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GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.


Indoor/Outdoor Multi-family Yard Sale, Saturday August 17, 2019, 7a until 12p, 1209 West End Drive, Emporia, VA. Selling 50 plus years of contents of family home.

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***Updated-Upcoming CSX Railroad Crossing Closures-Updated***

The Following Rail Road Crossings in the City of Emporia and Greensville County will be closing on or near the dates below. Changes will be posted as they are made available. During the Closures both East Atlantic Street and Low Ground Road will remain open as detours.

As of this 8/15/2019, Southampton St, Hicksford Ave, and Greensville Ave. have closed

The plan for next week is as follows:

  • Briggs Street-Close on 8/19

  • Low Ground Road (will not close until Hicksford, Greensville, and Briggs all re-open)- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Liberty Road (Stage emergency response vehicles at crossing)- Tentative closure of 8/19 or 8/20

  • East Rock Bridge Road- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Bass Road-TBD

  • Rolling Acres Road-TBD

  • Forrest Road-TBD

 

(Editor's Note: Please check with your desitnation. On Thursday afternoon Hicksford Ave. was repoeneded after 3 pm)

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING SHUTS DOWN DECEPTIVE ORGANIZATION THAT EXPLOITED SERVICEMEMBERS

~ Multistate settlement includes $10,000 in payments and will shut down Hearts 2 Heroes, permanently ban owners from engaging in charitable solicitations ~

 

RICHMOND(August 14, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has led a coalition of four states to shut down a deceptive organization that exploited goodwill towards those in the military and misused funds that were supposed to benefit servicemembers serving overseas. The multistate settlement involves Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., a for-profit company doing business as Active Duty Support Services Inc., which made door-to-door sales of “care packages” ostensibly to be sent to service members overseas. Last summer, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Hearts 2 Heroes alleging that the company violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by misrepresenting the nature of the business and the care packages purchased, and by misusing donated funds. The lawsuit was announced as part of “Operation Donate with Honor”, a nationwide sweep to crackdown on fraudulent charities that exploit the name of America’s veteran community to solicit donations. As part of the settlement, the business has been shut down and the owners will be permanently banned from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization.
 
“Organizations who prey on the kindness of Virginians and deceptively solicit donations from folks who are hoping to help veterans or servicemembers are shameful and should be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I hope this settlement sends a strong message to other organizations that may have similar deceptive operations that they must follow through with their promises and be honest about where their money is going.”
 
The complaint, filed in Henrico County Circuit Court, alleges that Hearts 2 Heroes violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by:
  • leading prospective donors to believe that Hearts 2 Heroes is a charity, when it is not, and that donations made are tax deductible, when they are not;
  • delivering care packages, if delivered at all, to military bases in the United States, not overseas as represented;
  • representing to consumers that staff were veterans or volunteers when in fact those staff were not veterans or volunteers; and
  • employing staff who would “skim” cash donations for personal use.
 
The settlement reached by Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia includes injunctive relief in the form of a ban of the two owners from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization, as well as the dissolution of the business. The settlement also includes a $286,959.95 restitution judgment against the now-defunct company, which will be suspended but enforced if the other terms of the settlement are not complied with. Additionally the states will receive a total of $10,000. 
 
The settlement is in the form of a Consent Judgment that has been filed with the Henrico County Circuit Court for approval. The Commonwealth is represented in this matter by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky.

Otto Wachsmann Announces Candidacy for Virginia’s 75th House of Delegates District

Stony Creek, VA – Otto Wachsmann, a pharmacist and small business owner, announced his candidacy for the 75th House District, which encompasses all of Sussex, Southampton, Greensville, and Brunswick Counties, all of Franklin and Emporia City, and parts of Lunenburg County.

“Having lived most of my life in Sussex County, I have watched businesses close and jobs leave our region, our healthcare system fail our neighbors, with leaders in Richmond more interested in partisan politics than helping rebuild our community. As a small business owner and pharmacist, I have dedicated my career to serving my patients and our community. I am running for the House of Delegates because we need a new prescription for Southside that will make our community the best place to work and live for future generations,” Wachsmann said.

“My family has owned a locally operated pharmacy in Stony Creek for more than 50 years. I see on a daily basis the struggle those in our community have with paying for prescriptions and navigating the complex health insurance maze of requirements that even health care providers often do not understand.

As a small business owner, I also understand how important it is to promote policies that bring back and keep jobs in Southside. That starts with lowering taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, and investing in our students to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. We must make it a priority to keep great teachers in the classroom and that means our teachers need to be fairly compensated.”

As your delegate, I would be committed to working with you to solve these problems and more. I will work with anyone, regardless of party, to find creative solutions for the unique problems facing our region. We deserve a leader that will put our community ahead of politics. It is time for a new prescription for Southside.”

Otto Wachsmann is a pharmacist and owner of Stony Creek Pharmacy in Stony Creek, VA. The Pharmacy has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years, with his father Howard Wachsmann owning the store from 1966-2003. Otto is a graduate of Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree in Pharmacy in 1986. After graduation he worked in chain pharmacy as well as a number of independent pharmacies throughout Virginia. Otto has also spent time working for the A H Robins Company in Richmond where he gained a keen awareness with how prescription medications are marketed, priced, and the relationship between the drug manufacturer and the insurance industry.

In 1996, Otto served as the Director of Experiential Education at Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia for fix years. It was during this time that he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association from 1997-1998.

Otto and his wife Judy live in Sussex County and have two daughters, Katherine (Kate) and Kirsten. Born and raised in Sussex County, Otto has always had a passion for service. For 16 years he was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club.

Learn About All Things Agriculture at AgFest Field Day 2019

~Showcasing Innovation In Virginia’s Food Production~

Surry county farmer and retired Extension agent Clifton Slade talks with participants at VSU's Field Day about how to make the most of their farming operations and increase productivity.

nterested in learning how to raise healthy fish in freshwater, how to properly prepare soil for growing niche crops, such as hemp and blackberries, or how versatile livestock, such as sheep and goats, can add value to farming operations? Then AgFest Field Day 2019 is the place to be.

The field day will be held Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Randolph Farm at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

AgFest Field Day is a fun and informative event that is open to the community, including farmers, teachers, students and anyone interested in learning about agriculture production in Virginia. The day will include demonstrations and exhibits for every age range and experience level, from beginning farmers to experienced farmers, as well as vocational teachers and youth interested in learning about careers in agriculture.

Farmers can explore the latest techniques in aquaculture, goat and sheep management, hydroponics, aquaponics as well as learn about sustainable and urban agriculture initiatives. 4-H programs will provide middle- and high-school students with a rich, hands-on learning experience and teach them about careers in agriculture.

If you have any questions about this event or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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Brunswick Students Attend SVCC STEM Camp

    

    

Brunswick High School students were able to attend a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Camp held on the campus of Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) in Alberta this summer.  The supervisor of the camp is Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter who is an assistant professor of Mathematics on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

The first half of the camp focused on the current epidemic in the increase of cases of mumps and measles in the United States.  Students learned about the diseases, how they are spread, and symptoms.  Using their math skills, students explored if there was a correlation between the number of cases of mumps compared to the number of cases of measles.  They also computed the equation for the line of best fit to predict the cases of mumps and measles.

The second portion of the camp explored the decline in the bee population in the United States.  Students learned about the importance of bees to pollinate the plants that make many of the foods we consume today. They simulated how drones could deliver pollen to pollinate crops without the assistance of bees.  Students enjoyed sampling various kinds of honey and made beeswax candles the last day of the camp.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

CDL Class A Truck Driver:  Will assist with unloading. Responsible for keeping DOT logs and documents. Good attendance record and strong customer service skills. Must be willing to work on yard when not hauling product. No overnight-all local driving. Must have CDL class A license with 1 year minimum experience with flatbed trailer.  Job Order #1718017

Corrections Officer: Will provide security over adult offenders at the institution and while in transport, supervise the daily activities of offenders while observing and recording their behavior and movement to ensure their safe and secure confinement. Will interact with visitors, staff, offenders and public to maintain orderly and secure operations.  Job Order #1707142

CDL A Truck Driver:  Logging company in need of truck driver. Will drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Must have a clean driving record, no DUI, reckless driving, etc. Applicant must have knowledge of the logging industry.  Job Order #1708894

Career Counselor:  Must successfully provide comprehensive case management to assigned individuals, some with multiple barriers to employment, utilizing various career assessment, planning and related tools and activities. Will work collaboratively with the partner staff assisting in arranging for job interviews and additional services to remove barriers; monitoring participant performance throughout workforce programs and counseling participants so that all programmatic metrics are successfully met.  Job Order #1719495

Registered Nurse:  Will deliver care to patients who require unique treatment plans and the ability to leverage a broad range of nursing skills and knowledge. Make an exceptional difference in the lives of patients and their families dealing with end-stage renal failure or chronic kidney disease.   Job Order #1725364

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

www.vawc.virginia.gov

The Virginia Employment Commission is An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

La Comision de Empleo de Virginia es un empleador/programa con igualdad de portunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedido para personas con discapacidades

Changing Your Direct Deposit Information With Social Security

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

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments.

The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information with Social Security is by creating a my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once you create your account, you can update your bank information without leaving the comfort of your home. Another way to change your direct deposit is by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make the change over the phone. If you prefer to speak to someone in-person, you can visit your local Social Security office with the necessary information.

Because we are committed to protecting your personal information, we need some form of identification to verify who you are. If you are online, we verified your identity when you initially created your my Social Security account. All you need to do is log in at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount with your secure username and password to gain access to your information.

If you call Social Security, we will ask identifying questions to ensure we are speaking to the right person. If you visit the office, you will need to bring a driver’s license or some form of ID with you. Once we have identified that you are the correct person and are authorized to make changes on the Social Security record, all we need is the routing number, account number, and type of account established. We don’t ask for a voided check, nor do we obtain verification from the bank. Therefore, you should be sure you are providing accurate information to us.

Because you may be unsure if your direct deposit change will affect your next payment, we highly recommend that you do not close the old bank account until you have seen your first Social Security deposit in the new bank account. That way, you can feel secure you will receive your benefits on time, regardless of when the change was reported to Social Security.

When you have to report changes to your direct deposit, be sure to visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Social Security always strives to put you in control by providing the best experience and service no matter where, when, or how you decide to do business with us.

AG HERRING URGES VIDEO STREAMING INDUSTRY TO PROTECT YOUNG VIEWERS FROM TOBACCO

~ Coalition of 43 attorneys general provide policy guidelines to streaming industry to combat increasing use of tobacco products by young people ~

RICHMOND(August 8, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content, including smoking, vaping, or any other tobacco or nicotine product. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018. Smoking remains the number one preventable killer in the United States and causes over 480,000 deaths per year.
 
“The number of young people using e-cigarettes has risen at an alarming rate and the U.S. Surgeon General has said that exposure to tobacco in the media increases the likelihood of usage,” said Attorney General Herring. “Too many families in Virginia know the harmful effects of tobacco products all too well, which is why it’s so important to keep them out of the hands of young people. We need to make sure that entertainment companies are sending young people the right messages about tobacco usage instead of romanticizing something that could eventually kill them.”
 
In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that watching movies with tobacco imagery increases the likelihood that adolescents will become smokers. In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues urge the video streaming industry to adopt the following policies to protect young viewers from the ill effects of tobacco content:
 
  • Eliminate or exclude tobacco imagery, including smoking, vaping or the use of any tobacco or nicotine product, in all future original streamed content for young viewers, including any content rated TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14, G, PG, and PG-13, and ensure that any promotional material such as previews, trailers, image galleries, and clips be tobacco-free. Content with tobacco imagery should be rated TV-MA or R and only recommended to adult viewers. 

  • Only “recommend” or designate tobacco-free content for children, adolescents, families, and general audiences.
  • Improve or offer parental controls that are effective, prominent, and easy-to-use, that allow parents and guardians specifically to restrict access to all content with tobacco content, regardless of rating.
  • Mitigate the negative influence of tobacco content, from whatever source and with any rating, by streaming strong anti-smoking and/or anti-vaping public service announcements, as appropriate, before all videos with tobacco content.
 
In 1998, Attorneys General across the nation fought to enter into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which imposed major restrictions on tobacco company marketing practices and prohibits advertising aimed at youth. This included banning the advertisement of tobacco products on TV shows, movies and other video content. Despite the ban, studies by the public health organization Truth Initiative found a high rate of tobacco content in streamed videos that are popular with young viewers. In particular, the study discovered high rates of tobacco usage in TV-Y and TV-PG shows. Further, a 2018 study found the streamed videos that are most popular with young viewers feature higher rates of tobacco content than programs shown on traditional television. A 2019 report by the Truth Initiative showed that the danger has only grown in the past year. 
 
Joining Attorney General Herring in sending the letter are the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Ladies of Antioch UMC Donate to VCU Health CMH Garland Birthing Center

Antioch UMW  Seated: Nannie Sue Dawson Standing (left to right): Susan Moseley, Shirley Hite, Barbara Callis, Anne Day, Nancy Turner, Dawn Bacon, Ginny Arthur  

The ladies of Antioch United Methodist Women (Lunenburg Charge) held a program, inviting Terry Wootten, Nurse Midwife, to come and speak about Maternal and Child Health. In conjunction with the informative and enlightening program, they had a Baby Shower for "Anybody's Baby" and invited members of their congregation to join in the cause. Many useful items were collected, including clothing, blankets, socks, diapers, Vitron-C iron supplements, Latch Assist, and more. These items benefit underprivileged babies and mothers at the Garland Birthing Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. The employees and medical staff at the hospital are grateful for these donations and would also like to thank Providence United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church for their previous support.

Lynda Jennings King

 

9/24/1948 - 8/8/2019

Visitation Services

2 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

3 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

Lynda Jennings King, 70, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was the daughter of the late William and Mattie Jennings and also preceded in death by her son, Chris King. She is survived by her husband  Edward Marvin “Red” King; two sons, William King and wife Stacy and James Edward King and wife Lynette, daughter-in-law, Tabby Owen and husband John Michael; thirteen grandchildren, Sheree Coleman and husband Richard, Jesse King and loving companion Megan Burke, Mattie and Britt King, John Luke Owen, Austin, Stephen, and Chassity King, Jennifer Benton, Brittany Boland, Kathy Harvey, Ashley Musselman and Victoria Auton; seven great-grandchildren, Alia Wulf, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dunn, William Coleman, Addison and Dakota King and Zoe and Zane Auton; one sister, Marie Butler and husband Tommy, three brothers, Harold, Johnny and Butch Jennings.

Lynda adored children; A brilliant twinkle was evident in her eyes and her smile was infectious when she interacted with children. She was quick to get eye to eye with children and talk to them in a manner that put them at ease.  She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a devoted and loving grandmother who was always present.  She lives in their hearts and they will always remember her eyes full of infinite tenderness.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd, Skippers, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

SVHEC Welcomes New Community College Presidents

It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents. Dr. Jacqueline Gill-Powell, Danville Community College (DCC) and Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) took the helm of their respective institutions on July 1st. By virtue of their positions, they will each have a seat on the SVHEC’s Board of Trustees.

“We enjoyed a phenomenal day meeting and celebrating with our new Community College Presidents. Both presidents impressed me as sincere, down-to-earth, collaboratively-minded professionals who want to do what's best for students. I’m excited to work with them to strengthen our region,” said SVHEC Executive Director, Dr. Betty Adams.

Dr. Johnson stated, "We are excited about our partnership with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center! Many thanks to Dr. Adams, and the entire SVHEC Team, for the warm welcome and excellent tour provided during the recent reception in South Boston. We are looking forward to building a stronger partnership moving forward as we collaborate to better serve the workforce and educational needs of the Southside Virginia region."

The tour of SVHEC facilities provided Dr. Gill-Powell and Dr. Johnson with an opportunity to learn more about the SVHEC, their off-campus operations at the Center, and options for expanding the community colleges presence. A welcome reception provided community leaders and stakeholders with a chance to meet and introduce themselves to the new presidents.

“The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center provides a great opportunity for the people in Halifax County to receive a quality education at DCC and other institutions,” said Dr. Gill-Powell. “As I gain more understanding during my first year as president at DCC, I look forward to collaborating on future initiatives with SVHEC. Expanding on the key partnerships we have developed in South Boston and Halifax County to bring in-demand workforce training opportunities to the great people of Southern Virginia is something the three of us, Dr. Adams, Dr. Johnson, and myself do not take lightly and will make every effort to ensure the success of this new chapter together. I am humbled and honored to have been so warmly received by the community at the elaborate reception held on July 31st. I look forward to extending that same warmth and welcome to students, colleagues, and new industry partners as our regional economy continues its transformation.”

DCC and SVCC are founding partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, with a collaboration that dates back more than 30 years.  Today, the majority of students who attend classes at the Center are enrolled with one or both community colleges.

“The SVHEC can't be successful if our Community College Partners are not successful,” Adams stated. “I pledge that the SVHEC will do everything it can to support and complement the work of our Community Colleges, and to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Adams believes those future opportunities include:

  • Developing feeder programs from SVHEC technical programs to Community College Associate Degree programs;
  • Featuring Community College degrees in an upcoming marketing campaign;
  • Participating in the College & Career Readiness Initiative under the Halifax County Community Strategic Plan; and
  • Expanding the use of technology to livestream instruction from DCC & SVCC campuses to the SVHEC.

Chester Rotary Presents Corn Hole Sets to Jackson-Feild

On a hot summer evening members of the Chester Rotary Club met with residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to present six corn hole sets. Members of the club constructed the sets and residents helped them with the final assembly. The club also donated bags for each set.

The construction of these sets was a labor of love headed by Rotarian Peter Adler and his Rotarian helpers. The Chester Rotary Club has constructed sets for our charities and causes in the past.

After the final assembly of the legs and the presentation of the sets to the children the Rotarians, children and staff sat down to an old fashioned ice cream social. Brownies and cookies were also a part of the fare. Nothing tastes as great as ice cream on a hot summer night.

The residents of Jackson-Feild are most grateful to the Chester Rotarians for constructing these sets which will give them hours of enjoyment in the future.

SVCC Grad’s Cool Job Is A Family Tradition

By Meredith Feinman, SVCC Intern

Whitney Hawkins' job is cool because she followed in her parents’ footsteps by becoming a school teacher.  She grew up in Alberta, Virginia and attended Nottoway High School and the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia at the same time. 

Whitney said, “I chose to attend the governor's school while in high school because I wanted a head start when it was time for me to graduate and attend a university. Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)  allowed me to get a feel for college-level coursework while also allowing me to prepare myself to be successful for life after high school.” 

Since graduating from high school and SVCC with an Associate degree in General Studies, Whitney transferred to James Madison University where she majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching the following year. She now teaches kindergarten in Brunswick County Public Schools and was recently named Teacher of the Year for both her school, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, and the entire county. 

Her dad, Crawley Hawkins, teaches at Red Oak-Sturgeon and has been a teacher for 25 years and her mother, Priscilla, retired after 30 years in the classroom.  

Outside of teaching, Whitney runs a program called “Bike and Read”. In this program, students are provided with the opportunity to enjoy bike rides on a local trail, have lunch, and read books throughout the year. She also recently hosted an event called “The Mommy and Me Brunch,” where she celebrated all mothers do for their daughters and recognized key mothers from the local area. 

In the future, Whitney says she plans on “pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership with hopes of becoming a principal. I also would like to work on getting my summer Bike and Read program to be an official nonprofit organization.” Whitney also said, “Many people dream of moving far from home and establishing themselves, but I truly love making an impact here in my hometown.”

Looking back on her experience at SVCC, Whitney had these thoughts: “My time at SVCC was challenging but so well worth it. I was able to experience college-level course work while still in high school in a more personal setting, and I encountered some of the best professors such as Dr. Joyce Hurt, Mrs. Celeste Paynter, and many more. I also made lifelong friends who I am still in contact with to this day. I continue to rave about the wonderful experience I had while attending SVCC for governor's school, and recommend all high school students to look into it and apply if the opportunity arises for them.”

She is proof that you don’t have to land far from home to have a very rewarding and cool career!!

SVCC STEM Camp Students Launch Rocket Replicas of Apollo 11

Students work at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center on rockets at a STEM Camp offered through Southside Virginia Community College.  The Saturn V replicas of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon were successfully launched after being constructed by the students.  The camp was designed as a commemoration of the actual trip to the moon undertaken by Americans 50 years ago. 

During July of 2019, Associate Professor Brent Richey from Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) led a group of  Mecklenburg County students through a space camp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew completed the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy eight years prior: to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Held in South Hill’s Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, this camp was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The students spent two days creating four feet tall replicas (1/100 scale) of the Saturn V rocket that launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,  and Michael Collins into space.

On the third day of the camp, which was the actual date of the moon landing 50 years ago, the students got to see if their rockets would successfully launch. There were many excited spectators present at Parker Park to view launching of the model rockets including the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department who were there as a precaution. The spectators watched in wonder as all 20 rockets built by these young scientists launched as planned. 

Richey said, “The students had to commit to all four days of the camp, or not at all since there was no way to "catch up" if someone missed a day.  Also, the construction of the rockets is tedious but rewarding and there is no cost to participants.”  

He noted that the rocket kits are very detailed and the finished product makes a great display once finished properly.  

“Everyone got to keep his/her rocket after the launch, provided it survived,” he said.

SVCC Truck Driving School On The Road for 23 Years

Since opening the Truck Driver Training School in 1996, Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) has enrolled almost 2,800 students and 85% of those have completed the six-week course to earn the Commercial Driver’s License.  SVCC operates at three locations in Virginia, Pickett Park in Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia. 

There are about 70 trucking companies that actively recruit the graduates and many will graduate one day and go to work the next.  The average salary for beginning trained drivers is between $40,000 and $55,000 with benefits. 

Course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, safety procedures, daily logs, vehicle maintenance, security and fire protection, defensive driving, freight handling, highway driving and map reading and trip planning.  Training range exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills.

"Our graduates do a great job of staying in touch. They are constantly calling, texting, emailing, and even dropping by in their rigs to let us know about their wonderful experiences in the trucking profession. All of us at the Truck Driver Training School are honored to be able to  play even a small part in sharing with their success,” said C. Duncan Quicke, Coordinator

SVCC Truck Driver Training School

 Currently, SVCC is working with Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College to offer this training to their students at the South Boston site.  Tuition is $4,500 but the FastForward Credentialing Program may help pay tuition for qualifying Virginians and other scholarships are available.

Upcoming classes in Blackstone are September 9 through October  17, and November  4 through December 11 and in South Boston September 16 through October  24 and

November 18 through December 18.  For information, call Susan Early at 434 292 3101.

SVCC Offering Early Childhood Education Certificate

Do you enjoy working with children?  Come take courses in the Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate at Southside Virginia Community College this fall!  Registration is now open.

Program coursework includes College Success Skills; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Guiding the Behavior of Children; Health, Safety and Nutrition Education; Creative Activities for Children; and Coordinated Internship.  All classes will be available online, plus two will meet on alternating Tuesdays from 5-8pm this fall.  Guiding the Behavior of Children begins August 20, while Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education starts August 27.  Dean Dixie Dalton states, “We’re excited that students can earn six credits (of the sixteen required) by attending class one night per week utilizing a course model that combines seated and online work.”

The program prepares students to work with children in safe and healthy environments that are supportive of their individual development.  Career options include daycares, pre-schools and Head Start programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Dixie Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu.

What are you going to do this fall?

 

What are you going to do this fall?  How about signing up now for classes at Southside Virginia Community College?  Classes begin on Monday, August 19 but there is still time to register, apply for financial aid and meet with advisors and line up books and other supplies for college. 

Your mailbox should receive the printed schedule of classes soon.  There is a photo of the college’s new president, Dr. Quentin Johnson, and the new construction at the Christanna Campus on the cover.  Inside, there are so many classes and programs of study to take as well as Workforce Credentialing options in Certified Nurse Aide, Truck Driver Training, Power Line Worker and many others.  The college offers welding, the first two years of a university degree, networking and computer support, nursing, and much more.  There are plenty of clubs and student activities to round out the college experience. 

You can also view information about SVCC on the website at southside.edu  You can come to a campus or center or call 1-888-220-SVCC for more information as well.

Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking a Public Services Librarian for the W. E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia, VA. For details visit the Employment page at www.meherrinlib.org.

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