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Area Churches Host Back to School Events This Weekend

Zion Baptist Church Back to School Bash

The Zion Baptist Church, 3155 Smokey Ordinary Road, Purdy, VA where Rev. Jerome Pratt is the pastor; will sponsor a BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Free school supplies will be given away, while they last. Food will be served and the attire is jeans and t-shirt. Come worship with us. Fun, Food, and Fellowship.


Southside Regional Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on September 11, 2014.  Accreditation expires on September 9, 2017.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Anne Fereday, SRMC’s Director, Cardiac Service Line.

Douglas Moyer, SRMC’s CEO, further explains, “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at SRMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Centerpersonnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  •  Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack


Learning Their Colors!

The Kindergarten class at Brunswick Academy has been studying their colors.  The students shared with their teacher and friends their favorite color.  Each day Mrs. Ferguson has been seeing lots of colors.  Blue was the color forTuesday!

Pictured with Mrs. Ferguson’s class Katie Quinn, teacher assistant, and Jessica Rivas, student helper.

Mrs. Ferguson's Students are Autumn, Olivia, Ana, Sarah, James, Jud, Addison, Harrison, Lacey, Mallory, Maddison, Koen, Grayson, Arya, Kennedi, and Chloe.

Jackson-Feild Homes Residents Treated to a Day of Fishing

Three years ago Don Lancaster, host of Fishing Tidewater on WKHT, started a fishing outing for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes. Almost none of the participating children had ever been saltwater fishing, and he wanted to provide this opportunity.

Unable to lead the event this year, Don turned the 2014 outing over to his close friend Dan Minnick who rose bright and early Saturday morning to ready the rods and reels and purchase the bait before the boys and girls arrived at 9:30.

Following Dan’s Fishing 101 lesson, the residents grabbed their gear and started fishing. Everyone had a great time and caught a lot of fish. The children were amazed to see and learn about the living organisms come from the ocean. In addition to a wide variety of fish, they also caught a sea horse and a few crabs.

The boys and girls are still talking about this experience which they will long remember and cherish. Don, Dan and other caring folks in the Hampton Roads area have been providing quality of life opportunities for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for many years.

Meherrin Piecemakers Annual Quilt Show

The Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host its Ninth Annual Quilt Show on September 27th and 28th at Village View.  Quilts and quilted items made by the members will be on display along with items made using other needlecraft techniques, such as cross stitch and punch needle.  Throughout the historic mansion, members will also demonstrate various quilting techniques such as appliqué and hand quilting.

Hours for the Quilt Show are 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28th.  Admission is $3.00 for adults; children are admitted free.  Prior to the show, tickets may be purchased from any guild member or at the door on the day of the show.

Sandwiches, soup, drinks, desserts, and handmade items will be sold.  In the basement of Village View, Quilters ‘n’ Friends Quilt Shop from Capron will sell fabric, and an assortment of yard sale items will also be available.

The Quilt Guild was formed in 2000 by three quilting friends, Barbara Adams, Chris Cooper, and Marcia Headley.  The guild has grown through the years and now has approximately thirty active members.  Over the years, many quilts have been made by the club members and donated to local organizations to raffle.  Some of the organizations that have benefitted are the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Adult Activity Services, Relay for Life, the YMCA, the Civic Center Foundation, and the Meherrin River Arts Council.

The club members are active in many ways to benefit the community.  Each year, most members make and donate at least one quilt that is often donated to groups or individuals in need.  Past groups that have benefitted are the Family Violence Prevention Program, Jackson Feild Homes, and Emporia Social Services.  The club also adopts one or more families at Christmas and provides gifts for them, and also provides gifts to nursing home patients.   Members make turbans for cancer patients at the local hospital, knit hats for the “Hats for Heroes” project, and participate in several other worthwhile activities, such as Kids and Cops and Christmas Happiness.

Guild members meet twice monthly.   On the second Wednesday afternoon of each month at 1:30 p.m. they meet at the Palm Tree on Halifax Street, and on the fourth Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., they meet at the Main Street Baptist Church Parish Hall in Emporia, VA.  New members are welcome.  For more information about the club and its activities, contact club President Evelyn Kientz at (434) 535-8813.

These homemade holiday decorations would be ideal for door hangings at home or for a loved one in a nursing home.  This sampling below, along with many more items made by guild members, will be for sale at our Ninth Annual Quilt Show at Village View on Saturday, September 27th from noon – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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 Carnival coming to Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia Sept 25 - 28, 2014.

Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. - is pleased to announce they will be returning to the 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia, September 25th through 28th.  Owner, R C Cole has proudly owned and operated "Virginia's Finest Amusement Company" for the past twenty-five years, providing quality amusement rides and affordable family entertainment. is extremely proud of our excellent safety record and reputation.  The company has been utilized yearly for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy. offers a remarkable amusement midway this year for the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Featured rides will include the Ferris Wheel, Catch N Air, Rainbow, Scat, Sizzler, Jungle Crawl, Slide, Dragon Wagon and many more rides for all ages. Also available will be the games and food. 

Don't miss it!! - September 25th through 28th at the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Carnival opens daily at 6 PM and weekends at Noon.  Unlimited Ride Special will be available on Thursday, September 25th.  Visit for more info and updates.


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,




The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville will host The Virginia Peanut Festival Fall 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The race will begin at 8:00 AM in the YMCA parking lot, and is open to all ages.  Registration cost is $20 per person and everyone that pre-registers by September 22, 2014, will receive a free t-shirt.  Fees increase to $25 per person after September 22, 2014.  Following a course of paved roads, the 5K/10K will feature a water station and post-race refreshments.  For more information, please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.    


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