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Applications for Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Persons, Tax Relief for Landowners with 5 acres or more productive agriculture and Personal Property Relief for Certain Veterans can be obtained from the office of the Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue starting September 1st.  The application must be signed and filled out completely with all required documents and returned to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office no later than November 1st.  If eligible, credit will be given for 2017 taxation.  My office is located at 1781 Greensville County Circle,  Room 132, Emporia, VA – Highway 301 North – Sussex Dr.  Our telephone number is 434-348-4227.  THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY OCTOBER 21ST.  My staff and I will be attending a computer seminar.

Martha S. Swenson

Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Greensville County


Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Lesley Qu has been chosen the October 2016 Student of the Month.  Lesley, a senior, is an International student studying at Brunswick Academy from Hangzhou, China for the past three years.  She is the host daughter of Kim Williams and sister to Cole Williams of Lawrenceville.   She is a member of the National Honor Society,  Varsity Cross Country team and was on the Brunswick Academy 2016 Homecoming Court.  In 2015, she received the Outstanding Art Student of the Year award. 

Lesley enjoys drawing and traveling the globe.  She plans to major in Nutrition and Food Science at an American University.  She will apply to Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts and University of California at Irvine.  Congratulations Lesley on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month.


Sam Billy Barnes Sr

Sam Billy Barnes Sr. made his final Journey home today, October 18th 2016. Sam Billy is survived by his 3 children, Dale B Rhodes, Sam "Billy" Barnes Jr. and wife Vickie, Kimberly Creech-Mitchell and four grandsons, Kent Christopher Trader, Anthony R. Hux, Kyle A. Barnes and wife Megan, Rodney K. Mitchell and wife Tiffany and 7 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Capron Cemetery in Capron Virginia at 1pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. Arrangements by Williford Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

2016 Riparian Home Tour Starts at Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn, in Purdy, VA is the home of Mike and Dawn Veliky, who purchased the property in the summer of 2013.  Mike is the Greensville County Building/Fire Official and Dawn is the Register/Director of Veterans Affairs at Halifax Community College.   

The Southern Colonial home was constructed in 1953 by Wiley and Francis Cole, who operated a working cattle farm on the original 200 plus acres.  Most locals came to know the home a the “The Cole Place”, although it was named Oak Lawn by Mrs. Cole, cue to the many oak trees that once existed in the front yard. Only one massive oak remains today.

The planning and designing of the home was ahead of its time, incorporating such features as walk in cedar lined closets throughout, double vanities in the master suite, a walk in shower, ceramic tiled bathrooms, circuit breakers instead of fuses, and under floor electric radiant heat throughout the home.  The home was constructed with steel and concrete floors over the basement, four fireplaces, a 12 inch thick poured concrete basement with over 8 feet of headroom, slate roof, insulated interior walls, nine foot ceiling throughout both stories and a full room width built in china cabinet in the large dining room. 


When the Velikys purchased the property in 2013, the home and grounds had unfortunately suffered from several years of neglect, due to the failing health and eventual passing of first, Mr. Cole, then Mrs. Cole a few short years later.  Even so, the Velikys were able to recognize the excellent quality of the materials and workmanship that went into the original construction, and decided to take on the challenge of restoring the home to its original splendor and charm.  Their vision is to keep the traditional southern architecture prominent, but to enhance the rear yard area with landscaping and features that personify their love of the outdoors and tropical lifestyle.  In the summer months, Mexican Petunias, banana and palm trees, night blooming Primroses and soft accent lighting add to the tropical feel out back, while the blooming crepe myrtles, fragrant hydrangeas, slate walkways, rockers, and shy blue ceiling of the front porch recreate a Charleston like atmosphere at the main entry.

Mike and Dawn are slowly restoring and renovating everything themselves, and thus far have remodeled the kitchen, added an in-ground fiberglass kidney shaped pool, outdoor shower, pool house/Tiki bar and stamped concrete patio.  Future plans include modifying a rear den into a sunroom overlooking the pool area, and renovating all three bathrooms.  Mike is interested in energy conservation and new technology, and has equipped the home with a security system and cameras, wifi, and is currently installing a hybrid solar heat pump system, which uses solar energy to convert the refrigerant from a liquid into a gas, reducing the load on the compressor.  He also plans to install a reflective radiant barrier in the full height attic, to assist with energy conservation. 

This is a gorgeous home and will be decorated for the Christmas holidays in evergreen swags up the curving banister leading to the second floor and around all four fireplace mantels.  There will be several decorated Christmas trees throughout and a snowman in the entryway to greet the guests.

The tour will include the home of David and Rosemarie Bland and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

Crater Community Hospice and Comfort Zone Camp to Host Holiday Family Grief Program in Petersburg

Richmond, Va. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Comfort Zone Camp, in partnership with Crater Community Hospice (CCH), will host a Family Grief Program that is designed to help families navigate grief during the holiday season. The program will help those who have experienced a death in the family learn fun, safe and creative ways to honor their loved one through dynamic activities.

The Family Grief Program will take place at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (512 W. Washington Street in Petersburg) on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.The program is free of charge, though space is limited and advance registration is required.

“The holiday season -- the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s -- can often be a difficult time for families who have experienced a death,” said Mary Beth McIntire, chief executive officer of Comfort Zone Camp. “We are happy to be partnering with a wonderful community organization to help families find ways to support each other during this time and find healthy ways to cope.”

“CCH has been providing adult support groups for many years. The entire family really is the unit of care for hospice and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate by joining efforts and reaching out to all family members who are grieving a loss,” said Brenda Mitchell, chief executive officer of Crater Community Hospice.

In addition, the program is seeking volunteers for the Family Grief Program. Atraining session for volunteers will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The training session takes place at Crater Community Hospice located at 3916 S. Crater Road in Petersburg.

Toregister for the Family Grief Program, or for more information, contact:

Ally Singer | | (804) 377-3430

Patti Cox |  | (804) 840-6454

About Comfort Zone Camp

This year Comfort Zone began the 17th year of its camp program, which was born out of a desire to provide a caring community and safe haven in which children who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling are heard, understood, andtaught healthy ways to process their grief. Since its founding, over 14,000children have attended its camps across the country.

Comfort Zone Camp provides children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian with professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills. Programs are held year-round in locations throughout the United States. Comfort Zone also partners with local community nonprofits and foundations across the country to provide specialized programs for children, teens, and young adults. For more information, visit

About Crater Community Hospice

Crater Community Hospice is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the community on serious illness and end of life concerns and provide families and patients with quality care and supportive services. CCH was established in 1995 after a need for hospice services was identified by both John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. At that time both facilities were community hospitals and recognized that a community-based hospice could better serve the local community. With a vested interest in the community, CCH strives to provide not only high quality hospice services but also multiplecommunity services necessary to improve upon the overall quality of life to all who reside in the area. For more information, visit

Register Now for Truck Driver Training

Coming in November to Greensville County; Truck Driver Training through Southside Virginia Community College! Train now for a great well paying job.   The class will begin on November 7, 2016 and will run for six weeks, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  at the facility located on U.S. 58 east of Emporia.  SVCC's program is an excellent school turning out qualified drivers that are in high demand.  Pre-registration is required so contact the school at 434 292 3101 or visit our website at for more information.  There is assistance with tuition so call soon to register for this exciting program to put you on the road to success.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Selling Named Bricks For The New Hospital

As part of the $3.5 million Health Care For Life Capital Campaign, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is offering a unique naming opportunity at the new hospital, according to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at VCU Health CMH.

“The new hospital will have a healing garden that will include a brick plaza that can have engraved bricks that citizens and businesses can purchase,” he said.

“An engraved brick is an ideal way to leave your mark, honor someone or memorialize a loved one. Each brick can be engraved with your name or the name of a friend or family member,” he continued. “What a great way to be remembered and to acknowledge special occasions such as a baptism, wedding, graduation or just to support our community hospital. The brick is laser engraved for maintenance-free care and has a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. Your gift will help to support the VCU Health Community Memorial Foundation’s efforts to assist the hospital in providing much needed services for all residents in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.”

According to Kurz, a personalized brick to be placed in the new brick plaza outside the cafe in the new VCU Health CMH is just $500.  This is for a 4x8 brick with three lines of 20 characters on each line or the brick can include a piece of clip-art from a variety of options with three lines of 12 characters each.

Kurz added that a second option is available as well.

“We have 8x8 bricks with up to four lines of type with 20 characters available. This brick will look different than the rest of the bricks and there are only 98 available. These bricks are just $1,500 and you may purchase an 8x8 brick with clip-art for the same price. These 8x8 bricks have four lines of text with 12 characters per line,” he added.

The new hospital will provide health care to thousands of people locally and reduce the need for them to travel during difficult times in their lives, plus offer an added level of invaluable support because of CMH’s affiliation with VCU Health in Richmond.

According to Kurz, a­­­­ll information on the bricks must conform to social etiquette and must not be derogatory, illegal or suggestive. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital reserves the right to exclude any bricks deemed inappropriate.

Deadline to order bricks to assure inclusion for the grand opening of the hospital is February 10, 2017.  To purchase a brick or for more information call (434) 774-2575.

Storage Auctions Remain Strong

Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on November 5

EMPORIA, Va. -- What's behind that door? What hidden gems could be on the other side? The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its newest location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

"The popularity of hit TV shows like 'Storage Wars' really generates a huge interest in storage unit auctions. And there’s no slowing down. The intrigue in storage auctions is as strong as ever, maybe even more so. There's such mystery. You never know what you're going to find," said auctioneer Carla Harris, known to Richmond radio listeners and TV audiences as "Carla Cash."

Multiple units will be auctioned off. During this sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

"Quite a few units will be up for auction, so if you've ever been curious to check out a storage auction and see what happens, this is your chance. We have people come from all over Central and Southside Virginia and even other states to check out what's inside," said Boyce Adams, owner of Emporia Storage.

Gates open at 9 a.m. for registration. The auction begins at 10 a.m. In this absolute auction, units will be sold "as is, where is" and contents must be removed by the winning bidder by 6 p.m. that day.

"Storage auctions are a great way to buy, plus they’re fun. If you're a collector, someone who buys and sells, or simply a treasure hunter, you'll find something unique for sure," Harris said.

The auction will be conducted by Carla Lynn Sturgill (Carla Harris), Emporia, Va., 434-594-4406, VA License # 2907004352. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program post-storm recommendations

In wake of Hurricane Matthew, property owners are reminded to exercise caution

RICHMOND, Va.—The Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program is reminding citizens who suffer property damage as a result of severe weather to take precautions before approving repairs to their home or vehicle.

Policyholders shouldn’t hire a contractor or mechanic until they’ve confirmed with their insurance provider that the work is covered.

John Huddleston, president of the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (VAIASIU), said standard homeowner’s policies don’t typically cover flood damage but auto insurance policies sometimes do.

Huddleston also warned policyholders against fly-by-night contractors that sometimes surface after a severe weather event.

“Take care of your safety first,” Huddleston said. “Protect property from further damage. Make prompt notification to carriers. And always make sure you check out a potential contractor’s background.”

It’s recommended that consumers hire licensed contractors. Consumers can confirm licensure and view any past disciplinary actions on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website at

First Sgt. Steve Hall, Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program coordinator, said that property owners also have a responsibility in how they handle claims.

“Use your insurance coverage, that’s what it’s there for,” he said. “But don’t get carried away. If you try to claim pre-existing damage or inflate your claim to recoup deductibles or premiums, that’s attempting to obtain money by false pretense, and it’s illegal.”

More than $21 million in fraudulent claims were collected in Virginia last year and another $19.6 million in fraudulent claims were attempted. Nationally, insurers are estimated to lose more than $80 billion each year to insurance fraud.

“Those losses get passed to the consumer,” Hall said. “Insurance fraud ultimately costs each Virginian hundreds of dollars each year.”

SVCC FAculty and Staff Recognized

During the recent Virginia Community Colleges Association meeting held at Wintergreen, four members of the Southside Virginia Community College staff and faculty were recognized as Showcase Recipients.  This award recognizes hard work and dedication to their individual colleges and the overall mission of the Virginia Community College System.  Congratulating the Showcase winners is Stephen Walker of Charlotte Court House, President-Elect of the VCCA and SVCC faculty (Left to Right)and winners are Sharon P. Freeman of Lawrenceville, Associate Professor of English, Christanna Campus, Rosa Townsend of Victoria, College Librarian and Adjunct Associate Professor on the John H. Daniel Campus, Christie C. Hales, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for SVCC, and Robert J. Blackwell of Keysville, Trade Technician III of John H. Daniel Campus. 

Community Is Our Middle Name

By Dr. Al Roberts

We are Southside Virginia Community College. “Southside Virginia” describes the geographic area we serve. “College” explains our function as an institution of postsecondary education. But “Community” is what characterizes our mission. Community stands at the core of our purpose and in the middle of our name. Community binds the people and places of our region together as we share our lives, our challenges, and our dreams.

Admittedly, some of the challenges have been significant. But challenges only serve to make us stronger. For example, business start-ups have increased every year for the past three years (from 214 to 308 to 353). Employment rates also show recovery. Regional unemployment stood at 10.5% in 2010, and the most recent Virginia Employment Commission figures peg it at 5.5%. The College promotes regional and individual prosperity through a wide slate of education opportunities. Earlier this year, SVCC awarded Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Science, and other credentials to more than 1,300 students, opening many doors of opportunity. Furthermore, for the eighth year in a row, SVCC was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

SVCC faculty and staff also maintain strong community connections. With more than 300 full-time and part-time employees, the College’s workforce constitutes an armada of volunteers. They serve in areas such as fire departments and rescue squads. They distribute food and clothing, provide health care, and keep our region beautiful by picking up litter. SVCC employees serve on non-profit boards and committees, help out at festivals, and assist in schools, nursing homes, and churches. They help build and repair houses, volunteer as coaches, and give their blood—literally. By example, they lead students into lifestyles characterized by helping others.

SVCC student organizations include the Human Services Club, whose members seek to address needs among the elderly, young, and mentally challenged members of the community. The Student Government Association networks with legislators to find solutions to educational issues. The Minority Awareness Programming Club sponsors an annual African-American History month program and raises funds for charitable organizations. The Automotive Club sponsors car care clinics, and the Wellness Club offers workshops and community outreach programs to promote healthy lifestyles. Student Veterans of America provides encouragement to veterans and spouses of veterans, and members of Student Ambassadors honor the value of giving back to the community through outreach and volunteer projects. These are just a few of many examples.

When SVCC staff and students join hands with neighbors and others, Southside Virginia becomes a place where unity strengthens our relationships and prepares us for the future. SVCC’s Annual Report includes more details about the ways in which the College helps put the “unity” into our Community. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact me at 434-949-1004 or

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

Thomas W. Meehan Elected to Jackson-Feild Home’s Foundation Board

Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

Field Day Focuses on Pastures and Forages To Help VA Small Farmers Meet High Demand For Goat and Sheep Meat

Pastures and forages will be the focus of Small Ruminant Field Day scheduled on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program, the educational event will inform goat and sheep producers about forages to plant and how to best manage and maintain them. Forages are bulky grazing animal foods such as grass or hay. "Forages and pastures are important when considering nutritional requirements but are just as salient to parasite control," said Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, VSU small ruminant extension specialist.

The program is $10 per person, which includes lunch, as well as hands-on hoof-trimming, drenching and vaccination demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to bring weeds from their property to have them identified by an on-site pasture weed specialist. “By identifying weeds, ranchers can employ safe, targeted methods of reducing a pasture’s weed load to maximize the nutrient-dense forage their animals need,” said O’Brien.

There is large and an unfilled demand for goat and sheep meat in the major cities of the United States, including metropolitan areas in Virginia. It is a staple of many ethnic groups, with about 60 to 70 percent of the world regularly eating goat meat. According to North Carolina State University, since 1991, the United States is a net importer of goat meat. In 2014, 43,188 million pounds of goat meat were imported for a total value of $94.7 million, compared to 2,994 million pounds in 1990 for a total value of $1.9 million. As populations from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean increase, so does the demand for these meats, with goats and sheep of all ages often fetching premium prices.  Because goats and sheep can be raised on relatively small amounts of land, this lends an opportunity for many of Virginia’s smaller farmers to fill this niche. Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU focuses on providing Extension assistance to the Commonwealth’s small, historically underserved and limited resource farmers and ranchers.

This year’s Small Ruminant Field Day is part of VSU’s interdisciplinary pilot program called “Goatober.” The program aims to grow Virginia’s goat industry through the month of October by helping goat farmers tackle their two major business obstacles: consumers’ lack of knowledge on how to find local goat farmers and their products, as well as their unfamiliarity with how to prepare goat meat. This initiative aims to introduce goat meat to Virginia consumers by raising awareness on how to prepare tasty goat dishes, as well as, where to find local producers.

To register for this event, visit, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-6960 or email

If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at or call (804) 524-6960 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. 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. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Library wants Yearbooks

The Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking donations of local school yearbooks to include in a yearbook digitization project. Working with the Library of Virginia, MRLS is looking to the public to donate yearbooks especially from the years 1977 and before. Local public and private schools of Brunswick and Greensville counties may be included in the project. Donations are needed before October 26th and may be dropped off at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The books will be used for digitization and then added to the library’s permanent reference collection. For more information or questions call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539.

Job Fair Coming to Greensville-Emporia November 2

Job Fair 2016 is coming to Southside Virginia Education Center at 1600 Greensville County Circle, Emporia on Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services are sponsoring the event along with Crater Business Services Team and First Media Radio.  This is a Regional Job Fair to serve employers in our locality.

Dress to impress, bring your resume, photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC gets you in the door at 1:45 p.m.) 

Interested employers with job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by October 26.  Hiring employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. compliments of SVCC.

Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at or 434 949 1026.

Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or . 


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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