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SVCC Hosts Health Careers Fair for Local High School Students

A host of high school students converged on the Estes Community Center in Chase City recently to attend the Southside Virginia Community College Health Careers Fair.  More than 200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance were from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

The purpose of the event was to familiarize students interested in health careers with SVCC's programs, including nursing, both LPN and RN, massage therapy, emergency medical services, and medical office assisting.  Students also had the opportunity to learn about ways to further education in varied health care fields they can complete by transferring to nearby schools, including physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, sonography, and more.

One of the highlights of the event was a student panel consisting of men and women who have completed or are currently enrolled in the PN and ADN programs.  The student panel was asked various questions about SVCC’s health career programs and the dedication it takes to complete these programs. 

        

The SVCC Panther was on hand as well as a Zumba instructor and other college representatives. 

Students were able to experience the college’s Sim Lab that features a computer-driven human simulator known as Sim Man and its smaller counterparts Sim Baby and our newly arrived Sim Newbie. Together, they allow students to assess changeable heart sounds, breath sounds, chest movement, experience cardiac monitoring and effects of interventions and medications given with patients across the life span. Our simulators can demonstrate different customized patient profiles and individualized medical scenarios ranging from basic to complex nursing care. Another simulator, "Noelle", provides maternal and neonatal birthing simulation.

    

The VCU LifeEvac helicopter also landed outside the Estes Center and students were able to learn about this service.  VCU LifeEvac provides both scene and interfacility transfer of critically ill patients for areas that have previously not had this transport option available to them.

Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Dean of Nursing and Health Technology at SVCC stated, "It is an exciting time in health care, and it was wonderful how many students were interested in learning more about health career opportunities at Southside Virginia Community College."

The event was made possible through the generosity of the SVCC Foundation's Educational Excellence Grant and generous giving of time and expertise from many area health care professionals, surrounding colleges, VCU/CMH in South Hill, and PATHS in Boydton.

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Annual Community Thanksgiving Service Wednesday

The Annual Emporia Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Wednesday evening, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church, on Southampton Street, Emporia

Bringing the Thanksgiving sermon will be the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt has had fifty-four years of ordained ministry. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, of Louisville, Kentucky, and has received the Master of Sacred Theology Degree and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Union Presbyterian Theology in Richmond, Virginia.  He served three different congregations as a fulltime minister. Dr. Wyatt retired in 1996 and became active as a supply preacher and interim pastor of many churches in Southside Virginia.  He currently is interim pastor of Adams Grove Baptist Church. Dr. Wyatt invites his many friends in the area to come to this annual Thanksgiving service.

In addition to the sermon by Dr. Wyatt, there will be special music by Kelli Draper.  Shannon Bryant-Starke will serve as organist. Barbara Clark will preside at the service.

An offering will be received at the service for support of the fire-damage repair of Calvary Baptist Church of Emporia.

The community is cordially invited to this service.

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE REMIND VIRGINIANS TO DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES THIS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY, ESPECIALLY IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

RICHMOND – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases Virginians’ risks of being involved in a serious or deadly traffic crash. As families and friends prepare to gather to give thanks this year, the Virginia State Police reminds motorists to make safety a priority during the holiday weekend. Virginians are reminded to drive to save lives by always buckling up, never driving drunk and avoiding distractions.

During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 12 people died in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the past five years, a total of 63 men, women and children have lost their lives in a traffic crash on Virginia’s highways over the four-day statistical counting period for the Thanksgiving holiday.*

“In 2014, traffic crashes have claimed 619 lives on Virginia’s highways, which averages to about 56 traffic deaths a month,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “This is the time of year when we talk of giving thanks and committing selfless acts of kindness to help others. What better way to put that into action than by driving to save lives every time you’re on the road? Share the road, be alert to motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and do not drive aggressively, distracted or drunk. Simply drive to save lives because every life counts.”

Virginia State Police will increase patrols and traffic enforcement efforts in order to prevent traffic deaths and injuries as part of the state police’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints. Motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers throughout the Commonwealth beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., and continuing through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

During the 2013 Thanksgiving Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, Virginia State Police cited 9,841 speeders and another 2,697 reckless drivers statewide. Troopers arrested 98 impaired drivers and issued 772 seat belt citations. State police also cited 213 child restraint violations. Virginia troopers assisted 3,341 motorists.

In addition, weather-related crashes accounted for 4 percent of fatalities during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 nationwide.** With the potential for snow and freezing rain forecasted for the Commonwealth as the holiday approaches, motorists are reminded to plan ahead for possible delays, slow speeds for conditions, always buckle up, and call VDOT’s 511 or go to www.511virginia.orgto check road conditions.

With the increase of emergency personnel on the highways, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

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Alumni Basketball Game Friday Night

On November 28, 2014 @ 6:00pmThe Greensville County High School boys basketball team will be hosting the annual Alumni Basketball Game: Featuring some of the best basketball players from the Southside District that attended Greensville County High School: Players like Antoine Walton, Jamar Walton, Trey Drake, and Michael Stokes and more, Admission $5.00.  Those players who are interested in playing please contact Michael Stokes and Perry Manning or contact the head coach directly: Coach Young at 757-582-0087 or Coachyoung@me.com.



Players are expected to be at the gym no later than 5:15pm to be placed on teams by Coach Young.

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St. John's Lutheran Ladies League Annual Sale Great Success

The Lutheran Ladies League of St. John's Lutheran Church held their annual bake sale Saturday morning.  Judging by the brisk sales of Slovak Kolacky (260 dozen by 9:15 am) the day was a huge success.

  

The bake sale has been a tradition since the Church was in the country, and has always played an important role in the life of St. John's.  While this year's sale had no specific single use and will be used for a variety of activities, past sales have helped purchase land and fund additions to their current building.

  

The congregation that would become the modern St. John's Lutheran began in 1909 by Slovak farmers that had settled in the northern part of Greensville County.  Like many congregations, the early group began meeting in homes, building their first building in 1917 and moving into their current building in 1962.

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Meherrin Regional Library System Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Meherrin Regional Library System will be closed the following days this holiday season:

Wednesday, November 26 – Library Open 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29 – Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

For more information please contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the W.E. Richardson Memorial Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

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Thanksgiving Sanitation Schedule

CITY OF EMPORIA

   THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

SANITATION SCHEDULE

RESIDENTIAL SERVICE:  TRASH, BULK/YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING

 

NORMAL COLLECTION                                     WILL BE COLLECTED

Tuesday, November 25, 2014                                     Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014                               Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014                                   Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014                                        Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ALL WASTE MUST BE PLACED AT STREET FOR REMOVAL BY 7:00 A.M. ON COLLECTION DAY.

COMMERCIAL SERVICE

NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014

LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION

NO COLLECTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014 AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS TO REFRAIN FROM PUTTING TRASH OUT AFTER THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULED COLLECTION DAY.

 



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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO HELP CONSUMERS SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

Emporia, VA  - Beginning November 15, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC)  will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace provides U.S. citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits including, preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services, and coverage cannot be denied based on a pre-existing condition. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government, or subsidies, towards the cost of the premium.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

“This is where SVRMC can help,” said Joe Wilkins, SVRMC’s Interim CEO.  “As a primary health provider in the area, we want to help educate residents on the health plan options available through the Marketplace and assist with eligibility determination for Medicaid or financial help to lower the cost of health insurance premiums.  Although this is a major function of www.healthcare.gov, SVRMC application counselors can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process.”

Beginning in 2015, individuals who can afford health insurance but don’t sign up, may have to pay a penalty of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child – up to $975/family or 2% of family income, whichever is higher. And, without insurance, you will be financially responsible for all of your medical costs.

In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states, the program also covers adults who fall below a certain income level. 

“While Virginiahas chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in the community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Wilkins.“We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

Open enrollment runs November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.  If you would like to make an appointment to speak with an SVRMC application counselor, call 434-348-4406

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The next Look Good Feel Better for women who are currently in treatment for cancer will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center classrooms.

For more information or to register please contact Brenda Pultz at (434)637-6198 or bpultz4@hotmail.com.

Visit the Look Good Feel Better Website here.



 

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