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November 2018

  1. Pleasant Hill Christian Church Christmas Concert is December 2

    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 2, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, 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, Sussex and Greensville counties.

    Patti Watson 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 medleys of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the 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 Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit has been serving the citizens of the City of Emporia, Greensville, Sussex and Brunswick Counties for 30 years. The unit is available to assist victims 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is manned by a small group of staff and volunteers.

    Helping people who are hurting and in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about. For more information regarding the concert please call the church office at (434) 577-2463.

  2. VCU Health CMH Cuts "Floss" for New Dental Clinic

    On November 19, 2018, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital held a "Floss" Cutting event for the new CMH Family Dental Clinic.

    Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. Among the services offered at the clinic are exams, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, dentures, root canals, bridges, endodontics, extractions, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery featuring faculty and residents from the VCU School of Dentistry.

        

    On Monday, November 26, 2018, the CMH Family Dental Clinic opened its doors and began seeing patients.

    The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment.

    The Clinic is housed in the new C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. There is a separate entrance to the CMH Family Dental Clinic located on the north side of the C.A.R.E. Building.

  3. “Give it a Try”

    Christmas soon will be here
    and just so we don’t regret
    think of all the many presents
    that for our family get.
     
    Yes add that puzzle book for Tommy
    and a doll for his sister Sue
    perhaps you’ll realize at least this year
    that all their other gifts will do.
     
    Just make a list of the take aways
    that they can do without
    then think of all the disaster victims
    in and around about.
     
    Yes many people all around us
    were waiting for Christmas too
    yet the perils of a lifetime struck
    and there was nothing they could do.
     
    Now we cannot change what happened
    but now so many will have none
    unless we do the right thing
    and from Tommy’s and Sue’s list take back one.
     
    Explain to them the reasoning
    and the most will understand
    yes and you will feel better too
    for lending all a hand.
     
                                      Roy E. Schepp
  4. SVCC Career Coaches Are Vital to Students

    The Virginia Community College Systems High School Career coaches are a network of community college employees who are based in secondary schools across Virginia. They help high school students define their career aspirations and to recognize community college and other postsecondary programs, including apprenticeships and workforce training that can help students achieve their educational and financial goals.

    The fundamental objective of the Southside Virginia Community College High School Career Coach Program is to empower students to make informed decisions about their career and educational plans and to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and training.  The career coaches bring college to high schools!

    The SVCC service region spans ten counties and one city and there are 11 Career Coaches that work with students in these areas.  SVCC’s team is dedicated to inspiring and leading students in the right direction for a successful future.  

     

    The SVCC Career Coaches are (Front row, Left to Right) Krisha Jones, Brunswick High School, Kate E. Locke Tharpe. Randolph-Henry and Nottoway High Schools, and Earnestine Robertson Sharpe, Cumberland High School, (Back row, L to R) Tina Maxey, Buckingham High School, Kay Nichols, Park View High School, Rhonda Adams, Prince Edward High School, Angela Pulliam-Jones, Amelia High School, Mona Rainey, Bluestone High School, Buck Brockwell, Greensville County High School, Melissa Colbert, Central of Lunenburg High School, and Karl Staten, Halifax County High School.

  5. BA Students Attend VJCL Convention

    The BA delegation of 15 students to the VJCL Convention did an outstanding job, bringing home 42 academic and graphic arts awards (25 of which were in the top five).  They also received second place in the spirit contest for medium delegations.  And, they brought home a first ever award:  second place in club scrapbook. 

    Attendees were (top left to bottom right): Morgan Moore, Savannah Greene, Jacob Farmer, Kien Powell, Will Morris, Emily Robertson, Hunter Greene, Naomi Sadler, Tyler Creedle, Kennedy Greene, Brysen Diefert, Brady Talbert, Emily Robinson, Lydia Smith, and Cassidy Smith.

  6. 6th Annual Enfield Christmas Homes Tour

    Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation Association (DERP) is dedicated to preserving Enfield’s rich history and revitalizing the downtown area. DERP was founded in 2010. This year the 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour is focusing on six truly magnificent homes in Enfield and the surrounding countryside. The homes – Branch Grove, Gray Hall, Shell Castle, Glenn Burnie, Conoconnara Hall and Bellamy Manor & Gardens – have been lovingly restored by history-minded couples. As Mayor Wayne Anderson said, “You don’t really own these homes. You take care of them – for the next generation – hoping that they too will preserve these special places.”

    DERP has been active in the community in 2018: the nonprofit organization sponsored the 8th Annual Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle; a Bless Your Art Show and Gala and design plans are currently being drawn up for the Town Square, which will be refurbished in the upcoming spring.

    Lots of fun activities are planned for Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1. On Friday music starts at 4:30 p.m. and hot chocolate and cider will be served before Santa arrives on a fire truck. A dramatic reading will follow that will put participants in the Christmas spirit and there will be a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday there will be an artisan fair starting at 9 a.m. that will end at noon. The fair will feature the work of local craftspeople, cake-makers, potters, wreath-makers and will be held at The Collective Center at 131 Whitfield Street. The 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour begins at noon. There will also be a Dr. William Mann Book Sale at the Lodge throughout the day (books rescued from one of Dr. William Mann’s home on Franklin Street, many of them first editions). The Scoopy Dippy Doo old-fashion ice cream truck will begin serving at 9 a.m. at the Town Square. Christmas crafts for the kids will start at 9 a.m. To add to the festive spirit, Christmas carols will be sung and there will be a Tree Festival (vote for the best tree decorated by local businesses) at The Collective Center. A $10 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds being split between the winner and DERP. An evening prayer service will be held at the Historic Episcopal Church of the Advent, 200 Batchelor Avenue, on Saturday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by an after-tour party for everyone who participated or attended the tour.  The following day, Sunday, December 2, the annual Christmas service at Whitaker’s Chapel, a Heritage Landmark of the United Methodist Church and also on the National Register of Historic Places, will be held at 3 p.m. This year Whitaker’s Chapel will be celebrating its 278th anniversary.

     

    For tickets to the 6th annual Christmas Homes Tour or more information, visit:  http://www.freshtix.com/events/christmas-homes-tour.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts and Southern Secrets in downtown Enfield. On the day of the Tour, tickets can be purchased at The Collective Center, on Whitfield Street, in downtown Enfield. For more information, contact Suzann Anderson at 252-445-2234.

  7. Spring Schedules from SVCC Hitting the Mailboxes

    At Southside Virginia Community College, our students are cut out for success.  Recently, some of the successful alumni were featured on the 2019 Spring Schedule, mailed to area homes this month. 

    The college illustrated this using life-sized cardboard cut outs of some of our successful students.  These are fabulous examples of just a handful of our students who were cut out for success. 

    Watch your mail for the Spring Schedule packed with information on classes and programs offered by SVCC.  Become one of these students who learned that at SVCC, the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish their educational goals were right here, in Southside Virginia.  Without having to venture too far, these students have been able to go far in their careers and accomplish much. 

    Are you ‘cut out’ for success?  Of course,  you are!!  Remember, “some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it”, said Napolean Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.

    For information about classes, see the schedule in the mail, visit the website at southside.edu or call 434 949 1000.

    Caption:  SVCC’s alums “cut out” for success and featured in this edition of the Spring Schedule are(Front row, left to right)

    • Steven Brown, Crew Leader with Toll Brothers.
    • Scarlet Harvey, Truck Driver with R. O. Harrell Trucking.
    • Grayson Crawford, Apprentice Line Technician with Southside Electric Cooperative.
    • Cedric Hawkes, Sixth Grade Teacher at Nottoway Middle School.
    • Will Blount, Virginia State Trooper.
    • Hope Alexander, Family Nurse Practitioner with Centra Medical Group – Burkeville.
    • James Rutherford, Data Center Technician with Microsoft.

    And back row, l to r

    • Logan Newcomb, Welder with ABB.
    • Ben Conner, Emergency Medical Technician with Halifax County Rescue.
    • Tabitha Poore, VP/Controller with Benchmark Community Bank.
    • Lawanda Fisher, Parents as Teachers Coordinator with The Improvement Association.
    • Tyler Daniels, Diesel Technician with Carter Machinery, Inc.
    • Denise Atkins, Certified Nurse Aide with Greensville Health & Rehab
    • Anthony Taylor, Server Technician with Southside Virginia Community College.
  8. BA JV Volleyball Finishes Season on High Note

    JV Volleyball team finished first in the VCC conference and second in the VCC conference tournament. They finished the conference with a 10-2 record. Overall record 11-3.

    Front row:  Aaryn Babb (Captain) & Mary Freeman; Second Row:  Carleigh Jarratt, Kaitlyn Waller, Jane Poarch (Captain), Alyssa Rivas (Captain) & Lydia Smith; Back Row: Faith McLawhorn, Emily Roberts & Madelyn Williams. 

  9. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAFFIC CRASHES CLAIM 12 LIVES ON VIRGINIA HIGHWAYS

    RICHMOND – The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend proved deadly for 12 drivers and passengers, to include a City of Winchester police officer. During the statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and concluded at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25, preliminary reports indicate 11 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth claimed the lives of nine drivers, two passengers and a motorcyclist. During the 2017 five-day Thanksgiving statistical counting period, 14 people were killed in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways – the most killed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend since 2013.*

    The 2018 traffic fatalities occurred in the cities of Danville, Hampton, Lynchburg and Winchester, and the counties of Accomack, Greensville, Hanover, Henry, Montgomery, Stafford and Wise. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the fatal crashes. Four of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

    “We are about to embark on one of the busiest and most heavily-traveled times of the year,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Today Governor Northam announced the new ‘Towards Zero Deaths’campaign and urged Virginians to help change the Commonwealth’s traffic safety culture so we can achieve the goal of reducing the number of traffic-related serious injuries and deaths to zero. Virginia State Police troopers are committed to keeping our highways as safe as possible during the winter holiday season by increasing patrols and DUI checkpoints with our local law enforcement partners across the state. Now we just need the motoring public to commit to driving safe, smart and sober.”

    To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, Virginia troopers once again participated in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 596 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 198 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 7,419 speeders and 2,157 reckless drivers. A total of 102 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

    To further enhance travel safety across the Commonwealth during the coming weeks, the state police will be actively participating in the following DUI-prevention campaigns: Checkpoint Strikeforce: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”and the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “Tie One on for Safety.”

  10. SVCC Receives Funding for Campus Within Walls

    Laughing Gull Foundation Awards Higher Education in Prison Grant to Support Incarcerated Students

    ALBERTA, VIRGINIA, November 20, 2018. The Laughing Gull Foundation recently awarded Southside Virginia Community College a Higher Education in Prison Grant to support the College’s Campus Within Walls Program. College education provides incarcerated students the tools they need to successfully re-enter society and become productive citizens.

    Lisa Hudson, Campus Within Walls Coordinator, states, “It is so rewarding to be able to provide educational opportunities to students who never thought college was an option for them. They share their experiences with their families and everyone benefits. Students transform their own lives and it encourages children and grandchildren to continue their own education. This changes generations.”

    Hudson explains that almost seven out of every 10 incarcerated nationwide people are rearrested within three years of their release from prison. An Institute for Higher Education Policy report found that the most significant factor in reducing this recidivism is college education, which offers former inmates a better chance of being productive, employed citizens. In fact, the study found that recidivism rates for incarcerated people who participated in prison postsecondary education programs were on average 46 percent lower than those who did not take college classes.

    “Those statistics are remarkable,” says Hudson. “We know that 95% of people in prison will eventually be released. If college experiences could cut the recidivism rate in half, we could save the Virginia taxpayers millions of dollars and at the same time have a positive impact on our students’ lives.”

    One student who has been incarcerated since the age of eighteen and is nearing release at the age of forty-one says, ““Going through the Associate’s Degree program has given me the confidence to know that there isn’t anything that I am not capable of if I put my mind to it.”

    Southside Virginia Community College started Campus Within Walls in 2009 at the Lunenburg Correctional Center in Victoria. The program has allowed incarcerated, college-ready students the opportunity to attain education and training credentials. Currently, students have the opportunity to work toward an Associate’s Degree in General Studies (61 credits), a certificate in General Education (31 credits), or a certificate in Business Software Applications (9 credits).

    The Laughing Gull Foundation grant of $87,000 will provide funding for two years to support student tuition and books. Campus Within Walls currently serves Lunenburg Correctional Center and the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland, Virginia. Plans are underway to expand the program in response to inquiries received from several prisons to have classes offered for their inmates.

    Joan Tuck, Professor of Information Technology, has taught at the Lunenburg Correctional Center since 2011. Tuck observes, “The students in this program are enthusiastic about enrolling in higher education and they work hard to earn college certificates and degrees while incarcerated.  I truly believe that education changes lives and this program is a perfect example of the mission of Southside Virginia Community College.”

    The Laughing Gull Foundation is a progressive family foundation rooted in the U.S. South. Through grant making activities they work proactively toward a mission of transforming broken systems for the benefit of people and the planet. LGF envisions a world in which everyone is supported, included, embraced, and protected, especially those who have been pushed to the margins of the human family.

    SVCC, a two-year institution of higher education, is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Its 4,200 square-mile service region, the largest community college jurisdiction within the Commonwealth of Virginia, spans the city of Emporia and ten rural counties in south-central Virginia. The college offers 23 degrees at the associate level, a host of shorter-term academic and workforce development programs, opportunities for dually enrolled high school students, adult basic education, and other transitional services for non-traditional students. The Campus Within Walls program extends the College’s academic reach to incarcerated students.

    If you would like more information about Campus Within Walls and the Laughing Gull Foundation’s Higher Education in Prisons grant, please call Lisa Hudson at 434-736-2063, or email lisa.hudson @southside.edu.

  11. HEAT Program Holiday Prevention Campaign Hits Silver Screen on Black Friday

    Vehicle Stolen Each Hour in Virginia during 2017 Black Friday

    RICHMOND, Va. – To help protect Virginians from falling victim to vehicle thefts this holiday season, the Virginia State Police (VSP) Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program is rolling out the red carpet with a prevention video. The HEAT Public Service Announcement (PSA) will make its silver screen debut today, “Black Friday,”  in theatres across Virginia. Friday was chosen as the PSA’s release date due to the fact that 23 vehicles were stolen in Virginia on Black Friday last year. That equates to almost one vehicle every hour stolen from a Virginia parking lot or driveway.

    “With so many new films coming out this holiday, we hope to reach thousands of moviegoers with this impactful and essential safety message,” said First Sgt. Thomas Molnar, HEAT Program Coordinator. “This PSA is extremely relevant to the busy holiday season as it reminds drivers and passengers of the consequences of the seemingly innocent action of leaving your car unlocked and idling.”

    Moviegoers at theatres in Hampton, Norfolk, Lynchburg and the metro-Richmond region will be treated to the 30-second PSA during movie previews. “An idle car is stolen features a driver becoming a victim of auto theft when he commits the most common mistake this time of year – leaving his idling car unattended at a convenience store. Starting Thanksgiving weekend through the end of December, the PSA will be playing in the following theatres: Regal River Ridge (Lynchburg), Valley View Grande (Lynchburg), Cinemark 18 (Norfolk), Hampton 24 (Hampton), Commonwealth Stadium 20 (Midlothian), Shortpump Stadium 14 (Henrico) and Westchester Common 16 (Midlothian).

    The HEAT program is also hosting special holiday giveaways on its Facebook (@VSPHEAT) page, along with key auto theft prevention tips, to further encourage Virginians to safeguard their vehicles.

    “Drivers are more likely this time of year to leave their cars unattended with the engine running, especially on chilly mornings, or leave valuables and holiday gifts in plain sight inside their vehicles,” explained Molnar. “You run a much greater risk of having your vehicle stolen when you leave your keys in a parked or idling vehicle. Such actions make your vehicle an easy target for thieves.”

    Statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) state that nearly 1 in 4 vehicles stolen in Virginia have the keys inside, which is why the HEAT program recommends the following safety tips for this holiday season:

    · Take your keys and lock your doors every time you leave your vehicle.

    · Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Place them in the trunk or somewhere out of sight.

    · Be aware of your surroundings when out and about.

    · Park in well-lit areas.

    · Invest in an audible or visible deterrent. Install GPS or other tracking devices.

    Learn more about the HEAT program at HEATreward.com or view the 2017 Virginia Motor Vehicle Theft Statistics

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    The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program was established in 1992 to educate citizens and law enforcement about the theft of vehicles and vehicle parts. For more information, visit HEATreward.com. Visit Virginia State Police online at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

  12. Holtkamp Home Featured on 2018 Riparian Home Tour

    The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia is pleased to have the home of John and Jenny Holtkamp, located at 202 Shore Drive, Emporia, on the 16th Christmas Home Tour. The Holtkamps are from Iowa. Our community welcomes those who move into our community and become leaders. Jenny has taken on the role of Riparian Woman’s Club President for the next two years for which we are grateful.

    The Holtkamp home, formally known as the Harrell home, is a beautiful gambrel roofed house built in 1972 and boasts a spacious floor plan with 4316 sq ft, five bedrooms and 3 ½ baths. The flowing floorplan depicts hardwood floors throughout, beautiful moldings and craftsman construction revealing spacious rooms. The sunroom was designed to bring the beauty of the backyard into the home with a 180 degree view of the sloping wooded lot surrounding the back of the house.

    Upon entering the front door is the foyer with oak steps where the banister is trimmed in garland. To the right, the formal dining room table is set with black depression glass dinnerware. A Christmas tree is nestled in the corner and decorated in red and gold ornaments. To the right of the foyer, the formal living room has a simple old fashion Christmas theme with the tree decorated in pinecones.

    Moving straight through the foyer is a small hall leading to the back of the home. Passing through the family room is the sunroom which is the family Christmas room. There is a nine foot live Christmas tree decorated with the children’s ornaments received by the grandmother over the years. Small vine wreaths adorn the windows.

    The bedrooms on the second floor all have their own Christmas trees decorated with the different themes of each room, from nautical to old fashion bikes to beach cottage themes.

    The beautiful condition of this home is proof that this house has always been more than just a house, it is a HOME!

    The Holtkamps and the Riparians wish each of you a very Merry Christmas as you tour their home.

    Others whose homes on tour are Fortsville, owners David and Jessica Yoder, Kenny Newcomb and Steve Smith, Mary Anne Renner and Mark and Wendi Simmons.

    The tour will take place on Friday, December 7 and Saturday December 8. Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

  13. VCU Health CMH Auxiliary Tree of Love Ceremony set for December 4th

    South Hill—The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate the Christmas season with their annual “Tree of Love” program and reception on December 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the VCU Health CMH first floor main lobby.

    The “Tree of Love” is an annual fundraising event that raises money for the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund.  This year special music will be presented by First Christian School Students. During the ceremony recipients of the scholarship fund will be recognized.

    Come out and enjoy the fellowship with your friends, neighbors and healthcare providers.

    To make a donation to the “Tree of Love” Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund, make your check payable to CMH Auxiliary and mail to “Tree of Love” VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970 or make your gift online at www.vcu-cmh.org and click “Support VCU CMH” at the top right of the page.

    Names of the ones you gave to in memory or honor will be listed beside the “Tree of Love” Christmas tree, which will be on display in the VCU Health CMH Main Lobby. If you wish to remain anonymous, your request will be honored.

  14. Ellen Carrier Rose

    Ellen Carrier Rose, 63, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronnie Rose; daughter, Sue Rose Harrison (Chris); granddaughter, Madilyn Harrison and grandson, Dalton Harrison; devoted niece Karen Ferguson (Craig) and their children, Chase and Georganna sister, Betty Scott; numerous nieces and nephews and also her beloved dog, “Buster”.

    Ellen was an amazing lady touching many lives with humor, love, wisdom and scripture.  Smiles, laughter, and love is what she bestowed on all that knew her.  She was a loving wife, devout mother, caring Nana, aunt and friend; always encouraging in a Godly manner to help others. She provided strength and support in ways that seemed effortless on her part but making a great difference in others’ lives. Her smile and encouraging manner uplifted all who came in touch with her.  Everyone that met her loved her and she loved them right back.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

  15. Skip Black Friday, Think Smaller

    Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday in November has been a day set aside for giving thanks since 1863. In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation because he knew that everyone had a reason to be thankful – even in a time of war.

    Thanksgiving has long been the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent decades the focus has been more on the actual shopping than giving thanks. Not so very long ago Thanksgiving was a day that was spent with extended family. Families played touch or flag football instead of demeaning the day by planning a shopping trip. Discussions at the dinner table have gone from reasons for being thankful to where the best price on that one hot holiday item is.

    Who really wants to spend Thanksgiving camping out in front of some soulless big box store for a price that will inevitably be lower in a week or two?

    Sure, the door busters look great, and the prices are low. Ask yourself this, though-is that little bit of savings worth camping out in the cold, driving an hour and then spending another hour (or two or three) trying to get from the interstate to the shopping center. Is it worth it?

    Here is another option…We here in Emporia have a wonderful selection of local small businesses.

    If it is Christmas that you are looking for, stop by Picture Perfect Custom Framing and Gifts. Stephanie and Clements Mayes have expanded and now offer a wide selection of gifts including Jim Shore and Possible Dreams Santas. In addition, there many other gift options including scented candles and soaps, Scout Bags, Corkcicle insulated beverage ware, wreathes, bows, Old world Christmas Ornaments and, of course, custom framing. On Friday and Saturday only, they are offering 30% off select merchandise.

    In the same building as Picture Perfect is Clements Mayes Photography. I cannot imagine anybody’s grandma not welcoming portraits of their grandchildren-or maybe even a sitting of their own. Be sure to talk to Clements and arrange a sitting for you, the kids or the whole family. When the day of the sitting gets close, get everyone gussied up and practice those glowing smiles for grandma.

    While you’re parked on Halifax Street, walk on down to Twice Told Treasures and check out Leandra’s varied selection of gently used and consignment merchandise. There is a little bit of everything in this gem of a shop, and surely you can find a gift for that hard to buy for person on your list.

    Right next door check out True Patriot’s Antiques. Harvey has some great gifts and this is another great place for that one person that you can never find a Christmas gift for. Stop by and see what speaks to you.

    When you are done there, don’t forget City Auto. Yeah, I know, a hardware store. Admit it, though, your spouse has been none too subtle about that noisy dishwasher or harvest gold refrigerator. I know that there are some that would be insulted by the gift of a dishwasher, refrigerator or laundry pair, but not everyone is. 

    Surely you have done enough shopping to deserve lunch. Lucky for you, there is no need to move the car or find another parking place. Three Bears in a Tree has a wonderful lunch menu. I can heartily recommend the meatloaf sandwich, but have never had a bad meal here.

    Ok, now the car has to be moved. At the next stop you can find a gift and do some good. Samaritan House Thrift may take a bit of work, but it really can be worth it. Like all thrift stores it can be hit and miss, but yes, it can pay off. The best part is that shopping here helps the Samaritan Helping Hands Home meet the needs of their ministry.

    It is a good bet that someone on your Christmas gift list would like some clothes. Stop by Slaone’s Boutique in the Emporia Shopping Center. Surely you can find an outfit or two without heading out of town.

    While you are at the Emporia Shopping Center, head over to Monte’s Flowers. Not only can you send an arrangement to a loved one out of town, but there are all sorts of gifts.

    Just off of North Main Street is Thorpe’s Whole Home Store. Once again, I do know that this sounds like a home improvement store. Take the time to stop and have a look around. Included with the paint brushes and tile samples are some great gifts. Fishing tackle, tee shirts, scented soaps and candles and much more are here to be under your tree.

    You’re almost to the next stop-the Hospital Auxiliary Gift shop at SVRMC. Once again, there is a little bit of everything in this small shop. Proceeds from sales help the Auxiliary with their work in the hospital.

    Shoes! Who doesn’t like new shoes? White’s Family Shoes will have something for the whole family. White’s has all the name brands that you will find if you head to one of those uninspiring big-box stores. At White’s when you need help, there is actually someone to help.

    While you’re in the area, swing through the drive-through at Arby’s and pick up a quick snack. The

    Head south, over the bridge and stop at CJ’s Pawn and Furniture and Jim’s Pawn Shop. Both of these stores are more than simple pawn shops. There is new and used furniture, housewares, tools, appliances and too much else to list. In addition, there are electronics-from televisions to laptops-and jewelry.

    Before you move the car, head west on Brunswick Avenue a few feet to Back Road Boutique and Gift Shop. Custom embroidery, totes, and too much to list every item. Stop by and check it out.

    Heading south on Main Street you will find the Red Barn. Yes, filling stations can have decent gifts. For the Football fan on your list there is a great selection of NFL merchandise. Lottery tickets are also available at the Red Barn, and Lottery tickets-either scratchers or Mega Millions or Power Ball-make great stocking stuffers or card fillers.

    The last stop on the list is in Skippers. The Good Earth Peanut Company has everything you need for the last of the people on your list. You can get peanuts in bags or tins-in the shell and out.  They also have a great selection of gift assortments, trail mixes, nut-butters and preserves. They do have more than peanuts; you can get cashews, pecans, almonds and pistachios. The best part of shopping here, besides the double dipped chocolate covered peanuts and butter toasted pecans that you grab for yourself, is that Good Earth can ship your gifts almost anywhere, which will save you a trip to the post office.

    While Emporia does not have all of the local retail stores that we once did, there is still a good enough selection of stores that you can skip Black Friday to spend time with your friends and family or just take some time for yourself-curl up on the couch and read a good book, take the kids outside and play in the fallen leaves or just beat your husband in game after game of Scrabble.

  16. "Give Thanks"

    Be thankful for your blessings
    As you count them one by one
    It will be quite off believe me
    If you find that you have none.
     
    Some have many, some have less
    Though I feel you'll find it true
    You have things for to be thankful
    That you mighe never knew.
     
    You have the freedom for to travel
    And peace which does protect
    There are friends and neighbors down the street
    That treat you with respect.
     
    Being rich or poor doesn't determine
    The quality of ones life
    It's the love of your children and grandchildren
    Your husband or your wife.
     
    There are times that you will hunger
    And others your cup will overflow
    Thank the lord that you're still living
    For the ending se don't know.
     
    Take the time on this Thanksgiving
    For to do a quick review
    Find the thanks in the life you're living
    And may God bless all of you.
     
    -Roy E. Schepp
  17. Courtland Home Featured on Emporia Riparian’s Christmas Tour

    Christmas has arrived at the home of Mark and Wendi Simmons located at 28005 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, Va. Mark and Wendi will open their doors to welcome you into their beautiful home to celebrate the 16th Riparian Woman’s Club’s Christmas Home Tour.

    The home was built in 1937 and sits on the family farm that totals 240 acres.  The farm currently is farmed by the brothers of Mark Simmons.  Mark’s father, Gus Simmons and his brother, Kilby farmed the land for over 40 years prior to David and Donnie Simmons taking over the farming business.   Wendi, a Southampton County School Counselor, is a former resident of Emporia where she lived until 2013.  Mark is the Procurement Manager for Birdsong Peanut Company in Suffolk, VA. 

    The two story farm home was purchased by Wendi and Mark in 2013.  The prior owners were Mark’s parents who bought the home in the early 1950’s.  The home was added on to in the early 1970’s with the addition of closing in a screened in porch and adding on to it.  This room is where the current owners spend most of their time.  Also added on was a first floor bedroom and large family room. 

    In 1999, the home had a fire where the formal living room had significant damage, but the majority of the home had smoke damage.  Renovations were done including adding oak hardwood floors to the formal dining room and living room.  The original hard wood oak flooring is still in the foyer and upstairs. 

    In November 2013, the Simmons’ purchased the home after the death of Edith and Gus Simmons.  Prior to moving in, they renovated the entire house including painting, adding on a master bath and knocking down the wall from the kitchen to the sunroom to create one large room. They also removed doors to a closet and turned it into a sports bar area that has pictures of Mark’s favorite golfers and his favorite team the VT Hokies. . The hall bath was also completely gutted and a new one was built. The farm house also has a walk in attic that covers the length of the house.  In 2014 they added on a large carport.

    As you enter from the back (the main entrance) you walk into a large utility room with an attached pantry.  Next is a spacious updated kitchen with new hardwood floors and a center island that was added in 2015.  The open kitchen/sunroom has picturesque views of the family farm as well as a collection of Mr. Peanut/Planters items that Mark collects.  The dining room houses Wendi’s collection of Christmas China, started by her mother in law and a beautiful table left to the owners from Mark’s parents, as well.    Also in the dining room is a piece of furniture built by Wendi’s great uncle, Freeman Harrell, who was also a family friend to the Simmons’.  The formal living room was turned into a 2nd den and used as such.  The large family room has handmade bookcases built in on both sides of the room.  The original fireplace remains as well. The fireplace was painted in 2016 by Wendi to lighten up the room.  Pictures of family and friends add a warmth to the room.  You can’t help but notice the presence of the family dog, 18 year old Sam, as pictures of him are all throughout the home.

    What is so special about the home is that most of the furniture belonged to family members of both Wendi and Mark.  A china cabinet that belonged to Wendi’s maternal great- grandmother, Evelyn Everett, and then to her grandmother, Marie Goodwyn, sits in the front den.  The guest bedroom bed belonged to Wendi’s paternal grandfather Bryan Harrell.  Her father, Michael Harrell, recently handed down a Lane Cedar Trunk from World War II that his father gave Wendi’s grandmother, Marie Pope Harrell.  Also special, is a bookshelf handmade by Wendi’s maternal grandfather, John “Sonnybuck” Householder.   Many other pieces the couple obtained belonged to Mark’s parents and several pieces belonged to two of his aunts, Bernice Gillette and Ruth Babb. 

    Christmas is a special time in the Simmons home as you will find Wendi’s collection of Possible Dream Santas.  Her mother, Brenda Harrell, started her collection in December of 1999, when she purchased her home in Emporia.  Since then, she has collected over 85 Santas.  The home also has a collection of approximately 7 trees that are decorated in themes from nautical to a travel tree.  The banister leading upstairs has lit greenery with a special collection of Christmas Cards giving it a personal touch.  Both Wendi and Mark enjoy decorating for Christmas. 

    Don’t miss this home as it shouts Merry Christmas in every room!

    Others whose homes are on the tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder, Kenneth Newcomb and Steve Smith and Mary Ann Renner.

    Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch Shoppe, Courtland, and any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

  18. Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich

    Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich, 79, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Nettie Watson and was also preceded in death by four brothers.

    Our MOTHER was an example of the Proverbs 31 Godly Woman.  She was a great Mother and Wife. She was our Father’s business partner and “life coach” lol, while taking care of the family and her home with perfection.

    She could execute any task she was given with sheer determination and with a smile on her face. Our Mother loved her girls more than life and gave us the greatest JOY that life brings. She held a “special place” in her heart for each one of her grandchildren. Her smile was big and bright like the sparkle in her eyes. Strength and Honor will guide us for the rest of our days because of “OUR MOTHER”

    She is survived by her husband, Frederick Joseph Helfrich, III; three daughters, Mary Jane Yeattes (Mark), Sue “Pickles” Green (Troy) and Brenda McCrary (Daniel); step-son, David Helfrich (Theresa); nine grandchildren: D. J. , Troy, Jr., Sammy Jo, Mark, Jr., Danielle, Mary Elizabeth, Freddy, Sarah, Faith, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas, Sammy, Shang; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth and Margaret; sister-in-law and best friend, Harriette Burks; sisters-in-law, Brenda Worley (Wayne) and Delores Taylor (Dave) and a number of nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends following the service.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at owenfh.com.

  19. The Holiday Season Kicks Off with St. John's Lutheran Church Bake Sale

    The Holidays are here! The Ladies League of St. John's Lutheran Church hosted their annual bake sale on Saturday, November 27, 2018. The ladies baked 312 Dozen Kolacky, Pies, Breads, Brownies and too many other items to mention. Oh, there was Apple Strudel, too.

    This sale is a tradition with many people, and before the official start time of 9 am, the lobby was full.

        

        

        

  20. SVCC Receives Funding for Distance Learning Equipment

    ~USDA Awards a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to Help Serve Students in Southside Virginia~

    ALBERTA, VIRGINIA, November, 14, 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) a grant to fund the purchase and deployment of equipment that will improve access to education for people residing in the rural areas of south-central Virginia. The college received the announcement in early November and is already taking steps to prepare 91 classrooms for distance learning activities at sites in five counties. The sites include the college’s two main campuses and four off-campus centers strategically located to serve students across SVCC’s ten-county region, the largest community college jurisdiction in Virginia.

    Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer at SVCC explains, “We are constantly looking at innovative ways to ensure service to every nook of our 4,200-square-mile service area. We are very excited because this grant will allow us to do video streaming from every classroom and be flexible in our delivery methods to our student population.”

    The project, Southside Learning Connections, will deploy high-definition cameras and room microphones in almost every classroom at SVCC. According to Wollenberg, “This helps us deliver classes to our other sites, to our partner schools, and potentially to students anywhere in the world. We have already had great success with a pilot project testing this video solution in several classrooms and the demand for this level of interactivity is very apparent.”

    Grant funding totaling $168,000 will enable the purchase of equipment for synchronous and asynchronous distance education. Wollenberg notes, “The deployment of this solution will happen over several months by the very talented SVCC Information Technology team. The goal is to deliver the best technology to serve our students and community."

    In a letter of support, Elizabeth Green, State Director of USDA’s Rural Development in Virginia, wrote that Southside Learning Connections aligns with her office’s Strategic Plan for Virginia. She identified the effort as an “important initiative,” and noted her “strong support for this project that will enhance the educational opportunities across areas of Virginia.”

    “SVCC is proud to partner with USDA to promote education throughout our service area,” commented Dr. Al Roberts, College President. “Attracting new business to our region and restoring its economic vitality hinges on the ability to enlarge the pipeline for education and job training. This project increases our capacity to offer students flexible distance learning options so that they can embark on meaningful career pathways.”

    USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Program funding facilitates linking teachers in one area to students in another or medical service providers to their patients. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process.

    SVCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. It is a two-year institution of higher education that serves one small city and spans ten rural counties. The college offers 23 degrees at the associate level, a host of shorter-term academic and workforce development programs, opportunities for dually enrolled high school students, adult basic education, and other transitional services for non-traditional students.

    If you would like more information about Southside Learning Connections and the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant, please call Chad Wollenberg at 434-949-1033, or email chad.wollenberg@southside.edu.

  21. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Donates to Operation Christmas Child

    Emporia, VA – No child should be without the basic essentials. Ready to help children in need, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) donated more than fifty boxes full of hygiene items, school supplies and toys to the Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child.

     Throughout September SVRMC staff participated in “Denim Day Fridays” by donating $5 or four items to the cause. All monetary donations were used to purchase items for donation. Spearheaded by SVRMC’s Quality Department, all the items were boxed for their journey to children around the world.

     Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that works with more than one hundred countries to provide aid to victims of war, natural disasters, poverty and disease. To learn more Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child

  22. “Noël! Nowell!”

    The Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus is presenting “Noël! Nowell!” with 42 chorus members and instrumentalists, at two afternoon concerts: the first in Emporia on Sat., December 8 at 3:00 PM at the Main St. United Methodist Church, 500 S. Main St., Emporia, VA 23847; and the second in South Hill on Sun., December 9 at 3:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914 N. Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill, VA  23970. Directed by Carol Henderson and accompanied by pianist Sally Tharrington the concerts are free admission.

    The SVCC Chorus is continuing to be supported by the Southside Virginia Community College and the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation. This support has allowed the SVCC Chorus to develop, grow, and bring these excellent concerts into Southside Virginia for our local communities free of charge.

    “Noël! Nowell!” SVCC Chorus holiday concerts present Christmas themes of the birth of Jesus, the angel song that leads the shepherds into the quiet snow of wintertime, and the arrival of the three Kings.

    Noëlis an ancientFrench word originating from the Latin natalismeaning "birthday." Noëlwas sung for the first time in a church motet dated in the 1400’s. A noelor nowell can be a buoyant refrain or it can tell the story of the nativity (as does, “The First Noel”). Traditionally, noels were sung when the entire village gathered for singing and celebrating the bringing in of the Yule log.

    Randall Thompson’s “Nowel”is unique because it was composed using the singular word ‘Nowel’throughout. Thompson’s ingenious creation of melody and harmony leads our imagination, andas we listen, we can feelthe story of the shepherdsled byvoices of angels on that dark and quiet night. Randall Thompson has created a gem similar to his quintessential “Alleluia.”

    Concert highlights include: ahauntingly beautiful French Canadian carol from the Huron Indians “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”written by FatherJean de Brébeuf in 1640 and featuresDee Pinnell of Boydton on the fluteandtenorRev. Dr. Steven DeOrnellas; the poignant “Carol of the Magi” by John Ruttershowcasescellist Brenda Fincher of South Boston and tenorGavin Honeycuttof South Hill;and“Pavane for a Silent Night”, a choral adaptation of Maurice Ravel’s Pavanne pour une infant défunte, with violinist Bradyn Cole of Boydton. Two Christmas duets: “The Birthday of the King” with Mary Hardin and Ken Vaiden; and “O Holy Night” with Betty Edwards and Gavin Honeycutt. And a piano duet audience pleaser with Carol and Sally at the piano!

     “Noël! Nowell!” promises to be a spectacular SVCC Chorus concert with 42 excellent singers from the local area: Sopranos-- Elizabeth Allgood, Brenda Ball, Betty Edwards, Mary Hardin, Judy Johnson, Patricia J. Jutz, Judy Moody, Louise Ogburn, Janie Pealer, Laura Jane Rash, Dottie Thaxton, Jan Vaughan, Nancy Turner, Margie Wollenberg; Altos-- Stephanie Bailey, Nancy Bradshaw, Misty Dooley, JoAnn Farnsworth, Martha Feagan, Charlene Gray, Judy Kemp, Becky Laben, Kelli Lewis, Norma Robertson, Debbie Wilson; Tenors-- Patricia Araway, Robert Bradshaw, Stephen DeOrnellas, Gavin Honeycutt, Bill Lindenmuth, Patricia J. Moyles, Guy Pealer,  Ken Vaiden: and Basses--Dan Araway, Braydn Cole, Lloyd Farnsworth, Tim Faegan, John Laben, Steve Lowe, Jimmy Martin, Buck Smyre, Jimmy Soyars.

    You are cordially invited to “Noël! Nowell!” at 3:00 PM, on Saturday, Dec. 8th at the Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia, and on Sunday, Dec. 9th at the South Hill Presbyterian Church in South Hill. FREE admission. Traditional carols, noels, Christmas favorites –all with a “joyeux” French flair!

    Southside Virginia Community College Chorus

    “Noël! Nowell!”

    Holiday Concerts

    Saturday, DECEMBER 8  - 3:00 PM

    Main St. United Methodist Church
    500 S. Main St., EMPORIA, VA  23847

    Sunday, DECEMBER 9 – 3:00 PM

    South Hill Presbyterian Church
    914 N. Mecklenburg Ave, SOUTH HILL, VA  23970

    FREE Admission

  23. DENISE HARRIS

    Denise Harris, 55, of Emporia, VA, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at her residence.

    Denise was born in Petersburg, VA the daughter of Herman Marshall Harris and the late Amelia King Harris. She Graduated from Greensville County High School and Old Dominion University as a Dental Hygienist, also with a B. S Degree.

    In addition to her father she is survived by: her lifetime soul mate, Randy Everette; sister, Amy Clary and her husband Andy, of Brodnax, VA; brother, Robert Harris and his wife Cristy of Crofton, MD; a niece, Cassie Modlin and her husband  Jim, of Sedley, VA; nephews Christopher Moseley and his wife Juli, of Boydton, VA, Lee Harris, and his wife Elysa, of Rockville , MD; James Harris and his significant other Kelley, of Cambridge, MD; and several great nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive at New Testament Christian Church, 615 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will follow in the Church at 1:00 PM, with Minister Daniel West officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.                                                                                                                                          

    Memorial donations may be made to: Family Violence/Sexual assault Unit, 401C South Main Street Emporia, VA, 23847 or Jackson-Field Home, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: echolsfuneralhome.com.

  24. Mary Taylor Simpson

    Mary Taylor Simpson, 94, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Capital Caring Center in Washington D.C.

    A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse B. Taylor and Mary Cordle Taylor. Mary was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Ronald Carlton Simpson. A retired public school teacher, she had lived for many years in the southern Maryland area.

    Mary is survived by several distant relatives.

    Funeral Services will be private.

    Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

  25. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE URGES MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE AND MAKE IT TO THE HOLIDAY TABLE THIS THANKSGIVING

    RICHMOND – As millions of Virginians take to the roads this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday with family, Virginia State Police urges motorists to slow down and keep their focus on the road so everyone makes it safely to the holiday table.

    Four lives have been lost just today (Nov. 16, 2018) in three fatal crashes across the Commonwealth. Over the past seven days (Nov. 9, 2018 – Nov. 15, 2018), traffic crashes have claimed 17 lives on Virginia highways, including a motorcyclist, two pedestrians, four passengers and 10 drivers. Sadly, eight of those individuals were killed in crashes where speed or reckless driving was a factor.

    While fatalities in crashes involving distracted driving are down by approximately 37 percent, according to preliminary data, total traffic deaths remain on pace with last year. Through Nov. 15, 2018, 712 individuals have lost their lives in traffic crashes compared to 724 over the same period in 2017.

    “When you get behind the wheel this Thanksgiving, remember the cars on the road with you are carrying someone’s loved ones, and the choices you make in the driver’s seat affect your family and theirs,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Avoid distractions, comply with speed limits, ensure everyone in your car is buckled up and never drive drunk. If we drive like every car is filled with our friends and family, we can make sure there are no empty chairs at the table this year.”

    Speed-related fatalities have already outpaced last year with 291 fatalities, rising by nine percent. Fatalities involving unrestrained drivers remain relatively flat with 298 unbelted motorists killed so far in 2018 compared to 301 during the same period in 2017.*

    In 2017, 248 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes throughout the state.* If holiday celebrations involve alcohol, remember to always plan for a designated driver, cab or rideshare.

    To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. Over the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 21, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018), state police will increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on highways throughout the Commonwealth.

    The 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 611 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 206 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 8,181 speeders and 2,479 reckless drivers. A total of 105 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

      There were 14 traffic fatalities statewide during the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 22, 2017 – Nov. 26, 2017) for the 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday, marking the highest number of holiday fatalities since

    2013.* Less than half of the individuals killed in holiday crashes last year were wearing seat belts. Six of those deaths occurred in alcohol-related crashes.   

    In 2016, there were eight traffic deaths and in 2015, Virginia experienced nine fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.*

    With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds 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, drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

    From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.**

    *Source: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

    **Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

  26. GCPS Sponsors At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

    Greensville County Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants at each site.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

    Submit your completed for or letter to USDA by:

    (1) Mail:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

    (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider

    Meals will be provided at these facilities:

    Greensville County High School (snack & supper)       Belfield Elementary (snack)

    403 Harding Street                                                                             515 Belfield Road
    Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

    E. W. Wyatt Middle School (snack)                                      Greensville Elementary (snack)

    206 Slagles Lake Road                                                                       1011 Sussex Drive
    Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

    For further information please contact: Crystal Crutchfield, Food Service Supervisor or MaRendia Garner, Food Service Secretary at 434-634-2863. For additional information, you may also contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition Programs by calling 804-225-2082.

  27. Thank You From Council Woman Elect Yolanda G Hines

    Dear Constituents of District 7

    Thank you for your participation in the recent election. I am especially grateful to all who actually got out and voted.  Once sworn in I will work to improve conditions in District 7 as well as or the rest of City, If you voted for me I offer a special thank you. If you didnt I hope to earn your approval. I plan to push for progressive change in our community. Education, employment and healthcare are both my concern and passion, I had the opportunity to discuss these issues while campaigning. I'm thankful to all the supporters, volunteers, and contributors to my campaign. 

    I also thank Mark Mitchell  for the friendly and highly competitive campaign. A special thank you to my husband Melvin Hines, he worked very hard all day making sure the democratic process prevailed.

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  28. CMH Family Dental Clinic Opening November 26th

    ~Something to Smile About~

    Smile!!! A new service is coming to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. On Monday, November 26, 2018, the CMH Family Dental Clinic will open its doors and begin a new era for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

    Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment. The Clinic is housed in the new C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. There is a separate entrance to the CMH Family Dental Clinic located on the north side of the C.A.R.E. Building.

    Among the services offered at the clinic are exams, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, dentures, root canals, bridges, endodontics, extractions, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery featuring faculty and residents from the VCU School of Dentistry.

    Dr. Grover has 15 years of dental experience. She is a graduate of VCU School of Dentistry and spent the past year at a dental clinic in Danville.

    “We are excited to be working with the VCU School of Dentistry to bring this new family dentistry practice to VCU Health CMH to help fill the provider gap caused by the recent retirement of some dentists in our service area.  We recognize the valuable services the existing community dentists have been providing in this region for decades and hope to develop strong collegial working relationships with them all,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

    The new six-operatory CMH Family Dental Clinic was made possible, in part, by a $235,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. That grant helped equip the clinic. The grant money was used to purchase a 3-D imaging system, a microscope used for a variety of dental services and two complete operatories in the clinic.

    The Virginia Health Care Foundation awarded the grant to VCU Health CMH because the CMH Family Dental Clinic will be serving, in part, an at-risk patient population. The Clinic will participate in Medicaid’s Smiles For Children Program and will also see patients who qualify for CMH’s indigent and charity care programs.

    “VCU Health CMH’s new Family Dental Clinic will bring greatly needed and affordable access to dental and oral health services to this part of Virginia, which is a Dental Professional Shortage Area. This is at the heart of our mission and we are delighted to be a partner in this exciting endeavor,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation.

    Additional support was provided by donations from Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Dominion Energy.

    A wide variety of dental insurances will be accepted at the CMH Family Dental Clinic, according to Dr. Grover.

    “We are accepting all of the most popular dental insurances – Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, DentaQuest, MetLife, Anthem, United Concordia, United Healthcare and Interactive Medical Systems to name a few,” Dr. Grover said. “But we encourage our patients to call ahead to make sure we accept their dental insurance to be sure.”

    Dr. Grover is a general dentist, but she has a special interest in dentistry for children, as well as root canals and difficult extractions.

    “I want people to know I can treat the entire family,” she said.  “From your baby’s first tooth, to your child’s fillings, to whitening your teeth and giving you a nice smile to helping your parents hold on to their teeth for as long as they can.”

    Dr. Grover explains her approach to dentistry as a team effort. A team that includes the patient as part of the decision making process.

    “I want the patient to know they will always stay in control of their treatment plan and they make the decisions,” she said. “We don’t want anyone to experience pain and we want them to have comfortable visits so they can change their dental story to one full of successes.”

    Dr. Grover further explained, “I don’t practice dentistry as a job. I practice dentistry like it is a team activity and the patient is the star. I empathize with anybody who has had a bad dental experience and my team and I will work tirelessly to turn that feeling around.”

  29. WARNER, KAINE BILL THAT AWARDS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN FOR THEIR WORK AT NASA LANGLEY PASSES SENATE

    ~ Bipartisan legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their groundbreaking contributions ~

    WASHINGTON – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to award four African American women scientists the Congressional Gold Medal for their work at NASA Langley passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous support. The bill would give this distinction to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously award the medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. It serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA’s success during the Space Race and highlight their broader impact on society – paving the way for women, especially women of color, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives, where a companion bill has been introduced.

    “These four remarkable women and their contributions to the success of the Space Race remained unacknowledged for far too long,” said the Senators. “We are thrilled that their achievements while at NASA Langley—particularly during a tough period of racial inequality—continue to be brought to light. This recognition will help carve their rightful place in history and inspire a new generation of diverse women to lead the way in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”

    The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. It is awarded to those who have performed an achievement that has had an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized in the recipient’s field for years to come.

    The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act will honor:

    • Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for multiple NASA space missions including the first human spaceflight by an American, Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission. She also calculated trajectories for John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission to orbit the earth. During her time at NASA, she became the first woman recognized as an author of a report from the Flight Research Division.
    • Dorothy Vaughan, who led the West Area Computing unit for nine years, as the first African American supervisor at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. She later became an expert programmer in FORTRAN as a part of NASA’s Analysis and Computation Division.
    • Mary Jackson, who petitioned the City of Hampton to allow her to take graduate-level courses in math and physics at night at the all-white Hampton High School in order to become an engineer at NASA. She was the first female African-American engineer at the agency. Later in her career, she worked to improve the prospects of NASA’s female mathematicians, engineers, and scientists as Langley’s Federal Women’s Program Manager.
    • Dr. Christine Darden, who became an engineer at NASA 16 years after Mary Jackson. She worked to revolutionize aeronautic design, wrote over 50 articles on aeronautics design, and became the first African-American person of any gender to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service at Langley.

    The lives and careers of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden were featured in the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. That book was adapted into the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which the Senators showed at a Capitol Hill screening for hundreds of Virginia students last year. In addition, Sens. Warner & Kaine honored Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson by acknowledging their achievements in an official statement that was enshrined in the Congressional Record.

  30. GCHS SkillsUSA Installs New Officers

    Greensville SkillsUSA Career Technical Student Organization held their installation services on Monday, October 23, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Eagle Café at Greensville County High School.  The program theme for 2018-19 academic year  is SkillsUSA Champions at Work: Career Read Starts Here The program began with a call to order by Joshua Sutton newly elected President.  Nathanial Grizzard lead the audience and members with the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony proceed with the purpose and history of SkillsUSA. Offices conducted the official Emblem ceremony.

    Mr. James Wright, head advisor officially installed Joshua Sutton as President.  Joshua Sutton then installed the newly elected officers for 2019-19 Greensville County High School SkillsUSA. All members recited the SkillsUSA Creed. The ceremony concluded with a small reception for SkillsUSA members, family members and community stakeholders.

        

        

  31. Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Attends Virginia State Fair

    Greensville County High School SkillsUSA student organization attended the Virginia State Fair SkillsUSACompetition on Monday, October 1, 2018  at Meadowbrook Park in Doswell, Virginia.

    SkillsUSA Day had 561 participants from over 30 schools registered to compete in 15 contests. GCHS Students competed against students from across the state of Virginia in three areas. -Teo Jefferson and Joshua Sutton in carpentry; Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbridge in Promotional Bulletin Board; and Nathanial Grizzard in Welding.

    Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbrdige won first place in the Promotional Bulletin Board competition. First place winners in each contest received a plaque for the school, a blue ribbon and will receive a $200 scholarship from the State Fair of Virginia for their achievement. SkillsUSA recognized the top ten competitors for all contests. NathanialGrizzard placed tenth out of twenty five participants in Welding.

  32. Brunswick Academy Varsity Football

    Brunswick Academy Vikings 37- Greenbrier Christian Gators 36

    The #5 seed Brunswick Academy Vikings won the state VISFL quarter finals game on Thursday night vs the #4 seed Greenbrier Christian Gators. The Vikings took on The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA Tuesday, November 13th at 3:00PM.

        

        

  33. Vicki Jean Lounge

    On the 2nd of November, following a stroke, Emporia resident, Vicki Jean Lounge, was called to her Lord. She was 62.

    Vicki was born in Houston, Texas on May 31st, 1956, to her loving parents, Mother, Christine Brannon nee Pearson, of Valentines,VA, and her father, Thomas Burns Brannon of Houston, TX.

    Vicki had innumerable accomplishments during her life. Amongst some of her proudest achievements, her 22 years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She began as a secretary in the Astronaut office, quickly moving up in rank through her meritorious service and dedication, ending her career as Facilities Manager of AOD, in Ellington Air Field, Pasadena, Texas. She served her government, her family, and future generations through her passion for Aerospace exploration, expansion, and safety. Vicki took great pride in her country’s accomplishments. Vicki was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, volunteering her time as a member of the “Horsepitality” Commitee. She loved the Rodeo, with its pageantry and positive effects on the state she loved so dearly. The live music, one of her deepest and most abiding passions, was something she shared with all of her family and friends. She would arrange for tickets to shows, making gifts of her time and effort to all who wanted to attend a George Strait or Selena concert, as she put it herself, “dance like no one is watching, and then hope they sing along...” She participated in community events, instilling through action community spirit, state pride, and many family memories were made that will live on in everyone who knew her. Perhaps more than any other achievement, Vicki was a mother. She was known lovingly as “Mimi” to her five granddaughters. Her deep bond with her children and grandchildren is perhaps the greatest testament to her character and life. Two generations have thrived under her tender and compassionate maternal care. She was a mother and Mimi first, instinctively,and without reserve. The loss of such a bastion of love leaves her children bereft, but for the knowledge of her goodness and its guarantee of her place in Heaven. Vicki lost many close family members and friends in her life, and with a life so well lived, her surviving family know she is resting happily with a Loving God, her father, brother, and many friends. It is with regret and grief that we say farewell to her, but the gratitude and hope in our hearts, the eternal flame of love she lit in us will keep us warm until we are all joined again. To have had You, Daughter, Mother, Mimi, Friend, was an honor and blessing. You are etched on our innermost selves. We grieve because we love.

    Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, John Eric Brannon, her father, Thomas Burns Brannon, and her children’s father, Mark Joseph Spenla. She lost many friends before their time, Diana, Pat, Jeannie, and others. She is survived by her mother, Christine Rivas of Emporia, VA, her son, Marcus Ian Spenla, his wife, Tiffany Spenla, daughter Lauren Jean Woodruff, and her husband Jason. Her precious granddaughters, Brittany Erica Ann, Madison Faith, Meadow MacKenzie, Ivey Nichole, and Evelyn Virginia. Vicki will remain in the hearts of her family,with her ashes to be placed according to her wishes. The family appreciates the condolences and kindness of her friends and neighbors after this sudden loss.

  34. Brunswick Academy Vikings Girls Volleyball

    By Hannah Waller

    The B.A. Lady Vikings, coached by Mr. Ken Warf, ended their regular season as conference champs. Overall the Vikings went 9-3 and were 6-0 at home. In tournament play, the Vikings played in the semi-final match, but fell to Kenston Forest School. Comprised of five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman, the B.A. Lady Vikings were fierce and determined to win. In addition to placing first in conference, several players of the B.A. team were recognized for different awards. Olivia Combs, junior setter, was named as part of the VCC All-Tournament team; Hannah Waller, senior middle and co-captain was named VCC All-Academic; Allie Pope, senior outside and co-captain, was named VCC Second-Team All Conference; the VCC recognized Naomi Sadler, sophomore outside, Sarah-Olivia Temple, junior middle, and Hannah Waller, as part of the First-Team All Conference. The Brunswick Academy varsity volleyball team has never won a regular season in almost thirty years, so this season was significant to not only the players and coach, but also for B.A. and the future of the volleyball program. Although we came out as first this season, I expect next year's team to come out even stronger with improved skills and a sharper mindset to end the season not only as conference champs, but hopefully as tournament champs as well.

    Awards:

    All-Academic: Hannah Waller

    1st Team All-Conference: Sarah-Olivia Temple, Hannah Waller, Naomi Sadler

    2nd Team All-Conference: Allie Pope

    All Tournament: Olivia Combs

    VCC Coach of the Year: Ken Warf

  35. 2018 Riparian Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour Features the Renner Home

    The Riparian Woman’s Club 16th Christmas Home Tour is pleased to have the home of Mary Ann Renner on tour this year. Mary Ann Renner extends a warm holiday welcome into her charming one-story three-bedroom ranch style home built in 2017 and located at 502 River Road, Emporia.

    Upon entering, the great room is furnished with comfortable seating and immediately the feeling of the holiday season abounds with Christmas decorations. Mary Ann has a talent for decorating and it will be evident throughout the home. The dining/kitchen area is large and decorated beautifully for the season. Her collection of ceramic roosters and wall hangings are shown off here. She is very proud of her grandmothers antique ninety-year old Helpmate sewing machine. The dining table and chairs and the china hutch were hand painted by her friend. One will notice the unique kitchen island, previously an entertainment center and now a creation by Mary Ann. She knows how to make something old become something new.

        

    There is one very special bedroom in the home and it is granddaughter Ellie’s room. The white furniture and the touches of pink speak to a little seven-year old girl. Mary Ann refers to the master bedroom as the Williamsburg Room. She grew up in Williamsburg and has a warm spot in her heart for the colonial area. All the furniture and some of the pictures are from Williamsburg.

    Mary Ann loves Christmas and is particularly proud of her “Jim Shores” collection.

    Others whose homes on tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons,  Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder and the home of  Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith.

    Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch, in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

  36. “We Don’t Know”

    Yes we know not the condition
    of our relatives and friends
    a sneeky peek at hear say
    is where our knowledge ends.
     
    I saw a friend the other day
    I had not seen for a while
    when I told him of my problems
    all he did was smile.
     
    Yes it seemed that in our time away
    he encountered much of the same
    the only thing different I do recall
    was the doctors and hospital name.
     
    You see the most have problems
    as the days of life go on
    so be careful before you start singing
    that feel sorry for me song.
     
    I’ve seen this more and more since then
    so more cautious I try to be
    yes the person who might look quite well
    could be hurting more than me.
     
    Now looks can be deceiving
    so be careful what you might say
    yet it seems to me it is quite safe
    to part with “have a nice day.”

    Roy E. Schepp

  37. Technology Event Focus on Women

    Anthony Putorek (left) Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft is shown with Shanelle Toone, a speaker for the Career Options Event.

    Anthony Putorek (left)  Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft is shown with Brenda Cross, one of the speakers for the Career Options for Women Interested in Technology Event planned for November 13.

    Southside Virginia Community College will sponsor an event “Career Options for Women Interested in Technology” on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center located at 118 East Danville Street, South Hill, VA 23970.  The event will feature dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 6 p.m. 

    The members of the panel are women working in the Information Technology Industry.   Brenda Cross, is a Microsoft scholar and intern working as a data center technician locally, and Shanell Toone, is a cabling technician for IES at the Microsoft Data Center.  These women will offer insight into the program offered through SVCC and career opportunities available for women in this industry.   There will be an overview of career options in the computer and technology fields including Datacenter Networking, Computer Desk Help, Computer Support Specialist, Graphic Design and others. 

    Other speakers will include Kathy Brown with Microsoft, Amanda Twisdale with Perspecta, Judy Green with Century Link, Ashley Barrett with Red Hat and moderator Kelly Arnold.   

    Please sign up by contacting Kelly Arnold at 434-955-2252 or Kelly.arnold@southside.edu.

  38. NCCER Careers and Construction Month

    Careers and Construction Month, recognized in October, is a nationwide celebration that provides recognition of the career opportunities that exist in the construction industry. It is led by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and its Build Your Future initiative to increase public awareness and inspire the next generation of craft professionals.

    With shortages of craft professionals across the country, now is the time to promote construction careers in every state. Recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month generates publicity for the construction industry and helps promote career opportunities to individuals who may not have otherwise considered construction as a career choice.

    GCHS Career and Technical Education Department Trade and Industry classes and instructors recognized Careers and Construction Month with a series of activities during the week of October 26- November 2, 2018.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 the Annual Careers and Construction Professional Development Meeting was held in the GCHS Eagles' Cafe. The event included business and industry partners from the Emporia –Greensville community, local city and county government officials, school division administration and the faculty of GCHS.  Highlights of the event were Proclamation Presentations by Takisha Carr, representative from the office of Delegate Roslyn Tyler, 75th District and Beverly Howell, representative from the office of Mayor Mary Person, City of the Emporia.  Recognitions were made by Tyee Mallory, Outreach Director from the office of United States Senator Tim Kaine. The speaker for the event was Mr. Jordan Gregory Doyle, Greensville County High School Class of 2010 alumni. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University with an associate degree in architectural drafting and Bachelor of Science degree in building and construction technology.

    Mr. Doyle was a completer of the drafting program at Greensville County High School (GCHS). Dual enrollment credits earned at GCHS allowed enabled him to earn an associate degree at Norfolk State University (NSU) after 1 year.  He made the cover of the advertisement brochure for the building construction technology program for the University. Additionally, while attending NSU, Mr. Doyle was granted an opportunity to assist with the redesign of the Chrysler Hall (museum) in Norfolk, Virginia.  The remodeling project that he and his classmate completed as interns was estimated at approximately $6 million dollars. It was with this internship he was fortunate in having his name placed on a plaque on the museum walls at Chrysler Hall.  As a NSU student, he was also afforded opportunities to work on design projects for multiple business by performing completion jobs for blue prints, ramps, steps, doors, and windows throughout Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

    After graduation in May 2014, Mr. Doyle obtained a job with Architectural Graphing Industries, in Virginia Beach, VA, where he was a designer and framer with the illumination of signage from top to bottom to include LED lighting. He was involved in the development of signs from start to finish:  start of a design, design approval, running the illumination lighting with quality assurance completion, loading of the sign being delivery and watching the sign depart for display at businesses. He designed signage for Hertz, Firestone, Mercedes, Lincoln, and Nissan.

    Currently, Mr. Doyle is employed by Team Fishel, a contracting agency for Dominion Energy, as a distribution designer. He designs OH power lines to run underground to provide power to homes throughout Eastern Virginia.  This important work involves designing power lines, calculating loads and the voltage that is required to provide power to homes in order to transition from power lines on light poles above ground to power lines beneath the ground.

    GCHS was excited and proud to celebrate Careers and Construction Month with one of their own, Mr. Jordan Doyle.

  39. Alumni in the Spotlight

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    One of the most gratifying aspects of my position as President of Southside Virginia Community College is receiving feedback from former students and hearing their stories. SVCC’s first class, which graduated in 1973, consisted of 11 students. The numbers have grown significantly since then, exceeding one thousand in each of the past six years. So far, we’ve accrued more than twenty thousand alumni.

    Every week SVCC shines the spotlight on one of these alumni by posting a story about his or her accomplishments on our website. We also mention them on message boards at both main campuses and post the information in hallways as an encouragement to current students. I’d like to tell you about some of these amazing people.

    Chris, a Chesterfield native, is an alum of SVCC’s Diesel Technician Training Program. He says, “I obtained a job with Carter Machinery within two weeks of my graduating from the program and have been there for seven-plus years. My income has doubled in that time and I am loving my job.”

    Melody earned an Associate of Applied Science in Data processing from SVCC. After graduating, she was hired as an Administrative Assistant by the Commonwealth Regional Council, which serves five counties. Melody now serves as the Council’s Executive Director.

    Jamall, who hails from Blackstone, graduated from SVCC’s Power Line Worker program. He currently works for Southside Electric Cooperative and recently competed in the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s and Equipment Operation Rodeo.

    Tara, who graduated from Halifax County High School, pursued a nursing credential through SVCC’s Practical Nursing program. She reports, “Through my training at SVCC, I obtained a good, steady job that I have been employed at for fifteen years!”

    LaWanda, a Lawrenceville native, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services along with a Career Studies Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. She currently works as a program manager for parents and teachers and serves as a mentor. “My experience at SVCC was awesome and inspiring,” LaWanda says. “I felt I could go out into the world and do great things.”

    If you’d like to read more about these and other former students featured in the Alumni Spotlight, visit Southside.edu.

    Then, as your family and friends gather this year to give thanks for life’s blessings, would you do me a favor? Would you ask if anyone has a story to share about the ways SVCC may have helped them pursue their academic or workforce training goals? And, if you think anyone’s story should be shared with the whole community, please let me know. Send your Alumni Spotlight suggestions to me at al.roberts@southside.edu or call 434-949-1000.

    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 al.roberts@southside.edu.

  40. 2018 4-H Youth Masquerade Dance Highlights

    On Friday, October 26, 2018, Greensville/Emporia 4-H hosted a Youth Masquerade Dance (Halloween Themed) at Greensville Country Ruritan Club. Approximately 60 youth and teens from Greensville/Emporia were in attendance. We would like to sincerely thank Greensville County Ruritan Club​ for allowing us to host our event at the clubhouse and for allowing us to use their facility. We would also like to thank Greensville County Sheriff's Office for watching out for us over the course of the night to ensure our youth had a fun and safe night! Also, a huge thank you goes out to adult volunteers and the Greensville/Emporia 4-H Teen Club members for serving as teen leaders during the dance and helping to decorate for the event. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing the night away and making memories with new and old friends.

    Greensville/Emporia 4-H is open to all community youth between the ages of 5-19 and their families. 4-H is America’s largest youth development program, which empowers nearly six million young people across the United States with skills to lead for a lifetime. The majority of local 4-H youth development programs are offered at a low-cost or are free-of-charge. Greensville/Emporia 4-H offers youth the opportunity to become positive role models in their community, teen leaders and good citizens, while learning how to cook, eat healthy, exercise, care for animals, care for the environment, participate in 4-H shooting sports, and much more! Contact 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Hannah Parker, at 434-348-4223 or hdp2513@vt.edu to learn more about local 4-H activities.

    For more photos from the event, please check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EmporiaGreensville4H

    Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson smile for a photo before heading out to the dance floor. Pictured (left to right): Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson

    New 4-H friends, Talynn Robinson (left) and Isaiah Williams (right), have fun dancing together and celebrating Halloween at the Masquerade Dance. Pictured (left to right): Talynn Robinson and Isaiah Williams

    Trick or Treat? These ladies were ready for Halloween! Pictured from left to right: Jordanne Morgan and Hailey Sowards

    Several youth stop to take a photo with friends during the 4-H Masquerade Dance. Pictured from left to right: Mandy Johnson, Jaylen Easley (front), Cashlyn Meade, Jadeyn Mobley, Hailey Sowards, Lenleigh Cifers, Jekya Fields, and Malina Wilson

        

    Fun on the dance floor

  41. Interior Department to Commemorate Four Hundred Years of African-American History

    Fifteen Federal Commission Members Appointed to Lead the Anniversary Commemoration in 2019

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of a 15-member commission to coordinate the commemoration of the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619.

    The 400 Years of African-American History Commission, established by Congress on January 8, 2018, will plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States to recognize and highlight 400 years of African-American contributions. The bill had bipartisan support, and included sponsors from 23 States and the District of Columbia.

    “I am honored to appoint this group to oversee such an important milestone in African-American history,” said Secretary Zinke. “As with President Trump’s recent designation creating Camp Nelson National Monument, as well as with the five historic sites designated into the African American Civil Rights Network this past year, this commission will help expand the understanding and appreciation of all facets of African-American history and culture.”

    Commission members, many of whom are leaders in the African-American history community, are appointed by the Secretary to serve for the life of the commission, through July 1, 2020. The Secretary received recommendations from governors, members of congress, civil rights and historical organizations, and the Smithsonian Institution. Support for the commission will be provided by the National Park Service. The new commission members include:

    • Mr. Terry E. Brown, Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service, Virginia
    • Mr. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; former President, Chicago Historical Society; Former Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
    • Mr. Ron Carson, Founder, Appalachian African-American Cultural Center; Black Lung Program Director, Stone Mountain Health Services, Pennington Gap, Virginia
    • Ms. Kenya Cox, NAACP Kansas State President; Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor, Wichita, Kansas
    • Reverend Nora “Anyanwu” Cox, Minister and Founder, Holy Spirit Healing Ministry; Retired Nurse; Community Advocate and Activist, Wichita, Kansas
    • Dr. Rex Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Former Vice President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Board of Trustees, Fort Monroe Authority, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Mr. Ted Ellis, Artist and Cultural Historian; Art Ambassador, National Juneteenth Organization, Friendswood, Texas (formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana)
    • Mr. Glenn Freeman, President, Omaha Chapter, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a patriotic, civic organization; retired decorated Air Force Chief Master Sergeant; Omaha, Nebraska
    • Dr. Joseph Green, Jr., Pastor, and Co-Founder Antioch Assembly; Founder/CEO, Josiah Generation Ministries; Founder, The 2019 Movement, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • Mr. Hannibal Johnson, Attorney, Author, and Independent Consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion/cultural competence issues and non-profit governance, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Mr. Kenneth Johnson, CEO, Johnson, Inc., Richmond-based marketing and communications firm;  Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
    • Mr. Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Mr. George Martin, Managing Partner, McGuireWoods law firm, Richmond office; Member, 2019 Commemoration (VA) Steering Committee, Richmond, Virginia
    • Dr. Myron Pope, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma; Adjunct Instructor, Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Oklahoma; Advisory Board Member, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Edmond, Oklahoma

    “Fort Monroe plays a significant role as the site of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America and later, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War,” said Superintendent Brown. “During this anniversary we are honored to lead the conversation about the resilience and contributions of African Americans, including the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States.”

    The commission is expected to begin meeting later this year and begin to encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, economic, and other organizations to come together to participate in anniversary activities.

  42. Ground Broken for new SVCC Learning Resources Center

    Those “breaking ground” for the new building at Southside Virginia Community College's Christanna Campus are (Left to Right) Darren Hayes and Keisha Carr, representing Delegate Roslyn Tyler; Bill Thompson of the architectural firm Thompson and Litton; Senator Frank Ruff; Elizabeth Sharrett, Chair of SVCC Local Board; Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President; Barbara Jarrett-Harris, Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors; Robbie Pecht, President of the SVCC Foundation Board; and Brandon Spencer, Executive Vice President for Kenbridge Construction.

    Since construction is underway on the new, two-level Student and Learning Resources Center on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, the College Local Board moved the official groundbreaking October 24, 2018 inside as a symbolic celebration of the new structure. The 45,000 square foot, 12-million-dollar building will be home to the relocated library and will have a performance space, food service area, beautiful student study and lounge areas, a workout room for students and employees and a welcome area. It will also house a career center, a veteran’s center, a credentialing center, and an IT networking and security training laboratory. Existing services to be relocated to the facility include student services, financial aid, admissions and records, and IT Services. The Ground Breaking ceremony was held during the annual board event that included many area partners who work to help SVCC meet its goals. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.

  43. City Voters Demand Change, County Voters Happy With Status-quo

    Both of the incumbents in City Council Districts One and Seven have been unseated.

    Rev. Clifton Threat easily won his race against long term City Council Member Carolyn Carey. Carey, who had previously indicated that she would not run lost to Threat 171-133.

    In District 7 Yolanda Hines narrowly defeated Mark Mitchell. Mitchell was appointed to fill the term of Debra Dixon, who moved to another community and was ineligible to serve on the City Council here in Emporia.

    Both Threat and Hines ran on a platform of Jobs and the Economy. Hines ran as a Democrat, while Threat ran as an independent and was endorsed by the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee.

    In the race for the Greensville County Board of Supervisors seat left vacant upon the death of Dr. Margaret Lee, William "Bill" Cain is the unofficial winner by a margin of only 10 votes over Richard Pearson, who was also endorsed by the Emporia-Greensville Democrats. Also running in that Board of Supervisors race were recent appointee Jacqueline Jordan (20% vote share) and Andrew Weaver (13% vote share).

    In the race for United States Senate, Tim Kaine won reelection over Corey Stewart by a large margin. As the race progressed Stewart released several ads that have been called gear-mongering and pandering. Kaine won statewide by a margin of 15 percentage points. Kaine carried the City of Emporia nearly two-to-one and had a 20 percentage point winning margin in Greensville County.

    A. Donald McEachin will return to Washington as the member of the United States House of Representatives for the Fourth Congressional District. While the margins of victory in the city and county were very similar to those posted by Senator Kaine, nearly two-to-one and 20 percentage points respectively, the statewide margin of victory was nearly 20 percentage points.

    All of the election night results are unofficial until the Wednesday canvass and certification by the local Boards of Election. Given the modern methods of voting, these unofficial results are unlikely to change.

  44. Newcomb-Smith House on Christmas Tour

    The Riparian Woman’s Club is excited to include the home of Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith on the Christmas Home Tour to be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. It is a home that many locals are familiar with and will be thrilled to see all the antiques throughout the home. It is located at 208 Church Street.

    Sometimes referred to as the “Tillar House,” or the “Virginia Green House,” the two story, brick colonial house situated on the northeast corner of Church and Ingleside streets, was built in 1928 by William T, Tillar, Jr. and member of a prominent Emporia family. From what can be determined, the original home had four rooms downstairs, four rooms upstairs, three and a half bathrooms and a full, walk-out basement. In the 1940’s, Mr. Tillar added a two story addition to the back of the house. The top story of the addition, which is on the same level as the main floor of the original dwelling, is a large, eat-in kitchen with a walk-in pantry, laundry closet and half bath. The bottom story is a single car garage accessible from Ingleside Street, and is open to the basement.

    In the 1990’s, another two story addition was added to the back of the previous addition by Virginia Green, a former Zigfield Follies girl who owned the house at that time. The upper level of this addition is a large bedroom and bathroom.  A recreation room is below.

    The present day home, purchased in 2011 by current owners, Steve Smith and Kenny Newcomb, features four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, an eat-in kitchen, recreation room, two additional half baths, an office, a garage and a basement.

        

    The interior of the home is eclectically decorated with a mixture of old and new furnishings of different styles and materials collected over the past thirty years by the owners.  When entering the home through the front door, the formal dining room is accessed through the French doors to the left. Featured here is a large, leaded crystal chandelier purchased in Germany by its original owner. Displayed in the china cabinets are many pieces of Noritake and Occupied Japan china, Waterford crystal and silver.

    To the right, is the formal living room. The focal point of the room is the cherry baby grand piano. Built-in shelves, a serpentine curio cabinet, and the fireplace mantel display many interesting objects, books and lamps, many of which are vintage. Many family photographs and an original oil painting can also be found here. French doors next to the fireplace lead out to the columned screened porch which runs the depth of the original part of the house.

    Toward the back of the house and to the left is the family room, a rectangular shaped room with a three-sided bump-out. The décor here is oak, leather and iron. A stained glass window set into the sixteen inch thick wall separating the family room and kitchen gives an added touch of color. Some of the artwork on the walls here are prints by local artists.

    The remaining two rooms on the main floor of the house are the large eat-in kitchen and the master bedroom. Shelves in the kitchen display more objects collected over the years: figurines, cookie jars, decanters, and even an old juke box controller. A door at the back of the kitchen leads to the master bedroom, a large room with its own bathroom and walk-in closet. The room is decorated with a mix of antique and traditional style furniture.

    Ken and Steve look forward to showing you their beautifully decorated home. A must see.

    Others whose homes on tour are Mary Ann Renner, John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons, and Fortsville, proprietors, David and Jessica Yoder.

    Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

  45. Saturday Auction Could Be Record Breaker

    Potential to be the city’s largest ever storage auction

    EMPORIA, VA – An upcoming auction at Emporia Storage could produce a record number of units for sale, marking the most ever auctioned in the city in a single day.

    The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on , Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Climate-controlled units are also expected to be included. A common thought among seasoned storage unit buyers is that climate-controlled units can contain higher-quality items that the owner felt deserved weather protection. While that cannot be guaranteed in this auction, it is often true.

    The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847, next to BB&T, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its third location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

    Current expectations are that this auction will see more units sold than ever before in one day at Emporia Storage or anywhere in the city. Multiple units will be auctioned. The exact number of units will not be available until the day before the auction, but current trends are predicting several dozen at least. During this cash only sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

    Gates open at 9 a.m. for registration. The auction begins at 10 a.m. In this absolute auction, units will be sold "as is, where is" and contents must be removed by the winning bidder by 6 p.m. that day. A 15% buyers’ premium will apply. Please bring your own locks, as you are responsible for security of your units upon winning the bid.

    The auction will be conducted by Carla Cash Harris, Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

  46. Jackson-Feild Children Conduct Breast Cancer Walk

    The residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services conducted an annual Breast Cancer Walk for the past five years. This year the event was held on October 30th.

    Students in the on-campus Gwaltney School studied in advance the impact and effects of breast cancer has on women’s health. They prepared posters that were posted around the campus on this topic.

    Some of the children’s lives have been touched by breast cancer and their posters were more personal.

    Residents and staff gathered on a bright, crisp October morning to walk around the circular drive around the campus several times. 

    Funds were raised which were donated to help women who are suffering from this dreaded disease.

  47. VSU Receives $200,000 From USDA to Help Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

    Virginia State University (VSU) will receive $200,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers (SDVFR) in the state. The funding is part of $9.4 million in grants announced on October 12 by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

    The Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP), which is part of Cooperative Extension at VSU, supports SDVFR by equipping them with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions in owning and operating profitable farm businesses.

    “We’re grateful for the funding support from USDA. We will use the funding to continue our training and outreach efforts to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers build successful and sustainable businesses,” said SFOP Director William Crutchfield.  

    The grant money will be used to support an array of the SFOP’s programming such as workshops, conferences, field days and farm tours, as well as the one-on-one training that the SFOP provides to SDVFR located in areas from the Northern Neck to the South West region of Virginia where there is a high concentration of SDVFR. The grant will enable them to provide support to an additional 10 counties in southwest Virginia bringing the total to 74. 

    Funds will also be used toward a new high tunnel project that will be completed in early spring 2019 and two mobile demonstration units. Both projects also support training and education of SDVFR. Yet another important SFOP initiative is to create awareness and increase participation by SDVFR in USDA farm programs. 

    This USDA funding is available through its Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also called the 2501 Program) managed by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). The 2501 Program was created through the 1990 Farm Bill. In a release, Secretary Purdue said, “The 2501 grants ensure veterans and underserved farmers and ranchers are well positioned to start their careers in agriculture and continue to give back to the American people. These resources will help strengthen the American economy and provide assistance for those who need it most.”

    VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program aims to encourage and assist limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and military veteran farmers and ranchers to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently, to participate in agricultural programs and improve their overall farm management skills. The SFOP provides outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, available USDA farm programs and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability. The program provides educational programming in approximately 74 Virginia counties, which have the highest concentrations of limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers in the state. For more information, visit https://www.ext.vsu.edu/small-farm-outreach-program/.

    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.

  48. Clara Inez Whitby

    Clara Inez Whitby, 66, of Emporia, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Lonzie and Clara Tomlin and was also preceded in death by her younger brother, William “Popeye” Tomlin for whom she was loving primary caregiver during his lifetime.

    Inez is survived by her husband, Richard E. Whitby, Sr.; son, Richard Whitby, Jr.; daughter, Mary Lou Whitby Phelps (Craig); grandsons, Jonathan Taylor Whitby and Dalton Camm Whitby and his mother, Rhonda Wells Fitchett; granddaughters, Dallas Morgan Phelps and Savannah Nicole Phelps; god-daughter, Adrienne Doyle and two brothers, Willie “Tiny” Tomlin and Temple Tomlin.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 6. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or through their website, www.stjude.org.

  49. Jerry Semones

    Jerry Semones, our beloved husband, father and grandfather “crossed the bar” October 31, 2018.  The poem “Crossing the Bar” by Lord Tennyson expressed his feelings of final departure.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years Delores (Dede); daughters Angela Adams (Johnie), Sarah Semones (Kenny), Mary Ligon (Benny); grandchildren Logan Adams, Mary Katherine Pratt, Laine Elliott,  William Pratt and his beloved dog Sophie.  His family was his greatest love and pride.

    Jerry was born in Pulaski, Virginia to James Guy Semones and Ella Jane Williams Semones on February 5, 1939 and raised in Wytheville, Virginia.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University and started working for Sussex County Schools in 1961 as a teacher and coach.  He later became the director of instruction, and in 1969, after the untimely death of William J. Mayes, he became the youngest public school superintendent in the state of Virginia at the age of 30.

    He had a wonderful career and with William J. Story (Assistant Superintendent) and Herbert Winn (Director of Instruction) focused his efforts at open governance, recruiting excellent personnel, improving academics, and establishing a first-class sports program.  Jerry’s proudest achievement was implementing desegregation in the Sussex County school system.  Jerry was also active in promoting education at the State level.  Another of his achievements was working closely with the state superintendent to facilitate the passage of legislation prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools.

    Jerry was a man of all seasons and a true gentleman who always saw the best in people.  Jerry was an active member of the Emporia Country club for 57 years.  He loved the game of golf where he had been a scratch player and enjoyed playing the 19th with his buddies.  He loved to bird hunt, and he traversed many miles with his friend Herb Winn through the cut-overs in Sussex County.  Jerry was an avid reader of history and politics.  He also loved to socialize with his friends often hosting Wednesday night dinners at the Harrell’s Mill Pond cabin.

    The family would like to thank all his care givers for their compassionate care.  At Jerry’s request, there will not be a service.  Instead, the family will host a ‘celebration of life’ at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department would be welcome. 

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

  50. Floss Cutting Ceremony To Celebrate New CMH Family Dental Clinic Opening

    Most everyone knows flossing is very important to proper dental hygiene, but did you know floss is also a great way to celebrate a grand opening?

    The brand new CMH Family Dental Clinic will be holding a Floss Cutting Ceremony on Monday, November 19th at 5:00 pm at the clinic’s entrance which is outside the C.A.R.E. Building on the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital campus located at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

    An open house will follow at the Dental Clinic where visitors may tour the brand new space and meet the staff of the clinic.

    “We are excited to be working with the VCU School of Dentistry to bring this new family dentistry practice to VCU Health CMH to help fill the provider gap caused by the recent retirement of some dentists in our service area.  We recognize the valuable services the existing community dentists have been providing in this region for decades and hope to develop strong collegial working relationships with them all,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

    The CMH Family Dental Clinic will open for business on Monday, November 26th at 8:00 am at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue.  Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment.

    The CMH Family Dental Clinic was made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. 

    The Virginia Health Care Foundation awarded the grant to VCU Health CMH because the CMH Family Dental Clinic will be serving, in part, an at-risk patient population. The Clinic will participate in Medicaid’s Smiles For Children Program and will also see patients who qualify for CMH’s indigent and charity care programs.

    “VCU Health CMH’s new Family Dental Clinic will bring greatly needed and affordable access to dental and oral health services to this part of Virginia, which is a Dental Professional Shortage Area. This is at the heart of our mission and we are delighted to be a partner in this exciting endeavor,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation.

    Additional support was provided by donations from Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Dominion Energy.

  51. Margaret Veliky Dianis

    Margaret Veliky Dianis, 90, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John and Anna Veliky and was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Matthew Dianis and her four brothers. Mrs. Dianis is survived by four sons, Matthew Dianis, Jr. and special friend, Evelyn, David Dianis, George Dianis and wife, Debbie, and Walter Dianis and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Mandy Jones and husband, Dwayne, Andrea Horsley and husband, Alex, and Morgan and Daniel Dianis; great-granddaughter, Jamison Jones and great-grandson, Ben Horsley; five godchildren, Wayne Veliky, Betty Lou Seward, Linda R   upp, Andy Hromyak and Suzanne Conway and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3 at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church with interment to follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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