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November 2018

Courtland Home Featured on Emporia Riparian’s Christmas Tour

 

 

Christmas has arrived at the home of Mark and Wendi Simmons located at 28005 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, Va. Mark and Wendi will open their doors to welcome you into their beautiful home to celebrate the 16th Riparian Woman’s Club’s Christmas Home Tour.

 

 

 

The home was built in 1937 and sits on the family farm that totals 240 acres.  The farm currently is farmed by the brothers of Mark Simmons.  Mark’s father, Gus Simmons and his brother, Kilby farmed the land for over 40 years prior to David and Donnie Simmons taking over the farming business.   Wendi, a Southampton County School Counselor, is a former resident of Emporia where she lived until 2013.  Mark is the Procurement Manager for Birdsong Peanut Company in Suffolk, VA. 

 

 

 

The two story farm home was purchased by Wendi and Mark in 2013.  The prior owners were Mark’s parents who bought the home in the early 1950’s.  The home was added on to in the early 1970’s with the addition of closing in a screened in porch and adding on to it.  This room is where the current owners spend most of their time.  Also added on was a first floor bedroom and large family room. 

 

 

 

In 1999, the home had a fire where the formal living room had significant damage, but the majority of the home had smoke damage.  Renovations were done including adding oak hardwood floors to the formal dining room and living room.  The original hard wood oak flooring is still in the foyer and upstairs. 

 

 

 

 In November 2013, the Simmons’ purchased the home after the death of Edith and Gus Simmons.  Prior to moving in, they renovated the entire house including painting, adding on a master bath and knocking down the wall from the kitchen to the sunroom to create one large room. They also removed doors to a closet and turned it into a sports bar area that has pictures of Mark’s favorite golfers and his favorite team the VT Hokies. . The hall bath was also completely gutted and a new one was built. The farm house also has a walk in attic that covers the length of the house.  In 2014 they added on a large carport.

 

 

 

As you enter from the back (the main entrance) you walk into a large utility room with an attached pantry.  Next is a spacious updated kitchen with new hardwood floors and a center island that was added in 2015.  The open kitchen/sunroom has picturesque views of the family farm as well as a collection of Mr. Peanut/Planters items that Mark collects.  The dining room houses Wendi’s collection of Christmas China, started by her mother in law and a beautiful table left to the owners from Mark’s parents, as well.    Also in the dining room is a piece of furniture built by Wendi’s great uncle, Freeman Harrell, who was also a family friend to the Simmons’.  The formal living room was turned into a 2nd den and used as such.  The large family room has handmade bookcases built in on both sides of the room.  The original fireplace remains as well. The fireplace was painted in 2016 by Wendi to lighten up the room.  Pictures of family and friends add a warmth to the room.  You can’t help but notice the presence of the family dog, 18 year old Sam, as pictures of him are all throughout the home.

 

 

 

What is so special about the home is that most of the furniture belonged to family members of both Wendi and Mark.  A china cabinet that belonged to Wendi’s maternal great- grandmother, Evelyn Everett, and then to her grandmother, Marie Goodwyn, sits in the front den.  The guest bedroom bed belonged to Wendi’s paternal grandfather Bryan Harrell.  Her father, Michael Harrell, recently handed down a Lane Cedar Trunk from World War II that his father gave Wendi’s grandmother, Marie Pope Harrell.  Also special, is a bookshelf handmade by Wendi’s maternal grandfather, John “Sonnybuck” Householder.   Many other pieces the couple obtained belonged to Mark’s parents and several pieces belonged to two of his aunts, Bernice Gillette and Ruth Babb. 

 

 

 

Christmas is a special time in the Simmons home as you will find Wendi’s collection of Possible Dream Santas.  Her mother, Brenda Harrell, started her collection in December of 1999, when she purchased her home in Emporia.  Since then, she has collected over 85 Santas.  The home also has a collection of approximately 7 trees that are decorated in themes from nautical to a travel tree.  The banister leading upstairs has lit greenery with a special collection of Christmas Cards giving it a personal touch.  Both Wendi and Mark enjoy decorating for Christmas. 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this home as it shouts Merry Christmas in every room!

 

 

 

Others whose homes are on the tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder, Kenneth Newcomb and Steve Smith and Mary Ann Renner.

 

 

 

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch Shoppe, Courtland, and any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

 

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich, 79, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Nettie Watson and was also preceded in death by four brothers.

Our MOTHER was an example of the Proverbs 31 Godly Woman.  She was a great Mother and Wife. She was our Father’s business partner and “life coach” lol, while taking care of the family and her home with perfection.

She could execute any task she was given with sheer determination and with a smile on her face. Our Mother loved her girls more than life and gave us the greatest JOY that life brings. She held a “special place” in her heart for each one of her grandchildren. Her smile was big and bright like the sparkle in her eyes. Strength and Honor will guide us for the rest of our days because of “OUR MOTHER”

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Joseph Helfrich, III; three daughters, Mary Jane Yeattes (Mark), Sue “Pickles” Green (Troy) and Brenda McCrary (Daniel); step-son, David Helfrich (Theresa); nine grandchildren: D. J. , Troy, Jr., Sammy Jo, Mark, Jr., Danielle, Mary Elizabeth, Freddy, Sarah, Faith, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas, Sammy, Shang; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth and Margaret; sister-in-law and best friend, Harriette Burks; sisters-in-law, Brenda Worley (Wayne) and Delores Taylor (Dave) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church.

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

The Holiday Season Kicks Off with St. John's Lutheran Church Bake Sale

The Holidays are here! The Ladies League of St. John's Lutheran Church hosted their annual bake sale on Saturday, November 27, 2018. The ladies baked 312 Dozen Kolacky, Pies, Breads, Brownies and too many other items to mention. Oh, there was Apple Strudel, too.

This sale is a tradition with many people, and before the official start time of 9 am, the lobby was full.

    

    

    

SVCC Receives Funding for Distance Learning Equipment

~USDA Awards a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to Help Serve Students in Southside Virginia~

ALBERTA, VIRGINIA, November, 14, 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) a grant to fund the purchase and deployment of equipment that will improve access to education for people residing in the rural areas of south-central Virginia. The college received the announcement in early November and is already taking steps to prepare 91 classrooms for distance learning activities at sites in five counties. The sites include the college’s two main campuses and four off-campus centers strategically located to serve students across SVCC’s ten-county region, the largest community college jurisdiction in Virginia.

Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer at SVCC explains, “We are constantly looking at innovative ways to ensure service to every nook of our 4,200-square-mile service area. We are very excited because this grant will allow us to do video streaming from every classroom and be flexible in our delivery methods to our student population.”

The project, Southside Learning Connections, will deploy high-definition cameras and room microphones in almost every classroom at SVCC. According to Wollenberg, “This helps us deliver classes to our other sites, to our partner schools, and potentially to students anywhere in the world. We have already had great success with a pilot project testing this video solution in several classrooms and the demand for this level of interactivity is very apparent.”

Grant funding totaling $168,000 will enable the purchase of equipment for synchronous and asynchronous distance education. Wollenberg notes, “The deployment of this solution will happen over several months by the very talented SVCC Information Technology team. The goal is to deliver the best technology to serve our students and community."

In a letter of support, Elizabeth Green, State Director of USDA’s Rural Development in Virginia, wrote that Southside Learning Connections aligns with her office’s Strategic Plan for Virginia. She identified the effort as an “important initiative,” and noted her “strong support for this project that will enhance the educational opportunities across areas of Virginia.”

“SVCC is proud to partner with USDA to promote education throughout our service area,” commented Dr. Al Roberts, College President. “Attracting new business to our region and restoring its economic vitality hinges on the ability to enlarge the pipeline for education and job training. This project increases our capacity to offer students flexible distance learning options so that they can embark on meaningful career pathways.”

USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Program funding facilitates linking teachers in one area to students in another or medical service providers to their patients. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process.

SVCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. It is a two-year institution of higher education that serves one small city and spans ten rural counties. The college offers 23 degrees at the associate level, a host of shorter-term academic and workforce development programs, opportunities for dually enrolled high school students, adult basic education, and other transitional services for non-traditional students.

If you would like more information about Southside Learning Connections and the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant, please call Chad Wollenberg at 434-949-1033, or email chad.wollenberg@southside.edu.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Donates to Operation Christmas Child

Emporia, VA – No child should be without the basic essentials. Ready to help children in need, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) donated more than fifty boxes full of hygiene items, school supplies and toys to the Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child.

 Throughout September SVRMC staff participated in “Denim Day Fridays” by donating $5 or four items to the cause. All monetary donations were used to purchase items for donation. Spearheaded by SVRMC’s Quality Department, all the items were boxed for their journey to children around the world.

 Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that works with more than one hundred countries to provide aid to victims of war, natural disasters, poverty and disease. To learn more Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child

“Noël! Nowell!”

The Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus is presenting “Noël! Nowell!” with 42 chorus members and instrumentalists, at two afternoon concerts: the first in Emporia on Sat., December 8 at 3:00 PM at the Main St. United Methodist Church, 500 S. Main St., Emporia, VA 23847; and the second in South Hill on Sun., December 9 at 3:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914 N. Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill, VA  23970. Directed by Carol Henderson and accompanied by pianist Sally Tharrington the concerts are free admission.

The SVCC Chorus is continuing to be supported by the Southside Virginia Community College and the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation. This support has allowed the SVCC Chorus to develop, grow, and bring these excellent concerts into Southside Virginia for our local communities free of charge.

“Noël! Nowell!” SVCC Chorus holiday concerts present Christmas themes of the birth of Jesus, the angel song that leads the shepherds into the quiet snow of wintertime, and the arrival of the three Kings.

Noëlis an ancientFrench word originating from the Latin natalismeaning "birthday." Noëlwas sung for the first time in a church motet dated in the 1400’s. A noelor nowell can be a buoyant refrain or it can tell the story of the nativity (as does, “The First Noel”). Traditionally, noels were sung when the entire village gathered for singing and celebrating the bringing in of the Yule log.

Randall Thompson’s “Nowel”is unique because it was composed using the singular word ‘Nowel’throughout. Thompson’s ingenious creation of melody and harmony leads our imagination, andas we listen, we can feelthe story of the shepherdsled byvoices of angels on that dark and quiet night. Randall Thompson has created a gem similar to his quintessential “Alleluia.”

Concert highlights include: ahauntingly beautiful French Canadian carol from the Huron Indians “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”written by FatherJean de Brébeuf in 1640 and featuresDee Pinnell of Boydton on the fluteandtenorRev. Dr. Steven DeOrnellas; the poignant “Carol of the Magi” by John Ruttershowcasescellist Brenda Fincher of South Boston and tenorGavin Honeycuttof South Hill;and“Pavane for a Silent Night”, a choral adaptation of Maurice Ravel’s Pavanne pour une infant défunte, with violinist Bradyn Cole of Boydton. Two Christmas duets: “The Birthday of the King” with Mary Hardin and Ken Vaiden; and “O Holy Night” with Betty Edwards and Gavin Honeycutt. And a piano duet audience pleaser with Carol and Sally at the piano!

 “Noël! Nowell!” promises to be a spectacular SVCC Chorus concert with 42 excellent singers from the local area: Sopranos-- Elizabeth Allgood, Brenda Ball, Betty Edwards, Mary Hardin, Judy Johnson, Patricia J. Jutz, Judy Moody, Louise Ogburn, Janie Pealer, Laura Jane Rash, Dottie Thaxton, Jan Vaughan, Nancy Turner, Margie Wollenberg; Altos-- Stephanie Bailey, Nancy Bradshaw, Misty Dooley, JoAnn Farnsworth, Martha Feagan, Charlene Gray, Judy Kemp, Becky Laben, Kelli Lewis, Norma Robertson, Debbie Wilson; Tenors-- Patricia Araway, Robert Bradshaw, Stephen DeOrnellas, Gavin Honeycutt, Bill Lindenmuth, Patricia J. Moyles, Guy Pealer,  Ken Vaiden: and Basses--Dan Araway, Braydn Cole, Lloyd Farnsworth, Tim Faegan, John Laben, Steve Lowe, Jimmy Martin, Buck Smyre, Jimmy Soyars.

You are cordially invited to “Noël! Nowell!” at 3:00 PM, on Saturday, Dec. 8th at the Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia, and on Sunday, Dec. 9th at the South Hill Presbyterian Church in South Hill. FREE admission. Traditional carols, noels, Christmas favorites –all with a “joyeux” French flair!

Southside Virginia Community College Chorus

“Noël! Nowell!”

Holiday Concerts

Saturday, DECEMBER 8  - 3:00 PM

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 S. Main St., EMPORIA, VA  23847

Sunday, DECEMBER 9 – 3:00 PM

South Hill Presbyterian Church
914 N. Mecklenburg Ave, SOUTH HILL, VA  23970

FREE Admission

DENISE HARRIS

Denise Harris, 55, of Emporia, VA, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at her residence.

Denise was born in Petersburg, VA the daughter of Herman Marshall Harris and the late Amelia King Harris. She Graduated from Greensville County High School and Old Dominion University as a Dental Hygienist, also with a B. S Degree.

In addition to her father she is survived by: her lifetime soul mate, Randy Everette; sister, Amy Clary and her husband Andy, of Brodnax, VA; brother, Robert Harris and his wife Cristy of Crofton, MD; a niece, Cassie Modlin and her husband  Jim, of Sedley, VA; nephews Christopher Moseley and his wife Juli, of Boydton, VA, Lee Harris, and his wife Elysa, of Rockville , MD; James Harris and his significant other Kelley, of Cambridge, MD; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive at New Testament Christian Church, 615 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will follow in the Church at 1:00 PM, with Minister Daniel West officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.                                                                                                                                          

Memorial donations may be made to: Family Violence/Sexual assault Unit, 401C South Main Street Emporia, VA, 23847 or Jackson-Field Home, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: echolsfuneralhome.com.

Mary Taylor Simpson

Mary Taylor Simpson, 94, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Capital Caring Center in Washington D.C.

A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse B. Taylor and Mary Cordle Taylor. Mary was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Ronald Carlton Simpson. A retired public school teacher, she had lived for many years in the southern Maryland area.

Mary is survived by several distant relatives.

Funeral Services will be private.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE URGES MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE AND MAKE IT TO THE HOLIDAY TABLE THIS THANKSGIVING

RICHMOND – As millions of Virginians take to the roads this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday with family, Virginia State Police urges motorists to slow down and keep their focus on the road so everyone makes it safely to the holiday table.

Four lives have been lost just today (Nov. 16, 2018) in three fatal crashes across the Commonwealth. Over the past seven days (Nov. 9, 2018 – Nov. 15, 2018), traffic crashes have claimed 17 lives on Virginia highways, including a motorcyclist, two pedestrians, four passengers and 10 drivers. Sadly, eight of those individuals were killed in crashes where speed or reckless driving was a factor.

While fatalities in crashes involving distracted driving are down by approximately 37 percent, according to preliminary data, total traffic deaths remain on pace with last year. Through Nov. 15, 2018, 712 individuals have lost their lives in traffic crashes compared to 724 over the same period in 2017.

“When you get behind the wheel this Thanksgiving, remember the cars on the road with you are carrying someone’s loved ones, and the choices you make in the driver’s seat affect your family and theirs,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Avoid distractions, comply with speed limits, ensure everyone in your car is buckled up and never drive drunk. If we drive like every car is filled with our friends and family, we can make sure there are no empty chairs at the table this year.”

Speed-related fatalities have already outpaced last year with 291 fatalities, rising by nine percent. Fatalities involving unrestrained drivers remain relatively flat with 298 unbelted motorists killed so far in 2018 compared to 301 during the same period in 2017.*

In 2017, 248 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes throughout the state.* If holiday celebrations involve alcohol, remember to always plan for a designated driver, cab or rideshare.

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. Over the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 21, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018), state police will increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on highways throughout the Commonwealth.

The 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 611 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 206 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 8,181 speeders and 2,479 reckless drivers. A total of 105 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

  There were 14 traffic fatalities statewide during the five-day statistical counting period (Nov. 22, 2017 – Nov. 26, 2017) for the 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday, marking the highest number of holiday fatalities since

2013.* Less than half of the individuals killed in holiday crashes last year were wearing seat belts. Six of those deaths occurred in alcohol-related crashes.   

In 2016, there were eight traffic deaths and in 2015, Virginia experienced nine fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.*

With 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, drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.**

*Source: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

**Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

GCPS Sponsors At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

Greensville County Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants at each site.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed for or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Meals will be provided at these facilities:

Greensville County High School (snack & supper)       Belfield Elementary (snack)

403 Harding Street                                                                             515 Belfield Road
Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

E. W. Wyatt Middle School (snack)                                      Greensville Elementary (snack)

206 Slagles Lake Road                                                                       1011 Sussex Drive
Emporia, VA 23847                                                                            Emporia, VA 23847

For further information please contact: Crystal Crutchfield, Food Service Supervisor or MaRendia Garner, Food Service Secretary at 434-634-2863. For additional information, you may also contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition Programs by calling 804-225-2082.

Thank You From Council Woman Elect Yolanda G Hines

Dear Constituents of District 7

Thank you for your participation in the recent election. I am especially grateful to all who actually got out and voted.  Once sworn in I will work to improve conditions in District 7 as well as or the rest of City, If you voted for me I offer a special thank you. If you didnt I hope to earn your approval. I plan to push for progressive change in our community. Education, employment and healthcare are both my concern and passion, I had the opportunity to discuss these issues while campaigning. I'm thankful to all the supporters, volunteers, and contributors to my campaign. 

I also thank Mark Mitchell  for the friendly and highly competitive campaign. A special thank you to my husband Melvin Hines, he worked very hard all day making sure the democratic process prevailed.

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CMH Family Dental Clinic Opening November 26th

~Something to Smile About~

Smile!!! A new service is coming to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. On Monday, November 26, 2018, the CMH Family Dental Clinic will open its doors and begin a new era for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Headed by Dr. Natasha Grover, the six-operatory Dental Clinic will provide a wide range of dental services to area residents. The Dental Clinic is accepting new patients now. Patients may call 434-584-5590 to schedule an appointment. The Clinic is housed in the new C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. There is a separate entrance to the CMH Family Dental Clinic located on the north side of the C.A.R.E. Building.

Among the services offered at the clinic are exams, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, dentures, root canals, bridges, endodontics, extractions, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry and dental surgery featuring faculty and residents from the VCU School of Dentistry.

Dr. Grover has 15 years of dental experience. She is a graduate of VCU School of Dentistry and spent the past year at a dental clinic in Danville.

“We are excited to be working with the VCU School of Dentistry to bring this new family dentistry practice to VCU Health CMH to help fill the provider gap caused by the recent retirement of some dentists in our service area.  We recognize the valuable services the existing community dentists have been providing in this region for decades and hope to develop strong collegial working relationships with them all,” said W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The new six-operatory CMH Family Dental Clinic was made possible, in part, by a $235,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. That grant helped equip the clinic. The grant money was used to purchase a 3-D imaging system, a microscope used for a variety of dental services and two complete operatories in the clinic.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation awarded the grant to VCU Health CMH because the CMH Family Dental Clinic will be serving, in part, an at-risk patient population. The Clinic will participate in Medicaid’s Smiles For Children Program and will also see patients who qualify for CMH’s indigent and charity care programs.

“VCU Health CMH’s new Family Dental Clinic will bring greatly needed and affordable access to dental and oral health services to this part of Virginia, which is a Dental Professional Shortage Area. This is at the heart of our mission and we are delighted to be a partner in this exciting endeavor,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation.

Additional support was provided by donations from Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Dominion Energy.

A wide variety of dental insurances will be accepted at the CMH Family Dental Clinic, according to Dr. Grover.

“We are accepting all of the most popular dental insurances – Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, DentaQuest, MetLife, Anthem, United Concordia, United Healthcare and Interactive Medical Systems to name a few,” Dr. Grover said. “But we encourage our patients to call ahead to make sure we accept their dental insurance to be sure.”

Dr. Grover is a general dentist, but she has a special interest in dentistry for children, as well as root canals and difficult extractions.

“I want people to know I can treat the entire family,” she said.  “From your baby’s first tooth, to your child’s fillings, to whitening your teeth and giving you a nice smile to helping your parents hold on to their teeth for as long as they can.”

Dr. Grover explains her approach to dentistry as a team effort. A team that includes the patient as part of the decision making process.

“I want the patient to know they will always stay in control of their treatment plan and they make the decisions,” she said. “We don’t want anyone to experience pain and we want them to have comfortable visits so they can change their dental story to one full of successes.”

Dr. Grover further explained, “I don’t practice dentistry as a job. I practice dentistry like it is a team activity and the patient is the star. I empathize with anybody who has had a bad dental experience and my team and I will work tirelessly to turn that feeling around.”

WARNER, KAINE BILL THAT AWARDS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO FOUR AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN FOR THEIR WORK AT NASA LANGLEY PASSES SENATE

~ Bipartisan legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their groundbreaking contributions ~

WASHINGTON – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to award four African American women scientists the Congressional Gold Medal for their work at NASA Langley passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous support. The bill would give this distinction to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously award the medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. It serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA’s success during the Space Race and highlight their broader impact on society – paving the way for women, especially women of color, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives, where a companion bill has been introduced.

“These four remarkable women and their contributions to the success of the Space Race remained unacknowledged for far too long,” said the Senators. “We are thrilled that their achievements while at NASA Langley—particularly during a tough period of racial inequality—continue to be brought to light. This recognition will help carve their rightful place in history and inspire a new generation of diverse women to lead the way in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. It is awarded to those who have performed an achievement that has had an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized in the recipient’s field for years to come.

The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act will honor:

  • Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for multiple NASA space missions including the first human spaceflight by an American, Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission. She also calculated trajectories for John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission to orbit the earth. During her time at NASA, she became the first woman recognized as an author of a report from the Flight Research Division.
  • Dorothy Vaughan, who led the West Area Computing unit for nine years, as the first African American supervisor at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. She later became an expert programmer in FORTRAN as a part of NASA’s Analysis and Computation Division.
  • Mary Jackson, who petitioned the City of Hampton to allow her to take graduate-level courses in math and physics at night at the all-white Hampton High School in order to become an engineer at NASA. She was the first female African-American engineer at the agency. Later in her career, she worked to improve the prospects of NASA’s female mathematicians, engineers, and scientists as Langley’s Federal Women’s Program Manager.
  • Dr. Christine Darden, who became an engineer at NASA 16 years after Mary Jackson. She worked to revolutionize aeronautic design, wrote over 50 articles on aeronautics design, and became the first African-American person of any gender to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service at Langley.

The lives and careers of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden were featured in the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. That book was adapted into the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which the Senators showed at a Capitol Hill screening for hundreds of Virginia students last year. In addition, Sens. Warner & Kaine honored Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson by acknowledging their achievements in an official statement that was enshrined in the Congressional Record.

GCHS SkillsUSA Installs New Officers

Greensville SkillsUSA Career Technical Student Organization held their installation services on Monday, October 23, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Eagle Café at Greensville County High School.  The program theme for 2018-19 academic year  is SkillsUSA Champions at Work: Career Read Starts Here The program began with a call to order by Joshua Sutton newly elected President.  Nathanial Grizzard lead the audience and members with the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony proceed with the purpose and history of SkillsUSA. Offices conducted the official Emblem ceremony.

Mr. James Wright, head advisor officially installed Joshua Sutton as President.  Joshua Sutton then installed the newly elected officers for 2019-19 Greensville County High School SkillsUSA. All members recited the SkillsUSA Creed. The ceremony concluded with a small reception for SkillsUSA members, family members and community stakeholders.

    

    

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Attends Virginia State Fair

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA student organization attended the Virginia State Fair SkillsUSACompetition on Monday, October 1, 2018  at Meadowbrook Park in Doswell, Virginia.

SkillsUSA Day had 561 participants from over 30 schools registered to compete in 15 contests. GCHS Students competed against students from across the state of Virginia in three areas. -Teo Jefferson and Joshua Sutton in carpentry; Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbridge in Promotional Bulletin Board; and Nathanial Grizzard in Welding.

Jacqueline Grubb and McKenzie Delbrdige won first place in the Promotional Bulletin Board competition. First place winners in each contest received a plaque for the school, a blue ribbon and will receive a $200 scholarship from the State Fair of Virginia for their achievement. SkillsUSA recognized the top ten competitors for all contests. NathanialGrizzard placed tenth out of twenty five participants in Welding.

Brunswick Academy Varsity Football

Brunswick Academy Vikings 37- Greenbrier Christian Gators 36

The #5 seed Brunswick Academy Vikings won the state VISFL quarter finals game on Thursday night vs the #4 seed Greenbrier Christian Gators. The Vikings took on The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA Tuesday, November 13th at 3:00PM.

    

    

Vicki Jean Lounge

On the 2nd of November, following a stroke, Emporia resident, Vicki Jean Lounge, was called to her Lord. She was 62.

Vicki was born in Houston, Texas on May 31st, 1956, to her loving parents, Mother, Christine Brannon nee Pearson, of Valentines,VA, and her father, Thomas Burns Brannon of Houston, TX.

Vicki had innumerable accomplishments during her life. Amongst some of her proudest achievements, her 22 years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She began as a secretary in the Astronaut office, quickly moving up in rank through her meritorious service and dedication, ending her career as Facilities Manager of AOD, in Ellington Air Field, Pasadena, Texas. She served her government, her family, and future generations through her passion for Aerospace exploration, expansion, and safety. Vicki took great pride in her country’s accomplishments. Vicki was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, volunteering her time as a member of the “Horsepitality” Commitee. She loved the Rodeo, with its pageantry and positive effects on the state she loved so dearly. The live music, one of her deepest and most abiding passions, was something she shared with all of her family and friends. She would arrange for tickets to shows, making gifts of her time and effort to all who wanted to attend a George Strait or Selena concert, as she put it herself, “dance like no one is watching, and then hope they sing along...” She participated in community events, instilling through action community spirit, state pride, and many family memories were made that will live on in everyone who knew her. Perhaps more than any other achievement, Vicki was a mother. She was known lovingly as “Mimi” to her five granddaughters. Her deep bond with her children and grandchildren is perhaps the greatest testament to her character and life. Two generations have thrived under her tender and compassionate maternal care. She was a mother and Mimi first, instinctively,and without reserve. The loss of such a bastion of love leaves her children bereft, but for the knowledge of her goodness and its guarantee of her place in Heaven. Vicki lost many close family members and friends in her life, and with a life so well lived, her surviving family know she is resting happily with a Loving God, her father, brother, and many friends. It is with regret and grief that we say farewell to her, but the gratitude and hope in our hearts, the eternal flame of love she lit in us will keep us warm until we are all joined again. To have had You, Daughter, Mother, Mimi, Friend, was an honor and blessing. You are etched on our innermost selves. We grieve because we love.

Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, John Eric Brannon, her father, Thomas Burns Brannon, and her children’s father, Mark Joseph Spenla. She lost many friends before their time, Diana, Pat, Jeannie, and others. She is survived by her mother, Christine Rivas of Emporia, VA, her son, Marcus Ian Spenla, his wife, Tiffany Spenla, daughter Lauren Jean Woodruff, and her husband Jason. Her precious granddaughters, Brittany Erica Ann, Madison Faith, Meadow MacKenzie, Ivey Nichole, and Evelyn Virginia. Vicki will remain in the hearts of her family,with her ashes to be placed according to her wishes. The family appreciates the condolences and kindness of her friends and neighbors after this sudden loss.

Brunswick Academy Vikings Girls Volleyball

By Hannah Waller

The B.A. Lady Vikings, coached by Mr. Ken Warf, ended their regular season as conference champs. Overall the Vikings went 9-3 and were 6-0 at home. In tournament play, the Vikings played in the semi-final match, but fell to Kenston Forest School. Comprised of five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman, the B.A. Lady Vikings were fierce and determined to win. In addition to placing first in conference, several players of the B.A. team were recognized for different awards. Olivia Combs, junior setter, was named as part of the VCC All-Tournament team; Hannah Waller, senior middle and co-captain was named VCC All-Academic; Allie Pope, senior outside and co-captain, was named VCC Second-Team All Conference; the VCC recognized Naomi Sadler, sophomore outside, Sarah-Olivia Temple, junior middle, and Hannah Waller, as part of the First-Team All Conference. The Brunswick Academy varsity volleyball team has never won a regular season in almost thirty years, so this season was significant to not only the players and coach, but also for B.A. and the future of the volleyball program. Although we came out as first this season, I expect next year's team to come out even stronger with improved skills and a sharper mindset to end the season not only as conference champs, but hopefully as tournament champs as well.

Awards:

All-Academic: Hannah Waller

1st Team All-Conference: Sarah-Olivia Temple, Hannah Waller, Naomi Sadler

2nd Team All-Conference: Allie Pope

All Tournament: Olivia Combs

VCC Coach of the Year: Ken Warf

2018 Riparian Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour Features the Renner Home

The Riparian Woman’s Club 16th Christmas Home Tour is pleased to have the home of Mary Ann Renner on tour this year. Mary Ann Renner extends a warm holiday welcome into her charming one-story three-bedroom ranch style home built in 2017 and located at 502 River Road, Emporia.

Upon entering, the great room is furnished with comfortable seating and immediately the feeling of the holiday season abounds with Christmas decorations. Mary Ann has a talent for decorating and it will be evident throughout the home. The dining/kitchen area is large and decorated beautifully for the season. Her collection of ceramic roosters and wall hangings are shown off here. She is very proud of her grandmothers antique ninety-year old Helpmate sewing machine. The dining table and chairs and the china hutch were hand painted by her friend. One will notice the unique kitchen island, previously an entertainment center and now a creation by Mary Ann. She knows how to make something old become something new.

    

There is one very special bedroom in the home and it is granddaughter Ellie’s room. The white furniture and the touches of pink speak to a little seven-year old girl. Mary Ann refers to the master bedroom as the Williamsburg Room. She grew up in Williamsburg and has a warm spot in her heart for the colonial area. All the furniture and some of the pictures are from Williamsburg.

Mary Ann loves Christmas and is particularly proud of her “Jim Shores” collection.

Others whose homes on tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons,  Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder and the home of  Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch, in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

“We Don’t Know”

Yes we know not the condition
of our relatives and friends
a sneeky peek at hear say
is where our knowledge ends.
 
I saw a friend the other day
I had not seen for a while
when I told him of my problems
all he did was smile.
 
Yes it seemed that in our time away
he encountered much of the same
the only thing different I do recall
was the doctors and hospital name.
 
You see the most have problems
as the days of life go on
so be careful before you start singing
that feel sorry for me song.
 
I’ve seen this more and more since then
so more cautious I try to be
yes the person who might look quite well
could be hurting more than me.
 
Now looks can be deceiving
so be careful what you might say
yet it seems to me it is quite safe
to part with “have a nice day.”

Roy E. Schepp

Technology Event Focus on Women

Anthony Putorek (left) Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft is shown with Shanelle Toone, a speaker for the Career Options Event.

Anthony Putorek (left)  Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft is shown with Brenda Cross, one of the speakers for the Career Options for Women Interested in Technology Event planned for November 13.

Southside Virginia Community College will sponsor an event “Career Options for Women Interested in Technology” on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center located at 118 East Danville Street, South Hill, VA 23970.  The event will feature dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 6 p.m. 

The members of the panel are women working in the Information Technology Industry.   Brenda Cross, is a Microsoft scholar and intern working as a data center technician locally, and Shanell Toone, is a cabling technician for IES at the Microsoft Data Center.  These women will offer insight into the program offered through SVCC and career opportunities available for women in this industry.   There will be an overview of career options in the computer and technology fields including Datacenter Networking, Computer Desk Help, Computer Support Specialist, Graphic Design and others. 

Other speakers will include Kathy Brown with Microsoft, Amanda Twisdale with Perspecta, Judy Green with Century Link, Ashley Barrett with Red Hat and moderator Kelly Arnold.   

Please sign up by contacting Kelly Arnold at 434-955-2252 or Kelly.arnold@southside.edu.

NCCER Careers and Construction Month

Careers and Construction Month, recognized in October, is a nationwide celebration that provides recognition of the career opportunities that exist in the construction industry. It is led by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and its Build Your Future initiative to increase public awareness and inspire the next generation of craft professionals.

With shortages of craft professionals across the country, now is the time to promote construction careers in every state. Recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month generates publicity for the construction industry and helps promote career opportunities to individuals who may not have otherwise considered construction as a career choice.

GCHS Career and Technical Education Department Trade and Industry classes and instructors recognized Careers and Construction Month with a series of activities during the week of October 26- November 2, 2018.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 the Annual Careers and Construction Professional Development Meeting was held in the GCHS Eagles' Cafe. The event included business and industry partners from the Emporia –Greensville community, local city and county government officials, school division administration and the faculty of GCHS.  Highlights of the event were Proclamation Presentations by Takisha Carr, representative from the office of Delegate Roslyn Tyler, 75th District and Beverly Howell, representative from the office of Mayor Mary Person, City of the Emporia.  Recognitions were made by Tyee Mallory, Outreach Director from the office of United States Senator Tim Kaine. The speaker for the event was Mr. Jordan Gregory Doyle, Greensville County High School Class of 2010 alumni. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University with an associate degree in architectural drafting and Bachelor of Science degree in building and construction technology.

Mr. Doyle was a completer of the drafting program at Greensville County High School (GCHS). Dual enrollment credits earned at GCHS allowed enabled him to earn an associate degree at Norfolk State University (NSU) after 1 year.  He made the cover of the advertisement brochure for the building construction technology program for the University. Additionally, while attending NSU, Mr. Doyle was granted an opportunity to assist with the redesign of the Chrysler Hall (museum) in Norfolk, Virginia.  The remodeling project that he and his classmate completed as interns was estimated at approximately $6 million dollars. It was with this internship he was fortunate in having his name placed on a plaque on the museum walls at Chrysler Hall.  As a NSU student, he was also afforded opportunities to work on design projects for multiple business by performing completion jobs for blue prints, ramps, steps, doors, and windows throughout Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

After graduation in May 2014, Mr. Doyle obtained a job with Architectural Graphing Industries, in Virginia Beach, VA, where he was a designer and framer with the illumination of signage from top to bottom to include LED lighting. He was involved in the development of signs from start to finish:  start of a design, design approval, running the illumination lighting with quality assurance completion, loading of the sign being delivery and watching the sign depart for display at businesses. He designed signage for Hertz, Firestone, Mercedes, Lincoln, and Nissan.

Currently, Mr. Doyle is employed by Team Fishel, a contracting agency for Dominion Energy, as a distribution designer. He designs OH power lines to run underground to provide power to homes throughout Eastern Virginia.  This important work involves designing power lines, calculating loads and the voltage that is required to provide power to homes in order to transition from power lines on light poles above ground to power lines beneath the ground.

GCHS was excited and proud to celebrate Careers and Construction Month with one of their own, Mr. Jordan Doyle.

Alumni in the Spotlight

By Dr. Al Roberts

One of the most gratifying aspects of my position as President of Southside Virginia Community College is receiving feedback from former students and hearing their stories. SVCC’s first class, which graduated in 1973, consisted of 11 students. The numbers have grown significantly since then, exceeding one thousand in each of the past six years. So far, we’ve accrued more than twenty thousand alumni.

Every week SVCC shines the spotlight on one of these alumni by posting a story about his or her accomplishments on our website. We also mention them on message boards at both main campuses and post the information in hallways as an encouragement to current students. I’d like to tell you about some of these amazing people.

Chris, a Chesterfield native, is an alum of SVCC’s Diesel Technician Training Program. He says, “I obtained a job with Carter Machinery within two weeks of my graduating from the program and have been there for seven-plus years. My income has doubled in that time and I am loving my job.”

Melody earned an Associate of Applied Science in Data processing from SVCC. After graduating, she was hired as an Administrative Assistant by the Commonwealth Regional Council, which serves five counties. Melody now serves as the Council’s Executive Director.

Jamall, who hails from Blackstone, graduated from SVCC’s Power Line Worker program. He currently works for Southside Electric Cooperative and recently competed in the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s and Equipment Operation Rodeo.

Tara, who graduated from Halifax County High School, pursued a nursing credential through SVCC’s Practical Nursing program. She reports, “Through my training at SVCC, I obtained a good, steady job that I have been employed at for fifteen years!”

LaWanda, a Lawrenceville native, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services along with a Career Studies Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. She currently works as a program manager for parents and teachers and serves as a mentor. “My experience at SVCC was awesome and inspiring,” LaWanda says. “I felt I could go out into the world and do great things.”

If you’d like to read more about these and other former students featured in the Alumni Spotlight, visit Southside.edu.

Then, as your family and friends gather this year to give thanks for life’s blessings, would you do me a favor? Would you ask if anyone has a story to share about the ways SVCC may have helped them pursue their academic or workforce training goals? And, if you think anyone’s story should be shared with the whole community, please let me know. Send your Alumni Spotlight suggestions to me at al.roberts@southside.edu or call 434-949-1000.

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.

2018 4-H Youth Masquerade Dance Highlights

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Greensville/Emporia 4-H hosted a Youth Masquerade Dance (Halloween Themed) at Greensville Country Ruritan Club. Approximately 60 youth and teens from Greensville/Emporia were in attendance. We would like to sincerely thank Greensville County Ruritan Club​ for allowing us to host our event at the clubhouse and for allowing us to use their facility. We would also like to thank Greensville County Sheriff's Office for watching out for us over the course of the night to ensure our youth had a fun and safe night! Also, a huge thank you goes out to adult volunteers and the Greensville/Emporia 4-H Teen Club members for serving as teen leaders during the dance and helping to decorate for the event. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing the night away and making memories with new and old friends.

Greensville/Emporia 4-H is open to all community youth between the ages of 5-19 and their families. 4-H is America’s largest youth development program, which empowers nearly six million young people across the United States with skills to lead for a lifetime. The majority of local 4-H youth development programs are offered at a low-cost or are free-of-charge. Greensville/Emporia 4-H offers youth the opportunity to become positive role models in their community, teen leaders and good citizens, while learning how to cook, eat healthy, exercise, care for animals, care for the environment, participate in 4-H shooting sports, and much more! Contact 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Hannah Parker, at 434-348-4223 or hdp2513@vt.edu to learn more about local 4-H activities.

For more photos from the event, please check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EmporiaGreensville4H

Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson smile for a photo before heading out to the dance floor. Pictured (left to right): Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson

New 4-H friends, Talynn Robinson (left) and Isaiah Williams (right), have fun dancing together and celebrating Halloween at the Masquerade Dance. Pictured (left to right): Talynn Robinson and Isaiah Williams

Trick or Treat? These ladies were ready for Halloween! Pictured from left to right: Jordanne Morgan and Hailey Sowards

Several youth stop to take a photo with friends during the 4-H Masquerade Dance. Pictured from left to right: Mandy Johnson, Jaylen Easley (front), Cashlyn Meade, Jadeyn Mobley, Hailey Sowards, Lenleigh Cifers, Jekya Fields, and Malina Wilson

    

Fun on the dance floor

Interior Department to Commemorate Four Hundred Years of African-American History

Fifteen Federal Commission Members Appointed to Lead the Anniversary Commemoration in 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of a 15-member commission to coordinate the commemoration of the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619.

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission, established by Congress on January 8, 2018, will plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States to recognize and highlight 400 years of African-American contributions. The bill had bipartisan support, and included sponsors from 23 States and the District of Columbia.

“I am honored to appoint this group to oversee such an important milestone in African-American history,” said Secretary Zinke. “As with President Trump’s recent designation creating Camp Nelson National Monument, as well as with the five historic sites designated into the African American Civil Rights Network this past year, this commission will help expand the understanding and appreciation of all facets of African-American history and culture.”

Commission members, many of whom are leaders in the African-American history community, are appointed by the Secretary to serve for the life of the commission, through July 1, 2020. The Secretary received recommendations from governors, members of congress, civil rights and historical organizations, and the Smithsonian Institution. Support for the commission will be provided by the National Park Service. The new commission members include:

  • Mr. Terry E. Brown, Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service, Virginia
  • Mr. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; former President, Chicago Historical Society; Former Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Ron Carson, Founder, Appalachian African-American Cultural Center; Black Lung Program Director, Stone Mountain Health Services, Pennington Gap, Virginia
  • Ms. Kenya Cox, NAACP Kansas State President; Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor, Wichita, Kansas
  • Reverend Nora “Anyanwu” Cox, Minister and Founder, Holy Spirit Healing Ministry; Retired Nurse; Community Advocate and Activist, Wichita, Kansas
  • Dr. Rex Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Former Vice President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Board of Trustees, Fort Monroe Authority, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Mr. Ted Ellis, Artist and Cultural Historian; Art Ambassador, National Juneteenth Organization, Friendswood, Texas (formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Mr. Glenn Freeman, President, Omaha Chapter, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a patriotic, civic organization; retired decorated Air Force Chief Master Sergeant; Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dr. Joseph Green, Jr., Pastor, and Co-Founder Antioch Assembly; Founder/CEO, Josiah Generation Ministries; Founder, The 2019 Movement, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mr. Hannibal Johnson, Attorney, Author, and Independent Consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion/cultural competence issues and non-profit governance, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Mr. Kenneth Johnson, CEO, Johnson, Inc., Richmond-based marketing and communications firm;  Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mr. Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mr. George Martin, Managing Partner, McGuireWoods law firm, Richmond office; Member, 2019 Commemoration (VA) Steering Committee, Richmond, Virginia
  • Dr. Myron Pope, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma; Adjunct Instructor, Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Oklahoma; Advisory Board Member, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Edmond, Oklahoma

“Fort Monroe plays a significant role as the site of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America and later, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War,” said Superintendent Brown. “During this anniversary we are honored to lead the conversation about the resilience and contributions of African Americans, including the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States.”

The commission is expected to begin meeting later this year and begin to encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, economic, and other organizations to come together to participate in anniversary activities.

Ground Broken for new SVCC Learning Resources Center

Those “breaking ground” for the new building at Southside Virginia Community College's Christanna Campus are (Left to Right) Darren Hayes and Keisha Carr, representing Delegate Roslyn Tyler; Bill Thompson of the architectural firm Thompson and Litton; Senator Frank Ruff; Elizabeth Sharrett, Chair of SVCC Local Board; Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President; Barbara Jarrett-Harris, Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors; Robbie Pecht, President of the SVCC Foundation Board; and Brandon Spencer, Executive Vice President for Kenbridge Construction.

Since construction is underway on the new, two-level Student and Learning Resources Center on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, the College Local Board moved the official groundbreaking October 24, 2018 inside as a symbolic celebration of the new structure. The 45,000 square foot, 12-million-dollar building will be home to the relocated library and will have a performance space, food service area, beautiful student study and lounge areas, a workout room for students and employees and a welcome area. It will also house a career center, a veteran’s center, a credentialing center, and an IT networking and security training laboratory. Existing services to be relocated to the facility include student services, financial aid, admissions and records, and IT Services. The Ground Breaking ceremony was held during the annual board event that included many area partners who work to help SVCC meet its goals. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.

City Voters Demand Change, County Voters Happy With Status-quo

Both of the incumbents in City Council Districts One and Seven have been unseated.

Rev. Clifton Threat easily won his race against long term City Council Member Carolyn Carey. Carey, who had previously indicated that she would not run lost to Threat 171-133.

In District 7 Yolanda Hines narrowly defeated Mark Mitchell. Mitchell was appointed to fill the term of Debra Dixon, who moved to another community and was ineligible to serve on the City Council here in Emporia.

Both Threat and Hines ran on a platform of Jobs and the Economy. Hines ran as a Democrat, while Threat ran as an independent and was endorsed by the Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee.

In the race for the Greensville County Board of Supervisors seat left vacant upon the death of Dr. Margaret Lee, William "Bill" Cain is the unofficial winner by a margin of only 10 votes over Richard Pearson, who was also endorsed by the Emporia-Greensville Democrats. Also running in that Board of Supervisors race were recent appointee Jacqueline Jordan (20% vote share) and Andrew Weaver (13% vote share).

In the race for United States Senate, Tim Kaine won reelection over Corey Stewart by a large margin. As the race progressed Stewart released several ads that have been called gear-mongering and pandering. Kaine won statewide by a margin of 15 percentage points. Kaine carried the City of Emporia nearly two-to-one and had a 20 percentage point winning margin in Greensville County.

A. Donald McEachin will return to Washington as the member of the United States House of Representatives for the Fourth Congressional District. While the margins of victory in the city and county were very similar to those posted by Senator Kaine, nearly two-to-one and 20 percentage points respectively, the statewide margin of victory was nearly 20 percentage points.

All of the election night results are unofficial until the Wednesday canvass and certification by the local Boards of Election. Given the modern methods of voting, these unofficial results are unlikely to change.

Newcomb-Smith House on Christmas Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club is excited to include the home of Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith on the Christmas Home Tour to be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. It is a home that many locals are familiar with and will be thrilled to see all the antiques throughout the home. It is located at 208 Church Street.

Sometimes referred to as the “Tillar House,” or the “Virginia Green House,” the two story, brick colonial house situated on the northeast corner of Church and Ingleside streets, was built in 1928 by William T, Tillar, Jr. and member of a prominent Emporia family. From what can be determined, the original home had four rooms downstairs, four rooms upstairs, three and a half bathrooms and a full, walk-out basement. In the 1940’s, Mr. Tillar added a two story addition to the back of the house. The top story of the addition, which is on the same level as the main floor of the original dwelling, is a large, eat-in kitchen with a walk-in pantry, laundry closet and half bath. The bottom story is a single car garage accessible from Ingleside Street, and is open to the basement.

In the 1990’s, another two story addition was added to the back of the previous addition by Virginia Green, a former Zigfield Follies girl who owned the house at that time. The upper level of this addition is a large bedroom and bathroom.  A recreation room is below.

The present day home, purchased in 2011 by current owners, Steve Smith and Kenny Newcomb, features four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, an eat-in kitchen, recreation room, two additional half baths, an office, a garage and a basement.

    

The interior of the home is eclectically decorated with a mixture of old and new furnishings of different styles and materials collected over the past thirty years by the owners.  When entering the home through the front door, the formal dining room is accessed through the French doors to the left. Featured here is a large, leaded crystal chandelier purchased in Germany by its original owner. Displayed in the china cabinets are many pieces of Noritake and Occupied Japan china, Waterford crystal and silver.

To the right, is the formal living room. The focal point of the room is the cherry baby grand piano. Built-in shelves, a serpentine curio cabinet, and the fireplace mantel display many interesting objects, books and lamps, many of which are vintage. Many family photographs and an original oil painting can also be found here. French doors next to the fireplace lead out to the columned screened porch which runs the depth of the original part of the house.

Toward the back of the house and to the left is the family room, a rectangular shaped room with a three-sided bump-out. The décor here is oak, leather and iron. A stained glass window set into the sixteen inch thick wall separating the family room and kitchen gives an added touch of color. Some of the artwork on the walls here are prints by local artists.

The remaining two rooms on the main floor of the house are the large eat-in kitchen and the master bedroom. Shelves in the kitchen display more objects collected over the years: figurines, cookie jars, decanters, and even an old juke box controller. A door at the back of the kitchen leads to the master bedroom, a large room with its own bathroom and walk-in closet. The room is decorated with a mix of antique and traditional style furniture.

Ken and Steve look forward to showing you their beautifully decorated home. A must see.

Others whose homes on tour are Mary Ann Renner, John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons, and Fortsville, proprietors, David and Jessica Yoder.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

Saturday Auction Could Be Record Breaker

Potential to be the city’s largest ever storage auction

EMPORIA, VA – An upcoming auction at Emporia Storage could produce a record number of units for sale, marking the most ever auctioned in the city in a single day.

The treasure hunt is on as Emporia Storage has a unit auction scheduled at its three facilities in the city beginning at 10 a.m. on , Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Climate-controlled units are also expected to be included. A common thought among seasoned storage unit buyers is that climate-controlled units can contain higher-quality items that the owner felt deserved weather protection. While that cannot be guaranteed in this auction, it is often true.

The auction will begin at Emporia Storage office headquarters at 315 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847, next to BB&T, then move to the units on East Atlantic Street across from Georgia Pacific and finish up at its third location at 623 South Main Street across from 7-11.

Current expectations are that this auction will see more units sold than ever before in one day at Emporia Storage or anywhere in the city. Multiple units will be auctioned. The exact number of units will not be available until the day before the auction, but current trends are predicting several dozen at least. During this cash only sale, the belongings of delinquent storage units are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees.

Gates open at 9 a.m. for registration. The auction begins at 10 a.m. In this absolute auction, units will be sold "as is, where is" and contents must be removed by the winning bidder by 6 p.m. that day. A 15% buyers’ premium will apply. Please bring your own locks, as you are responsible for security of your units upon winning the bid.

The auction will be conducted by Carla Cash Harris, Emporia, Va., (434) 594-4406, VA License # 2907004352, a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. For more information, call Carla or Emporia Storage at (434) 634-2919.

Jackson-Feild Children Conduct Breast Cancer Walk

The residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services conducted an annual Breast Cancer Walk for the past five years. This year the event was held on October 30th.

Students in the on-campus Gwaltney School studied in advance the impact and effects of breast cancer has on women’s health. They prepared posters that were posted around the campus on this topic.

Some of the children’s lives have been touched by breast cancer and their posters were more personal.

Residents and staff gathered on a bright, crisp October morning to walk around the circular drive around the campus several times. 

Funds were raised which were donated to help women who are suffering from this dreaded disease.

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