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Virginia State law requires that a child entering the sixth (6th) grade must have documentation on record that he/she received the Tdap vaccine.   You may take your child to the health department at 140 Uriah Branch Way on Mondays (except 7/31/2017) to be vaccinated.  Until the end of July, the hours are from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.  During August only, the extended schedule is from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Parents must be present with identification for the parent and the child and insurance information.  When your child receives the vaccine, please provide the record to E. W. Wyatt Middle School.  Children who do not receive this vaccine will NOT be allowed to start sixth grade.  Contact the Greensville County Health Department at (434)348-4235 if you have additional questions. 

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Part-time Sales & Service Rep: The Sales & Service Representative I handles client customer service transactions and processes traditional teller transactions. This associate identifies sales referrals to other branch associates while handling client servicing and transactions. Provides high quality customer service for all customers.   JO #1116122               

Registered Nurse: A minimum of one year of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse – RN. A valid nursing license in good standing. Current CPR certification. Good organizational and communication skills.   JO #1113651

Part-time Taxi Cab Driver:  Emporia based cab company seeking cab drivers. This is a job providing customer service and applicants must be able to meet employer's need to serve the public in a positive manner in their actions, delivery of service and communications with customers. Candidates hired should be able to work with minimal supervision and should be expected to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors and clients.JO #1112347

Part-time Receptionist/Office Assistant: Part time position (15 hours per week) assisting visitors, answering phones, typing correspondence, filing, ordering supplies, maintaining inventory and performing other office/clerical and reception duties as assigned. Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.    JO# 1112318  

Social Worker Care Coordinator: This position is regionally/locally based and meets with members to ensure ongoing care coordination services are identified and met using a person-centered approach. Provides communication and education regarding available services and community resources, communication with members on a monthly basis, or more frequently as requested, depending on the individuals needs and preferences.  JO #1114055

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

www.vawc.virginia.gov

New State Board Chair Focused on Increasing Community College Enrollments

RICHMOND – Eleanor Saslaw begins her yearlong term as the chair of the Virginia State Board for Community College this month, and she is focusing on increasing community college enrollment.

Serving on the board for the last three years – including one year as the Board’s vice chair – represents only a fraction of the experience Saslaw brings to the post. After all, the two-time college graduate has spent her entire career working in education. Her experience ranges from being a teacher, counselor and director of student services in Fairfax County Public Schools, to serving as the president of the Virginia Counselors Association, to serving as a member of and the president of the Virginia Board of Education.

Saslaw says educating an individual may just be the most important thing you can do for them and the community they live in.

“If you don’t educate people, you end up supporting them,” she said. “We want to see Virginians succeeding in the 21st century; that includes new Virginians. More education means a higher standard of living. It means our businesses thrive, and it means our tax base is strong. Our community colleges do a terrific job of helping people get there.”

Saslaw is placing a priority for the coming year on helping Virginia’s Community College serve more people. The colleges are seeking ways to reverse several years of enrollment declines. Saslaw wants the Board to ensure the colleges have the tools and knowledge to turn that around.

“Chancellor DuBois and I have been talking about that and he shares my concerns,” Saslaw said. “We’ve had good luck in the past using the task force model to address big, statewide challenges. It may be time to do that here.”

Saslaw was born in San Francisco and moved to the East Coast when she was eleven. She and her husband, state Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax County) moved to Virginia after getting married. They have a daughter who works as a lawyer in San Francisco.

“I feel like I gave something back with that one,” Saslaw said.

Saslaw has won numerous awards including the Friend of School Psychologists Award (2011) and Counselor of the Year (1998 and 1994). She has a master’s degree in secondary counseling and a bachelor’s degree in social studies education.
 

Great Fun at the Library

The Meherrin Regional Library System invites you to join us for Uncle Henry’s “Animals with Class” on Thursday, July 27th. This fun and educational show will feature animals and interesting facts about their habitats. This program will be held at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia.

Event begins promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis. For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Monday Morning Movies will conclude for the summer on Monday, July 31st with a showing of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast. This movie is rated PG and is 129 minutes long. The movie will be shown at 10:30 AM at both the Brunswick County Library and the Richardson Memorial Library. Snacks are welcomed. Children under the age of 10 must be supervised.

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter was born April 4, 1939 to the late Dora Wyche Easter and the late Sidney Stith in Emporia Virginia.

Frances formative years were spent in Emporia, more specifically in "White City". At an early age she accepted Christ at Royal Baptist Church. She was a 1956 graduate of Edward W. Wyatt High School. It was at Wyatt she met the love of her life.

In 1960, Frances married the late Joseph Harrison Carter and without reservations moved to the state of New Jersey to start their life. Their union was blessed with four daughters and a son. After many years in New Jersey they returned home to Emporia. 

Upon returning to Emporia, Frances became actively involved in the community. She reunited with Royal Baptist Church where she became the first female to be ordained a Deacon. Along with her childhood friend Mary Anderson and cousin Elosie Moore, she became an entrepreneur and they opened "CAM Hair Replacement Center . France's involvement in the community did not stop there. She was an active member of the Democratic Party, Save the Training School Committee, and the Black Pot Catering Service. Frances remained in Emporia until her health begin to decline. 

On the morning of July 14, 2017, the 24th Anniversary of her husband's departure, France transitioned. She was preceded in death by her daughters Sheree W. Moody and Gina C. Turner.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son Sherown Carter (Caprice); her daughters Lisa Saunders, Debra Carter and Jo Monique Drikard; her son-in-law Rickey Turner, her brother S. Delacy Stith (Leah); twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous cousins, countless friends and acquaintances. 

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson, 87, of Skippers, VA, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on July 21, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family. Elizabeth was a native of Garysburg, NC; daughter of the late John Arthur Suiter, Sr. and Myrtle Anderton Suiter. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, William Augustus Robinson, Sr.; sister, Peggy Watkins Slade; and brother, John Arthur Suiter, Jr. She is survived by her children: Susan Meares of Raleigh, NC and husband, Gary; William Augustus Robinson, Jr. of Skippers and his wife, Betsy; Martha Williamson of Chesapeake, VA and husband, Mark; Alice Kish of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Wayne; and Mary Strickler of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Charles; her grandchildren, Allison Meares Colquitt and husband Joseph; Matthew and Emily Robinson; Tyler, Brian and Stuart Williamson; Richard Kish and his wife Brooke; Mary Katherine and David Kish; and William Strickler; her sister-in-law, Joyce B. Suiter and many nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom she cherished dearly.

Elizabeth graduated from Weldon High School in 1948 and St. Mary’s College in 1950, and attended the Pan American Business School in Richmond, VA. She was a devoted wife and mother whose greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. All who experienced the warm embrace of her gracious hospitality were truly blessed. Elizabeth enjoyed serving in her community as a member of Spring United Methodist Church, the Riparian Women’s Club, the Women’s Committee of the Greensville County Farm Bureau, a Girl Scout leader, and a Cub Scout leader. In 1983 she began a Real Estate career in Emporia, VA which provided numerous opportunities for her to welcome and befriend many newcomers.

A special thanks is extended to the caregivers who loved and cared for our Mother while she was on hospice. Your compassion and many acts of kindness were a blessing.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Sunday, July 23rd at the Robinson's home (2385 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia). A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11a.m., July 24th, t Spring United Methodist Church, (697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia 23879). Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Wanda Allen Lankford

Wanda Allen Lankford, 61, passed away on July 20, 2017 at VCU MCV in Richmond, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Vincent Allen, and her brother, Larry Dean Allen. Wanda is survived by a daughter, Jessica Lankford Hevener and her husband Michael; her father, Lewis D. Allen; and brothers, J. W. Allen (Patricia), Randy Allen, Stanley Allen (Cindy), and Barry Allen; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Adam) and Ryan, Kathleen (Dwayne), Brianna and David; great nieces and nephews, Elijah, Dyson and Sarah; Rachel and Nate.

Wanda was a Nurse Practitioner who recently worked at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. She also worked at Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Lawrenceville, Virginia and worked for many years at Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia, Virginia.

Wanda was a caregiver to people and animals alike.  She loved her family and friends and would lend a helping hand to anyone.

Wanda was an active member of Purdy Baptist Church in Purdy, Virginia, where she sang in the choir.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.  The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Purdy Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. 

Virginia Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Richmond, VA, July 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Virginia, James M. Dunn today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

"The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Dunn. "If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, go to your county FSA office right now and submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1, 2017. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 4. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018.

Dr. Michael Tozzi Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Dr. Michael Tozzi to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Tozzi specializes in General Surgery.

Dr. Tozzi comes to VCU Health CMH with more than 18 years of medical experience and most recently worked for Halifax Surgical Associates in South Boston, VA.  Dr. Tozzi is not new to South Hill as he owned and operated his own practice, Lake Country Surgical P.L.C from 2002-2013 and was also a Staff Physician and the Director of the Outpatient Wound Care Clinic at CMH from 1999-2013. 

Dr. Tozzi received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in General Surgery from City Avenue Hospital, Germantown Hospital and Parkview Hospital, all located in Philadelphia.  He is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is married to his wife Angela and has two sons, Geoffrey and Jonathan, and a stepson Trevor.  He likes to spend his free time with his family and also enjoys reading and gardening.  Dr. Tozzi said, ”I am very excited to be joining the VCU staff and look forward to serving the community which has been my home since 1999.”

Dr. Tozzi is currently working at CMH Surgical Services located at 416 Durant Street in South Hill.  He is currently accepting new patients; to schedule an appointment call (434) 774-2581.

Dr. Tozzi joins Dr. Desiderio Rimon, Dr. Jose DeMoya and Dr. Yi Wei Zhang, all General Surgeons at CMH Surgical Services.  To view a full list of services visit:  cmhsurgicalservices.org

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces June Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Tammy Green has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for June 2017. Ms. Green, who works in SVRMC’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since October 2004.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for June was Responsiveness.  Ms. Green’s nomination included the following statement:  “Tammy is being nominated for the June Employee of the Month because of her keen responsiveness to our patients and their wellbeing.   Most notably, there was a recent event involving a patient, where Tammy’s proactive approach and responsiveness to his condition led to a change in his treatment plan and ultimately saved his life.  Tammy is a great ambassador for our hospital.  She is always smiling and brightening the day of our patients, physicians, and staff. She is a valued member of our team.”

As SVRMC’s June Employee of the Month, Ms. Green received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Assessing the Value of Education

By Dr. Al Roberts

Every year as the summer turns its focus toward the coming of autumn, back-to-school stories tend to proliferate in national and local media. One recurring theme seems to be the rising cost of college tuition and questions about its value and payback.

To be sure, college costs have risen, and they continue to rise. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute, released a report last year that documented the ways in which recession-related budgetary concerns led to cuts in the support of higher education. In 46 states, including Virginia, government spending per student continues to remain less than what it was prior to the beginning of the recession in 2008. In fact, based on inflation-adjusted dollars, funding for higher education in Virginia is now 22.5 percent less per student. Such reductions in support are one of the factors that contribute to rising tuition. In this fiscal climate, evaluating the return on investments in higher education seems fitting.

Some benefits fall outside the realm of dollars. College graduates tend to be healthier, more engaged in their communities, and better able to understand diverse points of view. In most assessments, however, the question of value revolves around expenditures and paybacks.

In Virginia, community colleges offer a lower-cost, value-based choice. According to information from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), tuition and mandatory fees for full-time, in-state undergraduates in Commonwealth’s four-year colleges averages $12,137. With fees of $9,989 for room and board, that yields a grand total of $22,126 per academic year. By comparison, here at Southside Virginia Community College in-state tuition and fees add up to $4,582.50 for 15 credit hours per semester for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Furthermore, 94 percent of beginning undergraduate students receive significant financial aid packages.

But what’s the payback?

College Measures, an initiative of the American Institutes for Research, studied that question. They found that students who graduate from a community college with an Associate’s degree in an occupational or technical field earn an average of $35,718 in the first year after graduation and $41,879 eight years after graduation. At VA.EdPays.org on-line you can download the entire report or interactively explore the data to learn more details about wage variations by field of study and region.  Additionally, students who earn an Associate’s degree in a transfer program can save approximately $35,000 on the cost of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree. They also have an opportunity to establish their academic competitiveness and get a clearer picture of their overall career goals.

For more information about your higher education choices and opportunities, contact SVCC at 434-949-1000. Our team of academic and workforce advisors can help you get the most value from your education dollars.

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.

Summer Feeding Program Sites Announced

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2017 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

1101 Sussex Drive

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:45 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 7:45 am – 8:30 am.

Lunch 10:45 am. – 12:00 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:30 am.

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library

100 Spring Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Thursday’s Only

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Word of Life Assembly of God

707 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:00 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Northwood Village Apartments

300 Lewis Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 12:30 pm

Brookridge Apartments

1325 Skippers Road

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Community Youth Center (CYC)

800 Halifax Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 29-July 29 Thursday – Saturday only

Snack only 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Main Street United Methodist Church

500 South Main Street

Emporia, VA 23847

June 28-July 27 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:30 am. – 1:30 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

 

**All sites will be closed July 3 & 4, 2017.

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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