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SVCC Classes Start on August 20!

Sign of the Times!!  Just in case you need something to do August 20, 2015, Southside Virginia Community College will be at your service as classes start for the fall semester.  Now is the time to register for classes, get information on financial aid, take placement tests, meet with counselors, visit a campus near you!!  For information on classes and how to register, visit or call 1-888-220-SVCC (7822) The sign says it all..your future begins August 20!!!


Southside Regional Medical Center Offers Heartsaver® CPR AED Training

Petersburg, VA – Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will offer Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Training on August 4 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The class will be held in SRMC’s A&B Classroom, located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg. Participants of this training will learn first aid basics, how to recognize and treat environmental and life threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking, and how to operate an AED. They will also learn how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children.  Class size is limited and the fee to attend is $100. The deadline for registration is close of business on July 29. For more information or to register call 804-765-5614.


Obituary-Robert “Bobby” E. English, Sr.

On July 15, 2015, the Lord wrapped his arms around Robert “Bobby” E. English, Sr. and welcomed him to heaven. After a short battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully, knowing he was loved by his family and friends. His wife, Judy V. English, will continue to cherish the many memories made during their 42 years of marriage.

Bobby and Judy were blessed with two children, daughter Sara E. Rutherford and husband Mike, of Winston-Salem, NC, and son Robert “Robbie” Earl English, Jr., of Kernersville, NC. He was an exceptionally doting and supportive father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by two grandchildren, Ryan Grant Rutherford and Daisy Lee Rutherford, who loved their Papa very much.

The son of Stanley Claude English and Vida Virginia English, he was born in Franklin and raised in Southampton County, VA. He lived a majority of his life in Emporia, VA, and resided for the past five years in Kernersville, NC.

Bobby loved gaining and sharing knowledge, and earned degrees from Chowan College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University, including a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Media and Instructional Technology. He spent his entire life as an educator, leader, mentor and adviser. He nurtured eager minds from elementary schools, correctional facilities, and community colleges. He spent his final 13 years of life as an instructor for Bluefield College, which was very dear to his heart.

Bobby was very active in the Emporia community, where he was on the Board of Directors of the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association (EGRA). In the 1980s and 90s, he was a mainstay at the local ballpark, where he served as a coach, commissioner and vocal advocate for the Virginia Dixie Softball league. Bobby was instrumental in bringing the Dixie Softball World Series to Emporia in 1994. He also coached youth basketball for the EGRA, and helped to create a girls’ only basketball league, after seeing the need.

He was a member of the Virginia Education Association, National Education Association and Virginia Library Association. He was also a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church.

Bobby’s personality and character matched his physical stature. He enjoyed a lively conversation with laughter, listening to Motown music, reading Rita Mae Brown, watching the Atlanta Braves, and soaking up the energy and joy of his grandchildren.

Along with his wife, children and grandchildren, Bobby is survived by his sisters, Rudy Pate and husband Wayne, of Stockbridge, GA, and Carolyn Armes, of Boydton, VA. He is also survived by brother-in-law Michael Veliky and wife Dawn of Emporia, VA, sister-in-law Cynthia Murphy and husband Timothy, of West Palm Beach, FL, and sister-in-law Priscilla English, of Greensboro, NC, as well as two nieces, three nephews and many cousins. He also cherished the friendship of two special ladies, Althea Brooks and Aunt Mary Hobbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother J.C. English, and nephew John English.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church in Emporia, followed by a graveside service at the church’s cemetery on Purdy Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church, 1351 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at

Fun at the Library

Monday Morning Movies at the Library on Monday, July 20thwill feature The Book of Life.  This movie is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Snacks are welcomed.  Children under the age of 8 must be supervised.

On Thursday, July 23rd be prepared for songs, fun, puppets, and more with the Sundae Puppets.  The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

Show begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit

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