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June 2018

Southside Virginia Community College wants you!!  There is still time to register for classes and  apply for Financial Aid for the upcoming semester starting August 20.  Come by to see us...  Go to SVCC's Christanna Campus in Alberta or the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville or a location  in Emporia, Blackstone, Chase City, South Boston,  or South HIll for individual help or visit SVCC online at Southside.edu.  Now is the time, SVCC is the place!!!!!

Summer Fun at the Library

The fun continues with the Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program “Reading Takes You Everywhere”.

Monday Movies on July 9th will feature Disney’s Cars 3 (rated G, 103 minutes). Cars 3 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 12, the YMCA of Emporia will host an Obstacle Course that will be sure to put the crowd in motion. 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.

    

AG HERRING JOINS BI-PARTISAN EFFORT TO FIGHT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD TERMINATE STATES’ ABILITY TO PREVENT PREDATORY LENDING

RICHMOND (June 28, 2018) – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring joined a bi-partisan effort urging U.S. Congressional leadership to vote againstHR 3299 (“Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017”) and HR 4439(“Modernizing Credit Opportunities Act”). The bipartisan coalition of 20 attorneys general sent a letter to leadership in the U.S. Senate expressing their opposition to the proposed legislation, which could potentially invalidate the state’s ability to limit interest rates on payday and other high interest loans, and undermine the state’s ability to enforce consumer protection laws.

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General has been to protect Virginians from predatory lenders that prey on individuals who are looking for a way out of a difficult financial position,” said Attorney General Herring. “We need stronger laws to protect Virginians and Americans from predatory loans, but these bills would weaken the consumer protection laws we already have in place. I join my fellow state attorneys general in urging Congress against the further restriction of a state’s ability to protect their citizens from abusive lenders.”

As the attorneys general expressed in the letter, HR 3299 and HR 4439 would constitute a substantial expansion of the preemption of state usury laws, which have long been recognized as the purview of the individual states. Over decades, states have crafted laws that create a careful balance between the need for access to credit and the need to ensure that loans are offered on terms that do not create consumer harm.

Attorney General Herring created the OAG's first Predatory Lending Unit to investigate and prosecute suspected violations of state and federal consumer lending statutes, including laws concerning payday loans, car title loans, consumer finance loans, mortgage loans, mortgage servicing, and foreclosure rescue services. The Unit also focuses on consumer education so Virginians are aware of the potential risks of these loans, as well as alternatives.

In recent years, Attorney General Herring and his team have focused on online lenders, which have been a growing percentage of the lending market, but can still present the same risks as any payday or motor vehicle title lender. To date, the Predatory Lending Unit has recovered more than $25 million in restitution and forgiven debt from online lenders, including $15.3 million from CashCall$4 million from MoneyKey$3.4 million from Opportunity Financial, and $2.7 million from MoneyLion.

During his administration, Attorney General Herring's Predatory Lending Unit has also successfully brought enforcement actions against, among others, motor vehicle title loan lendersonline payday lendersmortgage servicing companies, and pawnbrokers.

The coalition of Attorneys General signing the letter hail from: California, Colorado District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

You can find a copy of the letter here.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH MILESTONE YEARS OF SERVICE

Emporia, VA – EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently honored retirees and employees with milestone years of service in 2017 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week, where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift. Employees with twenty or more years of service were also presented with flowers. “Our strength is in our people,” said Jerad Hanlon, SVRMC’s Interim CEO. “Their hard work providing top quality care and service to the Emporia and Greensville County communities is a shining example of dedication to our patients.”

                                    

5-Year Awards

5 Year – Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Desha Powell, Surgical Tech, Sarah Jessee, Physical Therapist

10-Year Awards

10 year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Christina Pope, RN Surgical Services, Tom Clinedinst, Director of Plant Ops

15-Year Awards

15 Year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Kerrie Combs, RN Cardiac Rehab

25-Year Award

25 Year – Amanda Posey, LPN Abstractor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

30-Year Award

30 Year – Tammy Butler, RN Acute Care, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

35-Year Award

35 Year -  Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Lorenzo Dennis, Mental Health Tech, Patricia Horne, Nuclear Med. Tech, Ricky Mitchell, Accounting Clerk

40-Year Award

40 Year - Brenda Bowen Director of Case Mgmt, Kathy Matthews, Medical Records Coder, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

45 Year Award

45 Year – Faye Rawlings, Medical Records Clerk, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

48-Year Retiree

48 Year Retiree - Linda Burnette, CNO, Barbara Jordan 48 Years of Service, RN Nursing Supervisor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

Years of Service - No Picture Available:

  • 5 Year - Brenda Coleman, Security
  • 20 Year - Mozelle Rose, RN ICU

Retirees – No Picture Available:

  • 11 Year - Janet Arrington, Administrative Assistant
  • 12 Year - Dana Musser, Medical Technologist
  • 36 Year - Annie Odom, Unit Secretary

 

 

 

State Farm Partners with YOVASO and Virginia State Police to Expand Young Driver and Passenger Safety Programs

State Farm Agent Ryan Ostrander (center) presents the $60,000 check to YOVASO Program Manager Mary King (center).  Colonel Gary T. Settle, superintendent of the Virginia State Police (back row), other representatives of the Virginia State Police, and members of the YOVASO Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Council were also on hand to accept the check.

(SALEM, Va.)  —   State Farm is making a major contribution to young driver and passenger safety in Virginia through a grant recently awarded to Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO), a program of the Virginia State Police (VSP).

The $60,000 grant will help fund a variety of interactive programs that educate Virginia’s youth about the everyday risks they face in a motor vehicle and how to minimize those risks.  The funding will also support youth-led prevention efforts in schools and communities across the commonwealth.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in Virginia and nationwide,” explained Mary King, YOVASO program manager. “Through our partnership with Virginia State Police and State Farm, we will be able to combine resources to expand the types of safety programs that better reach and engage our youth.  We know that students like learning through interactive, hands-on experiences and by engaging with their peers, and these are the programs we will be working to expand during the upcoming school year.”

Through the State Farm grant, YOVASO plans to purchase additional equipment to support the Distracted and Impaired Driving simulator program and the ScanEd Physics of a Crash program currently provided in partnership with VSP.  Both programs are available to Virginia schools and allow students to see and experience the dangers of texting and driving, driving impaired, speeding, driving with too many passengers, and failing to buckle up.  Troopers work directly with students during both programs and are able to share their experiences working young driver-related crashes and their expertise on driving defensively.

Funding will also be used to expand the peer-led “Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up, Slow Down” and “Arrive Alive, Txt Later, Buckle Up Now” campaigns available to Virginia schools.  The “Save Your Tailgate” campaign is offered in the fall to increase seat belt use among youth and the “Arrive Alive” campaign is offered in the spring to remind youth to drive safely and responsibly during the high-risk warm weather months.  Training opportunities to prepare youth to lead the peer-to-peer campaigns will also be funded under the State Farm grant.

“Part of State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life.  We are committed to preventing teen driver crashes through multifaceted and interactive educational opportunities such as those provided by YOVASO and the Virginia State Police,” said Kate Beadle, State Farm spokesperson.

Representatives from State Farm awarded the check to YOVASO and VSP last week during the annual Summer Leadership Retreat in Harrisonburg.  Over 160 students and school advisors attended the retreat to train as youth traffic safety advocates and to action plan prevention strategies for their schools during the upcoming school year.

YOVASO is funded by the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office and has been in existence since 2001. Its mission is to engage, educate, and empower youth to influence a safe driving culture through leadership development and innovative outreach programs.  YOVASO is a service-learning and project-based learning program and is available at no cost to all Virginia high and middle schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information about YOVASO, the Distracted and Impaired Driving simulator program, or the ScanEd Physics of a Crash program, visit www.yovaso.org  and click on resources or contact the office at (540) 375-9581.

StreetSafe, a behind-the-wheel life saving driving program based in North Carolina, is one of the many programs State Farm is helping to fund in Virginia.  The StreetSafe program was one of many interactive programs offered during YOVASO and VSP’s annual Summer Leadership Retreat held June 18-21 at JMU in Harrisonburg for high school students and their school advisors.

BA's Slayten Farmer to Play Baseball at PDCCC

Front Row:  (L-R) Deborah Owen,  Brunswick Academy Interim Head of School, Becky Farmer, Slayten Farmer and Brittney Weidman, Head  of the Upper School; Back Row: (L-R) Dwayne Farmer and David Mitchell, Coach, Paul D. Camp Community College

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Slayten Farmer has signed a letter of intent to play Baseball at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin. He is  a member of the Brunswick Academy Class of 2018, has been recruited as either a Catcher or 1st Baseman.  

Slayten is the son of Dwayne and Becky Farmer of Lawrenceville ,and  the Grandson of Judy and Sammy Clary of Lawrenceville and Gertrude Wheeler of Gasburg.

Ruby Morris Perkins

With the sunrise on Sunday 24 June 2018, after a seven year battle with Alzheimer’s, beloved wife and mother Ruby Lois Morris Perkins passed gently into God’s loving embrace where there is no pain and she is her feisty self once again.  Born 2 July 1932 in Waynesboro, VA, Mom is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Hugh Lee Perkins, four children, Ricky (Janet), Gil (Susan), Phil (Dawn), and Mary (Susan), together with eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, adoptive son Eric, and was adoptive grandmother to two.  Always ready with a warm embrace and kiss when Dad came home from work, with our father she taught her children love, integrity, respect, tolerance, excellence, the value of hard work and education, inspiring us to become an architect, author, attorney, incredible salesman, and registered nurse.  She taught us to know our past, appreciate where we came from, and to carry our heritage with us into the future.

The daughter of Eleanor Padgett Morris and Harry Austin Morris, and raised by Mary Morris Holtzclaw, Mom is preceded in death by her four sisters, Eloise Chalkley, Joyce DeLeo, Hazel Hicks, Helen Morris, and many close friends, including many from her time at Jackson-Feild Episcopal Home for Girls. A 1950 graduate of Greensville County High School, Ruby was a telephone operator, skilled seamstress, industrial worker, school bus driver, and hospital volunteer for almost twenty years at John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell.  Mom celebrated Christmas with undeniable joy and enthusiasm, building up each year’s season months in advance; for many years she planned and directed the annual Grace Church Christmas pageant.  She loved a good game of Scrabble or Rook, as well as creative cooking, decorating, renovating, and loved traveling, the mountains, birds, her cats, and her dog Schnipples.

The family will receive family and friends at a memorial service celebrating her life to be held at Grace Church Purdy, 9986 Purdy Rd, Jarratt, Va., on Saturday 30 June, 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers the family asks your consideration of donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), Animal Care Sanctuary (animalcaresanctuary.org), or Colonial Heights Fire & EMS.

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.

39 NEW TROOPERS JOIN THE RANKS OF THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

RICHMOND – On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Commonwealth will graduate its 128th generation of Virginia State Troopers. The 39 new troopers will be presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County.

The new troopers, all of whom entered the Academy as pre-certified law enforcement officers, have received more than 300 hours of classroom and field instruction in nearly 50 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival and crisis management. The members of the 128th Basic Session began their eight weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy on April 26, 2018.

The soon-to-be graduates of the 128th Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, including King George County, Fredericksburg, Chesapeake, Rappahannock, Lynchburg, Danville and Wise County.

Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning July 5, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.

128th BASIC GRADUATING CLASS

Name

Hometown

VSP Duty Assignment

Joshua Joseph Angel

Courtland

Southampton

Christopher Cory Angell

Lynch Station

Campbell

Aobidulla Aziz

Ashburn

Fairfax

Steven Richard Ball

Bassett

Henry

Benjamin Ira Bone

Richmond

Henrico

Roman Borshch

Hopewell

Prince George

James Robert Brooks

Suffolk

Hampton

Sara Katherine Burke-Smith

Rappahannock

Culpeper

David Newton Clark

Nathalie

Halifax

Jarrett Steven Combs

Hillsville

Wythe

Joel Patrick Crigger

Crockett

Bland

Mark Alton Daulton

Lynchburg

Campbell

Travis Wayne Eastridge

Danville

Pittsylvania 

David Matthew Fleenor

Bumpass

Hanover 

Kyle Patrick Gibson

Blue Ridge

Bedford

Andrew Paul Hansen

Fredericksburg

Stafford

Joshua Lee Harris

Smithfield

Hampton/Newport News

Larry Lee Holmes

Nassawadox

Chesapeake

Justin Curtis Joiner

Penn  Laird

Rockingham

Joshua Wayne Joseph

Weyers Cave

Rockingham

Heather Elyse Kelly

Harrisonburg

Rockingham

Aaron Michael Lawson

Wise

Dickenson

Chad Allen Lightner

Head Waters

Highland

James Travis Lotts

Stuarts Draft

Augusta

Matthew Charles McCrory

Powhatan

Chesterfield

Stuart Dale Pauley

Meadowview

Frederick

John Ephrim Piersol

King George

Stafford

Raphael Alexis Pilato

Chesapeake

Norfolk

Michael David Rose

Clintwood

Wytheville  (Special Agent Accountant)

Pedro Yobani Aguilar Salamanca

Pulaski

Bland

Mark Casey Scott

Lynchburg

Appomattox

Christopher Shane Simpkins

Danville

Pittsylvania 

Clint Lee Slaughter

Bland

Bland

Jacob Alan Vaughan

Galax

Wythe

Samuel Heath Viars

Max Meadows

Bland

Jason Roy Ward

Glen Allen

Hanover

Michael Shawn Ward

Topping

Middlesex

Terry Edward Woods

Galax

Fairfax

James Edward Yarrington, III

Saluda

King and Queen

Summer Reading is Fun for the Family

The Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program features events and movies that are sure to delight children of all ages. Events begin Thursday, June 28th, with Monday Movies beginning July 2nd.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” 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.

On Thursday, June 28th, the first program kicks off with Mad Science, “Up, Up, & Away”, an interactive show featuring hot air balloons, vortex generators, and flying toilet paper that will help children understand the power of air. Monday Movies will begin July 2nd with Disney’s Planes (rated G, 90 minutes). Disney’s Planes 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.

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, Southside Physicians Network, Southside College of Health Sciences and Southside Regional Medical Center Volunteer Medical Services to Emporia’s Remote Area Medical Event

Emporia, VA – On June 23rd and 24th volunteers from Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC), Southside Physicians Network (SPN), Southside College of Health Sciences and Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will be volunteering their time and medical services to Emporia’s second Remote Area Medical Event (RAM). RAM is non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics that provide free healthcare to those in need. This weekend dentists and physicians will be available along with hearing aids and glasses for this who cannot afford them.

SVRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Burnette has been on the front lines planning the RAM event and says, “It is important to remember there are people who cannot afford basic healthcare.” Staff from Emporia, Colonial Heights and Petersburg are donating their skills, the use of wheelchairs, disposable sheets, patient supply bags and providing the locations needed for follow-up calls from the physician about a person’s lab results.

If you or someone you know needs medical service we encourage you to attend.

June 23-24

Greensville High School

403 Harding Street 
Emporia, VA 23847

The patient parking lot will open no later than midnight. Numbered patient admission tickets will be given out beginning at 3 AM, one ticket per patient. Clinic doors will open at 6 AM. Patients will be admitted in numerical order by ticket # and a ticket is required for admission. Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to time constraints, be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information visit the RAM website: https://www.ramusa.org/event/emporia-virginia/

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WARN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SCAMS

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police has recently been alerted to an alarming increase in phone scams targeting seniors and, especially, convicted sex offenders. The consistent theme among these scams has been phone fraudsters threatening people into paying hundreds of dollars in gift cards to the caller.

One popular scam making its rounds across the Commonwealth is where the caller says a relative has been arrested and incarcerated, and is in need of a substantial amount of money in order to be released from jail. The phone fraudster can be very convincing by providing extensive personal information (i.e., date of birth, address, social security number, other family members’ names) about the relative who is supposedly in need of help.

The Virginia State Police are also getting numerous calls from convicted sex offenders in the Northern Virginia region who are being told there is a warrant out for their arrest. The sex offender is advised not to call the Virginia State Police and that the only way to adjudicate the warrant is by paying off a fine. Virginia law prohibits unlawful use of the information provided on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for purposes of intimidating or harassing an individual listed on the registry. Willful violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

With both cons, the scammer provides instruction on how the payment should be submitted, usually through an “eGift” cash card or similar payment to a specified account or name given by the caller. The scammer will often pressure, threaten and be verbally abusive in order to intimidate the victim into complying with the scammer’s demands.

The scammer will often manipulate caller ID, which is known as “spoofing,” to make the number appear to come from a nearby state police office or a local police or sheriff’s office. These scam artists use pre-paid phones and many times are not even in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred, making their apprehension difficult.

If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency or the Virginia State Police. Complaints can also be made to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which works with other law enforcement agencies to bring scam artists to justice and put an end to unfair and misleading business practices. If you have a complaint, file it online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

GOODWILL TO OPEN ITS FIRST RETAIL STORE AND DONATION SITE IN EMPORIA

~Newest Location Expands Goodwill’s Footprint into Southern Virginia~

 

EMPORIA, VA (June 19, 2018) - Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia will open its first retail store and donation site in Emporia on June 21. Goodwill converted a former CVS store to create the 5,900-square foot site at 306A W. Atlantic St., just south of Route 58 and less than a mile from Interstate 95.

A ribbon-cutting will take place on June 21 at 9 a.m. at the store. Goodwill will have giveaway prizes to the first 100 shoppers each day on June 21, 22 and 23.

“Our move into Emporia shows our commitment to bringing quality goods at great prices to shoppers in Southern Virginia,” said Bill Carlson, Goodwill’s chief operating officer. “We are excited to open a new store in an area that is currently without a Goodwill presence. We will have an immediate impact on the local economy, bringing new jobs to the area. Also, donors who give their gently used goods will be part of keeping 40 million pounds of goods out of local landfills,” Carlson added.

Goodwill operates six attended donation sites and accepts donations at its 18 retail stores across the Central Virginia region.

For a list of items accepted at Goodwill stores and donation sites, click here.

City Council Passes Budget with no Water/Sewer Increases After All

A public hearing for a Zoning Amendment Request to permit an Adult Day Support Facility on South Main Street occurred just before the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The request was submitted by Tony Vincent, who plans on turning the building into an Adult Day Care center where clients can come for 6 hours a day for activities, with no overnight care provided. According to the application, clients will receive one hot meal and two snacks each day.

The Planning Commission and Staff both recommended approval of the Zoning Amendment to add “Adult Day Support Facility” to the permitted uses in the City’s C-1 zones.

No citizens spoke during the public hearing.

After the close of the Public Hearing, City Council entered into the regular meeting.

The first order of business after the approval of the agenda, minutes, reports and bills was the presentation of a plaque to outgoing City Manager Brian Thrower. Mr. Thrower is leaving to take a job in Smithfield and this was his last City Council meeting; his last day with the City is June 29th.

After a closed session at the end of the meeting, Assistant City Manager Dr. Edwin Daley was appointed as the Interim City Manager and a search for a replacement will begin.

Old business on the agenda was the passage of the FY2019 budget. The 2.75% rate increases reported on EmporiaNews.com after the June 5 meeting have been removed, and there are now no rate, fee or tax increases in the budget.

The FY2019 budget includes increases to make Emergency Services a full time position, three new cruisers for the Emporia Police Department, a new cruiser and part-time deputy for the Emporia Sheriff’s Department. Also included in the budget was a 2% COLA increase for city employees.

With this budget the City Council has scrapped the idea of a new City Hall and/or Police Station, saving over $7 million.

With the budgets passed, Council moved on to the new business, approving the Zoning Amendment from the earlier public hearing, appropriated some additional sales tax money to Greensville County for GCPS and passed a resolution for the Independence Day fireworks. City Council also heard from the Auditor, and that information will appear as a stand-alone story on EmporiaNews.com at a later date.

During the public comments section, Becky Walker, Director of the Meherrin Regional Library System stood to thank council for their continued support of the Library, both through financing and facilities. Ms. Walker added that there were exciting things happening at the library. The Summer Reading Program started on June 1st and will continue through the summer. During July, the Richardson Memorial Library will participate in the summer feeding program, serving lunch one day a week and snacks two others.

In addition to the Summer Reading Program, the Library has added new online resources, including Ancestry for Libraries, the A-Z Database – a job hunting resource, and Universal Class – online classes that offer continuing education credits in over 500 topics.

Debra Brown, President of the local NAACP and a national board member spoke about polling place issues on Primary Election Day. The polls for Districts 5 and 7 did not open on time. The key that the poll workers had would not open the door and the Fire Chief could not be reached. The polling place was only opened because two fire-fighters showed up at 6:30. After the poll workers, including an member of the Electoral Board finally gained entry to the building, they discovered that the lock was not functioning because it had been taped.

When the General Registrar was able to reach the Fire Chief, it was at his place of business. The response to the concerns of the Director of Elections was “we don’t want y’all” here anyway.

Mrs. Brown addressed the Council directly, “I want to know who are the ‘we’ and who are the ‘y’all’?” She also added that concerns were raised when the polling place for District 5 was moved to that location, stating that the City Council was told then that there would be problems, and the problems have started.

Mrs. Brown reminded Council that while they no longer administered the Volunteer Fire Department, they did continue to fund the operation, adding that the building was a designated polling place and should remain available.

Mrs. Brown also shared a complaint made to her about the practices for renting the fire hall. An African-American family had used the facility for a graduation party, and another African-American family was planning using the facility the next weekend for a birthday party. The second family was apparently told, by the Fire Chief, that they [African-Americans] could not rent the facility on consecutive weekends. Mrs. Brown asked that there be a designated person to handle the bookings for the facility, as is the practice at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Greensville County High School, Golden Leaf Commons and the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Mrs. Brown also had another concern, and asked the Secretary of the NAACP to read a letter to City Council. The text of that letter is here:

This letter is written with great consternation over comments made by Councilman F. Woodrow Harris to Dr. Angela B. Wilson, Division Superintendent of Public Schools in Greensville County, Virginia.

It is reported that during Dr. Wilson’s presentation to City Council, Councilman Harris referred to Dr. Wilson in his pontificating and stated “… what you don’t understand little girl…” As President of the Local Unit of the NAACP and a member of its National Board of Directors, I, along with our membership here in Greensville Emporia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and across this Nation, are appalled at the lack of respect shown to Dr. Wilson.

Mr. Harris’ poor lack of judgement and professionalism reflects volumes on the decorum of City Council and its members. Councilman Harris’ degrading remarks harken back to the days of “Jim Crow” when some Caucasians found it acceptable to refer to grown adult African-American ladies and gentlemen as boy, girl, missy, aunt, uncle or other racially degrading misnomers. The decorum of the whole of City Council is brought into question due to the absence of any member of Council for not admonishing Councilman Harris for his words and lack of respect right then and there when he uttered such drivel for the entire City to hear. Thusly, an outside observer would feel it was the consensus due to the deafening silence from any member of City Council. We can only hope that this is not the case.

We realize that some words are spoken with intent and reflect one’s absolute ignorance and intolerance for others that are unlike them – be it another’s race, color, size, religion, ethnicity or educational attainment however, so much more is expected from the members of this City Council in Emporia, Virginia. In a municipality which currently contains a more than 60% African American population as its citizenry it is Expected, with NO exemption, that all are treated with respect and dignity whatever their station in our community and society.

We are here this evening to request an apology from Councilman Harris to Dr. Wilson. Not just a spoken one, although that is a good start, but an apology that is published in the local newspaper and other media from Councilman Harris as well as an apology from City Council so that its meaning is crystal clear – not all of City Council condones such derogatory and classless comments. It is also recommended that a Code of Conduct be added by to the City’s Ordinances to address any future lack of judgement by any sitting Council member. If you should require assistance in developing said code I will be happy to put you in contact with our knowledgeable and professional legal team serving the NAACP in the Commonwealth of Virginia and our National organization.

It is our sincerest hope that this misstep in addressing a professional employee and citizen of the Greensville Emporia community in such a belittling way can and will be corrected in a satisfactory manner. We look forward to working with the City of Emporia to move our city beyond this regression and join together for a brighter prosperous and respectable future for all its citizens.

After the letter had been read, Mayor Person addressed the concerns about the polling place, stating that they were aware of the issue and were working to resolve it. The Mayor then gave Councilman Woody Harris to respond.

“If I could, I would like to respond, since my name was mentioned, under a point of personal privilege, and I promise to limit myself to three minutes.”

“I find it interesting and fascinating that such comments would be made by anyone about anything that was said in a discussion between Dr. Wilson and me over a school budget. At a time, folks, when our school system is down over 200 kids, when over two dozen teachers have fled to other school systems, when SOL scores for our students are down, when local spending drastically up with nothing to show for it and when most of our schools are not accredited.

I find it astonishing that you would be more concerned about what a fat old councilman says in exchanging repartee with the school superintendent who I’ve known for years.”

“No, there will be no apology, nor is one warranted or needed; and I understand your agenda. I know what you’re trying to do and I think it is laughable to focus on that instead of the serious, legitimate problems that exist with our school system.”

“Thank you, Madame Mayor.”

Mrs. Brown responded, “No, it is not ridiculous. When someone comes before you, you should treat them with respect.” Mrs. Brown went on to add that the major problems with the school system stem from lack of funding and budget cuts, with Councilman Jim Saunders adding that funding for education had increased.

Rev. John Kinsey stepped to the podium to invite the entire Council to a special service to honor city officials at Faith Baptist Church on July 8 at 10:30 am.

After the meeting, Debra Brown stated that the NAACP concerns were “not about the quality of or the funding level (which is woefully inadequate) of the school system. This is about respect for a person who is doing a job that is more difficult than sitting on City Council, a person that is at the very least his [Councilman Harris’] equal.”

VCU Health CMH Presents 2018 Nursing Awards

Teresa Collins, RN, ONC, the Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award recipient; Icie McMiller, the Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award recipient; Ursula Butts, BSN, MSHA, CNAA-BC, FACHE, the Ursula Butts Nurse Leader Award; and Magen Wright, LPN, the Carol Love Licensed Practical Nurse Award recipient.

The Professional Development Council of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital recently recognized four extraordinary people.  One of the council’s goals is to offer recognition to nurses and nurse care partners for their continual commitment to excellence.

VCU Health CMH first gave out these awards on Nurses’ Day, May 6, 2009 and this tradition has continued and grown stronger each year.  This year the Professional Development Council of VCU Health CMH received numerous nominations, a testament to the many dedicated professionals among the hospital’s staff.  This year’s awards were given to four incredible individuals, whose impact and contributions to nursing at VCU Health CMH have been tremendous.

The three original awards were named after three special people, Dee McMillan, Carol Love and Alice Tudor. These women embodied the values that are respected in nursing: hard work, diligence, kindheartedness, compassion, knowledge, loyalty and support. 

This year the Professional Development Council presented a new award, the Ursula Butts Nurse Leader Award.  This inaugural award was presented to the person for which it was named, Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.  Ursula has been at VCU Health CMH for 41 years.  She has seen and lived many changes, but her compassion for nursing and her vision of giving the best possible care and leadership has never changed.  Under Ursula’s leadership and guidance, VCU Health CMH was able to establish Home Health and Hospice Care.  As a nursing leader, she has stimulated and encouraged many nurses to stay challenged, focused and unwavering in their determination to be the best they could be.

The Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award is named after the late Dee McMillan, who was a true nurse partner for many nurses and nursing staff at VCU Health CMH. She was a person who wore many hats when she worked within the organization. Dee demonstrated commitment in her work and a kindhearted attitude toward everyone she met. This award is presented each year in her memory as the Dee McMillan Nurse Care Partner Award.  This year’s recipient is Icie McMiller.  Icie works in Surgical Services and has been employed at VCU Health CMH for more than three years.  She collaborates with team members all over the campus and beyond to acquire information to provide safe and timely care for our patients.  Icie has a trademark smile and truly values her relationship with patients, families and team members.  Her personality is so engaging that others remember her name.  She is especially talented with the computer system and is a resource to the department.

Carol Love, LPN, was awarded the first LPN Award from the Professional Development Council of VCU Health CMH in 2009 for her leadership, commitment, caring attitude, demonstration of professionalism, and contribution to the Practical Nursing Program.  Thereafter, the award was named the Carol Love Licensed Practical Nurse Award in her honor, and is given each year to an LPN, for their exemplary contribution to nursing at VCU Health CMH.

The recipient of this year’s Carol Love Award is Magen Wright, LPN.  Megan has been employed by VCU Health CMH for twelve years.  She started her career in The Hundley Center and is currently working with our Physician Practices.  Magen is described as being conscientious of patient safety and exhibits empathy and concern for each patient and their family members.  She displays a sense of calmness that puts patients at ease.  Megan always conveys professionalism and a positive impression in both her appearance and demeanor.

The Alice Tudor Professional Nursing Award is named after Ms. Alice Tudor, a CMH professional registered nurse. Ms. Tudor always presented with a professional appearance at work, her demeanor was an example of how a professional registered nurse should behave around their co-workers, patients and families. For more than 50 years, nurses looked up to Ms. Tudor and what she stood for as a professional nurse. This award is presented to a Registered Nurse each year in her honor as the Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award.

The recipient of this year’s Alice Tudor Professional Nurse Award is Teresa Collins, RN, ONC.  Teresa has been employed by VCU Health CMH for more than twenty years and is currently in Oncology as the Clinical Coordinator. Theresa is the perfect example of a professional nurse.  She has been a pervious Alice Tudor Award winner. Her co-workers felt that this year she was well-qualified to be nominated again as she continues to display superb professionalism, with patients and families, every day in the Cancer Center.

All 2018 Nursing Award recipients were nominated by their peers or their manager. Each one has demonstrated care and compassion to patients and families and exemplifies excellence in nursing practice and leadership.

McEachin Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winners, Exhibit

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announces the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, and the art exhibit displaying all 2018 entries – including the winning submissions.

“I am once again convinced that some of the most talented artists live in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District,”said Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04). “The submitted artwork was truly amazing. I look forward to meeting the young artists and celebrating their hard work at this year’s art exhibit.”

All submitted and winning artwork will be displayed at the 2018 Congressional Art Competition Exhibit and Reception hosted at the Browne Studio on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first-place artwork completed by Allie Sarinana, a student from Colonial Heights High School, will also be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“I am honored to see Allie’s work of art every time I walk through the Capitol. Her work represents our congressional district well,” said Congressman McEachin.

The winners were selected by the members of the 2018 Advisory Committee for the Congressional Art Competition.

 First Place: Allie Sarinana, Colonial Heights High School, "Miles," Graphite.

Second Place: Krystle Brown, Surry County High School, "Parisian Beauty," Mixed Media.

Third Place: Raven Peirce, Surry County High School, "Still Life with Flowers." Water Color.

VSU Offers Two Introduction to Quickbooks Sessions

The Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) at Virginia State University is holding two Introduction to Quickbooks sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, July 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the second will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Virginia State University’s Singleton Hall, Room 304.

Participants will learn how to create invoices and sales receipts, to enter and pay bills from vendors and download bank and credit card transactions directly into Quickbooks. They will also learn how to export reports so they can be used in Excel.

The session is free. Seating is limited to 20 per session. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar.

For more information, or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Michael Carter Sr. at mcarter@vsu.edu, (804) 481-1163/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. 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, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Books for New Parents Donated to VCU Health CMH

Pictured (L to R): Front row:  Connor Lacks, Drew Jones, Regan Tanner, Cody VanGoethem, Nathan Daniel, and Addison McDaniel; Second row:  Tucker Warren, Seth Bishop, Aveline Wollenberg, Joshua Rosenfeld, Kyndall Jones, Alyssa Hershey, Ken Kurz (VCU Health CMH), Ally Clark, Saylor Moody, and Amanda Boileau

The joy of reading was shared by students at First Christian School with patients at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.

The 5th and 6th grade students at First Christian School recently completed a mission project under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Amy Crowder. 

“The students spear-headed the "Books for Babies" project, whose goal was to put books into the hands of parents in our community who give birth at VCU Health - CMH in South Hill,” according to Ms. Crowder. “New moms and dads will have the opportunity to pick out a book to share with their new little one.  Together with book and financial donations, the students collected almost 150 books.”

According to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at CMH, the books will be featured in the Garland Birthing Center at the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The students went the extra mile by designing and constructing a bookcase to store the new baby book library.  Students worked to teams to come up with their own design and model which was presented to the class.  The model selected was designed by Drew Jones, Addison McDaniel, and Cody VanGoethem, and represents a Ticonderoga pencil.  The classes shopped for supplies and constructed the bookcase with the assistance of parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends. 

“We were thrilled when Amy contacted us,” he said. “What the students did, not just gathering so many books to be shared with our new parents, but constructing a fun bookcase to house those donations was just fantastic.”

Ms. Crowder used this project as an opportunity for her students to utilize skills that were learned in the classroom and apply them in a real world setting.  She is very proud of the effort and excitement that her students have shown throughout the process, but is more impressed with the desire to give back to the community selflessly by blessing those around them.

According to Ms. Crowder, a special thank you goes to Home Depot in South Hill and Det. Chris Whittemore of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with the project.

Lealon M. Vassar Scholarship Established

Family and friends have established the Lealon M. Vassar Scholarship at Southside Virginia Community College in memory of and to recognize his contributions to the community, service to others, leadership skills, work ethic, and honesty. 

The fund will assist students from Charlotte County who attend SVCC.  Preference will be given to students exhibiting characteristics such as dedication to community service, hardworking, kind-hearted and willingness to help others as was Mr. Vassar’s legacy.  The scholarship will be used for tuition, fees and other related costs of the recipients. 

According to an article in the December 1, 2017 Southside Messenger, A Tribute To A Life Well Lived “The Vassars are not the first family or the last to lose a husband, a father, a grandfather, but this man was a shining light in a family and community lucky enough to have strong leaders and wonderful people who take care of each other.  Charlotte County and the surrounding areas are a different place now without Lealon Morris Vassar.”

The article continues, “ No one knows how many kids are playing baseball, softball, tennis, running cross country, participating in travel ball, shooting basketball, and more with uniforms they provided, travel expenses covered, land for fields, buildings for indoor opportunities, and on and on.  We have come to learn that there seem to be endless people he helped with extra work when they needed it, a hand up during tough times, loan of equipment, a vehicle to drive, maybe most impactfully, a listening ear, advice, and an honest course correction when necessary. A quote from someone these last few days was that he believed in people few others would; he gave second chances to people no one else would.”

Mr. Vassar, a resident of Charlotte Court House, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2017, surrounded by his family.  He loved supporting youth activities in the community, especially athletics, and enjoyed coaching his beloved Dixie Youth Charlotte Court House Red Midgets and Minors.  If he was not coaching, he was attending athletic events in the county, according to family.  He was devoted to New Hope United Methodist church serving in many capacities there.  He was a charter member and president of Knock Down Hunt Club since 1972, was known for his generous heart and was dedicated to the Truckers Parade Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society.  He was third of five generations in the logging business and was owner of R&V Mill, R&V Trucking and Pulpwood and Logging, Inc. 

Shannon Vassar Feinman, his daughter,  notes, “He was an extraordinary person in too many ways to count.  He has been quietly helping people through education and training for years and believed strongly that it changes lives.  We honor him now by formalizing that characteristic through this scholarship.”

For information about the newly established scholarship, contact the SVCC Foundation, Inc., at 434 949 1008.  Contributions in Mr. Vassar’s name may be made by in person, by mail or online at http://southside.edu/college-foundation.

An Alternative to the Traditional Four-Year Plan

By Dr. Al Roberts

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the number of bachelor degrees conferred in the U.S. has increased by 125% since the early 1970s. A large part of the reason is the encouragement high school students receive from parents and guidance counselors to pursue a college education.

Getting a bachelor’s or advanced academic or professional degree is good advice for many students, but like a lot of other things, one size does not fit all. Going to a four-year college without a clear plan is an increasingly expensive proposition, and students’ choices can dramatically impact the financial rewards associated with degree attainment. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce studied the difference in potential income based on a student’s major. Results were made available in a May 2011 publication, “What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors.” Findings demonstrated that bachelor degree holders who were employed full time earned annual salaries that ranged from $29,000 for students who had majored in Counseling Psychology to $120,000 for Petroleum Engineers.

In writing “High-Paying Jobs Go Begging while High School Grads Line Up for Bachelor’s Degrees,” for the Hechinger Report in April 2018, higher-education editor Jon Marcus reported, “The financial return from a bachelor’s degree is softening, even as the price—and the average debt into which it plunges students—keeps going up.”

At the same time, because so many young people are encouraged to pursue four-year degrees, employers now face shortages of qualified applicants for skilled jobs in professions such as nursing, welding, power line work, industrial maintenance, automotive repair, and advanced manufacturing. Compounding the situation is the fact that in many skilled trades, craft workers are older than their counterparts in other fields. Anticipated retirements are expected to exacerbate worker shortages.

Community colleges stand poised to provide a solution. Marcus’s research revealed that, “A shortage of workers is pushing wages higher in the skilled trades.” He added, “It’s not that finding a job in the trades, or even manufacturing, means needing no education after high school. Most regulators and employers require certificates, certifications, or associate degrees. But those cost less and take less time than earning a bachelor’s degree.”

The potential rewards are significant. An updated report issued last year from The Center on Education and the Workforce last year, stated “There are 30 million good jobs in the United States today that pay without a BA (bachelor’s degree). These good jobs have median earnings of $55,000 annually.”

For more information about the variety of opportunities afforded by a community college education, please visit southside.edu or call SVCC at 434-949-1000. Counselors can answer your questions about career pathways and programs designed to help you reach your goals.

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.

June Declared Virginia Berry Month


 

June has been officially recognized as Virginia Berry Month. On June 7, a formal proclamation issued by Governor Ralph Northam was read aloud by Bettina Ring, Virginia secretary of agriculture and forestry, at the USDA Field Day held at Virginia State University’s (VSU) Randolph Farm.

 

Hundreds of berry farms across the state grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. More than 6 million pounds of berries are produced each year, which have an estimated value of $8 million in farm income.

 

“This recognition is important for Virginia’s berry growers,” said Dr. Reza Rafie, horticulture Extension specialist at VSU. “Berry growers across the commonwealth work earnestly to grow robust, tasty and nutritious berries for consumers. To have this recognition from the governor is incredible.”

 

The proclamation declared, “Virginia Berry Month recognizes berry producers’ stewardship of Virginia’s farmland, their positive environmental and economic impacts, and appreciates the social and cultural significance that berry production provides to the Commonwealth.”

 

You can read the proclamation at: https://bit.ly/2MqgvTw

 

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.

Corey Jacob Williams Named to the Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA - Corey, a student at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Corey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart W. Williams of Emporia, VA.

FREE VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC TO BE HELD IN PETERSBURG IN JULY

~ July 10th event at Petersburg Freedom Support Center to include free powers of attorney, wills, and advance medical directives for veterans, as well as benefits information sessions from DVS ~

PORTSMOUTH (June 15, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of VirginiaAnnual State Convention that the next pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinic will take place July 10 in Petersburg at the Petersburg Freedom Support Center, located at 32 West Washington Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803.
 
During the daylong event, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the Virginia State Bar (VSB), volunteer attorneys from Attorney General Herring's office and the VSB will serve low-income veterans by drafting important estate planning documents like wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives. Representatives from DVS will also be present to answer questions regarding state and federal benefits that may be available to Virginia veterans including health benefits, disability benefits, financial services, education benefits, burial in a Virginia or United States veterans cemetery, and more.
 
Qualified veterans can sign up on Attorney General Herring’s website at their local DVS Benefits Services Field Office, or by completing and mailing an application to the Attorney General's office. 
 
“The legal services these clinics provide are very important, but they can often be too expensive for a veteran who may be retired or on a fixed income,” said Attorney General Herring. “I have had the opportunity to visit clinics that we have held across the Commonwealth where we have been able to serve more than 185 veterans and their spouses. It has been so rewarding to witness the peace of mind we have provided these men and women who have given so much to Virginia and our country. This has been a rewarding partnership with the Department of Veterans Services and the State Bar, and I look forward to growing the program even more in the months and years ahead.”
 
Attorney General Herring, DVS, and VSB have held eight pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinics, serving more than 185 veterans and their spouses in Hampton Roads, Roanoke, Richmond, Lynchburg, Annandale, and Petersburg.
 
Clinics provide qualified veterans and their spouses with simple wills, powers of attorneys, and advance medical directives, including notary services, during the one hour time slots which will be filled on a "first-come, first-served basis." In order to be eligible for services, veterans and their spouses must fill out anintake questionnaire on Attorney General Herring's website or at their local Virginia Department of Veterans Services Benefits Center. Because participants must collect information and make significant decisions prior to the clinic, walkups cannot be accepted.
 
Additional details including qualifications and sign up links can be found here: https://oag.state.va.us/programs-initiatives/veterans-assistance-resources.

 

Jackson-Feild Holds its 20th Commencement Exercises

Eleven students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School received their GED certificate on June 8th.  Forty students received their ServSafe food certificate and 8 the culinary certificates.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Two graduates spoke to those gathered about their experience at Jackson-Feild and at the on-campus, Gwaltney School. The express thanks and gratitude for the help and assistance they received from everyone at Jackson-Feild.

One student speaker concluded her remarks stating “Every day at Jackson-Feild I got closer to God and discovered God within me.  Maybe it is because just being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by  trees and animals, or the positive energy on campus but I believe it is the people who brought me closer, I hold Jackson-Feild very dear to my heart for opening a bright new world.”

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college or trade school expenses. These scholarships were given by a number of funders.

Each graduate is given a class ring donated by an anonymous donor. Young ladies are also given a dozen roses and young men a wallet in addition to a cash gift from an anonymous donor. Graduates are also given gift certificates from the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild has graduated 177 students since its founding in 1998.

"Ode to the Fathers"

Now some will call him Father
while others call him Dad
still some call by his first name
but wish they never had.
 
Yea a father is an elite position
and should be treated with respect
in the same thought all the fathers
should never show neglect.
 
A father witll get the credit
for the children he helped bear
still a fathers not a gather
if when needed, he's not there.
 
The duties of a father
can make a list from here to there
yet the most improtant aspect
is for raising the chores to share.
 
In the home life a father is needed
around the campfire so to speak
solving problems before they materialize
and ever reach their peak
 
Now if in the aforementioned
youcome close in any way
yor are definetly a father
so please enjoy your special day.
 
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.

Adam Thomas Bradley

Adam Thomas Bradley, 27 of Raleigh, formerly of Roanoke Rapids passed away Monday June 11, 2018.

Adam was born May 5, 1991 in Nash County to Ricky Bradley and Cynthia Wilson Bradley. He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother, Janice Honea; his Paternal Grandparents, George and Ruth Bradley.

Adam is at peace at last. He loved playing his guitar, was an avid fisherman and also loved playing tennis. Adam had a soft spot for dogs, especially Daisy, Annabelle and Murphy.

Adam is survived by his mother Cindy Bradley of Raleigh; his father and step-mother, Ricky and LaDorne Bradley of Halifax; his sisters, Christy Hudson and her husband Danny and Tonya Hasty and her husband Chuck both of Roanoke Rapids; his nieces and nephews, Amanda Phillips, Macie Hasty, Karson Hasty and Trey Hasty; his aunts and uncles, Dianne Clary and her husband Jeff of Emporia, VA and Carol Holton of Chicago, IL; his step-grandfather, Donald Haskins of Halifax.

A celebration of Adam’s life will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Victory Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday, June 15, 2018 at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service and other times at his father’s home.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church in Adam’s honor, 2360 Bolling Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com.

We Are Always Here to Help

Emporia, VA – With the high profile news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s deaths by suicide, the topic of mental health is at the forefront for many. It’s important to remember mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths by suicide have seen a 25% increase in the United States. In Virginia, the suicide rate is up 17.4% between 1999 and 2016. Depression is a leading cause of disability across the planet according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rakesh Sood, MD, FAASM, FAPA of Southside Physicians Network says, “We need to show concern to people who are depressed and suicidal. Being compassionate, caring and developing trust is key to helping them.”

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Feeling sad
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment of activities
  • Reduced energy
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Poor concentration
  • Medically unexplained symptoms

“We need to help people understand that depression can be treated effectively and that we are always here to help,” says Dr. Sood. Family, friends and colleagues should not be afraid to speak up if they notice a change in someone’s mood or behavior.

What can you do to help?

  • Ask the person if they need help
  • Keep them safe
  • Be there
  • Help connect them
  • Follow up

Family and friends should be available and sensitive to the person’s emotional needs and seek emergency room help or call 911 if he or she threatens suicide. Remove weapons from their home, keep an eye on drug/alcohol use and DO NOT leave them alone.

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Isolation
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health (SVRMC) unit offers acute inpatient care to those ages 18 and over who need immediate intervention. Patients receive 24-hour-a-day supervision in a therapeutic environment. To enhance recovery, they participate in a structured program that includes psychotherapy, problem-solving group activities and life skills classes.

SVRMC’s Behavioral Health unit is available to help 434-348-4580.

https://www.svrmc.com/behavioral-health-services

CDC>>> https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/

WHO>>> http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

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