April 2016

  1. Delegate Roslyn Tyler Amendment Returns Fines and Fees For Traffic Tickets to Cities and Counties

    Thanks to Delegates Roslyn Tyler and Riley Ingram's collaborative efforts this 2016 session, localities can now have additional money for their local budgets after July 1, 2016.

    The 2015 state budget reduced the amount of money returned to the counties and cities for traffic violations and fees on Interstates and local roads. Last year according to the Sheriff’s Association survey, 75,969 citations were issued on interstate highways for speeding; 942 charges were made for drug violations; 2.250 stranded or broken down motorist were assisted; 81 DUI’s issued and; 130 apprehensions of persons wanted by the police.

    The City of Emporia, City of Hopewell and County of Dinwiddie lost more revenue than any other locality in Virginia. The amount of money loss created a shortfall for law enforcements and Sheriff Departments in the Board of Supervisors’ and City Council’s budgets. The money returned to the localities will provide more money for selective enforcement, education, and utilities.

    The following localities in the 75th District loss money for fines and fees for tickets written on the interstate and roads to the state: City of Emporia ($95,115), City of Franklin ($32,553), Greensville County ($41,495), Brunswick County ($2,648) Dinwiddie County ($536,407), Sussex County ($30,963), Lunenburg County ($36,073), Isle of Wight County ($153,929), Southampton County ($29,605), Surry County ($30,963). A total of approximately $989,751 can be saved for localities in the 75th District.

    Delegate Roslyn Tyler’s amendment item 3-6. 05 in HB 30 was approved during the Veto Session with a vote of 90 to 10 in the House, 39 to 0 in the Senate. This amendment allows all money for ticket violations to return to local government treasure offices. This amendment effected over 23 localities across Virginia. The greatest victory for was for rural Virginia.


  2. Obituary-Martha Walker Moore

    Martha Walker Moore, 65, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Moore Rook and husband, Jason; grandson, Joshua Daniel Rook; granddaughter, Emma Lane Rook; three sisters, Barbara Futrell and husband Paul, Patricia Parker and husband, Greg, all of Murfreesboro, NC; Robin White and husband, Jimmy of Margarettsville, NC and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Walker. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, Virginia 23298-0214. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  3. Earth Day Celebration at YMCA Preschool

    YMCA Preschoolers celebrated Earth Day  by planting a vegetable garden, a flower garden, picking up litter and enjoying a lunch time picnic! 




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  4. Brunswick Academy Spanish Club Raises Money For Children in Ecuador

    The Brunswick Academy Spanish Club held a donut sale on Monday, April 25 to benefit children in Ecuador through Child Fund.  Child Fund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in many parts of the world.  Today there are 570 million children living in extreme poverty.    The money will help  the earthquake victims in Ecuador.  Child Fund's sponsored children are all accounted for and safe, but some lost their homes.  Donations to Child Fund will help them get back on their feet. 

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    The Greensville County Education Foundation will be offering scholarships to students in grades four through eleven who are interested in attending academic summer camps.

    Students must have or be in the process of applying to a program and must have personal and school recommendations to qualify.

    The first priority of the committee is to assist students who may not ordinarily have an opportunity to spend a week or two on a college campus.  However, all students are encouraged to apply.

    The students can pursue special interests in math, science, art, speech, drama, journalism, music, sports, history, technology, engineering, business, politics or leadership skills.  While not a full scholarship, this program provides some financial support.

    Among schools attended in the past are East Carolina University, Norfolk State University, Ferrum College and Johns Hopkins University.

    Students have found the experience helpful in forming such goals as becoming doctors, veterinarians, actors, and politicians.  Several students have said that the hands-on experiences have helped them more clearly understand subjects taught in school.

    Parents of students interested in this program may contact a School Counselor at Greensville Elementary, Belfield Elementary, E. W. Wyatt Middle School and Greensville County High School.

    • School Counselors can provide more detailed information.
    • Previous recipients are not eligible.
    • Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 13, 2016

    Any individual, parents of past recipients, organization or business can make a tax deductible contribution to the Education Foundation for the scholarship program by contacting Curtis Young at the School Board Office, (434) 634-3748.

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  6. CAAN-DUU and District 19 Community Services Board Hosts Event as Part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting To Prevent Underage Drinking

    The Other Side of Alcohol

    When Communities Talk, Prevention Is Possible

     On Thursday, May 12th, the Coalition Against Alcohol, Nicotine & Under-Age Drug Use (CAAN-DUU) in conjunction with District 19 Community Services Board will host “The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting as part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about  underage drinking and promote parental & community engagement strategies to prevent those under age 21 from obtaining and using alcohol.   

    “Underage drinking is threatening the future of our children. We must act now to educate them about the many, and sometimes deadly, consequences of early alcohol use,” said Regina Smith, District 19 Prevention Manager.

    Underage drinking is a major public health concern in our community and throughout the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9 million—or one in four, 12- to 20-year-olds—reported alcohol use during the past month. Of these, about 5 million were binge drinkers, meaning that they consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion. Underage drinkers are at risk for negative consequences, including lowered academic performance, involvement with law enforcement, risk of violence and sexual assault, and death.

    Illegal use of alcohol can result in severe, even deadly, harm to themselves and others.  Data indicates that early drinking increases the odds that children will get hooked on alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.  Kids who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop serious addictions to alcohol.In Virginia, statistics for under-age alcohol use are slightly higher than the national average (26% of Virginia youth ages 12-20 report alcohol use in past 30 days). 

    “We need to stop pretending alcohol isn’t a problem, and be open about how it is affecting our community. Talking about it is only the first step; we must do whatever it takes to prevent underage drinking and secure the futures of our young adults. Each of us has a role and a responsibility,” said local parent.

    According to national data, parents’ voices do count when it comes to underage drinking. This approach, along with other environmental strategies, has proven to reduce the incidence of underage drinking.

    “The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, May 12th at the Hampton Inn by Hilton 898 Wiggins Road in Emporia, Virginia  at 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Guest speakers and additional resources will be available to promote ways to prevent and reduce rates of under-age alcohol use in your community.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact (804)863-1689 ext. 3193.

    The Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking was created with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.  To learn more about this national initiative, go to https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings. And join the online conversation, #CommunitiesTalk.

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  7. Obituary-Virginia Gay Applewhite

    Virginia Gay Applewhite, 88, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Christie Gay Applewhite. Mrs. Applewhite was a resident of Drewryville, Virginia and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for a number of years. She retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after serving 37 years and had the distinction as the first female corrections officer at Southampton Correctional Center. Mrs. Applewhite also earned an award from the Virginia Broadcasters Association for her radio program “Listen Ladies” which aired on WEVA radio from Emporia. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia on Tuesday, May 1o, 2016 at 2 p.m. A fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.  Online condolances may be posted at www.owenfh.com Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.


  8. Riparian Woman's Club Dedicates "True Heroes" Mural

    "Tribute To True Heroes"

    It matters not what day it is
    Or what time our clock shows
    We know we're all being protected
    By a class of true heroes.
    Now some are on a payroll
    While others just volunteer
    Yet one cannot tell the difference
    For each trains for years and years.
    Yes they are all professionals
    Performing in their chosen field
    they do not stop their aid to us
    Until a solution they do yield.
    Now we can't put them in order
    For we never know what will be our need
    Yet whenever alerted they do respond
    With times at amazing speed.
    Now we have comfort for 24-7
    For these are the hours our police patrol
    Their constant efforts and ingenuity
    Help to keep our crime rate low.
    The police also run an escort
    For funerals and parades
    They fit this into their schedule
    With no extra accolades.
    Our police help teach our children safety
    Like with strangers do not walk
    Yes and they find the time if needed
    To sit with them and talk.
    Now all our police units work together
    Yes the County City and State
    They Keep Safe City streets and our highways
    And that's something to appreciate.
    We know at once that they all care
    by the things they say and so
    Still there are times we don't acknowledge this
    Yes both me and you.
    A little thank you here of there
    For sure would be alright
    Yes many leave their families to help us
    Whether by day or late at night.
    At times they have a thankless job
    With danger lurking everywhere
    Many times the only solace they will get
    Is when we let then know we care.
    Now the 911 dispatchers help to direct
    All the emergency traffic flow
    They alert the police, fire and rescue squads
    As to where they have to go.
    The dispatcher's job cam be critical
    For it can assure a quick response
    The time saved by good directions
    Has saved lives more than once.
    We can't forget the jailers and correctional crews
    Who help keep safe both you and me
    Yes they watch over the lawbreakers
    So that none of them break free.
    Now health care providers are there from the start
    And their aid often interceded
    They help us through disasters
    Plus with many of our other needs.
    We cannot forget the National Guard
    Our men and women which are oh so brave
    Yes they will remain on stand-by alert
    Ever ready for our freedom to save.
    Now these are all true heroes
    And to show them honor we implore
    Wes give the thanks that they deserve
    For we could not ask for more.
    The dedication of this mural today
    Depicts the feelings of the community at hand
    Yes and to share our gratitude with all
    Makes this especially grand
    Roy E. Schepp
    Emporia, VA

    Agencies honored by this mural are the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, Virginia National Guard, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia State Police, Emporia Police Department, Emporia Sheriff's Department, Greensville County Sheriff's Office, Regional Jail Officers, Greensville Correctional Center Officers, 911 Dispatchers, Health Care Providers, and all Military, past and present.

    The mural was painted by Enfield, NC, artist Napoleon Hill.  Mr. Hill is no stranger to murals in Emporia, he also painted the mural of Royal Baptist Church and the Emporia Diner on the Samaritan Helping Hands Building on North Main Street.  Mr. Hill is a graduate of Halifax Community College with a degree in Interior Design and Commercial Art, he continued his education in the fine arts in Westport, Connecticut.  His murals grace Eastern North Carolina and Southern Virginia and he has been featured in the "Tarheel Traveler."

    Two of Mr. Hill's paintings are housed in our Nation's Capital; one is in the office of his Congressman, C. K. Butterfield and the other is owned by President Barack Obama.

    After asking each group to raise their hands, Jean Cobb added, " Thanks to each of you for your dedication and service to our community.  Thanks to your families who worry each time you leave home."

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  9. Student Appreciation at SVCC and SVEC

    Students at the Southside Virginia Educational Center and Southside Virginia Community College were treated to Chili Dogs and a movie.  In addition to the Hot Dogs and Homemade Chili, there was fresh popcorn and a large selection of candy and soda.  There were several door-prizes.  Students screened the movie "San Andreas," staring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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  10. Riparian Woman's Clup Offers Special Pricing on Emporia Greensville Historic Miniatures

    The series of historic miniatures that have been offered by the Riparian Woman's Club for many years are currently being offered with special pricing.

    The newest offering, the Emporia Police Department, is still $25, but all previous years are offered at substantial savings.

    Miniatures of E. W. Wyatt Middle School, the Emporia Diner and Royal Baptist Church are being offered for $10 each.

    Miniatures of the Emporia Auditorium, Emporia Elementary School, Jarratt High School, Citizens National Bank, Emporia Armory, Emporia Post Office, Emporia Train Depot, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Emporia Water Tower, First National Bank, Good Earth Peanut Company, Greensville County Court House, Greensville Memorial Hospital, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Greensville County Clerk's Office, Klugel Building, Masonic Temple, New York Restaurant, Pitts Theater, Village View, Virginia Hotel, Calvary Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Main Street Baptist Church, Main Street United Methodist Church, Monumental United Methodist Church and St. John Lutheran Church are all priced at $15 each.

    Miniatures are displayed and may be purchased at the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or from Evelyn Ewing - (434)634-9227 or (434)594-4198

    Sketches of Greensville County, Virginia, Second Edition 1650-2000 is available from the Richardson Memorial Library or from Evelyn Ewing.  Sketches is $30 id purchased in-person or $35 is shipped.  Miniatures will be shipped for a fee of $5 each for postage and handling.

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  11. Obituary-Jane Hill

    Sarah Jane Tomlinson Hill, daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Bailey) Tomlinson was born April 28, 1942 at Emporia, Virginia. She went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home in Courtland, Kansas surrounded by her loving family. Jane was 73 years of age. She was united in marriage to George Lee Hill on May 27, 1959 and together they raised two daughters, Janice Paige and Rebecca Kay. Besides the loving care she gave to her family, Jane worked for many years as a supervisor for the Franklin Braid Manufacturing Company. Together they made their home in Skippers, Virginia near Emporia. Jane loved her family dearly and demonstrated her love for them in so many meaningful ways. She was an avid shopper and in the last few years was quite involved with her many Facebook friends. Having visited Janice and family in Courtland through the years, she and George moved to the Courtland community permanently in 2015. She loved her new home and the many wonderful friendships she has developed here. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister and her brother Ernest Leonard Tomlinson. She will be forever remembered by her husband George of their home in Courtland; daughters Janice and husband Jacob Millias and Kay Edleman and husband Jack; grandchildren Michael Garrick Harding Cruz, Tabitha Glenn, Megan Miller, Katherine Millias, and Sarah Millias; great grandchildren Kaylin Harper, Tyree Harper, Evelyn Colson, Eldon Miller, and Scarlett Tracy. Jane’s family would like to also express their thankfulness to Drs. Walker, Beck, and Johnson and the staff at Republic County Hospital, Jewell county Hospital, and Salina Regional for their exceptional care for her.

    Jane’s wishes were for direct cremation. A memorial gathering was held at the Living Waters church in Courtland, Kansas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. A family inurnment service will be held at a later time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas assisted the Hill family with these arrangements.

    There will be a memorial service for Jane Hill April 30th 2pm at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers. Friends and family are warmly invited to join in celebration of her life.

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  12. New Members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SVCC

    New members were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College recently.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours, have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.  Students recently inducted into the Christanna Campus Honor Society are

    (Front Row, Left to Right) Savannah Sixbey of Chase City, Jonaya Lewis of White Plains, Jessica Gillis of Lawrenceville, Javana Boyd of Brodnax, Shadae Ruffin of Lawrenceville, TaNeisha Moore of South Hill, Amber Woodard of Emporia, Albertina Drumgold of Lawrenceville, Deona Hancock of Emporia, Julia Gilliam of Emporia, and Back Row , L to R) Ahmad Negm of Crewe, Chiatyra Turner of Ebony, Donella Crist of Jarrett, Susan Seitzinger of Kenbridge, Ingrid Fogg of Kenbridge, Taquanna Lane of Emporia, Zacia Lewis of Emporia, Anthony McAvoy of Bracey, Summer Howerton of Bracey, Marjorie Crayton of Brodnax, Marva Jones of South Hill and Cameron Basham of Lawrenceville. 

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  13. John Madison Lynch

    John Madison Lynch passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.  He leaves with us memories which include his passion for hunting and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy O’Berry.  He leaves behind his father, Dave Lynch and special friend, Christie Mitchell along with his devoted aunt, Susan Harrison and husband Richard.  Also, left to cherish his memory are his four siblings, Mandy Tomlinson, Jesse Lynch, Ashley Lynch, and Jared Lynch, step-brother, Cody Autry, step-sister, Alexis Autry, grandfather, John O’Berry and wife Ruth, aunt Sharon Simmons and husband Charles, uncle, Greg O’Berry and wife Sharon and numerous cousins.  The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  14. City of Emporia Spring Cleanup

    Winter is over and our thoughts are turning to spring and summer.  It is time to prepare our homes for the upcoming season.

    The City of Emporia Public Works Department will conduct Spring Cleanup May 2nd through May 13th2016.

    Residents are encouraged to use these two weeks to dispose of any residential household waste. All trash should be placed at the curb for disposal before 7:00 A.M. on your normal trash collection day.

    Grass, leaves and yard or garden waste must be bagged and kept separate from other refuse.

    Please take this opportunity to dispose of any bulky waste that may constitute a code violation. City Staff will have an increased focus on the beautification of our City in upcoming months and the property maintenance code will be strictly enforced.

    If you have any questions about the Spring Cleanup weeks, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.

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  15. Harriet Tubman Selected as the New Face of the $20 Bill

    Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

    By Sterling Giles, Capital News Service

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday that Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 bill. This would mark the first major bill change since the late 1920s. Also, Tubman will be the first African-American and the first woman in over a century to be featured on U.S. currency.

    Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson, a president and slave owner, on the front of the $20 bill. Jackson would be moved to the back.

    Tubman founded the Underground Railroad, a series of trails that escaped slaves trekked along to seek refuge in the Northern free states. The railroad ran from the Deep South through Virginia and stopped in New England. In addition, the trails stretched to the Midwest and into Canada.

    In an online poll, Tubman garnered just under 120,000 votes, edging out former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt by about 7,000 votes for the bill placement. Leaders of Women on 20s, a lobbyist group that advocated placing a woman on the $20 bill, were pleased by the decision but not entirely optimistic.

    “We see today’s announcement as only a vague commitment and a continuation of the now familiar message that women have to settle for less and wait for their fair share,” said Barbara Ortiz Howard, the founder of Women on 20s. “I’m happy to have a commitment. I’d be happier to have a date.”

    Reports say that the designing and printing process for the new currency could take as long as a decade to complete. Also, the Treasury Department proposed security changes to the $5, $10 and the $20 bills to make the bills harder to counterfeit. In addition, the bills would include features to make them easily distinguishable by blind citizens.

    This proposal was originally presented to President Obama in 2014, which he agreed to support. Since then, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has been actively pushing this process forward.

    “Lew has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose in taking a look at what the next generation of U.S. currency would look like,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “And the question that he has considered is when those security updates are required, should we make some changes to our currency to make sure that it better reflects the country, and certainly the role that women have played in contributing to the development of our country.”

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  16. Assembly Sustains All of McAuliffe’s Vetoes


    By James Miessler and Diana DiGangi, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The General Assembly failed Wednesday to override any of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes of legislation championed by Republicans, including bills to defund Planned Parenthood and let home-schoolers participate in public-school sports.

    Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. That was doable in the House, where there are 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats. But it proved impossible in the Senate, where Democrats hold 19 of the 40 seats.

    For example, McAuliffe had vetoed Senate Bill 41, which would have allowed ministers and religious groups to refuse to participate in the marriage of a same-sex couple if it went against their religious beliefs. The Senate voted 21-18 along party lines in favor of reversing the veto – but that was well short of the 26 “yes” votes required.

    Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax, was the sponsor of SB 41. He urged his colleagues to override McAuliffe’s veto.

    “This bill is an attempt to protect pastors from having to go against things that they believe are of a deeply held religious belief,” Carrico said. “Unlike some of the things that the governor is pointing out that’s happening in other states, this is nothing to do with that.”

    In his veto message, McAuliffe called SB 41 “discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.” He said the bill would be “bad for business” because “job creators do not want to locate or do business in states that appear more concerned with demonizing people than with creating a strong business climate.”

    That was a reference to North Carolina, which has lost business because it recently enacted a law widely perceived as discriminatory against people who are transgender or gay.

    Senators also failed to reverse McAuliffe’s veto of SB 44, which sought to extend the state’s coal-tax credits. Republicans and other legislators representing Virginia’s coalfields say the tax credits would help coal miners. In vetoing the bill, the governor noted that since 1988, coal mine operators and related companies have claimed more than $610 million in tax credits – but the number of coal miners in Virginia has plunged from more than 11,000 to fewer than 3,000.

    “It would be unwise to spend additional taxpayer dollars on a tax credit that has fallen so short of its intended effectiveness,” McAuliffe said.

    The Senate voted 24-15 in favor of reversing the veto – two votes short. (In the House, with help from two Democratic delegates, Republicans managed to override the veto on a 68-30 vote. But without the Senate’s concurrence, it didn’t matter.)

    On a 21-18 vote, the Senate was unable to override House Bill 587, which sought to prevent local governments from removing Confederate monuments. Sen. David Marsden, D-Burke, spoke in defense of McAuliffe’s veto of that bill.

    “There are decisions that we need to make about people, and when localities have made these decisions, I think it’s our obligation to allow them to continue to make those decisions for themselves,” Marsden said.

    Also on a 21-18 vote, the Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of SB 612, commonly known as the “Tebow bill.” It would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at their local high schools.

    Another much-watched bill was HB 1090, which would have cut off state funding for Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions in addition to family planning counseling, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and other services.

    The House voted 66-34 in favor of overriding McAuliffe’s veto of HB 1090. That was one vote shy of the 67 required.

    Before voting got underway, there were partisan clashes. House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, a Republican from Colonial Heights, criticized McAuliffe for vetoing 32 bills – the most since 1998.

    “As we get to this reconvened session, I’ve been disturbed,” Cox said. “Too often, this governor is just too happy, I think, to score political points and tends to be a bit disinterested in the legislative process.”

    Minority Leader David Toscano, a Democrat from Charlottesville, fired back.

    “The governor was very clear when he stood before us,” Toscano said. “He said, ‘Let’s not get distracted by this divisive social legislation. And I will tell you now, if you pass it I will veto it.’ So why should we be disturbed?”

    Late Wednesday, McAuliffe issued a statement saying he is “proud that the General Assembly did not override any of the 32 vetoes we submitted this year, or any of the 68 I have submitted throughout my tenure to date.”

    ““While there is no question that this session was marked far more by compromise and accomplishment than by partisan conflict, there are some areas on which Republicans in the General Assembly and I disagreed,” McAuliffe said.

    “The vetoes I submitted to the legislature for their consideration today honored the promise I made in the State of the Commonwealth to reject legislation that divides Virginians, makes them less safe, or sends a negative message about the climate we offer to families or businesses that may want to locate here. The controversies we are watching in other states underscore the need to reject legislation that divides or distracts us from the work Virginians elected us to do.”

    What was vetoed?

    This is a list of the 32 bills vetoed by Governor McAuliffe. For more information on a bill, use Legislative Information Service: https://lis.virginia.gov

    Bill number

    Catch line

    HB 2

    Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan, General Assembly approval.

    HB 8

    Virginia Virtual School; Board established.

    HB 9

    Voter registration; required information on application form.

    HB 18

    Franchisees; status thereof and its employees as employees of the franchisor.

    HB 70

    Warrants; issuance of arrest warrants for law-enforcement officers.

    HB 131

    Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs.

    HB 143

    Alcoholic beverage control; neutral grain spirits or alcohol sold at government stores, proof.

    HB 145

    Virginia Public Procurement Act; public works contracts, prevailing wage provisions.

    HB 254

    House of Delegates districts; technical adjustment.

    HB 259

    SOL; Bd. of Education prohibited from adopting revisions that implement Common Core State Standards.

    HB 264

    Local government; prohibiting certain practices requiring contractors to provide compensation, etc.

    HB 298

    Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.

    HB 382

    Firearms; control by state agencies, rights of employees.

    HB 389

    Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report, effective clause.

    HB 481

    Compliance with detainers; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    HB 516

    Education, Board of; policy on sexually explicit instructional material.

    HB 518

    School boards, local; to provide students with option to transfer to another school division.

    HB 560

    Brandishing a firearm; intent to induce fear, etc., penalty.

    HB 587

    Memorials and monuments; protection of all memorials, etc.

    HB 766

    Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order.

    HB 1090

    Health, Department of; expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services.

    HB 1096

    Firearms; regulation by state entities prohibited.

    HB 1188

    Senate districts; changes assignments of two census precincts in Louisa County.

    HB 1234

    School security officers; carrying a firearm.

    HB 1371

    Local government; prohibition on certain mandates upon employers.

    SB 21

    Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.

    SB 41

    Religious freedom; marriage solemnization, participation, and beliefs.

    SB 44

    Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.

    SB 270

    Sanctuary policies; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.

    SB 612

    Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs.

    SB 626

    Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.

    SB 767

    Form of ballot; party identification of candidates.


  17. Virginia Pork Festival Set for June 8th

    Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 8th, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 8:00PM at the Ruritan Club Grounds at 370 Ruritan Drive in Emporia, Va 23847. This years music will be provided by The Embers, The Switch, Silver Eagle Band, and Strictly Bizzness. The Reverend Freakchild, who is a nationally known Blues player will also be performing. This year there will be over 40,000 pounds of pork in over 30 different styles for you to sample at the event. This event is one of the largest single day events on the east coast. In the past the Pork Festival has had as many as 15,000 in attendances for the event. Included in your ticket price will be sampling of over 30 different pork dishes, a liquor and beer bar. There will also be side items and soft drinks.

    The Virginia Pork Festival will have over 30 different pork dishes, close to 40,000 pounds of pork will be served! Some of those dishes will include Minced Barbecue, Pit Cooked Barbecue, Barbecued Spareribs, Barbecued Boston Butt, Barbecued Loin Chops, Grilled Loin Chops, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Sausage Burgers, Bologna Steak Burgers, Italian Sausage, Pork Meatballs, BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chitterlings, Pig Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters , & a Pork Festival Stew. 

    Sides will include Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes, Pork & Beans,  Hushpuppies, & French Fried Sweet Potatoes.

    Desserts will include Banana Pudding & Strawberry Shortcake.

    Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Anheuser-Busch Family Beers, and a Liquor Bar will be included.

    The Virginia Pork Festival was established in 1974 and has been growing every year. With 15,000 available tickets it is one of the largest events on the East Coast. The event raises funds for over 30 different Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations in the Southside Virginia Community. Its an event you don't want to miss!

    The event does support several nonprofit organizations in Southside Virginia such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxiliary Police, Courthouse Hunt Club, Darvills Ruritan Club,Emporia Greensville Humane Society, Elks Lodge, Hospice, Greensville Ruritan Club, American Legion, Family Violence Prevention, Emporia Jr Women's. Club, Nurses Sorority Chi Eta Phi, Doodling Hunt Club, Petersburg Police, Black Pot Group, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Newsoms Ruritan Club, Meherrin Ruritan Club, Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club, Jarrett Ruritan Club, Surry 4-H, City of Emporia, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

    For Ticket Information and purchase visit www.VaPorkFestival.com

     Tickets to the festival are $35

     VIP Parking is $25.

     Vendors can also apply on the website

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  18. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for March, 2016

    (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Tiffany Nichole Blevins, Emergency Department Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for March.  There to congratulate Tiffany was Janet Kaiser, Emergency Department Director.

    Tiffany has been employed at VCU Health CMH a total of four years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Tiffany is always polite and friendly.  We were facing staffing challenges and she brought patients from the ED to West and took the time to get vitals and weights on the patients.  This small gesture was greatly appreciated by our staff.”  “Tiffany went above and beyond her job in the ED to come help Med. Surg. on a very busy day.  Her efforts were greatly appreciated and she helped make a difficult day better!”  “Tiffany is always upbeat and respectful of all team members.  She is the go-to Tech and rarely needs direction.  She is always willing to above and beyond.”

    In addition to the award certificate, Tiffany received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

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  19. Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

    Richmond – More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia have earned the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

    Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the 11th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $11 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

    In addition to helping community college students realize their dreams of continuing their education, keynote speaker Mike Petters, VFCCE board member and president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, said donors also play a critical role in Virginia’s workforce development efforts.

    “By supporting the foundation, you support access, affordability, and student success at every one of Virginia’s Community Colleges across the state from Big Stone Gap in southwestern Virginia to Melfa on the Eastern Shore – and 21 community colleges in between.”

    Graciela Billingsley, this year’s Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient, took to the podium to thank her benefactor.  

    “This scholarship – you – have truly impacted my life because in continuing my higher education at Northern Virginia Community College, I will be able to continue to learn important course work that will be the foundation to my future.”


    Recipients of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

    Blue Ridge Community College

    Robert E. and Frances W. Plecker Family

    Central Virginia Community College

    Andrew H. and Anne O. Easley Trust

    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

    Highlands Community Bank

    Danville Community College

    Gene Haas Foundation

    Eastern Shore Community College    

    The Late Donald Trufant

    Germanna Community College

    Adam and Rhonda Fried

    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

    Steve Esbach

    John Tyler Community College

    John Randolph Foundation

    Lord Fairfax Community College

    Luray Caverns Corporation

    Mountain Empire Community College

    Kline Foundation Board of Directors

    New River Community College

    Giles County

    Northern Virginia Community College

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

    Patrick Henry Community College

    Thomas P. Dalton Family

    Paul D. Camp Community College    

    Hampton Roads Community Foundation and  Dr. Deborah DiCroce

    Piedmont Virginia Community College

    The Perry Foundation

    Rappahannock Community College

    John and Susan Moore

    Southside Virginia Community College

    Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives


    Southwest Virginia Community College

    The Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family

    Thomas Nelson Community College

    Rotary Club of Newport News

    Tidewater Community College

    Barnes & Noble College

    Virginia Highlands Community College               

    Eastman Credit Union

    Virginia Western Community College

    Optical Cable Corporation and Neil D. Wilkin, Jr.

    Wytheville Community College

    Robert “Tom” and Patty DuPuis

    Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

    Eva T. Hardy


    About the Keynote Speaker:  Mike Petters is president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. Petters previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and as president of Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. He joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. 

    About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

    About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu/giving.

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  21. Obituary-Stephen W. Ferguson

    Stephen W. Ferguson, 74, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, April 16 while attending a retriever field trial in Rocky Point, North Carolina.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Saffelle Ferguson, his daughter Carole Johnson, her husband, Richard, and four granddaughters: Virginia, Margaret, Lilli and Caroline Johnson, all of Wilmington, NC, and many loving members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Ferguson, Jr., his parents, Odell and C. Wade Ferguson of Emporia, and his sister Patricia Mitchell of Courtland.

    Steve was born on February 19, 1942 in Emporia and lived on his family farm there all his life.  Patsy and Steve were high school sweethearts and were married in Emporia in August, 1963. Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and was a life-long farmer and agribusiness man.  He was the owner of Greensville Feed Mill, Greensville Pork Farm, and Southside Cotton Gin. For the past 20 years he was active in his life’s passion with the Tidewater Retriever Club, Blue Ridge Retriever Club and Mid-Atlantic Hunting Retriever Club.

    Steve enjoyed spending his days with his chocolate labs, training and working with his good friends from the retriever clubs on his farm, and traveling all over the country to field trials. His other passions were spending time with his daughter and her family and enjoying an active social life with his dear wife and many long-time friends. He was respected and loved far and wide for his enthusiastic love of life and constantly uplifting personality.

    A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the family farm on Brink Road on Sunday April 24 at 2 p.m.  Signs and directions will be provided upon arrival. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, the Greensville-Emporia Rescue Squad, or the charity of your choice.

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    The Greensville County Water & Sewer Authority Maintenance crews will be conducting a smoke test of sanitary sewers of the Authority’s system from the Country Club Road area South to the Emporia Greensville County line and all adjacent areas down the 301 North corridor and up Slagles Lake Road down to the 95 overpass. The Westover Hills Walnut Height areas will also be tested during this time. The dates are from April 25, 2016 thru April 29, 2016 from 8:00 am. until 3:30 pm. The test will assist Greensville County Water & Sewer Authority in locating brakes and defects in the sewer system. During the test, you might see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings and from manholes and holes in the ground. DO NOT BE ALARMED. The smoke has a mild to no odor and is non-toxic, non-staining, and does not create a fire hazard and will dissipate in a few minutes.

    Before the Authority conducts the smoke test, please make sure there is water in all of your traps and floor drains and any unused sink and showers. If this is not done, smoke could enter your building through the drain. If you have dogs, birds, or other pets that will be confined alone in the building during the test, make plans for them in case the smoke comes in your house so it does not startle them.

    If smoke should enter your building during the test, it probably means there are defects in the plumbing that could allow DANGEROUS SEWER GAS to enter. Note the location of where the smoke is coming from and if you cannot determine the problem, call your plumbing inspector or plumber to get the problem corrected. OPEN ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS TO VENTILATE ANY SMOKE THAT ENTERS THE BUILDING.

    Please notify us before we conduct the test if you have any of the following situations:

    • A person who will be alone and is invalid or sleeping during the test.
    • Any individuals with respiratory problems who will be in the building.
    • Elderly persons who will be alone and might be alarmed or confused if they see smoke.

    If you have any of these situations or have questions regarding the smoke test, please feel free to call the office at (434)-348-4213.




    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate passage of a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the activities and financing of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Fiscal Year 2017, which includes proposals Kaine supported to strengthen security at Virginia’s airports:

    “I’m glad the Senate was able to pass a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. With 66 public airports in Virginia and 45 million travelers flying through Dulles International and Reagan National Airports last year, Virginia relies on a strong aviation system to move people and goods, provide jobs and support economic activity. This bill authorizes overdue investments in airport infrastructure - including runway repairs - and makes critical improvements to aviation safety, including strengthened security in areas like check-in and baggage claim. I’m also pleased we’re taking steps to provide for the responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems in concert with robust safeguards for safety and privacy.”

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  24. Cover 3 Foundation Announces Summer Food Service Locations

    The Cover 3 Foundation is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. Children who are part of households that receive SNAP, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

    Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

    NDUTIME Youth and Family Services
    518 North Main Street
    Emporia, VA 23847
    Breakfast: 9a-9:30a
    Lunch: 12p-12:30p

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  25. Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on May 7

    Tips on how to buy at auction

    EMPORIA, Va. -- The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on May 7, rain or shine.

    The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street next to the Department of Social Services and finish up at its most newly acquired location at the former A-1 Storage at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.
    "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."

    Harris offers the following suggestions on what to look for and how to buy a unit at a storage auction:

    • Are items covered in dust? This could indicate that the contents have been there for a long time and that the previous owner considered them worth storing and saving.
    • Is it detailed? Look for ornate carvings, paint, finishes, etchings and scroll work. This could mean the piece is an antique or of fine quality.
    • Are there boxes? This is especially true of jewelry boxes, safes, and metal lock boxes. Boxes may contain hidden treasures that someone felt the need to protect by putting it in a storage unit.
    • Is there a lot of clutter? Don’t be discouraged by this. Yes, you may have to weed through quite a bit of things you don’t want, but you never know what might be hiding underneath those piles or clothes or trash bags.
    • Is it wood? Solid wood furniture is not produced as much as it once was, thus possibly making it more collectible and valuable to some.
    • Is this a potential Pinterest project? Look for furniture that can be painted, refinished and upcycled to suit your style. Your new favorite coffee table or china hutch could be inside a unit waiting for a fresh coat of paint and your imagination.
    • Are items wrapped in newspaper, bubble wrap or some sort of cover? This could indicate something fragile, valuable or collectible that the previous owner considered worth protecting.
    • Can I sell it? There’s truth to the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Perhaps a unit holds only a few things you want for yourself. You may be able to turn the rest into cash.

    Several dozen units are expected to be auctioned off at the May 7 event. 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. We have people come from all over 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.

    The auction will be conducted by Carla Lynn Sturgill (Carla Harris), Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919, and visit thatcarlacash.com and facebook.com/thatcarlacash for more terms and conditions.

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  26. Lawmakers Reconvene for ‘Veto Session’

    By Grant Smith, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginia legislators will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to consider whether to uphold or override Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and recommendations of legislation passed during their 2016 session.

    The Democratic governor vetoed 32 bills approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That is the most vetoes since 1998, when Jim Gilmore, a Republican, was governor and most legislators were Democrats.

    McAuliffe objected to a slew of hot-button bills – from a measure that would allow some school security officers to carry guns on the job, to the so-called “Tebow Bills” that would allow home-schoolers to participate in high school sports.

    In addition, McAuliffe recommended changes to more than 50 bills. While many of the recommendations are minor, several involve the state budget, ethics rules and other major issues.

    For example, the General Assembly passed a bill to make the electric chair the default form of capital punishment if the state cannot obtain the drugs to administer a lethal injection. Instead, McAuliffe recommended authorizing the Department of Correction to mix the drugs – using products from pharmacies that would remain anonymous.

    Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. That is unlikely, because Republicans hold just 21 of the 40 seats in the Senate.

    Gubernatorial recommendations must be approved by only a simple majority in both chambers. If the General Assembly rejects a recommendation, the governor then can veto the entire bill.

    Here are some of the more controversial bills vetoed by McAuliffe.

    SB 41 – Exempting Ministers from Non-Traditional Marriages

    This bill would allow any minister or religious organization to refrain from participating in any marriage that goes against their religious beliefs such as same-sex marriages.

    In his veto message, McAuliffe wrote, “Although couched as a ‘religious freedom’ bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize.” The governor also said the measure would be bad for the economy: “Businesses and job creators do not want to locate or do business in states that appear more concerned with demonizing people than with creating a strong business climate.”

    HB 70 – Protecting Police Officers from Misdemeanors

    This legislation would protect officers from being charged with a misdemeanor offense while on the job. It would require a judge to get authorization from a law enforcement agency or the commonwealth’s attorney to issue an arrest warrant for a misdemeanor offense, unless the alleged offense was reported by another police officer.

    McAuliffe said: “Virginia enjoys outstanding law enforcement officers at all levels. They are not, however, perfect.” He said the bill could prevent judges from acting on “valid citizen complaints of police abuse.”

    HB 766 and SB 626 – Concealed Permits for Protective Orders

    These bills would allow domestic violence victims under a protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days.

    McAuliffe said the legislation “encourages victims of domestic violence to introduce deadly weapons into an already dangerous situation, an approach that I believe could have significant negative public safety consequences.”The governor proposed expediting the process of issuing concealed weapons permits to domestic violence victims if they receive firearms training; however, lawmakers have rejected that idea.

    HB 131 andSB 612 – the “Tebow” Bills

    Under this legislation, nicknamed for quarterback Tim Tebow, public schools could allow home-schooled students to compete in interscholastic competitions.

    McAuliffe noted that public school students must meet certain academic criteria to participate in extracurricular activities. There would be no guarantee that home-schoolers meet the same criteria, McAuliffe said. “Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements.”

    HB 516 – “Sexually Explicit” Instructional Material

    This bill would require elementary and secondary schools to notify parents before teachers provide children any “sexually explicit content.” Schools would have to let parents review the material and provide a non-explicit alternative. The bill was in response to a complaint by the mother of a Fairfax high school senior about Toni Morrison’s award-winning novel “Beloved,” which includes graphic scenes of slavery, rape and murder.

    McAuliffe said that “open communication between parents and teachers is important” but such issues should be decided by local school boards. He said the Virginia Board of Education has been examining the matter and working with parents and local officials.

    HB 2 and SB 21 – Approval of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency has ordered states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. This bill would require the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to receive approval from the General Assembly before responding to the EPA’s regulations.

    McAuliffe wrote, “The interjection of required legislative approval into the Clean Power Plan process is an impermissible breach of Virginia’s constitutional separation of powers. Federal law provides that it falls to the Governor to submit required plans and submissions under the Clean Air Act, including plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan. … Requiring DEQ to obtain the approval of each chamber of the legislature before submitting a plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan constitutes legislative participation in a purely executive process.”

    HB 9 – Voting Information

    This legislation would require officials to reject voter registration forms that lack a full name, date of birth, Social Security number, citizenship status, address or previous voter registration information. Applicants also would be rejected if they fail to check a box indicating that they will be at least 18 before the next general election.

    McAuliffe said, “The Voting Rights Act expressly prohibits denying applications for omissions that are not material to determining voter eligibility. … The checkbox is not material to determining whether the applicant meets the age requirements to register to vote because the applicant is already required to provide his or her date of birth.

    “Government works best when as many citizens have a voice in our democracy as possible. We should be seeking ways to make it easier for qualified Virginians to participate in elections, not disenfranchising them over technicalities.”

    On the Agenda for the Veto Session

    Here is the complete list of bills vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. For more information on each bill, visit the Legislative Information Service (https://lis.virginia.gov/).

    Bill number

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    HB 2

    Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan, General Assembly approval.

    HB 8

    Virginia Virtual School; Board established.

    HB 9

    Voter registration; required information on application form.

    HB 18

    Franchisees; status thereof and its employees as employees of the franchisor.

    HB 70

    Warrants; issuance of arrest warrants for law-enforcement officers.

    HB 131

    Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs.

    HB 143

    Alcoholic beverage control; neutral grain spirits or alcohol sold at government stores, proof.

    HB 145

    Virginia Public Procurement Act; public works contracts, prevailing wage provisions.

    HB 254

    House of Delegates districts; technical adjustment.

    HB 259

    SOL; Bd. of Education prohibited from adopting revisions that implement Common Core State Standards.

    HB 264

    Local government; prohibiting certain practices requiring contractors to provide compensation, etc.

    HB 298

    Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.

    HB 382

    Firearms; control by state agencies, rights of employees.

    HB 389

    Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report, effective clause.

    HB 481

    Compliance with detainers; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    HB 516

    Education, Board of; policy on sexually explicit instructional material.

    HB 518

    School boards, local; to provide students with option to transfer to another school division.

    HB 560

    Brandishing a firearm; intent to induce fear, etc., penalty.

    HB 587

    Memorials and monuments; protection of all memorials, etc.

    HB 766

    Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order.

    HB 1090

    Health, Department of; expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services.

    HB 1096

    Firearms; regulation by state entities prohibited.

    HB 1188

    Senate districts; changes assignments of two census precincts in Louisa County.

    HB 1234

    School security officers; carrying a firearm.

    HB 1371

    Local government; prohibition on certain mandates upon employers.

    SB 21

    Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.

    SB 41

    Religious freedom; marriage solemnization, participation, and beliefs.

    SB 44

    Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.

    SB 270

    Sanctuary policies; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.

    SB 612

    Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs.

    SB 626

    Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.

    SB 767

    Form of ballot; party identification of candidates.


  27. Obituary-Wayne Preston Leath

    Wayne Preston Leath, 68, of Emporia, passed away on April 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Richard and Mary Magee Leath. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Robertson Leath; daughter, Mary Shannon Leath of Glen Allen, VA; son, Adam Preston Alexander Leath and wife Diana Hoehne Leath of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Kate Anna Leath; special friend and funeral service organist, Cecelia Allen; special friends and brothers in heart, Bobby Vann and Robert Camp; and numerous cousins. He graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1969, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Wayne joined the Bank of Virginia in 1969, where he became a branch manager in Richmond. In 1977, Wayne, along with his father Richard, saw an opportunity to develop, purchase and expand hotels in many different locations. Wayne loved the water, his hometown, his family, his friends, and was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held on Sunday, 4-7pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Monday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Following the graveside a reception will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA, 23847 or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, VA, 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  28. Obituary-Stanton H. Ferguson

    Stanton H. Ferguson, 90, of Emporia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in the presence of family and friends. A retired farmer and local businessman, he was the widower of Jewell Ferguson and was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Ferguson. He is survived by his daughter, Pier Ferguson; three sons, Reggie Ferguson and wife, Kari, Bobby Ferguson and wife, Bette and Stan Ferguson, Jr., and wife, Geraldine; seven grandchildren, Alex Ferguson, Cabel Ferguson, Jay Ferguson, Angel Ferguson, Brandon Ferguson, Heather Ferguson and Terry Ferguson, Jr. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  29. A-1 Storage in Emporia under New Ownership

    Renters Should Contact Emporia Storage Immediately

    EMPORIA, Va. – Emporia Storage has acquired A-1 Storage facility, located at 623 South Main Street (across from 7-11).

    "We are pleased to expand in Emporia with his merger,” said owner Boyce Adams.

    Those who rent units at the A-1 facility should immediately contact Emporia Storage at 315 West Atlantic Street or call 434-634-2919. Renters owing payments must bring their units up to date or risk having their property seized and sold at auction.

    “Just get in touch with us so we can work with you,” Adams said.

    With this acquisition, Emporia Storage now operates three facilities: West Atlantic Street, East Atlantic Street and South Main Street. With 410 units, the company is now among the largest of its kind in the area and is positioned to grow even more.

    “We are proud to be based in Emporia and will continue to serve our community in the best way possible,” Adams said.

    Emporia Storage first opened in 1975 with 102 units and expanded under the leadership of Adams’ uncle, the late Bill Chambliss and his father, the late Mayor Sam Adams and remains strong under the current, growing management team.

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  30. New Laws Will Help Rape Victims, Officials Say



    By Rachel Beatrice, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday formally signed four bills that supporters say will increase protections for victims of sexual assaults.

    In a crowded room hosted by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, McAuliffe signed:

    • Senate Bill 291 and House Bill 1160, which seek to ensure that rape evidence kits are tested promptly.
    • SB 248, which will allow minors to consent to an evidence recovery examination over the objections of a parent or guardian – a critical option when the adult may be the perpetrator
    • HB 1102, which aims to improve support and treatment for sexual assault survivors on college campuses

    “The bills Gov. McAuliffe is signing today are truly game changers in the way Virginia treats survivors of sexual violence and the way we help them pursue justice,” Attorney General Mark Herring told the audience. “It is a long overdue overhaul of the way we conduct investigations and handle evidence.”

    Last year, an audit by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science discovered that more than 2,300 rape kits remained untested – some dating to 1988, Herring said.

    Sen. Richard Black, R-Leesburg, attended the signing ceremony. He sponsored SB 291.

    “Suppression of violent crimes and especially of rape has been central to my career,” Black said. “And as the former head of the Pentagon’s Criminal Law Division, I will tell you that I am quite confident that SB 291 will save lives, and it will protect many, many women from sexual assault.”

    The Virginia Department of Forensic Science currently processes more than 700 cases annually. McAuliffe said the new legislation would double the number of tests performed each year.

    In addition, “the new state budget will include $900,000 annually to hire six new DNA examiners,” the governor said.

    Herring said the goal is to address the current problem and prevent it from recurring. “Once we get the backlog cleared out, this new bill should ensure that Virginia never finds itself in that situation again.”

    The new laws, which take effect July 1, also address situations in which the sexual assault survivor choses not to report the offense to law enforcement. In those circumstances, McAuliffe said, “The evidence will be stored for two years. For cases that are reported to law enforcement, the legislation requires that the evidence be sent for analysis within 60 days.”

    Allowing rape kits to remain untested not only denies swift justice for the rape survivor but this also fails to protect other women.

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  31. Access Is Nice, Success Is Best

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    Citizens of Virginia have many reasons to pursue higher education. Some want skills and knowledge. Others desire a better quality of life, enhanced respect, and greater self-confidence. Many seek increased career options and the associated financial gains. According to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), “On average, people with a college education earn nearly twice as much as those with only a high school diploma.” SCHEV also notes, “The earnings gap between someone with a college degree and someone with a high school diploma has widened in the last decades and that gap is projected to widen even further in the future.”

    Students have a plethora of higher education options, including the pursuit of certificates and industry-recognized credentials, associates degrees, and other higher degrees. The Commonwealth offers 23 public community colleges plus one other public two-year college, 15 public four-year colleges, 44 accredited private colleges, and many other types of education-related enterprises.

    Yet many people discover that access to college is only part of the equation. Without needed support, success remains elusive. In fact, recent statistics suggest that more than half of college students who embark on an education journey in the United States fail to reach their goals.

    Recognizing that students face significant barriers, Southside Virginia Community College offers a wide array of resources that make success more likely. In fact, a team from SVCC recently participated in a Student Success Leadership Institute (SSLI) sponsored by the Virginia Community College System. The SSLI is designed to implement proven student success strategies system-wide.  Under the guidance of experts, the SVCC team examined our college’s data and practices for the purpose of developing an action plan to enhance increased college completion.

    These new steps complement resources already in place. For example, the college offers Comprehensive Learning Centers (CLCs) on both main campuses where professional tutors and trained student assistants offer assistance. The CLCs also help students learn how to organize and remember large amounts of information, how to maintain a schedule, how to take notes, and how to manage stress.

    Additional supportive services can be found throughout the college. Admissions advisors help students explore options. Financial aid advisors help students figure out how to fund their education, and the SVCC Foundation annually disburses more than 250 scholarship awards. Counselors and faculty mentors also help keep students on track for graduation.

    All these elements contribute to student achievement. On May 14, 2016, the SVCC family will gather at a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 1,300 students. Combined, they will be awarded more than 700 Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts and Science degrees and more than 600 other certificates and diplomas. We are proud to have helped these students find success.

    Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

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    Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Garrett Paul Ramsey has been chosen the April 2016 Student of the Month.  Garrett, a senior, is the son of Bernie and Paula Nunnally of Warfield and Gary Ramsey of South Carolina.  He has two brothers, Zach Ramsey and Jared Nunnally and one sister, Savannah Nunnally.  Garrett is President of the Student Council Organization, Co-President of the Latin Club, Vice-President of the National Honor Society and a member of the Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team.  He has played JV and Varsity Football and Baseball, and JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball.  He was selected the 2015 Homecoming King and was the winner of the 2015 “Misster BA “pageant. 

    Garrett has taught Vacation Bible School classes for many years and was a volunteer for Relay for Life.  In his spare time, Garrett enjoys hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

    Garrett has been awarded the Davis Fellowship at Hampden-Sydney College.  This fellowship is full tuition for four years.  His future plans include medical school and hopes to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. 



  33. SVCC Nursing Program Receives ACEN Accreditation

    The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted initial accreditation to the Associate Degree Nursing Program of Southside Virginia Community College.  The recommendation of the ACEN is for initial accreditation as the program is in compliance with all Accreditation Standards with the next review set for 2020.

    The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation.  Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.  Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved.  The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules, and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.

     "We have always known that our Associate Degree Nursing Program is excellent, but the accreditation by the ACEN further solidifies what we have always known to be true!  The accreditation process was a team effort by our entire organization but specifically I am so proud of the director of the program and the faculty who made the accreditation a reality for SVCC, “ said Dr. Michelle Edmonds, DNP, MSN, RN, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health, and Natural Sciences

    Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President said, “ Southside Virginia Community College has a history of delivering top-notch education to our students; and the national accreditation of our Associate Degree Nursing Program is another example of excellence.  I am proud of this program and the team that works daily to make it one of the best around.”

    The program consists of a five-semester, 67 credit curriculum that is designed to lead to an applied associate of science degree in nursing.  Successful completion of this degree allows students the opportunity to test for the national Registered Nurse licensure examination.  The program is offered at the Christanna and John H. Daniel Campuses as well as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.  There are six full-time faculty members as well as a full-time program director who teach in the program.  Approximately 110 students per year attend the program across the three locations and complete clinicals at area hospitals and other health care facilities.

    The ACEN noted one of the key strengths for the SVCC program as “Significant community support and partnerships enhance the nursing program.”  Deliberations about the SVCC program centered on the Self-Study Report, the Catalog, the Site Visit Report, and the recommendation for accreditation proposed by the peer evaluators and the Evaluation Review Panel.

     In 1982, Southside Virginia Community College began offered the first year of an Associate Degree in Nursing Program in affiliation with J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA.  This affiliation was successful for twenty years, but in the summer of 2000, several local health care agencies’ representatives were quite concerned about the nursing shortage in the SVCC service area.  They believed that traveling to Richmond for the second year of the program was a major hindrance to many potential nursing students, as well as to Licensed Practical Nurses who wanted to become Registered Nurses.   Together, Community Memorial Healthcenter, Greensville Memorial Hospital, Halifax Regional Hospital, Southside Community Hospital and SVCC formed a partnership to provide funding for the second year of the program.  In March of 2002, SVCC was granted provisional approval by the Virginia Board of Nursing to admit students to the new program for fall of 2002.

     Today, the program remains one of the most successful degrees that the college offers.  This is just another way that SVCC is serving the Southside Virginia area.  For more information about this or other nursing or allied health programs at SVCC please contact us at www.southside.eduor call 1-888-220-SVCC.

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  34. What is Your Gut Feeling?

    Community Out-Reach Education

    South Hill – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition of the digestive system and is characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.  Approximately one in five adults in the United States has IBS and women are more likely to experience IBS than men.  What are symptoms and causes of IBS?  How is IBS treated?  Is IBS a “serious illness”?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend April’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about what your gut is really feeling.

    This FREE program will be on Tuesday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

    Dr. Richard Allen will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Allen specializes in Gastroenterology, the field of medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases of the digestive system, including the liver, stomach and intestines. Dr. Allen is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Gastroenterology. 

    Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.  Entrance to the VCU Health CMH Education Center Auditorium is to the left of the main hospital entrance.

    Photo: Richard Allen, MD, Gastroenterologist

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  35. Fairy Godmother Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Jackson-Feild

    For the tenth year running, The Fairy Godmother program at Collegiate Schools in Richmond recently helped residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services shop for prom outfits at no cost to the girls and boys.

    Founded in 2006, the Fairy Godmother program has provided prom outfits to more than 350 residents.  Their mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them from attending a high school prom.  

    Throughout the year, Collegiate students collect donated prom attire and conduct fundraisers to purchase supplemental items needed to complete an outfit.  They also solicit donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of their effort.  They store the items in a SmartBox provided by the owner of the local franchise, Bryan Bostic, and on April 8 the box was transported to the JFBHS campus for the day.

    The Collegiate students met with JFBHS residents and helped them select the right outfit for the prom which will be held in May.  Based on the smiles and laughter throughout the room, everyone had a wonderful time shopping for prom.  For ten years now, these special volunteers from Richmond have provided not only the clothing to make prom special, but they have helped the children at Jackson-Feild feel valued and important.

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    Emporia, VA – TopHand Sports will be hosting their third annual Golf Tournament on July 8, 2016 at Emporia Country Club.

    The event kicks off at noon with check-in and lunch. Captain’s Choice and Shotgun start begins at 1:00pm. The cost is $65 per individual or $260 per foursome; which includes lunch, green fees and cart.

    Even if you do not play golf there are other ways to support TopHand Sports. You or your business can sponsor a hole for $50 and your name or company logo will be displayed at the hole.  We are also seeking businesses or individuals to donate or underwrite the raffle prizes that will be given out the day of the event.

    The proceeds from this event will help fund the TopHand Youth Travel Baseball and Softball Teams. TopHand Sports has youth from all over Southeastern Virginia and North Carolina on their teams who would greatly appreciate your support. For more information about TopHand Sports; visit us on the web at www.tophandsports.com.

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rustin Jessee at 757-537-8480 / rjessee5@gmail.com or Randy Jessee at 757-818-1822 / randyjessee@spsk12.net.

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  37. Local #NAAPro helping fuel #AuctionsWork national campaign during National Auctioneers Week (April 11-17)

    (EMPORIA, Va.) – Local Licensed Virginia Auctioneer, Carla Harris, is participating is the nationwide #AuctionsWork campaign - a national social media initiative from the National Auctioneers Association.

    The campaign relies on the power of social media hashtags and the elbow grease of NAA members like Harris, who will follow a daily schedule of posting events and information during National Auctioneers Week, April 11-17. 

    Each post will be tagged with #AuctionsWork and #NAAPro. The second tag designates Harris's standing as part of an NAA network of auction professionals who believe in continuing education and strong ethical auction practices.

    The activities all build to National Auctioneers Day, which is officially recognized on the third Saturday of each April. This year, it falls on April 16.

    Harris stands out as the only female auctioneer in Emporia, and one of the few in the state. In fact, women comprise only about 10% of the profession of auctioneering nationwide.

    Because of her dedication and promise as a rising auctioneer, she is the recipient of this year’s Morris Fannon Scholarship Award from the Virginia Auctioneers Association.

    Known to radio and TV audiences as “Carla Cash,” she uses her 25 years of experience behind a microphone in broadcasting combined with her professional auction training to create a unique, entertaining experience for both buyers and sellers.

    “I’m extremely proud to be an auctioneer,” Harris says. “It was a natural progression in my career. It’s also my honor to be a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Virginia Auctioneers Association and to be a scholarship recipient.”

    Harris’ next auction is scheduled at Emporia Storage on May 7.

    For more information about Harris, including upcoming auctions, visit thatcarlacash.com, follow her at facebook.com/thatcarlacash or call




  38. Senator Donald McEachin Visits Emporia

    State Senator Donald McEachin visited the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee over the weekend to talk about his upcoming run to replace Randy Forbes in the United States House of Representatives for Virginia' Fourth Congressional District.

    The path was cleared for a Democrat to reclaim the seat when the Supreme Court ruled that Virginia's Third Congressional District was drawn illegally. The lawsuit brought against the heavily gerrymandered Third District claimed that the Virginia Legislature had compacted Black voters into a single, large district in order to dilute their vote.  This high concentration of Black voters, many of whom previously resided in the Fourth District, made it difficult for any Democrat to win back the seat. 

    Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who has served with the Senator since winning her seat, had nothing but praise for his work in the General Assembly during her introduction.

    During his comments to the committee members present, Senator McEachin said that the rhetoric during this campaign cycle was not who we were; that we did not hate because of which God someone worshiped, or who they loved, or what color their skin was.  "We are better than that," he said.

    Senator McEachin also shared his views on our treatment of Veterans.  Many of the committee members shared the view that our returning Veterans deserve better treatment.

    After the Senator's remarks, several members had questions for him.  When asked about raising the minimum wage, even for tipped employees who earn an hourly rate of $2.13, the Senator stated that he not only supported a stepped increase to $15.15 per hour, but that he also supported a living wage that would lift Virginians out of poverty.  He also listened to concerns about Emporia's lack of an Amtrak stop, which many thought would help boost the local economy.

    When asked about Social Security the Senator stated that he would  not support raising the retirement age.  Some members of the committee shared their concerns that they did not receive a cost of living adjustment this year, and that even in years when they did, that increase was offset by an increase of their Medicare premiums.  There was also concern that people on disability did not have access to Medicaid, for some the denial of access was based on income.

    George E. Morrison, III, Chair of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee also praised the Senator for representing the citizens of his district well, in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate.  Mr. Morrison added that "it will be nice to see the entire Fourth Congressional District represented by a Representative that shared the values of the district."  Mr. Morrison also said that since the Fourth District was Gerrymandered to pack all of the Black voters in the Richmond and Petersburg areas into a single district that "our voice in the House was silenced in favor of protecting the incumbent and the status-quo."





    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hiked to the summit of The Stony Man Trail in Shenandoah National Park (SNP) today to celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial and to encourage fellow Virginians to “Find Your Park” throughout the year. Kaine started his day at SNP Headquarters near Luray to meet with SNP Superintendent Jim Northup, SNP Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Flynn, park rangers, NPS staff and community leaders. They discussed preservation work and planning efforts around this year’s Centennial celebration. Photos from today’s hike can be found here

    “It was fun to come out to Shenandoah National Park today to shine a light on its beauty, while also encouraging people to get out and find their parks this year and enjoy the National Park Service Centennial,” Kaine said. “Today reminds us how blessed we are to have these special places and will hopefully urge us to be better stewards in this centennial year of the parks so our grandkids and great grandkids can have the same experiences.”

    To celebrate the NPS Centennial, Kaine and members of his staff plan to visit every national park in Virginia over the course of the year. More information on Kaine’s NPS Centennial celebration can be found here.

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  40. CSI: Career Scene Investigation

    Special Summer Camp for Middle School Students

    South Hill—No, we’re not investigating crime scenes, we’re exploring the world of health care.  Area Middle School students in Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties will have the opportunity to attend a unique program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill that will introduce them to a broad range of health careers. 

    A special, one-week, summer camp has been planned for the last week in July entitled, “CSI: Career Scene Investigation” and will focus on the many exciting career opportunities that are available in health care.  Partnering with Southside Virginia Community College and VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, fifteen middle school students who have an interest in a health career will be chosen to attend this summer health care camp during the week of  – July 25th  – July 29th.   

    The camp will be offered at no charge to students.  During this week-long camp, students will spend time with staff from many clinical areas and have “hands-on” opportunities.  They will learn how to apply casts and splints, take x-rays, learn about monitoring the heart, spend time in the Emergency Department, dress in scrubs and see the Operating Rooms, learn how to suture, work with Rehabilitation therapists and much, much more!  The week will be fun, interactive and exciting for the students and VCU Health CMH staff. 

    “We are very pleased to offer to area students this excellent opportunity to learn about the world of healthcare,” said Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, Education Department Manager for VCU Health CMH.  “The program will offer a variety of activities that will allow students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment and gain valuable insight into health care careers.  We want to provide a positive learning experience for students and encourage teens to explore health care careers.”

    According to Mrs. Willis, health care careers are the fastest growing, and will be the most in demand careers for the future. Rapid technological and scientific advances in the medical field, along with a large agingpopulation have created high demand for health care professionals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth rate of new jobs in the health care professions will be twice the rate of job growth in non-healthcare professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a need for 5.3 million health care workers to fill job openings created by departures and new positions in the next five years.

    The middle school years are the ideal time to reach students and introduce them to career ideas. They can begin to plan a curriculum that includes the necessary sciences and other required courses. 

    A total of fifteen students from the Middle Schools with at least a C average will be selected to attend the camp from applications that include a short essay about why they want to attend the camp, and from teacher/guidance counselor recommendations.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily for the students.  Transportation to and from VCU Health CMH will be the responsibility of the student’s parents.  Students will receive a backpack with supplies and a CSI: Career Scene Investigation T-shirt. Parents will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the week.

    Applications for the camp may be obtained through each school’s guidance counselor, online by visiting www.cmh-sh.org; from VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Education Department or Human Resources.  For more information or for an application, please call Hazel Willis in the CMH Education Department  at (434) 447-3151, Ext. 3376.

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  41. ‘It’s Time to Act,’ Says Co-founder of Black Lives Matter

    By Kyle Taylor, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – A co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement agrees that all lives matter – but she says it’s important to recognize that African-Americans in particular have been marginalized by American society.

    “We actually do believe that all lives matter so much that we are willing to call out the fact that our society is reinforcing the fact that the system shows that many believe that black lives don’t matter,” social activist Opal Tometi told about 1,000 people at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday night.

    “Black Lives Matter is a phrase, an ideology in this world where black people systematically do not matter,” Tometi said.

    “We are shifting what is and what could be. Black Lives Matter is about a consciousness of the people – black folks first and foremost, because Black Lives Matter is about an affirmation of our own dignity and our own lives. Beyond that, it’s a demand to the mainstream, to those who are in power and maintaining the status quo.”

    Black Lives Matter originated in the African-American community as a campaign against violence toward black people. The movement was co-founded by Tometi and two other community organizers: Alicia Garzaand Patrisse Cullors.

    In 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teenager Treyvon Martin, the movement began with the use of the hashtag#BlackLivesMatter on social media.

    Black Lives Matter has become nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garnerin New York City. The campaign has evolved into an international activist movement.

    The activists in the group believe that all lives matter, not just black lives. However, the campaign’s opponents have criticized its focus. They started a movement called All Lives Matter in direct response to Black Lives Matter.

    “Much of the work we’re doing with the Black Lives Matter movement and with our particular methods with the 34 chapters across the country is bringing into existence a multiracial democracy that actually works for all of us,” Tometi said.

    “We already live in a multiracial society, but what is so evident is that some people – some lives – are more valued than others.”

    Tometi called for action and encouraged everyone to get involved.

    “We can’t be silent about issues and how people are being marginalized any longer,” she said. “What we need is for everyone to make a very conscious and deliberate decision to be with us or against us. Either fight against the status quo that black lives don’t matter, or join the ones who maintain it.”

    As the event came to a close, Tometi stressed the importance of acting. She urged the audience to form or join organizations that support the Black Lives Matter movement.

    “Nice thoughts aren’t going to save black lives,” Tometi said. “We’ve been thinking and waiting for a long time. Now it’s time to act.”

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  42. MEHERRIN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM To Close for Staff Development Day

    The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia, will be closed Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for Staff Development Day. Libraries will reopen Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM. For more information please call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539. Both libraries are part of the Meherrin Regional Library System.


  43. EleVAte SNAP E&T Pilot Program at SVCC

    On Wednesday, April 13th, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) with its local partners, Brunswick County Department of Social Services, Charlotte County Department of Social Services, Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services, Halifax County Department of Social Services, Nottoway County Department of Social Services and Prince Edward County Department of Social Services, will launch a new employment and training pilot program called EleVAte SNAP E&T to help residents who currently receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to secure better jobs in high-demand fields.

    Last year, the Virginia Department of Social Services received a $22.3 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test innovative SNAP E&T strategies. The pilot program will serve approximately 5,386 SNAP recipients who are required to work in 13 counties and 11 cities across both urban and rural areas over three years.  The Pilot program will provide training and education as well as focus on teaching participants soft skills such as employment readiness and self-confidence, the ability to work in teams and communicate well, and help with writing resumes and interview skills. It may also provide limited financial assistance for travel, clothing, exam/certification fees, etc.

    Through an innovative three-prong approach, the EleVAte SNAP E&T services will be individualized with an Adult Career Coach providing guidance and support through Employment & Training, Support Services, and Career Counseling. The program will also be tailored to meet the needs of each community, matching participants with labor market opportunities.

    Eligible participants could have a chance to access one or more of three different components:

    1) EleVAte Virginia Online: an online and in-person program lasting about six to eight weeks. This program will help participants develop literacy, math, and other job readiness skills useful in any industry. These services will also help prepare them for additional job training;

    2) Job Skills Training Program: a job training program that will help participants get ready for employment. This program lasts eight to twelve weeks. Participants will earn a certificate of job readiness; and

    3) PluggedIn Virginia: a program lasting about six to eight months that will give participants job training, career readiness, GED preparation and an industry-recognized certificate.

    SNAP recipients interested in finding out more should contact their local Department of Social Services and ask about the EleVAte SNAP E&T Pilot program. Employers, and others interested are encouraged to contact Southside Virginia Community College, LaRoya Walton at laroya.walton@southside.eduor Gloria Westerman at gloria.westerman@southside.edu.

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  44. Belfield Makerspace fully funded!

    My Donorschoose project for Belfield Elementary was funded and supplies are on the way!  Thanks so much to emporianews.com and to my donors!  My students and I are truly grateful.

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  45. Register now for Fall Classes

    Register now for Fall 2016 classes at Southside Virginia Community College!!  Classes begin in August but are enrolling now reserves your space and allows you to get the classes you need.

    The classes offered are on the college website now at www.southside.edu  If you need additional help, you can visit a campus or center or call us at 888-220-SVCC or call 434-949-1000 or 434-736-2000.  You can register by mail, phone online and in person. 

    SVCC offers the first two years of a four-year degree and transfer is made easy.  Southside Virginia Community College offers degrees and certificates in

    • Accounting
    • Administration of Justice
    • Medical Office Assisting
    • Agribusiness
    • Welding
    • Nursing
    • Business Administration
    • Automotive Technology
    • Cosmetology and Barbering
    • Diesel Technology
    • Education
    • Electricity
    • Electronics
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Fire Science Technology
    • General Studies
    • Human Services
    • Business Management
    • Information Systems Technology
    • Administrative Support Technology
    • Industrial Maintenance Technology
    • Practical Nursing
    • Precision Machining
    • Truck Driver Training
    • Air conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration

    And also offers credentials in areas such as Power Line Worker Training, Nurse Aide and Phlebotomy.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, April 11, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will meet with staff at Shenandoah National Park Headquarters and thank them for their work before hiking to the summit of Stony Man Trail to celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial and to encourage fellow Virginians to “Find Your Park” throughout the year. Following the hike, Kaine will meet with park supporters and community leaders to discuss preservation and planning efforts.

    “There is natural beauty wherever you look in Virginia and it’s especially striking in Shenandoah National Park,” said Kaine. “To mark the National Park Service turning 100 this year and all the contributions parks make to our economy and quality of life, I’m encouraging everyone across Virginia to ‘Find Your Park’ at any of the twenty-one national parks in Virginia.”

    To celebrate the NPS Centennial, Kaine and members of his staff plan to visit every national park in Virginia over the course of the year. In last year’s omnibus appropriations bill, Kaine supported an increase in funding for the National Park Service to support the centennial.

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  47. NSDAR Presents Book In Momory of Esther Lewis Prince

    The Hicksford Chapter, NSDAR presented the book, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, to the Richardson Memorial Library in memory of Esther Lewis Prince, a devoted member of Hicksford Chapter. She served as Regent for many years.  Dorothy Wornom, left, and Jean Newsome, right, Hicksford Chapter members present the book to Becky Walker, Library Manager.

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  48. Oak Grove Baptist Church to Dedicate New Building

    The Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1090 James River Junction, Emporia, will host the dedication service of the newly rebuilt edifice on Sunday April 17, 2016 at 10:00 am.  You are cordially invited to be a part of this opening celebration.

    The Church family of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1090 James River Junction, Emporia; will celebrate Pastor Clifton Threat’s 7th anniversary on Sunday April 17, 2016, at 3:00 in the afternoon.  The guest minister for this event will be Pastor Leroy Salary of the Second Baptist Church East End, Newport News, Virginia

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  49. Obituary-Goldie Pritchett Matthews

    Goldie Pritchett Matthews, 82, widow of Perry Edward Matthews, Sr., passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie M. Grizzard. She is survived by two daughters, Denise M. Davis and husband, Gary and Claudia A. Matthews; two sons, Benjamin E. Matthews and Perry E. Matthews, Jr. and wife, Janice; two granddaughters, Tanya Davis and Brooke Haught; four grandsons, Travis and Joshua Matthews, G.W. Davis and Bubba Grizzard; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse and Gracie Grizzard, Emma Matthews, Hannah Davis, Lexi Haught, Jaxson Haught and Dawson Haught; one sister, Ernestine Parker and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6,  at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Interment will follow at Magnolia Farm Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  50. Lifsey Insurance Expanding

    Lifsey Insurance Associates, Inc, of Emporia, Virginia, is proud to announce a new partnership with Manry Rawls Insurance of Franklin, Virginia.  Chuck Lifsey and Carolyn Powers will manage the business and hope to hire new employees as Lifsey Insurance undertakes a planned expansion.  Lifsey Insurance will continue to offer the products and services it has in the past, while utilizing the partnership for access to other markets.  Lifsey Insurance will now also offer access to group health insurance, farm insurance and crop insurance.  This new Lifsey Insurance partnership will add to the agency’s ability to find the right insurance coverages at the right price for our customers.

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  51. Greensville County High School Qualifies for Statewide Economics and Personal Finance Competition

    The Greensville County High School Personal Finance team.  Pictured from left to right are Summer Jones, Cassandra Robinson, Jessie Li, Arianna Edwards


    Greensville County High School has qualified two separate teams for The 2016 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance, a rigorous statewide competition to be held April 14th at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond.

    Greensville County High School will join several teams from across Virginia that will test their knowledge of economic concepts and apply their skill in personal finance at the day-long competition. The team advised by teacher Courtney Moseley, earned an invitation to the championship round following an online competition conducted by the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on enhancing economics and financial education in grades K-12. Regional winners in each division and other high scoring teams were invited to participate in the “live” championship challenge, according to VCEE Executive Director Daniel Mortensen.

    VCEE’s Mortensen explains that The Challenge brings classroom concepts to life for students.  “Learning about economics and how it relates to their lives helps students realize they already participate in the global economy,” Mortensen states.  “Applying these concepts leads to more informed buying and saving decisions on the part of students. They make better choices when planning for their future, including college and job choices.”

    Last year’s senior class was the first in Virginia to graduate with the high school requirement earning a credit in economics and personal finance. The Challenge was launched as a way to showcase and enhance the knowledge students gain from this course.



  52. USDA To Offer Certificates for Farm Commodities Pledged to Marketing Loans

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. The authority is provided by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation enacted by Congress in December. Commodity certificates are available beginning with the 2015 crop in situations where the applicable marketing assistance loan rate exceeds the exchange rate. Currently, the only eligible commodity is cotton.

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) routinely provides agricultural producers with marketing assistance loans that provide interim cash flow without having to sell the commodities when market prices are at harvest time lows.  The loans allow the producer to store and delay the sale of the commodity until more favorable market conditions emerge, while also providing for a more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the marketing year.

    These loans are considered “nonrecourse” because the loan can be redeemed by delivering the commodity pledged as collateral to the government as full payment for the loan upon maturity. Commodity certificates are available to loan holders having outstanding nonrecourse loans for wheat, upland cotton, rice, feed grains, pulse crops (dry peas, lentils, large and small chickpeas), peanuts, wool, soybeans and designated minor oilseeds.  These certificates can be purchased at the posted county price (or adjusted world price or national posted price) for the quantity of commodity under loan, and must be immediately exchanged for the collateral, satisfying the loan.

    Producers may contact their FSA office that maintains their loan or their loan service agent for additional information. Producers who do business with Cooperative Marketing Associations (CMA) or Designated Marketing Associations (DMA) may contact their respective associations for additional information.  To learn more about commodity certificates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupportor contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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  53. Obituary- Lena Grant Richardson

    Mrs. Lena Grant Richardson, 84, of Deep Run, NC, died Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by one son, Calvin Grant Richardson and wife, Lori of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Cathy Richardson Cook and husband, Thurman of Deep Run, NC; four grandchildren, Joseph Grant Richardson and fiancée, Pauline Condero, Ethan Jacob Richardson of Henderson, NV, Zachary Thurman Cook and wife, Jenna of Hookerton, NC and Travis Calvin Cook of Deep Run, NC; great-grandson, Felix Curtis Richardson of Henderson, NV; sister, Lula Grant Sykes of Emporia, VA; brother, Frederick Hawkins Grant of Carlsbad, CA and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Wendell Grant of Emporia, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Richardson and two daughters, Wendell Lynne Richardson and Kay Wynne Richardson and a brother, William Joseph Grant. She was born in Greensville County but lived in Yale, Virginia where she was an active member of Joyner United Methodist Church. After her husband’s death, she moved to Emporia but eventually chose to move to Deep Run to be near her daughter and family. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Joyner United Methodist Church, c/o Jeannette Everett, 17413 Everett Rd, Capron, Virginia 23829 or to the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park CT., Goldsboro, NC 27534. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  54. Fifty Years Ago, Legislation Signed Creating Comprehensive Community College System for Virginia

    This photo of legislation being signed appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on April 7, 1966

    RICHMOND —April 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of legislation that created the Virginia Community College System.

    Fifty years ago, the General Assembly passed and Governor Mills Godwin signed, on April 6, legislation that created the State Board for Community Colleges and the State Department of Community Colleges.

    The legislation paved the way for what would become, by 1972, a statewide system of 23 comprehensive community colleges, realizing the vision of having higher education opportunity within commuting distance of all Virginians.

    Virginia’s Community Colleges are marking the 50th Anniversary of the statewide system of comprehensive community colleges in 2016 with a year-long observance that celebrates the progress of the past 50 years as well as the promise of the future.

    Since then, Virginia’s 23 colleges have served well over 2.6 million people, awarded more than 575,000 credentials and associate degrees, and launched countless numbers of transfer students into bachelor programs, advanced degrees, and successful careers.  

    The original legislation creating the system merged technical colleges that existed or were under construction with two-year branches of four-year institutions, and subsequently, with entirely new institutions to promote Godwin’s vision of a comprehensive community college that served both the transfer and the occupational needs of all Virginians.

    Two colleges, Northern Virginia and Virginia Western, opened as part of the system in the fall of 1996, which grew to eight by the next fall and to 23 by the fall of 1972.

    “Whatever else our community colleges may accomplish,” Godwin said at the 1967 dedication of John Tyler Community College, “they have taught us that we can never again think of a college education as something that belongs to the privileged or the few.”

    In 2016, Virginia’s Community Colleges are celebrating tremendous gains while enthusiastically looking forward to the profound difference community colleges will make in Virginia’s new economy over the next half-century.

    As part of that year-long observance, community members can share their stories regarding what community colleges have meant for them.  A web landing page has been created to collect those stories at 50.vccs.edu.

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  55. Obituary-Joyce Pittman Mitchell

    Joyce Pittman Mitchell, 81 of Skippers, VA departed her Earthly home and family to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James N. (Jimmy) Mitchell; two sons, Niel and wife Tracy of Skippers, VA and Bill and wife Wendy of Athens, AL; one daughter, Susan Harrell and husband Jesse of Emporia, VA; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Tadd Mitchell and wife Ashley (Seth and Parker) of Athens, AL, Heather Ingrum and husband Zack (Mitchell, Zachary, and Sarah Kate) of Athens, AL, Sheree Wood and husband Lance (Bradley) of Jesup, GA, and Amy Wright and husband Chad (Blair and Noah) of Madison, AL; nieces, Patricia Morris and husband Al of Raleigh, NC, Sheila Britton and husband Tommy of Greenville, SC; nephew, Tommy Pittman of Roanoke Rapids, NC as well as a host of other nieces and nephews. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC in November of 1934 to Alma and Herman Pittman. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Pittman and Ray Pittman and two sisters, Viola Mae Spence and Cathryn Pittman. Her family was her life. She loved her family unconditionally, enjoyed spending time at their retreat on Gaston Lake, traveling and visiting casinos. The family will receive friends Monday, April 4, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel from 6-7:30. Funeral services will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Spring United Methodist Church in Skippers, VA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  56. Local Vocalist to Star in Old Towne Opera’s Performance of La Canterina

    Leary Davis, local vocalist from Jarratt, VA, will be playing the part of Gasparina in Haydn’s opera buffa La Canterina. Although composed over 200 years ago, Haydn's La Canterina tells a story that is all too familiar: a beautiful girl has men wrapped around her little finger. Using her feminine charms and with the help of her "mother" Apollonia, Gasparina has been successfully conning Don Ettore and Don Pelagio out of money, jewels, and furniture. But what happens when she's finally caught? Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 110 North Union Street in Petersburg, VA. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.oldtowneopera.com.

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  57. Obituary-Jean Harrison Wright

    Jean Harrison Wright, 71, widow of R. Earl Wright, died on April 1, 2016. She is survived by her son, W. Vernon Bryant and his wife, Christina H. Bryant; grandson, Will Bryant and granddaughter, McKenna Bryant, all of Greensville County, Virginia. She is also survived by two brothers, John P. Harrison of Emporia and Claude W. Harrison of Richmond and a host of very special cousins and many wonderful friends. Jean was lifelong resident of Emporia/Greensville County and was the daughter of the late Paul J. Harrison and Ruby Conner Harrison. She was member of Monumental United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 and where a visitation will follow the service. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, her ashes will be interred at a private service in the Harrison Family Cemetery on Grassy Pond Road in Greensville County. Flowers are welcomed or contributions may be made in her memory to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.