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There is a new twist to Sunday’s 2021 Greensville-Southampton Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter Moses Clements Scholarship Dinner. Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier will be on hand. She will present the $500 scholarships to five Virginia Tech-bound students. The scholarship winners are Makayla B…

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SOUTH HILL — In mid-summer, the last thing you want to think about is school! But for some employees at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) college is front of mind. Some are just starting out to further their education, some are taking graduate-level courses and some hav…

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The Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association has another trophy to add to their collection. On Tuesday, the 11-12 Ponytails softball team claimed victory in the Dixie Youth Virginia state tournament, defeating Halifax County in a thrilling championship game.

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On Monday, June 28, the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville celebrated its 20th anniversary in the community. Staff commemorated the anniversary with T-shirts and by giving away dozens of prizes to members.

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The Emporia Rotary Club’s Butler Barrett recently presented scholarships to three 2021 high school graduates continuing their education in the fall.

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The Mayor’s Community Initiative Project found itself in the spotlight on June 26 at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church. The CIP Community Kick-Off and Business Expo attracted vendors, a pair of world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, and plenty of people showing up at the site to discover what the gr…

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Local health and emergency officials in rural communities across the U.S. worked overtime throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these communities were forced to operate testing events and vaccination clinics with far fewer resources than those in larger health districts.

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Thorpe’s Whole Home Store recently hosted the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce to thank patrons for shopping locally during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Attendees were treated to hot dogs from the grill, chips, cold beverages and door prizes.

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Emporia Rotary Club member Jeff Robinson was recently honored as a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing more than $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Club President Thelma Atkins-Riley presented the Paul Harris Fellow pin to Robinson.

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Staff at the Meherrin Regional Library is excited for the return of the annual Summer Reading Program in July. It’s a month-long program that offers children ages 18 and under the chance to keep their reading sharp during the summer months.

The family of Melanie Jarratt Topping pictured from left are Ty Topping, Morrow Berberich, Austin Link, Cristina Link, Anita Jarratt, C.D. Jarratt, Mic Topping, Chris Link, Blake Jarratt, Cindy Wrenn, Jessica Jarratt.

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After more than seven months of negotiations, leaders of Bon Secours Southern Virginia Medical Center and Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. have come to an agreement. As of July 1, Anthem Insurance is in-network at Bon Secours SVMC.

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The Greensville County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last Monday to reopen the Golden Leaf Commons building effective on Aug. 1. The decision comes just one month after the Board decided to keep the Commons closed to the public for the months of June and July.

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Workers gazing out of their office windows in the North Main St. area of Emporia sometimes catch a glance of youth running through the neighborhood. Who are these kids, and what are they doing? The teens are members of the East End Boxing Team South.

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Early morning showers made the prep work difficult, but the TopHand Foundation powered through to the afternoon sunshine to host their BBQ sale on Friday. In total, TopHand sold over 800 lbs. of pulled pork BBQ.

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The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed Woodard Business Services to the community last week with a formal ribbon cutting and open house. Emporia Mayor Carolyn S. Carey and City Manager William Johnson were just two of the many local friends and business owners who ga…

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Janet White, Administrator of Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to present Jenifer Freeman Wesson, RN-Director of Nursing the Independent Messenger Reader’s Choice award for “Best Nurse”. Jenifer joined the Greensville team in February 2020 after months of recruiting.

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From the first arrival to the scene until the last plate of fish is distributed, the Meherrin Ruritan Club members put in a long day during the monthly Fish Fry fundraiser. The club receives plenty of assistance.

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The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fireworks Display was not a casualty of the pandemic last year, at least in some respects. With some semblance of normalcy returning to the community with COVID-19 cases rapidly dropping, the Emporia City Council approved the July 4 EGCC F…

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Kim Swenson Bell is a servant of Greensville County. Known by most as “Kim Swenson” or “Kim,” Bell, who married on May 1, serves the community in a number of roles from her position as Children’s Services Act Coordinator in the County’s Finance Department.

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ALEASE PHILLIPS is a resident at Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Janet White, administrator and her staff helped her celebrate her 104th birthday. According to White Mrs. Phillips asked her how in the world, she got to be over a hundred years old and White's response was "I am …

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E.W. Wyatt Middle School teacher Mary Lou Phelps was named Division Teacher of the Year during the Greensville County School Board meeting Monday evening.

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The Virginia State Police are hosting a Community Day Open House at the Emporia office on May 21 from 4-7 p.m. The meet and greet event will have refreshments, and is for members of the community interested in joining or learning more about VSP.

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The COVID-19 delayed the Emporia Jaycees annual pork chop dinner in 2020.  But on Friday, the non-profit group returned to the grill to provide over 500 plates to hungry locals.

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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.