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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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“I Found Snow”

Snow flurries were just everywhere
as far as one could see
I thought my prayers were answered
and a white Christmas it would be.
I had just finished polishing my skis
for they thought we’d get a heap
yes and skiing is so much more fun
when the snow is really deep.
Many don’t realize how great it is
going down a big steep hill
just knowing there is always a chance
you could take quite a spill.
Well then it stopped coming down
the reason I don’t know
yet while it fluttered from the sky
one did see quite a show.
Yes my skiing it was ended
long before I found a hill
I guess living in the Southland
has put my chances close to nil.
Still I called my older sister in Wisconsin
sometime the very next day
I let her know little brother had found some snow
over a thousand miles away!
                         Roy E. Schepp

Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. Opens I-95 Northbound Bridge over Meherrin River to Traffic

Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. announces the opening of the northbound bridge on I-95 over the Meherrin River in Emporia, Va. The bridge opened to traffic on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and is the second Interstate bridge on the project that has opened to traffic.

Greg Andricos, president and COO of Wagman Heavy Civil states, “We are proud of our team for achieving this milestone in spite of a historically wet construction season. Wagman plans to continue the expedited delivery of this project, enhancing quality and safety on I-95.”

The first new bridge to open was the southbound bridge in September 2017, built next to the existing southbound bridge, while northbound traffic shifted onto the old southbound bridge. Crews then demolished the existing northbound bridge and built the new one in its place. Demolition on the existing southbound bridge, a final stage in the project, has now begun. Aside from the demolition and replacement of both bridges, the $22M project also includes installation of storm water management facilities.

Construction on the project began in January 2016 and is required to be completed by fall 2019.

Wagman is a multi-faceted construction firm with major operations in heavy civil, general construction, and geotechnical construction services.  Founded in 1902, Wagman is a fourth generation, family-owned company with offices in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  As a heavy civil contractor, Wagman is a nationally recognized leader within the industry. Wagman’s core competencies include: design-build, infrastructure, marine construction, modified concrete, grooving and grinding, and geotechnical construction services.

For more information about Wagman, please visit


Dear Editor,

When December dawns, thoughts turn to the greatest of all seasons — Christmas. A lot of customs have become associated with Christmas since the reason for this great season was born more than 2,000 years ago. The birth of Christ changed the world and offered hope and eternal life to all who believe in him.

Today, some people do not want to identify the greatest of all holidays by its true name. Sure, retailers want Christmas gift-giving to keep growing, but some have reverted to calling Christmas “the holidays.”

Of course, the true meaning of Christmas is not the gift-giving, decorations or parties. Nevertheless, activities observed in honor of the Christmas season should always be identified as Christmas observances.

I plan to stop shopping in stores that do not clearly identify the Christmas season. In a country where 75 percent of the people identify themselves as Christians, this great season needs to be given the respect it is due.

So, in the future, there will be no “Happy Holidays” from me. My greetings and observances shall always be identified with a big “Merry Christmas.”

Disputanta, Va.

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