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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, October 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

Senator Julian Allsbrook's Roanoke Rapids Home on Riparian Christmas Home Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, Va is delighted to add the Dunlow’s beautiful home in Roanoke Rapids, NC  to its 15th Christmas Home Tour. Stephanie Dunlow loves Christmas and it will be evident in the decorations from the moment you approach the home.

The Brown home located in Roanoke Rapids is currently owned by Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow. Stephanie is a former Emporia resident graduating from Greensville High School and is currently a nurse practitioner at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.  Timothy owns his own contracting business in Roanoke Rapids.  They have two children Hayley, 19 & Holden, 13. 

The Brown home was built in 1920 and was completed in 1922. Among the residences of this home was Sen. Julian Allsbrook and his wife Frances Brown-Allsbrook and later their daughter Mary Frances Allsbrook –Fisher.  The home was then sold and fell into disarray until it was purchased by the current owners Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow in 2010.  They have since been renovating it room by room to reveal its splendor. 

This home is a beautiful two story house with the original sunroom on the left and a large enclosed porch on the right.  The front of the home has a covered front porch expanding across the center with a sun terrace on the roof.  The lawn expands over 1 acre with many mature trees shading the property making for a park like setting. 


Upon walking through the original solid front door surrounded by evergreen swags and which hangs a huge Christmas wreath is a spacious foyer with oak floors.  The foyer consists of a large banistered staircase which is wrapped in evergreen garland all the way to the second floor during the Christmas season and opens up into the family den on the second floor. 

To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room with white woodwork throughout and a large white mantel surrounding a huge wood burning fireplace which beautifully offsets the black walls.  There are three large front windows which allows for the sunlight to stream in making for a very bright room.  The Mantel is covered in garland come Christmas with a color theme of Green/White & Silver.  On each side of the fireplace are two French doors with the original glass window panes and crystal knobs, which lead out into a tiled sunroom.  This home was the first in this area to lay this type of tiling and it remains intact to this day.  The windows surrounding the sunroom are all original with the original hardware with the crank knobs to open and close the windows.  

To the right of the foyer is the family room.  This room also features a huge fireplace.  And is decorated with a candy cane theme in mind and is one of the owner’s favorite rooms to decorate.  It is a very spacious room expanding from the front of the home to the back of the home with the furniture placed to make for a cozy setting.  Leading off the family room is the side porch which at one time was an open porch with pillars but has since been enclosed by a previous owner. 


Slightly to the right in the foyer and towards the back of the home is a temporary kitchen which was installed in what was a den and will be converted back into the den once the renovation of the kitchen is completed.   At the time the home was purchased the original kitchen was in very rough shape with broken water pipes which had ruined the foundation and walls which has resulted in massive construction which is still underway.  The kitchen/den features the original hardwood floor and a large fireplace which is garnished in garland and snowmen for the holidays. 

This is the owners favorite time of year and the decorations will indicate their excitement; a must see home.

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

The tour will also include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

New Books at BA

The Lawrenceville Rotary Club donated an assortment of books to Miss Owen's and Mrs. Ferguson's Kindergarten classes at Brunswick Academy.   Pictured are Miss Owen, Mrs. Ferguson, B.A. Kindergarteners, and Mrs. Bowen, Head of School.

You Are Invited to the Lake Gaston Baptist Church Adventurer's Christmas Luncheon

The Annual Adventurers Christmas Luncheon will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 11 AM at Lake Gaston Baptist Church in the Social Hall (128 Lynwood Road across from the Lake Gaston Subway, Littleton, NC).  Bring your favorite covered dish to go with Fried Chicken and Desserts that will be provided by the Adventurers.  Also, please bring an unwrapped toy(s) for The John 3:16 Center to make a child happy who might not otherwise receive a toy for Christmas.  There will be singing of Christmas Carols to start off your Christmas season led by Jim Simpson.  For any questions please contact Pat DeJesu at 252-586-6497.



By Dr. Al Roberts

Southside Virginia is home to some great athletes, and sports participation is one important way young people can prepare for education opportunities and future employment. By participating at their personal best levels and learning to work with others on and off the court, athletes gain valuable experience. As men’s basketball coach Dennis Smith, explains “Playing on a sports team is really about how people work together to meet a goal. Teamwork is the foundation of everything we do.”

The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team joined the Virginia Community College System club league during the 2003–04 season and has earned rising acclaim. The team won three straight VCCS division titles from 2006 to 2008 and captured the VCCS state championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  For the last two years, SVCC’s basketball team captured the USA National Post-Grad Championship title, a competition for teams beyond the high school level. In guiding the team, Coach Smith is assisted by Coach Vincent Brown.

During its regular season the SVCC club basketball team plays against other two-year colleges in Virginia and North Carolina, prep schools, and some independent college teams. In addition to about 20 regular season games, the team participates in two showcase events where coaches from four-year colleges scout for talent. This provides an important benefit to SVCC students because most of the college’s athletes are in transfer programs and have plans to continue their education after graduation.

Student athletes have to preserve a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but coaches push them to achieve more. According to Coach Smith, “Our goal for student athletes is 3.5. We don’t always meet it, but that’s our goal because four-year college coaches are looking for athletes they know will also be successful in the classroom.”

SVCC holds an open tryout in September. Coach Smith says, “I’ve been coaching the team for fourteen years, and we’ve had students come to open try-outs and make the team every year.” The current team began practicing in September, and regular season games started at the end of October.

The SVCC club sports roster will expand this coming spring to include a women’s fastpitch softball program under the leadership of Coach Debra Hood. Practices will be held on both campuses, and games will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus beginning in March 2017.

For more information on where you fit into the SVCC team—whether your interests are focused on sports, activities, clubs, workforce training, or academics—call an admissions advisor on the Christanna Campus in Alberta (434-949-1000) or the Daniel Campus in Keysville (434-736-2000), or visit SVCC’s website at

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

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