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Virginia, along with the rest of the United States, is currently in the grip of the worst COVID-19 surge yet thanks to the Omicron variant, causing residents to scramble to get themselves tested. In response, the Crater Health District has scheduled several public community testing events ac…

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Blake Jarratt pledged and promised to govern “according to the laws of democracy”, as the Emporia branch of the Jaycees formally installed her as the new president at its meeting Saturday night. Jarratt, who joined the Jaycees in March of 2020, becomes the first female president in the 55-ye…

RICHMOND – Only hours after being sworn in, the attorney general is announcing that investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and the Loudoun County Public Schools are officially open. Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed two executive orders granting Attorney General Jason Miyares the ability to …

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The Department of Criminal Justice awarded $15,501 in Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding to the Emporia Sheriff’s Office. The City Council appropriated the funds into the current general fund budget.

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The latest COVID-19 surge caused by the Omicron variant has wreaked havoc with school systems already dealing with the fallout from previous variants. Greensville County Public Schools have dealt with staffing shortages since the school year began, which have only been exacerbated by the new…

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s 74th governor on the steps of the state Capitol.

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congress A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act to take strong steps toward ensuring equal access to G.I. benefits. The legislation ensures that members of the National Guard and Reserve, who often serve side-by-side with their active-…

SOUTH HILL — Mary Hardin, of Bracey, Virginia, has worked at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) for 34 years. She worked her way up to vice president of patient care services and is responsible for the nursing care at VCU Health CMH. Hardin recently went above and beyond…

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has awarded a contract to operate Virginia’s mileage-based user fee program, which, beginning July 1, 2022, will allow drivers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles to pay a fee based on how many miles they drive instead of paying …

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When Alexandra Pope isn’t serving as a junior member of the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and earning her Emergency Vehicle Operator Class Certificate, she is excelling academically.

RICHMOND –  After an extensive evaluation process, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has chosen to offer the Handtevy suite of lifesaving tools to EMS agencies in the state. Handtevy is a national leader in pediatric emergency technology, and their…

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During the recent meeting of the Greensville County Water and Sewer Authority, assistant director Glen Gibson announced that the GCWSA recently obtained $54,444.04 in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Municipal Utility Assistance Pro…

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RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in preparation for a winter storm expected to move into Virginia over the weekend.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District crews are on the move and preparing for expected winter weather Sunday.

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Despite the ongoing pandemic and the infirmities that put them in the facility to begin with, the sounds of laughter and pleasant conversation echoed through the halls of Greensville Health and Rehab.

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A mistrial was recently declared in the case of a man charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, and felony murder, of a local citizen, because not enough prospective jurors showed up for the trial to be held.

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LAWRENCEVILLE – “I have been blessed with good health and great people to work with,” said Carl Wright, president of Carl Wright’s Garage. The garage is located at 131 Meherrin Beach off Christanna Highway, Route 46. The garage has been at this location since 1982. Before that Wright worked …

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced today that the Office of Vital Records (OVR) will be temporarily scaling back operations of its Call Center (804-662-6200) public call-in line, due to staffing shortages and COVID-19 infections affecting its employees.

RICHMOND—Governor Northam today took steps to increase Virginia’s hospital capacity and support healthcare workers responding to COVID-19, after a record number of hospitalizations were posted on Friday of last week. He issued a limited 30-day order to expand the number of available hospital…

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SOUTH HILL — Since Thursday, Jan. 6, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is seeing walk-in patients at a temporary urgent care clinic located at the current Occupational Health and Wellness clinic. This is located at 416 Durant Street, near the old hospital site on Buena …

The Greensville County Eagles basketball teams finally got on the court Friday in Windsor for the first time since Dec. 15. It was a mixed bag of results varsity boys defeating the host Dukes 67-36, the Lady Eagles came up short 50-42, and the GCHS junior varsity boys rolling to a 59-19 romp.

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Emporia Community and Economic Development Manager Beverly Hawthorne is pleased with the impact of the Shop Local Gift Card Match Program. Her plea to the City Council to approve a second round of the program passed 5-1 Tuesday.

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When Sarah Poarch retired from teaching in June, it did not stop her from working on her calling. Her mission of helping youth reach their potential continues with the soon-to-be E-commUNITY mentoring program.

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Leslie Acree started dabbling in Real Estate with Wilkie Real Estate in March of 2020 as a part of her retirement plan. The dental hygienist remains busy at Julie Hawley’s practice in Emporia. It turns out she is really good at her new profession.

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In October, the Greensville Emporia Department of Social Services and the Independent-Messenger gathered to plan for the 2021 Christmas Happiness Fund Drive to bring Christmas joy to approximately 300 Emporia-Greensville children that might not otherwise have a present to open on Christmas day.

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As you may know, on January 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first laboratory-confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Since that time, the Delta variant emerged and resulted in more infections than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain of the …

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For approximately six months, Catasha Porter wrote inspiring notes in her journal in her journey of faith. The Emporia native put her work into producing the book “Spoken Words of God, He Said What?”.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Family Care Center will be offering COVID vaccines for ages 5-11 Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The child must already be established with CMH Family Care, and you must make an appointment by …