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Residential Treatment Facility for youth located fifteen minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed LPN.  Full-time position.  Twelve hour evening shifts (8PM to 8AM).

Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  Position open until filled. EOE.

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services                                                                                                                                
Job# 2016-11
Attn: Chris Thompson
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237

Case Manager

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 10 miles north of Emporia Virginia seeks Master’s level case manager to provide services to an inpatient population.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex development trauma and co-occurring mental illness. 

Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or human services related field required.  Two years’ case management experience preferred. 

Competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision, & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

JFBHS is a drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled. EOE.

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Job # 2016-12     
Chris Thompson
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237


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SVCC Graduates Nurses

The Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College are (First Row, Left to Right) Instructor Leigh Moore, Haley Wilborn-Crewe, Ashton Paul- Lunenburg, Dawn Poythress-Lawrenceville, Kristen Wilkinson-Blackstone; Second row, l to r; Joanna Baird- South Hill , Sydney Brumbelow-Boydton Kelli Powell-Emporia; Third Row:   Kathy Davis-Brodnax, Savanna Barker-Victoria, Jennifer Bradley-Valentines, Meaghan Frick-Dinwiddie, Amanda Earp-Emporia; Last step up: Amanda Matthews- South Hill, Melissa Hoefer-Lunenburg , Polly Carr-South Hill, Alexandra Orrell-Dinwiddie, Victoria Lewis- Blackstone

May You Rest in Peace

A year has passed in memories
Of my wife for fifty-four
She was my lover and companion
Until they opened heaven’s door.
Now Lory was somewhat quiet
But she had a humorous side
It was in February of nineteen sixty one
That I took her for my bride.
We raised four children through these years
Yet they too have gone away
Yes they for an unknown reason
Or if there was; they failed to say.
For many years we did travel
Far across this nation wide
Yet each time you saw one of us
The other would be alongside.
Well we shared our hopes and wildest dreams
Then in Virginia we settled down
Yes in a small place called Emporia
Now a city, but then a town.
We joined St. John Lutheran Church
Where I’m still a member today
Yet the pew beside me is vacant
For the Lord took my Lory away.
Yes he took her to a better place
In the Heavens High above
Still I treasure all the memories
And each day send her my love
-Roy E. Schepp

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard

May 24, 1936 - June 24, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard, 80, of Capron, entered into the arms of Jesus Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Ollie and Sarah Hall Grizzard and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Louise G. “Tudie” Bryant and a brother, Robert O. “Bobby” Grizzard. Mr. Grizzard is survived by his wife, Joanne Briley Grizzard; daughter, Joanne Elizabeth Grizzard; two sons, Edward Lee “Eddie” Grizzard and wife, Amanda of Chesapeake and Russell Timothy “Tim” Grizzard and wife, Julie of Capron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Grizzard Crafton; a brother, George A. Grizzard and wife, Ruby of San Juan, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Capron Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 273, Capron, Virginia 23829. Online condolences may be made at


Avinger Ocelot Catheter System Treats Totally Blocked Arteries Using Light Waves For Navigation

Roanoke Rapids, NC (June 23, 2016) –Halifax Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and South Carolina, to currently use a new catheter system to restore blood flow in  patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The new technology is part of Halifax Regional’s commitment to improving the health of residents of the Roanoke Valley region.

The Ocelot catheter allows physicians, for the first time ever, to see inside an artery. The procedure, called optical coherence tomography (OCT), uses light waves to produce high quality images of the insides of blood vessels. OCT allows physicians to more accurately navigate through totally blocked arteries without damaging healthy artery walls. The procedure also avoids the need to rely on x-ray and feel to guide catheters through the vessel.

Haile Jones, MD, interventional cardiologist at Halifax Regional, was the first physician in North Carolina to use the new Ocelot system, with the first procedure performed on May 24, 2016, on a 72 year old male patient.

“This is a game-changer for patients with 100 percent blockages,” said Dr. Jones. “We are excited to have more opportunities to treat patients in a lot less invasive manner.”

The procedure, performed at Halifax Regional Cardiac and Vascular Lab, has been used on four patients since May, and the Lab expects to perform about 50 per year.

Peripheral artery disease, caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet,greatly impacts quality of life. Patients with PAD regularly experience painful cramping, numbness, or discoloration in the legs and feet. Frequently dismissed as normal signs of aging, symptoms of PAD can become so severe and difficult to treat that patients often undergo invasive bypass surgeries that result in greater health risks and lengthy, painful recoveries.The Ocelot system allows severe blockages to be treated in a minimally-invasive manner, and requires less exposure to x-rays and dyes compared with traditional treatments.

“The Ocelot system allows us to go beyond what we used to do,” Dr. Jones said. “I am finding a higher success rate for patients with a complete blockage that, before, I would have sent straight to surgery.”

To learn more about the Ocelot procedure or other services at the Cardiac and Vascular Lab, call (252) 535-8159 or visit

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for May 2016

(Left to Right)W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Mildred Waye, LPN and Care Partner on West Wing, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Mildred was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Mildred has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 36 years and this is her sixth time receiving this honor.  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, “Mildred showed professionalism in her job.  She was knowledgeable in knowing my health problems.  She showed excellent personal care and showed good workmanship while working with her team.”  “Mildred and all of our nursing assistant team demonstrate professionalism and compassion.  This is especially meaningful remarks coming from a patient noting excellent service.”  “Mildred is an advocate for teamwork. She is dependable, hardworking and always has a good attitude toward patients, staff, and visitors.  She cares about doing her best to help patients and others.  I never have to worry about finding help when Mildred is on the floor.  Mildred is the best to work with.”

In addition to the award certificate, Mildred 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.

Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program with Carnival

            The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to step right up and be a part of our Summer Reading Program: Read for the Win on Thursday, June 30th.  We will have fun indoor carnival games and much more.  The event will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

            Events 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

Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the first class of 20 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Presidential Scholars, who were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in CTE fields. In 2014, Kaine, founding co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, led a successful bipartisan effort to expand the Presidential Scholars program to include fields in CTE.

“For too long, CTE has been stigmatized as a second-class educational field, but today’s CTE Presidential Scholars demonstrate the current renaissance of interestin career and technical fields,” said Kaine. “I applaud the Administration for highlighting the inspiring work of some of our country’s brightest students in both CTE and other academic fields. America’s future success depends on how well we invest in the education of our next generation of leaders, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress on ways to increase access to CTE programs nationwide.”

In addition to successfully urging the Obama Administration to recognize CTE as a Presidential Scholars field, Kaine authored various CTE-related provisions that were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind. Some of the provisions added CTE as a core academic subject and called for integrating CTE into school curriculums and teacher professional development.

This year, 161 Presidential Scholars, including three Virginians, were also recognized for their outstanding work and achievements in various educational fields. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Halifax Regional Delivers First Triplets in More Than 105 Years

Kaiden; Kaleb; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Korey

Halifax Regional medical Center recently delivered three boys, born on Thursday, June 9, believed to be the first triplet birth in the Medical Center’s more than 105 year history.

Any pregnancy is a major event, but when you learn that you will be bringing not one, but three children into the world at the same time, it takes on a whole new meaning.  “I was like, ‘Three? Really?’” said Ke’Ashlee Taylor, mother of Kaiden, Kaleb and Kory.

For Taylor, the night before the scheduled delivery held a lot of excitement and very little sleep.  “We had to be at the hospital at 5:00 am and I didn’t start to get nervous until we got there,” she said.  “In the delivery room, I asked when they were going to start, and then heard Kaiden crying.”

The news that Ms. Taylor was carrying triplets was discovered during an ultrasound on November 25th, 2015, the day before Thanksgiving.  “I can still remember the look on my ultrasonographer’s face when she asked me to look at the scan,” said Dr. Kelly Holder, OB/GYN at Rural Health Group.  “The mother already had some significant life changes in terms of first being diagnosed with pregnancy, and then finding out she was pregnant with triplets.  But she has taken all of those things in stride.”

From that time on, The Birthing Center and surgical suite staff, pediatricians, respiratory therapy and laboratory staff at Halifax Regional and Rural Health were focused on preparing for the historic event. A multi-disciplinary team was created early in her pregnancy for an emergence if she was to preterm and we were unable to transfer her.  The average age for triplets is 32-33 weeks.  The goal was always for her to have the sagest delivery possible, whether that was stabilizing her for transfer of delivering her at Halifax Regional.  Ke’Ashlee wanted to deliver close to home in her community.

Dr. Holder and the team met early on to make sure they had the resources that might be needed.  Respiratory and nursing staff conducted a walk-through to make certain everything was ready.  The Vice President of Nursing, Karen Daniels, RN, said the entire multi-disciplinary team was committed to ensuring the best outcome for Ms. Taylor and her sons.

Beth Harrison, BCCT; Stephanie Heath, RN; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Nikki Harris, RN; April Clay, RN. 

Inset above left: Tony Walker, RN; Dr. Kelly Holder

Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

Who's Who at SVCC

Each year, Southside Virginia Community College recognizes a select group of students to accept one of the most prestigious awards an academic community can bestow.; that of being selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Among those chosen who attended a ceremony recognizing the accomplish from the Christanna Campus are Left to Right Wade Bagley, Monica McMillan, Faith Merricks, Kaylin Weise, Derrick Carpenter, Jr., Richard Watson, Cade Hamm and Kathy Drummond. 

VCU Health CMH Hospice Hosts Annual Memorial Service

South Hill - VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Department hosted its annual Memorial Service at MacCallum More Gardens in Chase City, Virginia on June 1st, 2016.

The event is part of the department’s bereavement services and is an opportunity for bereaved families to celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost over the past year. The evening service was filled with tears, laughter, and most importantly a unified feeling of love.

Activities during the service included an opening prayer, music, poem readings, slideshow featuring photos of loved ones lost, a sand ceremony and a butterfly release. Families in attendance enjoyed refreshments after the service.

As part of VCU Health CMH’s Community Hospice program, bereaved families are supported for 13 months after a patient passes. This support can come in the form of cards, mailings, phone calls, home visits, grief support group and the annual Memorial Service. Families can rest assured that our staff which consists of nurses, volunteers, a social worker, a chaplain, and aides are only a phone call away.

If you or someone you know would like more information about VCU Health CMH Community Hospice feel free to contact Bonnie Kelly, RN/Director or Megan Neal, RN/Hospice Clinical Coordinator at (434) 774-2457.

Upcoming Events at the Virginia Cooperative Estension

All workshops FREE unless noted. Take note, many events have registration deadlines. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a class, contact the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4223.

May 16th: Applications for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program are available.

For seniors 60 years old and older who qualify, this program provides Free City of Emporia Farmers Market Coupons to use at the Emporia Farmers Market for fresh fruits, vegetables and cut herbs. Pick/drop off your application at the Municipal Building at 201 South Main Street in Emporia or at Virginia Cooperative Extension at 105 Oak Street in Emporia. Return the completed application no later than June 10th. Participation is on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis! Limited coupon books available.

*NEW:June 7, 14, 21, and 28th: 2:00-4:00 by appointment: Pressure Gauge Testing. Call for an appointment toget your pressure gauge tested during the month of June. To make an appointment, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

*NEW:Jun 20th: Walk-A-Weigh: Walk-a-Weigh, is an award-winning weight control program emphasizing the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Long-term weight loss is a combination of healthy eating and regular physical activity. Participants will meet weekly and/or daily from June 20th through August 15th.  Each session will feature a brief presentation on some aspect of weight control and wellness along with a sampling of a lower calorie recipe and time for the group to exercise together. The Walk-a-Weigh Program will begin Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 7:00 am in the park in Emporia starting at the Farmers Market in Emporia and will be a 30-minute walk. To register or for more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

Jun 27th: 1:00PM: Dogs Days of Summer. This workshop is designed to help new, and experienced pet owners learn the basics of pet care, increase knowledge of pet health, and spend more quality time with their dog. Learn basic pet obedience, dog tricks, how to safely groom and handle your dog, and how to be a responsible dog owner. You must be registered and provide proof of vaccinations. Registration is FREE and for all 4 weeks. Registration deadline is June 20, 2016. To register or for more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

*NEW:Jul 5, 12, 19, 26: 1:00-3:00PM: Master Gardener Help Desk. The Master Gardeners will be at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia every Tuesday in July from 1:00Pm to 3:00PM to answer any plant related questions.

Jul 5th: 5:30PM:Balanced Living with Diabetes. Do you have Type 2 Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes or are you a support person? This class will help you manage your Diabetes, choose healthy foods, be more active, lower your blood sugar, and prevent complications. This class will meet every Tuesday in June for a total of four classes. Space is limited, so you must register to attend. Free. To register or for more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

Jul 16th: 9AM-12PM: Gardening on a Budget. Learn how to create a vegetable garden on a budget through container gardening. Topics that will be included; container gardening, composting, food safety, post-harvest interval with pesticides, storage for vegetables, and saving seeds. Registration deadline is July 8th, 2016. Registration is FREE, but you must be registered to attend. To register or for more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

Aug 8th: 4-H Jr. Summer Camp. The 4-H Jr. Summer Camp will be August 8th-12th at the beautiful Airfield 4-H Educational Center in Wakefield, VA. 4-H camp is open to all youth ages 9-13. The cost of camp is $210. A non-refundable $40.00 deposit is due at sign-up. We accept check, money order and cash in the exact amount (we do not keep change in the office). Scholarship applications are available in request. For more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

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.Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.

CNA Recruitment Fair Set for June 23

Patricia Boyd, CNA Preceptor, Lyriack Ingram, CNA Preceptor and Ashley Stokes, CNA are excited for other dedicated CNAs to join the VCU Health CMH team.

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Certified Nursing Assistant Recruitment Fair on Thursday, June 23 from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the CMH Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

As VCU Health CMH grows, so does the need for dedicated CNAs. Benefits of becoming a CNA at VCU Health CMH are as follows:  new CNA starting salary, VCU Health CMH will cover the cost of the initial CNA Exam and generous benefits as well as education assistance. There will be giveaways and refreshments during the fair.

To learn more about VCU Health CMH, or to view and apply for current opportunities, visit or contact Terri Coker at 434-447-3151, ext. 3471 or

At VCU Health CMH, we are building a healthier community, together.

INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-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.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

During construction 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:


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