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Secondary Math Teacher

Career Opportunity

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Private rural residential special education facility for teen girls and boys seeks a full-time secondary Math Teacher to teach Algebra I and II.  Math degree and experience teaching Algebra I and II preferred.  Will give serious consideration to candidates with a degree in a subject other than Math if the applicant possesses a Math endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.  Qualified candidates should possess a current Virginia Teacher’s License with math endorsement.  Qualified candidates must possess the analytical and observational skills to make decisions which safeguard the health, safety, and educational plans of students in care. 

Competitive salary & benefits.  Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision, & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Position opened until filled. 

E-mail or fax cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2021-12
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (833) 418-1986
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org

Career Opportunity

LPN

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for youth located ten minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks Virginia licensed LPN. Full-time position.  Twelve hour evening/overnight shift (8PM to 8AM).

Competitive pay!  Compensation package includes employer matching 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screening.  Position open until filled. EOE.

E-mail or fax cover letter & resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2021-11
Attn: Chris Thompson
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax: (833) 418-1986

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Staff Accountant/Payroll Manager

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a Psychiatric residential treatment facility for teens and young adults, seeks a Staff Accountant/Payroll Manager to process accounts payable and payroll. This position also assists in the 401(k) plan audit field work including reconciliations.   This position ensures that invoices are paid timely and accurately.  This position ensures that JFBHS’ complies with all federal and state payroll laws and regulations.  The Payroll Manager/Staff Accountant reconciles payroll entries every payroll period to ensure that employees are accurately and promptly paid.  This position tracks leave accruals and reconciles leave balances.  This position also processes and reconciles 401(k) match and deferral deposits and processes and reconciles benefit deductions.  This position may also assist with resident medical billing.

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related field preferred.  Experience in payroll processing and/or accounting required.  Medical billing experience a plus but not required.  Proficiency in accounting, payroll, spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications required.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Competitive salary and benefits package including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.  EOE.  Position open until filled.

Email or fax resume & cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2021-10
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax:  (833) 418-1986

Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a residential treatment program.  The Residential Counselor is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior and teaching life skills while implementing trauma-informed treatment practices.  This is a full-time position.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.  Flexibility is a must.  Seeking candidates with experience working with youth in a formal therapeutic setting.   A Bachelors’ degree is preferred but not required.  Starting pay ranges from $13.50 to $15.50/hr. depending upon experience and credentials.  Shift differential is provided for week-day evening shift and for first and second shifts on the weekend. A $1,000.00 retention bonus is paid after 18 months of full-time employment.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JFBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2021-
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax: (833) 418-1986

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES SUPERVISOR

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents located in Jarratt, Virginia, seeks an individual to manage the day-to-day operations of a 10 to14 bed residential unit.  The Residential Services Supervisor (RSS) is responsible for the implementation of the Trauma Informed Treatment program and monitoring the effectiveness of services.  The RSS is responsible for ensuring the safety of all program participants and prioritizing multiple tasks to ensure the effectiveness of all program components.  The RSS works with various resources within the facility and the local community to ensure that all program participants receive appropriate wrap around services.  The RSS recruits, teaches, coaches, evaluates, and empowers unit staff and is responsible for developing staff schedules and maintaining coverage within established staff/resident ratios.  The RSS is responsible for operating the unit within established budgetary, licensing, and Council on Accreditation guidelines.

Qualifications:

A Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Human Services related field is preferred.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Two years’ experience working with adolescents in a human services related field is required. Two years’ experience working in a residential treatment facility for adolescents is preferred.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Competitive salary and benefits package including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.  EOE.  Position open until filled.

Email or fax resume & cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2021-9
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax:  (833) 418-1986

Moses Clements Virginia Tech Scholarship Dinner

Hurry! Send in your check and reservation to  P.O. Box 741, Emporia, Virginia, 23847 on or before July 22nd.

The Greensville/Southampton Hokie Club and Alumni will be having its annual scholarship dinner on Sunday, August 1st at Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia.  The Scholarship Program is named for beloved local Hokie, Moses Clements, in memory for his dedicated work for years with the local Virginia Tech scholarship program.

Over the last 25+ years, the Emporia Chapter has provided over $50,000 in scholarships to local students starting their college experience at Virginia Tech.

This year, 5 local students each will get a $500 scholarship.  The students are Makayla Bryant, Alexis Clapp, Madison Coker, Hunter Rountree and Josh Williams.  Our chapter is so proud to present these scholarships on August 1st to these outstanding students.

Our guest speaker for the evening Virginia Tech is Virginia Tech announcer, Mike Burnop.  He will give an update on the much anticipated 7 game home football season to be held in Blacksburg in front of 66,000 crazy fans who cannot wait to get HOME.  Mike is a Hall of Fame tight end at Virginia Tech.  His insight coming directly from practices at Virginia Tech is highly anticipated.

The agenda for the evening will start with a Happy Hour at 5:00 PM, Steak Dinner at 6:00 PM followed by our scholarship presentations from Katie Richardson, scholarship chairman. During the Happy Hour, there will be a raffle along with a silent auction.  The auction will include 4 Virginia Tech – Notre Dame tickets and a parking pass.  The evening will conclude with an inside look at the 2021 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 Matthew Lynch at mjl21522@vt.eduand send in your check and reservation to  P.O. Box 741, Emporia, Virginia, 23847 on or before July 22nd.

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 22nd

All-Day Make & Take Craft – Planter Pot

July 29th

Mad Science

10:30-11:15 am @ BCL - 2:00-2:45 pm @ RML

 

 

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.

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr.

Visitation Services

Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home

July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr., 69, passed away on July 21, 2021. Allen worked as a maintenance operator for the Virginia Department of Transportation for most of his life. He was the son of the late, Lonnie Columbus Thompson and Ruth Lowe Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Ruth Thompson, wife, Linda Beale Thompson, sister, Margie Lewis, nephew, Brent Anderson, niece, Sheila Lanier. He is survived by his son, Allen Warren Thompson, Jr. (Crystal) of Lexington, SC., step-son, Jason D. Rook (Rhonda) of Emporia, VA., sisters, Jane Thompson of Abbottsburry, Sue T. Galloway of Whiteville, NC., Nancy T. Mitchell (Larry) of Bladenboro, NC., Cathy T. Marlow of Lumberton, NC., brother-in-law, Livingston Lewis of Bladenboro, NC., grandchildren, Devin Thompson, Cassie Thompson, Joshua Rook, Emma Rook.

The family will receive friends at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday, July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M. with interment to follow at the church cemetery.

Online Condolences may be left at www.wrennclarkehagan.com

McEachin Votes in Support of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Virginians, Clean Up Dangerous PFAS Chemicals

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted to protect Virginians by passing the bipartisan PFAS Action Act of 2021. The legislation, which Rep. McEachin cosponsored, will clean up per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, known as “forever chemicals,” and introduce stronger protections against future pollutants.   

Research shows that exposure to PFAS chemicals can cause life-threatening illness and disease, including multiple forms of cancer, liver disease, asthmas, thyroid dysfunction, infertility and impaired child development. PFAS chemical have been found in communities across the United States, including in Virginia. A new study published last week found that, based on EPA data, an estimated 30,000 industrial sites are known or suspected of using toxic PFAS: twelve times what had been previously estimated.  American servicemembers and their families are also at particular risk of exposure, as more than 400 U.S. military sites are known to have PFAS contamination.

“I was pleased to support this bipartisan legislation to clean up PFAS chemicals in the Commonwealth and throughout the United States,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “This legislation will help ensure Virginians have access to safe drinking water and clean air, accelerate the clean-up of PFAS chemicals, protect our communities and military sites like Fort Lee, and implement stricter protections against these harmful chemicals. No American should have to worry that the air they breathe or the water they drink could make them sick. This legislation is an important step in ending government inaction, protecting Americans’ health, and ensuring every community can enjoy a cleaner, safer future.”

The legislation, which now goes to the U.S. Senate, would:

  • Require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national drinking water standard for PFOA and PFOS within two years
  • Designate PFOA and PFOS chemicals as hazardous substances within one year and require EPA to determine whether to list other PFAS within five years while designating PFOA and PFOS as hazardous air pollutants within 180 days and requiring EPA to determine whether to list other PFAS within five years.
  • Require EPA to place discharge limits on industrial releases of PFAS and
  • Provide $200 million annually for wastewater treatment.
  • Prohibit unsafe incineration of PFAS wastes and place a moratorium on the introduction of new PFAS into commerce.
  • Require comprehensive PFAS health testing.
  • Create a voluntary label for PFAS in cookware.

VIRGINIA EXPECTED TO RECEIVE MORE THAN HALF A BILLION DOLLARS FROM OPIOID DISTRIBUTORS AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON

~ Unprecedented $21 billion from opioid distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal, along with $5 billion from Johnson & Johnson to go towards prevention, treatment, and recovery ~

RICHMOND(July 20, 2021) – Virginia is expected to receive more than half a billion dollars from opioid distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal, and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson as a result of Attorney General Herring’s multiyear investigation into the role opioid manufacturers and distributors played in creating and prolonging the opioid crisis in Virginia and across the country. In total, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal, along with Johnson & Johnson will pay an unprecedented $26 billion that will go towards prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in communities across the country. A majority of the up to approximately $530 million that Virginia is expected to receive will go towards the Commonwealth’s opioid abatement authority. Additionally, the distributors have agreed to establish an independent clearinghouse that will track and monitor the number of opioids distributors send to healthcare providers and localities.

“The roots of the opioid crisis began in the marketing offices and board rooms of pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson and ran straight into the homes and medicine cabinets of Virginians. Distributors like McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal spread billions of doses of highly addictive opioids throughout our communities, helping to fuel a crisis that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and upended the lives of Virginians in every corner of our Commonwealth,” said Attorney General Herring. “No dollar amount will ever be able to bring back the Virginians we have lost to this devastating epidemic, but we can at least dedicate our time and resources to preventing further loss through prevention, treatment, and recovery. Throughout my time as attorney general, one of my top priorities has been to go after the pharmaceutical and marketing companies that created and prolonged the deadly opioid crisis, and I will not stop until all those involved are held accountable.”

McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal will pay up to $21 billion over an 18-year period to the participating states and localities, with Virginia expected to receive up to $427 million as its share of the agreement. Additionally, the distributors will establish an independent clearinghouse that will monitor and track the number of opioids distributors are sending to healthcare providers, in order to ensure that they are not sending more than the appropriate number to any certain area or provider. An independent, third-party monitor will ensure that each distributor is complying with the terms of the proposed agreement. 

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen will:

  • Establish a centralized independent clearinghouse to provide all three distributors and state regulators with aggregated data and analytics about where drugs are going and how often, eliminating blind spots in the current systems used by distributors.
  • Use data-driven systems to detect suspicious opioid orders from customer pharmacies.
  • Terminate customer pharmacies’ ability to receive shipments, and report those companies to state regulators, when they show certain signs of diversion.
  • Prohibit shipping of and report suspicious opioid orders.
  • Prohibit sales staff from influencing decisions related to identifying suspicious opioid orders.
  • Require senior corporate officials to engage in regular oversight of anti-diversion efforts.

Johnson & Johnson

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $5 billion over a nine-year period with up to $3.7 billion paid during the first three years. Virginia is expected to receive up to approximately $100 million as its share of the agreement. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson will:

  • Stop selling opioids.
  • Not fund or provide grants to third parties for promoting opioids.
  • Not lobby on activities related to opioids.
  • Share clinical trial data under the Yale University Open Data Access Project.

 Attorney General Herring’s Work on the Opioid Crisis

Earlier this month, Attorney General Herring announced a resolution of his lawsuit against the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, that will make public tens of millions of documents related to their role in the opioid crisis, and require a payment of more than $4.3 billion for prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in communities across the country. Virginia is expected to receive at least $80 million as its share of the agreement.

The opioid crisis has been one of Attorney General Herring’s top priorities, and as part of this work he has focused on accountability for pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who helped create, prolong, and profit from the opioid crisis in Virginia and around the country. In addition to filing suit against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family, Attorney General Herring has also filed suit against and Teva/Cephalon for the role that they played in creating the opioid epidemic. In February, he secured a settlement with McKinsey & Company for its role working for opioid companies, helping companies promote their drugs, and profiting from the opioid epidemic. Additional multistate investigations and legal actions remain ongoing.

During the most recent General Assembly Session, Attorney General Herring was successful in passing legislation that directs funds secured through his ongoing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors toward opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, ensuring that the most money possible goes to actually address the opioid crisis.

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Virginia Departments of Health and Education Release Updated Guidance for PreK-12 Schools

PreK-12 schools will make locally-informed decisions on masking and prevention measures, as informed by CDC recommendations

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education today released new guidance for PreK-12 schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools reinforces the importance of in-person learning and supports school divisions in making decisions on masking and other prevention measures, as informed by local data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Virginia has followed the science throughout this pandemic, and that’s what we continue to do,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “This guidance takes into consideration recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and will provide necessary flexibility for school divisions while ensuring a safe, healthy, and world-class learning environment for Virginia’s students. Again, I strongly urge every eligible Virginian to get vaccinated. Getting your shot will protect you, your family, and your community—and it is the only way we can beat this pandemic once and for all.”

The State Health Commissioner’s Public Health Order is in effect until July 25, 2021 and will not be extended, giving school divisions the ability to implement local mask policies based on community level conditions and public health recommendations. As informed by recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia guidance strongly recommends divisions adopt the following for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Elementary schools should implement a requirement that students, teachers, and staff wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, until vaccination is available for children under 12 years old and there has been sufficient time to allow for children younger than 12 years old to be fully vaccinated.
  • At a minimum, middle and high schools should implement a requirement that students, teachers and staff who are not fully vaccinated wear masks indoors. While school divisions regularly confirm school-required immunization records of their students, they should consult with their counsel in determining if and how to confirm student and staff COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • All schools may want to consider universal masking for specific reasons as outlined in certain circumstances by the CDC.
  • All schools should be prepared to adjust local mask policies as local public health conditions evolve throughout the year.

The CDC federal order requiring masks be worn on public transportation remains in effect, and applies to buses operated by Virginia public schools.

“The science is clear that vaccinations and masks help keep our communities safe from COVID-19,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, MD, MHCM. “Due to the dedication, expertise, and close partnership of the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education, the Commonwealth’s children and the individuals that help them learn will be protected by proven strategies, without a one-size-fits-all approach.”

“Schools occupy a special place in the life of our communities, and we need to do everything we can to keep everyone in them safe. This guidance is aimed at protecting students, educators, and staff while also providing localities with flexibility,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “We continue to urge eligible Virginians to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their communities.”

All schools in Virginia are required to make in-person instruction available to all students in the 2021-2022 school year, pursuant to Senate Bill 1303 which was passed during Virginia’s 2021 legislative session. According to the updated guidance, physical distancing of at least 3 feet should be maximized to the greatest extent possible but schools should not reduce in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.

“We know that students learn best in school buildings, and this guidance ensures that divisions have the flexibility and support they need to provide access to in-person learning 5 days a week,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “I’m grateful to all of the school administrators, educators, and staff who have gone above and beyond to provide high quality instruction and support to students during this challenging time.”

Prevention strategies are most effective when layered together, and will continue to be necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The guidance recommends that divisions work with local health departments to implement mitigation strategies based on information about the levels of community transmission, local vaccine coverage, the occurrence of cases and outbreaks in schools, and the use of screening testing data to detect cases in schools.

Vaccination remains the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinating teachers, staff, and eligible students is a critical layer of prevention and protection for all.

“As schools prepare to welcome students back for the 2021-2022 school year, our priority is safely providing in-person instruction so that each and every child can learn and thrive in the classroom,” said Dr. James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “With this latest guidance and ample federal pandemic relief funds available to school divisions, our local school leaders are equipped to implement appropriate mitigation strategies and ensure student and staff safety within the schools in their communities.”

In 2020, Governor Northam directed $492 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to public schools and PreK-12 state-level education initiatives. This year, Virginia received approximately $939 million in ESSER II funds under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021. Ninety percent of the funding was distributed to school divisions in January, with the other 10 percent set aside for targeted state-level initiatives to address the impact of the pandemic on students and schools. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds directly allocate $1.9 billion to school divisions, with an additional state set aside of $211 million.

This spring, Governor Northam announced $62.7 million in Virginia LEARNS Education Recovery grants to help school divisions expand and implement targeted initiatives to support Virginia students as they continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools is available here

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Dropped Again, Falling to 4.3 Percent in June

Payroll employment increased by 3,200 jobs

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2-percentage point to 4.3 percent in June, compared to 8.8 percent one year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Commonwealth continues to be below the national rate of 5.8 percent.

“Virginia’s falling unemployment rate and expanding labor force show the strength of our economy and business climate,” said Governor Northam. “We continue to be recognized as best place in America to do business because we are building a Commonwealth where both workers and employers can thrive. We can all be optimistic about what the future holds as we move beyond this pandemic.”

Virginia had the fourth lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states behind Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

“The Commonwealth’s positive job growth and falling unemployment rate are welcome signs that workers are finding safety and opportunity in the job market,” said Secretary of Labor Megan Healy. “I look forward to maintaining this positive momentum in partnership with our business and workforce development partners, who are working diligently to ensure Virginians have all the support they need to transition back into employment.”

“Another drop in the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate is a great way to conclude this exciting week,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “We expect to see continuing job growth in the coming months.”

In June, Virginia saw over-the-year job gains of 2.8 percent, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 3,200 jobs. The labor force increased by 4,343 to 4,234,360, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 5,448 to 183,799. The number of employed residents rose by 9,791 to 4,050,561.

The private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 179,900 jobs, and employment in the public sector added 10,500 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 10 of 11 major industry divisions experienced employment gains. The largest over-the-year job gain occurred in leisure and hospitality, up 67,200 jobs, or 25.5 percent. The next largest over-the-year job gain occurred in trade and transportation, up 40,100 jobs, or 6.5 percent. Professional and business services experienced the third largest over-the-year job gain of 26,300 jobs, or 3.5 percent.

For a greater statistical breakdown, visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website at vec.virginia.gov.

SVCC Announces 2021 Fall Semester Plans

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will continue with a full schedule of classes for the fall semester beginning August 23, 2021.  Social distancing restrictions and mask requirements are being lifted for vaccinated individuals, which is in line with the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While SVCC is not requiring students, faculty, or staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the institution is strongly encouraging it. 

To give students more options, the college is again taking a “HyFlex” approach to course delivery.  This means class options (depending on the needs of each discipline) may include a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online offerings, and a “Zoom to Home” option.

According to Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, SVCC President, "As we are excited about having some restrictions lifted, we understand that the pandemic is not over; and that is why we are encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.  The college has been open for limited in-person classes since last August, and now we are eager to welcome more students back on-campus."

The Café on both the Christanna campus in Alberta and the John H. Daniel campus in Keysville will also open back up for the fall semester.  As social distancing requirements are being lifted for vaccinated individuals, SVCC’s student resource centers will now allow more students to utilize the facilities on each campus.

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, SVCC has complied with guidelines from the CDC for physical distancing, hygiene, and safety.  SVCC’s faculty, staff, & administration has worked diligently to keep its locations safely open for the needs of students; and that will continue.

Now is the time to picture yourself a panther at SVCC and start your educational journey; panther pride, catch it!

Registration for the 2021 fall semester is going on now; for more information, please visit southside.edu or call (434) 949-1000.

SENATORS INTRODUCE BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP STUDENTS ‘REVERSE’ TRANSFER CREDITS FROM FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES

~ Legislation would make it easier to help students attain rightfully earned degrees or certification ~

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Braun (R-IN) along with Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to remove an unnecessary bureaucratic obstacle preventing many students from receiving the degree or certification they have rightfully earned. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 would facilitate the “reverse transferring” of college credits – the process of transferring credits from a four-year institution to a two-year institution in which a student was previously enrolled to identify whether they earned enough credits along the way to receive a degree.

“This much-needed bill would help to eliminate an unnecessary hurdle for students who’ve worked hard and paid for their studies,” said Sen. Warner. “In a competitive job market, this bipartisan bill will help more Americans claim the degree or credentials that they have rightfully earned.”

“A four year college is not the only path to prosperity in this country, and community colleges are a vital and economical part of our education system. Removing needless roadblocks on the path to attaining a degree from these institutions is overdue.  I’m happy to join this measure to allow students to get associates degrees and certifications they’ve earned,” said Sen. Braun.

“Our education system has to support different paths to a successful career,” said Sen. Hickenlooper. “Many students who graduate high school never get a four year degree. Making it easier to recognize the work students have already done is a no-brainer.”

Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Joe Neguse (D-CO), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX).

“We must ensure every student is provided a pathway to education that fits their goals and career path,” said Rep. Neguse. “This legislation ensures that students can receive credit and earn an associate’s degree or short-term certificate regardless of where they completed their coursework, breaking down barriers for better paying jobs for students who are unable to finish at a four-year institution. Reverse transfer will be a meaningful step for millions of students to increase college affordability and access.”

“I am pleased to join Representative Neguse in introducing the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act. Utah is home to great schools with many students who begin their education at a community college and finish at a university,” said Rep. Curtis. “This bill will improve data sharing between higher education institutions by allowing a student to continue earning credits towards an Associate’s degree at community college, even after transferring to a university, boosting student earning potential and student retention.”

“There is no single or correct path to higher education,” said Rep. Castro. “As students face increasing tuition costs and student loan debt, it is clear that many students are starting their post-secondary academic goals at community colleges. In my district, Alamo Colleges is the largest provider of higher education in South Texas and proves that two-year programs are critical in preparing students for success beyond their hallways. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act will allow these students to easily transition to four-year universities, like the University of Texas at San Antonio in my district, with an associate’s degree as well as the skillset to finish their studies and successfully enter the workforce.”

The National Student Clearinghouse, an educational nonprofit that verifies enrollment data, has identified over four million individuals that have completed enough credit hours at a four-year institution to be eligible for an associate’s degree, but instead withdrew without a degree or certificate. Facilitating the practice of reverse transfer would ease students’ access to credentials they have already earned and better provide for the demands of the future economy.

The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to create a new exemption for the sharing of student education records between higher education institutions. The bill would also allow for the sharing of credit data between post-secondary institutions for the sole purpose of determining whether a student earned an associate’s degree or certificate during the course of their studies. Currently, FERPA requires students to give their institutions proactive permission to determine whether they have earned enough credits to be awarded a degree or certificate. 

The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 has the support of numerous organizations, including the Virginia Community College System, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, American Association of Community Colleges, and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, among others. For a complete list, click here.

“AACRAO believes this legislation is an important step that will enable institutions to increase educational attainment, and ultimately salaries, for millions of in individuals,” said Melanie Gottlieb, Interim Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO). “The additional FERPA exception proposed represents a responsible means of sharing student information between a student's 4-year and 2-year institutions in a way that both protects student privacy and supports the completion agenda.”

“Virginia’s community colleges prepare students for in-demand jobs that respond to the marketplace and employers,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “The Reverse Transfer Act is a welcome approach that will benefit students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group. Communication will be facilitated, obstacles removed, and processes improved between community colleges and four-year institutions. I applaud Senator Warner and Senator Braun for their bipartisan approach in working across the aisle to advance this legislation that will increase affordability, accelerate degree completion, and lead students to upward mobility.”

“Too many struggling students leave universities burdened with debt and without degrees: disproportionately, they are low-income and students of color. Yet, many have enough credits to earn a career pathway certificate or an associate’s degree at NOVA. Unfortunately, there is no ‘reverse transfer’ system that makes it possible to turn these hard-earned credits into valuable college credentials. Senator Warner’s ‘reverse transfer’ proposal would be transformational. Students could earn degrees and certificates, opening the door to high-demand, sustaining wage careers that would secure their financial futures and grow the high-skilled workforce. It’s a true win-win,” said Anne M. Kress, PhD, President of Northern Virginia Community College.

“Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia enthusiastically endorses the proposed ‘Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act.’ This act will allow students to easily earn degrees and other credentials at community colleges by transferring credits earned at four-year institutions. Earning additional credentials will make the individuals more competitive in the modern workforce,” said Dr. John A. Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College. “Many students currently transfer to four-year institutions without completing their associate degrees or certificates. Offering a reverse transfer option will encourage those students to become graduates of their community college. Completion will show employers that these students are lifelong learners who continue to improve their education. BRCC encourages all parties to support this important piece of legislation to improve our workforce.”

“Virginia Western Community College is delighted to support the bipartisan Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act to help students achieve their goals of a college degree through reverse transfer. This bill removes the roadblocks that deter students from pursuing reverse transfer and will help colleges make the process of credential attainment more accessible. Additionally, this bill  will benefit students, employers, and our communities by helping students realize the credentials needed for employment,” said Dr. Robert Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College.

A copy of the bill text is available here.

VSP Investigating Fatal Accident in Brunswick County

Currently the Virginia State Police is investigating a two vehicle crash that has resulted in a fatality. 

The incident occurred early this morning, at approximately 1:43 a.m., on Interstate 85 at the 24 mile marker, Brunswick County. Preliminary investigations reveal that the driver of a 2020 Freightliner tractor trailer, ran off the roadway, and sideswiped a 2008 Acura. The Freightliner continued off the roadway into the tree line, striking several trees before jack knifing. The driver and passenger of the Acura suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Freightliner died at the scene from injuries sustained by the crash.

At this time, Troopers have the right lane blocked as they continue to investigate.  Once information becomes available for release, an updated email will follow. 

 

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

Donna Jarrell, MS, CEP, Rehab Director; Scott Burnette, President; Shelly Parham, RRT-RCP; Mike Simmons, BS, RRT, Respiratory Therapy Manager; Todd Howell, FACHE, VP of Professional Services.

 

South Hill, VA (7/14/21) – Sometimes the least intervention is best. When a patient came out of a procedure with complications, it looked like they were going to have to be sent to the ICU. But because of quick thinking by a respiratory therapist at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH), they were able to bring the patient back to the main floor with minimal interventions.

“Shelly Parham, RRT-RCP, took a lead role in turning care around for a patient and avoiding ICU admittance,” said a coworker in the nomination. “The patient quickly improved and was able to go to a regular floor. Shelly’s knowledge and professionalism resulted in an excellent outcome for this patient.”

“Shelly demonstrated exemplary action likely resulting in an improved patient outcome,” said her manager, Mike Simmons, BS, RRT.

Shelly was awarded the June 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 July and a $40 gift card.

She said, “I was shocked. I had a patient in the ER at the time I found out and I was more worried about them than receiving an award for just doing my job.” 

Shelly has worked at VCU Health CMH for more than 18 years. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Respiratory Care Practitioner. She performs pulmonary function tests and EEGs.

“The pandemic has tested all of us; we’ve had to do things we never thought we’d have to do,” Shelly explained. “All of us do everything we can for our patients. We love what we do.”

She shared advice for the community, “We still need to be vigilant. Socially distance yourselves with people outside your household and wash your hands frequently. With the new variant out there, I would not take my mask off just yet.”

Shelly lives in Baskerville with her husband and two sons, ages 14 and 7, and several dogs. She loves gardening, fishing and lake life. Her favorite thing to grow is roses.

Other nominees for June were Peggie Powell, Pain Management; Shawntell Taylor, ICU; and Lauren Vigilante, Education.

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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects Officers & Directors

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that the following officers have been re-elected to serve two-year terms:  T. Darnley Adamson, III,  Robert B. Wynne – Co Chairs, William H. Poarch- Vice-Chair, Beverley A. Coleman- Secretary, and John Mason Antrim – Treasurer.

Adamson, Co-Chair, is the owner of Green Solutions Virginia and has extensive experience in the insurance and real estate fields. Wynne, Co-Chair, is an associate with McGuire Woods in the employee benefits and executive compensation group. Poarch, Vice-Chair, is a retired Navy aviator and airline pilot. Coleman, Secretary, is retired after a career business development at the state and local government levels. Antrim, Treasurer, is newly elected to the Board. He is the retired President, CEO and COO of the Middleburg Financial and Trust Company.

Re-elected to serve two-year terms were Steven Riethmiller, a retired Virginia Military Institute professor of chemistry; Anne W. Hill, an attorney with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; and Leslie W. Rose, III, a physician with James River Primary Care in Richmond.

Jackson-Feild is pleased to continue its relationship with the re-elected members, and welcomes Mr. Antrim as a new member of the board.

Jackson-Feild looks forward to their leadership and support as it continues its mission to provide high quality evidence-based psychiatric, residential, educational and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma and mental illness.        

McEachin Introduces Resolution Urging Federal Action on Maternal Mortality Crisis

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced a resolution recognizing the maternal mortality health crisis affecting women in Virginia and across the nation. The resolution urges federal action to lower maternal mortality and morbidity rates and mitigate stark race-based disparities in maternal health outcomes.

“As the father to two daughters, the maternal mortality crisis is personal to me. The United States has the highest maternal morbidity rates of any developed country, and the issue impacts women across the nation,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Racial disparities in maternal health outcomes are evidence of long-standing inequities in our health care system and must be addressed. I will continue working with advocates in Virginia and my colleagues in Congress to lower maternal mortality rates throughout the country.”

Rep. McEachin is a proud member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. The resolution is currently co-sponsored by Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14).

Read the full resolution here.

Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Invest $700 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Achieve Universal Broadband by 2024

Proposal will allow the Commonwealth to connect remaining unserved locations, accelerate 10-year plan to close the digital divide

ABINGDON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia plans to invest $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expedite the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure to unserved areas and close the digital divide within the next three years. This proposal will accelerate the Governor’s 10-year goal for achieving universal internet access from 2028 to 2024, with the majority of connections obligated within the next 18 months. In May, Governor Northam and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for allocating the $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the Commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan.

The Governor made the announcement at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon and was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, State Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Luke Torian, who chair the General Assembly’s money committees, and State Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who lead Virginia’s Broadband Advisory Council. Governor Northam also reported that the Commonwealth has successfully bridged half of the digital divide, with an estimated 233,500 unserved locations remaining.

“It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat internet service like the 21st century necessity that it is—not just a luxury for some, but an essential utility for all,” said Governor Northam. “The pandemic has reinforced how important high-quality broadband is for the health, education, and economic opportunity, and we cannot afford to leave any community behind. With this historic $700 million investment, universal broadband is now within our reach. I am grateful to Senator Warner for fighting to include this funding in the American Rescue Plan, which will be key to the success of local connectivity efforts and to ensuring every Virginian has affordable, reliable, and equitable access to high-speed internet.”

Since 2018, the Commonwealth has awarded approximately $124 million in broadband grants and connected over 140,000 homes, businesses, and community anchors. Governor Northam and the General Assembly made historic investments—$50 million in 2020 and an additional $50 million in 2021—in the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI), a public-private partnership that provides targeted financial assistance to extend broadband service to areas currently unserved by a provider. With this $700 million allocation of federal dollars and continued state investment, the Commonwealth has the necessary resources to meet the tremendous demand from localities and broadband providers and close the digital divide in Virginia.

“With telehealth and telework becoming permanent staples across the nation, access to broadband is more critical than ever,” said U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner. “Earlier this year, I was proud to help deliver more than $3.7 billion dollars in direct fiscal relief for the Commonwealth through the American Rescue Plan, including hundreds of millions of dollars for broadband. I’m hopeful that my friends in the General Assembly will use $700 million of that funding to expand access to broadband, thereby creating economic opportunity and ensuring that every Virginian can meaningfully participate in our 21st century economy.”

“Localities and broadband providers have stepped up over the past three years and helped the Commonwealth connect thousands of unserved Virginians,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “With today’s announcement, large regional projects that achieve universal service can be funded across the Commonwealth without delay.”

Because Governor Northam prioritized broadband expansion well before the pandemic, Virginia is on track to be one of the first states in the country to achieve universal broadband service. In 2019, the Governor worked with the General Assembly to establish a pilot program that promotes collaboration between localities, electric utilities, and internet service providers to connect unserved areas to high-speed internet. In just two years of the pilot program, Virginia’s utility companies have helped connect more than 13,000 homes and businesses across the Commonwealth. Earlier this year, Governor Northam signed bipartisan legislation that makes the pilot program permanent.

“The Commonwealth continues to prioritize funding for universal broadband access and I’m encouraged to see these investments coming ahead of schedule,” said Senator Janet Howell, Chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee. “This appropriation of federal dollars will go a long way towards supporting the investments that the Commonwealth has already made to bridge the digital divide.”

“Funding for broadband is more critical now than ever,” said Delegate Luke Torian, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “We must continue to ensure that all citizens of the Commonwealth have access to quality internet access.”

“The Broadband Advisory Council has long prioritized funding to reduce the cost of broadband access and connect unserved Virginians,” said Senator Jennifer Boysko, Chair of the Broadband Advisory Council. “With this investment of American Rescue Plan dollars, we will greatly accelerate our progress.” 

“I have lived in a rural area my entire life and I know that the Commonwealth benefits as a whole when we lift up all communities,” said Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Vice Chair of the Broadband Advisory Council. “This investment will have a tremendous impact on countless Virginians and allow our communities to prosper and grow.”

Video of today’s announcement is available on Governor Northam’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Initiative Can Help Rev-Up Our Workforce

By Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D.
 

Employment data for Virginia present a complicated picture. In 2019 before COVID-19 shutdowns impacted the economy, Virginia reported an unemployment rate of only 2.7%. During 2020, the rate skyrocketed to 14.4% before sliding back down. Recent statistics peg it at 4.5%.

Yet, job seekers say they still can’t find jobs, and employers say they can’t find workers to fill open positions. One piece of this puzzle appears to be a mismatch between the skills sought and those held by unemployed and underemployed workers.

To help address this, Virginia’s governor created the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative as part of the statewide response under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by the U.S. Congress last year. REV Training Vouchers provide funds for job training in high-demand areas such as early childhood education, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, skilled trades, and public safety. The REV program began last October and will expire at the end of this year.

Tammy Wiley and Cameron Vassar are two of the REV Coaches SVCC currently employed to guide students who have become unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic. Their duties include enrolling students, helping them succeed during course work, and assisting in job-seeking activities through connections with local employers, career counseling, and help with practical tasks such as creating resumes and writing cover letters. Plans for a career fair are also underway.

Marsha Hawkins, a current student who worked with Wiley as her REV Coach, remembers hearing that her job would end. “I was shocked and lost as to what my future would hold. At age 61 I had to make a decision. I knew that I needed benefits, such as medical and life insurance; therefore, I had to do something quickly. My decision was to go back to school to learn a new trade. My course of study is Medical Office Assistant, which is a two-year program with an AAS degree. Tammy worked with me on getting financial assistance. Tammy also assisted me in getting my schedule together. I was a little overwhelmed trying to do it myself. So far, my classes have not been easy because my brain cells were asleep. However, I am doing well and Tammy checks on me often to make sure I’m OK and to see if I need any assistance in anything. I’m a true believer that if one door closes, God has another one opened and waiting for us to walk in.”

Several factors guide eligibility. Workers who received unemployment benefits after August 1, 2020, even if they also received prior benefits, are eligible. Also, workers who transitioned from full-time to part-time jobs as a result of the pandemic are eligible if they are currently earning less than $15 per hour. Training vouchers up to $1,500 assist workforce and part-time students, and vouchers up to $3,000 are available for full-time students. Furthermore, as Wiley explains, “If we cannot obtain all required funding through the REV program, we do our best to exhaust other available resources.”

Vassar adds, “I’d love for everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to expand career options. We’re trying to help as many people as we can.”

For more information about REV eligibility, training voucher amounts, and qualifying programs, please visit SVCC’s website (southside.edu) or call 434-949-1021.

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.

21 MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED IN SEVEN WEEKS ON VIRGINIA HIGHWAYS

VSP “Ride 2 Save Lives” Motorcycle Courses Offered Thru October

Summer is in full swing and many Virginia motorcyclists have been enjoying the beautiful weather on the open road. Tragically, as the temperatures have risen, so have the number of riders who have lost their lives in traffic crashes. Since June 1, 2021, 21 riders have died on Virginia roadways in traffic crashes. Of those, nine have been in single-vehicle crashes.

Virginia State Police is urging all motorists to do their part to share the road responsibly. Passenger and commercial vehicle drivers need to remain alert for motorcyclists due to their size and visibility. When pulling onto or across a roadway or when changing lanes, drivers are especially advised to be on the lookout for motorcycles as they can be obstructed by other vehicles, glare, etc.

Per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination, and good judgment. To help enhance motorcyclists’ safety, state police is encouraging Virginians to participate in the free “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses being offered now through October 2021. This course allows current riders the opportunity to learn and practice rider safety, how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation and much more. The course is conducted by Virginia State Police Motors Troopers and allows riders to get to know their own motorcycles in a safe environment.

All participants must have a valid operator’s license with a Class ‘M’ endorsement, appropriate riding attire, and helmet and eye protection. Motorcycles must be street legal and helmets must be DOT approved to participate in this program.

Hampton Roads:

  • July 24 – 8:30 a.m. – Yorktown – Waters Edge Church
  • Aug. 21 – 8:30 a.m. – Virginia Beach – ADS, Inc.
  • Sept. 25 – 8:30 a.m. – Yorktown – Waters Edge Church
  • Oct. 23 – 8:30 a.m. – Virginia Beach – ADS, Inc.

Metro-Richmond:

  • Aug. 14 – 9 a.m. – Richmond – Steel Horse Harley Davidson
  • Sept. 18 – 9 a.m. – Richmond – Steel Horse Harley Davidson
  • Oct. 2 – 9 a.m. – Richmond – Steel Horse Harley Davidson

Central Virginia/New River Valley:

  • Aug. 21 – 8:30 a.m. – Salem – Lakeside Baptist Church
  • Sept. 18 – 8:30 a.m. – Lynchburg – Central Virginia Community College
  • Sept. 18 – 8:30 a.m. – Salem – Lakeside Baptist Church
  • Oct. 16 – 8:30 a.m. – Salem – Salem Red Sox Stadium
  • Oct. 16 – 8:30 a.m. – Lynchburg – Central Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia:

All available classes are full.

Virginia State Police conducts the “Ride 2 Save Lives” course yearly, beginning in the spring and ending in the fall. A comprehensive listing of Ride 2 Save Lives courses can be found by visiting virginiastatepolice.eventbrite.com. Space is limited and advanced registration for these free courses is required.

Governor Northam Launches #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on Speeding

Virginians are encouraged to participate through August 13

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new summer travel safety campaign and survey designed to engage Virginians in efforts to reduce speed-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the Commonwealth’s roadways.

The “Don’t Speed Thru Summer. Make it Last.” initiative uses both online and traditional media to focus on the dangers of speed and aggressive driving. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety, preliminary numbers indicate speed-related crashes have already claimed 182 lives on Virginia’s roadways and injured another 4,248 people within the first six months of 2021. Last year, 22,479 speed-related crashes on Virginia roadways resulted in 406 fatalities, the highest number in at least 10 years.

“Speed is driving up the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways to record high levels,” said Governor Northam. “But these are not just statistics, these are the lives of parents, children, siblings, spouses, friends, and loved ones. As the summer continues, I urge all Virginians to make safe driving a priority as you travel throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.”

In addition, Governor Northam is inviting Virginians to participate in the #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on speeding through Friday, August 13. To participate, visit the Commonwealth’s new highway safety portal, TZDVA.org, and click the icon for the #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall to access the anonymous survey. The data collected from the #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall will better inform state leaders of driving behaviors related to speeding. 

Speeding is the latest traffic-safety priority to be addressed by the Governor and his Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety, which is composed of representatives from the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Health, Education and State Police, and led by the Secretaries of Transportation and Public Safety and Homeland Security. The team is charged with reducing fatalities on Virginia’s roadways and driving change in the Commonwealth’s highway safety culture. 

“While this may be hard to believe, driving seven miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit of 65 miles per hour saves approximately five minutes when traveling to a destination 60 miles away,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to safely maneuver around curves, adds to the time it takes to come to a complete stop, and increases the risk of crashes and injuries.”

“Every driver in Virginia plays a role in helping prevent a crash on our roadways by following the posted speed limits,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “Complying with the posted speed limits not only protects your life but the lives around you.”

The Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety will be promoting the “Don’t Speed Thru Summer. Make it Last.” campaign, both as a group and as individual agencies throughout the summer season. To stay up to date, follow the hashtag #SlowDownVA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

 

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Laborer:   Will use Industrial Vacuum's in the cleaning of facilities. Company pays mileage plus hourly salary. Must be willing to travel depending on where the job is located. Drug and alcohol screening required.. Company pays for motel & meals. Divers license preferred but not required. However if applicant posses a valid driver's license there must not be any DUI's or Reckless Driving within the last 3 years AND no more than 2 speeding violations within the last 3 years. Job Order 2355501

ELECTRICIAN: Our plywood facility located in Emporia, VA has a vacancy for an Electrician II. This role provides general electrical maintenance support for the Emporia Plywood Mill by working safely 100% of the time. High school diploma or GED required. At least two years electrical experience in a manufacturing, industrial or similar environment. Job Order 2334120

CDL-B DEIVER: Will drive tandem tank truck. Must have at least a CDL-B license. Company   pays meals & lodging. Pay is 30 cents per mile plus hourly salary. Company performs Industrial Vacuuming. You may have to travel out of town depending on where the job is located. Drug & alcohol test is given by the employer. Must not have a DUI, Reckless Driving within the last 3 years AND no more than 2 speeding violations within the last 3 years. VEC will run DMV check. Job Order 2355466

CLASS B DUMP:  Drive dump truck and/or container truck in regional area around Stony Creek, VA. Class B CDL required. Minimum 2 years experience in truck. Job Order 2350871   

Financial: Provided a complete range of customer services at the Bank, including opening new accounts explaining available deposit, loan and digital products and services, referring customers to key partners, and servicing existing accounts. High school diploma or equivalence required Minimum of 2 or more years of bank experience in a commercial bank, or related industry Bank teller/operations exposure is a plus.  * Successful customer service and /or sales experience. Job Order 23552272

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE POSITIONS CONTACT THE

VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION

FREE WORKSHOPS!

  Virginia Employment Commission hours in Emporia are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Wednesday 9:30 – 4:30

      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 oportunidades.  Los auxiliaries y servicios estan disponibles a dedidopara

 personas con discapacidades.

Virginia Department of Health Reminds Residents to Be Aware of the Risks of Heat-related Illness

(Richmond, Va.)—Many Virginians will celebrate the July Fourth holiday with trips to beaches and parks and backyard cookouts. The Virginia Department of Health reminds residents enjoying time with family and friends to be aware of the signs of heat-related illness, particularly in those more vulnerable to extreme temperatures.

Hot temperatures, high heat indexes and hot, sunny conditions can cause ill health effects. During the most recent heat wave, from June 28 through July 1, a total of 206 visits were made to emergency departments or urgent care centers in Virginia as a result of heat-related illnesses.

“We encourage all residents to take the necessary precautions to protect against heat-related illness,” said Chief Deputy Commissioner of Community Health Services Dr. Parham Jaberi. “And remember to consider the special needs of children, the elderly and those without air conditioning in the hot weather.”

Extreme heat can be deadly. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, between 2018 and 2020 there were 28 heat-related deaths in Virginia.

One of the most important precautions people should take is to schedule or reschedule activities and outdoor work until the coolest parts of the day.  In the summer, sunlight exposure and heat are greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Signs of severe heat-related illness include high body temperature, fast pulse, dizziness, nausea, confusion, headache, passing out, and hot, red, dry or damp skin. 

Here are additional steps you can take to protect yourself against heat-related illnesses: 

  • On extremely hot days, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area or find a cooling center in your area if your home is not cool. Spending at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the risk of heat-related illnesses. When temperatures reach the upper 90s or above, a fan may not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (2-4 glasses of cool fluids) each hour. To replace salt and minerals lost from sweating, drink fruit juice or a sports beverage during exercise or when you have to work outside. However, talk to your doctor first if you are on a fluid-restricted diet or medications, or on a low-salt diet.
  • If you must be outdoors, wear lighter weight and light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats to reflect the sun’s rays.  Apply sunscreen to exposed skin to avoid sunburn.  Sunburn limits your body’s ability to keep itself cool and causes loss of body fluids.  Use sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater, and apply it at least 20 minutes before going outside.  
  • Extreme heat can be stressful on your body.  Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat. 
  • Never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car can reach higher than 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death.
  • Use the “buddy system” if you are working outside. If you suffer a heat-related illness, you could become confused or could lose consciousness. Therefore, make sure someone else knows of your plans.
  • Be sure to check on the elderly and neighbors without air conditioning.  

For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/public-relations-contacts/severe-weather-preparedness/extreme-heat-and-heat-related-illnesses/.

Greensville County Public Schools Summer Feeding Program Schedule

 

Greensville County Public Schools is participating in the 2021 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 6 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 8 am– 8:30 am; Lunch 10:35 am–12:00 pm

E W Wyatt Middle School

206 Slagle’s Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am-9:30 am; Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greensville County High School

403 Harding Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 28 –July 22 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am–9:15 am; Lunch 11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Care Kids

345 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 28 –July 29 Monday – Thursday

Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:30 pm

June 28 –August 27 Monday – Friday

Snack 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Reese Village Apartments

311 Bond Court, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6-August 26 Monday - Thursday

Snack 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Top Hand Foundation

206 W Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847

June 21 –August 12 Monday – Thursday

Breakfast 9 am–9:30 am; Snack 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Weaver Manor

216 Meherrin Lane, Emporia, VA 23847

July 6-August 26 Monday - Thursday

Snack 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There will be no bus delivery for summer meals. Families are encouraged to visit a school site for meals.

All sites will be closed July 5, 2021.

For more information about Summer Meals, please contact MaRendia Garner at 434-634-2863.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded byUSDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA  through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other thanEnglish.

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 USDAby:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department ofAgriculture

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 opportunityprovider.

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.

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.

 

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