Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips

    Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips, 93, of Emporia; widow of Peter Y. Phillips, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Shimko and was also preceded in death by two brothers, John A. Shimko and wife, Minnie and William Shimko.

     She is survived by her daughter, Mary Alice Okerlund and husband, Tom; her son, Buddy Phillips and wife, Joy; grandson, Peter Christopher Owen; two granddaughters, Abigail Joy Phillips and Rachel Elaine Phillips; great-grandson, Peter Christopher “P.J.” Owen, Jr.; sister-in-law, Irene Shimko and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


    15 State Law Enforcement Agencies Focusing on Interstate 95 Safety

    RICHMOND – Virginia will be among 15 states to participate in a two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia State Police will be dedicating additional patrol resources to Interstate 95 traffic enforcement. Motorists can expect to see an increased presence of troopers along Virginia’s entire 179 miles of I-95, from the border of North Carolina to Maryland.

    “With traffic deaths in Virginia having dramatically spiked this year in comparison to 2016, this multi-state operation could not come at a more critical time,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Traditionally there is always an increase in the number of traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways during the last three months of the year, so it is even more imperative for every Virginian to ‘Drive to Save Lives’ no matter the distance of one’s travels.”

    As of Oct. 19, 2017, there have been 638 reported traffic deaths on Virginia highways. On the same date in 2016, there were 568 reported traffic fatalities, which means 70 more persons have lost their lives in traffic crashes this year than last on Virginia’s roads.

    Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it’s important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before they graduate from high school. Also, according to the National Organization for Youth Safety:

    • 66% of teen passengers who die in a crash are NOT wearing a seatbelt
    • 58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted
    • 25% of car crashes involved an underage drinking driver

    “Parents and guardians set the example for their children,” said Flaherty. “If the adults buckle up, comply with speed limits and eliminate distractions while driving, then they pass along smart, safe and responsible driving practices for their children and young drivers to emulate.  Let’s prevent crashes and prevent injuries and fatalities by simply driving to save lives.”

    Also participating in the East Coast I-95 traffic enforcement operation are State Police and Highway Patrol agencies from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

    With increased patrols, State Police also remind drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

  6. 2017 BA Homecoming Royalty

    Left to Right- 2016 Homecoming Queen, Shirlkay Poarch (‘16), Hermie Sadler ('82), father of Halie Sadler, 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Salder, Crown Bearer, Jaxon Farmer, Head of School, Cheryl Bowen (‘80), & Flower Girl, Aubriegh Washburn.

    Sydney Robertson (Senior), Karly Blackwell (Senior), Halie Sadler (Senior, Homecoming Queen), & Alyssa Harper (Senior).


    Geraldine “Gerry “Jackson Mitchell, 90, of Emporia, VA, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Greensville Manor.

    Gerry was born in Norfolk, VA the daughter of the late Henry Louis and Margaret Broughton Jackson. She was a homemaker and the widow of Byron Holt Mitchell.

    Surviving are: a son Michael “Butch” Mitchell of Emporia, VA; a sister Jane Cosner and her husband J. A. of Chesapeake, VA; three grandchildren, Douglas Mitchell, Bethany Mitchell and Darren Mitchell and his wife Jonalyn Mitchell; five great grandchildren, Tim Malpass, Allyson Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Bryan Mitchell and Michael Jayden Mitchell.

    Funeral services will be held at Spring United Methodist Church, 697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879, Monday, October 23, 2017, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Bob Clyde officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive following the service at the church.

    Memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Tina Dickens, 1901 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at:



    A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 26,   2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

    This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at or 434 949 1026.

    Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at

  9. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

    (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Sandra Agostinelli, Registered Nurse in the ICU, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for August.  There to congratulate Sandra was Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

    Sandra has been employed at VCU Health CMH for five years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Mrs. Agostinelli took care of my husband during his time in the ICU.  The professionalism, compassion and exceptional care she gave was above and beyond her call of duty.  She was attentive and available to not only her patient, but for family members as well.  She explained every procedure and protocol with patience and profound knowledge.  She is a true asset to the facility and a blessing to her patients and families.  She is a gift our family will never forget!”

    In addition to the award certificate, Sandra received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

    Sandra resides in Meredithville, VA.

  10. (Hey Mam-ma) - “I Can’t Dance”

    Whenever I do the simple Two Step
    I end up with three feet
    Yes and halfway through the Electric Slide
    Somehow I lose the beat.
    Now I really like the fast dance
    And the moves that some can make
    Yet I haven’t found the courage
    That doing this would take.
    Yes dancing can be lots of fun
    For family friends and all
    Still keep your mind on what you’re doing
    To avoid an unexpected fall.
    Now from time to time I fake it
    Bending low with both my knees
    Hoping my partner will give me
    Just one big extra squeeze.
    Well for sure I’ve grown older now
    Though still not o’er the hill
    Yes I just need to practice
    And for this you know I will!
    Roy E. Schepp
    Emporia, Virginia

    RICHMOND – Today, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, the Commonwealth graduates its 126th generation of Virginia State Troopers. The 30 new troopers will be presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County.

    The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 126th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 23, 2017.

    Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning Oct. 10, 2017, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.


    New Trooper



    Garrett Wayne Albright

    Prince George

    Prince George

    Zachary Thomas Beaver



    Dennis Robert Bicking, Jr.



    Mark Allen Blankenship



    Jay Matthew Boone



    Lisa Anne Brooks



    Billy Kendall Brown


    Prince George

    Edward Aloysius Burns, III

    St. Augustine, Florida


    Harold Lee Campbell

    Nathaniel Cole Chester





    Justin Curtis Clack

    Lewiston, Idaho


    Nathaniel Andrew Dayes



    Joshua Wayne Fowler

    Lafayette, New Jersey


    Matthew John Fox

    Roxbury, New Jersey


    Devin Ryan Goode



    Christopher William Greene



    Mikel Nasef Hana



    Dustin Lee Hayden-Gross



    David Brent Jackson


    New Kent

    Jose Arturo Macedo

    Clifton, New Jersey


    Charles Gerard McKenna, II

    Northport, New York


    Donald Thomas Murphy

    Virginia Beach

    Norfolk/Virginia Beach

    Charles William Patton, Jr.



    Devon Taylor Saul

    Gates, North Carolina


    Jordon Ryan Sluss



    Alfred Daniel Smith, III



    John Gregory Sullivan



    Edward Aaron Taylor

    Brooklyn, New York


    Isaac Najee Thomas

    Roselle, New Jersey


    Steven Andrew Thompson



    Virginia State Police welcomes its 127th Basic Session on Oct. 25, 2017. State Police is still accepting applications for its Accelerated Lateral Entry Program (ALEP) which begins in April 2018, as well as for those new to a law enforcement career. Information on both the ALEP and the standard Virginia State Police Trooper-Trainee Academy is available at

  12. Pass Your Forest Forward; Keeping A Forest in the Family for Future Generations

    by Neil Clark, Forestry Extension Agent

    More than 10 million acres of Virginia’s woodlands belong to nearly 374,000 family forest owners, 51 percent of whom are 65 years of age or older.  Some have owned their land for generations; others, only a few years. As they look ahead, many landowners want to keep their forestland intact and  in the family, but they don’t know where to begin or how to engage the next generation of owners. The upcoming “Family Forest Landowner" workshop introduces concerned landowners to the options available to transfer their land and legacy to the next generation. 

    “Focusing on Forestland Transfer to Generation ‘NEXT’” is being offered November 2 and 9 at the New Kent Forestry Center near Providence Forge, Virginia. This two-day program will help family forest landowners successfully plan the transfer of their woodlands, intact, from one generation to the next. Current and future owners of family woodlands will learn family communication basics, estate planning tools and succession planning strategies to help sustain their family woodland legacy.  Speakers include legal and financial experts experienced in estate planning; forest landowners who have worked through succession planning, and natural resource professionals who work with landowners to conserve and manage land.

    “Few challenges faced by Virginia’s family forest landowners are more important than the concern of passing the family land and carrying its stewardship forward to the next generation,” said Mike Santucci, assistant director of forestland conservation with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). “Family forest landowners own their woodland for many reasons.  A consistent theme is that nearly all of them express a deep connection with their land and a desire to ‘do the right thing’ and leave a lasting legacy to their heirs.” 

    Acknowledging the hard decisions landowners can face in deciding to make a succession plan for their property, Adam Downing, extension forestry agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension's Northern District region said, "Sometimes it's difficult for landowners to consider - 'what will happen to my forestland beyond my lifetime'? While many want to pass their forestland on to family members, only two percent to three percent have a plan in place to do so.  Without  a plan, landowners stand to lose more than just the property out of the family.  They risk their family heritage and a portion of the wealth they have accumulated over the years.”

    Santucci said, “We’re on the verge of a huge intergenerational land transfer of forestland in Virginia. The decisions made by family forest owners, including how they will pass their forestland forward to future generations, play a crucial role in maintaining a viable forestland base in Virginia. These family woodlands are relied upon for not only the sustained flow of forest products, but for invaluable natural benefits, such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat and overall quality of life.”

    Registration is now open through October 24th for the next offering of this award-wining and practical short course. Past participants have reported significant planning progress; thousands of dollars of financial savings, and family engagement as a result of this investment.

    The workshop is co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the VDOF, with support from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tree Farm Committee, The Black Family Land Trust.

    For registration and more information, please contact Neil Clark at southeast@vt.eduor (757) 653-2572.

  13. Embracing the Challenge

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard claimed, “Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that compares to testing yourself the way you do every time you step into the ring.”

    Leonard certainly knew about testing and pushing himself to do his best. Among his many achievements, he won three National Golden Gloves titles, claimed two Amateur Athletic Union championships, and received an Olympic gold medal. His professional career spanned twenty years, and he won world titles in five different weight classes.

    As Leonard’s words suggest, gifted athletes need rigorous challenges to achieve their full potential. Without testing limits and pushing beyond them, athletes may never have the opportunity to discover what they can accomplish.

    This same principle holds true for talented students. Recognizing that some students thrive on strenuous challenges and have academic needs that differ from their age-level peers, Virginia instituted the Governor’s School program in 1973. Today, that program includes 19 academic-year schools throughout the Commonwealth.

    Southside Virginia Community College is proud to host one of those schools, the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, at its Christanna Campus in Alberta and John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville. GSSV’s student body includes nearly two hundred academically skilled juniors and seniors from eleven high schools in ten counties. These hard-working young adults thrive in a learning environment that is more independent than a traditional high school setting, and they tackle an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes conducting a two-year research project. During the course of their research, students work with scientists in the field, travel to facilities with specialized laboratory equipment, and develop mentoring relationships with working professionals. Along the way, they master college-level material in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and English. Finally, they hone their public speaking skills to present their findings at a senior symposium.

    GSSV students spend part of the school day on the SVCC campus. They also participate as dually enrolled students in college-level courses offered at their home high schools. These courses help round out the curriculum in a way that enables students to earn both a high school diploma and Associates degree when they graduate.

    The GSSV application process, which is highly competitive, begins during the fall of a student’s 10thgrade year. In determining admission, participating school divisions follow a matrix that considers teacher recommendations and each applicant’s test results, grade point average, and writing ability. Prospective students also participate in a shadowing event where they follow a GSSV student for a day, ride to SVCC on the bus, and visit classes.

    Students who want to push themselves to see what they can accomplish can get more information about the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia by contacting GSSV Director Laurie Michaelson at 434-736-2086.

    Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

  14. James C. Kimberlin

    James C. Kimberlin, “Jim” 81, departed this life, Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Dunlop House in Colonial Heights, VA.

    He resided at the Dunlop House for the past 18 months, but spent most of his adult life living in Jarratt, Virginia for nearly 55 years. He enjoyed small-town life and attended many events and gatherings in the community.  He especially enjoyed gatherings with his church family and was famously known for the banana pudding that he prepared and shared at church dinners.

    Jim was born in Johnson County, Tennessee, December 1, 1935, a son of the late D.C. and Maude Kimberlin. He graduated from Johnson County High School in Tennessee. He then served in the United States Marine Corps for three years including some time in Japan. After leaving the military, he earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and later a master’s degree in elementary education from the College of William & Mary.

    He was an employee of the Sussex County public schools for 29 years retiring in 1991. He served as the principal at Jefferson Elementary School. For a time, he was the principal at both Jefferson and Jarratt Elementary Schools. He also served as a teacher and coach at Jarratt and Stony Creek High Schools.

    Jim strongly believed in the value of public education and worked tirelessly to serve the students and staff of both schools and the county. His goal was to be fair and honest as he supported their efforts.

    He served a number of terms on the Jarratt Town Council and two terms as the town’s mayor.

    He was a devout Christian and an active member of the High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt where he was a Sunday School teacher for many years. He most recently attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Colonial Heights.

    Jim enjoyed being outdoors.  He was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers with his wife. They shared much of what they grew with family, friends and neighbors in Jarratt. He was also an active fisherman for many years.  He and his wife were known for taking long walks each morning.   Jim was an avid reader. He read and studied the Bible daily.  He subscribed to multiple magazines and newspapers. He read the Richmond Times-Dispatch each morning, from the first page to the last.

    He was a fan of gospel music and attended many concerts with his wife.  Jim enjoyed a variety of sports.   He followed the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Volunteers. He was a fan of college basketball, rooting for UNC, Duke and the VCU Rams.

    He is survived by his wife, Stella Jeanette (Dugger), of Colonial Heights. They were high school sweethearts and celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary in February.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Keith Kimberlin of Westerly, RI and a daughter, Jackie Kimberlin of Emporia, VA,  two granddaughters, Brittany Aerni (Adam) of Chester, VA and Caitlin Kimberlin, of Westerly, a grandson, Matthew Kimberlin (Tamiel) of Los Angeles, CA and a great grandson, Landon Bailey, of Westerly.

    He is also survived by a sister, Peggy Church, of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

    He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Church of Zionville, North Carolina, and two infant brothers.

     The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to Jim’s former colleague and devoted friend, W. H. Goodwyn, III, of Waverly, VA for his ongoing love and support throughout the years and especially during his illness.

    The family would like to express deep gratitude to the staff of the Dunlop House and private caregivers for the care they provided to him.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 16 at High Hills Baptist Church, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12 – 2 prior to the service. Interment will be private.

    Memorial contributions may be made to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, VA 23867.

  15. Mr. L.C. “Monkey” Phillips

    Mr. L.C. “Monkey” Phillips, 84, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. A native of Greensville County, he was born to the late Otis Parker and Blanche Norwood Phillips. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after many years of service.

    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years Virginia Inez Phillips and three brothers, Parker Wyche, Garmon, and Marvin T. Phillips. Monkey is survived by a sister, Marie Trent, and three sisters in law, Shirley, Frances, and Barbara Phillips.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, October 13,2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Independence United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. The Family will receive friends starting at 1 P.M. at the Church.

    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, Va. 23847.

    Echols Funeral Home is serving the family, and online condolences may be left at

  16. VSU To Host 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day

    The status of small-scale freshwater aquaculture in Virginia is the theme of the 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day being held Oct. 19 beginning at 8:30 am at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. The Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program at Virginia State University hosts this annual event.

    Dr. Brian Nerrie, assistant professor and aquaculture extension specialist, will give this year’s keynote address. His talk will focus on how the industry has diversified since 1988 from the initial emphasis on hybrid striped bass to recent expansion into freshwater shrimp in ponds and greenhouse aquaponics.

    “Today, there’s a growing awareness by consumers of quality food, and locally produced aquaculture fits in with that,” Nerrie said. “Locally produced fish is healthy, available fresh to consumers and helps local economies.”

    This year’s field day will provide the opportunity for registrants to rotate between multiple stations featuring pond production of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and freshwater shrimp. In addition, pond cage culture and aeration systems will be presented. Indoor stations will include aquaponics, tilapia production, tilapia hatchery and a small aquaculture product taste testing.

    Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program conducts important research in freshwater aquaculture, provides an important resource for limited-resource farmers and helps determine what consumers want. Through its research and outreach efforts, Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program, as part of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is contributing to Virginia’s $91 billion agriculture and forestry industries.

    Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. Farm-raised catfish will be served for lunch. To register visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

    If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at or call (804) 524-5496 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

    Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

  17. Congressman McEachin to visit Emporia

    RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host two Coffee with Your Congressman events to meet with constituents, hear their concerns, chat about issues, and inform them about what federal and local services are available through his office.

    Emporia Coffee with Your Congressman

    When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

    Where:Cafe Cuisine

    321 Halifax Street

    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Hopewell / Prince George Coffee with Your Congressman

    When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

    Where:The Beacon Theatre

    401 North Main Street

    Hopewell, Virginia 23860

  18. Holiday Bazaar coming to South Hill

    The Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library will hold the annual Holiday Bazaar on November  18  and 19 at the Dixie Warehouse  on Rocky Branch Road in South Hill, VA.  Hours are Saturday  9- 5 and  Sunday 10- 4. There will be lots of great vendors and crafters, food from The South Hill  Rotary Club and more. Admission is $2.00  with children under 12 free.If you're interested in being a vendor this year, call the library at (434)447-8162 and leave your name, address, and phone number. We'll get an application out to you.

  19. 360-degree river maps: Tool for travelers, environmentalists

    By ALEX MANN, Capital New Service

    UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - After firing up the onboard computer, the burly and bearded Minnesota native yanked the pull starter cable on his 6-horsepower Tohatsu motor.

    He twisted the the tiller-throttle into gear, lurching the custom-built 16-foot long, 8-foot wide cataraft boat up the Patuxent River and away from the pier at Jackson’s Landing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

    As the boat puttered along, passing marshes and piers — dilapidated and pristine — Ryan Abrahamsen, founder of 360-degree mapping company Terrain 360, pointed out a faint clicking overhead.

    “If you listen really close, you can hear it.”

    Abrahamsen pointed up at the six Canon cameras circularly mounted to a 13-foot stainless steel tower extending from the center of the boat. He designed a computer to track GPS and, as the boat travels, simultaneously shoot six cameras every 40 feet.

    River mapping went on as planned Sept. 26 for Abrahamsen.

    “If we map all day,” he said, the system records approximately 4,800 panoramic images. He then uses the snapshots to create virtual tours.

    In collaboration with the Chesapeake Conservancy, Terrain 360 is making virtual riverview tours for the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — the Patuxent is the 11th waterway mapped to date in the region.

    The Google Street View-esque tours can be useful for adventurers and nature-goers, but also with an eye toward conservation.

    Virtual tours are an innovative way to connect with nature, Jody Couser, spokeswoman for the Conservancy, wrote in an email to the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service.

    “Nurturing and cultivating that connection with the public is really important to inspire people to care about the health of the Chesapeake and find ways they can make a difference.”

    The James River was the first waterway mapped by Terrain 360 and James River Association conservation manager Justin Doyle said the virtual tours are a way to connect people to the river and the environmental goals associated with it.

    “People want to protect what they love,” Doyle said. “If people aren’t familiar with it, they probably won’t want to protect it.”

    The Richmond, Virginia-based Terrain 360’s images could be pivotal in documenting environmental changes, like erosion.

    If we go back to the same waterways to map them years later, Abrahamsen said, “it will be tangible evidence of change.”

    In 2018 he hopes to remap the James River, which he photographed in 2014 — a milestone for Abrahamsen, as it was the first time his operation took to the water, having focused on hiking trails for about two years.

    He said he looks forward to seeing “how the river has eroded the shoreline or created new islands.”

    Meanwhile, Doyle looks forward to using the 2014 images as a baseline for the James’s riparian buffers — wooded areas immediately adjacent to the river — to compare with future river conditions.

    The buffers, he explained, “provide critical habitat for numerous species and absorb pollution.”

    Couser said that the Conservancy sees the riverview tours serving a supplemental role, pairing the tours with their High Resolution Land Cover Project, a mathematical approach to documenting environmental change.   

    Abrahamsen said he considered the potential environmental conservation impact from the start.

    He likens viewing old tours to experiencing history first hand.

    “From the beginning,” he said, “I wanted the ability to time travel.”

    Terrain 360 mapped the Potomac River in 2016; the tour is available online and serves as a  window into the past.

    Each click of a computer mouse takes the viewer 40 feet down the river:

    Tree-covered hills and sheer-rock-face riverbanks flank the broad, blue waters of the Potomac River as it twists and turns from the mountains of West Virginia to the tidal waters of Southern Maryland.  

    Each 360-degree composition reveals more of the Potomac’s geographical features. Viewers can turn, zoom and adjust the viewing angle. Every snapshot provides important navigational details: rocks beneath the surface of cascading rapids, grass-covered islets, branches protruding from calm water.

    Nature-goers can use the Chesapeake Conservancy’s riverview virtual tours “to prepare for a boating trip or park visit, getting a sense of the land and water, boat ramps and access sites before (they) go,” Couser said.

    The James River Association hosts an endurance paddle race, The James River Rundown, every year. They provide the contestants maps, but encourage paddlers to check the 360 virtual tours so that they can pick their lines of passage down the river and its class three and four rapids, Doyle said.

    Justin Mando, an assistant professor of English and science writing at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, could speak to the virtual tours’ effectiveness for outdoorsmen and adventurists.

    Mando said he fishes a lot, and recently moved to the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, area. He doesn’t know the Susquehanna River intimately yet. The tour, he said, is “pretty good for scouting out locations to go fishing.”

    He uses Google Maps to mark spots he’s fished, but he said, “it’s tough to figure out access spots with Google Maps.”

    Mando added: “(the tour) made my own experience on the river better.”


    Terrain 360 and the Chesapeake Conservancy have mapped the following rivers:

    -- The Elk

    -- The James

    -- The Nanticoke

    -- The Northeast

    -- The Patapsco

    -- The Potomac

    -- The Rappahannock

    -- The Sassafras

    -- The Susquehanna

    -- The York

    -- The Patuxent

    View the 360 tours of waterways at:


    A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 9, 2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

    This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at or 434 949 1026.

    Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at

  21. Apprenticeship Takes Center Stage at Data Center


    Matthew Hamlett (Left)  and Maynard Stowe from the Department of Labor.

    Over a year ago, Matthew Hamlett was looking for a job. His outlook did not seem promising but still, he had to find a job. Apprehensively he drove to the South Boston Workforce Center praying someone there would help. His simple plan, file for unemployment, and look for a job. Uncertain on what to expect, he quickly realized the benefits available to him at this community resource center.

    Connecting with two individuals at the center answered Hamlett’s hopes.  The first was a caseworker with WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act), Kris Tuck, and the second was the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), Kelly Arnold. The two shared programs that would open doors for a career that he had never considered.

    The first step was to enroll at SVCC in the Industrial Maintenance program with a concentration in Electrical and HVAC. Secondly, he entered into an Apprenticeship program with ISS, a facilities management company for a local IT data center. Additionally, WIOA’s collaboration effort allowed ISS to receive wage reimbursement for Hamlett’s on-the-job training.

    The SVCC apprenticeship program works directly with the Department of Labor and Industry(DOL). Maynard Stowe, the DOL representative, registered Hamlett as an Industrial Maintenance Technician, and outlined the requirements needed to combine on-the-job training in the amount of 2700 hours, with SVCC classes.

    Hamlett willingly accepted the task:  long days at work, followed by long nights in the classroom, but soon it began to pay off.

    “It seemed as if what I learned in the classroom lined-up with the exact project we were working on at the data center”, remarked Hamlett. “In fact, this encouraged me to study more because I knew I would see it the next day at work”.

    Many hours, and many SVCC classes later, he earned his Apprenticeship card as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician. While many cheered at his accomplishment, he said that this was not the end of the journey.

    In fact, he said, “I am still taking classes in the evening and plan on graduating with my associate’s degree in May, 2018. From there, I want to pursue a degree in Engineering, and yes, still working full time at a great job, surrounded by encouraging mentors, in a career pathway I never considered. “

    Endnote: for more information on the Apprenticeship program, visit the website Information on WIOA, visit the South Boston Workforce Center.

  22. Mr. Sidney Elton Council

    Mr. Sidney Elton Council died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was 89.

    Sidney was born in Isle of Wight County to the late John Richard and Ruth Holleman Council. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Shirley Glenn, a sister, Ruth Council Ramsey and brothers, Ralph, Horace, and Wilbert Council.

    Sidney worked for many years as an oil delivery driver and only recently retired as a carrier for the Independent Messenger Newspaper.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Frances Lynch Council, A step-son, Billy Crowder, step-daughters Dorothy Allen and Phyllis Grizzard, and a special niece, Jackie Young.

    Echols Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family, where they will receive friends at a later date.

  23. 2017 Virginia Peanut Festival CAr Show Winners


    2017 Special Awards







    Most Chrome

    1957 Chevy Bel Air

    Tommy & Connie Jordan


    Least Chrome

    1919 Ford Model T

    Billy & Steve Soles


    Highest Ride

    2016 GMC Sierra

    Andra Washington


    Lowest Ride

    1951 Chevy 2 dr. ht.

    David Kruschke


    Most Original            

    1978 Lincoln Towncar

    Bill & Marian Thompson


    Best Interior

    1964 Chevy Impala

    James Jones Jr.


    Best Exterior

    1961 Chevy Impala

    Everett Turner


    Best Engine                

    1966 Ford F100

     Bert Dickens


    Charles Taylor Mem. Award

    1985 Chevy S10

    Billy Smith


    Pam’s Choice Award

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Chris Ellis


    People’s Choice Award

    1998 Pontiac TransAM

    Camaron Lewis


    Most Club Participation


    Stray Cats Car Club


    Best Paint

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Chris Ellis


    Best Appearing, Ford

    1962 Ford Galaxie 500

    Tommy Hawkins


    Best Appearing, Ford Truck

    1933 Ford Street Rod

    Bill Austin


    Best Appearing, GM Product

    1967 Chevy Camaro

    Doug Simms


    Best Appearing, GM Truck

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Best Appearing, Mopar

    1968 Plymouth Rd. Rn.

    Doug  Vaughan


    Best Appearing Truck

    1953 Ford F100

    Brice Vecchioni


    Best Appearing Antique

    1931 Ford Model A

    Al Peschke


    Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

    2012 Yamaha     Roadliner

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing, Motorcycle

    2010 Honda Custom Fury

    Larry Barnes


    Best Appearing, New Model

    2015 Ford Mustang

    Akeem Parker


    Best Appearing, Race Car

    1984 Chevy Camaro

    Timothy Briley


    Best Appearing, Street Rod

    1933 Ford Coupe

    Al Fibish 


    Best Display

    2005 Chevy SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best Peanut Display

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

     1969 GMC P-up

    Randall Turner


    Top Dog Award

    1965 Ford Mustang

    Thomas Pope


    Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

    1982 Chevy S10

    Stuart Slagle


    Pro’s Pick

    1946 Ford Coupe

    William Ellison


    Virginia Wheels Club Choice

    1951 Chevy Hardtop

    David Kruschke


    Distance Award

    1967 Chevy El Camino

    William Kop


    Johnny Pearson Award

    1936 Chevy Rat Rod

    Herbert Smiley


    Billy Hedgepeth Award

    1969 Plymouth GTX

    Charlie Norwood


    George Blick Mem. Award

    1957 Chevy Cameo

    James Nicholson


    Special Interest Award

    1967 Chevy Camaro

    William Kop


    Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

    1932 Ford Coupe

    Tip Tipton


    Best In Show, Motorcycle

    2011 Harley TriGlide

    Jessie Harrell


    Best In Show, Truck

    2005 Chevy SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best In Show, Car

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    James Wrenn


    CHAIRMAN: EARL BLICK~Title Sponsors Boyd Chevrolet & Link’s Electrical

  24. Flo C. Sexton

    Flo C. Sexton, 80, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Sexton. She is survived by a son, Kevin Sexton and wife, Carol; daughter, Julie S. Coleman and husband, Ronnie; two grandsons, Richard and Daniel Coleman and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Sophie and William Coleman, all of Jarratt. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct 6 at the home of her daughter, Julie. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. October 7 at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Memorial Cemetery, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

  25. Richardson Memorial Library 40th Anniversary Celebrations

    Richardson Memorial Library celebrated its 40th Anniversary the week of September 11-16 with a proclamation from the City of Emporia and Greensville County naming September 11th as W. E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library Day, and a giveaway each day to the patron who checked out the 40th book of the day. Pictured are Library Board Members with the two proclamations, and giveaway winners Ella McBride with Director Becky Walker; John Newsome; Caron Willis-Johnson with Hannah Geist; Melissa Jones and Nicholas Wozniak; and Destiny, Zamon, and Malaysia Woodley.

  26. Brunswick Academy Homecoming 2017

    Brunswick Academy will be holding their Homecoming 2017 on Friday, October 13th!  A delicious dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner plates include barbeque, Brunswick Stew, coleslaw, roll, dessert, and iced tea for $9.00, Stew bowls which includes one bowl of Brunswick Stew, roll, dessert, and iced tea for $7.00, and Kid's dinner that includes a hot dog, chips, dessert, and iced tea for $5.00. Take out plates are available. Brunswick Stew is available for  $8.00 per quart and BBQ for $8.00 per pound and will be located by the concession stand. (No orders will be taken in advance, but there are limited amounts being cooked).  

    The Brunswick Academy Vikings take on the Grace Christian Warriors at 7:00 p.m.! The B.A. Homecoming Court will be announced and Homecoming Queen at halftime.  Alumni, don't forget to stop by the Alumni tent and Viking Spiritwear will be sold!  For more information, contact Ann Montgomery at 434-848-2220.



    DR. JOHN W. KINNEY has devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence in theological training and ministerial preparation and has distinguished himself as a systematic theologian, academician and administrator in a career that spans over 35 years. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia respectively. He was awarded the Ph.D. from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has also shared in instruction at Chicago Theology Seminary, Chicago, Illinois; Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia; and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

    Dr. Kinney has lectured extensively across the breadth of this nation and in Africa. He has been a featured lecturer at numerous Universities and colleges including, Yale University, Duke University, Michigan State University, Howard University, Southern Methodist University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. He has also presented at numerous theological schools including: Iliff School of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary, Shaw Divinity School, Hood Theological Seminary, The Baptist Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and many others. He is recognized for his theological constructions addressing the designed harmony in creation and the subsequent fragmentation and separation with particular attention to racism, sexism and materialism. His thoughts are included in several publications and crystallized in Baptists against Racism in an article entitled The Theology of Fallenness: The Roots of Racism.

    Dr. Kinney’s commitment to the needs of the community at large is apparent by his avid participation in several professional societies and organizations. Dr. Kinney has served as a consultant to the American Baptist Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and both the United States Air Force, Army and Navy Chaplain Corps. He has been a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He has served the larger community of theological educators through multiple leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Dr. Kinney chaired the committee on Race and Ethnicity from 1998 to 2000. He served as a member on the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada from 2000 to 2006 and actively continued as Commission Chair (2004-2006), Vice President (2006-2008), President (2008-2010) and Personnel Committee Chair (2010-2012). 

    His service to academia is complimented by his service to the parish. Dr. Kinney has served as the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Virginia for more than 35 years.

    Dr. Kinney will offer the keynote address at the 2017 NAACP Moses D. Knox Freedom Fund Banquet on October 7, 2017 at the Greensville COunty High School Cafetorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling Debra Brown at 434/637-6098.


    Walter “Danny” Daniel Rook, Jr. 71, of Emporia, VA, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his residence.

    Danny was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC the son of the late Walter Daniel “Simon” Rook, Sr. He was a retired employee of George-Pacific, Emporia, VA. He was active in his community serving on, The Greensville County School Board, Industrial Development Association and the Greensville-Emporia Airport Commission. An avid deer hunter he enjoyed his membership in the Brink Hunt Club.

    Surviving are: his wife, Doris Williams Rook; Mother Alberta Jones Rook of Emporia, VA; three sons, Jason D. Rook and his wife Rhonda of Emporia, VA, Christopher W. Rook and his wife Lauren of Jarratt, VA and Daniel Kyle Rook of Emporia, VA; a sister Patsy R. Brown and her husband Lee of Emporia, VA, two grandchildren, Joshua D. Rook and Emma L. Rook both of Emporia, VA.

    The family will receive at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service, 1015 W. 5th Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

    Funeral services will be held at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA  23879, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made to: The Greensville-Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

  29. Safety is Cool for SVCC Graduate

    Stuart Bowen’s job is cool because he makes safety a priority for the citizens of the area. Bowen is Chief of Police for the town of South Hill, Virginia, a job he began in July of 2016. 

    Bowen began training for this cool job at Southside Virginia Community College.  A graduate of Halifax County High School, Bowen attended SVCC from August of 1993 to May of 1995 graduating with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Administration of Justice. 

    He said, “SVCC was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to my graduation from Longwood and the cutting-edge topics that I was exposed to at both schools gave me a leg up as I started my career and was able to quickly move into leadership roles in the police department.”

    Chief Bowen is also a graduate of Longwood University, attending from January of 1996 to December of 1998, at which time he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (Criminal Justice Concentration).

    He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico and Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond. 

    He moved through the ranks at the Lynchburg Police Department serving that city for 16 years.  He worked as a Patrol Officer, Community Policing Officer, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigation Division.  He notes one of the highlights of his career was as Acting Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division during two successful homicide cases in Lynchburg.   Also, as Special Investigations Unit Commander (Vice, Gang, Intelligence Units), he helped to develop the department’s intelligence lead policing model and, also had the opportunity to lead the Street Crimes and K9 Units.

    During his career, he has received numerous awards including Field Operations Officer of the Year, two Honorable Service Awards, one Unit Citation and over 70 Department Commendations.  He has received specialized training and participated in activities such as Breath Alcohol Operator, Taser Instructor, Special Deputy US Marshal (Operation Falcon) and sworn with DEA. 

    For information on the Administration of Justice Program at SVCC, visit

  30. Class offered by SVCC for Restaurant Workers

    ServSafe® will be offered by Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Team in two locations during October.  The course covers food safety training from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. This is a necessity for all restaurant owners, food service managers, cooks andl ine staff and satisfies the “Person in Charge” requirement of the Virginia State Health Department.

    This course is being offered at the Lake Country Advanced knowledge Center in South Hill on October 10, 12, 17, 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

    The course will be offered at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia October 17, 19, 24, 26 from 5  p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required through or contact Angela McClintock at 434 949 1026 or


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