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GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will have their regular meeting Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the office located on 1748 East Atlantic Street. 

SECURITY BREACH OF PATIENT INFORMATION AFFECTS AFFILIATED PHYSICIAN PRACTICES, NOT HOSPITAL PATIENTS

EMPORIA, VA - Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with (employed by) Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber-attack by a foreign-based intruder. The transferred information did not include any medical information or credit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients. Though we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection.

Our organization believes the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property. The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems. The intruder has been eradicated and applications have been deployed to protect against future attacks. We are working with federal law enforcement authorities in their investigation and will support prosecution of those responsible for this attack.

Many American companies and organizations have been victimized by foreign-based cyber intrusions. It is up to the Federal Government to create a national cyber defense that can prevent this type of criminal invasion from happening in the future.

SVRMC currently has 2 affiliated (employed) physician practices in its network of affiliated services operating as Emporia Clinic Corporation and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Hospital Based Physicians, LLC.

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Experienced Restaurateurs to Open First Bojangles’ Restaurant in Franklin

Popular Chicken and Biscuit Restaurant Opens on Thursday, August 21

Franklin, Va. –Aug. 19, 2014 – Bojangles’, the popular restaurant chain known for its uniquely-seasoned and marinated chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, and breakfast served all day every day, will open its doors for business at 2307 South Street in Franklin on Thursday, August 21 at 11 a.m..

The new restaurant is owned by PW Foods, LLC, comprised of experienced restaurateurs Jim Whitehead and Charlie Parker, and marks the third Bojangles’ location the franchise group owns in Virginia, joining their existing locations at 931 W. Atlantic Street in Emporia and 1501 S. Main Street in Farmville.

Many may also recognize a familiar face, Stephen Whittemore. Whittemore is a Southampton County native well-known in the community. Serving as the Unit Director of the Franklin location, Whittemore brings years of restaurant experience and excellent customer service skills.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in the Franklin community,” said Whitehead. “In addition to serving the most delicious chicken and biscuits around, our hospitality will win over our guests from the moment they walk in the store or visit our drive-thru.”

Bojangles’ attracts customers with its proprietary, made-from-scratch fare, offering a flavor profile unlike anything in the market and breakfast served all day every day. The menu features southern classics with Bojangles’ one-of-a kind flavors, including fresh, hand-breaded chicken, buttermilk biscuits, sandwiches, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea® steeped the old-fashioned way.

“Our light, buttery, made-from-scratch biscuits serve as the basis for the best breakfast in the industry. From biscuit sandwiches filled with mouthwatering items like spicy chicken filets, seasoned sausage or steak, country ham, eggs and cheese, to sweet biscuits like our Cinnamon Pecan Twists and Bo-Berry Biscuits, no one does breakfast like Bojangles’. That’s why we serve breakfast all day, every day,” added Whitehead.

Franklin’s newest Bojangles’ features drive-thru and in-store dining beginning with breakfast and continuing through dinner late into the evening. Spanning 3,500 square feet, this location carries on the warm, family-friendly tradition of Bojangles’ in a spacious environment. The restaurant can seat up to 70 guests and will have free Wi-Fi and two flat screen televisions for guests’ viewing pleasure.

The new small business significantly contributes to the local economic landscape through investment dollars, construction projects and job creation, employing 70 local residents.

The restaurant is open and serving all menu items – including Bojangles’ famous breakfast –from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

For more information, visit www.bojangles.comor call 757-304-5114.

About Bojangles' Restaurants Inc.

Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles' Restaurants, Inc. serves one-of-a-kind southern classics such as fresh, never frozen, hand-breaded chicken; buttermilk biscuits; sandwiches; flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea® steeped the old-fashioned way. The menu features proprietary, made-from-scratch fare, offering a flavor profile unlike anything in the market and serves breakfast all day. First franchised in 1978, Bojangles' boasts more than 600 locations in 11 states and Washington, D.C., primarily in the Southeast. In 2013, Bojangles’ ranked number one for growth in the chicken category by Technomic; QSR magazine recognized Bojangles’ in its list of Top 10 Franchise Opportunities; Forbes listed Bojangles’ as one of the top 12 Best Fast-Food Franchises to Own, and the company ranked in the Top Five for food by Zagat among large fast food chains. Additionally, Inc. magazine has included Bojangles’ in its list of fastest growing private companies for several years and The Wall Street Journal has named Bojangles’ among its 25 Franchise High Performers. For more information, visit www.bojangles-franchise.com

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SEVEN PLAYERS SELECTED FOR QUEEN OF DIAMONDS SHOWCASE

Courtland, VA - Seven players from our area have recently been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase – South (QDSS) at Winthrop University on August 30th and 31st 2014.

The QDSS is now in its 8th season and is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the U.S. This event continues to attract athletes from over 21 states and 2 Canadian Provinces. It’s big brother showcase, Queen of Diamonds North, is in its 19th season. Both events have over 1500 applicants in which 264 athletes are selected. This showcase is unique as athletes actually ‘apply to’ this event individually and are selected based on many criteria ranging from ability, potential, academics, grad year, coaches request and referrals. Of the 264 players chosen for the 2014 QDSS, 7 play together on Southampton Storm 18U Gold.

August Ringer (Southampton Academy) is from Capron and will be competing at Third Base.  August was the recipient of the VISAA First Team All-State Honor in 2014. Miss Ringer is a rising Senior.

Morgan Whitley (Windsor High School) of Franklin will be competing at Third Base. Morgan received Tri-River District, All-District Honors in 2014 and is a rising Senior.

 Skylar Ferguson (Greensville High School) of Emporia will be competing in the Outfield. Miss Ferguson is a rising Junior and earned All-District Honors in 2014.

Taylor Harding (Prince George High School) is from Prince George and is a rising Junior.  Miss Harding’s team made it to the VHSL Group 5A State Finals. Taylor will be competing at First Base.

Brittany Wade (Winsor High School) of Windsor will be competing as a Catcher. Brittany earned All-District and All-Regional Honors in 2014.

Skyler Bagnall (Southampton High School) is from Ivor and will be competing at Second Base. Miss Bagnall is a rising Sophomore and earned All-District Honors and received Southampton High School’s Rookie of the Year award in 2014.

Kelby Lewis (Southampton High School) is from Boykins and is a rising Sophomore. Miss Lewis earned All-District Honors as a Freshman pitcher in 2014. Kelby will be competing in the Outfield.

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Ladies from the Emporia Run For God group participated in the Pinky 5K on Saturday.  There were ladies running this race in all 50 states, and some other countries as well!  Pictured are Brenda Robinson, Leslie Edwards, Amanda O'Berry, Nateesha Maryland and Sharon O'Berry.  Not pictured, but running over seas, Martha Dodd-Slippy.

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Obituary-Dorothy Rice “Dot” Mitchell

Dorothy Rice “Dot” Mitchell, 93, died early Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014, at Greensville Manor.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, L.W. Mitchell Jr.; her parents, Fred V. and Grace W. Rice; her brother, Fred Jr., and her great-grandson, Jude James Mitchell.

Survivors include two sons and wives, Keith(Dianne) Mitchell of Emporia and Mike (Cindy) Mitchell of North Port, FL; daughter and husband Dixie(Lee) Grizzard of Middlesex, NC; grandsons and wives Lance(Cheryl) Mitchell of Houston, TX; Sean(Shannon) Mitchell of Charlotte, NC; Logan Mitchell of North Port; granddaughters Amanda (Justin) Pridgen of Elm City, NC, Erin Bass of Middlesex, Erica Kleinfeld of Port Charlotte, FL and Dani Mitchell of Nashville, TN; also, six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 23, at 3 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia, followed by a reception immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials to Monumental United Methodist Church.

Local Student to Introduce Secretary of Education in Washington

Isaiah Hicks, the son of Glenn and Dana Hicks will be attending Greensville County High School Governor's School this fall as an 11th grader was selected to represent the Upward Bound program and Greenville County this Thursday August 21st to introduce the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

FAMILY YMCA OF EMPORIA-GREENSVILLE TO HOST THE VIRGINIA PEANUT FESTIVAL FALL 5K/10K FUN RUN/ WALK

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville will host The Virginia Peanut Festival Fall 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The race will begin at 8:00 AM in the YMCA parking lot, and is open to all ages.  Registration cost is $20 per person and everyone that pre-registers by September 22, 2014, will receive a free t-shirt.  Fees increase to $25 per person after September 22, 2014.  Following a course of paved roads, the 5K/10K will feature a water station and post-race refreshments.  For more information, please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.    

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SVCC Workforce Development Now Offering Free Computer Classes Among Many Others to the Public

Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development is offering a “Beginners Computer” class to the public at no charge along with others for a fee.  The free and paid classes are being offered at various SVCC locations including the Christanna Campus, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta,  the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, 118 East Danville Street, South Hill, the Southside Virginia Education Center, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia and the Estes Community Center, 316 N. Main Street, Chase City.  The classes being offered are:

Beginners Computer Courses| Cost:  Free | 9AM – 4 PM

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - September 11, 2014

Southside Virginia Education Center- September 18, 2014

Introduction to Word|Cost:  $20 | 9AM – 4 PM

Southside Virginia Education Center - September 10, 2014

Estes Community Center- September 30, 2014

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - September 25, 2014

What's up with Windows 8?| Fee: $20, 8:30 AM – 12:30PM

Learn the new features, and changes under Windows 8.  Topics covered will include new Start screen, browser, SkyDrive and powerful online features.  Discover how to manage your apps on both the home screen and your traditional desktop. 

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - September 17th, 2014

ServSafe - Tuition:  $39, 10AM3PM

Food Safety Training

This course covers food safety training from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. A necessity for all restaurant owners, food service managers, cooks and line staff.

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - September 9th and 11th (Must attend both days.)

Southside Virginia Education Center- September 2nd, 3rd and 5th (Must attend all three days.) 3PM -7PM

Grant Writing Workshop |Fee: $50.00 | 9AM – 4PM

SVCC will offer a two-day Grantmanship & Grant Writing Skills workshop.

The non-credit seminar is offered at a reduced rate and is open to anyone interested in developing skills in securing government and private foundation grants.

Workshop is scheduled for 12 hours over a 2-day period.

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center- September 22nd and 30th

Resume Writing and Interview Skills - | Cost: FREE - 8:30AM – 4:30PM

“Learn how to write and improve your resume the correct way so that it speaks for you as you target your ideal job.

Estes Community Center - September 24, 2014

CPR/First Aid Training (One Day) - Cost:  $29 includes material/cards | 9AM – 4 PM

HeartSavers Certification

Get your CPR Certification in one day!

Learn how to perform CPR on any adult, child, and infant and how  to use an AED successfully. Also learn how to treat most simple injuries or medical problems easily.

Southside Virginia Education Center - September 10, 2014

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)- 4PM – 8PM

Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate helps employers by certifying that a recipient possesses core skills in applied math, reading for information, and locating information -- skills that are required by at least 85% of all jobs profiled by ACT Workkeys in the country.

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) Prep-Course

SVCC Christanna Campus - September 17, 2014    

Pre-registration required for all classes by calling Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CANCER CONNECTION BACK ON SCHEDULE IN THE FALL

EMPORIA, VA – Earlier this year, the oncology staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical (SVRMC) established a support group, Cancer Connection, for oncology patients and caregivers.  After taking off the summer months, the group is ready to “fall” back into their regularly scheduled meetings beginning in September.  

Cancer Connection meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be a combined session for patient and caregivers together, followed by breakout sessions comprised of patients only or caregivers only.  Each month there will be a program on different topics related to living with or caring for someone with cancer.  This group meeting is FREE and open to all cancer patients and caregivers.

The September meeting of Cancer Connection will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  Reservations for this meeting are not required.  For additional information, contact Cancer Connection Coordinators, Peggy Dunn, RN at 434-348-4625 or Robin Harris, RN at 434-348-4644.

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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CANCER CONNECTION BACK ON SCHEDULE IN THE FALL

EMPORIA, VA – Earlier this year, the oncology staff at Southern Virginia Regional Medical (SVRMC) established a support group, Cancer Connection, for oncology patients and caregivers.  After taking off the summer months, the group is ready to “fall” back into their regularly scheduled meetings beginning in September.  

Cancer Connection meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be a combined session for patient and caregivers together, followed by breakout sessions comprised of patients only or caregivers only.  Each month there will be a program on different topics related to living with or caring for someone with cancer.  This group meeting is FREE and open to all cancer patients and caregivers.

The September meeting of Cancer Connection will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  Reservations for this meeting are not required.  For additional information, contact Cancer Connection Coordinators, Peggy Dunn, RN at 434-348-4625 or Robin Harris, RN at 434-348-4644.

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