To the Editor:

This letter is written in support of the candidacy of Mr. Richard E. Pearson for the Board of Supervisors’ Special Election in the Belfield District of Greensville County.  I write this letter on behalf of the City of Emporia and Greensville County Democratic Committee.  It is rare that this committee endorses any one candidate in a local election, further, a special election, and in particular a candidate that has opted to run independently.

Typically, our committee has the option to set on the sidelines and allow each committee member to focus on their particular candidate of choice in a contested local election or endorse a candidate that would reflect the committee’s sought direction for its community.  This is NO typical year, we have opted to do the latter in the person of Richard E. Pearson!

Upon the early resignation and untimely death of the late Honorable Dr. Margaret T. Lee from the Belfield District’s Board of Supervisors seat our committee was approached by several candidates seeking our committee’s endorsement and support.  The only fair way to wholeheartedly support any candidate was to interview each potential candidate; each interested person was asked to appear before our committee and share their vision and future for Greensville County and our region, provide answers to questions about their commitment to this community and its people, and finally answer questions from the committee’s interview panel.  To that end, it was the UNANIMOUS consensus of our entire committee to support Richard Pearson to run for the Belfield District Board of Supervisor’s seat in the special election this November. 

Mr. Pearson is an outstanding business man in this community and in our region.  He is civic minded and a staunch supporter of the communities of Greensville County and the City of Emporia.  As a dedicated member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, he serves as Deacon.  He is a person on whom you can rely…if he says it, he means it and will get it done!

Above all else, he is concerned about the future of Greensville County and its citizens, in particular his fellow citizens in the Belfield District. As Belfield’s Board of Supervisors’ representative he will be proactive in keeping the concerns of his fellow citizens at the forefront of the board’s agenda and he assures action. He is concerned about this area’s lack of employment and limited job opportunities.  He will work tirelessly to insure a bright future for the county’s youth and foster a place of pride so that our brightest and best may return home to limitless employment and excellent careers with an educational system second to none.

As Chairman of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee, I write to promise that our committee is 1000% behind the candidacy of Richard Pearson and commit our energies as one body to guarantee his election to this seat.  We have been divided in previous elections but those days are assuredly over – that was a history which has taught us all valuable lessons.  We no longer look to the past but build upon it for a brighter and more prosperous future in Greensville County with Mr. Richard E. Pearson!

Now is the time to take ACTION! I ask you to join me in committing your support to elect Richard Pearson to the Belfield District in Greensville County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!  The polls open at 6:00a.m. and close at 7:00p.m. Looking forward to seeing you there!

If you are not registered to vote it’s not too late to take action now and be counted and remember - If you don’t vote you ONLY have yourself to blame!

George E. Morrison, III, Chairman, Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee

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Emma Jean Allen Moss

Emma Jean Allen Moss, 79, of Skippers, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 24, 2018. A faithful member of Zion Baptist Church, she retired from Greensville County Sheriff’s Department/Southside Regional Jail.

Mrs. Moss was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mary Allen; her husband, Rudolph Moss; sisters, Bessie Richardson and Virginia Goodfellow and brother, Robert Allen.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Moss (Jean); daughters, B J Sasser (Hunter) and Amy Sopko (Paul);  six grandchildren, Cassey Taylor (Richard), Brandy Huskey (Jim), Eric Moss (Heather), Brent Moss (Crystal), Amanda Sopko (Mike) and Tara Moss; nine great-grandchildren, Blade, Logan, Ciara, Alexis, Bryson, Briar, Serenity, Harley and Noah and a sister, Shirley Doyle (William Neal).

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

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Small Ruminant Health Will Be the Focus of Annual Small Ruminant Field Day

Goat and sheep health is the theme of this year’s Small Ruminant Field Day, which will be held on Friday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. 

“We hope participants will take away the message that having good healthcare management will result in high-performing animals,” said Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, small ruminant Extension specialist.“They will understand how to identify common health issues, treatments and steps to take in preventing health problems and when to contact their veterinarian.” 

Dr. Niki Whitley, an animal science Extension specialist at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, is this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Whitley has worked with goats and sheep for 20 years at the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and North Carolina A&T State University. She earned herPh.D. in animal physiology from Mississippi State University. 

VSU agricultural researchers will also present during the field day. Dr. Michelle Corley will discuss using stinging nettle for deworming and Dr. Eunice Ndegwa will discuss maintaining gut health in pre-weaned kids and lambs. Dr. O’Brien and Amanda Miller, VSU’s herd manager, will conduct hands-on sessions on vaccinations, proper drenching techniques, FAMACHA scoring, body condition scoring and maintaining hoof health. Goat and lamb products will be available for sampling.

Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

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 Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-6960 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. 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. VSU is 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, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.



The Brunswick County Library will host Authors' Night, Monday, September 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Authors included in this special event will be Valerie Burke, Lisa Clary, Catina Macklin, Joey and Vicky Powell, Teresa Stith, and Ronald Thornhill. Each author has ties to Brunswick County and writes on a variety of interests. Look in next week’s edition for more information on featured authors.

September 17th at Brunswick County Library will be an evening to remember. The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, VA is part of the Meherrin Regional Library System. For more information please call 434-848-2418, visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Kim Domingo

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