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George Wyche Slate

September 20, 1928-July 21, 2019

Visitation Services

11:00 am, Saturday, July 27, 2018

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

12:00 noon, Saturday, July 27, 2018

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

George Wyche Slate of Emporia passed away July 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolphus Green Slate and Georgie Lee Slate, two brothers, Adolphus and Samuel Slate, two sisters, Emma Lee and Rebecca Slate. He is survived by his wife, Edna of 67 years, two sons, George Jr. (Kay), Jim (Linda), two daughters, Lynn (Howard Ellis) and Bettie (Barton Pasco), six grandchildren, Rebecca Ellis (Sean O’Connor), Katherine Ellis (D.J. Wilson), Stuart Ellis (Jennie), Denham and Cheves Pasco and Taylor Slate, three great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Madison Wilson, and Alexis Ellis.

George graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950, and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He also served in the U.S. Army at Officers Candidate School at Fort Knox, KY. He began a successful Career in establishing an Insurance Agency in Emporia with his business partner, Arthur Kreienbaum of 53 years. He was a financial advisor for Equitable Life Insurance Company and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 18 years. He served his community for 31 years as a board member of Greensville Memorial Hospital and was active in the Ruritan and Hokie Club as well as Main Street United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA. After the visitation, a memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M., followed by a reception in the church’s social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church (mail to 105 Church St., Emporia, VA 23847) or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad (mail to 513 S. Main St., Empoira, VA) .

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Melanie Jarratt Topping

September 27, 1968-July 21-2019

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

Melanie Jarratt Topping, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Michael “Mic” Topping; son, Tyler Topping; her parents, C.D. & Anita Jarratt; brother, Charles Jarratt (Jessica); sister, Cristina Link (Chris); sister-in-law, Patsy Ward (Jill Brunstad), nieces, Chelsea Daniels (Jade), Blake Jarratt and  Christy Ward Pita (Jim); nephews, Austin Link, Jackson Link, Daniel Brunstad; great-nephews, Forrest & Gage Daniels and Bryce & Brodie Pita. Melanie also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Abby.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23867.

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

Breanna Williams – Success Story

 

Breanna Williams of Nottoway County recently obtained her GED® certificate through Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC), but the road to her goal was not always easy. Breanna left high school before graduating due to a lack of support and feeling incomplete. She gained experience in the workforce being a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and working for Amazon for a short time.

Lacking a sense of direction and with self-doubt keeping her from completing her GED®, she realized she needed to clear everything away that was not important, focus on the present, and control what she could to shape herself into a better person. Shortly thereafter, she began working towards completing the equivalency diploma.

When asked to talk about her experiences with the Adult Education/GED® preparation classes, Breanna stated, “I actually loved this class because I had more than just support; I had love also. My instructor was my English teacher from high school, (Mrs. Hickman) and she played a huge part in my whole experience in the program. She kept reminding me of how far I’ve actually come, and that will stick with me and be in my heart forever!”

Now that Breanna has her GED®, many doors have opened, and she is excited about the future.  She plans to enroll in SVCC’s Truck Driver Training program and earn her Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

She stated, “Either way it goes from now on, I will always do anything that comes from the heart and not because I want a paycheck. Love will keep you young, and I want my career based solely on helping the homeless, donating to charities, keeping babies and children as healthy as possible, and making people’s dreams come true! More like an activist all while driving a truck.”

Breanna explained that the process of completing her new high school-level education impacted her relationship with her son. “Coming to class at first was pretty decent; I had a little help. But every day I left home to come to class my desire to graduate grew a little bit more. My son made me start to view myself in different lights, and I started to ask myself personal questions like: “Is this what I really want to keep doing in life? Is this what I want my son to learn about me? Is this what I really want to pass down to my son? Is it possible to go higher than the normal person that graduates?”

Breanna has advice for today’s teenagers who may be thinking of leaving high school: “Do you want to win or do you want to WIN WIN?! There is a huge difference between the two. Do you want to get hired, or do you want to be the one doing the hiring and owning your own business? You need a degree or a GED® for good jobs. No more settling for less!”

Breanna also had advice for adults returning to the classroom also. 

She said,  “Since we all are grown, always keep your mind clear and sure of what you want out of life. No need to hesitate on it anymore, just go! Take that risk you were always dying to take. What can honestly happen when you aim higher than your comfort zone?”

SVCC offers FREE GED classes throughout 10 different counties at many convenient locations. Please contact Lois Hicks at 434-736-2048 for more information.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Construction Electrician:  Will be focused on improving the electrical infrastructure in the facility by installing conduit and wire for small projects and replace/demo deteriorating existing conduit and wiring in the facility. Duties include but are not limited to managing electrical needs for all new small construction projects at the facility.  Job Order #1714089

Dishwasher:  Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand. Maintain kitchen work areas, equipment, or utensils in clean and orderly condition. Place clean dishes, utensils, or cooking equipment in storage areas. Sort and remove trash, placing it in designated pickup areas. Sweep or scrub floors.   Job Order #1712209

Housekeeper:  Maintain customer service as the top priority. Project a courteous and professional demeanor to all customers. Cleaning and maintaining store to include but not limited to sweeping, mopping, dusting and washing windows. Picking up trash and emptying trash cans. Cleaning and re-stocking restrooms. Stocking shelves. Restocking of deli and food bar items.  Job Order #1710287

Millwright – Class II:  Troubleshoot, install, align, dismantle, repair and maintain industrial machinery and mechanical equipment for improved reliability and up-time. Help meet or exceed production efficiency and quality goals through a quality maintenance program.  Job Order #1707062

Electrician I:  Responsibilities of this job will include providing electrical support in the manufacturing facility. Will be a responder to service calls pertaining to electrical malfunctions in automated machinery within the plant. These malfunctions may be in various types of electrical devices, such as switches, electric valves, analog input or output devices, motors, wiring, or PLC/computer anomalies.  Job Order #1713537

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

www.vawc.virginia.gov

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

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

McEachin Votes in Support of the Raise the Wage Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation he cosponsored to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years. The bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. Additionally, the act would phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. To keep up with inflation, the Raise the Wage Act indexes future minimum wage increases to median hourly wage growth.

"Establishing a livable wage is a positive step forward for economic justice in this country,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “No American should be struggling to live about the poverty line while working full-time. Since coming to Congress, I have consistently advocated for raising the minimum wage, and this legislation will help address inequality and ease financial burdens on hardworking individuals in Virginia and across our country. I will continue to fight for fairer wages for all Americans.”

  • The Raise the Wage Act could increase wages for more than 30 million American workers, according to independent economic analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. Even the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) more cautious estimate of a similar proposal indicated as many as 27 million workers could see a wage increase.
  • The Raise the Wage Act could lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children, according to the CBO’s recent report.
  • The Raise the Wage Act also helps secure equality and fairness for women by giving an estimated 23 million working women a raise and helping narrow the gender wage gap that disproportionately impacts women of color.

The federal minimum wage was last raised a decade ago. Since then, workers have struggled keep up with the increasing costs of housing, healthcare, and education while the minimum wage has remained stagnant. The Raise the Wage Act accounts for changing market prices to give more Americans access to baseline financial stability. It is time to ensure that all Americans who work 40 hours a week are able to live above the poverty line.

DURING EXTREME HEAT, AG HERRING REMINDS VIRGINIANS TO ENSURE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS

~ Leaving a child or pet exposed to extreme heat, whether in a car or outside without adequate shelter, can lead to criminal charges ~

RICHMOND (July 19, 2019)—As Virginia continues to deal with extreme heat, Attorney General Mark R. Herring and his first-in-the-nation Animal Law Unit are reminding Virginians that heat can be deadly to children and animals, and that there can be serious legal consequences for leaving children or animals in hot cars or outside without adequate shelter and water.
 
“The extreme temperatures in Virginia continue to pose a real threat to health and safety, especially for young children or animals left in vehicles or outside without adequate precautions and shelter,” said Attorney General Herring. “The law requires owners to protect their pets from the elements and gives law enforcement tools to ensure the safety and health of an animal, including the ability to break into cars or seize an animal to ensure its safety. As we all try to deal with this oppressive heat, I encourage all Virginians to check on and take care of yourself, your friends, neighborhoods, and family members, and don’t forget about your animals.”
 
A parent or caretaker who leaves a child in a hot vehicle could face criminal charges, especially if the child is injured or killed. Leaving an animal trapped in a car or exposed to the elements with no shelter or inadequate shelter can be considered animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
 
Attorney General Herring and his Animal Law Unit advise animal control officers to ask owners to bring animals inside or into shelter, ask the owner to surrender the animal if they are unable to provide adequate shelter, or in certain circumstances take temporary custody of an animal to ensure its safety.
 
In 2015, Attorney General Herring created the nation’s first OAG Animal Law Unit to serve as a training and prosecution resource for state agencies, investigators, and Commonwealth’s Attorneys around the state dealing with matters involving animal fighting, cruelty, and welfare. Illegal animal fighting is closely tied to illegal gambling, drug and alcohol crimes, and violence against animals has been shown to be linked to violence towards other people. To date the unit has handled hundreds of matters, including trainings, prosecutions, and consultations.

Homecoming and Revival Services at Pleasant Hill Christian Church

GASBURG ~ Beginning Sunday, July 21, the Pleasant Hill Christian Church located at 175 Ankum Road in Gasburg, Virginia will hold its Annual Homecoming and Revival services.  The special Homecoming Day service will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Bible School for all ages followed by a special Homecoming worship service at 10:00 a.m.  Following the worship service on Sunday, food and fellowship will be shared at a luncheon in the PHCC Family Life Center.  Revival services will continue nightly, July 21-25, Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (pre-service concerts will be at 7:00 p.m.). After the Thursday evening worship service, everyone is invited to gather in the Family Life Center for ice cream and fellowship in conclusion of this special Revival event.

The Guest Evangelist for these services will be Cameron Bailey. Cameron is a country boy born and raised in Southside Virginia. He is an alumni from Mid-Atlantic Christian University (then Roanoke Bible College) and has been the preaching minister of Kenbridge Christian Church for just under 17 years. While enjoying the ride God has him on, Cameron preaches and lives by the idea of striving to teach anyone and everyone about the goodness of God knowing when they discover who HE is they will never be the same. Jeremiah 29:13-14 lets us know when we search for God and mean it with all our heart He makes sure we won't be disappointed. Cameron is also a professional Firefighter/Paramedic for the Government at Fort Pickett, in Blackstone, Virginia.  The running joke with his co-workers is: "If the call gets real bad, Cameron has you covered whether you live or die".  He is married to his best friend, Hollie, and they have 3 children (Samantha, Caleb, and Eli) who range from 14.5 - 21 years of age. Preaching is one of his strongest passions and he simply loves the opportunity to grow together as Church isn't a competition but a family helping one another out. 

You will be enriched and enlightened by Brother Cameron’s messages from God’s Word.  There will also be some outstanding special music brought to us each evening by a variety of singers and musicians including The Bowman Family, (Charles, Jessica and Grace) Harris Family, Dr. Paul and Wanda Bailey and Family, David High, and PHCC Singers and Musicians, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service and also just prior to the messages during the services.

The ministers of Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Greg Hand and Rob Tromm, and the members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church cordially invite everyone to attend. For more information or if you have any questions, please call the church office at 434.577.2463.

Moses Clements VT Scholarship Dinner

The Emporia Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter will be having its annual scholarship dinner on Sunday, July 28th at the Golden Leaf Commons.  The Scholarship Program has been named for beloved local Hokie, Moses Clements, in memory for his dedicated work for years with the local scholarship program.

Over the last 20+ years, the Emporia Chapter has provided over $40,000 in scholarships to local students starting their college experience at Virginia Tech. Every year, local students will receive a $500 scholarship. Our chapter is so proud to present these scholarships on July 28th.

As a guest speaker for the evening Virginia Tech announcer, Mike Burnop, will give an update on the upcoming football season in Blacksburg.  Mike is a Hall of Fame tight end at Virginia Tech.  His insight directly from practices at Virginia Tech will be highly anticipated. The kickoff of the ACC network will also be discussed

The agenda for the evening will start with a Happy Hour at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 followed by our scholarship presentations from Katie Richardson, scholarship chairman. The evening will conclude with an inside look at the 2019 Virginia Tech football program with Mike Burnop.  Golden Leaf Commons is located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Highway 301 North, Emporia, Virginia 23947.

The cost of the dinner is $30 per person.

To make a reservation for dinner, please contact Kevin Swenson at 434.534.5940 or Kswenson692@gmail.comor send in your check and reservation to Emporia VT alumni and Hokie Club P. O. Box 741, Emporia, VA, 23847 on or before July 23rd.

Southside College of Health Sciences Announces New Distance Education Degree Programs

Colonial Heights, VA –Southside College of Health Sciences (SCHS) is offering two bachelor degree programs: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN-BSN) and Bachelor of Science Advanced Medical Imaging (BS-AMI). 

The RN-BSN program is 3 semesters online. This completion program provides a flexible, affordable and practical learner-centered pathway for registered nurses to acquire the academic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their profession and practice to the fullest extent of their education and training.

The BS-AMI program offers registered radiologic technologists online coursework and on-site clinical experiences in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) leading to a bachelor’s degree and eligibility to take a certification examination.

“We are really excited about the new programs being offered at Southside College of Health Sciences,” says Erica Jackson, Director of Enrollment Management, SCHS. “Both programs are unique to the Tri-Cities and will offer healthcare professionals the educational opportunities to fulfill the needs within the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

SCHS will be accepting applications now until October 15, 2019, for the spring 2020 classes. Applicants must be Virginia legal residents.

For more information or to register:

Yasir Al-Khalili, MD Joins VCU Health CMH

South Hill – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill would like to welcome Neurologist Dr. Yasir Al-Kahalili to our family of health care providers.  Dr. Al-Kahalili specializes in Neuro Science.

Dr. Al-Kahalili earned his MD with honors for excellence in research from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Genetics from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Al-Kahalili received the Golden Apple Award in 2018 by Drexel University College of Medicine, making him nationally recognized for teaching in medicine. He completed his residency from the Drexel Neurosciences Institute at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Al-Kahalili is joining Dr. Carlos A. Williams at VCU Health Commonwealth Neuro Specialists, located at 501 Lombardy Street in South Hill, VA. To schedule an appointment, call (434) 447-9033.

New SVCC Local Board Chair Welcomes New SVCC President

J. Wesley Shepherd (Left), newly selected Chair of the Southside Virginia Community College Local Board, welcomes Dr. Quentin Johnson,(Right) new president of the college, to his first board meeting on July 10, 2019.  Shepherd, Market Executive for Touchstone Bank, has served on the board since 2015 and represents Nottoway County.  Dr. Johnson began his duties on July 1, 2019 and is the sixth president in the history of SVCC.

2019 INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY PROVES DEADLY & DANGEROUS FOR VIRGINIA HIGHWAYS

Seven Traffic Fatalities; 79 DUI Arrests During July 4th Statistical Period

RICHMOND – Unfortunately, thousands of drunk, speeding and reckless drivers kept Virginia State Police busy and put countless lives at risk during the 2019 July 4th holiday weekend across the Commonwealth. Preliminary reports indicate seven people died in six traffic crashes during the holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 3, 2019 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2019.

The six fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Highland, Loudoun, Lunenburg, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Spotsylvania. The Spotsylvania County crash on July 5 resulted in two deaths. Altogether, the crashes claimed the lives of four drivers and three passengers. Four of the deceased were not wearing seat belts.

“Recognizing the potential for more holiday travelers and festivities with July 4th falling on a Thursday this year, we made certain to have every available trooper working Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober.”

During the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort’s (C.A.R.E.) three-day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers arrested 79 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 5,389 speeders and 1,752 reckless drivers, issued 723 citations for individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. During the holiday statistical counting period, Virginia State Police responded to a total 548 traffic crashes statewide and assisted 1,791 disabled/stranded motorists. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

“We are at the height of the summer travel season, which is why we need every Virginian committed to being a safe, responsible driver. Please put as much attention into driving, buckling up and complying with speed limits as you do with planning the summer getaway. You and your family’s safety depend on it,” said Colonel Settle.

McEachin Introduces Legislation to Honor Members of the Armed Forces Who Have Died in the Line of Duty

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the introduction of H.R. 3615, the Honor and Remember Flag Recognition Act to honor members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This legislation will designate the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol to acknowledge all such servicemembers. It would require the flag to be displayed at civically important locations, from the U.S. Capitol to national cemeteries to local post offices, and on major holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Congressman McEachin introduced the legislation at the request of Mr. George A. Lutz, a constituent whose son Cpl. George Anthony “Tony” Lutz II, was killed in 2005 while on duty in Fallujah, Iraq.

“The Honor and Remember Flag should be a nationally recognized symbol,” saidCongressman A. Donald McEachin. “This flag should fly as a form of remembrance and as a sign of our respect for all servicemembers who have given their lives in the line of duty. I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices our men and women in the military—and their families— make to keep us safe at home and abroad. I am proud to have worked with Mr. Lutz on this legislation. Displaying this flag is just one of many ways we can honor the service of our servicemembers, including his son.”

I am so grateful to Rep. McEachin for his belief in this important legislation,” said George Lutz. “With the recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag our nation will embrace a specific and collective expression of appreciation to each fallen family member, friend and comrade left behind."

SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $150,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to service-disabled veterans.

Up to six awardees will use $300,000 in total funding to participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program with grants from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. These funds will be used to cover the costs of educating service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses.

“Despite challenges they may face, service-disabled veterans have pursued entrepreneurship and established successful companies nationwide,” said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “We look forward to working with the awardees to provide more service-disabled veterans and their families with the training and resources they need to start or grow a small business.”

Eligible organizations should submit applications for the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program funding opportunity only through Grants.gov . Applications not submitted via Grants.gov will not be evaluated. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development hosts a conference call Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to answer questions related to the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant announcement. Please submit questions in advance to Jerry Godwin at jerry.godwin@sba.gov no later than Tuesday, July 9 at 4 pm. EDT.

The call-in number and access code are:

  • Call in number: (202) 765-1264
  • Conference ID: 13482739#

Information, including a transcript of the webinar once it is available, will be posted on grants.gov and www.sba.gov/ovbd.

30th SESSION OF THE YOUTH CADET LAW PROGRAM GRADUATES 46 FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ACADEMY

High School Juniors Experience Academy Life of a VSP Trainee

RICHMOND – This week 46 high school students from across the Commonwealth experienced life as a Virginia State Police trooper trainee. Today they became the 30th generation of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program, which is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and The American Legion. At a ceremony held at the Virginia State Police Academy in North Chesterfield County, the teenagers were presented their graduation certificates Friday (June 28, 2019) afternoon.

The 30th Session of the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program began Sunday, June 23, 2019. The weeklong training curriculum is for high school students who have completed their junior year. Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety. As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process.

“This collaborative program is such an invaluable experience for those youth interested in pursuing a law enforcement career,” says Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “The training not only introduces them to the instruction, skillsets and discipline required of today’s public safety professional, but also provides a positive way for our Department to interact one-on-one with today’s youth.”

Cadet Max Wohlschlegel was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.

Additional award recipients include:

Female Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Brienna Romney

Male Physical Fitness Award: Cadet Liam Skiles

Virginia State Trooper Counselor’s Award: Cadet Samantha Warren

The American Legion selects and sponsors the students to represent the organization’s Virginia districts.

Welding by SVCC Offered at Emporia Site

Southside Virginia Community College will be offering a Welding Certification Training Program August 5 through December 19, 2019. The program will be held at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

The program curriculum provides both hands-on training and a detailed knowledge based in the most prevalent welding and cutting processes used in industry today. Students will become proficient with metalworking tools used in manufacturing and fabrication, learn to read technical drawings, develop basic hand drafting skills, and train for welding certification tests in structural plate and pressure pipe. The welding certificate program provides a firm foundation of skills students will be able to build their career upon.

Financial assistance may be available and often,  our graduates earn the cost of the program within 4-10 weeks of graduating. Quite a few companies in Southside Virginia hire workers that weld.  Welders are needed in the fields of construction, manufacturing, timber, agriculture, industrial maintenance, motorsports and transportation. If you are willing to travel, there are even more opportunities and higher pay.

SVCC is a great option in Southside Virginia for welder training. We have state of the art facilities, excellent instructors, free certifications, and low tuition. 

 For more information, visit southside.edu, contact courtney.starke@southside.edu, or call (434)-949-6614.

Breast Health Educational Workshops

Women of all ages are invited to attend these free educational workshops on breast health, offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Health & Wellness at multiple times and locations this summer.July 10 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.),
  • R.T. Arnold Library, 110 E. Danville St., South Hill, VA

  • July 24 (10 a.m. – 12 noon), Brunswick Co. Public Library, 133 W. Hicks St., Lawrenceville, VA

  • August 7 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Clarksville Public Library, Virginia Ave., Clarksville, VA

  • August 28 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Warren Co. Memorial Library, 1119 S. Front St., Littleton, NC

In addition to participants will receive a free blood pressure and sugar screening, they will learn about breast health education and breast cancer awareness, self-awareness breast massages, intervention and early detection, who is at risk for breast cancer, how often to have a mammogram, and education on colon cancer.

For more information, call VCU Health CMH Health & Wellness at 434-774-2541.

These workshops are funded through a grant from Susan G. Komen Central Virginia and in collaboration with VCU Massey Center’s Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library.

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