Win Free Virginia Pork Festival Tickets

Two lucky winners can win a pair of tickets.  You and a guest can spend the afternoon livin' high on the hog at the 2015 Virginia Pork Festival!

Send Emporia News a photo of you in your best and most creative Pig Face and Emporia News readers will vote for the best one.  Anything safe for work and kids goes:  Make your own pig nose, paint your face, send a photo of you at a previous year's festival with your pig nose, or even make yourself up to look like the logo! Whatever tickles your fancy!

Send your photos to with the subject line Pork Festival Ticket Contest by May 1. Include your name and mailing address and phone number in your e-mail.  Voting will begin the next week and the winners will be announced the week of May 11.

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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 Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, maintaining professional boundaries, teaching life skills, administering a behavioral support program (points & levels system), leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the ability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required.  Must possess the ability to perform therapeutic physical restraint techniques.

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail resume and cover letter to:                                          

                                                                                                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:

Obituary-LeRoy Norman Clarke, Jr.

LeRoy Norman Clarke, Jr. age 72, of Jarratt, VA, passed away on April 21, 2015 at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA.

There will be a memorial service held at 6:00 PM on May 11, 2015 at Fountain Grove Baptist Church. This will be a family reunion style event with friends and family coming together to enjoy good food in remembrance of Lee.

Lee was born in Emporia, Virginia on December 9, 1942. He was married to Frances L. Clarke for 53 years. Lee is survived by his three children, David L. Clarke and his wife Kimberly P. Clarke, Lori C. Schaffer; Kimberly C. Williams and her husband Stuart W. Williams, his 4 grandchildren Jordan L. Clarke, Joshua P. Clarke, Mikayla L. Clarke and Corey J. Williams; his siblings, Angela Harvey and her husband Gerald, Bill Tudor and his wife Robin, Bruce Tudor and Don Tudor; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Lee is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Norman Clarke, Sr. and his mother Elsie Allen Tudor and step-father Gene Tudor; as well as his sister, Connie T. Jones.

Lee retired from the Department of Corrections. He was passionate about genealogy, but was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Lee was a transplant recipient and we would like everyone to consider becoming an organ donor in his memory. You can go to and select your state to find out more information and to register.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Fountain Grove Baptist Church, 11539 Low Ground Road, Emporia, VA 23847. The family of Lee Clarke wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support at this difficult time.

Track and Field Athletes Qualify for Regionals

Congratulations to the following student athletes from Greensville County High School Track Team they all have qualified for the Region 2A East Track Meet to be held in Oakton Virginia on May 27, 2015.


Markhail Mason: 200m Dash, 23.79

Deondre Porter: 110MHurdles, 16.70                                     

Deondre Porter: 300mMHurdles, 43.92

Isaiah Brooks, Ahkeem Allen, Kijuan Harding, Markhail Mason: 4x100m Relay, 45.38

Cordarus Clayton: Shot Put, 44’2

Jalen Anderson: Discus, 124’8


Arianna Phillips: Long Jump, 16’1

Eagles Take Sussex Central Meet

The boys and girls track team defeated Brunswick, Park View, Franklin, Southampton, Sussex, and Surry.

The boys score

  • 155 GCHS
  • 151.5 Brunswick
  • 130.5 Park View
  • 48 Franklin
  • 45.5 Southampton
  • 41.5 Sussex
  • 2 Surry

Robert Sykes won both the 1mile (5:02.32) and the 800m (2:13.96), Cordarus Clayton won the shot put (44’2’) Jalen Anderson won the discus 124’8” with a regional qualifier, Isaiah Brooks won the long Jump (19’2 ¾”) Deondre Porter won the 300m Hurdles (43.92) and place second in the 110mhurdles (16.70) he qualified for regionals in both events. The boys 4x100m relay Ahkeem Allen, Isaiah Brooks, Kijuan Harding, and Markhail Mason finished second with a time of 45.38 which was a regional qualifier. Markhail Mason won the 200m dash (23.79) which was a regional qualifier. 

The girls score

  • 165.5 GCHS
  • 99 Brunswick Senior High
  • 98 Parkview
  • 73 Sussex
  • 50 Surry
  • 34.5 Franklin
  • 14 Southampton

Lindsey Gordon recorded two first place in the 2mile (14:38.67) and 1mile (6:43.06), Arianna Phillips won the long jump (16’1’) which was a regional qualifier she also won the triple jump (31’5), Praisya Smith won the 300mhurdles (53.20), Tenisha Broadnax won the 800m (2:58.12) The girls 4x800m relay team of Brooklyn Mason, Haley Jones, Cahlia Allen and Tenisha Broadnax won in a time of 13:51.61

The track team will compete at Sussex Central High next Wednesday April 29, 2015.

SVCC Students Named to the PTK All-Virginian Academic Team

The Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginian Academic Team Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richmond, Virginia.  Southside Virginia Community College student Debra Shifflett was honored at the Luncheon.  SVCC students, Summer Fink and Heather Noe were also recognized at the event but were unable to attend

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizing excellence in higher education and a commitment to students.  Virginia is one of the 37 states participating in the State Academic Teams project introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.

Pictured:(L to R)  Dr. Tara Carter, SVCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Anne Holton, Virginia Secretary of Education, Debra Shifflett, SVCC Student, and Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.


Pueblo Viejo Cuts Ribbon at New Location

The Emporia-Greensville Chamber joined Mayor Mary Person and other City officials to cut a ribbon at Pueblo Viejo.  The Mexican Restaurant recently moved to 103 B East Cloverleaf Drive (inside the Mahal Mart).  Pueblo Viejo prepared several snacks for the group.  The Restaurant is open Seven Days a week for Lunch and Dinner.



SVCC Honors Corrections Employees

Southside Virginia Community College  held its Seventh  Annual Corrections Awards Banquet on April 16, 2015 at Christanna Campus in Alberta.  Mr. Layton T. Lester, Virginia Department of Corrections presented the Keynote address.  Officer and Employee of the Year from each institution were recognized and presented with an award to commemorate the honor.  Alfonzo Seward, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice at Christanna was emcee for the event. 

(Front row, left to right) Lt. Linda Griffin, and Rosalee Stone of Lunenburg Correctional, Sargeant Wilson accepting for Officer William Medlin of Baskerville , Alfonzo Seward, SVCC Program Director, Shelia Monteria of Greensville Correctional and Julie M. Flowers of Nottoway Correctional.

(Back row, left to right) --Barry K. Williams and Officer Gene E. Eason of of Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Ralph Coleman of Greensville, Linda B. George of Baskerville Correctional, Officer Ernest H. Davis and Samantha Dunn-Miller of Halifax Correctional, Officer Shawn Haskins of Nottoway Correctional, Officer Danisha Baker of Lawrenceville Correctional and Layton Lester.


Entrepreneur Bootcamp: Virginia’s Growth Alliance Offers Free UpStart Business Class

KEYSVILLE, Va., April 10, 2015 — Maria Hamilton didn’t intend to start her own business. A stay-at-home mom, friends began asking her to bake cakes and cupcakes like those she made for her children's birthday parties. Three years ago, on a whim, she started a Facebook  fan page just to post pictures of her cupcakes. Before she knew it, Hamilton was in business.

But, while Hamilton had plenty of experience making delicious cupcakes, she was at a loss when it came to running a business. Last fall she registered for the UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp, sponsored by Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) and held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

“The bootcamp gave me the tools I needed to run my business,” said Hamilton. Through Maria’s Sweet Creations, Maria supplements her family’s income. “The business means I don’t have to work 9-5 in an office and can be there for my kids,” said Hamilton.

VGA is offering the free bootcamp again this May. The course, available through the Longwood Small Business Development Center, includes six weekly meetings, online materials, one-on-one feedback and mentoring by teachers. Local business experts also share their knowledge with students, covering topics such as business plan development, finances, marketing and considerations for brick-and-mortar retail businesses. The final week of the course is spent crafting a compelling pitch and provides an opportunity to present to potential investors.

While Hamilton initially fell into business, the course gave her the tools she needed to grow and continue in business. Starting a business is tough and survival is not guaranteed. Fifty percent of new businesses close in less than five years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only 30 percent survive 15 years. Before the bootcamp, the former teacher was on the fence about her business. “I was still looking at help wanted ads,” she said. However, because of the course, she made the leap, finally buying her business license. “I realized I could make it,” explained Hamilton.

This isn’t just a course; it truly is a bootcamp designed to ensure business success. “Our emphasis is on the initial hypothesis,” says facilitator Dr. Nicholas Langlie, director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Longwood University. With a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs, students will craft an idea that people love. “It will always be about failing forward until you have passionate customers who are willing to pay for a product or service,” explained Langlie. ‘It is called ‘product market fit’ generally, and our take on it is unparalleled.”

The bootcamp will provide resources that extend beyond the initial six weeks, including access to materials, continued instructor feedback and camaraderie. The bootcamp cohort works closely together to provide a support network and professional feedback.

Virginia’s Growth Alliance is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in south-central Virginia. It serves Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward counties, and the City of Emporia.

 “A recent study by Longwood University shows that nearly 80 percent of all business within the region employee five people or less,” said Executive Director Jeffrey G. Reed. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and entrepreneurs are the backbone of small businesses.” In addition to the UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp, VGA offers mentoring, low-interest loans, and online storefront and marketing guidance for small businesses in the region. (For more information, visit

For more information on the UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp visit call 434-395-2360 or email Jennifer Baldwin at The location of the bootcamp will be based on the highest concentration of interest in the VGA region.


Truck Driving Returns to Greensville-Emporia

Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC), an off-site campus of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), serving Emporia, Greensville County, and the surrounding area will be holding an informational session for prospective truck driving students on Monday, April 27th.  The informational session, followed by a video presentation, will be held from 5:30 pm until approximately 7:00 pm at the Southside Virginia Education Center, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia.  All interested candidates desiring to enroll in the Truck Driving program for the summer, 2015 semester should attend.  The summer truck driving semester begins on Tuesday, May 12th and runs through Wednesday, August 5th.  Classes will be held at the Truck Driver Training School by the Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport, 139 Airport Drive, Emporia, VA.  Class meeting times are Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  

Please call 434-634-9358 for any additional information required.


USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

Producers May Need to Take Action to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must now file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support.

“USDA employees are working very hard to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “While many producers will not need to take action, we want to help make sure that those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable insurance.”

Producers should visit their local USDA service centerand talk with their crop insurance agent before the June 1, 2015, deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium support during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July, 1, 2015. USDA will publish a rule outlining the linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance premium support. Go to view a copy of the rule.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form is available at local USDA service center or online at When a farmer completes this form, USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

Today's announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has implemented many provisions of this critical legislation, providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

New Director Brings Change to Pork Festival

This year's 42nd Annual Virginia Pork Festival promises to be better than ever.  This is the first festival that will have a new President, Dan Allen and a new Director, Karen Hall.

The first big change that many of you may have already noticed, is the new website (  You can order your tickets right from the new site, using Eventbrite.  There is no need to wait for your tickets to be mailed to you if you do order online, just print them out so that they may be scanned at the gate.  Remember to purchase your tickets by April 30, after May 1the price goes from $30 to $35.  VIP parking can also be purchased online for an additional $25.  It is important to remember to print your tickets for admission to the festival and for VIP Parking.

There are many local locations where you may purchase tickets, the full list of ticket sellers is available on the website.  Tickets may also be purchased by mail order, the order form is available on the website.  If you would like to order by phone, you may do so by calling (434)634-6611 after May 15th.

This year, four of the five bands are new.  Only The Embers is a returning act, and this year, Craig Woolard is back.  Other groups providing entertainment this year are Blues Star Albert Castiglia,  Steve Owens & Summertime, The Switch, and  Exit 173.  

In addition to the live entertainment this year there will also be a selection of Craft Beer

The Greensville County Ruritan Club, in addition to being host, is also now the sponsor.  Over 40,000 pounds of Pork will be prepared on site, as it is each year, to serve the thousands that make this the largest single day festival on the east coast.


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.



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


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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