Your Mission for this weekend,

should you choose to accept it:

The Riparian Woman’s Club is asking all residents and businesses in the City of Emporia and Greensville County to place a sign or picture of one of these three symbols on your door or window. The symbols are a Rainbow, Butterfly, or a Candle. These symbols all represent "hope."

We are asking the public to do this in support of our frontline workers and those families who have been affected by the coronavirus. We also wish to do this in support of each other.

So many people are suffering in so many different ways during this time of uncertainty and isolation. Hopefully, seeing these symbols will bring a smile to someone’s face. If so, then we have served our purpose well.

Email photos of your Symbols of Hope so that they may be shared with out of town readers who may need a pick-me-up from home...send them to

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CornerStone Market Celebrates Two Day Grand Opening Event

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week CornerStone Market and CornerStone Subway celebrated their official Grand Opening.

In addition to $3000 worth of Door Prizes that included a new gas grill and 42 inch television, there was a prize wheel, free hot dogs, free Hunt Brother's Pizza, free energy shot samples and samples of Razzle Ice cream.

Hundreds of people received discounts of their gasoline purchase; one customer received 22 cents off per gallon. The maximum discount was 50 cents.

Below are photos of the event.

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Meherrin River Expected to Crest at 24 Feet

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Meherrin River is expected to crest at 24.3 feet.  Action stage for the Meherrin River is 13 feet.  24.3 feet is Moderate Flood Stage, and low lying areas can expect to see flooding and water covered streets.  Areas of the City prone to flooding will likely be the only areas effected.  Cener Street and Park Avenue and the Meherrin River Park will see high water in backyards.  Expect high water in sections of Center Street. Please use caution and be aware of alternate routes.

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VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for September, 2016

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services and W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented George Baskerville, Facility Engineering Maintenance Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for September.  There to congratulate George was Archie McCartney, Director of Facility Engineering.  George has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 37 years and resides in Brodnax, VA.  His dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make him a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.   

The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “George always goes above and beyond for the hospital and staff.  He is always pleasant and hard working.  Recently, he helped a doctor move heavy boxes to his vehicle even though, he was off the clock.  George is very caring and considerate to others and always has a positive attitude. George receives many “Team Member of the Month” nominations because he is very caring and a hard worker.  He goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.  He is very deserving of this recognition.”

In addition to the award certificate, George received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of his choice for the month.

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Learn About Pond Aquaculture/Aquaponics

Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold its 29th annual Aquaculture Field Day on Oct. 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick.

Participants will learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponics production, marketing and harvesting.  

A $10 per person registration fee includes lunch. To register for this event, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or email If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or call (804) 524-5496 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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