Take Advantage of Early Voting in 2021!


Dear Editor:

This letter is written to my fellow citizens of Emporia and Greensville as a STRONG reminder from the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee!

GO VOTE!!!  The November General Election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Here’s your 3-minute WARNING!!!

First day of In-Person Voting at your local Registrar’s Office (Weekdays Only):

Begins Friday, September 17, 2021.

Deadline to Register, Confirm or Update your Voter Registration: Tuesday, October 12, 2021!

In-Person Voting:

Again, First day of In-Person Voting (Weekdays Only) at your Local Registrar’s Office -

City of Emporia: City Municipal Building, 201 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847

Telephone: 434.634.9533

Greensville County: Greensville County Government Building, 1781 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847 Telephone: 434.348.4205

Sunday Early Voting (Souls to the Polls!) – GREENSVILLE COUNTY ONLY!!!

►Sunday, September 19, 2021, Polls Open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday Early Voting: October 23 and October 30, 2021 at ALL local Voter Registration Offices!

Last Day of In-Person Early Voting:

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at your Local Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m.!

Election Day:

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Voting From Home:

Deadline to apply for a Ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, October 22, 2021

(Request MUST be received at Local Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to mail your Ballot: Must be postmarked NO LATER than November 2 and Received by the Registrar by November 5, 2021. Allow time for delays and mail it before the deadline!

There, now you have the FACTS…and just the facts! Now everyone within reach of this letter to the editor is armed with the most basic of rights Constitutionally guaranteed to them!  There are no excuses for you NOT to be seen or at least heard at the polls! 

Some of you out there may not be aware but there are those that are betting against you that you will take an opportunity to cast your vote and be heard in our Democracy!

A huge thank you to Greensville County’s Electoral Board and Registrar for offering to encourage “Souls to the Polls” and offering a very special Sunday in September (September 19, 2021) to have the Registrar’s Office open and to encourage folks to vote early and show their commitment to not only our community but also to our State!   

There are a few Electoral Boards across the Commonwealth that opted to focus on past patterns of apathy or didn’t feel committed to encouraging voters to expand opportunities to allow you to vote early…regrettably, one of those is the city of Emporia.  So, the only way to prove our commitment to this and ANY future election is to show them!  I will personally be leading the effort to drive as many people to the polls on those last two Saturdays in October – October 23 and October 30 to flood the Registrar’s Office from open to close with excited voters to keep them busy! The Registrar’s Office is supposed to be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm please, TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE!!!

I encourage you to take one of the many opportunities provided to you to GO VOTE!  Grab your family, friends, neighbors, Cousin Pookie, you’re Aunt Nay Nay and Uncle Buck, your Sorors, Line Bros, Ladies Circles, Fellow Elks, whomever and make sure they get to exercise their right to voice their VOTE!

The Election this year is VERY important!  On the Democratic Ticket for Governor is Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Hala Ayala, Attorney General Mark Herring, House of Delegates Roslyn Tyler and in the City of Emporia for Treasurer is Jay Osburn.

Should you need help registering to vote, getting to the polls for early voting or on Election Day, need more information about the candidates running or checking your registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or members of the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee and someone will be glad to assist.  We may be reached at 434.634.5499.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the Polls – Early or on Election Day!!!

GO VOTE!!! No Vote, No Voice – KNOW the VOTE, Know YOUR VOICE!!!

George E. Morrison, III, Chairman

Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committees

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Virginia State Police Arrest Wanted Subject After Short Pursuit

Sussex County, Va; On September 9, 2021 at approximately 4:56 p.m., while on routine patrol, a Virginia State Trooper observed a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox traveling on Interstate 95, southbound, displaying improper registration. An attempt was made to pull the vehicle over, but the vehicle driver refused to stop. The trooper initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle as it exited the interstate at the 20mm at a high rate of speed. The driver continued down the exit ramp, driving through the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp, at Route 631. The driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway,  drove down an embankment before coming to rest in the middle of the roadway. The trooper attempted to block the Chevrolet, and while exiting his vehicle in an attempt to take the driver into custody, the driver once again fled the scene at a high rate of speed, continuing back onto Interstate 95. The trooper began to pursue the vehicle once again, and was able to pull up beside the driver, in an attempt to positively identify the driver and confirm that there was a passenger in the vehicle. 

The driver, 25 year old Michael Wayne Newman, Jr., began to waive what appeared to be a firearm in his left hand at the trooper, prior to exiting the Interstate at the 17mm. Once off the interstate, Newman began to lose control of the vehicle on Route 301. Due to the seriousness of the violator's offenses and danger to the community, and with the assistance of another trooper, a pursuit intervention technique was executed to terminate the pursuit. The technique was successful and Newman was taken into custody without incident. 

Neither Newman nor his female passenger were harmed during the pursuit. Michael Wayne Newman, Jr., of Colonial Heights, Virginia, was wanted on several felony warrants out of Prince George, Virginia. Newman was charged with seven (7) felonies, eight (8) misdemeanors, and nine (9) traffic offenses. He was taken to Sussex Jail where he received no bond. Photos attached to the release are of Newman, and of the vehicle, after the pursuit intervention technique. 

Newmans charges are as follows;

- Abduction by force (female passenger)
-Driving While Intoxicated, drugs
-Possession of a Schedule I/II drug
-Possession of controlled paraphernalia
-Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
-Possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
-Possession of a firearm while in possession of Schedule I/I drugs
-Reckless driving by speed
-Reckless driving failure to stop/signal
-Reckless driving-failure to yield entering a highway
-No operators license
-Hit and run, failure to stop
-Disregard commands by a law enforcement officer
-Damage to state property x2
-Improper registration
-And nine other traffic infractions

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

By Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D.

Take a look at your surroundings. Are you inside your home, office, or classroom? Are you at a coffee shop? Perhaps you are in a waiting room or sitting outside on a porch or near a garden.

Pause for a moment and consider the items within your field of view. Can you see a table or desk, some dishes, pictures on a wall, or even the wall itself? Can you see a building or vehicle? Is there any crushed rock or concrete? How about a fence or flower pot? Can you spot a hoe, shovel, or rake?

No matter where you cast your gaze, a truck probably played an important role in the life cycle of almost every product you see. If the finished item itself was not delivered by a truck, its components or the tools required for its upkeep probably were.

Truck Driver Appreciation Week, observed this year September 12 through 18, is a weeklong event sponsored by the American Trucking Associations in honor of the way truck drivers help make our lives better. The U.S. trucking industry employs 3.6 million professional drivers. Annually, they log 400 billion miles and deliver more than 10 billion tons of goods. Food, fuel, medicine, clothing: it all arrives by truck.

The trucking industry strengthens the backbone of our country’s economy, and SVCC is proud to contribute to its success. Our Truck Driver Training School (TDTS) began operating in 1996. So far, we’ve graduated 2,400 students. This unique program is a source of pride at SVCC!

Duncan Quicke, instructor and TDTS coordinator, says, “For the past 25 years I have proudly watched our dedicated students work hard to build better lives for their families. These men and women dedicate themselves to our six-week program, test out with Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, and get recruited by some of the best companies in the world.”

In fact, more than 75 companies have hired, and continue to hire, our students. Those companies include many that serve in the local area and others with fleets deployed nationwide.

Brian Sheridan, a representative for Wisconsin-based Schneider National, recently remarked, “I travel to a lot of driving schools across the country, specifically in Virginia. Southside Virginia Community College holds one of the highest standards for education and for fostering a great experience for employers and students.”

Murvin Ivory, another industry leader, retired from a 14-year career as a Motor Carrier Trooper with the Virginia State Police to begin a new position as a consultant for a trucking company. He says, “When I am faced with dilemmas and challenges in my new job, quite often I will call on the experts at the TDTS at SVCC to help guide me through them. Those guys do a great job of preparing their students for careers in the trucking profession.”

The need for truck drivers continues to grow. Projections Central, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, reported that the Commonwealth of Virginia would experience nearly 6,000 annual openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.

Truck driver training at SVCC is available in Blackstone at Fort Pickett and in South Boston and Emporia. Classes are structured to mimic normal workdays. Students receive hands-on driving practice along with instruction about topics such as maintenance, highway safety, and pre-trip inspections. For more information, contact Duncan Quicke (434)-292-1650 or duncan.quicke@southside.edu) or visit https://southside.edu/truck-driving-training

Dr. Quentin R. Johnson 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 quentin.johnson@southside.edu.

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