August 2019

SVCC Massage Therapy Program

Southside Virginia Community College is offering an exciting, new Massage Therapy Program at the Estates Community Center in Chase City.

The Information Session for this program will be hosted in the Estes Center banquet room at 319 N. Main St., Chase City, VA. The event will be held on Thursday, October 24`, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Come meet the instructors and learn about financial assistance opportunities through FastForward! Reserve your space in class now for the opportunity to take part in this quickly advancing career.

For more information, contact Pam Taylor, Career Coach, at 434-738-7210.


Solar Job Fair Coming October 1st

Exciting new career opportunities for solar workers are opening in the Southside Virginia area!  A Job Fair featuring these  options will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Estes Community Center in Chase City, Virginia.  

A large construction company is seeking workers in the following areas:  electricians Journeymen, utility solar panel installation technicians, mechanical hardware installers, and heavy equipment operators, reach fork lifts and general labor. 

Solar Power fields are being constructed in the Chase City and Emporia areas. These jobs offer excellent benefits, rates and opportunities for growth.  

Along with company representatives, Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Virginia Career Works will be at the Job Fair to discuss related education and training opportunities and to provide application assistance.  For information about the Job Fair, contact Courtney Starke at 434-949-6614.

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Leroy Jarratt

December 8, 1941-September 21, 2019

Visitation Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, September 25

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

12 noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, September 25

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

Leroy Jarratt, 77, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019. He was retired owner-operator of Interstate Citgo Service Station in Emporia and a member of Fountain Grove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. An avid fisherman, He also was a charter member of Meherrin Bass Club.

Mr. Jarratt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loretta V. Jarratt; daughter, Angela Harding (Roger); sons, David Jarratt (Kiana) and Robin Jarratt (Michele); nine grandchildren, Josh Harding (Christina), Daniel Harding (Stephanie), Aaron Harding (Martha), Seth Harding (Rebecca), Alyssa Jarratt, Demi Jarratt, Jeremiah Jarratt, Jacob Jarratt and Jordan Jarratt; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rebecca Newsome (Dennis) and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Southside Virginia Community College named a “2019 Great College to Work For”

For the tenth time, Southside Virginia Community College has received the distinction of being a Great College to Work For having been named again for 2019.  This honor puts SVCC in elite company.

SVCC is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program.

The results, released recently in a special insert of the Chronicle of Higher Education are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities.  In all, 85 of the 236 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Southside Virginia Community College included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

The local College won honors in 3 categories this year:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Professional/Career Development Programs

  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship

“This is very satisfying affirmation of workplace community excellence here at SVCC.  We appreciate being a part of a team that transforms lives.  Everyone at SVCC helps to make this a great place to work,” said SVCC President Dr. Quentin R. Johnson.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

The Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

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Allie Doris Doughtie Lee

November 23, 1924 - August.29, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6 to 8 pm Friday, August 30

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Aug 31 at 2 pm

Beechwood Cemetery
Highway 35
Boykins, Virginia

It is with much sadness that the family of Allie Doris Doughtie Lee announces her passing on August.29, 2019 at the age of 94.  She was the daughter of Lucy Ann Winbourne and Luther Carroll Doughtie and the wife of Marion Ricks Lee (Ike) who preceded her in death.  They had been married 70 years when Ike passed away in 2013. 

Allie will be remembered by her three children, Lou Ann Boggs of Greensboro, N.C., Donna Lee Evans of Louisburg, N.C. and Marion Ricks Lee, Jr. of Palm Springs, Ca.; her four grandchildren Stacy Taylor, Zach Roach, Derek Roane and Stephanie Boggs; her five great grandchildren Drake, Hunter, Zain, Della, Skylar; her sister Garlon Brinkley of Norfolk, Va. and many other relatives and friends.

Allie was born on November 23, 1924 in Holland, Va. where she attended school and eventually met her future husband there on a blind date arranged by each other’s best friends.  Allie and Ike were married on March 10th, 1943 before Ike left for WWII.  Not long after Ike’s return from the war they moved to Boykins, Va. and then finally to Emporia, Va. It was here they made their home and raised their family.  Allie was an avid gardener and in addition to ornamentals she raised an impressive vegetable garden.  It was here that science and art came together with her pickling and canning abilities.  She was a wonderful cook, adept in the kitchen, and especially excelled in her pie making skills.  Her fruit and meringue pies were a gift to all who were fortunate enough to have had one.

She had been a buyer and salesperson for Peebles Department store in Boykins, Va. when a young adult and later in life became a salesperson at White’s Family Shoe Store in Emporia, Va. For several decades she helped many Emporia school children with their back to school purchases and was a loyal employee.  Allie had been a girl scout troop leader while her daughters were involved in scouting and was a dedicated and tireless mom carpooling her kids and others’ kids to sports events and practices throughout their school years.  Allie was a loving wife and mother with a seemingly endless energy that fueled both her family’s sense of well being and her long and full life.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center in Emporia for their personal and professional care of Allie in her final years and their incredible thoughtfulness and help at the end of her life, and also the staff of New Century Hospice for their attentive end of life care.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va. between the hours of 6 and 8 pm. A graveside service will be held on Aug 31 at 2 pm in Beechwood Cemetery on Highway 35, Boykins, Va. 

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George B. Edwards

 October 22, 1928- August 27, 2019

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Friday, August 30

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Friday, August 30

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

George B. Edwards, 90, of Emporia, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He was the son of the late Irvin and Sarah Edwards and was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Louise W. Edwards; wife, Daisy H. Edwards; son, Steven Wayne Edwards; stepdaughter, Cindy V. Murphy; brothers, Milton J. Edwards, Irvin W. “Junie’ Edwards, Jr. and Charles L. “Lenny” Edwards.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Luenette House-Edwards; son, I. Dwight Edwards (Gail); daughters, Connie Edwards-Malosky (Paul) and Stacy Lynn Edwards; stepdaughters, Judy English and Betsy Corley and stepson, Mike Veliky; step-grandchildren, Robbie, Sarah, Ashley, Shannon and Alec; sister, Frances M. Chaffin; brother, Robert W. Edwards and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Edwards was a lifelong member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served in numerous capacities throughout the years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from VDOT as a Maintenance Supervisor.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, August 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with family at


Darryl Wayne Bowen Sr.

 September 18, 1959- August 26, 2019

Graveside Services

3:00pm, August 29, 2019

Reedy Creek Baptist Church
1919 Reedy Creek Rd
Freeman, Virginia

Darryl Wayne Bowen Sr., formerly of Emporia and in later life, Colonial Heights, VA, left this life to join his Lord and Savior on August 26, 2019, at 59 years old. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cornelia Malone, and sister, Betty Hobbs. His love lives on through his aunt, Evelyn (John) Drake, brother, Allen (Caren) Bowen, sister, Bonnie Fuller, three children, Wayne (Mary Beth), Taylor, and Blake Bowen, mother of his children, Brenda Bowen, two grandchildren, special friend Sandy Talley, and two fur babies, Chloe and Joy. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends, and coworkers that he loved dearly. Darryl was known for his humor, dance moves, and love of the Redskins, Reese’s cups, and wrestling. Darryl knew his way around the kitchen (and stew pot) and loved to cook for those he loved. Darryl attended and was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church, and was an active member of Dolphin Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years. A grave side service will be held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1919 Reedy Creek Rd, Freeman, VA, on August 29, 2019 at 3:00pm with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Darryl’s name to: Dolphin Volunteer Fire Dept. 7509 Liberty Road Dolphin, VA 23843 or to Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation PO Box 812,  Chesterfield, VA 23832. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Hilliard Randolph Powell, Jr.

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December 15, 1938 - August 27, 2019

Visitation Services

August 31, 2019 at :00 P.M.

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street

Emporia, Virginia, 23847

August 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street
Emporia, Virginia, 23847

Hilliard Randolph Powell, Jr. passed away on August 27, 2019. Randolph was born on December 15, 1938 in Brunswick County, Virginia. Following his service in the United States Air Force, he was employed by the Department of Corrections and retired in 2008 as Warden of Brunswick Correctional Center in Lawrenceville.

Surviving is his wife Mabel, daughters Allison and her husband Scott Andrews, Ashley and her husband Jim Whitehead, two grandchildren, Davis and Lane Whitehead, a brother Tommy Powell and his wife Polly, and a sister Becky Moore and her husband Tommy.

Special appreciation is given to the employees of New Century Hospice for their excellent care. Also, the family thanks his caregivers, Deborah Nicholson and Brad Harding, for their compassion and friendship.

A memorial prayer service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton Street in Emporia on August 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

The family will receive visitors in the Church sanctuary one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church.

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Maurice Andrew Person

Celebration of Life

9:45 am September 15th

Person’s United Methodist Church

Drewyville VA

Maurice Andrew Person went to be with the Lord on August 13, in his home, surrounded by family.  Born in Capron, VA to Walter and Elsie Person, Mr. Person was the youngest of nine children. During the Great Depression, the family left Southampton County and moved to Portsmouth, VA where Mr. Person graduated from Cradock High School.  After graduation, Mr. Person went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. After college graduation, Mr. Person was commissioned as an Engineering Officer where he was stationed at Lowery AFB, achieving the rank of Captain. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Person returned home and earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Mr. Person then joined Hampton Roads Sanitation District where his work and expertise led him to become the Director of Engineering culminating with forty years of service. In his spare time, Mr. Person was an avid golfer and spent enjoyable time with the many dogs he adopted over the years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Barbara Jean, daughter Wendy (Neal) Porter, grandchildren, Noah and Brooke, Brother-in-Law Eddie Creekmore, Nephew Mark Person, Niece Gina (Chip) Artz and a host of other nieces and nephews. Mr. Person always loved his annual family reunions, therefore a celebration of life will be held at the upcoming family reunion to be held at Person’s Church, in Drewyville VA, on September 15th at 9:45am.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Persons UMC attn.: Mark Person, Treasure. P.O. Box 14121 Richmond, VA 23225, in memory of Maurice Person.

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Solar Jobs Training at SVCC

In just two weeks, you can train to be an Installation Technician in the Utility Solar Panel field.  The first offering of this training meets in Blackstone at Pickett Park  weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning September 3 and ends September 16.

After completing the two weeks of classes, the program will set up job interviews with solar developers and solar construction companies for the students. There is an immediate need for solar workers in Virginia as many large projects are being constructed in the near future with well-paying jobs.

Offered through Southside Virginia Community College, the class teaches Solar System Installation, OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid and NCCER Basic Construction.  Funds are available to help pay for this training.  For information, call Courtney Starke at 434-949-6614.

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Charlie Elliott “Chuck” Taylor

February 25, 1965 - August 24, 2019

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Thursday, August 29

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Charlie Elliott “Chuck” Taylor, 55, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019.

He is survived by his children: - his furbabies: Holly, Molly, Thor and Heidi; his mother, Nancy Elliott Roach; brother, Sam Roach and wife, Sherie and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Governor Northam Announces More Than $13.4 Million in Community Development Block Grants

Fourteen localities receive funding for housing and community revitalization efforts

GREENSVILLE—Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $13.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Accomack, Alleghany, Grayson, Greensville, James City, Lee, Mecklenburg, Russell, and Wise, and the towns of Appomattox, Chase City, La Crosse, Parksley, and South Boston. Governor Northam made the announcement at an event in Greensville, where he presented local officials with a check for one of the fourteen awarded projects.

“The Community Development Block Grant program continues to be a vital resource for funding projects that help build strong regional economies throughout Virginia and address the most pressing needs in our communities,” said Governor Northam. “The localities receiving these grant awards are making important investments in infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, and downtown revitalization that will enable them to deliver essential services to their citizens and attract new residents, businesses, and visitors.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $18.1 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of dilapidated structures and blighted conditions.

“These grants fund 14 different projects targeted to improve quality of life,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “CDBG is a flexible tool we utilize to help address blight, improve housing, provide facilities for a variety of needed services, and increase access to water and sewer in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

2019 CDBG Competitive Grant Awards:





Project Name





Accomack County

Gospel Temple/Adams Crossing CDBG Project


Alleghany County

Wrightsville Community Revitalization Project


Town of Appomattox

Appomattox Downtown Revitalization


Town of Chase City

Endly Street Phase II


Grayson County

Eagle Bottom Housing Phase II


Greensville County

Washington Park Phase VI


James City County

James City County Scattered Site Rehab


Town of La Crosse

Pine Street Neighborhood Improvement Phase I


Lee County

St. Charles Water Line Replacement Phase III


Mecklenburg County

Quail Hollow Road Housing Rehab Project


Town of Parksley

Parksley Downtown Revitalization


Russell County

Belfast Waterline Extension Project Phase II Letter of Intent


Town of South Boston

Poplar Creek Homes Letter of Intent


Wise County

Banner Sewer Project




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RICHMOND – Effective Aug. 10, 2019, Virginia State Police Captain Tricia W. Powers joins the Department’s Executive Staff as a Deputy Director of the Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS). State police Superintendent, Colonel Gary T. Settle, promoted Powers to the rank of major following the retirement of BASS Deputy Director, Major Lehew W. Miller III.

Powers has been serving as the commander of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division since her promotion to captain in 2016. Since transferring to CJIS as a lieutenant in 2013, Powers has provided leadership to the division’s 250 sworn and civilian personnel, and overseen the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), Sex Offender Registry, Firearms Transaction Center, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), and the Uniform Crime Reporting/Incident Based Reporting program. She represented the Department as a gubernatorial appointee to the SEARCH Consortium and as the FBI CJIS Systems Officer.

Powers graduated the Virginia State Police Academy in 1994 with the 90th Basic Session. Her first patrol assignment as a new trooper was in the Culpeper Division’s Area 13 Office in Winchester. In 1997, she was promoted to special agent and advanced to the rank of first sergeant working in general investigations and drug enforcement in the Culpeper and Chesapeake Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Field Offices. She returned to uniform as a first sergeant in 2010 as the commander of the Chesapeake Division’s Area 32 office in Norfolk/Virginia Beach. In 2012, Powers was promoted to lieutenant in the Richmond Division.  A native of Luray, Va., Powers is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bridgewater College and a master of criminal justice degree from Troy State University.

Miller was appointed to the BASS Deputy Director position in September 2016. Previously he had served three years as the division commander of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Division. Prior to his promotion to captain of the ICT Division, Miller served nine years in the capacities of lieutenant and first sergeant in the BCI Criminal Intelligence Division. He joined State Police as a dispatcher in 1992 and was assigned to the State Police Culpeper Division. He graduated from the State Police Academy in May 1994 with his first patrol assignment in Caroline County. Three years later, Miller was promoted to special agent in the Drug Enforcement Section of the Richmond BCI Field Office. A graduate of Emory and Henry College with a bachelor’s degree in history and geography, he has received numerous service awards during his tenure with the Department and has served on numerous state and national boards and subcommittees related to public safety telecommunications and homeland security. He is also a 2007 graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College.

The Bureau of Administrative and Support Services consists of the Information and Communication Technologies, Criminal Justice Information Services, Human Resources, Property and Finance, and Training divisions. Employees within this Bureau provide the Virginia State Police, as well as local and other state law enforcement, with support and essential services through their expertise and technical and professional backgrounds. BASS includes the largest number of civilian personnel within the Department.


SVCC Graduates 11th Power Line Worker Class

The 11th class of Power Line Workers from Southside Virginia Community College graduated on August 15, 2019 from the 11-week program.  They are

(Front L-R,) Brad Smithson of Hopewell, Kieran Broyan of Fredericksburg, Brett Dickerson of Llindeen, Dylan Miller of Lexington, Jonathan Stanley of Abingdon, Timmy Hankley of Kenbridge, Mike Reynolds of Amherst, Dontayves Montgomery of Crewe, Adam Tapp of Cumberland, Jason Alex of Brattleboro, VT, Alec Spaulding of Spotsylvania, Brad Wike (instructor)
(Back L-R), Clyde Robertson (Instructor), Logan Miller (Student Instructor), Lucas Truman of Disputanta, Thomas Mullen of Ashland, Seth Edwards of Amelia, Conner McCready of Onley, Seth Morris of Farmville, Joseph Droog of Rustburg, Shawn Crogan of Crewe, Zach Gray of Danville, Davis Cogar of Greenville and Jeremiah Loyd of Virginia Beach.

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Rotary Club of Innsbrook Presents Grant to Jackson-Feild

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook presents Terron Watkins, Assistant Director of Development, a check in the amount of $1,700 to be used for expenses related to GED prep and testing for students at Jackson-Feild’s Gwaltney School.

For the majority of students at Jackson-Feild’s on-campus Gwaltney School, chronic mental health disorders, frequent hospitalizations, and out-of-school suspensions have interrupted and hampered their education.  These grant funds in the amount of $­­­1,700 from the Rotary Club of Innsbrook will be used to help former residents prepare for and pass the GED exam. On average five to ten students each year earn their GED and return to Jackson-Feild to “walk” in the annual graduation ceremony.

Most of the children at Jackson-Feild have no family on whom they can depend. It’s imperative they complete their education and earn either a diploma or GED. A diploma, though, is often not realistic because they don’t have sufficient credits to meet graduation requirements. This leaves only the GED as an option.

From the first day of enrollment at Gwaltney School, every effort is made to prepare students to take the GED exam.  We have a staff member dedicated to the task of helping the boys and girls earn their GED even after they leave Jackson-Feild. She is available by phone for consultation and instruction, and she enlists community tutors to work with students in their home localities. At a cost of $170 per student, Jackson-Feild purchases GED workbooks, pays tutors, and covers the cost of the GED Practice Test as well as the actual GED test.

Jackson-Feild thanks the members of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook for investing in its children, and for recognizing and supporting the good work that takes place on its campus and in its school.

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John David Dianis

June 8, 1951 - August 16, 2019


Graveside Memorial Services

11 a.m. Saturday, September 7

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847


John David Dianis, 68, of Emporia, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Matthew and Margaret Dianis. David is survived by three brothers, Matthew “Marty” Dianis, Jr. (Evelyn), George Dianis (Debbie) and Walter Dianis (Amy); nieces, Mandy Jones (Dwayne), Andrea Horsley (Alex) and Morgan Dianis; nephew, Daniel Dianis; great niece, Jamison Jones and great-nephew, Ben Horsley; aunt, Betty Veliky; numerous cousins and his co-workers at the Greensville-Emporia Combined Court whom he considered as extended family.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the social hall at St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley

December 11, 1934-August 13, 2019

Graveside Services

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

New Kent Chapel Cemetery
13100 Cooks Mill Road
New Kent, Virginia

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home in Emporia, Virginia. He was born December 11, 1934 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Ralph Fraley and Mabel Boze Fraley Clarke. In addition to his parents and step-father, Holden U. Clarke, he is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edith Maxine Fraley, and his son, Michael Allen Fraley.

He is survived by his children, Robert Munson, Cheryl O’Berry, Donna Smith, four step-children, Sue Waddell, Barbara Spangler, Jerry Loan and Ray Loan, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, one sister, Charlotte Fraley Freeze, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

A graveside service and interment will take place at New Kent Chapel Cemetery, 13100 Cooks Mill Road, New Kent, Virginia on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Arrangements entrusted to Vincent Funeral Home, West Point, Virginia.

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VCU Health CMH Heart Walk set for Sept. 21st

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to have a heart walk at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA on Saturday, September 21st.  Activities will begin at 10:00AM and the one mile walk (two laps) around the hospital will begin at 10:30AM. There are plans to have snow cones, games, music, blood pressure checks, health information and an appearance by Rodney the Ram at the event.  T-shirts will also be available for a $25.00 donation.  A new feature for this year’s walk is you can receive a personalized shirt (up to 15 characters) with a separate payment of a one-time $20 screening fee per team name and a $5 imprint fee per shirt.  The t-shirt vendor, River City Logo in Richmond, will donate $10 from each screening fee to the AHA.  All personalized shirt orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 10.  If you would like to make a donation and receive a t-shirt before the event please call, (434) 447-0917.

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McEachin Announces Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one for $159, 551 to the American Civil War Museum Foundation for a summer program for teachers' professional developed. The second grant is awarded to the Library of Virginia for $324,958 to restore and digitize historic American newspapers.

"I am thrilled to see these monies come into Virginia. As we all know, the Civil War is an important, but sometimes difficult and fraught subject to teach. Teachers, like everyone else, bring the biases of their upbringing and location. This program can help sift through that so the legitimate historical information can be imparted and then shared with students,” said Congressman McEachin. “Newspapers are struggling and all too many are dying. This grant will allow the Library of Virginia to help ensure that history, as it happened, through local newspapers can be preserved and appreciated. 

Both of these grants will help ensure a better, more objective and more accurate understanding of our history."

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces the Safety Superstar Award

Emporia, VA – Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, has been named Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s (SVRMC) Safety Superstar for the Second Quarter of 2019. Letrice, who works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit, was caught making a difference in safety and was chosen by the SVRMC Safety Coaches to receive this award.  Her nomination included the following statements:  “She is always safety conscious and uses her error prevention tools on a daily basis.  She is often called the safety person on the Unit”.  Her Manager, Theodora Zacharopoulos stated “Letrice is always eager and willing to assist with the patients and staff on the unit.  Most importantly, she is extremely observant and we are proud to have her as part of our Behavioral Health Unit”.

Each quarter, safety coaches at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center nominate employees that have been caught making a difference in safety from safety coach observations throughout the quarter. The employee chosen is a wonderful example to others and is one that stands up for safety as well as uses their error prevention tools on a daily basis to ensure the patients at SVRMC receive the best and safest quality of care possible. These employees are never afraid to stand up for safety!

Front row, left to right: Susan Williams, CNO, Krista Turner, Quality Director, Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, Theodora Zacharopoulos, Behavioral Health Manager, Peggy Dunn, Surgical Services Director; back row left to right: Meghan McCormack, Behavioral Health Unit RN, Sarah Wright, Quality Analyst, Wilson Thomas, CEO.


VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for July 2019

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Lynn Holt, Long Term Care Social Worker, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Lynn was Tammy Trent House, Director of Social Work, Care Management and Chaplain Services, and Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Lynn has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 11 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Lynn went above and beyond her normal work hours when asked to help the staff.  Her willingness to give up her personal time to meet the needs of her department demonstrates her professionalism and true teamwork philosophy.  She also exhibited a positive attitude through this usually busy period.  She performs thoughtful acts of kindness to other team members and is always well respected by her coworkers.  She constantly exhibits qualities of the Star Service Program and is a valuable asset to The Hundley Center.”

Lynn has been married to her husband for 50 years, has two sons, and two grandchildren.  When asked what words of wisdom she would give other employees, she stated, “Work hard and keep your sense of humor!”

In addition to the award, Lynn 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.

Lynn resides in Union Level, VA.

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SVCC Employee Completes Apprenticeship Training in IT Field

Maynard Stowe (Left), with the Department of Labor, presents Anthony Taylor (Center), a Southside Virginia Community College employee, with his Apprenticeship card and certificate, and is accompanied by Kelly Arnold (Right), SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator.

A Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) employee has distinguished himself as the first in the Virginia Community College System to complete a certificate of Apprenticeship in Information Technology.  Anthony Taylor of Alberta, a server technician, received his journeyworker card from the Virginia Apprenticeship Council in a ceremony held on August 7, 2019, at the Christanna Campus of SVCC. Implementing the apprenticeship model proved to be an ideal training platform for SVCC’s IT department, relates Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer.  

Maynard Stowe, an Apprenticeship Consultant for the Department of Labor, presented the certificate and card to Taylor. This certificate represents 2000 hours of On-The-Job (OTJ) training and 144 educational hours completed by Taylor, who is a graduate of SVCC and Old Dominion University.

“The program proved to be a lot of work but carries so much value with it,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s dedication and commitment to the program guaranteed a positive experience. The college’s investment in a Registered Apprenticeship program is ensuring a talent development program for the IT staff at SVCC.

According to Kelly Arnold, SVCC’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, “The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. Keeping current is critical and the college’s apprenticeship program is the solution. While the apprenticeship model is well known within the building trades, it’s coherent approach to training fuses well in the IT world.  OJT hours combined with educational hours contribute to the program’s strong success. New IT occupations are being added to the DOL’s database.”

This training was made possible through the AAI Grant (American Apprenticeship Initiative) which awards funds to support the expansion of IT and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships in Virginia. 

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Arthur W. Harrison, Jr.

June 6, 1925 - August 14, 2019


Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019. He was born on June 6, 1925, to the late Arthur W. Harrison, Sr. and Daisy Lynch Harrison. A.W. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Jeanne Rouse Harrison.

A.W. was a 1941 graduate of Greensville County High School. Following high school, he worked for twelve years at Mitchell Brothers Grocery and then ran an Esso service Station from 1953 – 1959. In 1959 he went to work for what would become Citizens National Bank and spent thirty years as a devoted employee.

In his early years A.W. went to photography school in New York City, and become an avid photographer. He traveled to Europe and visited many countries, was a small craft pilot and served on the Emporia – Greensville Airport Commission for numerous years.

He is survived by cousins, Billy Skroback and wife Anita, Joan Shumaker of Chesterfield, VA., Janice Cohen and husband Frank of Richmond, and Thomas Shumaker and wife Debra of Chesterfield, VA. The family would like to give a special thank you to his loving caregivers, Theresa Myers, Faith Vann, and Debra Lipscomb.

Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00P.M. Interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.

In Lieu of flowers, it was A.W.’s wish for donations to be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Emporia, VA.

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~ Multistate settlement includes $10,000 in payments and will shut down Hearts 2 Heroes, permanently ban owners from engaging in charitable solicitations ~


RICHMOND(August 14, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has led a coalition of four states to shut down a deceptive organization that exploited goodwill towards those in the military and misused funds that were supposed to benefit servicemembers serving overseas. The multistate settlement involves Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., a for-profit company doing business as Active Duty Support Services Inc., which made door-to-door sales of “care packages” ostensibly to be sent to service members overseas. Last summer, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Hearts 2 Heroes alleging that the company violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by misrepresenting the nature of the business and the care packages purchased, and by misusing donated funds. The lawsuit was announced as part of “Operation Donate with Honor”, a nationwide sweep to crackdown on fraudulent charities that exploit the name of America’s veteran community to solicit donations. As part of the settlement, the business has been shut down and the owners will be permanently banned from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization.
“Organizations who prey on the kindness of Virginians and deceptively solicit donations from folks who are hoping to help veterans or servicemembers are shameful and should be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I hope this settlement sends a strong message to other organizations that may have similar deceptive operations that they must follow through with their promises and be honest about where their money is going.”
The complaint, filed in Henrico County Circuit Court, alleges that Hearts 2 Heroes violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by:
  • leading prospective donors to believe that Hearts 2 Heroes is a charity, when it is not, and that donations made are tax deductible, when they are not;
  • delivering care packages, if delivered at all, to military bases in the United States, not overseas as represented;
  • representing to consumers that staff were veterans or volunteers when in fact those staff were not veterans or volunteers; and
  • employing staff who would “skim” cash donations for personal use.
The settlement reached by Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia includes injunctive relief in the form of a ban of the two owners from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization, as well as the dissolution of the business. The settlement also includes a $286,959.95 restitution judgment against the now-defunct company, which will be suspended but enforced if the other terms of the settlement are not complied with. Additionally the states will receive a total of $10,000. 
The settlement is in the form of a Consent Judgment that has been filed with the Henrico County Circuit Court for approval. The Commonwealth is represented in this matter by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky.

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Otto Wachsmann Announces Candidacy for Virginia’s 75th House of Delegates District

Stony Creek, VA – Otto Wachsmann, a pharmacist and small business owner, announced his candidacy for the 75th House District, which encompasses all of Sussex, Southampton, Greensville, and Brunswick Counties, all of Franklin and Emporia City, and parts of Lunenburg County.

“Having lived most of my life in Sussex County, I have watched businesses close and jobs leave our region, our healthcare system fail our neighbors, with leaders in Richmond more interested in partisan politics than helping rebuild our community. As a small business owner and pharmacist, I have dedicated my career to serving my patients and our community. I am running for the House of Delegates because we need a new prescription for Southside that will make our community the best place to work and live for future generations,” Wachsmann said.

“My family has owned a locally operated pharmacy in Stony Creek for more than 50 years. I see on a daily basis the struggle those in our community have with paying for prescriptions and navigating the complex health insurance maze of requirements that even health care providers often do not understand.

As a small business owner, I also understand how important it is to promote policies that bring back and keep jobs in Southside. That starts with lowering taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, and investing in our students to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. We must make it a priority to keep great teachers in the classroom and that means our teachers need to be fairly compensated.”

As your delegate, I would be committed to working with you to solve these problems and more. I will work with anyone, regardless of party, to find creative solutions for the unique problems facing our region. We deserve a leader that will put our community ahead of politics. It is time for a new prescription for Southside.”

Otto Wachsmann is a pharmacist and owner of Stony Creek Pharmacy in Stony Creek, VA. The Pharmacy has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years, with his father Howard Wachsmann owning the store from 1966-2003. Otto is a graduate of Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree in Pharmacy in 1986. After graduation he worked in chain pharmacy as well as a number of independent pharmacies throughout Virginia. Otto has also spent time working for the A H Robins Company in Richmond where he gained a keen awareness with how prescription medications are marketed, priced, and the relationship between the drug manufacturer and the insurance industry.

In 1996, Otto served as the Director of Experiential Education at Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia for fix years. It was during this time that he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association from 1997-1998.

Otto and his wife Judy live in Sussex County and have two daughters, Katherine (Kate) and Kirsten. Born and raised in Sussex County, Otto has always had a passion for service. For 16 years he was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club.


Learn About All Things Agriculture at AgFest Field Day 2019

~Showcasing Innovation In Virginia’s Food Production~

Surry county farmer and retired Extension agent Clifton Slade talks with participants at VSU's Field Day about how to make the most of their farming operations and increase productivity.

nterested in learning how to raise healthy fish in freshwater, how to properly prepare soil for growing niche crops, such as hemp and blackberries, or how versatile livestock, such as sheep and goats, can add value to farming operations? Then AgFest Field Day 2019 is the place to be.

The field day will be held Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Randolph Farm at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

AgFest Field Day is a fun and informative event that is open to the community, including farmers, teachers, students and anyone interested in learning about agriculture production in Virginia. The day will include demonstrations and exhibits for every age range and experience level, from beginning farmers to experienced farmers, as well as vocational teachers and youth interested in learning about careers in agriculture.

Farmers can explore the latest techniques in aquaculture, goat and sheep management, hydroponics, aquaponics as well as learn about sustainable and urban agriculture initiatives. 4-H programs will provide middle- and high-school students with a rich, hands-on learning experience and teach them about careers in agriculture.

If you have any questions about this event or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at or call (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. 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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Brunswick Students Attend SVCC STEM Camp



Brunswick High School students were able to attend a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Camp held on the campus of Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) in Alberta this summer.  The supervisor of the camp is Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter who is an assistant professor of Mathematics on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

The first half of the camp focused on the current epidemic in the increase of cases of mumps and measles in the United States.  Students learned about the diseases, how they are spread, and symptoms.  Using their math skills, students explored if there was a correlation between the number of cases of mumps compared to the number of cases of measles.  They also computed the equation for the line of best fit to predict the cases of mumps and measles.

The second portion of the camp explored the decline in the bee population in the United States.  Students learned about the importance of bees to pollinate the plants that make many of the foods we consume today. They simulated how drones could deliver pollen to pollinate crops without the assistance of bees.  Students enjoyed sampling various kinds of honey and made beeswax candles the last day of the camp.


Changing Your Direct Deposit Information With Social Security

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

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments.

The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information with Social Security is by creating a my Social Security account online at Once you create your account, you can update your bank information without leaving the comfort of your home. Another way to change your direct deposit is by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make the change over the phone. If you prefer to speak to someone in-person, you can visit your local Social Security office with the necessary information.

Because we are committed to protecting your personal information, we need some form of identification to verify who you are. If you are online, we verified your identity when you initially created your my Social Security account. All you need to do is log in at with your secure username and password to gain access to your information.

If you call Social Security, we will ask identifying questions to ensure we are speaking to the right person. If you visit the office, you will need to bring a driver’s license or some form of ID with you. Once we have identified that you are the correct person and are authorized to make changes on the Social Security record, all we need is the routing number, account number, and type of account established. We don’t ask for a voided check, nor do we obtain verification from the bank. Therefore, you should be sure you are providing accurate information to us.

Because you may be unsure if your direct deposit change will affect your next payment, we highly recommend that you do not close the old bank account until you have seen your first Social Security deposit in the new bank account. That way, you can feel secure you will receive your benefits on time, regardless of when the change was reported to Social Security.

When you have to report changes to your direct deposit, be sure to visit us online at Social Security always strives to put you in control by providing the best experience and service no matter where, when, or how you decide to do business with us.

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~ Coalition of 43 attorneys general provide policy guidelines to streaming industry to combat increasing use of tobacco products by young people ~

RICHMOND(August 8, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content, including smoking, vaping, or any other tobacco or nicotine product. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018. Smoking remains the number one preventable killer in the United States and causes over 480,000 deaths per year.
“The number of young people using e-cigarettes has risen at an alarming rate and the U.S. Surgeon General has said that exposure to tobacco in the media increases the likelihood of usage,” said Attorney General Herring. “Too many families in Virginia know the harmful effects of tobacco products all too well, which is why it’s so important to keep them out of the hands of young people. We need to make sure that entertainment companies are sending young people the right messages about tobacco usage instead of romanticizing something that could eventually kill them.”
In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that watching movies with tobacco imagery increases the likelihood that adolescents will become smokers. In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues urge the video streaming industry to adopt the following policies to protect young viewers from the ill effects of tobacco content:
  • Eliminate or exclude tobacco imagery, including smoking, vaping or the use of any tobacco or nicotine product, in all future original streamed content for young viewers, including any content rated TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14, G, PG, and PG-13, and ensure that any promotional material such as previews, trailers, image galleries, and clips be tobacco-free. Content with tobacco imagery should be rated TV-MA or R and only recommended to adult viewers. 

  • Only “recommend” or designate tobacco-free content for children, adolescents, families, and general audiences.
  • Improve or offer parental controls that are effective, prominent, and easy-to-use, that allow parents and guardians specifically to restrict access to all content with tobacco content, regardless of rating.
  • Mitigate the negative influence of tobacco content, from whatever source and with any rating, by streaming strong anti-smoking and/or anti-vaping public service announcements, as appropriate, before all videos with tobacco content.
In 1998, Attorneys General across the nation fought to enter into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which imposed major restrictions on tobacco company marketing practices and prohibits advertising aimed at youth. This included banning the advertisement of tobacco products on TV shows, movies and other video content. Despite the ban, studies by the public health organization Truth Initiative found a high rate of tobacco content in streamed videos that are popular with young viewers. In particular, the study discovered high rates of tobacco usage in TV-Y and TV-PG shows. Further, a 2018 study found the streamed videos that are most popular with young viewers feature higher rates of tobacco content than programs shown on traditional television. A 2019 report by the Truth Initiative showed that the danger has only grown in the past year. 
Joining Attorney General Herring in sending the letter are the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Ladies of Antioch UMC Donate to VCU Health CMH Garland Birthing Center

Antioch UMW  Seated: Nannie Sue Dawson Standing (left to right): Susan Moseley, Shirley Hite, Barbara Callis, Anne Day, Nancy Turner, Dawn Bacon, Ginny Arthur  

The ladies of Antioch United Methodist Women (Lunenburg Charge) held a program, inviting Terry Wootten, Nurse Midwife, to come and speak about Maternal and Child Health. In conjunction with the informative and enlightening program, they had a Baby Shower for "Anybody's Baby" and invited members of their congregation to join in the cause. Many useful items were collected, including clothing, blankets, socks, diapers, Vitron-C iron supplements, Latch Assist, and more. These items benefit underprivileged babies and mothers at the Garland Birthing Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. The employees and medical staff at the hospital are grateful for these donations and would also like to thank Providence United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church for their previous support.



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