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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  This is an urgent message to anyone whom has a family member, co-worker, loved one or even yourself, had those dreadful words spoken, “you have cancer”.   It is time once again to form our Relay for Life teams to help fight and one day find a cure with the funds we raise to go to research.  If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile gathering of caring individuals whom wish to continue the fight against cancer, please join us this Monday January 26th 7:00 PM at SVRMC.  If you cannot for some reason make it to this meeting or have questions, please call Brenda Pultz at Whitman Properties or Diana Blick 434-634-5820, and you can still be a part of this American Cancer Society fundraising event to be held Friday May 15th at the EG High School track .

Utility Work on West Atlantic



There will be temporary lane closures on West Atlantic Street from North Main Street to Market Drive due to utility repairs.

Appropriate traffic control will be established to facilitate vehicular movement.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.


Obituary-Avis Frazier

Avis M. Frazier, 76, died Monday, January 19, 2015. A native of Emporia, she had been a Hampton resident since 1964 where she was a member of First Church at Port Warwick. She worked for many years with her husband at Gene’s Discount Auto Parts and was a member of the Golden Thimble sewing and knitting club.

Gene would like to thank all of her nurses and doctors for all they did for her, especially on the 3rd and 5th floors at the Careplex; and Barry and Sandy Lowe for all of their help during Avis’ illness.

Preceded in death by her son, Linwood G. Frazier; survivors include her husband of 55 years, Gene H. Frazier; a grandson, Kenny Frazier; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Justin Frazier; three sisters, Ruby Estelle Pearson, Betty Mae Velikey, and Erma Louise Vincent; and a brother, Melvin Louis Ferguson.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA by Rev. Ron Gallagher.

Memorials may be made to First Church at Port Warwick, 410 Flannery O’Conner Street, Newport News, VA 23606.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

An Oasis in the Food Desert

Volunteers prepare bags of food for distribution near the end of the event.

Linda Thomas described Friday's visit from the FeedMore mobile food bank and a way to "bridge the gap" for those that do not qualify for food stamps.Linda and her husband Javon feel so strongly about giving back to the community that they were both volunteers on Friday. Linda, a self described contributor to the Food Bank for the last 24 years, has been volunteering for the last few months and described her experience:  "The first few years I got food from the Pantry - when I was a single Mom. Then God blessed me and I was able to start giving. A few months go my Husband and I started  volunteering."


Shortly after arrival volunteers have already packed many bags of food for distribution.  Photos courtesy of Eric Miller.

While the Mobile Food Bank distribution was not scheduled to start until 10:00, many people were lined up and waiting when the truck pulled in and set up began.  Hundreds of people were pre qualified for the event and tons of food were distributed.  Friday's selection included Organic Salad Greens and frozen poultry to augment the typical canned and boxed food usually seen at food banks.  According to Eric Miller with FeedMore, there is an effort to provide more fresh produce and nutritious foodstuffs.  In an e-mail, Eric described the Mobile Pantry as a "refrigerated truck that delivers canned and boxed food and perishables to neighbors who live in areas with limited access to healthy and affordable food options, also known as 'food deserts'.” Emporia is among the top five cities in Virginia for food insecurity."

Volunteers nearly emptied FeedMore's Mobile Pantry on Friday Morning.

Emporia lacks a bus system, and is not pedestrian friendly, lacking even sidewalks for the last stretch of the walk to either Food Lion or Wal Mart. Residents who have no transportation must rely on cabs to travel to Walmart and other stores to buy food. A cab fare is often $10 one way and that amounts to $20 that might have bought 20 cans of protein-rich beans, said Dorothy Prince of Emporia, a volunteer at the Mobile Pantry distribution site.

Diane, an Emporia client of the Mobile Pantry, walked two miles to the Mobile Pantry. Fortunately, she found a cab driver who would transport her and her two hefty bags of canned and perishable food to her home for $5. She receives $53 a month in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and the once-a-month visits to Emporia from the Mobile Pantry are a big help, she said.

A few minutes after Diane left, the cab driver returned and took Eunice and Tara to their Emporia home for $5. The friendly cab driver said he would charge them only $5, adding, “I ain’t trying to get rich. Just trying to make a living.”

“There are so many people around here that are hungry,” said Marilyn Williams of Jarratt, a volunteer who hopes to open a food pantry at her church, Salem Baptist of Emporia.


Emporia has a high incidence of cancer, said several volunteers and a journalist at the Mobile Pantry distribution site at Peace of Mind Ministries along Main Street. Some food insecure residents must choose between buying food and paying for their cancer treatment or medication for other illnesses like Type-2 Diabetes. Overall, the August 2014 Hunger in America study revealed that 69 percent of FeedMore’s clients report choosing between food and medical care. Over one-fourth of Emporia residents are food-insecure.

Other low-income residents have to choose between buying food and paying their power bill, rent and heating bill, Prince said. Their homes have cracks in the floors and windows that allow cold air into their homes, she noted.

Friday's recipients were given enough food for several days.  The bags included the salad greens and poultry, including whole chickens and turkeys and pre packaged chicken parts (all frozen for safety), bread, two varieties of soup, pancake mix, canned vegetables, almond milk and bottled water.  In addition, there were fun items like Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies and Cheese Nips.  Each person received several packages of the poultry and two or three loaves of bread.  Some of the food distributed on Friday is pictured here.

From their Website: "FeedMore serves neighbors across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and 5 cities, spanning nearly one-third of the state. Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, non-profit, public, and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions that target our region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. From our distribution center that provided food for 17 million meals last year, the Hunger Hotline that connects people to nearby pantries, to our Meals on Wheels home deliveries, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in our region. Kids Café provides 2,200 snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year. FeedMore’s Backpack program provides 12,000 meals every weekend to kids who might otherwise go hungry most of the weekend. For more information, visit"

You will also find information on how to donate, host a food drive and where to find assistance on  According to their website, they are currently in need of Peanut Butter, Reduced Sodium Canned Vegetables, Whole Grain Snacks, Hot and Cold Cereal, Canned Spaghetti Sauce (no glass, please), Fruit Packed in Juice and Canned Chicken and Tuna.  Cash donations are also gladly accepted.

Eric Miller, a Public Relations Associate at FeedMore accompanied the driver of the Mobile Food Bank and contributed to this story.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Help for the Flu

The flu virus continues to spread across the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closely tracking the number of confirmed cases and urging stringent precautions to minimize its impact. The CDC reports the flu as being widespread throughout the state of Virginia. Southside Regional Medical Center continues to see flu-symptomatic patients in the emergency room and numerous patients have been admitted for treatment of flu-related complications.

While most people will be able to endure the flu’s effects on their bodies and recover, others are at high risk for suffering complications and needing emergency intervention. Individuals at a higher risk include babies and children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and individuals with lung disease – such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Beyond feeling miserable, flu can develop into something much more serious, particularly for individuals who are at higher risk," said Dr. Bhavna Saraiya, an Internal Medicine physician at Southside Primary Care Petersburg. “It’s important for these individuals to be monitored closely so they receive timely medical help if needed.”

Unlike a cold, the flu typically comes on suddenly. The most common symptoms are fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea.

If you suspect you have the flu virus, the CDC recommends seeking care from your doctor or an urgent care clinic, where you can be tested and receive a prescription for antiviral medication to minimize the intensity and duration of your symptoms. These medications work best when taken within 48 hours of becoming ill, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness.

When you or someone for whom you’re caring experiences any of the following symptoms – the CDC recommends seeking help from the closest emergency department:


  • Trouble breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal


  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

“Flu can become deadly, so it’s important to act promptly if these symptoms appear," said Dr. Saraiya. “And it’s still not too late to get a flu shot this year, which can lessen your chances of getting sick.”

Southside Primary Care, the office of Dr. Michael Cohen, Dr. John Lewis and Dr. Bhavna Saraiya, is offering free flu vaccination clinics to help our community take this important step for prevention. These walk-in clinics are scheduled for Thursday, January 29th from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Southside Primary Care Petersburg (50 Medical Park Boulevard, Suites C & D) and Friday, February 6th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Southside Primary Care Colonial Heights (436 Clairmont Court, Suite 100). For more information, call 804-733-8821 (Petersburg) or 804-526-2121 (Colonial Heights).

For more information on the flu, visit the special flu section “The Flu and You” at To find a primary care doctor visit the “Find a Doctor” link on the home page.


Right Where You Stand...

On February 9th, Greensville County Public Schools will host an information session and reception for local church leaders. School Officials will share information about current school and division wide priorities, and how church leaders can contribute to the success Right Where They Stand.
The event will be held at Greensville County High School on February 9th, from 5:30 until 6:45 P.M. Letters of invitation were mailed to pastors of all churches listed in the local telephone directory. All local church leaders are invited to participate. Anyone who did not receive a letter and desires to attend should contact Mrs. Paige Crewe at 634-3748 or by February 2nd.


Obituary-Doiam Nock

Mrs. Doiam Nock, daughter of the late Albert Davis and the late Dorothy Gaines, was born December 6, 1951 in Columbia, SC. She entered into eternal rest on December 26, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.

She attended public schools in Richland County, S.C. and furthered her education at Mansfield Business and Columbia College. She received her Master’s Degree from Midwest Seminary College.

She and her husband moved to Emporia, Virginia in 2006 where she was a contractor with the U.S. Postal Service until 2014.

She was the devoted wife of George Nock and a wonderful role model for her children and all who knew her.

Mrs. Nock leaves to cherish her memories her sons; Travis [Karen] Gaines, Arthur [Anita] Stevens, Fredrick Stevens and Derrick [Carolina] Evans, all of Columbia, South Carolina; a daughter, Sharon [Ronald] Francis of Springfield, Massachusetts, a brother, James [Francis] Gaines; two sisters, Jean Alice Hope and Vivian Hope, all of Columbia, S.C., twenty grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers and her Church family whom will miss her dearly.

Doiam was a devoted Christian and loved her Savior dearly. She wrote several songs and poems expressing her great faith. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Worship Center Emporia, 4910 E. Atlantic St. where a Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 PM

Hermie Sadler’s FOSHO Bar and Grille proudly presents Comedy Legend “Killer Beaz”

Saturday, Feb 7  9:00 PM

Tickets are on sale now.


Section A $28.00 ♦ Section B $20.00



There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance coverage and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Can Help

If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

The Affordable Care Act required that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty is applied to annual taxable income for each month without health insurance after February 15, 2015, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, health insurance coverage may be available at no cost through Medicaid. For those who do not qualify for Medicaid, coverage may be available on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

That is where Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) can help!  The applications counselors at SVRMC can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine eligibility for Medicaid or other insurance options, as well as assist with the enrollment process

Enrollment counselors are available Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment by calling 434-348-4406.  Beginning January 6th, SVRMC will hold Enrollment Fairs in the Registration Department every Tuesday from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM throughout the open enrollment period (enrollment fairs will end on 2/10/15).  During this time enrollment counselors will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the enrollment process.  Those interested should bring proof of residency or a driver’s license, proof of income (pay stub or W2) for all family members applying, and the social security number of anyone who is applying.

For more information regarding qualifying for any type of health insurance coverage, contact Nicole Mitchell at 434-348-4406.

Missing Black Lab

Black lab  with white spot on chest missing since Dec 15.Last seen on Grasssy Pond Rd.He 's 1 year old.Very friendly.Toby is his name.Please call  634-4725 or 594-9305 if you have seen him. Thank you.


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