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USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers Facing Market Downturn


The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that beginning today, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.

“Unlike the old direct payments program, which paid farmers in good years and bad, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized a new safety-net that protects producers only when market forces or adverse weather cause unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “For example, the corn price for 2014 is 30 percent below the historical benchmark price used by the ARC-County program, and revenues of the farms participating in the ARC-County program are down by about $20 billion from the benchmark during the same period. The nearly $4 billion provided today by the ARC and PLC safety-net programs will give assistance to producers where revenues dropped below normal.”

The ARC/PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.

Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected the ARC-County coverage option.  Ninety-nine percent of long grain rice and peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected the PLC option. Overall, 76 percent of participating farm acres are protected by ARC-County, 23 percent by PLC, and 1 percent by ARC-Individual. For data about other crops, as well as state-by-state program election results, final PLC price and payment data, and other program information including frequently asked questions, visit

Crops receiving assistance include barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, and wheat.  In the upcoming months, disbursements will be made for other crops after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Any disbursements to participants in ARC-County or PLC for long and medium grain rice (except for temperate Japonica rice) will occur in November, for remaining oilseeds and also chickpeas in December, and temperate Japonica rice in early February 2016. ARC-individual payments will begin in November. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

The Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by Congress, requires USDA to reduce payments by 6.8 percent. For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency office. To find a local Farm Service Agency office, visit

The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs were 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 taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including 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

SVCC Graduates Truck Drivers

Graduation was held on November 19,2015 of the Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training School.  

Jason Cutcliff and Don Trammell both graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Kneeling, l-r, Don Trammell (North Dinwiddie), Georgeann Goldsberry (Blackstone), Rausheen Terry (Farmville) Standing l - r, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, Cedric Drumgold, Jr.(Lawrenceville), Kim Terry (Dillwyn), James Cutcliff (Emporia) and Alan Caviness, Director of Safety & Risk Management with Houff Transfer.  3rd row l-r, Willie Crawley, TDTS Instructor, Jonte' Stith (Alberta), Doug Kemerer, Instructor, Jason Drinkwater, Assistant Instructor and Duncan Quicke, Truck Driver Training School Coordinator.



RICHMOND – Whether you root for the Hokies or the Hoos, or have your own favorite college football team to cheer on during this Saturday’s major matchups, nothing rivals the importance of all fans driving to save lives over the Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, Head Virginia Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer and Head University of Virginia Football Coach Mike London this summer put their rivalries aside in order to team up with the Virginia State Police for a traffic safety public service announcement (PSA):

The video, produced in partnership with Advance Auto Parts headquartered in Roanoke, Va., aims to reach young adult drivers who are most at risk for traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Virginia highways. Last year in Virginia, 123 male and female drivers and passengers between the ages of 18 and 25 lost their lives in a traffic crash.* In 2014, there were 10,220 drivers and 2,815 passengers between ages 18 and 25 injured in traffic crashes statewide.*


“We need all drivers to have a game plan before they leave for and from game day festivities,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “First and foremost, never drink and drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving and puts you and all motorists at risk. Play bad and the greatest thing you risk is losing a game. Drive impaired, distracted, unbuckled, and/or recklessly and the greatest thing you risk is losing your life or taking someone else’s. Reducing traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways is a score we can live with.”

Drivers are also reminded to maintain your vehicle, use caution at railroad crossings, and comply with the state’s “Move Over” law to protect first responders and highway safety workers.

Christmas Concert This Weekend

Pictured: Tammy Hand, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Dr. Julie Hawley, Patti Watson, Kathy Baird

GASBURG ~ The Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia cordially invites you to celebrate God’s greatest Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, with “A Festival of Christmas Music” on Sunday, December 6, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Winter Wonderland, this concert is sure to usher you into the Christmas season.

The festive evening of Christmas music will be presented by Patti Watson, Kathy Baird, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Tammy Hand, Dr. Julie Baird Hawley, and the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs.  The concert will benefit children and families of domestic violence in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

Patti Watson, of Emporia, is a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church while, Kathy Baird, Patty Richardson, Wendy Keener, Darryl Keener, Dr. Julie Hawley and Tammy Hand are members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Together they will present a medley of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the holiday season. Following the concert, you are also invited to a reception that will be held in the PHCC Family Life Center.

There is no admission fee or ticket required for the concert, however, a special love offering will be collected during the program for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program which is a non-profit organization that is specially designed to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The monetary gifts collected will be used for the victims in Brunswickand GreensvilleCounties.  The program started in 1991 and since that time has served thousands of victims.  Helping people in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about.  These local talents hope to raise enough money during the concert to help brighten Christmas for several local people.

For more information regarding the concert please call the church office @ (434)577-2463.


Riparian Home Tour Features The Webb House

The WEBB HOUSE is a lovely historical home built in 1802. The owners are Beverly and Sean Larkin of Philadelphia. Beverly is the daughter of the late Sam and Ann Rae Harrison, previous owners of the house.  The keeper of the house is Emporia native, Jane Barrows.

Rumor has it that the Webb house was the birthplace of Lucy Webb, wife of the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes.  After marrying President Hayes, the first lady was steadfast in her stance against alcohol. When guests entered her home, they were served lemonade instead of alcoholic beverages, and she was often called “Lemonade Lucy.”

The interior of the house has the original pine floors and approximate 15 foot ceilings, as stated by Ms. Barrows. The pine flooring and one corner cabinet was made from lumber on the farm.  There are four fireplaces, all of which are over 200 years old. The brick used to build the fireplaces and mantels was also made on the farm.

There have been some necessary renovations made to the house, but much of it is still authentic.  This is exhibited by the very narrow and steep stairway which leads to the second story.

The downstairs is composed of a kitchen, dining and den area combined. Off from the family gathering space is the entrance to the formal living room. Upon entering the second floor, there is a plentiful hall for sleeping along with two other bedrooms.

A few outstanding features on the exterior of the house are the 40 ft. chimneys. On one of the chimneys facing the front lawn, the year 1802 is carved in the brick. This has not always been clearly visible, but work is being done to restore this historic date.

In the summer, there is a lovely sunflower garden that sometimes serves as a browsing ground for deer. Because the house is hidden deep in the woods, Ms. Barrows says that the backyard is often a playground for wildlife.

Other outside vestiges from the past are a huge barn, smoke house, and a corn bin that still has the     wire used to protect corn from rodents, or other varmints. There is also an outdoor well that has the original inner walls made of stone.

The Webb House is expected to be an exciting holiday experience for those who love houses from centuries ago.

Other homes on tour are the homes of Betsy and Richard Short, 8674 Purdy Rd.; Brenda Harrell, 104 State St., and Dave Randolph, 102 Tall Oaks Dr.; and Victory Fellowship Church. 111 Battery Ave.

Visitors may tour Friday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered at Victory Fellowship Church Hall during the Saturday tour.

Tour ticket booklets are $12 which includes pictures, information and directions for the tour. The booklet is sponsored by over seventy community supporting advertisers. Proceeds will be used to commission a 32 ft. mural on South Main St. in support of law enforcement, fire and rescue and other community services.

Tickets may be purchased at Originals by Randi, Chamber of Commerce, both located on Halifax St., from any Riparian club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

The Riparian Woman’s Club hopes everyone will enjoy the 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Rare Historic Home Up for Auction

Features One of the Most Unique Staircases in Southside Virginia

EMPORIA, VA – A rare historic home boasting one of the most unique staircases in Southside Virginia is up for auction. Located at 208 Hicksford Avenue in Emporia, this custom Colonial Estate was originally built in 1902 and has undergone a series of renovations over the past century.

“The staircase in the front hall is not only breathtaking, but comes with a wonderful history,” said auctioneer Ernie Rogers, owner of United Country - River City Auction and Realty, broker VAAF #0879, who will auction the property live, onsite on Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. “The staircase was added during one of the earlier renovations. It was actually built in Petersburg and transported to Emporia by rail. The train stopped at the nearby railroad crossing to allow the staircase to be unloaded near the home for easier installment.”

This stately two-story home features approximately 4,344 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, six fireplaces, nine rooms, hardwood flooring throughout and a courtyard. Previously owned by the late Harry Evans of Emporia, the home is filled with Evans’ custom and intricate designs he engineered over nearly four decades of remodeling, including ornate crowns and an exquisitely terraced backyard.

“This is a one-of-a-kind find,” Rogers said. “Mr. Evans poured his life into perfecting this home.” The property also presents the rare opportunity of opening a bed and breakfast in an area without one. “There is no such inn in Emporia, and with its proximity to 1-95, Route 58 and Lake Gaston, its location is ideal for a quaint bed and breakfast.”

The auctioning of the home also presents a unique buying opportunity. ““

The auction marketing method is one of the best ways to present a property such as this to the public,” said Rogers. “It’s a chance to own a gorgeous historic home in an ideal location at a market price that only the auction format can provide.”

Potential buyers can preview the home on Sunday, November 22 and 29, from 2-4 p.m. This property will sell to the highest bidder at or above $99,000. Complete information about the property, as well as details about the auction, can be found online at, by calling 804-327-9090 or by email to


Most Americans enrolling on will receive financial support

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center offering free application assistance

Emporia, VA - “Open enrollment”—the annual three-month period during which Americans can comparison shop and purchase healthcare coverage on the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace—is in full swing.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), between 11 and 14 million consumers will purchase 2016 coverage through the Marketplace, and most will qualify for financial assistance.

HHS relays that 7 out of 10 returning customers will be able to buy a health plan and pay less than $75 for monthly premiums—which is the monthly fee charged for coverage; eight of 10 will pay less than $100. Those figures are tied to estimates that 80% of individuals re-enrolling will qualify for advanced tax credits based on their projected annual income; newcomers to the Marketplace are expected to fall in the same income brackets and receive similar help.

“If you’re eligible for a tax credit, the government will send money directly to your insurance company to help pay the premium,” says Matt Tavenner, CEO at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.“So for example, instead of paying the full $350 monthly cost, you might pay $50 or $75 a month.”

Penalties for not having health insurance increase significantly in 2016 and will be assessed when 2016 federal tax returns are filed. Fines are $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, and up to $2,085 per family or 2.5% of family income—whichever is higher.

The penalties are expected to drive many newcomers to the Marketplace, as most individuals must choose between paying a premium and paying a fine.

“Individuals who don’t have insurance or who need to re-enroll have nothing to lose and everything to gain by evaluating their options,” says Tavenner. “You may discover you qualify for Medicaid, tax credits or another type of discount. The goal is to find a plan that best matches your specific health needs and finances.”  

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center is offering community residents free help with evaluating insurance options and enrolling on the Marketplace. Appointments can be made with certified assisters by calling 434-348-4406.

The purpose of the Health Insurance Marketplace is to offer all U.S. citizens access to affordable health plans that offer comprehensive benefits.

To help make health insurance affordable, the government uses household income to determine who is eligible for financial assistance. This assistance might include advanced tax credits to help pay for premiums, or discounts on co-pays and deductibles—which are additional costs related to specific healthcare purchases.

Some of the mandatory benefits included in all Marketplace plans include doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric care, and free preventive and wellness services. Coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health condition.

“If you are eligible for health insurance but do not purchase coverage, not only will you pay a penalty when filing your tax return, but you will also lose out on financial help with your healthcare expenses throughout the year,” says Tavenner. “Our assisters can help you shop the Marketplace to find a plan that meets your needs.”


SVCC to Offer Forklift Train the Trainer Course

This Forklift Train the Trainer Workshop is designed for powered industrial vehicle operators. Topics covered include: Basic Safety Principles, PIV accident causes, usage for unintended or non-designed purposes, exceeding capacity, inattention by operator or pedestrian, using defective equipment, horseplay, defective equipment, OSHA, specific operator training with

video, PowerPoint, and/or handbook, classroom and practical testing, testing by vehicle type, licensing for specific vehicle type, documenting the raining/testing, 3 places individual file, license, and training session records, company policy and training/operations, PPE requirements eye, fall protection, hard hats, etc., and sources for additional training material/information.

Who should attend? Lead safety officers and trainers at companies that use powered forklifts. Participants will learn procedures on how to train and certify their own company employees.


Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required by contacting

Angela McClintock by email at or

 by phone at 434-949-1026.

  Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time: 10 am - 4 pm | Fee: $89 (Includes booklets)

Location: Clarksville Enrichment Complex

1567 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville, VA


FOP Lodge #30 - "Kids and Cops" - 2015 Nov. 22nd Update - Please Donate - Monies are needed!

This year is flying by and we are preparing for another great Christmas Season with the Annual “Kids and Cops” shopping spree for under-privileged children at Walmart on December 12th. Each year at Christmas we have been blessed with your help to be able to take many under-privileged children shopping. Without your continued support this great event cannot happen, so please donate what you can.

“Kids and Cops” is a unique program sponsored by our local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #30, in which local Law Enforcement Officers share Christmas with children who are in need.The Officers and kids spend time together, one on one, in an unforgettable holiday shopping experience and then have breakfast together at Shoney’s. Parents and Guardians are notified in advance. Law Enforcement Officers in uniform pick the children up at their homes, take them shopping, to breakfast at Shoney’s and return them home after the event. Law Enforcement Officers help keep track of the spending and offer suggestions to the children with ideas for shopping. This is a great way for Law Enforcement Officers to make another positive contribution to the community and a long lasting friendship with these kids.

Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare.It costs $100 to sponsor one child, but you can sponsor as many as you like. If you cannot contribute 100% to sponsor a child, please donate what you can. It all adds up to sponsor another child. The number of children that are able to participate this year is determined by the amount of monies received by December 5th. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the kids, FOP Lodge # 30 and me. The Smile you put on a kid’s face is well worth It.!

Please don’t just throw this request in the trash! The “Kids & Cops” need your help to make this program possible and successful. Make your check payable to:  FOP Lodge #30 and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, Va. 23847-2807.  Also, you can call me on my cell (434-430-5000) and I will be excited to pick up your donation. All contributions are tax deductible!

Merry Christmas,

Lee Seymour – Ambassador - FOP Lodge #30 – Emporia, Va.


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 or Picture Perfect on Halifax Street.

a    b


c    d 


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 or by downloading the Freegal Music app.  Freegal Movies are available at 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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