July 2016

  1. SVCC Truck Driving School Offers Opportunities;

    Classes Beginning Soon

    “If you have a dream, go for it.  There is no I can’t because you can,” said Penny Flippo who recently completed her dream of becoming a truck driver after attending the Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training Program.

    It was on the advice of her cousin, also a tractor-trailer driver, which led Flippo to the SVCC Program.  She knew of the high demand and vacancies for truck drivers in Virginia and saw an opportunity. She took a chance and left her retail job in 2014 to complete Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training at SVCC

    Truck Driver Training classes will be held in Blackstone beginning September 12 through October 20 and also November 7 through December 15.  In South Boston, the classes will be held September 19 through October 27 and November 14 through December 22. 

    Under the new Workforce Credentials Grant Program in Virginia,  two-thirds of the class is funded by an outside source and the student may be eligible for WIOA funds and scholarships to cover the other portion of the tuition. 

    For more information about the program, contact Susan Early at 434 292 3101.

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  2. Governor McAuliffe Announces Workforce Grant Program

    Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

    The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college training programsat Virginia’s Community Colleges geared toward providing workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost.

    “This program establishes a first-in-the-nation performance funding formula to create and sustain a supply of credentialed workers who meet the needs identified by our business leaders,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This week’s launch is the culmination of many months of hard work by public and private sector partners, all of us working together to ensure that Virginia has a 21st century workforce with the skills and experience to compete in today’s global economy.”

    Virginia’s Community Colleges consulted with Virginia businesses to develop the list of eligible credentials that can provide access to a wide variety of high-demand jobs, such as certified welder, electrician, medical records tech, computer network specialist, pharmacy tech, digital security specialist, emergency medical tech, industrial machinery mechanic, dental assistant, and commercial truck driver.  The Virginia Board of Workforce Development identified more than 170 in-demand jobs aligned with the Commonwealth’s economic development targets for which Virginians can prepare through the new workforce program.  

    These are jobs that require specific skills, but not necessarily a traditional college degree. Community Colleges are making it even easier to earn workforce credentials by developing new programs and adding classes and locations for increased convenience.

    “To create the skilled workforce the Commonwealth needs now and in the future, we need more options for training and credentialing that work for Virginians of all ages and life circumstances,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “With the New Economy Workforce Credentials program, for the first time, we have new options for workforce training and development that promptly get trainees into the skilled labor force.”

    Research indicates that these workforce credentials are in high demand across Virginia and will be for the foreseeable future. The company Burning Glass produced a recent report indicating that there were more than 175,000 job vacancies for so-called middle-skill occupations last year in Virginia – the types of jobs that typically require some type of credential. The jobs paid more than $28 per hour (or more than $58,500 per year). According to the research, the jobs went unfilled for an average period of 26 days, which is longer than the national average. As a result, Virginia businesses lost 36.4 million hours of productivity. Virginia families lost more than $1 billion in potential wages, and Virginia’s General Fund lost more than $54.3 million in revenue.

    Other studies predict that Virginia will have to fill more than 1.4 million jobs over the next decade. As many as two-thirds of those positions will require postsecondary level workforce credentials.

    “The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program will be a game changer for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “The in-depth research that has gone into establishing this innovative program will help us to increase access and success in higher education, especially for some of our most underserved populations.”

    Students enrolling in one of the workforce credential training programs covered by the new grants will pay only one-third of the normal cost. Program costs vary widely, depending on the length and complexity of the training. For a list of programs covered by the grants, visit this link on the VCCS website.

    The maximum value of each grant is $3,000. For example, a student who enrolls in and successfully completes a grant-eligible program that normally costs $4,500 will now pay $1,500, and the grant covers $3,000 of the cost. Additional financial aid can offset that cost even further. More information is available at the workforce development offices of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

    Governor McAuliffe won bipartisan support this year among Virginia lawmakers for funding to enable approximately 10,000 Virginians to receive Workforce Credentials Grants for training costs over the next two years. This unique performance-based funding model is the first in the nation. Further, it represents the first significant public funding for workforce training programs in the 50-year history of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

    “These workforce credentials increasingly represent the American Dream in the 21st century,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Individuals earn these credentials in weeks and months, not semesters and years. Those students are often quickly employed by businesses hungry for their skills. And they accomplish all that without piling on a decade’s worth of student debt.”

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

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  3. Learn About Hop Production at VSU

    Beginning and established hop growers and others interested in growing and supplying hops and other brewing ingredients for the craft beer industry should attend a hop workshop scheduled Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Virginia State University¹s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Participants will learn about the needs of craft brewers, hop production in the commonwealth, hop research on varieties at VSU, and take a tour of VSU¹s hop yard. This educational workshop, free and open to the public, is limited to the first 150 registrants.  Register online at www.ext.vsu.edu.

    Anyone with a disability who desires assistive devices or other accommodations to participate, please contact VSU¹s Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804)524-5626 (800) 828-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.to discuss arrangements five days before the event.

    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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  4. “Heading Off to Nashville”

    Yes I’m heading off to Nashville
    Or somewhere close to there
    You see I’ve now my own guitar
    A birthday present beyond compare.
    It shines so bright it hurts the eyes
    Unless you’ve foster grant to shade
    Yes and to the “Reunion Band” I have no choice
    That my special thanks be made.
    They are my favorite leave no doubt
    And I’m only part of a long list
    Now if you’ve bit seen them perform
    Then you don’t know what you’ve missed.
    Yes they sing with special clarity
    And when they play don’t miss a beat
    I can enjoy them hour after hour
    With a soda in my lawn chair seat.
    The whole group is very friendly
    And they’ll take the time for you
    Now if you have a special request
    They’ll try to do that too.
    Well they made my birthday quite special
    And a lot of extra work it did make
    Yet do to the fire chiefs warning
    They couldn’t lite the candles on my birthday cake!
    -Roy E. Schepp

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  5. Kids Kab Kommunity Kickback Planned

    Southampton County.  On August 27 from 1 -7 pm the Kids Kab community organization will host a free Kommunity Kickback event at the Boykins Community Park in Boykins, VA.

    The purpose of the Kommunity Kickback Is to provide activities for children and families in a positive atmosphere, raise awareness about Kids Kab services and programming and raise money for the organization through donations. The Kickback will encourage physical activity with a 3-Point Shootout, Around the World Shooting Contest, Free-Throw Contest, Tennis Ball Toss, 40-yard dash and will end with a kickball game. Children may also participate in bounce houses provided by Spacewalk of Suffolk. Free concessions will include hot dogs and hamburgers, waters, Gatorades, juice boxes and healthy choice baked chips. At the end of the event each child will receive a bag of school supplies to include pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and more. “It is my goal to keep kids mobile and motivated,” said Charles Cooper, Executive Director, “free school supplies and physical activity are two ways that we can do that.”

    Donations will be accepted at the gate and Kids Kab t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local churches are providing donations of concession items. The organization is accepting school supplies donations as well. More information is available by emailing info@kidskab.org. To learn more about Kids Kab, please visit www.kidskab.org.

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  6. Fermentation 101

    The Emporia Greensville Cooperative Extension recently presented a workshop on fermentation.

    The two part class first met in June to learn about the fermentation process from Eric Bowen, the area Food Safety Agent.  While the process was explained with a decent amount of detail, there was also some hands-on learning involved.

    After the process was explained, the group started to work on Sauerkraut.


    Twenty-five pounds of fresh, local cabbage was shredded and mixed with canning salt.

    After all of the cabbage was shredded and salted, it was packed into a stoneware crock and weighted down.


    The crock was left to sit and let nature do her work for four weeks.

    When the group met again in July, the sauerkraut had completely fermented.  The finished product was tart and slightly sweet. Most of the finished sauerkraut was packed into jars to be kept in the refrigerator, but several jars were hot water processed, making them shelf stable.



  7. Virginia Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

    RICHMOND, VA, July 25, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dr. Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until

    Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

    "The August 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said Dr. Bronaugh.

    "If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to go to your county office right now to submit that nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

    FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with county executive directors.

    To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

    All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2016 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 7 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 5. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

    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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  8. Ready, Set, Go-- to the Library

    The Meherrin Regional Library System invites you to join us for Uncle Henry’s Animals with Class on Thursday, July 28th.  This fun and educational show will feature animals and interesting facts about their habitats.  This program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip is the Monday Morning Movie of the day on Monday, August 1st.  This movie is rated PG and is 92 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Snacks are welcomed.  Children under the age of 10 must be supervised.

    Shows 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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  9. In Miami, Tim Kaine Joins the Democratic Ticket

    At a rally in Miami on Saturday, Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in history. She applauded his lifelong commitment to public service: his work with missionaries in Honduras; as a civil rights lawyer and his leadership as city council member, mayor of Richmond, Governor of Virginia, and U.S. Senator. Throughout his career, he has brought people together to deliver for those he represents. “And that’s why I am so thrilled to announce that my running mate is a man who doesn’t just share those values, he lives them.” Clinton said.

    Kaine agreed with Clinton that we must build an economy for all, not just those at the top and that when Americans stand together we are stronger together. “And I know that because Hillary knows that we’re stronger together; we’re stronger when we work together, when we grow together, when we pull together […] So I could not be any more honored to stand by Hillary’s side in this very important campaign.” Kaine said.


  10. Willie Mae Goodwyn

    Willie Mae Goodwyn was one of six children born to Jimmy and Minnie Hux on October 15, 1936. On Monday, July 18, 2016, she took her last breath at 9:05 a.m. and decided to walk amongst the angels.

    Until the death of her late husband, Roman Goodwyn, Jr., she lived in Jarratt, Virginia where she was a member of Hassidiah Baptist Church.  She subsequently relocated to be with family and was a devoted worshiper at Prospect Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN and, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA, where she lived with her son Beverly Goodwyn (Earlene) and her daughter Lynda Goodwyn.

    Willie Mae was a strong woman; maybe not physically but by way of her tenacity and resilience.  She was called “Mother” by so many and affectionately known as “Ponkie” to just as many. She lived a full life with people around her – family, friends and even strangers – who were encouraged by her story and her spirit.  “I may give out, but I will not give in.” Those were the words she spoke only three days before she passed away. And, that is exactly what she did.  Her heart simply gave out, but Willie Mae did not give in.

    She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Beverly Goodwyn of Atlanta, GA; her daughter Lynda Goodwyn of Alpharetta, GA; her daughter-in-law Earlene Goodwyn of Chattanooga, TN; her grand-daughter Candace Raleigh (Andre) of Cumming, GA; her grandson Lamar Pitmon Jr. (Kyria) of Knoxville, TN; two great-grandchildren, Kyree and Ahmari Pitmon of Knoxville, TN; a loving sister, Gloria Goodwyn of Baltimore, Maryland; a devoted sister-in-law, Ella Goodwyn of Jarratt, VA and an extended and loving community of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.   

    Willie Mae lived a full, prosperous and abundant life and was a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and she stood on His word.  Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She loved her family deeply and her family loved and cared for her with all their heart.

    Funeral Services were conducted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon at the Hassidiah Baptist Church, Jarratt, VA.

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

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  11. Sarah Pearson Seaborne

    The final chapter of God’s Book of Life for our beloved, Mrs. Sarah Pearson Seaborne, age 73, of the Pleasant Shade Community was concluded on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:03 A.M. 

    Sarah P. Seaborne, the sixth child of the late Joe Thomas and Sarah (Kate) Elizabeth Callis Pearson was born on August 13, 1942 in Greensville County. A beautiful soul, a soft spoken voice and gentle spirit, found sweet rest and peace on Monday, July 18, 2016. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. 

    Sarah was trained in a Christian home and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Being obedient to the Church Covenant, when she moved from this place, she was united with Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey where she could carry out the spirit and principles of God’s word. She served under the leadership of two great Pastors: Rev. Joseph Osborne and Rev. Dr. Robert L. Curry. She was a member of the Young Adult Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Usher’s Ministry and New Member’s Ministry. She mastered the biggest adjustment of her life when she relocated back to this area in 1974. She was reinstated in this church shortly after her return and has been an active member of the Executive Ministry, has taught vacation bible school, member of the Willing Workers Ministry, member of the Missionary Ministry and Financial Secretary. 

    Sarah was educated in Greensville County Schools, graduated from Southside Virginia College with an Associate Degree and was listed in Who’s Who Honor Society. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in early childhood education from Saint Paul’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also received certificates for extended studies: Bureau of Education and Research, The Education Training Network, Using Educational Technology and Child Abuse and Neglect offered by Virginia Commonwealth University. 

    Sarah M. Pearson married her childhood sweetheart, John H. Seaborne, Sr. on December 23, 1961 and from this union, two sons were born. 

    Sarah was employed for sixteen years in the accounting area of top firms while living in the city of Hackensack. Sarah found her true calling in 1983 when she began teaching and tutoring young children. She loved teaching and was an advocate for education. In July 2008, she retired from Mecklenburg County Public School System after 25 years of service. Not sure if she was ready to let go completely, she added her name to the substitute list right away. She mastered the art of multitasking. It was customary for her to walk several miles on the treadmill, cycle, clean house, plant flowers, cook meals and squeeze in a few hours of office work. She loved to travel and interact with quality people. The farthest she ever traveled was to Frankfurt, Germany. Her most enjoyable trip was a cruise on the Oasis to Hatti and Mexico with family and friends. She worked, ministered and mentored until an undetected medical problem changed everything. 

    She was a member of the G.R.T.A. (Greensville Retired Teacher’s Association), Virginia Retired Teacher’s Association, National Retired Teacher’s Association, Georgia P. Kelley Temple #863 Daughters of Elk, Fifth District Unity Council, Virginia State Association Daughters of Elk, Past Grand Daughter Ruler Council, Pass State President Council and State Directress of Efforts for Youth. 

    Sarah was preceded in death by three brothers; James, Robert and Wilson Pearson, three sisters; Vinie P. Walker, Grace P. McBeth and Geneva P. McKinnon, and two sister-like nieces; Otelia Pearson McWilliams and Ella Pearson Martin, one sister-like cousin; Evoria Ross Franklin. 

    Sarah leaves those who are grateful to have shared her life and will cherish her memory her husband; John H. Seaborne, Sr., two sons; John Seaborne, Jr. (Amanda) and Jeffrey Seaborne, Sr. (Amanda), three grandsons; Darius K. Seaborne of Richmond, VA, Jeffery Seaborne, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, and Justin Seaborne of Emporia, VA, one great-granddaughter; Kaliya Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one great-grandson; Keair John Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one brother; Eddie Pearson (June) of Richmond, VA, one daughter-like niece; Rev. Joann Pearson Collins (James) of Hackensack, NJ, one devoted niece; Natley McKinnon of Newport News, VA, two God-daughters; Glenda McBeth Burton (William) of Greensboro, NC and Chonita Pearson Hall (Will) of Hackensack, NJ, three step granddaughters; Blondia Curry, Breana Bradley and Patrice Roberts, one step grandson; Tyree Roberts, four step great-grandchildren; Donasia, Donavion, Destiny and Ja’zarion, one lifetime friend; Bernice Pace Jackson of Teaneck, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and associates. 

    Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12 Noon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Freeman, VA.
    Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

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  12. Pleasant Hill Christian Church Revival and Homecoming

    GASBURG ~ Beginning Sunday, July 24, the Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia will hold its Annual Homecoming and Revival services.  The special Homecoming service will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Bible School for all ages followed by a special Homecoming worship service at 10:00 a.m.  Following the worship service on Sunday, food and fellowship will be shared at a luncheon in the PHCC Family Life Center.  Revival services will continue nightly, July 24-28, Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. After the Thursday evening worship service, everyone is invited to gather in the Family Life Center for ice cream and fellowship in conclusion of this special Revival event.

    The Guest Evangelist for these services will be Robert “Bob” Moulden. Bob is a native of Gerrardstown, West Virginia. His family moved to Virginia in 1956 and he graduated from Clarke County High School in Berryville, VA in 1965. He enrolled in Roanoke Bible College, (Now Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, NC), in 1969 and graduated in 1973. While in college Bob traveled and sang with “The Spokesmen Quartet”, conducting numerous youth revivals and crusades. From January 1974 until August 1979 he ministered with the Museville Christian Church near Chatham, VA.  In September 1979 Bob became Minister of Plymouth Church of Christ in Plymouth, NC where he served until his retirement on September 7, 2014. In addition to his ministry in Plymouth, Bob has preached numerous revivals, and been involved in mission work and music ministry. He married the former Denise Modlin of Roper, NC in 1973. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

    You will be enriched and enlightened by Bob’s messages from God’s Word.  There will also be some outstanding special music brought to us each evening by a variety of singers and musicians at 7:00 p.m. prior to the service and also just prior to the messages.

    The ministers, Greg Hand and Rob Tromm, and the members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church cordially invite everyone to attend.  If you have any questions, please call the church office at 434.577.2463.

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  13. Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Katherine Turner

    Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

    The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services.

    It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

    She provides oversight of the case management services for children’s records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities.

    The director works closely with Virginia’s managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children’s services and issues related to funding.

    She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

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  14. 2016 New Student Orientation at SVCC

    New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place on both main campuses of Southside Virginia Community College in August. New students, parents, and mentors are encouraged to attend an NSO closest to them!  Students will learn about SVCC services, tour the campus, complete the enrollment process, and get a Student ID card. A variety of dates and times are offered to make this informative event convenient for our newest SVCC Panthers!

    New Student Orientation Dates Fall 2016:


    August 18th    5:30 PM       John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA    

     August 19th 10:00 AM      Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA

    *Please check in with Student Services when you arrive on campus*

    The New Student Orientation program is hosted by Student Services on each campus of SVCC. For additional information about the New Student Orientation experience please call Le’Tina Giles Student, Activities Coordinator at 434-736-2023. New students may also visit the NSO website at www.southside.edu/orientation.


  15. “Mud In Your Eye"

    Now this is an old expression
    Well known by me an you
    Yes this is what when you get when you don’t inspect
    When the contractor says he’s through.
    Well this has happened many times
    So it’s really nothing new
    The Main Street sidewalk’s a prime example
    Now walked on by few.
    Excitement broke out everywhere
    About paving many city streets
    Yet when finished it’s a sight to see
    Like someone walked on with baseball cleats.
    Where there used to be a ripple
    Sometimes you find another coming through
    Yes and unless the sun will melt the asphalt
    It won’t be level for a week or two.
    Yes another grant that has seemed to fail
    To accomplish what was supposed to be
    You cannot hide the mess-ups here
    For if you open your eyes you’ll see.
    What can we do to prevent this
    Just make the leadership aware
    Yes it’s time to show the constituency
    That for them they really care.
    -Roy E. Schepp

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  16. Mabel Williams Thompson


    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt


    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 am at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

    Interment following the service at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery

    Mabel W. Thompson, 86, widow of Calvin L. Thompson, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy R. Thompson and two brothers, Edward Williams and Billy Williams. She is survived by one son, William “Bug” Thompson and wife, Dianne; five grandchildren, Chris Thompson and wife, Kristine, Scott Thompson and wife, Julie, Stacy Thompson, Becky Parham and husband, Lawrence and Jamie Taylor and husband, Clay; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Heather, Alex, Amber, Carrie, Zach and Colton; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence; daughter-in-law, Linda Thompson; a sister, Maggie Phillips and a brother, John Clifton Williams and wife, Ruth. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  17. Pittman Appointed to CMH Foundation Board of Directors

    SOUTH HILL -- Passion is a valuable commodity. A passion for caring about others might be even more valuable. It is that type of passion that drives Ray Pittman. Mr. Pittman was recently appointed to the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

    “I enjoy working with organizations that make a difference in people’s lives,” the retired CPA and business owner said.  “Becoming involved with the hospital in South Hill will give me another opportunity to do that. Every day CMH contributes to the betterment of the lives of folks throughout Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.”

    “It’s partly selfish really.  I want to know more about health care capabilities where my family spends time,” he said. “Aging has made health care seem more important.  With the affiliation between Community Memorial Hospital and VCU Health, there are medical services and providers available in South Hill that can’t be equaled in many small towns in the country.”  He continued, “Many small towns are seeing hospitals close, but VCU Health CMH is building a state-of-the-art facility that will become the regional hospital for this area.”

    Pittman credits his friends, Bill and Sylvia Solari, with making him aware of CMH.  “My wife and I got interested about five years ago because of Bill and Sylvia’s involvement with the radiation treatment center,” he added.  The Solaris were the lead donors for the Solari Radiation Treatment Center capital campaign at CMH in 2010. Bill Solari is also on the CMH Foundation board.

    Pittman feels that it is important to become informed about VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, so he can help his friends become more informed as well.  “We spend quite a bit of time at Lake Gaston.  We have friends here, and we want to share with them the capabilities of CMH in case they need health care,” he said, “We’ve met some of the doctors at CMH and quite a few of the administrators.  We feel very confident in the quality of care at CMH.”

    Pittman has a long list of community involvement activities including serving on the boards of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, the United Way of Wake County, Wake Education Foundation and Communities in Schools. He has previous hospital foundation experience serving on the board of the Rex Hospital Foundation in Raleigh.  He believes in giving back to the communities he and his family call home. He remarked, “I feel honored to be asked to serve on the CMH Foundation board.  I hope my business experience and time spent working with a variety of nonprofit organizations will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the Foundation.”

    Ray and his wife Carmen split time between their homes at Lake Gaston and Raleigh. They have had their Lake Gaston home since 1984 and now live there full time from late spring to early fall.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.  Before retiring in 2013, Pittman spent 25 years as president of the Pittman Group, Inc., a business acquisition and management company. Before that, he worked as a CPA with the firms of Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte) and Touche Ross & Company {also now Deloitte).

    Pittman and his wife have two children, a daughter, Rebecca, who along with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Emma Grace, lives in Greensboro and a son, Gregory, who lives in Charlotte.

    In 1954 CMH was built by the efforts and generosity of community people. Today that spirit of giving continues with thousands of friends and neighbors supporting their hospital with their financial contributions. Without this support, CMH could not continue to grow and meet the health needs of the community. The Community Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c ) 3 organization that was formed to strengthen this charitable support. The CMH Foundation exists to build continuing support for VCU Health CMH through philanthropy, stewardship, and community education. Its volunteer board of directors and staff oversee the fundraising efforts of the hospital to ensure that its important mission is fulfilled.

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  18. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces May and June Employees of the Month

    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the May and June 2016 Employees of the Month: Ricky Mitchell and Beth Kidd. 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 Privacy, May’s Employee of the Month, Ricky Mitchell, works in SVRMC’s Accounting Department. Mr. Mitchell’s nomination included the following statement: “Ricky is in a position that requires strict confidentiality in all aspects and he is very good at practicing confidentiality/privacy each and every day. His day-to-day tasks require strict attention to detail while maintaining a level of confidentiality regarding contracts as well as the privacy of our patients and staff in accounting matters. Ricky always ensures that documents are placed in folders and envelopes during transport and are never left unattended. He always operates on a “need to know” basis.”


    Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Responsiveness, June’s Employee of the Month, Beth Kidd, works as a phlebotomist in SVRMC’s Laboratory. Ms. Kidd’s nomination included the following statement: “Beth is one of the best examples that we have of responsiveness. She always goes above and beyond to ensure that patients are comfortable and have what they need or want while they are here. If Beth has a request from a patient that she can’t accommodate or isn’t sure of patient restrictions, she does an excellent job in relaying those requests to the nursing staff in order to be responsive to their needs. She is not only responsive to our patients but also to her co-workers. She is willing to jump in and lend a helping hand whenever possible.”

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  19. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for June 2016

    (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Shannon Lambert, CMH Foundation and Pharmacy Connection Manager, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for June.  There to congratulate Shannon was Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development.

    Shannon has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 15 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Besides being an awesome employee who goes above and beyond her job duties, Shannon saved an Auxiliary member from choking during lunch by performing the Heimlich maneuver.  Shannon can be counted on to do whatever it takes to be successful or to help others.  She is outstanding!”

    In addition to the award certificate, Shannon 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.


  20. Take Me Out to the Library

    On Thursday, July 21st join Nutsy the mascot from the Richmond Flying Squirrels for a great program. Nutsy will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

    Monday Morning Movies at the Library on Monday, July 25th will feature Zootopia.  This movie is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Snacks are welcomed.  Children under the age of 10 must be supervised.     

    Show begins 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.



  22. Edward Ray Ogburn

    Edward Ray Ogburn “Red Bug, Ed, Big O, Papa Grumpy”, 75, of Emporia was called home to the Lord July 15, 2016.  He was born March 23, 1941 to Willie E. Ogburn and Lucy (Butler) Ogburn in Emporia, VA.

    Ed Ray served in the Navy, he enjoyed NASCAR (especially #3), football and baseball.  He loved singing country music, shooting pool and an occasional Coors Light.  He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh.

    Preceding him in death were his parents Lucy and Willie, one sister, Nellie Jean, and one brother, Joe.

    He is survived by his long-term, devoted companion Sarah M. Staton, two sons, Willie (Jessica) Ogburn II and Edward (Crystal) Ogburn Jr., daughter-in-law Tammy Ogburn, three grandchildren, Drake, Tristan, and Emily and two brothers, James and John Brantley.

    The family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring personnel at Greensville Manor, Davida Dialysis and Dr. Mike Anderson and staff.

    “Papa Grumpy” will be missed greatly by his family.  We love you, Pop.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  23. Lorenza Easter

    Lorenza Easter was born June 29th, 1935 in Greensville County, Virginia  and passed away in peace on July 9, 2016.  He was the son of the late Jerry and Helen Easter of
    Emporia, Virginia.
    Lorenza confessed Christ at an early age and attended the Greensville County school system.  Lorenza married Alice Mae Robinson in 1955 after they were high school sweethearts. As husband and wife, Lorenza took his young bride and they set out for life in New Jersey.  There, Lorenza joined the Trinity Baptist Church in the 70’s.  While there he served as a landscaper on the Trinity Beautification Ministry and was a faithful Charter Member until retiring and returning back home to Freeman, Virginia where he joined the New Hope RZUA Church.
    Lorenza was a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather that doted on his two grandchildren.

    Lorenza was employed as a facility supervisor at Star Manufacturing Inc., in Little Ferry New Jersey for 44 years.  In addition, he enjoyed being his own boss.  He owned a business called Easter Landscaping for more than 30 years, with clientele throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.  Many of his clients would comment that “Lorenza works as though he has five children to feed.” In reality he had only one daughter,
    Helen Otelia Easter-Wyche that adored him tremendously.

    Lorenza was a quiet sole that leaves to mourn his wife of more than 60 years,
    Alice Mae Easter; his only daughter Helen O. Easter Wyche (Benjamin W.); two beloved grandchildren, Benjamin Loren and Benita Alicea Wyche; two sisters, Zenobia Thomas and Maxine Easter; three brothers-in-law, Paul, Colonel and Richard Robinson; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Dugger, Polly and Shirley Robinson.

    Lorenza leaves behind many who will cherish all the encounters and loving memories to include many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

    Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope RZUA Church in Freeman, VA.

    Interment in The Robinson Family Cemetery, Freeman, VA 

    Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162, www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com 

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  24. Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn

    Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn affectionately known as (Sis) was born  on July 5, 1930 to the late Major Colonel and Lola M. Jolly Walker in Brunswick County.  She departed this life quietly on her birthday July 5, 2016 at the Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

    Veonia was educated in the Brunswick County Public School System.

    At an early age Veonia gave her life to Christ and joined the Piney Grove Baptist Church where she was faithful until her health failed. 

    A quiet and sweet woman, Veonia loved life to the fullest.   Through out her life she was a farmer and a became a child care provider.  She always made sure that her children were loved. The children in the neighborhood even took to her.

    Along with her parents, Veonia was preceded in death by her only brother, Robert Walker.

    Veonia leaves to treasure her memory her children, John Seaborn (Sarah), Robert Seaborn (Mabel), Marion Whyte, James C. Seaborn , Barbara M. Wilson, Ronald Seaborn, Clarence Seaborn (Connie); grandchildren, John Jr., Jeffrey Valarie, Veronica, JaiAnna, Robert, Bobby, Stephanie, Jolanda (Harold), Robby, Michael, Sonora, Markus, Clarence, Jr., Tobias, Clarence R., Terrance & Cedric; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.       

    Funeral services were conducted at  Piney Grove Baptist Church, 6828 Old Stage Road on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Pastor Yvonne Woodson presided over the service and Rev. Kenneth Carter offered the Eulogist.  Interment at the Seaborn Family Cemetery on Brunswick Rd followed the service.

    Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC. 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162.  www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

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  25. John “Eddie” Allen

    John “Eddie” Allen, age 70, of Emporia, lost his battle with lung cancer on Thursday, July 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Richard and Lucy Collins Allen. Eddie, born July 13, 1946, was the youngest of ten children; Alice Moore (deceased); Lois Taylor (deceased); Frank Allen Jr. (deceased); Margaret Watson; Jeannette McArdle; Eleanor Stone (deceased); Joyce Major; Peggy Myrick (deceased); and Martha Harris.

    Eddie was a graduate of Greensville County High School and began his career with the telephone company in the early 1960s. He then decided to pursue a career in construction with Newsome Brothers, Inc. In 1995, he and his wife, Brenda, founded Allen & Allen Contractors, Inc. and operated it until recently when his health began to fail.

    Eddie was a member of the Virginia National Guard from 1965 to 1971, a longtime member of the Gravel Pit Hunt Club, and a member of the Meherrin Bassmasters.

    He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, of 50 years; their son, Brian and his wife, Cheryl; their daughter, Mary Beth Allen Cobb and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Sheree Mitchell Wood, Nicole Allen, and Garrett Cobb; and a great-grandson, Bradley Wood.

    Some of Eddie’s happiest moments were working, hunting, and fishing. In recent years, he especially enjoyed sharing his sportsman skills with his grandson, Garrett.

    Eddie will be remembered for his love of his wife and family; his dry sense of humor, and how he loved to pick on people he liked.

    A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452.


  26. Isaiah Stephens Qualifies for Nationals


    Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the USA Track & Field Region 3 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Landover, MD on July 7-10, 2016.  He qualified for Nationals in the discus with a gold medal, javelin with a silver medal and shot put, he earned 4th place.  USATF National Jr. Olympics will be held in Sacramento, CA on July 25-31, 2016.

    Isaiah also competed in the AAU Track & Field Region 5 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Gloucester, VA on June 24-26, 2016.  He qualified for Nationals with a gold medal in the javelin, discus and shot put.  AAU National Jr. Olympics will be held in Houston, TX on July 30-August 6, 2016.

    Stephens will be participating in the USATF and AAU National Jr. Olympic Championships. Please support him at www.gofundme.com.  Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith gives special thanks to his coaches Les Young and Bill Cain.

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  27. Delano Named Secretary of National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

    Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

    NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

    With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

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  28. Kimberly Marie Privette and Madison Marie Privette

    Kimberly Marie Privette, 35, and her daughter, Madison Marie Privette, 9, of Hopewell, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Hamel Blake; She is survived by her husband, Phillip Privette; father, Charles “Chuck” Blake; brother, Kevin Hamel (Sherry); sister, Melissa Bowles (Mike); and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Madison was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother. She is survived by her dad, Phillip; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Barbara “Gram-Gram” Privette; maternal grandfather, Charles “Pop” Blake; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Southside Baptist Church, 2007 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at church. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the Delbridge Family Cemetery, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

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  29. CornerStone Market Ready For Business

    Employees of the new CornerStone Market at 501 West Atlantic Street in Emporia.  Left to right: Assistant Manager Dakota Wilson, Melissa Whisenant, Angela Boyce, Sherika Broadnax, Kayla Simmons and Manager Theresa Simmons.

    CornerStone Market is open and ready for business.  The market includes a Convenience Store, Gasoline and Diesel Pumps, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Hunt Brothers Pizza and (opening soon) a Subway.  Starting on Friday the market will be open 24 Hours.

    As a treat for Emporia News readers, CornerStone Market is offering Buy One Get One Free Corner Cones.  Click on the coupon below or this link for a printable version of the coupon.

    Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at CornerStone Market with Buy One Get One Free Ice Cream Cones on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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  30. Great Fun at the Library

    The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to join the Virginia State Police K-9 Dog on Thursday, July 14thfor a fun fact filled program.  The Virginia State Police will be on hand to explain how the dogs are trained and give us a demonstration of what the dogs do. These dogs are working dogs and cannot be petted or touched. The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.

    Kung Fu Panda 3is the movie of the day, Monday July 18th for Monday Morning Movies. The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  It is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.  Children under 10 must be supervised.  Snacks are welcomed. 

    All shows 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.


  31. Presentation to Family & Consumer Services Extension Agent

    1st. Place in Extension Home Demonstration Contest. Virginia Home Demonstration Scrapbook 1978. Designed by Merle Jesse, Modern Homemakers Club, and Handiwork by Lucye Brett, Pleasant Shade Club. Presented to Donna Daniel, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for the Extension Office by Otelia "Tillie" Harris, Extension Agent, Greensville and Emporia from 1956 to 1981.

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  32. USDA Rural Development to Invest $24 million for Greensville Water System Improvements

    Richmond, Virginia, July 12, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office in Virginia today announced it will award Greensville County Water and Sewer Authority a $22 million loan and a $2 million grant to be used in updating the county’s water system.

    “Our water and wastewater loan and grant programs empower counties and towns across Virginia to host business, industry and residential expansion, and Greensville is a shining example of how a project can empower a community,” said Basil Gooden, Ph.D., Virginia’s USDA Rural Development State Director. “We are establishing critical infrastructure that is needed in order for economic development to take hold. Both the infrastructure and the development that our loan/grant combination enables will benefit the entire region for many years to come.”

    Improvements are necessary, in part, to accommodate Dominion Virginia Power’s new natural gas-fueled power station. Need for an updated system has also emerged from nearly 100-year-old water pipes throughout the county and also from recent drought conditions in and around the Meherrin River.

    Construction will include a 500,000-gallon water storage tank, two new booster stations, approximately 50,000 linear feet of water line and raw water mains, a new raw water intake and pump station, and a 900-million-gallon reservoir that can be accessed when river levels are low.

    USDA funds for the project were made available through the department’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and storm water drainage.

    The total project cost is $46.2 million. Funding beyond what USDA Rural Development is providing will come from public and private entities as well as from local connection fees.

    In 2015, USDA Rural Development invested more than $35 million in Virginia through 32 water infrastructure loans and grants.

    USDA Rural Development in 2015 invested more than $1 billion in rural Virginia through 40 loan, grant and loan guarantee programs in housing, business, agriculture, energy, health care and community facilities. It has employees stationed in 14 offices across the commonwealth to better serve residents where they live and to improve the economy and quality of life in rural Virginia.

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  33. Just a Bad Taste

    Now I’ve had this before
    So it’s really nothing new
    Yet the crowd for the Babe Ruth Tournament
    Seemed quite often to be few.
    Well it’s true our locals departed
    Much sooner than all did hope
    Yet support for the program and the kids
    Takes on a broader scope.
    Yes I was astonished to say the least
    After our home team was downed
    The parents, players and good friends
    No longer came around.
    Well just to compete on this level
    Means a lot to all the youth
    Yet the roar of the crowd means so much more
    If you’re ready for the truth.
    Now don’t let your child think all is over
    Just because they lost the game
    In a tournament anything can happen
    And the team must share the blame.
    Yes give credit to the victor
    And stand by to cheer along
    Now to not support and hang your head
    Is without a doubt wrong.
    -Roy E. Schepp

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  34. July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

    As auto thefts spike in summer, the VSP HEAT program reminds motorists to take a layered approach to auto theft prevention

    RICHMOND, Va.— July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, an opportune time for the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program to remind motorists to take their keys or take their chances.

    According to the 2015 Crime in Virginia report, 40 percent of the 8,103 motor vehicle thefts reported to VSP in 2015 occurred between June and September. July had the most motor vehicle thefts (909), with August (879), September (746) and June (721) following closely behind.

    The consensus among law enforcement is that a significant number of vehicles reported stolen have the keys inside. The HEAT program teaches a three-layered approach to auto theft prevention, and taking your keys is part of Layer 1. While this advice may seem like common sense to many, it’s a recommendation that often falls on deaf ears.

    “You should never leave keys in an unattended vehicle,” said First Sgt. Steve Hall, HEAT program coordinator said. “You’d be amazed at the number of people who walk away from their vehicles, engines running, windows down. You want to make it more difficult for thieves, not easier.”

    HEAT Special Agent Peter Lazear agrees. “Put as many barriers as you can between yourself and a potential theft,” he said. “After taking your keys, Layer 2 encourages motorists to install audible or visible deterrents, such as VIN etching.”

    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching is a process in which a vehicle’s 17-digit, federally assigned VIN is permanently marked into a vehicle’s exterior auto glass.

    “The theory with VIN etching,” Lazear said, “is if someone were to steal your car, they couldn’t sell it for parts until removing or replacing the auto glass, which can be costly.”

    The HEAT program conducts several no-cost VIN etching events each year. Find a list of events at HEATreward.com.

    The final layer of auto theft prevention encourages motorists to use technology, including immobilizing and tracking devices, to aid in prevention.

    “There’s a lot of technology readily available,” Lazear said. “And just the thought that you might have a tracking device on your car could deter a thief.”


  35. VCU Health CMH Offering $25.00 Sports Physical

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is currently offering a sports physical for $25.00 per person at CMH Health and Wellness located at 412 Bracey Lane in South Hill.  Parents can call the CMH Health and Wellness office at (434) 774-2541 to schedule an appointment.  Parents are required to pay $25.00 per child in cash (correct change) at the time of servicebecause insurance is not accepted at this location. 

    The sports physical will be completed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner and will include the following:  height, weight, vision screening and physical examination.

    Again correct change of exactly $25.00 must be presented at the time of the physical, if you have any other questions or concerns, please call (434) 774-2541 or email Jackie Daniel, DNP, Health and Wellness Manager at jacquelin.daniel@vcuhealth.org.

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  36. Select Your Words

    We use words for the telling of stories
    Or for an opinion to present
    Yet these words can’t be retracted
    Once a message they have sent.
    Now words that one uses carelessly
    Can distance you from friends
    Yes once their words are spoken
    It’ll take time to make amends.
    Many words can be quite powerful
    So be careful how you choose
    It’s quite alright to make a point
    But be sure to not abuse.
    Some words have a double meaning
    So review before you say
    You might have intended a compliment
    But some could take it a different way.
    Words can cut just like a knife
    And the pain can go quite deep
    Sometimes it is better to ignore
    So your special friends you’ll keep.
    Now one can use a dictionary
    For in there most you’ll find
    Perhaps some may not relate your true feeling
    But to all you will sound kind.
                                              - Roy E. Schepp

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  38. Kathleen Phillips Morris

    Kathleen Phillips Morris, 92, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was a devoted member of Main Street Baptist Church.  Mrs. Morris is survived by a daughter, Nancy White; two sons, James Edward “Eddie” Morris, and James Franklin “Frankie” Harrison; two sisters, Mary Elaine Newsome and Francis Christley; ten grandchildren and 9 great-granchildren.  A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St. Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Representative Bobby Scott applauded unanimous House passage of a bipartisan bill that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619. Kaine and Warner introduced the Senate version and Scott the House version of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act in February. The bill would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to highlight the arrival and influence of Africans in America.  

    Today’s House-passed bill was introduced by Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, and cosponsored by Representatives Scott Rigell, Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock, Rob Wittman, and Randy Forbes, as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairman G.K Butterfield and Congressman John Lewis.

    The commission  would be charged with recognizing and 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. Kaine testified in support of this bill in front of the a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee this month.

    “This bill is so connected to our country’s history and heritage, and we are excited that it is one step closer to final passage,” Sen. Kaine said. “Every dimension of American life, across generations, has been influenced by African Americans. We need to tell that story – in its tragedy and triumph- as we approach the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans at Point Comfort, Virginia. We will continue to work to advance this bill in the Senate in the coming months.”

    “I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing this bill,” said Rep. Scott.  “The history of Virginia and our nation cannot be fully understood or appreciated without knowing about the first Africans who arrived at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619.  The commission established by this bill will be charged with the important task of planning, developing and implementing a series of programs and activities throughout 2019 that fully tells the story of African Americans, their contributions to the fabric of our nation, and their resilience over the last 400 years.”

    “We cannot move forward as a country unless we recognize the injustices that occurred in our past,” said Sen. Warner. “The creation of this commission is an opportunity to institutionalize the contributions made by African Americans in our country, and a monument to their resilience in the face of adversity. It is my hope that this legislation paves the way for future efforts to honor the important role African Americans have played in our history, and highlight ways we can work together to forge a path towards a better future.”

    “Understanding our 400 years of African-American history is crucial to understanding our national story: what we got right, what we got horribly wrong, and what we still have to accomplish,” said Rep. Beyer. “This bill will help us grapple with that history, and I thank my friends Bobby Scott and Tim Kaine and my other Virginia colleagues for putting it forward.”

    “As a student of history, I can’t help but look to the lessons of the past when contemplating the future. In addition to being reminded of the ramifications of slavery in our nation, I can recall state constitutional provisions that led to segregation policies which extended into my childhood, when I attended segregated schools in the first and second grades. Additionally, one of my favorite teachers, my sixth grade teacher Mrs. Spurlock, had previously taught in the segregated system. I appreciate this bill’s efforts to highlight the immeasurable influence of African Americans such as Mrs. Spurlock, and am honored to support the legislation,” said Rep. Griffith.

    “I am pleased the House passed this bipartisan, bicameral bill,” said Rep. Rigell. “The ‘400 Years of African-American History Commission’ will help our nation to properly reflect upon the significant contributions African-Americans have made to our country, and the struggles they have endured during our history. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to pass this important bill and send it to the President’s desk for signature immediately.”

    “I am pleased the House passed this legislation to create a commission that will tell the important story of the significant contributions made by African-Americans to our Commonwealth and the country.  We cannot tell the whole story of America without including the first African-Americans who arrived to the shores of Virginia in 1619 to Point Comfort.  I look forward to the work this commission will do in educating our entire community and hope the U.S. Senate will pass this quickly,” said Rep. Comstock.

    "This bipartisan legislation honors 400 years of African American contributions here in the U.S.,” said Rep. Wittman. “The men and women who first arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619 faced adversity of every kind and at every turn, and their perseverance carried them as they shaped our national heritage. Theirs are stories that deserve to be told, and the commission that this legislation will create provides necessary tools to make sure that future generations can benefit from learning about their vigilance. I want to thank my Virginia colleagues in both the House and Senate for their hard work on this bill, and I look forward to their continued support."

    “2019 will mark 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans by way of Point Comfort, Virginia. It’s time for our nation to commemorate the contributions and resilience African Americans have made throughout history. I am pleased to have been a part of the introduction of H.R. 4539, which, when passed, will establish a commission to highlight the influence and contributions African Americans have made in our country since 1619. It will also recognize the painful impact of slavery 400 years ago, as well as the racial discrimination and oppression that continues today. I congratulate Congressmen Bobby Scott and Don Beyer on House passage of H.R. 4539. I also thank U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner for sponsoring the Senate companion, and Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, for supporting this Act,” said Rep. Butterfield.

    The bill is supported by the National NAACP, National Urban League and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The full text of the Senate legislation can be found here.

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    RICHMOND – Five drivers, a motorcyclist, a teenage passenger and a pedestrian died in seven traffic crashes across Virginia over the Fourth of July weekend, according to preliminary reports. The 2016 July Fourth statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016, and concluded midnight Monday, July 4, 2016. The fatal crashes occurred in the cities of Chesapeake and Roanoke, and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Lunenburg and Sussex. The double fatality occurred in the City of Chesapeake.

    During the Fourth of July holiday, Virginia State Police increased patrols as part of Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. From July 1st through July 4th, Virginia troopers arrested 106 drunk drivers, and cited 9,469 speeders and 2,590 reckless drivers. Troopers also cited 821 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt and 360 motorists for child safety seat violations during the four-day statistical counting period.

    State police assisted 3,285 motorists and investigated 947 traffic crashes statewide.

    Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

    “State police will continue its concerted efforts during the summer months to reinforce the need for all motorists to drive to save lives on Virginia’s highways,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “To date, 345 lives have been lost to traffic crashes statewide. Let’s turn that devastating statistic around and work together through compliance, education and enforcement to save that many lives in the coming weeks.”

    All drivers are encouraged to comply with posted speed limits, buckle up, avoid distractions while driving and to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. #DrivetoSaveLives

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       *Traffic Crash Facts, VA Highway Safety Office, DMV              

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    Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity & Background Criminal History Checks for Private Sales

    RICHMOND – Among the many new laws going into effect July 1, 2016, will be two that impact Virginia concealed handgun permit holders and those engaging in private firearms transactions at Virginia gun shows.

    Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity and Recognition: As of July 1, 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia will recognize all valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permits and licenses issued by another state (to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands) provided the following requirements are met:

    1.    The holder of such permit or license is at least 21 years of age; and

    2.    The permit or license holder carries a photo identification issued by a government agency of any state or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Department of State; and

    3.    The holder displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; and

    4.    The permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.

    Although the new law requires Virginia to grant recognition to all states that issue permits, other states are not required to recognize or authorize Virginia permit holders to possess a firearm in their state. For more information on which states recognize Virginia resident and non-resident concealed handgun permits, please go to the Virginia State Police Website at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

    Voluntary Criminal Background Checks for Private Transactions at Virginia Firearms Shows: Also effective July 1, 2016, is the opportunity for those privately buying or transferring firearm(s) at a gun show in Virginia to request a criminal background check on the buyer. Code of Virginia 54.1-4201.2 enacted by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly requires the Department of State Police to be available at every firearms show held in the Commonwealth to make, upon request, determinations in accordance with Code of Virginia 18.2-308.2:2 of whether a prospective purchaser or transferee is prohibited under state or federal law from possession of a firearm in private transactions. A background check in a private sale ensures that the gun is transferred only to a person lawfully eligible to possess firearms and provides evidence to the seller of diligence to protect against the illegal transfer of firearms.

    Participation in these background checks is strictly optional and based upon agreement entered into by the firearms seller and recipient. Additional state police personnel will be set up on-site at firearms shows to provide the background check for a fee of $2. The recipient will be required to complete a form attesting to their eligibility to possess firearms and present one, valid, government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, Virginia Identification card) or military documentation. The background check verification conducted through the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center takes approximately three minutes to complete.

    For additional information on one’s eligibility to purchase a firearm in the Commonwealth, please go to http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm

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  42. 2016 Century 21 Clary & Associates Scholarship Awarded

    Jean Clary Bagley (left) recognizes Hannah Hendrick (center) as the recipient of the 2016 Century 21 Clary & Associates Scholarship though Southside Virginia Community College.  Representing SVCC is Bernadette Battle, SVCC Director of Student Services.

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  43. Sappony Ruritan Club Awards Scholarship

    Sappony Ruritan Club Scholarship Committee Chairman Clint Holloway presents Miss Dallas Morgan Phelps the 2016 Aubrey Marks Scholarship.

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  44. Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff

    Mr. Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff, 72, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was the son of the late William A. and Verna Braxton Woodruff and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Ehrardt and Sue Odom, three brothers, William E. “Bill” Woodruff, Sr., Frank Woodruff and Cecil Woodruff and a son, Charles R. Woodruff, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Darlene D. Woodruff, son, Ricky Woodruff; two daughters, Tracy Woodruff and Sharon Rich; three grandchildren, Savannah Cook, Montgomery Cook and Marshall Cook; four step-children, Bruce Decker, James Decker, Roni Decker and Coni Young; ten step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandson; brother, Onnie Woodruff; four sisters, Shelia Pierce, Ann Floyd, Evelyn Moore, Betty Jarratt and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service, led by Pastor Wilson G. Conwell will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com


  45. Rev. Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt

    The Reverend Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. He was born on March 23, 1934 in Danville, Virginia to the late Emmett Jackson Wyatt and Bessie Elliott Wyatt. He graduated from Friend High School in South Boston, and the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary where he received Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He also studied at Mansfield College, Oxford, England and Princeton Presbyterian Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Brenda Owen Wyatt, and their children, David Owen Wyatt, Joan Elisabeth Wyatt, William Michael Wyatt and Robert Andrew Wyatt; his twin sister, Betty Wyatt Grant and husband, Jim of San Diego as well as many nieces and nephews who were attentive and kind to him. He was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and son, Ronald Charles Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt served three congregations: Mill Swamp Baptist, Ivor, Virginia, Druid Hills Mission, Danville, Virginia and for 29 years at High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt, Virginia. In retirement, he served several churches as interim pastor, including several years as part-time pastor of Adams Grove Baptist Church in Emporia. He was active in associational life, serving as a member of the Board of Missions of the Baptist General Association, moderator of the Petersburg Baptist Association, parliamentarian of the association for 14 years, and chair of the History and Archives Committee. He edited the centennial history of the Petersburg Baptist Association. Dr. Wyatt enjoyed teaching, and taught for off-campus schools of the University of Richmond and Bluefield College. He taught seminary courses in local churches for many years as a co-chair of the Seminary Extension Department of the Petersburg Association. He was a life-long student of history and wrote on the life of Robert E. Lee. He was active in local religious and civic groups. He was a member of the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association, Jarratt Ruritan Club and was a founding member of the Greensville-Emporia choir, where he enjoyed singing Christmas programs for 30 years. He served as chaplain for the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and its predecessor, Greensville Memorial Hospital. Known to many as “Preacher Bob”, he loved Southside Virginia and the people who live there. He had many friends in Jarratt and Emporia and treasured each one. A memorial service will be held at High Hills Baptist Church, Jarratt, Virginia on Saturday, July 23 at 11:a.m. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow in the Sharon Room of the Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia, 525B South Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  46. OrthoVirginia and Advanced Orthopaedics Announce Practices Have Merged

    Richmond, Va. (July 1, 2016) – OrthoVirginia and Advanced Orthopaedics have announced that their practices have merged effective July 1, 2016. OrthoVirginia has practices in Lynchburg, Richmond and northern Virginia; Advanced Orthopaedics has practices throughout Richmond.

    “By sharing resources we can offer patients the best of both organizations and can more readily stay abreast of the newest technology in an ever-changing field,” explains Kenneth R. Zaslav, M.D. of Advanced Orthopaedics. “Patients will still have access to our trained sub-specialists who focus on a particular area of orthopedics, while now also having the convenience of seeing experienced orthopedic physicians at more locations.”

    Anthony J. Shaia, M.D. of OrthoVirginia stated that “this merger is excellent news for both of our organizations, and is good for our patients. As our growth continues, our ability to deliver the best possible orthopedic care in Virginia in the face of a rapidly changing healthcare environment is stronger than ever.”

    With this merger, OrthoVirginia and Advanced Orthopaedics come together offering the area over 100 physicians with office locations throughout Richmond, central and northern Virginia and Lynchburg. The practice offers patients convenient access to comprehensive, advanced orthopedic and sports medicine treatment.

    Visit www.advancedortho.me or www.orthovirginia.com for more information.

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  47. Feeling Dizzy?

    FREE Balance Screenings

    Danielle Vaughan, PT, DPT Vestibular Rehab Specialist

    South Hill – A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy.  If you are standing, sitting, or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning, or floating.  If you are walking, you might suddenly feel as if you are tipping over.  Balance is easily taken for granted.  However, when the fragile vestibular organs of the inner ear are damaged by illness or injury, anyone can lose the ability to balance.

    Do you suffer from dizziness, vertigo or imbalance?  Do you have problems concentrating, vision disturbance or hearing changes?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should participate in a free balance screening at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center.

    The FREE balance screenings will take place on Tuesday, July 12th from 8:30AM -11:30AM in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center, located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

    Screenings will be performed by Danielle Vaughan, PT, DPT Vestibular Rehab Specialist.  Danielle has extensive experience in treating patients with vestibular system disorders as she evaluates and treats patients with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance at the CMH Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center.

    For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.

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