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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.

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…

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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.

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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Emporia and Greensville County will not be left out of the spoils of the massive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed this November. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (airport code EMV) is in line for a grant which will provide $110,000 fo…

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As snow, sleet and rain continue to fall across various regions of Virginia today, Virginia State Police troopers continue to respond to traffic crashes and disabled vehicles caused by motorists driving too fast for conditions. State police is still asking people to avoid driving, unless abs…

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On Sept. 17, 1993, Greensville County High School offensive lineman Terrence Washington stepped on the football field with his teammates for a game against Southampton High School. Washington was not on the field very long. Four plays into the game, Washington was pulled off the field, escor…

WASHINGTON—Looking for a local U-pick pumpkin patch or a quaint bed-and-breakfast that serves farm-fresh eggs? You’ll soon be able to find these fun attractions with the touch of a finger.

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WASHINGTON—In preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is now mailing the National Agricultural Classification Survey to American farmers.

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On a typical weekday afternoon, the first thing you would notice upon walking into the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville is the commotion coming from the childcare rooms. Not this week, the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

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JARRATT — On Jarratt Avenue, just below the town’s water tower, sits Jarratt Hardware — a locally owned hardware store established in 1972 whose sign promises “Do it Best” service.