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1,400 GRADUATE SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON MAY 16

“Southside Virginia is the place I call home.  Today sets in motion the futures of 1,400 men and women.  This is your day and you earned it.  You are Southside Strong,” began the commencement address at Southside Virginia Community College on May 16 in Keysville by Halifax County native Dr. Dietra Y. Trent, Deputy Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.    

She reminded graduates to continue to be proud of their hometowns and part of this community.  Even though the area has suffered economic setbacks, Southside changed with the times and remained relevant.

“Go into the world carrying the Southside flag, share your talents and give back,” Dr. Trent said

SVCC President Dr. Al  Roberts presided over the commencement ceremony before a Saturday morning crowd of more than 4,000.  A record number of Dual Enrollment students graduated this year.  More than 500 students from area high schools completed a SVCC degree, diploma or certificate in the program that offers classes with both high school and college credit.

One graduate, Summer Fink, was recognized as a 2015 nominee for the American Association of Community Colleges/Phi theta Kappa/All-USA Team.  Honors program graduates this year are Joshua Baird, Landon Baker, Cameron Covington, Tyler Johnson and Christopher Nelson.  Students accepted into this program have high academic standards and outstanding leadership potential.

Area graduates are listed below.

Graduates from Emporia

Darlwin Bernard Lee
Shyheim Layquan Anderson
Tiffany Richelle Anderson
Kiara N Atkins
Alexis Tihon Autry
Anthony Bourn
Jennifer Lane Coker
Sabra Breann Davis
Jessica Marie Flynt*
Nyashia Nicole Gregory
Jessica Mitchell Harris
Tyrell Bernard Jenkins
Talesha Danielle King
Carman Kelli Larson*
Stephen Sean Manley
Mallie Evelyn Manning*
Kelli A Miller
Dana Lashae Mitchell
Ishmael Jabril Muhammad
Joshua D Nunnally
Brittany Lachelle Owens
Evaan Hunter Saaski
Carleen Theodosia Scott
Michael Javon Seay
Lance Alexander Short
Felecia Janice Stukes
Brooke Michelle Velvin
Henry Eugene Wall Jr.
Jordan Elizabeth Watson
Richard Taylor Watson
Erica Latrice Whitfield
William Alan Woodruff
Aremetria Titiana Yates
Patrice Monique Jones
Drequan Cortez Turner
Timmy Recardo Sloan Jr.
Gregory Demetrius Daughtry
Francine G Wright
Taquanna Nashe Lane
Sheena Denise Johnson
Titiana De'Juanee Nicholson
Earl Dequan Squire
Rasheek Tyrell Futrell
Mary Annie Parker
Demetrius Lonzale Seaborn
Jasmine Renee Sykes
Charlene Haskett
Tamekia Danielle Owens
Kaliqua Latee Stokes
Shannon Kitchen Seward
Ye'Tonnah Danae Worrell
David Damarcus Ramsey Jr.
Jamal Malik Davis
Peitra Antionette Simmons
Corey Jacob Williams
Marcus Allen Hicks
Ahkeem DaVae Allen
Courtney Denise Vaughan*
Austin Craig Jarratt
Jakyesia Charae Murrell
Promise La'Sha Mason
Piaget Nicole Hicks
Tamara Lynn Starke
Alexandra Nicole Allen
Robert Ernest Allen III
Kelly Malik
Barry David Allen Jr.
Millicent Ann Slate
Ryan Howard Short
Nakia Danielle Allen*
Roland Eubank Weaver III*
Rasha McKail Green
Deshaun Lamont Artis
Kiana Janae Hancock
Austin Wood Harvey
Stephanie M Ferguson
Caleb Nathaniel House
Khalilah Alia Jones
Aron Blade Taylor
Stewart Eric Veliky
Jamie Lee Watkins
Brooklyn Taylor Simmons
Thomas Shawn Hennessey Jr.
Joshua Michael Davis
Allison Nicole Mitchell
Samantha Lee Powell
Haley Dawn Allen
William C Bowser
Emily Christine Ogburn
Kathy Robinson Drummond
Tristan Kavon Gillus
Steven Paul Little
Tyler McKay Ferguson
Kristen Nicole Moseley
Kristen Nicole Moseley*
Porscha C Offer Lundy
Elishia Brashay Powell
Daionna Tomise Wright
Brooke Nicole Allen
Te'la Tamara Harding
Travonnia Deshay Bullock
Isabella Mae Harvey
Kayla Nicole Mullins
Kayla Ivona Maloney
Dominic Yagich Grant
Ma'Kayla Jennice Palmer
Shakayla Yanastavia Smith
Rahmel Ali Peebles
Michael Ray Stephens
Aikayla Lyshelle Green
Kaitlin LeAnn Velvin
Kevin McGlenn Stephenson*
Etavia Funj Anderson
Adreanna Marquisa Hines
Sonji S Davis
Tamiko Tamira Taylor
Jonathan Neal Lucy
Brian Matthew Bullock
Lance Ryan Wyatt
Nicholas Steven Simms
Shanita Lashae Jeffress
John H Seaborne Jr.
My'esha Dasha Burrell
Grayson Lane Walton
Heather Nicole Veliky
Dontae Shaquille Tucker
Latisha Pitt*

 

Graduates from Jarratt

Alexis Brooke Barnes
Payton Elizabeth Doyle
Courtney Deandre Gomes
Melba Carrie Jones
Matoya Shenelle Nicholson*
Diamond Charmaine Taylor-Robinson
Antoine Lamont Whitaker
Dillion Ray Whitby
Chantay Lenise Williams
George June Garrette
Kayla Brook Watts
Cody M Wray
Corey Tremell Lee Sr.
Aaliyah De'Kimia Broadnax
Nicholas Shane Turner
Mary Bridgeman Bailey
Cameron Shane Phelps
Tevin De'Shawn Chambliss
Michelle Ashley Scott
Tabria Neshae Bailey
Tayvon Alexis Alston
James Brandon Driver
Faye Mangum Elliott

Graduates from Skippers

Hunter Ryan Aycock
Tavonia Danielle Banks*
Brandy Blythe Epps
Lexus Abigail Long
Lyssa Celeste Rivers
Anthony Mcghee Sr.
Natalie DaShay Manning
Heather Rene' Williams
Jonathan Carl Jones
George David Slagle III
Ceilidhe Kate Brown
Isaiah Terell Brooks
Tiffany Amber Brooks

Graduates from Dolphin

Margarete Leane Davis*
Sarah Allison Howerton*
Brittany JoAnna King
Patsy Gauldin Lucy
Leslie Gill Edwards

Graduates from Ebony

Makita Shalae Clements
Yadasia Ja'Niece Clements*

Graduates from Freeman

Dawn Marie Poythress
Vongretchen Price
Selina Levon Thompson
Darrell Anthony Stewart Jr.
Shawn F Livingston
Shadhri L Stith
Alana Chanel Brown
Victoria Ann Clark
Marsha Michelle Hays
Aaron Sims Huff
Tonya Jeanette Weddington*
Sherwood Wayne Harrison

Graduates from Gasburg

Christopher Michael Richard Rather*
Candice Ann Elmore

Graduated from Rawlings

Timothy Scott Everman II

Graduates from Stony Creek

Theba Sheree Bellamy*
Danielle Latrice Prosise
Cameron Paul Gross*
Christina Joeanna Knight
Jacob Brandon Owen
Justin Charles Owen

Graduates from Valentines

Ashley Writtenberry Argueta
Marsha R Pearson
Albert Lewis Mason Sr.
Cedric Juwan Smith
Jaquan Lamar High
Jenipher LeAnn Singleton
Jasmine Love Price

 

Graduates from Dewitt

Danielle L Jones
Sydney M Marshall
Michael Dean Dunn
Paul William Dunn
Rachel Louise Harper
Blair Lynn Sullivan

Graduates from Warfield

Anthony Eden Short Jr.*
Jeremiah Kevin Stokes
Courtney Moore Thompson
Stephanie Walker

Graduates from Carson

Tyler Keith Waterfield
MaQuetta Shenika Aurelia Easter

Graduates from White Plains

Camille Rosetta Wilkins
Kaid Dwayne Moody*
Tiffani Krystle Livingston
Cheyenne Taylor Kent
H. Elizabeth E Farrar-Clary

 

 

 

 

*Summer 2015 Graduates

 Graduates from Lawrenceville

Demetrius Marcell Alexander
Ja'Mila Shaquisia Blunt
Makayla Diane Evans
Crystal Yolanda Goldsberry
Kristen Paige Hammack
Courtney Noel Harris
Chrissie J Hines
Leroy Hurt Sr.
Ja'Onna Kazmira Jacobs
Joseph Tyler Johnson
Whitney Marie Jones
Earl Bernard Lee*
Aja McLeod Walker
Ethan Wayne Moore
Amanda Skyy Pate*
Latarsha Shenea Peterson
Althea Olivia Robinson*
Laura Jo Sain
Jayla Letitia Seward
Gerica La'Quella Singleton
Reginald Cleon Singleton*
Jordan Elizabeth Sumpter
Carol MacLin Vaughan*
Antionette R Wilkins
Zachary Julian Adams
Latyra Dominique Rice
Garetta La'Sha Johnson
Devonte Rashawn Stith
Darren McKinley Owens
Daylan Mitchell Owens
Jaquan Antione Ruffin
Sha'Damia Kayla Hargrove
Alexandra Brooke Doucette
Marilynn Rhodes Cabiness*
Robert Tiler Peebles
Trinity Janee Harrison
Keon Fonte Morgan*
Victoria Latrice Wallace-Williams
Margaret McLeod Cain
Jalen Andrew Taper
Brishauna Jaaliyah Hawkins-Wesson
Celesteen Easter Yancey
Madison Lee Browder
Allison Lane Powell
De'Andre Andrew Jones
Tychelle Donecia Callis
Shaquanna Shane' Morgan
Larry Junior Hale Jr.*
Katlyn Ann Clary
Loren Elizabeth Propst
Jamisen Omar Baskerville
Shadae Alexus Ruffin
Leatrice Chenise Boyd
Katherine Day Gurkin
Kristen Michelle Clarke

Graduates from Bracey

Christopher Smith Read
Joel Allen Wilson
Miranda Lynn Curry
Destiny Christine Pulver
Samantha Ariel Spraggins
Matthew William Bailey*
Genia T Read*
Jeremiah Dalton Gilmer

Graduates from Alberta

Danielle L Fields*
Malissa A. Walker Knight
Patrice Ladawn Rhodes
Roberta A Tyler
John Randolph Stith
Tiara Lutfiyah Mustafa
Shakeera Wright
Sharon Palmer Cypress
Bernard Parham

Graduates from Yale

Latonya M Jones
Marsha Lynette Granderson*

Graduates from Lacrosse

Candace Rajette Cypress
Avereen Crenshaw Bennett
Dione Drummond Davis
Jasmine Maureen McCray*
Meghan Hope Young
Clinton T Brame
Anieca Chauntraya Clements
Katrina Michele Dix Brown
Ariel Kaiondra Harris*
Destiny Arnasia Harris*
Lakiya Nicole Hawthorne
Kanika Rasheeda Hite
Krystal O Cheely
Shannon Renne Brewer*
Maurice Andre' Saunders
Kristen Lauriel Wallace
Ryan D Crutchfield
Amari Deloris Walker
Sydney Gayle Crafton
Christopher Pierce Martin Sr.
Michael Christopher Gill
Chytori Tabonne Valentine
Joshua Austin Baird
Devin Lavar Evans
Latonja S Harris
Christopher Xavier Cousin
Bruce Vincent Cliborne
Linda Patillo Feggins
Cierra Elizabeth King
Dylan Wayne Tucker
Catandra Michelle Chavis
Derricka Lemonya Patillo
Lacie Dawn Sadler
Amanda Lee Stone
Monica LaJean Blalock
Jenel M Lynch
Jarrett Tyler Kidd
Kyle Vernon Pelletier
Ashley Danielle Ownby
Kaitlin Alexis Hodge*

 

 

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GES Students Win a Day at TopHand

TopHand hosted a “Fun Day” for the classes at GES who won the Dr. Seuss door contest.  The following classes won for their grade level:  Mrs. Rideout, Mrs. B. Barnes, Mrs. Tripp, Mrs. R. Anderson, Ms. Propst, and Mrs. Simmons.  Students enjoyed participating in many activities which encouraged reading and exercising.  Some of the activities included were: quiet Olympics, dancing, dizzy bat spin, motivational speaker, and sharing a Dr. Seuss book.

Franken Stube Wins Certificate of Excellence

Pictured with their Certificate of Excellence are Freddie and Irene Williams (front row) with Son-in-law David, Server La Kisha and Cook Dominick (back row, l-r)

"How do travelers find the best properties in the world?  They look for the Certificate of Excellence - a prestigious award that can only be earned through consistently great reviews if you business on the world's largest travel site.

For five years, TripAdvisor has shared this award on behalf of travelers across the globe.  Today, whether you're a first time recipient or a five time winner, we hope you're proud to see Franken Stube recognized by customers as one of the very best in business.

We also hope you'll celebrate your award by promoting it on social media, in the local press and with potential customers...

Congratulations!

Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business"

Of the 65 reviews of our own locally owned German Restaurant, only 3 are not "very good" or "excellent."  The overwhelming majority of the reviews (currently 50 of the 65) are Excellent.  The food has been given Five Stars and the overall rating is Four and One-half Stars.  All guests are made to feel welcome the minute the walk through the door!

Irene Williams and her husband Freddie opened the restaurant on West Atlantic Street in 2013.  Freddie is a local who came home to Greensville County and Irene is from Germany.  Irene has nearly 30 years experience in the kitchen, and that knowledge shows in the perfectly tender Schnitzel.  The Wursts and other meats are sourced from a specialty supplier and cooked to order.  All of the sides and desserts are also made in house, including the Strudel.  

In addition to the generous portions of great food and outstanding desserts (which are served with German coffee), there is also a selection of German Beer and Wine.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy dinner al fresco in the new Biergarten, which is nestled on the shady side of the building for evenings and has umbrellas for lunch time.

If you have people on your list that are hard to buy for, check out their selection of imported food, candy and chocolate; gift certificates are also available (hide the Gift Certificate at the bottom of a box of imported Chocolate).

Franken Stube is open from 12-5 on Sunday (bring your Church bulletin for 10% off), 11-8 on Wednesday and Thursday and 11-9 on Friday and Saturday.  Information about daily specials can often be found on their Facebook page and the full menu is available on their website.  Franken Stube is located at 605 West Atlantic Street in Emporia and may be reached by phone at (434)336-1010.

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Obituary-David Lee Jones

David Lee Jones, age 62, of Henrico, N.C. passed away May 24, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy J. and Edward Lee Jones.  He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Lynch Jones; his step-children, Roland “Rob” E. Weaver, Jr. (Patsy Hayes) and Gwendolyn “Ginger” Dotter (Steve); his grandchildren, Roland “Land” E. Weaver, III and Alexis Weaver; his aunt, Beverly J. Ellis; and his uncle, Bob B. Jones.  A memorial service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Gasburg, Va.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 to 12:00, prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church, P.O. Box 550, Gasburg, VA  23857; Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857; or the Gasburg Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 225, Gasburg, VA  23857.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Brunswick Academy Graduates 29

Baccalaureate Services will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Sunday, May 31st at 5:00 pm.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Land Spigener of South Hill United Methodist Church in South Hill, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 pm.  Twenty-nine seniors will be graduating.

The valedictorian is Lucas Lee Curtis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Curtis of Gasburg.  The salutaorian is Madison Rose Lewis, daughter of Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt and F. W. Lewis of Stony Creek.  Lucas will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.  Madison will be attending Longwood University  in the fall.

There will be three other honor graduates at this year's ceremony.  Laren Talad Butler, daughter of Tammy Butler of Freeman and Laurence Butler of Henrico, NC; Alexis LeeAnne Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith of South Hill and Frances Coral Sadler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sadler, III, of Emporia.  Laren will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.  Lexi will be attending James Madison University in the fall.  Cora will be attending the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the fall.

Thirteen seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.

Pinning Ceremony for Greenville County High School Nurse Aide Students

Greenville County High School  Nurse Aide Students from Southside Virginia Community College recently participated in a Pinning Ceremony at the Christanna Campus.  Those completing the course are ( Left to right) Kayla Maloney, Millicent Slate, Jordan Watson, Te'la Harding, Ahkeem Allen, Mrs. Rose, Aaliyah Brodnax, Shanita Jeffress, Tavonia Banks, Jakyesia Murrell and Etavia Anderson. Back row- (Left to right) Nicholas Turner and Natalie Manning

Virginians Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Purchase supplies May 25-31 during the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians are at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 24-30 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.

“It’s critical that every Virginian take hurricane season seriously and understand how they could be affected by flooding, high winds and tornadoes during this time of year,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “Those who live along coastal areas also need to learn how storm surge could affect them so that they know what to do when tropical systems are approaching. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depend on getting ready before a hurricane or tropical storm hits.”

“The prediction of a below normal hurricane season should not be taken to mean Virginia won't be impacted this year,” said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorologist. “Let’s all remember that it only takes one storm to cause severe damage and even loss of life. Everyone should get ready now for this hurricane season.”

Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31 will provide Virginians with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free. All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday. Among the items that are exempt from sales tax are batteries including cell phone batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled water of all types and sizes, first aid kits, coolers, NOAA Weather Radios, portable generators and many other useful items. For more on the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-exempt items, visit www.vaemergency.gov.

How to Prepare

Among the most important actions people can take toward disaster preparedness are:

  • Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™. Features:
    • Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather Service
    • A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
    • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
    • “I’m Safe!” feature that allows you to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know you are safe
    •  Interactive map that allows you to find the maximum storm surge risk at your current location or an address entered in the search bar
  • Create a family emergency communications plan.
    • Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated
    • Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member
    • Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Don’t rely on your smart phone or online contact lists.
    • Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the new Ready Virginia app.
  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.
  • Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.
    • Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding; renters and business owners also can get flood insurance.
    • Just one inch of water in a mid-size home or office can mean $20,000 in repairs.
    • Go to www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information.
    • Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect.

People with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps. Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate. See www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities

The governor’s proclamation of May 24-30 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service.

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Local Artist Works to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

An effort to raise money for Wounded Warriors is ongoing by artist/composer/musician Tom Spivey. Currently he is offering four prints of his work: a) Emporia/Greensville County, $35.00.  b) Resurrection Morn, $15.00.  c) Christ at the Well, $10.00 d)  and Far From Home, $15.00. Contact tpspivey@yahoo.com or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

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YMCA BRINGING BRITISH SOCCER CAMP TO EMPORIA

With around 20 million Americans now playing soccer, the number one soccer company in the United States & Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in Emporia, Virginia. 

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville has teamed up to host the week long “British Soccer Camp” during the week ofAugust 10-14 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s elite team of 1,200 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold over 4,000 Soccer programs this year and will coach over 200,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19.  

Challenger’s 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of foot-skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices & daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership and Sportsmanship into the camper’s daily routine.

The British Soccer Camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries.

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, is offering “British Soccer Camp” sessions for boys and girls ages 6-14.  Camp will be held from 9:00-12:00 at EGRA Meherrin River Park.  Registration fee for the camp is $135 per person and each camper will receive a FREE Soccer Camp T-Shirt, a FREE Soccer Ball, a FREE Giant Soccer Poster and a personalized Skills Performance Evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online by June 15 will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey.

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line in advance to avoid disappointment. Sign up TODAY at www.challengersports.com or, for more information please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.

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Stream and Download Music and Movies at your Library

Freegal (“Free and legal”) Music and Movies is here for Meherrin Regional Library System patrons! Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives library patrons access to over 8 million songs in MP3 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

There is no software to install. Downloaded songs will play in Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other popular music players. They can also be transferred to an MP3 player or an iPod. The Freegal app is free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for use with smartphones or tablets. Freegal Music limits song downloads to 3 per library patron per week, and 3 hours of streaming time per day per patron.

Also use Freegal Movies to view movies and TV shows! Freegal Movies and Television is a streaming video service that allows patrons to access thousands of movies and television episodes from major content providers. Like Freegal Music, no software download is needed, and files are in MP3 format and can be played on any device. Freegal Movies limits movie and TV episode downloads to 3 per library patron per week. Each download can be viewed multiple times during a 48 hour viewing period.

Start downloading your favorite tunes or movies today! Access Freegal Music by visiting www.freegalmusic.com or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at www.freegalmovies.com or by downloading the Freegal Movies app. Login to both by selecting Meherrin Regional Library and using your library card number and pin. For more information on accessing Freegal through your library, contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

 

 

The 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival is June 10th

Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 10, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 8:00PM at the Ruritan Club Grounds at 370 Ruritan Drive in Emporia, Va 23847. This years music will be provided by The Embers, Albert Castiglia, Steve Owens & the Summertime Band, The Switch, & Exit 173. There will be some vendors there as well as Discovery Channel’s Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine. This year there will be over 40,000 pounds of pork in over 30 different styles for you to sample at the event. This event is one of the largest single day events on the east coast. In the past the Pork Festival has had as many as 15,000 in attendances for the event. Included in your ticket price will be sampling of over 30 different pork dishes, a liquor and beer bar. There will also be side items and soft drinks.

The Virginia Pork Festival will have over 30 different pork dishes, close to 40,000 pounds of pork will be served! Some of those dishes will include Minced Barbecue, Pit Cooked Barbecue, Barbecued Spareribs, Barbecued Boston Butt, Barbecued Loin Chops, Grilled Loin Chops, Sausage Biscuits, Pork Burgers, Sausage Burgers, Bologna Steak Burgers, Italian Sausage, Pork Meatballs, BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chitterlings, Pigs Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters 



Pork Skins, & a Pork Festival Stew. 

Sides will include Black Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes, Pork & Beans,  Hushpuppies, & French Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Desserts will include Banana Pudding & Strawberry Shortcake.

Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Anheuser-Busch Family Beers, and a Liquor Bar will be included.

The Virginia Pork Festival was established in 1974 and has been growing every year. With 15,000 available tickets it is one of the largest events on the East Coast. The event raises funds for over 30 different Non-Profit Clubs & Organizations in the Southside Virginia Community. Its an event you don't want to miss!

The event does support several nonprofit organizations in the Southside Virginia areas such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxilary Police, Courthouse Hunt Club, Darvills Ruritan Club,Emporia Greensville Humane Society, Elks Lodge, Hospice, Greensville Ruritan Club, American Legion, Family Violence Prevention, Emporia Jr Women's. Club, Nurses Sorority Chi Eta Phi, Doodling Hunt Club, South Hill Jr. Women's Club, Petersburg Police, Black Pot Group, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Newsoms Ruritan Club, Meherrin Ruritan Club, Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club, Jarrett Ruritan Club, Surry 4-H, City of Emporia, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, South Weldon Chapyer 15 Eastern Star, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

 

For Ticket Information and purchase visit www.VaPorkFestival.com
  Tickets are $35
  VIP Parking is $25.
  Vendors can also apply on the website.
  If you would like to sponsor this event, call Karen at 252-536-6959

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ROUTE 301 SOUTH BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION MAY 18

Bridge near Emporia will be replaced; traffic to be detoured to I-95 during project





GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to alert drivers in Greensville County to possible traffic impacts associated with replacement of the Route 301 South (Sussex Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad tracks, about 3 miles north of the town of Emporia. The bridge will close to traffic on May 18, 2015, and will remain closed during the two-year construction project. Crews will first demolish and remove the old bridge, then construct a new bridge in its place.

The contractor will work with CSX railroad personnel to make sure train movements are not interrupted during construction. This project only affects southbound traffic, which will be detoured during construction. Route 301 North will remain open, and access will remain for property owners who live nearby. Access to Country Club Road will also be available during construction.

Detour signs will be posted along the roadside for drivers to follow. Before reaching the bridge closure, drivers can get onto I-95 at Exit 17, and get off at Exit 13 to access Route 301 South. This project is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2017.

For more information, visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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