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Maintenance Director

Adolescent residential treatment facility is seeking a Maintenance Director.  The Maintenance Director is responsible for the overall maintenance and upkeep of Jackson-Feild’s buildings, equipment, vehicles and grounds.  This position is responsible for planning and implementing a preventive maintenance program, developing the annual maintenance budget, and developing the annual and five year Capital Budgets.  This position maintains the facility’s Master Key System. The Maintenance Director directs and coordinates the activities of Jackson-Feild’s maintenance staff.  The Maintenance Director is a working supervisor. 

HVAC certification and/or electrician certification preferred.  A minimum of one year’s experience supervising a maintenance department is required.  Three years hands on maintenance experience required.

This is a salaried position. Competitive pay & benefits including company sponsored 401(k) plan, health, life, dental, and vision insurance.  Post offer drug screen, physical, and criminal background screening required.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is a Drug Free Work Place.  Position Open until filled.  EEO

Mail, fax, or e-mail cover letter and resume to:

                                                            Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
                                                            Attn: Chris Thompson
                                                            Job#:  2016-9
                                                            546 Walnut Grove Drive
                                                            Jarratt, Virginia 23867
                                                            Fax: (434) 634-6237
                                                            E-mail:  cthompson@jacksonfeild.org

Johnny Pascal Bowen

7/8/1926 - 5/20/2016

Memorial Service, 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Independence United Methodist Church.

Johnny Pascal Bowen, 89, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 20, 2016. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Alexander Bowen and Daisy Newsome Bowen. He is survived by his wife, Marie Doyle Bowen; son, Gary P. Bowen and wife Lynette of Naples, FL; daughter, Nancy B. Pernell of Emporia, VA; grandchildren, John A. Pernell and Matthew P. Pernell; sisters, Ethel Gauldin and Nellie Roberts and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bowen was member of Widows and Sons Masonic Lodge, Independence United Methodist Church, and a charter member and life member of Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He had a large family he truly loved and they loved him in return. A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Thursday, May 26, at Independence United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Crater Community Hospice, or Independence United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

800,000 Acres of Land Conserved

More Than 800,000 Acres Selected Through Highly Competitive Application Rounds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and strengthen wildlife habitat. Farmers’ and ranchers’ participation in CRP continues to provide numerous benefits to our nation, including helping reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and providing resiliency to future weather changes .

“The Conservation Reserve Program provides nearly $2 billion annually to land owners – dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs.  When these direct benefits are taken together with the resulting economic activity, the benefits related to CRP are estimated at $3.1 billion annually,” said Vilsack. “Over the past 30 years, CRP has created major environmental improvements throughout the countryside. The program has removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere equal to removing nine million cars from the road annually, and prevented 600 million dump trucks of soil from erosion. With today’s announcement, USDA is continuing these achievements by maximizing conservation benefits within the limitations provided by law.”

This was one of the most selective sign-up periods in CRP’s 30-year history, with a record high Environmental Benefits Index cut-off and the lowest-percentage of applications accepted. The high bar means that the per-acre conservation benefits are being maximized and that acres enrolled address multiple conservation priorities simultaneously.

A nationwide acreage limit was established for this program in the 2014 Farm Bill, capping the total number of acres that may be enrolled at 24 million for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. At the same time, USDA has experienced a record demand from farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the voluntary program. As of March 2016, 23.8 million acres were enrolled in CRP, with 1.7 million acres set to expire this fall.

Over three million acres have been offered for enrollment this year across the three main categories within CRP, with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) receiving over 26,000 offers to enroll more than 1.8 million acres during the general enrollment period, and over 4,600 offers to enroll more than one million acres in the new CRP Grasslands program. Coming off a record-setting 2015 continuous enrollment of over 860,000 acres, more than 364,000 acres already have been accepted for 2016 in the CRP continuous enrollment, triple the pace of last year.

FSA will accept 411,000 acres in general enrollment, the most competitive selection in in the history of the program, with the acreage providing record high conservation benefits. USDA selected offers by weighing environmental factors plus cost, including wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits, and air quality.

The results of the first-ever enrollment period for CRP Grasslands, FSA will also accept 101,000 acres in the program, providing participants with financial assistance for establishing approved grasses, trees and shrubs on pasture and rangeland that can continue to be grazed.  More than 70 percent of these acres are diverse native grasslands under threat of conversion, and more than 97 percent of the acres have a new, veteran or underserved farmer or rancher as a primary producer. FSA continues to accept CRP Grasslands offers and will conduct another ranking period later this year. Acres are ranked according to current and future use, new and underserved producer involvement, maximum grassland preservation, vegetative cover, pollinator habitat and various other environmental factors.

Participants in CRP establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.  Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.

CRP is currently protecting more than 100,000 acres of bottomland hardwood trees, nearly 300,000 acres of flood-plain wetlands, and 300,000 acres each for duck nesting habitat and nearly 250,000 acres of upland bird habitat. In addition, CRP is creating economic benefits that include at least $545 million per year in recreation benefits and water quality benefits from reduced sedimentation of $587 million per year.

Throughout the Obama Administration, USDA has generated thousands of critical partnerships to conserve and protect our natural resources on working landscapes, while enrolling a record number of acres in conservation programs. Seventy-percent of the nation’s land is owned and tended to privately, and America’s farmers, ranchers and landowners have willingly stepped up to address the growing impacts of a changing climate. With USDA’s support, they work to implement voluntary practices that improve air and water quality, prevent soil erosion and create and protect wildlife habitat.

Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect land and water on over 400 million acres nationwide.

To learn more about FSA’s conservation programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservationor contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov/.

Strokes Among Young Adults on Dramatic Rise

EMPORIA, VA(May 23, 2016)– While recent years have seen an overall decline in the number of strokes in the U.S., research published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal suggests the number of strokes among younger adults is actually on the rise, with about one in five victims now below the age of 55.

“Since the mid-1990’s, the number of strokes in younger adults has increased by approximately 53 percent,” said Dr. Saqib Shah, Medical Director of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. “This trend is alarming in the impact it has on young families, when a parent who suffers a stroke is often physically and economically disabled before or during their most productive years.”

Experts attribute several factors to the increased incidence of stroke in young adults, with the greatest focus around the issue of obesity. A study of more than 2,300 people in the Baltimore area indicated that obese young adults were 57 percent more likely to experience a stroke than their non-obese peers. Much of that increased risk might be connected to the co-conditions often tied to obesity, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.

“Even though more than a half million young adults suffer annually from a stroke, 73% of those interviewed indicated they would NOT seek treatment at a hospital when faced with the classic symptoms,” said Dr. Shah. “Nearly three in four stated they would opt to ‘wait and see’ if their weakness, numbness or impaired vision symptoms went away on their own. This is a lack of awareness that can lead to devastating results.”

Medical experts agree that medical treatment must be delivered for a stroke within three hours of the first symptom. This is the window during which treatment can minimize or even reverse brain damage. A lack of awareness results in patients that don’t seek immediate treatment. But to date, only limited public health and research efforts have been dedicated to addressing stroke in young adults.

The authors of one study suggest people should memorize the acronym “FAST”, which stands for:  Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty; Time to Call 911.

Many, though not all, strokes are preventable through simple but critical lifestyle changes. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring a daily dose of physical activity, controlling blood pressure, controlling blood sugar if you are diabetic and refraining from smoking are considered the most effective means of avoiding the devastation of a stroke. 

The skilled staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s rehabilitation department provides inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy to stroke patients, all designed to help them regain their independence and get back to work, play and their lives. Call (434)348-4871 to learn more about these services.

For more information about stroke symptoms or to find a physician who can help you craft a prevention plan, visit SVRMC.com.

Exercise Can Be the Best Medicine

The Erin Robinson Story

Erin Robinson, a young, ambitious 21 year old from South Hill, VA had graduated from Longwood University in May of 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and decided to enroll in a Master’s program the fall of 2015.  Only a couple months after her college graduation Erin started to feel nauseous constantly along with occasional dizziness.  Erin would not make it to a class that next semester and here is why.

In July of 2015, Erin went to see a gastroenterologist in Richmond, VA where she endured tests for hours.   After the initial tests, she was diagnosed with gastroparesisGastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion. Often, the cause of gastroparesis is unknown.

Erin’s sister, Nicole Dugger of Brodnax, researched the disease and got Erin an appointment with one the best gastroparesis doctors in the country, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An assistant in the office talked to Erin for an hour and the doctor came in for about five minutes and instructed the nurses to take five vials of blood to test.  When the tests came back there was no change in the diagnosis.  Erin still felt sick and was seeking help from a different physician.

Determined to get help for her sister, Nichole begged the office staff of a doctor in Winston-Salem, NC, whom was also touted as one of the top gastroparesis doctors in the country, to see Erin as quickly as possible.  Her plea for help was granted as Erin was seen by the doctor in October of 2015. 

The doctor in Winston-Salem ran more tests on Erin, one being a stomach emptying test, along with a radioactive trace test.  (The radioactive trace test takes a picture of someone’s stomach every hour for four hours.) The results from the tests showed that her stomach was fine. Erin was told she could go back to eating regular foods, but when she attempted it, she was still severely nauseous.  So, more tests were needed to be done to figure out what was causing the painful nausea.

Erin traveled again to Winston-Salem where the doctor put her on a tilt-table test.  For this test she had to lay flat for five minutes, strapped in (because many people in her condition faint), as they kept her standing for 30 minutes and watched her blood pressure and heart rate.  During the test Erin was lightheaded, dizzy and saw white spots.  Her heart rate rose to 156 beats per minute, just from laying to standing.

Two weeks after the tilt-table test, the doctor diagnosed Erin with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).  POTS is a condition in which a change from the laying position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia. The causes of POTS are poorly understood, and it is likely that several distinct underlying problems can lead to the symptoms

All Erin would have to do was take salt tablets and her severe nausea would subside.  But, another problem occurred as Erin couldn’t keep the tablets down.  Erin tried multiple times to take the salt tablets but vomiting occurred each time.

While still dealing with vomiting, nausea, hunger and dizziness, Erin was sent to a cardiologist by her doctor in Winston-Salem.  Erin said that the cardiologist gave her an article to read and said he couldn’t help her.  Still without any relief of her symptoms, Erin did more research and found a POTS specialist at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA named Dr. Sica.

Erin’s mother called Dr. Sica’s office attempting to get an appointment but to her disdain the earliest time her daughter could be seen was months out.  So, the desperate mother called Dr. Sica and in tears, explained her daughter’s story, how she had been in pain for months and that she just wanted to find someone who could help her.  After the call, Erin got an appointment the next day. 

Dr. Sica decided to give Erin a medication that would help her to retain salt, instead of taking salt tablets that she couldn’t keep down.  At first this didn’t exactly work as planned as it made Erin very dehydrated, which eventually lead to home health coming in to give Erin fluids though IV lines.  Erin stated that at this point her spirit was fading because she couldn’t believe she needed someone to come into her home to take care of her at such a young age. 

Erin stated that she constantly read Proverbs 3:5 from the Bible that said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."  IV lines would take hours to be inserted because of her dehydration, so Erin believed that it had to be a better way to treat her symptoms.

At this point, Erin was seeing improvements with her new medication and the IV fluids.  She was only nauseous about every other day, she was able to eat minimally and felt stronger, especially after drinking her mother’s special concoction consisting of coconut water, lemons, limes, oranges, honey, sugar and salt.

Seeing improvement in Erin’s health, Dr. Sica told his young patient that to be able to function normally she needed to improve her strength through specialty exercise, which in-turn will reduce her dizziness when standing.  Convenient for Erin, there was an exercise center located close to her in South Hill, the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.  

Erin’s first exercise experience started in Water Aerobics twice a week with instructor Rhonda Campbell.  Erin said, “Rhonda was fantastic to work with, she showed me exercises that were just for me.  She genuinely cared about my well-being.”  Also at the rehab center is where Erin met Kimberly Brown, Exercise Physiologist for VCU Health CMH, and “Kim in the gym” (as she calls her) created an exercise plan specifically tailored for Erin’s condition each visit while monitoring her heart rate.   Over a six month span Erin went from not being able to get out of her bed to now exercising five days a week with Kim.

During a February, 2016 visit with Dr. Sica at VCU in Richmond, Erin was told that she was showing vast improvement and the doctor recommended increasing her work-out time from 60 minutes per day to 90 minutes per day.  Even though POTS is not curable the symptoms can be controlled and through medication and exercise Erin has been able to thrive.

Kimberly Brown, Exercise Physiologist for VCU Health CMH said, “Erin’s mindset of developing a healthy self from the inside out was extremely positive. She didn’t focus on what she had to give up; instead, she focused on what she had to gain. This determination will carry her above and beyond with great success.”

Erin stated, “The staff at the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab center are phenomenal, they go above and beyond expectations.  I would highly recommend the center to anyone.  They motivate me and with their help I feel fantastic.”  Erin also said, “I want to thank my family for being there for me and helping me get through this tough time in my life; my sister, Nicole Dugger of Brodnax, my parents Terry and Martin Robinson of South Hill, Nancy Carey of South Hill and my boyfriend, Brian James of LaCrosse.”

Donna F. Jarrell, VCU Health CMH Rehab Director said, “The Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center was built with the intention to benefit the people of our community, people just like Erin Robinson.  We are much more than a gym; we are a medical fitness center dedicated to practicing the concept of exercise is actual medicine.  We believe that exercise is one of the best prescription medicines that people can take and that a person needs to participate in the right type of exercise for the right amount of time and at the correct intensity to obtain the best results.  Staying abreast of and implementing the latest scientific based exercise prescriptions is what we specialize in.”

Erin will be attending Longwood University in the fall of 2016, working towards the completion of a Master’s Degree in the field of counseling.  According to Erin, POTS is an under-diagnosed condition that is sometimes misinterpreted as anxiety.  She hopes her story will spread awareness for POTS and inspire those suffering from the condition to take control of the syndrome and find their path to a healthier life.  Erin is now back on pace in following her dreams and it was all made possible by a doctor who cared, a family who wouldn’t give up, an exercise staff that truly believed, a tremendous will to get better and her unyielding faith.

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Erin Robinson is pictured with Kimberly Brown, Exercise Physiologist at the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley

March 09, 1992-May 21, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6-8 pm.  funeral Service: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2 pm.

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley, 24, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Reid Boone Trail; paternal grandparents, Donna Gene Penley and Lionel Drace Penley and uncle, William Reid Trail. Skip is survived by his parents, Keith Douglas Penley and Donna Trail Penley; sisters, Katie Penley Wrenn and husband, Robert and Betty Anne Ramsey and husband, Jason; brother, Michael Ray Cousins and companion Cathy Butler and their children, Sonya Phillips and William Perkinson; his grandmother, Betty Trail; aunt Vickie Mollicone; uncle, David Penley and cousins, Vincent Mollicone and companion, Taylor Riley, Jennifer Jensen Walker, Josh Jensen and Drace Penley and lifelong friends, Ginger Beatty and Jamie King The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26. . Interment will follow at Drewryville Cemetery

Meherrin Regional Library Announces Summer Reading Program

The Meherrin Regional Library System urges families to get ready, get set, go to the library and sign up for Read–For the Win!

Meherrin Regional Library System launches its Read–For the Win! Summer Reading Program with sign up starting on Wednesday, June 1st. During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Krystal Cook-Elliott, Youth Services Librarian.

Themed events include a kickoff carnival on Thursday, June 30th.  Some other programs include a demonstration from Virginia State Police K-9 Dog, Zumba with an instructor from the Emporia-Greensville YMCA, Uncle Henry's fun animal facts and nature show, a meet and greet with Nutsy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot, and much more! 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

“Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Polly Duffey, Director. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539 or check out the library’s website www.meherrinlib.org.

SVCC Classes are Coming for Summer Beginning May 23

Summer is hot, welding is cool.  You can take welding this summer at Southside Virginia Community College or a lot of other cool classes.  Our classes can get you a head-start or transfer to your away-from-home college.  Check out the listings at www.southside.edu

Home from college for the Summer??  Right out of high school?  Don’t waste your long hot summer, take classes at Southside Virginia Community College!!!  Jump start your college education or pick up a few transfer courses such as biology, Physics, English, Public speaking, Business or many others.   Or the college is offering Administration of Justice classes, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cosmetology, Diesel Tech, First Aid and CPR and much more. 

 Southside Virginia Community College has a variety of class offerings and there are ten week and five week sessions.  Classes begin May 23, 2016.  For more information, to see the entire schedule of classes and to put some class into your summer, www.southside.edu

Or call 1-888-220-SVCC or come by a location!!!

GCWSA SMOKE TESTING SANITARY SEWERS

The Greensville County Water & Sewer Authority Maintenance crews will be conducting a smoke test of sanitary sewers of the Authority’s system in Washington Park, Lowground Road, Brink Road, Liberty Road and the Skippers Road service areas from May 23 thru May 24, 2016 from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. The test will assist Greensville County Water & Sewer Authority in locating brakes and defects in the sewer system.  During the test, you might see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings and from manholes and holes in the ground.  DO NOT BE ALARMED.  The smoke has a mild to no odor and is non-toxic, non-staining, and does not create a fire hazard and will dissipate in a few minutes.

Before the Authority conducts the smoke test, please make sure there is water in all of your traps and floor drains and any unused sink and showers.  If this is not done, smoke could enter your building through the drain. If you have dogs, birds, or other pets that will be confined alone in the building during the test, make plans for them in case the smoke comes in your house so it does not startle them.

If smoke should enter your building during the test, it probably means there are defects in the plumbing that could allow DANGEROUS SEWER GAS to enter. Note the location of where the smoke is coming from and if you cannot determine the problem, call your plumbing inspector or plumber to get the problem corrected. OPEN ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS TO VENTILATE ANY SMOKE THAT ENTERS THE BUILDING.

Please notify us before we conduct the test if you have any of the following situations:

•             A person who will be alone and is invalid or sleeping during the test.

•             Any individuals with respiratory problems who will be in the building.

•             Elderly persons who will be alone and might be alarmed or confused if they see smoke.

If you have any of these situations or have questions regarding the smoke test, please feel free to call the office at (434)-348-4213.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS

The Greensville County Education Foundation will be offering scholarships to students in grades four through eleven who are interested in attending academic summer camps.

Students must have or be in the process of applying to a program and must have personal and school recommendations to qualify.

The first priority of the committee is to assist students who may not ordinarily have an opportunity to spend a week or two on a college campus.  However, all students are encouraged to apply.

The students can pursue special interests in math, science, art, speech, drama, journalism, music, sports, history, technology, engineering, business, politics or leadership skills.  While not a full scholarship, this program provides some financial support.

Among schools attended in the past are East Carolina University, Norfolk State University, Ferrum College and Johns Hopkins University.

Students have found the experience helpful in forming such goals as becoming doctors, veterinarians, actors, and politicians.  Several students have said that the hands-on experiences have helped them more clearly understand subjects taught in school.

Parents of students interested in this program may contact a School Counselor at Greensville Elementary, Belfield Elementary, E. W. Wyatt Middle School and Greensville County High School.

  • School Counselors can provide more detailed information.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible.
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 13, 2016

Any individual, parents of past recipients, organization or business can make a tax deductible contribution to the Education Foundation for the scholarship program by contacting Curtis Young at the School Board Office, (434) 634-3748.

Riparian Woman's Clup Offers Special Pricing on Emporia Greensville Historic Miniatures

The series of historic miniatures that have been offered by the Riparian Woman's Club for many years are currently being offered with special pricing.

The newest offering, the Emporia Police Department, is still $25, but all previous years are offered at substantial savings.

Miniatures of E. W. Wyatt Middle School, the Emporia Diner and Royal Baptist Church are being offered for $10 each.

Miniatures of the Emporia Auditorium, Emporia Elementary School, Jarratt High School, Citizens National Bank, Emporia Armory, Emporia Post Office, Emporia Train Depot, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Emporia Water Tower, First National Bank, Good Earth Peanut Company, Greensville County Court House, Greensville Memorial Hospital, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Greensville County Clerk's Office, Klugel Building, Masonic Temple, New York Restaurant, Pitts Theater, Village View, Virginia Hotel, Calvary Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Main Street Baptist Church, Main Street United Methodist Church, Monumental United Methodist Church and St. John Lutheran Church are all priced at $15 each.

Miniatures are displayed and may be purchased at the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or from Evelyn Ewing - (434)634-9227 or (434)594-4198

Sketches of Greensville County, Virginia, Second Edition 1650-2000 is available from the Richardson Memorial Library or from Evelyn Ewing.  Sketches is $30 id purchased in-person or $35 is shipped.  Miniatures will be shipped for a fee of $5 each for postage and handling.

Virginia Pork Festival Set for June 8th

Karen Hall, the Virginia Pork Festival Director announced today that the 43rd Annual Virginia Pork Festival will be held on June 8th, 2016 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, The Switch, Silver Eagle Band, and Strictly Bizzness. The Reverend Freakchild, who is a nationally known Blues player will also be performing. 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, Pig Feet, Souse, Chitterling Fritters , & 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 Southside Virginia such as: 4-H Emporia, Emporia Jaycees, Beta Sigma Phi, Cato Hill Hunt Club, Central Brunswick Ruritan, Coalition to Delay Parenthood, Colonial Heights Auxiliary 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, 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 www.VaPorkFestival.com

 Tickets to the festival are $35

 VIP Parking is $25.

 Vendors can also apply on the website

TOPHAND SPORTS TO HOST 3RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Emporia, VA – TopHand Sports will be hosting their third annual Golf Tournament on July 8, 2016 at Emporia Country Club.

The event kicks off at noon with check-in and lunch. Captain’s Choice and Shotgun start begins at 1:00pm. The cost is $65 per individual or $260 per foursome; which includes lunch, green fees and cart.

Even if you do not play golf there are other ways to support TopHand Sports. You or your business can sponsor a hole for $50 and your name or company logo will be displayed at the hole.  We are also seeking businesses or individuals to donate or underwrite the raffle prizes that will be given out the day of the event.

The proceeds from this event will help fund the TopHand Youth Travel Baseball and Softball Teams. TopHand Sports has youth from all over Southeastern Virginia and North Carolina on their teams who would greatly appreciate your support. For more information about TopHand Sports; visit us on the web at www.tophandsports.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rustin Jessee at 757-537-8480 / rjessee5@gmail.com or Randy Jessee at 757-818-1822 / randyjessee@spsk12.net.

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LANE CLOSURES TO BEGIN ON I-95 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT OVER THE MEHERRIN RIVER

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – As contractor crews prepare to demolish, remove and replace the existing two bridges over the Meherrin River on I-95, alternating, single-lane closures in the southbound direction on I-95 beginning Monday April 4, at 6:30 a.m. and continue for six weeks.

Subsequent weekly lane closures will start north of the Exit 11 (Route 58) ramp, on Sundays from 6:30 p.m. through Fridays 5:00 a.m. to allow crews to widen shoulders and install barrier wall. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the weekly lane closures.

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities. 

There will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.asp

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

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VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO OBEY ROUTE 301 BRIDGE TRAFFIC AND DETOUR SIGNS

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:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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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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