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A decision regarding the proposed Fountain Creek Solar Project has been delayed by several new bills that went into effect on July 1, according to Linwood Pope, the planning director for Greensville County.

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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be used to create a statewide program to distribute COVID-19 vaccines when such vaccines are approved for public use. Virginia’s draft vaccination pl…

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The Greensville Emporia Complete Count Census Committee formed nearly a year ago with a mission of making sure every Emporia-Greensville resident gets counted. Committee Chair John Holtkamp believes the group’s work is making a difference.

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville is on a mission to boost its membership and assist the Samaritan Kitchen through its No Joiner’s Fee Food Drive throughout October. Here is how it works. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Samaritan Kitchen to the YMCA, and the joiner-fee gets…

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A new 6,000 sq ft facility on North Main Street will be the home of Kevin Swenson, DDS, PC, an Emporia-based dentist practice. Swenson has been in operation in Emporia since July 1996. The new facility, located at 529 N. Main St., will also be home to Luv4pawz, an animal rescue business run …

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RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Elections announces several upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to vote absentee in the November 3, 2020 General Election.

PETERSBURG – Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is observing Halloween with haunting stories from the past during "Voices from the Shadows." The Park is offering this annual evening event on two nights, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 at both 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.…

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VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill is pleased to announce the newest member of the CMH Board of Directors, Mike Rowe. 

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In 1976 Independent-Messenger Editor Keith Mitchell and Judy English, director of the Greensville Department of Social Services, came up with a brainstorm. Their goal was to make sure children would have a present waiting under the tree for them on Christmas day. Mitchell and English raised …

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RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up the agenda this month for the special session that began Aug. 18. Legislators introduced over 50 police and criminal justice reform bills during the session.

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In front of a small crowd gathered at the Greater Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 10, former Harlem Globetrotter Tommy “Hawk” Long gave an impassioned speech – a call for leadership, togetherness and thankfulness.

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RICHMOND — Del. Elizabeth Guzmán, D-Woodbridge, said she is no stranger to the struggles of low-paying jobs. Guzmán said she immigrated to the United States from Peru as a single mother and worked multiple minimum wage jobs just to be able to pay rent and care for her daughter.

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PETERSBURG — Amidst pending investigations of recent crimes in eastern Virginia, the U.S. Postal Service and FBI are offering rewards of several thousand dollars for those who can come forward with information or evidence in regards to them.

RICHMOND – The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) was recently honored with two awards for its innovation and excellence in marketing and logistics initiatives over the past year by StateWays Magazine, a national industry publication for alcohol control states. It is an unpr…

DINWIDDIE — A Dinwiddie couple has been charged with neglect, abuse and cruelty after an 8-month-old girl was found unresponsive on Sept. 19 by authorities who took her to the Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg where she died.

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After fielding public input and much consideration, the Greensville County School Board decided Monday evening to extend the virtual learning schedule for students and faculty to the end of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The semester ends on Jan. 21.

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A family-friendly opportunity to safely enjoy an escape to another place and time is coming Oct. 24-25 when Chippokes Plantation Park hosts an unusual Revolutionary War Reenactment specifically adapted to fit in with safety as well as the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RICHMOND – All 132 public school districts in Virginia will be receiving further Coronavirus Aid, Recover, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday. More than $220 million in funds will be divided among the districts using an allocation formula of $175…

The Crater Health District has announced its COVID-19 Marketing Taskforce, which will work to “improve strategic messaging for COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols.”

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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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City of Emporia Planning and Zoning Project Manager Deborah Davis-Perry presented three proposals regarding the hours of skill-game operations in the City. When the Council members did not address the issue, the hours approved on May 26 remained in effect.

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October is Fire Safety Month, and City of Emporia Fire official Randy Pearce is targeting the prevention of kitchen stove fires.

RICHMOND—Winter squash season is in full swing. These seasonal gourds reach their peak in the fall, and several varieties of winter squash are available at local farm stands and farmers markets through December.

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RICHMOND – Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia has approved Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s agreement that extends the deadline for voter registration by two days, through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, because of a registration system outage that lasted several hours, p…

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A bench was dedicated recently in Greensville Memorial Cemetery to honor the life of Brian Keith McDilda, who died on May 25, 2018. The bench was donated by Brian’s parents Ronnie and Aileen McDilda, and their daughters Melissa McDilda Bolton and Angela McDilda Boyce.

RICHMOND - Attorney General Mark R. Herring has asked the Court to extend the deadline for voter registration by two days, through October 15, because of a registration system outage that lasted several hours, preventing Virginians from registering to vote on the final day before the deadlin…

BLACKSBURG—Experts take a proactive approach to protecting the public from potential food system crises before they unfold, and farmers, processors and retailers in the nation’s food system need similar protections from a variety of cyberthreats.

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In July, Tom Hines began his mission to stir enthusiasm to bring the Veteran of Foreign Wars organization to Emporia. Mission accomplished.

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W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Hannah Conway, Occupational Therapy Assistant, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for September.  There to congratulate Conway was Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services, Donna …

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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.

RICHMOND — The pandemic could be driving an increase in opioid overdoses, according to recently published data and insights from people who work in a local treatment center.

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When Mark Shiflett took over the reins as Southside Regional Jail Superintendent two years ago, he brought an annual Employee Appreciation get together event he had at his previous stop at Middle River in Staunton. Great food off the grill, fellowship, awards, clear skies, and pleasant tempe…

The City of Emporia and Greensville County registrars have both reported an increase in requests for “vote by mail” ballots, as well as early in-person voters since the election began on Sept. 18.

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COVID 19 created a pandemic where our schools had to end the 2019-2020 school year with virtual learning. Our teachers and staff met the challenge with courage and determination. Printed packages of educational resources and academic materials were provided for students that did not have int…