July 2019

Coy Ann Lamm Barnes

April 24, 1931 - July 28, 2019

Visitation Services

10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Mrs. Coy Ann Lamm Barnes, 88, of Emporia, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 28, 2019. She was the widow of Edward Collins Barnes Sr. and the daughter of Coy Dock Lamm and Annabelle Grimes. She was born in South Hill, Virginia and was the former owner/operator of Riverside Cleaners in Emporia, VA., for many years. Mrs. Barnes was a former deacon and choir member of Calvary Baptist Church, as well as, a member of the Riparian Women’s Club and Red Hat Society. She is survived by her three daughters, Lelia B. Slagle (Kelly) of Emporia, VA., Kathy B. Allen of Emporia, VA., Amy B. Browder (Mitchell) of Warner Robins, GA., her son, E. Collins Barnes, Jr. (Denise) of Smithfield, VA., sister-in-law, Nancy Harris of Emporia, VA., eleven grandchildren, Christopher Link (Christina), Jonathan Link (Ashley), Alexa Dickens (Matt), Katie Evans (Derek), James Dickerson (Cassandra), Edward Barnes III (Sara), Joshua Barnes (Jen), Ethan Barnes, Jeremy Barnes, Will Browder (Ashlee), Meagan Browder, along with fourteen great grandchildren, as well as, special friends, Ella Bullock and Violet Huff.

The family will receive friends and guests from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Andy Cain officiating. The Interment will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery following the service.

Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street.

Online Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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SVCC Offering Early Childhood Education Certificate

Do you enjoy working with children?  Come take courses in the Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate at Southside Virginia Community College this fall!  Registration is now open.

Program coursework includes College Success Skills; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Guiding the Behavior of Children; Health, Safety and Nutrition Education; Creative Activities for Children; and Coordinated Internship.  All classes will be available online, plus two will meet on alternating Tuesdays from 5-8pm this fall.  Guiding the Behavior of Children begins August 20, while Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education starts August 27.  Dean Dixie Dalton states, “We’re excited that students can earn six credits (of the sixteen required) by attending class one night per week utilizing a course model that combines seated and online work.”

The program prepares students to work with children in safe and healthy environments that are supportive of their individual development.  Career options include daycares, pre-schools and Head Start programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Dixie Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu.

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What are you going to do this fall?  How about signing up now for classes at Southside Virginia Community College?  Classes begin on Monday, August 19 but there is still time to register, apply for financial aid and meet with advisors and line up books and other supplies for college. 

Your mailbox should receive the printed schedule of classes soon.  There is a photo of the college’s new president, Dr. Quentin Johnson, and the new construction at the Christanna Campus on the cover.  Inside, there are so many classes and programs of study to take as well as Workforce Credentialing options in Certified Nurse Aide, Truck Driver Training, Power Line Worker and many others.  The college offers welding, the first two years of a university degree, networking and computer support, nursing, and much more.  There are plenty of clubs and student activities to round out the college experience. 

You can also view information about SVCC on the website at southside.edu  You can come to a campus or center or call 1-888-220-SVCC for more information as well.


Barbara Kelly Stephenson

August 23, 1943 - July 26, 2019

Visitation Services

Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

11:00 A.M. on Tuesday July 30, 2019

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Ms. Barbara Kelly Stephenson of Emporia Virginia passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 75. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Holland Stephenson, and father, Robert Kelly Stephenson. Ms. Stephenson is survived by her special friends, Connie and Danny Johnson, Bernice Harris, as well as three loving cats, Callie, Tiger, and Maltie. Ms. Stephenson was salutatorian of her graduating class at Greensville County High School and a graduate of William and Mary. She received her Masters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and took classes at the University of Tennessee. She was the Librarian at Brunswick Academy for numerous years and then later retired from the Brunswick Virginia Department of Corrections. She was a Member of the Riparian Women’s Club and also their garden club.

A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday July 30, 2019.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emporia Animal shelter of Emporia Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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Registration Deadline Nears for Regional Summit on Childhood Trauma

Free event focuses on trauma-informed care and strategies to build community resilience

Richmond, Va. (July 23, 2019) – Attention parents, teachers, childcare providers and early childhood stakeholders: A free regional summit to address the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on a young child’s ability to learn and succeed in school is coming up on Aug. 16-17 at the Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia.

The deadline to register online for Building Blocks of an Empowered Community: Resilient, Responsive, Ready to Learn is Thursday, Aug. 8 at http://www.vecf.org/aces-summit/.

During the summit, presentations by expert speakers and panelists will focus on strategies to help individuals and local community systems cultivate an environment of resilience and responsiveness that will support families and children who have been exposed to trauma.     

Sessions on Friday, Aug. 16 (7:30 am-4:30 pm, includes breakfast and lunch) feature keynote speeches by Jason Davis, a gang specialist and peace advocate from New York and Isael Torres, a social justice champion from Utah; panel discussions on community resiliency with Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education, and Chidi Uche, special assistant to the Virginia Secretary of Education with a focus on trauma-informed care, along with local parents and coaches; and a presentation on brain architecture by John Richardson-Lauve, director of mental health and lead trauma and resilience educator with ChildSavers.

Sessions on Saturday, Aug. 17 (8:30 am-1:00 pm, includes breakfast) feature discussions by local parents and Richardson-Lauve on resiliency and solutions for supporting families, as well as a presentation on early childhood development by Yolanda Richey, M.Ed., a consultant and trainer in the field of infant and toddler mental health.

Trinity Harrison, the mother of a two-year-old daughter, works at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and is a member of the summit’s planning team. “I got involved because I have experienced trauma in my own life while growing up, and I know that our community doesn’t currently have a lot of resources and information on trauma,” she said. “I want to be able to assist our deputies when we get calls related to trauma in families. Also, I want to help my daughter learn how to handle traumatic situations such as bullying and do well in school. The summit is a great opportunity for our community to understand what adverse childhood experiences are and how to support those who are dealing with them.”

Some important details about the summit include:

  • Teachers in Emporia/Greensville County Public Schools can earn Continuing Education Units by attending the summit on Friday and/or Saturday; teachers in Brunswick County Public Schools can earn Continuing Education Units by attending the summit on Saturday. Certificates showing hours of attendance will be provided.
  • Childcare providers who attend will be issued certificates for training hours.
  • The Golden Leaf Commons is on the public bus route.
  • Although the event is free, registration by Aug. 8 is requested for planning purposes.
  • Sponsors for this event are Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Greensville Memorial Foundation, Family and Children’s Trust Fund and Altria. In-kind contributions are being made by McDonald’s and B&B Consultants.

To register for the summit or to get more information, visit http://www.vecf.org/aces-summit/.


Mattie “Sue” Brown

Visitation Services

11:00 am - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019

New Canaan Worship Center
4712 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA

1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019

New Canaan Worship Center
4712 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA

On July 16, 2019 Mattie “Sue” Brown went home to be with the Lord. She was born on April 12, 1940 to the late Margie Elizabeth and Richard Brown. She received her primary education in the Emporia Public School system and graduated from Edward Wyatt High School. She continued her education at Smith Madden Business School in Richmond, VA. She worked in transportation for several years and transitioned to retail services in 1985 at Thalhimer’s and then as a supervisor at K Mart. In 1995 she began working in finance at VaCap Federal Credit Union. She continued her passion in the service of others at VCU Health Systems and retired in 2007.

As a young girl Sue accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has been a long and faithful member of New Canaan Worship Center, where she served on the Finance Committee and the Bessie T. Blakey (BTB) Usher Board. She served faithfully until her health no longer permitted.

Lovingly known as “Sue-Sue,” she was a devoted and caring daughter. She will be remembered for her unwavering love for God, family, and friends, her dedication, generosity, hospitality, and impeccable fashion sense. During family holidays you could find her preparing her famous oxtails and giving out personalized and thoughtful gifts to her loved ones from her “personal store.” She was always willing to lend a helping hand, while that hand could be firm at times it came from a place of love. She loved her family dearly and was like a second mother to many of her cousins. She would often walk her younger cousins to school, take them clothes shopping, cook them dinner, and would even send a taxi to pick them up if they missed the school bus. You could always count on her for sound advice; her council was priceless and was spoken with love and honesty.

Sue’s memories will be cherished by her Aunts Ruth Lloyd, Lizzie Mae Sills, Simone Sills, devoted friend Shonette Thompson, and a host of relatives, friends, and church family.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at New Canaan Worship Center 4712 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA. Interment will follow the funeral service at Zion Community Cemetery in Emporia, VA The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Canaan Worship Center prior to the service.

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George Wyche Slate

September 20, 1928-July 21, 2019

Visitation Services

11:00 am, Saturday, July 27, 2018

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

12:00 noon, Saturday, July 27, 2018

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

George Wyche Slate of Emporia passed away July 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolphus Green Slate and Georgie Lee Slate, two brothers, Adolphus and Samuel Slate, two sisters, Emma Lee and Rebecca Slate. He is survived by his wife, Edna of 67 years, two sons, George Jr. (Kay), Jim (Linda), two daughters, Lynn (Howard Ellis) and Bettie (Barton Pasco), six grandchildren, Rebecca Ellis (Sean O’Connor), Katherine Ellis (D.J. Wilson), Stuart Ellis (Jennie), Denham and Cheves Pasco and Taylor Slate, three great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Madison Wilson, and Alexis Ellis.

George graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950, and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He also served in the U.S. Army at Officers Candidate School at Fort Knox, KY. He began a successful Career in establishing an Insurance Agency in Emporia with his business partner, Arthur Kreienbaum of 53 years. He was a financial advisor for Equitable Life Insurance Company and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 18 years. He served his community for 31 years as a board member of Greensville Memorial Hospital and was active in the Ruritan and Hokie Club as well as Main Street United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA. After the visitation, a memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M., followed by a reception in the church’s social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church (mail to 105 Church St., Emporia, VA 23847) or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad (mail to 513 S. Main St., Empoira, VA) .

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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Melanie Jarratt Topping

September 27, 1968-July 21-2019

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23

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

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24

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

Melanie Jarratt Topping, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Michael “Mic” Topping; son, Tyler Topping; her parents, C.D. & Anita Jarratt; brother, Charles Jarratt (Jessica); sister, Cristina Link (Chris); sister-in-law, Patsy Ward (Jill Brunstad), nieces, Chelsea Daniels (Jade), Blake Jarratt and  Christy Ward Pita (Jim); nephews, Austin Link, Jackson Link, Daniel Brunstad; great-nephews, Forrest & Gage Daniels and Bryce & Brodie Pita. Melanie also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Abby.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23867.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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McEachin Votes in Support of the Raise the Wage Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation he cosponsored to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years. The bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. Additionally, the act would phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. To keep up with inflation, the Raise the Wage Act indexes future minimum wage increases to median hourly wage growth.

"Establishing a livable wage is a positive step forward for economic justice in this country,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “No American should be struggling to live about the poverty line while working full-time. Since coming to Congress, I have consistently advocated for raising the minimum wage, and this legislation will help address inequality and ease financial burdens on hardworking individuals in Virginia and across our country. I will continue to fight for fairer wages for all Americans.”

  • The Raise the Wage Act could increase wages for more than 30 million American workers, according to independent economic analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. Even the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) more cautious estimate of a similar proposal indicated as many as 27 million workers could see a wage increase.
  • The Raise the Wage Act could lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children, according to the CBO’s recent report.
  • The Raise the Wage Act also helps secure equality and fairness for women by giving an estimated 23 million working women a raise and helping narrow the gender wage gap that disproportionately impacts women of color.

The federal minimum wage was last raised a decade ago. Since then, workers have struggled keep up with the increasing costs of housing, healthcare, and education while the minimum wage has remained stagnant. The Raise the Wage Act accounts for changing market prices to give more Americans access to baseline financial stability. It is time to ensure that all Americans who work 40 hours a week are able to live above the poverty line.



~ Leaving a child or pet exposed to extreme heat, whether in a car or outside without adequate shelter, can lead to criminal charges ~

RICHMOND (July 19, 2019)—As Virginia continues to deal with extreme heat, Attorney General Mark R. Herring and his first-in-the-nation Animal Law Unit are reminding Virginians that heat can be deadly to children and animals, and that there can be serious legal consequences for leaving children or animals in hot cars or outside without adequate shelter and water.
“The extreme temperatures in Virginia continue to pose a real threat to health and safety, especially for young children or animals left in vehicles or outside without adequate precautions and shelter,” said Attorney General Herring. “The law requires owners to protect their pets from the elements and gives law enforcement tools to ensure the safety and health of an animal, including the ability to break into cars or seize an animal to ensure its safety. As we all try to deal with this oppressive heat, I encourage all Virginians to check on and take care of yourself, your friends, neighborhoods, and family members, and don’t forget about your animals.”
A parent or caretaker who leaves a child in a hot vehicle could face criminal charges, especially if the child is injured or killed. Leaving an animal trapped in a car or exposed to the elements with no shelter or inadequate shelter can be considered animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
Attorney General Herring and his Animal Law Unit advise animal control officers to ask owners to bring animals inside or into shelter, ask the owner to surrender the animal if they are unable to provide adequate shelter, or in certain circumstances take temporary custody of an animal to ensure its safety.
In 2015, Attorney General Herring created the nation’s first OAG Animal Law Unit to serve as a training and prosecution resource for state agencies, investigators, and Commonwealth’s Attorneys around the state dealing with matters involving animal fighting, cruelty, and welfare. Illegal animal fighting is closely tied to illegal gambling, drug and alcohol crimes, and violence against animals has been shown to be linked to violence towards other people. To date the unit has handled hundreds of matters, including trainings, prosecutions, and consultations.

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Homecoming and Revival Services at Pleasant Hill Christian Church

GASBURG ~ Beginning Sunday, July 21, the Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia will hold its Annual Homecoming and Revival services.  The special Homecoming Day service will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Bible School for all ages followed by a special Homecoming worship service at 10:00 a.m.  Following the worship service on Sunday, food and fellowship will be shared at a luncheon in the PHCC Family Life Center.  Revival services will continue nightly, July 21-25, Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (pre-service concerts will be at 7:00 p.m.). After the Thursday evening worship service, everyone is invited to gather in the Family Life Center for ice cream and fellowship in conclusion of this special Revival event.

The Guest Evangelist for these services will be Cameron Bailey. Cameron is a country boy born and raised in Southside Virginia. He is an alumni from Mid-Atlantic Christian University (then Roanoke Bible College) and has been the preaching minister of Kenbridge Christian Church for just under 17 years. While enjoying the ride God has him on, Cameron preaches and lives by the idea of striving to teach anyone and everyone about the goodness of God knowing when they discover who HE is they will never be the same. Jeremiah 29:13-14 lets us know when we search for God and mean it with all our heart He makes sure we won't be disappointed. Cameron is also a professional Firefighter/Paramedic for the Government at Fort Pickett, in Blackstone, Virginia.  The running joke with his co-workers is: "If the call gets real bad, Cameron has you covered whether you live or die".  He is married to his best friend, Hollie, and they have 3 children (Samantha, Caleb, and Eli) who range from 14.5 - 21 years of age. Preaching is one of his strongest passions and he simply loves the opportunity to grow together as Church isn't a competition but a family helping one another out. 

You will be enriched and enlightened by Brother Cameron’s messages from God’s Word.  There will also be some outstanding special music brought to us each evening by a variety of singers and musicians including The Bowman Family, (Charles, Jessica and Grace) Harris Family, Dr. Paul and Wanda Bailey and Family, David High, and PHCC Singers and Musicians, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service and also just prior to the messages during the services.

The ministers of Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Greg Hand and Rob Tromm, and the members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church cordially invite everyone to attend. For more information or if you have any questions, please call the church office at 434.577.2463.

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Moses Clements VT Scholarship Dinner

The Emporia Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter will be having its annual scholarship dinner on Sunday, July 28th at the Golden Leaf Commons.  The Scholarship Program has been named for beloved local Hokie, Moses Clements, in memory for his dedicated work for years with the local scholarship program.

Over the last 20+ years, the Emporia Chapter has provided over $40,000 in scholarships to local students starting their college experience at Virginia Tech. Every year, local students will receive a $500 scholarship. Our chapter is so proud to present these scholarships on July 28th.

As a guest speaker for the evening Virginia Tech announcer, Mike Burnop, will give an update on the upcoming football season in Blacksburg.  Mike is a Hall of Fame tight end at Virginia Tech.  His insight directly from practices at Virginia Tech will be highly anticipated. The kickoff of the ACC network will also be discussed

The agenda for the evening will start with a Happy Hour at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 followed by our scholarship presentations from Katie Richardson, scholarship chairman. The evening will conclude with an inside look at the 2019 Virginia Tech football program with Mike Burnop.  Golden Leaf Commons is located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Highway 301 North, Emporia, Virginia 23947.

The cost of the dinner is $30 per person.

To make a reservation for dinner, please contact Kevin Swenson at 434.534.5940 or Kswenson692@gmail.comor send in your check and reservation to Emporia VT alumni and Hokie Club P. O. Box 741, Emporia, VA, 23847 on or before July 23rd.

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Southside College of Health Sciences Announces New Distance Education Degree Programs

Colonial Heights, VA –Southside College of Health Sciences (SCHS) is offering two bachelor degree programs: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN-BSN) and Bachelor of Science Advanced Medical Imaging (BS-AMI). 

The RN-BSN program is 3 semesters online. This completion program provides a flexible, affordable and practical learner-centered pathway for registered nurses to acquire the academic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their profession and practice to the fullest extent of their education and training.

The BS-AMI program offers registered radiologic technologists online coursework and on-site clinical experiences in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) leading to a bachelor’s degree and eligibility to take a certification examination.

“We are really excited about the new programs being offered at Southside College of Health Sciences,” says Erica Jackson, Director of Enrollment Management, SCHS. “Both programs are unique to the Tri-Cities and will offer healthcare professionals the educational opportunities to fulfill the needs within the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

SCHS will be accepting applications now until October 15, 2019, for the spring 2020 classes. Applicants must be Virginia legal residents.

For more information or to register:

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State Police seek male driver that fled on foot during a traffic stop

GREENSVILLE COUNTY - On today's date, July 16, at approximately 9:27 a.m., a Virginia State Trooper notified the Communications Center of a traffic stop on Interstate 95 at exit 13 which resulted in a foot pursuit of the male driver.

State Police are in the area on I-95 and and Otterdam Road looking for a light skinned male approximately 5'7", dark black/brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing a cartoon character shirt and dark red shorts. If male suspect is seen, please contact the VSP at #911 or (757) 424-6800, so not approach the suspect, it is unknown if suspect is armed.

State Police has one subject in custody and are being assisted by local Sheriffs Departments in the search of the male driver.

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Yasir Al-Khalili, MD Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Neurologist Dr. Yasir Al-Kahalili to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Al-Kahalili specializes in Neuro Science.

Dr. Al-Kahalili earned his MD with honors for excellence in research from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Genetics from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Al-Kahalili received the Golden Apple Award in 2018 by Drexel University College of Medicine, making him nationally recognized for teaching in medicine. He completed his residency from the Drexel Neurosciences Institute at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Al-Kahalili is joining Dr. Carlos A. Williams at VCU Health Commonwealth Neuro Specialists, located at 501 Lombardy Street in South Hill, VA. To schedule an appointment, call (434) 447-9033.

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New SVCC Local Board Chair Welcomes New SVCC President

J. Wesley Shepherd (Left), newly selected Chair of the Southside Virginia Community College Local Board, welcomes Dr. Quentin Johnson,(Right) new president of the college, to his first board meeting on July 10, 2019.  Shepherd, Market Executive for Touchstone Bank, has served on the board since 2015 and represents Nottoway County.  Dr. Johnson began his duties on July 1, 2019 and is the sixth president in the history of SVCC.

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David A. Grizzard

June 25, 1934-July 14, 2019


Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

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

David A. Grizzard, 85, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was the son of the late Franklin and Winifred Grizzard and was also preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Lee Grizzard and a grandson, Brandon Punzalan.

Mr. Grizzard is survived by his former wife, Jean Grizzard; three daughters, Nancy G. Rose (Norman), Tracy G. Fox (Clarence) and Christy G. Punzalan; son, David Scott Grizzard (Amy); seven grandchildren, Christopher Rose (Jenn), Jonathan David Fox, Collin M. Fox, Ashley Nicole Punzalan, Taylor Marie Punzalan; Harrison David Grizzard and Emma Claire Grizzard; great-grandchildren, Penelope Clementine Rose, Eamon Sawyer Rose, Deklan and Quinn Cauthorne; longtime devoted friend Hazel Stallings, and sister-in-law, Lois S. Grizzard.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude for the love and care shown to David in his later days by the nurses and caregivers at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.


Betty Jean Ogburn

April 30, 1940 - July 10, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12 noon to 2 p. m.

Faith Baptist Church
951 W. Atlantic St.
Emporia, Virginia

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 2 p. m.

Faith Baptist Church
951 W. Atlantic St.
Emporia, Virginia

Betty Jean Ogburn, 79, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Virginia Dunlow Balmer. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis, Donnie, and Marshall Balmer.

Mrs. Ogburn is survived by her husband, Johnny C. Ogburn, three sons, Michael Pair (Bernadette), Darryl Pair (Amy) and Eddie Ogburn (Brandy); grandchildren, Curt, Stephanie, Lizzie and Exia Pair, Brandon Mevins, Sarah Davis, Rachel and Landen Pair and Dylan, E.J. and Jackson Ogburn; three great-grandchildren, Makayla and Luke Pair and Mckenzie Hamilton; three sisters, Virgie Thacker (James), Alice Dean (Edward), Marie Melvin (Marvin); two brothers, Earl Balmer(Mary) and Dennis Balmer (Wendy) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, 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 www.owenfh.com.

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Seven Traffic Fatalities; 79 DUI Arrests During July 4th Statistical Period

RICHMOND – Unfortunately, thousands of drunk, speeding and reckless drivers kept Virginia State Police busy and put countless lives at risk during the 2019 July 4th holiday weekend across the Commonwealth. Preliminary reports indicate seven people died in six traffic crashes during the holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 3, 2019 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2019.

The six fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Highland, Loudoun, Lunenburg, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Spotsylvania. The Spotsylvania County crash on July 5 resulted in two deaths. Altogether, the crashes claimed the lives of four drivers and three passengers. Four of the deceased were not wearing seat belts.

“Recognizing the potential for more holiday travelers and festivities with July 4th falling on a Thursday this year, we made certain to have every available trooper working Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober.”

During the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort’s (C.A.R.E.) three-day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers arrested 79 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 5,389 speeders and 1,752 reckless drivers, issued 723 citations for individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. During the holiday statistical counting period, Virginia State Police responded to a total 548 traffic crashes statewide and assisted 1,791 disabled/stranded motorists. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

“We are at the height of the summer travel season, which is why we need every Virginian committed to being a safe, responsible driver. Please put as much attention into driving, buckling up and complying with speed limits as you do with planning the summer getaway. You and your family’s safety depend on it,” said Colonel Settle.

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“Do You See What I See”

If one asked what seemed most humorous
You’d get a wide range of views
Yet for me it’s rather simple
It’s watching the late night news.
Yes just flip on thru the channels
To the one you may prefer
You’ll hear about all our government’s promises
That most likely won’t occur.
They will talk about Presidential decisions
And the rating points he will lose
Yet he will still be called the President
Even by those that didn’t choose.
Popularity polls shouldn’t run our country
By the President’s loss or gain
You see whenever he guesses wrong
We’re the ones that feel the pain.
Why not ask the IRS to do an audit
Of our friends on Capitol Hill
Then for all the wasted funding
Give our Congressmen the bill!
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McEachin Introduces Legislation to Honor Members of the Armed Forces Who Have Died in the Line of Duty

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the introduction of H.R. 3615, the Honor and Remember Flag Recognition Act to honor members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This legislation will designate the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol to acknowledge all such servicemembers. It would require the flag to be displayed at civically important locations, from the U.S. Capitol to national cemeteries to local post offices, and on major holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Congressman McEachin introduced the legislation at the request of Mr. George A. Lutz, a constituent whose son Cpl. George Anthony “Tony” Lutz II, was killed in 2005 while on duty in Fallujah, Iraq.

“The Honor and Remember Flag should be a nationally recognized symbol,” saidCongressman A. Donald McEachin. “This flag should fly as a form of remembrance and as a sign of our respect for all servicemembers who have given their lives in the line of duty. I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices our men and women in the military—and their families— make to keep us safe at home and abroad. I am proud to have worked with Mr. Lutz on this legislation. Displaying this flag is just one of many ways we can honor the service of our servicemembers, including his son.”

I am so grateful to Rep. McEachin for his belief in this important legislation,” said George Lutz. “With the recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag our nation will embrace a specific and collective expression of appreciation to each fallen family member, friend and comrade left behind."

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A Spoonfull of Sugar...Miss Mary Poppins Comes to Clarksville!

Mary Poppins, Jr ! A show that's "Practically Perfect in Every Way!" but don't take our word for it, come see for yourself ! Presented by Clarksville Community Players' Childrens Theater Workshop at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center this weekend only! Saturday, July 13 @ 7:30 and Sunday, July 14 @ 3:00. Directed by JoBeth Hardin and Music Directed by Emily Hunt. Tickets available at the theater Box Office Tue-Fri 12:00 - 6:00 for $10.50 or online at clarksvilleplayers.org for $12.05.

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SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $150,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to service-disabled veterans.

Up to six awardees will use $300,000 in total funding to participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program with grants from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. These funds will be used to cover the costs of educating service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses.

“Despite challenges they may face, service-disabled veterans have pursued entrepreneurship and established successful companies nationwide,” said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “We look forward to working with the awardees to provide more service-disabled veterans and their families with the training and resources they need to start or grow a small business.”

Eligible organizations should submit applications for the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program funding opportunity only through Grants.gov . Applications not submitted via Grants.gov will not be evaluated. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development hosts a conference call Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to answer questions related to the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant announcement. Please submit questions in advance to Jerry Godwin at jerry.godwin@sba.gov no later than Tuesday, July 9 at 4 pm. EDT.

The call-in number and access code are:

  • Call in number: (202) 765-1264
  • Conference ID: 13482739#

Information, including a transcript of the webinar once it is available, will be posted on grants.gov and www.sba.gov/ovbd.



High School Juniors Experience Academy Life of a VSP Trainee

RICHMOND – This week 46 high school students from across the Commonwealth experienced life as a Virginia State Police trooper trainee. Today they became the 30th generation of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program, which is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and The American Legion. At a ceremony held at the Virginia State Police Academy in North Chesterfield County, the teenagers were presented their graduation certificates Friday (June 28, 2019) afternoon.

The 30th Session of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program began Sunday, June 23, 2019. The weeklong training curriculum is for high school students who have completed their junior year. Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety. As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process.

“This collaborative program is such an invaluable experience for those youth interested in pursuing a law enforcement career,” says Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “The training not only introduces them to the instruction, skillsets and discipline required of today’s public safety professional, but also provides a positive way for our Department to interact one-on-one with today’s youth.”

Cadet Max Wohlschlegel was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.

Additional award recipients include:

Female Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Brienna Romney

Male Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Liam Skiles

Virginia State Trooper Counselor’s Award: Cadet Samantha Warren

The American Legion selects and sponsors the students to represent the organization’s Virginia districts.

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Rev. Dr. William L. "Bill" Tomlinson

March 9, 1939-July 4, 2019

Visitation Funeral Service Interment
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00AM
Concord Baptist Church
12053 Francisco Rd.

Farmville, VA 23901 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM
Concord Baptist Church
12053 Francisco Rd.

Farmville, VA 23901 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:00PM
Lakeview Cemetery
College Ave at 8th Street

Blackstone, VA

The Rev. Dr. William L. Tomlinson (better known to family and friends as “Bill”) went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2019. He was born on March 9, 1939 in Portsmouth, VA.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane Carmack Gracey Tomlinson, his parents, Nellie and Raymond Tomlinson and his younger brother, Ray Tomlinson. He is survived by three sisters-in-law: Linda Tomlinson, Ann Sanderson, and Rebecca Arnason (Charles) and three nieces and three nephews.

Dr. Tomlinson was a graduate of the University of Richmond (BA), Southeastern Baptist Seminary (M.Div.), and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.). He pastored churches for 50 years in VA and NC. Upon retirement from his last pastorate he was elected Pastor Emeritus of Arlington Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C. In each of his pastorates he was active in both denominational and civic activities.

Funeral services will be conducted at Concord Baptist Church, 12053 Francisco Rd. Farmville, VA 23901 (for directions see Shorter Funeral Home web site) on July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, VA 23824. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Concord Baptist Church (mail to 6114 Deer Run Rd. Farmville, VA 23901). Shorter Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Toomey, Warner Introduce Measure Recognizing September 11th National Memorial Trail

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are working together to further honor the heroes of September 11th, 2001.

In a bipartisan resolution, Senators Toomey and Warner highlight the significance of the September 11th National Memorial Trail (NMT) – a 1,300 mile network of roads and paths that connect the Pentagon Memorial (Arlington, Va.), the Flight 93 National Memorial (Shanksville, Pa.), the National September 11th Memorial and Museum (New York City, N.Y.), and the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection (Yardley, Pa.). The NMT also passes through parts of Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

“September 11th, 2001 was one of the darkest days in American history, claiming the lives of thousands of American heroes. Pennsylvania remembers that had it not been for the sacrifice of those who overtook the terrorists on Flight 93, it could have been much worse,” said Senator Toomey. “In the wake of these attacks, the very best of our country shined through. First responders performed extraordinary acts of valor, communities from across the country donated food, blood, and money, and we honored those we lost. The September 11th National Memorial Trail connects key landmarks in a way that helps our country move forward positively and offers solemn remembrance to hallowed grounds.”

“The September 11th National Memorial Trail provides an opportunity for Virginians to reflect on those we lost and those who sacrificed their lives saving others,” said Senator Warner. “I am proud to know that our resolution will recognize this important trail and continue to honor the brave individuals who fought for our freedom. I encourage folks across the Commonwealth to take some time to appreciate the trail’s natural beauty and remember America’s heroes and their loved ones.”


Recognizing the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

Whereas September 11th, 2001, is the date of one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States soil, claiming nearly 3,000 lives at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;

Whereas the United States came together to honor the loved ones who were victims of the attack and the heroes of September 11th, including the first responders, in the days, weeks, and months after the attack by erecting the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial;

Whereas, as a further tribute to first responders and the individuals who lost their lives, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, in partnership with State and local governments and other nonprofit organizations, was formed to develop a 1,300-mile trail and greenway to connect the 3 memorials;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail is a biking, hiking, and driving trail that provides a physical link between the 3 memorials;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail passes through Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and the District of Columbia;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail forms an unbroken triangle that links the cities, towns, and communities along the trail that are home to State and local memorials and other significant sites that reflect the spirit of United States patriotism and resilience;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail—

(1) starts at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia;

(2) follows the Mt. Vernon Trail and then extends north along the 184-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

National Historical Park;

(3) connects at Cumberland, Maryland, with the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which the Trail then follows to Garrett in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;

(4) turns northeast and continues for approximately 21 miles to the Flight 93 National Memorial;

(5) continues east through the communities and historic sights of Pennsylvania until arriving at the 130-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail in New Jersey, which the Trail then follows to New York City;

(6) continues to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City;

(7) returns south, following important sections of the East Coast Greenway and connecting the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection to the trail;

(8) continues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; and

(9) ends at the Pentagon Memorial;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail serves as an important recreational and transportation venue for promoting tourism, economic development, healthy bodies and minds, and cultural and educational opportunities;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail has the support of States, local communities, and the private sector;

Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not confer any affiliation of the Trail with the National Park Service or the National Trails System;

Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not authorize Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the Trail; and

Whereas States, local communities, and the private sector are encouraged to join together to complete the September 11th National Memorial Trail: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

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McEachin Applauds Announcement of Needed Improvements to Ettrick Amtrak Station

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today issued this statement on the news that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has included $5.7 million to upgrade and repair the Ettrick train station.

“For years I have advocated that these upgrades happen and that Ettrick be the permanent site for the new, modernized and larger Amtrak station,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “This is an outstanding first step. I have written numerous letters asking for Ettrick to be the chosen site and supported a grant request for monies for these improvements. Moreover, I have met with local officials, Amtrak officials and community members to try and facilitate this decision.

“I want to commend the community and Chesterfield County officials for their unceasing efforts to make this happen.

“Ettrick, as I have said, is the best location for the new Amtrak station. A station is already on the site and will now be upgraded. Usage of that station and Amtrak has only grown and the present station was clearly too small and outdated. Locating Amtrak permanently in Ettrick not only serves the community, fits into the County’s extensive plans for the area, but also serves Virginia State students.

“Let me reiterate how pleased I am to see this and to thank everyone involved for working together to make it happen,” Congressman McEachin concluded. 

Background: http://villagenewsonline.com/2019/07/02/funding-approved-for-ettrick-train-station/

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Virginia About to Restore Driving Privileges to 627,000

Drivers Licenses can no Longer be Suspended to Force Court Payments

LYNCHBURG, Va., June 28, 2019 – Starting Monday, courts in Virginia will be prohibited from suspending driving privileges solely for failure to pay court fines and costs.

The General Assembly passed and Governor Northam signed a bill this year to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses because of unpaid court fines and costs. The budget amendment reinstates, as of Monday, driving privileges for the more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have their licenses suspended.

Drivers who believe their licenses can be reinstated should make sure the state Department of Motor Vehicles knows their correct address so the DMV can contact them and let them know the steps to be taken. Drivers can provide their correct address by calling a local DMV office or visiting dmvNOW.com. Also:

  • If a driver’s license is current, the holder can resume driving on Monday without any further steps.
  • If a driver no longer has a physical license, the driver must replace it. If the license has expired, the driver must renew it. 
  • If the driver has surrendered his or her license to the DMV, he or she must complete the full application.

VLAS reminds everyone that the new law does not eliminate the requirement to pay court costs, fines and fees. It only eliminates suspending a driver’s license as a potential punishment. For more information, drivers should visit vlas.org and dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#fines_costs.asp

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RICHMOND – With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, many Virginians are planning ahead for a long holiday weekend. Virginia State Police is encouraging everyone to also think ahead for their celebratory travel plans. Last week, state police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement to launch a series of new Public Service Announcements (PSA) to remind motorists that drunk driving kills: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCffVSEnfXOSmv5hEqUYDNfg.


“Virginia may have experienced fewer alcohol-related crashes in 2018, but those fewer crashes proved more dangerous and deadlier,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Last year in Virginia, alcohol-related fatalities increased by 12.1% in comparison to 2017. Thirty more people died and 45 more people were injured in traffic crashes due to alcohol on Virginia’s highways in 2018. That translates to 278 deaths and 4,475 injuries because of someone’s reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”


As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the coming holiday weekend, Virginia State Police will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (July 3, 2019) through midnight Friday (July 5, 2019) as part of the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). Operation C.A.R.E. is 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 last year’s two-day Independence Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 42 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers, issued 114 citations for child seat violations, and cited 433 individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up.


If planning to drink alcohol at a July 4 function, plan ahead and arrange a designated driver, use a rideshare service or taxi, or utilize public transportation to be certain you get home safely.  Party hosts are encouraged to serve guests non-alcoholic beverage options, and to help prevent any guests from drinking and driving home from their event.


With increased holiday 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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SVCC Allows Expedited JMU Completion for Feinman

All through high school, Meredith Feinman of Charlotte Court House, Virginia, was enrolled in college classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  She attended Randolph-Henry High School from 2013 to 2017 and during her sophomore year, decided to take The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia (GSSV) test and was accepted into the program. For the next two years,  Meredith attended GSSV classes on SVCC’s John H. Daniel campus.

“There was definitely a transition period when I got to Governor’s School where I had to learn to manage my time extremely wisely. The amount and expected quality of work had increased compared to my high school classes, and I wanted to still have time for the extracurricular activities I was involved in,” she said. 

 Meredith was in the Humanities strand of the program and stated, “Since leaving Governor’s School, I’ve rarely had teachers that truly care about and support their students like my GSSV teachers did.”

After graduating from SVCC in 2017 with her Associate degree of Arts and Science, general studies, with highest honors, Meredith began attending James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

 She said, “Governor’s School and my dual enrollment classes really prepared me for a four-year university. Because of the credits I was able to transfer, I was in classes with juniors and seniors my first semester, and I felt confident. I knew how to study effectively, and I knew how to manage my time.”

Due to transferred credits form SVCC, Meredith graduated from JMU in just two years.  In May of this year, she received  a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Communication Studies and a minor in General Business.

Meredith has been accepted into, and will attend, JMU’s Graduate Program for Communication and Advocacy. She also will be working as a graduate assistant in the Communication department during the first year of her program, and she will teach classes for the department during the second year. Meredith is currently interning in SVCC’s Public Relations office and is looking forward to returning to JMU in the fall.

Her parents are Shannon and Steve Feinman.



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