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Local Members of the Media Honored

At Delegate Roslyn Tyler's annual banquet, several members of the media in the 75th district were honored for exillence in the field of Mass Communications.  Assisting Delegate Tyler with the awards was Tara Ellis of the Virginia Communications Association. 

Ted Wesley Andrews

Ted was born February 10, 1964 to Alburtha Andrews and Robert Jones of Emporia, Virginia.  Ted was raised by his grandmother Magalene Andrews of Purdy, Virginia.  Ted has been taking pictures for 18 years since 1996.  Ted is married to Rebecca Cain Andrews and they have 5 children Christopher, Markos, Andre’, Laticia and Makayla and one granddaughter, Ezra. 

Ted can always remember having his family and his in-laws around and taking different pictures of them.  When Ted was 19 years old his brother bought him a 35 mm Bell and Howard camera and he has been taking pictures since.  With this camera Ted took many pictures at different family functions and enjoyed it.  And I can remember before we were married my niece and his niece were and still are best friends ~ they invited me to their family reunion.  Ted wanted to take pictures of me and I said no I don’t like taking pictures, but of course he still took them, not knowing we will be married today.  Knowing Ted was preserving a moment in time @ that time. 

Today Ted is still preserving a moment in time ~ because he is now a Licensed Photographer.  He enjoy taking pictures of his children, weddings, family reunions, family gathers, church functions and other auxillaries in the community, everything else and especially his loving wife. 

Ted is happy to have found passion in this craft known as photography.

Theresa Wray-Welsh

Teresa Wray-Welsh is the daughter of Robert Wray and the late Edla Mae Hobbs Wray of Greensville County. She became a reporter on Feb. 22, 1999 and found her niche.

Teresa found out the hard way what it was like to be a reporter. By the end of her first week at the Independent Messenger, staff had decreased from three reporters to just her. It was quite a learning experience for someone with only a high school education.

For the biggest part of her more than 15 years at the paper, Teresa has been the only reporter at the twice-weekly newspaper. While others have come and gone, she has remained.

She has also been published in several magazines, including a story about Emporia and Greensville County in Mecklenburg Electric's Cooperative Living.

She covers everything from schools to board meetings to local events to breaking crime and politics.

Teresa has one daughter, Wendy, and one granddaughter, Kelly. She also has one brother, Roger, who has been a volunteer of the Greensville County Rescue Squad for more than 40 years.

Sylvia M. Allen

Sylvia M. Allen, Dolphin, Virginia - Editor of the Brunswick Times-Gazette, Lawrenceville, Va., sister papers are the Independent-Messenger, South Hill Enterprise, Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer and Warren Record. She joined Womack Publishing Company in July 1997 to cover Brunswick County news for the South Hill Enterprise. When the company bought the Brunswick Times-Gazette she was named Editor, still covering Brunswick County news.

Sylvia covers local government: Brunswick County Board of Supervisors, Lawrenceville Town Council, Alberta Town Council, Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Brunswick County School Board.

Other affiliations include: Board of Director of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club, member of the Taste of Brunswick Festival Planning Committee, Past Co-Chair of Brunswick County Relay for Life, teacher of ladies’ Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church, Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, supporter of ArtBank of Southside Virginia, member of the Brunswick Garden Club and Board of Directors for the Brunswick-Mayfield Recreation Center.

Sylvia received the Rotarian of the Year Award from the Lawrenceville Rotary Club in 2010,

Sylvia has a daughter, Shannon Parker, who lives in Mechanicsville with her husband, Cliff, and two children Charles Parker, 13, and Ainsley Parker, 11. Her mother, Marie Morgan, lives in Emporia.

Don Koralewski

Don Koralewski is a seasoned journalist, who is no stranger to Southside Virginia. He is currently the editor of the Sussex-Surry Dispatch — covering Sussex and Surry counties.

Prior to that, he served as editor of the Independent-Messenger in Emporia for nearly seven years and as the editor of the Tidewater News in Franklin. He was also the assistant editor of The South Hill Enterprise in South Hill; and, as is a former reporter for the Smithfield Times in Smithfield.

In addition to his work as an editor and a writer for four Southside newspapers, Koralewski has also worked at a daily newspaper in Sandusky, Ohio — the Sandusky Register — and at Soundings, an independent weekly newspaper covering the U.S. Navy community in Norfolk.

Outside of newspaper work, Koralewski has worked as a community relations manager in higher education and as a writer and photographer for the Virginia Beach School System. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as a photographer and a photojournalist for a decade.

Don and his wife Nelda make their home in Emporia.

Mr. Kaorlewski noted after accepting his award that the local papers were not as conservative as they might seem, adding that Congressman Forbes has space because he writes every week.  Those in attendance were encouraged to have their representitave write editorials.  He finished by saying letters to the editor, "we need them, we want then, we'll publish them.

Also honored was Ted Wood of WEVA Radio.  Mr. Wood was not present and no further information was available.  His award was accepted by his sister, Arletha Cain.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Wednesday

Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

A short program will be presented by Officer Dustan Jarratt and narcotic K-9 Kaman from Emporia Police Department.  Also Benji Ligon will be present to talk about fraud and tornado preparedness. Please plan on attending this very informative meeting and bring a family member, friend and/or neighbor.

We all need to be aware of our surroundings and what is going on in our neighborhoods and community.

All residents in Jarratt, Greensville, Sussex Counties and Emporia are invited to attend this program.  Please come and voice your ideas to help our area to prevent crime and make our area a safer place to live and enjoy.

If you have any ideas for programs you would like to have presented at the meeting, please contact Dana Kinsley or Roderic Tuell

For additional information call Dana Kinsley 434-637-7553 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191

Please tell your neighbors about this meeting and encourage them to attend.

BAck to School BAsh

The Zion Baptist Church, 3155 Smokey Ordinary Road, Purdy, VA where Rev. Jerome Pratt is the pastor; will sponsor a BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Free school supplies will be given away, while they last. Food will be served and the attire is jeans and t-shirt. Come worship with us. Fun, Food, and Fellowship.


Obituary-Jewel Duncan Cordle

Jewel Duncan Cordle, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 13, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband William S. Cordle. She is survived by sons William R. Cordle and wife Peg of Chesapeake, VA and Robin L. Cordle of Crozet, VA; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Thursday, 1pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service following at 2pm.  Interment will be private.  Condolences may be sent to

Obituary-William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter

William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA, a Vietnam War veteran, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at McGuire’s Veteran Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was retired from the City of Emporia.  Born in Ashland, Ohio on December 21, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul Bernard Fraunfelter and Ruth Eleanor Gilbert Miller, and a sister Donna Miller Thomas.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter; daughter, Casey Lindsay (Steve) of Wadsworth, Ohio; and son Eric Fraunfelter (Birte) of Kirn, Germany; stepchildren, Melissa Ivey Harrison (Brian) of Jarratt, VA and Will Ivey (Shannon) of Alberta, VA; grandchildren Laura Ashley Fraunfelter, Seraphine Fraunfelter, Logan Claire Harrison, Collin Lindsay, and Kristen Michele Ivey; and sisters Kay F. Wingrove (Harvey) of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ann F. White (David) of Ashland, Ohio, a brother, John Paul Fraunfelter of Arizona. Bill is also survived by his faithful companion Buddy.  A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 13th at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10053 Lebanon Church Road, Jarratt, VA.  A visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 PM.

Annie Lee Robinson Services September 20

Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Emporia, VA. 

SVCC to host Regional Job Fair

Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services is partnering with the Crater Business Services Team in sponsoring a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, October 28th at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, VA.

The job fair is open to all job seekers from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by Friday, October 17th.  Employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon on the day of the event compliments of SVCC.  Employer luncheon space is limited.

Employers should contact Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development, to reserve a booth at 434-949-1060 or


Library Card Sign-Up Month

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 


Resources at the Meherrin Regional Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our library offers access to important educational resources, likeLiterati Literati is a great resource for school projects and also has online homework help for students from 3rd to 12th grade.  With their library card patrons will have access to SOVALUE, Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically.  Through SOVALUE, eBooks and audio books can be downloaded to a computer, smart phone, kindle, etc.


Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a performance by the Sundae Puppets on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The program will be at 11:15 at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia and 2:00 at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville.


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Meherrin Regional Library System in person or visit the library online at Carnival coming to Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia Sept 25 - 28, 2014.

Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. - is pleased to announce they will be returning to the 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia, September 25th through 28th.  Owner, R C Cole has proudly owned and operated "Virginia's Finest Amusement Company" for the past twenty-five years, providing quality amusement rides and affordable family entertainment. is extremely proud of our excellent safety record and reputation.  The company has been utilized yearly for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy. offers a remarkable amusement midway this year for the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Featured rides will include the Ferris Wheel, Catch N Air, Rainbow, Scat, Sizzler, Jungle Crawl, Slide, Dragon Wagon and many more rides for all ages. Also available will be the games and food. 

Don't miss it!! - September 25th through 28th at the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Carnival opens daily at 6 PM and weekends at Noon.  Unlimited Ride Special will be available on Thursday, September 25th.  Visit for more info and updates.


September is National Preparedness Month

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

The national Ready campaign established four building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The Ready Virginia and Listo Virginia campaigns echo these messages. Now America’s PrepareAthon! goes a step further and builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness. 

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. This September, which is National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities are encouraged to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day event on or near September 30. The theme of the month is, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” For more information on NPM, to register a National PrepareAthon! day event, or download the 2014 NPM toolkit,




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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