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2018-6-26

Jean Carter Watkins Saunders

Jean Carter Watkins Saunders passed away peacefully on June 24, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John Carter Watkins and Emma Webb Watkins She was preceded in death by her husband Carson Elmore Saunders and sisters, Emma Ruth Pritchard and Mary Morgan Little. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Meade Saunders and sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and his wife, Sherry; and James C. Saunders, and his wife, Michelle, all of Emporia; four grandchildren: Anne Curtis Saunders Vinson and her husband, Daniel of Richmond; Mary-Warren Saunders Marrs and her husband, Tyler of Amherst; Carter Saunders and Reagan Saunders, of Emporia and a great granddaughter, Adaline Marrs of Amherst.

Jean was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, served dinner at the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the United Methodist Women serving as president for several years and a charter member of the Margaret Parker Circle. She received two Life Membership Pins in recognition of her service. She was also a member of the Hicksford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She taught school for several years and always said children were her favorite people. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a. m. at Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA. 23847. Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Jackson-Feild’s Dr. Bowling Retires

 

 

 

On June 30, Dr. William D. Bowling will retire as Director of Education at Jackson-Feild’s on-campus Gwaltney School. For 24 years, he was progressive in creating and developing innovative educational services to meet the needs of children with severe mental health disorders.

Before Jackson-Feild, Bowling was a high school teacher; a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels; a Secondary School Supervisor; a Director of Instruction; and a Superintendent of School for several public school divisions.

As invaluable as Bowling’s background and experience has been to Jackson-Feild, it been especially so to its students. For students wanting to take college-level coursework, Bowling established online education programs with the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Brigham Young University.  He also partnered with Southside Virginia Community College to provide career and technical education.

Under Bowling’s leadership, classrooms at Gwaltney School were equipped with the technology necessary for distance learning. He developed the “student on a string” effort in which students who have left Jackson-Feild are able to remain enrolled in Gwaltney School so that they are able to complete their education and earn their GED. He outfitted the classrooms with the technology for distance learning.

Bowling’s career began in 1961 as a high school teacher primarily of math and science. His first administrative position was Principal of Gloucester High School followed by Principal in three other school divisions. He has also been the Director of Information Management for Essex County Schools, and an adjunct faculty member at Rappahannock Community College.

Bowling received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, his Master of Education Degree from the College of Williams & Mary, and his Doctorate from the University of Virginia. Along the way, he obtained numerous certificates from multiple universities.

Bowling will be deeply missed at Jackson-Feild.  His vision, foresight, and leadership have left an everlasting and indelible impact on everyone, especially the students who have attended Gwaltney School.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for May, 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Megan Llewallen, Registered Nurse, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Megan was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director.

Megan has been employed at VCU Health CMH for six months.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf from a patient’s family member stated, “Megan has amazing bedside manner.  She is very empathetic and caring with her patients.  She is a very knowledgeable nurse who is in this field for the right reasons.”  Megan’s director stated, “Megan brings her ‘A’ game every day she works.  Her focus on patient-centered care is noted by both her peers and patients.”

In addition to the award certificate, Megan received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Megan resides in Chase City, VA

GOVERNOR NORTHAM SIGNS ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING’S BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

~ Bill adds offenses related to human trafficking to the list of crimes for which bail can be denied, keeping traffickers in jail and protecting victims ~

NORFOLK (June 25, 2018) – In front of legislators, human trafficking victim advocates, and law enforcement officials, Governor Ralph Northam today signed human trafficking legislation championed by Attorney General Mark Herring. HB1260 (Mullin), recommended by the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force and carried by Delegate Mike Mullin, adds offenses related to human trafficking to the list of crimes for which bail can be denied, keeping traffickers in jail and better protecting trafficking victims.

“Human trafficking is a threat to public safety here in Virginia and across the United States,” said Governor Northam. “This legislation will help us prevent these crimes by making it more difficult for human traffickers to post bail and leave jail to intimidate witnesses or continue their criminal activity. I am proud to sign this legislation today and I thank Delegate Mullin and Attorney General Herring for their commitment to this issue.”

“Human trafficking is a dehumanizing crime that robs its victims of their dignity, their identity, and their freedom,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “This legislation is critical to protecting victims of human trafficking by keeping traffickers in jail and taking their control away. I want to thank the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force for their tireless work fighting this atrocious crime, and Governor Northam, Delegate Mullin and Delegate Dawn Adams for standing with me against human trafficking.”

While prosecuting traffickers, local law enforcement found that traffickers would pay their own bail and bail out their victims continuing the cycle of abuse and trafficking. This legislation, recommended by the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, will keep traffickers in jail and better protect their victims.

This legislation adds the following offenses that are attributable to human trafficking to the list of crimes for which there is a rebuttable presumption against admission to bail:

  • Taking or detaining a person for the purposes of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse,
  • Receiving money from procuring or placing a person in a house of prostitution or forced labor,
  • Receiving money from the earnings of a prostitute, and
  • Commercial sex trafficking, where the alleged victim is a family or household member.

“I am proud to see HB 1260 be signed into law today. This piece of legislation aims to disrupt the cycle of abuse in human trafficking here on the Peninsula and across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Delegate Mullin. “I want to thank the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Taskforce for their tireless efforts, and Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, and Delegate Dawn Adams for seeing it through the process of becoming law.”

“Protecting people that have been trafficked and abused is our mission, when legislation promotes survivor safety, it’s a shared win every time,” said Robin Gauthier, Executive Director, Samaritan House.

“In order to have successful human trafficking investigations, we must rescue and stabilize victims. The fact that now, in Virginia, bail can now be denied for offenses related to human trafficking serves as a significant tool in ensuring victims’ safety,” said Patrick J. Lechleitner, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Washington, D.C.

Human trafficking is a $150 billion dollar enterprise worldwide, and is widely considered one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The United Nations' International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands of victims here in the United States.

Combating human trafficking in Virginia has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. In November 2016, the Attorney General announced a $1.45 million grant that would help fund the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, which then launched in January of 2017. The Office of the Attorney General partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Samaritan House, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Virginia State Police, and law enforcement agencies from Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake for the task force. HB1260 is a recommendation from the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force.

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