October 2016

  1. Edward Payne Harrup

    Edward Payne Harrup, 77, of Emporia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Born October 3, 1939, he was the son of the late Surry and Anna Harrup and was also preceded in death by four siblings, Helen Kuhlman, Ida Mae Barnes and Johnny and Crawford Harrup. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Molly; two sons, Payne, Jr. (Lisa), Dennis (Amy); adopted daughter, Brenda Romines (Olin); four grandsons, Brian, Eddie, Jacob and Elijah; granddaughter, Tina Cranmore (Ron); great-grandson, Chayton and great-granddaughter, Kele. Mr. Harrup was retired from American Bakeries (Merita) and was a man who loved his family. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at Word of Life Assembly of God Church where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  2. Academic and Athletic Honors for BA Students

    Brunswick Academy girls finished the conference meet as V.C.C. runners-up. Jamie Saunders and Mason Jones were named to the All-Academic team.  

    Picture 1 - Mason Jones, All Academic

    Picture 2 - (l to r) Tiffany Wang, Meredith Lucy, Reagan Saunders, Aviana Francher, and Jamie Saunders - Girls VCC runners- up

    Picture 3 - (l to r) Aviana Francher, 1st place and Jamie Saunders, All Academic

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  3. CMH Community Hospice to Host Program on Coping with Holiday Grief

    “Changing the Tune of the Holiday Blues”

    South Hill— The holidays can be a difficult time for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.  CMH Community Hospice, a service of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, will be presenting “Changing the Tune of the Holiday Blues” as their annual Coping with the Holidays program to offer support and assistance to those grieving during the holiday season.

    The focus is on facing the emotions of the holidays rather than avoiding the feelings of grief.  CMH Community Hospice will be finding ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays while holding on to the spirit of the season for this year and those to come. 

    CMH Community Hospice will be providing activities to help cope with holiday grief and celebrate and honor the traditions shared before the loss of your loved one.  Handouts will be available regarding grief issues, activities to support your holiday season and opportunities to share ideas and questions with others sharing a loss this season.

    The program will be held on Thursday, November 10th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in VCU Health CMH’s Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.  This program is FREE to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

    Registration is requested by November 4th, but not required.  For more information about this special program or to pre-register, call CMH Community Hospice at (434) 447-3151, ext. 3455.

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  4. Gladys Moore Hobbs

    Gladys Moore Hobbs, 89, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson A. Hobbs; brother, Ervin Earl Moore and wife, Frances and a step-grandson, Aaron Spence. Mrs. Hobbs is survived by two daughters, Linda Hobbs Hawkins and husband, Glenn and Brenda “Bootsie” Spence and special friend, Troy Reickard; four grandchildren, Hayes Hawkins, Melanie Poteat (Matt), Joanna Lane (Richard) and Stephen Spence (Jennifer); great-grandchildren, Kaylin Hawkins, Summer Hawkins, Gabrielle Jean, Sheridan Poteat, Landon Poteat, Cole Poteat, Lauren Jenkins, Aaron Lindquist, Levi Lindquist and Mattie Spence; a brother, Dennis Moore (Glenda) and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 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 shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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  5. Women Business Owners are the Rule, not the Exception

    More than 11M woman-owned businesses support nine million jobs & $1.6T in Revenue

    BY SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho

    As we close out October’s National Women’s Small Business Month, I’d like to talk about women in Virginia who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship.  In the last several decades, women have made remarkable progress in starting and growing their own businesses in the United States. 

    SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, is home to some of the largest concentrations of woman-owned enterprises.  In Washington, D.C. 45.2%, and in Maryland 40.1% of businesses are owned by women relative to men-owned and equally-owned businesses.  What were once considered “traditionally female” careers like healthcare, social services, and education are on top, — jobs for home health aides alone are expected to grow 48 percent by 2022.  With a large concentration of Science and Tech education opportunities in the mid-Atlantic Region, Virginia Beach is poised for significant growth in Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields for women.

    President Obama’s “Race to the Top” put a priority on STEM education by rewarding states taking specific steps to ensure all students have opportunities in these fields at an early age, and helped more than 2.3 million more young women afford higher education with increases to Pell grants.  A National Women's Business Council report released in 2014shows women increased representation in STEM; achieving “parity for PhDs in biological and medical sciences” (though enrollment lags in bioengineering, mechanical, civil engineering and materials science). This increase should be an early notice for those of us in the entrepreneurial-support sector that we must prepare to respond to an influx of women STEM entrepreneurs.

    SBA and our partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Center and preferred lenders comprise a team of support providers who help businesses like Jeri Prophet, President and CEO of IntellechTechs, Inc. to break through. Over the past year, Prophet won contracts with NASA and the US Agency for International Development. These contracts have contributed to growing the company and helped employ an additional 100 Virginians. Also, the expansion in the commercial sector has helped them increase revenue. With the help from SBA’s resource partners they were able to attend workshops to market themselves and continue growth.  

    Supporting women in STEM is not only essential to those women (they earn 33 percent more than in non-STEM occupations); it is part of America’s strategy to out-innovate our competitors.  Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.

    Will your woman-owned small business be the next IntellechTechs, Inc.?  Check us out at www.sba.govand make an appointment with one of our partners to explore the many pathways to your dream.

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  6. USDA Rural Development Announces $3.9 Million for 20 Virginia Farms and Businesses

    RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 27, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Virginia Rural Development office today announced it has approved $3.9 million that will aid in developing new bio-based products and expanding markets for 20 Virginia farms and businesses.

    The 20 grants announced today are part of USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program. The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program.

    “We have a strong history working with local producers and small rural businesses through the VAPG program, and we continue to give the program careful attention each year because those who benefit are innovative leaders working to expand their businesses,” said Acting USDA Rural Development Virginia State Director Janice Stroud-Bickes. “We’re proud to help rural farmers, producers, business owners, families and communities maximize the return on their hard work and creativity.”

    For example, Botanical Bites & Provisions in Spotsylvania will use grant money to conduct a feasibility study on creating natural cosmetics made from beeswax.

    Papa Weaver’s Pork in Orange will use its funding for marketing, labor, and supplies to help expand business and customer base as it processes pork into individual cuts and sausages.

    The Good Earth Peanut Company in Greensville will use its funds marketing and operational costs to increase the volume of peanut butter, butter toasted peanuts, and peanut brittle lines.

    Grant applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a veteran, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

    Funding announced today is contingent upon recipients meeting the grant terms.



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    Vintage Virginia Apples
    dba. Albemarle Ciderworks


    To provide working capital to hire more staff, purchase packaging, and hire a marketing firm to expand cider business.


    Farmer's Direct, LLC


    To cover processing costs, labor and operation costs, and increased marketing.


    Upper Shirley Vineyards, LLC

    Charles City

    To increase wine production, marketing and inventory.


    The Good Earth Peanut Company, LLC


    To fund marketing and operational costs to increase the volume of peanut butter, butter toasted peanuts, and peanut brittle lines.


    Kats Ag Energy Farms, LLC
    dba. CEA Farms


    To increase marketing, labor, and supplies to expand value-added beef business.


    Rosemont of Virginia, LLC


    To support marketing and labor expenses to increase sales of sparkling wine.


    Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC


    To increase oyster production, implement consumer friendly packaging, and hire staff.


    Seaman's Orchards, LLC


    To increase the marketing and sales of locally produced apples.


    Silver Creek Orchards


    To assist with advertising and operational costs to transition into local sales.


    Miller Farms, Inc.


    To purchase operational supplies, hire staff, and increase marketing to add value to goods through baking and canning.


    Papa Weaver's Pork


    To provide working capital for marketing, labor, and supplies to help expand business and customer base.


    The Garden Patch


    To purchase packaging and operating supplies, offset marketing costs, and pay for post-production labor.


    Stanburn Winery, LLC


    To increase marketing, labor, and supplies necessary for business growth.


    Cobblestone Milk Cooperative, Inc.


    To determine the feasibility of owning a processing plant for specialty, aged cheeses.


    Manakintowne Specialty Growers, LLC


    To purchase packaging supplies, marketing, and labor to increase sales of locally sold produce.


    Cana Cellars Inc.
    dba. Rappahannock Cellars


    To assist with marketing, labor, and supplies for increased wine production.


    Marceline Vineyards, LLC


    To increase production and marketing to increase wine sales.


    Botanical Bites & Provisions, LLC


    To conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of producing natural cosmetics made from the beeswax produced on the farm.


    Garner's Produce, LLC


    To provide working capital to market produce to a wider customer base


    Mountain Rose Vineyards, Inc.


    To assist with increased marketing, labor, and processing necessary to add sparkling wine to production line.


    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.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


  7. Woyer Represents Brunswick Academy at Vice Presidential Debate

    Samantha Woyer, a Brunswick Academy senior, was selected to attend the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4th. Samantha was selected by writing an essay sponsored by Virginia Farm Bureau. Prior to the debate, Samantha and three other B.A. students attended an Agriculture Conference held at Longwood University on "The Future of Agriculture in 2050". Students who attended along with Woyer were Berklee Pair, Howard Wright, and Katherine Daniel.

    Congratulations, Samantha Woyer, for being an Essay Winner!

    Pictured l to r - B.A. Agri-Science teacher, Kathy Lee, Margaret Woyer, Samantha Woyer, Farm Bureau Agent, Donna Lucy and Cheryl Bowen, B.A. Head of School.

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  8. VCU Health CMH Employees Honored

    South Hill— Each year VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital employees who have provided long-term service to the hospital are recognized during an annual service awards banquet.  Employees who have five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, thirty-five, and forty years or more of service are honored and recognized for their distinctive and extraordinary achievements.  This year, VCU Health CMH honored 86 employees for a total of 1,030years of quality health care provided to others in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.

    Honored for Five Years of Service were (left to right) Front Row: Ma Lorie Ann Tagabucba, Kathryn Spence, Melissa Rogers, Tara Foster, Kelly Ezell, Catherine Walker, Sylvia Wilson  Second Row: Hilary Tackett, Sheree Smith, Tammy Newton, Felicia Jones-Peterson, Stacy Davis, Chris King, John Watson Jr.

    Honored for Ten Years of Service were (left to right) – Theresa Benjamin, Laurie Capps, Susan Estes, Jacqeline Gholson, Jessica Jones, Kimberly Springer, Melissa Walthall, Belinda Wells, Magen Wright

    Honored for Fifteen Years of Service were (left to right) – Ken Libby, Margie Bartlett, Dorothy Jaimes-Diaz, Bertha Evans, Sheila Murray, Leah Turner

    Honored for Twenty Years of Service were (left to right) – Sarah Daniel, Mary Jiggetts, Wendy Lenhart, Gloria Simmons

    Honored for Twenty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Arlene Edmonds, Lillian Gibson

    Honored for Thirty Years of Service were (left to right) – Nellie Hawkins

    Honored for Thirty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Patty Mayer

    Photo #9: Honored for Forty Years of Service were (left to right) – Ronnie Mills, Patricia Waid


  9. The Masonic Lodge

    The Riparian Woman’s Club is honored to have this historic building on the Christmas Home Tour.

    The Widow’s Son Lodge #150 (Masonic Lodge) was organized and held its first meeting in 1829 at Haley’s Bridge in Greensville County. In 1840 they held meetings in the Hicksford Courthouse until property was purchased for this grand building you are standing in today. The property known as “Lands old store lot” was acquired from William and Helen Land for $650 and in 1905 built an impressive Classical Revival style building. In 1955 another piece of property was purchased from Sallie Baily for $5.00 for purpose of adding an addition at the back of building. In the front of the lodge is one of Virginia’s Historical Markers.


    The Lodge is under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Virginia. The Fraternity encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance with the single purpose “to make good men better.”

    In 1850 Dr. Rob Morris, lawyer, educator and mason started The Order of the Eastern Star which is open to both men and women. Its teachings are based on the bible and is open to all faiths. The Emporia Eastern Star was chartered in 1940.

    The first floor is now a shop offering clothing and all kinds of household items, donated by the community. The Eastern Star opened the shop about ten years ago and now have been joined by the Masons. The funds are given to the Greensville and Jarratt Fire Departments and are used as well to fund their scholarship programs. You will find the shop neatly organized for easier shopping. Tour guests may make purchases while on tour.


    The second floor as well as the third floor may be reached from the stairs or the elevator. This floor offers a very large room where the Masons enjoy dinner on their monthly meeting night and the where the Eastern Star has their fellowship time. This room is available for rent to the public. Throughout the building notice the tall windows and ceilings. Time has taken its toll on this grand building and the location near the railroad is largely responsible. Renovation of the ceiling and walls in some areas are in the planning stage.

    The Eastern Star membership has prepared refreshments on Saturday for your enjoyment on this floor.

    The third floor is the chapter room where the Eastern Star and the Masons hold their monthly meetings. The two aluminum ceiling medallions that adorn the large meeting room were installed by the late Harry S. Klugel! Those who knew Mr. Klugel will appreciate his work.  (Mr. Klugel owned the beautiful Klugel building on E. Atlantic Street.)  In the center of the meeting room is a King James Bible that is always open during the meetings to the book of Matthew. Much of the Eastern Star devotions and study are centered on Matthew and his teachings.  

    The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

    The tour will also include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

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  10. Small Business How-to: Easy As Pie-Developing Human Resources

    Creating a successful business is like making a pumpkin pie. At least that’s what Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant Donald Nodtvedt believes. It’s as simple as finding the right recipe and following it.

    Nodtvedt knows a thing or two about pumpkin pies. Retired from Nestle Food Company after more than 32 years, Nodtvedt was factory manager for 17 years, five of which were in Nestle’s Pumpkin Operation.

    A consultant for SBDC since September, Nodtvedt enjoys sharing his extensive management background with new and existing small businesses. Human resources, he notes, is an often neglected but vital part of every business plan.

    “Many businesses jump into work mode and skip the setup and planning,” he says.

    SBDC guides new and existing businesses through these planning stages free of charge.

    Read on for some of Nodtvedt’s tips on human resource development.

    #1 Create a vision and mission

    “You have to have a picture of where you’re going followed by tiered and aligned goals and objectives,” Nodtvedt says. “An HR department can’t function without it.”

    He suggests a short four-to-five-word statement like Nestle’s “Good Food, Good Life.”

    “It becomes the company standard,” he adds. “Then if something doesn’t support that vision and mission, don’t do it.”

    #2 Develop an employee handbook

    Every business, large or small, needs an employee handbook that includes procedures and policies created with a broad perspective.

    “For a small business, you don’t need much,” Nodtvedt advises. “Human resources is the head to facilitate these policies — that’s the real key.”

    #3 Hold performance reviews

    Performance reviews should be held at least annually, Nodtvedt advises.

    “Reviews need to focus on both strengths and weaknesses,” he says. “Resulting performance plans should accentuate the positive as well as address the negatives.”

    Sometimes the solution is as simple as reassigning an employee to another area that motivates and matches skills and interest.

    #4 Create a legacy

    “A good organization believes in its sustainability,” Nodtvedt says. “It’s not just about one person. Human resources must train employees to help create that legacy.”

    A “familial” relationship, Nodtvedt believes, is the key.

    “Every manager should know their employees and what’s important to them,” he says. “Organizations that have that kind of relationship clearly have the best safety and quality records, the highest productivity, and frankly the best return on investment.”

    “I would add one more important HR function,” Nodtvedt concludes. “Hire great people!”

    To make an appointment or for more information on the services SBDC provides,contact the Longwood Small Business Development center at (434) 395-2086 or visit www.sbdc-longwood.com.


  11. Virginia’s Community Colleges direct funds to expand workforce training program capacity

    RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are making strategic investments to ensure that thousands of people will be able to earn valuable workforce credentials for new careers. The Community College system has directed $5.3 million to community colleges around the commonwealth to augment or create new workforce credential training programs, based on local needs and innovative proposals.

    “Expanding capacity for workforce credential training has major implications both in the near-term and long-term to help people prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Our ongoing goal is to meet the needs of Virginians who want good jobs, as well as serve businesses eager to hire workers with the right skills and credentials.”

    “This investment puts Virginia’s Community Colleges in a better position to deliver on the promise of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program approved by state lawmakers earlier this year,” said Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development. “Lawmakers provided resources to help add an estimated 10,000 credentialed workers into Virginia’s economy over the current two-year budget period. Not only is our expanded training capacity vital to achieving that goal, these new facilities and faculty investments will help build a skilled workforce for years to come.”

    The General Assembly created the Workforce Credential Grant program to increase training of the skilled workers that Virginia businesses want to hire. Through the workforce grant program, state funds are available to greatly reduce out-of-pocket costs for Virginians who enroll in designated workforce credential training programs.

    “I commend Virginia’s Community Colleges for expanding program capacity for workforce credential training,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Building a more credentialed and capable workforce will pay big dividends to our citizens, our businesses and our economy.”

    According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 will require some post-high school education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree.

    People who enroll in workforce training programs to earn industry-recognized credentials, certifications and licenses qualify for good-paying jobs in a wide variety of fields, including health care, transportation, manufacturing, information technology and skilled trades.

    Information about the Workforce Credential Grant program is available at workforce development offices on Virginia Community College campuses statewide, and at www.vccs.edu/workforce.The following new workforce training opportunities are made possible by the new capacity building funds. (Media representatives are invited to contact local Community College public information officers for more details.)

    •Collaborative project by Wytheville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, New River Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College – $412,856 to expand WCC’s current commercial truck driver's license program to serve regional needs and train drivers across four community college territories.

    •Collaborative project by Piedmont Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College and Central Virginia Community College – $163,785 to purchase trailer and training equipment to build a mobile welding school that will be shared by the three colleges.

    •Collaborative project by Southside Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville Community College – $601,651 to establish a regional training program for commercial truck drivers. 

    •Collaborative project by Germanna Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Virginia Western Community College - $179,313 to expand GCC’s public-private partnership with the Virginia Asphalt Association and VDOT for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs.

    Blue Ridge Community College - $500,152 for welding and machining, and commercial driver’s license programs.

    Central Virginia Community College - $299,900 for credential training programs in project management, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and human resources.

    •Community College Workforce Alliance (Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges) - $100,000 for commercial truck drivers training.

    Eastern Shore Community College - $118,859 for expanded training in healthcare, cybersecurity and commercial truck drivers.

    Germanna Community College - $283,237 to establish a new facility in Fredericksburg to deliver training in welding, manufacturing, skilled trades.

    Lord Fairfax Community College - $375,587 to increase workforce training capacity in multiple programs in manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.

    New River Community College - $131,781 for certification training in manufacturing, pharmacy technician.

    Northern Virginia Community College - $121,491 to expand industry credential programs and corresponding job placement services in IT, healthcare, welding, and commercial driver's license.

    Patrick Henry Community College - $110,605 for credentials training in health care, medical billing and coding.

    Paul D. Camp Community College - $199,609 to establish new credential training for industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation.

    Piedmont Virginia Community College - $300,000 to expand training in healthcare, aviation, logistics, and cybersecurity.

    Southwest Virginia Community College - $200,000 for credentials training for health care and building trades.

    Thomas Nelson Community College - $416,565 to create EKG technician and plumber programs and to redesign six other programs in health sciences and skilled trades.

    Tidewater Community College - $200,000 for training programs in welding and cybersecurity.

    Virginia Highlands Community College - $194,400 for healthcare and commercial truck drivers.

    Virginia Western Community College - $100,000 for certification training for computer machining operations.

    Wytheville Community College - $231,231 to expand existing power lineman training in collaboration with Southside Virginia Community College.

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  12. BA Shows Support for Breast Cancer Awarness

    The students, faculty, and staff of Brunswick Academy wore pink on Friday, October 21st to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Support was also shown by the Varsity football team and Varsity cheerleaders at the football game on Friday night!  Brunswick Academy's well wishes go out to all who are affected by this disease and hope that a cure will be found soon.

    B.A. Middle School students showing their support!

    B.A. Varsity Cheerleaders

    Varsity football team

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    PRINCE GEORGE CO., Va. – Virginia legislators, Prince George County officials, Virginia State Police Association, state and local law enforcement, family and friends will gather Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Prince George County to ceremoniously dedicate the Route 301 bridge over Interstate 95 in memory of Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith. Trooper Smith died in the line of duty Sept. 21, 2015.

    Through the efforts of Virginia Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, Virginia Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird and the Virginia State Police Association, the Route 301 bridge in Prince George County at Exit 45 over Interstate 95 has been designated as the Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith Memorial Bridge.

    Trooper Smith, 27, was responding to an emergency call for help at a crash scene on Sept. 21, 2015, when his patrol carran off the left side of the Interstate 295 exit ramp and crashed into the wood line in Prince George County.

    A Suffolk, Va. native, Smith joined the Virginia State Police in December 2013.  Following graduation, Trooper Smith was assigned to the Richmond Division’s Area 7 Office, which encompasses the cities of Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Prince George.

    Right of the sign: Virginia Senator Rosalyn Dance, Virginia Delegate Lashrecse Aird, &  Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran; Left of the sign is Trooper Smith’s wife, Jennifer, and their children, “Deuce” and Zoe.

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  14. IRA Roll Over Can Benefit Donor And Charity

    By Ken Kurz

    Director of Marketing and Development, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

    The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income. While this initial provision expired on December 31, 2007, it has been extended several times. On December 18, 2015 the President signed the PATH Act making this special provision permanent.

    What is an IRA charitable rollover?

    The law uses the term “qualified charitable distribution” to describe an IRA charitable rollover. A qualified charitable distribution is money that individuals who are 70½ or older may direct from their traditional IRA to eligible charitable organizations. The provision has a cap of $100,000 for charitable distributions from individual IRAs each year. Individuals may exclude the amount distributed directly to an eligible charity from their gross income.

    What is the new expiration date of this provision?

    This provision is now permanent.

    Does a donor also receive a charitable deduction when they roll over assets to a charity under this provision?

    No. Under this provision, donors benefit by not having to recognize the amount contributed directly from their IRA to a qualifying charity. However, because donors exclude this contribution from their gross income, they cannot take a charitable contribution deduction for the contribution; to do so would result in a double benefit for donors and that is explicitly prohibited.

    To which charities may donors make qualified charitable distributions? 

    Most contributions to public charities—other than supporting organizations—are considered qualified charitable contributions. However, distributions from IRA accounts to donor advised funds held by public charities are not considered qualified charitable distributions under this charitable rollover provision. Individuals can make qualified charitable distributions to a private operating foundation or to a private foundation that elects to meet the conduit rules in the year of the distribution (see Definitions, below). Neither private non-operating foundations nor split interest trusts (such as charitable remainder trusts) are eligible for special treatment as qualified charitable distributions under the law.

    Will an IRA distribution to a fund held by a community foundation qualify for this special treatment?

    Yes, distributions to almost all types of funds typically held by community foundations—such as scholarship, field-of-interest, and designated funds—qualify. The exception to this general statement is that a distribution to a donor advised fund will not qualify for this special treatment.

    Is a donor limited to one IRA charitable distribution per year, or can a donor request multiple transfers?

    Donors aged 70 ½ or older are limited to a maximum of $100,000 in any one year as an IRA charitable distribution, however there is no requirement that the entire amount be made in one transfer or that the entire amount go to a single qualified charitable organization. Donors can request multiple direct transfers from their IRA to qualified charities in a year, but only $100,000 will be excluded from income as an IRA qualified charitable distribution.  

    What if donors want to contribute more than $100,000 to a qualified charity from an IRA?   

    The law limits the amount that donors are able to exclude from their income to $100,000. If donors wish to take funds from their IRA to contribute more than $100,000 to charity, they cannot exclude the additional amount from their gross income. Rather, they must follow the general rules pertaining to percentage limitations and itemized contribution reductions. (Both are discussed below.) 

    Under what circumstances will this special treatment of an IRA charitable rollover most likely benefit donors?

    Generally, this new provision benefits donors who itemize deductions and whose charitable contributions are reduced by the percentage of income limitation. Traditionally, when individuals receive a distribution from their IRA and make a corresponding charitable contribution, they must count the distribution as income and then receive a charitable deduction for any amounts they transferred to charity. For higher income taxpayers, the charitable contribution deduction they receive may not totally offset the taxes they must pay for receiving the distribution from their IRA. In such cases, donors would potentially benefit more by using the charitable rollover provision when making a charitable donation. Other donors who may benefit: individuals who do not usually itemize their deductions and individuals in states where the operation of state income tax law would offer greater benefits as a result of a charitable rollover. Donors will need to work with their professional advisers to determine the effect of these rules on their specific tax situation. This provision will also likely benefit donors whose charitable contributions are reduced by the itemized deduction reduction.

    How do individuals make a qualified charitable distribution?

    Individuals must instruct their IRA trustee to make the contribution directly to an eligible charitable organization.

    A donor wants to utilize the IRA charitable distribution for his/her 2016 required minimum distribution. Does the community foundation need to physically receive the check by December 31, 2016 or is it sufficient for the check to be put in the mail?

    To take advantage of the IRA charitable distribution, the distribution must be sent directly from the IRA company to the charity. IRS Publication 526 discussed the rules for delivery of charitable contributions and explains that generally, the date of mailing would qualify as the date the gift is made. Accordingly, if the IRA company mails the distribution check to the charity by December 31st, it would be counted as an IRA distribution in 2016.

    Should a charity receiving a contribution directly from an IRA provide a gift acknowledgement? 

    Yes. Individuals making a charitable contribution using IRA funds must obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgement of the contribution to benefit from this new provision. IRS Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions—Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements contains information about substantiation of charitable contributions.

    How will charitable distributions impact the minimum required distributions from a taxpayer’s IRA?

    Shortly after individuals reach the age of 70½, they are generally required to receive distributions from their traditional IRA. For the purposes of minimum required distributions, the IRS treats distributions from an IRA the same, whether individuals use the distribution for personal purposes or direct the distribution to a charity.

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    Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Lesley Qu has been chosen the October 2016 Student of the Month.  Lesley, a senior, is an International student studying at Brunswick Academy from Hangzhou, China for the past three years.  She is the host daughter of Kim Williams and sister to Cole Williams of Lawrenceville.   She is a member of the National Honor Society,  Varsity Cross Country team and was on the Brunswick Academy 2016 Homecoming Court.  In 2015, she received the Outstanding Art Student of the Year award. 

    Lesley enjoys drawing and traveling the globe.  She plans to major in Nutrition and Food Science at an American University.  She will apply to Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts and University of California at Irvine.  Congratulations Lesley on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month.



  16. Sam Billy Barnes Sr

    Sam Billy Barnes Sr. made his final Journey home today, October 18th 2016. Sam Billy is survived by his 3 children, Dale B Rhodes, Sam "Billy" Barnes Jr. and wife Vickie, Kimberly Creech-Mitchell and four grandsons, Kent Christopher Trader, Anthony R. Hux, Kyle A. Barnes and wife Megan, Rodney K. Mitchell and wife Tiffany and 7 great grandchildren.

    A graveside service will be held at Capron Cemetery in Capron Virginia at 1pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. Arrangements by Williford Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

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  17. 2016 Riparian Home Tour Starts at Oak Lawn

    Oak Lawn, in Purdy, VA is the home of Mike and Dawn Veliky, who purchased the property in the summer of 2013.  Mike is the Greensville County Building/Fire Official and Dawn is the Register/Director of Veterans Affairs at Halifax Community College.   

    The Southern Colonial home was constructed in 1953 by Wiley and Francis Cole, who operated a working cattle farm on the original 200 plus acres.  Most locals came to know the home a the “The Cole Place”, although it was named Oak Lawn by Mrs. Cole, cue to the many oak trees that once existed in the front yard. Only one massive oak remains today.

    The planning and designing of the home was ahead of its time, incorporating such features as walk in cedar lined closets throughout, double vanities in the master suite, a walk in shower, ceramic tiled bathrooms, circuit breakers instead of fuses, and under floor electric radiant heat throughout the home.  The home was constructed with steel and concrete floors over the basement, four fireplaces, a 12 inch thick poured concrete basement with over 8 feet of headroom, slate roof, insulated interior walls, nine foot ceiling throughout both stories and a full room width built in china cabinet in the large dining room. 


    When the Velikys purchased the property in 2013, the home and grounds had unfortunately suffered from several years of neglect, due to the failing health and eventual passing of first, Mr. Cole, then Mrs. Cole a few short years later.  Even so, the Velikys were able to recognize the excellent quality of the materials and workmanship that went into the original construction, and decided to take on the challenge of restoring the home to its original splendor and charm.  Their vision is to keep the traditional southern architecture prominent, but to enhance the rear yard area with landscaping and features that personify their love of the outdoors and tropical lifestyle.  In the summer months, Mexican Petunias, banana and palm trees, night blooming Primroses and soft accent lighting add to the tropical feel out back, while the blooming crepe myrtles, fragrant hydrangeas, slate walkways, rockers, and shy blue ceiling of the front porch recreate a Charleston like atmosphere at the main entry.

    Mike and Dawn are slowly restoring and renovating everything themselves, and thus far have remodeled the kitchen, added an in-ground fiberglass kidney shaped pool, outdoor shower, pool house/Tiki bar and stamped concrete patio.  Future plans include modifying a rear den into a sunroom overlooking the pool area, and renovating all three bathrooms.  Mike is interested in energy conservation and new technology, and has equipped the home with a security system and cameras, wifi, and is currently installing a hybrid solar heat pump system, which uses solar energy to convert the refrigerant from a liquid into a gas, reducing the load on the compressor.  He also plans to install a reflective radiant barrier in the full height attic, to assist with energy conservation. 

    This is a gorgeous home and will be decorated for the Christmas holidays in evergreen swags up the curving banister leading to the second floor and around all four fireplace mantels.  There will be several decorated Christmas trees throughout and a snowman in the entryway to greet the guests.

    The tour will include the home of David and Rosemarie Bland and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

    The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

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  18. Crater Community Hospice and Comfort Zone Camp to Host Holiday Family Grief Program in Petersburg

    Richmond, Va. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Comfort Zone Camp, in partnership with Crater Community Hospice (CCH), will host a Family Grief Program that is designed to help families navigate grief during the holiday season. The program will help those who have experienced a death in the family learn fun, safe and creative ways to honor their loved one through dynamic activities.

    The Family Grief Program will take place at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (512 W. Washington Street in Petersburg) on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.The program is free of charge, though space is limited and advance registration is required.

    “The holiday season -- the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s -- can often be a difficult time for families who have experienced a death,” said Mary Beth McIntire, chief executive officer of Comfort Zone Camp. “We are happy to be partnering with a wonderful community organization to help families find ways to support each other during this time and find healthy ways to cope.”

    “CCH has been providing adult support groups for many years. The entire family really is the unit of care for hospice and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate by joining efforts and reaching out to all family members who are grieving a loss,” said Brenda Mitchell, chief executive officer of Crater Community Hospice.

    In addition, the program is seeking volunteers for the Family Grief Program. Atraining session for volunteers will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The training session takes place at Crater Community Hospice located at 3916 S. Crater Road in Petersburg.

    Toregister for the Family Grief Program, or for more information, contact:

    Ally Singer | asinger@comfortzonecamp.org | (804) 377-3430

    Patti Cox | pcox@cratercommunityhospice.org  | (804) 840-6454

    About Comfort Zone Camp

    This year Comfort Zone began the 17th year of its camp program, which was born out of a desire to provide a caring community and safe haven in which children who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling are heard, understood, andtaught healthy ways to process their grief. Since its founding, over 14,000children have attended its camps across the country.

    Comfort Zone Camp provides children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian with professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills. Programs are held year-round in locations throughout the United States. Comfort Zone also partners with local community nonprofits and foundations across the country to provide specialized programs for children, teens, and young adults. For more information, visit www.comfortzonecamp.org.

    About Crater Community Hospice

    Crater Community Hospice is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the community on serious illness and end of life concerns and provide families and patients with quality care and supportive services. CCH was established in 1995 after a need for hospice services was identified by both John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. At that time both facilities were community hospitals and recognized that a community-based hospice could better serve the local community. With a vested interest in the community, CCH strives to provide not only high quality hospice services but also multiplecommunity services necessary to improve upon the overall quality of life to all who reside in the area. For more information, visit www.cratercommunityhospice.org.

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  19. Register Now for Truck Driver Training

    Coming in November to Greensville County; Truck Driver Training through Southside Virginia Community College! Train now for a great well paying job.   The class will begin on November 7, 2016 and will run for six weeks, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  at the facility located on U.S. 58 east of Emporia.  SVCC's program is an excellent school turning out qualified drivers that are in high demand.  Pre-registration is required so contact the school at 434 292 3101 or visit our website at www.southside.edu for more information.  There is assistance with tuition so call soon to register for this exciting program to put you on the road to success.

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  20. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Selling Named Bricks For The New Hospital

    As part of the $3.5 million Health Care For Life Capital Campaign, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is offering a unique naming opportunity at the new hospital, according to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at VCU Health CMH.

    “The new hospital will have a healing garden that will include a brick plaza that can have engraved bricks that citizens and businesses can purchase,” he said.

    “An engraved brick is an ideal way to leave your mark, honor someone or memorialize a loved one. Each brick can be engraved with your name or the name of a friend or family member,” he continued. “What a great way to be remembered and to acknowledge special occasions such as a baptism, wedding, graduation or just to support our community hospital. The brick is laser engraved for maintenance-free care and has a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. Your gift will help to support the VCU Health Community Memorial Foundation’s efforts to assist the hospital in providing much needed services for all residents in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.”

    According to Kurz, a personalized brick to be placed in the new brick plaza outside the cafe in the new VCU Health CMH is just $500.  This is for a 4x8 brick with three lines of 20 characters on each line or the brick can include a piece of clip-art from a variety of options with three lines of 12 characters each.

    Kurz added that a second option is available as well.

    “We have 8x8 bricks with up to four lines of type with 20 characters available. This brick will look different than the rest of the bricks and there are only 98 available. These bricks are just $1,500 and you may purchase an 8x8 brick with clip-art for the same price. These 8x8 bricks have four lines of text with 12 characters per line,” he added.

    The new hospital will provide health care to thousands of people locally and reduce the need for them to travel during difficult times in their lives, plus offer an added level of invaluable support because of CMH’s affiliation with VCU Health in Richmond.

    According to Kurz, a­­­­ll information on the bricks must conform to social etiquette and must not be derogatory, illegal or suggestive. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital reserves the right to exclude any bricks deemed inappropriate.

    Deadline to order bricks to assure inclusion for the grand opening of the hospital is February 10, 2017.  To purchase a brick or for more information call (434) 774-2575.

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  21. Storage Auctions Remain Strong

    Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on November 5

    EMPORIA, Va. -- What's behind that door? What hidden gems could be on the other side? The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

    The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its newest location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

    "The popularity of hit TV shows like 'Storage Wars' really generates a huge interest in storage unit auctions. And there’s no slowing down. The intrigue in storage auctions is as strong as ever, maybe even more so. There's such mystery. You never know what you're going to find," said auctioneer Carla Harris, known to Richmond radio listeners and TV audiences as "Carla Cash."

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

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

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

    "Storage auctions are a great way to buy, plus they’re fun. If you're a collector, someone who buys and sells, or simply a treasure hunter, you'll find something unique for sure," Harris said.

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

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  22. Local Organization Receives Medication Assistance Grant

    Richmond, VA –   The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded

    $25,223 to Southern Dominion Health Services for a medication assistance caseworker (MAC) to help obtain prescription medicines for their sick, uninsured patients.

    The grant is a portion of $1.6 million awarded to 37 organizations throughout Virginia as part of VHCF’s RxRelief Virginia (RxRVa) initiative, which was expanded in 2016 with an increase in state funds.  It now funds 51 MACs in 80 of Virginia’s 134 localities.

    “VHCF has long made medication assistance for low income uninsured Virginians a priority because prescription medicines are often essential to successful treatment of chronic illnesses,” said VHCF Executive Director Deborah Oswalt. “Can you imagine having a debilitating disease like diabetes or high blood pressure and having to do without the medicine to stabilize you, because you can’t afford it?”

    During FY16, RxRVa MACs helped 14,923 uninsured Virginians obtain nearly $121 million (average wholesale price) in free prescription medicines using only

    $1.6 million in state funds.  “VHCF invests and leverages funding to provide maximum positive impact,” continued Oswalt.

    The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992.

    Since its inception, it has funded 380 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians.  For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit www.vhcf.org or call (804) 828-5804.

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  23. Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program post-storm recommendations

    In wake of Hurricane Matthew, property owners are reminded to exercise caution

    RICHMOND, Va.—The Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program is reminding citizens who suffer property damage as a result of severe weather to take precautions before approving repairs to their home or vehicle.

    Policyholders shouldn’t hire a contractor or mechanic until they’ve confirmed with their insurance provider that the work is covered.

    John Huddleston, president of the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (VAIASIU), said standard homeowner’s policies don’t typically cover flood damage but auto insurance policies sometimes do.

    Huddleston also warned policyholders against fly-by-night contractors that sometimes surface after a severe weather event.

    “Take care of your safety first,” Huddleston said. “Protect property from further damage. Make prompt notification to carriers. And always make sure you check out a potential contractor’s background.”

    It’s recommended that consumers hire licensed contractors. Consumers can confirm licensure and view any past disciplinary actions on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website at www.dpor.virginia.gov.

    First Sgt. Steve Hall, Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program coordinator, said that property owners also have a responsibility in how they handle claims.

    “Use your insurance coverage, that’s what it’s there for,” he said. “But don’t get carried away. If you try to claim pre-existing damage or inflate your claim to recoup deductibles or premiums, that’s attempting to obtain money by false pretense, and it’s illegal.”

    More than $21 million in fraudulent claims were collected in Virginia last year and another $19.6 million in fraudulent claims were attempted. Nationally, insurers are estimated to lose more than $80 billion each year to insurance fraud.

    “Those losses get passed to the consumer,” Hall said. “Insurance fraud ultimately costs each Virginian hundreds of dollars each year.”

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  24. SVCC FAculty and Staff Recognized

    During the recent Virginia Community Colleges Association meeting held at Wintergreen, four members of the Southside Virginia Community College staff and faculty were recognized as Showcase Recipients.  This award recognizes hard work and dedication to their individual colleges and the overall mission of the Virginia Community College System.  Congratulating the Showcase winners is Stephen Walker of Charlotte Court House, President-Elect of the VCCA and SVCC faculty (Left to Right)and winners are Sharon P. Freeman of Lawrenceville, Associate Professor of English, Christanna Campus, Rosa Townsend of Victoria, College Librarian and Adjunct Associate Professor on the John H. Daniel Campus, Christie C. Hales, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for SVCC, and Robert J. Blackwell of Keysville, Trade Technician III of John H. Daniel Campus. 

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  25. Community Is Our Middle Name

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    We are Southside Virginia Community College. “Southside Virginia” describes the geographic area we serve. “College” explains our function as an institution of postsecondary education. But “Community” is what characterizes our mission. Community stands at the core of our purpose and in the middle of our name. Community binds the people and places of our region together as we share our lives, our challenges, and our dreams.

    Admittedly, some of the challenges have been significant. But challenges only serve to make us stronger. For example, business start-ups have increased every year for the past three years (from 214 to 308 to 353). Employment rates also show recovery. Regional unemployment stood at 10.5% in 2010, and the most recent Virginia Employment Commission figures peg it at 5.5%. The College promotes regional and individual prosperity through a wide slate of education opportunities. Earlier this year, SVCC awarded Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Science, and other credentials to more than 1,300 students, opening many doors of opportunity. Furthermore, for the eighth year in a row, SVCC was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    SVCC faculty and staff also maintain strong community connections. With more than 300 full-time and part-time employees, the College’s workforce constitutes an armada of volunteers. They serve in areas such as fire departments and rescue squads. They distribute food and clothing, provide health care, and keep our region beautiful by picking up litter. SVCC employees serve on non-profit boards and committees, help out at festivals, and assist in schools, nursing homes, and churches. They help build and repair houses, volunteer as coaches, and give their blood—literally. By example, they lead students into lifestyles characterized by helping others.

    SVCC student organizations include the Human Services Club, whose members seek to address needs among the elderly, young, and mentally challenged members of the community. The Student Government Association networks with legislators to find solutions to educational issues. The Minority Awareness Programming Club sponsors an annual African-American History month program and raises funds for charitable organizations. The Automotive Club sponsors car care clinics, and the Wellness Club offers workshops and community outreach programs to promote healthy lifestyles. Student Veterans of America provides encouragement to veterans and spouses of veterans, and members of Student Ambassadors honor the value of giving back to the community through outreach and volunteer projects. These are just a few of many examples.

    When SVCC staff and students join hands with neighbors and others, Southside Virginia becomes a place where unity strengthens our relationships and prepares us for the future. SVCC’s Annual Report includes more details about the ways in which the College helps put the “unity” into our Community. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact me at 434-949-1004 or al.roberts@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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  26. Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Breathe New Life into STEM Takes Flight Initiative

    RICHMOND — Students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields statewide will continue to have access to some of the best and brightest minds at NASA, thanks to an agreement between Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC).

    The extended STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges NASA Research Experience Program will provide a total of 23 students per year for 2017 and 2018, potentially one from each college, with a rigorous research experience at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton or NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

    Dr. Van Wilson, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student services for Virginia’s Community Colleges, describes the program as competitive and hands-on.

    “NASA provides some of the best and brightest of their scientists to work side-by-side with these students. In addition to the technological component, the students also learn the importance of so-called soft skills like teamwork and communication.”

    While NASA officials will ultimately determine which students are selected, Wilson says Virginia’s Community Colleges’ responsibility will be to solicit applications from talented and qualified students who are aligned with NASA’s mission and objectives.

    Wilson adds that participating students will be involved in the same kind of problem-solving challenges NASA engineers face every day.

    “Some of the things that these students are doing, it really is rocket science. It is a level of engagement in STEM that other students just don’t have the opportunity to do.”

    TheSTEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges NASA Research Experience Program is designed to foster community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation with an associate degree or transfer to a four-year institution. It also embraces the VCCS goals of increasing access to affordable education and training in preparation for workforce success. The program is made possible by joint funding from the VCCS and the VSGC.

    STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges NASA Research Experience Program partners include: the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility.

    The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is part of NASA’s Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. VSGC affiliate members include: Virginia Community College System; College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, Science Museum of Virginia, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Virginia Department of Education, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Air and Space Center, and Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology.

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  27. Thomas W. Meehan Elected to Jackson-Feild Home’s Foundation Board

    Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

    Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

    Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

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  28. 2016 BA Homecoming Court

    The Brunswick Academy Homecoming Court 2016 - (l to r) - Logan Hyde, Allie Pope, Sydney Robertson,  Karly Blackwell, Katherine Daniel, Samantha Woyer, Shirlkay Poarch, Leslie Qu, Claire Gregory, Hannah Waller, and Olivia Combs.  Crown bearer, Ryan Howerton and Flower Girl, Avery Griffin.

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  29. SVCC Fighting Childhood Hunger

    Make It Happen and Empowered Women Groups at Southside Virginia Community College are joining with Gamma Lambda Omega to collect healthy snacks for hungry children through a Childhood Hunger Drive. Drop off locations are on the Christanna Campus A Building Lobby, Student Lounge and Faculty Lounge. Items needed include applesauce and fruit cups, crackers and pretzels, raisins and dried fruit, trail mix without peanuts and breakfast bars. The men of Make It Happen shown here are Kaleb Greene, Andre Harrell and Raquan Richardson. The drive will run through October 25, 2016.

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  30. CornerStone Market Celebrates Two Day Grand Opening Event

    On Wednesday and Thursday of last week CornerStone Market and CornerStone Subway celebrated their official Grand Opening.

    In addition to $3000 worth of Door Prizes that included a new gas grill and 42 inch television, there was a prize wheel, free hot dogs, free Hunt Brother's Pizza, free energy shot samples and samples of Razzle Ice cream.

    Hundreds of people received discounts of their gasoline purchase; one customer received 22 cents off per gallon. The maximum discount was 50 cents.

    Below are photos of the event.

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  31. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center Earns Reaccreditation

    EMPORIA, VA(October 10, 2016)– Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center recently received program reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

    “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the sleep center at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving reaccreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Ronald D. Chervin, AASM president. “SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”               

    To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

    “Our sleep center team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with sleep disorders” explains Rakesh Sood, MD, Medical Director of SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center. “I am proud that we have once again been recognized by the AASM for providing high-quality care.”

    More than 80 types of sleep disorders exist, including sleep apnea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome, all of which can significantly impact an individual’s overall health. SVRMC’s Sleep Disorders Center performs sleep studies on both children (age 12+) and adults in a comfortable, home-like environment. Call 434.348.4422 or visit SVRMC.com for more information.

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  32. Meherrin River Expected to Crest at 24 Feet

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Meherrin River is expected to crest at 24.3 feet.  Action stage for the Meherrin River is 13 feet.  24.3 feet is Moderate Flood Stage, and low lying areas can expect to see flooding and water covered streets.  Areas of the City prone to flooding will likely be the only areas effected.  Cener Street and Park Avenue and the Meherrin River Park will see high water in backyards.  Expect high water in sections of Center Street. Please use caution and be aware of alternate routes.

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  33. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for September, 2016

    Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services and W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented George Baskerville, Facility Engineering Maintenance Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for September.  There to congratulate George was Archie McCartney, Director of Facility Engineering.  George has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 37 years and resides in Brodnax, VA.  His dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make him a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.   

    The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “George always goes above and beyond for the hospital and staff.  He is always pleasant and hard working.  Recently, he helped a doctor move heavy boxes to his vehicle even though, he was off the clock.  George is very caring and considerate to others and always has a positive attitude. George receives many “Team Member of the Month” nominations because he is very caring and a hard worker.  He goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.  He is very deserving of this recognition.”

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

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  34. Learn About Pond Aquaculture/Aquaponics

    Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold its 29th annual Aquaculture Field Day on Oct. 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick.

    Participants will learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponics production, marketing and harvesting.  

    A $10 per person registration fee includes lunch. To register for this event, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or email dbjones@vsu.edu. If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to 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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  35. William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr.

    William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr., widower of Audrey Allen Whitehead passed away Friday, October 7, 2016. He is survived by a son, William F. “Billy” Whitehead, Jr. and wife, Shirley of Prince George; daughter, Kathie W. Little and husband, Allen of Skippers; grandchildren, Shirley Yeary and husband, James, William F. “Will” Whitehead, III and wife, Tracey, Corey Whitehead, Kimberly Hafey and husband, Brad and Megan Jones and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Kelsea Roussell, Christian Roussell, Caila Aluisio and husband, Jordan, Bryannah Whitehead, Miranda Whitehead, Wyatt Whitehead, Rachel Kidd and Ethan Kidd; one great-great-grandson, Cayson Grant Hudgins; a brother, Walter C. “Bubba” Whitehead and wife, Carolyn; a sister, Audrey Doenges and husband, Gary and special friend, Bernice Childress. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 11. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Dr., Richmond, Virginia 23238. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.


  36. Field Day Focuses on Pastures and Forages To Help VA Small Farmers Meet High Demand For Goat and Sheep Meat

    Pastures and forages will be the focus of Small Ruminant Field Day scheduled on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program, the educational event will inform goat and sheep producers about forages to plant and how to best manage and maintain them. Forages are bulky grazing animal foods such as grass or hay. "Forages and pastures are important when considering nutritional requirements but are just as salient to parasite control," said Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, VSU small ruminant extension specialist.

    The program is $10 per person, which includes lunch, as well as hands-on hoof-trimming, drenching and vaccination demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to bring weeds from their property to have them identified by an on-site pasture weed specialist. “By identifying weeds, ranchers can employ safe, targeted methods of reducing a pasture’s weed load to maximize the nutrient-dense forage their animals need,” said O’Brien.

    There is large and an unfilled demand for goat and sheep meat in the major cities of the United States, including metropolitan areas in Virginia. It is a staple of many ethnic groups, with about 60 to 70 percent of the world regularly eating goat meat. According to North Carolina State University, since 1991, the United States is a net importer of goat meat. In 2014, 43,188 million pounds of goat meat were imported for a total value of $94.7 million, compared to 2,994 million pounds in 1990 for a total value of $1.9 million. As populations from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean increase, so does the demand for these meats, with goats and sheep of all ages often fetching premium prices.  Because goats and sheep can be raised on relatively small amounts of land, this lends an opportunity for many of Virginia’s smaller farmers to fill this niche. Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU focuses on providing Extension assistance to the Commonwealth’s small, historically underserved and limited resource farmers and ranchers.

    This year’s Small Ruminant Field Day is part of VSU’s interdisciplinary pilot program called “Goatober.” The program aims to grow Virginia’s goat industry through the month of October by helping goat farmers tackle their two major business obstacles: consumers’ lack of knowledge on how to find local goat farmers and their products, as well as their unfamiliarity with how to prepare goat meat. This initiative aims to introduce goat meat to Virginia consumers by raising awareness on how to prepare tasty goat dishes, as well as, where to find local producers.

    To register for this event, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-6960 or email mklein@vsu.edu.

    If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-6960 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to 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.


  37. SBA Announces $18.8M to Support Small Business Trade Growth

    2016 STEP awards support Virginia investments in small business export programs

    RICHMOND – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), today announced $359,461 to support export growth among small businesses in Virginia.  The funding was awarded through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

    “Exporting provides tremendous opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power can be found outside of the United States, but only about one percent of America’s 28 million small businesses are reaching customers beyond our borders.  Exporting is an important growth opportunity for small businesses ready to expand their reach into new and increasingly borderless global markets.  These STEP awards, in addition to SBA's export loans and U.S. Export Assistance Centers, help small businesses across our nation have the tools, resources and relationships they need to take their businesses global.”

    “Small businesses in the Richmond District Office are increasingly engaging in the ever evolving global market place,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.  “Through our STEP awards, Virginia can transform more small businesses to become exporters and expand their export sales. In the process, these small businesses create jobs and strengthen communities.”

    STEP awards were created to advance key priorities identified in the President’s National Export Initiative, namely to expand the base of small businesses that become exporters and to make the exporting process as easy as possible for small businesses.  Recipients of STEP awards in the first three rounds (FY 2011, 2012, 2014) reported a strong return on federal taxpayer investment, generating $22 in U.S. small business export sales for every $1 awarded.

    These awards are granted to U.S. states and territories to support programs that help small businesses expand their export-related activities.  This includes participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services for access to international markets, as well as the design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, export training workshops and more.

    STEP funds allow small businesses the opportunity to meet foreign buyers face-to-face at trade shows or on trade missions, and complement SBA’s export loan guaranty programs, which can finance the working capital needed to complete export orders and in turn help finance the expansion of production facilities due to export success.  Loans are available up to $5 million.  More information can be obtained from SBA’s Export Finance Mangerslocated at 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers across the country.

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  38. An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires

    After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it’s virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she’s been to our organization.

    Ann has a special place in her heart for children. As a former administrator for mental health services in Martinsville, she saw up-close and personally the complex issues that are involved with mental health disorders and the toll it takes on children and families.

    In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she – and Jackson-Feild – appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

    Ann took special pride in our golf tournament – a monumental effort that she coordinated from its inception. Because she wanted every golfer to have a good time, no detail was overlooked. Ann often woke up in the middle of the night remembering a task or issue that needed attention. She kept lists and checked them twice… and often thrice. She followed up on promises of support. She personally thanked each and every player for spending their day to help raise funds for special projects the benefited our children.

    Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees and long-time Co-Chair of the Golf Committee tells us, “Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She’s been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors.”

    Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she’s established with donors and co-workers, she’s looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. We have it on good authority that things she will not miss include straightening up the storage room and defrosting the freezer in the Development Office!
    Ann’s “can do” attitude and her devotion to Jackson-Feild will be hard to replace, but our wish for her is that every day of her retirement is filled with joy and happiness.


    L-R: Katherine Crawford, Ann, Dave Chaffins, and Winston Chaffins help celebrate Ann’s retirement at a luncheon at Stella's in Richmond

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  39. Brunswick Academy Honor Roll Grades 3-8

    All “A’s”

    Grade 3- Bayne Carroll, Ricky Grassel

    Grade 4- Aiden Powell

    Grade 5- Natalie Hall, Savannah Nunnally, Chris Parrish, Nick Parrish, Dava Turner

    Grade 6- Rahilly Abernathy, Laura Betlack, Grayson Bottoms, Eric Crane, Meredith Greene, Katelyn Lambert, Cassidy Smith

    Grade 7- Harrison Harper, Matthew Moseley, Sydney Paul, Bryson Poarch, Lydia Smith, Jacky Zhu

    Grade 8- Tyler Creedle, Austin Dornak, Hunter Greene, Brady Talbert

    “A & B”

    Grade 3- Bryce Abernathy, Aubrey Corum, Olivia Evans, Riley Griffen, Cali Pegram, Mankirit Singh

    Grade 4- Natalie Allen, McKenna Bryant, Dawson Clary, Jake McAden, Lily Grace Coleman, Landon Edwards, Emma Jones, Abbie Grace Lucy, Caitlyn Moore, Vidhi Patel, Raleigh Pierce, Megan Ramsey, Alaina Jane Roberts, Jourdyn Roberts, Collin Wray, Marshall Wray

    Grade 5- Jason Capps, Drew Daniel, Berkeley Jones, Sara King, Bryn Montgomery,

    Parth Patel, Charlie Pope, Lane Whitehead, Denver Wright

    Grade 6- Madison Baugus, Garrett Cobb, Cullen Corum, Ian Fajna, Matthew Gullivan, Ashton Phillips, Noah Sadler, Ashleigh Sasser, Allison Short, Madeline Tripp, Noah Waller, Davis Whitehead, Mayzie Wrenn, Zachariah Wright

    Grade 7- Brett Allen, Colby Elliott, Shana Love, Everett Lynch, Trey Mitchell, Alyssa Rivas, Emily Roberts, Matthew Woyer

    Grade 8- Brysen Diefert, Kennedy Greene, Meredith Lucy, Andrew Myrick, Cole Owen, Kyle Powell, Naomi Sadler, Kaitlyn Waller, Christian Williams, Claire Wright

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  40. "Which Eye Is Closed"

    We're tearing down monuments and pulling down flags
    So we can forget what used to be
    Yet we spend millions on a slavery museum
    So our young and newborn can see.
    If one would open both eyes
    They could see this isn't right
    You may lay ground for the future
    But the past is out of sight.
    So many know so little
    Of what happened way back then
    They make up stories to suit their cause
    Yet don't know why or when.
    We're forgetting our poor and homeless
    For complaining makes more news
    It;s not good to destroy unity
    But that is what so many choose.
    Another day shall pass on by
    And from light to dark it'll turn
    Yet we;ll still have people on our streets
    The facts of life will never learn.
    Roy E. Schepp

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  41. Library wants Yearbooks

    The Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking donations of local school yearbooks to include in a yearbook digitization project. Working with the Library of Virginia, MRLS is looking to the public to donate yearbooks especially from the years 1977 and before. Local public and private schools of Brunswick and Greensville counties may be included in the project. Donations are needed before October 26th and may be dropped off at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The books will be used for digitization and then added to the library’s permanent reference collection. For more information or questions call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539.


  42. William Stratton Finch

    William Stratton Finch, 60, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Barbara R. Finch; two sons, Anthony W. Finch and wife, Devin and Jordy Finch; daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis and husband, Nick; three grandchildren, Bryce, Steven and Camryn; brother-in-law, James J. Rawlings and his faithful canine companion, “Snickers”. Mr. Finch was preceded in death by a son, Lynn S. Finch. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 at Zion Baptist Church, Skippers, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  43. Subway Holds Sub Cutting




    On Friday, CornerStone Market BP and Subway had its Ribbon Cutting with the Emporia Chamber of Commerce but in celebration of the business, it was actually a Sub Cutting.  A string of 12 subs was assembled for the home baked Sub Cutting.  Following the cutting, CornerStone Market BP and Subway hosted a reception for the Chamber representatives and guests.

    This week the attention of CornerStone Market BP and Subway will be the two Grand Opening events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 5th and 6thCornerStone Subway will be hosting the first event on Wednesday with CornerStone Market BP hosting on Thursday.  During the Wednesday Subway Grand Opening, everyone will be able to purchase a $5 Footlong Sub from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM (Limit one per person).  Also with any purchase, you will get a free fresh baked cookie.  “We are glad to celebrate having Subway back in our community and our Grand Opening is a special thank you for the overwhelming support since our opening,” said Jill Slate, CornerStone Subway owner.

    In celebration of both events, there will be a Grand Opening Registration on Wednesday and Thursday that will include but not limited to:

    • 48” LED Samsung TV
    • Monster Energy Drone
    • Ray Ban Sunglasses
    • Rockzilla Monster Truck
    • LP Gas Grill
    • Grizzly Cooler
    • BP Gift Cards
    • $50 Outback Gift Card
    • Sundrop Wireless Speaker
    • Gift Basket

    One registration per person for these prizes can be made in the CornerStone Market BP.  You do not need to be present to win. 

    Also on Wednesday, CornerStone associates will be at the dispensers showing each customer how to IMMEDIATELY SAVE UP TO 50¢ PER GALLON on their gas or diesel purchase and how to register going forward for the BP Rewards program.  For the first 90 days on the BP Rewards program, you will average saving 24¢ per gallon for each $32 spent on gas or diesel.   That is almost $3.00 off each transaction of 12 gallons.  After 90 days, the BP program offering will be 10¢ for every $100 purchased ongoing.  The BP Rewards program is the largest major oil company promotion over the last 30 years and to get registered, you need to come by in October and see the staff.  To make this very simple, on Thursday, there will be onsite registrations being done by the CornerStone staff.

    CornerStone Market BP was recently recognized by BP for the most new BP Rewards registrations in a week in the state of Virginia.  CornerStone Market BP will be celebrating this event on Wednesday and Thursday by breaking their current registration record.  Come be part of history and enjoy the fuel savings every day.

    CornerStone Market BP and Subway will continue the Grand Opening festivities on Thursday with a number of specials starting at 10:00 AM and going until 5:00 PM:

    • On Wednesday and Thursday, everyone will be able to win up to 50¢ per gallon on their gas and diesel purchases.  Our CornerStone staff will be helping you with your savings.
    • Something new on Thursday will be onsite live BP Rewards registrations done by CornerStone staff.  Getting set-up with your own loyalty number will take less than a minute.
    • Everyone will get a complimentary (Limit one per person while supplies last):

    o   Grilled Hot dog

    o   Slice of Hunt Brothers pizza

    o   Soft serve Ice Cream samples

    • All soft serve ice cream, Razzles and milk shakes are BOGO for the day.  Milk shakes are a new addition to the soft serve and Razzle program.  The soft serve ice cream comes in 8 tasty flavors.
    • Everyone will also get a complimentary spin on the SPIN-N-WIN wheel loaded with prizes.  Everyone is guaranteed to win a prize (one spin per person).
    • In the Grand Opening, over $3,000 in prizes and savings are available to the community as a Thank You for your overwhelming support of the CornerStone project.

    CornerStone Market BP and Subway is located at 501 West Atlantic Street and is opened 24 hours a day.  It is a new local company owned by Clint Slate, Chris Slate, Billy Slate and Stratford Ward.  Clint, Chris and Billy Slate are the owners of Slate and Spivey Inc., a third generation family owned general contractor.  Slate and Spivey was founded in 1944 and is the general contractor for this project.  The other partner, Stratford Ward, is the owner of Little Oil Company of Richmond, Virginia, a family business operated for 95 years.  Little Oil Company is a third generation oil distributor that supplies fuel to over 100 convenience store owners in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. 

    CornerStone Market and Subway will be the Slates’ first venture into the c-store and fast food industry.  “We have owned these lots for years.  The lots have always had great potential for commercial development and we are glad that the timing has worked out to move forward with this project that will create additional jobs and tax base to the City of Emporia,” said Clint Slate.

    Little Oil Company is currently celebrating their 95th year of business distributing fuel.  “It is very interesting that in our 95th year, we are venturing back into the retail side of the fuel industry, c-store and fast food that we have not done in more than 18 years,” said Barry Grizzard, Sales Manager of Little Oil Company.  Little Oil distributes BP, CITGO, EXXON, MOBIL, PURE and VALERO brands of gas and diesel fuel.

    The West Atlantic street area is part of the Emporia Enterprise Zone that is currently being revitalized.  In this general area, many businesses have relocated to other sites or have closed.  The Enterprise Zone is a successful project of the City with recent improvements to the area.  Currently tourists coming off I-95 northbound currently go out to the bypass to be able to enter the City business area.  With the opening of CornerStone Market, a new traffic pattern will be forming as cars enter Emporia from West Atlantic Street.


  44. Arthur Wyche Allen

    Arthur Wyche Allen, 80, widower of Shirley Prince Allen, passed away Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. He was the son of the late Bernie Beck Allen and Carrie Taylor Allen and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Irma Lee Allen and Ida Wrenn and four brothers, Milton Allen, S.T. Allen, Luther Allen and John Allen. He is survived by a son, Dale Allen; daughter Anita Wong; two grandchildren, Jason Wong and Kevin Allen and fiance’, Tonia and her children, Zoe, Makayla, Payton, Owen and Ethan, a great-granddaughter, Alyssa “Sugar Girl” Allen; two sisters, Josephine Covington and Esther Allen; a brother, Alfred A. Allen and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.