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2015-6-11

Blood Drive Today!

 

 

EMPORIA, VA – Each summer, the supply of blood collected by the American Red Cross (ARC) through volunteer donations drops off significantly, with approximately two fewer donor appointments scheduled at each blood drive than the actual patient need. This decline can add up to as many as 100,000 fewer donations during the months of June, July and August. Unfortunately, the need for lifesaving blood and blood products remains constant throughout the summer season. Approximately 400 blood donations are needed every day to meet the patient demand in Central Virginia. That equates to about 60,000 units needed annually for our geographic area.

As one of more than 2700 hospitals nationwide who depend on the ARC for blood and blood products for our patients, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) will host a blood drive on Tuesday, June 16th from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM in SVRMC classrooms. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. To schedule an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor ID or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For more information on this blood drive, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at 434-348-4447.

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The 42nd Annual Pork Fesitval Draws Crowds to Emporia

Over 40,000 pounds of pork (yes, that is 20 tons! 20 Tons of Pork!).  Among the 40,000 pounds were Chitterlings, BBQ Pork Chops, Pork Burgers, Pork Festival Stew, Country Ham, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Hot Dogs, ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Meatballs, Italian Sausage, and Pulled Pork.

To accompany the Porcine Delicacies there was Corn on the Cob, Hush Puppies, Black Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Fries with Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Pudding for Dessert.  With all of the walking from booth to booth, all of that food was also guilt free.

In addition to plenty of water and sweet tea, there was also a full bar and plenty of beer.  While most of the beer selections were Anheuser-Busch products like Budweiser, there was also Shock Top on tap and an expanded selection of Craft Beers and Hard Ciders.  This year there were Craft selections from Legend Brewing, three choices from Natty Green's Brewing Company, two selections from Star Hill and Highland Brewing Company's Oatmeal Porter.  Bold Rock had three Hard Cider selections, two apple and one pear.  The Discovery Channel’s Tim Smith was there, as well, offering samples of his Climax Moonshine.

This years music was provided by The Embers, Albert Castiglia, Steve Owens & the Summertime Band, The Switch, & Exit 173.

The Virginia Pork Festival is the largest single day festival on the East Coast and is a fund raiser for many local charities.

Southside Regional Medical Center Offers FREE CPR Class

Petersburg, VA – Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is offering a FREE Friends and Family Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class on Wednesday, June 24 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at SRMC’s campus. Participants will learn how to recognize and treat life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, heart attack and choking. This CPR class is designed for those who want to learn the skills, but are not required to obtain certification in CPR for employment.

SRMC is located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg, Virginia. The class will be held in the A/B classroom. For more information and to register, call 804.765.5729.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 19.  Class size is limited.

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Full Ballot for County in November

While the majority of candidates will be running unopposed, there are a few competitive races on the ballot in the November General Election. 

Unopposed races included State Senator L. Louise Lucas and House of Delegates Member Roslyn Tyler, both Democrats.  Running unopposed for Constitutional Offices in Greensville County, Patricia Watson (Commonwealth's Attorney), Martha Swenson (Commissioner of the Revenue), and Pamela Lifsey (Treasurer).  This year's race will see competition for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court as incumbent Bobby Wrenn will face opposition from Debra Brown.

The County Sheriff's race includes four candidates (five are listed in the chart from the State Board of Elections, as one is listed twice).  Timmy Jarratt will run as the incumbent in the wake of Sheriff Edward's recent retirement.  Also in the race for County Sheriff are Derrick Banks, Stephen King and former Sheriff Wyatt Lee.

Longtime Board of Supervisors Member James C. Vaughn is not standing for re-election this year, running for his District One seat are James Avent and Raymond Bryant.  Supervisor Margaret Lee from District Three will face competition from Keith Mitchell.  Fourth District Supervisor and Chairman Peggy Wiley is running unopposed as is the Supervisor Mike Ferguson from District Two.

Both James S. Ferguson and Anthony Gillus are running to be Directors of the Chowan Basin Soil and Water Conservation District.  Both are currently Directors for that board covering Greensville, Sussex and Southampton Counties.

All four people running for Greensville County School Board are running unopposed.  They are Bessie Ried, Danny Rook, Rhonda Jones Gilliam, and Christopher Vaughan.  School Board Members for the City of Emporia are still appointed by the City Council.

On the ballot for the City of Emporia are State Senator and Delegate and the shared Constitutional Offices of the Commonwealth's Attorney, County Sheriff and Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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