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2019-9-3

Don't let Emporia News Shut Down...

There is a real danger that Emporia News will come to an end in the near future. I need the support of the community to continue this operation. I am not, at least in my mind asking for a lot. I just want some content and enough sponsors and donations to be able to continue to provide this site to the community without worring about how I am going to pay basic expensenses like internet access, mobile phone access (which is the backup for the internet), backup hosting, custom email and the many other things that go into bringing this site to you.

Please keep the content coming. Send anything that you want your neighbors to know: Wedding, Engagement and Birth Announcements; School Announcements; Retirement Announcements; etc. This is the first summer that I have skipped fresh pages during the week for lack of content. I generally will take Friday and Saturday evenings off, unless an obituary or other inportant story comes in, but have never taken off during the week before this summer, except after the first hernia surgery.

PBS is in the middle of another Fund Drive, which led me to think of a conversation I had with one of my readers a few weeks ago. She asked me how I made a living since all she ever saw me do was Community Service (we were talking about the Summer feeding program that my Church participated in for the third summer in a row). I related to her that like PBS I depended on donations and Coporatate Sponsorships. She got a real hoot out of the thought that, as she put it, "little 'ole Emporia had a public broadcasting outlet."<

This reader was impressed with all that I did with this site, but mainly, like several others, liked the fact that the Obituaries were published promptly (although she felt that it was a bit morbid wanting timely Obituaries). Whether you read for timely Obituaries, which is not morbid, or you like the VCU Capitol News Service, or just like to wake up to some light community news with your coffee, this site is there for you every day that there is fresh content for me to publish.

I envision Emporia News as the story of our Community. And, yes, Obituaries are a part of that stroy. I would also like to see birth announcements, engagement announcements and wedding announcements. If you have a child or grandchild graduate from college or get into a difficult-to-get-into college or Service Academy, send me that information, too. Our community is rich in stories, and Emporia News reaches the world. While funding is important to keeping this site up and running, so is content.

Speaking of funding, if all of the regular readers of Emporia News were do donate as little as $10, this message would only be on the page for a short time. I have to admit that it pains me to ask, and I have done my best to avoid it. I am currently posting on a borrowed laptop as the last one I purchased for the site has already bitten the dust and needs to be replaced.

If your are regular customers at any local businesses that you feel would benefit from sponsoring or advertising on Emporia News, the rates for both are very affordable, encorage them to contact me at news@emporianews.com.

If every reader of Empria News donated as little as $10, this "Fund Drive" Message would not be here for long. If you feel so led, you may make a donation of any amount. You may also make a recurring donation with a subscription.

If you would like to contribute content or let me know that an event needs coverage, email me at news@emporianews.com.

Thank You

Jay Osburn, Editor/Publisher - EmporiaNews.com

P.S - Checking Obituaries is not morbid - you never know when someone who touched your life, but that you may not have known well enough to get a phone call about, may have passed...

Your Ticket to Adventure – September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September the Meherrin Regional Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers, and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Throughout the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure that every child signs up for their own library card.

A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. Reading plays an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who read at home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Your local library offers free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. For younger children, early literacy resources and interactive story times encourage school readiness. For students, teens, and adults, the library provides access to technology, digital resources, and entertainment materials.

This year, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters are serving as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Their mission is to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries transform lives and communities. To celebrate, the Library will show the original “Toy Story” movie on Saturday, September 14th at 10:30 AM. Feel free to bring a snack and your favorite toy! The Library will also offer patrons the chance to enter a Book Bundle Giveaway when signing up for a card, renewing an expired card, replacing a lost card, or showing their card when they check out.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit www.meherrinlib.org, stop by the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, or call 434-848-2418 (Brunswick) or 434-634-2539 (Emporia).

“Almost Home Again”

I took a short vacation
from all the fun that I call work
yes yesterday or the day before
I seemed to have lost my perk.
 
Now I’ve seen doctors almost every where
more then I knew we had
yet still I get those mood swings
the good days and the bad.
 
Your many cards and letters
and the prayers I’ve entertained
I appreciate without a doubt
thought I may have forgot your name.
 
I have one more place to go
and I pray it be my last
yet after you pass thirty nine
it’s just hope that all is past.
 
I know the Lord is with me
yes right here by my side
yet even with His comfort
it’s been a rough ride!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp
 
(Editor's Note: Welcome Home, Roy. Godspeed on a quick recovery! I hope that you feel much better soon. -Jay)
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