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Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

 

Job#: 2017-10

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2017-10
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org

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  1. Obituary-Jerry Sykes Brown

    Jerry Sykes Brown, 65, of Carson, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Norma Twisdale Brown; two daughters, Kelly Brown Dunne and husband, Sebastian and Jessica Brown Shindler and husband, Philip; one son, Charles Norwood Mingroni; two grandchildren, Emmett Brady Dunne and Ava Jolene Shindler; his mother, Jessie Sykes Brown; two brothers, Clifford M. “Chipper” Brown and wife, Lary Ann and Kenneth Michael Brown; a sister, Sherry Brown Barnes and husband, Curtis; two nieces, Ansley Brown Allen and husband, Winfield and Melanie Barnes Sheldon and husband, Matt and a nephew, Nicholas Grant Barnes and wife, Jenni. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his father, George Feild Brown and his half-brother, George Feild Brown, Jr. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3 at High Hills Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  2. Obituary-Annie L. Lambert

    Annie L. Lambert was born on May 29, 1947 in Emporia, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Geraldine Allen and James L. Brown. In the evening hours of Wednesday, December 24, 2014,she greeted the angel who entered her room at Emporia Manor to dispatch her soul to the land of eternal rest.

    Annie was educated in the Baltimore, Maryland Private Schools. She was a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

    Annie leaves to cherish her memories her husband; Willie J. Lambert Sr. of Emporia, Virginia, five children; TyRon Lambert of Atlanta, GA, Willie J. Lambert (Kim) of Maryland, Sherry Lynn Avery (James) of Maryland, James Lambert, Pam Lambert of Richmond, VA, four sisters; Phyllis A. Watson (Jessie) of Emporia, VA, Kim Waller (Franklin) of Maryland, Charlene Branch (Melvin) of Emporia, Virginia, and Mary Parker (James) of Emporia, Virginia, five brothers; Junius Woodley (deceased), Altonia Brown (Karen) of Baltimore, Maryland, Masceo Brown of Maryland, Carlos Brown of Emporia, Virginia and Micky Brown (Treva) of Maryland, a devoted friend; Kim Graham and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

    Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of R. E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend George Johnson, Officiating, Eulogist. Internment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

    The staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia, are in charge of the arrangements.



    www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

  3. KAINE BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION BILL BECOMES LAW

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, abipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), was signed into law by President Obama today following passage by both houses of Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 last week. The legislation reauthorizes a National Park Service program that partners with landowners to preserve Civil War battlefields at risk of being lost to haphazard development.  It will make Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefield sites eligible as well.  Kaine first announced the legislation at Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg Battlefield in May 2013.

    “Virginia is home to battlefields on which American soldiers gave their last full measure of devotion to bring about the nation we know today.  Passage of this legislation helps preserve that land, allowing future generations to visit and reflect on our history,” said Kaine.  “While it would be worth passing this legislation on that basis alone, battlefield preservation also helps drive local economies in small towns and helps preserve the rural character of fast-growing communities in our Commonwealth.  I applaud my colleague Senator Cochran and our House partners Congressmen Wittman and Holt for the bipartisan cooperation that led to passage of this bill.”

    “We are enormously grateful for Senator Kaine’s efforts to have this legislation included in the National Defense Authorization Act, and I commend him for his ongoing commitment to ensuring the protection of our nation’s battlefields,” said Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer.  “We are blessed to have him as a staunch ally working towards our shared goals.  His visionary leadership is directly responsible for the protection of thousands of acres of hallowed ground, both across Virginia and nation-wide.”   

    This program has preserved 24,000 acres of at-risk Civil War battlefield land in 16 states, including 11,500 acres in Virginia – more than any other state.  A 2013 study found that compared to average tourists, tourists visiting Civil War battlefields stay twice as long and spend double the money. Kaine pushed for passage of the bill throughout the year, and, as Governor, worked with the General Assembly to support the program at the state level.

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  4. Obituary-Cleaton Edward Malone, Jr.

    Cleaton Edward Malone, Jr. of Jarratt passed peacefully on December 30, 2014 at the age of 67.He is survived by one daughter, Tara Lee Malone-Menendez; her husband Joe Menendez; one son,Christopher Edward Malone; his wife Susan and three grandchildren; Olivia Lee Menendez; Claire Elizabeth Malone andAnna Catherine Malone. All his friends new him as Ed and he was known by all as a kind person. Visitation will be held at Owens Funeral Home Thursday the 1st of January from 6pm to 8pm.Funeral services will be held January 2nd  at Main Street Baptist Church of Emporia at 11am and followed by a private graveside service.
  5. Community Readers Return to GES

    In December, the Community Readers shared holiday stories with the students in their homerooms. Students were filled with excitement as they listened to the stories.  We are grateful for all the volunteer readers who continue to share their love of books and reading with our students.

        

        

        

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  6. Local Groups Receive Donations

    Woodmen of the World made donations to three local Community Groups on Monday, December 1.  Woodmen of The World gives so generously to community projects that make such a difference in the Emporia/Greensville area.

    Brenda Pultz receives a donation for Relay For Life from Carl Connell representing Woodmen of the World. 

    Marva Dunn receives a donation for the Family Violence/Domestic Abuse Unit from Carl Carl Connell representing Woodmen of the World. 

    Nancy Mitchell receives a donation for Hospice from Carl Connell representing Woodmen of the World. 

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  7. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS TEAM UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE

    EMPORIA, VA – Shortly after its inception during World War II, the American Red Cross Blood Donor services recognized that there was a need for blood and blood products in times of peace as well as in war.  This observation lead to the establishment of the first nationwide civilian blood program.  Today, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 15.7 million units each year.   This accounts for more than 40 percent of all blood supplied to patients in hospitals across the country.   

    As one of more than 2700 hospitals nationwide who depend on the American Red Cross (ACR) for blood and blood products for our patients, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center recently hosted a holiday blood drive with a goal of 20 units.  Although the number of participants exceeded the goal of 20 units, the actual number of units collected was 19, falling just short of the goal.  A BIG thank you to everyone who attended!

    For more information on the American Red Cross or to locate a collection event near you log on to www.redcrossblood.org.

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  8. There’s still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and southern virginia regional medical center can help

    If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

    The Affordable Care Act required that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty is applied to annual taxable income for each month without health insurance after February 15, 2015, the last day to enroll.

    Based on household income and dependents, health insurance coverage may be available at no cost through Medicaid. For those who do not qualify for Medicaid, coverage may be available on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    That is where Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) can help!  The applications counselors at SVRMC can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine eligibility for Medicaid or other insurance options, as well as assist with the enrollment process

    Enrollment counselors are available Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment by calling 434-348-4406.  Beginning January 6th, SVRMC will hold Enrollment Fairs in the Registration Department every Tuesday from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM throughout the open enrollment period (enrollment fairs will end on 2/10/15).  During this time enrollment counselors will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the enrollment process.  Those interested should bring proof of residency or a driver’s license, proof of income (pay stub or W2) for all family members applying, and the social security number of anyone who is applying.

    For more information regarding qualifying for any type of health insurance coverage, contact Nicole Mitchell at 434-348-4406.

  9. A Message from Senator Warner

     

    As 2014 comes to an end, we finally saw some signs of bipartisanship in Congress: majorities in both the House and the Senate approved an 11th hour spending agreement and a number of bipartisan bills were approved. While the House and Senate budget agreement was far from perfect, it did honor last year’s bipartisan agreement to limit federal spending and we have reduced our federal deficit. It also removed the danger of another disruptive government shutdown, which would have hit Virginia harder than any other state.

    Additionally, the Virginia delegation worked together to make sure the spending agreement protected many of our shared priorities: 

     

    • We supported our nation’s security and protected thousands of Virginia shipyard jobs by getting funds for the overhaul of the Navy aircraft carrier George Washington.

       
    • We protected funding for capital improvements to the aging METRO transit system.

       
    • And we strengthened the federal partnership to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. I also was proud to partner on successful legislation to increase transparency and accountability to help us defend what we’re already spending to clean-up the Bay. 

       

    During the 113th Congress, I also successfully enacted into law some commonsense legislation to make government work better for you.

    • Our DATA Act will make it possible for you to track every dollar of federal spending on a single website.

       
    • We also got a law passed to begin eliminating dozens of outdated and redundant federal reports – reports that employees and agencies produce every year, but which nobody ever reads. 

       
    • I’m also proud we approved reforms at the Veterans Administration, including my proposal to have leading Virginia technology companies provide a blueprint to improve customer and patient service at the V-A. I’ll stay on top of this to see that our veterans receive the services and respect they deserve.

       

    When the Senate reconvenes in the new year under new management, I remain hopeful we will focus on ways we can work together to strengthen the economic recovery and create jobs. 

    • We should take advantage of low interest rates to jumpstart infrastructure investments, creating jobs by partnering with the private sector to repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and airports. 

       
    • I have a series of ideas and several bipartisan partners lined-up to push to make college more affordable, and make student debts more manageable, because no one should go broke going to college.

       
    • We also need to look for ways to cut the red tape and lower the barriers for folks to launch their own businesses. Most of our country’s new jobs come from start-up ventures, and we should do all we can to promote innovators and entrepreneurs.

       

    It is the honor of my life to represent Virginia, first as your Governor and now in the Senate, and if I can ever be of help to you and your family, please contact me. 



    I hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season.

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  10. Obituary-Dorothy Lee Delbridge Sykes

    Dorothy Lee Delbridge Sykes, 91, of Emporia passed away on December 23, 2014.  She was the widow of Gilbert A. Sykes, Sr.  She is survived by her daughter Sonja Sykes Soles and husband Billy; sons Gilbert A. Sykes, Jr. and James Randolph Sykes; grandchildren Bryan Soles, Steve Soles, Christen Parrish, Mark Lee, Stephanie Rawlings, Jennifer Sykes and John Sykes and 12 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Friday, 7-8:30pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, 2pm, in Emporia Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  11. Salem Baptist Church Goes Caroling

     
    The Salem Baptist Church Praise Dance Team went Caroling to Greensville & Emporia Manor Nursing Homes!  The Dancers did a Great Job of Sharing GOD'S love. Merry Christmas!
  12. Jaycees Christmas Parade Slideshow

  13. City Employees "Adopt" Family

    City Employees "adopted" a local family and helped to brighten their Christmas!

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  14. Christmas Story Entries and Winners!

    The first annual Emporia News Christmas Story Contest had only three entries, all of which are in this article.  Two of the stories were about Emporia and one about Hope, Arkansas.  The request for stories asked specifically for stories about Christmas in Emporia, and as the prizes are specific to business in Emporia.  Instead of voting on two stories to award two prizes, I am awarding both Emporia stories.  There was one more entry, but the attached story was a blank document and I didn't get the story by publishing time.  Thank you to Moe Ghassemi of Arby's and Faye Elliott of Paws and Purrs for providing the prizes for this contest.

    Amber Woodward's Entry (Winner of a $25 gift card to Paws and Purrs in Emporia)

    I have lived to see 24 Christmases and each one has a different memory. The one that is most memorable to me would have to be Christmas 2005. This particular Christmas was the last Christmas I spent with my dad. Unbeknownst to me, my father wouldn't make it to see another Christmas.

    We always did our Christmas on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day we would go to my Grandma's house. I especially remember this one  because my dad gave me the most beautiful pair of gold hoop earrings with 3 stones in them. Each stone was the color of my birthstone. They were so beautiful and delicate. I was scared to even try to unhook them because I thought I would break them. My dad decided that since I was 16 that it was time for me to have something really nice because he felt that now I was of age to take good care of them.

    It all started as we were opening our gifts. I got clothes, body wash, perfume, games, and much more. Just when I thought we were done, my dad called me into the kitchen. When I got in there he held out his hand and told me that he had one last present to hand out and it was for me. I took it out his hand and carefully unwrapped it. Inside were the most beautiful earrings I had ever seen. My dad was never the type of person to go jewelry shopping so to receive a gift from him like this was extra special. I fell in love with them and kept them safe.

    As I look back at this Christmas I think back to the moment in the kitchen. I now have a different memory than the earrings. I think back to that day as the last Christmas I had with my father and that special bonding moment we had. He passed away 6 months later and it hasn't been the same since. Christmas 2005 will always be my most memorable Christmas, not only because of the earrings but because I got to spend it with someone very special; my dad!

    Crazy Christmas Family Gathering - Entry by Sabra Davis (winner of a $25 gift card to Arby's of Emporia)

    The best Christmas my brother and I have spent in Emporia, VA is when we got to visit most of my family at my Grandmother’s house. Now, this doesn’t seem too special when you first read about it, but to be able to see our family all at once is a very big thing. You see dear readers, our grandmother, my dad’s mother, has had 18 children, my father being the youngest, and he hasn’t even met all of them himself because he is the youngest and most had moved out by that time.

    To get back on the topic, I wanted to say this is my favorite Christmas since moving here because my family is hilarious and they are all insane! My Uncle dressed up as Santa every year and told stories to the kids. He even tried to tell the older kids he was Santa! My youngest brother, Josh, used to loooove his cowboy boots! He just knew he was going to grow up to be a real life cowboy so when he was bad Uncle Lowell... I mean Santa would yell at him ‘you better be good our Santa will steal your boots!” Sure enough he stopped because he wasn’t going to dare get those boots taken from him.

    Another great Holiday Memory I have is when we all got together to decorate the tree after moving. You see, someone had bought the land we lived on and we had to move on December 15th. Extremely short notice for the holiday season, anyway we tried hard to keep the holiday spirit and one of the first things we did was decorating our tree! At first it was a bit grim because in our rush to move out we lost a lot of items at the old house…including boxes upon boxes of other Christmas ornaments and what was left was exactly cream of the crop okay? Our frowns definitely turned upside down when my brother and I discovered this horribly withered Santa Clause ornament. His clothes were torn and he wore shoes made of brown leaves and his beard was scraggly and covering his face. We instantly started with the jokes.

    “This Santa has to be missing some toes living in the North Pole with only leaves on his feet!”

    “No this Santa comes to your house and takes the presents!”

    “This Santa Clause comes to your house and leaves you coal for being good!”

    This continued for hours with the jokes escalating to places you wouldn’t ever imagine! This tickled everyone so much that everybody was smiling, cheeks red and sides hurting from the laughter. The holiday turned around very quickly with just a few jokes.

    Christine Jones' Entry about Christmas 2000 in Hope, Arkansas

    I remember Christmas 2000. I remember because Year 2000 was the year my electricity had been disconnected.  Mine was due to lack of employment.  That was a shameful incident and one I seldom discuss with others.  It was also the year of a terrible snow blizzard.  Folks in Arkansas had been wanting snow and it came in bunches. 

    The first bad night of the blizzard I had gone down to my father’s home.  I noticed my younger brothers were huddled around the wood heater.  They were picking up the telephone and dialing the phone company.  I also noticed my dad had strung up Christmas lights to a battery.  That was when I realized my dad’s electricity was off as well.  My dad’s had been blown out by the blizzard.  Yet, it put him on the same level as myself: without electricity.  That Christmas was a good one.  I got to hold my head up and not be ashamed for lack of working lights. 

    Everybody all over the place were dealing with the same thing.  Some people went to hotels to get working lights.  Others used candles, lamps, or generators.  A few, like my dad, got invented to make lights work.  It took about a week to get everyone up and running again.  During the entire ordeal, I remained calm.  Why?  Well, my lights had been off since July.  Despite the laughter, ridicule, and disrespect—I got a level ‘playing field’ that Christmas.  Most folks were steaming mad.  Me?  I just thanked God for my haves and did not dwell upon a have not. 

    And I guess my dad got his ‘Old Fashion Christmas’ (in my original words):

    Peanuts were roasting on the wood heater’s fire.  Frost bite nipped at my dad’s toes.  Younger brothers’ clatter sounded like a disturbing matter. And I was dressed up for church in my panty hose.  Wish we had some turkey, but there are just beans stirring low.  Rudolph come help with your nose so bright.  We need you to light up the sky tonight…

    Ah yes, it was Christmas 2000.  The year of an Old Fashioned Country Christmas.

  15. SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS – DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES

    RICHMOND – This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Virginia State Police has a message for you:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

    Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement across America will be out in force, Dec. 12, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015, actively searching for drunk drivers. The facts are grim: in December 2012 nationwide there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving.  But on Christmas day 2012, the percentage jumps to 36 percent.

    Over the past five years, Virginia’s alcohol-related traffic fatalities have decreased 20 percent. Injuries resulting from alcohol-related traffic crashes in Virginia have decreased 15 percent during the same period, from 2009 to 2013.*

    “The fact that alcohol-related deaths and injuries on Virginia’s highways are decreasing is encouraging, but we still need all drivers to get the message,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Drunk driving isn’t a victimless crime. You could kill yourself or someone else, or get a DUI and go to jail. We need every driver to make smart, safe and sober decisions. Let's drive to save lives in these remaining weeks of 2014."

    It’s illegal in Virginia to drive over the limit of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL). And it might not take as much alcohol as you think to get there. So the safest approach is to only drive sober. If you plan on drinking at a holiday party, bar, or restaurant, let someone else do the driving – a sober friend, a taxi or public transportation. 

    Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. It’s one of the primary missions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to drastically reduce this toll on our nation. So as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, Virginia state troopers will be among law enforcement nationwide increasing their number of patrols and participating in DUI checkpoints.

    If you’re drinking and driving, state police will find and arrest you. No warnings, no excuses. You’ll face jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average. Not to mention the humiliation among your family, friends, and workplace.

    In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, it is just as important for everyone to be alert. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away—you could save a life. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely. “We’ve got to work together to make our roads safer this December and year-round,” Flaherty said.

    Some startling data from NHTSA shows that during the holiday season in 2012, 40 percent of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record.  And many offenders are young drivers: during that same holiday period 37 percent of the 21- to 24-year old drivers in fatal crashes were drunk.  Surprisingly, almost 1 out of 6 drivers under the age of 21 in those fatal crashes were also drunk, even though they’re too young to legally buy or consume alcohol.

    “We can’t stand to see this tragic loss of life again and again,” added Flaherty. “It’s heartbreaking to drive up to a house all decorated for the holidays, and knock on the door to deliver such terrible news. So leading up to the holidays, we are really cracking down, and we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road.”

    Area drivers, please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

    • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash.
    • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
    • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or just stay put.

    Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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  16. YMCA Queen For A Day

    Happy Birthay, Miss Ameila!

  17. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STAFF RAISE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS HAPPINESS FUND

    Emporia, VA – In the spirit of the holiday season, the staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) participated in four dress-down, denim days throughout November and December to raise money for the Christmas Happiness Fund.  For these events, employees purchased the right to wear their favorite jeans to work for a donation of $5.00.  Through these efforts, SVRMC staff is pleased to donate a total of $820.00 to this year’s Christmas Happiness Fund.

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  18. Canned Food Drive at Belfield Elementary

    Belfield Elementary's Safety Patrol recently sponsored a canned-foods drive to benefit the Samaritan House.  Over 850 items of non-perishable food were collected over a two week period.  Mrs. Newsome's homeroom class collected the most, with 206 items.

  19. Emporia Native Graduates Police Academy

    On Dec.14,2014, Evan J. Povar graduated from the Police Academy. He is now a Deputy Sheriff in Hanover County.  Evan grew up in Emporia, graduated from GCHS, and attended Belmont Abbey College. He is the son of Donna Nelson and Tedd Povar. He is married to Sylvia, and they have a 2 year old son named Aidan.

  20. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

    (EMPORIA, VA) – Barbara Finch has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for November 2014.  Ms. Finch, who has been employed at SVRMC since March 1983, is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the Emergency Department (ED). 

    Employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior highlighted during that month.  The highlighted Standard of the Month for November is Attitude.  Ms. Finch was nominated from an SVRMC manager outside her department who wrote, “Barbara is always welcoming and kind to everyone.  She has a positive attitude, treats everyone like family, especially patients, and uses AIDET. She is the sweetest, most kind hearted person in the ED and deserves recognition.”

    As SVRMC’s November Employee of the Month, Ms. Finch received a certificate, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers in the ED, a cash prize and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2015 Employee of the Year.

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  21. Missing Black Lab

    Black lab  with white spot on chest missing since Dec 15.Last seen on Grasssy Pond Rd.He 's 1 year old.Very friendly.Toby is his name.Please call  634-4725 or 594-9305 if you have seen him. Thank you.

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  22. Cat Found in Jarratt

    Male, tabby mix, found at the Jarratt Post Office wearing a green/red/white collar
     
    Call Doris Ozmar at 348-4200 to pick up.

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  23. Live Nativity at Main Street Baptist Church

    Members of Main Street Baptist Church presented a live nativity last Wednesday night. Even though it was not as cold as it had been in previous years, the hot chocolate was enjoyed by those in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members, a quick meal was provided. Several shifts, consisting of different member of the church, coordinated their efforts to help celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Locals stopped, pedestrians communicated with the church members, and it almost seemed as if no one wanted to leave. Main Street Baptist Church looks forward to next years live nativity.

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  24. Next Big Step for High School Students

    Tavorise Marks was the guest speaker at the Southside Virginia Community College The Next Big Step event held at the Christanna Campus in Alberta for area high schools.  He was speaking to students from his high school of Brunswick.  Marks is a2002 graduate of Brunswick High School, 2007 graduate of Norfolk State University with a2011 Masters from Old Dominion University(masters degree in Urban Affairs and Planning).
    Currently, 1LT(P) Tavorise Marks is stationed at Fort Belvoir out of the PentagonDomestic Allhazard Response Team (DART).  He advised students to remember three things:  1.  Don't worry about being cool.  2.  Chase the paper (get degrees and certificates and diplomas to prove accomplishments) and 3. To Dream Big.

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  25. Obituary-Claude Allen King

    God’s Divine Will has once again been manifested in our lives as He has summoned the angels to transition our sweet and beloved, Claude Allen King from Life to Eternal Life on Thursday, December 11, 2014. He peacefully left this earthy life to live eternally with God. Knowing that our lives are just a vapor and we did not come here to stay, Claude recognized the voice of his savior calling him from labor to eternal rest and he surrendered.

    Claude was born in Richmond, VA on September 7, 1965 to Donald S. King and the Arnette A. King. He received his education from the Richmond Public School System. He held various jobs which included Qualex Corp., Roadside Furniture, Boar’s Head and Wal-Mart. His hobbies included painting, car detailing, and laying carpet.

    Claude met Patricia Webb and they were together for twenty-five years. They were united in Holy Matrimony on October 19, 2007. To this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters; Talesha Danielle and Tamia Latrice King,

    Claude was preceded in death by his mother; Arnette A. King and a brother; Donald King, Jr.

    He leaves to cherish his memories his wife; Patricia King, two daughters; Talesha and Tamia King, his father; Donald S. King, Sr., four special children he considered his own; Ashlei Harrison and Jalyn, Joi and James Joyner, three sisters; Ashley Wright, Lisa and Cassandra King, one brother; Karl (Tamesha) King, mother and father-in-law; Mildred and Johnnie Webb, Jr., four sisters-in-law; Pamela McBeth, Priscilla Butts, Veronica Holmes and Amanda Bradley-Seaborne, two brothers-in-law; Christopher (Tayna) Webb and Patrick (Natarsha) Webb and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

    A Celebration Of Life for Mr. Claude A. King will be conducted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Royal Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend Nathan Brooks, Pastor. Pastor Reginald Goodman, Eulogist.

    Mr. King will be laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

    The staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia, are in charge of the arrangements.

    www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

  26. Christmas Eve Service Celebrates 35 Years

    On December 21, 2014 High Hills Baptist Church will have its thirty-fifth annual Candlelight Christmas Communion at 4:00 p.m. This popular service was begun in 1979 by the then pastor of the congregation, the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Wyatt.

    This year, Dr. Wyatt, retired pastor living in Emporia, will conduct the service, will preach the sermon, and will be the celebrant at the communion service.

    Bringing special music will be Ms. Leary Davis.  Ms. Davis is a graduate of Brunswick Academy, Longwood University, and now is a graduate student in voice at East Carolina University.

    Serving as lectors will be Mrs. Pat Warf, reading the Old Testament Lesson, Isaiah 9:2-7; Mr. Tony Gainey, reading the Epistle Lesson, Titus 2:11-14; and Mrs. Connie Grizzard, reading the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-14.

    The Pianist for the service will be Mr. Ken Warf and the Deacons of the congregation will service as candle-lighters.  An offering will be received for support of the Good Samaritan Helping Hands Home of Emporia.

    The public is cordially invited to this service.

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  27. SVCC Spring 2015 New Student Orientation: NSO 2.0

    Southside Virginia Community College’s spring semester orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 7th on both main campuses, the Christanna Campus in Alberta and the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

    Students may arrive as early at 9:30 a.m. to the Workforce Development Building on the Daniel Campus or the Little Theater room B-13 on the Christanna Campus to register and to pick up an information packet.  The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and will include refreshments and a variety of door prizes!

    New students are encouraged to R.S.V.P. to this exciting event by visiting the “New Student Orientation” webpage on the college’s website, www.southside.edu/orientation.

    Students will have the opportunity to meet other SVCC students, staff and faculty as well as attend information sessions to learn more about SVCC services.

    Students who have not completed the admissions process will have the chance to finish the final steps to becoming an SVCC student. The New Student Orientation program is hosted by Student Services on each campus of SVCC.

    For additional information about the Christanna campus New Student Orientation experience please call Vondrenna Smithers, Student Activities Coordinator located in Alberta, VA at 434-949-1028.

    For more information about the John H. Daniel campus New Student Orientation experience please contact Le’Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator located in Keysville, VA at 434-736-2023.  New students may also visit the NSO website at www.southside.edu/orientation.

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  28. B. A. Librarian Attends Conference

    Brunswick Academy Librarian, Cassandra Smith, attended the 2014 Annual Conference for VaASL (Virginia Association of School Librarians) in November. 
     
    The conference focused on learning about the newest ways to use technology in the library, develop exciting lesson plans and locate great resources.  Mrs. Smith purchased 3 new sets of books for the B.A. Library & had them signed by Children's Author,  Kimberly P. Johnson, Illustrator, Cheryl Shaw Barnes and Children's Author, Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Pictured is Mrs. Smith and some of B.A.'s 2nd Grade students.

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  29. More Greetings from Bruce and Phyllis Campbell

    Good day to the Emporia-Greensville community,
     
    As past residents of the area, we want to say once again THANKS to all the folks who welcomed us to the area beginning in 1999.  All of you made our transition easier than expected.  Over the time period of September 1999 thru February 2014, we met many of you and became friends and acquaintances. At this time of year we want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..
     
    This past Saturday we videoed a Christmas parade held in Surfside Beach and have included it for your seasonal enjoyment.  The daytime parade included many floats. 
     

     
    Once again, thanks for everything and Happy Holidays.
     
    Bruce and Phyllis Campbell

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  30. New Riparian Miniature Now Available

    A beautiful new miniature of Calvary Baptist Church has been ordered from Cat's Meow and is expected any day.This miniature shows the back and side of Calvary as well as the front entrance.  Orders may be placed by calling Glenda Rawlings at 634-3215 or Evelyn Ewing at 434-634-9227 or 434-594-4198.  All miniatures are $25 and may be seen at 115 Walnut Circle, Emporia.  This miniature will be a treasured gift for Christmas, birthdays or any special gift.
  31. Holiday Sanitation Schedules

     

    CITY OF EMPORIA

    CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

    SANITATION SCHEDULE

    RESIDENTIAL SERVICE:  TRASH, BULK/YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING

    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014                                     Monday, December 22, 2014

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014                                Monday, December 22, 2014

    Thursday, December 25, 2014                                    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Friday, December 26, 2014                                        Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    ALL WASTE MUST BE PLACED AT STREET FOR REMOVAL BY 7:00 A.M. ON COLLECTION DAY.

    COMMERCIAL SERVICE

    NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2014

    LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION

    NO COLLECTION

     

    NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAY

    SANITATION SCHEDULE

    RESIDENTIAL SERVICE:  TRASH, BULK/YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING

    NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014                                     Monday, December 29, 2014

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014                                Monday, December 29, 2014

    Thursday, January 1, 2015                                          Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Friday, January 2, 2015                                              Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    ALL WASTE MUST BE PLACED AT STREET FOR REMOVAL BY 7:00 A.M. ON COLLECTION DAY.

    COMMERCIAL SERVICE

    NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015

    CHRISTMAS TREES CAN BE PLACED ON STREET FOR REMOVAL ON SCHEDULED COLLECTION DAY.  PLEASE REMOVE ALL DECORATIONS, STANDS AND WIRE.

     

    THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS TO REFRAIN FROM PUTTING TRASH OUT AFTER THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULED COLLECTION.

     

     

    SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SITES

    SCHEDULE OF OPERATIONS

     

    Site #

    Location Address

    CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

    NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY

     

     

    Wed

    12/24/14

    Thurs

    12/25/14

    Fri

    12/26/14

    Wed

    12/31/14

    Thurs

    1/1/15

    Fri

    1/2/15

    #1

    4525 Little Low Ground Rd

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #2

    1340 Low Ground Rd

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #3

    2120 Moores Ferry Rd

    Skippers, VA

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #4

    6340 Brink Rd

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #5

    Barley: 12320 Brink Rd

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #6

    Washington Park

    85 Fairground Rd

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #7

    1723 Sussex Drive

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #8

    80 Carter Rd

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #9

    3600 Purdy Road

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #10

    3389 Allen Road

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    7am-4pm

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    #11

    8315 Purdy Road

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

    CLOSED

    CLOSED

    OPEN

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  32. Obituary-Mary Etta Batten Jones

    Mary Etta Batten Jones is the daughter of the late Beulah Lee Allen and Richard Allen. She was born in Whitakers, North Carolina on February 20, 1932.

    At an early age, Mary’s family moved from Whitakers to Suffolk, Virginia with the railroad. Mary’s father employment transferred him to Emporia where the family made their home. Mary attended the Greensville County Public School System and Edgecombe County, North Carolina Schools. The family attended Mount Calvary Holiness Church when they first arrived in Emporia because it was in walking distance. Mary served as secretary of the Sunday School. After the family purchased a home on the Southside of town, the family united with Shiloh Baptist Church. Mary was baptized under the leadership of the late Reverend E.J. Vaughan. She served as an usher and chairperson of the Hospitality Committee. She later united with her son, the late Deacon Garry Allen, with the Rising Star Baptist Church Family. She remained there faithfully until her health declined.

    Mary was united in marriage to the late Estea Franklin and in 1969 to the late George H. Jones. Together, they reared five children. Two preceded her in death; Garry and Rhoda

    Mary was active in her community. She moved to the Falling Run Community in 1970 and organized the residents to come together and advocate for paved streets. Through her efforts along with the late Honorable Garland Fasion, former Board of Supervisor member, St. John Street, Salem Drive and Vincent Drive were all paved and now maintained by VDOT. She was employed with Southampton Textile and assisted with organizing a Union and served as President. She was also a member of the Greenvilles NAACP Unit. Mary and her late husband George were chartered members of American Legion Post 151 and the Auxiliary. Mary served as President of the Auxiliary for several years and was involved in several activities on the local and state level . Mary also loved her neighbors and especially the children. She always kept snacks for the neighborhood kids who would come to her house throughout the day getting their daily treats. She would also spend most Sunday evenings walking through the neighborhood, visiting the sick and shut in. She never drove a car but was the first one at an event or church.

    Left to hold fond memories close to their hearts are one son; Kirby of Emporia, Virginia, two daughters; Debra (Richard) of Emporia, Virginia and Cheryl of the home, one granddaughter; Richanda Brown of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, one great-granddaughter; Synari Reynolds, one step-daughter; Marie Jones of Richmond, Virginia, one step-granddaughter; Andrea Jones of Richmond, Virginia, one brother; Estee Pittman of Rocky Mount North Carolina and several nieces, cousins and friends.

    Homegoing Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12 NOON at Rising Star Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend Colonius Avent, Pastor.

    Mrs. Jones will be laid to rest in the Rising Star Church cemetery.

    The staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia, are in charge of the arrangements.

    www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

  33. Meherrin Regional Library System Holiday Schedule

    The Meherrin Regional Library System will observe the following schedule this holiday season:

    Wednesday, December 24 – Library Open 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Thursday, December 25 through Saturday, December 27 – Closed for Christmas Holiday

    Thursday, January 1 through Saturday, January 3 – Closed for New Year’s Holiday

    For more information please contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the W.E. Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539.

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  34. Obituary-Marvin Harmond Singleton

    On July 28, 1945, the sun rose and an angel was born named Marvin Harmond Singleton to the late Frank and Mary Eva Singleton in Emporia, Virginia.]

    Marvin accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Royal Baptist Church. He retired from Toll Brothers after many years of service. When his health began to fail, God sent an angel, Maybell Taylor Whitson, a loving mother of two children, to take him in. She cared for him until he departed this life on December 5, 2014. He loved riding his bicycle and visiting his family.

    Marvin was preceded in death by three sisters; Sarah R. Allen, Alma Sumerll, and Elmon Wilson Person and three brothers; William E. Wilson Jr., Donald F. Singleton and Leonard Singleton.

    Marvin leaves to cherish his memories three sons; Marvin Barnes (Jackie) of Texas, Marvin Taylor and Dexter Taylor (Tasha) both of Emporia, VA, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister; Nancy M. Williams of Emporia, VA and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.

    Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Services in Emporia, Virginia. Apostle James H. Tucker, Officiating. Internment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

    The staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia, are in charge of the arrangements.  www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

  35. Obituary-Rosa Grizzard Powell Ferguson

    Rosa Grizzard Powell Ferguson, 96, of Petersburg, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Annie Mae Talbott Grizzard. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jesse Powell and Wilson Ferguson; her grandsons, Eddie Thrailkill and Gerald Tomlinson, and eight brothers and sisters. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia and attended Lighthouse Baptist Church, Petersburg. Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a daughter, Ida Hartsoe; her two granddaughters, Yvonne Thompson and Vivian Padgett (Rodger), whom she raised as her own children; two grandsons, Michael Tombs (Karla) and Harry Thrailkill (Julie); granddaughter, Wanda Brooks (Rodney); ten great-grandchildren and twelve great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Doris Mayes, Gertrude Walwer, Minnie Sue Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M Friday December 12, 2014 in the Petersburg Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road with Pastor Ron Short officiating. Entombment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Thursday December 11, 2014 at the funeral home. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

  36. SVCC Workforce Partners with American Buildings For Specific Job Training

    Southside Virginia Community College is partnering with  American Buildings  Company to offer skill training for specific jobs at the company.  The LaCrosse, Virginia business is interested in having a workforce trained in Computer Aided Drafting. 

    SVCC will begin offering a Career Studies Certificate in this discipline in January of 2015 with a total of 19 credit hours needed for successful completion.  Courses include Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Technical Writing, Computer Aided Modeling and Rendering, Team Concepts and Problem Solving and Applied Technical Mathematics. 

    These skills will help in preparing applicants for the job of Steel Detailer/BIM Modeler at the local site.  The job entails creation of construction drawings using specialized software, generating drawings and reports, bill of materials for field construction, designing and troubleshooting standardized steel framing conditions and ensuring quality.

    “American Buildings Company a division of Nucor, is committed to staying in the forefront of building technology as we increase our capacity in LaCrosse Virginia.  As we continue to expand career opportunities the SVCC workforce development is helping by providing training for highly qualified candidates with knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting at our Virginia office.  Nucor teammates enjoy excellent benefits, profit sharing and highly competitive wages along with pay for performance bonuses.  American Buildings Company, is proud to be a division of Nucor the largest producer of steel and steel products in North America.”, Cindy Kirby, Human Resource Coordinator.

    American Buildings is one of the largest and most experienced manufacturers of custom engineered steel building systems in the world.

    Classes start in January of 2015 at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill.  For more information, contact the LCAKC at 434-955-2252.

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  37. Cookie Sale Saturday

    RELAY FOR LIFE HOMEMADE COOKIE SALE

    FROM 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

    AT: 13085 PALESTINE ROAD STONY  CREEK, VA 23882

    LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR HOLIDAY BAKING

    WE WILL HAVE ALL TYPES OF COOKIES AND CANDY

    STOP IN TO SEE US

    TEAM SHARON'S MISSION OF HOPE

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  38. Volunteer Sewing Instructor(s) Needed

    The Greensville/ Emporia 4-H office is looking for a volunteer(s) who is passionate about 4-H, youth, sewing and can use a sewing machine to lead a short-term 4-H sewing club. We seek adults who can assist youth with developmental sewing skills to use a sewing machine for simple sewing projects. The volunteer(s) must be energetic, enthusiastic and motivated individuals who can develop and conduct a bi-weekly basic sewing instruction for our 4-Her’s who are interested in learning how to use a sewing machine and learn the basics of sewing. The club is short term and will only meet 2 times a month starting March 2015 and concluding May 2015. If you are interested, please call the Greensville/ Emporia Extension Office @ 434-348-4223. Ask for Drexel W. Pierce, Jr.

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  39. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD AMERICAN RED CROSS HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE

    ***BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY!***

    EMPORIA, VA – For years, the phrase “Give the Gift of Life” has been associated with blood donation.  This statement couldn’t be more accurate!  During this holiday season, consider giving a gift that will cost less than an hour of your time, and save the lives of up to three people.  Want to help?  All you need is a willingness to donate, two forms of identification, to be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.       

    Join the staff of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) at their American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive on Monday, December 22nd from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Sandy Webb, Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at 434-348-4447.

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  40. Books Donated to SVCC Students

    Angela Marie Carter, author of Memory Chose A Woman's Body and Southside Virginia Community College graduate from Alberta, Virginia has donated 12 of her books to the college.Quoted from Amazon.com where her book is sold," it is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice."  Carter credits SVCC with helping her to find her voice and giving opportunities that have helped to lead to her success.  She recently visited the campus for a poetry reading and to mentor students who now walk the halls she once inhabited.  She donated these books to give back to her community and her college.  Students who are members of the Empowered Women's Organization on the Christanna Campus gathered to welcome Carter's book to campus and they are (Front Row, Left to Right) Raven Stigall of Blackstone, Christina Hippert of Emporia, Maria Hayes of Blackstone, Kaylin Weise of Baskerville, Kristen Thorpe of Gasburg and (Second row, L to R) Taylo Harrison of Emporia, Keydra Rosser of Lawrenceville, Michaela McGhee of Blackstone, Torri Long of Freeman,  Kalia Moore of Lawrenceville and Jasmine Price of Gasburg  and Back Row, from the Christanna Campus :Bernadette Battle, Director of Counseling, Vondrenna Smithers, Students Activities Coordinator, and Marika Peterson, Librarian. 

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  41. Special Report From Bruce Campbell-Santa Sighting on the Beach

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  42. Another Letter to Santa

    Dear Santa,

    I hope everything is well in the North Pole, I'm sure you are very busy.  I've been a good boy this year and would like to ask for a BIG dinosaur, a robot, some trucks, and maybe some new crayons.  Mama says they need to be washable, as I like to draw on the walls sometimes.  Anyways, thank you Santa and safe travels this year.

    Love,

    Justin Wright

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  43. Letter-Reader Weighs In

    Surprisingly to perhaps many who read this, I have no problem with your stated defense of your having chosen a "Happy Holidays" banner as opposed to one that said "Merry Christmas".  You have exercised your First Amendment right to both make that choice, and then to defend yourself when attacked for having done so. And with regard to the latter, I have no reason to doubt your sincerity.

    I could, of course, nitpick some of what you wrote, such as why you chose to capitalize some of your words from a grammatical standpoint, and one in particular--"Atheism"--from a more complex reason (it implies simply a disbelief in a creator or a god and is in no way worthy of being capitalized). I also would not have used the "sic" notation for a couple of reasons: First, many readers don't even know what it implies; and secondly, I regard it as an unnecessary distraction and somewhat of an insult to the writer of the piece at hand. But as to the meat of the matter--your defending your position and your reasons for that position--you explained yourself quite clearly.

    Truthfully, I, like this particular reader, and many other followers of our Lord and Savior, am offended at the ever-increasing trend to take Christ out of Christmas. Perhaps the stupidest effort to do so was also the latest, that being an initial decision by a school's leadership to halt the practice of a group from its school attending an annual presentation of "The Nutcracker", solely because a "Christmas" tree was one of the props on the stage.

    That latter example illustrates simple stupidity and is so typical of the symptoms of what is at the heart of the mounting lunacy in America today, all of which are bringing about the ever-increasing demise of a nation that has long served as a beacon to the world. But it is not the symptoms that need our attention; it is the core godlessness of our nation and its people.

    Likewise, we have collectively, by our silence, allowed the forces of evil to take over our land. Our cities are being burned to the ground. Our police are being attacked, while our leaders won't allow them to defended themselves or those of us who need defending. The same with our military stationed around the world, as they were told to stand down as diplomats in Libya were being murdered. And the carnage continues as Americans are being be-headed, even while many are guilty of nothing more than being God-fearing people who have risked their lives to help supply the needs of those of other faiths.

    I am reminded of one of my favorite quotations, from an old English patriot: "All it takes for evil to prevail, is for enough good men {and women, in today's vernacular} to do nothing." We in 21st century America elect leaders who either enact evil, or who nit-pick at those who do rather than acting boldly to stop their evil actions altogether. And we keep electing and re-electing both.

    We are so divided--and not just in politics, but all the way down to our churches. We nit-pick one another. We go after symptoms such as holiday-vs.-Christmas greeting banners, or arguing whether the concept of a Santa Claus should be observed by Christians, or, God forbid, whether so-called spiritual gifts ended with the deaths of the apostles.

    We have become so politically correct that we no longer even recognize our sins of omission, rather than of commission. Our attention is so diverted by and to the smoke-screens that pop up increasingly here and there, that we have taken our attention away from the blazing fires that are rapidly spreading across this land.

    Would that we become more concerned about the latest and perhaps most significant would-be blaze to flare up, that of the possible implementation of sanctions on our ally and God's chosen nation of Israel, and less about a banner over a publication.

    Keith Mitchell

    (Editor's Note-Emporia News welcomes your letters.  Letters should be family friendly and safe for work and not be of a defamatory natureLetters to the Editor, one submitted, may be edited for content, grammar and length and may not reflect the opinion of Emporia News.)

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  44. Editorial

    Undoubtedly, most of you have noticed the new banner at the top of the page.  Yes, the one that reads "Happy Holidays from Emporia News."   This banner has caused one reader much consternation.  The fist message I received after posting the banner was one asking why not "Merry Christmas." That is actually paraphrased from the original message, which reads as follows: "your header on the home page?????  why not --Merry Christmas -- it is the birthday of Christ ???? (sic)"

    My response was simple and straightforward: "Thank you for you recent submission.  I chose to use the phrase "Happy Holidays" as opposed to "Merry Christmas," for a variety of reasons, mainly the fact that there are more holidays than Christmas in December.   I know that my readership includes people of all faiths, those that celebrate Christmas those that celebrate Hanukkah, and, quite honestly, those that celebrate nothing at all."

    I am hesitant to share exact text of the messages, but feel that I must, in light of the last message I have received from this reader: "so that clearly tells me where you stand in your beliefs -- sad to say what a community outreach you have at your fingertips and you choose not to witness the love of Jesus-  I will personally (every chance I get) will recommend  to others in the community not to use this webb site ---Think about it--  Sincerely In Christ -- and  may You have a Merry Christmas ____(sic)"

    I have shared the entire exchange with  you, so that I may explain where I stand.  While I do consider myself a Christian, I do not believe in forcing my beliefs upon another person.   Emporia is a diverse community, we have Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Agnostic, and Atheist citizens in our community.  We have Black, White, Latino, Asian and those of mixed heritage in our community.  We have young, old and in-between in our community.  The readers of Emporia News are from the same wide spectrum of Mankind that makes up our community.   In my capacity as Publisher of Emporia News, it is my privilege to serve all members of the community, though, not just those that call themselves Christians.

    While many of us may never see eye to eye on all topics, I do hope that all of us can strive to treat all Mankind as Children of God. 

    Why should Christians not share the joy of Hanukkah, Jesus Christ was, after all, an Observant Jew; even if we do not celebrate the Festival of Lights, we can most certainly respect our friends and neighbors that do.  Why should I not share Kwanza with my neighbor, even if I am a white guy?  What about Festivus, a celebration that was completely made up on the sitcom Seinfield?  If anyone wishes to celebrate Festivus, please share your photos.

    The Holiday Season is about more than the Birth of Christ or the Miracle of the Oil, but is about spending time with the ones you love.  It matters not, to me at least, how or when you celebrate any more than it matters to me what you celebrate. 

    This I say directly to the reader who raised the concern about the content of my banner:  I am sorry that my wish to be inclusive has caused you anguish.  If you feel that you must boycott this page, I cannot stop you.  Emporia News, though, is not a platform for my personal beliefs any more than it is a platform for your personal beliefs.  It is a community service, to the entire community, yourself included. 

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  45. Obituary-Willie Burton Wrenn

    Willie Burton Wrenn, 88, of Emporia passed away on December 5, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Richard Wrenn and sisters, Mary Lee Pearson and Jean W. Ciletti.  He is survived by his brother, Reid Wrenn and wife Sarah and his sisters, Margaret Thrower, Elvin Picano, Ruby Rawlings, Frances Matson and Linda Joyner and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was a World War II Army veteran who served in the South Pacific.  A visitation will be held on Saturday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Sunday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

  46. COLD CASE LEADS STATE & LOCAL INVESTIGATORS TO NORTH CAROLINA’S OUTER BANKS

       Police Need Public’s Help with Information about Man Who Worked as a Carpenter

     

    Richmond, Va. – The search to learn more information about an individual whose body was discovered in a river in Prince Edward County has taken investigators to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. At this point in the investigation, the human remains recovered in 2008 are believed to be 50-year-old Glenn Edward Wilson. Investigators have also determined Wilson worked for a time as a carpenter in Kill Devil Hills and other areas of Dare County, N.C. 

    “In our effort to find out more information about this individual, our hope is someone will recognize Mr. Wilson’s photo and provide us with more clues about places he worked in the Outer Banks, co-workers who may have known him so we can locate his family and friends,” says Sheriff Wesley W. Reed with the Prince Edward County, Va., Sheriff’s Office. “We are interested in any and all information about this individual, as no information is too insignificant.”

    The human remains discovered April 5, 2008, were located in a reservoir in Prince Edward County, Va. Currently considered a suspicious death, the recovered remains had seven tattoos: a leaf/feather on his neck; on his right arm were a confederate flag with a skull and helmet, an eagle entwined with a letter A and a figure of Yosemite Sam; on his left arm were a bulldog and another eagle. One of the most distinctive tattoos was a red heart with two arrows and words written in cursive “I Love you Kelsey always” which was also found on the individual’s left arm.

    The Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are investigating the case. The public may contact Lieutenant Richard Hurak with the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office at 434-392-8101 or rhurak@co.prince-edward.va.us.  The public may also contact Special Agent Clary Overholt with the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3443 or clay.overholt@vsp.virginia.gov.

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  47. VIRGINIA EXPERIENCES FEWEST TRAFFIC DEATHS OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES

    RICHMOND – Despite the challenging weather at the start of the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia, preliminary numbers indicate a record decline in traffic fatalities over the holiday statistical counting period. From 12:01 a.m., Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2014), through midnight Sunday (Nov. 30, 2014), five fatal crashes have been reported statewide. During the 2013 five-day period, traffic crashes claimed a total of 12 lives. 1992 was the last time Virginia had only five traffic deaths during the Thanksgiving weekend.*

    The five traffic deaths occurred in the cities of Radford and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Bedford, Middlesex and Roanoke. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five traffic deaths. Three of the drivers who died in the crashes were not wearing seat belts.

    In Radford, a 60-year-old male pedestrian was walking in the road when he was struck and killed. The Virginia Beach death occurred after a 25-year-old male refused to stop for police and instead fled from the state trooper at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control, ran off the interstate and struck a tree.

    “As encouraging as this significant decline in traffic deaths is for Virginia, drivers still must maintain their commitment to safe driving practices, especially as we head into the holiday season,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “December kicks off National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, so we ask all motorists to only drive when sober. Even a little bit to drink can earn you a DUI and cause you to be involved in a crash.”

    During the Thanksgiving weekend, Virginia State Police participated in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program that encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays. The stepped-up law enforcement operation was part of the new, nationwide Drive to Save Lives (#DrivetoSaveLives) campaign that aims to not only reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014, but to also increase officer safety for those on patrol. To achieve a 15 percent reduction in the Commonwealth, there must be 111 fewer traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways this year.

    As part of the 2014 Thanksgiving enforcement efforts, Virginia State Police troopers stopped 9,789 speeders and another 2,312 reckless drivers statewide. In addition, troopers arrested and charged 90 drivers for DUI. Troopers also cited 693 safety belt violations and 204 child safety seat violations. State police assisted 3,404 disabled motorists and investigated a total of 1,191 traffic crashes, five of which were fatal.

    All 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.

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  48. YMCA Preschool Celebrates Thanksgiving

    Singing at the Thanksgiving Feast. 

    Delivering Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to Main Street Baptist Church. 

    Delivering food to the Samaritan House. 

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  49. SVCC Hosts 8th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet

     
    Southside Virginia Community College hosted the 8th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center in Alberta.  Area law enforcement agencies were invited to attend and honor one of their own as the recipient of the Officer of the Year Award for 2014.  The event was hosted by Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Instruction on the Christanna Campus.  Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services was the keynote speaker.  Those recognized as the Officers of the Year for 2014 are (Front Row, L to R) Sgt. Harvey A. Hoyle, Sr. of the Chase City Police Department, Inv. D. L. "Rusty" Callahan of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Det. Ella Turner of the Crewe Police Department, Special Award Recipient, Dr. James H. Taylor, III recent SVCC retiree and former Assistant Professor and Program Head of the Administration of Justice Department, Capt. Bernie R. Puryear of the South Hill Police Department, Trooper Tom W. Reeves, Jr. of the Virginia State Police, South Hill District, Sgt. James A. Crawford of the Clarksville Police Department, (Back Row, L to R) Deputy Clay Sasser of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Seth E. Wenger of the Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Kevin L. Abernathy of the Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office,  Trooper Keith H. Pearce of the Virginia State Police, Emporia District, Trooper Brandon D. Coles, Sr. of the Virginia State Police, Petersburg District, Officer Jason D. Robertson of the Blackstone Police Department and Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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  50. Even More Letters to Santa!

    Dear Santa,



    Merry Christmas!  We would like to wish everyone in the world joy and peace.  Mrs. Ferguson says she is the luckiest teacher in the world and we have been really, really, really good this year.  We have made our wish list for you.

    We love you Santa!

    Mrs. Bette Blake Ferguson’s Kindergarten Class

    Brunswick Academy

    • Autumn Adair- Pretty dresses, Barbie, and a new Elf on a Shelf
    • Olivia Allen-Stuffed Animals, Butterfly Guitar, and Disney Frozen Snow Elsa
    • Ana Bardwell- Walking and Talking Baby Doll, Stuffed Unicorn, and Baby Doll Car
    • Sarah Crowder- Pink Bow & Arrow, Frozen Pocket Book, and New Books
    • James Fajna- Wrestling Game, Referee Shirt, and Monster Truck Mater
    • Jud Farmer- New Playset, DVD Player, and Beads that make animal shapes
    • Addison Gibbs- Purple Easy Bake Oven, 2 American Doll Horses and Marker Maker
    • Harrison Grizzard- 2 Guardians of the Galaxy Lego Sets, Batman Lego Duplo Set
    • Lacey Jamison- Isabella American Girl Doll, a New Game for Leap Pad, and
    • Clothes for the American Girl Doll
    • Mallory Lewis- Crazy Sand, Dancing Minnie Mouse, and Singing Elsa Doll
    • Maddison McAden- Unicorn, Elf on a Shelf, and a Toy Horse
    • Koen Morris- Watch, Balance Blox, and SURPRISE
    • Grayson Newsome- Ipod, Marvel Superhero Lego DS Game, and ImagineXT
    • SuperNova Battle Space Rover Giant Playset
    • Arya Patel- Sticky Hand, Batman, Softball
    • Kennedi Roberts- Frozen Castle, Pink Camo Four Wheeler, and Frozen Dolls
    • Chloe Stamper-Piggy Toy, Disney Princess Belle, and Monster High Monster Maker

       

    Thanks for making kids everywhere so happy every year!!!

    XOXOXO

    Mrs. Ferguson and Class 2014-2015

  51. Obituary-Freddie Williams

    Freddie Williams, 75, of Skippers, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He was preceded in death his parents, Thomas and Rachel Williams; sister, Barbara D. Little and brother, Billy ‘Wimp” Williams. He is survived by his brother, The Reverend Kenneth Williams and wife, Shirley of Newsoms, Virginia, his twin brother, Eddie Williams and wife, JoAnn of Emporia, Virginia and his sister, Dottie Williams of Courtland, Virginia; three nephews and four nieces. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6at Forest Hill Baptist Church. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Maintenance Fund, c/o Debbie Moseley, 5246 Brink Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

  52. A Festival of Christmas Music Planned

    GASBURG ~ The Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia cordially invites you to celebrate God’s greatest Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, with “A Festival of Christmas Music” on Sunday, December 7, at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas Celebration will feature songs for everyone!  From Silent Night to Winter Wonderland, this concert is sure to usher you into the Christmas season.

    The festive evening of Christmas music will be presented by Patti Watson, Kathy Baird, Wendy Durham, Darryl Keener, Patty Richardson, Tammy Hand, Dr. Julie Baird Hawley, and the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs.  The concert will benefit children and families of domestic violence in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

    Patti Watson, of Emporia, is a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church while, Kathy Baird, Patty Richardson, Wendy Durham, Darryl Keener, Dr. Julie Hawley and Tammy Hand are members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Together they will present a medley of familiar Christmas carols as well as songs of the holiday season. Following the concert, you are also invited to a reception that will be held in the PHCC Family Life Center.

    There is no admission fee or ticket required for the concert, however, a special love offering will be collected during the program for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program which is a non-profit organization that is specially designed to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The monetary gifts collected will be used for the victims in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.  The program started in 1991 and since that time has served thousands of victims.  Helping people in need this Christmas season is what this event is all about.  These local talents hope to raise enough money during the concert to help brighten Christmas for several local people.

    For more information regarding the concert please call the church office at (434)577-2463.

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  53. REGISTER NOW FOR SVCC CLASSES BEGINNING IN JANUARY

    Now is the time to plan for a great new year by registering for classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  Registration for the Spring 2015 semester that begins Friday, January 9 is underway now. For information about registration, visit the college website at www.southside.edu or call 1-888-220-SVCC

    SVCC offers traditional classes to attend on campus day and night or at off-campus sites, online courses that can be completed mostly by computer, off-campus classes, special classes with eight week sessions and even some Friday only and Saturday only classes.  Free Adult Education Classes and GED® are available as well as truck driver training, phlebotomy, cosmetology, massage therapy, the first two years of a university degree and many other majors and programs of study.

    Also, tuition and fees at community colleges are about one-third of the cost of a four-year state college or university.  A student can save about $50,000 by attending a community college for the first two years of college and then transferring.    

    If you are not sure what you want to do or how to get started, SVCC offers a great counseling center to help you with placement tests, financial aid, a map for your future, the admissions process and more.   Success starts at SVCC and today is the day to start that success story.

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  54. More Letters to Santa

    Ms. Cain’s Class

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want some easy bake oven mix and icing. Also a puppy with a lease, Barbie car, doll, Barbie clothes, a bike and skates.

    Thank you,

    Ala’Jah Stephens

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want a vacuum cleaner and a baby doll.

    Thank you,

    Christina Moran

     

    Dear Santa,

    For Christmas I want a motorcycle, a four wheeler, a dumptruck, WWE set, a playhouse and an Xbox 360. I would also like a race car track with motorcycle and a train track. Santa please bring these toys. I will leave you cookies, milk and a piece of cake. I love you Santa! Have a great Christmas.

    Thank you for bringing me toys,

    Jamauri Nicholson

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like color balls, a trophy, a stuff animal and a bracelet.

    Thanks,

    Jazmine Trusty

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a Barbie dollhouse. I would like a karaoke machine. I would also like shoes and clothes.

    Thank you,

    Ammie Williams

     

    Dear Santa,

    My name is Ayonta and I have been a good girl. I would like a Doc. Mc.Stuffin doll, tablet learning games, books, clothes and shoes.

    Love,

    A’yonta Scott

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want a light up dress and shoes that match my dress. Can I get the whole Barbie collection too?

    Thank you,

    Ja’dore Ray

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a DS, an Xbox 1, an Ipod, and a bike.

    Thank you,

    De’Monte Molden

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like you to bring me a dinosaur, a ball, a truck, and a toy car.

    Thank you,

    Alexander Martin

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a Xbox and an Ipod.

    Thank you,

    Shamar Moore

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want a real dirt bike, a 3DS, and a motorcycle.

    Thank you,

    Jayv’R Greene

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like an Xbox and a four wheeler.

    Thank you,

    De’Marae Banks

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a PSP and a motorcycle.

    Thank you,

    Tajion Parker

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like some daisies and a motorcycle.

    Thank you,

    Ashlynn Moseley

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a swimming pool, a bathing suit, a baby doll, new shoes and new dresses. I would also like a tablet.

    Thank you,

    Janiah Sloan

     

    Dear Santa,

     I would like an Xbox, a race car game and Raphael the Ninja turtle.

    Thank you,

    Matt Rawls

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a Barbie dream house, a bird house, and a teddy bear that I can write on.

    Thank you,

    Lauren Petty

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a coloring book, Barbie dolls, dresses and boots.

    Thank you,

    Malayshia Phipps

     

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a Barbie, an American doll, monster high clothes and a princess dress.

    Thank you,

    Jasmine Wyche

 

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