October 2015

  1. Letter-Vote Debra Brown for Clerk of the Circuit Court

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing this letter to in support of Debra F. Brown for Clerk of Circuit Court for Greensville County and the City of Emporia.

    Mrs. Brown is not only a native of the Greensville County and the City of Emporia area but is an active member of the community. She is a graduate of Greensville County High School, holds her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and further studied at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.  

    I support Mrs. Brown wholeheartedly as I know she is a LEADER that gets the job done in an efficient, effective and professional manner.  Locally, regionally, and nationally, as a leader in the NAACP, she has established herself as a results oriented leader.  She has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of the defenseless, and be a voice for the voiceless! 

    She seeks the position not to establish a dynasty or out last fellow Clerks across the Commonwealth but to TRULY broaden the scope of the Clerk of Circuit Court’s influence and usefulness for our citizens; in particular our future – the youth of our community.  The future of the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office for Greensville County and the City of Emporia can be exponentially so much more than what we have been “spoon-fed” for over the last 50 years! Across the Commonwealth the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court offers services to its citizens that is more than just maintaining records, issuing licenses, providing photo ops during election season and recording the wrong convictions for its citizens!  There are preventative and informative measures that can and must be taken that are presently used in other localities by Clerks of Circuit Court.  These measures can and will be implemented by a Clerk’s office that cares about its citizens and sees them as more than a revenue source! In the person of Debra Brown, she will bring the much needed desire to HELP all citizens, has the wherewith all to institute new and effective policies that will attempt to deter and inform our youth from becoming statics and being viable citizens!

    I ask you to join me on Tuesday, November 3rd to support Mrs. Debra F. Brown for Clerk of Circuit Court!  I’ll see you at the polls – they are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.!  We need ALL our Souls to the Polls to effectuate change!


    Ms. Rae J. George

    Emporia, VA 23847



  2. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center to Host Holiday American Red Cross Blood Drive

    Emporia, VA – Give the gift of blood this holiday season. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. This adds up to about 41,000 units of blood that are needed to meet the daily demand. 

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, November 20th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms, 727 N. Main Street, Emporia. Whether veteran or first-time donor, the process is quick (usually about 1 hour 15 minutes from start to finish) and easy, and each donation could save up to three lives. Donors are required to provide either a driver’s license or two other forms of identification, be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate. 

    To schedule an appointment, contact the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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  3. Obituary-Lois Harrell Barnes

    Lois Harrell Barnes, 96, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. She was born August 2, 1919 to Maude and Willie Harrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon V. Barnes; her son, Ronnie A. Barnes; five sisters and three brothers. Mrs. Barnes is survived by her children, Gordon F. Barnes (Nancy), Shirley B. Phillips (Homer) and Donnie V. Barnes (Linda); nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; her brother, Horace Harrell and sisters in-law, Leona Harrell and Laura Velvin. She was a faithful member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she loved serving and working as long as she was able. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at Centenary United Methodist Church with interment to follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.


  4. Obituary-Claude Miller, Jr.

    Born: June 21, 1946 - Died: October 24, 2015

    On October 24, 2015, Claude Miller Jr. peacefully transitioned from his earthly home into Heaven. He was born on June 21, 1946 to the late Claude Miller Sr. and Mary White Miller.

    At an early age, he joined Royal Baptist Church in Emporia Virginia. He attended the Greensville County Public School System. He loved to fish and watch sports. His favorite teams were the LA Lakers, New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    He was proceeded in death by three brothers; William, Robert and Eugene Miller.

    He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Judy Miller of Emporia, Virginia, two sons; Jeremiah Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina and Isaac Miller of Emporia, Virginia, one brother; Freeman Miller of Emporia, Virginia, and one sister; Dora Crawley of Hackensack, New Jersey, mother-in-law; Beatrice Wright, two brothers-in-law; Clarence Wright of Newport News Virginia and Moses Wright of Emporia, Virginia, sister-in-law; Jean Miller of Emporia, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews and a dear devoted loved one whom he treated as a brother Arthur Wiggins and other relatives friends.

    Funeral Services for Mr. Miller will be conducted on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12 Noon at Royal Baptist Church, 106 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Reverend Nathan Brooks, Pastor. Reverend Dr. A. E. Wiggins, Eulogist. The Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, VA.

    Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

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  5. Interim Sheriff Accused of Election Fraud

    Interim Greensville County Sheriff W. T. "Timmy" Jarratt was accused of certifying petitions that he did not circulate himself.  The complaint was hand delivered to the office of Commonwealth's Attorney Patricia Taylor Watson on the afternoon of Thursday, October 29th.  This is the same charge leveled against Greensville County Treasurer's Candidate Pamela Allen Lifsey.

    As stated in the article about Mrs. Lifsey, certifying petitions that were not circulated by the person signing the affidavit is a violation of the Code of Virginia §§ 24.2-506 and is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $2500 and/or up to 10 years in prison.

    The complaint asks Mrs. Watson to immediately refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for an impartial investigation.  The evidence in this case will be turned over to the investigative agency to which it is referred.

    Emporia News will continue to update these stories as new information becomes available.



  6. Election Fraud Complaint Filed Against Pam Lifsey-UPDATE

    Pamela Allen Lifsey, candidate for Greensville County Treasurer, has been accused of certifying petitions that she did not circulate herself.  The complaint was received by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office on October 9th, and has, seemingly, had no action taken on it.

    Each petition contains an affidavit, which must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public.  On the affidavit, the circulator is swearing or affirming (i) their full residential address, (ii) that they are legal residents of the United States of America; (iii) are not minors; (iv) are not felons whose voting rights have not been restored; and (v) have witnessed the signature of each person who signed this page or its reverse side. Circulators also indicate that they understand that falsely signing this affidavit is a felony punishable by a maximum fine up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment up to ten years.

    The complaint alleges that three pages of 12 signatures each, a total of 36 signatures, were circulated by the complainant, not Mrs. Lifsey, who is accused of fraudulently certifying the petitions and falsely swearing the affidavit in the presence of a Notary.

    *UPDATE* The Virginia State Police are currently investigating this allegation against Mrs. Lifsey.

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  7. Setting The Record Record Straight-Correcting the Reports From the Forum

    The following is a letter that I wrote to the Independent-Messenger after they erroneously reported information from the October 15 Emporia News Forum.

    In the Oct. 25 edition of the Independent-Messenger reporting on the recent public forum of candidates, incumbent Hicksford Supervisor Michael Ferguson's response to a question about whether he would support public schools in the future, was incorrectly attributed to Belfield candidate Keith Mitchell. The actual question was whether each candidate would support "fully funding" public schools, and none of Mitchell's response to that question was included in the I-M account. The response of his opponent, incumbent Dr. Margaret Lee, was included, as was that of Zion candidate Raymond Bryant, along with Ferguson's.

    Another question--this one asked exclusively of Mitchell--was whether he, if elected, would simply become a part of the "status quo" of county government and just another member of its so-called "social club."  Neither the specifics of that question nor any of Mitchell's specific response to it was included in the I-M story.

    The third of the three questions Mitchell was asked related to economic development.  Again, as with the other two questions, the details of the question posed to the supervisor candidates were not stated specifically in the I-M account.  Mitchell was quoted as having said, referring to businesses/industries that the questioner alleged had "fallen between the cracks" and had been "lost":  "What about those that have fallen between the cracks." Actually, Mitchell was simply repeating the question he had been asked. He then went on to answer it. 

    As the editor of Emporia News, which sponsored the public forum as a community service, I feel that it is incumbent upon me to correct and clarify any published reports related to that event that I recognize as being either incorrect and/or misleading. I have verified each of the above not simply from our report in the Oct. 21 edition of Emporia News, but from the actual transcript of that event. (That report is still available online.)

    There were omissions and other issues regarding other contested races in your report that I observed, but none were nearly as significant nor as glaring as those noted above. Those instances cited in the above three exchanges, though, specifically related to Mr. Mitchell--and to Mr. Ferguson in the one instance--need to be noted and clarified. With that in mind, I trust that you will see fit to publish my letter in your next edition. 

    This is in no way intended to show favoritism or a preference for any one candidate over another. It is, though, being submitted in an effort to more accurately portray the instances cited to help to ensure fairness for all: candidates and voters alike.


  8. Editorial-Bad Politics

    A few months ago one of the four candidates for Greensville County Sheriff was charged with election fraud for allegedly falsifying one of his forms.  The issue at hand was his residency; the Commonwealth maintains that Stephen E. King was not a resident of Greensville County.

    That news made its way through the community quickly.  The news was posted on Facebook, and then ended up on the Facebook page of the Independent-Messenger.

    Mr. King has been charged, had his case certified to the Circuit Court with a hearing conveniently a few days after the election, and was then indicted.  One has to wonder why the County wasted the time and resources to indict a person whose case had already been certified to the Circuit Court.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney wasted no time in getting the State Police to investigate the charges against Mr. King.

    The King case has already had the desired effect.  Many people in the City and County have already presumed the man guilty, simply because he was charged.  This case, which seems very much like politically motivated malicious prosecution, has cast a cloud over the candidacy of Mr. King.  Having attended every hearing in this case, I have become convinced that the charges are completely and totally baseless and without merit.

    As if proving that the charges amount to no more than politically motivated malicious prosecution, there is the Derrick Banks candidacy.  Mr. Banks, also a candidate for Greensville County Sheriff, has been accused of the same thing.  He allegedly lived in another county while running for the office of Greensville County Sheriff.  Mr. Banks has since withdrawn, but has not yet been charged with a crime.

    In addition to questions about Mr. Banks’ residency, a citizen has accused Pamela Allen Lifsey of certifying petitions that she did not circulate.  The person filing the complaint is the one that circulated the petitions that were fraudulently certified by Mrs. Lifsey.  By signing the affidavit on the petition, Mrs. Lifsey swore that she personally witnessed each signature on both sides of the petition.  This is also a felony and carries a maximum fine of $2500 and up to 10 years in prison.

    There can be no ambiguity in the charges against Mrs. Lifsey.  By signing petitions circulated by another person, she knowingly committed a crime.  There is no way for any sane individual to defend her actions, as she had to fill in the blanks on the affidavit; in order to do that correctly, one has to read the affidavit.

    The Greensville County Electoral Board needs to review the three pages of Mrs. Lifsey’s petitions and disqualify her now.  To disqualify Mrs. Lifsey now, before the election, would save the taxpayers of Greensville County the thousands of dollars to hold a special election upon her conviction.  I am not assuming that Mrs. Lifsey is guilty, but do realize that her case would be the easiest conviction to obtain, should the Commonwealth’s Attorney do her job and prosecute.

    If the charges against Mr. King are not a case of completely baseless, politically motivated malicious prosecution on behalf of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, both Mrs. Lifsey and Mr. Banks would have faced the same scrutiny and been prosecuted with the same vigor as Mr. King.

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  9. Jackson-Feild Joins American Association of Children’s Residential Centers

    Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has joined the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers (AACRC), a 160-member organization now including eight in Virginia that treat children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders.

    The AACRC believes that children and adolescents, and their families, are entitled to treatment which offers the maximum opportunity for growth and change.

    AACRC focuses on advancing professional knowledge, increasing public understanding about mental health in children, identifying and sharing information on emerging mental health practices, educating policy makers regarding treatment efforts, and supporting behavioral health organizations in order to provide high quality mental health services.

    Jackson-Feild is very pleased to be a member of this worthwhile organization.



  10. Obituary-Alice Griffin Mitchell

    Alice Griffin Mitchell, 76, of Emporia, VA passed away on October 26, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband Julian Penn Mitchell, Sr. and son Julian “Mitch” Penn Mitchell, Jr. She is survived by daughters Joy Mitchell and Sydnee Mininno; daughter-in-law Brenda Mitchell; sisters Doris Boersig and Sally Cramer; brother-in-law Bob Wayne Mitchell and wife Susan; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Bernier and husband Louis, Barbara Mitchell and Jane Mitchell; grandchildren Shannon Mitchell (Lee), Cody Mitchell (Emma), Justin Mitchell, Noah Mininno, Brandi Ogburn (Eddie) and Christopher Gay; great-grandchildren Alex Mitchell, Allison Turner, Dylon, E.J., and Jackson Ogburn and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Friday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southside Crater Hospice. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com


  11. Veteran's Day Sanitation Schedule






    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015                                     Monday, November 9, 2015

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015                               Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Thursday, November 12, 2015                                   No Change

    Friday, November 13, 2015                                        No Change








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  12. FFA State Officers Visit Edward W. Wyatt Middle School

    Left to right: Cayla Mutschler-Virginia State FFA Vice President, Cassie Flanagan, Sydney Faison, Chandler Vaughan-Virginia State FFA President, Makayla Bryant, and Teo Jefferson

    Seven State FFA officers elected in June at the State FFA Convention will travel across the state of Virginia to advocate, educate, and motivate middle and high school students through a series of workshops on FFA, leadership, communication, setting goals, and teamwork.  Edward W. Wyatt Middle School FFA Chapter recently hosted two State FFA Officers, Chandler Vaughan, Virginia State FFA President and Cayla Mutschler, Virginia State FFA Vice President. The two officers presented workshops to all the students in Mrs. Teresa Lindberg’s Agriscience students was entitled, “A ‘minion’ things about FFA”

    This workshop allow students the opportunity to learn about the FFA. Students learned about FFA Official Dress, which included the dos and don’ts.  The students also learned about Career Development Events which cover job skills in everything from communication to agriculture mechanics. There are twenty-four National FFA Organization Career Development Events, and around fifty-three State Career Development events.

    The state officers also spoke to students about the various FFA activities across the state. These included GPS leadership development conferences, state FFA convention, leadership camp, area rallies, and individual events. The workshop emphasized effective communication and setting and achieving goals. The student were actively engaged in the various activities or challenges set up by the officers.

    Chandler, when asked what his favorite thing about being a state officer replied, My favorite thing about being a state officer is the inspiration I give and get from the students around the state. I like to tell people, “the greats weren’t greats because of what they were given, the greats were great because of what they overcame.”  This saying is important to me because it really shows what I believe in.  We should not be afraid to take on something new, to join a club, or take on more responsibility or work. We should always, always do the extra, because if you do not, you might regret it!

    Cayla stated, when asked what it means to be a state officer, being a state officer is more than a title. It is making relationships with the members and seeing their passion ignited. I truly love seeing students getting involved and excited. If I could give advice to any student or person it would be, “find something you love whole heartedly. Take it and run with it as far as you can and for as long as you can because if you can wake up every day loving something, or someone, or you are doing what you love you will always be happy.”

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  13. Read Across America Comes to GES


    On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Greensville Elementary School participated in Jumpstart’s national Read for the Record campaign. This is one day when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support early childhood education. On this day, adults across the country will come together to read Not Norman: a Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett  to millions of youngsters.



  14. Edward W. Wyatt Middle School October Students of the Month

    First row - Emily Byers, 6th Grade; Mr. Medicus Riddick, Principal; Nathan Grizzard, 7th Grade. Second row-Zakhia Cain, 7th Grade; Jada Givens, 7th Grade; Carter White, 8th Grade; and Uraias Obey, 6th Grade.

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  15. SVRMC Can Help You With Open Enrollment

    Penalty fee for not having health insurance increases this year

    Emporia, VA - Beginning November 1, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) will again help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Open enrollment for health coverage:Nov. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016To make an appointment for enrollment or re-enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid, call(434) 348-4406

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. Since the passage of the ACA five years ago, about 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

    “As a primary health provider in southern Virginia, our goal is to help educate residents in an easy-to-understand way, as well as assist those who haven’t  yet signed up for health insurance or Medicaid, if qualified,” said Matt Tavenner, CEO of SVRMC. “During the next few months, we’ll be out in the community and meeting one-on-one to help these individuals find affordable coverage.”

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    The Health Insurance Marketplace provides U.S. citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for government financial assistance– or subsidies – towards the cost of the premium and other financial obligations like co-pays or deductibles.

    All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health condition. Some of the health benefits include free preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.

    The penalty fee for not having insurance has increased this year. If you can afford health insurance coverage in 2016, but don’t sign up, you may have to pay a penalty ($695 per adult, $347.50 per child – up to $2,085/family or 2.5% of family income, whichever is higher). You will have to pay the fee on the federal income tax return you file. And, without insurance, you will be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

    “This is where SVRMC can assist,” said Tavenner. “With many people not having access to a computer or having difficulty maneuvering on the government website, our application counselors can help individuals and their families evaluate the health plan options and determine if they are eligible for Medicaid or other financial assistance. We’ll also help with re-enrollment.

    If you can afford health insurance coverage in 2016, but don’t sign up, you may have to pay a penalty ($695 per adult, $347.50 per child – up to $2,085/family or 2.5% of family income, whichever is higher).


    Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.

    “While Virginia has not expanded Medicaid, government subsidies to help citizens obtain coverage are available, depending on income and other qualifications,” explained Tavenner. “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

    Though a major function of www.healthcare.gov is assessing whether individuals and families qualify for financial assistance to lower the cost of health insurance, SVRMC’s application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with enrollment and re-enrollment. To make an appointment to meet with an application counselor, call 434-348-4406.

    “Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve by helping residents gain access to healthcare services,” said Tavenner.

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  16. Delegate Tyler Thanks Electric Cooperatives

    The month of October is designated as Electric Cooperative Appreciation Month.  In the 75th District, I have worked with four Electric Cooperatives that provides electricity to over 30,000 residents. 

    The four Electric Cooperatives are Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative managed by CEO, John Lee, Prince George Electric Cooperative managed by CEO, Mike Milandro, Community Electric Cooperative managed by CEO, Steven A. Harmon and Southside Electric Cooperative managed by CEO, Jeffrey S. Edwards.  My mother has been a customer of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for over 50 years and never has she lost her frozen foods due power outages from snow storms or hurricanes, this has made her a very happy customer.

    I would like to thank each of the Electric Cooperatives for their expedient responses during electrical outages due to bad storms and hurricanes.  Each of these Electric Cooperatives are commended for providing quality services in keeping the cost of electricity affordable for their residents, additionally they are deeply involved in community services promoting job creation, revitalization projects and educational services.  The Electric Cooperative provides resources and essential information on energy conservation, legislative issues and assistance programs.

    Thank you for your many years of dependable electrical service for the residents in the 75th District.

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    Virginia House of Delegates


  17. Ribbon Cutting at Build a Body Gym

    On Thursday morning, members of the Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders, Friends and Family joined David Seaborn as the ribbon was cut at his business, Build a Body Fitness.

    Build a body started on South Main and moved to the Emporia Shopping Center when they outgrew that location.  Now they have outgrown their second location, and have moved across the street to 527 North Main Street.


    The interior of the new location is bright and has plenty of room.  There is Satellite Radio, a TV and expansive windows facing North Main Street from the Treadmills, Elliptical Machines and Stationary Bikes.

    The new location has space for all of the fitness equipment and free weights.  In addition, there is a training room and the location is served by an independent Personal Trainer.

    Master Personal Trainer Ken Mabrey and Emporia Mayor Mary Person

    Build a Body Fitness is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The membership fees are quite reasonable; individuals pay $20 per month, and couples pay $35 per month, there is also a $10 per person joining fee.

    Master Personal Trainer Ken Mabrey is a business within a business, fees for his service are in addition to the above membership fees.  Mr. Mabrey is available by appointment Monday to Friday.

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  18. Storage Wars Emporia: What's Hidden in That Unit?

    Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on November 7

    EMPORIA, VA -- What's behind that storage unit door? What hidden gems could be on the other side? The treasure hunt is on as a storage unit auction is scheduled at Emporia Storage, 315 W Atlantic St, Emporia, VA 23847 at 10 a.m. on November 7, rain or shine.

    "The popularity of hit TV shows like 'Storage Wars' has really heightened interest in storage unit auctions. There's such mystery. You never know what you're going to find," said auctioneer Carla Harris, known to Richmond radio listeners and TV audiences as "Carla Cash."

    Multiple units are expected to be auctioned off. During this cash only sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

    "Anything could be in a unit. Quite a few will be up for auction, so if you've ever been curious to check out a storage auction and see what happens, this is your chance. We have people come from all over Southside Virginia and even other states to check out what's inside," said Boyce Adams, owner of Emporia Storage.

    Gates open at 9 a.m. for registration. The auction begins at 10 a.m. In this absolute auction, units will be sold "as is, where is" and contents must be removed by the winning bidder by 6 p.m. that day. Sales tax and a buyers’ premium will apply.

    "Storage auctions are a great way to buy secondhand merchandise for pennies on the dollar. If you're a collector, someone who buys and sells, or simply a treasure hunter, you'll find the Emporia Storage auction could be a great resource for you – and a lot of fun," Harris said.

    The auction will be conducted by Carla Lynn Sturgill (Carla Harris), Emporia, Va., 434-594-4406, VA License # 2907004352. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

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  19. Board of Supervisors Candidates Answer Questions at Community Forum

    In the final group to answer questions pf the Emporia News Candidates Fourm, held on Thursday, October 15th, were the candidates for the Greensville County Board of Supervisors.  Present at the forum were Dr. Margaret Lee, Mr. Mike Ferguson, Mr. Raymond Bryant and Mr. Keith Mitchell.  The previous two articles in this series covered the questions for the Clerk of the Circuit Court (found here) and the Greensville County Sheriff's Department (found here).  The fourth and final installment in this series will be the closing statements of each candidate.

    The first question was for Mr. Mitchell, who was asked he planned to do to help the citizens of the Belfield District and Greensville County and whether or not he planned to maintain the Status Quo, or will you break with what many consider to be a social Club.  He felt the sentiment of the question resonated with many of the people that he had spoken with.  While he did not quite agree that the Board of Supervisors was a social club, he did note that there are many people in the district that feel like they do not have a voice, or any say in their government, and feel a bit overwhelmed.  He added that he was surprised, as he went door-to-door, at how many people felt that way.  Mr. Mitchell related a story about a phone call he received after going door-to-door one day; a gentleman called to tell Mr. Mitchell that he had his support, and that one thing that stood out to the caller about Mr. Mitchell was that Mr. Mitchell always told it like it is.  He did correct the sentiment, saying that he always told it like he thinks it is and that is not one that believes that he is always right, and that he is always willing to listen.  As far as the “social club,” he felt that many candidates liked to talk about what they have done or what they planned to do, but the only promise he could make was that he would always listen.  In reaction to Mr. King’s comment about citizens being able to reach the Sheriff, he gave his phone number.  He stressed that he wanted citizen input and wished to have quarterly meetings with his constituents.  He also wanted to meet with the School Board and felt that the School Baord and the Board of Supervisors should get together more often.  Above all he wished to serve the community.


    Economic development was the focus of the nest question.  We have had a great many Economic Development opportunities in Greensville County, and some of those have fallen through.  Each candidate was asked what we can change to bring quality jobs to our community. 


    Dr. Lee was given the first opportunity to respond, who could not stress enough how vital economic development was to the growth of Greensville County.  The creation of jobs is one of her highest priorities. She listed the businesses that have come to Greensville County in the last four years: Dominion Virginia Power (45 permanent jobs, up to 1000 jobs during construction and a $1.4 Billion investment), CIMS Intermodal Equipment Company, a builder of specialty rail chassis (50 Jobs, $600,000 investment), The 510 Nano Company, a builder of solar panels (113 jobs and an $11 Million investment), the Mega Site, 1600 acres of land owned by the county, with the possibility of 1500 jobs.  She stated that if she is reelected, she will continue to implement the county’s current economic strategy in an effort to import successful businesses and quality jobs to our community.  She will also seek feedback from her constituents and the Deputy County Administrator/Director of Economic Development to continue to bring additional industry to our growing community.  Dr. Lee also stated that unemployment was one of the important challenges facing people in our community and our country, which is why she supports our local big and small business developments.  She felt that, with our current economic development plan, the county could continue the creation of long term value and improve the quality of our citizens.

    Mr. Mitchell was the next to respond; he felt that it was a difficult question to answer, given the new Dominion plant.  He also talked about what could be done for those that have fallen between the cracks.  He referenced Dr. Lee’s opening statements about 40 new housed in the district, but stated that the one thing that he noticed was all of the empty houses, empty buildings, closed retail businesses and even two empty school buildings in the county.  His concern was more about we have and what we can get, citing the population stagnancy of Greensville County, and therefore , the stagnancy of the tax base.  He added that it is not just the industries we needed to be concerned with, but the standard of life of the people who are already here.  We need to be concerned about those people that live here and go somewhere else to work, as opposed to those that work here and live somewhere else.  He pointed out that while the population increased from 2000-2010, it has dropped 4% in the last four years.  Hefelt that we continued to address the issues that arise when businesses shut down, adding that if we are going to make strides, we have to keep what we have and grow it, we need to add to our tax base.  He stated that we need to improve the quality of life and create good jobs for all of the people.

    Mr. Bryant followed, by stating that it was important for us to support economic development.  He added that as part of that, we needed to support our schools, so that we can have an educated workforce to draw industry.  He also said that we need to have the infrastructure in place.  Without infrastructure, our industrial property is less valuable and will cause delays in starting new businesses.  He felt that we should continue support the mega site and the partnerships with neighboring localities involved with the development of the mega site.  He reminded those present that the mega site was more for big industries, and that the county might possibly look into developing an industrial park for the smaller industries that might be interested in relocating or starting up here.  He also felt that the Workforce Development Center was on the right road, and that the county should continue to support that endeavor, and pointed out that the Golden Leaf Commons was a step in the right direction, and while there was some debt, if it had not been built, we would not have Southside Virginia Community College or the Virginia Employment Commission.  He also pointed that the actual venue was rented every weekend throughout the holidays.  While he felt that were on the right road, and needed to keep rolling, he also felt that we needed to continue to put emphasis on training.

    Mr. Ferguson had the final opportunity to respond to this question.  He started by saying that Greensville County has tried very hard during his last couple of terms to get new industries into Greensville County.  He cited the mega site as a prime example, going back to the original conversations started by CSX.  While he conceded that it is true that the county has struck out a couple of times getting big industry here, we are competing with 4-6 other states.  He added that we are in a situation now, where the county now has water and other utilities available at the mega site, and the engineering is done for the roads.  Everything is in place.  Businesses from other states and even other countries are looking at coming here.  He also added that it is true that the smaller businesses need the county’s support, too; noting that industrial park on 301 in three-quarters full.  Mr. Ferguson said that the county is steadily talking to industries and trying to get them here.  He noted the commitment the county has to students at Southside Virginia Community College to help them further their education, making them ready for the jobs that are coming in an effort to keep more of our young people in Greensville County, instead of seeing them move to other localities.  He added that there needs to be something to encourage young people to stay here and make this community grow.  He added that we have a wonderful community here and are a crossroads, north and south; east and west. He felt that we would continue to grow as long as we pushed our community to grow.

    The last question of the evening was also for all candidates.  They were asked how important Education is, and if elected, would each of them support fully funding our Public Schools?

    Mr. Bryant prefaced his answer by stating that he had grandchildren in the local public schools.  He was hesitant to say that he would fully fund the School Division, but said that he would like to fund to the fullest extent that the Board could.  He added that he has had the opportunity to look at the schools in other localities as he tries to follow the Middle School Soccer Team, and is always looking for ideas that would help improve our schools.  He finished by saying that he felt that we did have good schools, but that if we spent a bit more money, we could make them better.

    Mr. Mitchell answered next.  He started by saying that he was unsure what “fully funding” meant, and that somebody would have to be a fool to say that they would not support public education in that setting.  He did think, though, that there needed to be accountability at every level; Board of Supervisors, Clerk’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and the School Board.  He felt that part of the problem in the county and the community was that we need to learn to communicate with one another; we need to come together more.  He added that he planned to, not only, be on the Board of Supervisors if elected, but that he would attend School Board meetings, and might even show up at City Council meetings.  He thought we all needed to learn to communicate better, and we all should be interested in funding our Public Schools, but he felt, and had heard others say that when throwing money out there, regardless of which department, you have to think through these things, and he wanted to hear from the people.

    Dr. Lee began her response by saying education is very important and that she had worked in the education field for 37 years, as a classroom teacher and also as a school administrator.  Her children were educated in the Greensville County Public Schools.  She supports teachers, administrators and all support staff, as they relate to the development of our children.  She stated that she has consistently supported the school budget, and her record should speak for itself.  During her tenure, she added, she supported funding of the four year old Head Start Program, giving children an early opportunity to learn; she also supported funding the Wyatt Middle School renovation.  She noted that during her term in office, the Southside Virginia Education Center was developed.  Longwood College now offers a four-year degree program here, allowing our young people to stay here in Emporia and go to college.  She added the other offerings had expanded to include the precision machinery lab, welding classes, nursing classes and the truck driver training school.  GEDs have increased from 63-70%.  If reelected, she pledged to support educational opportunities that would prepare our students for college and career readiness.

    Mr. Ferguson began his response by saying that education was very near and dear to his heart, and that many years ago he served on the School Board for four years.  He stated that while education would be something that he would continue to support, but that he could not commit to budgeting for everything that the School Board asks for.  He said that he would try to encourage the support of the Board of Supervisors to give the schools what they need.  He noted that the Board of Supervisors could not give the School Board a “blank check.”  He said the Board of Supervisors must give a lot of consideration to what is needed, and that they have set aside money in the past for large projects, like the Wyatt Middle School renovations, ahead of time, so that it was there when it was needed, and the projects did not hit the tax payers so hard.  He thought that it was only a one and one-half cent tax increase to cover the Wyatt renovations.

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  20. E-G Chamber Hosts October Luncheon

    The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce met for their monthly luncheon on Thursday, October 15.  During the networking time before lunch, Mr. Frank Lucas of MarketPlace Signs & Apparel on West Atlantic Street showed a display of his wares.  His products ranged from drink coozies to shopping bags and every imaginable promotional item in between.

    Members of the SVRMC Relay for Life team were also present selling items to raise funds.


    Just before lunch those present were asked to introduce themselves and tell the group what was happening in their local businesses and organizations:

    • The Riparian Women's Club will host their 14th Holiday Home tour on December 4th and 5th.
    • November is Caregivers Month
    • The Emporia-Greensville Humane Society will have their annual Boston Butt Fundraiser on October 23rd and 24th.
    • SVRMC now offers Low Dose CT scans for the early detection of lung cancer.
    • This year the Independent-Messenger celebrated 120 years in operation.
    • The Bloom Center, in addition to long term care, has programs for day care and weekend care for your loved ones.
    • There will be a relay for life meeting on Wednesday, with a Bra Decorating Contest.
    • The Boys and Girls Club is celebrating 15 years of service to the youth of our community this year.  They will be hosting a Halloween Open House (see ad in the sidebar), and the Second Annual Jazz and Jambalaya fundraiser on November 21st; tickets are $25

    The HHS Foodservice team provided a wonderful lunch of Fried Chicken, Stuffed Shells, Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Yellow Squash with Salad, Rolls and Cherry Cobbler.

    During the meal the guest speaker, Miss. Mynic Talor with the American Cancer Society gave an informitive talk on the role of the ACS and Relay for Life.  The very upbeat Miss. Taylor, in a tutu and angel wings, shared the many ways that the American Cancer Society helps patients, families and caregivers.

    The ACS offers help with transportation to and from treatment, through their Road to Recovery program; offers help with lodging during treatment, for patients and their families, at the Hope Lodge; offers Look Good Feel Better sessions in many communities, teaching patients to ways to help with appearance related side effects, including make up kits; offers support to patients through their Reach to Recovery program, allowing patients to speak one-on-one with a trained volunteer about their breast cancer diagnosis; has an online cancer education program for people fighting cancer, their families and friends, called I Can Cope; The TLC Magalog, a catalog and magazine for women fighting cancer.

    Miss Taylor also spoke about Relay for Life.  She is the area Relay Specialist, and offered a handout on how to get involved with our local Relay for Life event.  Besides having your own relay team, volunteers are always needed to help plan and execute the event, which is a big undertaking.  Volunteers are also needed for the day of the event.  Local Relays for Life also rely heavily of sponsorships, so ask your boss to become a sponsor.

    Highlights of the Relay for Life include a Cancer Survivor Event-within-an-event; at every Relay the opening lap honors Survivors.  Survivors and Caregivers are also invited to a dinner, where they are honored in many ways.  Relays for Life are like community fairs, bringing together the community, young and old, for games, fun, food, music, fellowship and a host of other activities.  By far, the most moving part of any relay is the Luminaria Ceremony of Hope, with the luminarias lit at dusk.

    Our local Relay has a Facebook page, be sure to visit for more information.

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  21. Greensville County Sheriff's Candidates Participate in Community Forum

    This is the second of four articles about the Emporia News sponsored Local Candidate's Forum held on Thursday, October 15.  This article picks up where yesterday's story left off, at the beginning of the questions and answers for the candidates for the office of Greensville County Sheriff; Mr. Timmy Jarratt, Mr. Stephen King and Mr. Wyatt Lee.  If you missed yesterday's article, it may be read here.

    All three candidates were asked if they would increase patrols in the County and more positive interaction with the community, as positive interaction and visibility would improve how deputies are viewed by the citizens. 

    The first to answer was Mr. Stephen King, who stated that he believed that community policing was very important, and was a good use of the citizen’s tax dollars.  Mr. King felt that less emphasis needed to be placed on writing citations on I-95 and more time needed to be spent proactively policing the community, paying special attention to the children and senior citizens.  He stressed that the Sheriff’s Department needed to be proactive, not reactive, and that there was no need to wait for the call to come in that a business had been broken into when deputies could patrol and help prevent break ins.

    Mr. Wyatt Lee answered next.  Mr. Lee stated that he was one of the first to institute radar in the county, and with the revenue generated; he increased the number of deputies in his Department, to increase the patrols, and the protection, in the County and the City.

    The last candidate to answer this question was Mr. Timmy Jarratt.  Mr. Jarratt began by stating that all citizens were important and that all that pay taxes should have earned your patrols.  He added that the Sheriff’s Department has increased patrols, and that it was about more than patrols.  His office has also increased interaction and communication with the citizens, whether it is a Senior on the porch or working in the garden or youth playing sports.  He stressed, again, that communication is the key.  Mr. Jarratt further stated that his department is also interacting with local business owners and the customers.

    The second question, how each candidate would collaborate with residents, business and community organizations to build better relationships and develop solutions to problems and crime in our community was also for all three candidates.

    Mr. Lee was the first to respond.  He stated that he would have regular meetings on request, like the neighborhood watch, and other meetings with citizens to address their concerns and work on bridging the gap between law enforcement and the citizens.

    The second response to this question came from Mr. Jarratt.  He agreed that the Sheriff’s Department does need to build better relations and collaborate with the citizens and community organizations.  This should be done with communication, interaction and education.  Mr. Jarratt stressed that communication is the key to resolving all problems.  He added that his staff is not only focused on building trusting relationships with all of the citizens, but are paying special attention to the youth by interacting;  on a regular basis he and his staff are visiting youth centers, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA and the day care facilities.  There are currently three Community Resource Officers in the schools, and he and his staff are visiting the schools on a daily basis, so that they are all interacting with the youth, instead of just a few deputies.  The department is also working on a fourth Community Resource Officer so that all of the schools are covered.  He and his staff, including the office staff, road deputies, security, civil process and communications staff are all part of this interaction.  He finished by stressing, again, communication, interaction and education are the keys for us to move forward.

    The last candidate to answer this question was Mr. King. He felt that the first thing that the Sheriff needs to do is to be honest with the citizens of Greensville County and the City of Emporia.  He added that the Sheriff’s Department needed irrefutable integrity, to build trust in the department, before the department could start to bridge the gap and build any kind of community relations.  If we cannot have esteemed leadership in the department, then nobody will have faith that the department is going down the right road.  Bridging the gap with the community needs to start at the Sheriff’s Department, with honesty and integrity.  Mr. King also believes that the department should involve the churches and establish a county wide neighborhood watch program, as opposed to having neighborhood watch just in certain areas.  He also called for quarterly meetings with those that contribute to the Sheriff’s Department in the form of taxes, so that they can have input and influence on the direction of the agency.  Most importantly he felt that the elected Sheriff should be more accessible, including publication of his direct cell phone number, so that citizens can get in touch with the Sheriff 24/7 to discuss issues, speaking in confidence in that is desired.  He felt that these things would put Greensville County and the City of Emporia on a positive track toward progress.

    In another question for all three, based on the recent unrest in communities like Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri, the candidates were asked how they would reassure young African-Americans males in our community that they would be treated with respect and not profiled or targeted. 

    The first to respond was Mr. Jarratt.  He started by saying that, yes, there is unrest in our country, and that our society is facing many difficult challenges.  He stated that his department wanted to show our different cultures, such as our African-American youth, that they are treated with respect and not profiles.  He felt that this gap, too, could be closed with communication, interaction and education, and that we all need to be of one accord, even though there are differences in each of our cultures. This accord can be reached, he stated, by engaging all aspects of our culture, including faith leaders, and people of all nationalities in open communication.  He added that communication is the key thing for everybody.  He also felt that we need to educate each other, so that we understand the differences in our cultures and the concerns facing all, including law enforcement.  He and his staff are already working closely with surrounding agencies and spiritual leaders, but that this was just a start and there was a lot of work yet to do.  He and his staff also attend the Unity Prayer on the first Sunday of every month.  He stated that we need to unite the law enforcement and the citizens, so that people will not be targeted or profiled or treated with disrespect.  He invited the citizens to join him and his staff on the first Sunday of every month.

    Mr. Lee responded that not everyone that looks suspicious is actually suspicious.  If you see someone walking at 2:00 am, they might just be walking.  The only reason to treat people with suspicion is if there is a break in or other crime in the area.  Even if there is reason to stop a person, they should be told the reason that the Sheriff’s deputy is talking to them.  He added that meetings could be held at the schools, especially with the young people, to let them know that the police are not out to arrest them just because they look suspicious.  He also stated that law enforcement officers need to be educated in how to interact with young people.

    In Mr. King’s response, he stated that these situations were occurring across the country, and have not yet happened in Greensville County.  He felt that the truth of the matter was not about black and white or white and black, but that the real issue at hand was that the criminal justice system is broken.  Everybody is presumed guilty, until proven innocent.  He added that racial profiling has got to stop.  He felt that honesty and intregity in law enforcement would hold everybody to the same set of laws that all citizens are expected to live by.  He added that law enforcement is not exempt from the law.  He stated that holding everybody accountable would stop the mistreatment of white vs. black and black vs. white.  He stressed the need for treating everybody equally, as a whole and as citizens of Greensville County.  He also said that everybody should be treated the way you would want to be treated.

    Mr. King was reminded of his recent indictment and the charges pending against him, and the he would be expected to uphold the law.  He was asked to respond to the charges.  Mr. King stated that the charges pending against him were just that, charges.  He added that he is being presumed guilty until proven innocent.  He felt his case was a prime example of poor investigative techniques and dirty politics.  He also said that he was born and raised in Brink, Virginia, and the he has lived in the immediate community his entire life.  He told those present that he would not continue the mission for each and every citizen of Greensville County and the City of Emporia if these charges had any foundation.  He also stated that the charges were baseless and politically motivated; facts his legal team intended to prove on November 6 when his case will be heard in the Circuit Court.

    Mr. Lee was asked how a new Wyatt Lee administration would improve on his previous time as Greensville County Sheriff.  He responded by saying that first thing to be done would be to assess the situation, but that he would continue to update equipment.  He would also continue to send his deputies to school for advanced and varied training, so that when they did interact with citizens the deputies would be able to handle the situation.  He added that he would continue to work hard with his staff to make them understand what had to be done to make the Greensville County Sheriff’s Department the best law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth.

    This last question was for Mr. Jarratt, who stated, in previous settings, that he and Sheriff Edwards made decisions jointly.  He was asked if he would allow his second in command, or any of your deputies, input on his command decisions.  Mr. Jarratt responded by saying that there is no I in “team,” and that to serve the citizens efficiently and effectively that the department had to work together as a team.  He added that input from his staff would be a big asset in making command decisions.  As a team, his department would make decisions that affect the community and the department.  Teamwork is why, he said, the department is where it is now.  He added that teamwork should not only come from his department, but also from the community.

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  22. Candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court Answer Questions at Community Forum

    Local Candidates Speak to the Community

    On Thursday, October 15th, Emporia News sponsored a Candidate Forum for all of the local candidates for this year’s election.

    The Forum, co-moderated by George Morrison and Carla Harris, began with opening statements from Mrs. Patty Watson, who is running unopposed for the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.  None of the other unopposed constitutional Officers could make it to the Forum.  While those running for the Greensville County School Board were invited, none were in attendance.  All four School Board seats are unopposed.

    Candidates for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors were all given an opportunity for opening statements.  After the opening statements, the candidates were asked questions.

    Both Debra Brown and Bobby Wrenn, candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court were present.  The first question was for Mr. Wrenn; he was asked about advances in technology and changes in the last two to five years.    Mr. Wrenn started by stating that when he became Clerk of the Circuit Court they were still using pen and paper and typewriters, and that ours was one of the first Clerk’s Offices to convert to computers; he added, that thanks to support from the Greensville County Board of Supervisors, that we were one of the first localities to have all of our records microfilmed, and that copies are stored in Richmond, where they are completely accessible and safe.  We have also received four grants from the Library of Virginia to restore and repair record books. Mr. Wrenn also noted that he had applied for another grant that day and that in September the Clerk’s office started accepting credit cards as a form of payment, making it easier for people to pay for copies of records, in addition to paying for court cost and fines.  Mr. Wrenn also announced that the Clerk’s office would begin allowing for the recording of land records electronically, at no cost to the citizens.  The official announcement came at an open house on Friday; details will be published in a separate article.

    Mrs. Brown was if she would reinstate services that were eliminated due to budget cuts, specifically Passport application acceptance, notary services and use of the Clerk’s office as a clearinghouse on Election Night.  Mrs. Brown stated that she would need to assess the services that were eliminated to discern whether or not they were beneficial.  She added that, in addition any possible restored services, she wished to educate young people on felonies and how it effects their lives’ of the she would also like to start an outreach program offering information on education, training and housing in order to reduce recidivism.  Mrs. Brown stated that these are programs that are generally instituted by the Clerk’s office in conjunction with the Courts.  Mrs. Brown would also like to see an educational program about plea bargaining.  Mrs. Brown was in support of reinstating passport application acceptance, notary services and returning the Election Night clearinghouse to the Clerk’s office.

    The next question, for both candidates, involved recent events at the County Clerk’s office in Rowan County, Kentucky.  Both Mr. Wrenn and Mrs. Brown were asked if they would abide by the ruling of the US Supreme Court and issue marriage licenses to any gay or lesbian couples who wished to marry in Greensville County or the City of Emporia.  Both candidates said that they would uphold the constitution.   Mrs. Brown stated that we had to look at the Constitutional Rights of each and every individual and not their personal beliefs; she added that if any same sex couples did wish to marry here, that she would have to abide by the law if she wanted to keep her job. Mrs. Brown added that while Kim Davis did not wish to issue same sex marriage licenses, her staff was; Mrs. Brown also added that if she would not want any of her staff to do something that she was unwilling to do.  Mr. Wrenn opened by saying that when he took office he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia and the he has faithfully and impartially complied with that oath and would continue to do so in the future.

    Mr. Wrenn was asked how he would respond to staff members in his office who abused their power by using office phones and e-mail for personal or church business; he responded that he would, as soon as the complaint was received, reprimand the employee and direct them not to do it in the future.

    The final question for the Clerk of Circuit Court candidates was for both Mrs. Brown and Mr. Wrenn.  They were asked what pertinent experience they had that qualified them to be Clerk.  Mr. Wrenn was given the first opportunity to respond; he felt that his years of experience as the Clerk would qualify him.  He stated that he had gone through change after change while he held his office.  Mrs. Brown stated that she is a mental health therapist, has worked with families to deal with behavioral issues, has worked with the Department of Social Services and school systems in six counties in North Carolina, and many of the families were involved with the criminal justice system because of the behavioral and mental health issues; she has also worked with the local jails in those counties.  She felt that her 31 years of experience with those programs gave her ample experience for the Clerk’s office.

    (Editor's Note:  Questions and answers for the candidates for Greensville County Sheriff will appear on Emporia News tomorrow.)


  23. Third Graders Visit Local Farm

    The Third Grade class went to Harrell's farm on October 16th for Farm Day.  Students traveled to different stations to learn about the following topics:  water quality, bees, field to farm, wildlife/fishery, farm equipment, soil, plants, forestry, and a presentation by Georgia Pacific.  Students also enjoyed a hayride while they were there.




  24. SVCC Student Places Second in National Competition

    Southside Virginia Community College graduate Jonathan Kelly of Crewe, Virginia won Second Place in the Technology & Maintenance Council’s National 2015 Future Tech Competition held in Orlando, Florida recently.   Kelly, along with nine other students from various schools, was sponsored by Wal-Mart Transportation for the event.   Kelly competed with 38 students from Tech schools around the nation such as Wyoming Tech, Lincoln Tech, Forsyth Tech and Mid Florida Tech.  This is the second year of the Future Tech competition as the industry tries to promote future technician development by getting the next generations involved.

     With a total of 13 stations such as ASE written, electrical, lighting systems, torque, fasteners, drive belts and wheel end, he received the top score in six of the 13 stations as well as reserve champion overall. 

    Bryan Lewis, a part time instructor in the Diesel Tech program at SVCC and winner of numerous professional Super Tech titles, was a training facilitator for the event held in Orlando, Florida.  Prizes won by Kelly included a Cornwell tool box and tools, Imperial cordless flash light and numerous other cash prizes.

    A graduate of the Diesel Tech program, Kelly is currently enrolled in the college’s Automotive  program.  He has worked part time for the past eight months for Automotive Excellence  in Blackstone. 

    The Diesel Technician Program is offered at the Pickett site of SVCC.

    Kelly is the son of Jarrett and Andrea Kelly.

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  25. Thank You to the Forum Participants

    Emporia News sponsored the 2015 Candidate Forum on Thursday evening.  This is an event I hope to sponsor annually.  Despite issues with the lighting that could not be fixed, and some minor sound system problems (thank you Dr. Wilson, for calling in the troops) that were corrected, this year's forum has already been called a success.

    First off, A big "thank you" goes to George Morrison and Carla Harris for moderating the forum.  Without the moderators, Thursday's event would have not gotten off of the ground.

    I would also like to thank all of the candidates that participated.  I called, emailed or spoke with in person, each of the candidates, and am grateful to those who called back and participated.  All candidates, even those running without opposition were invited.

    Those candidates who did participate did so with passion.  I am grateful, not only for their participation, but also, for their well thought out answers and their candor.

    Lastly, let me thank all of you who came out to listen to the candidates. 

    The forum was just shy of two hours.  I will transcribe the recording and post a full article over the weekend.

    Thank you, again, to all who participated.

    Jay Osburn, Editor.

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  26. Southside Regional Medical Center Offers Two CPR Training Sessions

    Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center is offering two upcoming CPR classes; one for the general public and one for healthcare professionals.

    This first is the Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Training for the general public on November 2 from 8:00am – 4:30pm. Participants of this training will learn first aid basics, how to recognize and treat medical injury, environmental and life threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking and learn how to operate an AED.  They will also learn how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children.  The fee is $100 and the registration deadline is October 27.

    The second is the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR Training on November 16 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. The fee is $90 and the registration deadline is November 10.

    Both class sizes are limited and will be held in the A/B Classroom located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg. Call 804-765-5729 to register or for more information.

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  27. Fish Tales

    For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of fall is a saltwater fishing trip at the Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier in Hampton.  Old Point Bank sponsors the event in conjunction with the City of Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation.

    The young anglers – none of whom had ever been saltwater fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish using rods, tackle and bait provided by Old Point Bank.  Don Lancaster and Matt Smith (hosts of the Fishing Tidewater radio show), Al Nazaruk, and Dan Minnick volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.   Don provided a brief “Fishing 101” lesson in which he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and then release the hooked fish.

    According to one enthusiastic participant, the kids caught “a bazillion fish,” releasing most but keeping enough to fill a cooler to bring back to campus for dinner.  The new anglers had so much fun that did not want to leave.

    When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying a simple pleasure.”


  28. Ogburn Wins Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award at TOB Festival

    This year’s recipient of the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award is a gentleman who has been a lifelong supporter and resident of our community.  He is born and raised in Emporia, Va.  Our 4th year recipient has been a vehicle enthusiast for most of his life.

    Starting out as a young boy, his passion for cars and trucks started as a love for racing.  Traveling to races with his father and family he grew to love auto racing.  His devotion to racing was so strong, at a young age he suggested he could ride his bike to Bristol, Va. to see the race.

    Over the years, from dirt tracks to asphalt, he has loved all forms of racing.  Having few favorite drivers, he felt a strong attraction to the determination to win and competition of the sport that is auto racing.  He has been honored for being in the 50 year club for not missing a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, for over 50 years.

    As a young adult, he served in the military (Navy) and he also became a race car driver, venturing into GoKart and dirt track racing.  He competed and won, a mass number of trophies and championships along the way in his auto racing career.

    He started his own business, giving up racing so he could dedicate his time and energy, to his sign business using his artistic talent and abilities, and to his family.

    For over 35 years he has run a family owned business with his wife Clara, who recently passed away, and daughter Karen.  He has served Emporia and surrounding area faithfully offering help to his customers and going out of his way to do a quality job for them.  He is well known for his hard work ethic and dedication to all his customers and friends.

    He has supported local car shows and events making sure they got their banners, etc. on time and having a quality appearance, for years.  Always having an eye for detail in every endeavor, and always ready to lend a hand to friends and customers, making sure they received their product as needed, even if it meant working all night.

    Melvin Ogburn is the well deserved recipient of this year’s Dorothy Thomas Memorial Award for 2015.

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  30. Obituary-Brandy S. Brown

    Brandy S. Brown, 40, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pam Moseley Skinner and her devoted companion, James Denny, III. She is survived by her children, Harley Butler, Devin Butler and Holden Denny; sister, Brooke Brown and brother, Brian Brown and her father, Greg Brown. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be made www.owenfh.com.

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  31. Obituary-Rebecca (Beckie) Smith Lewis

    Rebecca (Beckie) Smith Lewis, 91, of Stony Creek, widow of J. Russell Lewis passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015.  She was preceded by her daughter, Susan Lewis Whitfield.  Survivors include her son-in-law, Thomas Whitfield, of Decatur, GA and numerous nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Sappony Baptist Church, Stony Creek, VA.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sappony Baptist Church, c/o Luise Brucato, 10048 Reed Rd, Stony Creek, VA.


  32. Gov. McAuliffe proclaims Oct. 15 as Earthquake ShakeOut Day

    Virginians can still sign up for annual earthquake drill

    RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately 800,000 Virginians have signed up for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multistate earthquake drill set for Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. To encourage participation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed the date Earthquake ShakeOut Day.

    The annual earthquake drill provides Virginians with the opportunity to learn what to do when an earthquake hits. In the U.S., people should not run down stairs or outside during an earthquake. Instead, emergency management and preparedness experts agree that DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON is the safest response to reduce injuries and deaths:

    • DROP to the ground (before the shaking drops you).
    • Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table if possible, protecting your head and neck.
    • HOLD ONto the desk or table until the shaking stops.

    The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is open to everyone: individuals, families, businesses, organizations, government agencies, schools and colleges.

    To register, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.shakeout.org/southeast, where information about how to conduct a drill is available. You can hold your drill at any time within two weeks of Oct. 15.

    More than 1.5 million people have signed up so far for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, which will be in these states: Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. When compared to all states participating in the national drill, Virginia is typically second only to California in the number of people who have registered.

    Coordinating partners for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut include the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). ShakeOut originated in California, where statewide earthquake drills have been held annually since 2008, and has grown to be an international program with 26.5 million people participating in 2014.

    Virginia experiences earthquakes each year, but only a few are felt. Since 1977, more than 195 quakes have been detected as originating beneath Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Of these, at least 29 were large enough to be felt at the Earth’s surface. This averages out to about six earthquakes per year, of which one is felt.

    The Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., was felt by one-third of the U.S. population from Georgia to Maine and it did over $200 million in damage. Earthquakes like that one can cause sudden and intense back and forth motions of several feet per second. They can cause the floor or the ground to jerk sideways out from under you, while every unsecured object around you could topple, fall, or become airborne, potentially causing serious injury.

    Now is a good time to check your home for unsecured objects that could move, break or fall as an earthquake shakes your home. Pay attention to tall, heavy or expensive objects like bookcases, home electronics, appliances and items hanging from walls, especially over beds, tables, desks or chairs. FEMA recommends that you secure those items with flexible fasteners, such as nylon straps, or relocate them.

    Keep in mind that aftershocks follow earthquakes. The 5.8 magnitude quake in Mineral was followed by a 4.5 aftershock a day and a half later, along with 450 aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 1.0 from Aug. 24, 2011 to May 2, 2012, the USGS reported.

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  33. Taste of Brunswick Car Show Winners

    Dash Plate Recipient 2015: Mel Ogburn
    # Class Vehicle Owner
    1 Most Chrome 2013 Harley Davidson Bryan Davis
    2 Least Chrome 1937 Chevy Sedan Bruce Tudor
    3 Highest Ride 2003 Chevy Silverado Brad Hatchel
    4 Lowest Ride 2005 Harley Electra Glide Dennis Halderman
    5 Most Original 1970 Ford Mustang Trey Sheppard
    6 Best Interior 1936 Plymouth Maurice Tipton
    7 Best Exterior 1957 Chevy Bel Air Bill Bennett
    8 Best Engine 2010 Harley Ultra Classic Lee Seymour
    9 Best Display 2005 Chevy SSR Mel Ogburn
    10 Best Paint 2003 Hummer Margaret Askew
    11 Most Club Participation Stray Cats Club, NC 11 members
    12 People's Choice Award 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo Kathie & Allen Little
    13 Pro's Pick 1986 Chevy Silverado Stan Harris
    14 Distance Award 157 miles King George, VA Pat Borzi
    15 Best Appearing Ford 1964 Ford Galaxy Jim Walker
    16 Best Appearing GM Product 1955 Chevy Bel Air Charlie Robinson
    17 Best Appearing Import 1956 VW Bug Mike Ciavarelli
    18 Best Appearing Mopar 1973 Dodge Cuda Pat Borzi
    19 Best Appearing Motorcycle
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    2008 Suzuki Hayabusa Marcus Long
    20 Best Appearing Motorcycle 2010 Yamaha Roadliner Star Johnnie Long
    21 Best Appearing New Model 2011 Chevy Camaro Carol Murley
    22 Best Appearing Street Rod 1937 Chevy Busi. Man Coupe Thurston Vann
    23 Best Appearing Pro Street 1936 Chevy Coupe Wright & Cindy Pond
    24 Best Appearing Special Interest 1957 Volkswagon Trike Keith Thackston
    25 Best Appearing Antique Car 1955 Pontiac Stephen Wood
    26 Best Appearing Antique Truck 1947 Ford Stake body Glenwood Talbott
    27 Best Appearing Truck 1952 Ford pickup Chris Ellis
    28 Best Appearing Car 1952 Chevy Styleline Coupe Cindy Vann
    29 Top Dog Award 1948 Ford Anglia Deb. & Charles Hammack
    30  Earl Blick Award -
     Achievement of Excellence
    1966 Ford F-100 Bert Dickens
    31 Va. Wheels Member's Choice 1957 Chevy Bel Air Bill Bennett
    32 Charles Taylor Mem. Award 1957 Chevy Bel Air Tommy Hawkins
    33 Dorothy Thomas Mem. Award 2005 Chevy SSR Mel Ogburn
    34 Billy Hedgepeth Mem. Award 1966 Ford Mustang Gene Jones
    35 Johnny Pearson Mem. Award 1966 Pontiac GTO Doug Seuis
    36 Good Guys Award 1965 Ford Mustang GT Brigette Ellis
    37 Best In Show Motorcycle 2014 Harley CVO Breakout Mark Long
    38 Best In Show Street Rod 1937 Ford Coupe Larry West
    39 Best In Show Truck 2005 Chevy SSR Mel Ogburn
    40 Best In Show Car 1955 Chevy Bel Air James Wrenn
    Presented By: Va. Wheels Car Club / Chairman: Earl Blick

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  34. Southside Regional Medical Center and Colonial Orthopaedics to Host 3rd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk and Health Fair

    Petersburg, VA – Please join Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and Colonial Orthopaedics on Saturday, October 17 as we celebrate our joint replacement patients and their coaches at the 3rd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk.

    The 1-mile walk will be followed by a health and resource fair. This event will be held on the campus of Colonial Orthopaedics, located at 325 Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights. Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m. Vendors will provide giveaways, refreshments and free health information. This is a rain or shine event. 

    The walk is open to the public wishing to learn more about the certified hip and knee replacement program at SRMC’s Center for Advanced Joint and Spine Care. To register, please contact Lisa Mears, RN, Orthopaedic Service Line Director, at 804-765-5652.  Registration can also be completed online at SRMConline.com/Community.

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  35. SVCC Groundsman Training Begins November 2.

    A Groundsman Training Program begins on November 2, 2015 offered by Southside Virginia Community College.  Training will be held at the SVCC Occupational Technical Center at Pickett Park in Blackstone from November 2 to November 25, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.   The  cost is $2,950. 

    A Groundsman performs a variety of work tasks in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical distribution and transmission lines and equipment.  Groundsman training is the first step towards a career as a linesman. 

    This program covers Safety, Material and Tools, Protective Equipment, Flagging, Knot Tying, Installing Sleeves, , CDL Class B Learner’s Permit Review, and more.  SVCC Workforce Development and TCR Line Training Corporation offer this course.

    To pre-register, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu



  36. Hannah Glenn BA Student of the Month

    Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Hannah Gayle Glenn has been chosen the October 2015 Student of the Month.  Hannah, a senior, is the daughter of Gary and Amy Glenn of Warfield.  She has one younger sister, JoAnna, also a student at Brunswick Academy.  Hannah is a three sport athlete.  She is a member of the girl’s Varsity Volleyball team, plays co-ed Varsity Soccer and has been both a JV and Varsity Cheerleader.  Hannah is very active in extracurricular activities and holds multiple leadership positions.   She is a Vice-President of the Latin Club, Secretary of the Honor Council and Secretary of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the Brunswick Academy scholastic bowl team.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and spending time in the Outer Banks. 

    Hannah plans to be a registered nurse and is applying to Virginia Commonwealth University and Christopher Newport University.  Congratulations Hannah on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month.


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  37. Buckle Up - Phone Down. Dangers of Texting and Driving Simulated at GCHS

    Courtney Malveaux, Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Kristin Smolenski and Peggy Malone at Thursday's Drive Smart Event

    The State Farm Distracted Driving Simulator pulled into Greensville County High School Thursday morning, as part of the Drive Smart Virginia program, to teach the dangers of texting and driving.  The Simulator is a real vehicle that has been enhanced to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving while not actually driving.  The "driver" wears goggles and, using the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals, is asked to drive down a virtual street while sending a text message. 


    Greensville County High School Students in the Driving Simulator and on the Impaired Driving Course

    According to Peggy Malone, the local State Farm Agent sponsoring the event, only three of the students before lunch managed not to crash.

    Students were also shown the difficult of impaired driving by riding a tricycle through a row of cones while wearing distortion goggles.  The goggles simulated the vision impairment associated with a Blood Alcohol Content of 1.7

    Delegate Roslyn Tyler was there for the last class, and she fared no better than the students, "crashing" before she even managed to send the text message. 


    Peggy Malone and Delegate Roslyn Tyler on the Impaired Driving Course

    Neither Delegate Tyler or Mrs. Malone made it through the drunk driving simulation, each taking out multiple cones, which proves that experience does not matter if you drive drunk.

    The simulator will be at Brunswick County High School tomorrow.  For more information on the Drive Smart program, please visit drivesmartva.org.

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  38. FOP Lodge #30 - "Kids and Cops" - 2015 Nov. 22nd Update - Please Donate - Monies are needed!

    This year is flying by and we are preparing for another great Christmas Season with the Annual “Kids and Cops” shopping spree for under-privileged children at Walmart on December 12th. Each year at Christmas we have been blessed with your help to be able to take many under-privileged children shopping. Without your continued support this great event cannot happen, so please donate what you can.

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

    Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare.It costs $100 to sponsor one child, but you can sponsor as many as you like. If you cannot contribute 100% to sponsor a child, please donate what you can. It all adds up to sponsor another child. The number of children that are able to participate this year is determined by the amount of monies received by December 5th. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the kids, FOP Lodge # 30 and me. The Smile you put on a kid’s face is well worth It.!

    Please don’t just throw this request in the trash! The “Kids & Cops” need your help to make this program possible and successful. Make your check payable to:  FOP Lodge #30 and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847-2807.  Also, you can call me on my cell (434-430-5000) and I will be excited to pick up your donation. All contributions are tax deductible!

    Merry Christmas,

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



  39. Dr. Dalton Named Dean at SVCC

    A new Dean of Humanities, Social Science and Business will begin duties at Southside Virginia Community College in November.  Dr. Tara Carter, Vice President of Academics and Student Services, announced that Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, current Professor of Agribusiness, has accepted the position.

    Dr. Dalton grew up on a 150-acre family farm in Lunenburg County.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and her PhD from Duke University in Economics. She has served the last five years as professor and program director of the agribusiness program at Southside Virginia Community College.  She and her husband, Johnny, own a small cow-calf herd in Kenbridge and have a hunting supply business.

    Prior to coming home to Southside in the fall of 2010 to give leadership to the new agribusiness program, she spent seventeen years in her teaching and extension position in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  In 2003, the university awarded her its Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and its Alumni Award for Excellence in Advising. At the state level, she has received the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s Special Recognition of an Individual Award, Virginia Farm Bureau’s Service to Agriculture Award, and the Virginia Cooperative Council’s Cooperative Education Leadership Award.  At the national level, she has received teaching awards from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Association and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  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 March 2015, she was selected as Virginia Farm Bureau’s Lady Leader, Proudly Promoting Agriculture.

    In their spare time, Dixie and Johnny enjoy playing and watching sports.  They both travel extensively throughout Virginia and North Carolina to play competitive slowpitch softball and have competed in the softball World Series in Orlando (Florida), Phoenix (Arizona), and Las Vegas (Nevada).   Her two sons, Kyle and Jacob, are recent SVCC Governor’s School graduates.

    Dixie is the daughter of Albert and T.J. Watts of Keysville and the niece of former SVCC business instructor, Barbara “Polly” Beard.

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    Wednesday, family members, friends, VSP retirees, York County officials, current and former VSP Superintendents, state legislators and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran gathered in York County to honor VSP Troopers Garland M. Miller and Donald E. Lovelace, who were killed in the line of duty 52 and 45 years ago, respectively.

    Those in attendance came together to dedicate the Barlow Road Overpass that crosses Interstate 64 as the “Trooper Garland M. Miller Memorial Bridge” and the Route 134 Bridge over U.S. Route 17 as the “Trooper Donald E. Lovelace Memorial Bridge.” Both bridges are located in York County and were designated as such during the 2015 Virginia General Assembly.

    Trooper Miller’s (l to r) daughter, wife, Ada King – who spoke at today’s service, and son,

    Trooper Miller, 29, died in a traffic crash June 13, 1963. He was traveling with a probationary trooper on Route 168, near Camp Peary, when their patrol car suddenly ran off the road and struck several trees. Trooper Miller died at the scene. The probationary trooper was injured but survived the crash. A 7-year state police veteran, Trooper Miller was survived by his wife and two young children.

    (Far left) Retired VA State Police Colonel Bill Corvello with (l to r) Trooper Lovelace’s son, daughter, granddaughter and niece.

    Working the midnight shift on Oct. 18, 1970, Trooper Donald E. Lovelace, 26, had just marked on for duty when he noticed a vehicle driving in the wrong direction on Route 17 in York County. With his emergency lights activated, he stopped the vehicle. As he was walking up to the stopped vehicle, the trooper was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. A father of three, Trooper Lovelace had just graduated from the State Police Basic School four months earlier.

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  41. Bronco Federal Credit Union Donates Monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes

    Bronco Federal Credit Union recently upgraded some of its technology which included computer monitors.  They donated 77 monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes for use in its school and cottages.

    Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization in Jarratt that serves older adolescents who have severe emotional disorders. The Home celebrates its 160th anniversary this year.  In 2014 101 boys and girls were served by the organization.  The goal of the Home is to help children understand their emotional disorders and give them the tools and ability to manage them in the future.

    Pictured are Brian Hedgepeth (right) CEO of Bronco, and Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement for Jackson-Feild Homes.

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  42. Free Seminar on Joint Pain

    Petersburg, VA – Join Dr. Vamsi Singaraju for a presentation on joint pain in honor of National Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week. Learn about

    The Center for Advanced Joint and Spine Care at Southside Regional Medical Center. Dr. Singaraju is an orthopaedic surgeon at Colonial Orthopaedics in Colonial Heights.

    This seminar will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

    This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.

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  43. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces August Employee of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Patricia “Tricia” Horne has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for August 2015.  Ms. Horne, who has been employed at SVRMC since February 1982, is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.   

    Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for August was Service Recovery.  Ms. Horne’s nomination included the following statement: “Tricia has excellent customer service skills and will always go the extra mile to help a patient or a patient’s family member. Just recently Tricia saw a patient’s family member crying in the lobby. She stopped to ask the family member if there was anything she could do to help. The family member had a concern so Tricia decided to bring the family member to the radiology director so that her concerns could be acted upon immediately.  This is a prime example of how Tricia never misses an opportunity to help someone out and how she provides service recovery at every opportunity.”

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


  44. BA Honor Roll

    Brunswick Academy Upper School Honor Roll 2015-2016

    Headmaster’s List (All-A Honor Roll)

    Grade 9: Savannah Greene, Morgan Moore, Hannah Waller, Courtney Walton;

    Grade 10: Zachary Clary, Halie Sadler, Yuwei (Tiffany) Wang;

    Grade 11: Samantha Woyer, Howard Wright;

    *Grade 12:  NONE;

    * (Dual Enrollment Students qualify at the end of the semester.)

    A-B Honor Roll

    Grade 9: Taylor Capps, Merri Scarlett Edens, Sage Kallam, Micah Love, Cole Moseley, Jonathan Paul, Jamie Saunders, Lucy Smith, Morgan Stanley;

    Grade 10: Claire Gregory, Benjamin Lewis, Berklee Pair, Jeffery (Alex) Parrott, Collin Washburn;

    Grade 11: Joseph Carrick; Hunter Elliott, Mason Jones;  Zihua (Lesley) Qu;

    *Grade 12: Charles Gregory III, Keith Ottaway, Thomas Vuono;

    (Dual Enrollment Students qualify at the end of the semester.)

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  45. Obituary-Hazel Beatrice Brooks Tudor

    Hazel Beatrice Brooks Tudor, 88, passed into the Light on October 1, 2015.  She was joyfully reunited with the love of her life, Pete, and her beloved granddaughter, Emily Tudor.  Hazel was a long time resident of Stony Creek, Va.  She was born on Dec. 5, 1926, and raised on a farm in rural Georgia.  Hazel decided to become a nurse during WWII and graduated from Georgia Baptist Hospital Cadet Nurse Corps in Sept., 1948.  Her R.N. degree took her all over the country and eventually to Fredericksburg, Va., where she met her husband Joe “Pete” Tudor.  

    She and Pete relocated to Stony Creek and raised two sons, Joe and Jon.  She was active in Fort Grove Methodist Church activities, Boy Scouts, Stony Creek Eastern Star Chapter 126, and enjoyed many, many friendships.  As a grandmother, she loved spending time with her grandkids, spoiling them as only a grandmother can do.

    Hazel was well known as a kind and sweet tempered Southern gentlewoman, an exceptionally caring nurse who leaves a legacy of families of former patients who sing her praises, and a mother who “couldn’t find better sons if she searched the world over.”    She loved her family above all.

    Hazel leaves behind sons Joe and Jon Tudor, their wives Kathleen and Diana, and grandchildren Sarah Tudor, Betsey Cremin, Amanda Adams and Michael Tudor. She also has three great-grandchildren, Molly and Will Cremin, and Natalie Adams.  In addition she leaves her devoted best friends, Patsy and Billy Bradley.  She has a large extended family in Georgia, including brother James Brooks, whom she adores, and loves her equally in return.  She will be missed.

    A viewing will be held Wed., Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Va.  The graveside services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 8, at Blandford Cemetery in  Petersburg, Va. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

    The family would like to thank the staff of the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center of Emporia, Va., for their compassionate and excellent care over the last three years.  She always said “They take good care of me.”

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  46. James C Vaughan Receives Mosed D. Knox Award


    James C Vaughan is a lifelong Greensville County resident.   Being very active in his Church in which he was baptized, Diamond Grove Baptist Church, he is a Deacon, was the Church Treasurer for over 30 years, past President of the Ushers Board and Supervisor of the Church Cemetery.  He was the Treasurer for the Greensville County Fellowship Ushers Union for over 25 years and a Past President for 6 years.  He is also the Treasurer of the Baptist Sunday School Union for over 30 years

    It is really nothing new for him to find himself in leadership positions.  

    He worked at Federal Paper and Board for 25 years and was the President of Local Union 1825 there for 6 years.   After retiring, he took a job working for the Greensville County School System for over 21 years.    It was while he was working at the Elementary School, when he became a member of the Greensville County Planning Commission.  After he retired from the Greensville County School System, he was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 1995, to fill a vacant seat previously held by Garland Faison.  He has been on the Greensville County Board of Supervisors for the Zion District for 20 years.   He was also on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club for 2 years and served as Chairman of the Greensville County Social Services Board for 8 years.

    He was reared in a loving Christian home to the late, Calvin & Mabel Vaughan.  He is married To Eldora Gilliam Vaughan for over 65 years.  They had 4 children, Sherry Vaughan, Dennis Vaughan, Larry Vaughan and Woodrow Vaughan (deceased 2014).

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  47. Obituary-Serena Bailey Brockwell Legere

    Serena Bailey Brockwell Legere, 87, passed away October 1, 2015, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.  Mrs. Legere was born in Skipwith, Virginia, January 30, 1928 to the late Marvin and Louise Bailey.  She lived in Ashland, Virginia from 1967 until 1996 when she returned to Emporia, Virginia.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Benjamin (Runt) Brockwell, and a daughter, Pam Pippin.  Serena will be missed by all who loved her.  Survivors include her husband, Richard Legere; a daughter, Sheila Ferguson (Jim), all of Emporia; son, Ben Brockwell (Celeste), Lavallette, NJ; son-in-law, Taylor Pippin, Sr. (Rita), St. Petersburg, FL; 6 grandchildren, Jamie Ferguson (fiancé Jessica), Shannon Dunn (Chris), Benji Brockwell, Bailey Pippen, Spencer Brockwell, and Taylor Pippin, Jr.; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler Dunn, Emily Dunn and Ashtyn Dunn.  Also surviving Mrs. Legere are a sister, Pauline Moss, and a brother, Robert (Bobby) Bailey (Stella), along with several nieces and nephews.  Serena donated her body to science for research.  Per Serena’s wishes, private family services and cremation rites have been accorded.  May you rest in eternal peace Dear Mama.  The family thanks the staff and management at Greensville Manor Nursing Home for their loving care and support over the past year.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the charity or church of your choice.  Family and friends may express condolences at the home of Serena’s daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jim Ferguson and online.  www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

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    Area eleventh and twelfth-grade high school students and their parents are invited to attend “College Day” at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus in Alberta on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the Regional College Day program for Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and parts of Lunenburg and Nottoway counties.  Second-year students and graduates of two-year college degree programs are also urged to attend.  Over 50 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

    Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Bryant & Stratton College, Christopher Newport University, Chowan University, College of William and Mary, Ferrum College,  George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Living Arts College, Longwood University,  Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Old Dominion University, ODU Distance Learning, Radford University, Randolph College,  Roanoke College, Shenandoah University,  Southside Virginia Community College,  Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, The Art Institutes, University of Mount Olive,  University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and William Peace University.  Also in attendance will be a representative from the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.   For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).

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