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May 2019

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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Hiring Event at one of Richmond's TOP Workplaces - May 18th

Care Advantage locations, simultaneously across the Commonwealth, are hosting a Hiring Event on Saturday, May 18th from 9am-1pm!

Looking for a new job? Recently voted the BEST Homecare Provider by over 3000 readers of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, AS WELL AS NAMED A Top Workplace in 2019 -  Care Advantage is the largest privately owned home care provider in the state of Virginia.

Since we began in 1988, we have ensured our clients have the care and support they need to remain safe, healthy, and happy in their home environment. “Care Advantage is growing and we need to hire amazing caregivers to fulfill the needs in our local communities. We hope to engage our local counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth to let them know in these tough economic times, we are here for you. Our senior community is growing fast and they need care, we are ready to provide them with compassionate, excellent caregivers so they can age in place with dignity.” Said CEO, Tim Hanold.

Care Advantage is looking for a variety of positions in all aspects of home health care including (Personal and Skilled Care):

  • Registered Nurses – Richmond and surrounding locations
  • Certified Nursing Assistants – al locations
  • Personal Care Aides – all locations
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – all locations
  • Physical Therapy Assistant - Richmond
  • Physical Therapists - Richmond
  • Occupational Therapists - Richmond
  • Clinical Supervisors - Richmond
  • Office support staff – all locations
  • Corporate Recruiter - Richmond
  • Accounting staff – Richmond, Corporate office only
  • Sales and Marketing - Richmond

Please contact your local office or stop by one of our branches to get more information.

All locations will be hosting a Career Fair & Open House on May 18th, 2019 from 9a-1p. Stop by - we'd love to meet you! Or apply online today athttps://careadvantageinc.applicantpro.com/jobs/. You can also engage with our facebook event: https://business.facebook.com/events/612644405839024/

Office locations include:

  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Colonial Heights, Virginia
  • Emporia, Virginia
  • Franklin, Virginia
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Midlothian, Virginia
  • Newport News, Virginia
  • Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Staunton, Virginia

Elizabeth K. “Ann” Davis

Services

2 p.m., Monday, June 10

Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, 17262 Courthouse Rd., Yale, VA 23897

Elizabeth K. Davis, “Ann”, 84, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. She was the daughter of the late James L. Kelly, Sr. and Gertrude S. Gordon. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James Cecil Davis and sister, Joan G. Kientz. She is survived by her brother, James L. Kelly of Prince George; sister, Betty G. Edwards of Franklin (Jimmy) and brother-in-law, Frank Kientz (Evelyn) of Jarratt. Mrs. Davis is also survived by her five nieces; Lynn Kelly Shearin (Robin), Susan Kientz Grigg (Charlie), Judy Kelly Hoyle (Robert), Pam Kientz Harris (Edward) and Linda Kelly Pace (John); great-nephews, Charles Grigg, Brett Harris, Hunter Harris, Davis Harris, R.J. Hoyle, Tom Hoyle and Luke Pace; great-nieces, Elizabeth Brown and Abby Pace. She is also survived by several great-great-nephews. Ann was a supervisor for Contel Telephone for 37 years. A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, June 10 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 17262 Courthouse Rd., Yale, VA 23897. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

2019 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PROVES DEADLY FOR MOTORCYCLISTS ON VIRGINIA’S HIGHWAYS

RICHMOND – Preliminary reports indicate the 2019 Memorial Day weekend proved deadly for a total of 11 individuals, six of whom were riding on motorcycles. Nine fatal traffic crashes claimed 11 lives during the statistical counting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 24) and ended at midnight Monday (May 27). Virginia State Police statewide responded to 663 total traffic crashes during the 2019 holiday weekend.

The fatal crashes occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and the counties of Albemarle, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Isle of Wight, and King and Queen. Albemarle County and King and Queen County each had two, separate, fatal crashes during the holiday weekend. The five fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and in Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, and King and Queen counties. Both the operator and rider were killed in the single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred in Fairfax County on May 26, 2019.

"Tragically, Virginia has witnessed an alarming loss of life in recent days as a result of traffic crashes,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "There are not only entire families, but entire communities, mourning the deaths of those lost in a fatal traffic crash. More than 300 individuals have already been killed in traffic crashes this year in Virginia. That should give every driver in Virginia 300 reasons as to why it’s so important to drive to save lives on our highways. As we embark on the busy summer travel season, please drive smart, safe and sober.”

In an effort to help keep traffic moving safely and efficiently during the holiday weekend, the Virginia State Police partnered with law enforcement around the country for the Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. During the Operation CARE Memorial Day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers cited 8,270 speeders and 2,548 reckless drivers. Seat belt violations totaled 961. Virginia troopers arrested 75 drunk drivers. State police also assisted 2,405 disabled motorists during the 2019 holiday weekend. Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

For more information on traffic safety and how to keep Virginia “Moving Toward Zero Roadway Deaths,” go to www.tzdva.org.

Tamara Clary, April Team Member of the Month

Pictured (l-r) are Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer; Tamara Clary, RN; Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director; and Mary Hardin, Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO.

Tamara Clary, an RN in acute care, is the Star Service Team Member of the Month. She has been employed at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a nurse, and worked two years as a CNA before that. Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  

The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Tamara is a long time employee of CMH and always provides the best quality of care for her patients and promotes an environment of caring.”

The form described how recently she had a patient in her care that had an 11-year-old child and no family in the area. Tamara bought meals for the child so he would not go hungry.

“She didn’t expect praise, but deserves it for her tremendous heart and for going above and beyond what is expected of her,” her nomination continued.

Tamara said she took the child to the cafeteria a few times and added that the chicken tenders were obviously a hit.

She said the most rewarding part of her job was “being able to help people and taking care of people.”

In addition to the award certificate, Tamara received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Other team members nominated in April were: Lourdes Guyos, Acute Care; Erin Truman, Acute Care; Sherry Reese, Lab; Shamar Clary, IT; John Watson, Physical Therapy; Sarah Fox, Lab; Lydia Ingram, ED; Robert Mitchell, EVS; and Ricky Bland; EVS.

USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines

May 31 Deadline for Feed Grains, Upland Cotton, Soybeans and Minor Oilseeds

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019– U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loansfor feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds.

“These commodity loans provide short-term financing, allowing producers to meet interim cash flow needs and market their crops following a timeline that is the most advantageous,” Fordyce said.

These marketing assistance loans are considered nonrecourse, meaning they can either be redeemed by repaying the loan or delivering the pledged collateral – i.e., the crop – at loan maturity to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) as full payment. In circumstances where the county commodity price falls below the county loan rate, producers may repay loans at less than loan rate (principal) plus accrued interest and other charges, therefore, receiving a market loan gain. Alternatively, producers who are eligible for marketing loans are also eligible for Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) should the county price fall below the county loan rate.

Producers must have title, possession and control of the commodity and be responsible for loss of or damage to the commodity to be eligible for commodity loans and LDPs. All application forms must be completed at the local FSA office prior to loss of beneficial interest. Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Producers can check their daily LDP rates online at fsa.usda.gov.

“Although many producers may have already marketed their 2018 crops, it’s not too soon to begin thinking about harvest and marketing decisions for your next crop,” Fordyce said.

To apply for a loan, contact your local FSA office. To find your local office visit farmers.gov. Additional information is available at fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport.

Grace Stainback Grizzard

Visitation Services

6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 30

Owen Funeral Home

303 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

10:00 am Friday, May 31

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Grace Stainback Grizzard, 87 of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  She was a devoted wife and mother. Grace was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she lovingly prepared many meals for her church family and functions.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie “Pete” Grizzard, parents Willie and Florence Stainback, Siblings Willie Mae Poarch, Ruby Price, Annie Poole, Gladys Walker, WB Stainback, James “Jimmy” Stainback, Richard Stainback, and Gene Stainback.  She is survived by her children Katherine Grizzard Colvin (Gary) of Suffolk, Jessie K. Grizzard Jr. (Sheila) of Richmond, Terri Grizzard Johnson (Troy) of Suffolk, grandchildren Hank Thornburg, Michelle Petcu, Chris Grizzard, Kate Thornburg, Haley Norfolk, Lucas Johnson, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers Francis Stainback, Albert Stainback, Rufus Stainback, Carroll Stainback and sisters Emily Andre, Goldie Cox, Florence Scott, and Marie Schnitz.  The family will receive visitors at Owen Funeral Home 6:00 – 8:00PM on Thursday, May 30.  A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 301, Emporia on Friday, May 31. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Remote Area Medical is coming to Emporia, VA

ROCKFORD, TN (May 23, 2019) – Remote Area Medical- RAM® -- a major non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals-- is returning to Greensville County High School June 22-23. 

All services are free and no ID is required.   

Patient parking will be located at Greensville County High School, 403 Harding Street Emporia, VA 23847. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 22. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 23.

Services available at the 2019 Emporia RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women's health exams, mammograms, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams. Along with the standard services provided by RAM, specialists will be onsite to provide EKGs, immunizations, HEP A screening, HIV screening, diabetes care, labs, pharmacy services, dermatology, endocrinology, pediatric, gastroenterology, and podiatric services. RAM will also be performing school physicals. No additional or prior paperwork is required.

“We want to help empower the Emporia community by addressing some of the health care issues of their most vulnerable,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “Our clinics enhance quality of life so people can reach their full potential.”  

For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Nell Jean Daniel

 

Visitation Services

Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00

at her home at 207 Miles Circle

11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31s

Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.Nell Jean Daniel

Nell Jean Daniel, 88, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2019.  She was born on December 4, 1930 to the late Lillian J. Jean and Ernest L. “Buddy” Jean.  She was preceded in death by her

husband, Henry Lee Daniel and brother, E. Lashley Jean Jr.  She is survived by a sister, Shirley J.

Latham of Emporia, brother James B. Jean of Colonial Heights, nieces Debra K. Baird of Emporia

and Kelly J. Beeler of Colonial Heights, and nephew James B. Jean Jr. of Lake Worth, Florida.  Nell graduated from Greensville County High School in 1948 and went to work for the Greensville County School System, a job she would hold for the next 42 years.  She retired in

1990 as Clerk of the School Board after serving under 7 superintendents.  She then helped Henry Lee at his business, Daniel Brothers, until his retirement.  Nell was a proud member of the GCHS Class of 48, helping to organize reunions and remaining close with her classmates whom she dearly loved.  The family would like to thank her special caregivers and friends,

Alma Branch, Gloria Franklin, and Caroline Lee as well as Dr. Michael Anderson and his staff.   Visitation will be held Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 at her home at 207 Miles Circle.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31st, at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.  

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Fun, Innovative Summer Leadership Program For Statewide Youth Ages 11-13 at VSU

July 15-18, 2019

Youth ages 11-13 are invited to participate in a 4-H summer leadership program at Virginia State University (VSU) July 15-18, 2019. The iLeadership Institute is a four-day, three-night program on the VSU campus designed to foster leadership skills in middle school-aged children (who are 11-13 any time during the current 4-H year of October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019). There is an option to attend the program on a daily basis for one or more days. No previous experience with 4-H is required. Youth participating in this program will automatically be enrolled into the Virginia 4-H program free of charge.
 
The highly acclaimed program, now in its second year, features interactive activities that expose youth to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) subjects, teach basic marketing skills, and strengthen team-building and networking abilities. Youth will also be introduced to distinguished speakers, learn table etiquette, develop personal action plans, experience what it is like to live on a college campus, and more.
 
Additionally, the iLeadership Institute will enhance the ability of new, current and future 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles.
 
Registration for the iLeadership Institute is $300. Youth can also participate on a day-to-day basis, for $100 per day. 4-H members aged age 16-18 with Teen Mentor training can participate as a Teen Counselor for $50. Adult volunteers and 4-H Agents can participate for $25.
 
To register or for more information, visit ext.vsu.edu/4h-ileadership.
 
If you have any questions or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Program office at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.
 
Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Denim Days Donations

Emporia, VA – Wearing comfy clothes to work is always a perk, but when it helps charitable causes in the community it’s truly a pleasure. Throughout the months of March and April, the staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) participated in Denim Days.  By donating $5.00, hospital staff was able to wear jeans on Fridays.

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, all proceeds raised during the month of March were donated to the Main Street Baptist Church Food Bank. The staff at SVRMC made a donation that totaled more than $200 and included dry goods.

Helping celebrate Healthy Kids Day, the staff of SVRMC raised $175 during April Denim Days and donated to the Emporia-Greensville YMCA. It’s no surprise the idea of summer is a highly anticipated time for both kids and adults. Unfortunately, health and well-being sometimes gets forgotten during the summer months. In an effort to bring awareness to families in the community and to encourage the development of healthy habits at home, YMCAs across the country, including the Emporia-Greensville YMCA, celebrated Health Kids Day on April 26. The staff at SVRMC was excited to help contribute to a wonderful cause.

 

 

March Denim Days supported the Main Street Baptist Church Food Bank in recognition of National Nutrition Month.

"Memorial Day"

It's a day set aside for remembering
those who before and after have went
fighting for the need of our country
wherever they might be sent.
 
Men and women young and old
it mattered not you see
a highly trained military
trying to keep us free.
 
They have fought in strange surroundings
and many lives have been lost
now some were only wounded
but for us, still paid the cost.
 
One can’t feel the pain or anguish
those brave men and women all went through
yet we can honor them for what they did
for the freedom of me and you.
 
We can hold in our hearts the memories
of the thousands that have died
yes pray for the many wounded
who lost comrades by their side.
 
Now a war is never over
and a battle never won
the loss of lives will e're remain
long after the fighting’s done!
                         - Roy E. Schepp

Meherrin Regional Library urges families to sign up for Summer Reading Program

The Meherrin Regional Library System is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Program, with registration beginning June 1st and events beginning June 24th.  

This year’s theme is IT’S SHOWTIME AT YOUR LIBRARY. Preschoolers, children, pre-teens, and teens are all able to participate and win a free book by keeping track of the books they read during the summer.

Free events will be held each Thursday beginning June 24th, at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the W. E. Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia. This year’s events include shows featuring live animals, ventriloquism, magic, and storytelling. Door prizes will be given out at all events. Participants who read the most books in their age group will win a Top Reader Grand Prize, to be announced at the last program on July 25th.

Monday Movie showings will also be held at each branch beginning June 24th at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library and at 2:00 PM at the Richardson Memorial Library.

To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit www.meherrinlib.org for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

John Wayne Harris

 

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

John Wayne Harris, 76, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  He was precededin death by his father, John B. Harris; his mother, Virginia C. Harris; and, younger brother, Richard D. Harris, all of Jarratt, VA.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the love of his life,Sandra Gephart Harris; his son, John W. Harris, Jr. (Lori) of Jarratt, VA; his daughter, Robin H. Heese (Russell) of Emporia, VA; his brother, Ralph T. Harris (Anita) of Farmville, VA; and, three

sisters, Joan H. Wojcikewych (Ray) of Peoria, IL; Linda H. Witt (David) of Chester, VA; and, Connie H. Young (Harold) of Stony Creek, VA; and, many nieces and nephews.

He retired from Allied Signal in Hopewell, VA, after 37 years.  He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, in Jarratt, for 63 years.  Wayne loved his family; and, when his children were small, he loved to take them “GOOFIN” to get ice cream, shopping, fishing, or just for a walk.  He was truly the wind beneath our wings.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26 Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The service will be conducted by The Reverend Rick Franklin, minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, Jarratt, VA; and, by Pastor Kyle Bass, nephew, of Boykins Charge, Boykins, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 472, Jarratt, VA 23867; or, to AT Home Care Hospice, 629 Southpark Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. 

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

WITH MORE THAN A MILLION VIRGINIANS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MOTORISTS URGED TO MAKE TRAFFIC SAFETY A PRIORITY

RICHMOND – With travel forecasts calling for more than 1-million Virginians to be taking to the highways this Memorial Day weekend, the Virginia State Police is encouraging all motorists to make safe driving practices a priority. To help safeguard Virginia’s highways, the Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols during the long holiday weekend as part of the Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.).

"We hope Virginians make traffic safety a priority every day of the year, but are encouraging motorists to be extra attentive during the holiday weekend," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "More than a million drivers on Virginia's highways over the Memorial Day weekend means we have more than a million reasons to safely share the road, buckle up, drive distraction free, comply with speed limits and to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

Beginning Friday, May 24, 2019, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation C.A.R.E., a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2019 Memorial Day statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. on May 24 and continues through midnight Monday, May 27, 2019.

During the 2018 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 122 drunk drivers, cited 8,673 speeders and 2,704 reckless drivers. Troopers issued 218 citations for child safety seat violations and cited 856 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt.

In addition, Virginia State Police assisted 3,588 disabled motorists across the Commonwealth during the last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Of the 870 traffic crashes investigated during the holiday weekend statistical counting period, 11 resulted in fatalities. That was an increase when compared to the eight fatal crashes in both 2017 and 2016 during the Memorial Day statistical counting periods.

With the increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

Fun, Innovative Summer Leadership Program For Statewide Youth Ages 11-13 at VSU - July 15-18, 2019

Youth ages 11-13 are invited to participate in a 4-H summer leadership program at Virginia State University (VSU) July 15-18, 2019. The iLeadership Institute is a four-day, three-night program on the VSU campus designed to foster leadership skills in middle school-aged children (who are 11-13 any time during the current 4-H year of October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019). There is an option to attend the program on a daily basis for one or more days. No previous experience with 4-H is required. Youth participating in this program will automatically be enrolled into the Virginia 4-H program free of charge.

The highly acclaimed program, now in its second year, features interactive activities that expose youth to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) subjects, teach basic marketing skills, and strengthen team-building and networking abilities. Youth will also be introduced to distinguished speakers, learn table etiquette, develop personal action plans, experience what it is like to live on a college campus, and more.

Additionally, the iLeadership Institute will enhance the ability of new, current and future 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles.

Registration for the iLeadership Institute is $300. Youth can also participate on a day-to-day basis, for $100 per day. 4-H members aged age 16-18 with Teen Mentor training can participate as a Teen Counselor for $50. Adult volunteers and 4-H Agents can participate for $25.

To register or for more information, visit ext.vsu.edu/4h-ileadership.

If you have any questions or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Program office at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Sign up for Medicare and Estimate Medicare Costs

By Jacqueline Weisgarber, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare, and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire.

Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months, and people with certain specific diseases. Two parts of Medicare are Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance). You are eligible for premium-free Part A if you are age 65 or older and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years.  Part B usually requires a monthly premium payment.

You can apply online for Medicare even if you are not ready to retire. Use our online application to sign up. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need more information. Otherwise, you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail.

You can sign up for Medicare at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/medicare.

If you don't sign up for Medicare during your initial enrollment window that begins three months before the birthday that you reach age 65 and ends three months after that birthday, you'll face a 10 percent increase in your Part B premiums for every year-long period you're eligible for coverage but don't enroll. You may not have to pay the penalty if you qualify fora special enrollment period (SEP).If you are 65 or older and covered under a group health plan, either from your own or your spouse’s current employment, you may have a special enrollment period during which you can sign up for Medicare Part B. This means that you may delay enrolling in Part B without having to wait for a general enrollment period and without paying the lifetime penalty for late enrollment. Additional rules and limits apply, so if you think a special enrollment period may apply to you, read our Medicare publication at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/, and visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at Medicare.gov for more information.

Health and drug costs not covered by Medicare can have a big impact on how much you spend each year. You can also estimate Medicare costs using an online tool at https://www.medicare.gov/oopc/.

Keeping your healthcare costs down allows you to use your retirement income on other things that you can enjoy. Social Security is here to help you plan a long and happy retirement at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Golfers Help Jackson Feild’s Children

The winning team L-R: Mike Ellis, Thomas Dodson, Monte Todd, and Dennis Balch.

Larry Pair, Director of Plant Operations at JFBHS

L-R:  Donte Threatt, Elvin Edmonds, and Ronnell Pearson

On May 6, 2019, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was pleased to host the 24th annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament at The Golf Club at The Highlands.  Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing molded, high-impact, fire-retardant polyethylene bedroom furniture for our cottages.  According to the manufacturer, the furniture is “solid as a rock, yet features seamless construction with rounded corners for added safety and security. Each piece can be easily sanitized.”

Following a lunch provided by Hardees, nineteen teams from all over Virginia and parts of North Carolina enjoyed a beautiful day on the links.  Following play, the golfers returned to The Reserve at the Highlands to enjoy the awards dinner and find out who won the various raffle prizes donated by a number of restaurants, museums, jewelry stores, and more.  In addition, having the highest bid meant that one golfer took home a gas smoker donated by Parker Oil, and another took home the prize of a week-long vacation at Kill Devil Hills donated by a former JFBHS director of education.

Without the support of a number of sponsors, this tournament would not have been possible.  JFBHS is tremendously grateful to tournament sponsor Boddie-Noell Enterprises, presenting sponsor Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and awards dinner sponsor Jones LTC Pharmacy. Additional sponsors were Old Point Trust, Virginia South Psychiatric & Family Services, ITA International, WellsColeman, Kim & Steve Winston, Tod Balsbaugh, Partlow Insurance Agency, Inc., Parker Oil & Propane, Boyd Chevrolet, Diamond Springs, Wilson Clary & Associates, Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, The Wilton Companies, Commonwealth Exterminators, Eric Thompson & Family, and Old Dominion Landscapes, LLC.

Planning has already begun for the 25th anniversary tournament to be held in May 2020, and all are invited to sign up to play.  More details will be available at a later date.

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr.

Visitation

Funeral

5-7 pm, Wednesday May 22

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

11 am Thursday, May 23

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr, 69, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. He is survived by a sister, Connie McKinney (Roger) and brother, Brian Norwood; three nieces, Dawn Jones (Coby), Faith Ash (Rel) and Hannah Godwin (David) and nephew, John McKinney (Chelsea).

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

"Where Did Spring Go?"

Now everywhere the greenery
far as the eye can see
yet where did the spring go
would someone please tell me.
 
Yes spring time with the yet cool nights
though signs that summers coming soon
it could be brisk in early morn
but quite warmed up by noon.
 
The trees were shedding all old leaves
and piles were raked where e're you'd go
yet I being from the Midwest
would wait til the wind did blow.
 
Now I know the neighbors were shouting
though it wasn't really at me
I feel they were just excited
at all the new leaves they'd see.
 
Yes springtime I did really miss
after waiting for a year
lets hope when winter next is gone
that springtime will appear.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

Southern Virginia Regional Medical - Here for Emporia

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is committed to serving our community. Every year, our medical staff, nurses and ancillary personnel provide quality care to thousands of people in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We employ more than 200 staff members, making us one of the largest employers in the area, and our direct impact to the local economy totaled more than $16 million in 2018.

 

We are a strong and evolving provider. SVRMC is focused on growing and supporting our four (4) primary nursing departments – Emergency Medicine, Surgical Services, Medical/Surgical and Behavioral Health. The community need for our services is evidenced by the 100% increase in surgical cases in the last six (6) months. All hospital nursing units have seen increased numbers of patients.

 

Over the past several years SVRMC and Southside Physicians Network (SPN) have recruited 12 new specialists to the area.

Breast Surgery – Dr. Espino

Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery – Dr. Akbari

Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Ditto

Ear, Nose and Throat – Dr. Raval

Gastroenterology – Dr. Gilliam

Nephrology – Dr. Lalani

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Akinsanya

Obstetrics & Gynecology – PA-C Andrews

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Dr. Meyers

Ophthalmology – Dr. Parikh

Orthopedic Surgery – Dr. Patel

Vascular Surgery – Dr. Jun

During the month of May we celebrate National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National EMS Week. We thank our associates, medical staff, EMS organizations and many others for their hard work to meet the health needs of our friends and neighbors in Emporia and our surrounding communities. We also thank the patients who put their trust in us every day. SVRMC will be here when you need us the most for years to come.

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN SETS CHILDREN ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS...ONE BOOK AT A TIME

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Meherrin Regional Library System at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information visit http://www.meherrinlib.org/. This program is free of charge.

SVCC Students to Benefit As State Board Holds the Line on Community College Tuition for Upcoming Academic Year

RICHMOND —Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) is among the 23 colleges to benefit from a recent vote by the State Board for Community Colleges.   By a unanimous vote, the Board elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Board’s decision means tuition will remain at today’s rate of $154 per credit hour, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College president, said, “Maintaining the current tuition rate for attendance at SVCC is a boost to help students continue their educations at affordable rates.  We are grateful for this move to keep prices low.”

“The Virginia General Assembly deserves a great deal of credit for helping us avoid a tuition increase,” said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. “Their decision to increase General Fund appropriations gave us the resources necessary to meet the inevitable operating expense increases without asking our students to pay more. We applaud their efforts during the 2019 legislative session.”

Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $351.60 per credit hour. The Board approved a technical fee increase for capital cost recovery that applies only to out-of-state students who make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Established in 1970 as a part of the 23-college Virginia Community College System, SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education.  The college operates under the guidance of a local board and is financed by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.  The college serves ten counties and one city in southern Virginia.  SVCC is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continuing opportunity for the development and extension of skills and knowledge along with an opportunity to increase his/her role and responsibility in society.

Transferring Success

 

By Dr. Al Roberts

In March of this year, 250 representatives from more than 60 educational institutions across Virginia met to discuss potential obstacles facing students with plans to transfer to baccalaureate-awarding colleges and universities after beginning their postsecondary educational journeys at two-year institutions. Existing pathways involve an assortment of articulation agreements that can be complex to navigate. The Virginia Community College System maintains agreements with more than three dozen public and private colleges and universities. These are supplemented with hundreds of additional agreements between individual institutions.

Legislation addressing this concern led to the development of Transfer Virginia, a three-year initiative to reform the Commonwealth’s transfer system. Goals include improving communication and collaboration among institutions of higher education, more closely aligning academic expectations, and streamlining agreements that facilitate transfers.

Removing barriers to transfer success offers significant financial benefits. When compared with the cost of beginning academic pursuits directly at four-year institutions, students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college can save an estimated $17,000 on the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Part of the savings can be lost, however, if students are unable to apply all earned credits toward their degrees.  According to some estimates, the current system can cost improperly prepared students the equivalent of an extra semester in time, tuition, and fees.

To address these concerns, SVCC offers resources to help guide and prepare students. Transfer Clubs on both main campuses give students opportunities to explore options. Four-year college campus fairs and visits highlight opportunities. Transfer counselors provide one-on-one and group guidance. Added to these efforts, SVCC is playing an active role in the work of Transfer Virginia to develop consistent and uniform transferability between all of Virginia’s community colleges and baccalaureate-awarding institutions. Specific tasks include developing transferrable programs where all courses satisfy lower-division general education requirements, mapping degree program requirements from two-year to four-year programs, ensuring common student learning outcomes in all transfer courses, and exploring dual admission and co-enrollment.

The VCCS Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, Sharon Morrissey, explains Transfer Virginia’s anticipated results: “Virginia will be better off for the effort, with a higher education system that is more affordable, more efficient, more equitable, and more relevant for students in the 21st century marketplace.” Transfer Virginia estimates that it will result in the Commonwealth’s ability to award more than 6,000 additional baccalaureate degrees annually to transfer students.

SVCC already has a strong record for preparing transfer students for success. The top five destinations for transferring graduates are Old Dominion University, Longwood University, Liberty University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University. For more information on how to structure your educational journey with the most efficiently, contact Matt Dunn, Transfer Counselor, at 434-736-2020 or matt.dunn@southside.edu.

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 al.roberts@southside.edu.

Advanced Heart Failure (Treatment Options)

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – You are cordially invited to attend May’s health seminar featuring treatment options for Advanced Heart Failure.

There are nearly five million Americans currently living with congestive heart failure. Many people with heart failure lead normal, active lives. They do so because they have learned to take good care of themselves by better understanding heart failure.

Dr. Nimesh Patel, heart failure expert, will discuss:

  • What is Advanced Heart Failure?
  • What are the warning signs of Advanced Heart Failure?
  • Living with Advanced Heart Failure and knowing your treatment options including LVAD and heart transplant.
  • Learn about what health care decisions you will need to make after discussion with your doctor and family.

Dr. Nimesh Patel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Cardiology. He provides comprehensive invasive diagnostic cardiovascular services for adults in his practice, CMH.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

Reservations are required for this program; seating is limited.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 447-0917 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org. All attendees with have a chance to win door prizes and enjoy refreshments!

USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

Extensions also available to Many Expiring Contracts

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

“USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program is an important tool for private lands management,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “CRP allows agricultural producers to set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”

FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, Fordyce said FSA has carefully analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.

Continuous CRP Signup

This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices approved for this program.

Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup

FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. Fact sheets on current CREP agreements are available on this webpage.

Other CRP Signup Options

Fordyce said FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December 2019 and a CRP Grasslands signup later.

CRP Contract Extensions

A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options.

Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.

More Information

On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides support, certainty and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. FSA is committed to implementing these changes as quickly and effectively as possible, and today’s updates are part of meeting that goal.

Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

Community Baccalaureate Service Planned for June 9

Plans have been completed for a Community Baccalaureate Service, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Greensville Elementary School Auditorium. This community service is for ALL graduating high school seniors, regardless of where they attend school: private, public, home-schooled, or Christian school. It is being sponsored by The Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association.

Local public schools have not held a baccalaureate in several decades.

The baccalaureate is a religious service and will feature Christian music and prayers. There will be three speakers who will deliver a Biblical message of encouragement and inspiration for the graduates. They include the Rev. Larry Walczykowski, Dr. Muriel Artis, and Dr. Kim Evans. Several other local ministers and lay people will be participating in the service.

GEMA would like to invite all high school seniors who live in the Emporia-Greensville community, regardless of church affiliation, to participate. You do not have to register to participate, nor be a member of a church: simply arrive at the school by 6:30 p.m.

Graduates are asked to wear a white dress shirt, blouse or dress. There will be no distinction among schools. GEMA would like to have all participating students assemble and march in together, then sit together regardless of school affiliation.

The theme of the baccalaureate will be “The 9/11 Generation.” Most of this year’s graduates were born in 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks. Their world has been changed and will be forever different as a result of that day.

Attendance and participation in this baccalaureate service is entirely voluntary; no participants are sponsored by or endorsed by any government agency; no government funds will be used nor will they be accepted for this service. All expenses are being paid with voluntary contributions by individual citizens and/or the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association. Any participation by public school employees or other government officials is voluntary and is done as private citizens.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or needing more information can contact Ed Conner at (434) 637-2879.

2019 Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament

2018 Moses Clements Scholorship Recipients

Over the last 20+ years the Emporia/Roanoke Rapids Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter (ERRHC) has supported freshmen entering Virginia Tech with scholarships exceeding $40,000.  These donations have been funded by hole sponsors and teams entering the annual golf tournament as this is the one fund raiser annually.

The tournament is named for Moses Clements, our beloved Hokie who passed away way too early.  The Scholarship Program and the Scholarship Tournament both bear his name – the Moses Clements Scholarship Program and the 2019 Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament, in remembrance of his dedicated service to the club and especially the Scholarship Program.  It was his annual joy to review and present the scholarships at the summer dinner.

This year the tournament will be held on Friday May 31st at the Emporia Country Club at noon.  The event will start with a Subway lunch and open driving range.  There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 PM.  The cost to play is $60 per player which includes golf, golf cart, green fees, goody bag, beverages, 2 mulligans, box lunch and hors d’oeuvres after the event at the awards ceremony.

The Emporia Country Club is located at 578 Country Club Road, Emporia.

Hole sponsorships are $100 and should be reserved in the next 10 days as the new signs will need to be produced and placed on the holes.

To enter the tournament or to be a hole or meal sponsor, please contact Barry Grizzard at barry.grizzard@littleoilco.com or 804.929.3146 or any Emporia Hokie Club Board Member – Kevin Swenson, Wilson Clary, Meade Horne, Mike Roach, Jeff Robinson, Hall Squire, Roly Weaver, Katie Richardson or Matthew Lynch.

John A. Newsome

Visitation Services

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.

First Presbyterian Church

210 S Main St

Emporia, VA

John A. Newsome., Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughters Kimberly Fritz (Mike) of Biloxi, MS, and Pamela Allen (Mickey) of Emporia, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Crystal Carpenter, Lauren Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Katelyn Malone, A1C Stephen Malone, Michael Fritz, Kevin Allen (Loren), and Nicholas Allen. Also survived by siblings; Joanne, Richard, Donald, Frankie, and Butch. John was predeceased by parents Salem I. and Lucy W. Newsome, as well as brothers Irvin, RC (Spot), Albert, Oliver, and Robert.

John was a career Army soldier with twenty-two and one half years of service, much of which was served in Special Forces (Green Berets). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Laotian Parachutist’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, etc.

John was a carpenter at heart; taught by his Grandfather Williams. He and his wife also established and operated Picture perfect for ten years before retirement. Prior to his illness, he traveled to Panama every summer to fish with military buddies. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Greensville Ruritan Club.

The family is grateful for the exceptional care from New Century Hospice, especially Brittany Edwards and the Oncology Nurses of SVRMC.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Event to Focus on New, Less-Restrictive Industrial Hemp Laws and the Resulting Opportunities for Virginia’s Agriculture Industry

3rd Annual Industrial Hemp Field Day, Virginia State University, June 25, 2019

VSU’s Dr. Maru Kering (left), the university’s lead industrial hemp researcher, explains to visitors to VSU’s Randolph Farm how different hemp cultivars have fared in central Virginia during a past growing year. 

On July 25, 2019, Virginia State University (VSU) will host its third annual Industrial Hemp Field Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Gateway Conference Center, 2804 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA.
 
The event will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Attendees will receive an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as learn about the challenges and opportunities for cultivating this crop.
 
Speakers will also discuss the wide variety of products derived from industrial hemp. For example, hemp stalks can be used to produce biofuel, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, and industrial products. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food as well as serve as a source of oil for lotion and cosmetic products. Industrial hemp flowers can also be used to produce Cannabidiol (CBD) oil for a variety of medicinal uses.
 
Registration is $50 per person for the first 100 registered. It is $65 per person afterward. Registration includes lunch and is limited to the first 400 registrants. To register, visitwww.ext.vsu.edu/industrial-hemp.

During the 2019 General Assembly session, Virginia lawmakers amended the state’s industrial hemp laws to align with language in the 2018 federal farm bill passed by congress last December. They amended the definitions of cannabidiol oil, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to exclude industrial hemp in the possession of a registered person, hemp products, or an oil containing no more than 0.3% THC. As passed, the bill defines "industrial hemp" as any part of the plant Cannabis sativa that has a concentration of THC that is no greater than that allowed by federal law, and it defines "hemp product" as any finished product that is otherwise lawful and that contains industrial hemp. The bill adds the category of "dealer" in industrial hemp to the existing registration categories of grower and processor.

As a result of these changes, Virginia farmers can now apply to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for a permit to grow industrial hemp for purposes beyond exclusively for research. VDACS reports that it has experienced a surge in grower and processor applications since December.
 
For more information, or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.
 
The 2019 Industrial Hemp Field Day is hosted by the university’s Agricultural Research Station (ARS), part of the university’s College of Agriculture. The ARS is responsible for carrying out the land-grant university’s mission of conducting scientific agriculture and food production research that will increase profitability for Virginia’s small, part-time and limited-resource farmers. Initiatives such as this event help support and grow Virginia’s $91 billion agriculture and forest industry.
 
This event is held in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

 

 

 

 

From Farm Life to Healthcare: Dr. Richard Alexander’s Passion for Physical Therapy Began on His Family Farm

Emporia, VA - Richard M. Alexander PT, DPT, is the director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services (RTS) at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) and a first generation healthcare provider in his family.  He grew up in agriculture, working long summer hours raising tobacco, peanuts, and grain on his family’s farm in northeast North Carolina – a farm that has been in his family for 5 generations. Farm life taught him his strong work ethic and the value of hard work. It was also where he developed an appreciation for mechanical operations, something which he applies to the human body in his practice at SVRMC. Dr. Alexander says, “The body is the ultimate machine.  I love understanding the relationship between the moving parts and being able to use that knowledge to repair system failures and restore optimal performance.”

Dr. Alexander’s passion for healthcare and physical therapy can be pinpointed back to a moment in his life that sparked his drive to help people recover from injury. He explains, “My grandfather was involved in a severe car accident when I was a child and his unique injuries required unique solutions to restore his mobility.  Although I always gravitated towards healthcare, this was my first encounter with physical therapy and watching how they engineered and tailored specific interventions to his complex problems. This stuck with me from that point forward.”

Dr. Alexander brings his hometown service to the Emporia, VA, community. He is passionate about bringing top quality care to Emporia, VA; the difference, he says, is that it is delivered with small-town values and a customer service centered focus.

Dr. Alexander says the average patient is typically treated by therapy services 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, he says, specialty healthcare services all too often gravitate towards bigger cities serving metropolitan populations; it becomes unfeasible for the average patient to make such trips with that frequency.  Dr. Alexander says, “It’s not enough for us to strive to be as good as clinics in larger areas, we must be better.” 

Rehabilitations Therapy Services at SVRMC cares for the full spectrum of rehab patients, utilizing the latest treatment techniques and equipment.This program offers a full array of therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. The clinic is fully equipped to meet all therapy needs of Emporia and the surrounding areas. It is the only full service clinic in the area able to offer all of the aforementioned services in one place.

Physical therapy treats patients with diverse conditions, everything from heart attacks and strokes to joint replacements, sports medicine, neck and back pain, balance disorders and vertigo. For more information on how Dr. Alexander can assist you with recovery from injury, cardiac surgery, or pain management, contact Rehabilitation Therapy Services at SVRMC at 434-348-4871.

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