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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will have its regular meeting Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

Career Opportunities


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
Visit the Jackson-Field Behavioral Health Services Career Website:

Library Staff Development Day

The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville and the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed Tuesday, April 21th for Staff Development Day. Meherrin Regional Libraries will be open regular hours on Wednesday, April 22nd. For more information please call 434-848-2418 ext. 25 or 434-634-2539.


Sappony Ruritan Club held its annual Wing Fling on Wednesday, April 15th.  Attendees enjoyed various kind of wings and all the fixings.






Obituary-Betty McNeely Reynolds

Betty McNeely Reynolds, 95, of Martinsville passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Blue Ridge Rehab Center. She was born on October 23, 1919 in Henry County to the late George Lester McNeely and Lena May Motley McNeely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, H. Aubrey Reynolds; son, Barry B. Reynolds; grandson Troy Motley; sisters, Louise M. Harmon, Violet McNeely and Shirley M. Weddle and brothers, Glen McNeely, William McNeely, Walter McNeely and Bobby McNeely.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Martinsville and was a homemaker/caregiver.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn R. Koger (Robert) of Martinsville, Diana R. Blick (Earl) of Emporia and Margaret R. Mura of Danville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald “Don” A. Reynolds (Ruthie) of Callands; sisters, Roslyn M. Ashby of Axton and Aileen M. Eanes of Columbus, GA; brother, Billy McNeely of Martinsville; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church with son, Pastor Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was at County Line Christian Church, Axton.

The family received  friends on Tuesday evening, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the church.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville is serving the Reynolds family.

Online condolences may be made at

There Really Are Fairy Godmothers

Volunteers with the Fairy Godmother Project of Richmond provide the opportunity for girls at Jackson-Feild to “shop” for a beautiful prom outfit at no cost to them. 

The Richmond program was established in 2006 at Collegiate School by Sloan Beaver. She served as chairperson of the project for two years and her sisters McKenzie and Ali carried on her legacy as chairpersons for the next seven years.  Their mother, Sabet Stroman, serves as the parent liaison.

This year Caroline Pollard and Lauren Dickinson served as co-chairs of the project whose mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for girls whose financial situation would otherwise preclude them ability to attend the prom.  Karen Albright and Toby Desch served as facility advisors for the 2015 project. SmartBox of Richmond and the Bostic family provide a free storage container for the prom gowns.

Collegiate students collect gently used prom dresses and have sponsored fund raisers to purchase additional dresses and accessories. Individual contributions, donations from area retailers and funding from a family foundation have also provided support for the project.


On April 11th twelve student volunteers served as Fairy Godmothers for the residents at Jackson-Feild Homes, a residential behavioral health organization serving boys and girls with severe mental health diagnosis. They were personal shoppers, helping girls select the perfect prom dress, shoes and accessories. 

The volunteers believe every student should have the opportunity to attend their prom regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.  It was rewarding and fulfilling to see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children as they selected the perfect outfit for their May prom.

Many thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Fairy Godmother volunteers and donors who care about the children at Jackson-Feild and want to be sure they experience the fun and excitement of prom night.

Southside Native to Deliver Commencement Address at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College is proud to announce the guest speaker for the 2015 Commencement is Dr. Dietra Trent who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Education. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Virginia

Dr. Trent previously held this position during Governor Tim Kaine’s administration.  She joined the Administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014.  In this position she works collaboratively with Virginia’s colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).  Her primary responsibility is to promote the Governor’s agenda for higher education.  Prior to joining the McAuliffe Administration, Dr. Trent served as Deputy State Director for Senator Mark Warner.  Having served in former Governor’s Tim Kaine and Mark Warner’s offices, as well as the Office of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, she has a wealth of federal, state and higher education experience. 

During her time in Governor Warner’s office, Dr. Trent’s proudest moment was establishing and obtaining state funding for the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI), housed at Virginia Commonwealth University.  MPLI is a six-week intensive program designed to promote leadership for aspiring individuals interested in running for elected office or assuming leadership roles in minority communities. She currently serves on the MPLI advisory board.

A native of Halifax County, 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.   



Emporia, VA– In 2014, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) established an “Active Shooter – Code Silver” policy for the organization as a part of the overall High Reliability and Safety program for the facility, and in response to the growing number of active shooter incidences across the country.  An active shooter is defined as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area.  The purpose of the policy is to provide an emergency response plan that is designed to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors in the event of an active shooter on hospital property.  This policy provides SVRMC staff with detailed, step-by-step instructions with actions to take and how to respond in an active shooter situation.  All staff has been trained on this policy andnew staff receive orientation on this policy during their initial orientation to the facility. 

While having a policy in place to guide staff in the unlikely event of an active shooter at SVRMC is a great start, following the policy during an actual event might prove more difficult.  For this reason, and because the hospital is required to conduct emergency drills annually to maintain regulatory compliance, SVRMC’s emergency preparedness team recommended that one of the drills in 2015 be an active shooter scenario.  

In the early stages of planning for the active shooter drill, it became very clear that a successful drill would require participation from, not only SVRMC staff, but a multitude of outside agencies that would respond in the event of an actual active shooter.  On March 5th, staff from various SVRMC departments met with representatives from state and local law enforcement, City of Emporia and County of Greensville emergency management officials, local emergency medical services (EMS) and medical transport companies (Lifestar Ambulance Service and VCU Life Evac) and Greensville County Schools to discuss and plan for the active shooter drill to be held at the hospital.

In order to effectively evaluate the performance of all involved, only the heads of each agency will actually know drill scenario details in advance.  Staff from various participating agencies will be staged throughout the facility to observe the drill events as they unfold.  Following the drill, agency representatives will meet to discuss and critique the event, and to identify what went well and any areas for improvement.

While there are no plans to publicly announce the date and time of the drill, services at SVRMC will not be interrupted by drill activities.  Additional staff will be on hand to explain what is happening, the necessity for the drill, and reassure patients and visitors that there is not an actual emergency.


The 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival

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, and the Franklin Sportsmen Association.

For Ticket Information and purchase visit

Tickets are $30 if purchased before May 1, 2015

Tickets are $35 if purchased after May 1, 2015.

VIP Parking is $25.

Vendors can also apply on the website

Obituary - Josephine "Queenie" Cicalese-Bost

Josephine "Queenie" Cicalese-Bost Passed peacefully in her sleep on April 8, 2015. Born and raised in Newark NJ to the late Teresina (Tomesetti) and Frank Cicalese, she moved to Emporia, VA 8 years ago. She was preceeded in death by her husband Robert Bost of East Newark NJ.  She is survived by one brother, Frank Cicalese of Macon GA, 5 children; Tammy Greco, Theresa Hicks, Ron Edwards, Frank Edwards and Rob Edwards, 13 grandchildren; Phil, Chris, Charles, Autumn, Kayla, Jessie, Cassie, Gina, Frank, Anthony, Lane, Maddison and Chase. Special "adopted" family : JT, Squirrel and Derrick and beloved pets; Pepper, Shadow, Mozzie and Athena. Her ashes will be placed alongside her husband in Holy Cross Cemetary, North Arlington NJ on April 18, 2015.

Play a Role in Children’s Lives in April and Year-Round

(reprinted from GFWC Clubwoman Magazine. submitted by Jean Cobb, President, Riparian Woman’s Club)

During the month of April, our nation will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month. General Federation of Women’s Clubs (locally, the Riparian Woman’s Club) sees this as an opportunity to talk about the roles each of us can play in ensuring great childhoods for all children. To bring this discussion to life, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new child abuse symbol in April 2008. Most people view pinwheels as a fun toy from their childhoods and the very image creates an emotional attachment to a memory that we want as a reality for all children.

Since 2008, the organization has distributed more than 4 million pinwheels nationwide.  Each of us has the opportunity to be the force that moves the pinwheel, from acts big and small, to bring about real change for children.

Take one of these steps in your community this month:

  • Spend time with the kids in your life:  reading, playing, and creating games.
  • Give tired parents a break by offering to babysit or bring over dinner.
  • Volunteer for a local child-serving agency
  • Plant pinwheels in your front yard

The Riparian Woman’s Club and our local Department of Social Services wants to honor children this month. We realize parenting is the toughest job there is! We have planted our own pinwheel garden across from the Farmer’s Market. We encourage you, as you drive by, to give thanks for the children in your life.

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Administrative Professional’s Day Luncheon

Wednesday, April 22nd

Golden Leaf Commons

Great Entertainment

Lots of Fun

Incredible Shopping Raffles & A Delicious Buffet.

Back by popular demand….Jonathan Austin will be joining us with “all new shenanigans”.


Kindergarten Orientation

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Greensville Elementary School will have a kindergarten orientation from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  This orientation is open to parents and guardians of all children eligible to attend kindergarten at GES for the 2015-2016 school year.

The purpose of this orientation is to inform parents about what is needed for kindergarten registration.  Information will also be provided that will help incoming kindergarteners transition to the school setting and have a more successful kindergarten year.  Parents will also learn what today’s expectations are for kindergarten.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Kindergarten registration will be held at Greensville Elementary School on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm in the auditorium foyer.



Free Seminar on Arterial Hypertension

Petersburg, VA – Join Dr. Amin for a presentation on high blood pressure. Learn about dietary and lifestyle changes and treatment from a board-certified physician. Dr. Amin is a member of the Medical Staff at Southside Regional Medical Center.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA located at 120 North Madison Street in the multi-purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and the Petersburg Family YMCA.


Southside Virginia Community College is offering a boating safety course in Mecklenburg County.  Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. 

The course will be offered at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill on April 29 and April 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. (Must attend both days).  Also offered at Clarksville Enrichment Complex in Clarksville on May 16, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.    This is a non-credit course limited to 30 students.

For information on registration, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or email


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