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2015-6-16

Calvary Baptist Church Organ Dedication and Concert

Please join Calvary Baptist Church in dedicating their newly restored organ this Friday night, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.  The organ was damaged during the fire that swept through the church last July. Timothy Gay will play the organ and lead the dedication service. The Calvary Baptist congregation invites the community to join us in celebrating this milestone in our rebuilding effort.

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Elementary Students Win Bikes!

Anthony Parks, a Central Cafeteria employee for GCPS, donated two bikes along with starter kits as motivators for 3rd and 4th grade students during their SOL review and testing. For each SOL test a student passed, his/her name was entered into a drawing. 

The winners were:  Ryan Owen - 3rd grade (Pictured with Anthony Parks)

Dakeea Thomas - 4th grade​ (Pictured with Assistant Principal, Mrs. Hand, Principal, Mrs. Coker, and Mr. Parks)

Free Presentation on Slip and Fall Prevention

Petersburg, VA – June is National Safety Month. Learn tips to keep yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, June 25 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.
 

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USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

"The extensive outreach campaign conducted by USDA since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, along with extending deadlines, is central to achieving an expected high level of participation,” said Vilsack. “We worked with universities to simplify these complex programs by providing online tools so producers could explore how program election options would affect their operation in different market conditions; these tools were presented to almost 3,000 organizations across the country. The Farm Service Agency also sent more than 5 million educational notices to producers nationwide and participated in over 4,880 educational events with more than 447,000 attendees. I am proud of the many committed USDA employees who worked hard over the last several months to provide producers support to help them make these important decisions.”

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.76 million farmers have elected ARC or PLC. Previously, 1.7 million producers had enrolled to receive direct payments (the program replaced with ARC and PLC by the 2014 Farm Bill). This means more farms have elected ARC or PLC than previously enrolled under previously administered programs.

Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected ARC. 99 percent of long grain rice farms, 99 percent of peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected PLC.  For data about other crops and state-by-state program election results go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

Obituary-Laurice Sizer

Laurice House, Harding, Cross, Dianis, Sizer was born in Lawrenceville, VA on June 19, 1919.  She lived most of her life in Emporia and died there on June 15, 2015.  Laurice is survived by her husband Wesley Sizer.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Marie Harding Long of Winter Haven, FL, her son Lynwood French Harding of Staunton, VA and her son, Norman Anderson Harding, Jr. of Midlothian, VA.  She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Norman Anderson Harding of Richmond, Shelton Cross of Emporia and Paul Dianis of Emporia.  Laurice is survived by her son C.P. Harding of Normal, IL; her daughter in law Ann Pople Harding; grandson Nick Harding and his wife Julie Harding of Aledo, TX and great-grandsons Nicholas, Liam and Quinn also from Aledo, TX.  She is also survived by grandson Luke Harding of Chicago, IL and grandson Christopher Harding of Los Angeles, CA.  Also surviving is her daughter in law Barbara Harding (wife of Norman Jr.) of Midlothian, VA; granddaughter Angela Pigg, her husband Jimmie Pigg, great-grandson Chance Harding and his wife Kasey and their son Clyde and great-granddaughter Bethany Harding of Richmond. Grandson Andy Harding, his wife Alison; great-grandson Dillon Harding and great-granddaughter Summer Harding also survive.  Laurice is also survived by her daughter in law Wanda Harding (wife of Lyn) of Weyers Cave, VA; granddaughter Katie Harding of Raleigh, NC; and grandson William Harding, his wife Elizabeth; their daughter Madison and their son Jase of Staunton, VA.  Also surviving is one step-daughter Ketura Taylor and her husband Jack Taylor of Richmond.  Laurice is also survived by her sister Betsy Baird and husband Aubrey Baird of Bracey, VA.  She was preceded in death by her brothers Percy Lee House of Emporia and James Albert (Jack) House of Henderson, NC and by her sisters Mary House Creaseman of Norfolk, VA and Ernestine House Starke of Bracey, VA.  Laurice is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces as well as countless friends including her special friend Barbara Hargrove who cared for her over the past few years and helped her to live a very full and active life.  As she said so many times, Barbara is my special friend and I love her like a sister.  Laurice loved her family, she loved life, she loved people, she loved Emporia, VA and she loved Bingo.  She also loved her trips with groups to Atlantic City, New Jersey and she loved her trips to New York City where she appeared on The Price is Right and other television programs.  The most difficult thing a parent sometimes faces in life is the loss of a child.  Laurice faced that three times and her strength brought comfort to others during those difficult times.  Laurice has a special request of all of her family and friends.  She would like to be remembered not just with flowers or memorials to her church but with the kindness that each of you might do for others.  Do something nice for someone every day and remember Laurice…a nice lady from Emporia who always went out of her way to do kind things for others.  A visitation will be held on Wednesdaym from 1:00 to 2:00 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by funeral services there at 2:00.  The funeral will be followed by interment at the Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery on the corner of Dry Bread Road and Independence Church Road.  A reception for friends and family will follow in the fellowship hall.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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