November 2016

ABC/SVCC Partnering for Southside Virginia

A local partnership is creating education and jobs for Southside Virginians.  Southside Virginia Community College and American Buildings Company (ABC), a division of Nucor, are working together to offer the training and skills necessary for many of the jobs offered by the company.  

ABC, located in LaCrosse, Virginia, recently purchased additional software for use in the Computer Aided Drafting classes offered at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center (LCAKC) in South Hill.  The software, TeklaStructures, is the same technology used by the local manufacturer in their Detailing Department. 

The local plant has plans to expand their Detailing Department and this leads to opportunities for those interested in learning a marketable skill.  SVCC offers a program designed to train individuals interested in working as a detailer. 

Greg Kuebrich, Business Services Manager, said recently “American Buildings Company and Nucor offer career opportunities not just jobs. We are one of the only companies I have seen where teammates have started out as a painter on the shop floor or a detailer in the office and worked their way up to become General Managers of a division.  The opportunities are virtually endless for those with the right work ethic and initiative!”

Cindy A. Kirby, Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator for the Atlantic Division of ABC, said, “We are excited about the prospect of teaming with SVCC to help grow the skills of the workforce in Southside Virginia.”

She added, “In 2016 Nucor was ranked #26 on Forbes list of best employers in the Nation.  American Buildings Company is proud to be a division of the Nucor Buildings Group and offer local employment opportunities to well qualified individuals.”

The company also hires welders from SVCC’s training program at the LCAKC. John Evans, Welding Instructor, notes that a number of his students have gone to work at ABC and there are two in a current class who work and continue to attend school at night. 

SVCC offers a Career Studies Certificate in these two programs.  Both are designed to give the student the skills and knowledge needed to attain entry-level work at ABC or similar manufacturing industries.

Vincent Brown, CAD instructor, said “These programs allow a working adult to commit a few hours in the evenings and gain a new career in less than one year.”

Learn more about the educational offerings at an Open House at the LCAKC to be held December 14, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Representatives from ABC and from SVCC’s welding and CAD programs will be present to discuss the classes as well as current and future opportunities.  Students may qualify for financial aid for these courses.

For information, contact Maki Malone at 434-955-2252.

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New Members in SVCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

These students are recent inductees into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.  The ceremony was held November 29, 2016.  PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges with students required to maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.5. Student inducted are (Left to Right)Wayne Bruce of Meherrin, Sean Stith of Lawrenceville, Sarah Smith of Baskerville, Sallie Rogers of Kenbridge, Cody Marston of Lawrenceville, Camryn Carter of South Hill, Rebecca Sandlin of Chase City, and Velma Green of Brodnax



On the night of December 5, 2016, the Greensville County Power Station will reach a milestone as it begins moving large components of critical equipment from the Toll Brothers rail siding off Hwy 301 to the project site along Rogers Road, Emporia, VA.

The hauling activity to be carried out by specialty contractors has been coordinated with VDOT, DMV, Virginia State Police, Emergency Services and the local authorities.  The movement of this equipment will happen overnight to minimize disruption to normal traffic.


  • There will be haul activity for an estimated 42 nights beginning in December.
  • Haul activity will occur during 11:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m., Monday- Thursday (The entire trip takes approximately 1.5 hours from Toll Brothers, Industrial Park, Emporia, VA to the Project site.)  No movements will be made during expected holiday traffic.
  • The route starts at Toll Brothers, goes south on Hwy 301, to Hwy 58 West, to the new Radium Road, to Rogers Road, to the project site.
  • Travelers on this route traveling overnight may experience some delay.  State Police will escort the haul and provide traffic control and detour information as needed.
  • Estimated haul windows (excludes Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays):
  • December 5 – January 23
  • February 6 - February 16
  • February 23 - March 1
  • April 3, April 13, April 20
  • May 1, May 15
  • June 1, June 15, June 29
  • July 10

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Julia Kei Rideout Sprouse

Julia Kei Rideout Sprouse, 86, of Emporia, widow of Berry Rideout and Clyde Sprouse died November 28, 2016, peacefully at home.  She retired from Continental Telephone Company with over 30 years of service and was a life time member of Saint Richard’s Catholic Church. She is survived by two sisters, Bessie Smith of Hopewell and Ann Newsome of Emporia, and sisters in law, Audrey Kei and Katherine Kei of Emporia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceeded in death by her parents, Vendel and Bessie Kei; brothers, Vendel, Jr., Steve, Joe, Johnny, Paul, Sandy and Charlie Kei; sisters, Elizabeth Suess, Sue Tucker, and Mary Riegel. A funeral service will be held Friday, 2 p.m. Friday, December 2 at the Owen Funeral Home Chapel, 303 S. Halifax Rd where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Christmas Concert at Pleasant Hill Christian Church

Tammy Hand, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Dr. Julie Hawley, Patti Watson, Kathy Baird

GASBURG ~ The Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia cordially invites you to celebrate God’s greatest Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, with “A Festival of Christmas Music” on Sunday, December 4, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, this concert is sure to usher you into the Christmas season.

The festive evening of Christmas music will be presented by Patti Watson, Kathy Baird, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Tammy Hand, Dr. Julie Baird Hawley, and the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs.  The concert will benefit children and families of domestic violence in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Patti Watson is a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church while, Kathy Baird, Patty Richardson, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Dr. Julie Hawley and Tammy Hand are members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Together they will present a medley of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the holiday season. Following the concert, you are also invited to a reception that will be held in the PHCC Family Life Center.

There is no admission fee or ticket required for the concert, however, a special love offering will be collected during the program for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program which is a non-profit organization that is specially designed to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The monetary gifts collected will be used for the victims in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.  The program started in 1991 and since that time has served thousands of victims.  Helping people in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about.  These local talents hope to raise enough money during the concert to help brighten Christmas for several local people.

For more information regarding the concert please call the church office @ (434)577-2463.


Information Session and Open House on Jobs and Apprenticeship Opportunities

An Information Open House will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Training opportunities are available and this is a time to learn more about them.  This is of interest if you want a better paying job, change the path you are on, develop skills for promotion, learn through hands-on and experience Apprenticeship Training.  Learn more about jobs in welding, precision machining, computer technology, networking and electricity. 

For more information, or call 434 579 7260 or 434 634 9358.


Lois B. Gaskins

Lois B. Gaskins, 91, of Capron, widow of Arthur D. Gaskins, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva C. Butler. Numerous nieces and nephews survive her. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at Drewryville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Virginians Still Encouraged to Drive to Save Lives During Winter Holiday Season

RICHMOND – Fortunately, a forecasted record volume of traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend did not yield an increase in traffic deaths across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Preliminary reports indicate a total of seven people were killed in seven traffic crashes statewide, compared to nine deaths during the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday and eight in 2014.

The 2016 Thanksgiving statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday (Nov. 23) and concluded at midnight Sunday (Nov. 27). This year’s fatal traffic crashes occurred in the counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Loudoun and Nottoway; and the cities of Newport News and Norfolk. Two pedestrians were killed in the crashes in Caroline and Nottoway counties. The crashes in Appomattox and Buckingham counties claimed the lives of two teenagers. Of the five drivers and passengers killed, four were not wearing seatbelts.

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police once again participated in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, Virginia State Police troopers:

  • Cited 9,594 speeders
  • Cited 2,812 reckless drivers
  • Arrested 137 drunken drivers
  • Cited 597 safety belt violations & 206 child restraint violations
  • Investigated 1,131 traffic crashes
  • Assisted 3,925 disabled/stranded motorists

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

“As we transition into the winter holidays, Virginia State Police troopers will continue our heightened patrol presence across the Commonwealth for the safety of all motorists,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are asking for Virginians to do their part, too, by always buckling up, obeying speed limits, driving alcohol and drug free, sharing the road, and not driving distracted. By working together, we can save countless lives on Virginia’s highways this holiday season.”

During the month of December, Virginia State Police will continue to participate in Checkpoint Strikeforce, a research-based, multi-state, zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using checkpoints and patrols. It also aims to educate the public about dangers and consequences of drunk driving. According to Insurance Institute of Highway Safety studies, sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20 percent through their ability to deter and detect drunk drivers.


The Elms Featured on Riparian Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to this historic home on the Emporia Riparian Woman’s Club Christmas Home Tour. We are excited that guests will have the opportunity to see this home located in the Town of Jarratt.

The Elms, aka the “Jarratt House”, in Jarratt VA, was originally built in 1833. Burned by Union soldiers in Dec 1864, it was rebuilt on the original footprint in 1866. It’s believed that the 14 inch solid brick walls of the 1st floor survived the fire. The home remained in the Jarratt family until 2012 but had been vacant for several years. It is currently being restored by Kurt Whitehead of Richmond VA. He is the son of Thomas and Cecelia Whitehead, who grew up in Greensville County and currently reside on Lake Gaston. Mr. Whitehead’s family connections to the area are extensive. He is the great, great grandson of Newitt H. Ferguson; one of five local Confederate men who participated in the Hicksford Raid. 

As you enter the grounds, there are two large antique iron urns on brick pedestals. The house, surrounded by massive magnolia and pecan trees, is a raised basement Greek Revival style with Italianate details. A basket weave pattern tumbled brick sidewalk leads to the columned porch and 2nd floor entrance. Since the house is still being renovated, only the 2000 sq. foot 2nd floor containing a hallway, living room, three bedrooms, two baths, and enclosed rear porch are on the tour. There are pine floors, 12 foot ceilings, and 3 of the 4 original fireplaces.

The home is furnished primarily with American Empire antiques from 1820s – 1860s, Victorian, and period reproductions. The walls are hung with antique prints, paintings, portraits and family photos. Throughout the house are many 19th century items like converted oil lamps, bronze and spelter statues, books, clocks, and girandoles.

Upon entering, you will be welcomed into a stately 12 x 38 foot hallway that runs from the front to rear of the house. The dark gray walls are offset by white woodwork, antiques, and artwork. Among the antique hallway furniture are pier tables, sofa, chairs, and a bookcase housing a collection of books printed in the 1800s and early 1900s.

In keeping with the original style, the living room is the most formal room in the house. Over the mantle hangs a 5 ft. x 7 ft. ornate mirror. There is a 12-light vintage French Empire chandelier. The Empire sofa is upholstered in archival reproduction fabric.  Of particular interest are an exceptional antique chair with ormolu mounts and a rosewood marble top cabinet. There is a collection of French ethnography prints from the late 1700s.


The bedrooms are furnished with antique and reproduction beds, marble topped dressers, chests, and other furnishings. 

Mr. Whitehead travels extensively for both work and leisure. He has acquired many antiques and decorative items on trips throughout the US, Europe, India, and Central and South America. The house is decorated with fresh and artificial greenery and seasonal décor. In the windows are custom made Christmas candles.  In the hallway is a Christmas tree decorated with ornament that were collected on his travels.

While the home contains 19th century furniture, it also has fully integrated 21st century technology. The house uses smart technology for the heating/AC, security, and entertainment systems. Using a phone App or accessing a computer allows the owner to adjust heating/AC settings, music, volume, and monitor security from any place in the world. 

The owner regrets that the first floor containing formal dining room, library, kitchen and pantry are not available for the tour but he hopes you will return again next year to see the completed home.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two- year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour will include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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SADD Hosts Drug Free Week at Wyatt Middle School

Third Row: Savion Taylor, Uriaus Obey, Mrs. Belinda King, Officer Reginald Harris, Darius Harris; Second Row: Sponsor, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, Zavion Harding, Quadarius Nicholson, Deshawn Epps, Malik Patrick, Karmisha Ivey, Collejah Sanks; First Row: Justin Graham and Ja’Niyah Murphy


Edward W. Wyatt Middle School SADD Chapter hosted Drug Free Week October 24 - October 28, 2016. Monday, October 24th students received red ribbons to wear all week, “Saying No to Drugs and Bullying”. Tuesday, October 25th Officer Reginald Harris from the Emporia Police department observed students during their lunch period and chose a student making good sound choices on how to behave in a large group of their peers. Wednesday, October 26th, District 19, Social Services, and the Public Library donated literature to educate students on the things that can seriously harm them. Encouraging words were given to help support our young people. Thursday, October 27th, was Self Awareness Day, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, SADD Advisor, was in the hallway with hand held models of mouths with cancer to show the effects that smoking can have on the body. These surreal models show cancer sores and other diseases in the mouth caused by negative use of drugs and tobacco. Friday, October 28th during morning announcements students were provided with encouraging words about making choices as a child so that we can be productive citizens as adults. We do thank our local law enforcement officers for all they do.

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Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe

Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe, 84, of Emporia, Virginia, was born on June 8, 1932 and passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Tommy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Cash Crewe, his two sons, Jeff and wife, Dina of Suffolk, VA and Jerry and wife, Paige of Emporia; his grandchildren, Austin Crewe of Emporia, Emily Cyr and husband, Jordan of Aiken, SC and Morgan Crewe of Harrisonburg, VA. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Rose Tripp of Birmingham, AL and by special nephews, Trent Crewe of Wytheville, VA and Ron Crewe of New York City; also by nephews and niece, Barry and Allan Trippe and Rosanne Nichols of Birmingham, AL. Mr. Crewe was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Virginia Crewe and his brother, T. Guy Crewe. Tommy was devoted to his wife and children. He was a father who was always there for every event in his family’s life and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was the owner of City Auto Supply for 24 years. Tommy was proud to be honored recently with the Ruritan Forever award by his Meherrin Ruritan Club. He was blessed to have had a loving and supportive family and many great friends. Tommy was known for his generous heart, wonderful sense of humor and incredible work ethic. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Regena Deloatch, Jean Miller, Doretha Carrington, Annie Lee, Clara Edwards and many others for their wonderful care of Tommy during the past 14 months. Special thanks to the staff of Crater Community Hospice. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 28 at Monumental United Methodist Church where Tommy was an active member for 75 years. Interment with military honors will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. If you choose, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the church or to Meherrin Ruritan Club. Online condolences may be made at

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Skip Black Friday, Shop Local

Thanksgiving is a truly and uniquely American Holiday. While it was originally created to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and the preceding year, it has become a day to spend with family and friends.

In recent years, Thanksgiving Day has become more and more just another shopping day in the commercial Christmas Season; a prelude to Black Friday. Black Friday has creeped its way into our Thanksgiving Day, with stores opening earlier and earlier, and many choosing to open on Thanksgiving Day and try to lure shoppers with ridiculous deals and sales.

While many readers will spend a little time shopping on Black Friday, and some even on Thanksgiving Day, I would like to offer you this plan for Small Business Saturday.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, and offer an opportunity for truly unique gifts for the ones you love.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast of ham biscuits with Country Ham from Spivey's Market on Baker Street. Spivey's is also a great place to get that country ham for Christmas and has the beat meat department in town.  Spivey's Market, 120 Baker Street, (434) 634-3203.

After Breakfast head down Brink Road to Carolyn's Creations. Carolyn has a truly unique shop that really can take care of all your gift giving needs. Jim Shore ornaments make a great gift for nearly everybody, and they will remember you every year when they decorate thier tree. Carolyn also has Tervis and Corkcicle cups and canteens. The new Corkcicle will keep a cold drink cold for hours. Carolyn also has Elf on a Shelf, Possible Dreams Santas, unique table top items, a large selection of ornaments, and many unique gifts. On Friday and Saturday Carolyn is offering 30% off all ornaments and stems. Get there early, the shop closes at 2 pm on Saturdays, but is open until 5:30 on Friday. Carolyn's Creations, 1363 Brink Road, (434) 336-1003.

For the sports fan on your list, stop by Top Hand Sports. Apparel, lessons or just some time in the batting cages. Top Hand Sports, 119 North Main Street,

While you are on this side of town, don't forget the consignment shops and antique shops on Halifax Street. Lora's A-Z and Twice Told Tales & Treasures are chock full of everything imaginable. Used books, household items, furniture, accessories, and well, the list goes on and on. Consignment stores offer more than great deals-get the perfect gift for the one on your list that is difficult to buy for. Lora's A-Z, 413 Halifax Street. Twice Told Tales & Treasures, 327 Halifax Street.

While you are on Halifax Street, stop by Clements Mayes Photography and Picture Perfect. While sitting for a portrait may not fit into your day, if you sneak that favorite print, poster or photograph out of the house, you can have it framed and back in time for Christmas, or have that old family photo restored. Prepay for a sitting for your kids or grandkids, or make an appointment for yourself and give  your loved ones a photo, especially those living far away who might just want a glimpse of Grandma's smile. Clements Mayes Photography and Picture Perfect Custom Framing, 401 Halifax Street,

Have someone on your list for whom clothes are the perfect gift? Stop by Sloan's Boutique in the Emporia Shopping Center. Sloan's offers unique fashions for men and women. Sloan's Boutique, 528 North Main Street, (434) 348-4240,

Shoes make the perfect gift. Who doesn't love a new pair of shoes? Swing by White's Shoe Store, next to Food Lion. White's has offered quality shoes since 1954, and has all the best brands. From Dansko and Birkenstock to UGG, Sperry and Clarks, White's has it all. White's Shoe Store, 212 East Cloverleaf Drive.

After shoe shopping, you will be about ready for lunch. Right across the parking lot is Arby's. Swing by for a Roast Beef sandiwch, one of the new Fajita Flatbreads and finish it off with a Pumpkin Cheesecake or Mint Shake and one of the new Salted Caramel Cookies (which are served warm!). Arby's of Emporia, 109 Market Drive.

After lunch, head back to South Main Street.

On your way don't forget Marketplace Signs and Apparel and the Gyspy Flea on West Atlantic Street.

Marketplace Signs and Apparel has a great selection of unique gifts and many item that can be personalized, including Baseball Caps, Tennis Shoes and T-Shirts. Marketplace Signs and Apparel, 317 West Atlantic Street.

For a unique selection of just about everything, swing by The Gypsy Flea. From garden flags to fancy soaps and nearly everything in between, even the most difficult person on  your list can have a gift under the tree. The Gypsy Flea, 206 West Atlantic Street,

CJ's Furniture and Pawn is a great place for a little bit of everything. Electronics from tablets and laptops to gaming consoles and televisions. Household items from china and glassware to sterling silver. Got a movie buff on your list? CJ's has a large selection of DVD Movies. And don't forget the Jewelry. While you are there remember to register for one of their two drawings: Win a toaster oven on November 30 and a $100 Gift Certificate on December 9. This month CJ's if offering 10% off everything except jewelry and new furniture and has layaway for Christmas. CJ's Furniture and Pawn, 308 South Main Street.

Also on South Main Street is Paws, Purrs and Hers, a great place for the pet lover on your list. Paws, Purrs and Hers, the most unique boutique has great gifts from accessories to pet supplies (no, a bag of dog food isn't the most romantic gift, but it is very thoughtful) and a selection of clothing that includes Simply Southern Tees. Paws, Purrs and Hers, 332 South Main Street.

While the Riparian Woman's Club is not a small business, they have a great selection on miniatures of prominent buildings in the Emporia-Greensville area. Many folks have been collecting these for years, and you are likely to know someone that is missing a piece or two. The Riparians are ending the project, and have many of the miniatures from previous years still in stock. In addition, they are selling the books (in two volumes) Sketches of Greensville County. Both the miniatures and the books make great gifts for anyone that has moved away and is a bit homesick, and are a great value at $15 each. If you are interested in either, give Evelyn Ewing a call, (434) 634-9227.

The last shopping stop is down in Skippers. The Good Earth Peanut Company has, literally, the perfect gift. Peanuts, trail mixes, butters and preserves. The Editor really does like peanuts, smokehouse almonds and the butter toasted pecans, and can attest that any of those (or anything else from Good Earth Peanuts) will be a welcome gift on Christmas Morn. The best part: you don't even have to drive to Skippers-order online and let them ship it right to the lucky giftee! Good Earth Peanut Company, 5334 Skippers Road, Skippers,

One last local business to make your Saturday complete (and to keep you from eating any more Thanksgiving leftovers). Head on over to Franken Stube for a great German meal. From German Sausages to Schnitzel, with great sides (try the Cucumber Salad) and even better deserts. In addition, Franken Stube has a selection of German candies and baked goods that will also make great gifts. Franken Stube, 605 West Atlantic Street.

Help our local businesses this season, skip the big box stores and get some great and unique gifts for everyone on your list. This list isn't by any means comprehensive, and there are many other great local businesses in our community. Show some love, shop local.



Challenge Issued to Tennessee & Michigan Trooper Trainees

RICHMOND, Va. – The 55 members of the Virginia State Police Academy are taking a stand – literally- against hunger in local communities across the nation. On Monday (Nov. 20), the 125th Basic Session took their food drive to the next level by producing a “mannequin challenge” video at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County.

The trooper-trainees were already purchasing food to donate to local food banks and churches within the Blackstone, Va., and Metro-Richmond communities in time for Thanksgiving, when they came up with the idea to go global. With the help of Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, and Academy staff, the 125th Basic Session has issued a “food drive mannequin challenge” to Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy Class #1216 and Michigan State Police 131st and 132nd Trooper Recruit Classes.

“Since our jobs as troopers are not only to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, but also to be community caretakers, we decided to ‘pay it forward’ by helping our communities by providing them with all the trimmings of a full Thanksgiving meal,” said Virginia State Police 125th Basic Session President, Trooper-Trainee T.C. Fairburn. “So with the current trend of mannequin challenges, our class thought producing our own video would be a fun and productive way to get the word out there to truly help others in need. Hopefully this idea will go viral with state police and highway patrol academy classes, nationwide, taking the challenge and helping give back this holiday season to the very communities we will serve and protect once we graduate from our respective academies.”

This is the first time the Virginia State Police has ever produced a video “challenge.” The VSP mannequin challenge is 2 minutes and 42 seconds long, and available on the VSP YouTube channel at The 125th Basic Session began their 29-week Academy in August 2016 and graduate in March 2017.


Virginia State Police remind motorists to secure unattended vehicles

Statistics show keys left inside nearly one in four stolen vehicles

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program is urging citizens to think twice before leaving their vehicles unattended with the keys inside.

There were 8,103 auto thefts in the Commonwealth in 2015, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that the keys or key fob had been left in 1,890 of those. Virginia State Police Special Agent Peter Lazear said the problem may be even greater than what the numbers show.

“Statistically, we’re seeing that one in four vehicles stolen has the keys inside,” he said. “But we hear it all the time from other law enforcement agencies that it’s more like half of the cars stolen have the keys inside.”

Look around the parking lot of any convenience store or gas station and you’re likely to see at least one unattended vehicle with the engine running, Lazear said.

“And the driver is nowhere in sight.”

Securing your vehicle becomes an especially hot topic when the weather turns cold.

“We’ve reached that time of year,” Lazear said. “People are warming up their cars in the mornings and leaving them unmonitored for minutes at a time. Those are easy targets. It’s also recommended that any items of value be removed from the vehicle or, at the very least, secured out of plain sight.”

To best protect your vehicle, Lazear said motorists should follow a layered approach to prevention. First and foremost, take your keys or take your chances.

“We can’t stress this enough,” he said. “Always lock your car and make sure the windows are closed whenever you’re not with the vehicle. And please avoid the temptation to leave your engine running when you go into a store.”

Second, be sure to activate the factory alarm system. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with an alarm, consider having one installed.

“Alarms make a lot of noise, and a lot of noise draws attention,” Lazear said. “Thieves don’t like attention.”

Layer three recommends using immobilizers or tracking systems. There are a number of products on the market at different price points, Lazear said.

“You may find it to be worth the investment.”

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Get Your Riparian Miniatures While You Can!

The Riparian Miniatures Series is coming to a close. All miniatures are currently on sale for $15 each.  The history book, Sketches of Greensville County is also $15.  Once all miniatures and books are sold, this project will come to an end.  Funds raised by this project are donated to community projects.  Contact Evelyn Ewing at 634-9227 or another Riparian member for more information.

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Bland Home on Riparian Home Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club welcomes the Bland Home to its 15th Christmas Home Tour. They have completed a renovation project that will showcase a new kitchen and bath which will be the envy of everyone.

David and Rosemarie Bland are proud to present their home for the Christmas tour this year.  David is a fine woodcrafter and has designed and carved many of the wood elements within the home himself.  He loves to do wood carvings and gilding. He has carved, painted and gilded many large and small signs for homes and businesses.  He is involved with the local Boy Scouts of America troop and teaches wood carving and other skills to the young boys.   Rosemarie is a Math Instructional Coach at Franklin Public School Division and is pursuing higher studies in math education. She loves to bake, putting the newly renovated kitchen within the home to good use. 

The Bland Home located on Peachtree Street is referred to as “The old Prince house” and was the first home to be built on this street.   This property was sold to Nannie Prince by W. T Tiller in 1900 on the condition that she had to build a home valued at nothing less than $1000.  The home was completed in 1902 with a recorded value of $1200 in 1903. 

In 1922 the home changed hands and was sold to Mattie and P. E. Prince for $4500.  At some point in the mid 1900’s the home was turned into a rooming house for teachers.  The current owners, David and Rosemarie Bland purchased the home in 1979 and have been in the process of restoring the home to its original grandeur.

Walking up to the house from the street you pass through a beautifully vined arbor leading up the sidewalk to the house.  The front features the original wrap-around porch perfect for sitting on a cool evening sipping on sweet tea and greeting the neighbors.  Upon entering the front door you step into a small entryway which leads into the foyer, with the original oak flooring throughout many of the rooms and features a Virginia Metal Craft reproduction Globe light.   In 1988, due to remodeling of the foyer by previous owners, the Bland’s gutted the foyer all the way back to the studs, taking 3 days of continuous work to remove all the old plaster and lath strip, then restoring it to its original design.  To the right is the staircase with a new banister & landing built by the current owner.  The banister is a replica of the early 1900s and the landing has a checkerboard wood design that blends in perfectly with the original woodwork making it seem that it was part of the original plans. 

To the left is the Blue room accented with white and crystal décor.  The piano is the focal point of the room and once belonged to the Nolde family out of Richmond who owned and operated Nolde Bros. Bakery.  Period reproductions from Biggs, Virginia Metal Craft and others are placed throughout this room giving it a finished touch.  From the Blue room you enter the dining room decorated in reds, golds & greens.   This room features a beautiful Hinkle Harris corner cabinet.  After roaming through the dining room you enter a wide hallway leading towards the rear of the home.  To the left, which was once the pantry, is the newly remodeled powder room with floor to ceiling tiled shower and stained glass window.  The sink is a unique, one-of-a-kind wash basin made from 2,000,000 year old petrified wood.   Proceeding down the hall leads to a newly created kitchen with state of the art appliances, cabinetry, counter tops and flooring and also a family room which overlooks the shady back deck overhung with mature wisteria vines, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, prefect for making delicious meals or hot drinks to snuggle and relax with on a cold evening.  The perfect ending to a hard day of work!

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour includes the homes of Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

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WASHINGTON – Today it was announced that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) will serve as the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 115th Congress.

“With a new administration starting to assemble its national security team, I look forward to fulfilling the Committee’s primary responsibility to provide vigorous and bipartisan oversight,” said Sen. Warner. “One of things I value most about my service on the Intelligence Committee is the tradition of members leaving partisanship at the door when we enter the committee room. In a dangerous world, the responsibilities of the Intelligence Committee are more essential than ever.” 

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was created by the Senate in 1976 to “oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government,” to “submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs,” and to “provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” While all Senators have access to classified intelligence assessments, access to intelligence sources and methods, programs, and budgets is generally limited to the fifteen members of the Intelligence Committee and by law, the President is required to ensure that the Committee is kept “fully and currently informed” of intelligence activities.

Sen. Warner, who  joined the Intelligence Committee in 2012, has been a leader in the Senate on issues surrounding cybersecurity, and co-founded the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus earlier this year. He has been a leader in focusing oversight efforts on how the intelligence community plans for, acquires, and operates national security space systems. He is the lead sponsor of annual resolutions marking Intelligence Professionals Day, and currently is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation unanimously adopted by the Senate to award the OSS Gold Medal Act before the 114th Congress adjourns.

In addition to serving as the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Senate Democratic Leader-elect Charles E. Schumer announced today that Sen. Warner will continue to hold a leadership role within the Democratic caucus as Vice Chair of the Conference in the 115th Congress.



(JARRATT) Centenary United Methodist Church and High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt have announced they will have a community Thanksgiving service Tuesday, November 22, at 7:00 pm at High Hills Baptist Church.

Centenary Pastor, Rev. Rick Franklin, will bring the message and High Hills Pastor, Rev. Ken Wright, will conduct and host the service.

The Tuesday service is designed to be a day earlier than most Thanksgiving services so folks that have other obligations can attend a service. 

Next year the churches plan to hold the service at Centenary and High Hills’ pastor will be the speaker. The churches are reviving the joint services which were done before but not in recent years.

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“Kids andCops - 2016”

“Kids andCops - 2016”

To:  Our Loyal “Kids and Cops Supporters”

From:  Lee Seymour and FOP Lodge #30

FOP Lodge #30 is preparing for another great Christmas Season with the Annual “Kids and Cops” shopping spree for under-privileged children at Walmart on December 10th. Each year at Christmas we have been blessed with your help to be able to take many under-privileged children shopping. Without your continued support this great event cannot happen, so please donate what you can.

“Kids and Cops” is a unique program sponsored by our local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #30, in which local Law Enforcement Officers share Christmas with children who are in need.The Officers and kids spend time together, one on one, in an unforgettable holiday shopping experience and then have breakfast together at Shoney’s. Parents and Guardians are notified in advance. Law Enforcement Officers in uniform pick the children up at their homes, take them shopping, to breakfast at Shoney’s and return them home after the event. Law Enforcement Officers help keep track of the spending and offer suggestions to the children with ideas for shopping. This is a great way for Law Enforcement Officers to make another positive contribution to the community and a long lasting friendship with these kids.

Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare.It costs $100 to sponsor one child, but you can sponsor as many as you like. If you cannot contribute 100% to sponsor a child, please donate what you can. It all adds up to sponsor another child. The children that will participate this year are determined by the amount of monies received by December 3th. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the kids, FOP Lodge # 30 and me. The Smiles you help put on a their face is amazing!

Make your check payable to:  FOP Lodge #30 and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847-2807.  Also, you can call me on my cell (434-430-5000) and I will gladly pick up your donation. Contributions are tax deductible!

Merry Christmas and “Thank You” Very Much For Your Support,  

Lee Seymour – Ambassador - FOP Lodge #30 – Emporia, Va.

115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847 – (Cell) 434-430-5000

Do you know a child that you wish to be a participant? Fill out this form.

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Brunswick Academy Receives Exxon/Mobil Grant

Brunswick Academy received a $1,000 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance.  This grant is given to selected schools across the country in communities served by Exxon or Mobil stations.  The grant was made possible by funding from Exxon Mobil Corporation in conjunction with Parker Oil Company.  Mr. Ed Low of Parker Oil Company presents a check to Mrs. Cheryl Bowen, Head of School and Mrs. Ann Montgomery, Director of Development.

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NORMAL COLLECTION                               WILL BE COLLECTED

Tuesday, November 22, 2016                              Monday, November 21, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016                        Monday, November 21, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016                            Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016                                  Wednesday, November 23, 2016                                          







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FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 7

 Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

“Producers elected to FSA county committees play a vital role in local agricultural decisions,” said Dolcini. “Their contributions are essential to the daily operation of nearly 2,200 offices across the country. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.”

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs,conservation programs,indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 7. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA offices. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit http://offices.usda.govto find an FSA office near you.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit


FSA Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections

USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, USDA will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs,conservation programs,indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

The candidates in this year’s election are:

Oscar C Gatewood and William E Tomko Jr are nominated in LAA #5, Prince George County, to serve as a committee member.

Richard Gay and Christopher Parker are nominated in LAA #3 Sussex County, to serve as a committee member.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 7. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters in local administrative area #3 or #5 who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information, visit the FSA website at contact the Sussex/Prince George County FSA office at 434-246-8541.

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SVCC Hosts Job Fair

More than 30 employers set up displays, handed out applications, and talked with potential employees during the Job Fair held at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Greensville County on November 2, 2016.  Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services partnered with Crater Business Services Team to sponsor this regional event.  There were about 175 attendees learning about jobs at area nursing homes, hospitals, construction companies, manufacturers, correctional centers, retail stores, service industries, police departments and also opportunities through SVCC in job and workforce training.  For information about programs offered through SVCC's Workforce Department, call 434 949 1026 or for SVCC college programs, call 434 949 1000.




Brunswick Acadamy Second Six Weeks 2016 Honor Roll

Brunswick Academy Upper School Honor Roll

Second Six Weeks of 2016-2017

Head of School’s List – All A’s

Grade 9

Braden Dornak, Jacob Farmer, Sadler Lundy, Emily Robertson;

Grade 10

Taylor Capps, Morgan Moore, Jonathan Paul, Hannah Waller, Courtney Walton;

Grade 11

Zachary Clary, Halie Dru Sadler;

Grade 12*


*Dual Enrollment students qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.


“A” & “B” Honor Roll

Grade 9

Parker Burke, Katie Chandler, Madison Clary, Hart Creedle, Bailey Edwards, Sarah Paige Fajna, Nicholas Hobbs, Morgan Jamison, Paige Jennings, Sutton Montgomery, Reanna Powers, Rachel Rego, Davis Roberts, Jay Vick III, Katie Wright;

Grade 10

Mariani Espinal, Savannah Greene, Blair Harrell, Jamie Saunders, Lucy Smith;

Grade 11

Karly Blackwell, Jackson Combs, Jay Edmunds, Jr., Claire Gregory, Benjamin Lewis, Berklee Pair, Sarah Poarch, Sydney Robertson, Heather Thompson;

Grade 12*

Joseph Carrick, Xuanjiang (Bob) Guo, Zihua (Lesley) Qu, Jared Utley;

*Dual Enrollment students qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.


Honoring surviving OSS members must be a priority for lame-duck Congress

By Senator Bob Dole

The Office of Strategic Services, better known as the OSS, was the World War II predecessor to the CIA, U.S. Special Operations Command and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. It was created after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt believed the war necessitated the creation of a centralized intelligence agency with the capability to conduct unconventional warfare.

Roosevelt chose as its director Army Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, who earned the Medal of Honor fighting with the legendary “Fighting 69th” Infantry Regiment in World War I. Roosevelt called General Donovan his “secret legs.” Donovan was a man of seemingly limitless intelligence, vision and bravery who is considered the founding father of the intelligence and special operations communities.

The OSS Maritime Unit was a predecessor to the Navy SEALs. Its Jedburgh and Operational Groups were predecessors to Army Special Forces. Elements of the Army Air Corps served as the air arm of the OSS and as predecessors to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Marines who served in the OSS were predecessors to the Marines Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Donovan said OSS personnel performed “some of the bravest acts of the war.” They were  drawn from every branch of the military and the civilian population. Donovan called them his “glorious amateurs”:

  • Army officers including Col. Aaron Bank, considered the “father of Special Forces,” and Maj. William Colby, who would become head of the CIA.
  • Marines including Col. Peter Ortiz, the most highly decorated member of the OSS; Col. William Eddy, who some consider the American “Lawrence of Arabia”; and Sterling Hayden, the famed actor who served under the name John Hamilton and would earn a Silver Star before returning to Hollywood for roles in “The Godfather” and “Dr. Strangelove.”
  • Coast Guard personnel, including Lt. John Booth, served as the OSS’s operational swimmers.
  • Navy Lt. Jack Taylor, a Navy Cross recipient who led one of the deepest parachute missions into occupied Austria and survived captivity in a Nazi concentration camp.
  • Fred Mayer, the real “inglorious bastard” who was nominated for the Medal of Honor.
  • James Donovan, the OSS general counsel who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in “Bridge of Spies”
  • Virginia Hall, the only civilian woman to receive the Distinguished Service Cross in World War II.
  • Ralph Bunche, who would go on in 1950 to become the first African-American to earn the Nobel Peace Prize.

The OSS supported resistance movements around the world. General Eisenhower said the intelligence it gathered before D-Day alone justified its creation, but the OSS played a critical role in other invasions. Its Morale Operations Branch pioneered the use of psychological warfare. It brought leading academics into the war effort to work for its Research and Analysis Branch and created area studies. It led Operation Halyard, one of World War II’s most famed rescue missions. Its Communications, Presentation, and Research and Development Branches created new technologies and devised innovative methodologies. 

OSS personnel went behind enemy lines on the war’s most dangerous missions. Historian Patrick O’Donnell said one would “be very hard-pressed to find a smaller group of individuals who made such a profound difference in the history of modern American warfare."

The Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act will honor the men and women who served in the OSS. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced this bill in the Senate, where it was passed unanimously with 73 co-sponsors earlier this year. The House bill has 320 co-sponsors – nearly 75 percent of the body’s members.

The House has honored many other groups of World War II veterans, including the Doolittle Raiders, the Tuskegee Airmen and the 1st Special Service Force. Under new rules enacted for the 114th Congress, House leadership must issue a waiver to allow passage of Congressional Gold Medal bills that honor groups of people. It granted such a waiver to the only other Gold Medal bill passed in this session of Congress, which honored civil rights marchers. There is no reason a waiver should not be granted for the OSS bill, too.

Time is running out pass this bill before Congress adjourns. If the gavel falls before the bill is passed, some of the greatest and unrecognized heroes of World War II will never be honored for their service. This would be a travesty.

When Donovan died in 1959, President Eisenhower said he was the “last hero.” It is time to honor the “last hero,” and all the heroes of the OSS, with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Bob Dole represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969-1996. He served as an Army combat infantry officer in Northern Italy during World War II.

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Senator Julian Allsbrook's Roanoke Rapids Home on Riparian Christmas Home Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, Va is delighted to add the Dunlow’s beautiful home in Roanoke Rapids, NC  to its 15th Christmas Home Tour. Stephanie Dunlow loves Christmas and it will be evident in the decorations from the moment you approach the home.

The Brown home located in Roanoke Rapids is currently owned by Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow. Stephanie is a former Emporia resident graduating from Greensville High School and is currently a nurse practitioner at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.  Timothy owns his own contracting business in Roanoke Rapids.  They have two children Hayley, 19 & Holden, 13. 

The Brown home was built in 1920 and was completed in 1922. Among the residences of this home was Sen. Julian Allsbrook and his wife Frances Brown-Allsbrook and later their daughter Mary Frances Allsbrook –Fisher.  The home was then sold and fell into disarray until it was purchased by the current owners Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow in 2010.  They have since been renovating it room by room to reveal its splendor. 

This home is a beautiful two story house with the original sunroom on the left and a large enclosed porch on the right.  The front of the home has a covered front porch expanding across the center with a sun terrace on the roof.  The lawn expands over 1 acre with many mature trees shading the property making for a park like setting. 


Upon walking through the original solid front door surrounded by evergreen swags and which hangs a huge Christmas wreath is a spacious foyer with oak floors.  The foyer consists of a large banistered staircase which is wrapped in evergreen garland all the way to the second floor during the Christmas season and opens up into the family den on the second floor. 

To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room with white woodwork throughout and a large white mantel surrounding a huge wood burning fireplace which beautifully offsets the black walls.  There are three large front windows which allows for the sunlight to stream in making for a very bright room.  The Mantel is covered in garland come Christmas with a color theme of Green/White & Silver.  On each side of the fireplace are two French doors with the original glass window panes and crystal knobs, which lead out into a tiled sunroom.  This home was the first in this area to lay this type of tiling and it remains intact to this day.  The windows surrounding the sunroom are all original with the original hardware with the crank knobs to open and close the windows.  

To the right of the foyer is the family room.  This room also features a huge fireplace.  And is decorated with a candy cane theme in mind and is one of the owner’s favorite rooms to decorate.  It is a very spacious room expanding from the front of the home to the back of the home with the furniture placed to make for a cozy setting.  Leading off the family room is the side porch which at one time was an open porch with pillars but has since been enclosed by a previous owner. 


Slightly to the right in the foyer and towards the back of the home is a temporary kitchen which was installed in what was a den and will be converted back into the den once the renovation of the kitchen is completed.   At the time the home was purchased the original kitchen was in very rough shape with broken water pipes which had ruined the foundation and walls which has resulted in massive construction which is still underway.  The kitchen/den features the original hardwood floor and a large fireplace which is garnished in garland and snowmen for the holidays. 

This is the owners favorite time of year and the decorations will indicate their excitement; a must see home.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour will also include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

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The Lawrenceville Rotary Club donated an assortment of books to Miss Owen's and Mrs. Ferguson's Kindergarten classes at Brunswick Academy.   Pictured are Miss Owen, Mrs. Ferguson, B.A. Kindergarteners, and Mrs. Bowen, Head of School.

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By Dr. Al Roberts

Southside Virginia is home to some great athletes, and sports participation is one important way young people can prepare for education opportunities and future employment. By participating at their personal best levels and learning to work with others on and off the court, athletes gain valuable experience. As men’s basketball coach Dennis Smith, explains “Playing on a sports team is really about how people work together to meet a goal. Teamwork is the foundation of everything we do.”

The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team joined the Virginia Community College System club league during the 2003–04 season and has earned rising acclaim. The team won three straight VCCS division titles from 2006 to 2008 and captured the VCCS state championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  For the last two years, SVCC’s basketball team captured the USA National Post-Grad Championship title, a competition for teams beyond the high school level. In guiding the team, Coach Smith is assisted by Coach Vincent Brown.

During its regular season the SVCC club basketball team plays against other two-year colleges in Virginia and North Carolina, prep schools, and some independent college teams. In addition to about 20 regular season games, the team participates in two showcase events where coaches from four-year colleges scout for talent. This provides an important benefit to SVCC students because most of the college’s athletes are in transfer programs and have plans to continue their education after graduation.

Student athletes have to preserve a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but coaches push them to achieve more. According to Coach Smith, “Our goal for student athletes is 3.5. We don’t always meet it, but that’s our goal because four-year college coaches are looking for athletes they know will also be successful in the classroom.”

SVCC holds an open tryout in September. Coach Smith says, “I’ve been coaching the team for fourteen years, and we’ve had students come to open try-outs and make the team every year.” The current team began practicing in September, and regular season games started at the end of October.

The SVCC club sports roster will expand this coming spring to include a women’s fastpitch softball program under the leadership of Coach Debra Hood. Practices will be held on both campuses, and games will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus beginning in March 2017.

For more information on where you fit into the SVCC team—whether your interests are focused on sports, activities, clubs, workforce training, or academics—call an admissions advisor on the Christanna Campus in Alberta (434-949-1000) or the Daniel Campus in Keysville (434-736-2000), or visit SVCC’s website at

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

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VSP Investigating Two Fatal Crashes in Brunswick County

Virginia State Police Trooper K.H. Pearce is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in Brunswick County. The crash occurred Saturday (Nov. 5) at 10:17 a.m. on Interstate 85 at the 38 mile marker.

A 2007 Saturn Aura was traveling south on I-85 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, struck a tree and overturned.

The driver, Destiny A. Freeman, 18, of Lorton, Va., was not injured in the crash. She was wearing a seat belt.

The passenger, Amari S. Newton, 18, of Alexandria, Va., was not wearing a seat belt. She died at the scene.

A third passenger, a 20-year-old male, was transported from the scene to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Freeman was charged with reckless driving. The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police Trooper M.S. Ezell is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Brunswick County. The crash occurred Sunday (Nov. 6) at 3:10 a.m., on Route 58, less than a mile east of Route 720.

A 2006 Audi A4 was traveling east on Route 58 when it ran off the left side of the highway, struck a culvert, struck two trees and finally came to rest in the median.

The driver, Mekiel T. Banks, 20, of Chicago, Ill., was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

A passenger, Howard L. Griffin Jr., 26, of Nashville, Tenn., was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

Banks was charged with reckless driving. The crash remains under investigation.

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