December 2015

  1. Extension Agent Master Gardener's Wreath Making Class

    Article by Lynn Moseley, Master Gardener

    On Saturday, Dec. 5th, the Master Gardeners of Greensville/Emporia had their annual live Wreath Making Workshop.  Our class had 14 attend and had several repeat attendees along with many new faces!  It is our hope to be able to accept more in in the future as this is always our biggest project for the year and unfortunately we had to turn a few away.  As you can see from the pictures there is a large amount of work that goes into making these wreaths.  All instructions and materials are given at the beginning of the class so they can start at the same time.  Participants were shown one finished product to use as an example.  After several hours of working on their own, everyone creates their own vision with an end result of 14 completely different wreaths!  All of them were so beautiful and a good time is always had by all.  Light refreshments are always included along with wonderful Christmas music for inspiration.  We are already planning and looking forward to next year.  Maybe you would like to come!  Hope so!  And Happy Holidays!

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    Please help me  to get back home. Missing since December 7, 2015. Last seen on Country Club Road. If found please call 434-594-2351



  3. Obituary-Susan Lee Stone

    On 27 December, 2015 at 1:46 AM Susan Lee Stone departed this life to continue her Journey and Adventure. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, she brought life, light, and love daily to those with whom she came in contact. All who knew her have been truly blessed. She is survived by her husband Lee, her daughter Dr. Jen husband Dr. Dan Aminzade, children and their spouses Erin Stone, Michael Stone, Sean and Sharon Stone, 7 grandchildren, parents Lila Lee Turner and the late Thomas B. Turner, brother Russell and spouse Brenda Turner,nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Susan’s Hospice nurse, Kim Bear, who stayed with us through the entire process.  Susan left a legacy on this life and the people she knew. In lieu of flowers please address donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM, January 9, 2016 at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Condolences may be registered at

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  4. Meherrin Piece Makers Quilt Guild Aids Jackson-Feild

    The Meherrin Piece Makers Quit Guild is a group of 30 plus talented ladies who love to sew and quilt.  They used their collective talents to make hand-made pillowcases for every resident of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  They had a work day in early December to sew the pillowcases.

    Each one was different and reflected the talent and ability of the member who prepared it. The pillow cases are beautiful. The members wanted to ensure that each child would have a special gift on Christmas morning.

    The Guild presented pillowcases last year and has aided Jackson-Feild’s residents on a number of occasions over the years.

    The administration and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services are most grateful for the efforts of these wonderful volunteers.

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    East Coast I-95 “Drive to Save Lives” Initiative Remains Ongoing Through New Year’s

    RICHMOND, Va. – Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend resulted in the deaths of one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways. The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes. As of Dec. 28, 2015, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014.

    With the New Year’s holiday festivities just days away, all motorists are reminded to not to drink and drive. Virginia State Police is among the more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies participating in the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overholiday enforcement crackdown. Whether celebrating the New Year in Virginia or anywhere in the U.S., all drivers can avoid adding to the toll of drunk driving by following the law, planning a safe ride home, designating a sober driver or use NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

    In addition, Virginia troopers are still on heightened patrol along the Interstate 95 corridor as part of an East Coast traffic-safety initiative. Virginia State Police is partnering with the state police, highway patrols and local law enforcement of every state along the Eastern Seaboard containing a portion of Interstate 95 in an effort to keep one of the nation’s major interstate corridors safe and fatality-free. This Drive to Save Livestraffic-safety operation began Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, and concludes New Year’s Eve.

    I-95 is a major travel corridor along the East Coast, and the Christmas to New Year’s holiday season is among the busiest long-distance travel period of the year. More than 33,000 deaths occur each year on our nation’s highways, making highway fatalities one of the top 12 causes of death within the United States and the leading cause of death among teens.

    The Drive to Save Lives campaign focuses on the use of seatbelts, deterring speeding and reckless drivers, and targets impaired and distracted driving on highways. Through the traffic-safety initiative, state police and highway patrol leaders are collaborating to change the high-risk behaviors of motorists that lead to crashes through education and awareness, partnerships, and high-visibility traffic enforcement.

    The public is encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers to Virginia State Police by dialing #77.

    With the increase of emergency personnel on the highways, Virginia State Police reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

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  6. Obituary-Patrick O. “Sonny” Amick, Jr

    Patrick O. “Sonny” Amick, Jr, 54, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Michelle B. Amick; four sons, Ryan Amick, Jordan Amick, David Amick and Patrick O. Amick, III; daughter, Suni Amick and wife, Leslie Amick; stepdaughter, Kimberly Farmer; six grandchildren, Kirsten, Ava, Kenzlee, Kruz, Karson and Annabelle; his father, Pat Amick and wife, Melba; his mother, Judy Sample; sister, Alisa Amick and niece, Traci Hulsey and husband, Nick. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Samaritan Helping Hands House, P.O. Box 148, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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  7. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces November Employee of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Alvin Jackson (AJ)has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for November 2015. Mr. Jackson, who works in SVRMC’s Nutritional Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since March 2004.

    Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for November was Attitude.  Mr. Jackson’s nomination included the following statement: “AJ is everything that an employee should be. He is reliable, truthful, helpful, polite and funny. He never misses a day of work and often fills in for staff members who have called out. AJ has a great attitude and is welcoming to everyone he encounters. He is friendly and always takes the time to ensure customer expectations are met in the Nutritional Services Department.”

    As SVRMC’s November Employee of the Month, Mr. Jackson received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cake to share with his co-workers, a cash prize, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2016 Employee of the Year.

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  8. Arby's Gets A Visit from Saint Nick!

    Santa Claus took time out of his busy schedule to visit children in Emporia one last time before Christmas Eve.  Kris Kringle visited kids at Arby's on December 20th.  Pictured with Santa are JaKeya and her baby sister JaTavia.

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  9. Obituary-Sallie Mary Turner

    Sallie Mary Turner, widow of Jack P. Turner, passed away at the Bloom Retirement Center on December 22, 2015 at the age of 98. A lifelong resident of Greensville County, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane T. Stanley; granddaughter, Chris Stanley and son-in-law, The Reverend Jerry Stanley. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Turner and wife, Liz; grandchildren, Ginger and Andrew. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lila Lee Turner and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bloom Retirement Center Activity Fund, 308 Weaver Ave, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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  10. SVCC in 2016

    Make Southside Virginia Community College your destination for 2016.  The college re-opens on January 4, 2016 for business.

    Plan now to sign up for classes that begin January 11, 2016.  The new year means a new start so check out what SVCC has to offer for you in your educational or career future.  There are many programs of study to consider such as Truck Driving, Diesel Tech, Nursing, Information Technology, first two years of a four-year degree, Power Line Worker, Welding, Automotive, Fire Fighter, EMS, Business Technology and much more.  Visit for more information.

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  11. Lake Gaston Volunteers Serve as Santa’s Helpers

    Members of four separate Lake Gaston  volunteer groups acted  as Santa’s elves wrapping all the Christmas presents for 42 children of Jackson-Feild Homes.   They arrived, at Walnut Grove the Home’s campus in Jarratt, Va., bright and early last Thursday and spent most  of the day hard at work helping Santa.

    The ladies took a personal interest to ensure that each child had their Christmas presents beautifully wrapped for Christmas morning.  The comradery and joy among the ladies was infectious.  Their enthusiasm was infectious and brought the spirit of the Christmas season to the Home’s campus.

    Volunteers included members from  PEO  Chapter C-D – Littleton, N.C., Lake Gaston Ladies Club, FAB (Flying Aqua Babes)  and the Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

    These groups  have been actively involved with Jackson-Feild for many years in a variety of service capacities. Carol Weigel serves as liaison for events and service projects that benefit the children at the Home.

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  12. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Employees Donate 1,542.9 Pounds of Food

    Emporia, VA – Each year the staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) host a Thanksgiving food drive and compete by department to see who can donate the most food. This year the staff donated 1,542.9 pounds of food to Emporia’s Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit.

    The winner of the competition is the department that donates the most food in pounds per employee.

    The 2015 winner was the Behavioral Health Unit who donated 556.9 total pounds of food or 34.08 pounds per employee. They will receive a pizza party for their efforts.

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  13. Happenings at Belfield Elementary School

    Toll Brothers recently donated and installed a pair of basketball goals for the Belfield Elementary School playground.  Mrs. Person and the entire staff and student body met with Toll Brothers representatives yesterday to say "thanks so much!"

    Belfield safety patrol team sponsored a very successful Canned Food Drive.  Over 600 items of nonperishable food was collected and donated to Samaritan Helping Hands.

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  14. Mike Berry to Perform at Emmanuel Worship Center

    Mike Berry is a former resident of Emporia. He served this area for a number of years as the First Sargent of the Highway Patrol. What many did not know is that he is a Christian singer, songwriter and has a passion for worship. A recognized lyricist, Mike’s songs tell stories of worldly struggles and victory in Jesus. His toe tapping, energized musical style combined with stories and God’s word creates a fun filled atmosphere of praise and worship. His first Cd will be release soon. Mike will be leading the worship for our Sunday morning Celebration service beginning at 10:30 AM on December 27, at the Emmanuel Worship Center, 4908 E Atlantic St., Emporia, VA.

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  15. Obituary-Margarette “Pat” Holloway Whitman

    Margarette “Pat” Holloway Whitman, 85, of Emporia, widow of Louis A. Whitman, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Anderton and two brothers, Harold Holloway and Clinton Holloway. She is survived by four sons, John Whitman and wife, Darlene, Billy Whitman and wife, Robin, Blane Whitman and Tim Whitman; two daughters, Ruth Poole and Lydia W. Merritt; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carlton Holloway and Sid Holloway; sister, Esther Harding and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 20 at Purdy Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

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  16. SVRMC Hosts Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

    On Friday, after the Jaycees Christmas Parade, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center hosted Cookies and Cocoa with Santa.  Kids, young and old, waited for the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf and enjoyed sharing their Christmas Wish List with him.

    Santa's Elves were busy, so the great staff at SVRMC stepped up to serve the Cookies, Punch, Lemonade and Cocoa!

    If you missed Santa Claus, he will be in Emporia one more time before his Christmas Eve Trip around the world.  You can see him at Arby's of Emporia on Sunday, December 20, from 3-5 pm.

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  17. City and County Holiday Sanitation Schedules





    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015                                     Monday, December 21, 2015

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015                                Monday, December 21, 2015

    Thursday, December 24, 2015                                    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Friday, December 25, 2015                                        Wednesday, December 23, 2015











    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015                                     Monday, December 28, 2015

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015                                Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    Thursday, December 31, 2015                                    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Friday, January 1, 2016                                              Thursday, December 31, 2015










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  18. The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation Partners with Feed the Children to Bring Hope to Emporia Residents

    EMPORIA, VA. (Dec. 15, 2015) – On Sat., Dec. 19, The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation and Feed the Children will provide 400 pre-identified Emporia-area families with food and essentials. The distribution will take place at the Sadler Brothers Oil Company (517 N. Main St.) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.                     

    Because hunger cannot be defeated alone, Feed the Children’s partner agencies, District 19 Community Services Board and the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, have pre-identified families who will each receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed necessities like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box of assorted Avon products.  

    This event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In Emporia alone, 24 percent of families live below the poverty line. Often, these children are unsure where they will find their next meal.

    This event is made possible by volunteers from the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation and representatives from each local partner who will help with the distribution.

    "We are proud to be from Emporia, Virginia and enjoy supporting our community. We feel blessed to have this opportunity. We first learned about Feed the Children through the Darrell and Michael Waltrip Brothers charity event and wanted the chance to bring food to families in our area. We're pleased to be able to give back this close to Christmas," said Hermie and Elliott Sadler.

    “Today, we are not only providing food and necessities to these families—but also hope,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. “Hope for a better future that is made possible thanks to our partners at The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation, District 19 Community Services Board, and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, who play a vital role in helping us create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”

    About Feed the Children

    Feed the Children believes that it can create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the largest U.S.-based charities. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, maintains a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, and is also a member of InterAction. Through its network of agencies, Feed the Children distributed more than $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine, impacting close to 9 million individuals in the U.S. and more than 4.9 million individuals internationally, for a total of 13.9 million individuals globally in fiscal year 2014. Visit www.feedthechildren.orgfor more information.

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  19. YMCA Preschoolers Spread Christmas Joy!

    The YMCA preschoolers recently sang carols to the residents at Emporia Manor, Greensville Manor, Bloom Center and for the YMCA Silver Sneakers members.

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    Southside Virginia Community College wants to help make your first year experience the best possible. One way to prepare for your academic success is to begin with the right tools, starting day one. NSO 2.0 (New Student Orientation) is a fun, half-day event that will jump start your academic career and ensure a successful transition to SVCC. This FREE event is open to all incoming Spring 2016 students.


    • Christanna Campus  (Alberta, VA) – Wednesday, January 6th  (Registration beginning at 9:30 AM) 
    • John H. Daniel Campus  Campus (Keysville, VA) – Thursday, January  7th (Registration beginning at 9:30 AM)

    For more information  please call Le'Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator at 434-736-2023 or by email at

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  21. 2015 Christmas Parade Highlights

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  22. Obituary-Augustine Davis “Tina” Hallingshead

    Augustine Davis “Tina” Hallingshead, 66, of Emporia, widow of James “Gene” Hallingshead, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Dowanna “Dee” Powell; her son, Clayton Wayne Hallingshead; three grandchildren, Charles David Martin, Brian Joseph Martin  and Emerson Blake Carroll; four great-grandchildren, Harleigh, Aden, Abby and Colton James; four sisters, Kathy Handsom, Joyce Delbridge, Patsy Davis and Margaret Ann and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences amy be made at


  23. Why Health Insurance is Important

    Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center will again help with enrollment

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. In 2016, there is a higher penalty than last year if you’re not excluded for a particular reason. Wondering why health insurance is so important, we sat down with Matt Tavenner, CEO of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center to find out.

    What is health insurance?

    TAVENNER: Health insurance is a contract between you and an insurance company. When you buy a plan or policy, you pay a monthly fee and in return, the company agrees to pay part of your medical expenses when you get sick or hurt.

    Why is it important to have health insurance?

    TAVENNER: While no one plans to get sick or hurt, most people need medical care at some point. The average cost of a three-day hospital stay is $30,000 – and the cost to fix a broken leg can cost up to $7,500! Having health insurance helps protect you from unexpected costs like these. Your insurance policy will outline what types of care, treatments and services are covered, including how much the insurance company will pay for different treatments in different situations.

    Is having health insurance mandatory?

    TAVENNER: Yes, with few exceptions, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. Those who do not have minimum essential health coverage – like through an employer – and don’t qualify for an exemption, will have to pay a penalty fee if they don’t get health insurance.

    What is that penalty?

    TAVENNERIf 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). And without insurance, you’ll be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

    You are considered covered if you have Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, any job-based plan, any plan you’ve purchased yourself, COBRA, retiree coverage, Tricare, VA health coverage.

    Who is exempt from having to get health insurance?

    TAVENNERThe list is long, but here are a few reasons why a person might be exempt:

    •       Coverage is unaffordable coverage (more than 8% of household income)

    •       You are a member of federally recognized tribe

    •       You are below tax filing threshold and not required to file taxes

    •       You have been uninsured for less than three consecutive months during the year

    When can a person purchase health insurance?

    TAVENNERFor the Health Insurance Marketplace, enrollment periods are only for a specified time during the year. The current enrollment period runs from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. You can only purchase insurance outside of that time period if you have a qualifying life event, such as a marriage, divorce, new baby, and change of income, to name a few.

    How much does health insurance cost?

    TAVENNEREach plan varies in terms of overall cost and depends on the amount of premium and deductible you choose. The “premium” is the amount of money charged for a certain amount of insurance coverage each year. You may also have an annual “deductible.” You must pay this amount out of your pocket before the insurance company will pay any expenses. Let's say you have a $200 deductible. You go to the doctor and the total cost is $250. You pay the first $200 to cover the deductible, and then your insurance starts to pay its share. How much you pay for your premium and deductible depends on the type of insurance you have.

    Every plan has to pay 60% of your medical bills. But from there, you can decide, do you want to pay a higher premium and get more of your benefits paid - or do you want to pay a lower premium and run the risk that, if you get sick, you'll have to pay more out of your own pocket?

    So, a higher premium offers more coverage. A lower premium provides less coverage if you get sick. So if you think you are going to stay healthy, then you might want to pay a lower premium that would cover a smaller percentage of your bills.

    What types of plans are there?

    TAVENNER: There are four levels of health plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. Each category has a different monthly premium costs, as well as deductible. There are a lot of affordable options on the Marketplace and you can compare each plan side by side so you can find the plan that meets you and/or your family’s needs.

    Is there any help available if you can’t afford health insurance?

    TAVENNER: Through government subsidies, financial assistance to help with premium costs may be available, depending on household size and annual income: Individual consumers between $11,770 to $47,080/year (household of one); $24,250 to $97,000/year for a household of four; $40,890 to $163,560/year for a household of eight.

    What if you have a preexisting condition like a previous cancer, a diabetes diagnosis or are pregnant?

    TAVENNER: You cannot be excluded from coverage for any preexisting condition. And, equally important, parents can cover their children up to age 26 on their insurance plan.

    What do I need to do if I enrolled last year and have coverage?

    TAVENNER: Consumers enrolled in a 2015 Marketplace plan will have an automatic enrollment option to select the same health plan coverage as long as the same plan is offered in 2016.

    All consumers are encouraged to return to the Marketplace to make any necessary updates, as well as review all eligible health plans to make sure they have chosen coverage that best suits their needs. The Marketplace enrollment tools spell out the steps consumers need to take to either auto-enroll in the same health plan, or to shop for other choices.

    What else does health insurance cover?

    TAVENNER: In addition to pre-existing conditions, all qualified health plans must offer:

    •       Ambulatory patient services

    •       Hospitalization and emergency services

    •       Maternity and newborn care

    •       Mental Health and substance use disorder

    •       Prescription drugs

    •       Lab services

    •       Free preventative and wellness services

    •       Chronic disease management

    •       Pediatric services, including dental and vision care

    Of course, you have to meet your deductible before insurance pays.

    I’ve also heard that qualified health plans cover preventive care services at no charge.

    TAVENNER: Yes, Marketplace plans cover many preventive care screenings, tests and services such as vaccinations that can help adults and children stay healthy. And the best news is, they’re free – no copays or deductibles. Depending on your age, gender and other risk factors, your doctor may tell you it’s time for a mammogram, colonoscopy or other screening that can detect cancer or disease in its earliest, most treatable stages. Or, it may be time to screen for high blood pressure or high cholesterol to give your doctor information that can help prevent a stroke or heart attack.

    In total, there are 18 covered preventive services for adults, 22 covered preventive services for women, including pregnant women, and 26 covered preventive services for children.

    Besides health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, what other types of health insurance are available?

    TAVENNER: Many families with limited income qualify for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and they can enroll any time of the year. Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level. CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women.

    How can local, uninsured residents find help with enrollment?

    TAVENNER: As a service to our community Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center can help uninsured residents review coverage options on the Health Insurance Marketplace, or determine eligibility for Medicaid. We can also assist with re-enrollment or with special enrollment if someone has had a life change, such as a marriage, divorce, job loss, etc.

    All they need to do is schedule an appointment with one of our application coordinators by calling (434) 348-4406.

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  24. Paving to Begin on East Atlantic and South Main

    On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the City of Emporia Department of Public Works has scheduled asphalt paving on East Atlantic Street, between Broad Street ant the U. S. 58 Bypass.  During the construction there will be temporary traffic delays and restricted access to driveway entrances.

    On Monday, December 14, 2015, the City of Emporia Department of Public Works has scheduled asphalt paving on South Main Street between Spring and Church Streets.  During the construction there will be temporary delays and possible detours.

    The Public Works Department apologizes for any inconvenience. 

    If you have any questions about either paving project, please contact the Public Works Department at (434)634-4500.

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  25. Six Reasons to attend Southside Virginia Community College

    There are many reasons to choose Southside Virginia Community College when furthering your education beyond high school.  Six of the most important reasons are offered in this article.  Try Southside and you will discover more reasons why we say Success starts here.


    Tuition and Fees at Southside Virginia Community College for two semesters equals $4,080.00 as compared with $9, 919.00 at an average public four-year college.  In two years, students save an average of $10,000 by attending community college.

    Relationship To Professors

    Some students have difficulty transitioning from a small high school to a large, impersonal university. These students may find the smaller campus and classes of a community college are more comfortable right after the high school years. Community colleges typically offer more personalized attention, from the counselors in the admissions office to the professors in the classroom

    Second chance to go to your dream college

    Virginia’s community colleges offer students more than the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate. They provide a gateway to the commonwealth’s four-year colleges and universities.  Through system-wide agreements, students who graduate from one of Virginia's 23 community colleges with an associate's degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 20 of the commonwealth's colleges and universities.
    Easier Admission Policies

    Southside, like many community colleges, has an “open door” admission policy that means anyone can register for the school as long as he has a high school diploma or GED®


    High school graduates who find they need to work while in college may discover that community college schedules are much more flexible than those provided by a four-year institution.  Plus, they can keep the job they have been working through their high school years.

    Hands-On Experience

    Since community colleges often prepare people for professions right out of the door, there is more hands-on learning offered.  Students in truck driving actually drive the truck; in welding, they weld; in nursing, they work in the hospitals during clinical rotation; and in automotive and diesel tech, the students fix car and truck engines.


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  26. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces October Employee of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Ellen Weirich has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for October 2015.  Ms. Weirich is employed at SVRMC as an Environmental Services Aide.

    Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; October, deemed “All Star Month,” highlighted several Standards of Behavior: Attitude, Sense of Ownership and Responsiveness.  Ms. Weirich’s nomination included the following statements: “Ellen has a quiet confidence about her and is very effective and efficient in doing her job.  She never complains, even when she is very busy and works hard to keep SVRMC neat and tidy.  Ellen always places herself second to the needs of others. She has a positive ‘can-do’ spirit that makes her a great role model.  The phrase ‘hard worker’ does not even begin to describe Ellen; she is an excellent, compassionate employee that is most deserving of this award.”

    As SVRMC’s October Employee of the Month, Ellen received a certificate of recognition, balloons, $250.00, cookies to share with her co-workers, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.



  27. Letter-Greensville County Training School Update

    Editor, Emporia News

    Efforts are under way to establish an appropriate memorial garden/park on the site of the former Greensville County Training School at the intersection of Ruffin and Halifax Streets.

    Three separate fund-raising projects are in the works and will be announced in the near future. One would allow donors to honor those of their choosing with engraved bricks and other on-site memorials.

    Architects working on a pro bono basis have already drawn a conceptual design for the project.

    The Emporia City Council recently delayed implementation of an earlier plan to finalize demolition of the remains on the site, agreeing to allow a new Special Project Committee a year to plan and begin to implement improvements to the site. 

    The Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School voted in September to allow Marva Dunn to select persons to serve on the committee, and to serve as its chairperson.

    Initially, three additional persons were added to the committee and have met several times. They are McKinley Jordan, President of Citizens United; Clarence Wells, a local historian; and myself. Others are in the process of being added to the committee.

    We are appreciative of City Council members and other city officials considering our most recent presentation and agreeing to grant us additional time to develop it. Their positive comments regarding the work we have initiated and their unanimous approval of our request were encouraging.

    Information regarding our initial fund-raising plans and implementation of the various phases of development will be forthcoming. We invite those who may have an interest in working with the committee on this project to contact any committee member.   

    Keith Mitchell

    Special Project Committee member     


  28. GES Participates in Principal Challenge

    The Book-It Program, sponsored by Pizza Hut, continued their tradition of challenging principals across the United States to become shining examples for literacy by choosing one day to read their heart out all day long, from first bell to the last. The principals at GES accepted that challenge and spent the day reading. Students found Mrs. Coker waiting for them in the hallway in her pajamas to share some of her favorite books.  Mrs. Hand greeted students as the character from the Magic School Bus series, "Ms. Frizzle". The students soared through the solar system with Ms. Frizzle to learn about the planets. The challenge was a great way to promote literacy in our school.



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  29. Emporia Murder Ends in Officer Shooting

    In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, December 6, police were called to Smoove Operators on North Main Street in Emporia.

    George Cain, III, age 22, of Emporia was taken to Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, where he later died after being shot in the upper body during an arguement.

    Ivor resident Christopher Rayshaun Powel, 26, was charged with First Degree Murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and is currently being held, without bond, at the Southside Regional Jail.  Emporia City Police Officer William King was shot by an unknown assailant as he attempted to place Powell in the cruiser.

    Virginia State Trooper Brian Dent arrived and treated Officer King; applying a tourniquet and likely saving King's life.  Officer King was also transported to SVRMC, where he was stabilized before being flown  to the VCU Medical Canter in Richmond.  Office King remains in stable condition.

    The incident caused the closure of North Main Street (U. S. 301) for a time and is still under investigation by the Emporia Police Department, assisted by the Virginia State Police and the Greensville County Sheriff's Department.

    Emporia Police are asking anyone with information about the person who shot Officer William King to call them at (434)634-2121

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  30. Stitchers Benefits Jackson-Feild’s Children

    Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen based organization, prepared 50 quilts to be given to the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  The group meets every Thursday at Glen Allen Church of Christ in Richmond. These talented quilters have been using their talents and skills for the past eight years to help needy and deserving groups and individuals to improve their quality of Life.

    Jim Otto, coordinator, and his wonderful volunteers have been making quilts, bags for walkers and wheel chairs and other specialty items for non-profit organizations. They also make items to be raffled to raise funds for needy individuals who have acute medical needs. They have donated over 2,648 quilts, 1,034 pillow cases, 3,067 wheel chair bags and 5,883 other kind of items sewing only one day a week.

    For many of the residents Christmas is a very difficult time of year filled with bad and sad memories.  They looklongingly at other children who have happy and cherished Christmas memories. They don’t want to get their hopes up for fear of another letdown….another day to hide their deep disappointment.

    The quilts donated by Stitchers for a Cause will help the children feel valued and appreciated and make this Christmas a season they will cherish for a lifetime.

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  31. The Improvement Association’s Health Advisory Committee Focuses on Asthma/Allergies

    Pictured:  Shikee Franklin (Head Start Director), John Holtkamp (DSS Director), Lakesha Jones (Parent/President), Tracey Gilchrist (Secretary/Sussex County Schools), Karlesha Coleman (Health/Disability Coordinator)

    “Asthma is a major health problem in the United States,” reported Ms. Tonya Winders, President and CEO of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. More than 5 million school-aged children have asthma. “Approximately 16% of this year’s Head Start children have been diagnosed with asthma and/or allergies. This is significantly higher than previous years. On average, these students tend to miss about 2-3 days more per year than students without asthma”, reported Mrs. Shikee Franklin, Head Start Director.

    Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. Our Health Advisory Committee is designed to be a link between families and community members to ensure children receive necessary healthcare. The committee includes parents and various community members who help the program establish partnerships with community organizations, engage parents in identifying and accessing health services and resources, participate in the annual self-assessment of the Head Start program, and develop health policies and procedures.

    The first Health Advisory Committee Meeting for the 2015-16 school year was held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at The Improvement Association’s main office location in Emporia. Members from area health organizations, as well as representatives from area schools, attended and presented valuable information regarding asthma, allergies, and disabilities. This year’s officers were elected and attendees received a wealth of information regarding asthma and allergies and an overview of the disabilities process within the schools.

    Asthma can impact a child’s learning by fatigue, absenteeism, or symptoms that interrupt a student’s attentiveness. Children may wake up throughout the night coughing or wheezing and be left feeling tired in the morning and unable to concentrate. They may have increased absenteeism and/or missed classroom time due to asthmatic episodes, healthcare appointments, and/or hospitalizations. Children with asthma may sometimes suffer lower self-esteem and anxiety about participating in physical education or other activities because they’re afraid of having an asthma episode.

    Some things can make asthma worse and initiate the onset of an asthma episode. While not all students are affected by the same factors, sensitivities can change over time. Some of these factors include colds or infections in the upper airways, physical activity, changes in the weather, and strong physical expressions of emotions such as crying, laughing, or yelling. Asthmatic symptoms can also worsen due to allergens such as furred and feathered animals, dust mites, grass/tree pollen, molds, and even cockroaches. In addition, asthmatic symptoms can increase due to certain smells such as environment tobacco smoke; air pollution; strong fumes or odors such as those associated with cleaning supplies; and scented products like air fresheners or perfumes.

    In addition to this valuable information regarding asthma, parents were also presented with a disabilities overview for the Sussex and Surry school districts by Ms. Tracey Gilchrist and Dr. Barbara Brown, respectively. 

    To learn more about how you can participate in The Improvement Association’s Head Start program, contact our office at 434-634-2490.

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  32. Southside Virginia LandSharks to Host Food Drive Social

    The local Parrothead Club (Southside Virginia LandSharks) is hosting a Food Drive Social this Saturday, December 5, from 2-4 P.M. at the home of Mike And Dawn Veliky, 3858 Tryall Mill Road, Emporia, Va., to collect canned and staple food items to be distributed locally over the Christmas Holidays.

    Folks can drop off a few cans of food and enjoy shrimp appetizers (provided by Margaritaville Foods, Inc.) and other light refreshments, poolside while listening to Holiday, Beach, Buffett and other music. All are invited, and every can counts!



  33. Greensville Elementary School rewards 4th graders

    4th graders who received all A's on their report card for the 1st nine weeks of school received a special treat.  Students went bowling and then had lunch at Kanpai Japanese Restaurant. 

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  34. Brunswick Academy Kindergarten Letter to Santa

    Dear Santa,

     Merry Christmas!  We would like to wish everyone in the world joy and peace.  Mrs. Ferguson says she is the luckiest teacher in the world and we have been really, really, really good this year.  We have made our wish list for you.  We love you Santa!

    Mrs. Bette Blake Ferguson’s Kindergarten Class

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    *Brett Abernathy- A toy of Santa, blue toy motorcycle, and a real baby Golden Retriever

    *Taylor Ashworth-“Frozen” theme 4-wheeler, Ariel Mermaid stuff, and “Tangled” movie

    *Griffin Bates- Motorcycle, candy, and Power Ranger shooter

    *Luke Coleman- IPad, hunting clothes, and Muck boots

    *Hailey Gardner-Baby stroller, baby doll, and toy Santa

    *Avery Griffin- Walking horse, a Mermaid Barbie with bubbles, and a toy dog

    *Emma Claire Grizzard- Elsa purse that sings, Elsa castle, and new clothes for Kit (American Girl Doll)

    *Josie Hoffmaster-Elsa singing doll, Ana singing doll, and Ariel singing doll

    *Ryan Howerton- Wubble Bubble ball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shellraiser, and Panda construction set

    *Chandler Jeffreys- Ironman toy, Luke Shywalker toy, and 3PO from Star Wars

    *Jonah Ligon- Pikachu stuffed animal, The Good Dinosaur toy, Dune car racer Power Wheel

    *Brooklyn Powell- Bike, Baby Alive, and baby stroller

    *Jax Powers-Yeti cup, 4-10, and loader chipper

    *Wyatt Sadler- Popcorn maker, a wall calendar, and a racecar power wheels (Daddy’s paint scheme!)

    *Tia Turner- Elsa make-up kit, a dancing Singing-Santa Doll, an Elsa microphone

    *Wyatt Whitlow- IPad, Leonardo toy, and surprises

    Thanks for making kids everywhere so happy every year!!! 


    Mrs. Ferguson and Class 2015-2016

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