July 2016

Hunt Brothers® Pizza Now Open In Emporia, Virginia

 New CornerStone Market convenience store is open, serves fresh pizza to Emporia residents

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 22, 2016)– Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, is pleased to announce it has opened its first Emporia, Virginia, location. Serving fresh pizza and more to local Emporia residents, Hunt Brothers Pizza is available at the new 24-hour CornerStone Market BP convenience store.

The Hunt Brothers Pizza at CornerStone Market offers a wide variety of hot, fresh products, including original and thin crust pizzas with up to 10 toppings for no extra charge, Breakfast Pizza, Wings, WingBites® and its latest menu item, Cheesebread and Marinara Dipping Sauce. Throughout the year, Hunt Brothers Pizza also introduces specialty flavors, like Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, that are only available for a limited time.

Made with quality ingredients and offering meals and snacks for all parts of the day, Hunt Brothers Pizza is the perfect solution for an easy dinner during the workweek or for a quick bite to eat as residents of Emporia travel through town.


“We are excited to introduce Hunt Brothers Pizza to Emporia and pleased to offer the community a new, local convenience store with food options to serve their needs,” said Alan Cooke, District Manager of Pizza Wholesale of Lexington, Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “There is much to look forward to as we welcome this new location to the Hunt Brothers Pizza family. Above all, we are eager to begin serving the community with delicious pizza.”

Emporia residents can expect a grand opening celebration toward the end of the summer with free Hunt Brothers Pizza samples and more once Subway is open for business.

Hunt Brothers Pizza is a family owned and operated business that is very much grounded in faith. The company is dedicated to running the organization according to its Guiding Principles: Place God first in all we do, Be a blessing to people, Trust God to meet our needs, Strive for excellence.

CornerStone Market is a new company owned by Clint Slate, Chris Slate, Billy Slate and Stratford Ward.  Clint, Chris and Billy Slate are the owners of Slate and Spivey Inc., a third generation family owned general contractor.  Slate and Spivey was founded in 1944 and is the general contractor for this project.  The other partner, Stratford Ward, is the owner of Little Oil Company of Richmond, Virginia, a family business operated for 95 years.  Little Oil Company is a third generation oil distributor that supplies fuel to over 100 convenience store owners in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.  Jill Slate and Stratford Ward, owners of CornerStone Subway are planning for the Subway opening later in the summer.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Workforce Grant Program

Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college training programsat Virginia’s Community Colleges geared toward providing workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost.

“This program establishes a first-in-the-nation performance funding formula to create and sustain a supply of credentialed workers who meet the needs identified by our business leaders,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This week’s launch is the culmination of many months of hard work by public and private sector partners, all of us working together to ensure that Virginia has a 21st century workforce with the skills and experience to compete in today’s global economy.”

Virginia’s Community Colleges consulted with Virginia businesses to develop the list of eligible credentials that can provide access to a wide variety of high-demand jobs, such as certified welder, electrician, medical records tech, computer network specialist, pharmacy tech, digital security specialist, emergency medical tech, industrial machinery mechanic, dental assistant, and commercial truck driver.  The Virginia Board of Workforce Development identified more than 170 in-demand jobs aligned with the Commonwealth’s economic development targets for which Virginians can prepare through the new workforce program.  

These are jobs that require specific skills, but not necessarily a traditional college degree. Community Colleges are making it even easier to earn workforce credentials by developing new programs and adding classes and locations for increased convenience.

“To create the skilled workforce the Commonwealth needs now and in the future, we need more options for training and credentialing that work for Virginians of all ages and life circumstances,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “With the New Economy Workforce Credentials program, for the first time, we have new options for workforce training and development that promptly get trainees into the skilled labor force.”

Research indicates that these workforce credentials are in high demand across Virginia and will be for the foreseeable future. The company Burning Glass produced a recent report indicating that there were more than 175,000 job vacancies for so-called middle-skill occupations last year in Virginia – the types of jobs that typically require some type of credential. The jobs paid more than $28 per hour (or more than $58,500 per year). According to the research, the jobs went unfilled for an average period of 26 days, which is longer than the national average. As a result, Virginia businesses lost 36.4 million hours of productivity. Virginia families lost more than $1 billion in potential wages, and Virginia’s General Fund lost more than $54.3 million in revenue.

Other studies predict that Virginia will have to fill more than 1.4 million jobs over the next decade. As many as two-thirds of those positions will require postsecondary level workforce credentials.

“The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program will be a game changer for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “The in-depth research that has gone into establishing this innovative program will help us to increase access and success in higher education, especially for some of our most underserved populations.”

Students enrolling in one of the workforce credential training programs covered by the new grants will pay only one-third of the normal cost. Program costs vary widely, depending on the length and complexity of the training. For a list of programs covered by the grants, visit this link on the VCCS website.

The maximum value of each grant is $3,000. For example, a student who enrolls in and successfully completes a grant-eligible program that normally costs $4,500 will now pay $1,500, and the grant covers $3,000 of the cost. Additional financial aid can offset that cost even further. More information is available at the workforce development offices of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Governor McAuliffe won bipartisan support this year among Virginia lawmakers for funding to enable approximately 10,000 Virginians to receive Workforce Credentials Grants for training costs over the next two years. This unique performance-based funding model is the first in the nation. Further, it represents the first significant public funding for workforce training programs in the 50-year history of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

“These workforce credentials increasingly represent the American Dream in the 21st century,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Individuals earn these credentials in weeks and months, not semesters and years. Those students are often quickly employed by businesses hungry for their skills. And they accomplish all that without piling on a decade’s worth of student debt.”

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. To share a story about how community colleges change lives, visit 50.vccs.edu.

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Learn About Hop Production at VSU

Beginning and established hop growers and others interested in growing and supplying hops and other brewing ingredients for the craft beer industry should attend a hop workshop scheduled Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Virginia State University¹s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Participants will learn about the needs of craft brewers, hop production in the commonwealth, hop research on varieties at VSU, and take a tour of VSU¹s hop yard. This educational workshop, free and open to the public, is limited to the first 150 registrants.  Register online at www.ext.vsu.edu.

Anyone with a disability who desires assistive devices or other accommodations to participate, please contact VSU¹s Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804)524-5626 (800) 828-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.to discuss arrangements five days before 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. 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, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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“Heading Off to Nashville”

Yes I’m heading off to Nashville
Or somewhere close to there
You see I’ve now my own guitar
A birthday present beyond compare.
It shines so bright it hurts the eyes
Unless you’ve foster grant to shade
Yes and to the “Reunion Band” I have no choice
That my special thanks be made.
They are my favorite leave no doubt
And I’m only part of a long list
Now if you’ve bit seen them perform
Then you don’t know what you’ve missed.
Yes they sing with special clarity
And when they play don’t miss a beat
I can enjoy them hour after hour
With a soda in my lawn chair seat.
The whole group is very friendly
And they’ll take the time for you
Now if you have a special request
They’ll try to do that too.
Well they made my birthday quite special
And a lot of extra work it did make
Yet do to the fire chiefs warning
They couldn’t lite the candles on my birthday cake!
-Roy E. Schepp

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Kids Kab Kommunity Kickback Planned

Southampton County.  On August 27 from 1 -7 pm the Kids Kab community organization will host a free Kommunity Kickback event at the Boykins Community Park in Boykins, VA.

The purpose of the Kommunity Kickback Is to provide activities for children and families in a positive atmosphere, raise awareness about Kids Kab services and programming and raise money for the organization through donations. The Kickback will encourage physical activity with a 3-Point Shootout, Around the World Shooting Contest, Free-Throw Contest, Tennis Ball Toss, 40-yard dash and will end with a kickball game. Children may also participate in bounce houses provided by Spacewalk of Suffolk. Free concessions will include hot dogs and hamburgers, waters, Gatorades, juice boxes and healthy choice baked chips. At the end of the event each child will receive a bag of school supplies to include pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and more. “It is my goal to keep kids mobile and motivated,” said Charles Cooper, Executive Director, “free school supplies and physical activity are two ways that we can do that.”

Donations will be accepted at the gate and Kids Kab t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local churches are providing donations of concession items. The organization is accepting school supplies donations as well. More information is available by emailing info@kidskab.org. To learn more about Kids Kab, please visit www.kidskab.org.

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Fermentation 101

The Emporia Greensville Cooperative Extension recently presented a workshop on fermentation.

The two part class first met in June to learn about the fermentation process from Eric Bowen, the area Food Safety Agent.  While the process was explained with a decent amount of detail, there was also some hands-on learning involved.

After the process was explained, the group started to work on Sauerkraut.


Twenty-five pounds of fresh, local cabbage was shredded and mixed with canning salt.

After all of the cabbage was shredded and salted, it was packed into a stoneware crock and weighted down.


The crock was left to sit and let nature do her work for four weeks.

When the group met again in July, the sauerkraut had completely fermented.  The finished product was tart and slightly sweet. Most of the finished sauerkraut was packed into jars to be kept in the refrigerator, but several jars were hot water processed, making them shelf stable.



Virginia Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

RICHMOND, VA, July 25, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dr. Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until

Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

"The August 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said Dr. Bronaugh.

"If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to go to your county office right now to submit that nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with county executive directors.

To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2016 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 7 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 5. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

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Ready, Set, Go-- to the Library

The Meherrin Regional Library System invites you to join us for Uncle Henry’s Animals with Class on Thursday, July 28th.  This fun and educational show will feature animals and interesting facts about their habitats.  This program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip is the Monday Morning Movie of the day on Monday, August 1st.  This movie is rated PG and is 92 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Snacks are welcomed.  Children under the age of 10 must be supervised.

Shows begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

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In Miami, Tim Kaine Joins the Democratic Ticket

At a rally in Miami on Saturday, Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in history. She applauded his lifelong commitment to public service: his work with missionaries in Honduras; as a civil rights lawyer and his leadership as city council member, mayor of Richmond, Governor of Virginia, and U.S. Senator. Throughout his career, he has brought people together to deliver for those he represents. “And that’s why I am so thrilled to announce that my running mate is a man who doesn’t just share those values, he lives them.” Clinton said.

Kaine agreed with Clinton that we must build an economy for all, not just those at the top and that when Americans stand together we are stronger together. “And I know that because Hillary knows that we’re stronger together; we’re stronger when we work together, when we grow together, when we pull together […] So I could not be any more honored to stand by Hillary’s side in this very important campaign.” Kaine said.


Willie Mae Goodwyn

Willie Mae Goodwyn was one of six children born to Jimmy and Minnie Hux on October 15, 1936. On Monday, July 18, 2016, she took her last breath at 9:05 a.m. and decided to walk amongst the angels.

Until the death of her late husband, Roman Goodwyn, Jr., she lived in Jarratt, Virginia where she was a member of Hassidiah Baptist Church.  She subsequently relocated to be with family and was a devoted worshiper at Prospect Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN and, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA, where she lived with her son Beverly Goodwyn (Earlene) and her daughter Lynda Goodwyn.

Willie Mae was a strong woman; maybe not physically but by way of her tenacity and resilience.  She was called “Mother” by so many and affectionately known as “Ponkie” to just as many. She lived a full life with people around her – family, friends and even strangers – who were encouraged by her story and her spirit.  “I may give out, but I will not give in.” Those were the words she spoke only three days before she passed away. And, that is exactly what she did.  Her heart simply gave out, but Willie Mae did not give in.

She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Beverly Goodwyn of Atlanta, GA; her daughter Lynda Goodwyn of Alpharetta, GA; her daughter-in-law Earlene Goodwyn of Chattanooga, TN; her grand-daughter Candace Raleigh (Andre) of Cumming, GA; her grandson Lamar Pitmon Jr. (Kyria) of Knoxville, TN; two great-grandchildren, Kyree and Ahmari Pitmon of Knoxville, TN; a loving sister, Gloria Goodwyn of Baltimore, Maryland; a devoted sister-in-law, Ella Goodwyn of Jarratt, VA and an extended and loving community of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.   

Willie Mae lived a full, prosperous and abundant life and was a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and she stood on His word.  Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She loved her family deeply and her family loved and cared for her with all their heart.

Funeral Services were conducted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon at the Hassidiah Baptist Church, Jarratt, VA.

Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

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Sarah Pearson Seaborne

The final chapter of God’s Book of Life for our beloved, Mrs. Sarah Pearson Seaborne, age 73, of the Pleasant Shade Community was concluded on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:03 A.M. 

Sarah P. Seaborne, the sixth child of the late Joe Thomas and Sarah (Kate) Elizabeth Callis Pearson was born on August 13, 1942 in Greensville County. A beautiful soul, a soft spoken voice and gentle spirit, found sweet rest and peace on Monday, July 18, 2016. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. 

Sarah was trained in a Christian home and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Being obedient to the Church Covenant, when she moved from this place, she was united with Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey where she could carry out the spirit and principles of God’s word. She served under the leadership of two great Pastors: Rev. Joseph Osborne and Rev. Dr. Robert L. Curry. She was a member of the Young Adult Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Usher’s Ministry and New Member’s Ministry. She mastered the biggest adjustment of her life when she relocated back to this area in 1974. She was reinstated in this church shortly after her return and has been an active member of the Executive Ministry, has taught vacation bible school, member of the Willing Workers Ministry, member of the Missionary Ministry and Financial Secretary. 

Sarah was educated in Greensville County Schools, graduated from Southside Virginia College with an Associate Degree and was listed in Who’s Who Honor Society. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in early childhood education from Saint Paul’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also received certificates for extended studies: Bureau of Education and Research, The Education Training Network, Using Educational Technology and Child Abuse and Neglect offered by Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Sarah M. Pearson married her childhood sweetheart, John H. Seaborne, Sr. on December 23, 1961 and from this union, two sons were born. 

Sarah was employed for sixteen years in the accounting area of top firms while living in the city of Hackensack. Sarah found her true calling in 1983 when she began teaching and tutoring young children. She loved teaching and was an advocate for education. In July 2008, she retired from Mecklenburg County Public School System after 25 years of service. Not sure if she was ready to let go completely, she added her name to the substitute list right away. She mastered the art of multitasking. It was customary for her to walk several miles on the treadmill, cycle, clean house, plant flowers, cook meals and squeeze in a few hours of office work. She loved to travel and interact with quality people. The farthest she ever traveled was to Frankfurt, Germany. Her most enjoyable trip was a cruise on the Oasis to Hatti and Mexico with family and friends. She worked, ministered and mentored until an undetected medical problem changed everything. 

She was a member of the G.R.T.A. (Greensville Retired Teacher’s Association), Virginia Retired Teacher’s Association, National Retired Teacher’s Association, Georgia P. Kelley Temple #863 Daughters of Elk, Fifth District Unity Council, Virginia State Association Daughters of Elk, Past Grand Daughter Ruler Council, Pass State President Council and State Directress of Efforts for Youth. 

Sarah was preceded in death by three brothers; James, Robert and Wilson Pearson, three sisters; Vinie P. Walker, Grace P. McBeth and Geneva P. McKinnon, and two sister-like nieces; Otelia Pearson McWilliams and Ella Pearson Martin, one sister-like cousin; Evoria Ross Franklin. 

Sarah leaves those who are grateful to have shared her life and will cherish her memory her husband; John H. Seaborne, Sr., two sons; John Seaborne, Jr. (Amanda) and Jeffrey Seaborne, Sr. (Amanda), three grandsons; Darius K. Seaborne of Richmond, VA, Jeffery Seaborne, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, and Justin Seaborne of Emporia, VA, one great-granddaughter; Kaliya Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one great-grandson; Keair John Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one brother; Eddie Pearson (June) of Richmond, VA, one daughter-like niece; Rev. Joann Pearson Collins (James) of Hackensack, NJ, one devoted niece; Natley McKinnon of Newport News, VA, two God-daughters; Glenda McBeth Burton (William) of Greensboro, NC and Chonita Pearson Hall (Will) of Hackensack, NJ, three step granddaughters; Blondia Curry, Breana Bradley and Patrice Roberts, one step grandson; Tyree Roberts, four step great-grandchildren; Donasia, Donavion, Destiny and Ja’zarion, one lifetime friend; Bernice Pace Jackson of Teaneck, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and associates. 

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12 Noon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Freeman, VA.
Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

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Pleasant Hill Christian Church Revival and Homecoming

GASBURG ~ Beginning Sunday, July 24, the Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia will hold its Annual Homecoming and Revival services.  The special Homecoming 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 24-28, Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 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 Robert “Bob” Moulden. Bob is a native of Gerrardstown, West Virginia. His family moved to Virginia in 1956 and he graduated from Clarke County High School in Berryville, VA in 1965. He enrolled in Roanoke Bible College, (Now Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, NC), in 1969 and graduated in 1973. While in college Bob traveled and sang with “The Spokesmen Quartet”, conducting numerous youth revivals and crusades. From January 1974 until August 1979 he ministered with the Museville Christian Church near Chatham, VA.  In September 1979 Bob became Minister of Plymouth Church of Christ in Plymouth, NC where he served until his retirement on September 7, 2014. In addition to his ministry in Plymouth, Bob has preached numerous revivals, and been involved in mission work and music ministry. He married the former Denise Modlin of Roper, NC in 1973. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

You will be enriched and enlightened by Bob’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 at 7:00 p.m. prior to the service and also just prior to the messages.

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

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Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Katherine Turner

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services.

It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

She provides oversight of the case management services for children’s records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities.

The director works closely with Virginia’s managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children’s services and issues related to funding.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

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2016 New Student Orientation at SVCC

New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place on both main campuses of Southside Virginia Community College in August. New students, parents, and mentors are encouraged to attend an NSO closest to them!  Students will learn about SVCC services, tour the campus, complete the enrollment process, and get a Student ID card. A variety of dates and times are offered to make this informative event convenient for our newest SVCC Panthers!

New Student Orientation Dates Fall 2016:


August 18th    5:30 PM       John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA    

 August 19th 10:00 AM      Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA

*Please check in with Student Services when you arrive on campus*

The New Student Orientation program is hosted by Student Services on each campus of SVCC. For additional information about the New Student Orientation experience please call Le’Tina Giles Student, Activities Coordinator at 434-736-2023. New students may also visit the NSO website at www.southside.edu/orientation.


“Mud In Your Eye"

Now this is an old expression
Well known by me an you
Yes this is what when you get when you don’t inspect
When the contractor says he’s through.
Well this has happened many times
So it’s really nothing new
The Main Street sidewalk’s a prime example
Now walked on by few.
Excitement broke out everywhere
About paving many city streets
Yet when finished it’s a sight to see
Like someone walked on with baseball cleats.
Where there used to be a ripple
Sometimes you find another coming through
Yes and unless the sun will melt the asphalt
It won’t be level for a week or two.
Yes another grant that has seemed to fail
To accomplish what was supposed to be
You cannot hide the mess-ups here
For if you open your eyes you’ll see.
What can we do to prevent this
Just make the leadership aware
Yes it’s time to show the constituency
That for them they really care.
-Roy E. Schepp

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Mabel Williams Thompson


Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt


Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 am at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

Interment following the service at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Mabel W. Thompson, 86, widow of Calvin L. Thompson, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy R. Thompson and two brothers, Edward Williams and Billy Williams. She is survived by one son, William “Bug” Thompson and wife, Dianne; five grandchildren, Chris Thompson and wife, Kristine, Scott Thompson and wife, Julie, Stacy Thompson, Becky Parham and husband, Lawrence and Jamie Taylor and husband, Clay; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Heather, Alex, Amber, Carrie, Zach and Colton; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence; daughter-in-law, Linda Thompson; a sister, Maggie Phillips and a brother, John Clifton Williams and wife, Ruth. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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Pittman Appointed to CMH Foundation Board of Directors

SOUTH HILL -- Passion is a valuable commodity. A passion for caring about others might be even more valuable. It is that type of passion that drives Ray Pittman. Mr. Pittman was recently appointed to the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

“I enjoy working with organizations that make a difference in people’s lives,” the retired CPA and business owner said.  “Becoming involved with the hospital in South Hill will give me another opportunity to do that. Every day CMH contributes to the betterment of the lives of folks throughout Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.”

“It’s partly selfish really.  I want to know more about health care capabilities where my family spends time,” he said. “Aging has made health care seem more important.  With the affiliation between Community Memorial Hospital and VCU Health, there are medical services and providers available in South Hill that can’t be equaled in many small towns in the country.”  He continued, “Many small towns are seeing hospitals close, but VCU Health CMH is building a state-of-the-art facility that will become the regional hospital for this area.”

Pittman credits his friends, Bill and Sylvia Solari, with making him aware of CMH.  “My wife and I got interested about five years ago because of Bill and Sylvia’s involvement with the radiation treatment center,” he added.  The Solaris were the lead donors for the Solari Radiation Treatment Center capital campaign at CMH in 2010. Bill Solari is also on the CMH Foundation board.

Pittman feels that it is important to become informed about VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, so he can help his friends become more informed as well.  “We spend quite a bit of time at Lake Gaston.  We have friends here, and we want to share with them the capabilities of CMH in case they need health care,” he said, “We’ve met some of the doctors at CMH and quite a few of the administrators.  We feel very confident in the quality of care at CMH.”

Pittman has a long list of community involvement activities including serving on the boards of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, the United Way of Wake County, Wake Education Foundation and Communities in Schools. He has previous hospital foundation experience serving on the board of the Rex Hospital Foundation in Raleigh.  He believes in giving back to the communities he and his family call home. He remarked, “I feel honored to be asked to serve on the CMH Foundation board.  I hope my business experience and time spent working with a variety of nonprofit organizations will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the Foundation.”

Ray and his wife Carmen split time between their homes at Lake Gaston and Raleigh. They have had their Lake Gaston home since 1984 and now live there full time from late spring to early fall.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.  Before retiring in 2013, Pittman spent 25 years as president of the Pittman Group, Inc., a business acquisition and management company. Before that, he worked as a CPA with the firms of Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte) and Touche Ross & Company {also now Deloitte).

Pittman and his wife have two children, a daughter, Rebecca, who along with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Emma Grace, lives in Greensboro and a son, Gregory, who lives in Charlotte.

In 1954 CMH was built by the efforts and generosity of community people. Today that spirit of giving continues with thousands of friends and neighbors supporting their hospital with their financial contributions. Without this support, CMH could not continue to grow and meet the health needs of the community. The Community Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c ) 3 organization that was formed to strengthen this charitable support. The CMH Foundation exists to build continuing support for VCU Health CMH through philanthropy, stewardship, and community education. Its volunteer board of directors and staff oversee the fundraising efforts of the hospital to ensure that its important mission is fulfilled.

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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces May and June Employees of the Month

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the May and June 2016 Employees of the Month: Ricky Mitchell and Beth Kidd. These employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior. As Employees of the Month, they each received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with co-workers and a cash prize.


Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Privacy, May’s Employee of the Month, Ricky Mitchell, works in SVRMC’s Accounting Department. Mr. Mitchell’s nomination included the following statement: “Ricky is in a position that requires strict confidentiality in all aspects and he is very good at practicing confidentiality/privacy each and every day. His day-to-day tasks require strict attention to detail while maintaining a level of confidentiality regarding contracts as well as the privacy of our patients and staff in accounting matters. Ricky always ensures that documents are placed in folders and envelopes during transport and are never left unattended. He always operates on a “need to know” basis.”


Nominated for demonstrating excellence in Responsiveness, June’s Employee of the Month, Beth Kidd, works as a phlebotomist in SVRMC’s Laboratory. Ms. Kidd’s nomination included the following statement: “Beth is one of the best examples that we have of responsiveness. She always goes above and beyond to ensure that patients are comfortable and have what they need or want while they are here. If Beth has a request from a patient that she can’t accommodate or isn’t sure of patient restrictions, she does an excellent job in relaying those requests to the nursing staff in order to be responsive to their needs. She is not only responsive to our patients but also to her co-workers. She is willing to jump in and lend a helping hand whenever possible.”

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VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for June 2016

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Shannon Lambert, CMH Foundation and Pharmacy Connection Manager, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for June.  There to congratulate Shannon was Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development.

Shannon has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 15 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, “Besides being an awesome employee who goes above and beyond her job duties, Shannon saved an Auxiliary member from choking during lunch by performing the Heimlich maneuver.  Shannon can be counted on to do whatever it takes to be successful or to help others.  She is outstanding!”

In addition to the award certificate, Shannon 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.


Take Me Out to the Library

On Thursday, July 21st join Nutsy the mascot from the Richmond Flying Squirrels for a great program. Nutsy will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

Monday Morning Movies at the Library on Monday, July 25th will feature Zootopia.  This movie is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.  The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  Snacks are welcomed.  Children under the age of 10 must be supervised.     

Show begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.


Edward Ray Ogburn

Edward Ray Ogburn “Red Bug, Ed, Big O, Papa Grumpy”, 75, of Emporia was called home to the Lord July 15, 2016.  He was born March 23, 1941 to Willie E. Ogburn and Lucy (Butler) Ogburn in Emporia, VA.

Ed Ray served in the Navy, he enjoyed NASCAR (especially #3), football and baseball.  He loved singing country music, shooting pool and an occasional Coors Light.  He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh.

Preceding him in death were his parents Lucy and Willie, one sister, Nellie Jean, and one brother, Joe.

He is survived by his long-term, devoted companion Sarah M. Staton, two sons, Willie (Jessica) Ogburn II and Edward (Crystal) Ogburn Jr., daughter-in-law Tammy Ogburn, three grandchildren, Drake, Tristan, and Emily and two brothers, James and John Brantley.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring personnel at Greensville Manor, Davida Dialysis and Dr. Mike Anderson and staff.

“Papa Grumpy” will be missed greatly by his family.  We love you, Pop.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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Lorenza Easter

Lorenza Easter was born June 29th, 1935 in Greensville County, Virginia  and passed away in peace on July 9, 2016.  He was the son of the late Jerry and Helen Easter of
Emporia, Virginia.
Lorenza confessed Christ at an early age and attended the Greensville County school system.  Lorenza married Alice Mae Robinson in 1955 after they were high school sweethearts. As husband and wife, Lorenza took his young bride and they set out for life in New Jersey.  There, Lorenza joined the Trinity Baptist Church in the 70’s.  While there he served as a landscaper on the Trinity Beautification Ministry and was a faithful Charter Member until retiring and returning back home to Freeman, Virginia where he joined the New Hope RZUA Church.
Lorenza was a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather that doted on his two grandchildren.

Lorenza was employed as a facility supervisor at Star Manufacturing Inc., in Little Ferry New Jersey for 44 years.  In addition, he enjoyed being his own boss.  He owned a business called Easter Landscaping for more than 30 years, with clientele throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.  Many of his clients would comment that “Lorenza works as though he has five children to feed.” In reality he had only one daughter,
Helen Otelia Easter-Wyche that adored him tremendously.

Lorenza was a quiet sole that leaves to mourn his wife of more than 60 years,
Alice Mae Easter; his only daughter Helen O. Easter Wyche (Benjamin W.); two beloved grandchildren, Benjamin Loren and Benita Alicea Wyche; two sisters, Zenobia Thomas and Maxine Easter; three brothers-in-law, Paul, Colonel and Richard Robinson; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Dugger, Polly and Shirley Robinson.

Lorenza leaves behind many who will cherish all the encounters and loving memories to include many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope RZUA Church in Freeman, VA.

Interment in The Robinson Family Cemetery, Freeman, VA 

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162, www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com 

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Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn

Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn affectionately known as (Sis) was born  on July 5, 1930 to the late Major Colonel and Lola M. Jolly Walker in Brunswick County.  She departed this life quietly on her birthday July 5, 2016 at the Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

Veonia was educated in the Brunswick County Public School System.

At an early age Veonia gave her life to Christ and joined the Piney Grove Baptist Church where she was faithful until her health failed. 

A quiet and sweet woman, Veonia loved life to the fullest.   Through out her life she was a farmer and a became a child care provider.  She always made sure that her children were loved. The children in the neighborhood even took to her.

Along with her parents, Veonia was preceded in death by her only brother, Robert Walker.

Veonia leaves to treasure her memory her children, John Seaborn (Sarah), Robert Seaborn (Mabel), Marion Whyte, James C. Seaborn , Barbara M. Wilson, Ronald Seaborn, Clarence Seaborn (Connie); grandchildren, John Jr., Jeffrey Valarie, Veronica, JaiAnna, Robert, Bobby, Stephanie, Jolanda (Harold), Robby, Michael, Sonora, Markus, Clarence, Jr., Tobias, Clarence R., Terrance & Cedric; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.       

Funeral services were conducted at  Piney Grove Baptist Church, 6828 Old Stage Road on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Pastor Yvonne Woodson presided over the service and Rev. Kenneth Carter offered the Eulogist.  Interment at the Seaborn Family Cemetery on Brunswick Rd followed the service.

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC. 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162.  www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

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John “Eddie” Allen

John “Eddie” Allen, age 70, of Emporia, lost his battle with lung cancer on Thursday, July 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Richard and Lucy Collins Allen. Eddie, born July 13, 1946, was the youngest of ten children; Alice Moore (deceased); Lois Taylor (deceased); Frank Allen Jr. (deceased); Margaret Watson; Jeannette McArdle; Eleanor Stone (deceased); Joyce Major; Peggy Myrick (deceased); and Martha Harris.

Eddie was a graduate of Greensville County High School and began his career with the telephone company in the early 1960s. He then decided to pursue a career in construction with Newsome Brothers, Inc. In 1995, he and his wife, Brenda, founded Allen & Allen Contractors, Inc. and operated it until recently when his health began to fail.

Eddie was a member of the Virginia National Guard from 1965 to 1971, a longtime member of the Gravel Pit Hunt Club, and a member of the Meherrin Bassmasters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, of 50 years; their son, Brian and his wife, Cheryl; their daughter, Mary Beth Allen Cobb and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Sheree Mitchell Wood, Nicole Allen, and Garrett Cobb; and a great-grandson, Bradley Wood.

Some of Eddie’s happiest moments were working, hunting, and fishing. In recent years, he especially enjoyed sharing his sportsman skills with his grandson, Garrett.

Eddie will be remembered for his love of his wife and family; his dry sense of humor, and how he loved to pick on people he liked.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452.


Isaiah Stephens Qualifies for Nationals


Lazers Track Club member, Isaiah Stephens competed in the USA Track & Field Region 3 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Landover, MD on July 7-10, 2016.  He qualified for Nationals in the discus with a gold medal, javelin with a silver medal and shot put, he earned 4th place.  USATF National Jr. Olympics will be held in Sacramento, CA on July 25-31, 2016.

Isaiah also competed in the AAU Track & Field Region 5 Qualifying Jr. Olympic Meet in Gloucester, VA on June 24-26, 2016.  He qualified for Nationals with a gold medal in the javelin, discus and shot put.  AAU National Jr. Olympics will be held in Houston, TX on July 30-August 6, 2016.

Stephens will be participating in the USATF and AAU National Jr. Olympic Championships. Please support him at www.gofundme.com.  Isaiah and his mother, La-Tina Smith gives special thanks to his coaches Les Young and Bill Cain.

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Delano Named Secretary of National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

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Kimberly Marie Privette and Madison Marie Privette

Kimberly Marie Privette, 35, and her daughter, Madison Marie Privette, 9, of Hopewell, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Hamel Blake; She is survived by her husband, Phillip Privette; father, Charles “Chuck” Blake; brother, Kevin Hamel (Sherry); sister, Melissa Bowles (Mike); and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Madison was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother. She is survived by her dad, Phillip; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Barbara “Gram-Gram” Privette; maternal grandfather, Charles “Pop” Blake; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Southside Baptist Church, 2007 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at church. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the Delbridge Family Cemetery, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

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CornerStone Market Ready For Business

Employees of the new CornerStone Market at 501 West Atlantic Street in Emporia.  Left to right: Assistant Manager Dakota Wilson, Melissa Whisenant, Angela Boyce, Sherika Broadnax, Kayla Simmons and Manager Theresa Simmons.

CornerStone Market is open and ready for business.  The market includes a Convenience Store, Gasoline and Diesel Pumps, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Hunt Brothers Pizza and (opening soon) a Subway.  Starting on Friday the market will be open 24 Hours.

As a treat for Emporia News readers, CornerStone Market is offering Buy One Get One Free Corner Cones.  Click on the coupon below or this link for a printable version of the coupon.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at CornerStone Market with Buy One Get One Free Ice Cream Cones on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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Great Fun at the Library

The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to join the Virginia State Police K-9 Dog on Thursday, July 14thfor a fun fact filled program.  The Virginia State Police will be on hand to explain how the dogs are trained and give us a demonstration of what the dogs do. These dogs are working dogs and cannot be petted or touched. The program will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.

Kung Fu Panda 3is the movie of the day, Monday July 18th for Monday Morning Movies. The movie will be shown at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.  It is rated PG and is 95 minutes long.  Children under 10 must be supervised.  Snacks are welcomed. 

All shows begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.


Presentation to Family & Consumer Services Extension Agent

1st. Place in Extension Home Demonstration Contest. Virginia Home Demonstration Scrapbook 1978. Designed by Merle Jesse, Modern Homemakers Club, and Handiwork by Lucye Brett, Pleasant Shade Club. Presented to Donna Daniel, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for the Extension Office by Otelia "Tillie" Harris, Extension Agent, Greensville and Emporia from 1956 to 1981.

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