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Yard Sale - Saturday, April 30, 2016 starting at 7 am. Rain or shine.  791 Courtland Road.  Household items, clothing, miscellaneous items. 

Delegate Roslyn Tyler Amendment Returns Fines and Fees For Traffic Tickets to Cities and Counties

Thanks to Delegates Roslyn Tyler and Riley Ingram's collaborative efforts this 2016 session, localities can now have additional money for their local budgets after July 1, 2016.

The 2015 state budget reduced the amount of money returned to the counties and cities for traffic violations and fees on Interstates and local roads. Last year according to the Sheriff’s Association survey, 75,969 citations were issued on interstate highways for speeding; 942 charges were made for drug violations; 2.250 stranded or broken down motorist were assisted; 81 DUI’s issued and; 130 apprehensions of persons wanted by the police.

The City of Emporia, City of Hopewell and County of Dinwiddie lost more revenue than any other locality in Virginia. The amount of money loss created a shortfall for law enforcements and Sheriff Departments in the Board of Supervisors’ and City Council’s budgets. The money returned to the localities will provide more money for selective enforcement, education, and utilities.

The following localities in the 75th District loss money for fines and fees for tickets written on the interstate and roads to the state: City of Emporia ($95,115), City of Franklin ($32,553), Greensville County ($41,495), Brunswick County ($2,648) Dinwiddie County ($536,407), Sussex County ($30,963), Lunenburg County ($36,073), Isle of Wight County ($153,929), Southampton County ($29,605), Surry County ($30,963). A total of approximately $989,751 can be saved for localities in the 75th District.

Delegate Roslyn Tyler’s amendment item 3-6. 05 in HB 30 was approved during the Veto Session with a vote of 90 to 10 in the House, 39 to 0 in the Senate. This amendment allows all money for ticket violations to return to local government treasure offices. This amendment effected over 23 localities across Virginia. The greatest victory for was for rural Virginia.

Obituary-Martha Walker Moore

Martha Walker Moore, 65, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Moore Rook and husband, Jason; grandson, Joshua Daniel Rook; granddaughter, Emma Lane Rook; three sisters, Barbara Futrell and husband Paul, Patricia Parker and husband, Greg, all of Murfreesboro, NC; Robin White and husband, Jimmy of Margarettsville, NC and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Walker. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, Virginia 23298-0214. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Earth Day Celebration at YMCA Preschool

YMCA Preschoolers celebrated Earth Day  by planting a vegetable garden, a flower garden, picking up litter and enjoying a lunch time picnic! 

    

 

    

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Brunswick Academy Spanish Club Raises Money For Children in Ecuador

The Brunswick Academy Spanish Club held a donut sale on Monday, April 25 to benefit children in Ecuador through Child Fund.  Child Fund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in many parts of the world.  Today there are 570 million children living in extreme poverty.    The money will help  the earthquake victims in Ecuador.  Child Fund's sponsored children are all accounted for and safe, but some lost their homes.  Donations to Child Fund will help them get back on their feet. 

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.

CAAN-DUU and District 19 Community Services Board Hosts Event as Part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting To Prevent Underage Drinking

The Other Side of Alcohol

When Communities Talk, Prevention Is Possible

 On Thursday, May 12th, the Coalition Against Alcohol, Nicotine & Under-Age Drug Use (CAAN-DUU) in conjunction with District 19 Community Services Board will host “The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting as part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about  underage drinking and promote parental & community engagement strategies to prevent those under age 21 from obtaining and using alcohol.   

“Underage drinking is threatening the future of our children. We must act now to educate them about the many, and sometimes deadly, consequences of early alcohol use,” said Regina Smith, District 19 Prevention Manager.

Underage drinking is a major public health concern in our community and throughout the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9 million—or one in four, 12- to 20-year-olds—reported alcohol use during the past month. Of these, about 5 million were binge drinkers, meaning that they consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion. Underage drinkers are at risk for negative consequences, including lowered academic performance, involvement with law enforcement, risk of violence and sexual assault, and death.

Illegal use of alcohol can result in severe, even deadly, harm to themselves and others.  Data indicates that early drinking increases the odds that children will get hooked on alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.  Kids who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop serious addictions to alcohol.In Virginia, statistics for under-age alcohol use are slightly higher than the national average (26% of Virginia youth ages 12-20 report alcohol use in past 30 days). 

“We need to stop pretending alcohol isn’t a problem, and be open about how it is affecting our community. Talking about it is only the first step; we must do whatever it takes to prevent underage drinking and secure the futures of our young adults. Each of us has a role and a responsibility,” said local parent.

According to national data, parents’ voices do count when it comes to underage drinking. This approach, along with other environmental strategies, has proven to reduce the incidence of underage drinking.

“The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, May 12th at the Hampton Inn by Hilton 898 Wiggins Road in Emporia, Virginia  at 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Guest speakers and additional resources will be available to promote ways to prevent and reduce rates of under-age alcohol use in your community.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact (804)863-1689 ext. 3193.

The Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking was created with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.  To learn more about this national initiative, go to https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings. And join the online conversation, #CommunitiesTalk.

Obituary-Virginia Gay Applewhite

Virginia Gay Applewhite, 88, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Christie Gay Applewhite. Mrs. Applewhite was a resident of Drewryville, Virginia and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for a number of years. She retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after serving 37 years and had the distinction as the first female corrections officer at Southampton Correctional Center. Mrs. Applewhite also earned an award from the Virginia Broadcasters Association for her radio program “Listen Ladies” which aired on WEVA radio from Emporia. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia on Tuesday, May 1o, 2016 at 2 p.m. A fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.  Online condolances may be posted at www.owenfh.com Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Riparian Woman's Club Dedicates "True Heroes" Mural

"Tribute To True Heroes"

It matters not what day it is
Or what time our clock shows
We know we're all being protected
By a class of true heroes.
 
Now some are on a payroll
While others just volunteer
Yet one cannot tell the difference
For each trains for years and years.
 
Yes they are all professionals
Performing in their chosen field
they do not stop their aid to us
Until a solution they do yield.
 
Now we can't put them in order
For we never know what will be our need
Yet whenever alerted they do respond
With times at amazing speed.
 
Now we have comfort for 24-7
For these are the hours our police patrol
Their constant efforts and ingenuity
Help to keep our crime rate low.
 
The police also run an escort
For funerals and parades
They fit this into their schedule
With no extra accolades.
 
Our police help teach our children safety
Like with strangers do not walk
Yes and they find the time if needed
To sit with them and talk.
 
Now all our police units work together
Yes the County City and State
They Keep Safe City streets and our highways
And that's something to appreciate.
 
We know at once that they all care
by the things they say and so
Still there are times we don't acknowledge this
Yes both me and you.
 
A little thank you here of there
For sure would be alright
Yes many leave their families to help us
Whether by day or late at night.
 
At times they have a thankless job
With danger lurking everywhere
Many times the only solace they will get
Is when we let then know we care.
 
Now the 911 dispatchers help to direct
All the emergency traffic flow
They alert the police, fire and rescue squads
As to where they have to go.
 
The dispatcher's job cam be critical
For it can assure a quick response
The time saved by good directions
Has saved lives more than once.
 
We can't forget the jailers and correctional crews
Who help keep safe both you and me
Yes they watch over the lawbreakers
So that none of them break free.
 
Now health care providers are there from the start
And their aid often interceded
They help us through disasters
Plus with many of our other needs.
 
We cannot forget the National Guard
Our men and women which are oh so brave
Yes they will remain on stand-by alert
Ever ready for our freedom to save.
 
Now these are all true heroes
And to show them honor we implore
Wes give the thanks that they deserve
For we could not ask for more.
 
The dedication of this mural today
Depicts the feelings of the community at hand
Yes and to share our gratitude with all
Makes this especially grand
 
Roy E. Schepp
Emporia, VA
 

Agencies honored by this mural are the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, Virginia National Guard, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia State Police, Emporia Police Department, Emporia Sheriff's Department, Greensville County Sheriff's Office, Regional Jail Officers, Greensville Correctional Center Officers, 911 Dispatchers, Health Care Providers, and all Military, past and present.

The mural was painted by Enfield, NC, artist Napoleon Hill.  Mr. Hill is no stranger to murals in Emporia, he also painted the mural of Royal Baptist Church and the Emporia Diner on the Samaritan Helping Hands Building on North Main Street.  Mr. Hill is a graduate of Halifax Community College with a degree in Interior Design and Commercial Art, he continued his education in the fine arts in Westport, Connecticut.  His murals grace Eastern North Carolina and Southern Virginia and he has been featured in the "Tarheel Traveler."

Two of Mr. Hill's paintings are housed in our Nation's Capital; one is in the office of his Congressman, C. K. Butterfield and the other is owned by President Barack Obama.

After asking each group to raise their hands, Jean Cobb added, " Thanks to each of you for your dedication and service to our community.  Thanks to your families who worry each time you leave home."
 

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.

Obituary-Jane Hill

Sarah Jane Tomlinson Hill, daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Bailey) Tomlinson was born April 28, 1942 at Emporia, Virginia. She went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home in Courtland, Kansas surrounded by her loving family. Jane was 73 years of age. She was united in marriage to George Lee Hill on May 27, 1959 and together they raised two daughters, Janice Paige and Rebecca Kay. Besides the loving care she gave to her family, Jane worked for many years as a supervisor for the Franklin Braid Manufacturing Company. Together they made their home in Skippers, Virginia near Emporia. Jane loved her family dearly and demonstrated her love for them in so many meaningful ways. She was an avid shopper and in the last few years was quite involved with her many Facebook friends. Having visited Janice and family in Courtland through the years, she and George moved to the Courtland community permanently in 2015. She loved her new home and the many wonderful friendships she has developed here. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister and her brother Ernest Leonard Tomlinson. She will be forever remembered by her husband George of their home in Courtland; daughters Janice and husband Jacob Millias and Kay Edleman and husband Jack; grandchildren Michael Garrick Harding Cruz, Tabitha Glenn, Megan Miller, Katherine Millias, and Sarah Millias; great grandchildren Kaylin Harper, Tyree Harper, Evelyn Colson, Eldon Miller, and Scarlett Tracy. Jane’s family would like to also express their thankfulness to Drs. Walker, Beck, and Johnson and the staff at Republic County Hospital, Jewell county Hospital, and Salina Regional for their exceptional care for her.

Jane’s wishes were for direct cremation. A memorial gathering was held at the Living Waters church in Courtland, Kansas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. A family inurnment service will be held at a later time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas assisted the Hill family with these arrangements.

There will be a memorial service for Jane Hill April 30th 2pm at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers. Friends and family are warmly invited to join in celebration of her life.

New Members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SVCC

New members were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College recently.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours, have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.  Students recently inducted into the Christanna Campus Honor Society are

(Front Row, Left to Right) Savannah Sixbey of Chase City, Jonaya Lewis of White Plains, Jessica Gillis of Lawrenceville, Javana Boyd of Brodnax, Shadae Ruffin of Lawrenceville, TaNeisha Moore of South Hill, Amber Woodard of Emporia, Albertina Drumgold of Lawrenceville, Deona Hancock of Emporia, Julia Gilliam of Emporia, and Back Row , L to R) Ahmad Negm of Crewe, Chiatyra Turner of Ebony, Donella Crist of Jarrett, Susan Seitzinger of Kenbridge, Ingrid Fogg of Kenbridge, Taquanna Lane of Emporia, Zacia Lewis of Emporia, Anthony McAvoy of Bracey, Summer Howerton of Bracey, Marjorie Crayton of Brodnax, Marva Jones of South Hill and Cameron Basham of Lawrenceville. 

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Obituary-John Madison Lynch

John Madison Lynch passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.  He leaves with us memories which include his passion for hunting and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy O’Berry.  He leaves behind his father, Dave Lynch and special friend, Christie Mitchell along with his devoted aunt, Susan Harrison and husband Richard.  Also, left to cherish his memory are his four siblings, Mandy Tomlinson, Jesse Lynch, Ashley Lynch, and Jared Lynch, step-brother, Cody Autry, step-sister, Alexis Autry, grandfather, John O’Berry and wife Ruth, aunt Sharon Simmons and husband Charles, uncle, Greg O’Berry and wife Sharon and numerous cousins.  The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

City of Emporia Spring Cleanup

Winter is over and our thoughts are turning to spring and summer.  It is time to prepare our homes for the upcoming season.

The City of Emporia Public Works Department will conduct Spring Cleanup May 2nd through May 13th2016.

Residents are encouraged to use these two weeks to dispose of any residential household waste. All trash should be placed at the curb for disposal before 7:00 A.M. on your normal trash collection day.

Grass, leaves and yard or garden waste must be bagged and kept separate from other refuse.

Please take this opportunity to dispose of any bulky waste that may constitute a code violation. City Staff will have an increased focus on the beautification of our City in upcoming months and the property maintenance code will be strictly enforced.

If you have any questions about the Spring Cleanup weeks, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.

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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

Cover 3 Foundation Announces Summer Food Service Locations

The Cover 3 Foundation is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. Children who are part of households that receive SNAP, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

NDUTIME Youth and Family Services
518 North Main Street
Emporia, VA 23847
6/20-9/2
Breakfast: 9a-9:30a
Lunch: 12p-12:30p

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Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on May 7

Tips on how to buy at auction

EMPORIA, Va. -- The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on May 7, 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 next to the Department of Social Services and finish up at its most newly acquired location at the former A-1 Storage at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.
"The popularity of hit TV shows like 'Storage Wars' has really heightened interest in storage unit auctions. 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."

Harris offers the following suggestions on what to look for and how to buy a unit at a storage auction:

  • Are items covered in dust? This could indicate that the contents have been there for a long time and that the previous owner considered them worth storing and saving.
  • Is it detailed? Look for ornate carvings, paint, finishes, etchings and scroll work. This could mean the piece is an antique or of fine quality.
  • Are there boxes? This is especially true of jewelry boxes, safes, and metal lock boxes. Boxes may contain hidden treasures that someone felt the need to protect by putting it in a storage unit.
  • Is there a lot of clutter? Don’t be discouraged by this. Yes, you may have to weed through quite a bit of things you don’t want, but you never know what might be hiding underneath those piles or clothes or trash bags.
  • Is it wood? Solid wood furniture is not produced as much as it once was, thus possibly making it more collectible and valuable to some.
  • Is this a potential Pinterest project? Look for furniture that can be painted, refinished and upcycled to suit your style. Your new favorite coffee table or china hutch could be inside a unit waiting for a fresh coat of paint and your imagination.
  • Are items wrapped in newspaper, bubble wrap or some sort of cover? This could indicate something fragile, valuable or collectible that the previous owner considered worth protecting.
  • Can I sell it? There’s truth to the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Perhaps a unit holds only a few things you want for yourself. You may be able to turn the rest into cash.

Several dozen units are expected to be auctioned off at the May 7 event. During this cash only sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

"Anything could be in a unit. We have people come from all over 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. Sales tax and a buyers’ premium will apply.

The auction will be conducted by Carla Lynn Sturgill (Carla Harris), Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919, and visit thatcarlacash.com and facebook.com/thatcarlacash for more terms and conditions.

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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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Lifsey Insurance Expanding

Lifsey Insurance Associates, Inc, of Emporia, Virginia, is proud to announce a new partnership with Manry Rawls Insurance of Franklin, Virginia.  Chuck Lifsey and Carolyn Powers will manage the business and hope to hire new employees as Lifsey Insurance undertakes a planned expansion.  Lifsey Insurance will continue to offer the products and services it has in the past, while utilizing the partnership for access to other markets.  Lifsey Insurance will now also offer access to group health insurance, farm insurance and crop insurance.  This new Lifsey Insurance partnership will add to the agency’s ability to find the right insurance coverages at the right price for our customers.

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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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CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE PREP COURSE AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The Career Readiness Certificate can prove to employers that you can do the job.  This Pre-Course for this testing is available locally at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.

According to Natalie Slate, Director of Economic Development for Greensville County, “The ACT NCRC not only assists individuals, it also helps assure employers that the people they hire and promote have the skills necessary to succeed. Having a skilled and trained workforce is vital to attract business and industry to our area."

The Virginia CRC is a credential designed to provide evidence that an individual is ready for work with respect to fundamental standards or workforce literacy. 

Prep courses will be offered in Emporia on March 16 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, April 20, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and May 25 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.  Pre-registration is required by calling Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or email angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

Testing dates are available the second Tuesday of each month through June at the SVEC.  Tests begin at 9 a.m. and pre-registration is also required through Angela McClintock.

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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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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.

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