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VSP APPEAL TO PUBLIC FOR HELP IDENTIFYING VEHICLE INVOLVED IN HIT-AND-RUN IN SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

SOUTHAMPTON CO., Va. –Virginia State Police are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred on Route 258 in front of the Southampton Mobile Home Park in the early morning hours of Sunday (July 26, 2015).

Initially, Virginia State Trooper S.W. Johnson was assisting deputies with a large crowd that gathered for a party at a residence located off of Route 258. While patrolling the area, Trooper Johnson was notified that a female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at approximately 12:10 a.m. The vehicle left the scene. The 25 year-old female victim was transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Witnesses describe the vehicle as a blue minivan traveling north on Route 258. The vehicle is believed to be a 2013-2015 Dodge Caravan with minor damage to the right front area and/or headlight. The minivan’s passenger side mirror may also be damaged or missing its glass.

Anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has seen a vehicle matching this description is asked to call the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division at 757-424-6800. They can also email Trooper Johnson at Sterling.Johnson@vsp.virginia.gov.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting August 11

The Emporia Greensville Neighborhood Watch will be holding a meeting August 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Greensville County Ruritan Club.

Dustan Jarratt and his drug K9 Caiman of the Emporia Police Department will be putting on a demonstration of the work they do and answer questions.

Don’t let yourself or someone you know get scammed. Come and hear how to avoid scams. Learn how to protect yourself while shopping, on the road and at home.

For Additional information call Francis Drummond 434-634-2428 or Lynwood Matthews 434-634-6902

New Details in King Election Fraud Case

In addition to the open letter from Mr. King published on EmporiaNews.com on Thursday morning, Emporia News now has a copy of the arrest warrant, a brief statement from the Virginia State Police and interviews with both Mr. King and his attorney, Monica Wilson.  Ms. Patty Watson, Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney was out of the office and unavailable for comment.

The statement from the Virginia State Police reads as follows:  “On July 28, 2015, Virginia State Police arrested Stephen E. King of Emporia, Va., on one felony count of filing a fraudulent application (Code of Virginia 24.2-1016). The charge stems from an investigation by state police Special Agent K.L. Darden that was initiated as a result of a complaint concerning King’s place of residence in relation to him running for public office in Greensville County. The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office.”

At the heart of the matter is Mr. King’s answer to question three on the Certificate of Candidate Qualifications for Local Offices.  Question three states “I have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the year immediately preceding the election for the office I am seeking,” and the candidate answers yes or no. 

Mr. King maintains that he moved back into the county, renting a room from his father, in October 2014.  When asked if he had receipts for rent payments, Mr. King affirmed that he does.  Mr. King further explained that he had been living in a North Carolina home on his family’s farm, which straddles the Virginia/North Carolina state line, and had intended to move into the home attached to his store, which is not yet ready.  Mr. King also asserts that the investigator for the Virginia State Police had not contacted his father to verify residency. 

At the end of the interview, Mr. King added, “this is corrupt politics and back room politics at its best.”

King, who was never taken into custody, voluntarily surrendered to the Southside Regional Jail and was released on Personal Recognizance with no travel restrictions.  The entire process of arrest and release was over by 8:45 Tuesday morning.  He is to appear in the General District Court on August 3.

Monica Wilson, Mr. King’s attorney, states that they were never presented with any evidence and that she was allowed to read the complaint against her client but not given a copy.  Ms. Wilson did provide Emporia News with a copy of the Arrest Warrant.

The Warrant asserts that Mr. King did “willfully commit election fraud by making a false statement on the Commonwealth of Virginia Certification of Candidate Qualification {Local Offices}.”  The Magistrate found that there was probable cause for the Arrest Warrant based solely on the testimony of the Investigator with the Virginia State Police.

At Mr. King’s bail proceeding on Tuesday morning, his attorney was not presented with any evidence and was not allowed to accompany King through the Sally Port.  Mr. King was not allowed legal representation at Tuesday's proceeding.

Correction:  Emporia News previously reported the the complaint had come from Commonwealth's Attorney Patty Watson.  Ms. Watson confirmed that the complaint was made to her office, not by her, as previously reported.  The prosecution has been turned over to a special prosecutor.

Open Letter from Sheriff Candidate Stephen King

To the Citizens of Greensville County and Emporia,

My name is Stephen E. King and I hope to be your next Sheriff.  Many of you already know my family and me.  For those of you who don’t, I’d like to introduce myself.   I was born and raised in Emporia and I have roots here going back several generations.  I was educated in Greensville County Public Schools and I own and operate Woodruff’s Country Store in the Brink community.  Additionally, I work for my family farm which stretches across the Virginia border into North Carolina.

This past week, an investigator with the Virginia State Police notified me that Patricia Watson, Commonwealth Attorney, had filed a complaint contesting my Virginia residency.   This allegation is baseless and most likely politically motivated.  I assure you that I meet all of the legal requirements to hold the office of Sheriff.  I look forward to a speedy trial and the opportunity to clear my name.  In the meantime, I will continue to work hard to earn your vote.  I will not be distracted by dirty politics or by the conniving of people who are invested in maintaining the status quo.  You deserve better.  The office of Sheriff will require me to balance many serious matters of urgency at the same time.  I consider this to be good practice. 

With your support, I intend to use my more than twenty years experience as a proven leader in corporate management to restore transparency and integrity to the office of Sheriff in Greensville County.  I will put an end to back room politics.  Let’s feed everyone out of the same spoon.  I intend to be an accessible Sheriff who is always available to the citizens, not just during an election year.  Please feel free to contact me directly:  434-637-0843.  Together we can put an end to back-room politics and corruption in Greensville County,we can move this community forward through building relations and open communications with New, Strong, Firm , but Fair Leadership.

HONESTY.  INTEGRITY.  JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Yours truly,

Stephen E. King

(Editor's Note: Letters reflect the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of EmporiaNews.com)

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Earns Excellence Through Insight Award for Overall Employee Satisfaction

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) was recently recognized with an Excellence Through Insight award for “Overall Employee Satisfaction” in the Medium Hospital category by HealthStream, Inc.

SVRMC was awarded this honor for its commitment to excellence in employee satisfaction. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been an employee satisfaction client of HealthStream in 2014 and scored in the 75th percentile or better. SVRMC was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in employee satisfaction from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as for exceeding industry standards.

HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist, Jr. said “We applaud Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s high-level commitment to excellence in healthcare and are pleased to recognize their achievement through our presentation of an Excellence through Insight award.”

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Obituary-Fenny Rockel Taylor Jr

Fenny Rockel Taylor Jr of Emporia Va age 75 died at Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond VA.on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7am.

Fenny remembered for his involvement in his familys owned business "the Emporia Grill"  was born on November 24 1940 to the late Fenny Rockel Taylor Sr and Elsie Doyle Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his sibling Carolyn Taylor St. Sing.

Fenny is survived by his nephew David St. Sing married to Pheobee St. Sing of Texas as well as uncles aunts and cousins who loved him. His home for the last few years was the Laurels of Willow Creek in Richmond VA.

Fennys memorial will be held at Victory Fellowship Church in Emporia VA at 2 pm on Wednesday August 5th 2015.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Echolsfuneralhome@telpage.net.

Greensville County Sports Tryout Schedule Announced

Greensville County High School fall sports practices will begin August 3, 2015.  All interested students must have a current physical form on file before they can try-out.  Forms can be picked up from the school’s main office or printed from Greensville County High School website (gcps1.com) under sports zone.

 

Cheerleading                TBA

Cross Country              6:30-8:30

Football                         8:00am

Golf                               10:00am-12:00pm

Volleyball                       9:00am-12:00pm

Obituary-C. Elmore Saunders

C. Elmore Saunders, 85, of Emporia passed away on July 26, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ritchie and Edith Saunders and his brothers, Robert Saunders and Curtis Saunders.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Watkins Saunders; daughter, Mary Meade Saunders; his sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and wife Sherry and Jim Saunders and wife Michelle; his grandchildren, Annecurtis Saunders Vinson and husband Daniel, Mary Warren Saunders, Carter Saunders, and Reagan Saunders. A memorial service will be held 11am, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Main Street United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church or the Emporia YMCA.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

MEHERRIN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

The W.E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed August 6, 2015 to prepare for the installation of a new circulation desk. The library apologizes for the disruption of service during this construction phase.

 

 

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Local Artist Works to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

An effort to raise money for Wounded Warriors is ongoing by artist/composer/musician Tom Spivey. Currently he is offering four prints of his work: a) Emporia/Greensville County, $35.00.  b) Resurrection Morn, $15.00.  c) Christ at the Well, $10.00 d)  and Far From Home, $15.00. Contact tpspivey@yahoo.com or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

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"Nourish Your Digestive System” Program Offered in Emporia

Did you know that digestive disorders are among the most common problems in health care today? About 30 to 40 percent of adults say they experience frequent indigestion, and more than 50 million visits are made every year to health-care facilities for symptoms related to the digestive system. Experiencing digestive issues may not mean that you have a severe problem. Some of your daily behaviors may simply be disrupting normal digestion.

Join us Tuesday, August 11 at 6 p.m. for “Nourish Your Digestive System”.  This program will take place at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street Emporia, Virginia.  You will become familiar with the digestive system and ways to improve your digestive health.  Learn to nourish your digestive system and become healthier in the process.

There is no cost to attend this program, but participants must register to attend by Friday, August 7. For more information or to register, call the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233.

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. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance or accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4233 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least five days prior to this event. TDD number is 800-828-1120.

 

Stream and Download Music and Movies at your Library

Freegal (“Free and legal”) Music and Movies is here for Meherrin Regional Library System patrons! Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives library patrons access to over 8 million songs in MP3 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

There is no software to install. Downloaded songs will play in Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other popular music players. They can also be transferred to an MP3 player or an iPod. The Freegal app is free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for use with smartphones or tablets. Freegal Music limits song downloads to 3 per library patron per week, and 3 hours of streaming time per day per patron.

Also use Freegal Movies to view movies and TV shows! Freegal Movies and Television is a streaming video service that allows patrons to access thousands of movies and television episodes from major content providers. Like Freegal Music, no software download is needed, and files are in MP3 format and can be played on any device. Freegal Movies limits movie and TV episode downloads to 3 per library patron per week. Each download can be viewed multiple times during a 48 hour viewing period.

Start downloading your favorite tunes or movies today! Access Freegal Music by visiting www.freegalmusic.com or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at www.freegalmovies.com or by downloading the Freegal Movies app. Login to both by selecting Meherrin Regional Library and using your library card number and pin. For more information on accessing Freegal through your library, contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

 

Read to the Rhythm At Your Local Library

The Meherrin Regional Library System urges families to shake, rattle, or roll to the library for Read to the Rhythm! The Meherrin Regional Library System launches its Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Program on June 1st. During the next two months, the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville and the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia will host a range of free activities for children, tweens, and teens that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Themed summer events include a line dancing class with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Zumba with the YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, and a concert from the Richmond Gourd Orchestra. Magician and juggler Jonathan Austin and a fun filled show by the Sundae Puppets are also part of the summer fun.

There is a serious side to summer reading for youth. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Krystal Cook-Elliott, Youth Services Librarian states. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

The Libraries' Summer Reading Program Registration begins June 1st. To learn more about summer adventure at the library, please call the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia at (434) 634-2539 or check out the library’s website at www.meherrinlib.org.
 

ROUTE 301 SOUTH BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION MAY 18

Bridge near Emporia will be replaced; traffic to be detoured to I-95 during project

GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to alert drivers in Greensville County to possible traffic impacts associated with replacement of the Route 301 South (Sussex Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad tracks, about 3 miles north of the town of Emporia. The bridge will close to traffic on May 18, 2015, and will remain closed during the two-year construction project. Crews will first demolish and remove the old bridge, then construct a new bridge in its place.

The contractor will work with CSX railroad personnel to make sure train movements are not interrupted during construction. This project only affects southbound traffic, which will be detoured during construction. Route 301 North will remain open, and access will remain for property owners who live nearby. Access to Country Club Road will also be available during construction.

Detour signs will be posted along the roadside for drivers to follow. Before reaching the bridge closure, drivers can get onto I-95 at Exit 17, and get off at Exit 13 to access Route 301 South. This project is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2017.

For more information, visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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