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Win Two Tickets to the 2016 Virginia Pork Festival

Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to the 43 Annual Virginia Pork Festival on June 8, 2016.

The rules are simple.  Fill out and submit this form.  All submissions will be numbered in the order that they are received and the winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

The Virginia Pork Festival has given three pair of tickets to be given away, giving each of you three chances to win.  Enter each drawing separately. You can enter on Friday, May 27; Monday, May 30 and Wednesday, June 1.  Entries will only be accepted from Midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the days listed.

Winners will be announced on the day after each drawing.

The winner of Friday's Drawing is Tori Coleman of Emporia.  Congratulations, Tori!



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Local Student Adwarded Comcast Scholorship


Annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Leadership Skills, Academic Achievement and Commitment to Community Service

RICHMOND, VA – May 26, 2016 – Comcast today announced that is has awarded $75,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year to 66 Virginia high school students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.  The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students.

"As leaders in their schools and communities, these students represent the best our Commonwealth has to offer,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.  “Thanks to partners like Comcast, we can help ensure that these young people have a bright future and that they are well prepared to become the next generation of exceptional leaders.”

Comcast, joined by Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia Karen R. Jackson and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held Wednesday, May 25, at the Virginia State Capitol. Sixty-five recipients of the 2016 Virginia Leaders and Achievers® scholarships received $1,000 scholarships. Tianna Jordan, a senior at Charlottesville High School was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $75,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school students.

“I am highly impressed by these outstanding students,” said Jackson.  “Not only are they committed to academic excellence, but also to ensuring their communities prosper.  It is inspiring to witness their commitment and drive and I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

“We are honored to recognize the accomplishments of these Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.  They demonstrate leadership in school activities and share a strong commitment to community service,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are excited to support them as they prepare for the next chapter in their educational careers.”

Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program gives young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.

2016 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Virginia

Albemarle County

  • Kai Millner of Albemarle High School
  • William Livermon of Western Albemarle High School


  • Nicole Gray of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School


  • Jose Alvarenga of Arlington Mill High School Continuation Program
  • Hajira Aslam of Wakefield High School
  • Marisa Sydnor of Washington-Lee High School

Augusta County

  • Kaitlyn Bahrs of Riverheads High School in Staunton


  • Tianna Jordan of Charlottesville High School

Chesterfield County

  • Fred Shuford of Cosby High School in Midlothian
  • Jaylon Brooks of James River High School in Midlothian
  • Jonas Kee of L.C. Bird High School
  • Hope Parker of Manchester High School in Midlothian
  • Jasmine Hires of Matoaca High School
  • Ruth Flores of Meadowbrook High School
  • Francesca Urcia of Midlothian High School
  • Kaylea Armstrong of Monacan High School
  • Rebecca Hall of Thomas Dale High School in Chester


  • Trystan Wiggins of Galileo Magnet High School
  • Lily Hungarland of George Washington High School

Dinwiddie County

  • Jasmine Pope of Dinwiddie High School


  • Tiffany Posey of Greensville County High School

Fairfax County

  • Madeleine Cochrane of South Lakes High School in Reston

Frederick County

  • Cana Curtis of Sherando High School in Stephens City

Hanover County

  • Evan Day of Hanover High School in Mechanicsville


  • Kayla Leaman of Harrisonburg High School

Henrico County

  • Lindsey Shavers of Henrico High School
  • Julia McKinnon of Highland Springs High School
  • Annemarie Beran of John Randolph Tucker High School
  • Bailee Hancock of Varina High School


  • Jamarian Easter of Hopewell High School

King William County

  • Destiny Coleman of King William High School

Loudoun County

  • Kyle Enriquez of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn


  • Olivia Stuckey of Brookville High School
  • Annie Eick of Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology


  • Mary Cuccinelli of Seton School

Manassas Park

  • Katherine Gaouette of Manassas Park High School


  • Erin Perry of Appomattox Regional Governor's School
  • Jasmine Fobbs of Petersburg Public High School

Pittsylvania County

  • Humza Qazi of Chatham High School

Powhatan County

  • Stephanie Washburn of Powhatan High School

Prince George County

  • Marcey Jiles of Prince George High School
  • Prince William County
  • Steven Tian of Battlefield High School in Haymarket
  • Samantha O’Connor of Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries
  • Jaelyn Demory of Woodbridge Senior High School


  • Kahlil Newsome of Armstrong High School
  • Monique Ross of Franklin Military Academy
  • Derrick Wang of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
  • Kourtney Bugg of Open High School
  • Keaja Jefferson of Richmond Community High School
  • Samantha Conway of St. Catherines School
  • Colin Knight of St. Christopher's School
  • Emma Farmer of St. Gertrude High School
  • Ahmed Woodson of Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Precious Smith of Victory Christian Academy

Rockingham County

  • Michelle De La Cruz of Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater


  • Brittany Owens of Salem High School

Smyth County

  • Daisy Sturgill of Marion Senior High School


  • Kathryn Cardenas of North Stafford High School

Sussex County

  • Brittany Chambliss of Sussex Central High School

Washington County

  • Emily Stinson of Abingdon High School
  • Margaret Melton of John S. Battle High School in Bristol
  • Sam Caudill of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring


  • Danna Gallego-Garcia of Waynesboro High School


  • Habebah Mounib of John Handley High School
  • Lauren Brocious of Millbrook High School

Wise County

  • Ethan Elkins of Central High School in Norton

Connect with the scholarship winners at Explore and “like” Comcast in the community at

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.


Federal grant expected to create 1,191 jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Greensville County Water and Sewer Authority will receive $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) for infrastructure improvements to support development of the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center in Greensville County.

“We are pleased to see the federal government partner with local authorities to provide Virginians with better public services while creating jobs for Greensville County,” said Warner and Kaine.

The Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center is one of Virginia’s primary mega-site developments. The improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. According to the EDA, the project is expected to create 1,191 jobs.


RICHMOND – With the start of the 2016 Click It or Ticket (CIOT) spring mobilization campaign, the Virginia State Police is taking this opportunity to remind motorists of the need to always buckle up when driving and/or riding in a vehicle. The two-week, concentrated educational and enforcement initiative began Monday, May 23, 2016, and runs through Sunday, June 5, 2016. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those who use a seat belt are 45 percent less likely to be fatally injured in a crash. In addition, if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,814 lives could have been saved in 2014 alone nationwide.

Virginia’s statewide seat belt use rate was 80.9 percent in 2015, 77.3 percent in 2014, 79.7 percent in 2013 and 78.4 percent in 2012. The 310 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia last year represent 41 percent of the 753 total traffic fatalities.

“The state police cannot stress enough the importance of always using a seat belt when on the road,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Buckling up takes just seconds of you and your passengers’ time and yet can make the difference of a lifetime if and when one is involved in a crash. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and summer travel season, all motorists are reminded to #DrivetoSaveLives whether it’s to school, work, the store, the beach or the mountains. Drive like your life depends on it.”

Since the 2016 Memorial Day holiday weekend falls within this year’s CIOT campaign, state police troopers will be even more vigilant in their efforts to increase seat belt usage among adults, teenagers and children. Occupant restraint enforcement is a key component of the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) traffic safety initiative that begins 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, and concludes Monday, May 30, 2016, at midnight. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like Memorial Day. The program also means that all available Virginia State Police troopers will be on patrol through the holiday weekend.

The 2015 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 1,314 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 403 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 13,728 speeders and 3,452 reckless drivers. A total of 142 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

There were 14 traffic fatalities statewide during last year’s four-day statistical counting period for Memorial Day weekend. In 2014, there were eight traffic deaths and, in 2013, Virginia experienced nine fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.*

With additional troopers and other law enforcement working on Virginia’s highways this holiday weekend, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

FArm Service Agency County Committee Workshop

The Greensville County FSA Office has scheduled a Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Greensville USDA Service Center located at 706 South Main Street, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

This informative meeting will explain; the general role of FSA in the community; COC committee role and responsibilities; the ballot and voting process and the voter eligibility and how the elections are held.

Person with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Melvin E. Hill, Jr. at 434-634-2462 Ext.2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by June 3, 2016.

Meherrin Regional Library Announces Summer Reading Program

The Meherrin Regional Library System urges families to get ready, get set, go to the library and sign up for Read–For the Win!

Meherrin Regional Library System launches its Read–For the Win! Summer Reading Program with sign up starting on Wednesday, June 1st. During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Krystal Cook-Elliott, Youth Services Librarian.

Themed events include a kickoff carnival on Thursday, June 30th.  Some other programs include a demonstration from Virginia State Police K-9 Dog, Zumba with an instructor from the Emporia-Greensville YMCA, Uncle Henry's fun animal facts and nature show, a meet and greet with Nutsy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot, and much more! 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

“Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Polly Duffey, Director. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539 or check out the library’s website

Riparian Woman's Clup Offers Special Pricing on Emporia Greensville Historic Miniatures

The series of historic miniatures that have been offered by the Riparian Woman's Club for many years are currently being offered with special pricing.

The newest offering, the Emporia Police Department, is still $25, but all previous years are offered at substantial savings.

Miniatures of E. W. Wyatt Middle School, the Emporia Diner and Royal Baptist Church are being offered for $10 each.

Miniatures of the Emporia Auditorium, Emporia Elementary School, Jarratt High School, Citizens National Bank, Emporia Armory, Emporia Post Office, Emporia Train Depot, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Emporia Water Tower, First National Bank, Good Earth Peanut Company, Greensville County Court House, Greensville Memorial Hospital, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Greensville County Clerk's Office, Klugel Building, Masonic Temple, New York Restaurant, Pitts Theater, Village View, Virginia Hotel, Calvary Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Main Street Baptist Church, Main Street United Methodist Church, Monumental United Methodist Church and St. John Lutheran Church are all priced at $15 each.

Miniatures are displayed and may be purchased at the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or from Evelyn Ewing - (434)634-9227 or (434)594-4198

Sketches of Greensville County, Virginia, Second Edition 1650-2000 is available from the Richardson Memorial Library or from Evelyn Ewing.  Sketches is $30 id purchased in-person or $35 is shipped.  Miniatures will be shipped for a fee of $5 each for postage and handling.

Virginia Pork Festival Set for June 8th

Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 8th, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 8:00PM at the Ruritan Club Grounds at 370 Ruritan Drive in Emporia, Va 23847. This years music will be provided by The Embers, The Switch, Silver Eagle Band, and Strictly Bizzness. The Reverend Freakchild, who is a nationally known Blues player will also be performing. This year there will be over 40,000 pounds of pork in over 30 different styles for you to sample at the event. This event is one of the largest single day events on the east coast. In the past the Pork Festival has had as many as 15,000 in attendances for the event. Included in your ticket price will be sampling of over 30 different pork dishes, a liquor and beer bar. There will also be side items and soft drinks.

The Virginia Pork Festival will have over 30 different pork dishes, close to 40,000 pounds of pork will be served! Some of those dishes will include Minced Barbecue, Pit Cooked Barbecue, Barbecued Spareribs, Barbecued Boston Butt, Barbecued Loin Chops, Grilled Loin Chops, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Sausage Burgers, Bologna Steak Burgers, Italian Sausage, Pork Meatballs, BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chitterlings, Pig Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters , & a Pork Festival Stew. 

Sides will include Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes, Pork & Beans,  Hushpuppies, & French Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Desserts will include Banana Pudding & Strawberry Shortcake.

Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Anheuser-Busch Family Beers, and a Liquor Bar will be included.

The Virginia Pork Festival was established in 1974 and has been growing every year. With 15,000 available tickets it is one of the largest events on the East Coast. The event raises funds for over 30 different Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations in the Southside Virginia Community. Its an event you don't want to miss!

The event does support several nonprofit organizations in Southside Virginia such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxiliary Police, Courthouse Hunt Club, Darvills Ruritan Club,Emporia Greensville Humane Society, Elks Lodge, Hospice, Greensville Ruritan Club, American Legion, Family Violence Prevention, Emporia Jr Women's. Club, Nurses Sorority Chi Eta Phi, Doodling Hunt Club, Petersburg Police, Black Pot Group, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Newsoms Ruritan Club, Meherrin Ruritan Club, Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club, Jarrett Ruritan Club, Surry 4-H, City of Emporia, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

For Ticket Information and purchase visit

 Tickets to the festival are $35

 VIP Parking is $25.

 Vendors can also apply on the website


Emporia, VA – TopHand Sports will be hosting their third annual Golf Tournament on July 8, 2016 at Emporia Country Club.

The event kicks off at noon with check-in and lunch. Captain’s Choice and Shotgun start begins at 1:00pm. The cost is $65 per individual or $260 per foursome; which includes lunch, green fees and cart.

Even if you do not play golf there are other ways to support TopHand Sports. You or your business can sponsor a hole for $50 and your name or company logo will be displayed at the hole.  We are also seeking businesses or individuals to donate or underwrite the raffle prizes that will be given out the day of the event.

The proceeds from this event will help fund the TopHand Youth Travel Baseball and Softball Teams. TopHand Sports has youth from all over Southeastern Virginia and North Carolina on their teams who would greatly appreciate your support. For more information about TopHand Sports; visit us on the web at

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rustin Jessee at 757-537-8480 / or Randy Jessee at 757-818-1822 /



Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – As contractor crews prepare to demolish, remove and replace the existing two bridges over the Meherrin River on I-95, alternating, single-lane closures in the southbound direction on I-95 beginning Monday April 4, at 6:30 a.m. and continue for six weeks.

Subsequent weekly lane closures will start north of the Exit 11 (Route 58) ramp, on Sundays from 6:30 p.m. through Fridays 5:00 a.m. to allow crews to widen shoulders and install barrier wall. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the weekly lane closures.

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities. 

There will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit

Motorists are encouraged to visit, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 



Virginia State Police to begin enforcement for reckless driving.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY – Safety is the biggest priority for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Hampton Roads District is urging motorists to obey all traffic and detour signs posted around the Route 301 Southbound Bridge Replacement Project in Greensville County.  Recently, drivers have been observed traveling the wrong way over the Route 301 Northbound Bridge to avoid the construction detour, resulting in several near-collisions.

Beginning today, January 4, 2016, Virginia State Police will step up enforcement near the bridge and issue reckless driving citations to motorists exhibiting dangerous driving patterns.  Drivers traveling southbound will use I-95 as the detour around the bridge closure.

The Route 301 Bridge Replacement Project is currently on schedule for completion in summer 2017.  The old bridge has been demolished, and crews are currently working on building the new bridge approaches.   For more information, please visit VDOT’s project website:


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 or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

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