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Psychiatric 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).

A minimum of one year’s practical experience required.  Adolescent psychiatric and pediatric experience preferred.  Competitive hourly rate.  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.  JFBHS is an equal opportunity employer.  Position open until filled.

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-6, to address below.

Registered Nurse

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for boys & girls located fifteen minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed RN.  This full-time position is required to work three to four 12 hour shifts per week.  Works every other weekend.  Available shift is 8 PM to 8AM

A minimum of one year’s experience practicing as a RN required.  Experience in adolescent psychiatric setting preferred.  Competitive salary and benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and an employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug Free Work Place.  Position open until filled.

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-7, to address below.

Human Resources Assistant/Office Manager

An adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility seeks highly motivated person proficient in the operation of Microsoft Office software applications.  The HR Assistant/Office Manager provides administrative support to the Director of Human Resources, manages an eight line telephone switchboard, manages the mailroom, and performs the purchasing function for the organization.  This position manages employee benefits enrollments.  The HR Assistant also administers COBRA and FMLA benefits.  This position manages the HRIS system and generates reports as required by the HR Director.  This position also conducts criminal background screenings and assists with the onboarding of new hires.  The position ensures that all personnel files are in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies.  Significant time will be spent manually filing information in personnel files.  Accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Qualified applicants must possess a high school diploma/GED and five years experience as an administrative assistant.  The completion of formal college coursework in Microsoft Office software applications is preferred.  Qualified candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, Access, Outlook, and HR database applications including the ability to create custom reports, graphs, PowerPoint presentations and export data into excel for manipulation.  JFBHS is seeking candidates with high-level computer skills.  Successful applicants must pass a computer software competency test which requires applicants to manipulate data in excel and create a report that includes charts and graphs.

Compensation package includes 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.  EOE

E-mail, fax, or mail cover letter & resume, referencing Job # 2015-5, to address below.

                                                                                                Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
                                                                                                Attn: Chris Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                               546 Walnut Grove Drive
                                                                                                Jarratt, Virginia 23867
                                                                                                fax: (434) 634-6237

Republicans Praise McAuliffe for Signing Budget

By Margo Maier, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Republican legislators applauded Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision Thursday to sign the 2014-2016 state budget without amendments or vetoes. It was the first time since 1998 that a governor has approved a budget in toto.

The budget that the General Assembly passed ahead of schedule this year reduces general fund spending by about $1 billion but includes pay raises for teachers and state employees.

“Today I was proud to sign a budget bill that provides a strong foundation for our future – a foundation built on collaboration and a shared commitment to building a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.

“This budget closes our revenue shortfall responsibly, avoids cuts to core programs like education and invests in key priorities that are essential to economic growth. It also includes my top priorities of increasing funding for economic development; offering health-care services to more Virginians who need them; giving Virginia state employees a much-needed raise; funding the first lady’s school breakfast initiative; and supporting efforts to end homelessness across the commonwealth.”

GOP leaders were pleased by McAuliffe’s approval of the budget.

“Through the budget shortfall last year, the House of Delegates worked very hard to prevent any cuts to K-12 education. Not only were we able to do that again this year, but we were also able to provide our teachers with a pay raise,” said Del. Tag Greason, R-Loudoun.

“This is the second pay raise in three years. It reflects our commitment to attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers. The budget also provides funding to continue our efforts to reform and improve the State’s Assessment System and the Standards of Learning tests.”

Additional praise came from such Republicans as House Speaker William J. Howell; Del. Chris Jones of Suffolk, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Del. Steve Landes of Weyers Cave, the committee’s vice-chairman.

“This has been one of the smoothest budget processes in recent memory and it was punctuated today by Gov. McAuliffe’s signature,” Jones said.

“Since last summer, the House, Senate and the administration have developed a renewed commitment to bipartisanship and cooperation, allowing us to show that once again Virginia is a model for the nation. This is a good budget that reflects our priorities.”

Landes said the budget was crafted “with remarkably little controversy or disagreement.” He then raised a point of contention in the early budget discussions: McAuliffe’s request that the General Assembly expand Medicaid, the health program for low-income residents, as encouraged by the federal government’s health care law. Republican legislators rejected Medicaid expansion.

“I have said many times that Medicaid expansion is the wrong approach for Virginia. The document signed today offers an alternative approach that emphasizes providing targeted care to those who need it most, rather than a one-size-fits-all, government-run entitlement program,” Landes said.

“We are helping the seriously mentally ill, strengthening our free clinic system and building on past efforts to improve community behavioral health services.”

Obituary-Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr.

Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr. 75, widower of Judy Wright Braddy, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ron Christopher Braddy and two sisters, Hilda Ricks and Evelyn Johnson. He is survived by two daughters, Deneene Braddy Rice and Rhonda Braddy Phillips and husband, Jason and a son, Curt Braddy; four grandchildren, Amber Rice, Sierra Braddy, Justin C. Mitchell and Tori Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Brayden and Noah Barron and Nyah Grace Rice; one sister, Mabel Lynch and devoted nephew, Jerry Wright and wife, Sarah and children, Berkley “Googy Eyes” and Hannah “Ichabod”. The family will receive friends5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Moses Leslie Newsome

Moses Leslie Newsome, 93, of Emporia, went to be with The Lord on Saturday, march 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade and lila Newsome; his first wife, Janie Braddy newsome; and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Ada King Newsome; a daughter, Connie Moore and husband, Hurbert; a son, Larry Newsome and wife, Carolyn; a grandson, Larry Newsome, Jr. and wife, Karen; a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Newsome; two ste-sons, Howard Boney and wife, Virginia and James Boney and wife, Lelia; a step-daughter, Barbara Allen and husband, Gerald; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and his beloved sitters. Moses was a member of First Baptist Church of Emporia and he loved The Lord. He was a charter member of Greensville Lounteer Rescue Squad, served in the U.S. Navy, and retired from Sadler Body Shop. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt with interment to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 12-2 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Emporia or to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at

Neighborhood Watch Meeting April 14th

The Emporia / Greensville Neighborhood Watch invites you to come out to meet and greet the new Police Chief Rick Pinksaw of the City of Emporia, he will be here to introduce himself and his plans for the City. There may be a short question and answer session.  We would like to invite anyone from Emporia, Jarratt, and Greensville County to attend the meeting.  The meeting will be on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM. At the Greensville County Ruritan Club off Hwy 58 West.

Note; This meeting was rescheduled from February meeting due to illness.

All are welcome to come to our meeting and bring someone with you.

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

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC.  These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm's current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years.Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7.

These safety-net programs provide important financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. As part of the strong education and outreach campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September, to date more than 5 million educational postcards, in English and Spanish, have been sent to producers nationwide, and more than 5,000 events with more than 430,000 attendees, including training sessions and speaking engagements, have been conducted to educate  producers on the programs. The online tools, available at, which allow producers to explore how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation, have been presented to more than 3,400 groups.   

Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

Producers need to contact the Farm Service Agency by April 7. To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find local offices, visit

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

GCHS Track Team Wins first Meet

Windsor VA March 25, 2015-The boys and girls track team defeated Windsor, Southampton and Park View in the season opener of the outdoor track season.

The boys score

102 GCHS

64 Park View

35 Windsor

24 Southampton

Robert Sykes won both the 1mile (5:03) and the 800m (2:12), Jordan Peebles won the high jump (6’6”) and the 110mhurdles (16.22), Cordarus Clayton won the shot put (42’) Stuart Dugger 120’7” Douglass Allen Jr 12:44, the boys 4x800m relay team of Nathaniel King, Chris Mason, Isaiah Hicks and Robert Sykes won with a time of 9:59

The girls score


72 Parkview

26 Windsor

18 Southampton

Lindsey Gordon recorded two first place in the 2mile (15:57) and 1mile (6:48), Arianna Phillips won the long jump (13’), Deja Mangrum won the shot put (25’9), Praisya Smith won the 300m hurdles (55.76) and Tenisha Broadnax won the 800m (3:03) the girsl 4x800m relay team of Brooklyn Mason, Haley Jones, Cahlia Allen and Tenisha Broadnax won in a time of 13:28

The track team will compete at home next Wednesday April 1, 2015, “ this was a good effort by my athletes for the first track meet considering we only had few practice days I was quite impress with the effort, however, we have a long way to go before conference, regional and states”, Coach Young said.

SVCC Chorus has "So Much to Sing About"

The Southside Virginia Community College Chorus (SVCC Chorus) has “So Much to Sing About!” and you are invited to attend. The SVCC Chorus is giving their annual Spring Concert on April 12th at 7:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church (free). Under the direction of Carol Henderson and with the assistance of Sally Tharrington on the piano, this year’s concert is featuring songs about the inspiration that develops from depths of our human spirit. We have “So Much to Sing About!”.

In the SVCC Chorus music, you will hear beautiful poetry that sings of our Faith, Love, Hope and Joy. After the cold, icy and snowy winter, the SVCC Chorus hopes to warm your hearts and inspire you as springtime is welcomed with beautiful music... we have “So Much to Sing About!”

In the spiritual, “I’m Gonna Sing!” by Andre Thomas, our spirit is told to “sing on!” “dance on!” as we sing of our Faith.  “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Gwyneth Walker is a resonating song of Hope.

Flutist Dee Pinnell joins the chorus for “Prayer Litany” a treasured anthem by Helen Kemp. Betty Edwards is a featured soprano soloist.  Gavin Honeycutt sings the tenor solos in a medley, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” where we re-live the Joy of our younger years.  Other chorus members featured in the program are: Lloyd Farnsworth, Jimmy Martin, Kelli Lewis and Julia Hawthorne.

Other gentle gems: “Over the Rainbow”, “Gentle Annie”, a folk-like song by Stephen Foster; “Danny Boy” by Joe Flummerfelt and “Sing Me to Heaven”, will warm your hearts with remembered Love.

Carol and Sally reside in Mecklenburg County. Sally works at SVCC and also serves as the musician at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Boydton. Carol serves as the musician at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax and is also the director of the Lake Country Chorale, Inc. in Clarksville.

Come to the SVCC Chorus Spring Concert on April 12th ...we have “So Much to Sing About!” sponsored by the Southside Virginia Community College. The concert is free and is open for all friends, neighbors and families. South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914, Mecklenburg, Ave, South Hill, Va. 23970

No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since I believe that love abides, How Can I Keep from Singing?”



Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship

In June 2014, the Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship was established in memory of Mason who was a fun loving and in the moment nine year old boy. This year a graduating senior from Greensville County High School (Emporia, VA) will be awarded with the scholarship in the amount of $500.00. Future scholarships will be awarded each year until his graduating class of 2022.  Details on how to apply to the scholarship can be found at or in the Guidance Office at GCHS. Applications can be submitted to:

Mason (May-May) Taylor Scholarship

2550 Chapmans Ford Road

Emporia, VA 23847





Are you interested in learning more about Law Enforcement? Are you interested in creating a spirit of  friendship and cooperation  between Law Enforcement and the citizens it serves? If your answer is YES, you may want to consider attending the Emporia Police Department's CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY.

The Emporia Police Department's Citizen's Police  Academy  is a series of instructional courses presented by the Emporia Police Department to educate local citizens on the role of law enforcement in today's society.

The Emporia Police Department will begin it's next Citizen's Police Academy on  March 26th, 2015 .  Any citizen who is age 18 or older should contact the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121, (Ext-6), or email ( You can also fill out the short application on their brochure (DOWNLOAD HERE) and take it to the Dispatch Window at the EPD.The citizen will then be advised of the application process and be considered for enrollment The following is a summary of the Citizen's Police Academy enrollment and curriculum.


 Prior to the beginning of the Citizen's Academy,  the Police Department will make applications available.  Anyone interested can at any time call the Police Department or email me at (  An application brochure will be provided for you. The first fifteen applicants accepted will be notified of the date when classes will start.  There will be no charge for the course.There will be certain requirements to attend. The following are the requirements:

 1.  Must be a legal resident, property owner or work  or conduct business  in the City of Emporia.

 2.  18 years of age or older.

 3.  Have no Felony Record or Misdemeanor Record involving Moral Turpitude, or violent crimes.

 4.  Have a good driving record.

 5.  Present positive Identification, (Drivers License, ID card, Birth Certificate, etc.

 Selection of qualified applicants will be on a first  come first serve basis.  Applications will be numbered as they are received. The first fifteen applicants that qualify will be selected to attend the CPA.  Each applicant accepted will be notified by letter and will be contacted by phone to determine their intention to attend.  This process will be repeated until fifteen applicants are accepted.  Applications who qualified but were not selected will be held until the next CPA and will be among those first accepted.



~ Event provides overview of admissions process to students, parents & school counselors ~

Senator Mark R. Warner (VA) will host his annual Virginia Service Academy Day onSaturday, March 28th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville.   The event will offer students, parents and school counselors a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with officials from the five federal service academies, as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Military Institute. Representatives from many Virginia Congressional offices will also be available.

“One of my most rewarding responsibilities as a Senator is nominating Virginia’s exceptional young men and women for admission to our country’s service academies,” Senator Warner said. “I am proud to be able to connect students and their families with these opportunities.” 

The Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy require a two-tier admission process of highly-qualified individuals; an applicant must meet the rigorous admissions requirements of an academy as well as receive a Congressional nomination to be accepted into an academy.

Registration for Academy day and information on the nomination process for the service academies is available on the Senator’s website  You may call the Vienna office at 703-442-0670 with any questions.



Educators Prayer Breakfast

Petersburg, VA –     Educator Dominion blogger, elementary school teacher and author, Toni Young, will be hosting the third and final Educators Prayer Breakfast for this school year on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Zion Apostolic Christian Memorial Temple’s Lower Dining Hall,  1601 S Youngs Road, Petersburg, VA.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
This event is designed especially for men and women who are currently employed or have retired from any position within the public or private educational setting in the Petersburg and Richmond Tri-Cities area and all neighboring counties. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, specialist, administrators, superintendents, substitutes, food service, bus drivers, volunteers, child care center workers, college professors etc.
Educator Dominion seeks to empower and encourage believers in the Word of God to improve the quality of education in their city or county through the power of consistent, specific and bold unified prayer. 
The cost of the event is $8.00 and includes a light continental breakfast.  Cash or check payments will be accepted on the day of the event. However, you must RSVP to reserve a space.  Seating is limited.  

For more information, please contact Toni Young at 757-537-3948 after4 p.m.



C3’s Kid’s Meals Application Open for Summer Meals

Franklin, VA. For the 5th summer, Cover 3 Foundation will be a sponsor of the USDA Summer Feeding Service Program. Application deadline for C3’s Kid’s Meals is April 10, 2015.

Through sponsorship of the USDA Summer Feeding Service Program, C3’s Kid’s Meals provides free, healthy and balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers to all children attending a qualifying site within 60 miles of Franklin, VA. Qualifying sites may include day care centers, recreation centers, churches, schools, summer camps, open park sites, and community centers. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the same course of the meal service.

All returning sites and new sites must complete the preliminary online application found at no later than April 10. If you want to partner with C3’s Kid’s Meals to provide healthy and balanced meals to children at your center and have questions, please contact Cover 3 Foundation at 757-562-2252 or email


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