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“For You Dad”

My fathers up in heaven
though I remember him each day
yes it was many years ago
the lord took him away.
 
Yes to me he was quite special
for I was the youngest son
he played with me when able
until the day was done.
 
Now he taught me to show respect
and care for one and all
yes my dad was always there for me
if I should ever call.
 
Well fathers are important
in each and every family
I know the one that I had
made it quite plain to see.
 
We set aside a special day
for fathers every where
now if you still have yours
let him know you care!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

McEachin Invites VA-04 Students to Compete in Congressional App Challenge

Richmond, VA – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the start of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for all middle and high school students in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District.

The annual competition challenges students to create an original software application. The winner will be eligible to have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol, featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website, and will be invited to attend the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill reception.

“The annual Congressional App Challenge is an exciting chance for students to harness their STEM-related knowledge and potentially develop the next best app. I have been so impressed with previous competitors’ creativity and command of coding software,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Computer science is a burgeoning industry and continues to present new career opportunities. I encourage all eligible students to enter this year’s competition, and I look forward to seeing your innovative apps.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to compete against their peers and test their abilities in coding and computer science. The competition provides students with the chance to hone their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines and begin exploring new industries and potential future career paths.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students who reside in or attend school in the Fourth Congressional District. Students may begin pre-registering for the event today on the Congressional App Challenge website. Official launch of the competition begins on June 24th. The deadline to submit an app is November 1st.

More information on the Congressional App Challenge is available on Rep. McEachin’s website.

Roger Clark “Kicky” Epps

July 26, 1951-June 14, 2021

Visitation Services

12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16

Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

 

Roger Clark “Kicky” Epps, 69, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda K. Turner and her husband, Wayne and a brother, Larry Epps.

Mr. Epps is survived by his wife, Inetta C. Epps; three daughters, Debbie Blankenship (Jack), Brenda G. Russ (Donald) and Susan A. Liming (Don) and son, Danny Whitby (Donna); grandchildren, Kenneth Russ (Julie), Margaret Russ (Jason), Eric Blankenship (Laura), Tina Turner, Jonathan Whitby, Cliff Whitby (Heather) and Kelly Liming (Jason); great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Nicole, Cameron, Isabella, Jakayla, J.J., Jacob, Jayla, Ryland, Kellan, Ayden and Conner; Two brothers, Wayne Epps (Rhonda) and Donald “Bear” Epps (Norma Jean), two sisters, Carolyn Stainback (Tommy) and Marie Epps and numerous nieces and nephews.

A public viewing will be held 12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, 974 Zion Church Rd, Skippers, VA.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s May, 2021, Team Member of the Month

VCU Health CMH CEO Scott Burnette, Foundation Coordinator Rebecca Sontag and Director of Marketing and Development Ken Kurz.

South Hill, VA (6/15/21) – When the only person who does an important job leaves, the hole left behind is difficult to fill. In the case of the Pharmacy Connection vacancy at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH), it took eight months to fill the position. The Pharmacy Connection is the medication assistance program funded by the Virginia Health Care Foundation. During that time, community members with financial challenges continued to get the medications they needed thanks to Rebecca Sontag, CMH Foundation Coordinator.

“Rebecca exhibited an enormous amount of teamwork by stepping up to temporarily take over The Pharmacy Connection duties in addition to her normal Marketing and Foundation role,” said a coworker in the nomination. “She built positive relationships with the patients she served and has trained the new hire to do the job well.”

“Year-end work for both the Foundation and Pharmacy Connection required significant time and effort and Rebecca fulfilled all those requirements and has never complained,” said Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development.

Rebecca was awarded the May Team Member of the Month award for STAR service. STAR stands for Safety, Teamwork, Accountability and Relationships. She received the STAR service award, STAR pin, a parking tag that allows her to park wherever she wants for the month of June and a $40 gift card.

She said, “I feel humbled and grateful. It’s nice when people recognize your hard work and show their appreciation for all that you do by nominating you for an award like this.” 

Rebecca has worked at VCU Health CMH for nearly two years. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and previously worked as a Recreation Therapist and Volunteer Coordinator at The Virginia Home in Richmond for 16 years.

She shared advice for her team members, “I’m a helper and I don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand to anyone that is in need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and if you see someone that is overwhelmed reach out and see if there is anything you can do to lighten their load. Even the smallest gesture of kindness really does go a long way.”

“My passion in life is helping people, particularly those with special needs, and I am always looking for ways to give back, especially to organizations that I love and support their mission,” Rebecca explained.

She serves on the board for Families Embracing Autism Together (FEAT) and is helping them with their work program that promotes the benefits of hiring people with intellectual disabilities and offers job training to those individuals.

Rebecca lives with her husband, Tom, in Mecklenburg County and they have three children, ages 15, four and three. She loves spending time with her family, friends and her sweet dog, Lacey.

Other nominees for May were Mary Alexander, Food and Nutrition; Kristy Fowler, Marketing; and Molly Hatchell, ICU.

Virginia State Police Warn of Phone Scams Targeting Sex Offenders

The Virginia State Police has recently been alerted to an alarming increase in phone scams targeting offenders on the Sex Offender registry. The consistent theme among these scams has been phone fraudsters threatening people into paying large amounts of money in the form of gift cards.

The phone scammers are calling offenders claiming to be a "Virginia State Police Sergeant Johnson/Badge#321" from the Isle of Wight/Smithfield Field Office, claiming there is a warrant for their arrest for failure to provide a DNA sample. The phone fraudster claims that the warrant can be removed for a fee of $6500.00. The fraudster provides instructions on how the payment should be submitted, usually in the form of a gift card from a local business and to provide the DNA sample to 30010 Camp Parkway, Courtland, to avoid further prosecution. 

The scammers will often manipulate caller ID, to make the number appear to come from a nearby police office or local sheriff's office. The prepaid phones that are being used are prepaid cellular phones or spoofed numbers, making their apprehension difficult. 

The Virginia State Police, which oversees the sex offender registry, will NEVER ask for payments to be released from a warrant. Do not give the caller any information and never provide any form of payment. 

If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency or the Virginia State Police at questions@vsp.virginia.gov or at (804)674-2467.

(Editor's Note: The last two lines above are true of any scam involving the Virginia State Police, even if you are not on the sex offender registry. The Virginia State Police (nor any other law enforcement agency) will never ask for payment, especially in the form of gift cards, to release you from a warrant. If you ever receive any such call, please contact your local l aw enforcement agency, or the VSP using the contact information provided above.)

 

Arthur Milton Prince “Preacher”

May 22, 1932-June 12, 2021

Visitation Services

Thursday, June 17 at 1pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, June 17 at 2pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

On June 12, 2021, Arthur Milton Prince left this life for his eternal home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was known to his family and friends as “Preacher” but to his family, he was “Popa”.  

He was born and raised in Emporia, Virginia and most importantly, lived his life on the Dry Bread Road which he loved dearly and never wanted to travel far from. He retired from Johns Manville/Georgia Pacific after 42 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was a man of faith, a strong but gentle man that loved his family with all of his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Nell Irene Tomlison Prince, his son, Milton Steve Prince and wife Rosemary, grandchildren, Michele Prince Turner (Kenny), Michael Steve Prince (Tonya) and Amanda Prince Sadler (Elliott), great-grandchildren, Kailtyn Turner, Andrew and Avarie Prince, Wyatt and Austyn Sadler. Sisters Lelia Louise Phillips and Mary Bernice Phillips, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preacher was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Lee Prince & Lila Lelia Phillips Prince, brothers James Edward Prince, and Herman Lee “Billy Buck” Prince, sisters Virginia Magalene Banner, Ethel Mae Allen, Shirley Ann Allen and Erma Jean Veliky.

Funeral Services will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Thursday, June 17 at 2pm. Visitation for family and friends will be an hour prior to the service.   

If desired, memorial contributions can be sent to Mount Vernon Baptist Church. 

16489 Dry Bread Road. Emporia, VA 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com 

Community College Tuition: A Good Deal and a Great Investment

By Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D.

For the fourth year in a row, tuition at Southside Virginia Community College will remain unchanged. The State Board for Community Colleges made the decision by unanimous vote earlier this year. As a result, tuition at Virginia’s community colleges represent an unparalleled value in education.

The tuition rate of $154 per credit hour represents approximately one-third of the comparable cost to attend one of Virginia’s public four-year universities, but the tuition savings is only part of the picture. A host of financial aid options are also available. In fact, according to recent data, 90% of first-time students at SVCC received financial aid. The average annual amount awarded each recipient totaled $5,224.

Sources of financial assistance include Federal Pell Grants, which are available to qualifying students based on financial need. Several statewide initiatives for community college students also help lessen education costs. For example, grants made under the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) program provide assistance to qualifying students who lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Get Skilled, Get a Job, and Get Ahead (G3) program provides funding for Virginians who are seeking training for in-demand careers in fields with high-value wages. The FastForward Credential Program provides funding to cover two-thirds of the cost of attending short-term training programs that prepare students to embark on career pathways in a wide variety of technical fields.

In addition, approximately 250 students each semester receive aid through the SVCC Foundation. These local scholarships support students at a wide range of levels, from moderate help in paying for textbooks and supplies, to major assistance that covers full tuition. Awards are based on diverse criteria, such as program of study, county of residence, year in school, and academic performance. Funding for these scholarships comes from the generosity of alumni, employees, organizations, companies, and others in the region who understand the value of education and training for as many people in our service area as possible.

Long time SVCC board member Lisa Tharpe, and her husband Tim Tharpe of J.R. Tharpe Trucking have an established track record of aiding students in SVCC's Truck Driver Training program. Mrs. Tharpe explains, “The Truck Driver Training Program is a valuable resource to our company. Support of this program and its students is a great investment in our future workforce.”

Ray Thomas of Brunswick Insurance Agency is another benefactor. He says, “My family has a long history of providing scholarship support to Brunswick County students so they can attend SVCC.  My dad, Gene Thomas, was instrumental in setting up the SVCC Foundation, and we understand the value of community college education.”

One thing students at SVCC do not receive is debt. National statistics regarding federal student loan obligations suggest that many college students leave the classroom with staggering amounts of debt. The credit rating agency Experian reported that the aggregate amount of outstanding student debt at the end of 2020 was nearly $1.6 trillion, with an average individual student balance of $38,792. Instead of contributing to this burden, SVCC chooses to help students find sources of funding that do not have to be repaid. As a result, the federal student loan amount encumbered at SVCC by our graduates is $0. That’s right, zero!

I invite you to maximize the benefit of your education dollars. Visit www.southside.edu for links to more information about SVCC’s programs of study, enrollment options, and financial aid availability.  Again, SVCC tuition is a Good Deal and a Great Investment!

Dr. Quentin R. Johnson 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 quentin.johnson@southside.edu.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Job Title: Mobile Associate - Retail Sales

Job Description:Mobile Associates (MA) work as a member of a Retail Team of Experts to bring the T-Mobile brand to life. They're brand ambassadors who build energy                              and excitement around our products and services. They are passionate about the connected world and thrive in a fast-paced environment, where technology innovations, customer needs, and the Retail experience are continuously evolving. They immerse themselves in significant connections with our customers, and their ability to build new and deepen existing relationships is unmatched across the wireless industry. They continuously work to build expertise in uncovering our customers' needs and have a passion to educate, demonstrate and recommend device and service solutions. This role is a learning role, where new associates are working with their team and proactively building skills and proficiencies, in preparation for the next level up as a Mobile Expert. As a Mobile Associate, you will be required to successfully complete new employee training.  Job Order #2329694

 

Job Title: Retail Associate Production- Full Time- Emporia

Job Description:Essential Duties(Other duties within the scope of this position may be assigned.)

Inspects donations and raw material for quality to determine marketability as outlined in the Retail Operations Manual.

Sorts raw material-categorize for store use, salvage, trash.

Stands and tags donated items according to Goodwill’s rotation system as outlined in the Retail Operations Manual.

Stands and hangs sorted goods for placement on to retail sales floor based on productivity standards outlined in the Retail Operations Manual.

Produces appropriate number of items each day according to Goodwill’s minimum standards as outlined in the Retail Operations Manual.

Adheres to uniform dress code standards as outlined in the Retail Operations Manual.

Demonstrates an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Able to work as a team member in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple priorities and quickly learning new procedures.

Able to be cross trained in multiple production and customer service positions.

Adheres to Assets Protection control and compliance procedures.

Able to communicate effectively with customers, peers and management.

Adheres to work schedule.

Able to handle the physical requirements to accomplish daily responsibilities.  Job Order #2329024

Job Title: Customer Service Associate- Full Time- Emporia

Job Description:Essential Duties (Other duties within the scope of this position may be assigned.)

Demonstrates an enthusiastic, positive attitude at all times.  Acts courteously and with interest in each customer encounter.

Greets every customer swiftly upon entering the building. Makes eye contact and smiles.  Thanks each customer at the end of the transaction and when they leave the store.

Engages with customers, takes the opportunity to roam the sales floor to engage with customers and provides assistance if needed.

Processes customer transactions quickly and accurately within the cash handling guidelines.

Participates in putting fresh product out on the sales floor.

Participates in rotating stock.

Understands the store’s Round Up goal and meets the individual goal assigned by the store manager.

Maintains the sales floor in a clean, neat and orderly fashion.  (Maintains wrap desks free of clutter. Responsible for maintaining all floor visual presentations i.e. houseware    

end caps, visuals on the end of the H-rack, visuals with low stock. . If unable to address store cleanliness issues, brings the situation to the attention of management.   Job

Order #  2329025

Job Title: Facility Maintenance * Immediate Opening *

Job Description:Maintenance Worker Responsibilities:

Conducting routine inspections of premises and equipment.

Performing preventative maintenance.

Handling basic repairs and maintenance.

Overseeing contractors when professional repairs are necessary.

Diagnosing mechanical issues and correcting them.

Repairing machines, equipment, or structures as necessary.

Maintenance Worker Requirements:

Proven maintenance experience.

Skilled in the use of hand and power tools.

Ability to take apart machines, equipment, or devices to remove and replace defective parts.

Ability to check blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary.

Ability to use common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches.

Experience with precision measuring instruments or electronic testing devices.

Experience performing routine maintenance.

Strong organizational and follow up skills.

Eye for detail.

Professional presentation and attitude.

Ability to maintain focus while working individually.

Strong time management skills.   Job order # 2300079

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

ww.vawc.virginia.gov

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITE Certifies State Champion

Southside Virginia Community College’s Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) recognized Blaise Carter of Palmer Springs for an outstanding performance on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel Exam. Blaise not only earned a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel; he was recognized by Microsoft for receiving one of the highest scores in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia in 2020. Presenting the “State Champion'' certificate of accomplishment to Blaise is Microsoft representative Jeremy Satterfield, TechSpark Community Engagement Manager. Blaise is a graduate of Park View High School and SVCC. His future plans are to pursue a career in the information technology field. If you are interested in CITE or furthering your Microsoft Office knowledge and skills, contact Crystal Pendergrass, CITE Program Coordinator, at crystal.pendergrass@southside.edu.

VIRGINIA’S ANNUAL CRIME ANALYSIS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WEBSITE

RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2020, is now available online.  The Crime in Virginia report continues to provide precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses and arrests by the reporting agency.

Violent crime includes the offenses of murder, forcible sex offenses (rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object per the FBI’s updated rape definition), robbery and aggravated assault. Overall, Virginia experienced a 1.9 percent decrease in violent crime offenses compared to 2019. There were 15,713 violent crime offenses reported in 2020 compared to 16,018 violent crime offenses in 2019.

The following 2020 crime figures in Virginia are presented in the report:

  • The number of reported homicides increased from 428 to 528 (23.4%).  Victims and offenders tended to be younger males; 45.1% of homicide victims were men between 18 and 34 and 52.7% of offenders were men between 18 and 34.  Nearly half (49.2%) of all homicides occurred at a residence/home.
  • Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased 6% compared to 2019 during which 10,575 motor vehicles were stolen in 10,044 offenses. During 2020, there were 11,209 motor vehicles reported stolen in 10,773 offenses. In 2020, 6,366 motor vehicles were recovered (vehicles may have been stolen prior to 2020).  Of all motor vehicles stolen, 40.2% were taken from the residence/home.  The reported value of all motor vehicles stolen was $113,993,341.
  • Drug arrests decreased by more than a third (36.7%) with the largest percentage decrease in the under 18 age group (48.6%).  The number of reports of drugs seized decreased for nearly all drug types, especially marijuana (31.7%), due in part to decriminalization of possessing less than 1 ounce of the drug effective July 1, 2020.
  • Burglary decreased 18.4%. Of the 11,413 burglaries and attempted burglaries, more than half (52.2%) took place at night between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., a reverse pattern from 2019 during which 54.8% of burglaries occurred during the day.  Furthermore, 68% occurred at a residence/home, a decrease of 7.3% over the previous year.
  • Of the known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 83% of homicides and 50.4% of robberies. Firearms were used in more than one-third (35.2%) of aggravated assault cases.
  • There were 190 hate crime offenses, involving 193 victims, reported in 2020 representing a 2.7% increase compared to 2019. Two offenses indicated more than one type of bias motivation. Nearly three-fourths (72.8%) were racially or ethnically motivated. Bias toward sexual orientation and religion were next highest (14.4%, 11.8%, respectively). Of all reported bias motivated crime, 77.4% were assault offenses (aggravated assault, simple assault) or destruction/damage/vandalism of property.    

The report employs an Incident Based Reporting (IBR) method for calculating offenses, thus allowing for greater accuracy. IBR divides crimes into two categories: Group A for serious offenses including violent crimes (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault), property crimes and drug offenses, and Group B for what are considered less serious offenses such as trespassing, disorderly conduct, bad checks and liquor law violations where an arrest has occurred.

For both Group A and Group B offenses, there were a total of 206,609 arrests in 2020 compared to 274,636 arrests in 2019, representing an overall decrease in arrests in Virginia of 24.8%.

Per state mandate, the Virginia Department of State Police serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices. The data are collected by the Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. This information is then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, media and the general public. These data become the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and are sent to the FBI for incorporation into their annual report, Crime in the United States.

Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Prepare Now for 2021 Hurricane Season

Early predictions indicate active, above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam is calling on all Virginians to prepare now for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts through November 30. The beginning of hurricane season is the ideal time for Virginians learn their risk for inland or coastal flooding, find out which evacuation zone they are in, and develop an emergency plan for their families or businesses.

“Hurricanes and tropical storms can have devastating impacts on every part of our Commonwealth, not just coastal communities,” said Governor Northam. “As the 2021 hurricane season begins, now is the time for all Virginians to prepare for a potential storm by checking your insurance coverage, making an emergency plan, and having a disaster kit ready.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predicts an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, with a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 5 major hurricanes. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season had a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes. Virginia has been prone to many impacts from tropical systems including damaging winds, flooding, and tornadoes. Even storms that start in the lower Atlantic states have the potential to cause significant damage.

“Hurricane preparedness is even more important today, as we have seen an increase in the number and intensity of storms in recent years,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “Together with all of our emergency management and public safety partners across the Commonwealth, we have spent months preparing for hurricane season, and we encourage Virginians to make plans to protect their families and property.”

Virginians are encouraged to review the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which includes information on preparedness, response, and recovery activities in the event of tropical weather, particularly for coastal evacuation areas of the Commonwealth. This year’s guide includes pandemic considerations, recognizing that COVID-19 is still circulating and there are still many unvaccinated individuals, including younger Virginians.

“Disasters and emergencies don’t affect everyone equally and we know that low-income and disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted,” said Curtis Brown, State Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “We have made significant progress building equity into Virginia’s emergency management programs and will continue working to support at-risk populations well in advance of any event.”

Before peak storm season gets underway, all Virginians and those visiting the Commonwealth are encouraged to prepare by knowing your risk, purchasing flood insurance or reviewing your policy, and create an emergency plan that includes arrangements for your pets. Learn what to do to protect yourself, your loved ones, your property, and your community by taking these steps:

  • Know your zone. Evacuation may become necessary depending on the track and severity of the storm. Review Virginia’s evacuation zones at KnowYourZoneVA.org. It is important to note that the zone colors have been updated. Users can enter their physical address in the search bar of the website to view and confirm their designated evacuation zone.
  • Complete a family communication plan. Prepare for how you will assemble and communicate with your family and loved ones. Identify meeting locations and anticipate where you will go. Federal Emergency Management Agency guidance on family communications plans is available here.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Remember, there may be a waiting period for a flood insurance policy to become effective, and be aware that not all hurricane-related losses, such as flooding, are covered under traditional policies. Now is the time to review your coverage and contact your insurance agent for any changes. If you are not insured against floods, talk to your insurance agent or visit floodsmart.gov. If you are a renter, now is the time to ensure you have adequate coverage to protect your belongings.
  • Make an emergency kit. Assemble an emergency kit that includes nonperishable food, water, medication, sanitary supplies, radios, extra batteries, and important documents. Learn more about building an emergency supply kit here.
  • Stay informed. Identify where to go for trusted sources of information during emergencies. Check with your local emergency management office to sign up for alerts that go directly to your phone or email. Be sure to monitor local news for watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials. Power outages are always a concern during weather events—make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.

There are many resources available to assist with hurricane planning efforts. Learn more about preparing your business, your family, and your property against hurricane threats at vaemergency.gov/hurricanes and ready.gov/hurricanes. Additional information about preparing for hurricanes during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

Annual Nursing Award Winners at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

On May 12, VCU Health CMH celebrated its 2021 Nursing Award recipients.

South Hill, VA (6/3/21) – On May 12, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) celebrated its 2021 Nursing Award recipients. Hospital employees and family members gathered on the chilly afternoon in the Healing Garden amidst a light rain and honored the legacy of VCU Health CMH nursing professionals by whose namesake the awards were created. Recipients received a certificate, a bouquet of flowers and an engraved award. Attendees celebrated the winners with cupcakes.

Yolanda Sallie, of South Hill, won the Dee McMillan Nurse Partner Award. Yolanda is a Care Partner in Acute Care.

In her nomination, a co-worker wrote, “Yolanda is always willing to help no matter what is asked of her. She is flexible and transitions easily. She treats everyone equally, makes sure that care is ethical and that each patient is treated by her with a non-judgmental, dignified and caring attitude. She is careful to respect everyone while communicating the needs and promoting the well-being of the patient. Yolanda is committed to every patient being cared for and all tasks being completed and goes as far as to help other care partners with their duties to ensure they are completed on shift. She always has a smile and an amazing attitude, which helps establish a positive atmosphere.”

Amy Lacks, LPN, of Kenbridge, earned the Carol Love Practical Nursing Award. Amy is a nurse for CMH Home Health and Hospice.

Her nomination said, “Amy values her relationships with providers, patients, patients’ family members and her fellow team members. As a result, her customer service is always top notch and frequently includes her going above and beyond the duties of her job. She has been witnessed advocating for patients on numerous occasions. Team members and patients feel comfortable and trust her. Many team members have been observed stating that Amy cannot have a day off because ‘they don’t know what they are going to do without her.’ Amy is promoting professional growth by pursing her LPN to RN-BSN. She is the very first LPN at VCU Health CMH to pursue her LPN to RN in this manner and has paved the way for others like her to include institution of a clinical model here at CMH that supports her program requirements.”

Alfreda Brown, RN, BSN, of Boydton, received the Alice Tudor Professional Nursing Award. Alfreda is the Hospice Clinical Coordinator.

Her supervisor said, “Alfreda is a respected leader among her peers and her commitment to excellence can easily be recognized in her day-to-day work. She has fostered relationships with her team members and developed a trust among them that enables her the unique ability to influentially teach and educate. Team members have come to rely on her as a support and have verbalized a sense of security from her commitment to them. I have observed her quickly jump in to see patients when staffing was short, work after hours to support new team members during an emergency admission and juggle the ever-changing world of COVID with a continued smile on her face. During recent ice storms, she tirelessly worked to contact patients and families and ensure that their medical needs were able to be met. She approaches the hard-to-answer questions surrounding terminal illness with an openness and honesty that is appreciated and valued by patients and their loved ones.”

A recording of the awards ceremony can be viewed on YouTube at youtu.be/xRCOjrJUM6g. Congratulations to the winners!

USDA Awards Jackson-Feild Grant

Public and private school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) were notified by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) of an opportunity to participate in a competitive process to distribute NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94) for federal fiscal year 2020. The Equipment Assistance Grant funds allow approved SFAs to purchase equipment needed to serve healthier school meals, improve food safety, and support the establishment, maintenance, and/or expansion of the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Jackson-Feild applied for and was awarded an Equipment Assistance Grant to purchase a walk-in freezer. The award equaled the actual cost of the walk-in freezer, which included installation costs.

The new walk-in freezer expands storage capacity and the ability to accept food donations. The kitchen staff at Jackson-Feild have been requesting a walk-in freezer for years. Jackson-Feild is an equal opportunity provider.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said that an army marches on its stomach. Children living in a residential setting are cognizant of their food much like Napoleon’s army. At Jackson-Feild, we try diligently to provide nutritious meals with a side of fun by offering dishes from a variety of cultures and nationalities.

Jackson-Feild is thankful to the VDOE's Office of School Nutrition Programs and the United States Department of Agriculture for the walk-in freezer, which will serve its need well for years to come.

June 1 Update from Congressman Donald McEachin

This past month I hosted a Tri-Cities tele- town hall with Delegate Lashrecse Aird and Dr. Katrina Sephrey, an epidemiologist with the Crater Health District. We were able to share information on access to vaccines as well as up to date statistics on the pandemic. Constituents asked many questions on all kinds of issues and I was glad to be able to provide responses and assistance.  If you missed this one, I will be having other constituent focused events soon.

I also hosted an informational session for students interested in attending one of the US Service Academies with Representatives Luria, Wittman, and Scott. This was an opportunity for high schoolers to hear from representatives of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Members of these institutions described the admissions process for each of their academies and took questions.

For students who are interested in attending a service academy, the application process is arduous, so we were happy to have the opportunity to ease concerns and respond to questions. I’m eager to see this year’s applicants from our congressional district.

The pandemic has caused many people to struggle with rent. Therefore, I want to make sure that constituents know that some assistance may be available. Please check this website for more information about how to receive help: https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/rrp

Lastly, with the income tax return deadline just a few weeks ago, many people are wondering about the status of their return. You can find out if your return has been received, if the refund is approved and if your refund has been sent here:https://www.irs.gov/refunds. Additionally, If you have not yet received your payment from the most recent COVID Relief legislation (the American Recovery Act), this link can help find the status of your payment: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

Summer Fun at the Library

The Meherrin Regional Library invites children of all ages to participate in their Summer Reading Program by keeping track of books read during the summer, and attending FREE events at the Brunswick County Library (BCL) in Lawrenceville and the W. E. Richardson Memorial Library (RML) in Emporia. Children who reach their age group’s reading goal will win a free book. Those who read the most books in their age group will win a Top Reader Grand Prize.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

July 1st

 

Dinosaurs Rock at Brunswick County Library at 10:30

Oceans Rock at Richardson Memorial Library at 2:00

*This is a virtual event that may also be attended via ZOOM from home. Visit the Library’s website for links*

 

July 8th

 

All-Day Make & Take Craft – Picture Frame

 

July 15th

VA Cooperative Extension (BCL at 10:30 & RML at 2:00)

July 22nd

 

All-Day Make & Take Craft – Planter Pot

 

July 29th

Mad Science (BCL at 10:30 & RML at 2:00)

 

 

To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit www.meherrinlib.org for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

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