March 2019

  1. Kinston Jordan


    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3:00 PM

    Rising Star Baptist Church
    3931 Brandy Creek Road
    Emporia, VA 23847

    Mr. Kinston Jordan, 82, of Emporia, Virginia, departed this earthly life on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Johnston Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

    Kinston was born on Sunday, March 14, 1937, in Greensville County, Virginia, to the parentage of the late Howard Jordan and Florence Rebecca Harris Jordan.

    Survivors include:  his wife, Jacqueline Jordan of the home, four children, Priscilla Parker and Charlene Anderton both of Petersburg, Virginia, Kendra Jordan of Las Angeles, California and Willie D. House of Emporia, Virginia; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his siblings, Dorothy Matthews of New Jersey, Louise Cummings (Leon) of South Carolina, Ernie 'Susie' Bullock  and Roger Jordan (Barbara) both of Emporia, Virginia, Christine McNeil (Lardell) of Pennsylvania and Shirley Worrell of Georgia; a host of other relatives and friends. 

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  2. Rev. James H and Ann Alsop

    The interment of Rev. James H Alsop and his wife Ann Alsop will be held at the cemetery of Zion Baptist Church in Skippers VA on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Alsop passed on July 21, 2009 and Ann passed on February 7, 2019.

    Zion was the Alsop's first full time church.

    Larry Grizzard will be doing a memorial service and the family welcomes anyone who would like to attend.

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  3. 2019 Academy Day is April 27

    Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents, and school counselors to Academy Day 2019. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Mary Baldwin University, Randolph Macon Academy, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Military Institute.

    Representatives from Virginia Congressional offices will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for congressional nominations.

    This event will be held on April 27th, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Location: The Paramount Theater 215 East Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 To register for Academy Day 2019, please visit If you have any questions about the event, please email or call 540-857-2676.

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  4. Gov. Northam Vetoes Bill Creating ‘School Protection Officers’

  5. Governor Signs Bill Requiring Clergy to Report Child Abuse

  6. Governor’s Amendment Would Ban Using a Phone While Driving


    RICHMOND (March 25, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an opening brief in Texas v. U.S., defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans. Today’s brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, argues that every provision of the ACA remains valid. It also details the harm that declaring the ACA invalid would have on the tens of millions of people who rely on it for access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, as well as the broader damage that it would do to the nation’s healthcare system. In June, Attorney General Herring intervened to defend against the suit, leaving him and his colleagues to defend Americans’ healthcare after President Trump switched sides and joined with Republican state attorneys general in trying to strike down the law.

    “This politically motivated lawsuit is dangerous, reckless and risks the health of Americans,” said Attorney General Herring. “Millions of Virginians rely on the Affordable Care Act for quality, affordable healthcare and when the Trump Administration refused to defend the ACA in court I knew I had to step in. I will continue to join my colleagues in fighting to make sure that healthcare is not ripped away from Americans.” 

    The plaintiffs, two individuals and 18 States led by Texas, filed this lawsuit in February 2018, challenging one provision of the Affordable Care Act—the requirement that individuals maintain health insurance or pay a tax. Texas’ lawsuit came after Congress reduced that tax to zero dollars December 2017. Opponents of the ACA had attempted and failed to repeal the ACA over 70 times since its instatement. The plaintiffs argued that this change made the minimum coverage provision unconstitutional. They further argued that the rest of the ACA could not be “severed” from that one provision, so the entire Act must be struck down.

    On December 14, 2018, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas issued his decision agreeing with the plaintiffs. In response, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues filed a motion to stay the effect of that decision and to expedite resolution of this case. The District Court granted that motion on December 30, 2018. On January 3, 2019, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues continued their legal defense in the ACA and formally filed a notice of appeal, challenging the District Court’s December 14 opinion in the Fifth Circuit.

    Today’s filing continues the legal defense of the ACA. In their brief, the attorneys general argue that the plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the minimum coverage provision, because the individual plaintiffs are not injured by a provision that now offers a lawful choice between buying insurance and paying a zero-dollar tax. The attorneys general further argue that the state plaintiffs also lack standing, because there is no evidence that the amended provision will require them to spend more money. Lastly, the District Court wrongly concluded that the minimum coverage provision was unconstitutional, and even if it were there would be no legal basis for also declaring the rest of the ACA invalid—including its provisions expanding Medicaid, reforming Medicare, and providing protections to individuals with preexisting health conditions.

    The brief also highlights the consequences of upholding the district court’s decision, which would wreak havoc on the entire American healthcare system and risk lives in every state. If affirmed, the district court’s decision would affect nearly every American, including:

    • 133 million Americans, including 17 million kids, with preexisting health conditions;

    • Young adults under 26 years of age, who are covered under a parent’s health plan;

    • More than 12 million Americans who received coverage through Medicaid expansion;

    • 12 million seniors who receive a Medicare benefit to afford prescription drugs; and

    • Working families who rely on tax credits and employer-sponsored plans to afford insurance.

    If successful, Texas’ lawsuit would harm Virginia by:

    • Halting Medicaid expansion, which was signed into law in Virginia last year, with the goal of covering an additional 400,000 Virginians;

    • Allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charge them more;

    • Allowing insurance companies to discriminate against women by charging them higher premiums;

    • Taking away seniors’ prescription drug discounts;

    • Ending $1.15 billion in tax credits that helped 335,000 Virginians afford insurance in 2017 alone;

    • Ending the healthcare exchange where more than 410,000 Virginians purchased their healthcare in 2017;

    • Stripping funding from our nation’s public health system, including work to combat the opioid epidemic; and

    • Ending billions in federal aid for healthcare, including $458 million in FY 2019 and $1.9 billion in FY 2020.

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  8. VSP Seeking Those who Stopped at Gloucester Fatal Crash - Please Call VSP

    As the investigation continues into the fatal traffic crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Gloucester County, the Virginia State Police is asking for those motorists who stopped out at the crash scene to please contact the investigating trooper as soon as possible. Trooper James Street can be reached at 804-832-6368. 

    The single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Route 14 (John Clayton Memorial Highway), just east of Route 17( George Washington Memorial Highway).

    A 1998 Ford Explorer was traveling east on Route 14 when it ran off the road and over-corrected. The SUV then overturned several times and ejected the passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt.

    The passenger, Tremayne Ryeshawn Safewright,26, of Newport News., Va., was flown to Riverside Regional Medical Center. He later succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.

    The driver, Jiree Dequayne Burrell, 24, of Gloucester, Va., was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

    Preliminary investigations reveal that speed and alcohol, were contributing factors. 

    The Gloucester Country Commonwealth's Attorney was notified of the fatality. Charges are still pending at this time.

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  10. Yolanda Talley, VCU Health CMH February Team Member of the Month

    Vice President of Professional Services, Todd Howell; Chief Executive Officer, W. Scott Burnette; Phlebotomist, Yolanda Talley; and Director of Laboratory Services, Christina Duke (L to R).

    When you walk around thinking that a smile makes a day, good things tend to follow. The February VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital team member of the month is living proof.

    Yolanda Talley, a phlebotomist with the CMH Lab, has earned repeated high praise from patients and staff she interacts with, according to Christina Duke, manager of the lab.

    “Employees like Yolanda are why people choose CMH.” Christina said. “Yolanda has received 12 outpatient compliments in the past two months.  They even state she sometimes helps them to their cars!”

    One such compliment earned Yolanda the first-ever team member of the month award for a lab employee.

    According to Christina, the patient said, “Yolanda was wonderful. She was so polite and I didn’t have to wait.”

    Yolanda has been with CMH for the past four and half years and works throughout CMH collecting blood samples from patients.

    “I love my job,” she said. “I get to meet new people all the time and see different faces. I get to do the hard job (drawing blood).”

    Yolanda works with patients in the emergency department, ICU, PACU, Acute Care, and in the Hundley Center.

    It’s her fantastic attitude that Christina loves. “I tell all my staff that we are the face of the lab when we interact with patients and giving patients a great experience makes everyone’s day better.”

    Yolanda is a giver. During her off time from work, she is the jayvee girls basketball coach at Park View High School, an assistant coach to the varsity team and an assistant track coach for the Dragons in the spring.

    Yolanda has two children, Nyjay, her high school age daughter, and Elijan, a fourth grade. In her spare time from work, coaching and parenting, Yolanda is a movie junkie.

    Other team members nominated in February were: Adelyn Beiler and Caitlin Crowder from Acute Care; Sean DeVaughn from Environmental Services; Amy Lynch from Care Management; Megan Mull from the Emergency Department; Joyce Paynter from Lab; and John Watson from Physical Therapy.

    In addition to the award certificate, Yolanda 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.



  11. Five Steps to Colon Health

    An easy formula to promote prevention, awareness of common cancer

    By: H. “Eddie” Akbari, MD, PhD, FACS     

    Emporia, VA – Cancer of the colon is the third most common cancer in the United States – and, caught early, it’s also one of the most curable. About 90 percent of individuals whose cancer is found before it has spread survive five years after diagnosis. But, if not caught at this point, the five-year survival rate is just 10 percent. For residents in and around Emporia, colon cancer rates are even more alarming. According to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, eastern Virginia and North Carolina are one of 3 hot spots for increased death from colon cancer.

    Dr. Akbari discussing colon cancer prevention at a YMCA Lunch & Learn.

    Dr. Akbari says there are five simple steps that you can take to protect your health.

    1. Get tested - In 2018, the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new screening guidelines for all adults over age 45 to begin routine colon cancer screenings.

    Prevention is the primary goal and steer providers and patients toward those tests with the highest potential to prevent cancer. The recommendations include two tests and more specifically define the differences between tests: those that find cancer, and those that can find precancerous growths (also known as polyps). ACS recommends those tests that actually examine the interior of the colon because they cannot only detect cancer, but also prevent it by finding – and removing – polyps or growths that can potentially cause cancer. These tests include a flexible signoidoscopy (every five years); a colonoscopy (every 10 years); a double contrast barium enema (every five years); or a CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy (every five years). Polyps found during these tests can be removed on the spot, simply and painlessly.

    Testing options that look for evidence of actual cancer, include three types of stool tests – an annual fecal occult blood test, the annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and a periodic stool DNA test.

    2. Develop awareness

    Know the risk factors associated with colon problems:

    • Advancing age: i.e., over age 45
    • A high-fat diet
    • A family (i.e., sibling or parent) or personal history of colorectal cancer
    • A history of polyps or growths inside the colon and rectum
    • Certain conditions that elevate your risk, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
    • Diabetes: People with diabetes have a 40 percent increased risk of colon cancer
    • Ethic background: African-Americans have the highest number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States

    3. Know the symptoms

    Be vigilant about scheduled screenings, and if you have certain symptoms, see your doctor sooner. Symptoms may include persistent stomach discomfort, a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a change in stool consistency), abdominal pain accompanying a bowel movement, dark stools, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss, or blood in the stool. Symptoms vary, and certain foods or medications can also mimic these symptoms. It’s best to err on the safe side and check with your doctor about changes.

    4. Practice prevention

    A balanced diet, regular exercise and smart lifestyle choices will keep your risk level in check. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains provides the nutrients and antioxidants that fight disease. Low-fat dairy products and limited consumption of red meat keep your saturated fat intake low. Getting your vitamins and minerals through a daily supplement helps, but food-based vitamins are more effective and more easily absorbed by the body. Regular exercise – at least 30 minutes most days of the week – helps build your body’s defenses. Finally, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption help, too.

    5. Know your options

    Talk with your doctor about the best way to manage your risk. If you have an above-average risk for colon cancer or an initial test reveals polyps, you and your doctor can decide the course of action that works best for you. Talk with your doctor at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center about the resources available to you and learn the best way to manage your risk.

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  12. Assembly OKs Limited No-excuse Absentee Voting in 2020

  13. Report Shows Geographic Disparities in Health in Virginia

  14. Mentoring for Success

    By Dr. Al Roberts

    Audrey Williams June, writing in the October 2018 issue of Chronicle of Higher Education, reported, "Having a mentor can make a big difference in student's academic success—particularly for members of underrepresented groups." Her comments were based on the result of a Strada-Gallup Alumni survey of more than 5,000 recent college graduates.

    The National Mentoring Partnership explains that mentoring “guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.” Statistics reveal that young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor were 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

    According to the Strada-Gallup Alumni survey, nearly two-thirds of alumni who had a mentor during college said that person was a professor. College staff members were next on the list. Students benefited from mentors’ guidance regarding their educational studies, career plans, personal issues, and physical and mental health.

    While the benefits of mentoring are well documented, the survey also pointed to national inequalities in access to mentors. It noted that although 72% of white alumni reported having been mentored by a faculty member, only 47% of alumni of color described the same experience.

    At Southside Virginia Community College, faculty and staff work together to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive guidance and encouragement. SVCC programs based on mentoring relationships include Make It Happen, Women in Search of Excellence, and Great Expectations.

    Make It Happen (MIH) focuses on the academic success of rural young men of color, a group that often lags behind its white and urban peers. One cause is the lack of socioeconomic support, which can promote workforce entry over college. MIH provides an institutional climate supportive of the success of African-American males by providing mentoring, ensuring academic support services, and promoting academic achievement.

    Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), a new program just entering its second year, has already amassed significant achievements. WISE participants receive coaching for success, work on building academic skills, explore career options, and plan for their futures. They also participate in team building activities and assist others through community service opportunities.

    Great Expectations serves current and former foster youth. Participating young people receive active support as they explore career possibilities, locate sources of financial aid, and succeed in college.

    SVCC faculty and staff give generously of themselves to enrich the lives of students—in and out of the classroom. If you’d like more information about mentoring programs or other student support services, please contact Bernadette Battle, Dean for Student Success, at 434-949-1063.

    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

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  15. Greensville Schools to host Child Find

    Greensville County Public Schools will sponsor Child Find on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 10 am until 5 pm at Greensville Elementary School.

    Child Find is registration for Head Start or Virginia Preschool Initiative.

    Head Start is a federal preschool program which provides comprehensive services and learning experiences to prepare children for Kindergarten and move families toward self-sufficiency. The program also operates in compliance with IDEA to include children with special needs. All Head Start services are free to children and families.

    The Virginia Preschool Initiative, established in 1995, distributes state funds to schools and community based organizations to provide quality preschool program for at-risk four-year-olds. The program offers full day Pre-kindergarten, parent involvement, child health and social services, and transportation to families with four-year-olds at risk of school failure.

    Parents of all children who are or will be four years old on or before September 30th and are residents of Emporia or Greensville County are encouraged to attend. There will be NO TESTING. Children do NOT need to attend!

    To apply, you must bring your child’s OFFICIAL birth certificate (NOT a hospital certificate), immunization record, PROOF of residency (for example: a current water/electric bill with YOUR name and address) and, because of NEW state guidelines, verification of household income (for example: paystub, W-2, Medicaid card, TANF, SNAP, WIC, SSI).


  16. Job Fair Planned for April 10, 2019

    Job Fair 2019 will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Southside Virginia Education Center at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia.  This event is open to all job seekers so dress to impress, bring resumes, a photo id and copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate that will be a pass to get in at 12:45. 

    This event is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services.  For information, call Courtney Starke at 434-949-6614 or email

    Employers that will be on site include:

    Lake Country Area Agency on Aging

    Greensville Correctional Center

    Emporia VEC

    Armor Correctional Health Services

    Envoy of Lawrenceville

    Walmart- Emporia

    Penmac Staffing Services

    Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center


    P&S Trucking

    Lincoln Heritage Insurance

    The GEO Group

    Virginia Department of Corrections

    Greensville/Sussex 1

    Meherrin River Regional Jail

    Learning House/Partner Plus

    Heritage Hall Blackstone

    Melvin L. Davis Oil Company

    Southside Regional Jail

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  17. State Board Committee Certifies Three Finalists for Southside Virginia Community College Presidency

    RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at Southside Virginia Community College. The finalists were among 81 applicants from across the nation.

    The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Thomas G. Coley of Granger, IA; Dr. Jacqueline M. Gill of Lee’s Summit, MO; and Dr. Quentin R. Johnson of Mooresville, NC

    “I am impressed with breadth and width of talent the presidency of Southside Virginia Community College is attracting,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The college’s service region is easily the geographically largest throughout the VCCS. While that poses some unique challenges it also offers some unique opportunities for a dynamic leader to step forward and help us demonstrate what a modern rural community college can be for those who depend on it.” 

    Dr. Thomas G. Coley has worked in higher education for more than 39 years. He began his career as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1980. Six years later he began working at California State University, Fullerton, serving as the college’s government and community liaison. Coley proceeded to hold senior executive positions with the Oregon State System of Higher Education; Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio; and Black Hawk College in Moline, IL before becoming the president of Scott Community College in Scott County, Iowa in 2005. He joined Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College System in 2011 as the chancellor of the Northwest and North Central Region. Following a system restructuring, he became the chancellor of South Bend – Elkhart campus, where he works today. Coley earned a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

    Dr. Jacqueline M. Gill has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. She began her career as the director of continuing education for the NE Campus of Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. In 2010, she became the college’s vice president of Academic Affairs & Community & Industry Education. Gill moved to Kansas City, MO in 2016 where she became the president of Metropolitan Community College. Prior to working in higher education, she worked for seven years as a social worker in the greater Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area, including two years of recruiting candidates from underserved populations into healthcare career fields for the Dallas Fort Worth Area Health Education Center in Irving, Texas . Gill earned a doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and a separate master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Dr. Quentin R. Johnson has worked in higher education senior leadership roles for more than 20 years. That includes, beginning in 2004, serving as the president’s chief of staff and acting vice president for Student Life and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2011 he became the senior vice president for Enrollment and Student Services at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia. Johnson moved to Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina in 2012 to become the vice president of Student Support Services, the position he holds today. He also has some Virginia experience, previously serving as the assistant dean for Enrollment Management & Student Services at the UVa School of Nursing. Johnson earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University; and a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.

    The three finalists seek to succeed Dr. Al Roberts, the college’s fifth president, who announced last fall that he was retiring at the end of June, having served as president for five years. The finalists will each visit the college in late March to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

    SVCC serves one small city and spans ten rural counties across southern Virginia. The college offers 23 degrees at the associate level, a host of shorter-term academic and workforce development programs, opportunities for dually enrolled high school students, adult basic education, and other transitional services for non-traditional students.

    About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit



  18. Laura Barnes Velvin


    June 18, 1920 - March 23, 2019

    Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

    High Hills Cemetery
    215 N. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, VA

    Laura Barnes Velvin, 98, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Velvin and her two sons, James Venable “J.V.” Velvin and wife, Charlotte, and Lawrence Everett Velvin.

    She is survived by three grandchildren, James T. Velvin (Christy), Randy Dean Velvin (Jeannie) and Andrea Velvin (Jason Williams); step-grandchildren, Scott Pritchard (Crystal) and Hope Wood; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Evelyn “Scottie” Velvin and numerous nieces and nephews.

    A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at High Hills Cemetery, Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.


  19. Marjorie Baird “Margie” King

    January 19, 1943 - March 19, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

    Main St. United Methodist Church

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 12:00 noon

    Main St. United Methodist Church


    Marjorie Baird “Margie” King, 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

    Margie was a native of Lawrenceville and lived most of her adult life in Emporia. She was the daughter of the late Hobart Maryland and Blanche Edwards Baird. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother; Leroy Baird and his wife Elaine and three brothers in law; John Hartley, Carter Harris, and George Roberts.

    Margie was a longtime active member of Main St. United Methodist Church and the founding Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Emporia. She loved her family, friends, and her community and always had a gracious smile and hug for everyone she met.

    Margie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Malcolm Lee King, Jr., daughter; Michelle King Edmonds and her husband Scott and grandson Ryan Scott Edmonds all of South Hill, brother; Joseph Edgar “J.E” Baird and his wife Cordie of Colonial Heights, sisters; Catherine Hartley of Charlotte, NC and Mary Carter Harris Roberts of Freeman, and many nieces and nephews.

    A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from Noon until service time.

    In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, C/O Barbara Moore, Treasurer, 626 Madison Street, Emporia, VA  23847 or Main Street United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Emporia, VA  23847.

    Online condolences may be left at

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  21. Sallie Inez Young

    August 25, 1932 - March 20, 2019

    Wake Celebration of Life

    R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia

    556 Halifax Street
    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Diamond Grove Baptist Church
    127 Diamond Grove Road
    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Ms. Sallie Inez Young was born to the late Walter Young and Junita Young-Cooke of Greensville County, Virginia on August 25, 1932. She joined Antioch Baptist Church at an early age. Inez truly loved the Lord and this was often witnessed through her spreading the gospel and singing old hymns.   

    Inez attended school in Greensville County. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in her early 20’s. She continued serving the Lord by attending church in New York. Also while living there, she was employed with Lloyd and Taylor for over 20 years. She retired with hopes of one day moving back to her hometown of Emporia, Va.

    Inez had two daughters, Diane Young and the late Esther Young-Adams. She had one granddaughter, Crystal Adams and a devoted grandson, Craig Young who was a dedicated caregiver to Inez for over 18 years.

    Inez was a very caring, strong-willed, tough woman. She always tried to be there for her family before becoming ill. One of her grandson’s most memorable moments was his first year in law school and he was low on money. Inez would call to check on him and send boxes of food to ensure he ate. That is just one way she showered her love of kindness.

    Inez was preceded in death by her brothers; Curtis Young, Joe Young, Johnny Ben Young and Cecil Young and sisters; Loretta Young and Rosa Young.

    Inez leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Diane Young who expressed her love, a devoted grandson, Craig Young, granddaughter, Crystal Adams, great-grandson Ze’Marion D. Finnell, great- granddaughter, Zariah D. Finnell; two sisters; Mabiel Coe and Dorothy Newman, one brother, Eddie Young and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


  22. Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson

    November 4, 1921-March 18, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00

    Forest Hill Baptist Church

    Friday, March 22, 2019, from 2:00

    Forest Hill Baptist Church

    Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson, at the age of 97, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2019. She was born November 4, 1921, the oldest daughter of the late Joseph Wyatt and Annie Harrell Ferguson of Emporia VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major B. Pearson and daughter Virginia P. King, brothers, Kennon Ferguson Sr., C. Wade Ferguson, and H. Clayton Ferguson, sisters, Mamie F. Driver, Erma F. Vincent and Avis F. Frazier.

    She is survived by her Son-in-law, Charles P. King, Grandsons, Stacy L. King (Amy Walton) and Stephen E. King. Great-Grandson, Kirby Dale King, sister Betty F. Veliky and brother Melvin L. Ferguson.

    She was an active member of Forest Hill Baptist Church until her health started to decline several years ago. She loved her Lord and Savior, family, friends and Church family. She worked at Emporia Garment Factory until she retired. She loved family history and researched and gathered information for picture albums of the Ferguson and Pearson families.

    Ruby loved and appreciated the staff at Northampton Nursing Home Complex, Jackson NC. Pauline, the Director of Activities encouraged her to play BINGO, and she did play twice a week up until about two weeks ago. The family thanks Emily Spence for being such a special care giver.

    Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with Funeral Service at 2:00 with Rev. Terry Corder officiating.

    In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 5010 Brink Road, Emporia VA 23847



    Echols Funeral Home of Emporia VA will be in charge of arrangements.



    Online condolence may be made to the family at:


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  25. Edmond “Bob Jack” Hicks

    December 31, 1943 - March 18, 2019


    Celebration of Life

    R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia

    556 Halifax Street
    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Emmanuel Worship Center
    4910 East Atlantic Street
    Emporia, Virginia 23847

    Edmond “Bob Jack” Hicks was born to Napoleon Hicks and Isabelle Arrington Hicks on December 31, 1943 and he returned home to be with the Lord on March 18, 2019 at the VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA.

    Bob Jack was a farmer with a fourth grade education for P. I. Rook and G. B. Ligon. Later in life, he worked for the Emporia Foundery as a welder for twenty years.

    Bob Jack loved dancing, singing and playing cards. He also loved laughing and telling jokes. His favorite phrase was “I ain’t never lied!” while lying the whole time. He was so   funny and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He will truly be missed.

    Bob Jack was preceded in death by eleven siblings, two whom died at birth; Robert “Toboro” Hicks (Dorothy), Junious “Bubba” Hicks (Daisy), Roosevelt “Pap” Hicks (Betty), Willie “Peter” Hicks (Bettie), Archie “Sack” Hicks, Eddie Lewis “Manna” Hicks (Dorris), Rebecca “Sis" Washington (Tommie), Thelma “Duke” Robinson (Albert), and Blanch Barbara “Alene” Hicks (Bufford).

    Bob Jack leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Martha Anne Hicks, children; Ricky Mills (Nadine), Aaron Stewart (Qreatha), step-children; Diane, Doreatha and Isabell, grandchildren; Shamila Beslow (Vernon III), Antione Ingram (Cindy), Corey Faulcon, Aaron Stewart, Jr., and Rico Stewart, great grandchildren; Joshua Bane (Defontney), Christopher Maga, III, Kenneth Thompkins, Jr., Antoine Ingram, Jr. and Arianna Ingram, one great great granddaughter, Esma Bane, one sister, Rosa “Missy-Gal” Franklin (George) and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.



  26. Norman Eugene Kramer


    Norman Eugene Kramer, 84, of Emporia, Va. passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Lester Kramer and Gesina Norman Kramer. Norman was a retired communication specialist with the United States government.

    Norman is survived by his loving wife, Mary Frances Derring Kramer of Emporia, Va., daughter, Laura Kramer Rose (Russell) of Vienna, Va., son, Mark Kramer (Gina) of Vienna, Va., Stepsons, Richard H. Short III (Betsy) of Emporia, Va., and John C. Short (Janet) of Bracey, Va., grandchildren, Ryan Rose, Sean Rose, Naomi Kramer, and Angela Kramer, all of Vienna, Va., step grandchildren, Ryan Short (Paula) of Littleton, NC., Alex Short and Allison Short of Emporia, Va., Parker Short of Smithfield, Va., and Nicholas Short of Blacksburg, Va., and a step great granddaughter, Mary Katherine Short of Littleton, NC.

    A celebration for Norman Kramer will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 2:00PM, at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2427 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC 27850.

    Memorials may be made to: Lakeside Lutheran Church Building Fund.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

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  27. Advocate Draws From Personal Experience as Example to Youth

  28. Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill

    Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement after oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill:

    “This case has cost Virginians four years of litigation, multiple elections under an unconstitutional map, and probably more than $10 million, mostly spent by House Republicans to defend racial gerrymandering. The trial Court issued 100 pages of factual findings explaining the ways that the plan ‘sorted voters into districts based on the color of their skin’ and reduced the political power of African-Americans. That is wrong. We should all be concerned about this race-based violation of Virginians’ right to vote and should work to fix it as soon as possible. 

    “Nothing I heard today changes my belief that it is time to put an end to this case, and to implement fair, constitutional districts.”

    In June 2018, a three-judge panel found that eleven House of Delegates districts were unconstitutional. In July 2018, Attorney General Herring announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia would not appeal the decision, citing the seriousness of the constitutional violation, the likelihood of success, and the considerable time and millions in taxpayer money that had already been expended. 

    The three-judge panel and Supreme Court have three times denied requests by the House of Delegates to delay implementation of a new redistricting plan that corrects the identified racial gerrymandering.


  29. Virginia Electric Utilities Wiring Rural Areas for Broadband

  30. Occupational Health Services for Area Employers

    Let’s build a healthy workforce, together.

    South Hill—As you know, your team members are the single most important and valuable resource in your organization. A healthier team member is often a more productive team member. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Health and Wellness Services provides team member health services required and needed in today’s world of business and industry. We can help your business reach its goals for a healthier workforce.

    A healthier workforce will decrease lost work time, provide more productive and motivated employees, reduce health care and worker’s compensation costs andreduce workplace injuries.

    For more than 17 years, the professionals with VCU Health CMH Health & Wellness Services have been responsive to the health needs of the corporate community.  Currently they contract with numerous companies throughout the region to provide such services as:  pre-employment physicals, DOT physicals, rapid drug screens, lab based drug screens (urine, hair follicle), breath alcohol testing, immunizations, OSHA hearing conservation education and testing and much, much more. 

    Learn more about how you can make your workforce healthier by visiting our website at and downloading a brochure or calling (434) 774-2541.

    Meet the professional staff of VCU Health CMH Occupational Health: (pictured from left to right)  Linda Crump, Office Service Specialist; Donna Overton, LPN, COHC, BAT, SAMI-DOT; Amy Hobbs, FNP-C; DeeAnna Forbes, LPN, COHC, BAT APS-DOT; Jessica Seamster, LPN, BAT, APS-DOT


  31. Institute of Contemporary Art Hosts Queer Film Collective Dirty Looks

  32. “Wake Up Time”

    From whom do we collect taxes
    When our citizens move away
    Yes and what incentive do we use
    To encourage them to stay.
    There is constant talk of tourism
    And the Big Role it could play
    Then we closed that gate on thousands
    When the Pork Festival went astray.
    Now it would be nice if you got what you wanted
    Then we all would join in for a cheer
    Yet may I suggest in the mean time
    To do something for those that live here.
    We need to go out of town for good shopping
    And to get a good meal as well
    Yes that is where I see the most of you
    Though you know that I won’t tell.
    You’re filling up the vacant stores
    With things we do not need
    Yet what about the recreation
    That would be good indeed.
    I’m certain there are ways and means
    For the problems we have to solve
    Still if we don’t take action now
    More trouble it will involve.
                        Roy E. Schepp

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  33. USDA Outlines Eligibility for 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option Regarding Elections for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later.

    Producers have the option to elect either ARC or PLC through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to receive benefits. The 2018 Farm Bill allows producers to make an election in 2019, which covers the 2019 and 2020 crop years.

    The Federal Crop Insurance Act prohibits producers from having SCO on farms where they elect ARC. Because of the timing of the Farm Bill, FSA’s ARC/PLC election period will not occur until after the SCO sales closing dates and acreage reporting dates.

    Producers who purchased SCO policies with sales closing dates of Feb. 28, 2019, or earlier may cancel their SCO policy by March 15, 2019. This allows producers, particularly those who intend to elect ARC for all their acres, to no longer incur crop insurance costs for coverage for which they will not be eligible.

    Producers with SCO coverage now have the option to file an ARC/PLC acreage intention report with their crop insurance agent by the later of the acreage reporting date or March 15, 2019. This report will adjust the acreage report by specifying the intended ARC or PLC election by FSA Farm Number. The number of eligible acres on farms with an intention of PLC will be the number of acres insured for SCO regardless of any actual elections made with FSA. If a producer does not file an ARC/PLC acreage intention report, SCO will cover all acres as though the producer elected PLC.

    The existing penalties for misreporting eligible acreage on the SCO endorsement will not apply in 2019.

    Additional details about SCO can be found at

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  34. Milton Alan Cain, Jr.,

    July 24, 1991 - March 15, 2019

    Visitation Services

    R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia
    556 Halifax Street
    Emporia, Virginia 23847



    Macedonia Baptist Church
    30 Quarrell Road
    Emporia, Virginia 23847


    Milton Alan Cain, Jr., also well known as “Junie” or “Junior”, was born July 24, 1991 in Emporia, Virginia to Milton and Demetrice Cain.  He  departed this life on Friday, March 15, 2019 after a short illness at Chippenham Medical Center.

    Milton received his education in the Greensville County Public School System along with the Brunswick County Public School   System and graduated from Greensville County High School. He  furthered his education at Virginia State University where his     major was Computer Engineering. He further enlisted in the United States Army as a Corporal. After being in the military, he worked at McDonald’s of Emporia for a few years and later transferred to McDonald’s of Lawrenceville until they closed it’s door in 2014 and then moved on to Amazon of Chester, VA. Later on, he went to work for the Department of Corrections (Greensville Correctional Center) as an Officer and then went on to the Emporia Police Department until his illness.

    Milton accepted Christ at an early age and joined Macedonia Baptist Church where he served as a Drummer and Treasurer for the Junior Choir.  He later moved his membership to the Rising Star Baptist Church as the Minister of Music and remained there until his health failed. He was a kind, quiet, loving, humble and faithful servant.

    Milton also ministered at the following churches:  First and Third Sunday; Rising Star Baptist Church Choir of Ante, VA, Second and Fourth Sunday; Rocky Mount Baptist Church Mass Choir, Emporia, VA, the 75th District Choir, Emporia, VA and also the Community Male Chorus, Emporia, VA.

    Milton leaves to cherish his memories his loving father and mother; Milton and Demetrice of the home, one child, Cameron Drake of Emporia, VA, one brother, Marlon Ricks (NaTasha Brookins) of Daytona Beach, FL, two nieces; Ajha and Kamani Ricks of Kannapolis, NC, his grandparents; Matthew and Corrine Merritt of Valentines, VA, Nathan, Sr. and Ella Cain of Emporia, VA, godparents; Robert and Dorothy Webb of Skippers, VA, six aunts; Frances (Lawrence) of Richmond, VA, Deborah Merritt of Chesterfield, VA, Wanda Nollie (James) of Okinawa, Japan, Doris Dillings (Alvin) of Bristow, VA, Audrey Hart (Joseph) of Fairfax, VA and Rebecca Andrews (Ted) of Emporia, VA; four uncles; Nathaniel Roberts (Kelly) of Norlina, NC, Nathan Cain, Jr. (Paulette) of Emporia, VA, Wayne Cain (Claree) of Emporia, VA and Eric Cain (Nina) of Manassas, VA his best friend and son’s mother, Daja Drake of Emporia, VA, four great aunts; Leslie Mae Phipps of Fayetteville, NC, Ida Mae Gillus (Neil) of Fayetteville, NC, Rosa Mae Powell of Emporia, VA and Gladys Cain of Emporia, VA and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

    Milton had valued friendships, especially from his cousins; Stephen Taylor and Zedavion Taylor. He also had support from his cousin, Sam Easter and many others.  The family extends gratitude to Dr. Theopolis Gilliam, Jr. and his staff, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center staff, McGuire Hospital staff and especially the staff at Chippenham Medical Center.


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  35. Michael Wayne Moore

    Michael Wayne Moore


    February 9, 1969 - March 10, 2019


    Visitation Services

    Friday, March 15, 2019. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia 23867

    Saturday, March 16, 2019. 2:00 PM

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia 23867

    Michael Wayne Moore, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Sanford Moore, Jr.; grandparents, Louis Sanford Moore, Sr. and Ruby Moore and Willie Fajna and Pearl Wrenn Fajna; Aunts, Patsy Moore, Barbara Moore Jones and husband, Russell; Mary Poarch; Lorraine Norwood and husband, Sonny, and uncles, Linwood “Squirrel” Moore and Charles Eugene Wrenn.

    Michael is survived by his mother, Joyce Wrenn Moore; brother, Robert Earl Moore and friend, Christopher Upton; sister, Angela Moore Grizzard and husband John; nephews, Nathaniel and Nicholas Grizzard; niece, Bryanna Grizzard; five step-children, Crystal Seymour and husband, Brian, Jillian Bradshaw and husband, Joe Bradshaw, Jr., Christopher Poole, Kacie York and Cynthia Marie Moore; two step-grandchildren, Jayden York and Bentley Stephens; uncles, Franklin “Doo” Moore; John W. Moore and wife, Deanna and William S. “Billy” Poarch; aunt, Debbie Moore. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Randy Moss and a number of cousins and extended family.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

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  36. Teresa Wray Welsh

    April 24, 1957 - March 12, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at

    Echols Funeral Home

    Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00

    Emporia Cemetery

    Teresa Wray Welsh passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 61. She was a senior reporter for the Independent Messenger. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edla Mae Hobbs Wray, Robert Holmes Wray, and Daughter, Wendy Jenise Gordan. She is survived by her brother, Roger Wray (Cathy) of Emporia, Va, granddaughter, Kelly Michele Finn of Louisburg, NC, great granddaughter, Candi Jenise Finn of Louisburg, NC, two nieces, Amy Hobbs and April Clarke of Emporia, Va, nephew, Robbie Wray of Emporia, Va, five great nieces, Carly Clarke, Morgan Clarke, Emma Wray, Ella Mae Wray, and Bailey Black of Emporia, Va, great nephew, Nick Hobbs of Emporia, Va.

    A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Emporia Cemetery, Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00P.M. with Rev. Ken Arrington officiating.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

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  37. Animal Welfare Groups Happy About 2019 Legislation

  38. Kazoos and Chants Drown Out Westboro Church’s Message of Hate

  39. Emporia Welcomes Dunkin' Donuts

    On Saturday, March 9, Dunkin' Donuts celebrated their grand opening. Guests received free medium coffees all day long.

    The new store at 908 Market Drive in Emporia will be open 24 hours a day and offers mobile ordering.

    Employees, owners and a Dunkin' franchise representative pause for a quick photo.

    There were door prizes.

    Representatives from Benchmark Bank were on hand.

    Samples of the new Orange-Vanilla Coke were offered.

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    ~ Protecting student borrowers has been a priority for Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section, which has recovered more than $10.3 million for more than 5,000 student borrowers ~

    RICHMOND (March 6, 2019) – As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is highlighting protections and resources for student borrowers, as well as the work he and his team have done to protect Virginia student loan borrowers. Attorney General Herring and his team have reached multiple settlements with for-profit colleges for using deceitful tactics against student borrowers, as well as continuously challenged Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education in court to uphold the federal protections in place to protect student borrowers from predatory, for-profit schools. The Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $10.3 million for more than 5,000 student borrowers in Virginia.

    “Over the past few years, we have seen the Trump Administration fail to protect student borrowers, instead implementing policies that have favored for-profit colleges who take advantage of them to line their own pockets,” said Attorney General Herring. “My Consumer Protection Section and I will continue to fight against policies that harm student borrowers and hold for-profit colleges accountable when they mislead and deceive their students.”

    In October 2018, Attorney General Herring announced that a federal judge rejected the Trump Administration’s challenge to the Borrower Defense Rule, ordering its immediate implementation for students nationwide. This ruling followed a victory Attorney General Herring won in federal court after he and a coalition of state attorneys general challenged the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to abruptly rescind its Borrower Defense Rule which was designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans. The immediate implementation of the Borrower Defense rule meant that the U.S. Department of Education had to automatically discharge $381 million in loans for students whose schools closed.

    Attorney General Herring has taken major actions against for-profit colleges for misleading students. In November 2015, for-profit education companyEducation Management Corporation announced it would significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forgive more than $2.29 million in loans for approximately 2,000 former students in Virginia through an agreement with the Attorney General and a group of state attorneys general. Nationwide, the agreement required the for-profit college company to forgive $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.

    In December 2016, the Attorney General announced that more than 5,000 Virginia students formerly enrolled in schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. may be eligible for loan forgiveness. This came after the U.S Department of Education found that Corinthian College and its subsidiaries published misleading job placement rates for many programs between 2010 and 2014. Following this announcement, Attorney General Herring urged Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to follow through on their commitment to cancel student debt for students in Virginia and around the country who were victimized by Corinthian Colleges' practices.

    Attorney General Herring announced in January of this year that he and 48 other attorneys general reached a settlement with for-profit education company Career Education Corporation. The terms of the settlement required CED to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forgo collecting about $493.7 million in debts owed by 179,529 students nationally. In Virginia, 3,094 students will receive relief totaling $8,022,178.

    Below are some tips for student loan borrowers to keep in mind:

    (1) Financing Options

    • Check First for Grants and Scholarships – Resources include:

    • the financial aid office at a college or career school

    • a high school or TRIO counselor

    • the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool

    • federal agencies

    • your state

    • your library

    • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups

    • organizations related to your field of interest, like professional associations

    • ethnicity-based organizations

    • your employer or your parents’ employers

    • Evaluate Whether Private or Federal Loans Are Right for You:

    • Federal Loans Include:

    • Direct Loans, where the U.S. Department of Education is the lender;

    • Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), where private lenders make loans backed by the federal government;

    • Federal Perkins Loans, low-interest federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need; and

    • PLUS loans, federal loans that graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school.

    • Private loans, sometimes called “alternative loans,” are offered by private lenders, like banks and credit unions, and do not include the benefits and protections that come with federal loans.

    • Review the Federal Trade Commission’s Comparison of Federal and Private Loans at:

     (2) Paying Back Your Student Loans

    • Federal Loans

    • The U.S. Department of Education has repayment programs that can ease the burden of paying for your education, including:

    • income-driven repayment plans — your monthly payment is based on how much money you make

    • deferment and forbearance — you can postpone making payments, if there’s a good reason you can’t repay right away, though interest might cause what you owe to increase

    • loan forgiveness or loan discharge — in some circumstances, you don’t have to repay some or all of your loans. You might qualify if, for instance, you work for a government or not-for-profit organization, if you become disabled, or if your school closed or committed fraud. Also, under certain income-driven repayment plans, any balance that remains after 20 or 25 years of payments is forgiven. In some cases, you may owe income taxes on the forgiven or discharged amount.

    • Learn more at

    • Private Loans

    • With private student loans, you typically have fewer repayment options, especially when it comes to loan forgiveness or cancellation. To explore your options, contact your loan servicer directly. If you don’t know who your private student loan servicer is, look at a recent billing statement.

    • Free Federal Loan Consolidation

    • Consolidating federal loans with the federal government is FREE. There are companies that may offer to help you consolidate your federal loans with the federal government, for a fee, but you DON’T have to pay for this service. Consolidating with the federal government is a process you can do on your own, at no cost.

    • Review the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations on whether loan consolidation is right for you at

    • Avoid Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

    • Only scammers promise fast loan forgiveness.

    • NEVER pay an up-front fee for help.

    • Scammers will often fake a government seal, so be vigilant of scammers trying to appear like a government agency. If you have federal student loans, work with the Department of Education directly at

    • If you have federal student loans, do NOT share your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID with any company offering debt relief assistance.

    Virginians who have a question, concern, or complaint about a consumer matter should contact Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section:

    Since 2014, Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $292 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators. The Section has also transferred more than $33 million to the Commonwealth’s General Fund. Following a major reorganization and enhancement in 2016, the OAG’s Consumer Protection Section has been even more effective in fighting for the rights of Virginians.


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  41. Southside Physicians Network Improves Diabetes Care Options For Emporia and Greensville County

    Emporia, VA – Southside Physicians Network (SPN) is proud to announce that Dr. Neha Lalani, fellowship trained endocrinology and board certified in internal medicine is now accepting new patients in Emporia. Starting Monday 4/1/19, Dr. Lalani will provide endocrinology services to help residents with diabetes, thyroid conditions and other medical issues. She joins Family Medicine providers Dr. Spencer Feldmann and Amanda Temple, MSN, FNP-C at 511 Belfield Drive, Emporia, VA 23847.

    “Dr. Lalani is well-liked and respected by her peers at Southside Physicians Network,” said Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Hall Squire. “There is a great need for diabetes care in our area and having a fellowship trained endocrinologist of her caliber here will help improve the health of our patients.”

    Endocrinologists specialize in the treatment of our body’s glands and the hormones they produce. Dr. Lalani deals with metabolism, or all of the internal processes that make the body work.  Endocrinology services have been greatly needed in the Emporia area; previously, the closest endocrinologist was across the North Carolina border or in Petersburg, VA.

    Dr. Lalani specializes in diabetes management and believes in creating a team approach to healthcare, focusing on partnering with the patient to achieve results. She understands that diabetes and metabolic diseases can cause distress to patients and their families and it requires the patient to learn a new way of living.

    “We must to meet our patients where they live and not make them drive hours for the treatment they need. That means being in Emporia and keeping patients near their home and family,” said Lalani.

    Dr. Lalani earned her medical degree from Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India, where she was in the top 10 of her class. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Buffalo, Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY, and her fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

    She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society. Lalani joined SPN in 2019 and her primary office is in Petersburg, Virginia.

    To make an appointment with Dr. Lalani, call 434-532-7194 or click here to learn more>>>

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  42. John Wayne O’Berry

    September 23, 1945-March 9, 2019

    Visitation Services

    6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11

    Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd.

    Jarratt Virginia

    2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

    Calvary Chapel Branchville

    15198 Broad St.

    Branchville, Virginia 23828.

    Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    Mr. John Wayne O’Berry, 73, of Jarratt, died Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene O’Berry, son, John Wayne O’Berry, II.; daughter, Amy O’Berry; grandson, John Madison Lynch; brother, William O’Berry and sister, Mildred King.

    Mr. O’Berry is survived by his wife, Ruth O’Berry; son, Greg O’Berry  and wife, Sharon; daughter, Susan Harrison and husband, Richard; two step-daughters, Brenda Kitchen and husband, Owen and Ginger Ridout; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and brother, Charles Lee O’Berry and wife, Linda and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the loving care and support provided by caregivers, Shannon and Erica with the New Century Hospice.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Calvary Chapel Branchville, 15198 Broad St, Branchville, Virginia 23828. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to New Century Hospice, (

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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  43. Statewide Summit to Address Needs, Future of Urban Agriculture in Virginia

    4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to be held April 23-25 in Virginia Beach

    Photo caption: Curtis Moody, teaches school children about planting and growing at Moody Street Garden. Photo courtesy of Cedric Owens.

    Agriculture is increasingly spreading from rural areas into our urban and suburban communities for many reasons, not the least of which includes a growth in the number of people who want their food sourced locally and a need for communities to eliminate food deserts. The United States Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as “…parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas.”
    Evidence of urban agriculture’s rise in Virginia can be seen in counties like Arlington and Fairfax, which have already established legislation and zoning codes to address urban agriculture. Some communities like Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington have long waiting lists for community garden spaces. Courses and training programs like Virginia State University’s 12-week Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program are growing in popularity. And the number of urban farms in Richmond, Hampton Roads and other urban areas across the commonwealth has exploded over recent years.
    As more farmers get started on vacant lots and rooftops and in shipping containers and other non-traditional urban spaces, conversations about research, policy, safety, land-usage rights and sustainability are on the rise.
    To address these and other issues pertaining to the growth of Virginia’s urban agriculture industry, the Virginia Cooperative Extension program at Virginia State University, among other partners, is hosting the 4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit April 23–25, 2019, at the Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Va. Over three days more than 100 urban farmers, gardeners, foodies, ag-tivists, policy makers and government leaders will convene to network and learn about one of agriculture’s fastest growing sectors.
    “The Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit is an important learning opportunity for anyone seeking more knowledge to grow their own produce, either for personal consumption or for commercial sales,” said Dr. Leonard Githinji, Virginia State University Urban Agriculture Extension specialist. “People of all ages are becoming more focused on their health; they want to reconnect with the earth and learn how to grow vegetables and fruits. Urban agriculture offers a feasible option for these people and is an antidote to food deserts.”
    Keynote speakers include Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Virginia’s 16th Commissioner of Agriculture; Duron Chavis, manager of Community Engagement at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond; Shelley Blades, farm manager and executive director of Lynchburg Grows; and Curtis Moody, community garden coordinator of Moody Street Garden of Newport News. Topics covered at the summit will include urban food systems, food deserts, food security, food safety, postharvest handling, food justice, urban environmental issues and urban economic development. Interested parties are encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral, poster or panel presentation for the summit. Visit before March 15.

    Summit registration is $150 and is limited to 150 registrants. The registration cost includes two continental breakfasts, two buffet lunches, a networking dinner reception, and continuous food and drink refreshments throughout much of the summit. An award-winning chef will prepare food sourced from the freshest meats, seafood, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables from local and regional artisan providers. To register, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link. 

    Accommodation is available for $99/night per room until midnight March 24. Visit to book your accommodation or call the hotel at 1-844-382-7378. Registrants calling directly to book a room must ask for the “2019 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit” room rate.

    Watch an overview video from the 3rd Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit at Learn more about the first three summits at

    For further information or if a person with a disability desires any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Mollie Klein at or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. 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. VSU is 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.


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    ~ Warning comes as part of a nationwide crackdown on scams of this nature ~

    RICHMOND (March 7, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring is warning Virginians about scammers who try to trick consumers into buying costly tech support and repair services as part of a nationwide crackdown on these scams. Attorney General Herring, in coordination with attorneys general from across the country through the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), has joined the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other regulators to combat tech support scams. As part of this effort, NAAG and the Department of Justice today announced a sweep of elder fraud cases and focused particular attention on tech support scams as a major threat to senior citizens.

    “Unfortunately, fraudsters are ever-evolving and always coming up with new and relevant ways to scam consumers,” said Attorney General Herring. “I would encourage Virginians to be vigilant about anyone contacting them with threats or high pressure sales tactics, whether by mail, phone, or online and remember to never send money to a company or person who you are not sure is trustworthy.”

    These scams work in similar ways. Scammers use phone calls and online ads resembling security alerts from major technology companies to trick consumers into contacting the operators of these schemes and providing access to the consumers’ computers. The scammers will claim consumers’ computers are infected with viruses or experiencing other problems. They then try to pressure consumers into buying unnecessary computer repair services, service plans, anti-virus protection or software, and other products and services.

    Here are some tips to avoid tech support scams:

    • Be on the lookout for scams which try to make you believe you have a serious problem with your computer, like a virus;

    • Do not pay for services by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, iTunes card, prepaid card or cash reload card, or using a money transfer app because these types of payments can be hard to reverse;

    • Beware of fake computer technicians pretending to be from a well-known company requesting remote access to your computer and then pretending to run a diagnostic test;

    • If you get a phone call you didn’t expect from someone who says there’s a problem with your computer, hang up;

    • Beware of scammers who try to lure you with a pop-up window that appears on your computer screen, which might look like a security issue or error message from your operating system or antivirus software, and which might use logos from trusted companies or websites;

    • If you get this kind of pop-up window on your computer, don’t call the number as real security warnings and messages will never ask you to call a phone number;

    • Look out for illegitimate websites that show up in online search results for tech support, or other ads;

    • If you think there may be a problem with your computer, update your computer’s security software and run a scan;

    • If you need help fixing a problem, go to someone you know and trust, for instance the company you purchased the software from or a store that sells computer equipment and offers technical support in person;

    • If you paid a tech support scammer with a credit or debit card, contact your credit card company or bank right away, tell them what happened and ask if they can reverse the charges;

    • If you paid with a gift card, contact the company that issued the card right away and ask if they can refund your money;

    • If you gave a scammer remote access to your computer, update your computer’s security software, run a scan and delete anything it identifies as a problem; and

    • If you gave your user name and password to a tech support scammer, change your password right away and on any other sites that have the same password.

    Virginians who have a question, concern, or complaint about a consumer matter should contact Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section:

    Since 2014, Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $292 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators. The Section has also transferred more than $33 million to the Commonwealth’s General Fund. Following a major reorganization and enhancement in 2016, the OAG’s Consumer Protection Section has been even more effective in fighting for the rights of Virginians.


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  45. General Assembly Acknowledges, with Profound Regret, the Existence and Acceptance of Lynching Within the Commonwealth.


    Acknowledging with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching within the Commonwealth.

    Agreed to by the Senate, February 5, 2019

    Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 20, 2019

    WHEREAS, the year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival to the Jamestown settlement of the first Africans in what would become the United States, where they were enslaved, marking the beginning of nearly 250 years of slavery in the British colonies and in the new nation; and

    WHEREAS, throughout America’s history of slavery, segregation, and inequality, thousands of African Americans were lynched across America, particularly throughout the southern United States, to perpetuate racial inequality and white supremacy and to terrorize African American communities; and

    WHEREAS, during Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified, abolishing slavery, granting citizenship to any person born or naturalized in the United States, and guaranteeing the rights to due process of law and equal protection under the law and the right to vote for African American men; and

    WHEREAS, in outright defiance of the Reconstruction Amendments, people across the nation acted outside of the law, deliberately, violently, and brutally, against African American citizens in retribution for alleged or invented crimes and faced few or no consequences; and

    WHEREAS, the Equal Justice Initiative has documented more than 4,000 lynchings that took place throughout the South between 1877 and 1950, over 80 of which took place in Virginia; other scholarship documents more than 100 lynchings in Virginia; and

    WHEREAS, African American men, women, and children lived in fear that their lives and the lives of loved ones could end violently at any time and in any place; and

    WHEREAS, lynchings were often widely known and publicly attended; some were witnessed by crowds that numbered in the thousands, reflecting community acceptance, and many leaders and authorities and much of society denied and enabled the illegal and horrific nature of the acts; and

    WHEREAS, Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell, Jr., exposed lynchings in Virginia as they occurred and led the state’s antilynching campaign; however, despite his efforts and other accounts, historians believe still more lynchings remain undocumented; and

    WHEREAS, at the urging of Norfolk Virginia-Pilot editor Louis Isaac Jaffe and other antilynching activists, and to curtail mob violence in Virginia, the General Assembly passed an antilynching measure that was signed into law on March 14, 1928, declaring lynching a state crime; and

    WHEREAS, the extreme racial animus, violence, and terror embodied in the act of lynching did not die with the criminalization of the act, and few, if any, prosecutions occurred under the measure; and

    WHEREAS, the legacy of racism that outlived slavery, enabled the rise and acceptance of lynching, facilitated segregation and disenfranchisement, and denied education and civil rights to African Americans has yet to be uprooted in Virginia, the South, and the nation, and this dark and shameful chapter of American history must be understood, acknowledged, and fully documented and the seemingly irreparable breach mended; and

    WHEREAS, the most abject apology for past wrongs cannot right them; yet the spirit of true repentance on behalf of a government and, through it, a people can promote reconciliation and healing and avert the repetition of past wrongs and the disregard of manifested injustices; and

    WHEREAS, in 2010, the Equal Justice Initiative began investigating thousands of racial terror lynchings in the American South in an effort to understand the terror and trauma this sanctioned violence against the African American community created, resulting in the report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror in 2015 and the opening of the Memorial for Peace and Justice on April 26, 2018, as the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence; and

    WHEREAS, the Equal Justice Initiative created the Community Remembrance Project to create greater awareness and understanding about racial terror lynchings and to begin a necessary conversation that advances truth and reconciliation by working with communities to commemorate and recognize the traumatic era of lynching by collecting soil from lynching sites across the country and erecting historical markers and monuments in these spaces; and

    WHEREAS, the General Assembly established the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission in 1992 to continue the work of Dr. King, himself a victim of violence, as he sought to realize his dream of a “Beloved Community” in which love, peace, and justice prevail over hatred and fear; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly hereby acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching within the Commonwealth and call for reconciliation among all Virginians; and, be it

    RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission make as complete a record as possible of each documented lynching that occurred in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the names of the victims and the locations and circumstances of each occurrence, to be preserved on the Commission’s website, and develop programming to bring awareness and recognition of this history to communities across the state, that such awareness might contribute to the process of healing and reconciliation in Virginia’s still-wounded communities and for families and descendants affected by lynchings; and, be it

    RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission coordinate with the Department of Historic Resources to identify sites for historic markers to recognize documented lynchings and assist the Equal Justice Initiative in its Community Remembrance Project in the Commonwealth; and, be it

    RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, requesting that it further disseminate copies of this resolution to its constituents so that they may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter.

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  46. Researcher Publishes Open Letter to Lynched Culpeper Man

  47. Jarratt Hardware’s Spring Open House – FREE Community Event for All!

    On Saturday March 23, 2019 from 10am to 4pm, Jarratt Hardware will be hosting aFREE family fun day full of learning opportunities. Lunch will also be provided at no cost from 12-1PM. Jarratt Hardware’s Spring Open House eventis a community event for all ages. The store is teaming up with local Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in Greensville/Emporia and Sussex County, as well as the Southside Beekeepers Association, to provide a fun learning day at the store.

    At the event, youth and their families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun, agricultural hands-on activities, learning about beekeeping, hatching chicks, raising chickens, gardening, soil fertility, lawn health and more.

    Come learn about beekeeping with representatives from the Southside Beekeepers Association and learn how to start and manage your own hive. 4-H Youth Development will be providing fun, interactive games and activities for youth to learn all about chickens, bees, pollinators, local youth opportunities and more! Local 4-H Teen Club members and 4-H Livestock/Animal Club members will be present at the event to assist with educational games and activities. Come see live chicks hatching and learn how you can raise your own flock. Baby chicks, as well as all supplies needed to raise chickens and start beekeeping, will be in stock for purchase the day of the event.

    Local soil scientists and store owners, Andy and Alexis Jones, will be discussing soil fertility and lawn care at the event. Soil testing supplies will be present the day of the event. Come with your soil samples and any questions that you may have about soil fertility and grass growing!

    Greensville County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will be on hand during the event with giveaways for the children and informational handouts for Agriculture Education. Pine View Nursery will be at the event as well showcasing their beautiful flowers and garden plants ready for planting this spring. Local Girl Scout troop #540 will also be onsite during the event to sell their delicious Girl Scout cookies. Many organizations from across the community will be present, so this is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

    Come and see Jarratt Hardware, under new ownership, striving to increase the diversity of their inventory (hunting supplies, building materials, etc.) as well as increase in availability of special orders. Theywill have a few in-store specials available during the event. Spring lawn and gardening needs will be in stock for this event. We hope to see you there!

    FREE lunch will be provided for all from 12:00-1:00PM. The event will be held at Jarratt Hardware, located at 111 Jarratt Avenue, Jarratt, VA.

    For more information about the event, please call Jarratt Hardware at 434-535-8137 or Virginia Cooperative Extension at 434-348-4223.

    If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the 2018 4-H Camp, please contact Hannah D. Parker, at the Extension Office no later than two weeks prior to the date assistance is needed.  Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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  48. Upcoming Small Business Workshop

    Longwood Small Business Development Center will present How to Write a Business Plan, Financing Options,  SWaM Certification &  Business Insurance in Colonial Heights on March 27, 2108

    If you are thinking of starting or have a small business and want to learn how to write a business plan, learn about financing options, SWaM certification & business insurance, this free workshop is for you! 

    Some of the topics will be:

    • Why do you need a business plan? How to prepare and   present your business plan and what are some marketing strategies and financial planning information to enhance it.

    • What financing options are out there and what do lenders look for?

    • What is SWaM certification? How can it help your small business and how do you get SWaM certified?

    •  Why you need business insurance and how it will protect you and your small business.

    The workshop will be held on March 27, 2019,9:00am-11:30am in theColonial Heights City Council Chambers at201 James Avenue in Colonial Heights.

    Please click here to register.




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  49. Governor Signs Law Banning All Tobacco Products at School

  50. Catherine Pulley Pair

    April 22, 1928-March 4, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:00 pm

    Calvary Baptist Church

    301 North Main Street
    Emporia, Virginia

    Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1:00 pm

    Calvary Baptist Church

    301 North Main Street
    Emporia, Virginia


    Catherine Pulley Pair, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, at the age of 90. Mrs. Pair was born on April 22, 1928 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A loving and devoted wife and mother and dearly loved by her family. She was a Secretary at Continental Telephone Company and later was a nurse at Greensville Memorial Hospital, Guardian Care Nursing Home, Perdue Inc. and Boars Head Provisions Inc.

    Catherine was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Henry Pair, Jr., along with her mother and father, Hattie Sue Johnson and George R. Pulley. She is survived by her husband, Robert Henry Pair, Sr., her 3 daughters, Constance P. Murray (David) of Swoope, Va., Deborah P. Allen (Ronnie) of Emporia, Va., Shelby E. Adams of Emporia, Va., 8 grandchildren, Shelby Wyatt (Don) of Emporia, Va.,  Brandon Murray (Colleen) of Verona, Va., Derek Murray (Carianne), Kevin Murray of Richmond, Va., Daniel Allen (Brinkley) of Emporia, Va., Catherine “Katie” Slate (Will) of Emporia, Va., Logan Elliott (Meggie) of Henrico, Va., and Jason Elliott (Sarah) of Mechanicsville, Va., along with 11 Great Grandchildren.

    A visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 1 P.M. at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Andy Cain officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

    Online condolences may be left at

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  51. Attorney General Aims to Help Virginians Avoid Scams

  52. Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

    Community Out-Reach Education

    South Hill – Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes your breathing to become shallow or stop completely during sleep. It’s estimated that nearly 30 million people in the United States have sleep apnea. What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? How is sleep apnea treated?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend March’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about Sleep Apnea.

    This FREE program will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

    The speaker for the program with be Dr. Indu Shivaram.  Dr. Shivaram specializes in Pulmonology and Critical Care. She earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Government Medical College in India and completed her Fellowship in pulmonary medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and her Fellowship in critical care medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shivaram is Board Certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine. She practices at CMH ENT & Pulmonology Services, located in the C.A.R.E Building at VCU Health CMH.

    Registration is required to help us prepare and seating is limited. For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0917 or register online at Attendees can enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

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  53. “Do We Need Outside Help”

    I found a phone number the other day
    but I didn’t know whose it was
    well I thought ig over for a minute or two
    then I gave it one long buzz.
    Now I know it rang once or twice
    then a knock came to my door
    they said they’re from problem solvers
    yet had never been here before.
    They said if you have a problem
    first you have got to explain
    then they will call people in the know
    and they even work in the rain.
    Well the Council all have telephones
    and indeed it is worth a try
    why not ask them to call problem solvers
    before another year goes by.
    Well we must not have the skilled labors
    that problem solvers so rely
    yes or why can they not fix a pothole
    somewhere before the third try.
    The spring is almost upon us
    and summer just around the bend
    yet our buildings and streets are still messed up
    what is the message we send.
    Now the boarded up buildings with broken windows
    has for long been a dreadful sight
    if they can’t find a law of who fixes
    find the owner before he takes flight.
    Well thank you tourists for once more stopping here
    at least to spend the night
    if and when Council calls problem solvers
    maybe next year we’ll be rid of the blight.
                             Roy E. Schepp

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  54. Walker Navigated to a Cool Job

    Since people are not born with navigation systems installed, the road to success is not always straight, fast, and without bumps along the way.  Dixie Walker, who has a cool job as the new Tourism Coordinator for Brunswick County, took such a journey in her educational pursuit.

    While attending high school, Walker enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at Southside Virginia Community College as early as the ninth grade.  These classes, combined with summer and online courses, enabled her to complete an Associate degree in General Studies from SVCC along with graduating high school the same year.

    After a brief stay at Virginia Tech, Walker decided to transfer her esteemed SVCC associate degree to Radford University where she earned two Bachelor of Science degrees which included a minor in Marketing. During her time at Radford University, Walker also served three years as a Radford University Ambassador.

    Upon graduation, she returned to Southside Virginia where she utilized her creative talents. She has worked for locally owned small businesses in our surrounding community.  Walker used her creative skill set to help promote and market these businesses through several different medias. She’s held a job since she was fifteen serving the public and gaining customer service expertise.  Walker has also served as President of the South Hill Junior Women’s Club for two years and is still an active member.  She recently was recognized as “Member of the Year” by her fellow club members. After becoming a member of the club, she was able to further use her talents to promote the club through social media, raise money hosting special events for the community, and inspire her follow club members.

    “It’s all added up to this,” she said recently from the new Brunswick Byways Visitor Center located on Christanna Highway 46 south of Lawrenceville.       

    Completed in October 2017, the Center serves and informs the traveling public about Brunswick County’s Native American heritage, Colonial American “frontier” history, Civil War history, early American religious history, natural resources and assets, and agricultural economy.   Besides operating the Center, Walker works with other special events throughout the county including the Taste of Brunswick held in October and the Brunswick Stew Day at the capitol in Richmond.  She also coordinates volunteers at the Center and greets visitors to the county.

    She is also proud to have taken advantage of the offerings at SVCC. “I liked the smaller class size at SVCC, the rural area and the one-on-one attention students received from the teachers.  The faculty and staff at SVCC care about you and your educational journey. They want to see you succeed no matter whichever path you may be on. Everyone seems pleased to be on campus and in the classroom, learning. It is a textbook learning environment for someone from a small town who doesn’t like to be distracted from reaching their goal. The paths are clear and straight at SVCC as to what’s needed to obtain your chosen goal, there are hardly any unexpected speed bumps or hurdles as long as you do your part” Walker said. 

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  55. Gold Box in Richmond Park Connects People Around Globe

  56. Green Book Helped Black Travelers Navigate Racist Terrain

  57. Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr.

    August 23, 1930-March 2, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

    Independence United Methodist Church

    4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847

    Monday, March 4, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Independence United Methodist Church

    4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847


    Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr., 88, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at his home.

    Mr. Howerton was the son of the late Robert Jennings and Mary Howerton Sr. A native of South Boston, he retired after many years of service as an auto mechanic. Bobby was a longtime active member of Independence United Methodist Church and in his later years enjoyed cutting grass and working in his yard at home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Earline Phillips Howerton, and a son, Charles Michael Howerton.

    Bobby is survived by his sons; Clyde Jeffrey Howerton and his wife Katherine, Robert Wayne Howerton and his wife Mary of Chesterfield, a daughter; Linda H. Thomas and her husband Harry of Delaware, a daughter in law; Lynn Howerton, 9 grandchildren, 12  great grandchildren and his special fur baby Daisy.

    Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 4, 2019 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 from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

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

    Online condolences may be left at