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James Russell, St. Paul’s Museum hosts open house

LAWRENCEVILLE – Friends and supporters of the James Solomon Russell/Saint Paul’s College Museum & Archives gathered for an Open House on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 150 people visited the museum to see the many rare artifacts, photographs, documents and other items relating to the life of James Solomon Russell and Saint Paul’s College from the late 1800s to 2013 when the college closed.

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Thursday 05/17/2018
MRAC celebrates 40 years
Posted: May 17, 2018

When The Four Tops completed its last number, it competed a Saturday night of legendary Motown sound that featured The Temptations as the opening musical act. It was also a night to celebrate 40 years of the Meherrin River Arts Council bringing well renowned acts to Emporia.

Friday 05/04/2018
MRAC corporate sponsorship runs deep for Ewing
Posted: May 04, 2018

For one Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center staff member, the connection to the concert series goes much deeper than a corporate sponsorship.

Tuesday 04/24/2018
Gatlin Brothers bring patriotic theme to Emporia
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 10:40 am

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers opened Saturday’s Meherrin River Arts Council concert by singing the National Anthem and closed the show with “Americans, That’s Who,” a number praising the works and deeds of U.S.

Tuesday 04/10/2018
The Gatlin Brothers coming to Emporia April 21
Posted: April 10, 2018

On April 21 the Meherrin River Arts Council welcomes country music legends Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers to the 2018 Concert Series. Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history.

Monday 03/19/2018
Under the Streetlamp lights stage
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 12:46 pm

“You are going to see a really good show,” said those that had heard Under the Streetlamp before Saturday’s show at the Performing Arts Center in Emporia. Those that had not heard of the band did not know what to expect.

Sunday 01/04/2015
Happiness Fund tops $11,000
Posted: January 04, 2015

Thanks to businesses, civic organizations and citizens, the Independent-Messenger and Greensville-Emporia Dept. of Social Services raised more than $11,000 for the Christmas Happiness Fund allowing us with the help of many volunteers to bring Christmas to nearly 300 children in need.

Tuesday 04/29/2014
Shrimp fundraiser on tap for Jarratt VFD
Updated: May 02, 2014 - 10:26 am

The Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department answers calls 24/7, 365 days a year and have been doing so since 1944 when the fire department was started by the Jarratt Ruritans.

Friday 04/18/2014
‘Doggie Fashion’ takes stage May 3
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 10:22 am

Set your calendar for Saturday, May 3 for the Fourth Annual Doggie Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Wednesday 04/16/2014
Smokey Joe’s a crowd pleaser
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Smokey Joe’s Cafe was promoted as a compelling rock ‘n’ roll musical that encompasses the timeless songs of the inventors of this music genre, Leiber and Stoller. The concert lived up to expectations and transported many patrons back to their youth.

Friday 04/11/2014
BEEF & DAIRY KICKS OFF FESTIVAL SEASON
Posted: April 11, 2014

Living history event scheduled for Gen. Chambliss home
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 10:21 am

For the second year the homestead of Confederate General John R. Chambliss Jr. will be the site of at living history weekend, as part of Virginia’s Sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War.

Friday 04/04/2014
Comedy show to benefit ‘Angels’
Updated: April 08, 2014 - 11:39 am

It’s spring, and it’s time to think about the ‘Angels’. With that in mind, local organizers have produced a comedy show, which will be on stage at the old Armory on April 12.

Smokey Joe’s Café on stage April 12
Posted: April 04, 2014

Smokey Joe’s Café is a compelling rock ‘n’ roll musical that encompasses the timeless songs of the inventors of this music genre, Leiber and Stoller. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including hits as On Broadway,” Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9 Young Blood, Yakety Yak, and I’m A Woman. Smokey Joe’s Café transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre and each song is a trip down the corridors of American culture. Scheduled for April 12, this show is the final performance of what has been an outstanding 2014 Meherrin River Arts Council season.

You’re invited to the 35th Annual BA Beef and Dairy Festival
Posted: April 04, 2014

With spring on the way, it’s time for the 35th Annual Beef and Dairy Festival on Saturday, April 5, from 3-7 p.m., at the Lawrenceville Airport. ! We are excited to announce that the entertainment is going to be provided by the Brunswick Academy DJ Team.

Tuesday 03/25/2014
Lippia sings the classics
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 11:09 am

Patrons of the Meherrin River Arts Council Series relived the heyday of Frank Sinatra at the March 22 concert of Steve Lippia.

Friday 03/14/2014
MRAC welcomes Steve Lippia’s Simply Swingin’
Updated: March 19, 2014 - 9:37 am

Steve Lippia is a singer’s singer. Reminiscent of the young Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Harry Connick, Jr., Steve’s natural sound and style is a remarkable combination of his own honest musical interpretation and the influence of the best singers of an incredible era of American music. He has performed with symphonies including the Boston Pops, Dallas Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Boston Philharmonic, & others. Lippia joins the Meherrin River Arts Council Concert Series on March 22 in Emporia.

Tuesday 02/25/2014
Celtic Crossroads brings energetic show to MRAC
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 10:53 am

It was a night of firsts for Celtic Crossroads when they took the stage at the Emporia-Greensville Performing Arts Center.

Friday 02/21/2014
MRAC hosts Celtic Crossroads
Posted: February 21, 2014

Celtic Crossroads hopes to bring a very authentic show to Emporia Saturday.

Tuesday 01/28/2014
‘Personable and Genuine’ Pickler opens MRAC series
Posted: January 28, 2014

Sandra Duck and her husband John didn’t hesitate to drive from Franklin, Va last Saturday to see country music artist Kellie Pickler.

Tuesday 01/14/2014
Pickler: ‘We are going to have fun’
Updated: January 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

Country musician Kellie Pickler had a very memorable Christmas in 2013.

Friday 01/10/2014
Pickler concert next weekend
Updated: January 14, 2014 - 10:48 am

Emporia will have the first concert of the year for country music artist Kellie Pickler when she takes the stage Jan. 18.

Tuesday 01/07/2014
PICKLER PREVIEW
Updated: January 07, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Monday 12/23/2013
Kellie Pickler opens MRAC concert season
Updated: December 30, 2013 - 9:39 am

There are many ways to describe Kellie Pickler, with spunky, beautiful, talented and charismatic just scratching the surface. But there is one word that ties them all together and brings them to life. Kellie Pickler is real. Few people speak or sing so transparently from their hearts. Few can bridge life and art, story and song, so vibrantly and compellingly.

Friday 11/15/2013
MRAC announces concert series lineup
Updated: November 19, 2013 - 10:28 am

The Meherrin River Arts Council has announced their 36th annual concert series and this year features a diverse and remarkable lineup. Concertgoers will find an amazing season that spans a number of musical genres and brings four simply outstanding shows to the Emporia area.

Wednesday 11/13/2013
Jaycees ready for Christmas
Updated: November 15, 2013 - 11:54 am

Planning for the annual Emporia Jaycees Christmas Parade is going well with many entries being submitted.

Tuesday 10/22/2013
Riparians ready for Homes Tour
Updated: October 25, 2013 - 3:13 pm

The Riparian Woman’s Club is proud to announce its 13th Annual Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/01/2013
Fun, but educational as well
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 11:12 am

When Wanda Seward stopped at the Southside Beekeepers Association exhibit during the Virginia Peanut Festival, she didn’t expect to learn something new.

51st Virginia Peanut Festival draws thousands
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 11:11 am

The 51st annual Virginia Peanut Festival drew thousands of people during the 4-day event, which kicked off Thursday evening with the Kick Off Kook Off and carnival.

Friday 09/27/2013
Committee welcomes visitors to Peanut Fest
Posted: September 27, 2013

What better way can you celebrate like our title than with The Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia, Virginia! This year’s festival should draw the attention of more festival goers than ever before in the history of the event.

Tuesday 09/24/2013
‘Kook-Off’ kicks off Peanut Festival
Updated: September 24, 2013 - 4:32 pm

The 51st Anniversary of the Virginia Peanut Festival gets off to a tasty and fun start with a Kick-Off Kook-Off and the Festival’s carnival on Thursday Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Emporia Farmers Market.

Tuesday 09/17/2013
G-Force hosts invitational band competition
Posted: September 17, 2013

Music will fill the air at the upcoming annual Greensville County High School Marching Band competition.

Friday 09/06/2013
Hope Fest announces lineup for Sept. 14 performances
Updated: September 10, 2013 - 10:24 am

A variety of local and area choirs and performers will entertain along with food, fellowship and giveaways during the fifth annual Emporia-Greensville Hope Fest.

Tuesday 08/27/2013
Peanut Festival welcomes Miss Virginia
Updated: September 02, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Newport News resident Desiree Williams, the 2013 Miss Virginia, will ride in the Virginia Peanut Festival Parade on Sept. 28. Peanut festival activities run from Sept. 26-29.

Friday 08/23/2013
Chamber Beef Festival, Art/Antique Walk scheduled for Sept. 11
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 10:13 am

The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce’s ninth Annual Beef Festival and Art/Antique Walk Along Halifax Street, is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Fifth Annual ‘Hope Fest’ planned for Sept. 14
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 10:09 am

For the last four summers, local ministries have called on members of the community to gather in contemplation, reflection, celebration and action during Hope Fest.

Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival set for Aug. 30-31
Posted: August 23, 2013

The two-day event on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, located in Littleton at the intersection of Hwys 158 and 903 at the stop light, will be packed with activities for all the family.

Fair headliners announced
Posted: August 23, 2013

DOSWELL —The State Fair of Virginia’s concert lineup for 2013 will include country legends the Charlie Daniels Band and John Anderson, as well as rockers Jefferson Starship.

Jarratt HS reunion planned for Oct. 5
Posted: August 23, 2013

Jarratt High School Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at Johns-Manville Club House, Jarratt, Virginia.

Friday 08/09/2013
Jaycees sponsor ‘Beer Pong’ event
Posted: August 09, 2013

The Emporia Jaycees are sponsoring their first annual Beer Pong Tournament (beer optional) featuring the International Bikini Team to benefit Camp Virginia Jaycee for kids and adults with special needs.

Tuesday 07/02/2013
Ebony VFD to sell Boston butts and barbeque
Posted: July 02, 2013

On Saturday, July 6 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the Ebony Volunteer Fire Department will sell Boston butts for $25 each, barbeque for $8 per pound, and barbeque sandwiches for $3.50 each in downtown Ebony next to the Chef’s Korner Restaurant and across the corner from the Ebony General Store. Pre-orders for butts and barbeque by-the-pound are recommended and may be made by calling (434) 636-2297.

Let's Cook
Posted: July 02, 2013

Grilled Salmon

Tuesday 06/18/2013
Lake Gaston turns 50 this weekend
Posted: June 18, 2013

The original dedication ceremony for Lake Gaston took place 50 years ago on June 26, 1963.

Three locals named to dean's list at James Madison University
Posted: June 18, 2013

HARRISONBURG - The following students made the dean's list at James Madison University for the spring 2013 semester: Taylor Matthews of Lawrenceville; Chelsea Moseley of Brodnax; and Stormey Wright of Brodnax.

Friday 06/14/2013
Thousands gather for Pork Fest
Posted: June 14, 2013

Several thousand people found the weather sunny and hot on Wednesday for the 40th annual Virginia Pork Festival. The 90-degree temperature didn't put a damper on festivities and rain never peeked through the clouds.

Tuesday 06/11/2013
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Upsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter will host special program
Posted: June 11, 2013

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter, will be having their annual Finer Womanhood program. Zeta builds their principles upon Scholarship, Service, Finer Womanhood, and Sisterly Love. Finer Womanhood represents the distinct quality and character of a woman, who excels in services provided to a community or group of people. This year five women from the counties of Brunswick and Greensville will be honored on June 15, at the Brunswick High School cafeteria. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. The honorees for this prestigious program are Mrs. Caren Brown-Peterson of Brown's Funeral Service, Ms. Louise Mont-Tucker of Brodnax, Co-Pastor Patrice Thornhill of Tabernacle of Zion, Ms. Barbara Coles, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Mrs. Stacey Gray of the Boys & Girls Club of Emporia, who is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

Virginia Pork Festival celebrates its 40th year
Posted: June 11, 2013

Big news for the 40th annual Virginia Pork Festival party-goers. This year, you don't have to wallow with the rest of the porkers at the biggest pork party of the year. For $25 you can purchase an exclusive VIP parking pass (accommodates standard car/SUV sizes only) and be only steps from the main gate, receive an advanced alcohol armband, and have access to private restroom facilities.

Tuesday 05/21/2013
VA Pork Festival gears up for June 12 run
Posted: May 21, 2013

Forty-three thousand pounds of pork, nineteen thousand soft drinks, twenty-five thousand forks, sixty thousand plates, six thousand pounds of charcoal, thirty-five thousand rolls, one hundred thousand napkins...well, you get the idea. This festival is big - real big. Originally established to promote the pork industry, the Virginia Pork Festival has grown to become one of the East Coast’s largest food festivals. An event whose legend is well known in communities throughout the country, the Virginia Pork Festival continues to win the hearts (and stomachs) of those who make the annual trek to the event.

Day of the dogs
Posted: May 21, 2013

Twenty-one dogs were entered in the fourth annual Emporia-Greensville Humane Society Southside Virginia Doggie Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia.

Tuesday 05/14/2013
50th anniversary celebrated
Posted: May 14, 2013

Thomas and Rosa Mays of Warfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 6, 2013. They were married on April 2, 1963 and have four children. Their children gave them an anniversary celebration at the Southside Bricklayers Club for about 165 family and friends. Dinner was served and the day was enjoyed by all.

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