May 2019


    RICHMOND – Preliminary reports indicate the 2019 Memorial Day weekend proved deadly for a total of 11 individuals, six of whom were riding on motorcycles. Nine fatal traffic crashes claimed 11 lives during the statistical counting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 24) and ended at midnight Monday (May 27). Virginia State Police statewide responded to 663 total traffic crashes during the 2019 holiday weekend.

    The fatal crashes occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and the counties of Albemarle, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Isle of Wight, and King and Queen. Albemarle County and King and Queen County each had two, separate, fatal crashes during the holiday weekend. The five fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and in Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, and King and Queen counties. Both the operator and rider were killed in the single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred in Fairfax County on May 26, 2019.

    "Tragically, Virginia has witnessed an alarming loss of life in recent days as a result of traffic crashes,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "There are not only entire families, but entire communities, mourning the deaths of those lost in a fatal traffic crash. More than 300 individuals have already been killed in traffic crashes this year in Virginia. That should give every driver in Virginia 300 reasons as to why it’s so important to drive to save lives on our highways. As we embark on the busy summer travel season, please drive smart, safe and sober.”

    In an effort to help keep traffic moving safely and efficiently during the holiday weekend, the Virginia State Police partnered with law enforcement around the country for the Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. During the Operation CARE Memorial Day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers cited 8,270 speeders and 2,548 reckless drivers. Seat belt violations totaled 961. Virginia troopers arrested 75 drunk drivers. State police also assisted 2,405 disabled motorists during the 2019 holiday weekend. Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

    For more information on traffic safety and how to keep Virginia “Moving Toward Zero Roadway Deaths,” go to

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  2. Tamara Clary, April Team Member of the Month

    Pictured (l-r) are Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer; Tamara Clary, RN; Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director; and Mary Hardin, Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO.

    Tamara Clary, an RN in acute care, is the Star Service Team Member of the Month. She has been employed at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a nurse, and worked two years as a CNA before that. Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  

    The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Tamara is a long time employee of CMH and always provides the best quality of care for her patients and promotes an environment of caring.”

    The form described how recently she had a patient in her care that had an 11-year-old child and no family in the area. Tamara bought meals for the child so he would not go hungry.

    “She didn’t expect praise, but deserves it for her tremendous heart and for going above and beyond what is expected of her,” her nomination continued.

    Tamara said she took the child to the cafeteria a few times and added that the chicken tenders were obviously a hit.

    She said the most rewarding part of her job was “being able to help people and taking care of people.”

    In addition to the award certificate, Tamara 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.

    Other team members nominated in April were: Lourdes Guyos, Acute Care; Erin Truman, Acute Care; Sherry Reese, Lab; Shamar Clary, IT; John Watson, Physical Therapy; Sarah Fox, Lab; Lydia Ingram, ED; Robert Mitchell, EVS; and Ricky Bland; EVS.


  3. USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines

    May 31 Deadline for Feed Grains, Upland Cotton, Soybeans and Minor Oilseeds

    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019– U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loansfor feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds.

    “These commodity loans provide short-term financing, allowing producers to meet interim cash flow needs and market their crops following a timeline that is the most advantageous,” Fordyce said.

    These marketing assistance loans are considered nonrecourse, meaning they can either be redeemed by repaying the loan or delivering the pledged collateral – i.e., the crop – at loan maturity to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) as full payment. In circumstances where the county commodity price falls below the county loan rate, producers may repay loans at less than loan rate (principal) plus accrued interest and other charges, therefore, receiving a market loan gain. Alternatively, producers who are eligible for marketing loans are also eligible for Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) should the county price fall below the county loan rate.

    Producers must have title, possession and control of the commodity and be responsible for loss of or damage to the commodity to be eligible for commodity loans and LDPs. All application forms must be completed at the local FSA office prior to loss of beneficial interest. Other eligibility requirements may apply.

    Producers can check their daily LDP rates online at

    “Although many producers may have already marketed their 2018 crops, it’s not too soon to begin thinking about harvest and marketing decisions for your next crop,” Fordyce said.

    To apply for a loan, contact your local FSA office. To find your local office visit Additional information is available at

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  4. Grace Stainback Grizzard

    Visitation Services

    6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 30

    Owen Funeral Home

    303 South Halifax Road
    Jarratt, Virginia

    10:00 am Friday, May 31

    Greensville Memorial Cemetery

    1250 Skippers Road
    Emporia, Virginia

    Grace Stainback Grizzard, 87 of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  She was a devoted wife and mother. Grace was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she lovingly prepared many meals for her church family and functions.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie “Pete” Grizzard, parents Willie and Florence Stainback, Siblings Willie Mae Poarch, Ruby Price, Annie Poole, Gladys Walker, WB Stainback, James “Jimmy” Stainback, Richard Stainback, and Gene Stainback.  She is survived by her children Katherine Grizzard Colvin (Gary) of Suffolk, Jessie K. Grizzard Jr. (Sheila) of Richmond, Terri Grizzard Johnson (Troy) of Suffolk, grandchildren Hank Thornburg, Michelle Petcu, Chris Grizzard, Kate Thornburg, Haley Norfolk, Lucas Johnson, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers Francis Stainback, Albert Stainback, Rufus Stainback, Carroll Stainback and sisters Emily Andre, Goldie Cox, Florence Scott, and Marie Schnitz.  The family will receive visitors at Owen Funeral Home 6:00 – 8:00PM on Thursday, May 30.  A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 301, Emporia on Friday, May 31. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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  5. Remote Area Medical is coming to Emporia, VA

    ROCKFORD, TN (May 23, 2019) – Remote Area Medical- RAM® -- a major non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals-- is returning to Greensville County High School June 22-23. 

    All services are free and no ID is required.   

    Patient parking will be located at Greensville County High School, 403 Harding Street Emporia, VA 23847. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 22. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 23.

    Services available at the 2019 Emporia RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women's health exams, mammograms, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams. Along with the standard services provided by RAM, specialists will be onsite to provide EKGs, immunizations, HEP A screening, HIV screening, diabetes care, labs, pharmacy services, dermatology, endocrinology, pediatric, gastroenterology, and podiatric services. RAM will also be performing school physicals. No additional or prior paperwork is required.

    “We want to help empower the Emporia community by addressing some of the health care issues of their most vulnerable,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “Our clinics enhance quality of life so people can reach their full potential.”  

    For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit or call 865-579-1530.

    About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

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  6. Nell Jean Daniel


    Visitation Services

    Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00

    at her home at 207 Miles Circle

    11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31s

    Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.Nell Jean Daniel

    Nell Jean Daniel, 88, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2019.  She was born on December 4, 1930 to the late Lillian J. Jean and Ernest L. “Buddy” Jean.  She was preceded in death by her

    husband, Henry Lee Daniel and brother, E. Lashley Jean Jr.  She is survived by a sister, Shirley J.

    Latham of Emporia, brother James B. Jean of Colonial Heights, nieces Debra K. Baird of Emporia

    and Kelly J. Beeler of Colonial Heights, and nephew James B. Jean Jr. of Lake Worth, Florida.  Nell graduated from Greensville County High School in 1948 and went to work for the Greensville County School System, a job she would hold for the next 42 years.  She retired in

    1990 as Clerk of the School Board after serving under 7 superintendents.  She then helped Henry Lee at his business, Daniel Brothers, until his retirement.  Nell was a proud member of the GCHS Class of 48, helping to organize reunions and remaining close with her classmates whom she dearly loved.  The family would like to thank her special caregivers and friends,

    Alma Branch, Gloria Franklin, and Caroline Lee as well as Dr. Michael Anderson and his staff.   Visitation will be held Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 at her home at 207 Miles Circle.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31st, at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.  

    Online condolences may be left at

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  7. Fun, Innovative Summer Leadership Program For Statewide Youth Ages 11-13 at VSU

    July 15-18, 2019

    Youth ages 11-13 are invited to participate in a 4-H summer leadership program at Virginia State University (VSU) July 15-18, 2019. The iLeadership Institute is a four-day, three-night program on the VSU campus designed to foster leadership skills in middle school-aged children (who are 11-13 any time during the current 4-H year of October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019). There is an option to attend the program on a daily basis for one or more days. No previous experience with 4-H is required. Youth participating in this program will automatically be enrolled into the Virginia 4-H program free of charge.
    The highly acclaimed program, now in its second year, features interactive activities that expose youth to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) subjects, teach basic marketing skills, and strengthen team-building and networking abilities. Youth will also be introduced to distinguished speakers, learn table etiquette, develop personal action plans, experience what it is like to live on a college campus, and more.
    Additionally, the iLeadership Institute will enhance the ability of new, current and future 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles.
    Registration for the iLeadership Institute is $300. Youth can also participate on a day-to-day basis, for $100 per day. 4-H members aged age 16-18 with Teen Mentor training can participate as a Teen Counselor for $50. Adult volunteers and 4-H Agents can participate for $25.
    To register or for more information, visit
    If you have any questions or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Program office at or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 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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  8. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Denim Days Donations

    Emporia, VA – Wearing comfy clothes to work is always a perk, but when it helps charitable causes in the community it’s truly a pleasure. Throughout the months of March and April, the staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) participated in Denim Days.  By donating $5.00, hospital staff was able to wear jeans on Fridays.

    In recognition of National Nutrition Month, all proceeds raised during the month of March were donated to the Main Street Baptist Church Food Bank. The staff at SVRMC made a donation that totaled more than $200 and included dry goods.

    Helping celebrate Healthy Kids Day, the staff of SVRMC raised $175 during April Denim Days and donated to the Emporia-Greensville YMCA. It’s no surprise the idea of summer is a highly anticipated time for both kids and adults. Unfortunately, health and well-being sometimes gets forgotten during the summer months. In an effort to bring awareness to families in the community and to encourage the development of healthy habits at home, YMCAs across the country, including the Emporia-Greensville YMCA, celebrated Health Kids Day on April 26. The staff at SVRMC was excited to help contribute to a wonderful cause.



    March Denim Days supported the Main Street Baptist Church Food Bank in recognition of National Nutrition Month.

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  9. "Memorial Day"

    It's a day set aside for remembering
    those who before and after have went
    fighting for the need of our country
    wherever they might be sent.
    Men and women young and old
    it mattered not you see
    a highly trained military
    trying to keep us free.
    They have fought in strange surroundings
    and many lives have been lost
    now some were only wounded
    but for us, still paid the cost.
    One can’t feel the pain or anguish
    those brave men and women all went through
    yet we can honor them for what they did
    for the freedom of me and you.
    We can hold in our hearts the memories
    of the thousands that have died
    yes pray for the many wounded
    who lost comrades by their side.
    Now a war is never over
    and a battle never won
    the loss of lives will e're remain
    long after the fighting’s done!
                             - Roy E. Schepp

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  10. Meherrin Regional Library urges families to sign up for Summer Reading Program

    The Meherrin Regional Library System is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Program, with registration beginning June 1st and events beginning June 24th.  

    This year’s theme is IT’S SHOWTIME AT YOUR LIBRARY. Preschoolers, children, pre-teens, and teens are all able to participate and win a free book by keeping track of the books they read during the summer.

    Free events will be held each Thursday beginning June 24th, at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the W. E. Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia. This year’s events include shows featuring live animals, ventriloquism, magic, and storytelling. Door prizes will be given out at all events. Participants who read the most books in their age group will win a Top Reader Grand Prize, to be announced at the last program on July 25th.

    Monday Movie showings will also be held at each branch beginning June 24th at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library and at 2:00 PM at the Richardson Memorial Library.

    To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.


  11. John Wayne Harris


    Visitation Services

    1 p.m. Sunday, May 26

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia

    2 p.m. Sunday, May 26

    Owen Funeral Home
    303 S. Halifax Rd
    Jarratt, Virginia

    John Wayne Harris, 76, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  He was precededin death by his father, John B. Harris; his mother, Virginia C. Harris; and, younger brother, Richard D. Harris, all of Jarratt, VA.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the love of his life,Sandra Gephart Harris; his son, John W. Harris, Jr. (Lori) of Jarratt, VA; his daughter, Robin H. Heese (Russell) of Emporia, VA; his brother, Ralph T. Harris (Anita) of Farmville, VA; and, three

    sisters, Joan H. Wojcikewych (Ray) of Peoria, IL; Linda H. Witt (David) of Chester, VA; and, Connie H. Young (Harold) of Stony Creek, VA; and, many nieces and nephews.

    He retired from Allied Signal in Hopewell, VA, after 37 years.  He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, in Jarratt, for 63 years.  Wayne loved his family; and, when his children were small, he loved to take them “GOOFIN” to get ice cream, shopping, fishing, or just for a walk.  He was truly the wind beneath our wings.

    A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26 Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The service will be conducted by The Reverend Rick Franklin, minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, Jarratt, VA; and, by Pastor Kyle Bass, nephew, of Boykins Charge, Boykins, VA.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 472, Jarratt, VA 23867; or, to AT Home Care Hospice, 629 Southpark Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. 

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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    RICHMOND – With travel forecasts calling for more than 1-million Virginians to be taking to the highways this Memorial Day weekend, the Virginia State Police is encouraging all motorists to make safe driving practices a priority. To help safeguard Virginia’s highways, the Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols during the long holiday weekend as part of the Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.).

    "We hope Virginians make traffic safety a priority every day of the year, but are encouraging motorists to be extra attentive during the holiday weekend," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "More than a million drivers on Virginia's highways over the Memorial Day weekend means we have more than a million reasons to safely share the road, buckle up, drive distraction free, comply with speed limits and to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

    Beginning Friday, May 24, 2019, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation C.A.R.E., a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2019 Memorial Day statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. on May 24 and continues through midnight Monday, May 27, 2019.

    During the 2018 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 122 drunk drivers, cited 8,673 speeders and 2,704 reckless drivers. Troopers issued 218 citations for child safety seat violations and cited 856 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt.

    In addition, Virginia State Police assisted 3,588 disabled motorists across the Commonwealth during the last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Of the 870 traffic crashes investigated during the holiday weekend statistical counting period, 11 resulted in fatalities. That was an increase when compared to the eight fatal crashes in both 2017 and 2016 during the Memorial Day statistical counting periods.

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

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  13. Fun, Innovative Summer Leadership Program For Statewide Youth Ages 11-13 at VSU - July 15-18, 2019

    Youth ages 11-13 are invited to participate in a 4-H summer leadership program at Virginia State University (VSU) July 15-18, 2019. The iLeadership Institute is a four-day, three-night program on the VSU campus designed to foster leadership skills in middle school-aged children (who are 11-13 any time during the current 4-H year of October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019). There is an option to attend the program on a daily basis for one or more days. No previous experience with 4-H is required. Youth participating in this program will automatically be enrolled into the Virginia 4-H program free of charge.

    The highly acclaimed program, now in its second year, features interactive activities that expose youth to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) subjects, teach basic marketing skills, and strengthen team-building and networking abilities. Youth will also be introduced to distinguished speakers, learn table etiquette, develop personal action plans, experience what it is like to live on a college campus, and more.

    Additionally, the iLeadership Institute will enhance the ability of new, current and future 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles.

    Registration for the iLeadership Institute is $300. Youth can also participate on a day-to-day basis, for $100 per day. 4-H members aged age 16-18 with Teen Mentor training can participate as a Teen Counselor for $50. Adult volunteers and 4-H Agents can participate for $25.

    To register or for more information, visit

    If you have any questions or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Program office at or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 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.


  14. Sign up for Medicare and Estimate Medicare Costs

    By Jacqueline Weisgarber, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

    Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare, and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire.

    Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months, and people with certain specific diseases. Two parts of Medicare are Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance). You are eligible for premium-free Part A if you are age 65 or older and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years.  Part B usually requires a monthly premium payment.

    You can apply online for Medicare even if you are not ready to retire. Use our online application to sign up. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need more information. Otherwise, you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail.

    You can sign up for Medicare at

    If you don't sign up for Medicare during your initial enrollment window that begins three months before the birthday that you reach age 65 and ends three months after that birthday, you'll face a 10 percent increase in your Part B premiums for every year-long period you're eligible for coverage but don't enroll. You may not have to pay the penalty if you qualify fora special enrollment period (SEP).If you are 65 or older and covered under a group health plan, either from your own or your spouse’s current employment, you may have a special enrollment period during which you can sign up for Medicare Part B. This means that you may delay enrolling in Part B without having to wait for a general enrollment period and without paying the lifetime penalty for late enrollment. Additional rules and limits apply, so if you think a special enrollment period may apply to you, read our Medicare publication at, and visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at for more information.

    Health and drug costs not covered by Medicare can have a big impact on how much you spend each year. You can also estimate Medicare costs using an online tool at

    Keeping your healthcare costs down allows you to use your retirement income on other things that you can enjoy. Social Security is here to help you plan a long and happy retirement at

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  15. Golfers Help Jackson Feild’s Children

    The winning team L-R: Mike Ellis, Thomas Dodson, Monte Todd, and Dennis Balch.

    Larry Pair, Director of Plant Operations at JFBHS

    L-R:  Donte Threatt, Elvin Edmonds, and Ronnell Pearson

    On May 6, 2019, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was pleased to host the 24th annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament at The Golf Club at The Highlands.  Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing molded, high-impact, fire-retardant polyethylene bedroom furniture for our cottages.  According to the manufacturer, the furniture is “solid as a rock, yet features seamless construction with rounded corners for added safety and security. Each piece can be easily sanitized.”

    Following a lunch provided by Hardees, nineteen teams from all over Virginia and parts of North Carolina enjoyed a beautiful day on the links.  Following play, the golfers returned to The Reserve at the Highlands to enjoy the awards dinner and find out who won the various raffle prizes donated by a number of restaurants, museums, jewelry stores, and more.  In addition, having the highest bid meant that one golfer took home a gas smoker donated by Parker Oil, and another took home the prize of a week-long vacation at Kill Devil Hills donated by a former JFBHS director of education.

    Without the support of a number of sponsors, this tournament would not have been possible.  JFBHS is tremendously grateful to tournament sponsor Boddie-Noell Enterprises, presenting sponsor Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and awards dinner sponsor Jones LTC Pharmacy. Additional sponsors were Old Point Trust, Virginia South Psychiatric & Family Services, ITA International, WellsColeman, Kim & Steve Winston, Tod Balsbaugh, Partlow Insurance Agency, Inc., Parker Oil & Propane, Boyd Chevrolet, Diamond Springs, Wilson Clary & Associates, Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, The Wilton Companies, Commonwealth Exterminators, Eric Thompson & Family, and Old Dominion Landscapes, LLC.

    Planning has already begun for the 25th anniversary tournament to be held in May 2020, and all are invited to sign up to play.  More details will be available at a later date.

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  16. John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr.



    5-7 pm, Wednesday May 22

    Owen Funeral Home

    303 S. Halifax Rd.
    Jarratt, Virginia

    11 am Thursday, May 23

    Greensville Memorial Cemetery

    1250 Skippers Road
    Emporia, Virginia

    John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr, 69, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. He is survived by a sister, Connie McKinney (Roger) and brother, Brian Norwood; three nieces, Dawn Jones (Coby), Faith Ash (Rel) and Hannah Godwin (David) and nephew, John McKinney (Chelsea).

    The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital ( Online condolences may be shared with the family at


  17. Southern Virginia Regional Medical - Here for Emporia

    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is committed to serving our community. Every year, our medical staff, nurses and ancillary personnel provide quality care to thousands of people in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We employ more than 200 staff members, making us one of the largest employers in the area, and our direct impact to the local economy totaled more than $16 million in 2018.


    We are a strong and evolving provider. SVRMC is focused on growing and supporting our four (4) primary nursing departments – Emergency Medicine, Surgical Services, Medical/Surgical and Behavioral Health. The community need for our services is evidenced by the 100% increase in surgical cases in the last six (6) months. All hospital nursing units have seen increased numbers of patients.


    Over the past several years SVRMC and Southside Physicians Network (SPN) have recruited 12 new specialists to the area.

    Breast Surgery – Dr. Espino

    Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery – Dr. Akbari

    Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Ditto

    Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Raval

    Gastroenterology – Dr. Gilliam

    Nephrology – Dr. Lalani

    Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Akinsanya

    Obstetrics & Gynecology – PA-C Andrews

    Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Meyers

    Ophthalmology – Dr. Parikh

    Orthopedic Surgery – Dr. Patel

    Vascular Surgery – Dr. Jun

    During the month of May we celebrate National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National EMS Week. We thank our associates, medical staff, EMS organizations and many others for their hard work to meet the health needs of our friends and neighbors in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We also thank the patients who put their trust in us every day. SVRMC will be here when you need us the most for years to come.

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    Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Meherrin Regional Library System at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

    Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

    The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information visit This program is free of charge.


  19. SVCC Students to Benefit As State Board Holds the Line on Community College Tuition for Upcoming Academic Year

    RICHMOND —Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) is among the 23 colleges to benefit from a recent vote by the State Board for Community Colleges.   By a unanimous vote, the Board elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Board’s decision means tuition will remain at today’s rate of $154 per credit hour, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

    Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College president, said, “Maintaining the current tuition rate for attendance at SVCC is a boost to help students continue their educations at affordable rates.  We are grateful for this move to keep prices low.”

    “The Virginia General Assembly deserves a great deal of credit for helping us avoid a tuition increase,” said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. “Their decision to increase General Fund appropriations gave us the resources necessary to meet the inevitable operating expense increases without asking our students to pay more. We applaud their efforts during the 2019 legislative session.”

    Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $351.60 per credit hour. The Board approved a technical fee increase for capital cost recovery that applies only to out-of-state students who make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

    Established in 1970 as a part of the 23-college Virginia Community College System, SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education.  The college operates under the guidance of a local board and is financed by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.  The college serves ten counties and one city in southern Virginia.  SVCC is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continuing opportunity for the development and extension of skills and knowledge along with an opportunity to increase his/her role and responsibility in society.

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  20. Transferring Success


    By Dr. Al Roberts

    In March of this year, 250 representatives from more than 60 educational institutions across Virginia met to discuss potential obstacles facing students with plans to transfer to baccalaureate-awarding colleges and universities after beginning their postsecondary educational journeys at two-year institutions. Existing pathways involve an assortment of articulation agreements that can be complex to navigate. The Virginia Community College System maintains agreements with more than three dozen public and private colleges and universities. These are supplemented with hundreds of additional agreements between individual institutions.

    Legislation addressing this concern led to the development of Transfer Virginia, a three-year initiative to reform the Commonwealth’s transfer system. Goals include improving communication and collaboration among institutions of higher education, more closely aligning academic expectations, and streamlining agreements that facilitate transfers.

    Removing barriers to transfer success offers significant financial benefits. When compared with the cost of beginning academic pursuits directly at four-year institutions, students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college can save an estimated $17,000 on the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Part of the savings can be lost, however, if students are unable to apply all earned credits toward their degrees.  According to some estimates, the current system can cost improperly prepared students the equivalent of an extra semester in time, tuition, and fees.

    To address these concerns, SVCC offers resources to help guide and prepare students. Transfer Clubs on both main campuses give students opportunities to explore options. Four-year college campus fairs and visits highlight opportunities. Transfer counselors provide one-on-one and group guidance. Added to these efforts, SVCC is playing an active role in the work of Transfer Virginia to develop consistent and uniform transferability between all of Virginia’s community colleges and baccalaureate-awarding institutions. Specific tasks include developing transferrable programs where all courses satisfy lower-division general education requirements, mapping degree program requirements from two-year to four-year programs, ensuring common student learning outcomes in all transfer courses, and exploring dual admission and co-enrollment.

    The VCCS Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, Sharon Morrissey, explains Transfer Virginia’s anticipated results: “Virginia will be better off for the effort, with a higher education system that is more affordable, more efficient, more equitable, and more relevant for students in the 21st century marketplace.” Transfer Virginia estimates that it will result in the Commonwealth’s ability to award more than 6,000 additional baccalaureate degrees annually to transfer students.

    SVCC already has a strong record for preparing transfer students for success. The top five destinations for transferring graduates are Old Dominion University, Longwood University, Liberty University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University. For more information on how to structure your educational journey with the most efficiently, contact Matt Dunn, Transfer Counselor, at 434-736-2020 or

    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


  21. Advanced Heart Failure (Treatment Options)

    Community Out-Reach Education

    South Hill – You are cordially invited to attend May’s health seminar featuring treatment options for Advanced Heart Failure.

    There are nearly five million Americans currently living with congestive heart failure. Many people with heart failure lead normal, active lives. They do so because they have learned to take good care of themselves by better understanding heart failure.

    Dr. Nimesh Patel, heart failure expert, will discuss:

    • What is Advanced Heart Failure?
    • What are the warning signs of Advanced Heart Failure?
    • Living with Advanced Heart Failure and knowing your treatment options including LVAD and heart transplant.
    • Learn about what health care decisions you will need to make after discussion with your doctor and family.

    Dr. Nimesh Patel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Cardiology. He provides comprehensive invasive diagnostic cardiovascular services for adults in his practice, CMH.

    This FREE program will be on Tuesday, May 21st 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.

    Reservations are required for this program; seating is limited.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0917 or visit All attendees with have a chance to win door prizes and enjoy refreshments!


  22. USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

    Extensions also available to Many Expiring Contracts

    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

    “USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program is an important tool for private lands management,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “CRP allows agricultural producers to set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”

    FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, Fordyce said FSA has carefully analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.

    Continuous CRP Signup

    This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices approved for this program.

    Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.

    Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup

    FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. Fact sheets on current CREP agreements are available on this webpage.

    Other CRP Signup Options

    Fordyce said FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December 2019 and a CRP Grasslands signup later.

    CRP Contract Extensions

    A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options.

    Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.

    More Information

    On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides support, certainty and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. FSA is committed to implementing these changes as quickly and effectively as possible, and today’s updates are part of meeting that goal.

    Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit More information on CRP can be found at

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  23. Community Baccalaureate Service Planned for June 9

    Plans have been completed for a Community Baccalaureate Service, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Greensville Elementary School Auditorium. This community service is for ALL graduating high school seniors, regardless of where they attend school: private, public, home-schooled, or Christian school. It is being sponsored by The Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association.

    Local public schools have not held a baccalaureate in several decades.

    The baccalaureate is a religious service and will feature Christian music and prayers. There will be three speakers who will deliver a Biblical message of encouragement and inspiration for the graduates. They include the Rev. Larry Walczykowski, Dr. Muriel Artis, and Dr. Kim Evans. Several other local ministers and lay people will be participating in the service.

    GEMA would like to invite all high school seniors who live in the Emporia-Greensville community, regardless of church affiliation, to participate. You do not have to register to participate, nor be a member of a church: simply arrive at the school by 6:30 p.m.

    Graduates are asked to wear a white dress shirt, blouse or dress. There will be no distinction among schools. GEMA would like to have all participating students assemble and march in together, then sit together regardless of school affiliation.

    The theme of the baccalaureate will be “The 9/11 Generation.” Most of this year’s graduates were born in 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks. Their world has been changed and will be forever different as a result of that day.

    Attendance and participation in this baccalaureate service is entirely voluntary; no participants are sponsored by or endorsed by any government agency; no government funds will be used nor will they be accepted for this service. All expenses are being paid with voluntary contributions by individual citizens and/or the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association. Any participation by public school employees or other government officials is voluntary and is done as private citizens.

    Anyone wishing to make a donation or needing more information can contact Ed Conner at (434) 637-2879.

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  24. 2019 Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament

    2018 Moses Clements Scholorship Recipients

    Over the last 20+ years the Emporia/Roanoke Rapids Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter (ERRHC) has supported freshmen entering Virginia Tech with scholarships exceeding $40,000.  These donations have been funded by hole sponsors and teams entering the annual golf tournament as this is the one fund raiser annually.

    The tournament is named for Moses Clements, our beloved Hokie who passed away way too early.  The Scholarship Program and the Scholarship Tournament both bear his name – the Moses Clements Scholarship Program and the 2019 Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament, in remembrance of his dedicated service to the club and especially the Scholarship Program.  It was his annual joy to review and present the scholarships at the summer dinner.

    This year the tournament will be held on Friday May 31st at the Emporia Country Club at noon.  The event will start with a Subway lunch and open driving range.  There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 PM.  The cost to play is $60 per player which includes golf, golf cart, green fees, goody bag, beverages, 2 mulligans, box lunch and hors d’oeuvres after the event at the awards ceremony.

    The Emporia Country Club is located at 578 Country Club Road, Emporia.

    Hole sponsorships are $100 and should be reserved in the next 10 days as the new signs will need to be produced and placed on the holes.

    To enter the tournament or to be a hole or meal sponsor, please contact Barry Grizzard at or 804.929.3146 or any Emporia Hokie Club Board Member – Kevin Swenson, Wilson Clary, Meade Horne, Mike Roach, Jeff Robinson, Hall Squire, Roly Weaver, Katie Richardson or Matthew Lynch.



    Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program. The Teen Volunteer Program offers opportunities for career exposure in the healthcare profession.  To be considered for the Teen Volunteer Program, one must be between 14 – 17 years of age and return a completed application for volunteer services, along with a letter of recommendation, by Friday, June 14th.

    The number of participants for the program is limited, and applicants will be selected based on the student’s interview, his/her interests and the volunteer needs of the hospital.  Those selected will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session, provide a parental consent form to participate, parental consent for drug screen and TB skin test and  a photo ID and social security number (for drug screen)

    Applications may be picked-up at the SVRMC hostess desk.   For additional information on the 2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program or to request an e-mailed copy of the Teen Volunteer Application, contact Tracy Mitchell, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 434-348-4455 or  Deadline for applications is Friday, June 14, 2019.

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  26. Practical Nurses Pinned at SVCC

    Southside Virginia Community College students who recently completed the Practical Nursing Program were recognized with a Pinning Ceremony on May 7, 2019.  Those completing from the program on the Christanna Campus are (Left to Right)Patricia Arthur, instructor, Candis Joyner of Victoria, Kristen Rollins of South Hill, Ashely Mason of South Chesterfield, Lavon Hayes of Victoria, Phyllis Konrath of Blackstone, Samantha Hudson of Crewe, Amber Thornton of Victoria, Dylan Pahe of Victoria, Sa'da Garnes of Kenbridge, Jennifer Gibson of Rawllings, Jackie Ware of Blackstone, Brittany Patterson of Blackstone, Amber Gaddy of Hopewell, Alfreda Wilson of Blackstone and Macey Taylor of Blackstone.  


  27. John A. Newsome

    Visitation Services

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

    Echols Funeral Home

    806 Brunswick Avenue

    Emporia, Virginia

    Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.

    First Presbyterian Church

    210 S Main St

    Emporia, VA

    John A. Newsome., Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughters Kimberly Fritz (Mike) of Biloxi, MS, and Pamela Allen (Mickey) of Emporia, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Crystal Carpenter, Lauren Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Katelyn Malone, A1C Stephen Malone, Michael Fritz, Kevin Allen (Loren), and Nicholas Allen. Also survived by siblings; Joanne, Richard, Donald, Frankie, and Butch. John was predeceased by parents Salem I. and Lucy W. Newsome, as well as brothers Irvin, RC (Spot), Albert, Oliver, and Robert.

    John was a career Army soldier with twenty-two and one half years of service, much of which was served in Special Forces (Green Berets). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Laotian Parachutist’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, etc.

    John was a carpenter at heart; taught by his Grandfather Williams. He and his wife also established and operated Picture perfect for ten years before retirement. Prior to his illness, he traveled to Panama every summer to fish with military buddies. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Greensville Ruritan Club.

    The family is grateful for the exceptional care from New Century Hospice, especially Brittany Edwards and the Oncology Nurses of SVRMC.

    The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847.

    In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

    Online condolences may be made to

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  28. Event to Focus on New, Less-Restrictive Industrial Hemp Laws and the Resulting Opportunities for Virginia’s Agriculture Industry

    3rd Annual Industrial Hemp Field Day, Virginia State University, June 25, 2019

    VSU’s Dr. Maru Kering (left), the university’s lead industrial hemp researcher, explains to visitors to VSU’s Randolph Farm how different hemp cultivars have fared in central Virginia during a past growing year. 

    On July 25, 2019, Virginia State University (VSU) will host its third annual Industrial Hemp Field Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Gateway Conference Center, 2804 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA.
    The event will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Attendees will receive an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as learn about the challenges and opportunities for cultivating this crop.
    Speakers will also discuss the wide variety of products derived from industrial hemp. For example, hemp stalks can be used to produce biofuel, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, and industrial products. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food as well as serve as a source of oil for lotion and cosmetic products. Industrial hemp flowers can also be used to produce Cannabidiol (CBD) oil for a variety of medicinal uses.
    Registration is $50 per person for the first 100 registered. It is $65 per person afterward. Registration includes lunch and is limited to the first 400 registrants. To register,

    During the 2019 General Assembly session, Virginia lawmakers amended the state’s industrial hemp laws to align with language in the 2018 federal farm bill passed by congress last December. They amended the definitions of cannabidiol oil, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to exclude industrial hemp in the possession of a registered person, hemp products, or an oil containing no more than 0.3% THC. As passed, the bill defines "industrial hemp" as any part of the plant Cannabis sativa that has a concentration of THC that is no greater than that allowed by federal law, and it defines "hemp product" as any finished product that is otherwise lawful and that contains industrial hemp. The bill adds the category of "dealer" in industrial hemp to the existing registration categories of grower and processor.

    As a result of these changes, Virginia farmers can now apply to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for a permit to grow industrial hemp for purposes beyond exclusively for research. VDACS reports that it has experienced a surge in grower and processor applications since December.
    For more information, or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Laverne Morris at or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.
    The 2019 Industrial Hemp Field Day is hosted by the university’s Agricultural Research Station (ARS), part of the university’s College of Agriculture. The ARS is responsible for carrying out the land-grant university’s mission of conducting scientific agriculture and food production research that will increase profitability for Virginia’s small, part-time and limited-resource farmers. Initiatives such as this event help support and grow Virginia’s $91 billion agriculture and forest industry.
    This event is held in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.






  29. From Farm Life to Healthcare: Dr. Richard Alexander’s Passion for Physical Therapy Began on His Family Farm

    Emporia, VA - Richard M. Alexander PT, DPT, is the director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services (RTS) at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) and a first generation healthcare provider in his family.  He grew up in agriculture, working long summer hours raising tobacco, peanuts, and grain on his family’s farm in northeast North Carolina – a farm that has been in his family for 5 generations. Farm life taught him his strong work ethic and the value of hard work. It was also where he developed an appreciation for mechanical operations, something which he applies to the human body in his practice at SVRMC. Dr. Alexander says, “The body is the ultimate machine.  I love understanding the relationship between the moving parts and being able to use that knowledge to repair system failures and restore optimal performance.”

    Dr. Alexander’s passion for healthcare and physical therapy can be pinpointed back to a moment in his life that sparked his drive to help people recover from injury. He explains, “My grandfather was involved in a severe car accident when I was a child and his unique injuries required unique solutions to restore his mobility.  Although I always gravitated towards healthcare, this was my first encounter with physical therapy and watching how they engineered and tailored specific interventions to his complex problems. This stuck with me from that point forward.”

    Dr. Alexander brings his hometown service to the Emporia, VA, community. He is passionate about bringing top quality care to Emporia, VA; the difference, he says, is that it is delivered with small-town values and a customer service centered focus.

    Dr. Alexander says the average patient is typically treated by therapy services 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, he says, specialty healthcare services all too often gravitate towards bigger cities serving metropolitan populations; it becomes unfeasible for the average patient to make such trips with that frequency.  Dr. Alexander says, “It’s not enough for us to strive to be as good as clinics in larger areas, we must be better.” 

    Rehabilitations Therapy Services at SVRMC cares for the full spectrum of rehab patients, utilizing the latest treatment techniques and equipment.This program offers a full array of therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. The clinic is fully equipped to meet all therapy needs of Emporia and the surrounding areas. It is the only full service clinic in the area able to offer all of the aforementioned services in one place.

    Physical therapy treats patients with diverse conditions, everything from heart attacks and strokes to joint replacements, sports medicine, neck and back pain, balance disorders and vertigo. For more information on how Dr. Alexander can assist you with recovery from injury, cardiac surgery, or pain management, contact Rehabilitation Therapy Services at SVRMC at 434-348-4871.


  30. VCH Health CMH Nursing Awards

    The 2019 Nursing Awards winners this year include (pictured left to right) Margie Bartlett, Certified Surgical Tech, VCU Health CMH’s 2019 Dee McMillian Nurse Partner Award recipient; Tracy Bailey, RN, VCU Health CMH’s 2019 Alice Tudor Professional Nursing Award recipient; Cheryl Newcomb, LPN, VCU Health CMH’s 2019 Carole Love Practical Nurse Award recipient; and Mary Hardin, CNO, VCU Health CMH’s Ursula Butts Leadership Award recipient.

    Every year during Nurses Week, VCU Health CMH presents awards to 3 deserving employees. New this year there is the addition of a fourth award for leadership.

    The Dee McMillian Nurse Care Partnership award is named after the late Dee McMillian who was a true nurse partner for many nurses and nursing staff at VCU Health CMH.

    The Carole Love Licensed Practical Nurse award is named in honor of Carole Love, RN, BSN, for her exemplary contributions to nursing at CMH.

    The Alice Tudor Professional Nursing award is named in honor of Alice Tudor, RN, for the dedicated, professional and passionate care she provided to patients at VCU Health CMHfor over 50 years.

    The Ursula Butts Leadership award is named for Ursula Butts, MSHA, in appreciation and recognition to an outstanding leader for her visionary guidance and exemplary leadership.

    Also during the event, Erin Davis, RN, BSN, was recognized for the first VCU Service Excellence award and Hillary Tackett, RN, was recognized for the VHHA 1st Safety award.


  31. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and the Family YMCA of Emporia – Greensville Partner to Provide FREE Health Fair for Community

    Emporia, VA – On Tuesday, May 21, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) employees will be volunteering their expertise and medical services to the YMCA for a health fair from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nurses and hospital staff will be offering health screenings and have information and refreshments.

    The health fair will be inside the YMCA located at 212 Weaver Ave in Emporia in Group Fitness Studio 2. This event is free and open to the public.

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  32. Care Advantage Continues to Grow with the acquisition of Capital City Nurses.

    Care Advantage expands presence into Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C.

    Richmond, VA – May 13, 2019 – Care Advantage, Inc. (“Care Advantage”), one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest private owned, homecare servicing companies and a BelHealth Investment Partners, LLC (“BelHealth”) portfolio company, announced the acquisitions of Capital City Nurses and Coastal Home Care today. The award-winning Care Advantage continues to build on the momentum of the last 24 months by growing its presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The addition of Capital City Nurses and Coastal Home Care broadens Care Advantage’s footprint into Washington DC, Maryland and Delaware for the first time.

    This union of capability and talent, their largest to date, further demonstrates a commitment by Care Advantage, Inc. to their mission by offering exceptional services to its clients, a nurturing environment to their nursing teams and employees, and making a positive contribution to the communities they serve.

    Headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, Capital City Nurses was founded by Sue Rodgers, a nurse, over 40 years ago and currently operates six offices throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C. The company provides personal care services in the home primarily to private pay clients and maintains a staff of over 500 caregivers consisting of RNs, LPNs and CNAs.

    Tim Hanold, CEO of Care Advantage, said, “This is an exciting acquisition for Care Advantage, and I am thrilled to welcome the Capital City Nurses team to our home care family. Our businesses complement each other well from a cultural standpoint and both from a geographic and service mix. Capital City Nurses is exactly what we were looking for in a partner. We believe this acquisition positions Care Advantage well for continued growth not only in our stronghold of Virginia but across our Mid-Atlantic footprint. I couldn’t be more excited about the future.”

    Brian Rodgers, COO of Capital City Nurses, added, “Ever since my first meeting with Tim and BelHealth, I could tell that I’d be partnering with a like-minded home care company that prioritizes client care and home care leadership. The Capital City Nurses and Coastal Teams are thrilled to be joining the Care Advantage Family and excited to leverage the resources of our larger and collective organization. While, this merger marks a momentous moment in our company’s history. It is important to emphasize that Capital City Nurses and Coastal Home Care remain committed and focused on our clients and referral partners.”

    Care Advantage is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading privately held home healthcare providers. The Company specializes in “one-on-one” quality nursing care in the home and is a one-stop shop for home healthcare services. Corporate headquarters are in Richmond, and there are 24 branch locations throughout Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C. The Company provides a mix of Medicaid and self-pay nursing and personal care services such as bathing, dressing, and companionship and also provides “skilled” services primarily by licensed nurses and therapists.

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  33. Brunswick Academy Graduation

    Brunswick Academy will hold its Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Greg Hand of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held in the gymnasium on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Twenty-nine seniors will be graduating.


    The valedictorian is Jonathan Davis Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Paul of Emporia, Virginia.   Jonathan will be attending The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    The salutatorian is Courtney Ann Walton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joey Walton of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Courtney will be attending North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering.

    There will be seven other honor graduates at this year’s graduation. They are, listed below in alphabetical order:

    Kyleigh Faye Capps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Capps of Littleton, North Carolina.  Kyleigh will be attending Halifax Community College.

    Taylor Brooke Capps, daughter of Ms. Crystal Capps of Lawrenceville, Virginia. Taylor will be attending The University of Virginia.

    Jacob Brady Farmer, son of Brad Farmer of Lawrenceville, Virginia and Heidi Smith of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Jacob will be attending The Cormier Honors College at Longwood University.

    Savannah Paige Greene, daughter of Mr. C.K. Greene of Dolphin, Virginia and Mrs. Tammy Greene of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Savannah will be attending the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

    Morgan Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Moore of Emporia, Virginia.  Morgan will be attending the Honors College of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

    Lucy Holloway Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith of South Hill, Virginia. Lucy will be attending Radford University’s School of Nursing and Honors College.  

    Hannah Nicole Waller, daughter of Mrs. Jenni Oakley of Brodnax, Virginia.  Hannah will be attending The University of Virginia.

    Twelve seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.


  34. Doggie Fashion Show Marks 15th Anniversary of the Emporia Greensville Humane Society

    They come every year.

    Every May Golden Leaf commons is filled with celebrities – movie stars, rock stars, and super heroes.

    Elvis was here one year. Batman and Superman have been here, too.

    It’s not an invasion, though, just time for the Doggie Fashion Show. The best part is that there is still time for you go get your tickets.

    The Doggie Fashion Show and Luncheon is the premier fund-raiser for the Emporia Greensville Humane Society, and this year marks the 11th time that the show has been presented.  According to Peggy Malone, the money raised by the Doggie Fashion Show “goes to benefit the animals.  The Doggie Show has made it possible to continue to do our work for the animals.”

    The other fundraiser for the organization is a Boston Butt Sale each year.

    It has been 15 years since the need for additional services for animals in need of rescue and forever homes was addressed. The Emporia Greensville Humane Society started with a cattery for stray cats and moved soon included a shelter for dogs.

    Since their founding the Emporia Greensville Humane Society has saved and adopted over 900 dogs and cats and one rabbit. They were the first rescue group in this area. When the group started 15 years ago animals were not saved instead they were euthanized in the shelters. The Emporia Greensville Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, and while some animals are still are euthanized that number is significantly lower than it once was.

    The Emporia Greensville Humane Society claims responsibility for having the gas chamber removed from the shelter from animal shelter then shared by the City and County.

    From the group’s Facebook page: “I am very proud of the changes that EGHS has brought forward for the animals in our area. We need your support to continue our work.” For information call or to donate or adopt the newest member of your family, call (434)634-3413.

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  35. Mortality Rates for Breast Cancer Reflect Health Disparities

  36. "Why"

    Why do some call their mother "Ma"
    and maybe some use "Mom"
    it's because she is so many things
    and those two are just some.
    Yes in early life she nurtured us
    and made us quite aware
    that in this strange world of growing up
    we had somewone to care.
    She made our meals
    and played with us games
    yes and at she never put to bed
    without kissing us goodnight.
    Mom took us to practice and the games
    and told us to have fun
    dad never knew till we got home
    whether we lost or won.
    Each year they have a special day
    and this is rightly so
    yes when dad is busy or at work
    to who else could we go.
    A mom shouldn't have to wonder
    how you feel about her each day
    so take the time and tell her
    a very small price to pay
                             - Roy E. Schepp

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  37. Editorial-Food Insecurity in Emporia

    food in·se·cu·ri·ty


    noun: food insecurity

    1. the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

    "more than 800 million people live every day with hunger or food insecurity as their constant companion"

    In the article from the Capital News Service that appears below, there is an infographic with the percentage of “food insecure people” in each locality in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    I have added a caption to this graphic that notes the percentage of the residents of the City of Emporia who are “food insecure.”

    24.4 percent (1,341 people) of our neighbors are considered to be “food insecure,” meaning that they have no reliable access to nutritious foods, including fresh produce. 16.8 percent (2,832 people) of the citizens of Greensville County are also considered “food insecure.”

    What is being done to reduce that number?

    It is unclear if Congress will be able to help, but the bill sponsored by our own Representative, Donald McEachin, failed to classify Emporia as a “food desert,” even with the enhancements to that definition. According to the bill in question, any locality with 20% or more of the citizens living in poverty, or where the median household income is 80% or less than the statewide median household income is a “food desert.”

    Here in Emporia, 30.9% of the population lives in poverty. That percentage equates to 1,968 people. Nearly 2000 people live below the federal poverty level.  Our median household income of $27,426 is 39.89% of the statewide median household income of $68,756. In Greensville County 17% of the population lives below the poverty level and the median household income of $42,121 is less than 80% of the statewide median income. (Sources,

    Given both of those numbers the City of Emporia and Greensville County should be considered “food deserts” under the definition of the Healthy Food Access for all Americans Act (HFAAA).

    There was a bill in the Virginia General Assembly that provided $5 million to help attract, build or renovate stores in localities that are underserved. That bill died in the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates.

    On a local level, it is up to non-government-organizations to fill the gap. The most visible of those in the City is the Samaritan Helping Hands Home on North Main Street where lunch is provided on weekdays. During the summer, Greensville County Public Schools participates in the USDA sponsored summer lunch program. Feedmore, the foodbank for Central Virginia serves three agencies, only one of which is actually in the City.

    As an offshoot of the summer feeding program, Main Street United Methodist Church offers a free Community Meal on the fourth Sunday of each month at 5:30 pm. This meal is, in addition an opportunity to help feed neighbors in need, for anyone who shows up. Food is prepared for 50 people, and all are welcome. For full disclosure, I have a leadership role in the Community Meal Ministry at MSUMC. If anyone is interested in starting a similar ministry at their own church on a different Sunday, I will gladly help.

    In Greensville County, where 16.8% of the citizens are “food insecure,” there are two locations served by Feedmore: Elnora Jarrell Worship Center and Garden of Prayer, but only El Shaddai Ministry (the former St. James Episcopal Church) is in the City of Emporia.

    At Elnora Jarrell Worship Center food is distributed from 3:30 to 4 pm every Tuesday and Thursday and from 9 to 11 am on the second Saturdays.

    At Garden of Prayer food is distributed on the first Monday, but no time is given by the Feedmore website.

    Here in the City El Shaddai Ministry distributes food from 9 to 11 am on the second and third Saturdays.

    For the combined City and County, food is distributed for 10 and one half hours each month. Logistically, 10 ½ hours is not nearly enough time to distribute food for 4,173 people. I have personally approached Feedmore about adding another location. Had they been amenable, I would have presented that to the Church Council, with the hope of adding our parking lot to the list of locations for the Mobile Food Pantry. Feedmore shut me down in quick order, but I am armed with statistics, and will try again.

    Here are the days and times for agencies served by Feedmore, copied and pasted directly from their website:

    El Shaddai Ministry
    609 Halifax Street , Emporia, VA 23847
    Phone: 434-594-2680
    Thursday, 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 2nd & 3rd

    Elnora Jarrell Worship Center
    490 Liberty Road, Emporia, VA 23847
    Phone: 434-336-9990
    Tuesday, 03:30 PM to 04:00 PM, WEEKLY
    Thursday, 03:30 PM to 04:00 PM, WEEKLY
    Saturday, 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 3RD

    Garden of Prayer
    386 Slagles Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847
    Phone: 434-632-1252
    Monday, 1st

    It is budget season for both the City and County, yet neither budget has any assistance for feeding the hungry.

    The proposed city budget includes a 4% increase for water and a 4% increase for sewer, plus a $2 increase for sanitation. That is a $3.63 increase on the minimum-usage monthly water bill (the minimum billing for water/sewer/sanitation was about $30 15 years ago and will now be nearly $100). That $3.63 is got to come from somewhere in the family budget, and given that many people in poverty are already forced to decide between paying the bills and buying food (and medicine) for their families, I would wager that the money will come from the already meager grocery budget.

    The lack of nutritional food increases health issues, so it is no wonder that our community is also one of the least healthy of all localities in the Commonwealth, ranking 128 out of 133 in Health Outcomes (

    Long term, education is the key to getting our community out of this situation. With a well educated populace, we will be better able to attract business and industry. Even if we were to improve our schools, we would likely not see results for a generation, especially given the number of years that the system has been under-funded.

    Greensville County has a major Industrial Park in the works, but still refuses to do more that level-fund the Greensville County Public Schools. In fact, the proposed budgets for both the City and the County only level-fund our schools, as opposed to full funding – leaving the schools with more than one-million dollars less than they asked for. What major industry wants to locate in a place where they cannot hire an educated work-force?

    Our library has cut hours in the time I have lived here. If our local governments were forward-thinking, the library would also receive increased funding, especially given the lack of broadband internet access in the more rural areas of the county and the economic hardships faced by the poor economy in the area (those living in poverty cannot afford the steep price of high-speed internet from Comcast), and the computers at the library are the only source of high-speed internet access for many.

    Greensville County is spending millions of dollars to move Social Services to the County (most of the shared services have been moved out of the city), that money could be better spent elsewhere. In the city, they are apparently still considering spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to tear down the auditorium, which is (once again) money that could be better spent elsewhere. The City’s share of the debt service on the new Social Services building in the County is already more than $100,000, and the building is only in the initial phases of construction. Citizens are also on the hook for the debt service for the addition to the Greensville County Sherriff’s Department of which the City’s share is nearly $40K.

    An increase in water service - for water that is not even palatable and leaves black mold-like deposits in pipes and toilets - is only going to continue to hurt the poorest among us. It is high time that both the City and County find new streams of revenue.

    In the City, our prepared meals tax is already at the maximum, and revenue from our transient tax is projected to fall now that all of the power plants are finished. City Council is no longer considering a Cigarette Tax. A cigarette tax was proposed in previous budgets and people were very upset. The outcry was enough that the idea was scrapped. It is unclear if it was considered again, but the idea is not in the proposed budget. Nor were any other new sources of revenue.

    Unless our City Council and Board of Supervisors drastically change their priorities, large numbers of our friends and neighbors are destined to be poor, hungry, sick and under-educated.

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  39. Register Your Team for the Reekes Memorial Tournament

    The Southside Virginia Community College Foundation presents the Fred “Freddie” Reekes Annual Memorial Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Lake Gaston Golf Club.  Sign up now to participate in this highly anticipated event.  This year, Honorary Tournament Chairs are Shep Moss, Ken Peace, David Talbert and Andy Walker, all of whom were influenced by  Reekes when he taught at Brunswick High School.

    The event is a Captain’s Choice Format with three flights awarded, first, second and third.  For more information or to register a team or become a sponsor contact

    Donna Worley at 434 939 1008, Bobby Wrenn at 434 594 4149 or Mary Elkins at 434 949 1051 or Mary.

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    RICHMOND – In advance of National Police Week, the men and women of the Virginia State Police and their families will gather together Thursday, May 9, 2019, to honor those public safety professionals who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. During the 2019 Virginia State Police Officers’ Memorial Service, special recognition will be given to Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, 28, who lost his life Feb. 4, 2019 in Cumberland County. Virginia Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr., 40th District, will provide the ceremony’s keynote address.

    A poignant part of the service will be the unveiling and dedication of Trooper Dowell’s portrait before his family and fellow troopers. Following the ceremony, Trooper Dowell’s portrait will be hung in the Colonel C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery located within the Virginia State Police Academy. The gallery already holds the portraits of the state police’s other 65 courageous men and women who died in the line-of-duty while serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

    On Feb. 4, 2019, Trooper Dowell was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force in his capacity as a member of the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division Tactical Team. The Tactical Team was executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road/Route 45, just north of the town limits of Farmville. The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence when an adult male inside the residence began firing at the Tactical Team and subsequently shot Trooper Dowell. The Tactical Team members returned fire, fatally wounding the male suspect. Trooper Dowell was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he succumbed to his injuries.

    The service will recognize all of the Department’s law enforcement professionals who have died in the line of duty, to include a special tribute to the following 12 troopers in which 2019 marks a significant milestone:                

     5 Years: Sergeant J. Michael Phillippi (2014 – Henry Co.)

    20 Years: Trooper Daniel Lee Williams (1999 – Cumberland Co.)

    30 Years: Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines (1989 – Rockbridge Co.)

    35 Years: Sergeant James LeRoy Biggs (1984 – Alleghany Co.)

    35 Years: Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman (1984 – City of Manassas)

    45 Years: Trooper James Read Hughes (1974 – Fairfax Co.)

    65 Years: Trooper Robert Louis Loder, Jr. (1954 – Hanover Co.)

    65 Years: Trooper Robert Fulton Giles (1954 – Wise Co.)

    80 Years: Sergeant Clarence Lemuel Maynard (1939 – Washington Co.)

    85 Years: Trooper Charles Bazil Bullock (1934 – Fairfax Co.)

    90 Years: Inspector Curtis Lee Wood (1929 – James City Co.)

    90 Years: Inspector Phillip C. Via (1929 – Waynesboro) *Year & Location of Death

    Each tribute includes a single bell toll and an Honor Guard salute.


  41. SVRMC Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

    During National Women's Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 20th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, and is celebrated through May 18, 2019. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) encourages all women to be as healthy as possible.

    To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

    Anu Akinsanya, M.D., an OB-GYN with Southside Physicians Network (SPN) in Emporia, takes women’s health very seriously. According to the CDC, the number of births in the United States is the lowest it’s been in 30 years. The only age group that is increasing is those over 40. Dr. Akinsanya explains, “We’re seeing increasing incidence of chronic disease prevalence and high-risk pregnancies as our population ages.” She makes it her goal to always listen to her patients to catch any complications and make sure mothers understand the things they can control to have the best outcomes for their deliveries.

    She not only takes care of moms but helps women through all stages of life. Services include but are not limited to HPV vaccines, PMS symptoms, contraception, menopause and cancer screenings. Learn more about how Dr. Akinsanya can help you with your pregnancy or ongoing care. Call 434-755-3414 to schedule an appointment. She sees patients at the SPN office located at 511 Belfield Drive, Emporia, VA 23847.

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  42. VCU Health CMH Offering Summer Babysitting Course

    SOUTH HILL --The Health & Wellness Department of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill will offer the Smartkids 101 Babysitting Training Course this summer.

    The Smartkids 101 Babysitting Training Course is especially designed for students 11 to 14 years old.  It teaches essential child care skills needed for responsible babysitters caring for infants, toddlers and older children.

    The class will include child and infant safety, poison control, CPR, first aid and basic child care skills.  At the end of the class, students will receive a babysitting certificate and be certified in American Heart-Heart Savers CPR and First Aid.  Students will also be taught to react in an emergency situation and know who to call.  Students will learn about the babysitting business, build self-esteem and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

    This one day, 8-hour course will be taught in the VCU Health CMH Education Center (inside the C.A.R.E. Building) at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the following dates: June 7th, June 20th, June 28th and July 12th.  The class is free but limited to 10 participants. To register for one of these courses, please contact the Health & Wellness department at 434-584-5390. These classes fill up quickly, so call today!

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  43. 2019 SVCC Diesel Tech Graduates

    Southside Virginia Community College's Diesel Technician program celebrated graduates for 2019 recently   They are Front L-R:  Alex Payne (DE Student Powhatan), Paul Elliott (S. Prince George), Cody Lynn (Crewe), Corey Taylor (Charlotte CH), Antonion Uribe (Lawrenceville), Wilson Treese (McKenney) Bryan Lewis (Instructor)

    Back L-R:  Billy McGraw (Instructor) Russell Hicks (Instructor), Tyler Pattison (Chesterfield), Malik Gentry (Roseland), Tyler Foore (Amelia Courthouse), Ethan Eggleston (S. Chesterfield) and Jacob Guill (Red Oak)

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  44. Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training Graduates from Pickett Park on April 18, 2019

    Front: L-R: Zachary Phillips (Kenbridge), Shaun Bragg (Warrenton, NC), Grego Coleman (Chesterfield), Juan Garcia (Alberta), A J Spino (Ebony) Bobby Doyon (instructor)

    Back L-R:  Reggie White (Instructor), Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Zach Williams (Clarksville), Tom Jones (Crewe), Jonathon Folz (Rice), Mike Turner (South Hill) Duncan Quicke TDTS Coorinator, Nikki Weaver , ATA Road Team Captain and Driver for Fed Ex Freight.

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  45. As Hospitals Monitor Drugs, Opioid Deaths See Decline

  46. SVCC Dual Enrollment Students Collaborate with Microsoft and Schneider Electric

    Those who worked on the prototype insulator project are(Left to Right)Desmyn Owens, Tiffany Broadnax-Bacon, Jordan Wesson, Bryana Murphy, Philip Poole,  Ayanna Coleman, Ronnie Boyter, John Mize, Kiman McCarthy, Seita McCarthy, Justin Stansell, Vincent Brown and Scott Edmonds.

    Southside Virginia Community College’s dual enrollment program is taking the student learning experience to the next level. Over the past few months,the students have been collaborating with Schneider Electric and Microsoft to rapid prototype an insulator for a DC terminal block. For these Park View High School students, this involvement has been an invaluable real-world experience.

    The proposed project idea started when John Mize, Electrical Maintenance Lead for Schneider Electric, a facility management company for Microsoft, could not find an electrical cover for a high voltage electrical junction box at the Boydton datacenter. When nothing fit the specifications, he recommended working with SVCC to 3D print the part. Philip Poole, Schneider’s Critical Facility Manager drafted the design parameters and Justin Stansell, an electrical engineer for Microsoft, worked to ensure all electrical insulating properties were achieved.

    The next step was involving the Advanced Manufacturing dual-enrollment students who attend class at SVCC at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center (LCAKC) in South Hill. 

    Vincent Brown, Professor of Industrial Technologies, presented the challenge to the students.

    “Simply put, I asked each student to see how they would write the code for the program and how they would solve this problem” stated Brown.

    Each one quickly analyzed and researched how they would design a 3D printed electric cover. Utilizing the Autodesk Inventor program, each student inputted their design. Once this task was complete, the parts were sent to one of the 3D printers housed at the LCAKC.

    Students and brothers, Kimani and Seita McCarthy, each described how they tackled the challenge.

    “I measured the gap holes and then factored in an extra ½ inch gap, but this left a large gap, which was a safety issue” added Kimani.

    “My approach was similar” quotes Seita, “but my overall design had to be tweaked to fit properly.”

    Ronnie Boyter, and Brianna Murphy, each contributed but stressed the importance of measuring for accuracy after printing. Our main goal was to make sure our designs were safe, precise and ergonomically compliant for Schneider, they said.  

    In a classroom setting producing a realistic workforce project is difficult, but when you have the opportunity to work directly with local companies the classroom training morphs into vibrant work experience. Once the fabricated prototypes were tested and modifications made, the part was approved for installation.

    Recently, the students met with  Mize, Poole, and  Stansell, and explained their design methodology. As Stansell listened, he encouraged the teams to learn from each other’s design and collaborate to enhance the overall design.

    Both Kimani and Seita have been accepted at Virginia Tech and will pursue degrees in engineering. Murphy has been accepted to Longwood where she is pursuing a Science degree. Boyter plans on attending SVCC in the fall to complete his degree in Industrial Maintenance. This is just a sampling of the outstanding young minds learning and growing with SVCC.

    Brown, explains, “The graduates from Southside Virginia’s dual enrollment program, walk away prepared to enter the workforce or to attend four-year university. Many of the former students are now employed with Dominion Energy, Army Corp of Engineers, NASA, Newport News, MC Dean, and Rolls Royce and many local industries.  It’s exciting to be a part of a program that has such a positive impact on the lives of students .”

     “Over the course of a year, we start with students who are unsure of what direction or career path they want to pursue, but after exposure to our programs, teachers and training facility, they finish with a clear picture of the direction they want to follow,” said Tiffany Broadnax-Bacon, LCAK Center Director.

    One of the goals of SVCC is to prepare students for the local workforce.  With small classroom sizes and dedicated teachers, these goals are being met. Whether you call it career, vocational, or workforce training, these dual enrollment students are immersed in technologies of the future. And that is Real World!

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  47. GOD’S GOUDA: Sisters in Albemarle County Make Cheese


    ~ Coalition of 42 attorneys general press FCC to act further to reduce spoofed calls and texts ~

    RICHMOND (May 6, 2019) – Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined 41 other attorneys general in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop the growing proliferation of illegal robocalls and spoofing. In formal legal comments, the attorneys general urged the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services. These provisions are included in the FCC's appropriations authorization bill also known as the RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018.

    The number of spoofed calls and the consumer financial losses tied to these scams have increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years. 

    “Robocalls and spoof phone calls are not only annoying but they are also potentially dangerous and could scam Virginians out of hundreds or thousands of dollars,” said Attorney General Herring. “As Attorney General, it is my job to protect Virginia consumers, which is why I have joined my colleagues today to call on the FCC to take further actions against these obnoxious and illegal scam calls.”

    According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Virginia was the 7th highest state in the nation for Do Not Call Registry complaints with 181,936 complaints in 2018. Additionally, Virginians made more than 118,000 complaints to the FTC about robocalls alone.

    Americans received almost 18 billion scam robocalls in 2018 and overall, robocalls increased in the U.S. by 57 percent from 2017 to 2018. The FCC reports that imposter scams have reportedly cost consumers $488 million just in 2018.

    Joining Attorney General Herring in sending the comments to the FCC were the attorneys general from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

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  49. “Wake Up Call”

    Yesterday I passed a large vacant lot
    though I can’t tell you where
    you see if the city finds out about this
    they’ll want to put a hotel there.
    Now we’ve already the accommodations
    for the tired tourist trade at night
    worn down from listening to the whistle blow
    and trips to the park to fly their kite.
    Just drive around our city
    and see the presence of decay
    they’re opening up small stores everywhere
    but few of them will stay.
    The most won’t show a profit
    for the rent is much too high
    perhaps the need to compromise
    or the willingness to try.
    The signs all tell the story
    and are in our tourist view
    for sale, for rent and moving
    plus going out of business too.
    Now some time ago I mentioned
    about my friends, Billy Bob and Sally
    they stayed one night; then told their friends don’t stop
    for they have no bowling alley.


                             - Roy E. Schepp

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  50. Soybean Growers Have Opportunity to Request a Referendum for Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program

    The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine whether producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the request for referendum is voluntary.  Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program.

    If at least 10 percent, not to exceed ⅕ of producers from any 1 State, of the 515,008 eligible producers determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) participate in the request for referendum, a referendum will be held within 1 year from that determination. If results of the request for referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum will not be conducted. The results of the request for referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register.

    To Request Referendum:

    Soybean producers may request a referendum during the 4-week period beginning May 6, 2019 and ending May 31, 2019.

    To be eligible to participate in the request for referendum, producers must certify that they or the producer entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at any time between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018.

    Form LS-51-1, Soybean Promotion and Research Order Request for Referendum, can be obtained from May 6, 2019, to May 31, 2019, by mail, FAX, or in person from Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Offices, or can be downloaded from promotion/soybean. Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate FSA County Office:

    By FAX or in person no later than COB on May 31, 2019.

    By mail postmarked by midnight on May 31, 2019 and must be received in the FSA County Office by COB on June 6, 2019.


    Kenneth R. Payne, Director
    Research and Promotion Division
    Livestock and Poultry Program
    Room 2610-S, STOP 0251
    1400 Independence Avenue SW.
    Washington, DC 20250-0251
    Telephone:  (202) 720-1118
    FAX:  (202) 720-1125


    Rick Pinkston, Field Operations Staff


    Telephone:  (202) 720-1857


    FAX:  (202) 720-1096




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  51. USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 – USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying production.

    Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline.

    The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.

    “Trade issues, coupled with low commodity prices and recovery from natural disasters, have definitely impacted the bottom line for many agricultural producers,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “The MFP payments provide short-term relief from retaliatory tariffs to supplement the traditional farm safety net, helping agricultural producers through these difficult times. Weather conditions this fall, winter and early spring have blocked many producers from completing harvest of their crops, and we want to make sure producers who want to finalize their MFP application have an opportunity.”

    Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through

    About the Market Facilitation Program

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation program to assist farmers suffering from damage because of unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. FSA implemented MFP in September 2018 as a relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. To date, more than $8.3 billion has been paid to nearly 600,000 applicants.

    The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and is administered by FSA.

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  52. New Civil War Museum Sheds Light on Untold Stories

  53. Jackson-Feild’s Bible School Benefits Others

    Several times a year, Jackson-Feild holds a voluntary Bible School for interested boys and girls. Led by Jackson-Feild’s chaplain The Rev. Dr. Robin Moore, an average of 39 residents and staff participated in the most recent daily Bible School activities.

    With the theme “Sharing God,” a key component was for residents to witness and experience how everyone can be in service to others.  Each Bible School session includes a service project in which children do something for others in the community.  In this session, they made 48 pairs of “Silly Socks” for residents of Emporia Manor, a local assisted living facility. Starting with a pair of plain white socks, and an array of paint, the participants decorated the socks with their own unique designs.

    Give a kid puffy paints, a pair of socks, and a little time, and something magical happens.  While some children worked individually, others worked in teams. The children’s creativity came alive through their designs, and the men and women of Emporia Manor will surely enjoy keeping their feet warm with a pair of happy “Silly Socks.”

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  54. Making Life A Little Sweeter For Area Kids Fighting Cancer with Anthem LemonAid: July 19-21

    Anthem LemonAid Registration is Open!

     May 1, 2019, Richmond, VA, - Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last year, Madison Martin was one of them. In September, she began treatment for germinoma, a rare form of cancer most commonly found in the brain, at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR).

    Madison Martin, age 9. Treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

    Since then Madison’s journey has included three spinal taps, a brain biopsy, 40 overnight hospital stays, four rounds of chemotherapy and 20 radiation treatments. Throughout it all, the smile of this spunky 9-year-old continues to light up a room. Earlier this month, Madison and her family received the long-awaited news from doctors that she is “cancer free.” Now she has her sights set on "having a big cancer-free party," returning to the soccer and softball fields and of course, setting up an Anthem LemonAid stand this summer.

    Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Anthem LemonAid is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ signature summer event and has been helping kids with cancer since 2001. Participants distribute cups of lemonade in exchange for donations and 100% of funds raised benefit the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at CHoR. It’s free to participate in the event and supplies are provided. Every registered participant receives lemonade mix, cups, a pitcher, a banner, stickers and sunglasses. Stands can be set up at an available retail site or at a place of participants’ choosing. 

    The event is great for families, businesses and community groups.

    Along with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, other event sponsors include The Goddard School, Virginia Credit Union, RVA Primrose Schools, Call Federal Credit Union, Express Employment Professionals, Walmart, Kroger, Sweet Frog and Chick Fil-A. Great gratitude goes out to these partners who contribute to the success of Anthem LemonAid year after year.

    To register for Anthem LemonAid or to learn more about the event, please visit or call 804-228-5934.

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  55. Marie Doyle Bowen

    November 4, 1930-April 29, 2019

    Visitation Services

    Saturday, May 4, 2019, 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.

    Independence United Methodist Church
    4438 Independence Church Rd
    Emporia, VA 23847

    Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4 P.M.

    Independence United Methodist Church
    4438 Independence Church Rd

    Emporia, VA 23847

    Mrs. Marie Doyle Bowen of Emporia VA, passed away on April 29, 2019 at the age of 88. Mrs. Bowen was born on November 4, 1930 in Greensville County, VA. She was a retired operator for Weldon Mills.

    She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mattie Pair and Younger Doyle, her husband, Johnny Pascal Bowen, brothers, Willie “Baw” Doyle, Elwood Doyle, Jerry Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, and sisters, Mabel Boykin and Elaine Gregory. She is survived by her son, Gary P. Bowen (Lynette) of Bonita Springs, FL, her daughter, Nancy B. Pernell of Emporia, VA, sister, Ann Anglin of Emporia, VA, grandchildren, John Pernell of Charlottesville, VA, and Mathew Pernell of Emporia VA, and several nieces and nephews, along with special friends and caregivers, Rachael Allen and Ella B. Powell.

    A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Independence United Methodist Church from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 4 P.M. with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Interment will be held at the church cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or Emporia-Greensville Vol. Rescue Squad.



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  56. Graduate to deliver SVCC Address May 11

    Stephen Franklin has accomplished much in his life and graduation speaker will be added to his resume on May 11, 2019 as he delivers the graduate address at Southside Virginia Community College in Keysville at 9:30 a.m. 

    Franklin will graduate from SVCC as a nursing student along with more than 1,200 other eligible students from the Class of 2019.  A native of  Bossier City, Louisiana,  he is an Armed Forces Veteran with over a decade of experience in Navy Special Operations as a Search and Rescue Swimmer/Aircrewman.

    He is a proud husband to wife, Celena, and father of two beautiful girls (Ava and Adelyn). He is a volunteer youth Soccer and Volleyball Coach in Halifax County and a member of the American Legion. He has an Associate’s Degree (RN) in Business Management and after completion of the SVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program plans to work in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine while continuing pursuit of advanced nursing education.

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  57. Jones Awarded Scholorship

    Summer Dawn Jones senior at Greensville County High School and Southside Virginia Community College was selected to receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.

    She will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to study nursing.

    She is the daughter of Melissa and Paul Wozniak.

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