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Food Service Worker

Psychiatric residential treatment facility and secondary school for teens seeks full-time Food Service Worker to work in school style cafeteria setting.  Job duties include bulk food preparation, large batch cooking from recipes, staffing the serving line, sanitation, unloading delivery trucks, stocking the walk-in freezer, and operating commercial kitchen equipment including meat slicer. 

A minimum of six months formal food service experience required in a school cafeteria or institutional setting.   Basic Food Service and Serve Safe Certification required.  Requires the ability to prepare and cook meals following recipes.  Requires the ability to maintain a clean, safe, sanitary work environment.  Must possess the ability to read, perform basic math, and follow basic food service instructions including instructions on product labeling and formal recipes.  Must be a team player and possess excellent customer service skills.

The cafeteria hours are 5:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  Must be flexible.  Position is scheduled off every other weekend when staffing levels permit.   Excellent benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, life insurance, & 401(k) plan with employer match.

Drug screen, physical, and criminal background screening required upon hire. EOE.  Open until filled.

Mail, fax, or e-mail resume & cover letter to:

                                                           Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
                                                            Attn: Chris Thompson
                                                            Job#:  2016-18
                                                            546 Walnut Grove Drive
                                                            Jarratt, Virginia 23867
                                                            Fax: (434) 634-6237


Applications for Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Persons, Tax Relief for Landowners with 5 acres or more productive agriculture and Personal Property Relief for Certain Veterans can be obtained from the office of the Greensville County Commissioner of the Revenue starting September 1st.  The application must be signed and filled out completely with all required documents and returned to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office no later than November 1st.  If eligible, credit will be given for 2017 taxation.  My office is located at 1781 Greensville County Circle,  Room 132, Emporia, VA – Highway 301 North – Sussex Dr.  Our telephone number is 434-348-4227. 

Martha S. Swenson

Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Greensville County

Woyer Represents Brunswick Academy at Vice Presidential Debate

Samantha Woyer, a Brunswick Academy senior, was selected to attend the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4th. Samantha was selected by writing an essay sponsored by Virginia Farm Bureau. Prior to the debate, Samantha and three other B.A. students attended an Agriculture Conference held at Longwood University on "The Future of Agriculture in 2050". Students who attended along with Woyer were Berklee Pair, Howard Wright, and Katherine Daniel.

Congratulations, Samantha Woyer, for being an Essay Winner!

Pictured l to r - B.A. Agri-Science teacher, Kathy Lee, Margaret Woyer, Samantha Woyer, Farm Bureau Agent, Donna Lucy and Cheryl Bowen, B.A. Head of School.

VCU Health CMH Employees Honored

South Hill— Each year VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital employees who have provided long-term service to the hospital are recognized during an annual service awards banquet.  Employees who have five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty, thirty-five, and forty years or more of service are honored and recognized for their distinctive and extraordinary achievements.  This year, VCU Health CMH honored 86 employees for a total of 1,030years of quality health care provided to others in Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina.

Honored for Five Years of Service were (left to right) Front Row: Ma Lorie Ann Tagabucba, Kathryn Spence, Melissa Rogers, Tara Foster, Kelly Ezell, Catherine Walker, Sylvia Wilson  Second Row: Hilary Tackett, Sheree Smith, Tammy Newton, Felicia Jones-Peterson, Stacy Davis, Chris King, John Watson Jr.

Honored for Ten Years of Service were (left to right) – Theresa Benjamin, Laurie Capps, Susan Estes, Jacqeline Gholson, Jessica Jones, Kimberly Springer, Melissa Walthall, Belinda Wells, Magen Wright

Honored for Fifteen Years of Service were (left to right) – Ken Libby, Margie Bartlett, Dorothy Jaimes-Diaz, Bertha Evans, Sheila Murray, Leah Turner

Honored for Twenty Years of Service were (left to right) – Sarah Daniel, Mary Jiggetts, Wendy Lenhart, Gloria Simmons

Honored for Twenty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Arlene Edmonds, Lillian Gibson

Honored for Thirty Years of Service were (left to right) – Nellie Hawkins

Honored for Thirty Five Years of Service were (left to right) – Patty Mayer

Photo #9: Honored for Forty Years of Service were (left to right) – Ronnie Mills, Patricia Waid

The Masonic Lodge

The Riparian Woman’s Club is honored to have this historic building on the Christmas Home Tour.

The Widow’s Son Lodge #150 (Masonic Lodge) was organized and held its first meeting in 1829 at Haley’s Bridge in Greensville County. In 1840 they held meetings in the Hicksford Courthouse until property was purchased for this grand building you are standing in today. The property known as “Lands old store lot” was acquired from William and Helen Land for $650 and in 1905 built an impressive Classical Revival style building. In 1955 another piece of property was purchased from Sallie Baily for $5.00 for purpose of adding an addition at the back of building. In the front of the lodge is one of Virginia’s Historical Markers.


The Lodge is under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Virginia. The Fraternity encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance with the single purpose “to make good men better.”

In 1850 Dr. Rob Morris, lawyer, educator and mason started The Order of the Eastern Star which is open to both men and women. Its teachings are based on the bible and is open to all faiths. The Emporia Eastern Star was chartered in 1940.

The first floor is now a shop offering clothing and all kinds of household items, donated by the community. The Eastern Star opened the shop about ten years ago and now have been joined by the Masons. The funds are given to the Greensville and Jarratt Fire Departments and are used as well to fund their scholarship programs. You will find the shop neatly organized for easier shopping. Tour guests may make purchases while on tour.


The second floor as well as the third floor may be reached from the stairs or the elevator. This floor offers a very large room where the Masons enjoy dinner on their monthly meeting night and the where the Eastern Star has their fellowship time. This room is available for rent to the public. Throughout the building notice the tall windows and ceilings. Time has taken its toll on this grand building and the location near the railroad is largely responsible. Renovation of the ceiling and walls in some areas are in the planning stage.

The Eastern Star membership has prepared refreshments on Saturday for your enjoyment on this floor.

The third floor is the chapter room where the Eastern Star and the Masons hold their monthly meetings. The two aluminum ceiling medallions that adorn the large meeting room were installed by the late Harry S. Klugel! Those who knew Mr. Klugel will appreciate his work.  (Mr. Klugel owned the beautiful Klugel building on E. Atlantic Street.)  In the center of the meeting room is a King James Bible that is always open during the meetings to the book of Matthew. Much of the Eastern Star devotions and study are centered on Matthew and his teachings.  

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour will also include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

Small Business How-to: Easy As Pie-Developing Human Resources

Creating a successful business is like making a pumpkin pie. At least that’s what Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant Donald Nodtvedt believes. It’s as simple as finding the right recipe and following it.

Nodtvedt knows a thing or two about pumpkin pies. Retired from Nestle Food Company after more than 32 years, Nodtvedt was factory manager for 17 years, five of which were in Nestle’s Pumpkin Operation.

A consultant for SBDC since September, Nodtvedt enjoys sharing his extensive management background with new and existing small businesses. Human resources, he notes, is an often neglected but vital part of every business plan.

“Many businesses jump into work mode and skip the setup and planning,” he says.

SBDC guides new and existing businesses through these planning stages free of charge.

Read on for some of Nodtvedt’s tips on human resource development.

#1 Create a vision and mission

“You have to have a picture of where you’re going followed by tiered and aligned goals and objectives,” Nodtvedt says. “An HR department can’t function without it.”

He suggests a short four-to-five-word statement like Nestle’s “Good Food, Good Life.”

“It becomes the company standard,” he adds. “Then if something doesn’t support that vision and mission, don’t do it.”

#2 Develop an employee handbook

Every business, large or small, needs an employee handbook that includes procedures and policies created with a broad perspective.

“For a small business, you don’t need much,” Nodtvedt advises. “Human resources is the head to facilitate these policies — that’s the real key.”

#3 Hold performance reviews

Performance reviews should be held at least annually, Nodtvedt advises.

“Reviews need to focus on both strengths and weaknesses,” he says. “Resulting performance plans should accentuate the positive as well as address the negatives.”

Sometimes the solution is as simple as reassigning an employee to another area that motivates and matches skills and interest.

#4 Create a legacy

“A good organization believes in its sustainability,” Nodtvedt says. “It’s not just about one person. Human resources must train employees to help create that legacy.”

A “familial” relationship, Nodtvedt believes, is the key.

“Every manager should know their employees and what’s important to them,” he says. “Organizations that have that kind of relationship clearly have the best safety and quality records, the highest productivity, and frankly the best return on investment.”

“I would add one more important HR function,” Nodtvedt concludes. “Hire great people!”

To make an appointment or for more information on the services SBDC provides,contact the Longwood Small Business Development center at (434) 395-2086 or visit

Virginia’s Community Colleges direct funds to expand workforce training program capacity

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are making strategic investments to ensure that thousands of people will be able to earn valuable workforce credentials for new careers. The Community College system has directed $5.3 million to community colleges around the commonwealth to augment or create new workforce credential training programs, based on local needs and innovative proposals.

“Expanding capacity for workforce credential training has major implications both in the near-term and long-term to help people prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Our ongoing goal is to meet the needs of Virginians who want good jobs, as well as serve businesses eager to hire workers with the right skills and credentials.”

“This investment puts Virginia’s Community Colleges in a better position to deliver on the promise of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program approved by state lawmakers earlier this year,” said Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development. “Lawmakers provided resources to help add an estimated 10,000 credentialed workers into Virginia’s economy over the current two-year budget period. Not only is our expanded training capacity vital to achieving that goal, these new facilities and faculty investments will help build a skilled workforce for years to come.”

The General Assembly created the Workforce Credential Grant program to increase training of the skilled workers that Virginia businesses want to hire. Through the workforce grant program, state funds are available to greatly reduce out-of-pocket costs for Virginians who enroll in designated workforce credential training programs.

“I commend Virginia’s Community Colleges for expanding program capacity for workforce credential training,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Building a more credentialed and capable workforce will pay big dividends to our citizens, our businesses and our economy.”

According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 will require some post-high school education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree.

People who enroll in workforce training programs to earn industry-recognized credentials, certifications and licenses qualify for good-paying jobs in a wide variety of fields, including health care, transportation, manufacturing, information technology and skilled trades.

Information about the Workforce Credential Grant program is available at workforce development offices on Virginia Community College campuses statewide, and at following new workforce training opportunities are made possible by the new capacity building funds. (Media representatives are invited to contact local Community College public information officers for more details.)

•Collaborative project by Wytheville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, New River Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College – $412,856 to expand WCC’s current commercial truck driver's license program to serve regional needs and train drivers across four community college territories.

•Collaborative project by Piedmont Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College and Central Virginia Community College – $163,785 to purchase trailer and training equipment to build a mobile welding school that will be shared by the three colleges.

•Collaborative project by Southside Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville Community College – $601,651 to establish a regional training program for commercial truck drivers. 

•Collaborative project by Germanna Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Virginia Western Community College - $179,313 to expand GCC’s public-private partnership with the Virginia Asphalt Association and VDOT for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs.

Blue Ridge Community College - $500,152 for welding and machining, and commercial driver’s license programs.

Central Virginia Community College - $299,900 for credential training programs in project management, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and human resources.

•Community College Workforce Alliance (Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges) - $100,000 for commercial truck drivers training.

Eastern Shore Community College - $118,859 for expanded training in healthcare, cybersecurity and commercial truck drivers.

Germanna Community College - $283,237 to establish a new facility in Fredericksburg to deliver training in welding, manufacturing, skilled trades.

Lord Fairfax Community College - $375,587 to increase workforce training capacity in multiple programs in manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.

New River Community College - $131,781 for certification training in manufacturing, pharmacy technician.

Northern Virginia Community College - $121,491 to expand industry credential programs and corresponding job placement services in IT, healthcare, welding, and commercial driver's license.

Patrick Henry Community College - $110,605 for credentials training in health care, medical billing and coding.

Paul D. Camp Community College - $199,609 to establish new credential training for industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation.

Piedmont Virginia Community College - $300,000 to expand training in healthcare, aviation, logistics, and cybersecurity.

Southwest Virginia Community College - $200,000 for credentials training for health care and building trades.

Thomas Nelson Community College - $416,565 to create EKG technician and plumber programs and to redesign six other programs in health sciences and skilled trades.

Tidewater Community College - $200,000 for training programs in welding and cybersecurity.

Virginia Highlands Community College - $194,400 for healthcare and commercial truck drivers.

Virginia Western Community College - $100,000 for certification training for computer machining operations.

Wytheville Community College - $231,231 to expand existing power lineman training in collaboration with Southside Virginia Community College.

BA Shows Support for Breast Cancer Awarness

The students, faculty, and staff of Brunswick Academy wore pink on Friday, October 21st to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Support was also shown by the Varsity football team and Varsity cheerleaders at the football game on Friday night!  Brunswick Academy's well wishes go out to all who are affected by this disease and hope that a cure will be found soon.

B.A. Middle School students showing their support!

B.A. Varsity Cheerleaders

Varsity football team


PRINCE GEORGE CO., Va. – Virginia legislators, Prince George County officials, Virginia State Police Association, state and local law enforcement, family and friends will gather Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Prince George County to ceremoniously dedicate the Route 301 bridge over Interstate 95 in memory of Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith. Trooper Smith died in the line of duty Sept. 21, 2015.

Through the efforts of Virginia Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, Virginia Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird and the Virginia State Police Association, the Route 301 bridge in Prince George County at Exit 45 over Interstate 95 has been designated as the Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith Memorial Bridge.

Trooper Smith, 27, was responding to an emergency call for help at a crash scene on Sept. 21, 2015, when his patrol carran off the left side of the Interstate 295 exit ramp and crashed into the wood line in Prince George County.

A Suffolk, Va. native, Smith joined the Virginia State Police in December 2013.  Following graduation, Trooper Smith was assigned to the Richmond Division’s Area 7 Office, which encompasses the cities of Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Prince George.

Right of the sign: Virginia Senator Rosalyn Dance, Virginia Delegate Lashrecse Aird, &  Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran; Left of the sign is Trooper Smith’s wife, Jennifer, and their children, “Deuce” and Zoe.

IRA Roll Over Can Benefit Donor And Charity

By Ken Kurz

Director of Marketing and Development, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income. While this initial provision expired on December 31, 2007, it has been extended several times. On December 18, 2015 the President signed the PATH Act making this special provision permanent.

What is an IRA charitable rollover?

The law uses the term “qualified charitable distribution” to describe an IRA charitable rollover. A qualified charitable distribution is money that individuals who are 70½ or older may direct from their traditional IRA to eligible charitable organizations. The provision has a cap of $100,000 for charitable distributions from individual IRAs each year. Individuals may exclude the amount distributed directly to an eligible charity from their gross income.

What is the new expiration date of this provision?

This provision is now permanent.

Does a donor also receive a charitable deduction when they roll over assets to a charity under this provision?

No. Under this provision, donors benefit by not having to recognize the amount contributed directly from their IRA to a qualifying charity. However, because donors exclude this contribution from their gross income, they cannot take a charitable contribution deduction for the contribution; to do so would result in a double benefit for donors and that is explicitly prohibited.

To which charities may donors make qualified charitable distributions? 

Most contributions to public charities—other than supporting organizations—are considered qualified charitable contributions. However, distributions from IRA accounts to donor advised funds held by public charities are not considered qualified charitable distributions under this charitable rollover provision. Individuals can make qualified charitable distributions to a private operating foundation or to a private foundation that elects to meet the conduit rules in the year of the distribution (see Definitions, below). Neither private non-operating foundations nor split interest trusts (such as charitable remainder trusts) are eligible for special treatment as qualified charitable distributions under the law.

Will an IRA distribution to a fund held by a community foundation qualify for this special treatment?

Yes, distributions to almost all types of funds typically held by community foundations—such as scholarship, field-of-interest, and designated funds—qualify. The exception to this general statement is that a distribution to a donor advised fund will not qualify for this special treatment.

Is a donor limited to one IRA charitable distribution per year, or can a donor request multiple transfers?

Donors aged 70 ½ or older are limited to a maximum of $100,000 in any one year as an IRA charitable distribution, however there is no requirement that the entire amount be made in one transfer or that the entire amount go to a single qualified charitable organization. Donors can request multiple direct transfers from their IRA to qualified charities in a year, but only $100,000 will be excluded from income as an IRA qualified charitable distribution.  

What if donors want to contribute more than $100,000 to a qualified charity from an IRA?   

The law limits the amount that donors are able to exclude from their income to $100,000. If donors wish to take funds from their IRA to contribute more than $100,000 to charity, they cannot exclude the additional amount from their gross income. Rather, they must follow the general rules pertaining to percentage limitations and itemized contribution reductions. (Both are discussed below.) 

Under what circumstances will this special treatment of an IRA charitable rollover most likely benefit donors?

Generally, this new provision benefits donors who itemize deductions and whose charitable contributions are reduced by the percentage of income limitation. Traditionally, when individuals receive a distribution from their IRA and make a corresponding charitable contribution, they must count the distribution as income and then receive a charitable deduction for any amounts they transferred to charity. For higher income taxpayers, the charitable contribution deduction they receive may not totally offset the taxes they must pay for receiving the distribution from their IRA. In such cases, donors would potentially benefit more by using the charitable rollover provision when making a charitable donation. Other donors who may benefit: individuals who do not usually itemize their deductions and individuals in states where the operation of state income tax law would offer greater benefits as a result of a charitable rollover. Donors will need to work with their professional advisers to determine the effect of these rules on their specific tax situation. This provision will also likely benefit donors whose charitable contributions are reduced by the itemized deduction reduction.

How do individuals make a qualified charitable distribution?

Individuals must instruct their IRA trustee to make the contribution directly to an eligible charitable organization.

A donor wants to utilize the IRA charitable distribution for his/her 2016 required minimum distribution. Does the community foundation need to physically receive the check by December 31, 2016 or is it sufficient for the check to be put in the mail?

To take advantage of the IRA charitable distribution, the distribution must be sent directly from the IRA company to the charity. IRS Publication 526 discussed the rules for delivery of charitable contributions and explains that generally, the date of mailing would qualify as the date the gift is made. Accordingly, if the IRA company mails the distribution check to the charity by December 31st, it would be counted as an IRA distribution in 2016.

Should a charity receiving a contribution directly from an IRA provide a gift acknowledgement? 

Yes. Individuals making a charitable contribution using IRA funds must obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgement of the contribution to benefit from this new provision. IRS Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions—Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements contains information about substantiation of charitable contributions.

How will charitable distributions impact the minimum required distributions from a taxpayer’s IRA?

Shortly after individuals reach the age of 70½, they are generally required to receive distributions from their traditional IRA. For the purposes of minimum required distributions, the IRS treats distributions from an IRA the same, whether individuals use the distribution for personal purposes or direct the distribution to a charity.


Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Lesley Qu has been chosen the October 2016 Student of the Month.  Lesley, a senior, is an International student studying at Brunswick Academy from Hangzhou, China for the past three years.  She is the host daughter of Kim Williams and sister to Cole Williams of Lawrenceville.   She is a member of the National Honor Society,  Varsity Cross Country team and was on the Brunswick Academy 2016 Homecoming Court.  In 2015, she received the Outstanding Art Student of the Year award. 

Lesley enjoys drawing and traveling the globe.  She plans to major in Nutrition and Food Science at an American University.  She will apply to Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts and University of California at Irvine.  Congratulations Lesley on being chosen Brunswick Academy Student of the Month.


2016 Riparian Home Tour Starts at Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn, in Purdy, VA is the home of Mike and Dawn Veliky, who purchased the property in the summer of 2013.  Mike is the Greensville County Building/Fire Official and Dawn is the Register/Director of Veterans Affairs at Halifax Community College.   

The Southern Colonial home was constructed in 1953 by Wiley and Francis Cole, who operated a working cattle farm on the original 200 plus acres.  Most locals came to know the home a the “The Cole Place”, although it was named Oak Lawn by Mrs. Cole, cue to the many oak trees that once existed in the front yard. Only one massive oak remains today.

The planning and designing of the home was ahead of its time, incorporating such features as walk in cedar lined closets throughout, double vanities in the master suite, a walk in shower, ceramic tiled bathrooms, circuit breakers instead of fuses, and under floor electric radiant heat throughout the home.  The home was constructed with steel and concrete floors over the basement, four fireplaces, a 12 inch thick poured concrete basement with over 8 feet of headroom, slate roof, insulated interior walls, nine foot ceiling throughout both stories and a full room width built in china cabinet in the large dining room. 


When the Velikys purchased the property in 2013, the home and grounds had unfortunately suffered from several years of neglect, due to the failing health and eventual passing of first, Mr. Cole, then Mrs. Cole a few short years later.  Even so, the Velikys were able to recognize the excellent quality of the materials and workmanship that went into the original construction, and decided to take on the challenge of restoring the home to its original splendor and charm.  Their vision is to keep the traditional southern architecture prominent, but to enhance the rear yard area with landscaping and features that personify their love of the outdoors and tropical lifestyle.  In the summer months, Mexican Petunias, banana and palm trees, night blooming Primroses and soft accent lighting add to the tropical feel out back, while the blooming crepe myrtles, fragrant hydrangeas, slate walkways, rockers, and shy blue ceiling of the front porch recreate a Charleston like atmosphere at the main entry.

Mike and Dawn are slowly restoring and renovating everything themselves, and thus far have remodeled the kitchen, added an in-ground fiberglass kidney shaped pool, outdoor shower, pool house/Tiki bar and stamped concrete patio.  Future plans include modifying a rear den into a sunroom overlooking the pool area, and renovating all three bathrooms.  Mike is interested in energy conservation and new technology, and has equipped the home with a security system and cameras, wifi, and is currently installing a hybrid solar heat pump system, which uses solar energy to convert the refrigerant from a liquid into a gas, reducing the load on the compressor.  He also plans to install a reflective radiant barrier in the full height attic, to assist with energy conservation. 

This is a gorgeous home and will be decorated for the Christmas holidays in evergreen swags up the curving banister leading to the second floor and around all four fireplace mantels.  There will be several decorated Christmas trees throughout and a snowman in the entryway to greet the guests.

The tour will include the home of David and Rosemarie Bland and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

Crater Community Hospice and Comfort Zone Camp to Host Holiday Family Grief Program in Petersburg

Richmond, Va. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Comfort Zone Camp, in partnership with Crater Community Hospice (CCH), will host a Family Grief Program that is designed to help families navigate grief during the holiday season. The program will help those who have experienced a death in the family learn fun, safe and creative ways to honor their loved one through dynamic activities.

The Family Grief Program will take place at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (512 W. Washington Street in Petersburg) on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.The program is free of charge, though space is limited and advance registration is required.

“The holiday season -- the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s -- can often be a difficult time for families who have experienced a death,” said Mary Beth McIntire, chief executive officer of Comfort Zone Camp. “We are happy to be partnering with a wonderful community organization to help families find ways to support each other during this time and find healthy ways to cope.”

“CCH has been providing adult support groups for many years. The entire family really is the unit of care for hospice and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate by joining efforts and reaching out to all family members who are grieving a loss,” said Brenda Mitchell, chief executive officer of Crater Community Hospice.

In addition, the program is seeking volunteers for the Family Grief Program. Atraining session for volunteers will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The training session takes place at Crater Community Hospice located at 3916 S. Crater Road in Petersburg.

Toregister for the Family Grief Program, or for more information, contact:

Ally Singer | | (804) 377-3430

Patti Cox |  | (804) 840-6454

About Comfort Zone Camp

This year Comfort Zone began the 17th year of its camp program, which was born out of a desire to provide a caring community and safe haven in which children who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling are heard, understood, andtaught healthy ways to process their grief. Since its founding, over 14,000children have attended its camps across the country.

Comfort Zone Camp provides children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian with professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills. Programs are held year-round in locations throughout the United States. Comfort Zone also partners with local community nonprofits and foundations across the country to provide specialized programs for children, teens, and young adults. For more information, visit

About Crater Community Hospice

Crater Community Hospice is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the community on serious illness and end of life concerns and provide families and patients with quality care and supportive services. CCH was established in 1995 after a need for hospice services was identified by both John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. At that time both facilities were community hospitals and recognized that a community-based hospice could better serve the local community. With a vested interest in the community, CCH strives to provide not only high quality hospice services but also multiplecommunity services necessary to improve upon the overall quality of life to all who reside in the area. For more information, visit

Register Now for Truck Driver Training

Coming in November to Greensville County; Truck Driver Training through Southside Virginia Community College! Train now for a great well paying job.   The class will begin on November 7, 2016 and will run for six weeks, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  at the facility located on U.S. 58 east of Emporia.  SVCC's program is an excellent school turning out qualified drivers that are in high demand.  Pre-registration is required so contact the school at 434 292 3101 or visit our website at for more information.  There is assistance with tuition so call soon to register for this exciting program to put you on the road to success.

Storage Auctions Remain Strong

Emporia Storage Auction Entices Treasure Hunters on November 5

EMPORIA, Va. -- What's behind that door? What hidden gems could be on the other side? The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 10 a.m., 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 across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its newest location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

"The popularity of hit TV shows like 'Storage Wars' really generates a huge interest in storage unit auctions. And there’s no slowing down. The intrigue in storage auctions is as strong as ever, maybe even more so. 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."

Multiple units will be auctioned off. During this sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

"Quite a few units will be up for auction, so if you've ever been curious to check out a storage auction and see what happens, this is your chance. We have people come from all over Central and Southside 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.

"Storage auctions are a great way to buy, plus they’re fun. If you're a collector, someone who buys and sells, or simply a treasure hunter, you'll find something unique for sure," Harris said.

The auction will be conducted by Carla Lynn Sturgill (Carla Harris), Emporia, Va., 434-594-4406, VA License # 2907004352. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

SVCC FAculty and Staff Recognized

During the recent Virginia Community Colleges Association meeting held at Wintergreen, four members of the Southside Virginia Community College staff and faculty were recognized as Showcase Recipients.  This award recognizes hard work and dedication to their individual colleges and the overall mission of the Virginia Community College System.  Congratulating the Showcase winners is Stephen Walker of Charlotte Court House, President-Elect of the VCCA and SVCC faculty (Left to Right)and winners are Sharon P. Freeman of Lawrenceville, Associate Professor of English, Christanna Campus, Rosa Townsend of Victoria, College Librarian and Adjunct Associate Professor on the John H. Daniel Campus, Christie C. Hales, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for SVCC, and Robert J. Blackwell of Keysville, Trade Technician III of John H. Daniel Campus. 

Community Is Our Middle Name

By Dr. Al Roberts

We are Southside Virginia Community College. “Southside Virginia” describes the geographic area we serve. “College” explains our function as an institution of postsecondary education. But “Community” is what characterizes our mission. Community stands at the core of our purpose and in the middle of our name. Community binds the people and places of our region together as we share our lives, our challenges, and our dreams.

Admittedly, some of the challenges have been significant. But challenges only serve to make us stronger. For example, business start-ups have increased every year for the past three years (from 214 to 308 to 353). Employment rates also show recovery. Regional unemployment stood at 10.5% in 2010, and the most recent Virginia Employment Commission figures peg it at 5.5%. The College promotes regional and individual prosperity through a wide slate of education opportunities. Earlier this year, SVCC awarded Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Science, and other credentials to more than 1,300 students, opening many doors of opportunity. Furthermore, for the eighth year in a row, SVCC was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

SVCC faculty and staff also maintain strong community connections. With more than 300 full-time and part-time employees, the College’s workforce constitutes an armada of volunteers. They serve in areas such as fire departments and rescue squads. They distribute food and clothing, provide health care, and keep our region beautiful by picking up litter. SVCC employees serve on non-profit boards and committees, help out at festivals, and assist in schools, nursing homes, and churches. They help build and repair houses, volunteer as coaches, and give their blood—literally. By example, they lead students into lifestyles characterized by helping others.

SVCC student organizations include the Human Services Club, whose members seek to address needs among the elderly, young, and mentally challenged members of the community. The Student Government Association networks with legislators to find solutions to educational issues. The Minority Awareness Programming Club sponsors an annual African-American History month program and raises funds for charitable organizations. The Automotive Club sponsors car care clinics, and the Wellness Club offers workshops and community outreach programs to promote healthy lifestyles. Student Veterans of America provides encouragement to veterans and spouses of veterans, and members of Student Ambassadors honor the value of giving back to the community through outreach and volunteer projects. These are just a few of many examples.

When SVCC staff and students join hands with neighbors and others, Southside Virginia becomes a place where unity strengthens our relationships and prepares us for the future. SVCC’s Annual Report includes more details about the ways in which the College helps put the “unity” into our Community. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact me at 434-949-1004 or

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at

Library wants Yearbooks

The Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking donations of local school yearbooks to include in a yearbook digitization project. Working with the Library of Virginia, MRLS is looking to the public to donate yearbooks especially from the years 1977 and before. Local public and private schools of Brunswick and Greensville counties may be included in the project. Donations are needed before October 26th and may be dropped off at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The books will be used for digitization and then added to the library’s permanent reference collection. For more information or questions call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539.

Job Fair Coming to Greensville-Emporia November 2

Job Fair 2016 is coming to Southside Virginia Education Center at 1600 Greensville County Circle, Emporia on Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services are sponsoring the event along with Crater Business Services Team and First Media Radio.  This is a Regional Job Fair to serve employers in our locality.

Dress to impress, bring your resume, photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (CRC gets you in the door at 1:45 p.m.) 

Interested employers with job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by October 26.  Hiring employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. compliments of SVCC.

Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at or 434 949 1026.

Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or . 


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:


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