March 2015

  1. Obituary -Maurice Arnold Edwards

    Deacon Maurice Arnold Edwards (September 6, 1942-March 26, 2015)
    On September 6, 1942, Maurice Arnold Edwards was born to the late John C. and Delilah L. Edwards in Emporia, Virginia.  He was the youngest of eight siblings.
    Maurice Edwards was a man of wisdom, who was given many gifts and talents from God.  He exemplified the love of Christ. He was a very devoted and loving husband and father.  Deacon Maurice Edwards was a key pillar—a servant leader—of Royal Baptist Church, where he was an ordained deacon. Deacon Maurice Edwards served as the treasurer, trustee, SundaySchool teacher, musician, and a member of the culinary ministry of Royal Baptist Church.
    Deacon Edwards loved gospel music and he loved to play it on his bass guitars. He was a long-time member of the gospel music group, the Sensational Starlight Singers of Emporia, Virginia.  Maurice also shared his musical gift with the church by playing for the Royal Baptist Church Senior Choir.
    Outside of the church, Deacon Maurice Edwards was a very keen businessman—an entrepreneur at heart.  He owned an auto mechanic shop and was a realtor.  Maurice Edwards was a lamplight to all who came to know him. Deacon Edwards was a mentor who touched the lives of many people. 
    Left to cherish his memories are: his wife of 50 years, Ruth Mabrey Edwards; two daughters, Kimberly Edwards Hitchman, and Karen Edwards Atkins; two sons-in-law, Robert S. Hitchman, Jr. and Leroy F. Atkins, five grandchildren (listed in order) Robert S. Hitchman, III, Alexis S. Hitchman, Kara L. Atkins, Kera L. Atkins, and Ariel S. 
    Hitchman; and three sisters:  Eugenia E. Sills, Marion E. Brown, and Barbara Edwards. He also leaves two close friends/brothers-in-law: Lloyd Mabrey and Junius Mabrey, his close friend, Bernard Pair, Sr., along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to cherish his memories.
    Funeral service for Mr.Edwards will be conducted on Thursday,April 2, 2015 at 1:00 the Royal Baptist Church, Emporia,VA; Rev. Nathan Brooks, Pastor.
    Interment to follow in the Zion Community Cemetery~Lowground Road, Emporia,VA.
    Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services 556 Halifax Street Emporia, 23847 434-634-2162

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  2. Obituary-Hazel Harrison Wrenn Ferguson

    Hazel Harrison Wrenn Ferguson passed away on March 29, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with various forms of cancer.   Born on May 14, 1925 in Greensville County, Hazel was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Frederick Harrison and Mrs. Ethel Brantley Jones Harrison. Mrs. Ferguson was a 1942 graduate of Greensville County High School. In 1945 she married Roland Lee Wrenn and was married for forty-one years until his sudden death in 1986.  In 1988 she married Eugene Ferguson of Jarratt, Virginia who preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Ferguson was an active member of St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Emporia,Virginia. Mrs. Ferguson was very active in the Woodman of the World Fraternal Organization both on the local and the state level, having served as Treasurer for Emporia Lodge # 287 for 35 years, and having served as Virginia Jurisdictional President from 1993 until 1995. She was employed for 30 years with Emporia Medical Associates until 1989.  Mrs. Ferguson is survived by an only son, Dennis Wayne Wrenn, and his wife, Judith Harrison Wrenn of Midlothian, Virginia; two grandsons, Bradford Harrison Wrenn of Pokomoke, Maryland and Bryan Sterling Wrenn of Hayes, Virginia, their wives, Stephanie Samuels Wrenn and Jennifer Davis Wrenn; five great-grandchildren, Berkeley Harrison Wrenn,  Brandon Sterling Wrenn, Tyler Davis Wrenn, Leeanne Montgomery Wrenn, and Nicholas James Wrenn. To her great-grandchildren she was affectionately called “Nee-Nee”.  Mrs. Ferguson is also survived by her loving sisters Mrs. Polly Wray and Mrs. Peggy Allen. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one half-brother, and five half-sisters. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  Dennis and Judy will receive their Richmond and Midlothian friends at their home from 7:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Visitation for Emporia friends and family will take place at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia 23847 on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1:30 prior to the service to be held in the Chapel at Echols at 3:00 with entombment immediately following at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to

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    EMPORIA, VA -  Southern Virginia Medical Group is pleased to welcome Amanda Futrell, PA-C, to their staff.  Amanda will join the practice on April 6, 2015. 

    Amanda completed her undergraduate studies, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  In 2009, she earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with Summa Cum Laude honors.  After several years in the workforce, Amanda entered Elon University in Elon, NC  where she recently completed a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Amanda and her husband, Lance, reside in Rocky Mount, NC.

    As a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), Amanda has completed clinical rotation in cardiology, inpatient medicine, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, women’s health, orthopedics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and primary care.  She takes care of people of all ages, and is now accepting new patients.  For more information on services offered by Amanda or to schedule an appointment, contact Southern Virginia Medical Group at 434-348-4680.

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  4. Republicans Praise McAuliffe for Signing Budget

    By Margo Maier, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Republican legislators applauded Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision Thursday to sign the 2014-2016 state budget without amendments or vetoes. It was the first time since 1998 that a governor has approved a budget in toto.

    The budget that the General Assembly passed ahead of schedule this year reduces general fund spending by about $1 billion but includes pay raises for teachers and state employees.

    “Today I was proud to sign a budget bill that provides a strong foundation for our future – a foundation built on collaboration and a shared commitment to building a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.

    “This budget closes our revenue shortfall responsibly, avoids cuts to core programs like education and invests in key priorities that are essential to economic growth. It also includes my top priorities of increasing funding for economic development; offering health-care services to more Virginians who need them; giving Virginia state employees a much-needed raise; funding the first lady’s school breakfast initiative; and supporting efforts to end homelessness across the commonwealth.”

    GOP leaders were pleased by McAuliffe’s approval of the budget.

    “Through the budget shortfall last year, the House of Delegates worked very hard to prevent any cuts to K-12 education. Not only were we able to do that again this year, but we were also able to provide our teachers with a pay raise,” said Del. Tag Greason, R-Loudoun.

    “This is the second pay raise in three years. It reflects our commitment to attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers. The budget also provides funding to continue our efforts to reform and improve the State’s Assessment System and the Standards of Learning tests.”

    Additional praise came from such Republicans as House Speaker William J. Howell; Del. Chris Jones of Suffolk, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Del. Steve Landes of Weyers Cave, the committee’s vice-chairman.

    “This has been one of the smoothest budget processes in recent memory and it was punctuated today by Gov. McAuliffe’s signature,” Jones said.

    “Since last summer, the House, Senate and the administration have developed a renewed commitment to bipartisanship and cooperation, allowing us to show that once again Virginia is a model for the nation. This is a good budget that reflects our priorities.”

    Landes said the budget was crafted “with remarkably little controversy or disagreement.” He then raised a point of contention in the early budget discussions: McAuliffe’s request that the General Assembly expand Medicaid, the health program for low-income residents, as encouraged by the federal government’s health care law. Republican legislators rejected Medicaid expansion.

    “I have said many times that Medicaid expansion is the wrong approach for Virginia. The document signed today offers an alternative approach that emphasizes providing targeted care to those who need it most, rather than a one-size-fits-all, government-run entitlement program,” Landes said.

    “We are helping the seriously mentally ill, strengthening our free clinic system and building on past efforts to improve community behavioral health services.”

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  5. Obituary-Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr.

    Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr. 75, widower of Judy Wright Braddy, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ron Christopher Braddy and two sisters, Hilda Ricks and Evelyn Johnson. He is survived by two daughters, Deneene Braddy Rice and Rhonda Braddy Phillips and husband, Jason and a son, Curt Braddy; four grandchildren, Amber Rice, Sierra Braddy, Justin C. Mitchell and Tori Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Brayden and Noah Barron and Nyah Grace Rice; one sister, Mabel Lynch and devoted nephew, Jerry Wright and wife, Sarah and children, Berkley “Googy Eyes” and Hannah “Ichabod”. The family will receive friends5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at

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  6. Obituary-Moses Leslie Newsome

    Moses Leslie Newsome, 93, of Emporia, went to be with The Lord on Saturday, march 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade and lila Newsome; his first wife, Janie Braddy newsome; and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Ada King Newsome; a daughter, Connie Moore and husband, Hurbert; a son, Larry Newsome and wife, Carolyn; a grandson, Larry Newsome, Jr. and wife, Karen; a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Newsome; two ste-sons, Howard Boney and wife, Virginia and James Boney and wife, Lelia; a step-daughter, Barbara Allen and husband, Gerald; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and his beloved sitters. Moses was a member of First Baptist Church of Emporia and he loved The Lord. He was a charter member of Greensville Lounteer Rescue Squad, served in the U.S. Navy, and retired from Sadler Body Shop. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt with interment to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 12-2 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Emporia or to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at

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  7. Neighborhood Watch Meeting April 14th

    The Emporia / Greensville Neighborhood Watch invites you to come out to meet and greet the new Police Chief Rick Pinksaw of the City of Emporia, he will be here to introduce himself and his plans for the City. There may be a short question and answer session.  We would like to invite anyone from Emporia, Jarratt, and Greensville County to attend the meeting.  The meeting will be on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM. At the Greensville County Ruritan Club off Hwy 58 West.

    Note; This meeting was rescheduled from February meeting due to illness.

    All are welcome to come to our meeting and bring someone with you.

    For additional information call Francis Drummond 434-634-2428 or Lynwood Matthews 434-634-6902

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  8. Gallstones

    By:  Jack Forest, DO

    EMPORIA, VA - The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located just below the liver.  It plays an important role in food digestion by storing bile produced by the liver and providing it to the small intestine where it breaks down fat. The gallbladder generally goes unnoticed unless a patient experiences symptoms of a disorder, such as gallstones. Gallstones are like grains of sand or small rocks that develop in the gallbladder as a result of bile becoming chemically unbalanced. Only about 60 percent of people with gallstones experience symptoms, as they can develop and pass through the gallbladder and intestines without causing symptoms. However, when a gallstone is large it may become caught in the passageways, or ducts, of the gallbladder, pancreas or liver, resulting in extreme pain.

    Gallstones generally fall into one of two categories, depending on the cause. Pigment gallstones develop when bile contains too much bilirubin, a naturally-occurring chemical normally removed by the liver. Pigment gallstones generally develop in individuals with liver conditions such as cirrhosis or sickle cell anemia. Another type, cholesterol gallstones, comprise 80 percent of all gallstones and consist mostly of undisolved cholesterol. Because most gallstones result from high levels of cholesterol, diet plays a very important role in the prevention of gallstone development.

    Diets high in fats and cholesterol are a main contributor to gallstone development. However, cholesterol levels in your bile do not always correspond to cholesterol levels in your blood, especially since cholesterol-lowering drugs do not prevent gallstones even though they lower blood cholesterol levels. Crash diets that include too little fat, skipping meals, too few calories, rapid weight loss or going long periods without eating prohibit the gallbladder from emptying often enough or completely, increasing the risk of gallstone development.

    In addition to diet, other risk factors for developing gallstones include gender, body weight, age and ethnicity. Women are more likely to develop gallstones because estrogen causes more cholesterol to be excreted in bile. Women who have high levels of estrogen in their bodies, such as those who are pregnant, taking birth control pills or on hormone therapy, are especially at risk. Overweight individuals may also have higher levels of cholesterol excreted into their bile. Individuals older than 60 years of age and those of Native American and Mexican-American descent are also high-risk groups.

    If gallstones develop and cause symptoms, medical intervention is necessary in order to avoid permanent organ damage. Symptoms of gallstones often include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea especially after a high-fat or spicy meal, known as a “gallbladder attack.”  Seek medical treatment immediately if you experience these symptoms especially if accompanied by dark urine, fever, chills and/or yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, as this may indicate an obstructed bile duct, which can result in gallbladder rupture, a potentially fatal occurrence.

    The most common treatment for gallstones is surgical removal of the gallbladder. This procedure is usually performed on an out-patient basis using the laparoscopic method, allowing most patients to return to normal activities within days. A person with a healthy liver can function normally without a gallbladder, however, lifestyle modifications such as limiting fat intake and increasing dietary fiber may be necessary for normal digestive function. Although surgery is the most common treatment for large gallstones and blocked ducts, non-surgical options to dissolve or break up the stones may be appropriate for individuals unable to undergo surgery due to complications such as cardiovascular conditions or liver disease.

    If you experience signs or symptoms associated with gallstones or fall into a high-risk group, contact your physician to discuss treatment options and ways to minimize your risk.  It is important to seek medical care at the first sign of gallbladder attack or pain to avoid additional complications such as infections, duct obstructions or gallbladder rupture.

    The information in this article was provided by Jack Forest, DO, who is certified by American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.  Dr. Forest’s practice, Southern Virginia Medical Group is located at 317 North Main Street in Emporia.  For more information on services offered by Dr. Forest or to schedule an appointment, call at 434-336-1222.

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  9. USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

    Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

    “This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC.  These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

    If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm's current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years.Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7.

    These safety-net programs provide important financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. As part of the strong education and outreach campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September, to date more than 5 million educational postcards, in English and Spanish, have been sent to producers nationwide, and more than 5,000 events with more than 430,000 attendees, including training sessions and speaking engagements, have been conducted to educate  producers on the programs. The online tools, available at, which allow producers to explore how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation, have been presented to more than 3,400 groups.   

    Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

    Producers need to contact the Farm Service Agency by April 7. To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find local offices, visit

    The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit


  10. GCHS Track Team Wins first Meet

    Windsor VA March 25, 2015-The boys and girls track team defeated Windsor, Southampton and Park View in the season opener of the outdoor track season.

    The boys score

    102 GCHS

    64 Park View

    35 Windsor

    24 Southampton

    Robert Sykes won both the 1mile (5:03) and the 800m (2:12), Jordan Peebles won the high jump (6’6”) and the 110mhurdles (16.22), Cordarus Clayton won the shot put (42’) Stuart Dugger 120’7” Douglass Allen Jr 12:44, the boys 4x800m relay team of Nathaniel King, Chris Mason, Isaiah Hicks and Robert Sykes won with a time of 9:59

    The girls score

    95 GCHS

    72 Parkview

    26 Windsor

    18 Southampton

    Lindsey Gordon recorded two first place in the 2mile (15:57) and 1mile (6:48), Arianna Phillips won the long jump (13’), Deja Mangrum won the shot put (25’9), Praisya Smith won the 300m hurdles (55.76) and Tenisha Broadnax won the 800m (3:03) the girsl 4x800m relay team of Brooklyn Mason, Haley Jones, Cahlia Allen and Tenisha Broadnax won in a time of 13:28

    The track team will compete at home next Wednesday April 1, 2015, “ this was a good effort by my athletes for the first track meet considering we only had few practice days I was quite impress with the effort, however, we have a long way to go before conference, regional and states”, Coach Young said.


  11. SVCC Chorus has "So Much to Sing About"

    The Southside Virginia Community College Chorus (SVCC Chorus) has “So Much to Sing About!” and you are invited to attend. The SVCC Chorus is giving their annual Spring Concert on April 12th at 7:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church (free). Under the direction of Carol Henderson and with the assistance of Sally Tharrington on the piano, this year’s concert is featuring songs about the inspiration that develops from depths of our human spirit. We have “So Much to Sing About!”.

    In the SVCC Chorus music, you will hear beautiful poetry that sings of our Faith, Love, Hope and Joy. After the cold, icy and snowy winter, the SVCC Chorus hopes to warm your hearts and inspire you as springtime is welcomed with beautiful music... we have “So Much to Sing About!”

    In the spiritual, “I’m Gonna Sing!” by Andre Thomas, our spirit is told to “sing on!” “dance on!” as we sing of our Faith.  “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Gwyneth Walker is a resonating song of Hope.

    Flutist Dee Pinnell joins the chorus for “Prayer Litany” a treasured anthem by Helen Kemp. Betty Edwards is a featured soprano soloist.  Gavin Honeycutt sings the tenor solos in a medley, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” where we re-live the Joy of our younger years.  Other chorus members featured in the program are: Lloyd Farnsworth, Jimmy Martin, Kelli Lewis and Julia Hawthorne.

    Other gentle gems: “Over the Rainbow”, “Gentle Annie”, a folk-like song by Stephen Foster; “Danny Boy” by Joe Flummerfelt and “Sing Me to Heaven”, will warm your hearts with remembered Love.

    Carol and Sally reside in Mecklenburg County. Sally works at SVCC and also serves as the musician at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Boydton. Carol serves as the musician at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax and is also the director of the Lake Country Chorale, Inc. in Clarksville.

    Come to the SVCC Chorus Spring Concert on April 12th ...we have “So Much to Sing About!” sponsored by the Southside Virginia Community College. The concert is free and is open for all friends, neighbors and families. South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914, Mecklenburg, Ave, South Hill, Va. 23970

    No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since I believe that love abides, How Can I Keep from Singing?”

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  12. USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum

    WASHINGTON, March, 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.

    The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order.

    USDA will conduct the referendum beginning on March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, at county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the Internet.

    Any eligible person engaged in the production or importation of sorghum from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form that shows they engaged in the production or importation of sorghum.

    The Sorghum Checkoff Program, and its 13-member board, is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The Sorghum Checkoff is intended to be a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum.

    The final procedures were published in the Nov. 18, 2010, Federal Register. The notice announcing the dates of the referendum were published in the Feb. 19, 2015, Federal Register.

    For more information, contact Craig Shackelford, Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, 22 Jamesport Lane, White, GA

    30184; Telephone: (470) 315-4246; Procedures and additional information about the referendum can be found at:




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    Dalton Honored for Service to Students, Industry

    Council President Katie Frazier(left), and Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton

    (Blacksburg, VA)  Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, associate professor and leader of the Agribusiness program at Southside Virginia Community College, was presented the Special Recognition award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council. Council President Katie Frazier presented the award on March 20 at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards banquet.  

    Each year, the Council acknowledges an individual deserving special recognition for his or her service to the agribusiness industry.

    Dr. Dalton grew up on a family farm in Lunenburg County. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and her PhD from Duke University in Economics. She spent seventeen years in a teaching and extension position in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech before returning home to Southside in 2010 to provide new leadership to Southside Virginia Community College’s Agribusiness program. She has published numerous journal and popular press articles and has made hundreds of presentations around the state and nation, as well as in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and South Africa.

    In addition to all of this work, Dr. Dalton also served as an advisor to many different activities on campus, including the Agricultural Economics/NAMA Club. And she has been a longtime leader in the Virginia Cooperative Council, focusing efforts on educating both high school and college students about the importance of cooperatives to agriculture and Virginia’s economy. She has been recognized countless times for her teaching, advising, and service at the university, state, and national level, including by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

    Bette Brand, with Farm Credit of the Virginias, said, “Dixie's ability to connect with young people and to inspire a passion for agriculture is unmatched. Her influence spans across several college campuses across the state as well as countless high school students through the Virginia Cooperative Council's VICE weekend at Graves Mountain and NICE at Virginia Tech. She has built a strong foundation for our industry's next leaders through her work.”

    Agribusiness Council Director of Government Affairs Brad Copenhaver, a former student of Dr. Dalton, said, “Her commitment to teaching and to truly connecting with her students genuinely makes her among the very best professors and mentors someone can have when considering a career in agriculture.”

    President Frazier commented during the presentation that “for Virginia agribusiness to be successful, we have to have good educators throughout the Commonwealth to teach students about our industry and to instill in them the passion that it takes to succeed. Dixie has done all of this and much, much more.”

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    The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit organization committed to representing the interests of the agriculture and forestry industries in the Commonwealth through effective governmental relations efforts and initiatives. Its membership includes farmers, foresters, and other agricultural producers; industry suppliers; marketers and processors; and commodity and industry associations. It is headquartered in Richmond. For more information, please visit

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    Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Frances Coral Sadler has been chosen the March 2015 Student of the Month.  Cora, a senior, is the daughter of Hermie and Angie Sadler of Emporia.  She has two sisters, Halie and Naomi, both students at Brunswick Academy.  Cora played Varsity Volleyball and has been a member of the Varsity Cheerleading squad for 4 years.  She is a member of the Latin club and has been Vice-President for three years.  Cora also is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and SCO.  She was a Junior Marshal last year at graduation and will be an Honor Graduate this year.    Each year she participates in the Brunswick Academy Theatre Production.  She was an actor in Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, High School Musical and has been a member of the stage crew for other productions.   Cora has been an active Girl Scout for 12 years.  She also participates on a travel cheerleading competition squad and works at the UPS Store in Emporia.  Cora is undecided on her future career.  She has been accepted to James Madison University, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech but hopes to be a future Tarheel at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Congratulations Cora! 




    EMPORIA, VA - One of our most important relationships is with our doctor.  Healer. Educator. Adviser. Confidante. Comforter.  These are among the many roles doctors fulfill each day as they care for patients and their families. Whether in a hospital, a clinic, or a long-term care facility, doctors work tirelessly to make sure patients get the care they need.  Celebrated annually, National Doctors’ Day recognizes the contributions of doctors around the country for their role in healing, patient safety, medical research and advances, and respect for human life and individual dignity.  On March 30th, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) will join healthcare organizations across the United States in celebration of National Doctor’s Day.

    Spearheaded by Eudora Brown Almond, a physician’s wife who wished to set aside a day to honor her husband and other physicians, the first Doctor’s Day was observed in Winder, Georgia in 1933.  Congress adopted a resolution commemorating National Doctors’ Day in 1953, but it wasn’t until 1990 that official legislation establishing March 30th as National Doctors’ Day was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.  He declared, “There is no greater reward than being entrusted with the care of others. The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. However, in addition to the doctors whose names we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States – indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice.”

    SVRMC has more than 85 active and consulting physicians on the medical staff who represent more than 18 specialty areas, including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, internal medicine, nephrology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, and urology.   As our nation celebrates Doctor’s Day, the administration and staff of SVRMC would like to recognize all doctors for their contributions to the health and wellbeing of our community, and to say a special thank you to the members of our medical staff for their tireless dedication to the patient’s they serve.

    If you are looking for a doctor, a specialist, or you’re simply interested in learning more about the skilled professionals at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, visit Click on the “Find a Physician” link, where you can search for a doctor by last name, gender, specialty, and location.

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  17. Traylor, Conwell Plan April Wedding

    Stephanie Traylor and Nicholas Conwell will exchange wedding vows in April.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jim Traylor of Vacaville, CA are happy to announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Stephanie Nicole Traylor to Nicholas Grant Conwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony M. Conwell of Jarratt, VA.

    Stephanie, a 2006 graduate of Buckingham Charter High School, is employed as a Maintenance Clerk with Mariani Packing Company in Vacaville, CA.  Nicholas, a 2004 graduate of Greensville County High School, received an Associate in Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force, and is Staff Sergeant with the United States Air Force stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. 

    The couple currently resides in Suisun City, CA.  An April wedding is planned at the Conwell Homestead, Jarratt, VA.

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    Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Tyler Dean Moore has been chosen as the February 2015 Student of the Month.  Tyler, a senior, is the son of Dean (Class of 1973) and Lori Morris Moore (Class of 1981) of Skippers.  Tyler’s sister, Arlie Moore, graduated from the Academy in 2010.  Tyler has been an active member of the Brunswick Academy Latin Club and the Virginia and National Junior Classical Leagues for five years.  When Tyler is not busy with academic studies, he can be found hard at work at Redwine’s Garage in Emporia. 

    Tyler plans to begin the Diesel Technician program at Southside Virginia Community College in the fall.  Congratulations, Tyler, on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month!


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  19. Obituary-James W. Sexton

    James W. Sexton, 73, widower of Claudette Riegel Sexton, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. He is survived by two daughters, Jackie Sexton Gomez and husband, Alberto and Mollie “Nickie” Sexton Harrison and husband, Bill; three grandchildren, Christopher Sexton, Jason Sexton and friend, Crystal and James “Mason” Sexton; four great-grandchildren, Ameerah, Christian, Jadyn and Camryn Sexton; two step-grandsons, Tony and Alberto Vazquez; a brother, Bobby Sexton; three sisters, Phronsie Miles, Ardney Moore and Eliza Robinson and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Sexton was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Sexton and a son, Nathan “Nat” Sexton. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 27. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff and caregivers that work with Hospice of Virginia and Southside Regional Home Health for the comfort and care that was shown to Mr. Sexton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 7231 Forest Ave, Suite 100, Richmond, Virginia 23226.


  20. Obituary-Russell L. “Catfish” Jones

    Russell L. “Catfish” Jones, 63, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moore Jones; sons, David Jones and companion, Pam Hobbs, Joseph “Joe-Joe” Jones and wife, Kelly, Neal Jones and Rusty Jones; daughters, Marjorie and Pam W. Gainey and husband, Tony; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Logan, Lisa Bradshaw and Darlene Logan, a brother, Ernest Jones and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smokey Ordinary Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine along with 19 other Senators sent a letter calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to support robust investment for a Safe Transportation of Energy Products program to address increasing safety concerns related to the transportation of Bakken crude and other energy products. One week after an April 30, 2014 oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Warner and Kaine urged USDOT to issue regulations requiring the strongest possible tank cars and to require railroads transporting Bakken crude oil to notify emergency response officials in the communities along the rail corridor. Last month, they urged federal regulators to move quickly to finalize and publish new safety regulations on oil trains. 

    In today’s letter, the Senators also called for increased funding for crude-by-rail safety efforts conducted by agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Substances Administration (PHMSA), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

    “The rail system in the United States has seen a massive increase in crude-by-rail since 2007 driven in large part by remarkable increases in energy development,” the Senators wrote. “In light of several tragic accidents involving crude-by-rail trains – including the most recent derailments and explosions of tanker cars carrying crude oil in West Virginia and Illinois – communities stretching across our country from the Midwest to coastal ports and refineries are rightly concerned about the safe movement of these combustible products.”

    Warner and Kaine were joined by Senators Maria Cantwell, Heidi Heitkamp, Dick Durbin, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Wyden, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Merkley, Patrick Leahy, Jon Tester, Richard Blumenthal, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, Chris Coons, Ben Cardin, and Joe Manchin.

    Five years ago, very little crude oil was hauled by the nation’s railroads.  Today, more than 1.1 million barrels per day – with more expected – move by rail, largely originating in the Midwest. There have been four fiery derailments involving oil trains in North America since the start of February.

    The Safe Transportation of Energy Products Fund is intended to address current and emerging safety issues related to the transportation of combustible energy products like Bakken Crude. It would include providing additional crude oil route safety managers, inspectors and tank car specialists at FRA, special agents at FMCSA to provide additional oversight of energy product transportation, and additional safety equipment, training, and outreach through PHMSA. Along with these personnel and resource additions, the Local Rail Facilities and Safety Program will provide critical infrastructure improvements to facilities handling tank cars, particularly to small stations.

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  22. Cover 3 Youth Football & Cheer League Updates

    Southampton County, VA. The Cover 3 Youth Football & Cheer League is happy to announce updates for the 2015 season. The 6th Free Cover 3 Football & Cheer Camp has been moved to April 25, location to be announced. League registration opens April 11 at the Foundation headquarters at 125. S. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851. Also on this date in April, the League will be hosting a car wash and Krispy Kreme doughnut sale.

    Cover 3 Foundation is providing a free football & cheer camp for all football players and cheerleaders, ages 6-14. Sponsored by the NFL Foundation, the camp is open to the public and directed by Southampton County native, Founder and Retired NFL Defensive Lineman, Greg Scott and his staff of League Representatives and coaches. In addition, members from the Hampton University Football team and coaching staff will be assisting with the football participants. Cheer participants will be coached by Malani Mitchell, Hampton University cheer squad and Cover 3 Youth Cheer coaches. The football camp is free and is open to the first 200 participants.  The camp will be held on April 25, 2015 from 9 am – 3 pm at a location to be announced. Football drills and games will be non-contact and no tackling will be permitted. The camp will feature drills, fundamentals, motivational tools, inspirational messages, flag football competitions and games, free lunch and t-shirt for all participants. To register for the free camp, visit

    League registration is open now for board members, coaches and volunteers. On April 11, players may begin to register at Cover 3 Foundation between 9 and 1. Registration will also be held on April 25 at the 6th Free Cover 3 Football & Cheer Camp. On May 9, registration will be held at the Courtland Community Center, 25499 Florence St, Courtland, Virginia 23837 from 9 am – 12 noon. On May 23, registration will be held in Holland at the City of Suffolk’s Holland Park 6720 Ruritan Blvd, Suffolk from 9 am – 12 noon. On June 6, registration will be held at Mt. Tabor Church, Grays Shop Rd, Newsoms from 9 am – 12 noon. Registrations will also be held on June 20 at the Foundation headquarters from 9 am – 12 noon. Registration deadline for all coaches is June 1 and for players is June 30.

    The League is accepting new member applications. Groups interested in joining the Cover 3 Youth Football & Cheer League can request an application by calling 757-562-2252. League member applications are due no later than April 1 and payment is due no later than May 15.

    After much consideration, team names have been voted on and finalized for the 2015 season. The teams are as follows: Courtland Tide (Coach Dwayne Joyner), Holland Razorbacks (Coach Marcus Evans), Riverdale Chiefs (Coach Ray Tucker), Meherrin Pirates (Coach C.C. Cooper), Sussex Green Machine (Coach Jason Flowers). For the 2015 season, all children are allowed to play for the group of their choice. For questions concerning registration, please contact 757-562-2252. 

    The Cover 3 Youth Football & Cheer League is accepting sponsorship and donations for the 2015 season. If you are interested in sponsoring the program or making a donation towards a local team, please visit for more information. Sponsorship packages are available by emailing a request to

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  23. Educators Prayer Breakfast

    Petersburg, VA –     Educator Dominion blogger, elementary school teacher and author, Toni Young, will be hosting the third and final Educators Prayer Breakfast for this school year on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Zion Apostolic Christian Memorial Temple’s Lower Dining Hall,  1601 S Youngs Road, Petersburg, VA.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
    This event is designed especially for men and women who are currently employed or have retired from any position within the public or private educational setting in the Petersburg and Richmond Tri-Cities area and all neighboring counties. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, specialist, administrators, superintendents, substitutes, food service, bus drivers, volunteers, child care center workers, college professors etc.
    Educator Dominion seeks to empower and encourage believers in the Word of God to improve the quality of education in their city or county through the power of consistent, specific and bold unified prayer. 
    The cost of the event is $8.00 and includes a light continental breakfast.  Cash or check payments will be accepted on the day of the event. However, you must RSVP to reserve a space.  Seating is limited.  

    For more information, please contact Toni Young at 757-537-3948 after4 p.m.



  24. SVCC’s President Is Keynote Speaker at Founder’s Day

    An inspirational message of loyalty and values,  tributes to inspirational leaders and  inspirational acts of generosity were the order of the evening at Virginia State University’s 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation. Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, President of Southside Virginia Community College, keynoted the celebration of the 133rd anniversary of the institution’s founding in 1882.

    Urging the assembled alumni, students, faculty and administrators to honor the values upon which VSU was built, Dr. Roberts said “strive to be one of the finest universities in the country, but always uphold and enhance the unique qualities that make VSU different.”

    To become a truly great institution, he said, VSU must “embrace and rejoice in the future; see the future as a friend” and should also “never lose focus on your historic mission of teaching, while instilling the value of service.”

     Embracing the value of service through action, alumnus Charlie W. Hill (’66) presented $100,000 to Interim President Pamela Hammond to establish the Annase Wilks Hill Minerva Circle Endowment. The Endowment honors Hill’s late wife, Annase Wilks Hill, who earned bachelor and master’s degrees in microbiology from VSU. Funds from the endowment will support primarily female students who exhibit outstanding academic performance and equally outstanding citizenship while studying in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) areas.

    Mr. Hill deemed his gift “a down payment” and urged students to begin giving immediately. He pledged to match any gifts the students raised. “Excellent students should never be turned away because funds aren’t available.”  Giving, he said, “allows the VSU magic to happen!”

    Richmond Ambulance Authority CEO Terone Green presented what he termed “a first installment” gift of $25,000, also in support of STEM disciplines.

    Earlier on Founder’s Day, Interim President Pamela Hammond and First Gentleman Greg Hammond placed wreaths on the grave of VSU Founder Alfred W. Harris in Petersburg’s historic Blandford Cemetery and on the front lawn of Virginia Hall in honor of the past year’s fallen Trojans. Participating in her first VSU Founder’s Day, these solemn activities served to inspire Dr. Hammond with a greater understanding of the storied history of this great institution.

    In the Photograph, left to right:First Gentleman Greg Hammond and Virginia State University Interim President Pamela Hammond are shown with Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College President,  and his wife,  Mrs. Janet Roberts, on Founder's Day at VSU.  Dr. Roberts was the Keynote speaker for the event.

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  25. C3’s Kid’s Meals Application Open for Summer Meals

    Franklin, VA. For the 5th summer, Cover 3 Foundation will be a sponsor of the USDA Summer Feeding Service Program. Application deadline for C3’s Kid’s Meals is April 10, 2015.

    Through sponsorship of the USDA Summer Feeding Service Program, C3’s Kid’s Meals provides free, healthy and balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers to all children attending a qualifying site within 60 miles of Franklin, VA. Qualifying sites may include day care centers, recreation centers, churches, schools, summer camps, open park sites, and community centers. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the same course of the meal service.

    All returning sites and new sites must complete the preliminary online application found at no later than April 10. If you want to partner with C3’s Kid’s Meals to provide healthy and balanced meals to children at your center and have questions, please contact Cover 3 Foundation at 757-562-2252 or email





    Are you interested in learning more about Law Enforcement? Are you interested in creating a spirit of  friendship and cooperation  between Law Enforcement and the citizens it serves? If your answer is YES, you may want to consider attending the Emporia Police Department's CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY.

    The Emporia Police Department's Citizen's Police  Academy  is a series of instructional courses presented by the Emporia Police Department to educate local citizens on the role of law enforcement in today's society.

    The Emporia Police Department will begin it's next Citizen's Police Academy on  March 26th, 2015 .  Any citizen who is age 18 or older should contact the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121, (Ext-6), or email ( You can also fill out the short application on their brochure (DOWNLOAD HERE) and take it to the Dispatch Window at the EPD.The citizen will then be advised of the application process and be considered for enrollment The following is a summary of the Citizen's Police Academy enrollment and curriculum.


     Prior to the beginning of the Citizen's Academy,  the Police Department will make applications available.  Anyone interested can at any time call the Police Department or email me at (  An application brochure will be provided for you. The first fifteen applicants accepted will be notified of the date when classes will start.  There will be no charge for the course.There will be certain requirements to attend. The following are the requirements:

     1.  Must be a legal resident, property owner or work  or conduct business  in the City of Emporia.

     2.  18 years of age or older.

     3.  Have no Felony Record or Misdemeanor Record involving Moral Turpitude, or violent crimes.

     4.  Have a good driving record.

     5.  Present positive Identification, (Drivers License, ID card, Birth Certificate, etc.

     Selection of qualified applicants will be on a first  come first serve basis.  Applications will be numbered as they are received. The first fifteen applicants that qualify will be selected to attend the CPA.  Each applicant accepted will be notified by letter and will be contacted by phone to determine their intention to attend.  This process will be repeated until fifteen applicants are accepted.  Applications who qualified but were not selected will be held until the next CPA and will be among those first accepted.



  27. Brunswick Academy Upper School Honor Roll

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    Headmaster’s List – All A’s


    Grade 9

    Zachary Clary


    Grade 10

    Zihua (Lesley) Qu

    Samantha Woyer


    Grade 11

    Ashley Clary

    Dallas Hawthorne



    A” & “B” Honor Roll


    Grade 9

    Grade 10

    Grade 11

    Grade 12*

    Karly Blackwell

    Cole Bradley

    Jay Edmunds

    Chad Jones

    Ben Lewis

    Jeb Redman

    Sydney Robertson

    Heather Thompson

    Ashley Wiggins


    Xuanjiang (Bob) Guo

    Yuang (Arash) Liu

    Lyndsey Powell

    Howard Wright


    Erika Ghassemi

    Hannah Glenn

    Garrett Ramsey

    Tony Rivas

    Carlee Wagstaff


    Kirsten Carroll

    Domanick Jenkins

    Madison McLawhorn

    Tyler Moore

    Rachel Woyer

    *Dual Enrollment students qualify for

    Honor Roll at the end of each semester.


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    ~ Event provides overview of admissions process to students, parents & school counselors ~

    Senator Mark R. Warner (VA) will host his annual Virginia Service Academy Day onSaturday, March 28th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville.   The event will offer students, parents and school counselors a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. 

    Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with officials from the five federal service academies, as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Military Institute. Representatives from many Virginia Congressional offices will also be available.

    “One of my most rewarding responsibilities as a Senator is nominating Virginia’s exceptional young men and women for admission to our country’s service academies,” Senator Warner said. “I am proud to be able to connect students and their families with these opportunities.” 

    The Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy require a two-tier admission process of highly-qualified individuals; an applicant must meet the rigorous admissions requirements of an academy as well as receive a Congressional nomination to be accepted into an academy.

    Registration for Academy day and information on the nomination process for the service academies is available on the Senator’s website  You may call the Vienna office at 703-442-0670 with any questions.

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  29. SVCC Captures USA National Prep Championship

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championship title with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian Prep on Saturday evening at the J. Bryant Floyd Center.

    The win completed a 4-0 run in the national tournament to improve SVCC to 17-6 on the season.

    “It was a tremendous tournament for our team,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “To win a national tournament title at any level is quite an accomplishment and Coach Brown and I are extremely proud of our young men.”

    Moravian entered the tourney as the defending national champions in the post-grad division, having knocked off SVCC in a thrilling 64-61 victory in last year’s semifinal round.

    This year’s contest would also go down to the final buzzer.

    Tied at 65 with 21 seconds left, SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier (pictured at left) knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 12 seconds left and the Panthers’ defense made one final stand to seal the title.

    Hoosier finished with 23 points and four rebounds in the championship game and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

    Guard Edmund Maxwell also had a sensational title game for SVCC finishing with 20 points and eight assists to help key the second half comeback.

    Moravian jumped out to a 24-16 lead in the first half but Cavan Bryant buried a trey at the 4:56 mark and Reggie Dennis added a bucket to trim the Moravian lead to 26-22 at the 1:19 mark.

    Moravian took a 28-24 lead to the halftime break.

    E. Maxwell scored the first four points of the second half and Hooiser followed with two straight buckets to give SVCC its first lead at 32-30 at the 14:13 mark.

    A massive dunk following a steal by Hoosier at the 10:09 mark trimmed the Moravian lead to 39-38.

    A bucket by Cordaro Boyd and a trey by Tevin Holloway cut the Moravian lead to 55-54 at the 4:36 mark.

    A layup by Khari Jenkins tied the score at 61 with 1:46 left to play.

    After getting a big defensive stop, Hoosier completed a 3-point play and Boyd hit one-of-two from the line for a 65-61 lead with 44 seconds left.

    Moravian didn’t quit however and completed a 4-point play with 25 seconds left to tie the score at 65.

    SVCC took a timeout and refocused and Hoosier hit the jumper to hand the local school its first national title.

    Jenkins led the team with eight rebounds in the game while Boyd added seven and Bryant and Holloway finished with five apiece, respectively.

    SVCC……24  43 - 67

    MP………28  37 - 65

    SVCC – Hoosier 23, E. Maxwell 20, Dennis 2, Holloway 7, Boyd 7, Jenkins 4, Coleman 1, Bryant 3.

    SVCC. 65-63

    SVCC got some big defensive plays from Reggie Dennis and Trevor Williams down the stretch to help the local team hold on for a 65-63 win over MMG (FL) in a semifinal contest on Friday night.

    The local team trailed by as many as eight in the first half against MMG but got a trey from Hoosier and two free-throws from E. Maxwell to close to 28-26 at the halftime break.

    SVCC cut the MMG lead to 34-33 at the 13:00 mark of the second half on a trey by Holloway.

    Jenkins scored six straight points for SVCC to give the local team a 53-48 lead at the 4:54 mark.

    A three-point play by Maxwell gave SVCC a 58-53 lead with 3:47 left to play.

    MMG fought back with a trey and a short jumper to take a 60-59 lead with a 1:45 left to play.

    The local team didn’t panic and the 5-9 Dennis pulled a deflected pass away from the 6-11 MMG center and tapped it to CJ Boyd who converted a 3-point play with 40 seconds left to give SVCC a 64-63 lead.

    A big defensive rebound by Williams helped seal the win in the final 10 seconds.

    Hoosier led SVCC with 20 points and six assists while Jenkins scored 12 points and added six rebounds.

    Maxwell scored 11 points and added 10 assists while Boyd finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

    SVCC…….26  39 – 65

    MMG……..28  35 – 63

    SVCC – E. Maxwell 11, Dennis 6, Hoosier 20, Holloway 6, Boyd 7, Jenkins 12, Williams 3.

    SVCC, 79-73

    SVCC topped Mount Zion Academy (NC) 79-73 in their second round game on Friday afternoon.

    The local team jumped out to a 13-7 lead on a dunk by Hoosier at the 11:07 mark of the first half.

    Six straight points by E. Maxwell extended the SVCC lead to 32-24 at the 3:58 mark and the local team took a 41-32 lead to the halftime break.

    Mt. Zion cut the SVCC lead to one point five minutes into the second half but a 3-point play by Hoosier gave SVCC a 65-59 lead at the 5:46 mark and the local team hung on down the stretch.

    Hoosier led SVCC with 19 points and five rebounds while E. Maxwell added 17 points and four assists.

    Jenkins finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Holloway added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

    Boyd finished with five points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

    SVCC……..41  38 – 79

    MZP………32  41 – 73

    SVCC – E. Maxwell 17, Dennis 4, Hoosier 19, Holloway 11, Boyd 5, Jenkins 12, Williams 1.

    SVCC, 87-60

    SVCC came out on fire in their national opener topping Prestige Prep (NJ) 87-60 on Thursday afternoon.

    The local team jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the 13:06 mark of the opening quarter on three straight dunks by Jenkins, E. Maxwell and Boyd.

    Three straight treys by Hoosier, Maxwell and Bryant extended the lead to 32-16 at the 7:24 mark.

    SVCC took a 44-27 lead to the halftime break.

    The local team took a 51-31 lead at the 11:09 mark of the second half on a layup by Boyd and cruised from there to the victory.

    Hoosier led SVCC with 21 points and seven rebounds while Jenkins scored 15 points and added 17 rebounds and five blocks.

    Boyd scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds.

    SVCC…..44  43 – 87

    PP………27  33 – 60

    SVCC – D. Maxwell 3, E. Maxwell 8, Hoosier 22, Holloway 5, Harris 4, Burgess 2, Dennis 0, Tucker 2, Boyd 12, Jenkins 15, Williams 6, Coleman 4, Bryant 3.

    2015 USA NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONS – The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championships with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian in the title game on Saturday evening in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On the front row from left are Shawon Tucker, Tevin Holloway, Edmund Maxwell, Donald Maxwell, Reggie Dennis, Marcus Hoosier, Anthony Harris and Coach Vincent Brown. On the back from left are Coach Dennis Smith, Taron Burgess, Shaun Coleman, Cordaro Boyd, Khari Jenkins, Cavan Bryant and Trevor Williams. (SVCC photo)

    MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 USA National Prep Championship tournament in the Post-Grad division.

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  30. EGRA March Madness is TODAY!


    Come out to the GCHS GYM SATURDAY, March 21 beginning at 8:30am

    By the end of the day, we will have champions in all three divisions!  This will be a single-elimination tournament and it's FREE to the public! 

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  31. USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

    Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.  

    “This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can.  And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack

    If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm's current yield and base will be used.  A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

    “These are complex decisions, which is why we launched a strong education and outreach campaign back in September.  Now we’re providing a one-time extension of an additional month so that every producer is fully prepared to enroll in this program, “ said Vilsack.

    Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in Englishand Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at, allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

    Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

    To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office.  To find your local office visit

    The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

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  32. Practice and Prepare during Statewide Tornado Drill

    Annual drill set for March 17 at 9:45 a.m.

    Every year, tornadoes hit several parts of Virginia. Twelve tornadoes impacted the state in 2014, causing numerous injuries and more than $700,000 in property damage. These tornadoes were spotted in several regions and in different months throughout the year. In fact, there have been 28 tornadoes in the commonwealth in the past three years.

    Since tornadoes are common in Virginia, it’s critical that everyone knows what to do when a tornado warning is issued. Practicing taking cover from tornadoes during the Statewide Tornado Drill onTuesday, March 17 at 9:45 a.m. will make every home, business, organization, school and college better prepared in case there is a real threat. If you can’t participate at that time, then choose another time or date – the most important thing is to practice tornado safety.

    On March 17, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning at 9:45 a.m. This will trigger a tone alert and message on NOAA Weather Radios that will prompt local radio and TV stations to broadcast a test message.  (Learn more about NOAA Weather Radios and why you should have one at

    • A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. When a tornado warning is issued for your area:
    • Go immediately to a safe place – usually the lowest level of your home, office or school – and stay there until the warning expires.
    • If there is no basement, go to a windowless interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hallway.
    • Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering your head with your hands.If you are inside a car or mobile home, immediately seek shelter inside a nearby sturdy building.
    • Get instructions on how to hold a drill and register now for the Statewide Tornado Drill







    EMPORIA, Va. –  R. Matthew “Matt” Tavenner has been named Chief Executive Officer of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center effective February 16.

    Tavenner most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer of Wellmont Health System’s Community Division, focusing on several initiatives to enhance quality and improve patient outcomes throughout the health system. He brings a decade of hospital administration experience, as well as a current and relevant understanding of the needs of rural physicians in today’s healthcare industry.

    “I am excited to work with the medical staff and employees at Southern Virginia Medical Center and look forward to what we can accomplish together to build on the hospital’s reputation for excellence,” said Tavenner.

    Before his most recent position, Tavenner was assistant administrator of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Kentucky. He has also served in leadership roles at rural hospitals in Martinsville, Danville and Richmond, Virginia. In previous roles, he has been actively engaged with community organizations and looks forward to continuing that involvement here.

    “Matt has the leadership experience and a strong background in rural healthcare to build upon our already solid foundation,” said the Honorable Stephen D. Bloom, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia Medical Center. “We’re pleased to welcome him and his family to Emporia and look forward to working with him.”

    A Virginian, born and raised, Tavenner earned his undergraduate degree from Longwood University and his master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  34. General Assembly Salutes the Troops

    By Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

    Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

    The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs. He met with McAuliffe and other state officials on Feb. 25 to discuss ways that Virginia and the Veterans Administration can work together.

    The meeting followed an announcement by the governor that over the previous three months, Virginia had reduced homelessness among veterans by 75 percent. Moreover, last November, Virginia held a summit on how to improve health care for veterans.

    “Virginia is pulling out all the stops to support our veterans,” said John Harvey, the state’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs.

    Legislation approved by the General Assembly would build on those efforts. Here is a rundown of key bills that passed – and some that didn’t.

    Health Care

    Legislators passed bills authorizing $66.7 million in state funding for veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. The bills were HB 1275 and HB 1276, sponsored by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights; and SB 675 and SB 676, sponsored by Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller of Mount Vernon.

    The money represents the state’s 35 percent share of the construction costs; the federal government would pick up the rest and cover the operational expenses. Both centers would have up to 230 beds.


    Virginia community colleges would provide academic credit to students who successfully completed military training courses, under SB 1335, sponsored by Sen. John Cosgrove of Chesapeake, and HB 2354, sponsored by Del. David Yancey of Newport News.

    The military courses would have to be applicable to the students’ degree requirements and be recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association.

    Help for Military Families

    SB 930, sponsored by Sen. Janet Howell of Reston, would allow members of the Virginia National Guard and other Virginians in the U.S. armed forces to receive benefits from the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund after they’ve been deployed for more than 30 days. The fund helps families with electric and phone bills, auto repairs and other household expenses.


    HB 1641, sponsored by Del. Christopher Stolle of Virginia, would ensure that all state agencies and public colleges and universities participate in the Virginia Values Veterans Program. The program encourages employers to hire veterans.

    Study of Veterans Services

    The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the General Assembly’s investigative arm, would conduct an audit of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, under Senate Joint Resolution 243, sponsored by Sen. Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, and House Joint Resolution 557, sponsored by Del. John O’Bannon of Henrico.

    The audit would examine whether the state is adequately meeting the needs of veterans and their families in terms of health care, education and other services.

    Other Bills and Resolutions

    The General Assembly allows passed measures to ensure that members of the military receive personal property tax breaks on their vehicles; allow all veterans receiving disability pensions to receive disabled veteran license plates; and commend Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. military during World War II.

    Proposals That Failed

    At the same time, several bills intended to help veterans, military personnel and their families were defeated during the legislative session. They included legislation to:

    • Allow all members of the Virginia National Guard to pay in-state tuition to attend public colleges and universities.
    • Offer college scholarships to the children and spouse of any Virginian who is killed or severely wounded during military service.
    • Provide grants to businesses that hire veterans. The Senate unanimously passed a bill creating the Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program, but it died in the House Appropriations Committee.
    • Create a special court for veterans accused of crimes that may stem from trauma, mental illness or other service-related problems. The Senate unanimously approved this bill, but it died in the House Courts of Justice Committee.

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    Virginia State Police Reminds Everyone Buzzed Driving is Still Drunk Driving

    RICHMOND – With three days left until St. Patrick’s Day, the clock is ticking to find a designated driver because choosing one isn’t being lucky, but smart. If you are one of the many celebrating at a festival, street party or attending a parade this weekend or March 17, remember Virginia State Police will be on patrol looking for individuals who fail to make the responsible choice and choose to drink and drive.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationwide 40 percent of all fatal crashes involved drunk drivers the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day (between the hours of 6 p.m., March 16, to 5:59 a.m., March 18) in 2013. The early morning hours were especially deadly during that same time period. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, a drunk driver was responsible for half of all crash fatalities nationwide.

    “Let’s face it, drunk driving is a choice and a reckless one, so drive sober because troopers take a zero tolerance to this behavior,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Impaired driving alone claimed 253 lives on Virginia’s highways in 2013.* Too many individuals lives are at stake when someone makes the irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel after consuming too many drinks. Be smart. Be responsible. Drive to save lives.”

    The tragedies and costs from driving impaired are not limited to death, disfigurement, or injury. Drive drunk and also face the likely consequence of an arrest, loss of your license, or a night in jail. Stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day and make a plan before the celebration begins:

    • If you expect to ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver ahead of the party or save the number of a taxi company on your phone as a backup plan;
    • If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation or a cab;
    • If available, consider using your local community’s Sober Ride® program – if you live in Northern Virginia call 1-800-200-TAXI or visit for more information;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to dial #77 on a cell phone to reach the nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center;
    • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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  36. Greensville County High Schools SkillsUSA District Competition Winners

    Greensville County High School SkillsUSA student organization participated in the Virginia SkillsUSA District 12 competition on March 7, 2015 in Chesterfield, Virginia. Students who place in district competitions will advance to Virginia State Leadership Conference April 17-19, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia.

    Jada Brown won first place in Outstanding Chapter. John Brayman and Leon Carpenter won first place in Chapter Display.  Students receive first place certificates and medallions from the Deborah Tripp, Virginia State Specialist for SkillsUSA and Dana Carson, Virginia District 12 Chairperson for SkillsUSA.


    Local district competitions were held at Greensville County High School on March 3, 2015 in carpentry and welding.  Welding competition results were Jacob Owen, first place, Ishmal Muhammad, second place, and Justin Owen, third place.   Carpentry competition results were Jamie Lagoon, first place Chesterfield Technical Center, John Brayman, second place Greensville County High School, and Justin Gosser, third place.  

    Greensville County High School SkillsUSA advisors assisting with the student organization and district competitions include Doris Bennett, Jerry Brown, Sarah Poarch, and James Wright.

    Welding competition winners from : Left to right : Jacob Owen first place, Justin Owen , third place and Ishmael Muhammad second place

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  37. Obituary-Alma Lucille Wright Gauldin Lynch

    Alma Lucille Wright Gauldin Lynch, age 83, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away March 10, 2015.  She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Alma Wright.  She is preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Edward Gauldin, Sr. and Reuben Wise Lynch; her son, Robert E. Gauldin, Jr.; brother, M.C. Wright; and sister, Jane Parrott.  She is survived by three children, Judy Jones and husband Kemp, Brenda Harlow and husband David and Jerry Gauldin; ten grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Milton Wright and wife Betty and Roy Wright and wife Sue; and two sisters, Joyce Gibson and Claudine Moran and husband Chipper.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, VA  23847 or Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2, Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Online condolences may be made at

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  38. Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship

    In June 2014, the Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship was established in memory of Mason who was a fun loving and in the moment nine year old boy. This year a graduating senior from Greensville County High School (Emporia, VA) will be awarded with the scholarship in the amount of $500.00. Future scholarships will be awarded each year until his graduating class of 2022.  Details on how to apply to the scholarship can be found at or in the Guidance Office at GCHS. Applications can be submitted to:

    Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship

    2550 Chapmans Ford Road
    Emporia, VA 23847





    (EMPORIA, VA) – Terry Joyner has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for February 2015.  Ms. Joyner, who has been employed at SVRMC since December 2003, is the organization’s lead switchboard operator. 

    Employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior highlighted during that month.  The highlighted Standard of the Month for February was Communication.  Ms. Joyner was nominated by a fellow employee at SVRMC who wrote, “Terry is friendly & helpful to everyone she encounters.  She always smiles and greets guests in a polite manner, remembering visitors by name. She goes the extra mile for everyone, assisting other departments as needed. For example, she collects the heart monitors on the weekends for the Cardio staff and she keeps every department aware of patient statuses, such as when patients arrive, when they are running late and when they are waiting. She has phone numbers available for anyone that needs them and happily assists in making connections. She is always clear and concise in her communication and she maintains positive interactions with everyone.  Terry exemplifies communication at SVRMC.”

    As SVRMC’s February Employee of the Month, Ms. Joyner received a certificate, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers at the Switchboard, a cash prize and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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  40. Obituary-Jackie Pearson Phillips

    Jackie Pearson Phillips, 70, of Emporia, widow of Jesse Bowen Phillips, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015. She is survived by two daughters, Wynne Doyle and Susan Harvey and husband, Keith; four grandchildren, Trevor Doyle, Payton Doyle, Austin Harvey and Sarah Harvey and a sister, Barbara Walton. She also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Sparky. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015. The family will receive friends following the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 5066 Dry Bread Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct., Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at

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  41. Pueblo Viejo Opens in New Location

    Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant and Grill opened in their new location on Friday after being closed for nearly a week.  You can stop by for Lunch or dinner at the new location at 103 B East Cloverleaf Drive.

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  42. ‘Extraordinary Justice’ Sworn In To High Court

    By Craig Zirpolo, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – D. Arthur Kelsey was sworn in Friday as a justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, succeeding retired Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser.

    Born into a family of lawyers and judges, including his father, uncle, grandfather, sister and half-brother, Kelsey rose from private practice – in the Norfolk office of the Hunton & Williams law firm – to a 12-year term on Virginia’s highest court.

    At his investiture ceremony in Richmond, Gov. Terry McAuliffe called Kelsey a “fair, knowledgeable and gracious judge” known for his intellect and deep faith.

    McAuliffe joked that Kelsey’s last vacation surfing in Maui went slightly better than the Democratic governor’s own holiday vacation in Africa, which left McAuliffe with seven broken ribs and other injuries after a horseback riding accident.

    Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-Williamsburg, said Kelsey has an “enormous appreciation for the separation of powers.” Norment quoted John Roberts, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, as comparing a judge to an umpire who does not create the rules but just applies them.

    “I don’t think I have come across a more articulate and impassioned judge,” Norment said.

    Delegate Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, played a key role in starting Kelsey’s career behind the bench. In 2000, Jones asked Kelsey to leave private practice at the peak of his career to serve on the 5th Circuit Court of Virginia, an offer Kelsey accepted after days of prayer and discussion with his family.

    Jones, who worked with Norment to gain support for the state Supreme Court nomination, described Kelsey as “patient, gracious and unpretentious.”

    William and Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III called Kelsey, an adjunct professor at the college’s law school, a “marvelous teacher” who brings a “stunning constellation of relevant experience” to the court.

    “An extraordinary justice has come to the Supreme Court,” Reveley said.

    After high praise from colleagues and legislators, Kelsey said he was blessed by the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court but has not forgotten that the greatest blessing is his family.

    Kelsey and his wife, Jane, have three children: Jeffrey, 24, a lieutenant in the Air Force; Mark, 21, a student at Cedarville University in Ohio; and Jenna, 17, a student at Norfolk Christian School.

    “Your comments describe the man I aspire to be rather than the man I am,” Kelsey said.

    Kelsey graduated from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in 1978. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1982 and his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1985.

    Kelsey began his career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John MacKenzie, where he worked for two years. He then became a partner at Hunton & Williams in Norfolk, where he practiced for 13 years before his appointment to the 5th Circuit Court, serving Isle of Wight and Southampton counties and the cities of Suffolk and Franklin.

    In 2002, Kelsey was appointed to the Virginia Court of Appeals by then-Gov. Mark Warner.

    Kelsey has been considered for the Supreme Court three times. In 2008, he was passed over for the seat filled by LeRoy Francis Millettee Jr., and in 2011, he was passed over in favor of William Cleveland Mims.

    Originally, Kelsey was the only candidate for the seat being vacated by Kinser, but the Virginia Senate delayed his election while it sought other candidates. The General Assembly appointed Kelsey to the Supreme Court of Virginia in January.

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  43. Notice to Reders

    Dear Emporia News Readers

    As most of you know, I had surgery last week.  I thought I would be more up- and-around than I am, so please accept my apologies for not updating Emporia News as regularly as I have in the past.

    I am recovering at home now, but still moving slowly.

    Please continue to send in your articles, photos and other information, and I will get it to the site is quickly as I can.

    Thank you.

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  44. Obituary-Melvin P. Harrell, Sr.

    Melvin P. Harrell, Sr., 72, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Hilda S. Harrell; son, Melvin P. Harrell, Jr., daughter, Cynthia H. Burke; grandson, Michael Zach Burke, granddaughter, Whitney R. Burke; great-grandson, Aubrey B. Burke; three sisters, Shirley Sledge Williams, Paige Harrell Gay and Joyce Faye Nowell and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Harrell was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Bryant Harrell, Jr. and a sister, Lucy Harrell Wilson. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Owen Funeral Home. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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  45. Obituary-Lottie Bradley Livingston

    Lottie Bradley Livingston, 93, a retired registered nurse of Emporia, died peacefully March 4, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center for more than seven years.

    Livingston, an Emporia native who was also formerly of Hopewell and Colonial Heights, was predeceased by a son, Michael R. Franklin of Birmingham, AL and his wife, Donna Hunter Franklin.

    She is survived by her oldest son, Richard C. Franklin, Jr (Suzanne) of Emporia and three grandchildren: Chrystina Franklin Kesler (William) of Raleigh, NC, Richard Bradford Franklin (Erin) of Richmond, VA and Marie Franklin Logan (Brady) of Birmingham, AL.

    "Nana" as her grandchildren called her also had five great-grandchildren: William Jackson, Richard Bennett, and Henry Everett Kesler of Raleigh, NC, Abigail Suzanne Franklin of Richmond, and Cale Michael Logan of Birmingham, AL.

    Livingston was the daughter of Susan G. and P.L. Bradley and one of eight children, all of which predeceased her. They included brothers Marvin, Willie,  P.K.,Dalton and Charles Bradley and two sisters, Louise Bradley Caish and Hattie Bradley Jackson.  Also surviving her is a special sister-in-law, Alice Starke Bradley of Williamsburg, VA  and special brother-in-law, Tommy Jackson of Roanoke Rapids, NC. Also a sister-in-law Mildred Floyd Bradley of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

    Her care was loving and appreciated  by the family from the Bloom Center staff and Crater Community Hospice.

    Livingston was an RN who graduated from the Petersburg Hospital School of Nursing and did various kinds of nursing before finishing her career in industrial nursing in Hopewell.  

    She loved bird watching especially building houses  for Martins, crocheting, and was known for her colorful collection of nearly 100 hats. She also enjoyed corresponding with friends and distributing hand-made greeting cards. Livingston also enjoyed lunching with fellow nurses monthly.

    A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church (300 Southampton Street, Emporia VA 23847) with the Rev. Gerald L. Wicker officiating. Visitation to follow at the home of Richard Franklin. Interment will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park (2901 W. Hundred Rd., Chester, VA 23831). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia or to Crater Community Hospice at 3916 S Crater Road Petersburg, VA  23805.

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  46. Officials Toast New Distillery in Petersburg

    By Matt Leonard, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND –With help from a state grant, a malting facility and craft distillery will open in Petersburg and use large quantities of Virginia-grown feedstock in making alcohol, officials announced Wednesday.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers joined the owners of Big Trouble Malting and Spirits at an event in Petersburg to make the announcement.

    “The demand for malted barley is huge, and the market is vastly underdeveloped,” said Tony Kvasnicka, co-owner of Big Trouble. “Our goal is to support Virginia craft brewers and create an operation where growers can confidently raise barley and other alternative crops for the craft beer industry.”

    McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to assist the City of Petersburg with the project. Big Trouble has agreed to buy more than 40,000 bushels of barley, wheat, rye and fruit from local producers.

    “Big Trouble brings together multiple aspects of economic development – agriculture, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism, and community revitalization – in one operation and is another excellent example of leveraging some of the commonwealth’s greatest assets to build a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said in a press release.

    State Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg also spoke at the event. She said that agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry and that the state should support it.

    “I am also pleased with the company’s commitment to our region’s farm families,” Dance said. “Thanks to this announcement, we have another business utilizing Virginia-grown products and providing more opportunities for our farmers for years to come.”

    Barley farmers could use the help. Casey Engle, chief information officer of Engle Family Farms in Henrico, said his operation has decreased production of barley over the past few years because of low prices.

    “It sells for about half the price of production,” Engle said.

    He said he would welcome the opportunity to sell barley to brewing or malting operations – something his farm has not done before. Engle said he has been talking with a malting facility in North Carolina that was offering significantly more for barley than previous buyers.

    Elaine Lidholm, the director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said the barley used in alcohol production is different from barley used for feed or other uses. She said grain purchases by Big Trouble would benefit the state’s farmers.

    “We’re interested in helping farmers diversify, and that’s what a project like this does,” Lidholm said.

    When the craft brewery scene emerged a few years ago, Lidholm said, many brewers had to import most of their grain from out of state. Now, more of those resources are being grown in Virginia, she said.

    At the announcement in Petersburg, Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, said the growing production of alcoholic beverages in the commonwealth has been a focal point for the McAuliffe administration.

    “With more than 260 wineries and cideries, 100 craft breweries and 20 craft distilleries, Virginia is quickly emerging as a significant craft beverage player on the East Coast,” Haymore said. “In addition to jobs created, investments made and tourism generated by craft beverage makers, they are providing new production and revenue streams for local producers.”

    Big Trouble plans to invest about $1 million and create nine jobs as part of its operation in downtown Petersburg.


  47. House Rejects Lethal Injection Secrecy Bill

    By Victoria Zawitkowski, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday defeated a bill that would have kept secret the lethal injection process used in executing death row inmates, even under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

    Senate Bill 1393 sought to keep confidential the names of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the chemicals used for lethal injections. Many of these foreign companies have been under public scrutiny for facilitating the death penalty and stopped selling the drugs for executions in the U.S.

    The bill, which had passed the Senate 23-14 on Feb. 10, failed in the House on a 42-56 vote.

    Virginia gives inmates the choice between death by the electric chair or lethal injection, which involves a three-drug compound. The bill would have provided a FOIA exemption for the execution process “except information relating to the name or amounts of the materials or components used to compound drug products.”

    Critics of the death penalty and advocates of open government opposed SB 1393, which comes in the wake of botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona. In those executions, the lethal injection drugs administered to inmates did not work properly.

    On Feb. 12, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, an advocacy group for journalists, wrote a letter to Virginia legislators, saying that the FOIA exemption would “make it impossible for Virginians to evaluate whether the decisions of their government in choosing execution drugs, as well as the source of those drugs, are proper.”

    The letter said SB 1393 “appears intended to shield from public scrutiny information that is especially crucial for citizens of the Commonwealth to receive – namely, information regarding whether such pharmacies are conducting their businesses in accordance with state and federal law, and whether they are taking required measures to ensure the quality of drugs to be used in executions.”

    Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax (pictured on the Senate Floor), who introduced the measure, said the bill’s critics were being inconsistent. He said that during his 35 years in the Senate, he has never seen anybody question the origins or construction of the electric chair, for example.

    Saslaw likened SB 1393 to federal laws that protect sensitive information.

    “When the Department of Defense – and there’s a federal Freedom of Information Act – you know who builds the B-1 bomber, who builds the F-14 and the F-16,” Saslaw said. “What you don’t know is who manufactures and assembles our thermonuclear warheads. There’s a reason for that.”

    The reason, Saslaw said, is to protect those companies from public outcry or acts of terrorism.

    Del. David B. Albo, R-Springfield, drafted an amendment to SB 1393 in the House Courts of Justice Committee. The amendment sought to allow inmates set for execution and their defense attorneys access to the information regarding the drugs used for lethal injection.

    “If I was being executed, I’d want to make sure that they’re following the law,” Albo said. “If this all remains secret, then there’s no way to make sure people are following the law.”

    With Albo’s amendment, SB 1393 was endorsed on a 12-6 by the House Courts of Justice Committee. It also had the support of Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Even so, the bill failed on the House floor when numerous Republicans, including House Speaker Bill Howell, joined Democratic delegates in voting against it.

    During a meeting last week of the House Courts of Justice Committee, Kevin Walsh, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, called the bill premature, citing ongoing death penalty litigation in Florida.

    “The Supreme Court’s going to decide the constitutionality of the protocol that Virginia wants to model its protocol on,” Walsh said. “The stay out of Florida is the stay of an execution that would use the same three drugs. So no matter what happens, you’re going to be back dealing with this stuff next year.”

    To read the letter from from Reporter Committee for Freedom of the Press, click here.

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  48. GES Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day!

    Students at GES celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday by participating in a variety of activities. Younger students were paired with older students to partner read Dr. Seuss books and create Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and snacks. Students were encouraged to wear their favorite Dr. Seuss T-shirts. Students and staff at GES had a fun, learning day honoring and remembering Dr. Seuss. ​

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  49. Make It, Take It Night

    On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Greensville Elementary School hosted a “Make It, Take It Night” for students.  During the evening, students visited various classrooms to make and take a variety of activities which would reinforce learning of reading and math skills at home. Students and parents also worked in the computer labs to learn how technology is used at school and which resources are available for students to use at home. Approximately 60 students attended the event along with their family, 148 in all. Participants also enjoyed pizza and snacks. Before leaving, each student who attended received a new book to add to their home library. “Make It, Take It" Night was hosted in an effort to increase parent involvement in our schools and provide students and their families with additional learning resources for home.


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  50. Obiituary-Charlie Lee Kei

    Charlie Lee Kei, 80, of Emporia died March 4, 2015 in Greensville Manor Nursing Home.  He was a life time member of Saint Richard Catholic Church, Greensville Ruritan Club and Cato Hill Hunt Club.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey Sitterson Kei; four sisters, Bessie Smith, Mary Riegel, Ann Newsome and Julia Sprouse and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in death by his parents, Vendel and Bessie Kei; brothers, Vendel, Jr., Steve, Joe, Johnny, Paul and Sandy Kei; sisters, Elizabeth Suess and Sue Tucker.  A visitation will be held on Friday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be sent to

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  51. Funding for Public Safety Officers

    The General Assembly adjourned Sine Die signifying the last day of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session on February 28th. During this year’s session significant legislation was passed to improve the everyday lives of all Virginians. I worked hard on issues with Republicans and Democrats to support legislation that was important to constituents of the 75th District and the Commonwealth.

    Last year, with the closing of correctional facilities and the layoffs of public safety staff, public safety was drastically affected and changed. This year’s legislators recognized the importance of retaining public safety officers and their valuable services and sacrifices on a daily basis to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. Correctional officers and senior officers are two of the 19 state jobs with the highest turnover rate due to low salaries and hazardous work environment.

    As a member of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, supporting and funding our law enforcement officers and correctional officers has been one of my priorities. The 75th District has more correctional facilities (Greensville, Sussex I and II, Deerfield, and Brunswick Private Facility) than any other district in the Commonwealth. l was pleased to vote in favor of the budget that included a compensation package for our state police, deputy sheriffs and correctional officers. The budget allocates $6,939,908 million dollars which will provide a $1000 increase in the starting salaries for correctional officers and 1.5% percent increase for state employees effective August 10, 2015. The budget bills now awaits the signature of Governor Terry McAuliffe.

    I would like to thank all public safety officers including our state polices, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, correctional officers and emergency services for their dedication and commitment in making my district and the Commonwealth a safe place to raise our children and families.     

    Should you need my assistance, please contact my district office at 434-336-1710.

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  52. Charter School Amendment Passes This Session

    By Michael Melkonian, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – A proposed constitutional amendment empowering the Virginia Board of Education to create charter schools has cleared this year’s final hurdle – approval from the House of Delegates.

    Now the resolution and its sponsor, Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham, must wait out another election season before the measure can return to the General Assembly floor for the next step.

    On Tuesday, the House voted 58-42 in favor of Obenshain’s resolution, SJ 256. It had already passed the Senate 21-17 on Feb. 4.

    If the resolution passes both chambers next year as well, it will go on the ballot in November 2016 for a popular vote. Unlike bills passed by the General Assembly, proposed constitutional amendments cannot be signed or vetoed by the governor.

    Charter schools are public schools that have been granted autonomy to operate outside local school district policies. Obenshain said charter schools provide flexibility and specialized instruction for students who would otherwise be left behind in poor-quality schools.

    “New York City has 197 public charter schools while Virginia only has seven statewide,” Obenshain said. “If we’re serious about providing families with meaningful educational choices, then that has to change.”

    Under existing law in Virginia, a charter school can be authorized only by a public school division. The proposed constitutional amendment would give the Virginia Board of Education “authority to establish charter schools within the school divisions of the Commonwealth.”

    The amendment’s opponents say charter schools divert money from already ailing public school districts. They also liken getting into a charter school to playing the lottery, because only a lucky few students will be admitted.

    According to the most recent estimates, the United States has about 6,000 charter schools enrolling more than 2 million students. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted methods similar to SJ 256 for creating charter schools. These states account for 80 percent of charter schools in the U.S.

    A companion bill, HJ 577, introduced by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, has also passed the House of Delegates. However, on Monday, it failed in the Senate on a 20-20 vote. The amendment needed 21 affirmative votes for passage.

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  53. Crystal Cutz Celebrates Grand Opening

    The Mayor and Members of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Crystal Cutz on South Main Street on Monday.

    Crystal Lucy, owner of Crystal Cutz and Mayor Mary Person at the opening of the Salon.



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  54. New Electoral Board Members Sworn In

    New members of the City and County Electoral Boards were recently sworn by Bobby Wrenn, Clerk of the Circuit Court.  In the top photo, Ann Thomas, accompanied by her husband Earnest, was sworn for the County.  In the bottom photo, Dr. Wynn Legrow was sworn in for the City.  Both Mrs. Thomas and Dr. Legrow were nominated by the Emporia/Greensville Democratic Committee as state law requires that the majority on Local Electoral Boards should be of the same political party as the Governor.

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  55. Five Steps to Colon Health An easy formula to promote prevention, awareness of common cancer

    By: Theopolis Gilliam, MD

    Emporia, VA - Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, the lower part of the digestive system. Most cases begin silently, as a polyp that causes few symptoms. Cancer of the colon is the third most common cancer in the United States – and, when caught early, it’s also one of the most curable. About 90 percent of individuals whose cancer is found before it has spread survive five years after diagnosis. Unfortunately, when not caught early on, the five-year survival rate is just 10 percent.

    These five simple steps can protect your health:

    1. Get tested

    All adults over age 50 should begin routine colon cancer screenings. In 2008, the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new screening guidelines to stress prevention as the primary goal and steer providers and patients toward those tests with the highest potential to prevent cancer.

    The recommendations add two new tests and more specifically define the differences between tests: those that find cancer, and those that can find precancerous growths (also known as polyps). The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends those tests that actually examine the interior of the colon because they can not only detect cancer, but also prevent it by finding – and removing – polyps or growths that can potentially cause cancer. These tests include a flexible signoidoscopy (every five years); a colonoscopy (every 10 years); a double contrast barium enema (every five years); or a CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy (every five years). Polyps found during these tests can be removed on the spot, simply and painlessly.

    Testing options that look for evidence of actual cancer, include three types of stool tests – an annual fecal occult blood test, the annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and a periodic stool DNA test.

    2. Develop awareness

    Know the risk factors associated with colon problems:

    • Advancing age, i.e., over age 50.
    • A high-fat diet.
    • A family (i.e., sibling or parent) or personal history of colorectal cancer.
    • A history of polyps or growths inside the colon and rectum.
    • Certain conditions that elevate your risk, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
    • Diabetes. People with diabetes have a 40 percent increased risk of colon cancer.
    • Ethic background. African Americans have the highest number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States.

    3. Know the symptoms

    Be vigilant about scheduled screenings, and if you have certain symptoms, see your doctor sooner. Symptoms may include persistent stomach discomfort, a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a change in stool consistency), abdominal pain accompanying a bowel movement, dark stools, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss, or blood in the stool.

    Symptoms vary, and certain foods or medications can also mimic these symptoms. It’s best to err on the safe side and check with your doctor about changes.

    4. Practice prevention

    A balanced diet, regular exercise and smart lifestyle choices will keep your risk level in check. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains provides the nutrients and antioxidants that fight disease. Low-fat dairy products and limited consumption of red meat keep your saturated fat intake low.

    Getting your vitamins and minerals through a daily supplement helps, but food-based vitamins are more effective and more easily absorbed by the body. Regular exercise – at least 30 minutes most days of the week – helps build your body’s defenses. Finally, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption help, too.

    5. Know your options

    Talk with your doctor about the best way to manage your risk. If you have an above-average risk for colon cancer or an initial test reveals polyps, you and your doctor can decide the course of action that works best for you.

    The information in this article was provided by Theoplois Gilliam, MD, who is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Gilliam’s practice, Emporia Medical Associates, is located at 6 Doctor’s Drive in Emporia.  For more information on services offered by Dr. Gilliam or to schedule an appointment, call at 434-634-6101. 

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  56. Annual CoCoRaHS “March Madness” Contest Begins

    The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA is currently looking for volunteers to join the CoCoRaHS program during the annual “March Madness” contest.

    What is CoCoRaHS?

    CoCoRaHS stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network and was established in 1998 in the aftermath of the Fort Collins, CO flash flood that occurred in July 1997.  This program consists of a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers who take daily weather measurements in their backyards and record the information on the CoCoRaHS website at  Observations are then immediately available in map and table form for the National Weather Service as well as for natural resource, education and research applications.

    What is the CoCoRaHS March Madness Contest?

    CoCoRaHS March Madness is a friendly recruiting contest between all 50 states to see who can recruit the most new volunteers during the 31 days of March.  The contest is broken down into two categories:  "Traditional Count"…the state that recruits the greatest number of new observers in March.  The second category is "Per Capita*" or population weighted…the state that recruits the greatest number of new observers per one million of its total population.  The winning state in each category receives the "CoCoRaHS Cup" to keep and exhibit for a year until next year's contest (in the tradition of the NHL's Stanley Cup).  Contest information can be found at  

    Why become a CoCoRaHS Observer?

    There are several counties throughout Eastern Virginia that have less than five observers actively reporting, and nine counties and three incorporated cities that have no observers at all.  We need your help to expand this beneficial observing network!

    By becoming a CoCoRaHS observer, you will provide crucial precipitation information that helps fill in the data gaps among other observation networks.  Weather enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join CoCoRaHS.  Help us by recruiting a friend or relative during our contest.  Just go to www.cocorahs.orgto learn more about the program and to sign up.

    If you have any questions about CoCoRaHS, please contact Bridget De Rosa, Dan Proch, or Lyle Alexander at (757) 899-4200.

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  57. Special Report from Bruce Campbell-Regional Robotics Competition


    Hello Emporia,

    Phyllis and I had an opportunity to attend the 2015 Palmetto Regional Robotics Competition held here in Myrtle Beach. An exciting video showing the contests follow the explanation of the games

    This year's competition is based on a game called Recycle Rush. Recycle Rush is a recycling themed game played by two alliances of 3 robots. Each of the robots, built by students in high schools, score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycled containers and properly disposing of pool noodles which represents litter.

    Each Alliance competes on their respective 26 by 27 foot side of the playing field. Each match begins with a 15 second autonomous period in which the robots operate independently of their drivers and during that period robots attempt to earn points by moving themselves, their yellow totes and the recycling containers into areas between the scoring platforms.

    During the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds of the match robots are controlled remotely by student drivers located behind the walls at the end of the field. Teams on each Alliance work together to place as many totes on their scoring scoring platforms as possible. Alliances earn additional points for placing recycling containers on top of their totes with containers at

    greater heights scoring more points

    For this 3 day event, high schools teams traveled from West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Canada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, and Georgia.

    It was a very exciting for the onlookers, teams, parents, teachers and sponsors.

    All robots were designed and built by each school’s team during a 6 week period.

    We hope you enjoy the video.  By the way, please refrain from sending your winter temps to Myrtle Beach.  It's hard to see the sand clearly when one's teeth are chattering...

    Bruce and Phyllis Campbell

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  58. Have you heard!?

    There was a meeting on Friday Feb. 20th with the Lawrenceville Mayor, Town council Members, and others with a company called O.A.T.S.  What is O.A.T.S. ? Watch this 5 minute video:

    Plans are underway for O.A.T.S. to occupy the old Southern States complex located at the intersection of West 4th Ave. and West 5th Avein Lawrenceville, Va.

    Equine services and therapy have become the world’s leading methodof resource in a host of different areas: Executive groups – Day Retreats for communication, team building, and relaxation Hospitals for ground work based therapy; Veterans for resolving a host of issues (service offered at no cost to veterans); Schools – both secondary and higher learning for truancy issues; grade improvement; life skill application; employment training; and more; Churches-unique method to present applicable materials using the horse as a model of behavior.  And really, the list is endless.

    O.A.T.S. will offer daily sessions and equine activity on site. Off site services will also be available through the only mobile equine team inVirginia called “Hoofprints to Footprints”.

    Over the coming weeks, the staff of O.A.T.S. will make numerous trips to this region as they make presentations for hospitals, prisons, civic groups, churches, government entities, executive groups, and many others who are signing up for this unique service. The next appearance for O.A.T.S. in Lawrenceville is March 6th.

    O.A.T.S. is an equal opportunity employer and has plans to employ staff and volunteers equally 400 in the next 5 years.

    For more information, please visit

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