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January 2018

Senate Democrats Announce Legislative Plans

New Immigrant Rights Legislation Aims to Protect Undocumented Virginians

Women’s Equality Coalition Releases Legislative Agenda

Transportation Secretary Defends Tolls on I-66

Learning to live well with Osteoarthritis

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 27 million people worldwide. Symptoms can usually be effectively managed, although the underlying process cannot be reversed. If you have osteoarthritis, there are a number of things you can do to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. How does Osteoarthritis affect your life?  How can you slow joint deterioration?  Can osteoarthritis be prevented?  How can osteoarthritis be treated?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend January’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about how to live with osteoarthritis.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center; now in the C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Ave, South Hill, Virginia.

Dr. Rupal Patel will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Rupal Patel received his medical degree and orthopedic residency education from MS University and Medical College of Baroda, India. He completed preceptorship in sports medicine at Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze, Florida. He also has completed fellowship trainings in adult hip and knee reconstruction at Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Medical College of Virginia.  Dr. Rupal Patel practices at VCU Health CMH Orthopedic Service currently located at 140 East Ferrell Street in South Hill, VA. (This practice will move to the C.A.R.E Building on February 12, 2018.)

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

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Irene Dianis Shimko

Irene Dianis Shimko, 92, of Emporia, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. She was the widow of William J. Shimko and also was preceded in death by her older five brothers and three sisters; a great-granddaughter, Avery Drew Swenson and sons-in-law, Jeffrey Z. Swenson and Frank K. Parker. She is survived by four daughters, Martha S. Swenson, Dorothy S. Bobbitt (Ernest), Marilyn S. LeGrow (Wynne) and Lois S. Parker; seven grandchildren, Jeff Swenson, Kevin Swenson, Scott Swenson, William Bobbitt, Ashley B. Rook, Victoria Powell and Hannah Parker; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Dianis and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and residents of the Greensville Health and Rehab for their considerate care and loving attention shown to Mrs. Shimko during her time there.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 10 at St. John Lutheran Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Happy 50th Anniversary

Please join in the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of former Emporia residents Bruce and Phyllis Campbell who were married on February 3, 1968, in Derry, Pennsylvania.  Bruce and Phyllis are both retired teachers from the Corry Area School District in Corry, Pennsylvania.  They have one daughter and son-in-law,  Debbie and Roger Craft. Bruce and Phyllis now reside in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Help us to celebrate this special day by sending a card or note to include a memory or to simply express your good wishes. Cards of congratulations may be sent to 3606 Magnolia Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577.

Charles E. Bottoms

Charles E. Bottoms, 85, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Ellen M. Bottoms; two daughters, Vickie B. Taylor and husband, Rowland “Bucky” and Jackie B. Barnes and husband, Billy; three grandchildren, Nikki T. Parker and husband, Brett, Chip Taylor and wife, Meredith and Kyle Barnes and wife, Megan; five great-grandchildren, Brody, Logan and Knox Parker and Easton and Kendley Taylor; brother, Gene Bottoms and wife, Jean. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13 at Emmanuel Worship Center. The family will receive friends at church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel Worship Center. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Blizzard hits Hampton Roads; freezing temperatures across Va.

By Christopher Wood, Capital News Service

A “bomb cyclone” brought blizzard conditions to Hampton Roads and left frigid temperatures across Virginia on Thursday as it moved up the East Coast.

The storm dumped up to 12 inches of snow in southeastern Virginia localities, forced the closure of the Port of Virginia and cut power to more than 26,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the region. Service to all but a few thousand was restored late Thursday, the utility said on its website.

Snowfall amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches in the Williamsburg area and 2 to 3 inches around Richmond, according to the National Weather Service.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon in advance of the storm that struck a broad swath of eastern, central and Northern Virginia.

As the storm moved up the East Coast it brought blizzard conditions to New England. Boston appeared to record its highest tides in nearly 40 years.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that more than 630 roads were affected by storm and urged caution as wind-chill temperatures from zero to 5 below could make pavements dangerously slick. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for storm-stricken areas.

Motorists were urged to check www.511virginia.org or call 511 before traveling.

Virginia State Police in the Chesapeake and Richmond divisions responded to 356 crashes and 409 disabled vehicles. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management advised caution during the continuing cold weather. Before the storm there were at least three weather-related deaths in Virginia, the agency said.

Citizens in need of assistance were asked to call 211. Those with hearing impairments can call 711 for the Virginia Relay Center and then call 800-230-6977. Out-of-state or videophone users may also dial that number.

VSP Winter Storm Update 4:30 pm

As temperatures are now on the steady decline and winds are kicking up, State Police are still advising motorists to delay any unnecessary travel into the evening and overnight hours…especially in the Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Eastern Shore, Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Southside Virginia and the Metro-Richmond regions.

Drifting snow continues to be a serious hazard in the impacted areas, as well as slick, slushy roadways – which will refreeze overnight. Fortunately, there are still no reported traffic deaths and the majority of the crashes continue to only involve only damage to vehicles and no injuries.

State police in the impacted field divisions – Richmond and Chesapeake - will extend shifts as necessary through Thursday afternoon and evening to ensure the availability of personnel to continue to respond to incidents. Combined, State Troopers assigned to these two divisions responded to 902 calls for service, to include 356 traffic crashes and 409 disabled/stuck vehicles.

VA State Police Senior Trooper A.D. Montross’ view this morning while responding to a vehicle stuck in a snowdrift on Route 13 along the Eastern Shore. Trooper Montross reported white-out conditions and 50 mph winds.

VA State Police Trooper C.D. Compton spent his day responding to crashed and stuck vehicles – just like this one- along Interstate 64 in the James City County/Williamsburg area.

From 8:00 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 3) through 4:00 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 4), the most traffic crashes and disabled vehicles calls for service have occurred within the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division:

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

  • Traffic Crashes=218
  • Disabled Vehicles=121
  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 429

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

  • Traffic Crashes=138
  • Disabled Vehicles 288
  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 473

As of 4:30 p.m., Thursday:

Richmond Division troopers are responding to 11 reported traffic crashes and 1 disabled vehicle call.

Chesapeake Division troopers are responding to 3 reported traffic crashes and 12 disabled vehicle calls.

We want to remind Virginians to please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not 911 or #77. We need to keep emergency lines open for emergency calls.

We are still asking Virginians to delay their travel until later today. But, if you MUST travel…then please take the following safety precautions:

  • Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights            
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

Elmer Levi Grizzard

Elmer Levi Grizzard, 90, of Emporia passed away on January 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Vera Lee Pearson Grizzard. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Earl M. Grizzard, Frank E. Grizzard, and Jessie K. “Pete” Grizzard.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie L. Grizzard and wife Penny; daughter, Sharon K. Morton and husband Mark; grandchildren, Jessica Vick Dunn and husband Cody, Ashley Lauren Grizzard and husband Justin Gibson, Brian “Kirk” Grizzard and friend Stephanie Perez; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Dunn, Arylee G. Dunn, Adyson K. Dunn, Michael C. Dunn, Jr., and Vera Madison Burke; brother, Benjamin T. “Bubba” Grizzard and sisters, Ethel L. Vick, Polly Grizzard, Willie Mae Harris, Barbara Grizzard, Alease Braswell, and Diane Smith.

A church service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:30 P.M., with a graveside service immediately following in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Calvary Baptist Church at 3:00 P.M prior to the service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Department or the Calvary Baptist Church Shoe Box Ministry.

Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Dominion Energy to Restore All Customers by 5:00 p.m. Friday; 90 Percent Customers to be Restored Late Today

♦More than 75 percent of customers impacted by the storm have been restored

90 percent restored by 11:00 p.m. today

Restoration workers from around the state concentrated on hardest-hit areas

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Energy Virginia and North Carolina restoration workers and contractors from across the state are out in force today to restore power by 5:00 p.m. Friday to all customers impacted by the high winds and snow impacting customers through Thursday morning, primarily in the eastern part of Virginia and North Carolina.

90 percent of customers impacted by this event will have power restored by 11:00 p.m. tonight. Customers in Virginia Beach and a few customers in Outer Banks, North Carolina where coastal flooding has limited crew accessibility will be restored tomorrow.

As of 4:00 p.m., more than 75 percent of the nearly 90,000 customers impacted across our system have been restored after crews performed repairs at 550 damage locations. Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk in Virginia and Outer Banks and Elizabeth City in North Carolina were the hardest hit areas.

Crews continue to work around the clock to complete repairs. 

“Being without power during this extreme cold weather can be an exceptional hardship for our customers and we are intensely focused on getting the lights back on as safely and quickly as possible,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president-Distribution, Dominion Energy. “Please stay clear of downed lines which may be partially buried by snow and use extra caution on the slippery roads and to be on the alert for crews working near roadways.” 

Travel by crews has been impacted by ice and snow, but crews are concentrated in the hardest-hit areas to speed restoration.

The highest priority for power restoration is always given to public safety and critical facilities such as hospitals, emergency 911 call centers, and municipal water pumping stations; 90 percent of those have been restored.

We continue to work closely with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local officials and the Virginia Department of Transportation to ensure an efficient restoration.

If you lost power:

  • Do not rely on your neighbors to report your outage. Contact us from any mobile device and report outages at dom.com/outages or call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
  • Additional storm restoration information is available online at https://www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages. Information also is available on the Dominion Energy Facebookpage.
  • When reporting an outage, whether online or via phone, enter a phone number where you can best be reached in case we need more information or to provide an update.
  • Leave a light on so you will know when power is restored.
  • Also, leave a porch light on. This will help our crews patrolling your neighborhood know if your electricity has been restored.

Safety first:

  • Stay at least 30’ away from downed wires and debris—they could be energized and dangerous. Call 1-866-DOM-HELP to report downed wires.
  • If you are using portable or camp-type stoves or lanterns for cooking and lighting, make sure the area is adequately ventilated.
  • Follow safe operating procedures for generators. Never operate one inside your home, in crawl spaces or in an enclosed space, such as a garage. Exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can be deadly, so run your generator outside with proper ventilation. Store the fuel for your generator safely.
  • Do not hook portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home. Electricity could flow backward onto Dominion Energy’s power lines and endanger lives. Either have a qualified electrician perform the work or plug appliances directly into the generator with the proper-sized extension cords.
  • Visually inspect the area around your electric meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

VSP Winter Storm Update - 8:45 AM

Virginia State Police continue to advise motorists to stay off the highways as VDOT crews continue to treat and clear highways across Southside Virginia, Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Tidewater, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Metro-Richmond regions. Virginia State Police troopers in these impacted regions have remained busy over the past 12 hours responding to 466 total emergency calls for service – to include 226 traffic crashes and 171 disabled vehicles. There continue to be no reported traffic fatalities, and the majority of traffic crashes have only involved damage to vehicles.

The view for Virginia State Police Area 36 First Sergeant A.D. Williams as he travels Route 10 in Surry County right now.

From 8:00 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 3) through 8:00 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 4), the most traffic crashes and disabled vehicles calls for service continue to occur within the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division:

 Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

  • Traffic Crashes=108

  • Disabled Vehicles=50

  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 193

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

  • Traffic Crashes=118

  • Disabled Vehicles = 121

  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 273

As of 8:45 a.m., Thursday:

Richmond Division troopers are responding to 19 reported traffic crashes and 11 disabled vehicle calls.

Chesapeake Division troopers are responding to 26 disabled vehicle calls – vehicles that have gotten stuck (i.e. by sliding off the road) but don’t qualify as a crash.

We want to remind Virginians to please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not 911 or #77. We need to keep emergency lines open for emergency calls.

 We are still asking Virginians to delay their travel until later today. But, if you MUST travel…then please take the following safety precautions:

Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights…and use your headlights to make yourself more visible to other motorists

Add extra time to reach travel destination

Slow speed for road conditions

Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance

Buckle up and don’t drive distracted

MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

VSP Winter Storm Update - 6:15 AM

As the winter storm moves across the eastern, central and northern regions of the Commonwealth, Virginia State Police troopers have remained busy throughout the overnight and early morning hours. Fortunately, no traffic fatalities have been reported as of 6 a.m., and the majority of crashes have involved only damaged vehicles and few injuries. However, disabled vehicle calls are increasing…these are vehicles that get stuck or slide off a road but do not qualify as a “crash.” So…we still have vehicles attempting to drive in adverse and treacherous road conditions.

From 8:00 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 3) through 5:00 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 4), the most traffic crashes and disabled vehicles calls for service have occurred within the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division:

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes=72

Disabled Vehicles=22

Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 123

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes=101

Disabled Vehicles 74

Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 212

As of 6:15 a.m., Thursday:

Richmond Division troopers are responding to 21 reported traffic crashes and 9 disabled vehicle calls.

Chesapeake Division troopers are responding to 6 reported traffic crashes and 18 disabled vehicle calls.

We want to remind Virginians to please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not 911 or #77. We need to keep emergency lines open for emergency calls.

We are still asking Virginians to delay their travel until later today. But, if you MUST travel…then please take the following safety precautions:

Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights            

Add extra time to reach travel destination

Slow speed for road conditions

Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance

Buckle up and don’t drive distracted

MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

SNOW AND HIGH WINDS TO AFFECT TRAVEL

Motorists cautioned against driving during winter storm expected to hit eastern and central Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia – Motorists in eastern and central Virginia should plan for slick road conditions and poor visibility as snow and high winds are expected to move into those regions beginning this evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recommends keeping a close watch on your local weather forecast and staying off roads during this weather event.

The precise timing of precipitation and accumulation will vary depending on where you are. Snow will likely continue through late Thursday and high winds are expected to persist through Friday night. Due to the nature of the storm, blowing snow may reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile at times in some areas creating dangerous travel conditions.

VDOT crews have been pretreating roads where appropriate and are mobilizing today to monitor and treat roads as necessary throughout the storm.

The latest road conditions are available at www.511virginia.org, through the free mobile app or by phone. You can track the location of most snow plows at VDOT’s Snow Plow Tracker. The tracker is activated once snow reaches two inches or more. 

If you must travel, make preparations ahead of time. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing for the next few days, make sure your emergency winter driving kit is properly stocked and includes items to keep you warm. Allow extra time for the trip, drive at a low speed and stay at a safe distance from other vehicles. If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

Winter Storm Closings and Delays

Last updateFriday at 5:30 pm

Carolyn's Creations - Closed Saturday Due to Poor Road Conditions

For full lists of Closings see:

WWBT NBC 12, WTVR CBS 6, or WRIC ABC 8

Governor Declares Emergency As Snowstorm Nears

By George Copeland Jr., Capital News Service

RICHMOND – State officials on Wednesday urged Virginians to prepare for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the commonwealth over the next few days.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, authorizing state agencies, including the National Guard and Virginia State Police, to assist local governments in responding to the storm, which may impact roads and bridges.

The sudden cold snap follows temperature drops across the Southeastern United States, including a rare snowfall in South Carolina. Parts of Eastern Virginia, including Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore, are expected to receive the most snowfall – up to 12 inches.

“With this forecast in mind, all Virginians should take the necessary precautions now to ensure they are prepared for the travel disruptions, power outages and other threats to health and safety that could arise during this significant weather event,” McAuliffe said in a press release.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is already at work, according to Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne.

“VDOT has already taken measures to pre-treat roads and preposition equipment, crews and materials to treat roads in advance of the storm and will work throughout the storm to plow roads,” Layne said. “Driving conditions during the storm are expected to be hazardous, and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until the storm passes.”

State officials encouraged residents to keep track of road conditions by accessing the 511virginia.org website, using the free VDOT 511 mobile app or calling 511. VDOT also has a Snow Plow Tracker that shows the location of most plows.

Other help and assistance during the storm can be reached by dialing 211 or #77 on mobile phones for vehicular emergencies. Virginians with hearing impairments can call 711 for the Virginia Relay Center and then 1-800-230-6977.

Mrs. Rae Doyle Webb

Mrs. Rae Doyle Webb, 88, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her home.  She was born in Greensville County, VA and was the daughter of the late Edgar G. Doyle and Mary Phillips Doyle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Ashby Webb, who died on June 29, 2017. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Dunn, Bertha Delbridge, and Celia Grizzard.

She is survived by; her daughter, Pam Low and her husband Ed, son David D. Webb and his wife Sandy; four grandchildren, Stephanie Whittington and her husband Rick, Stephen Low, Lauren Ashley Collins, and Dylan Allen; two great grandchildren, Abby Whittington and Andrew Whittington; special nieces, Kay Bryant and Debbie Mashburn, and nephew, Barry Grizzard.

She was a homemaker, and a member and past Deacon of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia. Services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Dr. Ricky Hurst officiating.  Burial will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at her residence, 307 Echols St. Emporia, VA, on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Virginians Urge Legislators to Expand Medicaid

By DeForrest Ballou and Adam Hamza, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A procession of health-care advocates urged state legislators Wednesday to expand Medicaid and increase funding for Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

At a hearing on the state budget that the General Assembly must craft this spring, dozens of speakers expressed support for expanding Medicaid – an idea advocated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and other Democrats but opposed by most Republican lawmakers.

The speakers included Nichole Wescott Hayes, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

“ACS-CAN is part of a larger coalition of health-care-related agencies, Healthcare for All Virginians. And we are trying to expand Medicaid so that we can cover the gaps of the 300-some-thousand individuals who are without coverage at this time,” Hayes said.

“The whole ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ is not just about tourism; it’s about helping each other. That’s kind of the bedrock of what Virginia is about.”

Medicaid, which is funded by the federal and state governments, provides health care for low-income Americans. The federal Affordable Care Act encouraged states to expand Medicaid and promised that the federal government would pay for it. But most Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly fear that the state would be stuck with the bills if it expands Medicaid.

Health care was the dominant topic at the hearing. Of the 82 speakers, roughly half addressed that issue.

For instance, Kelly Brookes of Henrico County has a daughter with cerebral palsy. She advocated for more equitable education.

“My child should not have to prove that she is capable of learning, which she absolutely is,” Brookes said. “She should be able to receive the same education as other kids.”

Rachel Deane, who works for a nonprofit group called the Legal Aid Justice Center, said it’s important to attend events like hearings on the state budget.

“I think it’s always just a good opportunity for us to be at a budget hearing and to talk directly to members of the General Assembly about what funding we need for youth to be successful,” Deane said.

The center provides legal representation for low-income individuals. Deane is the legal director for the group’s program serving children.

Her goal at the hearing was to ask for funding of programs that could keep children out of the correctional system. She sat alongside a group wearing tan shirts with the words, “Guide us, don’t criminalize us.”

Mark Strandquist also addressed the legislative panel. Strandquist is the creative director for ART 180, another program run by the Legal Aid Justice Center. During his presentation, he played a recording of children who have been helped by ART 180.

“We literally view our role as being a megaphone for youth whose voices have been silenced. That’s why I literally played audio recordings made by the youth over the microphone,” Strandquist said.

The General Assembly will convene next Wednesday for a 60-day session. The major item on the agenda is to write the state budget for the next two years.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Transitioning to a Free Senior Circle Program

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is transitioning its Senior Circle program from a paid membership to a FREE Senior Circle program, beginning in 2018.

The hospital has sponsored a local chapter of the national Senior Circle Association since 1999. The national organization is closing at the end of 2017, so there will be no national affiliations beginning in 2018.

“We’re committed to helping seniors in our community live a healthy, active lifestyle and excited to carry on this mission by transitioning to a free Senior Circle program,” said Matt Tavenner, Chief Executive Officer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. “Our free membership program will continue to focus on supporting adults age 50 and older, except that now more seniors will have access to the education and activities, since there will be no dues.”

Tracy Mitchell, Senior Circle Advisor stated the hospital’s future Senior Circle program will include most of the activities and events members have enjoyed:

  • Physician education lectures
  • Lunch and Learn opportunities
  • Social and fitness activities
  • Health fairs and screenings
  • Free faxing and copying of important documents
  • Line dance lessons, Friday bingo and much more

Information about Senior Circle events are posted on Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s website at svrmc.com.  Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter and calendar of events.  To join Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Program, call Tracy Mitchell at

434-348-4455 or e-mail tracy_mitchell@chs.net.

Daphine Perry Ferguson

Mrs. Daphine Perry Ferguson, 94, of Emporia, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Hospital.

A native of North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Arthur James Perry and Thelma Mitchell Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Junius Stallings and Walter C. Ferguson, a daughter, Jean Ferguson Haymes, two brothers, E.V. Perry and James J. Perry.  She was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia and a former Department Manager at Leggett’s Department Stores.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a son, Jim Ferguson and his wife Sheila of Emporia, a daughter, Bonnie Ferguson Fresch and her husband David of Richmond, Texas, a sister Barbara Barrett of Roanoke Rapids, son in law Eugene Haymes of Roseland, Virginia, and special friend Vicki Haymes of Waynesboro, Virginia; Seven grandchildren, Sherri Robinson, Jamie Ferguson, Neil Haymes, Shannon Dunn, Rev. David W. Fresch, Kimberly Conroy, and Dr. Christopher Fresch, and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until service time at Main Street Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St, Emporia, Va. 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.             

Mary Marie LeMaster Matthews

Mary Marie LeMaster Matthews of 308 Allen Court Emporia,VA. passed away 12/30/2017. She was born September 14, 1930 in Salamonia, Indiana. Marie was adored by her family, many friends, and long-time coworkers from the local telephone company.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gerald W. and Pearl S. LeMaster of Salamonia, Indiana; ex-husband Bill Matthews; sisters, Maxine LeMaster, Nadine Perry and Roberta Lenox, and brother Robert J. Lemaster. She is survived by her 3 children: Cindy Merritt, Jerry Matthews (Ivy), and Bobbi Griles; 6 grandchildren: Dickie Thompson (Stephanie), Christina Smith (Jerry), Stephanie Ferguson (Chris), Tony Thompson (Traci), Tina Flanagan (Jimmy), and Becky Affronti (Kyle). She was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren: Joshua Kim (Victoria), Haley Ferguson, Brandon and Dylan Driver, Cassie Flanagan, Olivia and Stephen Thompson, Gabriella and Lance Thompson, Meredith Taylor, and Logan and Landon Affront; and 2 great-great grandchildren: Emili and Alex Kim. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Emily Snider, Mary Louise Fergusson, Jolene Matthews, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give their heartfelt gratitude to Lifestar Ambulance Service, SVRMC staff, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Southern Virginia Regional Healthcare. A special thank you goes out to Gloria Franklin and Caroline Lee for their tender loving care to her over the past few years.

Marie was well-known for her favorite expression of "Well, joy!" This was an apt expression for her life and how she lived, bringing joy, humor and happiness to everyone who had the privilege to know and love her. Mother, Momma, Grandma, Mama, we all wish you everlasting joy and peace in heaven with all those waiting for you. We'll miss you more than you could ever know.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 5, 2018.The family will be receiving family and friends from 6-8pm.

"Happy New Year"

The New Year is upon us
and due for to unfold
yet do not get your wishes too high
at least I have been told.
 
Yes wishes do for many
to extend their hopeful ways
still you'll find for the most of us
it works the same with rainy days.
 
Now I made a list of things to do
for the year the just went by
well I searched everywhere but couldn't find
and even my cat does not know why.
 
Yet one needs to put a limit
on things you plan to do
that way you'll feell much better
if you acomplish but a few.
 
Yes review your need to do list
and with caution please take heed
you've listed many things to do
of which you do not need.
 
Now don't put off for tomorrow
things you should do today
yet make time in your schedule
to pelax, enjoy and play.
 
I close out with a great big wish
for one and all of you
may you find peace and love in you hearts
this entire new year through.
 
Roy E. Schepp

VCU Health CMH Blood Drive set for Jan. 4th & 5th

Help give the gift of life

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, January 4th and Friday, January 5th from 1:00PM – 6:00PM in the CMH Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle, South Hill.  VCU Health CMH is committed to providing high quality care to patients as well as the need for blood products or services.  The Red Cross is the sole supplier of blood products for VCU Health CMH, in addition to the more than 70 other hospitals the Red Cross supplies in the state of Virginia.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross collects and processes approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and is fully prepared to ensure area patients receive the blood products they need.

VCU Health CMH and Red Cross representatives will work with patients and donors to answer any questions. If you would like to schedule a time to give blood, please contact Marah Michael at 434-774-2550.

The need for blood is constant. Blood is needed for premature infants, patients battling cancer or leukemia, people undergoing a sickle cell crisis, trauma patients and many others need blood in this community. Blood can be donated every 56 days, six times a year. The American Red Cross runs blood drives every day throughout the region.  Walk-ins are welcome at Red Cross blood drives or you can make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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