September 2016

Job Fair Coming to Greensville-Emporia November 2

Job Fair 2016 is coming to Southside Virginia Education Center at 1600 Greensville County Circle, Emporia on Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services are sponsoring the event along with Crater Business Services Team and First Media Radio.  This is a Regional Job Fair to serve employers in our locality.

Dress to impress, bring your resume, photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC gets you in the door at 1:45 p.m.) 

Interested employers with job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by October 26.  Hiring employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. compliments of SVCC.

Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at or 434 949 1026.


The Improvement Association Breaks Ground on New Workforce Education Center

Members of The Improvement Association and its Board of Directors recently joined together with local community leaders to commemorate the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the construction of an early childhood education and workforce facility. The ceremony took place at the site of the former Sussex High School on Coppahaunk Avenue in Sussex, Virginia, which was donated to the agency several years ago by Sussex County Board of Supervisors.

Pursuant to The Improvement Association’s mission of empowering people to become self-sufficient, the agency is constructing a 6,500 sq. ft. Workforce/Education Center (WEC) in Sussex County to develop and prepare a ready workforce to meet future labor market demands. The WEC will operate in conjunction with community colleges, the Virginia Employment Commission, and other community partners. According to the executive director, Rufus Tyler, “This unique center will also include an Early Childhood Education initiative which will serve approximately 51 three and four year olds. The center will also house offices, an adult education center, and a commercial kitchen that will provide nutritious meals for the children enrolled in the Head Start program.

“We’ve had many hurdles to overcome,” said Mr. Charlie Caple, Jr., Chairman of The Improvement Association’s Board of Directors, “but we’re trying to be good stewards in our community.” Rufus Tyler, the Association’s Executive Director, stated this project was in the agency’s strategic plan for over 25 years and will assist children and families in reaching their full potential.”

The proposed project is a joint effort between The Improvement Association, BB&T, and various donors who wish to remain anonymous. “This is a great thing for the community,” said Mr. Walter Mason, Mayor of Waverly. This will be a place to hold community meetings and promote community development.”

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2016 Special Awards

2016 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”






Most Chrome

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Connie Jordan


Least Chrome

1919 Ford Model T

Billy Soles


Highest Ride

1963 Ford F-100

Richard Wrenn


Lowest Ride

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson


Most Original            

1967 Pontiac GTO

Kelvin Clarke


Best Interior

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Thurston Vann


Best Exterior

2014 Harley CVO

Amy Long


Best Engine                

1955 Chevy Bel Air

James Wrenn


Appreciation, ’16 Dash Plate

1961 Ford Conv. Sunliner

Roy A. Roberts Jr.


Charles Taylor Mem. Award

1964 Chevy Impala SS

Billy & Kathy Rackley


Pam’s Choice Award

1974 Chevy Camero

Roscoe Reavis


People’s Choice Award

1988 Chevy Monte Carlo

Joseph Seward


Most Club Participation

Oldies But Goodies     



Best Paint

1966 Ford Mustang

Chuck Floyd


Best Appearing, Ford

1962 Ford Galaxy 500

Tommy Hawkins


Best Appearing, Ford Truck

1966 Ford F-100

Bert Dickens


Best Appearing, Import

2007 Subaru WRX

Eddie Pearce


Best Appearing, GM Product

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson


Best Appearing, GM Truck

1965 Chevy Pick-up

Walter Lynch


Best Appearing, Mopar

1968 Plymouth Rd.Runner

Doug & Sue Vaughn


Best Appearing  Mopar Truck




Best Appearing Antique

1933 Ford Tudor

Alan Fibish


Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2011 Harley CVO Soft Tail

Michael Long


Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2009 Suzuki Hogabusa

Marcus Long


Best Appearing, New Model

2015 Chevy Colorado

Benjamin Torbert


Best Appearing, Race Car

1969 Chevy Camero

Billy Lyles


Best Appearing, Street Rod

1950 Chevy Bel Air

Joe Barnes


Best Display

1967 Ford Mustang Conv.

Susan Harrell


Best Peanut Display

1967 Dodge Dart GTS

Billy Prince


Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

1936 Rat Rod Truck

Herbert  Smiley


Top Dog Award

1965 Chevy CorvetteConv.

Herbert Tuck Jr.


Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

1982 Chevy S-10

Stuart Slagle


Pro’s Pick

1959 Chevy Impala

Don Vtipil


Virginia Wheels Club Choice

1957 Chevy Pick-up

Dave Driver


Distance Award

130 Miles

Marcus Long


Johnny Pearson Mem. Award

1962 Chevy Impala

Cindy Vann


Billy Hedgepeth Mem. Award

1965 Ford Mustang GT

Jason Ellis


George Blick Mem. Award

1953 Ford F-100

Bruce Vecchioni


Good Guys Award

1936 Chevy Coupe

Wright & Cindy Pond


Special Interest Award

1937 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

Bruce Tudor


Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

1932 Ford Coupe

Chris Ellis


Best In Show, Motorcycle

2012 Road Yamaha

Johnnie & Debbie Long


Best In Show, Truck

1933 Ford Pick-up

Bill Austin


Best In Show, Car

1969 Chevy Chevelle

Gary Houchins

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"Do You Have a Cat?"

If you ask this question to the most
Then pay attention to what they say
You'll find so many will say yes
But don't k know where it is today.
Now this is the truth without a doubt
And the reasoning isn't hard
Yes if you don't feed them regularly
They will wander to another yard.
You can take my word straight to the bank
For on the subject a specialist I be
The past eight years I've caught sixty in my yard
And none of them belonged to me.
Well my cat loves me very much
For I feed her every day
Now this is what each one must do
Or you'll create another stray.
Now if we could turn them into tourists
The city would be so proud
Yet keeping a cat not spayed or neutered
Should not be allowed.
yes each dog requires a license
And each year must get required shots
it might be good to do the same with cats
Causing a cut back in many spots.
Now I am an animal lover
But my thoughts on this don't vary
The many cats loose on our city streets
Just how much disease do they carry?
Roy E.. Schepp

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The Improvement Association Hosts VML President, Shares Outcomes

Hon. Rufus Tyler, Executive Director for The Improvement Association; Hon. Kenneth Holmes, Board of Directors member; Hon. Ron Rordam, VML President; Debra Davis, Sussex County Administrator; Hon. Omar Smith, Jarratt Town Council member; and Hon. Mayor Bill Herrington of Lawrenceville

The Improvement Association recently hosted Ron Rordam, President of the Virginia Municipal League (VML), during its annual planning session. Rordam encouraged local governments and special guests to stretch their imaginations and consider various opportunities to get involved to make our children more successful in the future. He emphasized how early childhood initiatives, such as Head Start, prepares a skilled workforce and promotes economic development throughout Virginia.

The Improvement Association’s early childhood initiatives include the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and Head Start.

  • The Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative: Established in Greensville, Emporia, and Sussex in 2013, and implementers of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum, services are available to 68 families, pregnant moms and children from birth up to five years old. PAT helps caretakers understand their role in encouraging their child’s development. It helps children prepare for Kindergarten and ensures they are meeting developmental milestones, as well as passing hearing and vision screenings. Parent Educators also provide information on prenatal health to encourage intellectual development, curiosity, and language development.
  • Head Start: This early childhood education initiative is offered throughout the counties of Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, Sussex, and the City of Emporia. The Improvement Association’s Head Start initiative serves 262 children each school year and is currently 98% fully enrolled. Comprehensive early childhood services include education, health services, nutrition, social and parental involvement services.

To learn more about any of these initiatives, contact The Improvement Association at 434-634-2490.

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VCU Health CMH to Host Annual High Heel Dash

South Hill- Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.  VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is hosting their annual High Heel Dash on Friday, October 7th and everyone is invited to participate; men, women and children. There will be many fun activities for everyone including a 100 yard run/walk in which all participants are required to wear heels. Several different “wacky” awards will be presented in the following categories: highest heels, craziest heels, best dressed individual, best dressed group, pinkest heels, pinkest hair and the overall “Miss/Mr. High Heel Dash 2016” an award going to the participant who goes all out with attire and spirit. There will also be an award for “Little Miss/Mister High Heel Dash” for the child who also goes all out in attire and spirit.

There will be activities for children and adults including face painting, blood pressure screenings, breast health education and door prizes. Registration is only $5.00 a person and begins at 5:00 pm and the race will start at 6:00 pm.

The area’s annual High Heel Dash will be held at The Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Susan G. Komen Central Virginia Affiliate.  Grab your heels and your friends and come out for a fun evening in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention! For more information, call (434) 774-2541.

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Virginia State Police HEAT program rewards auto theft prevention efforts

Agencies, individuals recognized at annual law enforcement conferences

RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program honored the 2015-2016 HEAT Awards recipients at the annual conferences of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association in Tysons Corner on Sept. 13 and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke on Sept. 19.

The HEAT Awards program is an annual competition open to all Virginia law enforcement entities and employees who work in auto theft enforcement and prevention. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following four categories: enforcement, intelligence gathering, prevention and recovery.

“Stolen cars are sometimes used to commit more serious offenses,” said Virginia State Police First Sgt. Steve Hall, HEAT program coordinator. “It’s important that we acknowledge some of the work that’s being done to prevent auto theft.”

Auto thefts in Virginia have declined 62 percent since 1992, but there was a 7.2 percent increase from 2014-2015.

“It’s a reminder as to why auto theft prevention is important,” Hall said. “Even though the overall numbers are down and it may not seem like an issue, if you wake up tomorrow and your car is gone, that’s going to be a pretty big issue to you.”

The complete list of HEAT Awards recipients is below. To learn more about HEAT Awards, visit


Fifth Graders Study Native Americans

Ms. Robinson's and Mrs. Hawkins' 5th grade classes have been studying Native Americans. The students turned in wonderful projects this week including Navajo blankets, totem poles, wigwams and teepees!

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SVCC Offers Deal On Welding Testing

It has been said, “the best things in life are free.”  This does not typically apply to professional credentials, but it does in the Southside Virginia Community College Welding Program. Welder certification is free to all welding students while they are enrolled in welding courses during the 2016-17 school year. 

In the welding industry, welders performing code quality work are required to pass a skill test to prove that he or she has the skill to make a sound weld.  These tests are called Welder Qualification Tests, and are typically part of the interview process at many companies that hire welders.  The tests are administered in various positions, welding processes, joints and shapes of material.  SVCC offers students the opportunity to take both plate and pipe tests while enrolled in welding courses at SVCC.

David Braun, Professor of Welding at SVCC, is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).  CWIs inspect welds and certify welders through Welder Qualification Tests. 

Cost can be a barrier for many students in attempting to earn the credential during training, which is why SVCC has removed that barrier.  Welder Qualification Tests typically cost between $150 and $450 elsewhere.  Some students enrolled in the SVCC welding program have passed as many as 12 tests saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

For more information about Welding at SVCC, visit the website at  The college offers welding at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.

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"Do You Know Lonely?"

Lonely is when no one you see
for days and days on end
no one from your family
and not even a close friend.
You can go to any rest home
and this problem will appear
one don't have to be related
they are just glad that you are near.
Their faces will all tell a story
and time you will see a smile
you do not need to spend the night
just visit for  a while.
Now, all rest homes serve a purpose
with their very special care
yet when there you place a loved one
don't forget that they are there!
Yes take the time to visit
for lonely they all are
it shouldn't cause a problem
and most likely its not far.
Roy E. Schepp

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Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner Receives 2016 President’s Award

Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner, a 50-year-veteran of the department, is the 2016 recipient of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police President’s Award. Captain Turner was recognized at the VACP Annual Awards Banquet on September 20 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.

Captain Turner began his career with the Virginia State Police in 1966 as a dispatcher and transitioned to State Trooper just one day after his 21st birthday. From his early days with the department, Trooper Turner made serving the public the focus of his law enforcement career. And as he rose through the ranks, he maintained this priority in his duties and actions.

Captain Turner’s true talent emerged when he was first assigned to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) as a lieutenant in 1996, where he later became Division Commander in 2007.

As the Division Commander, Captain Turner has been on the ground floor of creating data systems for the administration of justice. He is a visionary, capable of not only seeing the needs of criminal justice agencies, but also envisioning how such systems can be used to better serve the administration of justice. Captain Turner has put tools in place to ensure data is retrievable in a variety of formats for countless criminal justice entities so that criminal history data can be used throughout the criminal justice system.

Virginia has one of the nation’s leading sex offender registries because of Captain Turner’s commitment and tireless efforts. He has been integral to the development of the registry and serves as a ready resource for law enforcement agencies that use the registry.

Captain Turner’s leadership enabled the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center to grow into a nationally recognized and model program. The center handles the speedy transfer of firearms to non-prohibited persons while maintaining an impressive record of arresting individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

Captain Turner chairs of the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board, which makes recommendations to the Director regarding policy, technical, and operational issues for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division programs, including the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Captain Turner has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and Criminal History Record (SEARCH). He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AFIS Internet, and Vice Chairman of the FBI/Compact Council’s Subcommittee on Policy and Procedures.  He fully recognizes the importance of his role on these national committees and uses his expansive knowledge and expertise to improve criminal justice services to Virginia’s criminal justice agencies.

Recently, Captain Turner was recognized by the FBI for his pivotal role in solving a series of rape cases in Virginia and Kuwait. His persistence coupled with his latent print database knowledge led the Norfolk Police to make inquiries into recently accessible non-criminal fingerprint files. A latent print taken from a Norfolk crime scene matched fingerprints of a Navy serviceman. The FBI deemed this case the “Biometric Hit of the Year.”

As a subject matter expert in the vast array of criminal justice information/data, Captain Turner’s knowledge and expertise is often sought by law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth and far beyond. He personally involves himself with other agency’s concerns and provides expert knowledge and direction. In Virginia, most law enforcement executives know that if they have a CJIS question, Captain Turner will know the answer—and he won’t have to do “research” to provide a response.

In the fall, Captain Turner will retire from the Virginia State Police with 50 years of service to the Commonwealth. He will leave a tremendous void in the agency and across Virginia. His historical knowledge of criminal justice and his overwhelming desire to serve can never be replaced. He will truly be missed, and Virginia law enforcement will never be able to thank him enough for this enduring dedication.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to recognize Virginia State Police Captain Tom Turner with the 2016 President’s Award.



Area eleventh and twelfth-grade high school students and their parents are invited to attend “College Day” at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus in Alberta on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the Regional College Day program for Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and parts of Lunenburg and Nottoway counties.  Second-year students and graduates of two-year college degree programs are also urged to attend.  Over 50 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Bluefield College, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Eastern Mennonite University, Ferrum College, George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Living Arts College, Longwood University, Lynchburg College,  Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Radford University, Randolph College, Regent University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southside Regional Medical Center, Southside Virginia Community College,  Strayer University, Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, University of Mount Olive, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan College and William Peace University.  Also attending will be a representative for the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.

For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).


Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center to Host Blood Drive

Emporia, VA – According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. This adds up to about 36,000 units of red blood cells that are needed to meet the daily demand. 

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, September 23rd from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms, 727 N. Main Street, Emporia. Whether veteran or first-time donor, the process is quick (usually about 1 hour 15 minutes from start to finish) and easy, and each donation could save up to three lives. Donors are required to provide either a driver’s license or two other forms of identification, be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Becky Parrish at 434-348-4485 or visit

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Brunswick Academy 2016 Golf Tournament Winners

Brunswick Academy held the 7th Annual B.A. Golf Tournament on Friday, September 16th at the Emporia Country Club.  Congratulations to the 2016 tournament winners - (l to r) Eric Barnes, Ryan Short, Jeff Kidd, and Nick Belmonte.  Thank you to all who made this a successful fundraiser for the school.

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~ Senators will participate in assembling Aftercare Kits that are distributed to hospitals and crisis centers to support victims ~

***Event will also be streamed live on Facebook***

Washington, D.C.On Wednesday, September 21 at 4:30 PM, a bipartisan group of Senators will join survivors and advocates from F2F (Fear 2 Freedom) and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) to draw attention to the continued epidemic of sexual assault on our college campuses.

F2F is a global non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Rosemary Trible, wife of former U.S. Senator Paul Trible (R-VA). Mrs. Trible is a sexual assault survivor and an advocate for bringing empowerment, hope and healing to other survivors of sexual violence. After Mrs. Trible was assaulted, she learned firsthand that when a victim receives a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) exam, all of their clothing is kept for evidence. Accordingly, they often leave treatment in disposable, hospital-issued clothing. F2F partners with universities, hospitals, and community organizations to provide Aftercare Kits to survivors of sexual assault. Each Aftercare Kit contains clothing, toiletries, a pen and journal for adults and a toy for children, a list of resources, a stuffed animal that serves as a counseling tool, and a handwritten note of encouragement. To date, F2F has provided over 13,000 F2F Kits to sexual assault survivors.

At the Wednesday event, following a brief speaking program, Senators will participate in a demonstration assembly of Aftercare Kits that will be donated to two local crisis centers for people seeking a PERK exam, and attendees will be invited to pen a note to include in preassembled Aftercare Kits.

Last year, Sen. Warner and a bipartisan coalition of Senators reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S.590), which would reform the way colleges and universities address and report incidents of sexual assault on their campuses in order to improve accountability and protect and empower students, while also protecting the rights of the accused.

Date:               Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time:               4:30-5:30 PM

Location:        385 Russell Senate Office Building

Who:               U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Scott Berkowitz, Founder and CEO, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Rosemary Trible, Founder and President, Fear 2 Freedom

Sexual Assault Survivor Joe Belsterling

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Book Signing Set for Sept. 30th

SOUTH HILL, VA– The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a “book signing” event featuring Carlos A. Williams, MD on September 30th from 12:00PM-5:00PM in the front lobby of the hospital, located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Williams, Neurologist at VCU Health CMH has recently published a book entitled, “Brain Storming” and will be in attendance to sign copies for the public. This event is free and open to the public and all book sales from the event will benefit the CMH Auxiliary.

When discussing his book, Dr. Williams stated, “I grew up in a poor country in a poor family earning our existence by doing business with everyone that came through the door, regardless of color or language.  After 28 years there, I became a foreign graduate student in a country where I did have to learn the language and culture in order to be a Neurologist.  I never contemplated living in this country but found myself here.  This is not my work, but a simple account of my encounters with people I have met at the end of their life.”

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Chancellor Visits SVCC To Learn Of Best Practices

The Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success.  At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American Males in their successful pursuit of higher education.  Those participating in the event are (Left to Right) Shauna Davis, Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center, Dr. John Hicks, SVCC MIH Advisor, Andre Harrell, MIH student, Sharon Morrissey, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research, Kaleb Greene, MIH student, Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor, Anquinnie Lee, MIH student, LaFreda Ogburn, SVCC Local Board member, Jarius Miller, MIH student, Van Wilson, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Anne Hayes, SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success.   He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on September 13, 2016 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.

The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer.  This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college.  This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.

The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative.  They participated in this programto promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training, and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas.  These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, and melanoma in Hispanics by, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.

The MIH participants who presented during the Chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.

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Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit

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Brunswick Library seals Time Capsule

Concluding the Brunswick County Library’s 75th year celebration, the Library of Board of Trustees sealed a Time Capsule to be opened in the year 2040 when the Brunswick County Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Time Capsule contains mementos of the 75th Birthday Party, special thoughts from library patrons, library statistics, a Brunswick Times Gazette newspaper with an article featuring the October 7, 2015 Birthday Party, as well as other special items to be revealed at the 2040 unsealing. The Time Capsule is to be stored and locked in a display case in the Dr. William McCaddin Pritchett Local History and Genealogy Room of the Brunswick County Library. The Library wishes to thank the community for the many years of support and looks forward to serving the community in the years to come. Library Trustees pictured (left to right) Nancy Edwards, John Zubrod, Rebecca Akers, Deborah Davis, Alex Lockerman, Polly Duffey (Library Director), Sherri Bagley, and Elizabeth Grizzard.

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Ann F. Pearson

Ann F. Pearson was born January 2, 1948 to Gilbert and Lillie Pearson and died Sept. 16, 2016.  She grew up in Emporia  She was a proud member of the class of 1966 of Greensville County High School before she graduated from Radford College. She was a charter member of Zeta Tau Alpha at Radford.  Ann taught school in Nottoway County for several years before becoming a warehouse manager for   Phillip Morris until she retired to become the #1 babysitter for the Watson family.  She loved the Red Hatters and the Atlanta Braves.  She is survived by her mother Lillie E. Pearson, sister Gay Taylor  and husband Melvin, two nieces; Patti Watson and husband Rick, Allison Travis and husband Walker and nephew Robert Taylor.  She is also survived by 3-great-neices and 2-great nephews, Jordan Watson, Taylor Watson, Tanner Watson, Lily Travis and Lauren Travis, who were the joys of her life.  Ann also leaves behind many cousins and cherished friends. A visitation will be held Sunday 3:00 to 4:00 at Main St. United  Methodist Church with service to follow at 4:00 P. M. in the church,  with interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery. Donations can be made to her favorite charity, the Golf Society of Radford College c/o Jennie Allman , 1148 Ivy Hill Drive, Forest, Va., 24551.  Condolences may be sent to

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Harvest Festival Fundraising Concert & Dance Set for Oct. 1st

SOUTH HILL, VA– En’ Novation, featuring the extremely popular former members of Casper, is set to perform live on October 1st at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  This is a joint venture between VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Foundation and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.  Also performing as the opening act is The Big Eddy & Blue Trio featuring artists from Redneck Pool Party.  All proceeds from this concert will benefit programs and services at the new VCU Health CMH (that is currently being constructed) and the South Hill Chamber. 

To purchase tickets visit the South Hill Chamber or Brian’s Steak House, or call the CMH Foundation at (434) 774-2575.  Tickets for adults are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Children 10 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  There are a limited number of table reservations available on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments/concessions will be available for purchase at the event.  Coolers (and food) are not allowed and a photo I.D. will be required for alcohol purchase. 

The event is sponsored by the following:  Gold Sponsors-Benchmark Community Bank, “Beth & Beth” Exit Town & Lake Realty, Biggs Construction, Peebles, Pine View Assisted Living/M.C.’s Kids, Rent-E-Quip of South Hill and Vulcan Materials; Silver Sponsors-American Buildings Company, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, First Citizens Bank, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, South Hill Auto Glass, Inc., and Watkins Insurance Agency;  Marquee Sponsor-Town of South Hill; Venue Sponsor-Boyd Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of South Hill; Signage Sponsor-Xtreme Signs & Graphics; Ticket Sponsor-Crowder & Holloway Insurance; Libation Sponsors-Blue Ridge Distributing, Lawrence Distributing, Pecht Distributing, and Rosemont of Virginia; Media Sponsors-Lakes Media US 98.3 WLUS & Rewind 101.9 WKSK and Bobcat 93.5 WBBC .

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Armenians Seek Aquatic Advice from VSU

As part of an eastern U.S. tour agenda, a three-member Armenian delegation will visit Virginia State University’s aquaculture facilities on Sept. 15 to learn about best management practices used to help limited-resource fish farmers utilize water resources more efficiently.

Armenia is a nation and former Soviet republic located in Western Asia. Under the auspices of a PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) grant supported by USAID (United States Agency for International Development), project staffers are working with approximately 20 small fish producers growing trout and sturgeon in Armenia’s Ararat Valley. Fish farmers there are using inefficient water technologies and experiencing a depletion of artesian water resources. Project objectives include developing an educational outreach program and fostering sustainable fisheries that use water resources more efficiently.

Dr. Brian Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist who will direct the tour, cites distinct similarities between VSU and Armenian aquatic programming efforts and considers fish farmers concerns to be universal. Nerrie said VSU has worked with more than 300 fish farmers across the state who grow hybrid striped bass, catfish, trout, tilapia and freshwater shrimp.

The Armenians realize they’re wasting water and experiencing water quality issues, so they seek enlightenment on successful strategies we’ve implemented to address many of the same concerns, said Nerrie. We’ll not only share our accomplishments with them, but demonstrate how they might apply some of the same strategies to address their current dilemma. For more information on the Armenian visit or VSU’s Aquaculture Program, contact Nerrie at (804) 534-5903 or email

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. 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, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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Grants Provide Funds for Jackson-Feild Renovation

Thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg  the restrooms in the Robinson/Withers at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service’s gymnasium have been renovated.

The rest rooms have needed to be renovated for some time but funds were not available  for the project. Grants from the Ridley Foundation and the Mission and Outreach Committee at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church provided the needed funding for this project and Ridley Foundation provided funding for the renovations.

Work began in late August and was completed in September.  New tile was  installed on the walls and floors. Commodes were replaced in both rest rooms and a new urinal was installed in the boy’s rest room. Existing partitions in both bathrooms were re-sanded and re-painted. New LED light fixtures replaced fluorescent fixtures in both bathrooms which will improve lighting and save operating costs.

The children and staff thank the board of the Ridley Foundation and the members of Bruton Parish Church for their wonderful support to complete these much-needed renovations.

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Samantha Kelsey Woyer has been chosen the September 2016 Student of the Month. Samantha, a senior, is the daughter of Andrew and Margaret Woyer of Alberta.  She has one sister Rachel, a Brunswick Academy graduate and a brother Matthew, a current Brunswick Academy student. 

Sam is President of the National Honor Society, Co-President of the Latin Club and President of the Student Council Organization.  She has been Vice-President and Corresponding Secretary of her class, a member of the Honor Council, National Art Honor Society and was Chief Marshal at Brunswick Academy’s Commencement last spring.  She has played Varsity Softball and has been a Varsity Majorette since Middle School serving as Captain for two years.  She attended both Virginia Girls State and Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership conferences.   Samantha also received the William and Mary College Leadership Award. 

Samantha volunteers with Vacation Bible School at New Hope Christian Church.  You can find her there each Sunday giving the Children’s sermon lesson.  She also tutors children during her spare time. 

Her future plans are to attend either the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University or James Madison University.  She would like to pursue a career in Pediatrics.  Congratulations Samantha on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month.


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50th Anniversary Graduating Class Breaks Records for Virginia’s Community Colleges

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are off to a promising start in their quest to triple the number of credentials students earn annually by the year 2021. As the VCCS celebrates its 50th anniversary, the 2016 class was the most successful in history, reaching record numbers for both individual graduates and credentials earned. This past spring’s graduations also represented the end of the first year of the VCCS’s six-year statewide strategic plan, Complete 2021, which established the goal of tripling credentials.

All told, Virginia’s Community Colleges saw a 7.6% increase in degrees, certificates and diplomas earned, from 31,194 to 33,580 – and a 5.2% increase in the number of individual graduates, from 25,562 to 26,899. There were significant increases in certain groups driving those record numbers including:

  • A 14% increase in the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates;
  • An 11.4% increase in the number of so-called traditional-age graduates, those between the ages of 18 and 24; and
  • A 9% increase in the number of graduates who are the first in their family to attend and graduate college – in fact, first generation students earned one out of every five awards earned by the 2016 class.

There was also a smaller, though notable, increase of 6.5% in the number of men graduating. Traditionally, men pursue and complete postsecondary credentials at rates well below that of women. Today, men make up just more than 41% of the total VCCS enrollment.

The graduation numbers above do not include the more than 13,000 industry-certified credentials earned by VCCS students in short-term workforce training programs last year. Those programs operate outside of a traditional academic calendar and are counted separately.

“With a focus on student success, we are helping more individuals overcome the barriers that can prevent them from earning a postsecondary credential, the passport that is essential today to pursuing the American Dream,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Much work remains, however, if we are going to reach that tripling goal of Complete 2021 and truly prepare individuals for the new Virginia economy.”

No one, perhaps, better personifies that pursuit of the American Dream better than Augusto “Gus” Infantas, 22, who became the first in his family to attend and graduate college when he earned his degree last May from Northern Virginia Community College.

Infantas was born in Peru but raised in America. The sometimes-frustrating process of obtaining legal residency, and a lack of resources, delayed his pursuit of a college education. Instead, he began working fulltime to support his family. He wasn’t sure what to think by the time he made it to campus.

“As a very non-traditional student, I was nervous going into college; I was older and working two jobs all through school. But the diversity of people, thoughts and ideas made me comfortable. I was encouraged by faculty and other students to succeed. They motivated me to reach toward my goals,” said Infantas.

Infantas is now studying finance at the University of Virginia. “NVCC really sets students up for success,” he added. “You just have to be willing to work for it.”


Jackson-Feild’s Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is eligible and participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. A copy of the policy governing this program is on file at the school and may be reviewed by any interested party.

 The USDA announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create and strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service these annual, competitive grants will help further USDA’s efforts to increase locally owned foods in America’s school meals.

The program receives support from the Federal government. Although all children receive the meals at no charge, the household size and income will be used to determine the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The result of this process determines the amount of support received from the Federal government.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination  against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race ,color, national origin, age,disability,sex, gender identity,religion,reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form(PDF), found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA  through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Act Today for More Tomorrows

Cancer robs us of hope, energy and good people daily, but with new discoveries in cancer research and advances in cancer treatment, many types of this disease are being treated successfully or managed more like chronic diseases.  Researchers continue working on finding a cure and immuno-oncology appears to be a promising new approach.  In the meantime, people need to do what they can do now to prevent cancers from developing. 

“It may take up to 10 years or longer for some cancers to develop into a serious problem,” says Charlotte Litzenberg, Coordinator at the Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia located in Danville.  “That amount of time can provide an incredible window of opportunity for medical providers to act and possibly save a life.  We need to educate people about the importance of prevention and the early detection of cancer.”

To address these points, representatives of Susan G. Komen Central Virginia, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, PATHS (Piedmont Access to Health Services), and VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Cancer Research and Resource Centers of Southern Virginia, which are partially funded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, have been working with major state and local organizations and medical facilities to present a free continuing education program.   Act Today for More Tomorrows, a continuing education program for nurses and EMS will take place on Saturday, September 24.  National keynote speaker Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP, a Chicagoan with Virginia ties who is always entertaining and informative, will talk about breast and HPV/related cancers.  She will be followed by a panel of local experts.

Planners for Act Today for More Tomorrows hope to reach as many medical providers as possible in the south central area of Virginia with this information.  Harnessing the power of the Internet, they will deliver this free, high-quality, educational program (4.5 credit hours for nurses) live from Hampden Sydney College in Farmville to five satellite sites, all dotting the Highway 58 corridor, which runs east-west along the southern border of Virginia.  People will be able to view this program in Martinsville, Danville, South Boston, South Hill and Emporia.

Talking with providers about your family’s medical history and following cancer screening guidelines can lead to the early detection of cancer, which can save your life, so a panel of local experts will also talk about best medical practices:

Ibtehal Al-Ani, MD, Pediatrician, Prince Edward Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that both boys and girls get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by the age of 12.  HPV causes a majority of cervical and anal cancers (91%).  Among other cancers, it also causes cancer of the base of tongue/back of throat (72%), which is on the rise among men.

Christina Benton, MPH, Every Woman’s Life, Virginia Department of Health

Every Woman’s Life provides low-income and uninsured women access to free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. 

Jerry Lucas, MD, Ob-Gyn, Centra Southside

Beginning at age 40, all women should talk with their provider about the mammogram plan that is best for them.  At age 21, women should talk with their healthcare provider about when and how often a Pap test, Pap and HPV tests and pelvic examinations should be performed.

Kara Lamb, RN, MSN, OCN, Oncology Breast Navigator, Centra Health

A high percentage of people in this area do not have insurance or are under-insured.  Lamb will talk about their options if they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

The general public is welcome to attend.  Space at each site is limited, so online registration at required by September 20th .  If you have any questions, please call the Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia at 434.421.3060.

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Colonial Heights Rotary Donates School Supplies to Jackson-Feild

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club conducted a drive to collect school supplies for the students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

The Rotary Club has  been a regular supporter of the children at Jackson-Feild.  They donated 16 bicycles in 2015, provided school supplies and hosted ice cream social to name a few.

The club will be conducting a drive to collect blue blazers and sports coats for the boys. Dress clothing for girls is not a need but is desperately needed for boys.

Club president Renette Rawlins and members presents Tod Balsbaugh school supplies collected by the club at its regular club meeting.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Recognized at SVCC

2016 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is upon us, September 11  – 17.  Southside Virginia Community College salutes our nation’s truckers and continues to provide training to keep the freight and economy moving. 

For the past 20 years, SVCC has successfully trained 2,029 people for careers in this industry.  The college’s Truck Driver Training Program is recognized by companies as a topnotch, high quality program to train the employees they want to hire.

According to Dale Bennett, President and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association in the Richmond Times-Dispatch tabloid, Heroes of the Highway, published Sunday, September 11, 2016, “These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, that’s about 70 percent of all the freight moved in the U.S.  Here in Virginia, trucking transports 88 percent of our total manufactured freight.” 

He also noted, trucking employs more than 150,940 Virginians (one out of every 20 jobs in the state) including 55,100 tractor-trailer and delivery truck drivers.

SVCC continues to offer this training in three locations:  Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia.  For information, contact Susan Early at 434-292-3101.

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RICHMOND – With the recent appointment of a new Deputy Superintendent, the Virginia State Police has moved forward with appointing a new Director and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS). In August, Lt. Colonel Tracy S. Russillo was promoted from her position as BASS Director to Deputy Superintendent. The BASS Deputy Director, Major Kirk S. Marlowe, has been appointed to fill the vacancy of BASS Director and Captain L.W. “Lee” Miller III, will be moving into the position of BASS Deputy Director effective Sept. 10, 2016.


Marlowe, 50, was promoted to the position of BASS Deputy Director on Dec. 25, 2015, from division commander for the High Tech Crimes Division (HTCD) within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). He began his career with state police Aug. 1, 1988, and spent seven years in the Richmond Division as a trooper and special agent before he was promoted to Academy sergeant in 1996. Over the years with state police, he has supervised the Violent Crimes Unit and Staff Inspection Section as a first sergeant. In 2004, Marlowe was promoted to lieutenant of the Richmond BCI Field Office and later transferred to the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction (CCI) Unit. He achieved the rank of captain in 2009 and oversaw the Support Services Division before being assigned to establish and supervise the new HTCD. Marlowe is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. He also graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security with a master’s degree in security studies and was a valedictorian of the Administrative Officer’s Graduate Course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.


Miller, 47, has served as the division commander of the Information and Communication Technologies Division since September 2013. Prior to his promotion to captain, Miller served nine years in the capacities of lieutenant and first sergeant in the BCI Criminal Intelligence Division. He joined State Police as a dispatcher in 1992 and was assigned to the State Police Culpeper Division. He graduated from the State Police Academy in May 1994 with his first patrol assignment in Caroline County. Three years later, Miller was promoted to special agent in the Drug Enforcement Section of the Richmond BCI Field Office. A graduate of Emory and Henry College with a bachelor’s degree in history and geography, he has received numerous service awards during his tenure with the Department and has served on numerous state and national boards and subcommittees related to public safety telecommunications and homeland security. He is also a 2007 graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College.



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