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Donald John Bowen

Donald John Bowen, of Emporia, passed away May 14, 2018, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell (Honey) A. Bowen, Jr. and Olga Ondov Bowen, and two sisters, Dorothy Bowen Leonard of Suffolk, Virginia, and Judy Bowen Jones of Emporia. 

Donald is survived by his brother, William Bowen of Eure, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald L. Jones, Sr. and wife Carol; nephews, Gene C. Leonard, Jr. and Donald (Buck) L. Jones, Jr. and nieces, Sharon Leonard Adkison, Anne Marie Leonard and Mary Beth Bowen Maitland. 

Donald grew up working in his family’s business, Bowen Gas & Electric.  He graduated from Brunswick Academy in 1972.  In 1997, he started Computer Networking Services, following his love of all things electrical.  Donald will forever be remembered by his dear friends and clients, who were also his family.

A graveside service will be held at the Emporia Cemetery Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Robert W. Griles presiding.   Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made to echolsfuneralhome.com.

 

Joan Liebold Dolloff

Joan Liebold Dolloff, of Queens, NY, died on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Greensville Manor in Emporia, VA. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Liebold and Margaret Schaffer Liebold. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Charles Dolloff.

She is survived by her husband, Donald T. Dolloff of Emporia; two daughters, Diane Dolloff of San Francisco, CA and Cynthia Dolloff of Carmel, N.Y.; son, Donald T. Dolloff Jr. and wife Denise of Waterboro, ME; brother, Herbert Liebold of Cresco, PA ;   four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dolloff, Allison Joan Dolloff, Amethyst Arbore, and Dustin Arbore. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

A visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral home Chapel on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 P.M until 8:30 P.M. A service will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Joker “Jong” R. Bayta officiating. Interment will follow at the Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, ME at animalwelfaresociety.org.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Stephen Peter Skowronski

Stephen Peter Skowronski, 68, passed away at home on May 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by one son, Benjamin Andrew Skowronski.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Ligon Skowronski, and a sister, Donna Clymer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, George Benjamin Ligon, Jr. (Mary), sister-in-law, Sandra L. Allen (Kenny), and many nieces and nephews.

Steve had a love for the game of golf and was an accomplished golf course and turf management superintendent.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave. in Emporia, VA.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, by phone 1-800-822-6344, or by mail at: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Brunswick Academy Graduation

    

    

Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Dan Jarrell of  New Hope Baptist Church in South Hill, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Thirty-four seniors will be graduating. The valedictorian is Zachary Earle Clary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Clary of Bracey.  The salutatorian is Sydney Nicole Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson of Lawrenceville.  Zachary Clary will be attending the College of William and Mary.  Sydney Robertson will be attending James Madison University.

There will be two other honor graduates at this year’s graduation.  They are Heather Dianne Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson of  Emporia and Benjamin Wilson Lewis, son of Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt and Mr. F. W. Lewis of Stony Creek. Heather Thompson will be attending the University of Virginia. Benjamin Lewis will be attending Marymount Manhattan College. 

Seventeen seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.

MAY 2018 BA STUDENT OF THE MONTH JACKSON OWEN COMBS

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that JACKSON OWEN COMBS has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month. Jackson, a senior, is the son of Mark and Kerrie Combs of Emporia.  He has one sister, Olivia, also a student at Brunswick Academy. Jackson has played JV and Varsity Football, (Captain) and Varsity Baseball (Captain).  He has received multiple All Conference awards while playing sports at Brunswick Academy.   He was a member of the Student Council Organization and the Spanish Club.   

Jackson is a member of Boy Scout Troop #232 of Purdy.  He has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He is an active member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia.  He reads scripture during services and has attended 5 mission trips with the youth group at church. 

Jackson loves to play golf, hunt and go to Lake Gaston.  He recently joined a kickball team with his classmates. 

He will attend West Virginia University in the fall where he plans to major in Forest Resource Management.

MAY 2018 BA STUDENT OF THE MONTH MATTHEW TYLER HARRISON

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Matthew Tyler Harrison has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month.  Matthew, a senior, is the son of Matthew and Patricia Harrison of Warfield.   Matthew has played JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball while at Brunswick Academy.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, The BA Honor Council, Latin Club and Junior Beta Club. 

Harrison works tirelessly in his family business, Nottoway Restaurant.  In his spare time, Matthew enjoys fishing, the beach and any outdoor activity. 

He will attend Southside Virginia Community College for two years and then transfer to Virginia Tech.  He plans to major in Business Administration and Management.

Aprill 2018 BA Student of the Month - Benjamin Wilson Lewis

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Benjamin Wilson Lewis has been chosen the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April. 2018.  Ben, a senior is the son of F.W. Lewis of Stony Creek and Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt. Ben has one sister, Madison, who is a Brunswick Academy graduate and one step-brother, Ryan Lee. 

Ben is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program, which is the most rigourous and challenging program of studies.  Consistently, he has made the honor roll. 

Since the seventh grade, Ben has been chosen to be his Class President.  He is a member of Junior Beta Club, President of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the SCO and Secretary of the Honor Council. 

He participates in AVA Forensics and has received numerous awards since 9th grade. He was the recipient of the BA Varsity Forensics award in 10th and 11th grade.   He took first place in the State of Virginia for the Riparian Woman’s Club Poetry Contest in 2013.

Ben has been a nine-year member and stage manager of the Brunswick Academy Theatre.  He has held roles in various productions and this year he was the co-star in the production of White Christmas.     

Since the 8th grade, Ben has been a member of the Junior Classical League (Latin Club).   Within this group he has held the position of Philanthropic chair, Vice-President and currently Co-President.   Ben was a three-year member of the Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team and a three-year member of the Yearbook staff.    Ben led the Public Relations Committee for Brunswick Academy’s “Lone Star Relief Effort” to provide aid for those persons affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  

Ben was a Junior Marshal and received the “I Dare You” Award for Leadership at last year’s graduation.   He will be an Honor Graduate for the Class of 2018.  

In his spare time, Ben takes piano lessons and is a counselor for children for Grades K-5 at the YMCA of Greensville-Emporia.  He was chosen employee of the Month at the YMCA. 

Ben will attend the Honor’s Program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.  He will major in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media. 

Replace Your Social Security Card Online

By Jacqueline Weisgarber, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

Need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card? If you live in a qualifying state, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. There’s no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or Card Center.

As long as you’re only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free online service from the comfort of your home or office. All you need to do is create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Your identity and personal information matter to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity. Once you have a personal account, simply follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card.

In many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. Most of the time, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. Visit our website to find out whether you can request your replacement Social Security card online or what the requirements are in your area at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.

Ronald Baldwin Hughes, Sr.

Ronald B. Hughes, Sr., 90, passed away early Tuesday in Virginia Beach. Ron was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Clinton and Lydia Hughes.

Ron was a United States Navy veteran of WWII and he later retired as a District Traffic Manager from the Civil Service. His hobbies include playing golf and duck hunting in the Chesapeake Bay.

He is also predeceased by his wife, Ethel Hughes. Ron is survived by his son, Ronald B. Hughes, Jr. and a granddaughter, Melanie Hughes.

A memorial service was conducted at 2pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A private burial will take place at Emporia Cemetery in Emporia, VA at a later date. Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Richard Harold Deal

Richard Harold Deal died on February 6, 2018. He was a native of Emporia and a United States Navy veteran.

A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with the Rev. Brad Barbour officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

New Nurses Pinned

Southside Virginia Community College held at Pinning Ceremony for those successfully completing the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This program prepares students to become Registered Nurses.  Those who attended classes at the Christanna Campus are: 

1st row left to right:  Brandi Harrell of Baskerville, Beth Holloway Elliott of Freeman;2nd row left to right: Demetria Anderson of Blackstone, Amber Miles of Blackstone, Patricia Rice of Emporia;3rd row left to right: Emily Watts of Gasburg, Victoria Finch of South Hill, Julie Thi Nguyen-Powell of Emporia, Allison Cheely of Blackstone.

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Wins National Public Relations Media Award

First row: Jody Kane, CTE Coordinator; Nathanial Grizzard, SkillsUSA member; Samantha Dickens, SkillsUSA Member and President;  LaMeka Harrison, GCHS Principal. Second row: Stephen Wells, Advisor; Joshua Sutton, SkillsUSA Member and Treasurer; Destiny Johnson, SkillsUSA Member and Secretary; Marsha Campbell, Advisor; and James Wright, Advisor.

The online challenge encouraged local chapters and state officer teams to demonstrate how they showcased SkillsUSA to the news media in ways that highlighted career and technical education opportunities and student success. The purpose of the challenge was to help students grow in their communication and teamwork skills and to promote SkillsUSA to a wider audience. Teams promoted SkillsUSA to a minimum of three audiences in the community and then documented all media coverage.

The public relations challenge was open from Sept. 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018. The required media coverage period was three months to six months. Coverage included broadcast television, print media, social media and video posts, blogs, and school newspapers.

The goal of the challenge was to gain positive local media attention for schools, programs, and events. Participation in the SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge supported the program of work and chapter standards by helping students learn to document and measure efforts. 

GCHS SkillsUSA received a grant of $300 in recognition of their media efforts this school year. The first-place school winner and SkillsUSA Media Champion was Hueytown High School, in Hueytown, Ala. 

SkillsUSA’s head advisor is carpentry instructor, James Wright. Remaining SkillsUSA advisors are: Welding Instructor, Jerry Brown; Economics and Personal Finance Instructor, Marsha Campbell; Graphic Imaging Instructor, Dennis Holland; Culinary Arts Instructor, Stephen Wells; and Drafting Instructor, Gerald Wozniak. GCHS CTE Coordinators are Jody Kane and Courtney Mosley. .

The members and advisors will receive additional recognition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference, June 25-30, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Students will be sponsoring fundraisers throughout May. Please support the club in their efforts to attend the national conference. Members are currently selling tickets for the Annual Boston Butt until the day of the sale, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  Please see any member to purchase a Boston Butt party pack for $50.00 or Boston Butt Only for $35.00.

If you would like to make a donation to support the club, send to Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Club, 403 Harding Street Emporia, Virginia, 23847. If you need additional information please contact one of the advisors: James E. Wright, Jerry Brown, Marsha Campbell, Stephen Wells, Gerald Wozinak, or Brittany Wright at 434-634-2195. Greensville County High School SkillsUSA would like to extend a special thanks to the GCHS CTE Department, GCHS faculty, parents, and community for their continued support and donations to the club.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Ashley Wray, Registered Nurse in Surgical Services, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for April.  There to congratulate Ashley was Joanne Paynter, Director of Perioperative Surgical Services.

Ashely has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 13 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Ashley has always demonstrated pride in her work at CMH and has exhibited true teamwork.  She has recently taken on working every weekend and also helped in the ER when needed.  Even though this wasn’t her normal area, she remained upbeat and positive through a very busy day.  Ashley definitely demonstrated STAR service by going above and beyond to offer support to another area that she knew was in need.”  “Ashley is a remarkable person.  She is very willing to do whatever is asked of her.  Ashley always represents this hospital well and is a true STAR performer.” 

In addition to the award certificate, Ashley received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Ashley resides in LaCrosse, VA.

Congressman McEachin to Host 2nd Annual Parent Power Forum

Petersburg, Va. – SATURDAY, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host his annual “Know Your Rights: Parent Power Forum” at Petersburg High School to provide parents and caregivers with information about their student’s rights in the classroom. Attendees will be able to benefit from a panel discussion and workshops lead by experienced educators, school administrators, parents, and education advocates.

Who:    Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Mayor Samuel Parham (Petersburg), Mr. Kenneth Pritchett, Chair of the Petersburg School Board, and Dr. William Wynn, Principal of Petersburg High School

What:  Congressman McEachin’s annual “Know Your Rights: Parent Power Forum” aims to provide parents and caregivers with information about their student’s rights in the classroom with a panel discussion and workshops lead by experienced educators, school administrators, parents, and education advocates. The information will focus on ways to better support the needs of students with special needs and different learning abilities.

When: SATURDAY, May 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805

COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL AWARDS $83,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 74 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

Richmond, VA – May 11, 2018 – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $83,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 74 Virginia students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Since 2001, more than $28 million has been awarded to nearly 27,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program.

“All of our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners show a strong commitment to their communities and academic achievement,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they further their education.”

Comcast, joined by the Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and other elected officials and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, May 10. One student, Tai-Tonia Owens, a senior at Armstrong High School in Richmond was selected to receive an additional $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s Leaders and Achievers scholarships,” said Governor Ralph Northam. "And, thank you to Comcast for supporting our future leaders as they continue their education. I am honored to see so many community, academic and leadership achievements from students throughout Virginia.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
 
Visit here to learn more.

2018 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Our Region

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Emporia

Destiny Mangrum of Greensville County High School

Sussex County

Rebekah Shabazz of Sussex Central High School

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Part-Time Facility Attendant: The facility attendant hired will attend the scheduled events at the Golden Leaf Commons and ensures the proper use of the equipment during events, inspects the facility and grounds before and after the event and documents any damages. Work hours will be varied and mainly on weekends. Minimum requirements are a valid driver's license, high school diploma or GED and at least 21 years of age. Job Order# 1345926       

CDL/A Driver: CDL/A driver licensed to drive in VA needed to work local haul with flatbed experience. May also need to be able to drive dump trucks, road tractors and tanker (no endorsement required.) Will assist with unloading. Responsible for keeping DOT logs and documents. Good attendance record and strong customer service skills. Must be willing to work on yard when not hauling product. Job Order# 1345406

Certified Nursing Assistant: At our health care facility we have succeeded because of our employees-a caring team of highly trained professionals who are committed to providing health services with compassion, honesty, integrity, and respect. From short-termed transitional care and rehabilitation to long-term nursing, you help us achieve excellence by setting high standards in health care. Job Order# 1345196

Maintenance Assistant: Emporia Manor, a 120 bed skilled nursing and rehab facility, has opening for a Maintenance Assistant.  Days, Monday – Friday.  Must be experienced in general maintenance including painting, painting and other general maintenance. Must be able to lift heavy objects. Must be able to work weekends if needed. Job Order# 1345378  

Custodian/Maintenance Worker: Performs responsible semiskilled work in maintenance, care and cleaning of buildings and facilities; does related works required. Work is performed under regular supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor.  Job Order# 1345543

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

www.vawc.virginia.gov

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING ANNOUNCES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

RICHMOND (May 11, 2018) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has taken enforcement actions against three unlicensed contractors operating in Virginia. The three unlicensed contractors are Ricky Harmon Pettit, operating under Pettit’s Home Improvement, Ricky H. Pettit Home Improvement, and R. H. Pettit Builders in Central and Northern Virginia; Timothy Oneal White, operating as White Renovation and Construction and White Renovations in the City of Roanoke; and Gerald Lee Whitfield, operating as Whitfield’s Home Improvements in the City of Chesapeake. Each of the unlicensed contractors allegedly committed numerous violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, which generally prohibits the use of any deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, or misrepresentation in connection with a consumer transaction.
 
“No one should have to worry about whether the contractor they have hired to work on their home is licensed or trained to do the work they say they can,” said Attorney General Herring. “These unlicensed contractors are not only lying to consumers they are potentially putting them in danger with shoddy workmanship. My Consumer Protection section will continue to investigate claims of fraud and abuse against consumers and take action where we can to stop it.”
 
Ricky Harmon Pettit – Pettit’s Home Improvement, Ricky H. Pettit Home Improvement, and R. H. Pettit Builders
The Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Ricky Harmon Pettit for providing unlicensed contractor work in consumers’ homes in Central and Northern Virginia. The lawsuit alleges that in several instances Pettit offered contractor services to consumers, obtained money before performing those services, and failed to complete those services. Pettit also falsely told consumers that he was insured and licensed with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Contractors. The Complaint alleges Pettit violated the Consumer Protection Act by:
 
  • Representing that he was a plumber, when he has never held a tradesmen license with a plumbing specialty as required by statute;
  • Taking payments of $2,524.99 from one consumer to install floor and wall tiles in a bathroom, and later install a toilet, pedestal sink, and water heater, and never finishing the work;
  • Taking payments of $21,000.00 from another consumer to renovate the consumer’s kitchen, and never finishing the work;
  • Representing himself as licensed and insured on business documents including an invoice, a business card, a written contract, and his website, when Pettit was not licensed and insured;
  • Making other false statements and unfulfilled promises throughout his transactions with consumers; and
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license when a license is required.
 
Timothy Oneal White – White Renovation and Construction, and White Renovations
The Attorney General reached a settlement with Timothy Oneal White related to unlicensed contractor work performed in the City of Roanoke. Specifically, the Attorney General alleges that White violated the Consumer Protection Act by, among other things:
 
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license;
  • Taking payments of $6,650 from one consumer to complete various renovations to the consumer’s home bathroom including plumbing to make it accessible for persons with mobility issues, and never finishing the work;
  • Representing that he was a plumber, when he has never held a tradesmen license with a plumbing specialty as required by statute; and
  • Making various other misrepresentations and deceptions in his interactions with the consumer.
 
Under the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, White is prohibited from operating as a contractor without a required license and will have to pay $6,650 in restitution to the affected consumer, $2,500 for civil penalties and $500 for attorney’s fees and expenses. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance has been adopted and approved by the Roanoke City Circuit Court.
 
Gerald Lee Whitfield – Whitfield’s Home Improvements
The Attorney General has reached a settlement with Gerald Lee Whitfield alleging that Whitfield committed numerous violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by:
 
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license;
  • Taking payments of $8,796 from one consumer to complete various remodeling projects in the consumer’s home, including framing, hanging drywall, painting, and refinishing floors, and never finishing the work;
  • Describing himself in writing as a “Contractor”;
  • Representing that he was licensed to do electrical work, when he has never held a tradesmen license with an electrical specialty as required by statute; and
  • Making various other false statements and unfulfilled promises in his interactions with the consumer.
 
Under the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, Whitfield will be prohibited from operating as a contractor and electrician and will have to pay $4,398 for restitution to the affected consumer, $2,000 for civil penalties, and $500 for attorneys’ fees and expenses. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance has been filed for approval with the Chesapeake Circuit Court.
 
The three matters were handled for the Commonwealth by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky and Investigator Christopher Olson.
 
Consumers are encouraged to remember these tips when hiring a contractor:
  • Hire only licensed contractors.
  • Verify the contractor’s license status and check on any complaints with the Board for Contractors at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/ or call (804) 367-8511.
  • Get referrals from friends, neighbors or co-workers.
  • Check references and look at past work.
  • Get written estimates from at least three contractors.
  • Don’t automatically choose the lowest bid. Ask for an explanation of price differences.
  • Get a signed contract that includes start and completion dates, payment schedule, all materials needed, any promises or warranties.
  • Limit any down payment.
  • Don’t pay cash.
  • Don’t pay in full before all work is complete to your satisfaction.
  • Keep all paperwork.
  • You have three days to cancel most sales made at your home. If you have second thoughts, consider exercising this right.

 
If you think you have been a victim of an unlicensed contractor please reach out to the Office through Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963, or file a complaint on its website.
 
During Attorney General Herring’s administration, the Consumer Protection Section has undergone a significant reorganization and expansion, and recovered more than $243 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators.


Answering a Call for Help

By Dr. Al Roberts

It starts with a call for help. When an incident causes serious illness or injury, someone makes a phone call. Each occurrence is different. There are traffic-related injuries, workplace accidents, heart attacks, strokes, falls, and countless other events that place life and limb at risk.

After the call, emergency vehicles respond. Every time I pull over to let an ambulance dash on its way, the occasion reminds me to be thankful for the comprehensive system that exists to ensure that urgent medical care arrives when and wherever it is needed.

In years gone by, the situation was different. The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association explains “The system we have in place today was forged one link at time, dating as far back as the Civil War. With widespread trauma, a systematic and organized method of field care and transport of the injured was born out of necessity. It wasn’t until 1865, however, that the first civilian ambulance was put into service in Cincinnati.”

Our nation’s first independent, volunteer rescue squad was established in Roanoke, Virginia in 1928. Virginia’s first EMT-paramedics were certified in 1976. Today, the existence of emergency personnel waiting to be called into action is so ubiquitous that their presence is easy to take for granted.

To help raise awareness, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians work together in support of National EMS Week to recognize the contributions of personnel who bring pre-hospital care to people in need. This year, National EMS Week will be observed on May 20-26. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of SVCC, I offer these dedicated practitioners a wholehearted “Thank you” in recognition of all they do to safeguard the wellbeing of people across our communities.

Beyond giving thanks, I also feel a sense of pride. Many of the men and women who serve as EMTs and paramedics across the counties that comprise Southside Virginia received their training from programs at SVCC. As Bobby Lester, one of the College’s Emergency Medical Technician instructors explains, “The EMS program is vital to the community because it provides an avenue for our students to provide care to the citizens of our local community. Many of our students become volunteer members at local EMS and fire departments.”

Ricky Lyles, Instructor of Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services, wants prospective students to know, “SVCC offers a comprehensive slate of courses to prepare students for EMS careers.” These include four Career Studies Certificates and an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services.

If you want to be prepared to answer someone’s call for help, you can contact Ricky Lyles (ricky.lyles@southside.edu or 434-736-2097) or Bobby Lester (bobby.lester@southside.edu or 434-949-6603) for more information.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

April 2018 Truck Driver Training Graduates

Southside Virginia Community College graduated a new class from the Truck Driver Training School on April 19, 2018.  They are

 
Front L-R:  Roger Gholson (Carson), Burt Hurdle (Victoria), Spencer Croner (Pamplin), Darius Jones (Farmville).Back L-R:  Donnie Sisk (Instructor), Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Wilson Treese (Instructor), Thomas McIntyre (Burkeville), Richard Alley, Jr. (Amelia), Byron Moody (Blackstone), Duncan Quicke (TDTS Coordinator) and Don Biggerstaff (Guest Speaker and ATA Road Team Captain, Utility Driver for ABF Freight System, Inc.)

"Ma-Ma Said"

When Ma-Ma said; we listened
for wisdom was her game
this showed up in our livelyhood
when adults we bacame.
 
She was always there to protect us
and keep us from all harm
yes and many were the day
I fell asleep on Mother's arm.
 
Now Ma-Ma fixed the food for everyone
from sunrise til sunset
she then washed clothes and cleaned each room
though her work wasn't finished yet.
 
No Ma-Ma still had to read a story
and show us games to play
when we went to be all were quite tired
yet for Ma-Ma just another day.
 
Yes show your love for Ma-Ma
and all the things that she did do
don't stop with a one day "Mother's Day"
why not make it two.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Electricity Bills Going Down While Transmission Rates and Fuel Surcharges Likely Increase

Our first stretch of hot temperatures may have some Dominion Energy Virginia residential customers thinking about summer energy bills. Savings from legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Ralph Northam will soon offer relief.

Customers will see savings in two ways: $133 million in bill credits and $125 million in rate reductions, both taking effect when the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018 becomes law on July 1.

The typical residential customer will receive a one-time credit of approximately $24.50 on their bill and approximately $2.50 per month in an ongoing reduction to our base rates, based on filings currently being prepared for submission to the State Corporation Commission later this month.

On average, our typical residential customer bill will remain largely unchanged in 2018. Our long record of offering rates below the state, regional and national averages continues, as shown by statistics released by the Edison Electric Institute this week.

The costs to support our high-voltage transmission system and to recover fuel expenses incurred to run our power stations would go up later this year under a pair of proposed rate changes filed today with the State Corporation Commission. If approved by the SCC, transmission costs will increase the typical residential monthly bill by $4.18 in September. We continue to make major and needed investments in the transmission network to ensure reliability and increase security.

The fuel rate change will increase the typical bill by $3.36 in July, if approved by the SCC, largely because of this January’s frigid temperatures. Constraints on the pipeline that supplies most of Virginia’s natural gas sent prices soaring from $3 per dekatherm in late December to an all-time record high of $175 in early January. The fuel rate is a straight pass-through of our fuel costs; the company makes no profit on it.

Dominion Energy Virginia is working to keep fuel costs low in several ways. Our parent company, Dominion Energy, is part of a partnership developing the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction of the pipeline would improve Virginia’s access to natural gas and hold down that fuel cost.

We also continue to expand our solar fleet and will open the nation’s largest and most efficient natural gas power station opening in Greensville County later this year.

Looking to the future, the proposed transmission and fuel cost increases will be mitigated by other savings on the horizon. Dominion Energy Virginia will provide another $67 million credit to customers in January 2019, through the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018. Plus, further savings from federal tax reform will be passed along to customers as they are calculated.

Weather has a strong impact on energy bills and we encourage our customers to save energy. For example, in these hot temperatures set your thermostat to 78 degrees, use ceiling fans and check and clean your air-conditioning filters. While extreme temperatures can drive up your bill, our goal is to continue our record of stable, low rates and help you keep your overall costs affordable.

To learn more go to http://www.dominionenergy.com/varates

New Inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SVCC

The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is an organization of scholars that exists to recognize and encourage scholarship among students in community and junior colleges. New inductees to this society from Southside Virginia Community College are:

Front row L-R Austin Hancock, Ryan Craighead, Destiny Morgan, Stephanie Apruzzese, Ametria Booker, Robin Falwell, Karen Anderson, Jonathan Byron, Na'shiyaa Robertson, Trent Pettus, Amanda Lenning, Teri McCall; and Back row L-R Dean Dr. Dixie Dalton (Congratulating the new inductees), Doralease Jackson, Sinclair Hargrave, Katie Clark, Nidhi Brahmbhatt, Amanda Pierre, Patrick Fowler, Haley Overton, Chyna Levy, Jalynn Hicks, Salima Wasi, Jessica Laws, Haniya Thomas, Emily DavisI

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