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Greensville/ Emporia 2014 4-H Summer Camp spaces still available!

Currently Greensville/ Emporia 4-H is still accepting boys and girls to attend the 2014 4-H summer camp to be held July 21-25th at the beautiful Airfield  4-H Educational Center in Wakefield, VA.  A variety of camp classes, afternoon activities, and special evening programs are great fun for all youth. Camp class examples include swimming, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, canoeing, nature, cooking, fishing, leather craft, sports, performing arts, climbing wall, high ropes and much more! Greensville/ Emporia 4-H Camp is open to all youth 9-13 years that are residents of Greensville/ Emporia. Campers must be 9 years old on or before September 30, 2013.  Older campers are eligible as long as they were no older than 13 as of January 1, 2014. The cost of camp is $200 for the first child, $195 for a second child, and $190 for any additional children. Limited scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is April 11th. Greensville/ Emporia 4-H camp is the perfect way for your child to have a new, exciting experience this summer while making friends that will last a lifetime. Please contact the Greensville/ Emporia Extension Office for further information (434) 348-4223 or


Local Minister Retires

Reverend Dr. Ulysses S. Ross, pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in White Plains, VA., retires after 35 years of service.  His past pastoralship includes: 8 years of service to Baltimore Baptist Church in Warrenton, N. C., 12 years of service to Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, VA., and 11 years of service to Friendship Baptist Church in Kenbridge, VA.  His employment career includes 20 years of service with the Administrative Office of the courts as a Magistrate.  It also includes service on local boards such as Warren County Planning Board, Warren County Pollution Control and Financing Authority, Domestic Violence Board, Kerr-Tar Economic Development Board, Triangle North Economic Development Board, Halifax Elected Membership Cooperative Board.  He is now serving on Warren County Board of Commissioners and Lake Gaston Weed Control Council.  He is a member of Lake Gaston Association and he is a Master Mason.

Emporia City Council Meeting

The Emporia City Council met briefly on Tuesday evening.  On the agenda were several appointments and one appropriation ordinance.

There were no nominations to fill a vacancy on the Industrial Development Authority, so the item was tabled until the next meeting.

Two members, Veronica Leach and Edward V. Lankford IV, of the Emporia Redevelopment and Housing Authority, whose terms were expiring, were reappointed

Alton F. Owen Jr. has resigned his position on the Southside Virginia Education Center Board of Directors, but there were no nominations, so the matter was tabled until the next meeting.

Nancy B. Squire has resigned her positions on both the Planning Commission and the Airport Commission; those positions were filled by Rev. Clifton Threat and Dale Temple.

Rick Franklin's term on the Recreation Advisory Board has expired, and he did not wish to be reappointed; Council Member Carol Mercer was appointed in his place.  Council Members Deborah Lynch and Doris White were both reappointed, as was Edward V. Lankford, IV.

The last item on the public agenda was the appropriation of $43,350 for the renovation and repair of the burn building used for training members of the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.  This money was a grant awarded from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.

Mayor Mary Person recessed the meeting to a closed session to discuss "a prospective business or industry where no previous announcement has been made." 

A second closed session item was added this evening, at the request of Council Member Ewing, to discuss with Legal Counsel the regulation of through truck traffic in the City of Emporia.  This issue was the topic of a February 18, 2014, public hearing, after which no action was taken by City Council.  City Administration, Public Works and the Police Department are all in favor of maintaining the existing ban on through truck traffic; as are a very strong majority of readers (732 readers are in favor of keeping the ban in place, while only 34 are in favor of allowing over loaded logging trucks on Main Street).  Council Member Harris made a motion to specifically exempt overloaded logging trucks, but that motion died due to the lack of a second.

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