June 2016


    RICHMOND – The public will have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the Virginia State Police when a national accreditation team arrives in Richmond in July to assess the Department. The Virginia State Police are in the process of reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

    “Accreditation provides both the Department and the public with quality assurance that the State Police is in step with today’s policing standards and practices,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We welcome the CALEA assessment team and the public’s input concerning this process and our abilities to fulfill our mission to serve and protect the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

    When the Virginia State Police achieved its initial accreditation from CALEA in 1986, the Department was the second state law enforcement agency in the nation to receive this prestigious award.  Since then, the Virginia State Police has successfully maintained an accredited status. The reaccreditation process takes place every three years.

    The public is invited to share its comments with the CALEA on-site assessment team at a Public Information Session Aug. 1, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Virginia State Police Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County, Va.

    If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone or written correspondence.  The two-member assessment team will be available to take phone calls Aug. 1, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A toll-free telephone number has been established for those wishing to contact the team: 1-866-468-4903. Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

    Those wishing to offer written comments about the Department’s ability to meet reaccreditation standards are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

    The CALEA on-site assessment team is comprised of the following law enforcement practitioners:  Mr. Gerald Bailey, Commissioner (retired) of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Lt. Raymond Cornford, (retired) of the Rapid City, S.D., Police Department.

    Through the review of written materials, interviews and site visits, the assessors will examine the Department’s policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services for compliance with CALEA standards. The assessment process ensures that the Department regularly reviews all aspects of its operations and is in compliance with law enforcement standards established by the Commission.

    A copy of the CALEA standards can be viewed by the public at the State Police Administrative Headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County.  For those with additional questions, please contact Ms. Vanessa Casale, Virginia State Police Accreditation Manager, at 804-674-2755.

    CALEA was created in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

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  2. LVFD 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament Winners

    Winners at the 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament hosted by Lawrenceville Vol. Fire Dept. Co. 7 on Saturday, June 18th, at the Lawrenceville-Brunswick Airport were all smiles as they held their trophies and cash awards. They raised their fingers to indicate their finish order, from left to right, Bethanie Pagliughi, Ethan Thorndike, Blake Elvis Orr, LVFD Chief Justin Thomas, LVFD President Everette Gibson, Greg Vajda, Mike Harvey and Tommy Holliday.

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    The cornhole craze comes to Lake Gaston when the first ever LAKE GASTON LION’S CLUB RIGHTEOUS CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT is held on SATURDAY JULY 9. The profits from the event will benefit the local Lions Vison Screening program and other activates that the Lions support in the community. It will be held on the Lion’s den grounds on Stanly Road rain or shine.

    Young whippersnappers and old fogies can compete in this game. The tournament will be a double elimination tournament with two person team event with prize money based on the total numbers of entries. The entry fee per team is $25 and half of the entry fee will go toward the prize money. The more teams the

    more the prize amount. The prize money will be distributed 60% for 1st   ;

    30% for 2nd; 10% for 3rd.  We hope to have at least 20 entries which would make the first prize $150. You can go to the Lake Gaston Lions Facebook page or the website at http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/lakegastonnc to download a registration form. For questions or additional contact Lions Arsend Seymour @

    252-586-3980 or Rich Thomas @ 856 – 981 -3331.  A late entry fee of $35 will be charged after June 30th The action starts at 9 AM with late entry registration at 8 AM. This is planned as a family day event and spectators are welcome. There will be a small spectator fee for non-team members of $3 for adults and $1 for children

    12 & under. Hot dogs, Fries, funnel cakes; soda and water will be available for nominal price. Your hand will be stamped so you can leave and re-enter at any time. No alcohol will be served. Come out and watch your favorites compete or just watch the competition and learn how this popular game is played. Bring your lawn chairs and shade awnings and make a day of watching this awesome fund raiser for the Lake Gaston Lions and support the local community.  #1 rule of playing Cornhole is “HAVE FUN”.

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  4. A “Berry” Good Opportunity for Southside Virginia Farmers

    Extension specialist Dr. Reza Rafie welcomes a farmer to Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm to learn more about growing blueberries in Virginia.

    Virginia State University Cooperative Extension Specialists are looking for Southside Virginia farmers, especially those who formerly raised tobacco, who are interested in trying their hand at growing blackberries, blueberries or strawberries. Extension specialists believe the region has potential for satisfying the high demand for locally-grown berries.

    "Locally-grown produce, especially berries, which are known to have significant health benefits, have experienced a sharp increase in consumer demand," explained Dr. Raza Rafie, VSU horticulture extension specialist. "We’ve done extensive research throughout central and southside Virginia, and we feel confident that the growing conditions are right for local farmers to help meet this demand.”

    Identifying and assisting the new potential berry growers is part of a three-year Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission grant-funded project to promote berry crops as an alternative farm enterprise in the region. The $292,930 grant is the second phase to the successful $300,000 grant from the Commission in January 2011.

    This second phase of the project will identify a total of 13 farmers who will each receive an acre of either blackberry, blueberry or strawberry plants (depending on the conditions of his/her farm), mulch, drip irrigation lines, a trellis system (for blackberry crop only), a temporary spreader, technical assistance and management information. The duration of this grant project is three years.  During that time project team members will provide educational assistance to each farmer in growing and marketing his/her berry crop.

    To apply, farmers can obtain an application from their local agriculture and natural resource Cooperative Extension agent. A list of agents is available at http://www.ext.vt.edu/offices. For more information on the project farmers can also contact Jonathan Bobby at 434-9418471 or jonbob2629@gmail.com. Applications are due Thursday, July 30, 2016. 

    Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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  5. Michael Leonard Herman

    Michael Leonard Herman, age 63, of Littleton, NC, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
    He was born March 27, 1953, in Williamston, NC. Mike graduated from Greensville County (VA) High School and graduated from Richard Bland College, where he studied business. After working as a life guard and as a drug store supervisor, Mike moved to Pinetops, NC, where he opened a retail clothing store with his father.

    Mike also was a dedicated public servant to his community working as a volunteer fire fighter and with the rescue squad. Mike served as the mayor of Pinetops from 1983-1987, and also served as a member of the Edgecombe County ABC Board. Mike served a year as President of the North Carolina ABC Board.

    Mike moved his family to Garner, NC where he worked for several years at the North Carolina ABC Warehouse in Raleigh, NC. This position started Mike’s career in transportation, distribution and logistics. Mike worked for Long Transportation in Raleigh, before accepting a position with Best Cartage in Raleigh, NC in 1991. He managed the Raleigh office for Best Cartage for several years before moving to their home office in Kernersville, NC

    Mike Herman worked for Best Cartage (later became Best Logistics Group) for over 24 years before retiring as President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015. Mike became a full time resident on Lake Gaston after retirement.

    Mike was involved with numerous organizations throughout his life. Mike was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, and was an active member of Littleton United Methodist Church for the last several years, serving on numerous committees and as a Sunday school teacher. He was also active in the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community for numerous years, and participated in C12, a Christian roundtable organization for business leaders, for over a decade leading up to his retirement from Best.

    Mike Herman was a friend to everyone he met in life. He was always willing to help anyone in need, and always offered words of encouragement. Mike loved to travel, especially to St. Thomas, loved living on the lake and loved spending time with his family and friends.
    Michael Leonard Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Elizabeth Herman, and by his younger brother, Jim Herman. Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kaye Herman; his son, Joey Herman and his wife, Kim (Kernersville, NC); his son, Tim Herman and his wife, Dana (Garner, NC); his older brother, Steve Herman and his wife, Joan (Clarksville, VA); his uncle and aunt, Erik and Becky Gummesson (Asheville, NC); his father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Jean Clay (Emporia, VA); and by his step-mother, Clyde Herman (Pinetops, NC). Mike is also survived by four grandchildren that brought him abundant joy, Claire Herman (Garner, NC), Avary Anne Herman (Kernersville, NC), Jasper Herman (Garner, NC) and Ainsley Herman (Kernersville, NC).

    A funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11 AM at Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, NC. The family will greet visitors immediately following the funeral in the Littleton UMC fellowship hall. Michael Herman will be laid to rest the same day at 4 PM at Independence United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to Littleton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Littleton, NC 27850.

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  6. Check Your Mailbox

    Coming to a mailbox near you!!!! The Fall 2016 Printed Semester Schedule from Southside Virginia Community College is coming back to your mailbox. There is much information contained in this 20-page booklet to explain how to register for classes, what is being offered, special events, orientation, workforce training, CNA, Power Line Worker Training, nursing, HVAC, and much much more. Be on the lookout for your personal copy or stop by an SVCC location to pick one up!!!! Register Now. Classes begin August 22, 2016.  For more information, call 1 888 220 SVCC or visit the website at www.southside.edu  Success Starts Here!!

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  7. Ethel P. Taylor

    Ethel P. Taylor, 87, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016. She is survived by one daughter, Esther Hirschberg and husband, Andy; three sons, Gerald Taylor and wife, Tricia, Donnie Taylor and wife, Donna and Robbie Taylor and companion, Terri; six grandchildren, Keith Driver and companion, Pam Allen, Megan Miller and husband, Ryan, Loren Allen and husband, Kevin, Kellen Taylor, Kirk Taylor and wife, Nancy and Michael Harrington; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, George Powell and wife, Irma and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St. Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

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  8. SVCC Graduates Nurses

    The Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College are (First Row, Left to Right) Instructor Leigh Moore, Haley Wilborn-Crewe, Ashton Paul- Lunenburg, Dawn Poythress-Lawrenceville, Kristen Wilkinson-Blackstone; Second row, l to r; Joanna Baird- South Hill , Sydney Brumbelow-Boydton Kelli Powell-Emporia; Third Row:   Kathy Davis-Brodnax, Savanna Barker-Victoria, Jennifer Bradley-Valentines, Meaghan Frick-Dinwiddie, Amanda Earp-Emporia; Last step up: Amanda Matthews- South Hill, Melissa Hoefer-Lunenburg , Polly Carr-South Hill, Alexandra Orrell-Dinwiddie, Victoria Lewis- Blackstone

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  9. May You Rest in Peace

    A year has passed in memories
    Of my wife for fifty-four
    She was my lover and companion
    Until they opened heaven’s door.
    Now Lory was somewhat quiet
    But she had a humorous side
    It was in February of nineteen sixty one
    That I took her for my bride.
    We raised four children through these years
    Yet they too have gone away
    Yes they for an unknown reason
    Or if there was; they failed to say.
    For many years we did travel
    Far across this nation wide
    Yet each time you saw one of us
    The other would be alongside.
    Well we shared our hopes and wildest dreams
    Then in Virginia we settled down
    Yes in a small place called Emporia
    Now a city, but then a town.
    We joined St. John Lutheran Church
    Where I’m still a member today
    Yet the pew beside me is vacant
    For the Lord took my Lory away.
    Yes he took her to a better place
    In the Heavens High above
    Still I treasure all the memories
    And each day send her my love
    -Roy E. Schepp

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  10. Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard

    May 24, 1936 - June 24, 2016

    Visitation: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

    Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

    Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard, 80, of Capron, entered into the arms of Jesus Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Ollie and Sarah Hall Grizzard and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Louise G. “Tudie” Bryant and a brother, Robert O. “Bobby” Grizzard. Mr. Grizzard is survived by his wife, Joanne Briley Grizzard; daughter, Joanne Elizabeth Grizzard; two sons, Edward Lee “Eddie” Grizzard and wife, Amanda of Chesapeake and Russell Timothy “Tim” Grizzard and wife, Julie of Capron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Grizzard Crafton; a brother, George A. Grizzard and wife, Ruby of San Juan, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Capron Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 273, Capron, Virginia 23829. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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    Avinger Ocelot Catheter System Treats Totally Blocked Arteries Using Light Waves For Navigation

    Roanoke Rapids, NC (June 23, 2016) –Halifax Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and South Carolina, to currently use a new catheter system to restore blood flow in  patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The new technology is part of Halifax Regional’s commitment to improving the health of residents of the Roanoke Valley region.

    The Ocelot catheter allows physicians, for the first time ever, to see inside an artery. The procedure, called optical coherence tomography (OCT), uses light waves to produce high quality images of the insides of blood vessels. OCT allows physicians to more accurately navigate through totally blocked arteries without damaging healthy artery walls. The procedure also avoids the need to rely on x-ray and feel to guide catheters through the vessel.

    Haile Jones, MD, interventional cardiologist at Halifax Regional, was the first physician in North Carolina to use the new Ocelot system, with the first procedure performed on May 24, 2016, on a 72 year old male patient.

    “This is a game-changer for patients with 100 percent blockages,” said Dr. Jones. “We are excited to have more opportunities to treat patients in a lot less invasive manner.”

    The procedure, performed at Halifax Regional Cardiac and Vascular Lab, has been used on four patients since May, and the Lab expects to perform about 50 per year.

    Peripheral artery disease, caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet,greatly impacts quality of life. Patients with PAD regularly experience painful cramping, numbness, or discoloration in the legs and feet. Frequently dismissed as normal signs of aging, symptoms of PAD can become so severe and difficult to treat that patients often undergo invasive bypass surgeries that result in greater health risks and lengthy, painful recoveries.The Ocelot system allows severe blockages to be treated in a minimally-invasive manner, and requires less exposure to x-rays and dyes compared with traditional treatments.

    “The Ocelot system allows us to go beyond what we used to do,” Dr. Jones said. “I am finding a higher success rate for patients with a complete blockage that, before, I would have sent straight to surgery.”

    To learn more about the Ocelot procedure or other services at the Cardiac and Vascular Lab, call (252) 535-8159 or visit http://www.halifaxregional.org/cvc/

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  12. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for May 2016

    (Left to Right)W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Mildred Waye, LPN and Care Partner on West Wing, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Mildred was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

    Mildred has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 36 years and this is her sixth time receiving this honor.  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, “Mildred showed professionalism in her job.  She was knowledgeable in knowing my health problems.  She showed excellent personal care and showed good workmanship while working with her team.”  “Mildred and all of our nursing assistant team demonstrate professionalism and compassion.  This is especially meaningful remarks coming from a patient noting excellent service.”  “Mildred is an advocate for teamwork. She is dependable, hardworking and always has a good attitude toward patients, staff, and visitors.  She cares about doing her best to help patients and others.  I never have to worry about finding help when Mildred is on the floor.  Mildred is the best to work with.”

    In addition to the award certificate, Mildred 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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  13. Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program with Carnival

                The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to step right up and be a part of our Summer Reading Program: Read for the Win on Thursday, June 30th.  We will have fun indoor carnival games and much more.  The event will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

                Events begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

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  14. Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work

    Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

    This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

    Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

    Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

    She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the first class of 20 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Presidential Scholars, who were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in CTE fields. In 2014, Kaine, founding co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, led a successful bipartisan effort to expand the Presidential Scholars program to include fields in CTE.

    “For too long, CTE has been stigmatized as a second-class educational field, but today’s CTE Presidential Scholars demonstrate the current renaissance of interestin career and technical fields,” said Kaine. “I applaud the Administration for highlighting the inspiring work of some of our country’s brightest students in both CTE and other academic fields. America’s future success depends on how well we invest in the education of our next generation of leaders, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress on ways to increase access to CTE programs nationwide.”

    In addition to successfully urging the Obama Administration to recognize CTE as a Presidential Scholars field, Kaine authored various CTE-related provisions that were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind. Some of the provisions added CTE as a core academic subject and called for integrating CTE into school curriculums and teacher professional development.

    This year, 161 Presidential Scholars, including three Virginians, were also recognized for their outstanding work and achievements in various educational fields. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.


  16. Halifax Regional Delivers First Triplets in More Than 105 Years

    Kaiden; Kaleb; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Korey

    Halifax Regional medical Center recently delivered three boys, born on Thursday, June 9, believed to be the first triplet birth in the Medical Center’s more than 105 year history.

    Any pregnancy is a major event, but when you learn that you will be bringing not one, but three children into the world at the same time, it takes on a whole new meaning.  “I was like, ‘Three? Really?’” said Ke’Ashlee Taylor, mother of Kaiden, Kaleb and Kory.

    For Taylor, the night before the scheduled delivery held a lot of excitement and very little sleep.  “We had to be at the hospital at 5:00 am and I didn’t start to get nervous until we got there,” she said.  “In the delivery room, I asked when they were going to start, and then heard Kaiden crying.”

    The news that Ms. Taylor was carrying triplets was discovered during an ultrasound on November 25th, 2015, the day before Thanksgiving.  “I can still remember the look on my ultrasonographer’s face when she asked me to look at the scan,” said Dr. Kelly Holder, OB/GYN at Rural Health Group.  “The mother already had some significant life changes in terms of first being diagnosed with pregnancy, and then finding out she was pregnant with triplets.  But she has taken all of those things in stride.”

    From that time on, The Birthing Center and surgical suite staff, pediatricians, respiratory therapy and laboratory staff at Halifax Regional and Rural Health were focused on preparing for the historic event. A multi-disciplinary team was created early in her pregnancy for an emergence if she was to preterm and we were unable to transfer her.  The average age for triplets is 32-33 weeks.  The goal was always for her to have the sagest delivery possible, whether that was stabilizing her for transfer of delivering her at Halifax Regional.  Ke’Ashlee wanted to deliver close to home in her community.

    Dr. Holder and the team met early on to make sure they had the resources that might be needed.  Respiratory and nursing staff conducted a walk-through to make certain everything was ready.  The Vice President of Nursing, Karen Daniels, RN, said the entire multi-disciplinary team was committed to ensuring the best outcome for Ms. Taylor and her sons.

    Beth Harrison, BCCT; Stephanie Heath, RN; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Nikki Harris, RN; April Clay, RN. 

    Inset above left: Tony Walker, RN; Dr. Kelly Holder

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  17. Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

    June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

    Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

    Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

    Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

    Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

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    Ground has been broken at 683 Moore’s  Ferry Road in Skippers (Exit 4 off of I-95) for a new state of the art Convenience Store and Travel Center, as well as a 65 seat IHOP “Express” restaurant.  The convenience store will feature SHELL petroleum products, and the “Express” concept for IHOP will feature dine in and carry out services, as well as other traveler amenities such as flat screen TV’s.

    The project is being done by CHN, LLC, owned by Hermie and Angie Sadler of Emporia.  Projected completion date is Christmas 2016.

    “We are thrilled to bring this project to Greensville County and Southside Virginia”, stated Co-owner Hermie Sadler.  “Shell is a strong brand that provides great products that will benefit travelers as well as our local customers, and the IHOP brand has a great reputation for the food and service they provide customers all over the country.  To have those two brands together at a location like this is once in a lifetime opportunity.”

    The convenience store will also feature a large Walk In “Beer Cave” designed to keep beer at or below 30 degrees Farenhiet, as well as heated toilet seats in the women’s restroom facilities.

    CHN is now accepting applications for this project.   You can apply in person at the UPS Store in Emporia.


  19. Who's Who at SVCC

    Each year, Southside Virginia Community College recognizes a select group of students to accept one of the most prestigious awards an academic community can bestow.; that of being selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Among those chosen who attended a ceremony recognizing the accomplish from the Christanna Campus are Left to Right Wade Bagley, Monica McMillan, Faith Merricks, Kaylin Weise, Derrick Carpenter, Jr., Richard Watson, Cade Hamm and Kathy Drummond. 

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  20. VCU Health CMH Hospice Hosts Annual Memorial Service

    South Hill - VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Department hosted its annual Memorial Service at MacCallum More Gardens in Chase City, Virginia on June 1st, 2016.

    The event is part of the department’s bereavement services and is an opportunity for bereaved families to celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost over the past year. The evening service was filled with tears, laughter, and most importantly a unified feeling of love.

    Activities during the service included an opening prayer, music, poem readings, slideshow featuring photos of loved ones lost, a sand ceremony and a butterfly release. Families in attendance enjoyed refreshments after the service.

    As part of VCU Health CMH’s Community Hospice program, bereaved families are supported for 13 months after a patient passes. This support can come in the form of cards, mailings, phone calls, home visits, grief support group and the annual Memorial Service. Families can rest assured that our staff which consists of nurses, volunteers, a social worker, a chaplain, and aides are only a phone call away.

    If you or someone you know would like more information about VCU Health CMH Community Hospice feel free to contact Bonnie Kelly, RN/Director or Megan Neal, RN/Hospice Clinical Coordinator at (434) 774-2457.


  21. Upcoming Events at the Virginia Cooperative Estension

    All workshops FREE unless noted. Take note, many events have registration deadlines. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a class, contact the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4223.

    *NEW:Jul 5, 12, 19, 26: 1:00-3:00PM: Master Gardener Help Desk. The Master Gardeners will be at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia every Tuesday in July

    Aug 8th: 4-H Jr. Summer Camp. The 4-H Jr. Summer Camp will be August 8th-12th at the beautiful Airfield 4-H Educational Center in Wakefield, VA. 4-H camp is open to all youth ages 9-13. The cost of camp is $210. A non-refundable $40.00 deposit is due at sign-up. We accept check, money order and cash in the exact amount (we do not keep change in the office). Scholarship applications are available in request. For more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

    Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.

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  22. Greensville Elementary School Celebrates Accelerated Readers

    Greensville Elementary students participated in the AR program again this year. The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.  Students were recognized each marking period based on the points they earned. We encourage our students to continue reading this summer and join the Meherrin Regional Library's summer reading program. We also encourage families to join us as we partner with Nehemiah Community Outreach to launch their Literacy Campaign on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Veteran's Memorial Park.


    Highest AR points in Kindergarten - Joshua Smith; Highest AR points in 1st Grade - Ayden Taylor


    Highest AR points in 2nd grade - Royalty Plum; Highest AR Points in 3rd grade and earned over 200 points - Alejandro Zaragoza

    25 point Club

    50 point club

    75 point club


    Highest AR Points in 4th grade - Donovan Smith; Highest AR Points in GES - Davis Robinson

    100 point club

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  23. CNA Recruitment Fair Set for June 23

    Patricia Boyd, CNA Preceptor, Lyriack Ingram, CNA Preceptor and Ashley Stokes, CNA are excited for other dedicated CNAs to join the VCU Health CMH team.

    SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Certified Nursing Assistant Recruitment Fair on Thursday, June 23 from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the CMH Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

    As VCU Health CMH grows, so does the need for dedicated CNAs. Benefits of becoming a CNA at VCU Health CMH are as follows:  new CNA starting salary, VCU Health CMH will cover the cost of the initial CNA Exam and generous benefits as well as education assistance. There will be giveaways and refreshments during the fair.

    To learn more about VCU Health CMH, or to view and apply for current opportunities, visit vcuhealth.org/careers/start-your-career-search or contact Terri Coker at 434-447-3151, ext. 3471 or terri.coker@vcuhealth.org.

    At VCU Health CMH, we are building a healthier community, together.

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  24. Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

    WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

    “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year's elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”

    To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

    Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.

    FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

    Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms.

    To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSAcounty office or visit http://offices.usda.govto find a county office near you.

    Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.


  25. USDA Provides Targeted Assistance to Cotton Producers to Share in the Cost of Ginning

    One-time Payments to Begin in July to Assist with 2016 Ginning Season

    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers through the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, in order to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton.

    “Today's announcement shows USDA continues to stand with America’s cotton producers and our rural communities,” said Vilsack. “The Cotton Ginning Cost Share program will offer meaningful, timely and targeted assistance to cotton growers to help with their anticipated ginning costs and to facilitate marketing. The program will provide, on average, approximately 60 percent more assistance per farm and per producer than the 2014 program that provided cotton transition assistance.”

    Through the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, eligible producers can receive a one-time cost share payment, which is based on a producer’s 2015 cotton acres reported to FSA, multiplied by 40 percent of the average ginning cost for each production region. With the pressing need to provide assistance ahead of the 2016 ginning season this fall, USDA will ensure the application process is straight-forward and efficient. The program estimates the costs based on planting of cotton in 2015, and therefore the local FSA offices already have this information for the vast majority of eligible producers and the applications will be pre-populated with existing data. Sign-up for the program will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 5, 2016 at the producer’s local FSA office. Payments will be processed as applications are received, and are expected to begin in July.

    Since 2011, cotton fiber markets have experienced dramatic changes. As a result of low cotton prices and global oversupply, cotton producers are facing economic uncertainty that has led to many producers having lost equity and having been forced to liquidate equipment and land to satisfy loans. The ginning of cotton is necessary prior to marketing the lint for fiber, or the seed for oil or feed. While the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program makes payments to cotton producers for cotton ginning costs, the benefits of the program will be felt by the broader marketing chain associated with cotton and cottonseed, including cotton gins, cooperatives, marketers and cottonseed crushers and the rural communities that depend on them.

    The program has the same eligibility requirements as were used for the 2014 Cotton Transition Assistance Program, including a $40,000 per producer payment limit, requirement to be actively engaged in farming, meet conservation compliance and a $900,000 adjusted gross income limit.

    To learn more about the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/cgcsor contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

    Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

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  26. And the Golden Apple Award Goes to Leasa Roach

    Gloria Robinson, President of the PTO at Greensville Elementary School, presented the Golden Apple Award to Leasa Roach. Mrs. Roach was chosen based on nominations received from parents at GES. Mrs. Roach was rewarded for her dedication to her students and her initiative to revamp the Accelerated Reader Program at GES. She was presented with a $100 gift card, flowers, and a winner's sash.


  27. New Garden at Belfield Elementary

    Pineview Greenhouse recently donated marigolds to beautify the front of Belfield Elementary School. Pictured in the garden are volunteer gardeners Gabriel Brown, Rodney Chandler, Mrs. M. Geist, Chandler Newsome, Michael Atkins, and Jessica Yoder from Pineview.


  28. Marie Wright Morgan

    Marie Wright Morgan, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Douglas Ira Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John Peebles Wright and Irene Brewer Wright of Valentines, Virginia; a sister Rebecca W. Browder of Dolphin, Virginia and two Brothers, Robert Wright and Willie Wright both of Valentines, Virginia.

    Marie is survived by five children: Johnny Morgan and wife Paige of Emporia, Sylvia Allen of Dolphin, Virginia, Michael Morgan and his wife Anne of Midlothian, Virginia, Julian Morgan and his wife Susan of Petersburg, Virginia and Martha M. Belmonte and her husband Vince of Wake Forest, N. C .; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

    Marie was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia where she served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the Friendship Class.

    Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3 p. m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, Va. 23847. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine testified in support of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, bipartisan legislation introduced last February that would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to recognize the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science at the Department of Interior, also testified in support of the commission. Her testimony can be found here.

     “Every dimension of American life—business, academics, law, military, spirituality, culture, diplomacy, government, medicine, social justice, innovation—has been profoundly influenced by countless generations of African Americans,” Kaine testified.  “And it is important that we tell that story – in all its pain and triumph—as we approach 2019. Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our English roots matter.  Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our Hispanic roots matter.  I have introduced this bill in the belief that Congress should also affirm through the creation of a federal commission that our African roots matter.”

    This commission would be charged with recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contribution of African Americans since 1619, as well as acknowledging the painful impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination have had on our nation’s history. Similar commissions have been established to recognize English & Hispanic heritage, including the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida.

    The bill is supported by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Virginia Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). It has also been endorsed by the NAACP and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

    Kaine’s full testimony, as prepared for delivery:

    I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. The year 2019 will mark 400 years since the arrival of twenty Africans at Point Comfort, Virginia (current day Hampton, Virginia).  These Africans were forcibly sold into slavery, captured by the English from a Portuguese slave ship and brought to Virginia.  Their arrival was the beginning of the slave trade in America, which led to a total slave population of nearly 4 million by the Civil War.

    The history is a tragic and painful one, but also a history of triumph over adversity.  For nearly 250 years after Point Comfort, most African Americans were held in slavery and even free blacks were not accorded basic legal rights of citizenship.  For the next 100 years, from the end of the Civil War to the passage of major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, free African Americans were burdened by second-class citizenship in voting, housing, employment, education, access to public accommodations and other basic areas of life.  It has only been in the last 50 years that African Americans have enjoyed full legal equality as American citizens, though huge social disparities exist to this day.

    Despite this tragic history, the contributions of Africans and African Americans to who we are as a nation are remarkable.  Every dimension of American life—business, academics, law, military, spirituality, culture, diplomacy, government, medicine, social justice, innovation—has been profoundly influenced by countless generations of African Americans.  And it is important that we tell that story – in all its pain and triumph—as we approach 2019.

    When I served as Governor of Virginia, we held a major commemoration of 400 years of the English roots of America, recognizing the founding of the Jamestown Colony in 1607.   Congress passed a resolution establishing a federal commission to assist in events and educational materials appropriate to that important anniversary.  And last year, as Honorary Chair of the U.S./Spain Council, I participated in events commemorating 450 years of the Hispanic roots of America, recognizing the foundation of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565.  Again, Congress passed a resolution to establish a federal commission to assist in events and educational materials appropriate to that important anniversary.

    In February, I introduced the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, S. 2548.  This legislation would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to recognize this historic moment.  A companion measure was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby Scott.  The bill has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.  The House measure is supported overwhelmingly by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. G. K. Butterfield and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.  The bill also received support from the National NAACP, the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights and the National Urban League.

    Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our English roots matter.  Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our Hispanic roots matter.  I have introduced this bill in the belief that Congress should also affirm through the creation of a federal commission that our African roots matter.

    I urge the committee to consider this legislation swiftly so it can be brought before the full Senate.  The year 2019 is fast approaching, and this legislation needs to be enacted into law this year.

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  30. The Good News about Shoulder, Knee and Hip Joints

    Community Out-Reach Education

    Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD

    South Hill – Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases or injuries.  Arthritis or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away.  This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.  When something goes wrong with the shoulder, hip and knee joints, what are the options for treatment?  Can joint injections help?  What can joint protection exercise/therapy do for you?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend June’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center to learn more about shoulder, knee and hip joints.

    This FREE program will be on Thursday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center is located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

    Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD will be the speaker for the program.  Patti received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Athletics from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.  She holds an oncology certification, complete complex decongestive therapy certification in lymph drainage and has pediatric specialty.  She is McKenzie trained in treatment of spine therapy, has manual skills training in therapy, orthopedic training and is a certified licensed athletic trainer. 

    Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.


  31. McEachin and Wade Will Face Off in November

    The polls have closed, the votes have been counted and the race for the Fourth Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives is on.  Henrico Senator A. Donald McEachin won the Democratic nomination with 11,837 votes to Dr. Ella Ward's 3,981.

    Dr. Ward ran against J. Randy Forbes for the seat in 2012 and earned 43% of the vote.  She declined to run in 2014.

    In the Republican Primary, Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade won the nomination with 4,988 votes over Jackee Gonzales' 2785.

    Incumbent Congressman J. Randy Forbes decided not to run in the Fourth District after the Courts found that the Third Congressional District had been illegally Gerrymandered based on race and redrew the boundaries of that district when the General Assembly refused to abide by their decision.During the redistricting process at the beginning of the decade, former Governor Bob McDonnell had a plan for redistricting that was fair and balanced, but the General Assembly rejected that plan.  When voters in the Third District sued and won, the General Assembly continued to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars defending their illegal Gerrymandering in court.  After the General Assembly conceded defeat and the boundaries were redrawn, several members of Virginia's Legislative Delegation (including Forbes) appealed the case to the Supreme Court of the United States; the court found that they had no standing to bring the appeal.  The Gerrymandering in the Third District made all of the surrounding Congressional Districts easier for Republicans to win.

    Forbes decided to run in Virginia's Second Congressional District and lost his Primary bid to Delegate Scott Taylor.  Taylor made Forbes' carpetbagging an issue in the campaign, going so far as to call Forbes a "coward."

    Taylor said "Once the fighting got a little bit tough, he's running to save his own butt," during the campaign.

    Given the results of the Primary in the Second District, J. Randy Forbes, who sponsored no meaningful legislation in his 15 year career in the House, will not return to Congress.  With the boundaries of the Fourth District redrawn to more closely represent the demographics of the area, it is highly likely that State Senator McEachin will win the General Election in November.

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  32. INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

    Scheduled lane closures to start next week

    EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-lane closures. 

    The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

    During construction there will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.asp

    Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

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  33. Edward Thomas Lee, Sr.

    Edward Thomas Lee, Sr., 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016. A Greensville County native, he was a member of Grace Community Fellowship Church. He was an innovative lifelong farmer having won numerous awards over the years for the crops he raised. Mr. Lee is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Barbara C. Lee; two sons, Edward Thomas Lee, Jr. of Miami, FL and David Bryan Lee of Emporia; two granddaughters who were the apple of his eye, Kacy Elizabeth Lee and Sienna Grace Lee; his sister, Barbara Drake and husband, Carroll of Boykins and brother, Southgate Lee, Jr. and wife, Rose of Drewryville. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombemt will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or to Grace Community Fellowship, 8014 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  34. Donnie Fuller

    May 26, 1948 - June 09, 2016

    Visitation: Saturday, June 11, 6-8 pm. Service: Sunday, June 13, 2 pm

    Donnie Fuller, 68, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Fuller and a brother, Larry Fuller. He is survived by his wife, Judy Fuller; son, Jimmy Pair, Jr. and wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Pair, Allison Pair, Christina Martin and husband William, who are expecting his unborn great-grandson, Brayden Martin; his mother, Elizabeth Fuller; sister, Vicky Hall and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  35. 2 Democrats, 2 Republicans vie to Replace J. Randy Forbes in Today's Primary

    For many years the Fourth District of Virginia was served by a Democrat in the House of Representatives. This representation reflected the political views of the district.  All of that changed after a Republican won the seat, in a special election, after the death of Norman Sisisky

    After the 2010 Census the Virginia General Assembly redrew the lines for Virginia Congressional Districts.  The Cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, and portions of the City of Richmond were moved to the Third Congressional District.  Many people saw this as an attempt to dilute the Democratic vote, making the Fourth a safer place for the Republican Incumbent.  After a battle in Court, it was determined that the new lines for the Fourth Congressional District were Gerrymandered and that the voice of Blacks in Virginia had been diluted.  By creating a "majority-minority" district, the General Assembly had lessened the impact of the Black Vote.

    The General Assembly was ordered by the Federal Appeals Court to redraw the lines.  When they appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court declined to hear the case.  The General Assembly also ignored the order of the lower court to redraw the boundaries of the District, so the Court appointed a Special Master to do the job.

    Several members of the Virginia Legislative Delegation again appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, but were found to have no standing to bring an appeal.

    With the lines redrawn to resemble the 2003 boundaries, making the District more favorable to Democrats, J. Randy Forbes decided not to run in the Fourth.  Forbes has, instead, decided to run in Virginia's Second Congressional District.

    There are two Democrats and two Republicans running for the nomination in Tuesday's Primary Election.  Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm. Proper ID is needed and you will be required to state the party primary you wish to vote in.  The Democratic Primary and the Republican Primary are two separate Elections and voters are only allowed to vote in one Primary Election. When you are asked by the Election Officials which party, it is simply so that they know which ballot to give you and not a declaration of Party Affiliation. Voters may still request Absentee Ballots, in person, until 5 pm on Saturday, June 11.

    If you have any questions about the upcoming Primary Election, please contact the General Registrar. The General Registrar for the City of Emporia is Ashley K. Wall, City of Emporia Municipal Building, 201 South Main Street, (434)634-9533, awall@ci.emporia.va.us. The General Registrar for Greensville County is Dorothy Kea, Greensville County Government Building, 1781 Greensville County Circle, (434)348-4228, dkea@greensvillecountyva.gov

    Below are the Biographies from the websites of each of the Democratic candidates:


    State Senator Donald McEachin (https://mceachinforcongress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/A-Donald-McEachin-299511650083944/info/?tab=page_info)

    “I’m running for Congress because I’ve had enough of the backward agendas and hateful language in Washington. I have spent my career fighting for the underdog — both in my law practice and in the General Assembly — and I want to build on that work in our capital. I’ll fight every day for equal rights, economic justice, and a strong safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. I’ll be a champion for progressive priorities, and I will always put Virginians first. I would be honored to have your support.”

    Senator McEachin was first elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2007 when he won an overwhelming victory to the Virginia State Senate. The 9th district includes Charles City County and parts of Hanover County, Henrico County and the City of Richmond.

    Donald McEachin is a graduate of American University, the University Of Virginia School Of Law (juris doctor), and Virginia Union University (M. Div.). After practicing with Browder, Russell, Morris and Butcher and Morris and Morris in Richmond, he opened a law firm with the Gee brothers, McEachin and Gee. In 2001 Donald went out on his own, founding the McEachin Law Firm on Broad Street in Richmond before rejoining with his partner, Donald Gee, in 2006. The McEachin Gee Law Firm has successfully helped many Virginians to get the resources they need after accidents or injury. Donald has always stood up for working Virginians, families and children in need.

    Donald and his lovely wife Colette are the parents of three wonderful daughters.  They live in Henrico County.  Colette is also an attorney with extensive experience, presently working in the Richmond City Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

    Senator McEachin is the only candidate with ties to our local community.  His law firm, McEachin and Gee, has an office in Emporia.

    Chesapeake City Council Member Dr. Ella Ward (http://www.ellawardforcongress.com/about/)

    Councilwoman Dr. Ella Ward is running for United States Congress in the 4th District for the June 14th Democratic Primary, and she is serving her 3rd term on Chesapeake City Council after having served 6 years on the Chesapeake School Board. She was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a 4-year term on the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University in 2014, and she served 8 years on the Virginia Board of Education, 5 years as Vice-President. Dr. Ward served Portsmouth Public Schools as a teacher and administrator for 35 years before retiring in 2004. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, a member of the Hampton Roads Transportation Organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, National Council of Negro Women, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Norfolk State University Alumni Association, Chesapeake NAACP, Chesapeake Rotary Club, Chesapeake Sports Club, South Norfolk Women’s Club, Chesapeake Democratic Women, Chesapeake Democratic Committee, and many others. She has won numerous awards including the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award, ODU, Norfolk State University, and East Suffolk High School Outstanding Alumnus Award, just to name a few.

    She has been happily married to her husband Herman for 51 years, and they have one son, Retired NAVY Commander and NSU Asst. Director of Facilities, Tory Ward. She is an active member of The Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.

    Education: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and Ed. D., Virginia Tech; MS Secondary Education, Old Dominion University; BA in English and MA in Mass Communications, Norfolk State University.

    Below are the Biographies from the websites of each of the Republican candidates:


    Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade (http://www.sheriffmikewade.com/About)

    Henrico County Sheriff Michael L. Wade, a Richmond, Virginia native, commands one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with over 389 sworn and civilian staff, 33 part-time courthouse deputies, 76 part-time student deputies, and 3 part-time highschool student data entry assistants.

    Sheriff Wade was elected on November 2, 1999. He is married to JoAnn Wade and they have one daughter, one grandson, and two granddaughters.

    Michael Wade is a career law enforcement officer, with 41 years of service. He served for twenty-two years as a member of the Henrico Division of Police before being elected Sheriff. Joining the Division of Police in 1977, Wade began his career as a uniformed police officer.

    During his career as a police officer, Wade was an investigator focusing on crimes against property. He later served in the Criminal Intelligence Section and later, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Investigator Liaison.

    When elected Sheriff, Wade left the Division of Police as a Command Sergeant serving as the Supervisor of the School Resource and D.A.R.E. officers for Henrico County Public Schools.

    Education: Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–B.S. Administration of Justice, 1986; Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–M.S. Rehab Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Education and Rehabilitation Program, 1990.

    Jackee Gonzales (http://www.jackee4congress.com/about_jackee)

    Even in her childhood, Jackee Gonzalez knew that she was born to serve. Her experience growing up in Kenya gave her a strong respect for the rule of law and justice for all, which now fuels her passion for public service.

    Jackee was born and raised in Kenya, where she graduated from Kenyatta University in Nairobi with a degree in Environmental Planning and Management. After college, she began working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as an environmental officer in the German Technical Cooperation at the Kakuma camp.

    A few years later, Jackee came to the United States where she met her husband Manuel in Ashland, VA; they were married in 2003. Together, they settled in the Richmond area and have been blessed with two beautiful girls, Zoe and Chloe, now 11 and 9.

    Starting life all over in a foreign country was not easy, but Jackee is a fighter and is always ready for a challenge. As a new immigrant, she began working in retail before entering the banking industry. Her work at a local bank gave Jackee hands on leadership experience after her work at Bank of America where she quickly rose to the top of her department as a producer.

    Giving their children a strong foundation in life is important to Jackee and Manuel so, for a season, Jackee opted to stay home raising their children. Meanwhile, getting clever with schedules allowed her to take a nursing class that gave her the chance to work with homebound patients. A teacher at heart, Jackee's desire to play an active role in the local education system led her to become a substitute teacher for Nottoway schools. This first-hand experience with the local community in the healthcare industry and the education system, allowed Jackee the chance to see the major problems in both sectors and has given her the expertise to craft creative, common-sense solutions to our nation's problems in these fields.

    A naturalized citizen with a dedication to strong conservative values and a passion for serving her community, Jackee began to work with Randy Forbes' 2012 Congressional Campaign, serving as his Community Outreach Coordinator. This work inspired Jackee to move to the Family Foundation, where she served as their Grassroots Coordinator during which time she founded and led various outreach and prayer programs while working with the community. 

    Jackee is always able to find common-ground with each person she meets. Her strong involvement in her community and her church allows her to meet people from all different backgrounds. She also speaks 5 languages which allows her to communicate with Americans and people from many different cultures.

    Both Senator McEachin and Dr. Ward have visited Emporia-Greensville.  If the Republican candidates have visited our area, Emporia News was not notified.

    For more information on the local committees of the Democratic and Republican Parties, please visit their Facebook pages:

    Emporia-Greensville Democratic Party: https://www.facebook.com/eandgdemocrats/

    Emporia Greensville Republican Party: https://www.facebook.com/empgrgop/

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  36. BB&T Emporia Branch Shines Light on Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Through Its Lighthouse Project

    Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.

     This partnership is based on BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” a company-wide community service program.  BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it’s a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.

    This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people

    The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS’s residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand.  They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.

    Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.

    JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

  37. Cupcakes and Calculus

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    What do cupcakes and calculus have in common? Students at Southside Virginia Community College are learning about both through the wide variety of camps and classes available this summer.

    Calculus is just one of many opportunities for students who are continuing their studies, working toward certifications, associates degrees, or entry into a four-year institution. In addition to Mathematics, the college’s summer schedule features offerings in many other diverse areas from Accounting to Welding (too bad we don’t offer zoology).

    Some other summertime opportunities feature enrichment activities intended to foster excitement and curiosity in younger learners. That’s where the cupcakes come in. Through a fun and tasty activity, SVCC’s Kids Camp Cupcake Wars provided sessions for children to learn about cake decorating techniques and designs.

    The Cupcake Wars launched a series of Kids Camp activities available from SVCC. Other Kids Camp activities on slate for June and July include “Commotion in the Ocean,” a storytelling and painting activity, “SNAP! I’m an Engineer,” through which young people experiment with resistors, capacitors, LEDs, and other electronic equipment, and “Lego Robotics,” an activity that enables students to use creativity and problem-solving skills as they design, build, and program Lego Mindstorm Robots.

    SVCC also partners with Dream It Do It, an initiative formed to introduce students to advanced manufacturing and engineering technologies. One of this summer’s Dream It Do It camps will provide students who are registered for services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) an opportunity to receive hands-on experiences with 3D modeling and printing. Another will focus on robots and drones. During its five days, students will learn to create and program a robot and how to fly a drone and capture video. In addition to providing first-hand experience with cutting edge technologies, these activities will help students improve their computer skills, participate in brainstorming and decision-making processes, and learn to work in teams.

    Summertime is also a great time to think about career advancement. Some SVCC students will take a preparation class prior to receiving a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), a portable credential designed to provide evidence that an individual is ready for work with respect to fundamental standards. Plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters will be taking continuing education classes for tradesmen. Additionally, for people who need CPR and First Aid training, SVCC offers one-day courses at several locations.

    With these and other activities, SVCC is doing its part to help young people and students of all ages maintain active and engaged minds throughout the summer months. If you’re interested in knowing more about SVCC’s numerous seated and online classes, please visit the college’s website, www.southside.edu.

    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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  38. 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival Highlights

    The 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival was Wednesday, June 8.  This year, like last, charitable organizations from the region were expected to cook 20 TONS of Pork.  Like all previous years, with all of the walking from booth to booth even the deserts were guilt free.  New to the festival this year were Fried Green Tomatoes; the trial run for this new addition were prepared by the Richmond 4-H in the Hush Puppy Booth (Lisa Council is shown in the slideshow finishing up a batch). 

    In addition to pork prepared nearly every imaginable way, there was plenty of Sweet Tea, Soda, Beer, Craft Brews and Hard Cider to wash it all down with. For those that needed a break from the pork (yes, there might have been one or two) there was Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Black Eyed Peas with Stewed Tomatoes, Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Pudding.



    Kaine amendments include measure to revise and sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force & ISIL-specific authorization

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, introduced two amendments to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) focused on the war against ISIL. The first measure, encourages a revision of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of September 11, 2001 by sunsetting the 2001 AUMF two years after the new Administration takes office, and requiring the new Administration to propose legislation to modify or repeal it.  The second is a reintroduction of the bipartisan, ISIL-specific authorization Kaine introduced with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) last year. A companion version of the Kaine-Flake AUMF was also introduced in the House of Representatives last December.

    “Nearly two years into an executive war against ISIL, the unwillingness of this Congress to authorize the war not only shows a lack of resolve, it sets a dangerous precedent,” said Kaine. “It’s not hard to imagine a future president using this inaction to justify the hasty and unpredictable initiation of military action against new enemies on new fronts without the permission of Congress. Short of passing an ISIL-specific authorization this year, it’s my hope that we can revise the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force – a broad, open-ended measure passed just days after September 11, 2001 – to better tailor the U.S. fight against terrorism and non-state actors globally, as well as clarify our mission for the American people and those servicemembers we are asking to risk their lives.”

    Key provisions of the Kaine amendment to revise the 2001 AUMF:

    1) Requires the President to submit to Congress proposed legislation that refines, modifies, or repeals the 2001 AUMF by September 20, 2017;

    2) Provides for certain expedited Congressional procedures to quickly begin debate on such legislation;

    3) Necessitates that a new Administration detail to Congress its comprehensive strategy to protect Americans from Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL, and other transnational terrorist organizations that threaten the U.S. national security and specify the military actions that are being taken to address this threat including the specific entities and geographic location of operations;

    4) Requires greater transparency of the military actions the U.S. is currently conducting in foreign countries, including the list of organizations, persons, or forces being targeted and the legal justification being relied upon for such action;

    5) Repeals the 2001 AUMF on January 1, 2019. 

    The Kaine-Flake amendment would authorize the use of the U.S. Armed Forces against ISIL based on the following key provisions:

    1) A narrow purpose to protect the lives of U.S. citizens and to provide military support to regional partners in their battle to defeat ISIL.  The amendment also specifies that the use of significant U.S. ground troops in combat against ISIL, except to protect lives of U.S. citizens from imminent threat, is not consistent with such purpose;

    2) A sunset after three years unless reauthorized;

    3) A repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force;

    4) A clause to make this authorization the sole statutory authority for U.S. military action against ISIL (rather than the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force).

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  40. Greensville County High School CNAs

    Greensville High School CNA students who received recognition for completing the course are 

    Front Row (left to right): Instructor-Mozelle Rose, Tori Ferguson, Mikayla Harrison, Nicole Allen, Khadysia Davis, Clinical Instructor- Gloria Wilkins, Crystal Powell.  Back Row: Principal- Michelle Burton, Samantha Powell, Anaja Cameron, LaMoni Lee, McKaley Boney, Brooklyn Simmons


  41. Regional Health Benefits Summit Coming to Alberta

    The Brunswick Health Ambassadors (BHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Regional Veterans & Community Health and Benefits Summit on July 9, 2016 at Southside Virginia Community College, Workforce Development Center in Alberta, Virginia.  The Summit will commence at 8:30 a.m. beginning with registration followed by opening ceremonies at 10:00 a.m.

    The purpose of the Regional Veterans & Community Health and Benefits Summit is to provide Veterans and the community with available resources.   In addition to Veteran services, there will be community focused vendors as well.  There are planned activities for the children as well as entertainment by various groups for your enjoyment as you take in the array of vendors.

    The Summit is a free event for the public and attendees will be provided a free floating lunch.



     RICHMOND, Va. – Those working alongside Virginia’s highways this summer are hoping two new campaigns will help remind motorists to think “move over” when they see blue, red and yellow flashing lights alongside the road. New billboards and a public service announcement (PSA) targeted in the Hampton Roads and Metro-Richmond regions, respectively, coincide with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2014 designation of June as Virginia’s “Move Over Awareness Month.” Nationwide the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports 134 law enforcement personnel, between 2005 and 2014, were struck and killed by a vehicle while on-duty.  As of June 5, 2016, the NLEOMFreports 14 law enforcement officers have been killed in traffic-related incidents this year.

    Monday morning (June 6, 2016), Virginia State Police Superintendent, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, joined the City of Hampton Fire and Rescue, City of Hampton Police, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), AAA Tidewater and GB Towing and Auto Repair to unveil the new “Move Over” billboard campaign. During the entire month of June, the ads will rotate among Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards along I-64, I-264, I-664 and U.S. Route 58 and reach more than half-a-million motorists living, working, visiting and traveling through the Hampton Roads region.

    Beginning June 3, 2016, through the end of the month, members of Hanover County Fire and EMS, Henrico County Police, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, New Kent County Fire and EMS, VDOT, Virginia State Police and AAA Mid-Atlantic will be sharing the silver screen in theatres across the Metro-Richmond region to also increase awareness of Virginia’s “Move Over” law. The 30-second special public service announcement(PSA) is running in the pre-show before each feature presentation in the following theaters: The Bow Tie Movieland at Boulevard Square (Richmond), Carmike Ovation (Midlothian), Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 (Henrico), Regal Southpark Mall 16 (Colonial Heights), and Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20 (Glen Allen).

    “The safety of Virginia’s emergency responders, safety services patrollers, highway maintenance crews and wrecker drivers depends on the actions of every motorist traveling on our highways,” said Colonel Flaherty. “All we ask is for drivers to avoid distractions, be alert and move over as you pass us and our flashing lights on the side of the road.”

    Virginia’s Move Over law, established in 2002, requires drivers to either move over a lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass all emergency personnel with blue and red flashing lights – law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue - stopped on the side of a road. In 2010, the state law was expanded to include tow truck drivers and highway workers who display yellow or amber flashing lights on their vehicles.

    The PSA was produced by the Virginia State Police in partnership with VDOT. Both English and Spanish versions of the PSA are available for download on VSP’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzxbBouaBM0.

    Funding for the Move Over billboard and movie theater PSA campaigns is provided through a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are awarding $736,284 to Virginia housing authorities and local VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) to help homeless veterans find affordable and stable housing.

    “We owe our veterans the best-quality care and support in their communities and we are pleased to see governments at all levels working together to address it,” the Senators said. ”Today’s federal funding will help Virginia’s heroes access safe and affordable housing.”

    The following VAMCs will receive funding:

    • Hampton VA Medical Center andNorfolk-VA Beach Community-Based Outpatient Clinic will receive $410,244;
    • Washington, DC VA Medical Center(Fairfax & Prince William Counties) will receive $194,256;
    • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Centerin Richmond will receive $98,280 and;
    • Salem VA Medical Centerwill receive $33,504.

    HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) provides critical housing and services to veterans experiencing homelessness. This effort also includes HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs, as well as VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs. More information on today’s announcement can be found here.

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  44. 43rd Annual Pork Festival Wednesday

    The 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival is just around the corner. The annual event 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.

    At the last meeting all of the plans were finalized.  This year the Main Gate will be around the corner from the previous location.  The new Main Gate will be on the east side of the Cook Shed, away from the tour bus unloading area.  Another change for this year is what is allowed in.  This year only chairs or blankets will be allowed inside the Festival.  No coolers, boxes or trays will be allowed, neither will umbrellas.

    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.

    In addition to the 30 different pork dishes and sides, this year will see the introduction of Fried Green Tomatoes prepared by the Richmond 4-H.  Another new addition at this year's Festival is a Beer Garden with acoustic music. 

    During the course of the last year, there have also been improvements to the Festival grounds.  There are even some new booths, thanks to Toll Brothers.

    During last week's dinner the groups that make the Virginia Pork Festival were recognized.

    Celebrating more than 40 years involvement with the Virginia Pork Festival are the Greensville Ruritan Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan Club and Pect Distributing.  The Carson Ruritan Club has been involved for more than 30 years.  Groups involved for more than 25 years were Boar's Head Provisions, Newsome Ruritan Club, Courthouse Hunt Club and the Hospice Support Group.  The Coalition for Delaying Parenthood in Youth has been involved for more than 20 years.  Greensville-Emporia 4-H, the Black Pot Group, Richmond 4-H, the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society and Airfield 4-H Center have all been with the Festival for 10 years or less. (Editor's Note:  The groups involved were recognized during dinner in a room with no microphone.  Any errors or omissions are unintentional.)

    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.

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  45. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces February, March and April Employees of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the February, March and April 2016 Employees of the Month: Lynn Jones, RN, Wendy Keener, RN, and Krystal Murrell, RN. These employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior. As Employees of the Month, they each received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with co-workers and a cash prize.


    Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Communication, February’s Employee of the Month, Lynn Jones, RN, works in SVRMC’s Emergency Department. Ms. Jones’ nomination included the following statement: “Lynn is the poster child for customer service. She rounds on patients in the ED and in the waiting room with a smile and an open heart. She keeps the communication lines open to alleviate the burden of the unknown for the patients and families.”


    Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Customer Waiting, March’s Employee of the Month, Wendy Keener, RN, works in SVRMC’s Oncology Services Department. Ms. Keener’s nomination included the following statement: “Wendy realizes that our patients’ time is very valuable.  She also understands that most of our patients have caregivers bringing them to their appointments with us, and Wendy knows that it is crucial to keep them informed of the patient’s care and timeline with procedures. She is flexible with appointment times when possible and very accommodating to all.”  


    Nominated as an All-Star, April’s Employee of the Month, Krystal Murrell, RN, works in SVRMC’s Intensive Care Unit. Ms. Murrell’s nomination included the following statement:  “Krystal conducts herself in a professional manner at all times. No matter how overwhelmed she may be, you will never know it because she remains calm. Krystal continually displays a positive, caring attitude. She provides great care for her patients and is very supportive to her co-workers. Krystal loves what she does, and it shows in the quality of care she provides.”

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  46. Card of Thanks From the Johnson Family

    The family of Cynthia Lynn Johnson would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us during this very  difficult time.  We thank you for the phone calls, the cards, the memorial contributions, the food, the visits, but most of all, the prayers.

    Cyndi willl be greatly missed by her family and friends, but she will live on in the hearts of those that love her forever.

    With sincere thanks again,

    The Johnson Family


  47. New Audiologist Joins VCU Health CMH

    South Hill – Lynnette R. Reville recently joined the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital team as an audiologist at CMH Ear, Nose & Throat.

    Lynnette comes to VCU Health CMH with more than 28 years of experience with her most recent employment as an Audiologist at Hear U.S.A in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  She has also been employed by multiple ENT facilities and worked with many doctors, including Dr. Jay Patel and Dr. Belinda Dickenson, located in Florida.  In her previous experience she served patients by administering hearing tests, instructing techniques to improve hearing and recommending assistive devices according to their needs.

    Lynnette received a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Central Florida. She received her certification from the American Speech/ Language Hearing Association in August of 1988.

    Lynnette is accepting new patients and referrals at CMH Ear, Nose, & Throat located at 416 Bracey Lane in South Hill. To schedule a hearing test or to receive hearing aid assistance, call (434) 447-3070.


  48. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

    W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Jessica Jones, LPN at CMH Surgical Services, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for April.  There to congratulate Jessica was Shirley Craft, Practice Administrator, and Brenda Palmore, Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs and Practice Management.

    Jessica has been employed at VCU Health CMH for a year and a half.  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, “Jessica consistently goes above and beyond her job duties.  We have a patient with severe foot problems and the patient does not have shoes to wear.  Jessica took it upon herself to buy this patient a pair of shoes.  This is typical of how caring and compassionate Jessica is.  She is truly a blessing to our office and patients.”  “I have been in several situations where I needed assistance with a task or an extra set of hands; Jessica appeared with a smile on her face ready to help.  She is a true team player!”

    In addition to the award certificate, Jessica 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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