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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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SVCC Offers Pesticide Application Training

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a new non-credit course designed to deliver training to earn a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification.  This Private Pesticide Applicator Certification training covers categories in 90-Food, Fiber, Forestry Products and Commodity Production Pest Control and 91-Ornamental Production Pest Control.  

Classes will consist of an in-depth review of all chapters within the core manual followed by the private pesticide applicators test.  This training will be held at the SVCC Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  Class meets every Monday beginning February 10th through March 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Cost is only $89 which includes textbook and certification card.  Pre-registration for this course is required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or


Nationally recognized comedian to speak at free community cancer event


Cancer survivor and comedian Scott Burton to keynote Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free conference for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers in Southside Virginia

Headlining comedian and bestselling author Scott Burton is slated to be the keynote speaker at Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free program for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Auditorium at Southside VA Community College at 109 Campus Drive in Alberta, Va. Burton, a stage IV cancer survivor who has worked with famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, has turned his cancer fears into strengths and now focuses on using his experiences to benefit others affected by cancer.

“We are delighted to have such a dynamic and well-known national speaker for our event,” says Vivian Taylor, health information coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville. “We have several additional guests hosting breakout sessions, and we expect this to be a very entertaining and educational event.”

In addition to Burton’s keynote address, the event will include breakout sessions hosted by health care professionals from Emporia, South Hill and other areas in Southside Virginia, including:

  • “What do I do now…that I have finished my cancer treatment?” by Paul Goetowski, M.D., director of radiation oncology at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) Cancer and Specialty Care
  • “Cancer and restorative therapy” by Lesley O. Horne, speech and language pathologist at CMH
  • “Colon cancer awareness and early detection” by Theopolis Gilliam, Jr., M.D., gastroenterologist at Emporia Medical Associates
  • “Ten tips for family caregivers” by Bill Humphreys, founding member of Partners in Healthcare and part of the Crater Caregivers Coalition
  • “Nutrition for cancer survivors” by Ratia Kirby, health information program coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and Halifax county nutritionist

Tzann Fang, M.D., medical director at CMH Cancer and Specialty Care will also be available for brief one-on-one confidential consultations throughout the entire conference.

“As a resident of the Emporia Greensville community I have seen the collaboration of multiple organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality of life and health of our area,” says Marilyn S. LeGrow, community outreach coordinator for VCU Massey Cancer Center. “I am happy to see resources and research projects becoming increasingly available for community-based participation, and I am honored to be included in the planning of Southside Virginia’s first cancer survivor and caregiver’s conference.”

For more information about the conference or to make reservations, please contact Vivian Taylor at the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia at (434) 848-4850, or email This event is  sponsored by The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

(Editor's Note:  See a sample of Scott Burton's story in this video:


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