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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Therapist/Case Manager

(In-Patient)

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks licensed/licensed eligible clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting.  Virginia license, two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents, and residential experience are preferred. 

Competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.  JFBHS is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to: 

Chris Thompson
Re:  Job #: 2018-4
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org

VCU Health CMH is Upbeat about New Cardiologists

         

VCU Health CMH knows that cardiovascular (CV) disease is the most common cause of acute and chronic illness globally, in the U.S. and in Virginia. Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Virginia and stroke is the third cause of death in our state. It is predicted that CV patients will account for 15% of overall hospital utilization by the year 2028. With this information, it is clear, that local access to advanced diagnostic cardiovascular services is critical for the patients in our region.

VCU Health CMH recently increased the scope of cardiovascular services with the opening of our new hospital in November, 2017 and the addition of our in-house catheterization laboratory. Dr. Nimesh Patel, Cardiologist, has been providing cardiology services here since 2016. He performs diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in the new cath lab. Having diagnostic cardiac catheterization available helps to promote faster care and better clinical outcomes.

On July 2, 2018, VCU Health CMH, in collaboration with VCU Health in Richmond, took another leap forward with the addition of Dr. Bethany Denlinger and Dr. Jayanthi Koneru to our CMH Physician Services cardiology practice. Dr. Bethany Denlinger, who is no stranger to CMH, has been providing cardiology services to the area since 1995 through South Hill Internal Medicine & Critical Care, previously known as Dr. Strunk’s office. Dr. Denlinger has been traveling from Richmond three days each week since 1995 and for years was the only cardiology provider in the area. Dr. Denlinger will continue her travels to South Hill each week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but will now see patients at CMH Cardiology Services located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

Dr. Jayanthi Koneru is also well known in our area. He has been seeing patients and providing cardiology services through South Hill Family Medicine two days each month. Dr. Koneru specializes in cardiac electrophysiology/heart rhythms and will now provide services through CMH Cardiology Services.

In September, Dr. Khalid Mojadidi will join CMH Cardiology Services as a full-time cardiologist. Dr. Mojadidi is an Invasive Cardiologist and is currently at VCU Health in Richmond completing a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease.

Our patients and families can continue to expect the highest level of care -- today and well into the future, thanks to this team-based care. Having these cardiologists in one location will provide easier access to cardiology services and bring substantial expertise in the diagnosis and treatments for patients with heart disease and related conditions to our service area.

10 powerful Ways to Use Social Security Online

 

By Jacqueline Weisgarber, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

 

 

Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We’ve created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We’ve put together a top ten list of easy-to-use resources for you.

 

 

Want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social Security Matters is our blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov. There, you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos.

 

 

Our online calculators, such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life Expectancy Calculator, and the Early or Late Retirement Calculator, can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/calculators.

 

 

Apply for Social Security benefits online. This is the fastest, most convenient way to apply for retirement, spouses, disability, or Medicare benefits without visiting a local office or calling to speak to a representative; we can be found online at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits.

 

 

Lost or missing your Social Security card? Find out how to get a new, replacement, or corrected card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. In fact, you may be able to quickly request a replacement card online with a my Social Security account, if you meet certain qualifications, at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

 

Verify your annual earnings and review estimates of your future Social Security benefits when you access your Social Security Statement, one of the many services available with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

 

Do you have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? How do you apply for Social Security retirement benefits? What is your full retirement age? Discover the answers to your Social Security related questions at our Frequently Asked Questions page at www.socialsecurity.gov/faq.

 

 

Do you own a business? The Business Services Online Suite of Services allows organizations, businesses, individuals, employers, attorneys, non-attorneys representing Social Security claimants, and third-parties to exchange information with Social Security securely over the internet. Find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso/services.htm.

 

 

Have you dreamed of moving abroad? Learn how Social Security makes international payments and how you can do business with us from around the world at www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign.

 

 

Are you a veteran? Are you at mid-career? Maybe you’re new to the workforce. Find out how we fulfill your needs through life’s journey on our People Like Me page at www.socialsecurity.gov/people.

 

 

If you like to read and prefer to know all the details, our publications webpage is a library of helpful information. Access it at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

 

 

We make things simple, easy to use, and beneficial. And we’re always here to help you secure today and tomorrow, www.socialsecurity.gov.

Keeping Your Cool

 

 

By Dr. Al Roberts

 

 

As temperatures outside rise, indoor thermostats often respond by calling for cooler air. This ability to control the indoor environment helps people be more comfortable. It protects infants, children, medically vulnerable individuals, and the elderly from heat-related illnesses. It enables workers to be more productive.

In our current age, air conditioning is something many folks take for granted. To address this blasé attitude, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry observes Air Conditioning Appreciation Days every year from July 3 to August 15.

But how does one show appreciation to an air conditioner? One way is to learn how it works and how it all began.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) offers a simplified explanation: A chemical (called the refrigerant) circulates through a closed system that includes three main components where the refrigerant is compressed, condensed, and evaporated. During the process, the refrigerant undergoes changes in pressure and temperature. This enables indoor heat to be absorbed and transferred to the outdoor environment.

The process of cooling the air also accomplishes other tasks. Filters can reduce allergens and other airborne particulates, helping people with allergies or other respiratory problems breathe more comfortably. Also, in addition to removing heat, the process reduces humidity. In fact, air conditioning was invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier originally as a means to reduce humidity in a printing plant. Cooling was a by-product.

Another way to appreciate your air conditioner is to keep it well maintained. Industry experts offer these tips: replace air filters on a regular schedule; use fans to help circulate air; cover windows with curtains or blinds; and run appliances that generate heat, such as ovens, washers and dryers, and dishwashers, during the evening.

When things go awry, you can call on qualified HVAC technicians, the superheroes of sweltering summer days. HVAC technicians are trained to restore your cool and help AC equipment to operate at peak efficiency.

The demand for HVAC technicians is high across our state and nation, and qualified job candidates can earn above-average wages. Southside Virginia Community College offers two fast-track career studies programs for students wishing to embark on careers in the HVAC industry, a Basic program and an Advanced program. Both are housed at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill. The HVAC curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn how to install and repair residential and commercial HVAC systems. A solar component teaches students how a heat pump powered by solar panels can cool a house and reduce homeowners’ cooling bills.

For more information about entry into HVAC or other technical career pathways, call Chad Patton, SVCC’s Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, at 434-949-1038.

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.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Vocational Instructor: This is an academic program position.  The focus is to create a vocational technical and academic environment that provides inmates/detainees the opportunity to maximize their learning potential and achieve or enhance an ability to perform vocational tasks. JOB ORDER # 1385317

Corrections Officer: Correctional officers must follow procedures to maintain their personal safety as well as the safety of the inmates they oversee.  Duties:  * Enforce rules and keep order within jails or prisons * Supervise activities of inmates * Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet security and safety standards * Search inmates for contraband items * Report on inmate conduct * They maintain security by preventing disturbances, assaults, and escapes, and by inspecting facilities. JOB ORDER # 1384731

Unloader: Stocking, backroom, & receiving associates work to ensure customers can find all of the items they have on their shopping list. Depending on the shift you work, your job could include moving inventory in the backroom, unloading trucks, or helping customers while stocking shelves. From hot trucks in the summer to filling ice cream in the freezer, this fast paced job can be physically demanding. Unload trucks, sort products in the backroom, stock products on shelves, ensure aisles are neat and area is clean. JOB ORDER # 1383851

PCA, Nurse Aide, Certified Nursing Assistance: Seeking aids to provide patient care and perform other assigned duties under supervision and direction of nursing staff. Must be able to work in various assigned areas. Duties assigned will include but are not limited to: bathing, feeding, dressing and grooming patients. May assist in moving patients, changing linens, tidying patient rooms and providing other duties for care and comfort of patients. JOB ORDER # 1383781

Plant Maintenance Utility-Night Shift: Position is responsible for maintaining a clean plant area and performing assigned mechanic and oiler responsibilities. Inspects and cleans platforms, catwalks, foundations, etc. Reports plant conditions to appropriate personnel. Candidate will be expected to service all plant equipment. Perform oil, lube and filter service on all assigned equipment as directed. Provide assistance in equipment inspections and identify conditions (wear, alignment, function, etc.) and monitor performance as directed. Welding experience is a plus, but not required. JOB ORDER # 1383174      

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

Reading is Fun at the Library

Reading is fun at the Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program “Reading Takes You Everywhere”.

On Thursday, July 19, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will demonstrate the role agriculture plays making cookies. Events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, VA at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, VA at 2:00 PM.

Monday, July 23rd will feature Disney’s Ice Age: Collision Course (rated PG, 95 minutes). Ice Age: Collision Course will be shown at the Brunswick County Library at 10:30 AM, snacks welcomed. The Richardson Memorial Library will have a showing at 2:00 PM, snacks will be provided during the show. Children under age 10 must be supervised.

On Thursday, July 26, Impressions Theatre will present classic characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on a new adventure. Events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, VA at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, VA at 2:00 PM.

For more information about Summer Reading at the Library, please stop by or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilson Thomas, MBA as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 13. In his role as CEO, Thomas will be responsible for the strategic growth and day-to-day operations of SVRMC.

Thomas, an Alabama native, is currently Assistant Chief Executive Officer at North Okaloosa Medical Center (NOMC), a 110-bed hospital in Crestview, Florida. He was instrumental in leading the hospital’s renovation and construction projects and development of several new service lines, most notably Wound Care, Urology and Orthopedics.

“Wilson’s tireless energy, dedication and healthcare administrative background make him an excellent choice to lead our extraordinary team of professionals at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center,” says The Honorable Steve Bloom, Chairman, SVRMC Board of Trustees.

Thomas has more than 8 years of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to his work at NOMC, Thomas was Assistant Administrator with Sparks Health System (SHH) in Fort Smith, AR. At SHH he was responsible for opening the orthopedic and cardiology service lines. Thomas was also Director of Facility Operations and Safety Officer at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park, TX. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University.

“I’m impressed by the staff’s positive attitude and dedication. We will build on the strong foundation that currently exists and continue the high level of quality care while expanding services to fit the needs of the community” said Thomas.

An active member of the community, Thomas participates in the Rotary Club and American College of Healthcare Executives. He is excited to be relocating with his wife and new baby daughter to the Emporia and Greensville community.

Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. Declares Semi-Annual Dividend

KENBRIDGE, VA - Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. (BMBN), the Kenbridge-based hold­ing company for Benchmark Community Bank, recently announced the declaration of a semi-annual dividend of $0.25 per share to holders of common stock of the company.  The current dividend is an 8.7% increase from the dividend of $0.23 per share declared in December 2017.  

The record date for shareholders entitled to payment of the dividend will be the close of business, 4:00 P.M., on July 2, 2018, with payment to occur by July 31, 2018

The common stock of Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. trades on the OTC Pink marketplace under the symbol BMBN. Any stockbroker can assist with purchases of the company's stock, as well as with sales of holdings.

Benchmark Community Bank, founded in 1971, is head­quartered in Kenbridge, VA. It is the company's sole subsidiary which oper­ates fourteen banking offices through­out central Southside Vir­ginia and northern North Carolina. Additional information is available at the company’s website,www.BCBonline.com.

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ADVOCATES SUPPORT ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING’S LAWSUIT AGAINST PURDUE PHARMA FOR THEIR ROLE IN CREATING THE OPIOID CRISIS

RICHMOND-  On June 27, 2018, Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit in Tazewell County Circuit Court against Perdue Pharma accusing the company of profiting from the opioid crisis that it helped create and prolong through a years-long campaign of lies and deceit in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Below, elected officials and advocates voice their support for Attorney General Herring’s actions today.

“Right now we are in a fight for the lives of people in every corner of this Commonwealth who are currently battling opioid addiction or could become addicted soon. We have a responsibility to use every resource at our disposal to protect Virginians and hold companies accountable for misconduct. I applaud Attorney General Mark Herring and his team for taking bold action to fight the opioid crisis,” said Governor Ralph Northam

“Today we take a new step in our ongoing work to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Delegate Todd Pillion, who represents part of Southwest Virginia and has helped spearhead legislative efforts in the General Assembly. “Combined with legislative and executive action in Virginia, this lawsuit demonstrates the full commitment of the Commonwealth to take a stand against this scourge and the damage and heartbreak it has inflicted. This epidemic has robbed us of too many precious lives, ripped families apart, and depleted our communities and workforce. It is clear we should use whatever tools are available and necessary to pursue justice and hold accountable those companies who have contributed to this crisis through their schemes and misrepresentations.”

“The path to opioid addiction often starts with legal painkillers that are being over-prescribed and misused. Four out of five persons who are addicted to heroin began with prescription opioid drugs. The opioid epidemic has reached crisis level due to the introduction of synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, being mixed with heroin. This produces a drug that’s dramatically more addictive and that is largely responsible for the growing number of overdose fatalities. The opioid crisis knows no boundaries, effecting all demographics and socioeconomic groups. The typical opioid addict today is not someone sitting on a street corner with a needle in their arm, it is likely someone within your household or in your neighborhood,” Chief Maggie DeBoard, Herndon Chief of Police.

“I am happy the Attorney General has decided to proceed with a lawsuit against Purdue. I know of so many people that have gotten addicted to opiates because of these pills that are made by Purdue. When VA wins this case, funds should go to Authentic Peer to Peer Recovery Community Organizations like The McShin Foundation to deliver our same day services to those affected by addiction,” said Honesty Liller, CEO of the McShin Foundation

“Drug overdoses are just the tip of the iceberg in the current opioid crisis, which has been fueled by the production and distribution of prescription opioids and is impacting families across the Commonwealth. One needs to examine the devastating impact of increases in diseases like Hepatitis C, endocarditis, and HIV to truly appreciate the magnitude of this epidemic. As we continue to identify solutions to the current crisis, we must recognize that opioids represent merely the current drug trend in a much broader addiction epidemic that impacts countless lives across the country. To overcome this broader addiction epidemic, we must treat addiction as the chronic, relapsing disease that it is,” said Dr. Nick Restrepo, Medical Director at Valley Health in Winchester and Member of the North Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition

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SVCC Granted Reaccreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed accreditation for Southside Virginia Community College.  The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

SVCC was notified recently that the SACSCOC Board of Trustees reaffirmed accreditation on June 14, 2018.   The notification stated, “No additional report was requested. Your institution's next reaffirmation will take place in 2028 unless otherwise notified.”

Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “We are elated to receive the reaffirmation of accreditation for our college.  The reaccreditation process is a huge undertaking and we have been successful only due to the diligence and committed effort of the entire college community working towards one goal, one mission.”

Accreditation means that the institution has (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements.  Accreditation by SACSCOC is a statement of the institution’s continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.  Accreditation is necessary for SVCC to participate in Federal Financial Aid programs and for transfer credit acceptance by other universities and colleges. 

SACSCOC has six core values which are integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self-regulation, student learning, accountability and transparency.  The mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education established as part of the statewide system of community colleges created by the 1966 Virginia General Assembly.  The college serves the largest area of any of the community colleges in Virginia, a total of 4,200 square miles. The Christanna Campus in Alberta was opened in 1970 and the John H. Daneil Campus in Keysville was added a year later. The college operates off-campus sites also.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE STAFF PROMOTIONS

RICHMOND – Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, has announced two executive staff promotions and the retirement of veteran VSP leader, Lt. Col. George L. Daniels Jr. Effective June 10, 2018, Matthew D. Hanley was appointed to director of the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO) upon Daniels’ retirement. Hanley most recently served as director of the Office of Performance Management and Internal Controls (OPMIC).

“We are profoundly grateful to Lt. Col. Daniels for his esteemed professionalism and selfless leadership during his extensive tenure with state police,” said Settle. “As we wish him only the best in retirement, his legacy carries on with the appointment of Matt Hanley to director of our field operations. Lt. Col. Hanley’s considerable field experience and progressive thinking will be of great benefit to our patrol and traffic safety efforts across the Commonwealth.”

The BFO director oversees the majority of the Department’s uniformed personnel and is responsible for more than 1,700 sworn and civilian employees. Troopers under the director’s command are responsible for patrolling more than 64,000 miles of state roadways and interstate highways. In coordination with the BFO division commanders and other law enforcement agencies, the director is responsible for all aspects of highway safety, traffic law enforcement, aviation support, emergency medical evacuation, crime prevention, uniform law enforcement support to local agencies, and coordination of law enforcement in civil disturbances and disasters.

Effective July 10, 2018 was the promotion of Maj. Lenmuel S. Terry, BFO deputy director, to lieutenant colonel. Terry’s appointment is to director of OPMIC, a component of the Superintendent’s Office responsible for tracking, monitoring and guiding the Department’s progress towards prioritizing and sustaining agency objectives and strategies. OPMIC is comprised of the Department’s Staff Inspection, Internal Audit and Information Technology Security programs. Terry will also be instrumental in advancing VSP’s ongoing recruitment initiatives aimed at further expanding minority representation among the Department’s sworn and civilian ranks.

“The Virginia State Police is at a critical threshold as we embark on a comprehensive, strategic planning initiative and evolutionary shift towards 21st century policing methods. We are extremely fortunate to have Lt. Col. Terry, a veteran leader of our Department, taking the lead of OPMIC. His comprehensive knowledge of the Department will ensure we’re not only advancing operational, administrative, accreditation and internal auditing functions for the benefit of our personnel, but also for the services we provide the Commonwealth,” said Settle.

Effective Sept. 1, 2018, Daniels will conclude an esteemed 45-year career with state police. A Charlotte County, Va., native, he joined VSP in 1973. Upon graduation from the Academy, his first patrol assignment as a trooper was in South Hill. As he progressed through the ranks, Daniels was assigned to the Appomattox BFO Division Headquarters and the Lynchburg, Vansant and Charlottesville area offices. In 1993, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Personnel Division. He then transferred to the Training Division to serve as second in command of the Academy. In 2000, he achieved the rank of captain and served as the division commander for the BCI Criminal Intelligence Division (CID). As captain, he also served at the Chesapeake BFO Division headquarters and later as the BASS Promotional Administrator. Daniels was promoted to major in 2005 with his appointment to the position of BFO deputy director. He has served as BFO director since his promotion to lieutenant colonel Dec. 25, 2013.

Daniels is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) having earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration. He is also a graduate of the Police Administration Training Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the Commonwealth Management Institute (CMI) and the Virginia Executive Institute (VEI).  He has also received more than 45 commendations and recognitions during his tenure with VSP to include the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award, the American Legion Citation of Meritorious Service and a Virginia State Police Superintendent’s Award of Merit.

Terry is a 42-year veteran of VSP. Having joined the Department in 1976, his first patrol assignment as trooper was in Stafford County. As he moved up through the ranks, Terry has been assigned to the Caroline County, Chesapeake, and Fredericksburg area offices. A promotion to lieutenant brought him to the Richmond Field Division headquarters, where in 2001, he was appointed division commander. As captain he has also served as commander of both the VSP Professional Standards Unit and the VSP Academy. He has been serving as the BFO deputy director since January 2014. Terry achieved a master’s degree and post-baccalaureate certificate in criminal justice from VCU. The Pittsylvania County, Va., native holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mary Washington College and an associate’s degree in police science from Germanna Community College. Terry is also a graduate of the Professional Leadership School at the University of Richmond. He was elected class president while attending the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and VCU’s Public Safety Institute. He has received numerous commendations and certificates of achievement during his distinguished law enforcement career and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Army National Guard.

Hanley graduated the Virginia State Police Academy in May 1994 as a member of the 90th Basic Session. His first trooper assignment and promotion to sergeant were in the Department’s Fairfax Division. A promotion to first sergeant in 2006 took him to the Culpeper Division’s Warrenton area office. Four years later he accepted a promotion to lieutenant at the Culpeper Division headquarters, where he served as both the headquarters and field lieutenant. In 2014, Hanley advanced to the rank of captain and relocated to Richmond to serve as the Academy Training Officer. On May 10, 2017, Hanley joined the VSP executive staff upon his appointment to director of OPMIC.  The Massachusetts native is a graduate, cum laude, of Norwich University in Vt., with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He earned a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School (Center for Homeland Defense and Security) in California. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ National Criminal Justice Command College.

WARNER & KAINE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $900,000 TO HELP HOMELESS VIRGINIA VETS RE-ENTER THE WORKFORCE

~ Federal funds will go to community programs in Henrico, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke ~

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that three Virginia organizations will receive $891,303 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor to help homeless veterans re-enter the workforce.

The funds – in the form of three competitive Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants – include $227,263 for Total Action Against Poverty in Roanoke Valley, Inc.; $355,050 for STOP Inc., in Hampton Roads; and $308,990 for River City Comprehensive Counseling Services in Glen Allen, Va.

“Virginia’s veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to fight for our nation. Now, we need to fight for them and help ensure that they have the resources they need to succeed and thrive after completing their service,” said the Senators. “These grants will provide homeless veterans with counseling and a variety of career services in order to help them re-integrate into the workforce.”

HVRP funds are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards; local public agencies and nonprofit organizations; tribal governments; and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills training, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance. Grantees under the HVRP program will coordinate their efforts with other federal programs, such as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care program.

Sens. Warner and Kaine both have long records of advocating for the nation’s veterans through the appropriations process and legislation they have championed to reduce veteran homelessness, improve job training opportunities for veterans, and expand access to veterans’ health care.

Focusing On The Positive Generates Positive Results for SVCC Graduate

Hilton Bennett, 12.5 K up on Mount Royal.  Avid climber, SVCC alum keeps climbing for the top.

 

According to John W. Gardner, Educator and Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

There were times in life when Hilton Bennett could have used an eraser.  But since he could not erase some bad choices in his life, he made the best of a bad situation and turned his future around.

Incarcerated in Lunenburg Correctional Center in Victoria, Virginia, Bennett said that the trials he had in life made him rethink his next steps. 

“I could do nothing for the next seven years or I could do something positive,” he said.

Always a good student, he began teaching fellow inmates math, reading and other lessons mainly for something to do.   He enjoyed this positive activity and how it helped to pass the time.   Soon, he caught the attention of Ann Cavan, Regional Principal of the Department of Corrections School, who found him a job in the prison library and allowed him to tutor other inmates.

Southside Virginia Community College partners with the Virginia Department of Corrections to offer the Campus Within Walls program at the Lunenburg facility. The philosophy of the program is “We believe in the transformative power of education because we see it every day! With a college degree, men leaving prison are more likely to get good jobs and earn more money. Men who earn a degree while in prison are almost 50% less likely to return.”

“Within six months, I was enrolled in classes through SVCC,” Bennett said speaking of the program.   

It took about five years to complete his Associate’s degree from SVCC due to the scheduling of needed classes and funding availability.  Two years after his release, Bennett was invited to be the speaker at an SVCC Commencement ceremony at the prison.

Before he was incarcerated, he had a job, a house, a family and was prospering in life.    He said he realizes now that everything has worked out for the best and that he needed to have the experience of prison to arrive where he is today.

He currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Product Innovation from VCU’s da Vinci center.  He interns for a Biomedical Engineering firm designing Orthopedic Implants. He plans to start a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Medicine soon. 

In this semester alone, VCU has filed four patents for which he has been the primary engineer on.  These include a device that make the epidural space visible to anesthesiologists and a device that effectually treats the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the Military which is Pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

In another collaboration, Bennett and others are working on a device to prevent the loss of guide-wires during surgery.

“If a wire is left behind, he said, “It’s a risky situation for the patient.  The patient must undergo an additional procedure to have it removed,” he noted.

Bennett said that the team’s current design, a clip with lights and a buzzer, attaches to the wire to serve as a constant reminder to the physician or clinician that the wire is inside the patient’s body. Over the summer, Bennett is working on designing the mold for the device and developing prototypes out of different materials,” according to Invention Seeks to Prevent Wires from Being Left Inside Patients, which appeared on the VCU College of Engineering’s website on August 9, 2017.

In the article, W. Paul Murphy, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in the VCU School of Medicine, said working with engineers and others outside his field to solve real-world problems has been an exciting experience.

“To have folks like Hilton and Ben Ward say, ‘If you do it this way, the problem could be avoided,’” he said, “that’s been a blast.”

An avid rock climber, Bennett also started his own company in 2016 designing Traditional Climbing Gear for indoor use.

Recently, Bennett was a guest speaker at Vera Institute of Justice Conference held in Detroit, Michigan. The mission of Vera is “to drive change. To urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.”

Surprisingly, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, and Lisa L. Hudson, SVCC Campus Within Walls Coordinator, were both in the audience.  And, duly proud of one of the college’s own.

Dr. Anne Hayes, formerly Coordinator of Campus Within Walls at SVCC, said, “completing an associate degree served as a ‘reset button’ for Mr. Bennett.  He graduated SVCC with a 4.0.(Grade Point Average)”

Bennett believes education behind bars is key to making it possible for inmates to thrive on the outside.  He knows many who went through the SVCC program with him and have made the successful transition since being released. 

Not only is Bennett making his life better, his diligence and interest in finding solutions to problems that affect others is a great way for him to continue his pursuit of the positive.  

"Far North and Back"

The miles seemed guite endless
as I traveled in my car
yes eleven hundred and still counting
is well and deed quite far.
 
I went to visit with family
and also some close friends
now for this I  may be too old
but the want it never ends.
 
Now all seemed in the best of health
if you should consider age
yet I can't dwell upon this
for I'm on the same page.
 
Well these trips are now less frequent
and my doctor will intercede
he not only wants a reason for
but sometimes great must b e the need.
 
Spending time wisiting with family
is that how it should be
now up rhere they are quite close
but down here theres just me.
 
The next one is in the planning
yet I'm sure it is quite far off
yes I must build up my strength a bit
and somehow loose this cough!
 
Roy E. Schepp
.

Summer Feeding Program Locations Announced ***UPDATED***

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, andthere will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows:

                                                                                 

Location Days of Service

Greensville Elementary School

1011 Sussex Drive, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45– 9:00 am.; Lunch 10:45 am.–12:45 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45–8:30 am.; Lunch 11:00 am. – 12:30 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45–8:30 am.; Lunch 11:00 am. – 12:30 pm

William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library

100 Spring Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 11, 18, 25 Wednesday’s Only

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

July 2-July 31 Mondays & Thursday Only

Snack 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Word of Life Assembly of God

707 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

The Scottsdale Community

91 Scottsdale Drive, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 – July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Northwood Village Apartments

300 Lewis Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm

Brookridge Apartments

1325 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Main Street United Methodist Church

500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

El Shaddai Ministry

609 Halifax Street

Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane, Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Elnora Jarrell Worship Center

490 Liberty Road

Emporia, VA 23847

July 2 –July 31 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9:00 – 10:00 am

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm

**All sites will be closed July 4 & 5, 2018.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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