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Arby's of Emporia

109 Market Drive
Emporia, VA 23847

On Saturday, October 4th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Satterfield Drive. From housewares, tools and toys to recreational items for sports, exercising and hunting. Apparel and accessories for all seasons for all members of your family. All prices negotiable!

YARD SALE - Saturday, October 4 - 7am - noon. 309 Weaver Ave. (down the street from YMCA). Holiday decorations, school supplies, women's clothes sizes 6-20. Household items, something for everyone.

Multi family yard sale - Sat. Oct. 4 - 7 am- 11 am - 1749 Orion Rd., Jarratt, VA.  Kids bikes, hammock and stand, antique tables, baskets, fertilizer spreader, kids clothing, adult clothing, toys, and much more.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH.  8AM-UNTIL.  Adult and Children's Clothing. Household Items.  Furniture.  Multiple Families.  Corner of Battery Avenue and Farmer Street.

Yard Sale- Sat. October 4, 2014 Ad Text: 414 West Avenue Emporia,va Camping items and essentials, etc. Stop by and see us.

The Emporia Greensville Neighborhood Watch will be holding a meeting October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Greensville County Ruritan Club.  Deputy Ronnie Pearce Jr. and his K9 Wyley of the Greensville County Sheriffs 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

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VLAS to hold Wills Clinic for Seniors in Emporia

Low-income senior citizens in the cities of Emporia and Franklin and counties of Greensville, Sussex and Southampton will be able to obtain simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives this fall. Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) will hold a Wills Clinic in partnership with the Richmond law firm Williams Mullen and local volunteer attorneys. The one day event will be held at the VLAS building at 412 South Main Street in Emporia from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This will be by appointment only. Attorneys will provide simple wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives at no cost. The day is designed to provide low-income seniors with basic life planning documents.

Registration and prescreening for eligibility for this event is required and space is limited. Registration is required by November 1, 2014. For seniors interested in registering for the event or to find out more bout eligibility requirements, please call the Suffolk Office of VLAS at 800-539-3441, ext. 12, Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. The VLAS mission is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.



(EMPORIA, VA) – Paige Morgan, LPN has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for September 2014.  Ms. Morgan, who has been employed at SVRMC since August 2005, is the Central Scheduler for SVRMC.


Southside Regional Medical Center and Colonial Orthopaedics 2nd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk and Health Fair

Petersburg, VA – Please join Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and Colonial Orthopaedics on Saturday, October 18, 2014 as we celebrate our joint replacement patients and their coaches at the 2nd Annual Joint & Bone Health Awareness Walk.

The 1-mile walk around the hospital campus will be followed by a health and resource fair. This event will be held on SRMC’s main campus, located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard in Petersburg. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m.Vendors will provide goodies, refreshments and free health information. This is a rain or shine event. 

The walk is open to the public. To register, please contact Lisa Mears, RN, Orthopaedic Service Line Director, at (804)765-5626.  Registration can also be completed online at


Local Organization Supports Nursing Students at SVCC

40 & 8 Voiture Locale 1312 has established a scholarship fund to support nursing students at Southside Virginia Community College.  This organization is an independent fraternal organization of veterans organized in 1920 by American Legionnaires as a fun and honor society.  It draws its origin from WWI, when young Americans were sent to France to fight.  The narrow gauge railroads of France had small boxcars (Voitures) that transported men and horses to and from the fighting fronts.  On each side of these boxcars was stenciled the capacity of each, holding either forty men or eight horses, and these voitures became the trademark of the organization.   Mindful of the vital role battlefield nurses played during WWI, support for nursing education is a foundational emphasis for the organization.

Pictured above:  Mary Jane Elkins, Executive Director of the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation accepts a donation from Leonard Smith, Chef de Gare (Commander).  Joining them is Paul Doucette (left) and Tom Queck (right).



(PETERSBURG, Va.) –The Crater Health District (CHD) will receive approximately $436,000 annually for four years to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health disparities as part of a federal grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  “We are excited to be awarded this funding opportunity to enhance current community efforts that are focused on reducing health disparities by preventing and managing chronic diseases,” said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Health Director of the Crater Health District.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) competed with numerous states and large cities and counties nationwide for this award. VDH will receive $2,664,121 annually through June 29, 2018, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will in turn distribute the majority of grant money to five local public health districts to include the CHD.

The funds will be used to develop programs across the district in Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Sussex, and Surry counties and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Working with locally-driven, diverse collaborative networks (referred to as Community Action Networks, or CANs), health districts will implement targeted activities that directly serve their communities. The focus will be on policy, system and environmental changesthat address the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke and that reduce health disparities in these areas among our citizens in the CHD.

Working closely with organizations within the communities they serve, local health departments (LHD) can help identify and develop policies and programs that positively influence the social, physical, and economical conditions of their residents while improving and sustaining residents’ health over time. For example, LHDs and community partners may assess vending and cafeteria menu options and recommend food-purchasing policies that encourage healthier options. They may help develop community-wide walking or biking challenges to engage residents in physical activity events, or partner with health systems to identify patient populations experiencing health disparities. With these grant funds, LHDs and CANs may be able to link people with high blood pressure or other chronic diseases to lifestyle change or self-management programs and community resources.

“Working in partnership withpublic, private and nonprofit health and human service providers, local governments, schools, faith based community and others, we can make the Crater Health District a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Together we create opportunities to help Virginians live longer, healthier lives. Our goal at VDH is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation” said Dr. Hart.

For more information on services offered by the health department and other wellness organizations in the area, visit

EGRA Renegades Crack the Whip on the Brunswick Bulls

By Craig Allen

I have a phrase that I have used for years as a coach and it is “Sometimes you have to lose to be able to appreciate winning”. The JV Renegades played Nottoway last week in a double overtime loss  to the Gators, bringing an end to a 17 Game Winning Streak.  Although I don’t coach Football, I talked to many of our JV players last week and told them that this would only make us stronger.  Coach Mandel Featherston went on to tell his team and this was just a bump in the road.  After a week of practice, including focusing on some of the teams key weaknesses, the Renegades bounced back strong as ever. 

Saturday in Emporia was a busy day for our team.  The team participated in the Peanut Festival Parade Float and tailgated after the Parade was over.  There was a pre-game pep rally that started off with the Greensville County High School Marching Band entertaining the crowd followed by player, coaching staff, cheerleader and team introductions. 

The Renegades would kick off to Brunswick and they would start on their own 38 Yard Line.  Their first possession would be short lived and they would turn the ball over on downs on their own 42.  On the Renegades first possession, Emari Brown would take the handoff and carry it to end zone for six.  Cody Flint would follow up with a nice kick for 2 to make the score 8-0.  The Bulls would take over at the 50 from an onside kick.  They would see some strong defensive pressure from the Renegades line including Christopher Rodgers and Ha’saan Edwards.  Looking at 4th and 14 the Bulls would turn over the ball, and the First  Quarter would end.  The Renegades would start the second quarter but the Bulls would recover a fumble and carry the ball to the end zone.  This play would be called back to the 35 Yard Line due to a blocking in the back penalty.  The  Renegades’ Devin Parker would apply strong defensive pressure  by on the Bulls and they would turn over the ball at the 50 Yard Line with 2:44 to go in the quarter.  Jayden White would make a nice carry on the first possession that he would fumble, but was recovered by several of his teammates on the 22 Yard Line.  The next play would be a handoff to Tremaine Hill who would score his first touchdown of the season in part to a key block by Emari Brown.  The point after attempt by Cody Flint was unsuccessful  and the Renegades were up 14-0.    The Renegades would attempt an onside kick that was recovered by Emari Brown at the 50 Yard Line.  On second down and 56 seconds left in the half, Jayden White would score a touchdown.  Brett Allen would attempt his first kick of the season that just under the goal post and the Renegades would go into the half  20-0.

The Renegades would start off the second half fired up and LaPaul Moore  would run the ball all the way back for his team’s fourth  touchdown of the game.  The field goal attempt by Brett Allen was unsuccessful after a bad placement and the Renegades were up 26-0.  The Third Quarter would not see a lot of activity since the Renegades were ahead by three touchdowns, the Bulls coaching staff were able to choose what Renegades  players they wanted removed from the game.  While this selection was taking place, the clock continued to run and the Bulls would only have one possession.   In the Fourth Quarter looking at 4th and long the Bulls would see Shamon Whitfield break through with a nice rush, forcing the Bulls to turnover on downs.  The Renegades would have one more scoring drive in the 4th, including a nice  20 Yard carry by Kemory Sykes, a 15 Yard run by Jayden White and a follow up run for a touchdown by Jayden White as the clock would run out making the Final Score 32-0.  This would be a game in which every single player would get ample playing time and would show that our second string offense and defense have greatly improved.

Special Thanks go out  to the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association , Perry Manning –Football Commissioner, the GCHS G-Force Marching Band, our Commentator Dameon White  , our Coaching Staff,and to our Cheerleaders. Last but certainly not least,  to all of our Concession Stand Staff.  They worked tirelessly all day and were well prepared for one of our largest crowds that we have ever had since I have been attending Renegades Football Games for the past three years and have done an excellent job all season long as well.  The Renegades travel to South Hill with games starting on October 4th at 10am.  We Hope to see you there.

Photos, top to bottom:  Hassan Edwards #24 & Tyson Garrett #11 making a tackle; Emari Brown #2 rushing for a touchdown; LaPaul Moore #13 rushing for a touchdown; Jaden White #12 running touchdown with a wall of blockers.



Jeffrey Robert Koch 46, of Emporia VA, formerly of Potsdam, NY, passed away on Sept 22, 2014 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital (MCV), Richmond, VA, following an automobile accident which occurred September 13, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Koch, sister, Gayl Koch, and infant brother, Timothy Koch. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Sherman Koch of Emporia, VA, sister, Debra Koch Brigman (Jim) of Manassas VA, one niece, Kayla Duesterdick of Northern VA; several aunts, one uncle, and several cousins.

Jeffrey graduated from Potsdam Central School and worked at the Department of Corrections in Greensville County, VA.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey's memory to the organization of your choice or to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, VA 23847.

SVCC to host Regional Job Fair

Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services is partnering with the Crater Business Services Team in sponsoring a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, October 28th at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, VA.

The job fair is open to all job seekers from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by Friday, October 17th.  Employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon on the day of the event compliments of SVCC.  Employer luncheon space is limited.

Employers should contact Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development, to reserve a booth at 434-949-1060 or


Library Card Sign-Up Month

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 


Resources at the Meherrin Regional Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our library offers access to important educational resources, likeLiterati Literati is a great resource for school projects and also has online homework help for students from 3rd to 12th grade.  With their library card patrons will have access to SOVALUE, Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically.  Through SOVALUE, eBooks and audio books can be downloaded to a computer, smart phone, kindle, etc.


Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a performance by the Sundae Puppets on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The program will be at 11:15 at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia and 2:00 at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville.


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Meherrin Regional Library System in person or visit the library online at 


September is National Preparedness Month

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

The national Ready campaign established four building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The Ready Virginia and Listo Virginia campaigns echo these messages. Now America’s PrepareAthon! goes a step further and builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness. 

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. This September, which is National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities are encouraged to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day event on or near September 30. The theme of the month is, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” For more information on NPM, to register a National PrepareAthon! day event, or download the 2014 NPM toolkit,


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