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2015-2-14

Letter-Train Noise Disrupts Visit

Dear Editor-

I was here visiting family from out of state, and have noticed the last several times I have visited that trains now blow their whistles at all crossings.  When I first started visiting Emporia it did not seem that train traffic was nearly as loud. 

I assumed that Emporia was a nice quiet city, but it is not.  City Leadership should very seriously explore making Emporia a quiet zone, so that those people living near the rail road tracks are not sleep deprived, which in itself can lead to traffic accidents.

A person should be able to visit family in Emporia without needing to get a hotel room across town or in Roanoke Rapids in order to simply sleep through the night.  Emporia has a very nice downtown area, but who in their right mind would want to sit outside at the Bank in an attempt to enjoy a meal or a cocktail with a train going buy every half-hour?

I have been in town during the Peanut Festival and the train whistles have even disrupted that great event, drowning out the music in the park and disrupting the fireworks.  It cannot be healthy for those at events in the park to have those whistles blown so close to unprotected ears.

If Emporia was once a quiet zone and crossings have been closed in an effort to restore that quiet zone, why is that designation not in place?  Who dropped the ball?

Exhausted in Emporia-

M. Hardy

Obituary-Burley Mahood Braswell

Burley Mahood Braswell, 91, of Emporia passed away on February 13, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Moore Braswell.  He is survived by his sons, Dennis Ray Braswell and wife Romine and Stephen Craig Braswell; granddaughter, Candace B. Gordon and husband Keith and one great-granddaughter Caitlyn Gordon.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, 2pm, at Word of Life Assembly of God Church followed by a funeral service at 3pm.  Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Word of Life Assembly of God Church, 707 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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