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Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr.

Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Alfred was born, and raised, in Emporia, VA.  He was 74 years old.  Since 1974, he has been a well-known building contractor in Emporia and the surrounding counties.  Alfred was very particular about his work and he took great pride in trying to satisfy each and every one of his customers.  He was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church and he was involved in numerous local charitable organizations.  He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Peggy, son Chris, daughter Sherri, step-son Chris, step-daughter Tara, their spouses, Stephanie, Juri, Susan and Joey and seven grandchildren, Bailey, Olivia, Claire, Jackson, Anna, Cooper, and Sloane.   He is also survived by his loving sister Peggy and her husband Ernest, his brother-in-law Kiser Robinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred T. Hobbs, Sr. and Lucy Bradley Hobbs, sisters Edla Hobbs Wray and Louise Hobbs Robinson.  A gathering of friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 25th at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia, VA.  The funeral service will also be held at the church at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 26th.  A private graveside service will be held immediately following the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S Main St. Emporia, VA  23847 or the Emporia Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, VA  23847.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.  

Plan to Attend the Veteran's Support Group on June 13

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s  Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia is pleased to host monthly a Veteran’s support group every 2nd Tuesday at the Center, 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, Virginia  23868.  On June 13, 2017 at 10 am, Susan K. Spence, Veterans Service Representative from the Virginia Department of Veteran Services from the South Hill office will be present along with facilitator Mr. Jose A. Illa, a Transition Patient Advocate from Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Administrative Medical Center, Richmond, VA.  They will be available to all Veterans from Southside Virginia who need assistance regarding questions on benefits, applications, doctor’s appointments, transportation, etc. Veterans can receive interactive session in enrolling them in the HealtheVet program.  HealtheVet is VA’s online personal health record designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers. The HealtheVet helps Veterans partner with their health care team providing opportunities and tools to make informed decisions.  Among the newest features available to Veterans with a Premium Account include VA Notes.  These are clinical notes that your health care team records during your appointments or hospital stays.  Also available are your VA Immunization records, more detailed lab reports and a list of your current medical issues. These features are in addition to prescription refills, VA appointments and secure messaging.  All Veterans are welcome to attend.  If you need further information, please contact the Cancer Research and Resource Center, 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, Virginia  23868. Phone 434-532-8190 or email ttaylor37@vcu.edu.  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Region. Like us on Facebook. 

4 Ways For Busy Business Owners To Keep Up With Bookkeeping

“One thing an accountant hates to see coming is a client with a box,” Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Analyst Kim Ray says.

Ray operated her own accounting business for 12 years before coming to SBDC and experienced those clients first hand. “When an accountant sees a box, the bill goes up,” she says with a smile.

Accountants are paid by the hour, she adds, and going through a year’s worth of receipts takes time.

Ray, who received her MBA from Virginia Tech in 2004, currently advises new and prospective business owners in Farmville’s SBDC office. One of the first things she tells her clients is to make time for record keeping.

“A lot of small business owners are so busy keeping up with the primary focus of their business that they don’t have time to do the administrative work,” Ray says.

The regimented nature of accounting, she adds, is also not appealing to everyone.

“There are a lot of rules and steps in accounting, and you can’t skip them,” she says. “You can’t be creative.”

While “creative accounting” is something you probably don’t want to do, there are creative ways to establish a recordkeeping system that works for you. Here are Ray’s tips:

Get organized!

Start by developing a system for organizing receipts, bank records and warranties for equipment. It can be a simple as dozen 8 by 10-inch envelopes, one for each month. Once you have source documents organized, you don’t have to keep them in reach. Just close them up, and you’re done.

Have a backup plan.

Before you throw those documents in a box or envelope, have some type of listing. Organize your documents and have a record-keeping system — it can be as simple as a ledger or a computer file. It’s also wise to back that data up in another location.

Seek assistance.

The worst scenario is not completing the first two tips. A business owner who doesn’t have time for bookkeeping should consider outsourcing. Hiring an accountant or other professional relieves stress and often saves money in the long run. The main thing is — bookkeeping needs to be done. Make a habit of record keeping.

Establish a CPA relationship.

It pays to have a CPA you can call for business advice. A CPA can look at a major purchase from a tax-wise perspective and provide legal representation on IRS issues. It never hurts to have a CPA look over what you’ve done. These professionals stay up to date on the latest laws — it’s always good to have expert advice.

To make an appointment or for more information on the services SBDC provides, contact the Longwood Small Business Development center at (434) 395-2086 or visit www.sbdc-longwood.com.

COMCAST AWARDS $69,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 60 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Leadership Skills, Academic Achievement and Commitment to Community Service

Richmond– May 19, 2017 – The Comcast Foundation today announced the 2017 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards in Virginia. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

“Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners for their outstanding achievements in both the classroom and their communities,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "Education is essential to a brighter future for our students and for the economy they will enter after graduation. I thank Comcast for their commitment to education and look forward to the impact these winners will have for years to come.”

Comcast, joined by Deputy Attorney General: Transportation, Real Estate & Construction Division for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Stephen A. Cobb and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held Thursday, May 18, at the Virginia State Capitol. Fifty-nine recipients of the 2017 Virginia Leaders and Achievers® scholarships received $1,000 scholarships. Chrinique Christian, a senior at Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $69,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school students.

“It is an honor to be a part of an event that celebrates such exceptional young adults,” said Cobb.  “These high school seniors have proven to be leaders in their communities, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program is giving them the recognition they deserve. I look forward to following these students’ successes in the years to come.”

“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and are excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. 

Since 2003, Comcast has awarded nearly $800,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to more than 760 students in Virginia.  This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education.  Visit hereto learn more.

2017 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Virginia

Alexandria

Rachel Price of Bishop Ireton High School

Adele Reardon of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School

Arlington

Veronica Olivera of Arlington Mill High School Continuation Program

Augusta County

Brett Hostetler of Riverheads High School in Staunton

Charlottesville

Kibiriti Majuto of Charlottesville High School

Chesterfield County

Shaquille Carmichael of Cosby High School in Midlothian

Chrinique Christian of Matoaca High School

Cana Clark of Thomas Dale High School in Chester

Isobel Harrison of Midlothian High School

Emilia Lizama Garay of Meadowbrook High School

Alexandria Markiewicz of Monacan High School

Eva Melendez of L.C. Bird High School

Vivian Tran of Manchester High School in Midlothian

Culpeper County

Brooke Bonfadini of Culpeper County High School

Danville

Amanda Liggon of George Washington High School

Dinwiddie County

Brooke Winn of Dinwiddie High School

Emporia

De’Ja Mangrum of Greensville County High School

Fairfax County

Jenna Hirshfeld of South Lakes High School in Reston

Frederick County

Kristen Enns of James Wood High School in Winchester

Abigail Esslinger of Millbrook High School in Winchester

Mitchell Skowbo of Sherando High School in Stephens City

Hanover County

Zachary Berenson of Atlee High School in Mechanicsville

Mikayla Mason of Hanover High School in Mechanicsville

Harrisonburg

Genevieve Cowardin of Harrisonburg High School

Henrico County

Unity Bowling of Glendale Home School

Madison Bradley of Godwin High School

Pratyusha Chaluvadi of Henrico High School

Christopher Gothard of John Randolph Tucker High School

Sara Hamilton of Douglas S. Freeman High School

Clare Shupack of Deep Run High School in Glen Allen

Asia Farmer of Varina High School

Loudoun County

Jaden Edmonds of Broad Run High School in Ashburn

Ashley Jain of Freedom High School in South Riding

Lauren Moore of Loudoun County High School in Leesburg

Camille Nau of Briar Woods High School in Ashburn

Lynchburg

Jonathan Bumgarner of Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology

Jasmine Fuqua of Heritage High School

Catherine McCord of E. C. Glass High School

Manassas Park

Andrew Taylor of Manassas Park High School

Pittsylvania County

Reid Brown of Chatham High School

Prince William County

Savannah Gaillard of Battlefield High School in Haymarket

Jordyn Harrell of Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge

Norman Jones of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas

Richmond

Jovannah Alston of St. Catherines School

Akayla Anderson of John Marshall High School

Jonae’ Crump of Richmond Community High School

Andrea Culotta of St. Gertrude High School

Andrea Eichenberger of Trinity Episcopal School

Jonathan Essex of St. Christopher's School

Autumn High of Open High School

Jasmine Jones of Franklin Military Academy

Demetrice Morgan of Armstrong High School

Le’Tyra Roberson of Huguenot High School

Harish Tekriwal of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

Evan Tunstall of Hermitage High School

Roanoke

Megan Whitney of Roanoke Valley Christian Schools

Salem

Ashlyn Pugh of Salem High School

Spotsylvania County

Lindsay Stynes of Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg

Stafford County

Caroline Posillico of Mountain View High School

Waynesboro

Rebecca Pereles of Waynesboro High School

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