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2017-6-27

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, August 21, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

VSP Investigating Fatal Brunswick County Crash

Virginia State Police Master Trooper B.L. Tulloh is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Brunswick County. The crash occurred June 24, 2017, at 6:30 a.m., on Route 644 at Route 656.

A 2000 Mitsubishi was traveling south on Route 656. It pulled up to the stop sign, slowed for the stop sign and then slowly pulled into the intersection with Route 644. As the Mitsubishi pulled across Route 644 to make a left turn, it collided with a 2016 Honda traveling east on Route 644. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to run off the road and strike an embankment.

The passenger in the Honda, Laila N. Hawkins-Manning of Brodnax, Va., was seated in an infant seat. The child was not secured in the seat nor was the seat rear-facing, as required by law. The child was ejected from the seat in the crash, but remained inside the vehicle. The 4-month-old child was transported to VCU-CMH in South Hill, Va., where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Stephanie N. Hawkins, 31, of Brodnax, Va., was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hawkins was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Chavioleyette S. Lambert, 34, of LaCrosse, Va., was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, she was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

The crash remains under investigation.

Improvement Association Plans "Total Service Center

On April 24, The Improvement Association’s Executive Director, Rufus Tyler and staff, met with Community Stakeholders and Leaders throughout Southside Virginia to discuss and plan for an upcoming initiative. The initiative is called The Total Service Center (TSC).  The Total Service Center is a Community Service opportunity to allow individuals to maintain/regain their Self-Sufficiency by developing skills and ways of interacting in the community to complete education and/or to secure employment.

Community Stakeholders who provided input and comments on this initiative were excited and stated “our community needs initiative such as this”.  Ms. Erica Singleton, Housing Coordinator, stated “we as an Organization don’t have all the answers, our Stakeholders and citizens know the problems plaguing their communities, and we value their input. We are looking forward to continuing to work with local stakeholders and Community Leaders to address employment and education issues at a grassroots level.”

The Improvement Association is non-profit organization based in several local communities, with a 35-year old track record of helping individuals and communities identify and address issues of Self-Sufficiency. The Improvement Association provides several initiatives to help adults and children in local communities in order to empower them to become Self-Sufficient.

The Improvement Association’s Total Service Center (TSC) will help individuals reach education and employment goals through many comprehensive initiatives that will allow for positive change in their lives. The Total Service Center workshops will take place in three service areas and implemented over four to five weeks.

We are pleased by the energy, enthusiasm and commitment from Stakeholder and Community Leaders to this imitative. Collaborative partnerships have the capability and power to turn things around in our communities. We are excited to implement and lead this process so that individuals and families are no longer in crisis due to the lack of employment and/or education.

FRONT ROW: Carol Mercer, Emporia City Council/The Improvement Association Board Member; Brenda Drew, Sussex Housing Authority; and Vondrenna Smithers, SVCC; MIDDLE ROW:  Anita Shelburne, The Improvement Association; Jessica Jones, Brunswick County DSS; Erica Singleton, The Improvement Association; and Rufus Tyler, The Improvement Association; BACK ROW: Vandy Jones, III, Sussex County; Shanice Mason, The Improvement Association;  John Holtkamp, Emporia/Greensville DSS; Judy Smith, Crater PDC; Charlie Caple, Jr., The Improvement Association Board Chairman. 

Isaiah Stephens Going to Nationals

Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the AAU Track & Field Region 5 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Gloucester, VA on June 23-25, 2017.  He qualified for Nationals in the discus, shot put and javelin with gold medals. Stephens still holds his #1 rank in the state of Virginia.  AAU National Jr. Olympics will be held at Eastern Michigan University in Detroit, MI on July 29-August 5, 2017.

Please support him at www.gofundme.com.  Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith are grateful to God for this opportunity once again.  They give special thanks to his coach Les Young.

Local Teen Raising Money for Church Flagpole

Tyler Dunn hopes to raise $2,200

June 26, 2017 (EMPORIA, Va.) – Tyler Dunn has been involved with the Boy Scouts since he was 12 years old, and is now pursuing his Eagle Scout rank. To earn this rank, Tyler must complete a community improvement project. He’s raising money through RedBasket.org to install a flagpole at a local church.

The flagpole will be installed at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia. Tyler will need to purchase the 25-foot pole, an American flag, concrete, lights, and other supplies for the project.

“The church does not currently have a flagpole, therefore the project will allow them to demonstrate patriotism to our great country,” said Tyler.

To help offset the costs of this project, Tyler has partnered with RedBasket.org to host an online fundraiser. He hopes to raise $2,200 to purchase the necessary supplies.

“Help this church gain a symbol of freedom and American values that is important to our country, the American flag,” Tyler said.

The fundraiser will be online through August 4. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit https://redbasket.org/1330/tylers-patriotic-eagle-scout-project.             

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