Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces November Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Latoya Vaughanhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for November 2017. Ms. Vaughan, who works in SVRMC’s Pharmacy Department, has been employed at SVRMC since March 2011.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for November was Attitude.  Ms. Vaughan’s nomination included the following statement: “Latoya demonstrates many of the standards of behavior, but most importantly she comes to work with a good attitude and prepared for the day. She takes pride in her work and in that of the department. The pharmacy department and SVRMC are fortunate to have Latoya as a team member.”

As SVRMC’s November Employee of the Month, Ms. Vaughan received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2018 Employee of the Year.


Club J316 Performs for Emporia Youth

Salem Baptist Church opened its doors to Club J316 for a night of music and fun recently.  Club J316 is a traveling group of Christian artists that minister a Godly positive and uplifting message.

The artists use upbeat Christian Music to convey an alternative message to conventional rap music whose messages include sex, drugs and violence.

The mission of the club is to bring our generation a Christian message to express that a relationship with Christ and doing what's right is cool. Club J316 is based in Southampton County and performs throughout Hampton Roads Virginia and beyond.  The artists range from elementary school students to young adults traveling from our local cities to nationwide.

More than 100 people attended the Salem Baptist Church event and 15 teens gave their life to Christ at the end of the performance. This is the first performance for Club J316 in Emporia and they hope to be able to return soon. The members of Salem Baptist Church were happy to host the event and were pleased with the turnout and the positive response of the youths who attended this event.

Club J316 has been performing regularly at Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services. It was founded by Jackson-Feild alumna, Leslie Ludwig.  Jackson-Feild and finding her faith in God helped transform her life and led her to founding Club J316.

Leslie stated with her husband, son, her ministry-partner Shannon Huskinson and the ClubJ316 team they believe only through the grace of God will their ministry reach lives worldwide!

To see videos or receive more information about club J316 here is a link to their Facebook page



RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY! The Former Jefferson Elementary School Basketball Court Repairs

The threat of rain loomed over the ribbon cutting for the new basketball courts at Jefferson Elementary school in Jarratt on Saturday. However, rain took a vacation and the ribbon cutting was done, celebrating the installments of a basketball court. In addition, the children’s playground was cleaned and prepared by staff from the county.

The former Jefferson Elementary School located in Jarratt, Virginia has been closed for some time now; however, the basketball court on the property was still being used for recreation purpose by the children in the neighborhood.

Earlier in the year, Supervisor Tyler (Henry District) noticed that the basketball court was in a state of disrepair. The basketball court was located near the tree line of the property. The roots, mainly from the pine trees, had grown through the basketball court and had created a series of hills, cracks, and crevices—not conducive to playing. Recognizing that children in the community lack adequate recreational facilities, Supervisor Tyler brought his concerns to the Board with a request to repair the basketball court. The repairs included laying new asphalt, turning one basketball goal around and adding a new goal at the other end.

At its June 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved an appropriation for the repairs to the basketball court at the former Jefferson Elementary School, located at 9436 Mayes Street, Jarratt, Virginia. Supervisor Tyler officially cut the ribbon on Saturday, November 18, 2017 to mark the completion of the basketball court repairs.Donations from Jerusalem Baptist Church, Owen Ford, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hamlin, the Coalition of Pastors and leaders from Sussex County and Stith Solutions defrayed the cost for refreshments. Sheriff Giles, Deputy Winfield, and Deputy Simmons prepared the food. The Improvement Association took the leadership role in organizing the event.

Pictured are citizens and children from the Jarratt community. Also pictured from left to right are the Honorable Rufus Tyler, Sussex Board of Supervisors Henry District (cutting the ribbon; Officer Simmons, Lt. Givens, Officer Meredith—all of Sussex County’s Sheriff’s Department; Delegate Roslyn Tyler, 75th District Virginia House of Delegates, Sussex County’s Sheriff Ernest Giles, Tia Sanchez, Sussex Department of Social Services; and Robert E. Hamlin, former Henry District Board of Supervisors member. Also present but not pictured were Mr. Vandy V. Jones, III, Sussex County Administrator and Millard “Pete” Stith, Sussex Consultant.

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