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Governor Terry McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency As Winter Storm Approaches

RICHMOND, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the major snow storm that is forecast to hit the Commonwealth starting tomorrow.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia.

“Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days. 

“Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out.”

To prepare for the storm:

  • The Virginia Emergency Operations Center has additional response team members to coordinate the state’s response to the storm.
  • The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is coordinating conference calls between the National Weather Service, state agencies and local governments.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation is treating roads in some parts of the Commonwealth, and crews will be out in full force for snow removal as the storm arrives. Roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared first.  VDOT has adequate supplies for this storm. 
  • The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 personnel on state active duty to support emergency response operations.  Virginia Guard personnel will be alerted to begin staging and expect to be in place Wednesday so they are able to rapidly respond if needed.
  • The Virginia State Police will extend shifts and have additional troopers on patrol to expedite response times to traffic crashes and disabled motorists. 

Citizens should:

  • Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
  • A three-day supply of food includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
  • Have a battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information.  Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
  • Always run generators outside in well-ventilated areas.  Never use a portable generator in any enclosed or partially enclosed space.
  • Only travel if absolutely necessary.  Roads can become very hazardous very quickly.  Always wear a seatbelt, and know road conditions before you leave.  Road condition information is available 24/7 by calling 511 or going to
  • Have emergency supplies in your vehicle.  If you are stranded you will need water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum. 
  • Avoid overexertion while shoveling snow and cleaning up from the storm, no matter your age or physical condition.  Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
  • If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters or are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family, call 211 or visit  When you call 211, a trained professional will suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide.
  • Get winter weather preparedness information at and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.

OBITUARY-Neal Moss-Updated Visitation and Service Times

Neal Moss, 56, of Emporia, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014. He was the son of the late Romie and Carrie Moss. He is survived by a son, Brent Moss, a daughter, Brandy Moss; three sisters, Pam Moss Gregory, Carolyn Moss Harkness and Beverly Moss; four brothers, Roy Moss, Randy Moss, Glenn Moss and Wesley Moss, a half-brother, William Moody and numerous nieces and nephews. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER  The family will now receive friends 6-8 p.m. FRIDAY, February 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. SATURDAY, February 15 at Emporia Cemetery.

Chicken Muddle Fundraiser

The Greensville Co Farm Bureau Women's Committee would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to each and every one that purchased chicken muddle on Saturday February 8, 2014.  The fundraiser was a joint effort between the Women's Committee and Three Creeks Hunt Club.  We would like to sincerely thank the Stew Master Trio:  Randy Wright, Charles Howerton, and Lee Seymour.  They were fantastic to work with and without them the event would not have been possible.  We would also like to thank Lee Seymour for his sales to his dedicated regular customers.  Our committee is dedicated to promoting agriculture to our youth as well as the young at heart.  Our "Food Source" depends on our future young farmers.  We cannot stress enough the importance of relying on our Local Farmers for our food rather than having it imported from other countries.   It is activities such as this that enable us to fulfill our mission.


Susan Harrell, Committee Chairman



 (EMPORIA, VA) – Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, having claimed the lives of more women than men each year since 1984, and more than all forms of cancer combined.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills approximately 1,100 women each day, or one every minute, and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease.  Still, only one in five women believes that heart disease is the greatest threat to her health.  

To further complicate the matter, the symptoms that women often experience with heart attack can be much different than the highly publicized symptoms that most men experience.  Shortness of breath, sweating, pressure, nausea/vomiting, back/jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness and/or fainting are all common symptoms of heart attack in women that are all too often dismissed as some other benign illness.  Because women misread these symptoms, care is often delayed which puts the woman’s life at risk.  For this reason, it is vitally important to know one’s risks and make the necessary changes to reduce or eliminate them altogether.  To reduce the risk of heart disease, try making these lifestyle changes:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
  • Maintain/Lower Blood Pressure
  • Maintain/Reduce Cholesterol
  • Know Your Family History
  • Be Active
  • Maintain A Healthy Weight
  • Eat Healthy

In 2003, the American Heart Association launched Go Red for Women to educate all Americans about the risk of heart disease.  Since that time, much progress has been made, but the battle against heart disease continues.  Held each year on the first Friday in February, this national campaign provides women and men across the country an opportunity to show their support for this life-saving movement by showing off their favorite red dress, shirt, or tie. 

On Friday, February 7th, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) staff participated in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women day.  SVRMC participants were asked to wear their favorite red article of clothing to join in the national celebration and remind women that cardiovascular disease in not just a “man’s” disease.  In addition to wearing red, staff had the opportunity to wear their favorite jeans for a $5.00 donation.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff raised a total of $480.00 that will benefit the American Heart Association.


Kindnapped Dog Found

Kidnapped Dog Found Safely.

Not kidnapped after all.  Was rescued from busy highway by wonderful people in Virginia Beach who we are now very good friends with.


Battle Follows Tough Act at SVCC

Bernadette Battle faced a tough act to follow when promoted at Southside Virginia Community College recently.  When Judy Shepherd, former Director of Counseling on the Christanna Campus, retired last spring after 40 years of service to the College, she left a void that was not easy to fill.

Fortunately for Southside, Battle was waiting in the wings and ready to follow in Judy’s footsteps.  Bernadette, or “Bern” as she is affectionately known, joined the Southside family in 1999 as Student Activities Coordinator and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility. She says she is “humbled and honored to accept the torch of leadership from my friend and mentor.” Bern, who describes herself as “a student-centered administrator,” credits Judy with preparing her to assume the responsibilities of her new position and is “also grateful for the support of the entire student development team and College administration.”

Throughout her tenure at Southside, Bern has been recognized for her outstanding professionalism and superior performance. She has been responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous activities and programs that contribute to student engagement and success.

Additionally, she has served the Virginia Community College System as an active member of several state-wide committees and workgroups. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Bern represented the College at both the Classified Leadership Academy and the Faculty and Administrative Leadership Academy, received the Chancellor’s Fellowship, and selected twice by her peers to receive the VCCA Showcase Award. 

According to Judy, her former supervisor, Bern “truly lives the College mission in the fullest sense.  She is an advocate for students, helping them to find the very best that they have.”

Battle received her B.S. in Human Ecology from Virginia State University and her Master of Education in Counseling from the same institution.  She completed the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and also has taken course work towards n Ed.D. in Community College Leadership. 

She resides in Emporia Virginia with her husband, Preston, and two children, P.J. and Brooke.

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