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July 2019



The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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  1. Yasir Al-Khalili, MD Joins VCU Health CMH

    South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Neurologist Dr. Yasir Al-Kahalili to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Al-Kahalili specializes in Neuro Science.

    Dr. Al-Kahalili earned his MD with honors for excellence in research from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Genetics from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

    Dr. Al-Kahalili received the Golden Apple Award in 2018 by Drexel University College of Medicine, making him nationally recognized for teaching in medicine. He completed his residency from the Drexel Neurosciences Institute at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

    Dr. Al-Kahalili is joining Dr. Carlos A. Williams at VCU Health Commonwealth Neuro Specialists, located at 501 Lombardy Street in South Hill, VA. To schedule an appointment, call (434) 447-9033.

  2. Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

    Groundsman Logging:  Possess valid drivers license; responsible for securing/fastening steels cables or chains around the logs to be put on tractor trailers. Assist the foreman in completion of jobs.  Complete maintenance of equipment and keeping accurate records. Clean up timber after it is cut and must ware steel toe boots.  JO#1708843

    CDL-A Truck Driver: Must be at least 21; have current CDL-A license and a minimum 2 years truck driving experience. JO#11697192

    Manager in Charge:  Posses HSD/GED and a minimum of 1 year management experience. Will open/close store, handle cash, running food and labor goals. Be able to pass background check. Positions available in South Hill, Franklin, Windsor & Smithfield. JO #1703736

    Cook: Must have minimum of 1 yr. restaurant cooking experience. Will use ovens, broilers, grills and roasters. Ensure freshness of foods and inspect and clean food preparation areas. JO#1709911

    CDL-A Truck Driver:  Will drive tractor-trailer combination or truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight. May be required to unload truck.  Must have a clean driving record and minimum of 3 years experience and at least age 25.  JO#1708894.


    The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

    La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de portunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedido para personas con discapacidades

  3. New SVCC Local Board Chair Welcomes New SVCC President

    J. Wesley Shepherd (Left), newly selected Chair of the Southside Virginia Community College Local Board, welcomes Dr. Quentin Johnson,(Right) new president of the college, to his first board meeting on July 10, 2019.  Shepherd, Market Executive for Touchstone Bank, has served on the board since 2015 and represents Nottoway County.  Dr. Johnson began his duties on July 1, 2019 and is the sixth president in the history of SVCC.

  4. David A. Grizzard

    June 25, 1934-July 14, 2019


    Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd.
    Jarratt, Virginia

    David A. Grizzard, 85, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was the son of the late Franklin and Winifred Grizzard and was also preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Lee Grizzard and a grandson, Brandon Punzalan.

    Mr. Grizzard is survived by his former wife, Jean Grizzard; three daughters, Nancy G. Rose (Norman), Tracy G. Fox (Clarence) and Christy G. Punzalan; son, David Scott Grizzard (Amy); seven grandchildren, Christopher Rose (Jenn), Jonathan David Fox, Collin M. Fox, Ashley Nicole Punzalan, Taylor Marie Punzalan; Harrison David Grizzard and Emma Claire Grizzard; great-grandchildren, Penelope Clementine Rose, Eamon Sawyer Rose, Deklan and Quinn Cauthorne; longtime devoted friend Hazel Stallings, and sister-in-law, Lois S. Grizzard.

    The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

    The family extends their heartfelt gratitude for the love and care shown to David in his later days by the nurses and caregivers at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at

  5. Betty Jean Ogburn

    April 30, 1940 - July 10, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12 noon to 2 p. m.

    Faith Baptist Church
    951 W. Atlantic St.
    Emporia, Virginia

    Saturday, July 13, 2019, 2 p. m.

    Faith Baptist Church
    951 W. Atlantic St.
    Emporia, Virginia

    Betty Jean Ogburn, 79, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Virginia Dunlow Balmer. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis, Donnie, and Marshall Balmer.

    Mrs. Ogburn is survived by her husband, Johnny C. Ogburn, three sons, Michael Pair (Bernadette), Darryl Pair (Amy) and Eddie Ogburn (Brandy); grandchildren, Curt, Stephanie, Lizzie and Exia Pair, Brandon Mevins, Sarah Davis, Rachel and Landen Pair and Dylan, E.J. and Jackson Ogburn; three great-grandchildren, Makayla and Luke Pair and Mckenzie Hamilton; three sisters, Virgie Thacker (James), Alice Dean (Edward), Marie Melvin (Marvin); two brothers, Earl Balmer(Mary) and Dennis Balmer (Wendy) and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at


    Seven Traffic Fatalities; 79 DUI Arrests During July 4th Statistical Period

    RICHMOND – Unfortunately, thousands of drunk, speeding and reckless drivers kept Virginia State Police busy and put countless lives at risk during the 2019 July 4th holiday weekend across the Commonwealth. Preliminary reports indicate seven people died in six traffic crashes during the holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 3, 2019 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2019.

    The six fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Highland, Loudoun, Lunenburg, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Spotsylvania. The Spotsylvania County crash on July 5 resulted in two deaths. Altogether, the crashes claimed the lives of four drivers and three passengers. Four of the deceased were not wearing seat belts.

    “Recognizing the potential for more holiday travelers and festivities with July 4th falling on a Thursday this year, we made certain to have every available trooper working Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober.”

    During the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort’s (C.A.R.E.) three-day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers arrested 79 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 5,389 speeders and 1,752 reckless drivers, issued 723 citations for individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. During the holiday statistical counting period, Virginia State Police responded to a total 548 traffic crashes statewide and assisted 1,791 disabled/stranded motorists. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

    “We are at the height of the summer travel season, which is why we need every Virginian committed to being a safe, responsible driver. Please put as much attention into driving, buckling up and complying with speed limits as you do with planning the summer getaway. You and your family’s safety depend on it,” said Colonel Settle.

  7. “Do You See What I See”

    If one asked what seemed most humorous
    You’d get a wide range of views
    Yet for me it’s rather simple
    It’s watching the late night news.
    Yes just flip on thru the channels
    To the one you may prefer
    You’ll hear about all our government’s promises
    That most likely won’t occur.
    They will talk about Presidential decisions
    And the rating points he will lose
    Yet he will still be called the President
    Even by those that didn’t choose.
    Popularity polls shouldn’t run our country
    By the President’s loss or gain
    You see whenever he guesses wrong
    We’re the ones that feel the pain.
    Why not ask the IRS to do an audit
    Of our friends on Capitol Hill
    Then for all the wasted funding
    Give our Congressmen the bill!
                             - Roy E. Schepp
  8. McEachin Introduces Legislation to Honor Members of the Armed Forces Who Have Died in the Line of Duty

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the introduction of H.R. 3615, the Honor and Remember Flag Recognition Act to honor members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This legislation will designate the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol to acknowledge all such servicemembers. It would require the flag to be displayed at civically important locations, from the U.S. Capitol to national cemeteries to local post offices, and on major holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Congressman McEachin introduced the legislation at the request of Mr. George A. Lutz, a constituent whose son Cpl. George Anthony “Tony” Lutz II, was killed in 2005 while on duty in Fallujah, Iraq.

    “The Honor and Remember Flag should be a nationally recognized symbol,” saidCongressman A. Donald McEachin. “This flag should fly as a form of remembrance and as a sign of our respect for all servicemembers who have given their lives in the line of duty. I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices our men and women in the military—and their families— make to keep us safe at home and abroad. I am proud to have worked with Mr. Lutz on this legislation. Displaying this flag is just one of many ways we can honor the service of our servicemembers, including his son.”

    I am so grateful to Rep. McEachin for his belief in this important legislation,” said George Lutz. “With the recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag our nation will embrace a specific and collective expression of appreciation to each fallen family member, friend and comrade left behind."

  9. A Spoonfull of Sugar...Miss Mary Poppins Comes to Clarksville!

    Mary Poppins, Jr ! A show that's "Practically Perfect in Every Way!" but don't take our word for it, come see for yourself ! Presented by Clarksville Community Players' Childrens Theater Workshop at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center this weekend only! Saturday, July 13 @ 7:30 and Sunday, July 14 @ 3:00. Directed by JoBeth Hardin and Music Directed by Emily Hunt. Tickets available at the theater Box Office Tue-Fri 12:00 - 6:00 for $10.50 or online at for $12.05.

  10. SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $150,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to service-disabled veterans.

    Up to six awardees will use $300,000 in total funding to participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program with grants from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. These funds will be used to cover the costs of educating service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses.

    “Despite challenges they may face, service-disabled veterans have pursued entrepreneurship and established successful companies nationwide,” said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “We look forward to working with the awardees to provide more service-disabled veterans and their families with the training and resources they need to start or grow a small business.”

    Eligible organizations should submit applications for the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program funding opportunity only through . Applications not submitted via will not be evaluated. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development hosts a conference call Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to answer questions related to the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant announcement. Please submit questions in advance to Jerry Godwin at no later than Tuesday, July 9 at 4 pm. EDT.

    The call-in number and access code are:

    • Call in number: (202) 765-1264
    • Conference ID: 13482739#

    Information, including a transcript of the webinar once it is available, will be posted on and


    High School Juniors Experience Academy Life of a VSP Trainee

    RICHMOND – This week 46 high school students from across the Commonwealth experienced life as a Virginia State Police trooper trainee. Today they became the 30th generation of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program, which is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and The American Legion. At a ceremony held at the Virginia State Police Academy in North Chesterfield County, the teenagers were presented their graduation certificates Friday (June 28, 2019) afternoon.

    The 30th Session of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program began Sunday, June 23, 2019. The weeklong training curriculum is for high school students who have completed their junior year. Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety. As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process.

    “This collaborative program is such an invaluable experience for those youth interested in pursuing a law enforcement career,” says Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “The training not only introduces them to the instruction, skillsets and discipline required of today’s public safety professional, but also provides a positive way for our Department to interact one-on-one with today’s youth.”

    Cadet Max Wohlschlegel was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.

    Additional award recipients include:

    Female Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Brienna Romney

    Male Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Liam Skiles

    Virginia State Trooper Counselor’s Award: Cadet Samantha Warren

    The American Legion selects and sponsors the students to represent the organization’s Virginia districts.

  12. Welding by SVCC Offered at Emporia Site

    Southside Virginia Community College will be offering a Welding Certification Training Program August 5 through December 19, 2019. The program will be held at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

    The program curriculum provides both hands-on training and a detailed knowledge based in the most prevalent welding and cutting processes used in industry today. Students will become proficient with metalworking tools used in manufacturing and fabrication, learn to read technical drawings, develop basic hand drafting skills, and train for welding certification tests in structural plate and pressure pipe. The welding certificate program provides a firm foundation of skills students will be able to build their career upon.

    Financial assistance may be available and often,  our graduates earn the cost of the program within 4-10 weeks of graduating. Quite a few companies in Southside Virginia hire workers that weld.  Welders are needed in the fields of construction, manufacturing, timber, agriculture, industrial maintenance, motorsports and transportation. If you are willing to travel, there are even more opportunities and higher pay.

    SVCC is a great option in Southside Virginia for welder training. We have state of the art facilities, excellent instructors, free certifications, and low tuition. 

     For more information, visit, contact, or call (434)-949-6614.

  13. Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling

    November 26, 1951 - July 05, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Sunday, July 7, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia 23867

    Monday, July 8, 2019, 2:00 PM

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia 23867

    Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling, 67, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 5, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

    “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:1.)

    Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara; son Zachary (Heather); daughter, Teresa (Mike) along with his grandchildren, Kenny, Mikey, and Katie. He is also survived by brothers, Bob (Debbie), and Tim along with the extended Putnam family and his loving nieces and nephews.

    Steve retired from Dominion Power to enjoy time with family and friends on the farm and at Lake Gaston. He was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Jarratt.

    His journey in this life is over, but he has been an inspiration and entertainer to all he met. The family would like to thank all of the care providers throughout this journey – you were his inspiration.

    The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 8. Interment will be private.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 BlueStar Hwy., Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at

  14. Rev. Dr. William L. "Bill" Tomlinson

    March 9, 1939-July 4, 2019

    Visitation Funeral Service Interment
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00AM
    Concord Baptist Church
    12053 Francisco Rd.

    Farmville, VA 23901 

    Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM
    Concord Baptist Church
    12053 Francisco Rd.

    Farmville, VA 23901 

    Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:00PM
    Lakeview Cemetery
    College Ave at 8th Street

    Blackstone, VA

    The Rev. Dr. William L. Tomlinson (better known to family and friends as “Bill”) went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2019. He was born on March 9, 1939 in Portsmouth, VA.

    He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane Carmack Gracey Tomlinson, his parents, Nellie and Raymond Tomlinson and his younger brother, Ray Tomlinson. He is survived by three sisters-in-law: Linda Tomlinson, Ann Sanderson, and Rebecca Arnason (Charles) and three nieces and three nephews.

    Dr. Tomlinson was a graduate of the University of Richmond (BA), Southeastern Baptist Seminary (M.Div.), and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.). He pastored churches for 50 years in VA and NC. Upon retirement from his last pastorate he was elected Pastor Emeritus of Arlington Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C. In each of his pastorates he was active in both denominational and civic activities.

    Funeral services will be conducted at Concord Baptist Church, 12053 Francisco Rd. Farmville, VA 23901 (for directions see Shorter Funeral Home web site) on July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, VA 23824. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Concord Baptist Church (mail to 6114 Deer Run Rd. Farmville, VA 23901). Shorter Funeral Home is serving the family.

  15. Toomey, Warner Introduce Measure Recognizing September 11th National Memorial Trail

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are working together to further honor the heroes of September 11th, 2001.

    In a bipartisan resolution, Senators Toomey and Warner highlight the significance of the September 11th National Memorial Trail (NMT) – a 1,300 mile network of roads and paths that connect the Pentagon Memorial (Arlington, Va.), the Flight 93 National Memorial (Shanksville, Pa.), the National September 11th Memorial and Museum (New York City, N.Y.), and the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection (Yardley, Pa.). The NMT also passes through parts of Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

    “September 11th, 2001 was one of the darkest days in American history, claiming the lives of thousands of American heroes. Pennsylvania remembers that had it not been for the sacrifice of those who overtook the terrorists on Flight 93, it could have been much worse,” said Senator Toomey. “In the wake of these attacks, the very best of our country shined through. First responders performed extraordinary acts of valor, communities from across the country donated food, blood, and money, and we honored those we lost. The September 11th National Memorial Trail connects key landmarks in a way that helps our country move forward positively and offers solemn remembrance to hallowed grounds.”

    “The September 11th National Memorial Trail provides an opportunity for Virginians to reflect on those we lost and those who sacrificed their lives saving others,” said Senator Warner. “I am proud to know that our resolution will recognize this important trail and continue to honor the brave individuals who fought for our freedom. I encourage folks across the Commonwealth to take some time to appreciate the trail’s natural beauty and remember America’s heroes and their loved ones.”


    Recognizing the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

    Whereas September 11th, 2001, is the date of one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States soil, claiming nearly 3,000 lives at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;

    Whereas the United States came together to honor the loved ones who were victims of the attack and the heroes of September 11th, including the first responders, in the days, weeks, and months after the attack by erecting the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial;

    Whereas, as a further tribute to first responders and the individuals who lost their lives, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, in partnership with State and local governments and other nonprofit organizations, was formed to develop a 1,300-mile trail and greenway to connect the 3 memorials;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail is a biking, hiking, and driving trail that provides a physical link between the 3 memorials;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail passes through Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and the District of Columbia;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail forms an unbroken triangle that links the cities, towns, and communities along the trail that are home to State and local memorials and other significant sites that reflect the spirit of United States patriotism and resilience;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail—

    (1) starts at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia;

    (2) follows the Mt. Vernon Trail and then extends north along the 184-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park;

    (3) connects at Cumberland, Maryland, with the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which the Trail then follows to Garrett in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;

    (4) turns northeast and continues for approximately 21 miles to the Flight 93 National Memorial;

    (5) continues east through the communities and historic sights of Pennsylvania until arriving at the 130-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail in New Jersey, which the Trail then follows to New York City;

    (6) continues to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City;

    (7) returns south, following important sections of the East Coast Greenway and connecting the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection to the trail;

    (8) continues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; and

    (9) ends at the Pentagon Memorial;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail serves as an important recreational and transportation venue for promoting tourism, economic development, healthy bodies and minds, and cultural and educational opportunities;

    Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail has the support of States, local communities, and the private sector;

    Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not confer any affiliation of the Trail with the National Park Service or the National Trails System;

    Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not authorize Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the Trail; and

    Whereas States, local communities, and the private sector are encouraged to join together to complete the September 11th National Memorial Trail: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

  16. McEachin Applauds Announcement of Needed Improvements to Ettrick Amtrak Station

    Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today issued this statement on the news that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has included $5.7 million to upgrade and repair the Ettrick train station.

    “For years I have advocated that these upgrades happen and that Ettrick be the permanent site for the new, modernized and larger Amtrak station,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “This is an outstanding first step. I have written numerous letters asking for Ettrick to be the chosen site and supported a grant request for monies for these improvements. Moreover, I have met with local officials, Amtrak officials and community members to try and facilitate this decision.

    “I want to commend the community and Chesterfield County officials for their unceasing efforts to make this happen.

    “Ettrick, as I have said, is the best location for the new Amtrak station. A station is already on the site and will now be upgraded. Usage of that station and Amtrak has only grown and the present station was clearly too small and outdated. Locating Amtrak permanently in Ettrick not only serves the community, fits into the County’s extensive plans for the area, but also serves Virginia State students.

    “Let me reiterate how pleased I am to see this and to thank everyone involved for working together to make it happen,” Congressman McEachin concluded. 


  17. Virginia About to Restore Driving Privileges to 627,000

    Drivers Licenses can no Longer be Suspended to Force Court Payments

    LYNCHBURG, Va., June 28, 2019 – Starting Monday, courts in Virginia will be prohibited from suspending driving privileges solely for failure to pay court fines and costs.

    The General Assembly passed and Governor Northam signed a bill this year to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses because of unpaid court fines and costs. The budget amendment reinstates, as of Monday, driving privileges for the more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have their licenses suspended.

    Drivers who believe their licenses can be reinstated should make sure the state Department of Motor Vehicles knows their correct address so the DMV can contact them and let them know the steps to be taken. Drivers can provide their correct address by calling a local DMV office or visiting Also:

    • If a driver’s license is current, the holder can resume driving on Monday without any further steps.
    • If a driver no longer has a physical license, the driver must replace it. If the license has expired, the driver must renew it. 
    • If the driver has surrendered his or her license to the DMV, he or she must complete the full application.

    VLAS reminds everyone that the new law does not eliminate the requirement to pay court costs, fines and fees. It only eliminates suspending a driver’s license as a potential punishment. For more information, drivers should visit and


    RICHMOND – With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, many Virginians are planning ahead for a long holiday weekend. Virginia State Police is encouraging everyone to also think ahead for their celebratory travel plans. Last week, state police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement to launch a series of new Public Service Announcements (PSA) to remind motorists that drunk driving kills:


    “Virginia may have experienced fewer alcohol-related crashes in 2018, but those fewer crashes proved more dangerous and deadlier,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Last year in Virginia, alcohol-related fatalities increased by 12.1% in comparison to 2017. Thirty more people died and 45 more people were injured in traffic crashes due to alcohol on Virginia’s highways in 2018. That translates to 278 deaths and 4,475 injuries because of someone’s reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”


    As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the coming holiday weekend, Virginia State Police will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (July 3, 2019) through midnight Friday (July 5, 2019) as part of the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.


    During last year’s two-day Independence Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 42 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers, issued 114 citations for child seat violations, and cited 433 individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up.


    If planning to drink alcohol at a July 4 function, plan ahead and arrange a designated driver, use a rideshare service or taxi, or utilize public transportation to be certain you get home safely.  Party hosts are encouraged to serve guests non-alcoholic beverage options, and to help prevent any guests from drinking and driving home from their event.


    With increased holiday 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, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

  19. SVCC Hosting New Student Orientation in July!!

    All new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer at Southside Virginia Community College! New Student Orientation will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 200 Daniel Rd. Keysville, VA and on the Alberta Campus of SVCC(109 Campus Drive, Albert, VA)on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Registration will start at 9:00am in the Workforce Development Building. Please wear comfortable shoes. Parents and/or mentors are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

    Registration is not required. While at NSO, you can finish your admission process, learn more about SVCC services, win door prizes, and meet SVCC staff. Plan now to attend.  For more information, contact Le’Tina Giles at letina.giles@southside.eduor 434-736-2023.

  20. SVCC Allows Expedited JMU Completion for Feinman

    All through high school, Meredith Feinman of Charlotte Court House, Virginia, was enrolled in college classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  She attended Randolph-Henry High School from 2013 to 2017 and during her sophomore year, decided to take The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia (GSSV) test and was accepted into the program. For the next two years,  Meredith attended GSSV classes on SVCC’s John H. Daniel campus.

    “There was definitely a transition period when I got to Governor’s School where I had to learn to manage my time extremely wisely. The amount and expected quality of work had increased compared to my high school classes, and I wanted to still have time for the extracurricular activities I was involved in,” she said. 

     Meredith was in the Humanities strand of the program and stated, “Since leaving Governor’s School, I’ve rarely had teachers that truly care about and support their students like my GSSV teachers did.”

    After graduating from SVCC in 2017 with her Associate degree of Arts and Science, general studies, with highest honors, Meredith began attending James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

     She said, “Governor’s School and my dual enrollment classes really prepared me for a four-year university. Because of the credits I was able to transfer, I was in classes with juniors and seniors my first semester, and I felt confident. I knew how to study effectively, and I knew how to manage my time.”

    Due to transferred credits form SVCC, Meredith graduated from JMU in just two years.  In May of this year, she received  a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Communication Studies and a minor in General Business.

    Meredith has been accepted into, and will attend, JMU’s Graduate Program for Communication and Advocacy. She also will be working as a graduate assistant in the Communication department during the first year of her program, and she will teach classes for the department during the second year. Meredith is currently interning in SVCC’s Public Relations office and is looking forward to returning to JMU in the fall.

    Her parents are Shannon and Steve Feinman.


    ~ Follows last week’s unanimous consent request, which was blocked by Senate Republicans ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has introduced an amendment to the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require presidential campaigns to report foreign interference in U.S. elections. The amendment introduction follows Sen. Warner’s attempt last week to pass the legislation by unanimous consent, which was blocked by Senate Republicans.

    “Protecting our democracy is a national security issue,” said Sen. Warner. “President Trump’s own FBI Director and Director of National Intelligence have warned that the Russians – and others – will be back in 2020. Then last week, President Trump, sitting in the Oval Office, rolled out the welcome mat for Russia, China or any of our other adversaries to interfere in the 2020 election. So let’s be extra-clear: if a foreign country contacts you to interfere in an U.S. election, you don’t say ‘thank you’ – you call the FBI.”

    Sen. Warner originally introduced the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act last month. The proposed NDAA amendment, based on the FIRE Act, would require presidential campaigns to disclose attempts at foreign elections interference to the appropriate federal authorities at the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

    This amendment requires presidential campaigns to report only contacts with foreign nationals offering explicit assistance that is already forbidden under existing law, or offers to collaborate or coordinate with a foreign government or agent thereof. Routine contacts with foreign nationals, including meetings on official government business, personal conversations, contact with journalists, or contact with non-citizens expressing political views, including conversations with DREAMers, would continue to be exempt from any reporting requirements. 

    The amendment has been co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Angus King (I-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

  22. Breast Health Educational Workshops

    Women of all ages are invited to attend these free educational workshops on breast health, offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Health & Wellness at multiple times and locations this summer.July 10 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.),
    • R.T. Arnold Library, 110 E. Danville St., South Hill, VA

    • July 24 (10 a.m. – 12 noon), Brunswick Co. Public Library, 133 W. Hicks St., Lawrenceville, VA

    • August 7 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Clarksville Public Library, Virginia Ave., Clarksville, VA

    • August 28 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Warren Co. Memorial Library, 1119 S. Front St., Littleton, NC

    In addition to participants will receive a free blood pressure and sugar screening, they will learn about breast health education and breast cancer awareness, self-awareness breast massages, intervention and early detection, who is at risk for breast cancer, how often to have a mammogram, and education on colon cancer.

    For more information, call VCU Health CMH Health & Wellness at 434-774-2541.

    These workshops are funded through a grant from Susan G. Komen Central Virginia and in collaboration with VCU Massey Center’s Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library.

  23. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

    American Heart Association Award recognizes VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital commitment to quality stroke care

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

    “VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Vickey Morgan, RN, BSN, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator at VCU Health Community Memorial. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

    “We are pleased to recognize VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital achieved the recognition of Advanced Primary Stroke Center Disease Specific Certification from the Joint Commission in 2016 and again in 2018. Toward continuing to receive this recognition every two years, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital follows the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines to achieve the Target Stroke awards: In 2016 the Target Stroke Silver Plus Quality Award; in 2017, the Gold Plus Target Stroke Elite Quality Achievement Award; and now the highest achievable award the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.


    RICHMOND (July 2, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 25 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to maintain the current Overdraft Rule that stops banks from hitting consumers with hidden overdraft fees. The current rule permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to such services.Before the Overdraft Rule was put in place, banks could enroll individuals in their overdraft programs automatically and slap them with a fee – usually $35 per transaction – if they overdrafted.

    “As Attorney General, it is my job to protect consumers and that includes making sure that banks do not have the ability to hit their customers with hidden fees,” said Attorney General Herring. “Before this rule went into effect banks were able to enroll someone into an overdraft fee program without that person’s consent, allowing them to make even more money on an overdraft transaction. I hope the CFPB will make the right decision and keep this overdraft rule in place so Virginians can make their own banking decisions.”

    The Overdraft Rule — which went into effect in 2010 — recognized that many consumers received overdraft services by default, but were never given clear information about their options and the fees their financial institutions charge. In fact, some studies released by the CFPB have shown that median fees can cost as much as 68% of median overdrafted transactions. For example, when the median overdrafted transaction was $50, the median fees charged were $34.

    The CFPB’s data shows that only about 16-percent of consumers have chosen to affirmatively opt into overdraft services under the Overdraft Rule, which has benefitted millions of Americans and led to a significant reduction in the total number and amount of overdraft fees.

    In their letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues specifically emphasized that there is no basis to believe that the Overdraft Rule would place any additional economic burden or cost on small financial institutions, and that compliance has both been straightforward and used a model form designed for simplicity and cost-savings. In contrast, the CFPB has not published any data or research to demonstrate any economic burden as a result of the Overdraft Rule. 

    Joining Attorney General Herring in submitting comments to the CFPB were the Attorneys General of New York, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection. 

  25. Boyce Carmines Wornom

    January 10, 1928 - July 1, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Day, Date and Time


    Saturday, July 6, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Main Street Baptist Church
    440 South Main Street
    Emporia, VA 23847

    Boyce Carmines Wornom, 91, longtime resident of Emporia, died on July 1, 2019 surrounded by his family at his home at Lakewood-Westend in Richmond.

    Born on January 10, 1928 in Poquoson, he was the son of Etta Carmines Wornom and William Gibbs Wornom. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edgar Wornom and Hugh Wornom; sister Eloise Henderson; and daughter Barbara and her husband Samuel Adams.

    Mr. Wornom is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Flowers Wornom; daughters Debora Williams of Millwood, Patricia and husband Frederic Gresset of Charlotte NC, Lynda and husband Ross Wright of Ashland; grandchildren Ashton Williams and wife Shelley, Boyce Adams and wife Katie, Anne Williams and husband Matt Peterson, William Adams and wife Whitney, Henri Gresset, Jacques Gresset and wife Kelsey, Ross Wright and wife Sarah, Elliott Wright, Alice Gresset, Owen Wright; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Wendell Wornom and wife Betty, Gerald Wornom and wife Nancy, Stephen Wornom and wife Marie-Jo, Ray Wornom, and many nieces and nephews.

    A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Wornom graduated from the University of Richmond and the T. C. Williams School of Law. He practiced law for over 55 years and was a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Eastern District of Virginia Federal Court, and the Sixth Judicial Circuit Bar of Virginia.

    Mr. Wornom was a member of Main Street Baptist Church of Emporia for over six decades where he served for many years as a Deacon, Trustee and Church Moderator, as well as a Sunday School teacher for men. He was a member of the Emporia Rotary Club for over 50 years where he served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was also recognized for his many years of service as a member of the Board of Directors of Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia.

    Mr. Wornom had a life-long love of flying and was a pilot for over 40 years. His four decades of service as Chairman of the Emporia-Greensville Airport Commission was recognized in 2015 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Department of Aviation. His other interests included tennis, biking, and singing and playing the guitar with family and friends. He was a founding member of the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville and was dedicated to physical fitness even into his 90s.

    A funeral service will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia on Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville or Main Street Baptist Church.



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