Your Mission for this weekend,

should you choose to accept it:

The Riparian Woman’s Club is asking all residents and businesses in the City of Emporia and Greensville County to place a sign or picture of one of these three symbols on your door or window. The symbols are a Rainbow, Butterfly, or a Candle. These symbols all represent "hope."

We are asking the public to do this in support of our frontline workers and those families who have been affected by the coronavirus. We also wish to do this in support of each other.

So many people are suffering in so many different ways during this time of uncertainty and isolation. Hopefully, seeing these symbols will bring a smile to someone’s face. If so, then we have served our purpose well.

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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.

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SVCC Truck Driving School On The Road for 23 Years

Since opening the Truck Driver Training School in 1996, Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) has enrolled almost 2,800 students and 85% of those have completed the six-week course to earn the Commercial Driver’s License.  SVCC operates at three locations in Virginia, Pickett Park in Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia. 

There are about 70 trucking companies that actively recruit the graduates and many will graduate one day and go to work the next.  The average salary for beginning trained drivers is between $40,000 and $55,000 with benefits. 

Course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, safety procedures, daily logs, vehicle maintenance, security and fire protection, defensive driving, freight handling, highway driving and map reading and trip planning.  Training range exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills.

"Our graduates do a great job of staying in touch. They are constantly calling, texting, emailing, and even dropping by in their rigs to let us know about their wonderful experiences in the trucking profession. All of us at the Truck Driver Training School are honored to be able to  play even a small part in sharing with their success,” said C. Duncan Quicke, Coordinator

SVCC Truck Driver Training School

 Currently, SVCC is working with Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College to offer this training to their students at the South Boston site.  Tuition is $4,500 but the FastForward Credentialing Program may help pay tuition for qualifying Virginians and other scholarships are available.

Upcoming classes in Blackstone are September 9 through October  17, and November  4 through December 11 and in South Boston September 16 through October  24 and

November 18 through December 18.  For information, call Susan Early at 434 292 3101.

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