With around 20 million Americans now playing soccer, the number one soccer company in the United States & Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in Emporia, Virginia. 

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville has teamed up to host the week long “British Soccer Camp” during the week ofAugust 10-14 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s elite team of 1,200 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold over 4,000 Soccer programs this year and will coach over 200,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19.  

Challenger’s 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of foot-skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices & daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership and Sportsmanship into the camper’s daily routine.

The British Soccer Camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries.

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, is offering “British Soccer Camp” sessions for boys and girls ages 6-14.  Camp will be held from 9:00-12:00 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.  Registration fee for the camp is $135 per person and each camper will receive a FREE Soccer Camp T-Shirt, a FREE Soccer Ball, a FREE Giant Soccer Poster and a personalized Skills Performance Evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online by June 15 will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey.

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line in advance to avoid disappointment. Sign up TODAY at www.challengersports.com or, for more information please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.

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Obituary-Mitchell Ray Powell

Mitchell Ray Powell, 57, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Melanie Mitchell Powell; son, Carl O. Powell and fiancee’, Kelli Miller and their daughter, Mackenzie; his daughter, Caitlin M. Powell and her son, Emerson Powell; brother, Terry L. Powell and wife, Wanda; two sisters, Martha Powell andPatricia Earnhardt and husband, Jerry and a number of nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles. The family will receive friends at his home 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. The funeral service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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Obituary-Lory Pacheco Schepp

Lory Pacheco Schepp, 85, went to meet the Lord on Thursday, May 14, 2015. She was born in Manila, Philippines but made her home in Emporia, VA. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church in Emporia. She is survived by her husband, Roy E. Schepp of Emporia, VA; her children, Mary Beth Harvey of Wilmington, DE, Joe Ann Craft of Brook Haven, PA, Billy Roy Schepp of Arlington, VA, and Angel L. Schepp of Sedona, AZ; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at 7pm at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1351 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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Dr. John Cavan Presides Over 32nd SVCC Commencement

For the 32nd and final time, Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, awarded degrees, certificates and diplomas on Saturday May 10, 2014.  The capacity crowd of nearly 4,000 moms, dads, family and friends and graduates gathered under the huge tent for the Pomp and Circumstance.

“As a college graduate, you have beaten the odds.  The demand for those who earn the credential is increasing every day.  That brings me to the question I want to pose this morning:  What’s next?,” asked Dr. Glenn DuBois, Commencement speaker and Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

Dr. DuBois related his story of finishing high school with no thought of college, becoming a dishwasher at a restaurant and being badgered by his mother to attempt the community college.  He finally attended and completed community college and then, kept pursing higher education.  Dr. DuBois now heads a state system of 23 community colleges.

“So what does it mean to be graduating this morning?  In a word, it means everything,” he said. 

It was our job to prepare you for that question with the education and experience you earned here at Southside Virginia Community College, he said.  It is now your job to answer What’s next?  Choose wisely and good luck, he noted.

During the commencement, student completing the SVCC Honors Program were recognized.  This program allows students to pursue a variety of honors courses, seminars and special projects and is designed challenge, and involve the superior student.  This year’s Honors graduates are Joseph Baker, Makayla Evans, Waverly Garner, Jeffrey Karow of Emporia (pictured at left), Kristen Milton, Cecilia Moser, Courtney Salley and Victoria Wood.

The American Association of Community Colleges/Phi Theta Kappa/All-USA Team represents the best academic talent at the nation’s community colleges.  Being nominated for this award is an honor.  This year’s students are Joseph Baker, Waverly Garner and Victoria Wood.

Hooding ceremonies were held for three members of the SVCC faculty who have received terminal degrees this year.  Those celebrated were Michelle Edmonds, SVCC Dean of Nursing and Health Technology, who received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University, Christy Lowery-Carter, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who received her Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, and Sarah Horne, who received a Doctor of Education degree from Liberty University.

The First Annual Hero Award was presented this year by SVCC to Dr. DuBois. A Hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  Due to his tireless efforts and courageous willingness to lead and pioneer programs, Dr. DuBois is a hero in area of education and deserving of this award.

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