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Career Opportunity

Youth Service Workers

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2016-14
E-mail:cthompson@jacksonfeild.org


The last day for the CYC Pool will be Saturday August 27, 2016 from 2 to 7.  Admission and refreshments will be free.  Sponsored by CYC, Ltd Board and GCHS Class of 1985.

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New Cardiologist Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill- Dr. Nimesh K. Patel recently joined the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital team as a cardiologist at CMH Cardiology and Pulmonology.

Dr. N. Patel comes to VCU Health CMH with more than 14 years of professional training and 10 years of work experience. His most recent employment was as a clinical faculty member at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has also completed professional training of Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship at the University of Florida. He has procedural skills in Echocardiography, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac CT, and Diagnostic Cardiac catheterization.

Dr. N. Patel received his MD in General Medicine at the Government Medical College in India, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, PA.  His certifications include:  The American Board of Internal Medicine, The American Board of Cardiology, The American Board of Echocardiography, The American Board of Nuclear Cardiology, The American Board of Hypertension and a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).

Dr. N. Patel is currently residing locally and said he is happy to live here and practice here to help the residents of our community.  His favorite hobbies include playing cricket, swimming and painting.

Dr. N. Patel is accepting new patients and referrals at CMH Cardiology and Pulmonology located at 200 East Ferrell Street in South Hill. To schedule an appointment, call (434) 447-2566.

2016 Brunswick Academy Fall Sports Teams

JV Volleyball team for Brunswick Academy for the 2016 Fall season.

Front Row:  All Captains (L-R): Sadler Lundy, Aaryn Babb, Naomi Sadler; Back Row:  (L-R):  Morgan Jamison, Sutton Montgomery, Alyssa Rivas, Darpan Jutela, Christian Williams, Austin Dornak, Kaitlyn Ottaway

2016 Varsity Football Team at Brunswick Academy.

First Row:  (L-R) Will Morris, Evan Abernathy, Drew Connell, Caleb Sasser, Jackson Combs, Ryan Powell; 2nd Row:  Sage Kallam, Davis Roberts, Kyle Tanner, Will Bryant, Kyle Branson, Reid Harrell, Nick Hobbs, Colin Washburn, Logan Rawlings; Back Row:  Bryant Poarch, Cole Moseley, Jackson Temple, Hunter Elliott, Chad Jones, Dawson Mitchell, Slayten Farmer, Adam Rutherford, Cole Bradley

SENIORS:  (L-R) Evan Abernathy, Hunter Elliott, Dawson Mitchell and Adam Rutherford

 

SVCC Recognizes Tobacco Commission Partnership

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission as a partner that has been, and continues to be, instrumental in providing resources to students in the form of scholarships and in the development and expansion of programs.

In making the presentation, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “the college has a history of making the most out of our individual and community partnerships. It is how our institution has grown over the years and how we are better able to serve our communities and all residents of Southside Virginia. Tonight, the SVCC Local Board and the SVCC Foundation Board would like to recognize The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly to promote growth and development in tobacco dependent communities.”

He noted that for over 15 years, SVCC and the communities served have partnered with the Commission. He said funds have assisted in the creation and development of many facilities and programs that are instrumental to SVCC. Centers, such as The Estes Community Center, the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the Clarksville Enrichment Complex, the Southside Virginia Education Center, and the Occupational Technical Center, allow SVCC to offer classes and programs that make education and training accessible throughout the 4,200 square-mile footprint. The Commission partnered with the communities in the development of these state-of-the-art facilities.  Programs offered by SVCC have been established and expanded because of Commission funding. Nursing, Welding, Precision Machining, Automotive, Truck Driver Training, Diesel Technology, Information Technology, Emergency Medical Services are all included and, the list goes on and on! The Commission has supported programs to encourage and assist students to complete their GED. It has provided scholarship assistance to help hundreds of students in their quest for education and training.                                                       

SVCC’s grateful appreciation was expressed with the presentation of  a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the Student Services and Learning Resource Center on the Daniel Campus.

Jacskon-Feild Homecoming

It’s time to start planning for this year’s “Homecoming”; so mark your calendars TODAY!

Let's face it...years are passing and our time is short; so please make every effort to attend this annual event. We’d love to see ALL our sisters from days gone by so make it a special afternoon to spend time with those who come to share and reminisce of memories as young girls at Jackson-Feild and check out our website at jacksonfeild.com!

We would love to see everyone, so please communicate with ANY sisters you may see or make contact with about our annual "Homecoming”.

It’s a time to celebrate and learn of our Legacy so please feel free to bring your family; spouses, children and grandchildren as well!

We would love to see EVERYONE attend this year, especially YOU…so please grace us with your presence!

"HOMECOMING" occurs every year...2nd Sunday of September..Mark your calendars NOW!  

Our event will be hosted at the on-site Community Building for Homecoming 2016!

Grace Church

9986 Purdy Road

Jarratt, Virginia 23867

September 11th

Noon 'til...

Bring a dish to pass and photos of the past!

SVCC Recognizes Employees for Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Nancy Turner of Kenbridge received her Thirty Year Award.  Brent Richey of South Hill (not pictured) received the Twenty Five Year Award.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Twenty Year Award are (Left to Right) Debra Andrews of Charlotte Court House, Matt Dunn of Keysville, Dr. Al Roberts of Emporia and Dr. Dixie Dalton of Kenbridge.  Not pictured is Duncan Quicke of Blackstone.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Fifteen Year Award are (Left to Right) Marysue Lewis of South Hill, Tim Jenkins of Kenbridge, Sharon Freeman of Lawrenceville and Stephen Capon of Keysville.  Not pictured are Mary Elkins, Teresa George, Mike King, Gunay Smith.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Ten Year Award are (Left to Right) Terri Milroy of Midlothian, Christy Lowery-Carter of South Boston, Janet Lenhart of Chase City, Stacy Hines-Bentley of Lynchburg, John Hays of Ashland and Alfonzo Seward of Lawrenceville.  Not picured is Christopher Dickerson.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Five Year Award are (Left to Right) Patricia Archer of Kenbridge, Mashonda Macklin of Lawrenceville, Bobby Lester of South Hill and William McGraw of Blackstone.  Not pictured is Pamela Taylor of Clarksville.  

"It's Our Job"

Remember not so long ago
Of the cold weather we complained
Yes and then it started again
When it seemed it always rained.
 
Well you can still hear those voices
If you stand in the right spot
Once again the weather has changed
and for most it is too hot.
 
We can talk about the weather
Though there's not much we can do
It's just "Mother Natures" way of trying
To please both me and you.
 
Now the weather makes one change their plans
Upon any given day
Yet it's something you must deal with
When you're on vacation far away.
 
Yes it's our job to complain
And we do it very well
Still when our favorite will come around
It's much too hard to tell.
 
Accept it as it is each day
Knowing that it soon could change
then perhaps it will be what you want
For the weather can be strange.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Jackson-Feild Promotes Gary Bryant to Residential Supervisor

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Gary Bryant has been promoted to the position of Residential Supervisor of Darden Cottage where he had been serving as a residential counselor.

In his new position, Bryant will be responsible for the daily operations of Darden Cottage and supervise the residents and staff of the cottage. He will be responsible for the implementation of curriculums and help with the development of new program initiatives.  He also will be responsible for ensuring that Darden Cottage operations comply with licensing and certification standards

He has worked in the field of children’s services and mental health since 1993. He has been on the staff at Jackson-Feild since 2010.

Mr. Bryant, a native of New Bern NC, is attending Southside Virginia Community College working toward his degree in human services.  Additionally, he is an intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Mr. Bryant is a youth pastor at First Anointed Christian Assembly in Lawrenceville VA.

He is the proud father of two grown children:  a son who works for a general contractor in Georgia, and a daughter serving in the United States Army.

Jackson-Feild congratulates Gary Bryant and thanks him for his dedication to all that he does both for JFBHS as well as for his community.

Drs. Gilbert and Tillar to Retire

Dr. Lowell H Gilbert, Optometrist and Dr. William T Tillar III, Optometrist are retiring due to health reasons and closing their practice and office in Emporia. It has been our pleasure serving this community. We sincerely appreciate your business..

Patient records will be available at Emporia Office at 508 Belfield Dr, Emporia, VA  until September 12, 2016.  434-634-5195.

After September 12th the records will be available at the office of Drs Gilbert and Farley, OD PC 3731 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 804-526-3676

SVCC Pins Nurses at Christianna Campus

Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College celebrated a Pinning Ceremony for Practical Nursing students successfully completing the program.  The students are (Left to Right): Jaquell Wilson from Prince George, Brandi Harrell from South Hill, Ashley Sadler from Brodnax, Brittany Cross from South Hill,  Cynthia Wilson from Emporia, Nickie Ervin from Fort Lee, Mandi Egnor from Dinwiddie, and  Lauren Upton from Dinwiddie.

So Many Choices

By Dr. Al Roberts

The Model T was America’s first automobile priced for the middle class. In writing about it, industrialist Henry Ford quipped, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”

Not all early cars were black. Cars built by craftsmen—and even some of the first production models of the Model T—sported different colors. The switch to all-black was made to accommodate nascent assembly lines and to overcome technical problems related to paints. The one-color-fits-all approach didn’t last long.

After the end of World War I, improvements in painting technologies opened the way for car manufacturers to offer a variety of colors. By 1926, even Henry Ford found himself bowing to customer demand and offering more choices.

It seems that in every area of human endeavor, individual needs based on unique circumstances call for customize solutions.

This is especially evident in education. Students come from diverse walks of life. They face multi-faceted challenges. Daily, they juggle numerous obligations, and each faces different sets of complications and worries.

For this reason, Southside Virginia Community College offers courses in a variety of places and with a wide array of scheduling options. SVCC serves students from more than seven different physical sites across its service area. Classes include those taught in traditional 16-week semesters, but others are available in shorter formats of twelve, ten, eight, five, or even four weeks. Some classes are held during the day; others meet at night.

And, just as improvements in painting technologies ushered in a rainbow of car color choices, the present internet age has introduced a host of new technologies for teaching. SVCC makes full use of these state-of-the-art developments to offer classes in a wide variety of formats, including online, hybrid, compressed video, and shared distance learning courses. Online course can be completed from anywhere with a computer and a reliable internet connection. Hybrid courses combine the benefits of seated and online components. Compressed video technology makes courses available at more locations by enabling instructors and students to connect with two-way communication tools. Furthermore, shared distance learning lets SVCC students broaden their online class choices to include offerings from other partner institutions.

So many choices! Yet, not every choice is right for every person. At SVCC, counselors work with each individual to customize a roadmap to success. This dedication to personalized assistance helps ensure that every individual finds just the right mix of class schedules, formats, and locations to successfully reach his or her chosen destination.

If you’re ready to start or to continue on an education journey, call 888-220-7822 or visit www.southside.edu for assistance in choosing the right education model for your lifestyle.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/register/ If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
 
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at www.vaemergency.gov so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov . 

Kids Kab Kommunity Kickback Planned

Southampton County.  On August 27 from 1 -7 pm the Kids Kab community organization will host a free Kommunity Kickback event at the Boykins Community Park in Boykins, VA.

The purpose of the Kommunity Kickback Is to provide activities for children and families in a positive atmosphere, raise awareness about Kids Kab services and programming and raise money for the organization through donations. The Kickback will encourage physical activity with a 3-Point Shootout, Around the World Shooting Contest, Free-Throw Contest, Tennis Ball Toss, 40-yard dash and will end with a kickball game. Children may also participate in bounce houses provided by Spacewalk of Suffolk. Free concessions will include hot dogs and hamburgers, waters, Gatorades, juice boxes and healthy choice baked chips. At the end of the event each child will receive a bag of school supplies to include pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and more. “It is my goal to keep kids mobile and motivated,” said Charles Cooper, Executive Director, “free school supplies and physical activity are two ways that we can do that.”

Donations will be accepted at the gate and Kids Kab t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local churches are providing donations of concession items. The organization is accepting school supplies donations as well. More information is available by emailing info@kidskab.org. To learn more about Kids Kab, please visit www.kidskab.org.

INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-lane closures. 

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

During construction there will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.asp

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO OBEY ROUTE 301 BRIDGE TRAFFIC AND DETOUR SIGNS

Virginia State Police to begin enforcement for reckless driving.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY – Safety is the biggest priority for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Hampton Roads District is urging motorists to obey all traffic and detour signs posted around the Route 301 Southbound Bridge Replacement Project in Greensville County.  Recently, drivers have been observed traveling the wrong way over the Route 301 Northbound Bridge to avoid the construction detour, resulting in several near-collisions.

Beginning today, January 4, 2016, Virginia State Police will step up enforcement near the bridge and issue reckless driving citations to motorists exhibiting dangerous driving patterns.  Drivers traveling southbound will use I-95 as the detour around the bridge closure.

The Route 301 Bridge Replacement Project is currently on schedule for completion in summer 2017.  The old bridge has been demolished, and crews are currently working on building the new bridge approaches.   For more information, please visit VDOT’s project website:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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