October 2017


    At approximately 08:40 am on October 28, 2017 the Emporia Police Department received a call for service in the 600 block of Temple Avenue.  Upon arrival Officers observed an open window and made entry into the residence to locate an unresponsive victim with apparent trauma to his head.  The victim was identified as James W. Webb of 606 Temple Avenue Emporia, Virginia.  The Greensville County Rescue Squad responded to the scene and Mr. Webb was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he received from the unknown assailant(s).  In the course of the police investigation it was determined that the suspects took Mr. Webb’s 2015 Ford vehicle that was parked in the driveway at 606 Temple Avenue.  As a result of the missing vehicle the Emporia Police Department put out a nationwide broadcast for Mr. Webb’s vehicle being stolen.

    The crime scene was processed by Lieutenant Jerry Wright, Sergeant Troy Hawkins of the Emporia Police Department and Special Agent Stuart Williams of the Virginia State Police.  Detectives identified, collected and packaged evidence from the crime scene and have been working on information and leads throughout Saturday. 

    At approximately 8:30 pm Mr. Webb’s vehicle was located in Washington DC, with two male occupants.  The male occupants are in custody and detectives will be traveling to Washington, DC on October 29, 2017 to interview the two suspects in custody.  Police had received information throughout the day that the vehicle was in the Washington DC area and Metropolitan Police Officers eventually located it.

    The Emporia Police Department offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of James Webb.  This tragic and senseless violence has no place in our society

    If anyone has any information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects involved in this crime are asked to call the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121 or the Crime Line at 434-634-1111.  

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  2. Pumpkin Patch Carves Out New Agribusiness Niche

    In fairy tales, pumpkins turn into coaches; in Dundas, Virginia pumpkins turn into the latest successful agribusiness venture for one farm family. Producing and providing ‘genuine farm charm’ is the way the Parrish family has reinvented agribusiness on a four-generation piece of land in Lunenburg County called the Parrish Pumpkin Patch.

    Currently, two students of the Southside Virginia Community College Agribusiness program have the cool job of working there as interns. Students gain hands-on experience to complement classroom training and determine if the responsibilities of the internship position match future full-time employment interests. The internship can also provide insights into many different facets of the business.

    The Parrish’ family has been instrumental to the College’s Agribusiness program by providing internships and jobs to students. Casey Early of Keysville interns at the PPP. She has plans to continue her SVCC studies by transferring to Virginia Tech. Caitlin Lee of Kenbridge is also interning at the pumpkin farm and plans to continue studies online for her four-year degree. Other SVCC students who have been a part of the Patch team include Taylour Edmonds, Kelli Haizlip, Wade Bagley, Will Daniel and Taylor Robbins Edmonds said of her experience, “It was a job: I got paid, I worked, I hustled, I complained on occasion, I sweated, I organized, and so on. I did not, however, ever have a day at Parrish Pumpkin Patch that I did not look forward to.”

    This innovative farm provides a great ‘lab’ for classes at the College. Recently, a class from the College spent a day at the farm observing the events as three school busloads of children descended.

    PPP is a family affair and the idea was hatched by Liz and Jeff Parrish about nine years ago. With help from their three children and their parents, the venture has grown and morphed into a portion of the farm’s annual income. They grow pumpkins from seeds in flats, transfer to the ground and tend to them until harvest.

    Besides getting a pumpkin at the patch, entertainment includes an Imax theater experience in a repurposed 75-foot silo, a hayride, trip through a corn maze, farm animals and corn bins to jump in. There are also places to take photos and picnic. The pumpkin patch operates seven days a week during the month of October.

    Jeff Parrish noted that the farm combines the old with the new. He said they still farm soybeans, corn and pumpkins in a place where a dairy farm stood for forty years. The farm has been featured on the Virginia Is For Lovers website as a fall event.

    The parrishpumpkinpatch.com website tells the whole story. As noted in the About Us section, “The family’s favorite part of the May-November process is the PEOPLE along the journey; their supporters and staff, returning faithfuls and all the newcomers, young and old. But especially, the gratification felt by being able to run the business at their farm, where at the end of each draining day, they can take a short walk to the back door of their humble abode, and crash.”

    Eli Parrish, son and integral part of the operation, studied Agribusiness at SVCC and now attends Virginia Tech to complete a four-year degree. 


  3. Mr. James Warren “Jimmie” Webb

    Mr. James Warren “Jimmie” Webb, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Saturday at his home. He was 79. A U.S. Navy veteran, Jimmie was born in Greensville County to the late Shelton Short Webb Sr. and Anita Crane Webb. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sons, Jonathan W. Webb and Gregory W. Webb. Jimmie was beloved by his neighbors for his kindness and a friend to many in Emporia.

    He is survived by his daughter Rose Webb Lee and her husband Southgate Lee Jr.  Of Capron, sister Elsie Meade Webb of Emporia, his brother S.S. “Biddy” Webb Jr. of Suffolk, granddaughter Amanda Lee Campbell and great granddaughter Catherine Alexis Jones, both of South Carolina.

    Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 31 at Echols Funeral and Cremation Service from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

    Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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    650+ Summonses & Arrests by Virginia State Troopers

    RICHMOND – A two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that spanned 15 states along the Interstate 95 corridor last week resulted in more than 650 total traffic summonses and arrests by Virginia State Police.

    On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia troopers cited 195 speeders and 61 drivers were charged with aggressive driving or other dangerous moving violations. Troopers also cited 35 motorists for failing to wear a seat belt and another 14 for child restraint violations. A total of 11 drunk drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by troopers. Other citations issued include inspection violations, equipment violations, expired safety inspections for commercial vehicles and size or weight violations.

    In addition, Virginia troopers apprehended 21 wanted persons and made 42 criminal arrests.

    Virginia State Police troopers dedicated nearly 2,300 hours to the stepped up patrol and enforcement efforts along the 179 miles of I-95 that stretch across Virginia from the border of North Carolina to Maryland.

    “Traffic deaths are already up 12 percent this year over last and with the holiday travel season just weeks away, we cannot reinforce the ‘Drive to Save Lives’ message strongly enough,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Between October and December, crash numbers can jump by as many as 1,600 per month. With the increased potential for crashes on our highways, it’s incredibly important that all drivers do their part to buckle up, drop the distractions and make safety a priority.”

    As of Oct. 27, 2017, there have been 662 reported traffic deaths on Virginia highways. On the same date in 2016, there were 584 reported traffic fatalities, which means 78 more persons have lost their lives in traffic crashes this year than last on Virginia’s roads.

    During the multi-state “Drive to Save Lives” initiative, troopers across the 15 participating states affected a total of 4,776 traffic summonses and arrests, including 1,839 for speeding. Nearly 250 motorists were cited for seat belt violations and another 505 received citations for violations related to their driver’s license or registration. Troopers arrested 53 drivers along the I-95 corridor for drunk driving.

    Other agencies that participated in the East Coast I-95 traffic enforcement operation are State Police and Highway Patrol agencies from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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

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  5. NASS Administrator visits Virginia to speak about upcoming Census of Ag

    RICHMOND, Va. – United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Administrator Hubert Hamer will speak about the upcoming Census of Agriculture on Nov. 11, at 7:30 a.m. at the Virginia State University Small Farm Family Conference at the Holiday Inn, Charlottesville in Ruckersville, Virginia.

    Conducted once every five years, the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be mailed out to every farmer in the United States in a few weeks. It is a complete count of U.S. farms and the people who operate them. The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation.

    Data from the Census helps to inform smart decision making to make life more efficient for farmers. For example, data from the Census help:

    • Shape programs and initiatives that benefit young and beginning farmers;
    • Expand access to resources that help women, veteran and minority farmers;
    • And help farmers diversify into new markets, including local and regional food systems, specialty crops and organic production.

    Land-grant universities like Virginia State University (VSU) and Cooperative Extension programs like VSU's Small Farm Outreach Program also use the data to see where small farms are located in the state and build programs to help those farmers grow and diversify their operations.

    Representatives of the media are encouraged to attend.  Administrator Hamer and VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Director William Crutchfield will be available for interviews following the breakfast Saturday morning.  There’s an additional opportunity in advance of the conference on Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, for media to tour VSU’s research and educational farm for pictures, video and a deeper understanding of how census data translates into increased programs and services to farmers.

    WHO:             USDA NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer, William Crutchfield, Director, VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program

    WHAT:           NASS Administrator speaking at VSU Small Farm Family Conference

    WHEN:           Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

    WHERE:        Holiday Inn, Charlottesville, 5920 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, Virginia

    Saturday will begin with breakfast with Hubert Hamer, then later, lunch with Jason Brown, a former NFL player turned farmer. When Brown signed with the St. Louis Rams, he was the NFL’s highest-paid center. Five years later, he left the NFL and became a farmer.

    The conference workshops will cover the practical and business aspects of farming. There will be workshops on: agroforestry, agritourism, aquaculture, cut flowers, drones, equipment for small farms, farm to table, grapes/vineyard production, grazing, growing grain for microbreweries, industrial hemp, irrigation, mushroom growing, pest management, pesticides and herbicides, soil health, sweet potato production, urban agriculture, estate planning/farm transition, how to apply for USDA FSA loans, grant writing, marketing, social media outreach for your farm business and more. Visit the conference pagefor more details.

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  6. Emporia Man Murdered, Two in Custody

    Overnight Friday Jimmy Webb of Temple Avenue was killed and his car was stolen.

    WTVR reports that two men are in custody after the car was found in Washington, DC. Emporia Detectives are in Washington, DC to question the men, neither of whom were reported to be local.

    More information will be provided if it becomes available.

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  7. Letter - Endorsing D. Keith Prince, Jr. for City Sheriff

    Dear Editor-

    As you know, Election Season is once again upon us.

    The Democrats have a great ticket this year. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. Gov. and Mark Herring for Attorney General will all work to move Virginia forward. Delegate Roslyn Tyler, running unopposed, will once again represent the 75th District in the House of Delegates.

    In addition to the Statewide Candidates and Delegate Tyler, the Emporia-Greensville Democrats have endorsed D. Keith Prince, Jr. in the race for City Sheriff, the only contested race for a Constitutional Office.

    Keith has made saving taxpayers money a priority, and plans to pursue any and all grant opportunities to help fund the office of Emporia Sheriff, and is hopeful that the entire budget for the Sheriff’s Office can be funded with grants.

    Keith has served both in the City Sheriff’s office and as an office of the Emporia Police Department and is an Emporia Native. In addition to his years of service, Keith has a good relationship with a very diverse group of citizens.

    During his 20 years of law enforcement in this community, Keith has served on the Meherrin Drug Task Force – a multi-jurisdictional operation that covered the City of Emporia and the counties of Greensville, Southampton and Isle of Wight.

    For six years, Keith served as Detective on the Drug Interdiction detail and was given the Public Service Award by Neil McBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Keith received this award for his service on an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force on a case that spanned from Cape Cod to Miami.

    Keith’s service on this task force started with a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of 9,000 Oxycodone pills. All-in-all, thirteen people were arrested and one million dollars worth of drugs, currency and vehicles were seized and multiple unsolved cases in South Florida are now closed.  Monies seized in the line of Keith’s duties have funded the purchase of nine fully equipped police vehicles and additional equipment for the Emporia Police Department.

    Keith believes strongly in community involvement is the key to leadership, and his involvement in the community spans decades and includes service as a Board Member and Operations Officer for the Greensville County Rescue Squad and was voted the Squadsman of the Year for 1996. Keith currently serves on the Fundraising Committee for the Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School and is on the committee working to bring a Boy’s and Girl’s Club back to serve the youth of the City of Emporia and Greensville County.

    Our committee invited both candidates in the race for City Sheriff to meet with us.  Both candidates were given the opportunity to speak and were asked questions from the members present.  The unanimous decision of the group was to endorse D. Keith Prince, Jr.

    We feel that Keith will be a force for good in our community and live up to his campaign slogan – “committed to the community, dedicated to progress.”

    Both the City and County have new voting machines this year. Both use paper ballots that are marked and fed into an optical scanner. These machines are extremely easy to use.

    Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to exercise your guaranteed American Right - VOTE.

    See you at the polls.

    George Morrison, Chairman

    Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee

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  8. Election Day Is November 7th, 2017

    In case you have not seen all of the political advertisements on television over the last few weeks, there is an Election on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.

    This will be the first election using the new voting machines in both the City and County. The former direct entry voting machines were recently decertified by the State Board of Elections, forcing both localities to invest in more up-to-date technology.

    While the voting machines are made by different companies, they work the same way.

    Step one is to obtain your ballot. This works just the way it always has – give the Election Official your name and ID and they will give you a paper ballot, just as they did before the advent of electronic voting machines.

    After you receive your ballot, you will mark it by filling in the oval beside the candidate you wish to vote for. You may or may not be given a pen to mark the ballot, but any black ball-point pen will work. According to one member of the Greensville County Electoral Board you will be given a Bic pen to mark your ballot.

    Once your ballot is marked you will take it to the machine and feed it into the scanner, just like you used to do with the ballot box. Do not fold your ballot, but do follow the instructions from the Election Official when you feed your ballot into the machine.

    That is it. You’re done, you can get your sticker to let people know that you voted and enjoy the rest of your day.

    To prove how easy the process is, there is a video in this article. If you are really uncomfortable with the new process, you may take a family member of friend to help you vote

    In addition to the video, there are also images of the Sample Ballots for both the City and the County. You may click on either one to get a PDF that you can print.

    If you have any questions, need an absentee ballot, or wish to vote absentee in person, please call your General Registrar. In the City of Emporia, call Ashley Wall at (434)634-9533 or stop by the Municipal Building at 201 South Main Street (across the hall from the City Council Chamber). In the County, call Susan Conwell at (434)348-4228 or visit the Greensville County Government Center at 1781 Greensville County Circle (next to the Board of Supervisors meeting room on the south end of the building).


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  9. Carolyn E. Lifsey

    Carolyn E. Lifsey, formerly of Petersburg, Va, died on October 1, 2017 in Dallas, TX. She was 90 years old. Carolyn was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1927. She was the fourth of five children born to Roy and Estelle Lifsey and lived in Zebulon, GA for most of her childhood.

    She moved with her family to Blackstone, VA in 1944. As a young adult, she got a job as a telephone operator at the local telephone office. She relocated to Emporia, VA and became a member of Monumental United Methodist Church. 

    In 1957, she was offered a job as a telephone operator at Ft Lee, VA. To be able to accept that job, she had to buy a car and learn how to drive within a week’s time. She retired from Ft Lee after 30 years as a telephone operator and a member the civil service.

    She is survived by her sister, Dorothea Thomason of Dallas, TX, her sister-in-law, Estelle Lifsey of Emporia, VA; 8 nieces and nephews;11 great nieces and nephews, and 7 great great nieces and nephews. Graveside Service: November 4, 2017 11:00am at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. 

    Condolences may be sent to echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  10. Robert E. “Bob” Croak

    Robert E. “Bob” Croak, 65, of Capron, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017. He retired from Southampton County as a supervisor in the wastewater treatment department. He began his 43 year career starting in Lockhaven, PA. and had served a number of commercial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities.

    Mr. Croak is survived by a daughter, Ashley Dawn Croak Jones and husband, James Michael Jones; son, Justin “Jake” Croak and wife, Anna Simmons Croak; grandchildren, Robert Michael Jones, Hunter Levi Jones, Sarah Ann Jones, Elizabeth “Libby” Croak and Justin Tyler Croak; great-grandson, Justin James Croak; his mother, Lorraine Ellen Croak; sister, Debra Carol McCulley, brothers, Jeffrey Croak and wife, Joy and Randy Croak and wife, Kim and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, November 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department.

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  11. Next Emporia Storage Auction Could be a Local Record Breaker

    The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on , Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Something new this time is that several climate-controlled units are expected to be included. A common thought among seasoned storage unit buyers is that climate-controlled units can contain higher-quality items that the owner felt deserved weather protection. While, that cannot be guaranteed in this auction, it is often true.

    Multiple units will be auctioned. The final number of units will not be known until the week of; however, if forecasts remain constant, this has the potential to be Emporia's largest storage unit auction in recent history.

    The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its third location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

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

    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. A 15% buyers’ premium will apply. Please bring your own locks, as you are responsible for security of your units upon winning the bid.

    The auction will be conducted by Carla Cash Harris, Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.


  12. Jarratt Native Has a Cool Job

    This guy’s job is so cool that he was among those called to help people recover after a natural disaster.  Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and James L. Ozmar III, a native of Jarratt, is a graduate of the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Program who joined the long line of power and construction workers to help rebuild in that state. 

    A graduate of the second class of Power Line Workers held at SVCC, he began working for River City Construction a few months after his September 2016 graduation.  The company provides power line construction and maintenance and is prepared to answer the call for post storm damage, according to their website.

    Ozmar says, “All things considered, Florida was not as bad as everyone was expecting.  It was like any other storm, just in a much hotter climate and on a larger scale.”

    His team was sent to Plant City, Florida which is located near Tampa towards the west coast of the state. 

    He said, “It felt great helping the people in Florida.  Throwing that last cutout switch and hearing the whole neighborhood cheer is a feeling that just cannot be described.”

    About what he learned at the 11-week SVCC PLW program, he said, “The school taught me many skills but the most relevant would be my ability to work on hooks [climbing poles often hanging on hooks].” 

    He said there were times they faced several poles where the primary came off the insulator or when we needed to replace a jumper on poles inaccessible by bucket truck. 

    In these cases, “It is imperative to be able to work on hooks and do it with confidence, “Ozmar said.



    RICHMOND – Virginia State Police was honored with three awards during the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference held this week in Philadelphia.

    Colonel Steve Flaherty, Superintendent and 40-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, received the prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award, which is awarded annually to a law enforcement professional who has made a significant lifetime contribution to highway safety.

    The Department also received two awards recognizing its Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program and its support and assistance during a multi-agency investigation into a terrorist threat. 

    The Leadership in the Prevention of Vehicle Crimes Award

    Established in 1992, the HEAT program provides training and support to local law enforcement agencies, including grant funding, and works with citizens to spread awareness about auto theft prevention.

    The HEAT program launched an aggressive digital media campaign in 2016 that focused on auto theft prevention education. HEAT utilized its Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website to spread the message, “Take your keys or take your chances” as well as purchasing digital banner advertisements on a variety of websites. The digital campaign, which peaked during July 2016 (also Auto Theft Awareness Month), generated more than 2,300 visits to HEATreward.com that month. HEAT also released two videos during the campaign, and those have nearly 65,000 views as of October 2017.

    The Booz Allen Hamilton Leadership in the Prevention of Terrorism Award

    In summer 2016, Virginia State Police personnel working with the FBI Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force took part in a multi-agency terrorism investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Mohammed Bailor (Jalloh), age 26, for attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.

    A former member of the Virginia Army National Guard, Jalloh came to the attention of authorities in April 2016. Investigation revealed that he had intentions of conducting or assisting in a terrorist attack. After months of surveillance and information gathering, Jalloh was arrested on July 3, 2016. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release.

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    During his four decades with the Virginia State Police, Colonel Flaherty has left an indelible mark on highway safety in Virginia and beyond. Since his appointment to Superintendent on October 1, 2003, Colonel Flaherty has proven himself as an experienced, respected, and innovative leader committed to the safety of the people of Virginia. 

    As an Assistant Safety Officer and safety Officer in the VSP Safety Division, Colonel Flaherty collaborated with car manufacturers, motor vehicle and trucking associations and numerous other specialty agencies to develop and publish uniform national and international vehicle inspection standards and specifications.

    In 2000, as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Field Operations, Colonel Flaherty was instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of all BFO operational plans, administrative programs, and highway safety strategies that refined operations, enhanced services, and ensured fair and equal application of the law. One such program implemented under his leadership is the highly-effective “Operation Air, Land & Speed” traffic enforcement effort on Virginia’s interstates, utilizing off-duty troopers to augment high-visibility patrols.

    As General Chair of the State & Provincial Police Division of the IACP, he was a driving force behind the development and implementation of the U.S.-wide “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety campaign in 2014. Unprecedented in its support by state police and highway patrol leaders, police chiefs, and sheriffs, the traffic-safety initiative aimed to not only reduce traffic deaths by 15 percent, but to also improve officer safety on U.S.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, which wouldinvest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids and opioid addiction. This legislation would address a number of the critical shortcomings in the approach to combating the opioid epidemic, including the Trump Administration’s unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight.

    “We need to see real action to back up the promises we’ve heard when it comes to the opioid epidemic. We have seen staggering numbers released recently showing how devastating the crisis is in Virginia, and we must take action to help Virginia communities treat and rehabilitate people suffering with addiction,” Kaine said. “The funding from the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act would go where it’s needed most: to the state and local governmentsthat are on the frontlines fighting this crisis.”

    The Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act would:

    -      Authorize and appropriate $4,474,800,000 for substance abuse programs for the individual states for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2027.

    -      Build upon bipartisanship by adding this funding to the Account for the State Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis, which was created by the 21st Century Cures Act. The 21st Century Cures Act passed the Senate with 94 votes.

    -      Expand the use of funding already allowed under 21st Century Cures, so that states may also use this money for detection, surveillance and treatment of co-occurring infections, as well as for surveillance, data collection and reporting on the number of opioid overdose deaths.

    -      Promote research on addiction and pain related to substance abuse, and authorizes and appropriates $50,400,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Under the bill, the National Institutes of Health would be responsible for distributing this money.

    -      Provide stable, long-term funding, a total of $45 billion over ten years to the states and over five years to research efforts. This is similar to the stable, long-term investment that Senate Republicans proposed as a response to the opioid emergency.

    -      Not replace coverage for treatment under Medicaid or the treatment requirements for private insurance in the Affordable Care Act. Both of these remain critical for combating the opioid abuse epidemic.

    The Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act has been endorsed by American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose,  International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Council for Behavioral Health, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Safety Council, Treatment Communities of America, and Young People in Recovery.


    The bill is also co-sponsored by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (DNH), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).



    MARTINSVILLE, Va.  – The Virginia State Police debuted Tuesday (Oct. 24) a new safety video highlighting the “Move Over” law, which will be featured this weekend during the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway.

    “With the dramatic increase in overall traffic deaths (12%) this year in Virginia, it’s important to remember we all have a role in safety on the roads,” said Captain Richard Denney, Salem Division Commander. “Buckling up, putting down the cell phone and never driving while intoxicated should already be part of every driver’s safety routine, and we hope moving over for emergency vehicles will become second nature as well.”

    Each day, first responders and highway safety workers across the Commonwealth take on the dangerous task of patrolling and maintaining our highways. Over the past decade (2007-2016), 127 law enforcement officers nationwide have been struck and killed by a vehicle while working along the roadside.*

    “Our highway crews put their lives on the line in work zones every day while working to improve travel for motorists in Virginia,” said Lisa Hughes, VDOT Residency Engineer, Martinsville. “They often have only a 12-pound cone separating them from traffic, so motorists who move over when approaching a work zone greatly impacts their safety on the job and their ability to go home to their families at the end of the day.”

    Virginia’s “Move Over” law was enacted in 2002 in an effort to protect the men and women committed to safeguarding our highways. It requires drivers to change lanes or, when not able to safely do so, cautiously pass a stopped emergency vehicle, highway work truck or tow truck with flashing red, blue or amber lights.

    Filmed in partnership with the Virginia State Police Association, Virginia Department of Transportation, Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, this new video is the centerpiece of a renewed emphasis to heighten awareness of Virginia’s #MoveOver campaign by State Police.

    *National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

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  16. McEachin Announced 2017 Congressional App Challenge

    RICHMOND –Congressman A. Donald McEachin is accepting applications for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge until November 1, 2017.

    “This annual competition provides students of all ages with a fantastic opportunity to use their STEM-related education to develop the potentially next best app,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I encourage every qualified student to use their creativity to develop a groundbreaking app that will represent the best congressional district in America.”

    The winner’s app will be on display in the U.S. Capitol Building along with other honorees from across the country.

    All students who live or attend school in the 4th Congressional District qualify to participate in this year’s competition. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to compete. There is no minimum age for participation. Any students interested in entering the competition should visit: http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/.

    Students, teachers, and parents with questions about the competition can contact Congressman McEachin’s Central Virginia office at (804) 486–1840.

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  17. Candlelight Vigil Honors Victims of Domestic Violence

    Just over 100 people attended a Candlelight Vigil honoring victims of domestic violence on Monday, October 23, 2017.

    The Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit has been serving the citizens of the City of Emporia, Greensville, Sussex and Brunswick Counties for 29 years. The unit is available to assist victims 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is manned by a small group of staff and volunteers.

    During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 the Unit served 689 victims: 334 from Emporia, 185 from Greensville County, 128 from Brunsiwck County and 32 from Sussex County. 190 of the victims were under the age of 17, 97 were aged 18-24, 286 were aged 25-39, 100 were aged 40-59 and 16 were 60 and older.

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    Not my spirit
    For that remains with me.
    My story must be told
    Must remain in conscious memory
    So my daughters won’t cry my tears
    Or follow my tortured legacy
    is a tricky thing
    If it doesn’t come from a healthy place,
    If Lovin’
    Doesn’t FIRST practice on self
    it will act like a stray bullet
    not caring what it hits.
    You may say:
    Maybe I should’ve loved him a little less
    Maybe I should’ve loved him a little more,
    Maybe I should’ve never believed he’d never hit me again.
    All those maybes will not bring me back – not right his wrong
    My life was not his to take.
    As your eyes glance my name
    Understand once I breathed
    just like you.
    I wish for all that glance my name
    To know loved turned fear – kept me there
    Love twisted to fear
    Kept me in a chokehold
    Cut off my air
    Blurred my vision
    I couldn’t see how to break free.
    I shoulda told my family
    I shoulda told my friends
    I shoulda got that CPO
    Before the police let him go
    But all those shoulda’s can’t bring me back
    when I lied so well
    To cover the shame
    To hide the signs.
    If my death had to show
    what love isn’t
    If my death had to show
    that love shouldn’t hurt
    If my death had to make sure
    another woman told a friend
    instead of holding it in
    If my death reminds you
    how beautiful
    how worthy
    you really are
    If my death reminds you
    to honor all you are
    Then remember my name
    Shout it from the center of your soul
    Wake me
    in my grave
    Let ME know
    My LIVING was not in vain.
    Kimberly A. Collins

    In the last 29 years, our community has lost 16 people to sensless domestic violence. Shout their names.

    Marybeth Sahnow

    Caroline Rose

    Cassandra Bowers Thornton

    Russell Gillus

    Evelyn Lewis

    Linda Givens

    Marie Mitchell

    Mary Lir Orloff

    Christie Carpenter

    BABY of Christie Carpenter

    Tony Rose

    Carter Brightwell – AGE 3

    Tyeesha Bittle

    Michelle Roper

    Renee Gibson

    Karen Bell


    If you are a victim of Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse, please do not hesitate to seek help. You may reach the Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit by calling (434)349-0100 or by calling 911.

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  18. Petersburg Breakfast Rotarians Help Jackson-Feild

    Members of the Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club drove down 95 October 19th to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services in Jarratt to volunteer services to replace a split rail fence.

    The old fence served its purpose well but was in need of replacement. The Rotarians efforts were organized by Dean Freeburn. Larry Pair, Jackson-Feild’s Director of Plant Services, secured the fencing materials and had them ready for deployment.

    The Rotary volunteers arrived ready to go and worked with precision until the new fence was installed. The Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club has supported Jackson-Feild and the children it serves financially and has conducted a number of “hands on” volunteer project to improve its campus over the years.  The new fence will serve Jackson-Feild for years to come.

    The children and staff of Jackson-Feild are grateful for the efforts and support of the Petersburg Breakfast Club Rotarians.

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  19. "The Choice Bus" Spreads Message of Educational Hope to Virginia Students State Farm® Fueling "Stay in School" Tour 2017

    Jodi Kane-Assistant Principal, Kelly Jones-teacher, Peggy Malone-State > Farm Agent, Sharon Randolph-teacher and the two presenters from the > Mattie C Stewart Foundation. Over 130 students attended the seminar and bus. Also in attendance where Principal of High School Lameka Harrison; School Superintendent Angela Wilson and several school board members saw the presentation and the bus, all were very impressed.

    VIRGINIA-Nearly 500 students from Greensville County High and E. W. Wyatt Middle Schools boarded The Choice Bus thanks to a collaboration between StateFarm® and The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation.  Students received a first hand look at what education can bring-at least $1 million over a person's lifetime if they graduate from college.  The half-prison cell, half classroom converted  schoolbus, which visually portrays two different life perspectives visited students Tuesday, October  17 and Wednesday,  October 18. The bus is one of six tools created by The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation devoted to helping reduce the dropout rate in the United States. Since 2008, The Choice Bus has visited more than 2,000,000 students in 21 states.

    "When students board the Choice Bus, they get to experience what life is actually like from two   different points of view. It helps students dig deep into thinking about their futures based on  the decisions they will make. Connecting education to future lifetime earning potential and career goals is what we strive to encourage," saidSherri Stewart, executive director of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation.

    Through a grant provided by State Farm, The Choice Bus visits schools along with the Learn2Earn Booklet and the lnsideOut Toolkit. Learn2Earn, a financial literacy curriculum, was created by the foundation to help educators teach students about the importance of understanding the world of finance, such as budgeting, taxes, creditcards, loans,etc.

    The lnsideOut Toolkit consists of a Teacher’s Guide, a Stay in School Pledge Card and the lnsideOut documentary -a 26-minute DVD that exposes the true-life story of prison inmates and the long-term consequences that dropping out of school has caused. The documentary and companion Teacher's  Guide have been  used in classrooms and community centers in 49 states and Canada and viewed by an estimated  15,000,000 students, parents and community leaders.

    "The Choice Bus has impacted thousands of lives." saidMichal Brower, StateFarm Insurance public  affairs specialist. "It has been an honor to be proud partners with The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and see a difference in the way our schools and communities feel about education. We believe that students now understand that their futures are based on the consequences of every decision they make."

    State Farm and the MCSF have teamed up for the last four years to proudly bring The Choice Bus to Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, NewYork, South Carolina, Texas and additional State  Farm territories. State Farm is determined to strive higher in all areas of helping students to stay connected to education and helping to build more education-focused environments.

    Dr. Shelley Stewart, founder and president of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, said, "We are proud to work with State Farm to spread the message of education to Virginia.  Illustrating to students the uncut vision of what poor choices leads to can help them think about their actions. Our mission is to continue spreading the power of education to our youth across the nation."

    To learn more about The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and The Choice Bus, visit www.mattiecstewart.org.

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    South Hill, VA – History was made on Saturday, October 14, 2017 as officials cut the ribbon for the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH). 

    Officials participating in the ribbon cutting were from VCU, VCU Health and VCU Health CMH.  An open house followed where the public was given the opportunity to see the new state-of-the-art 167,000 square foot facility for the first time.

    Wayne Parrish, Chairman, VCU Health CMH Board of Directors, started the ceremony by addressing the crowd in attendance by saying, “Two years ago on a warm October day I stood before you and sang a song; a beautiful morning, a beautiful day and a wonderful feeling, I won’t sing today but I will share this seed that was planted that day. A certified seed, that states 100 percent germination with a maturity date of October 2017; right on schedule. These are the people that made it happen, DPR Construction, JLL and the Smithgroup JJR. Today we are here to see that this seed has grown, with God’s help, into the beautiful structure before us.”

    W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health CMH, said, “Over the last two years I have been talking about the new era of health care for this region.  The facilities you see before you are the physical manifestations of the beginning of that era.”  Burnette also added, “Through this site, and in partnership with VCU Medical Center, MCV Physicians and the many other divisions of VCU Health, we will be able to deliver an integrated, multi-discipline model of health care that combines the best of community medicine with world class academic medicine to the citizens of Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina.”

    Burnette received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 500 when he was introduced.

    Michael Rao, Ph.D, President, VCU and VCU Health System, said, “This new world class facility becomes the standard for community hospitals anywhere. This is a really important day because we will be able to save and improve lives that we could not have touched in the same way without this facility and without all these great people that will fill this facility.” 

    Marsha Rappley, M.D., CEO, VCU Health System, VCU Vice President for Health Sciences said, “This is a joining of two institutions that share a very important value and that is a dedication to be here when you need us; getting the right care to the right person in the right place and doing it at the right time and that’s the future of medicine.  The future is not going to be about people traveling long distances if they don’t have to.”

    “What we’re celebrating is not only a building, but the commitment the people of this community have to make sure that quality health care is being provided locally and in facilities that warrant and support the team members providing it,” said Deborah Davis, Chief Operating Officer, VCU Hospitals, VCU Health System.  Davis also noted that the new facility will feature an “integrated care” environment where the facility and team members work in unison to promote health and healing.

    Linda Powers, MD, Chief of Staff, VCU Health CMH said, “I can promise, from the medical staff currently, that we will do our very best to provide the best medical care we can.”

    Burnette said that the new hospital will become a health care destination for the region.  “Our affiliation brought together two organizations that have had a history of and continued passion for quality and patient safety.  Combining that commitment with state-of-the-art facilities and technology will allow for a level of service that will truly set VCU Health CMH apart from any other hospital in this region and perhaps the state.”

    Nancy Bradshaw, President, CMH Auxiliary and Joanne Bedford, Chaplain, VCU Health CMH also addressed the crowd.

    The new hospital will not officially open until November 11, 2017 and the Obstetrics department will officially open on November 20, 2017.

    The new VCU Health CMH features 70 private patient rooms. The facility also includes three operating room suites, a cesarean section suite, a 16-bay emergency department and an Obstetrics department with four LDRP rooms (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum).

    The new hospital also features a permanent cardiac catheterization lab to provide the most advanced cardiac care in the region and a full complement of diagnostic services including MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, cardiac, vascular and pulmonary studies.

    Sixty-three years ago, Community Memorial Hospital opened its doors to serve the health care needs of the community.  Now, as VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, medical services will grow to greater heights and VCU Health CMH is set to become a regional destination for advanced medical services right here at home.  The future of health care for this region is bright and with the support of VCU Health, on November 11, 2017, “We’re opening the doors to a healthier future.”

    VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is a nonprofit hospital that is dedicated to being the leader in health services for the south-central region of Virginia and portions of northern North Carolina. VCU Health CMH offers quality, state-of-the-art health care in a convenient, friendly setting, in the town of South Hill, VA.  VCU Health CMH is affiliated with the VCU Health system.

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  21. Taste of Brunswick Car Show Winners


    The "Best in Show" winners this year received Stew Paddles. They were, left to right, Best in Show Motorcycle Michael Long, Best in Show Street Rod Barry George, Best in Shiow Truck Mel Ogburn, Best in Show Car CW Casada


    TOB Dash Plaque Recipients 2017: Bert Dickens & Earl Blick






    Most Chrome

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    James Wrenn


    Least Chrome

    1987 Porsche 944

    Dane King


    Highest Ride

    2005 Ford F-150

    Sam Capps


    Lowest Ride

    1954 Ford P-up

    Ernie & Nita Sydnor


    Most Original

    1955 Pontiac Star Chief

    Stephen Wood


    Best Interior

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    Thurston Vann


    Best Exterior

    1966 Pontiac GTO

    Doug Sevis


    Best Engine

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Logan & Chris Ellis


    Best Display

    2005 Chev. SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best Paint

    1965 Ford Mustang

    Bridgette & Jason Ellis


    Most Club Participation

    Stray Cats Car Club



    People’s Choice Award

    1965 Ford Econoline

    Brenda Page


    Pro’s Pick

    1966 Ford Mustang Fastback

    Charlie Wells


    Distance Award

    147 miles

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing Ford

    1964 Ford Falcon

    Ricky Morris


    Best Appearing GM Product

    1966 Chevy Chevelle

    Fisk Johnson


    Best Appearing Import

    1975 Datsun P-up

    Ken Myrick


    Best Appearing MOPAR

    1968 Plymouth Roadrunner

    Doug Vaughan


    Best App.Motorcycle(Daily Rider)

    1998 Kawasaki

    Wayne Maitland


    Best Appearing Motorcycle

    2010 Yamaha

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing New Model

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    Jerry & Lois Allen


    Best Appearing Street Rod

    1933  Ford Coupe

    Jeff Jackson


    Best Appearing Pro Street

    1948 Ford Anglia

    Charles Hammack


    Best App. Special Interest

    1965 Ford Econoline

    Brenda Paige


    Best Appearing Antique Car

    1952  Chev. Styleline Coupe

    Cindy Vann


    Best Appear. Antique Truck

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Best Appearing Truck

    1965 Chevy P-up

    Walter Lynch


    Best Appearing Car

    1966 Pontiac GTO

    Doug Wray


    Top Dog Award

    2012 Ford Mustang Fastback

    Raymond Morris


    Earl B. Achievement of Exc.

    1969 Chevy Impala

    Dickie Delbridge


    Charles Taylor Mem. Award

    1957 Chevy Bel Air

    Connie Jordan


    Dorothy Thomas Mem. A.


    Jesse Harrell


    Billy Hedgepeth Mem. A.

    1940 Ford Coupe

    Sonny Tunstall


    Johnny Pearson Mem. A.

    1970 Plymouth GTX

    Wayne Reese


    Good Guys Mem. Award

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    Thurston Vann


    Best In Show Motorcycle

    2011 Harley CVO Softtail

    Michael Long


    Va. Wheels Car Club choice

    1967 Chevy Chevelle SS

    Diane Taylor


    Best In Show Street Rod

    1940 Ford Coupe

    Barry George


    Best In Show Truck

    2005 Chev. SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best In Show Car

    1966 Chevelle SS

    CW Cassada


    Least Chrome Motorcycle

    2007 Kawasaki

    Mick Harris


    Best Exterior Motorcycle

    2008 Hayabusa

    Marcus & Jessica Long


    Best Appearing Import

    Volkswagon Convertible

    Judy Hairfield



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  22. Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips

    Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips, 93, of Emporia; widow of Peter Y. Phillips, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Shimko and was also preceded in death by two brothers, John A. Shimko and wife, Minnie and William Shimko.

     She is survived by her daughter, Mary Alice Okerlund and husband, Tom; her son, Buddy Phillips and wife, Joy; grandson, Peter Christopher Owen; two granddaughters, Abigail Joy Phillips and Rachel Elaine Phillips; great-grandson, Peter Christopher “P.J.” Owen, Jr.; sister-in-law, Irene Shimko and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

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    15 State Law Enforcement Agencies Focusing on Interstate 95 Safety

    RICHMOND – Virginia will be among 15 states to participate in a two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia State Police will be dedicating additional patrol resources to Interstate 95 traffic enforcement. Motorists can expect to see an increased presence of troopers along Virginia’s entire 179 miles of I-95, from the border of North Carolina to Maryland.

    “With traffic deaths in Virginia having dramatically spiked this year in comparison to 2016, this multi-state operation could not come at a more critical time,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Traditionally there is always an increase in the number of traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways during the last three months of the year, so it is even more imperative for every Virginian to ‘Drive to Save Lives’ no matter the distance of one’s travels.”

    As of Oct. 19, 2017, there have been 638 reported traffic deaths on Virginia highways. On the same date in 2016, there were 568 reported traffic fatalities, which means 70 more persons have lost their lives in traffic crashes this year than last on Virginia’s roads.

    Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it’s important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before they graduate from high school. Also, according to the National Organization for Youth Safety:

    • 66% of teen passengers who die in a crash are NOT wearing a seatbelt
    • 58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted
    • 25% of car crashes involved an underage drinking driver

    “Parents and guardians set the example for their children,” said Flaherty. “If the adults buckle up, comply with speed limits and eliminate distractions while driving, then they pass along smart, safe and responsible driving practices for their children and young drivers to emulate.  Let’s prevent crashes and prevent injuries and fatalities by simply driving to save lives.”

    Also participating in the East Coast I-95 traffic enforcement operation are State Police and Highway Patrol agencies from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

    With increased patrols, State Police also remind drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

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  24. 2017 BA Homecoming Royalty

    Left to Right- 2016 Homecoming Queen, Shirlkay Poarch (‘16), Hermie Sadler ('82), father of Halie Sadler, 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Salder, Crown Bearer, Jaxon Farmer, Head of School, Cheryl Bowen (‘80), & Flower Girl, Aubriegh Washburn.

    Sydney Robertson (Senior), Karly Blackwell (Senior), Halie Sadler (Senior, Homecoming Queen), & Alyssa Harper (Senior).

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    Geraldine “Gerry “Jackson Mitchell, 90, of Emporia, VA, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Greensville Manor.

    Gerry was born in Norfolk, VA the daughter of the late Henry Louis and Margaret Broughton Jackson. She was a homemaker and the widow of Byron Holt Mitchell.

    Surviving are: a son Michael “Butch” Mitchell of Emporia, VA; a sister Jane Cosner and her husband J. A. of Chesapeake, VA; three grandchildren, Douglas Mitchell, Bethany Mitchell and Darren Mitchell and his wife Jonalyn Mitchell; five great grandchildren, Tim Malpass, Allyson Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Bryan Mitchell and Michael Jayden Mitchell.

    Funeral services will be held at Spring United Methodist Church, 697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879, Monday, October 23, 2017, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Bob Clyde officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive following the service at the church.

    Memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Tina Dickens, 1901 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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    A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 26,   2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

    This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434 949 1026.

    Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at https://southside.augusoft.net.

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  27. VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

    (Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Sandra Agostinelli, Registered Nurse in the ICU, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for August.  There to congratulate Sandra was Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

    Sandra has been employed at VCU Health CMH for five years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Mrs. Agostinelli took care of my husband during his time in the ICU.  The professionalism, compassion and exceptional care she gave was above and beyond her call of duty.  She was attentive and available to not only her patient, but for family members as well.  She explained every procedure and protocol with patience and profound knowledge.  She is a true asset to the facility and a blessing to her patients and families.  She is a gift our family will never forget!”

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

    Sandra resides in Meredithville, VA.

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  28. (Hey Mam-ma) - “I Can’t Dance”

    Whenever I do the simple Two Step
    I end up with three feet
    Yes and halfway through the Electric Slide
    Somehow I lose the beat.
    Now I really like the fast dance
    And the moves that some can make
    Yet I haven’t found the courage
    That doing this would take.
    Yes dancing can be lots of fun
    For family friends and all
    Still keep your mind on what you’re doing
    To avoid an unexpected fall.
    Now from time to time I fake it
    Bending low with both my knees
    Hoping my partner will give me
    Just one big extra squeeze.
    Well for sure I’ve grown older now
    Though still not o’er the hill
    Yes I just need to practice
    And for this you know I will!
    Roy E. Schepp
    Emporia, Virginia



    RICHMOND – Today, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, the Commonwealth graduates its 126th generation of Virginia State Troopers. The 30 new troopers will be presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County.

    The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 126th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 23, 2017.

    Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning Oct. 10, 2017, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.


    New Trooper



    Garrett Wayne Albright

    Prince George

    Prince George

    Zachary Thomas Beaver



    Dennis Robert Bicking, Jr.



    Mark Allen Blankenship



    Jay Matthew Boone



    Lisa Anne Brooks



    Billy Kendall Brown


    Prince George

    Edward Aloysius Burns, III

    St. Augustine, Florida


    Harold Lee Campbell

    Nathaniel Cole Chester





    Justin Curtis Clack

    Lewiston, Idaho


    Nathaniel Andrew Dayes



    Joshua Wayne Fowler

    Lafayette, New Jersey


    Matthew John Fox

    Roxbury, New Jersey


    Devin Ryan Goode



    Christopher William Greene



    Mikel Nasef Hana



    Dustin Lee Hayden-Gross



    David Brent Jackson


    New Kent

    Jose Arturo Macedo

    Clifton, New Jersey


    Charles Gerard McKenna, II

    Northport, New York


    Donald Thomas Murphy

    Virginia Beach

    Norfolk/Virginia Beach

    Charles William Patton, Jr.



    Devon Taylor Saul

    Gates, North Carolina


    Jordon Ryan Sluss



    Alfred Daniel Smith, III



    John Gregory Sullivan



    Edward Aaron Taylor

    Brooklyn, New York


    Isaac Najee Thomas

    Roselle, New Jersey


    Steven Andrew Thompson



    Virginia State Police welcomes its 127th Basic Session on Oct. 25, 2017. State Police is still accepting applications for its Accelerated Lateral Entry Program (ALEP) which begins in April 2018, as well as for those new to a law enforcement career. Information on both the ALEP and the standard Virginia State Police Trooper-Trainee Academy is available at www.virginiatrooper.org

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  30. Pass Your Forest Forward; Keeping A Forest in the Family for Future Generations

    by Neil Clark, Forestry Extension Agent

    More than 10 million acres of Virginia’s woodlands belong to nearly 374,000 family forest owners, 51 percent of whom are 65 years of age or older.  Some have owned their land for generations; others, only a few years. As they look ahead, many landowners want to keep their forestland intact and  in the family, but they don’t know where to begin or how to engage the next generation of owners. The upcoming “Family Forest Landowner" workshop introduces concerned landowners to the options available to transfer their land and legacy to the next generation. 

    “Focusing on Forestland Transfer to Generation ‘NEXT’” is being offered November 2 and 9 at the New Kent Forestry Center near Providence Forge, Virginia. This two-day program will help family forest landowners successfully plan the transfer of their woodlands, intact, from one generation to the next. Current and future owners of family woodlands will learn family communication basics, estate planning tools and succession planning strategies to help sustain their family woodland legacy.  Speakers include legal and financial experts experienced in estate planning; forest landowners who have worked through succession planning, and natural resource professionals who work with landowners to conserve and manage land.

    “Few challenges faced by Virginia’s family forest landowners are more important than the concern of passing the family land and carrying its stewardship forward to the next generation,” said Mike Santucci, assistant director of forestland conservation with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). “Family forest landowners own their woodland for many reasons.  A consistent theme is that nearly all of them express a deep connection with their land and a desire to ‘do the right thing’ and leave a lasting legacy to their heirs.” 

    Acknowledging the hard decisions landowners can face in deciding to make a succession plan for their property, Adam Downing, extension forestry agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension's Northern District region said, "Sometimes it's difficult for landowners to consider - 'what will happen to my forestland beyond my lifetime'? While many want to pass their forestland on to family members, only two percent to three percent have a plan in place to do so.  Without  a plan, landowners stand to lose more than just the property out of the family.  They risk their family heritage and a portion of the wealth they have accumulated over the years.”

    Santucci said, “We’re on the verge of a huge intergenerational land transfer of forestland in Virginia. The decisions made by family forest owners, including how they will pass their forestland forward to future generations, play a crucial role in maintaining a viable forestland base in Virginia. These family woodlands are relied upon for not only the sustained flow of forest products, but for invaluable natural benefits, such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat and overall quality of life.”

    Registration is now open through October 24th for the next offering of this award-wining and practical short course. Past participants have reported significant planning progress; thousands of dollars of financial savings, and family engagement as a result of this investment.

    The workshop is co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the VDOF, with support from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tree Farm Committee, The Black Family Land Trust.

    For registration and more information, please contact Neil Clark at southeast@vt.eduor (757) 653-2572.

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  31. Embracing the Challenge

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard claimed, “Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that compares to testing yourself the way you do every time you step into the ring.”

    Leonard certainly knew about testing and pushing himself to do his best. Among his many achievements, he won three National Golden Gloves titles, claimed two Amateur Athletic Union championships, and received an Olympic gold medal. His professional career spanned twenty years, and he won world titles in five different weight classes.

    As Leonard’s words suggest, gifted athletes need rigorous challenges to achieve their full potential. Without testing limits and pushing beyond them, athletes may never have the opportunity to discover what they can accomplish.

    This same principle holds true for talented students. Recognizing that some students thrive on strenuous challenges and have academic needs that differ from their age-level peers, Virginia instituted the Governor’s School program in 1973. Today, that program includes 19 academic-year schools throughout the Commonwealth.

    Southside Virginia Community College is proud to host one of those schools, the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, at its Christanna Campus in Alberta and John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville. GSSV’s student body includes nearly two hundred academically skilled juniors and seniors from eleven high schools in ten counties. These hard-working young adults thrive in a learning environment that is more independent than a traditional high school setting, and they tackle an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes conducting a two-year research project. During the course of their research, students work with scientists in the field, travel to facilities with specialized laboratory equipment, and develop mentoring relationships with working professionals. Along the way, they master college-level material in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and English. Finally, they hone their public speaking skills to present their findings at a senior symposium.

    GSSV students spend part of the school day on the SVCC campus. They also participate as dually enrolled students in college-level courses offered at their home high schools. These courses help round out the curriculum in a way that enables students to earn both a high school diploma and Associates degree when they graduate.

    The GSSV application process, which is highly competitive, begins during the fall of a student’s 10thgrade year. In determining admission, participating school divisions follow a matrix that considers teacher recommendations and each applicant’s test results, grade point average, and writing ability. Prospective students also participate in a shadowing event where they follow a GSSV student for a day, ride to SVCC on the bus, and visit classes.

    Students who want to push themselves to see what they can accomplish can get more information about the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia by contacting GSSV Director Laurie Michaelson at 434-736-2086.

    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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  32. James C. Kimberlin

    James C. Kimberlin, “Jim” 81, departed this life, Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Dunlop House in Colonial Heights, VA.

    He resided at the Dunlop House for the past 18 months, but spent most of his adult life living in Jarratt, Virginia for nearly 55 years. He enjoyed small-town life and attended many events and gatherings in the community.  He especially enjoyed gatherings with his church family and was famously known for the banana pudding that he prepared and shared at church dinners.

    Jim was born in Johnson County, Tennessee, December 1, 1935, a son of the late D.C. and Maude Kimberlin. He graduated from Johnson County High School in Tennessee. He then served in the United States Marine Corps for three years including some time in Japan. After leaving the military, he earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and later a master’s degree in elementary education from the College of William & Mary.

    He was an employee of the Sussex County public schools for 29 years retiring in 1991. He served as the principal at Jefferson Elementary School. For a time, he was the principal at both Jefferson and Jarratt Elementary Schools. He also served as a teacher and coach at Jarratt and Stony Creek High Schools.

    Jim strongly believed in the value of public education and worked tirelessly to serve the students and staff of both schools and the county. His goal was to be fair and honest as he supported their efforts.

    He served a number of terms on the Jarratt Town Council and two terms as the town’s mayor.

    He was a devout Christian and an active member of the High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt where he was a Sunday School teacher for many years. He most recently attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Colonial Heights.

    Jim enjoyed being outdoors.  He was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers with his wife. They shared much of what they grew with family, friends and neighbors in Jarratt. He was also an active fisherman for many years.  He and his wife were known for taking long walks each morning.   Jim was an avid reader. He read and studied the Bible daily.  He subscribed to multiple magazines and newspapers. He read the Richmond Times-Dispatch each morning, from the first page to the last.

    He was a fan of gospel music and attended many concerts with his wife.  Jim enjoyed a variety of sports.   He followed the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Volunteers. He was a fan of college basketball, rooting for UNC, Duke and the VCU Rams.

    He is survived by his wife, Stella Jeanette (Dugger), of Colonial Heights. They were high school sweethearts and celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary in February.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Keith Kimberlin of Westerly, RI and a daughter, Jackie Kimberlin of Emporia, VA,  two granddaughters, Brittany Aerni (Adam) of Chester, VA and Caitlin Kimberlin, of Westerly, a grandson, Matthew Kimberlin (Tamiel) of Los Angeles, CA and a great grandson, Landon Bailey, of Westerly.

    He is also survived by a sister, Peggy Church, of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

    He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Church of Zionville, North Carolina, and two infant brothers.

     The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to Jim’s former colleague and devoted friend, W. H. Goodwyn, III, of Waverly, VA for his ongoing love and support throughout the years and especially during his illness.

    The family would like to express deep gratitude to the staff of the Dunlop House and private caregivers for the care they provided to him.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 16 at High Hills Baptist Church, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12 – 2 prior to the service. Interment will be private.

    Memorial contributions may be made to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, VA 23867.


  33. Mr. L.C. “Monkey” Phillips

    Mr. L.C. “Monkey” Phillips, 84, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. A native of Greensville County, he was born to the late Otis Parker and Blanche Norwood Phillips. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after many years of service.

    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years Virginia Inez Phillips and three brothers, Parker Wyche, Garmon, and Marvin T. Phillips. Monkey is survived by a sister, Marie Trent, and three sisters in law, Shirley, Frances, and Barbara Phillips.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, October 13,2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Independence United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. The Family will receive friends starting at 1 P.M. at the Church.

    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, Va. 23847.

    Echols Funeral Home is serving the family, and online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  34. VSU To Host 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day

    The status of small-scale freshwater aquaculture in Virginia is the theme of the 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day being held Oct. 19 beginning at 8:30 am at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. The Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program at Virginia State University hosts this annual event.

    Dr. Brian Nerrie, assistant professor and aquaculture extension specialist, will give this year’s keynote address. His talk will focus on how the industry has diversified since 1988 from the initial emphasis on hybrid striped bass to recent expansion into freshwater shrimp in ponds and greenhouse aquaponics.

    “Today, there’s a growing awareness by consumers of quality food, and locally produced aquaculture fits in with that,” Nerrie said. “Locally produced fish is healthy, available fresh to consumers and helps local economies.”

    This year’s field day will provide the opportunity for registrants to rotate between multiple stations featuring pond production of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and freshwater shrimp. In addition, pond cage culture and aeration systems will be presented. Indoor stations will include aquaponics, tilapia production, tilapia hatchery and a small aquaculture product taste testing.

    Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program conducts important research in freshwater aquaculture, provides an important resource for limited-resource farmers and helps determine what consumers want. Through its research and outreach efforts, Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program, as part of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is contributing to Virginia’s $91 billion agriculture and forestry industries.

    Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. Farm-raised catfish will be served for lunch. To register visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

    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 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, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


  35. Congressman McEachin to visit Emporia

    RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host two Coffee with Your Congressman events to meet with constituents, hear their concerns, chat about issues, and inform them about what federal and local services are available through his office.

    Emporia Coffee with Your Congressman

    When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

    Where:Cafe Cuisine

    321 Halifax Street

    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Hopewell / Prince George Coffee with Your Congressman

    When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

    Where:The Beacon Theatre

    401 North Main Street

    Hopewell, Virginia 23860

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  36. Holiday Bazaar coming to South Hill

    The Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library will hold the annual Holiday Bazaar on November  18  and 19 at the Dixie Warehouse  on Rocky Branch Road in South Hill, VA.  Hours are Saturday  9- 5 and  Sunday 10- 4. There will be lots of great vendors and crafters, food from The South Hill  Rotary Club and more. Admission is $2.00  with children under 12 free.If you're interested in being a vendor this year, call the library at (434)447-8162 and leave your name, address, and phone number. We'll get an application out to you.

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  37. 360-degree river maps: Tool for travelers, environmentalists

    By ALEX MANN, Capital New Service

    UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - After firing up the onboard computer, the burly and bearded Minnesota native yanked the pull starter cable on his 6-horsepower Tohatsu motor.

    He twisted the the tiller-throttle into gear, lurching the custom-built 16-foot long, 8-foot wide cataraft boat up the Patuxent River and away from the pier at Jackson’s Landing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

    As the boat puttered along, passing marshes and piers — dilapidated and pristine — Ryan Abrahamsen, founder of 360-degree mapping company Terrain 360, pointed out a faint clicking overhead.

    “If you listen really close, you can hear it.”

    Abrahamsen pointed up at the six Canon cameras circularly mounted to a 13-foot stainless steel tower extending from the center of the boat. He designed a computer to track GPS and, as the boat travels, simultaneously shoot six cameras every 40 feet.

    River mapping went on as planned Sept. 26 for Abrahamsen.

    “If we map all day,” he said, the system records approximately 4,800 panoramic images. He then uses the snapshots to create virtual tours.

    In collaboration with the Chesapeake Conservancy, Terrain 360 is making virtual riverview tours for the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — the Patuxent is the 11th waterway mapped to date in the region.

    The Google Street View-esque tours can be useful for adventurers and nature-goers, but also with an eye toward conservation.

    Virtual tours are an innovative way to connect with nature, Jody Couser, spokeswoman for the Conservancy, wrote in an email to the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service.

    “Nurturing and cultivating that connection with the public is really important to inspire people to care about the health of the Chesapeake and find ways they can make a difference.”

    The James River was the first waterway mapped by Terrain 360 and James River Association conservation manager Justin Doyle said the virtual tours are a way to connect people to the river and the environmental goals associated with it.

    “People want to protect what they love,” Doyle said. “If people aren’t familiar with it, they probably won’t want to protect it.”

    The Richmond, Virginia-based Terrain 360’s images could be pivotal in documenting environmental changes, like erosion.

    If we go back to the same waterways to map them years later, Abrahamsen said, “it will be tangible evidence of change.”

    In 2018 he hopes to remap the James River, which he photographed in 2014 — a milestone for Abrahamsen, as it was the first time his operation took to the water, having focused on hiking trails for about two years.

    He said he looks forward to seeing “how the river has eroded the shoreline or created new islands.”

    Meanwhile, Doyle looks forward to using the 2014 images as a baseline for the James’s riparian buffers — wooded areas immediately adjacent to the river — to compare with future river conditions.

    The buffers, he explained, “provide critical habitat for numerous species and absorb pollution.”

    Couser said that the Conservancy sees the riverview tours serving a supplemental role, pairing the tours with their High Resolution Land Cover Project, a mathematical approach to documenting environmental change.   

    Abrahamsen said he considered the potential environmental conservation impact from the start.

    He likens viewing old tours to experiencing history first hand.

    “From the beginning,” he said, “I wanted the ability to time travel.”

    Terrain 360 mapped the Potomac River in 2016; the tour is available online and serves as a  window into the past.

    Each click of a computer mouse takes the viewer 40 feet down the river:

    Tree-covered hills and sheer-rock-face riverbanks flank the broad, blue waters of the Potomac River as it twists and turns from the mountains of West Virginia to the tidal waters of Southern Maryland.  

    Each 360-degree composition reveals more of the Potomac’s geographical features. Viewers can turn, zoom and adjust the viewing angle. Every snapshot provides important navigational details: rocks beneath the surface of cascading rapids, grass-covered islets, branches protruding from calm water.

    Nature-goers can use the Chesapeake Conservancy’s riverview virtual tours “to prepare for a boating trip or park visit, getting a sense of the land and water, boat ramps and access sites before (they) go,” Couser said.

    The James River Association hosts an endurance paddle race, The James River Rundown, every year. They provide the contestants maps, but encourage paddlers to check the 360 virtual tours so that they can pick their lines of passage down the river and its class three and four rapids, Doyle said.

    Justin Mando, an assistant professor of English and science writing at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, could speak to the virtual tours’ effectiveness for outdoorsmen and adventurists.

    Mando said he fishes a lot, and recently moved to the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, area. He doesn’t know the Susquehanna River intimately yet. The tour, he said, is “pretty good for scouting out locations to go fishing.”

    He uses Google Maps to mark spots he’s fished, but he said, “it’s tough to figure out access spots with Google Maps.”

    Mando added: “(the tour) made my own experience on the river better.”


    Terrain 360 and the Chesapeake Conservancy have mapped the following rivers:

    -- The Elk

    -- The James

    -- The Nanticoke

    -- The Northeast

    -- The Patapsco

    -- The Potomac

    -- The Rappahannock

    -- The Sassafras

    -- The Susquehanna

    -- The York

    -- The Patuxent

    View the 360 tours of waterways at: http://chesapeakeconservancy.org/virtual-tour/

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    A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 9, 2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

    This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434 949 1026.

    Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at https://southside.augusoft.net

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  39. Apprenticeship Takes Center Stage at Data Center


    Matthew Hamlett (Left)  and Maynard Stowe from the Department of Labor.

    Over a year ago, Matthew Hamlett was looking for a job. His outlook did not seem promising but still, he had to find a job. Apprehensively he drove to the South Boston Workforce Center praying someone there would help. His simple plan, file for unemployment, and look for a job. Uncertain on what to expect, he quickly realized the benefits available to him at this community resource center.

    Connecting with two individuals at the center answered Hamlett’s hopes.  The first was a caseworker with WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act), Kris Tuck, and the second was the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), Kelly Arnold. The two shared programs that would open doors for a career that he had never considered.

    The first step was to enroll at SVCC in the Industrial Maintenance program with a concentration in Electrical and HVAC. Secondly, he entered into an Apprenticeship program with ISS, a facilities management company for a local IT data center. Additionally, WIOA’s collaboration effort allowed ISS to receive wage reimbursement for Hamlett’s on-the-job training.

    The SVCC apprenticeship program works directly with the Department of Labor and Industry(DOL). Maynard Stowe, the DOL representative, registered Hamlett as an Industrial Maintenance Technician, and outlined the requirements needed to combine on-the-job training in the amount of 2700 hours, with SVCC classes.

    Hamlett willingly accepted the task:  long days at work, followed by long nights in the classroom, but soon it began to pay off.

    “It seemed as if what I learned in the classroom lined-up with the exact project we were working on at the data center”, remarked Hamlett. “In fact, this encouraged me to study more because I knew I would see it the next day at work”.

    Many hours, and many SVCC classes later, he earned his Apprenticeship card as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician. While many cheered at his accomplishment, he said that this was not the end of the journey.

    In fact, he said, “I am still taking classes in the evening and plan on graduating with my associate’s degree in May, 2018. From there, I want to pursue a degree in Engineering, and yes, still working full time at a great job, surrounded by encouraging mentors, in a career pathway I never considered. “

    Endnote: for more information on the Apprenticeship program, visit the website www.Apprenticeva.com. Information on WIOA, visit the South Boston Workforce Center.

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  40. Mr. Sidney Elton Council

    Mr. Sidney Elton Council died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was 89.

    Sidney was born in Isle of Wight County to the late John Richard and Ruth Holleman Council. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Shirley Glenn, a sister, Ruth Council Ramsey and brothers, Ralph, Horace, and Wilbert Council.

    Sidney worked for many years as an oil delivery driver and only recently retired as a carrier for the Independent Messenger Newspaper.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Frances Lynch Council, A step-son, Billy Crowder, step-daughters Dorothy Allen and Phyllis Grizzard, and a special niece, Jackie Young.

    Echols Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family, where they will receive friends at a later date.

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  41. 2017 Virginia Peanut Festival CAr Show Winners


    2017 Special Awards







    Most Chrome

    1957 Chevy Bel Air

    Tommy & Connie Jordan


    Least Chrome

    1919 Ford Model T

    Billy & Steve Soles


    Highest Ride

    2016 GMC Sierra

    Andra Washington


    Lowest Ride

    1951 Chevy 2 dr. ht.

    David Kruschke


    Most Original            

    1978 Lincoln Towncar

    Bill & Marian Thompson


    Best Interior

    1964 Chevy Impala

    James Jones Jr.


    Best Exterior

    1961 Chevy Impala

    Everett Turner


    Best Engine                

    1966 Ford F100

     Bert Dickens


    Charles Taylor Mem. Award

    1985 Chevy S10

    Billy Smith


    Pam’s Choice Award

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Chris Ellis


    People’s Choice Award

    1998 Pontiac TransAM

    Camaron Lewis


    Most Club Participation


    Stray Cats Car Club


    Best Paint

    1968 Ford Mustang

    Chris Ellis


    Best Appearing, Ford

    1962 Ford Galaxie 500

    Tommy Hawkins


    Best Appearing, Ford Truck

    1933 Ford Street Rod

    Bill Austin


    Best Appearing, GM Product

    1967 Chevy Camaro

    Doug Simms


    Best Appearing, GM Truck

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Best Appearing, Mopar

    1968 Plymouth Rd. Rn.

    Doug  Vaughan


    Best Appearing Truck

    1953 Ford F100

    Brice Vecchioni


    Best Appearing Antique

    1931 Ford Model A

    Al Peschke


    Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

    2012 Yamaha     Roadliner

    Johnnie Long


    Best Appearing, Motorcycle

    2010 Honda Custom Fury

    Larry Barnes


    Best Appearing, New Model

    2015 Ford Mustang

    Akeem Parker


    Best Appearing, Race Car

    1984 Chevy Camaro

    Timothy Briley


    Best Appearing, Street Rod

    1933 Ford Coupe

    Al Fibish 


    Best Display

    2005 Chevy SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best Peanut Display

    1957 Chevy P-up

    David Driver


    Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

     1969 GMC P-up

    Randall Turner


    Top Dog Award

    1965 Ford Mustang

    Thomas Pope


    Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

    1982 Chevy S10

    Stuart Slagle


    Pro’s Pick

    1946 Ford Coupe

    William Ellison


    Virginia Wheels Club Choice

    1951 Chevy Hardtop

    David Kruschke


    Distance Award

    1967 Chevy El Camino

    William Kop


    Johnny Pearson Award

    1936 Chevy Rat Rod

    Herbert Smiley


    Billy Hedgepeth Award

    1969 Plymouth GTX

    Charlie Norwood


    George Blick Mem. Award

    1957 Chevy Cameo

    James Nicholson


    Special Interest Award

    1967 Chevy Camaro

    William Kop


    Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

    1932 Ford Coupe

    Tip Tipton


    Best In Show, Motorcycle

    2011 Harley TriGlide

    Jessie Harrell


    Best In Show, Truck

    2005 Chevy SSR

    Mel Ogburn


    Best In Show, Car

    1955 Chevy Bel Air

    James Wrenn


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  42. Flo C. Sexton

    Flo C. Sexton, 80, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Sexton. She is survived by a son, Kevin Sexton and wife, Carol; daughter, Julie S. Coleman and husband, Ronnie; two grandsons, Richard and Daniel Coleman and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Sophie and William Coleman, all of Jarratt. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct 6 at the home of her daughter, Julie. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. October 7 at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Memorial Cemetery, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

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  43. Richardson Memorial Library 40th Anniversary Celebrations

    Richardson Memorial Library celebrated its 40th Anniversary the week of September 11-16 with a proclamation from the City of Emporia and Greensville County naming September 11th as W. E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library Day, and a giveaway each day to the patron who checked out the 40th book of the day. Pictured are Library Board Members with the two proclamations, and giveaway winners Ella McBride with Director Becky Walker; John Newsome; Caron Willis-Johnson with Hannah Geist; Melissa Jones and Nicholas Wozniak; and Destiny, Zamon, and Malaysia Woodley.

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  44. Brunswick Academy Homecoming 2017

    Brunswick Academy will be holding their Homecoming 2017 on Friday, October 13th!  A delicious dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner plates include barbeque, Brunswick Stew, coleslaw, roll, dessert, and iced tea for $9.00, Stew bowls which includes one bowl of Brunswick Stew, roll, dessert, and iced tea for $7.00, and Kid's dinner that includes a hot dog, chips, dessert, and iced tea for $5.00. Take out plates are available. Brunswick Stew is available for  $8.00 per quart and BBQ for $8.00 per pound and will be located by the concession stand. (No orders will be taken in advance, but there are limited amounts being cooked).  

    The Brunswick Academy Vikings take on the Grace Christian Warriors at 7:00 p.m.! The B.A. Homecoming Court will be announced and Homecoming Queen at halftime.  Alumni, don't forget to stop by the Alumni tent and Viking Spiritwear will be sold!  For more information, contact Ann Montgomery at 434-848-2220.




    DR. JOHN W. KINNEY has devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence in theological training and ministerial preparation and has distinguished himself as a systematic theologian, academician and administrator in a career that spans over 35 years. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia respectively. He was awarded the Ph.D. from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has also shared in instruction at Chicago Theology Seminary, Chicago, Illinois; Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia; and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

    Dr. Kinney has lectured extensively across the breadth of this nation and in Africa. He has been a featured lecturer at numerous Universities and colleges including, Yale University, Duke University, Michigan State University, Howard University, Southern Methodist University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. He has also presented at numerous theological schools including: Iliff School of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary, Shaw Divinity School, Hood Theological Seminary, The Baptist Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and many others. He is recognized for his theological constructions addressing the designed harmony in creation and the subsequent fragmentation and separation with particular attention to racism, sexism and materialism. His thoughts are included in several publications and crystallized in Baptists against Racism in an article entitled The Theology of Fallenness: The Roots of Racism.

    Dr. Kinney’s commitment to the needs of the community at large is apparent by his avid participation in several professional societies and organizations. Dr. Kinney has served as a consultant to the American Baptist Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and both the United States Air Force, Army and Navy Chaplain Corps. He has been a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He has served the larger community of theological educators through multiple leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Dr. Kinney chaired the committee on Race and Ethnicity from 1998 to 2000. He served as a member on the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada from 2000 to 2006 and actively continued as Commission Chair (2004-2006), Vice President (2006-2008), President (2008-2010) and Personnel Committee Chair (2010-2012). 

    His service to academia is complimented by his service to the parish. Dr. Kinney has served as the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Virginia for more than 35 years.

    Dr. Kinney will offer the keynote address at the 2017 NAACP Moses D. Knox Freedom Fund Banquet on October 7, 2017 at the Greensville COunty High School Cafetorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling Debra Brown at 434/637-6098.



    Walter “Danny” Daniel Rook, Jr. 71, of Emporia, VA, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his residence.

    Danny was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC the son of the late Walter Daniel “Simon” Rook, Sr. He was a retired employee of George-Pacific, Emporia, VA. He was active in his community serving on, The Greensville County School Board, Industrial Development Association and the Greensville-Emporia Airport Commission. An avid deer hunter he enjoyed his membership in the Brink Hunt Club.

    Surviving are: his wife, Doris Williams Rook; Mother Alberta Jones Rook of Emporia, VA; three sons, Jason D. Rook and his wife Rhonda of Emporia, VA, Christopher W. Rook and his wife Lauren of Jarratt, VA and Daniel Kyle Rook of Emporia, VA; a sister Patsy R. Brown and her husband Lee of Emporia, VA, two grandchildren, Joshua D. Rook and Emma L. Rook both of Emporia, VA.

    The family will receive at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service, 1015 W. 5th Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

    Funeral services will be held at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA  23879, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made to: The Greensville-Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: wrennclarkehagan.com

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  47. Safety is Cool for SVCC Graduate

    Stuart Bowen’s job is cool because he makes safety a priority for the citizens of the area. Bowen is Chief of Police for the town of South Hill, Virginia, a job he began in July of 2016. 

    Bowen began training for this cool job at Southside Virginia Community College.  A graduate of Halifax County High School, Bowen attended SVCC from August of 1993 to May of 1995 graduating with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Administration of Justice. 

    He said, “SVCC was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to my graduation from Longwood and the cutting-edge topics that I was exposed to at both schools gave me a leg up as I started my career and was able to quickly move into leadership roles in the police department.”

    Chief Bowen is also a graduate of Longwood University, attending from January of 1996 to December of 1998, at which time he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (Criminal Justice Concentration).

    He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico and Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond. 

    He moved through the ranks at the Lynchburg Police Department serving that city for 16 years.  He worked as a Patrol Officer, Community Policing Officer, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigation Division.  He notes one of the highlights of his career was as Acting Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division during two successful homicide cases in Lynchburg.   Also, as Special Investigations Unit Commander (Vice, Gang, Intelligence Units), he helped to develop the department’s intelligence lead policing model and, also had the opportunity to lead the Street Crimes and K9 Units.

    During his career, he has received numerous awards including Field Operations Officer of the Year, two Honorable Service Awards, one Unit Citation and over 70 Department Commendations.  He has received specialized training and participated in activities such as Breath Alcohol Operator, Taser Instructor, Special Deputy US Marshal (Operation Falcon) and sworn with DEA. 

    For information on the Administration of Justice Program at SVCC, visit www.southside.edu

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  48. Class offered by SVCC for Restaurant Workers

    ServSafe® will be offered by Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Team in two locations during October.  The course covers food safety training from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. This is a necessity for all restaurant owners, food service managers, cooks andl ine staff and satisfies the “Person in Charge” requirement of the Virginia State Health Department.

    This course is being offered at the Lake Country Advanced knowledge Center in South Hill on October 10, 12, 17, 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

    The course will be offered at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia October 17, 19, 24, 26 from 5  p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required through http://southside.augusoft.net or contact Angela McClintock at 434 949 1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

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