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Saturday marked the kick-off of the two-week annual City of Emporia Spring Cleanup. Citizens, City leaders, and government officials were on hand to walk the streets and assist the Emporia Sanitation Department in picking up litter throughout the day.

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Aside from frontline healthcare workers, perhaps no profession has been asked to do more during the COVID-19 pandemic than our teachers. Even the most experienced of educators had to adapt on the fly on a daily basis to the challenges presented by the pandemic. Mary Lou Phelps, a teacher at …

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Citizens United to Preserve Greensville County Training School (CUPTS) appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, edition of the Independent Messenger pictured with Del. Roslyn Tyler, 75th, awarding CUPTS a check for $70,000. McKinley Jordan, president of CUPTS, made numerous attempts to seek…

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Before she began her work in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in the fall of 2018, Tracy Moore was a stay-at-home mom. Originally from Franklin, Moore moved to Skippers when she married her husband in March of 2012. And when her daughter entered preschool, she attended training to be…

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It’s the third Friday of the month, and members of the Meherrin Ruritan Club start trickling in to the clubhouse around 5 a.m. Within a few hours, the majority of club members are on the scene. You see — it’s the monthly fish fry fundraiser sponsored by the organization.

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In October of 2019, the Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School received a $70,000 grant from the Virginia General Assembly for renovation work at the Ruffin St. site.

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The Greensville County Sanitary Landfill isn’t pretty this time of year. It’s not a particularly attractive place year-round, but after a large downpour, it’s muddy, it’s bleak. It stinks. The landfill isn’t a place for those who don’t value a hard day’s work.

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Bringing new employment to the City of Emporia, improving education, and working to expand the opportunities for youth are goals Mayor Dr. Carolyn Carey would like to reach.

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It has been a year since COVID-19 forced dramatic changes to the restaurant industry. Fortunately, the 501 West Atlantic St. CornerStone Subway already had some policies in place that made the transition less hectic than most eateries.

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Many of us have trouble balancing the numerous challenges we face at our jobs on a day-to-day basis. Kenneth “Kenny” Parker faces those same challenges, while serving in two roles at the same time. And he says it doesn’t faze him in the slightest.

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The Golden Leaf Commons is the shining star of the Greensville County government complex. Normally, the Commons is used for dozens of events year-round, such as weddings, family reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, fundraisers and more.

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Every year in late February or early March, the Emporia-Greensville community can count on the Emporia Rotary Club’s Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner like clockwork — except this one. That clock has stopped due to the pandemic.

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February is Acts of Kindness month. The Riparian Woman’s Club  expressed kindness for the residents of Accordius Health Care, Bloom Center, and Greensville Health & Rehab Center by delivering 190 Valentine gifts including stuffed animals, balloons and cards. Boxes of sweets were also giv…

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As a third generation firefighter, the job comes easy to Madison Phelps. And while being the only paid employee of the Greensville County Fire Department might seem like an imposing responsibility, Phelps says it doesn’t feel much like a task at all.

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January marks the 10th year of business for Twice Told Tales & Treasures, Emporia’s only true consignment store. The charm of the small store located at 327 Halifax Street is amplified by its equally charming owner, Leandra Latham, who has been around since the beginning.

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A business serving a community’s needs for 50 years is a long time. That’s a distinction City Auto Supply, Inc. can proudly tout as the calendar page flips to 2021.

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The City of Emporia announced that a Starbucks is coming to town. Currently under construction, the wildly popular coffee chain will be located at 105 E. Cloverleaf Dr., in front of the Food Lion.

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On Monday, Dec. 21, Muddy Water Riding Club (MWRC) played the role of Santa Claus. Club members helped support the Emporia Sheriff’s Office Christmas Canned Food Drive and chose to donate extra gift bags to residents of Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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In a yearly tradition of holiday spirit and generosity, the Emporia-Greensville community came together on Dec. 9 and 10 to host the annual Christmas Happiness Toy Drive at the Golden Leaf Commons. Staff members from the Dept. of Social Services were joined by other County staff, as well as …

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After a soft opening in July, the Sweet Emporia Bakery officially cut the ribbon at their grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Owner Sharon Garza was on hand selling sweet treats and meeting with members of the community.

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Five members of Girl Scout Troop 5012 recently completed the requirements for their Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette can earn. The project team consisted of Dakota Dickens, Ryan Dickens, Natalie Hall, Sara King and Addison Swenson.

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The aroma filled the air as juicy boneless pork chops made their way from the grill to the plate Friday during the Emporia Jaycees pork chop fundraiser. It marked only one of several of the organization’s events to raise money to re-distribute into the Emporia-Greensville community.

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For the past 10 years, the Meherrin Ruritan Club and volunteers packaged thousand of meals in November to feed those in need. Due to the pandemic, this year’s Rise Against Hunger event is canceled.

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COVID-19 testing is coming from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 105 Oak St. in Emporia. The free testing is available to any individual age 5 and above.

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The Treasurer’s Association of Virginia recently awarded its accreditation to the City of Emporia Treasurer’s Office.

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Although it may have appeared to be a “shell” of its usual self, the 58th Virginia Peanut Festival brought joy to the Emporia-Greensville community on Saturday. While crowds were small, spirits were high in anticipation for the days’ events.

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A group of Greensville County principals spoke with the School Board detailing the challenging nature of the first week of the 2020 school year. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

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With the eastern portion of Emporia lagging behind in the 2020 Census response rate, the Greensville Emporia Complete Count Committee moved into action. Committee members converged on the Brook Ridge Apartment complex Thursday, and Falling Run Apartment Complex on Friday.

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The Riparian Woman’s Club has updated its memorial at Bloom’s Corner honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The site has been landscaped, the mural has been repainted and a wreath has been donated by Monte’s Flowers & Gifts.