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August 2017

  1. Isaiah Stephens Competes at Junior Olympics

    Lazers Track Club member and rising 8th grader at E. W. Wyatt, Isaiah Stephens competed in the 2017 AAU National Jr. Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Detroit, MI.  Stephens competed in the javelin, shot put and discus events.  He is ranked #10 in the javelin, 16th in the shot put and 16th in the discus in the United States.  Stephens also still holds his rank of #1 in the state of Virginia for javelin, shot put and discus.

    Stephens and his mother, La-Tina Smith would like to thank his Coach, Les Young and his sister, Laricesa Miles (former athlete of Coach Young) for their time and dedication in training him.  They would also like a special thanks to family members, neighbors, Sadler Brothers Oil, Juanita Brown & family, Joann Christina, Ava Young, Christine Johnson, Chaka Newell, Andree Lee, Ruby Allen and Lawrenceville Correctional Center for their support. 

    Stephens says that he will continuously thank God for his talent because without God, he knows none of this would be possible.

    The 2018 USATF National Jr. Olympics will be held in Greensboro, NC and AAU National will be held in Des Moines, IA. See you next year!

  2. Information for Monday's Solar Eclipse

    According to the interactive map supplied by NASA, the Partial Eclipse in Emporia will begin at 1:18 pm and end at 4:05 pm. Maximum Obscuration will be at 2:45 pm. While we are not in the path of totality, we should see 88.4% of the sun obscured by the moon.

    Safety Information

    Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (totality), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

    Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.

    • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
    • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
    • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

    An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the Sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

    A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

    Safety information courtesy of NASA

  3. Tony Darrell Moseley

    Tony Darrell Moseley, age 54, of Emporia, VA passed away August 16, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Willard Moseley.  He is survived by his wife, Melinda Lewis Moseley; his daughter, Shannon Gibbs and husband Brandon; his grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs; his mother, Sandra Wrenn Edwards; his brothers, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird and Randy Moseley and wife Jeanne; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to chordomafoundation.org.

  4. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FINALIZED FOR VIRGINIA STATE POLICE PILOTS

    RICHMOND, Va. – Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died in a helicopter crash in Albemarle County on the afternoon of August 12, 2017:

    TROOPER-PILOT BERKE M.M. BATES

    Visitation:Thursday, August 17, 2017

    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Nelson Funeral Home at 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231

    Funeral:Friday, August 18, 2017

    11:00 a.m.

    Saint Paul’s Baptist Church at 4247 Creighton Road, Richmond, VA 23223

    The interment will be a private graveside service.

    LIEUTENANT H. JAY CULLEN

    Visitation:Friday, August 18, 2017

    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

    Bennett Funeral Home at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway, Chesterfield, VA 23832

    Funeral:Saturday, August 19, 2017

    10:00 a.m.

    Southside Church of the Nazarene at 6851 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

    The interment will be a private graveside service.

    For those wishing to support the Cullen and/or Bates families financially, contributions are being accepted through the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA) (www.vspa.org) Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). Monetary donations can be made by check (made payable to VSPA-ERF with “Jay Cullen” and/or “Berke Bates” noted in the memo) or Citizens may also donate through PayPal by visiting  http://vspa.org/initiatives/emergency-relief-fund.  When donating through PayPal please be sure to note the donation is for "Lt. Cullen and/or Tpr. Bates" in the comment section. Checks can be mailed to the VSPA ERF at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. All donations to the VSPA-ERF are tax deductible, and 100% of the donation goes to the families. For any additional questions, please contact the VSPA at 804-320-6272.

  5. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE MOURNS DEATH OF TWO PILOTS

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia State Police is mourning the loss of its 64th and 65th members to die in the line of duty since 1932. Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, died last Saturday (Aug. 12, 2017) when the helicopter they were piloting crashed in Albemarle County. Funeral arrangements for both are still pending at this time.

    Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen (1969 – 2017)

    Lieutenant Cullen was born in Winchester County, N.Y., and graduated from Germantown High School in Memphis, Tenn., in 1987. Prior to joining the Virginia State Police in 1993, he worked as a flight instructor in Front Royal, Va. and Winchester, Va. He held a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    He graduated from the Virginia State Police Training Academy as a member of the 90th Basic Session on May 13, 1994. His first patrol assignment upon graduation was in Virginia State Police Fairfax Division’s Area 9 Office in Fairfax. In 1999, he joined the Aviation Unit as a Trooper-Pilot at the Virginia State Police Aviation Base in Manassas and has been assigned to Aviation Unit ever since.

    The following year he was transferred to the Lynchburg Aviation Base, where in 2003 he achieved the rank of Senior Trooper. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 and assumed his new role at the Virginia State Police Aviation Base in Chesterfield County.

    In 2007, he was named acting First Sergeant at the Chesterfield base. He was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant in 2012 and then became acting Lieutenant at the base that December.

    He is a 2014 graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College at the University of Virginia. In February 2017, he attained the rank of Lieutenant and became commander of the Aviation Unit. 

    Lt. Cullen is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 17 and 15.

    Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates (1976 – 2017)    

    Trooper-Pilot Bates was born in Manassas, Va. and graduated from Brentsville District Middle-Senior High School in Nokesville, Va. in 1994. He served as a Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol from 1998 until he joined the Virginia State Police in 2004. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy on August 27, 2004 as a member of the 107th Basic Session.

    His first assignment was in Virginia State Police Richmond Division’s Area 8 Office, which encompasses the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Less than a year later he became a member of the office’s Motors Unit, serving as a motorcycle trooper until 2013. He joined the Governor’s protection detail, known as the State Police Executive Protective Unit, in October 2013 and served with the unit for three years before accepting promotion to Special Agent with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office General Investigations Section. In July 2017, he became a Trooper-Pilot with the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit.

    Trooper Bates is survived by his wife and twin 12-year-old son and daughter.

    Fatal Helicopter Crash in Albemarle County

    At 4:51 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 12, 2017), a Virginia State Police Bell 407 helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road in Albemarle County.  The helicopter was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville.

    The pilot, Lt. Cullen of Midlothian, Va., and Trooper-Pilot Bates of Quinton, Va., died at the scene.

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the state police are investigating the cause of the fatal helicopter crash in Albemarle County. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also investigating the incident.

  6. August 2017 Truck Driving Graduates

    Graduates of the Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC)Truck Driver Training Program held in Emporia are shown with others attending the ceremony.   They are (Left to Right) Dr.  Rene Felts,  VP Workforce Paul D Camp Community College (PDCCC), Dennis Seay Instructor, Doug Kemerer Instructor, Allen Boyd ATA Road Team Captin (Guest Speaker), James Cook of South Hill, Nathan Kraemer of Chesapeake, James Banty of Stony Creek, Michael Prince of Emporia, and Kent Montgomery of Petersburg,  Clyde Rothgeb Instructor, Duncan Quicke, Coordinator of TDTS, Dr. Daniel Lufkin (President PDCCC) and Dr. Al Roberts, President of SVCC

  7. SVCC Welding Program Graduates First Class

    Proud graduates of the first Welding Skills Certification Program which was taught at Southside Virginia Education Center of Southside Virginia Community College, Greensville County, Virginia.  The welding laboratory was spearheaded by Fluor, a company that came to Southside Virginia to build two colossal power stations for Dominion Energy.  

    Other partners in the creation of the lab are Virginia Tobacco Commission, Dominion Energy, Greensville County and American Equipment Company (Ameco).  The graduates receive three NCCER Credentials as well as an OSHA 10 Credential in this fast track, 11-week training program.  Graduates are (Front Row, Left to Right)Herbert Ruffin of Lawrenceville, Antonio Stewart of Dolphin, Alexia Gary of Emporia, Starr Barnes of Lawrenceville, Paulus Brown of Emporia and (Back Row, L to R) Damienne Drumgold of Lawrenceville,  Bernard Parham, Jr., of Lawrenceville, Isiah Johnson of Emporia, and Dr. Marcus Bridges, Instructor.

    Another class begins in September.  Call 434 634 9358 for information.

  8. Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

    Operations Administrator: Part time position for clerical administrative employee in Emporia. Must have a High School diploma or GED with prior clerical or customer service experience. Must be able to multi-task and use a variety of office machines. Must have good time management skills and ability to work in a fast paced work environment. JOB ORDER 1138923

    Head Start/MIECHV Administrator:  Looking for candidates with at least a Bachelor’s Degree and  6 months experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, grant writing and resource development and program management. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to interact effectively with individuals, families and government and community representatives. Must be able to pass criminal background check.  JOB ORDER 1138524

    Seasonal Part Time Human Services Assistant: Desired candidates will be responsible for determining eligibility for government eligibility program. Must be able to read and interpret policies, work independently, handle fast paced processes and meet deadlines in a timely manner. Must be able to work comfortably with computer based data entry systems. Must possess a high school diploma or GED  JOB ORDER 1137494

    Plant Maintenance Mechanic: Night shift position for candidate able to service plant equipment. Must adhere to all plant safety and maintenance policy, must be able to perform pre-shift and post-shift safety inspections and complete required daily equipment reports. Prior welding experience highly desired. Will be expected to operate plant equipment with a high level of competence. JOB ORDER 1137157

    Teller / Sales and Service Representative:  Desired applicants should have a High School Diploma or GED and at least 6 months prior experience in customer service and/or cash handling. Must have excellent skills in working with the public providing service and answers to customer inquiries. Must be able to follow all federal regulations and bank policies.  JOB ORDER 1135753

     

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

    www.vawc.virginia.gov

  9. VSU To Host Public Field Day On Industrial Hemp on Thursday, August 17

    Industrial hemp, a crop with a long and storied history in Virginia, is the subject of an August 17 public field day at Virginia State University (VSU). This first-of-its kind event will provide a forum for potential producers, researchers, marketing experts and processing industry professionals to discuss the production and economic potential of this crop. The discussions will be useful to Virginia farmers who may decide to grow industrial hemp if legislation changes to make it legal again to do so.

    In 2015, Virginia lawmakers authorized the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to enter into a memorandum of understanding with universities within the commonwealth to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. As a result, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and James Madison University are currently conducting industrial hemp research that will position the state to provide the necessary information farmers will need to successfully grow the crop should it once again be legalized.

    Meanwhile, the popularity of industrial hemp-made products soars. Currently all industrial hemp products sold in the U.S., including food, personal care products, clothing and even construction materials, are imported to the U.S. from Canada, China, Europe and other countries where the crop is legal.

    Industrial hemp (Cannnabis sativa L.) is botanically related to marijuana, but with very different properties. While marijuana is rich with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that makes pot a drug of choice by many, hemp contains only the smallest traces of THC (<0.3%), making it virtually impossible to get high from. But it does produce strong fibers, and the seed has good quality oil that once made it a cash crop for America.

    Fiber-type varieties are used mainly for production of fiber that has multiple applications in the textile industry for yarns and fabrics, sail ropes and canvas. The remaining plant parts are used for industrial applications including paper, building material reinforcement, insulation material, bio-energy and more. Hemp seed is also valuable. It contains high quality oil currently used in the food, pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic industries. The seed has a high protein content with a balanced amino acid profile and is used in human dietary supplements. Left-over cake material from oil extraction is a rich protein source used as an animal food supplement.

    In fact, hemp fiber was so important to our young nation that colonial farmers were often mandated to grow it. The Declaration of Independence is said to have been drafted on hemp paper, and our nation’s victory in the American Revolution can in many ways be attributed to the patriots’ use of hemp in making their ships’ sails, rope, riggings and more. George Washington grew it, and Thomas Jefferson bred improved hemp varieties. Abraham Lincoln also used hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps. During World War II, the USDA developed a “Hemp for Victory” film to encourage everyone to grow the crop to support the war effort. The fibers were used for parachutes, rope, shoes, clothes and more.

    But during the mid part of the last century, strict legislation was passed that made it illegal to grow this versatile crop in the U.S., largely due to its relationship to its high-THC relative, marijuana. As a result, cultivars that once thrived across the country have been lost or remained unimproved, and no significant work has been done on production techniques and variety developments. Previous processing facilities collapsed and market availability that once drove production and supply has ceased to exist.

    “So in many respects, it’s like starting from scratch,” said lead researcher on the project, Dr. Maru Kering. “We are now growing seeds that have been developed in Europe and elsewhere in a screening exercise to determine varieties adaptable to our soils and climatic conditions.”

    He explained that it is a learning process to figure out each variety’s performance and potential problems, like weed and pest infestations. “Having such data will be important in developing production management guidelines for Virginia producers to facilitate high yields in the future, if and when industrial hemp becomes legal to grow again in the commonwealth,” Kering added.

    The Industrial Hemp Field Day is being hosted by the university’s Agricultural Research Station (ARS), part of the university’s College of Agriculture. The ARS is responsible for carrying out the land-grant university’s mission of conducting scientific agriculture and food production research that will increase profitability for Virginia’s small, part-time and limited-resource farmers. Land-grant initiatives such as these help support and grow Virginia’s $91 billion agriculture and forest industry.

    The event is free and open to the public. It will be held 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, August 17, at VSU’s Randolph Farm, 4414 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Participants should register by visiting www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, and clicking on the event.

    For more information or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Agricultural Research Station at lmorris@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.

  10. Freeman Community Empowerment Day

    Back To School Event in Freeman, VA on August 19, 2017

    The 4th Annual Freeman Community Empowerment Day will be held on Saturday, August 19th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Inspiration Center (formerly Meljo’s), 21391 Governor Harrison Parkway, Freeman, Virginia. Hosted by ten partnering organizations, the goal of Freeman Community Empowerment Day is to connect the attendees with important community resources, to help local children prepare for the school year, and to foster fellowship. This family event is free and open to the public. Over 700 backpacks with schools supplies will be provided to area children. Attendees are encouraged to come out and enjoy the cookout, door prizes, clothing giveaway, games, moon bounces, face painting, third annual car show, and live Gospel Stage sponsored by WHLQ 105.5 Hot Joy Radio!

    Many community agencies will be represented in the resource fair including Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Cooperative Extension Office, Improvement Association, NDUTime, Brunswick County Public Schools Family Engagement, Inspiration Center, YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, Southside Virginia Community College, Old Dominion University, Dominion Power, Second Chance, Virginia Housewives of Finance, Litter Control, Longwood Small Business Development Center, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Turning Point Family Services, DNC, Nutrition & Health, and the VCU Massey Cancer Center's Cancer Research and Resource Center of Lawrenceville and more!

    The Fourth Annual Freeman Community Empowerment Day is a collaborative effort of the following churches:  First Baptist Church, First Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, New Hope RZUA Church, Pleasant Grove Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Union Bethel RZUA Church (all of Freeman Virginia), Zion Baptist Church (of Purdy, VA), the Coalition for Delaying Parenthood in Youth and WHLQ 105.5 Hot Joy Radio.

    For information, please email Vondrenna Smithers at vnsmithers@gmail.com

  11. Virginians Unite in Wake of Charlottesville Hate and Violence

    Rebublicans and Democrats, Liberal and Conservitive, Black and White have all condemed the violence sparked by a planned rally of white supremicists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 11, 2017. Below are the statements from people from all sides.

    REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA CHAIRMAN JOHN WHITBECK STATEMENT

    ON EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

    “The Republican Party was created to end slavery in the mid-1800’s and our Party today continues to stand for equality for all persons regardless of their race or ethnicity. We condemn the hatred and racism on display today in Charlottesville and note that there is nothing conservative about messages of that nature.”

    “Virginia Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all unified in rejecting their message.”

    Statement from DPVA Chairwoman Condemning

    Planned White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

    Richmond, Va. – Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement condemning last night’s violent demonstration and today’s planned rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

    “Last night’s hateful parade by white supremacists in Charlottesville was a cowardly and bigoted attack on every Virginian. I am horrified and personally disgusted by this racist demonstration against the Charlottesville community and our commonwealth’s cornerstone values of equality and fairness. The hate we saw last night has no place in our country in 2017 — and is a direct assault on everything I know and love about our commonwealth.

    “The vile protests planned for this weekend seek to divide us — and provoke us — with their hate. I urge everyone to heed the words of Governor McAuliffe and Lieutenant Governor Northam and deny these racist protests the attention they desperately want — and instead stand together as neighbors, citizens, Virginians and Americans to build a more just and inclusive future for our commonwealth in the weeks and months ahead.”

    GILLESPIE STATEMENT ON EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

    2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie today released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville:

    “Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.”

    Dr. Northam on Planned Rally in Charlottesville

    Richmond, Va. – Today, Dr. Ralph Northam released the following statement regarding last night’s demonstration and today’s planned rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville.

    "The cornerstone of what makes our commonwealth a wonderful place to live is all that we share in common, not the things that set us apart. The community of Charlottesville has been asked twice now in recent months to defend our values of openness, diversity, and inclusion against an ideology of hatred and bigotry -- no community should have to bear that burden in 2017.

    "White supremacists have descended upon Charlottesville again to evoke a reaction as ugly and violent as their beliefs -- just as they did before, I am urging Virginians to deny them the satisfaction."

    KAINE STATEMENT ON WHITE NATIONALIST

    DEMONSTRATIONS & VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to the recent displays of violence and bigotry by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

    "Virginia has come so far in recent decades to put division behind us. Both Anne and I are so proud of this progress. It's sickening to see the displays of violence and bigotry that were brought to Charlottesville by white nationalists over the last 24 hours, which tragically led to injuries and at least one death today. This is not who we are. Charlottesville is a vibrant community that recognizes the deep scars from our past and has rejected hatred in favor of inclusion.

     "The fact that people like David Duke cited the President to justify their views is a disturbing reminder that divisive rhetoric has sadly contributed to a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened. As they seek publicity through their hateful tactics, let's pull together--regardless of party, race or religion--to reject hatred in no uncertain terms and stand together. I'm encouraged by the words of leaders on both sides of the aisle who have spoken out forcefully against what has occurred today, and it's critical that we follow up those words with action that builds a more inclusive future.  We call ourselves a Commonwealth because the word signifies community. It's who we are and we won't go backwards."

    STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER
    ~ On violence in Charlottesville ~

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA:

    “Virginians mourn the life taken in this morning's events and reject this hateful violence in Charlottesville. We condemn the intolerance behind it and those who would pass it off as a legitimate political movement.

    “Those who traveled to Virginia to incite unrest don't understand the Virginia-born values that make our country great.

    “I have been in touch today with the Governor's Office and the Mayor, and stand prepared to help connect them with any additional federal resources that might be needed. My thoughts are with the victims, the great people of Charlottesville, and the police and first responders who restored order. I will continue to monitor the situation in Charlottesville and pray for its peaceful resolution.”

    House Dems Statement on Violence in Charlottesville

    RICHMOND, Va.– House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring today issued the following joint statement on yesterday’s violence in Charlottesville:

    “We are sickened and saddened by the actions of thousands of white supremacists yesterday in Charlottesville. Their actions, driven by hate, represent an assault on American values that we hold dear. We grieve for the families of Heather Heyer, killed in an apparent act of domestic terrorism, and Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who were just doing their jobs in trying to keep us safe. We thank the hundreds of state and local police, medics, emergency personnel, and clergy who struggled mightily on our behalf in response to this crisis. All of our elected leaders, including our President, must condemn white supremacy and domestic terrorism in the strongest possible terms. As we mourn today for those killed, we resolve to honor their legacies by rededicating ourselves to the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. We urge every Virginia to fight darkness with light, and to find the courage to call out hate when you see it, no matter how polished or disguised.”

    Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Statement in the Aftermath of the Unite the Rally in Charlottesville

    Racism, hatred and discrimination and deadly violence must not be tolerated in Virginia and will not be acceptable by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Our forefathers and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. died to fight against such violence and our civil rights.  We must unite and stand for equality for all against white supremacy in our country." Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Chair Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

     

     

     

  12. NAACP Responds to Charlottesville Violence

    “As people can see now very clearly, not voting has consequences,” stated Janette Martin, president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP. "On numerous occasions the city of Charlottesville has spent thousands of dollars to support KKK rallies - public money that could have gone toward the education of our youth. Today’s actions had nothing at all to do with exercising the right to free speech," Martin added. "These people came here with intent to commit domestic terrorism. Plain and simple. They have been emboldened by the words and vocabulary of elected officials at the highest levels."  Martin concluded, " we commend people of faith here in Charlottesville for working hard to set a moral tone, and sacrificing themselves and their safety to drown out the message of hate.”

    “The terrible incidence of violence in Charlottesville is a painful reminder of the  blatant racism, unbridled lynchings and other violence against citizens of African descent that permeated the history of this country,” said Linda Thomas, president of the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP. "This goes to the very core of the existence of the NAACP and our continuing struggle against forces of hate." 

     "White supremacists and today’s purveyors of hate should find no shadows in which to hide. Our forefathers shed blood so that in 2017, this type of violence would be a footnote of the past." Added Thomas, "We applaud our governor, Terry McAuliffe, who's statement today is in alignment with the NAACP mission. And we encourage the Governor to use the full force of his executive powers to eradicate race based barriers in all areas of life within the state. The Virginia State Conference will remain steadfast in our advocacy and activism as we push forward in our fight for legislative changes, expansion of voting rights and sound public policies that equally serve and protect all citizens within the commonwealth. And we will persist until we drive racism, and racist behavior from our midst." 

    “We at the national NAACP applaud and appreciate President Trump’s disavowment of the hatred which bared its ugly face in one of our great American cities today,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP. “But we caution that his repeated rhetoric has helped to fuel this climate of division and derision, and it has to change. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in Charlottesville. We stand firm with our commitment to acknowledge our differences, to embrace them as the richness of the American mosaic and we’ll continue to lead the fight for the right to peaceably assemble.”

  13. William Carlton Connell, Jr.

    William Carlton Connell, Jr., of South Brunswick, Virginia, born July 18, 1957, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 10, 2017. “Carl” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, worked for Woodman Life Insurance Company for over 33 years. It was during that time he helped build the East Virginia Youth Camp. An avid outdoorsman, Carl loved to cook, fish and hunt and could often be found doing all three with his buddies at Taylor Mill Hunt Club in Emporia. A man of few words, he was never interested in praise but was always doing good deeds.

    Carl is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann; a son Andrew, and wife Krystle; daughter Lesley Nunn, husband Patrick. Perhaps his greatest joys in life were his five grandchildren, Drew Connell, Kelsey Carter, Harper and Van Walker Nunn, and the newest addition, Ava Marie Connell. He enjoyed school programs, football, softball and baseball games, golf tournaments and having them visit the farm.  He is also survived by his mother and father, Carlton and Ella Connell; two sisters, Amy Clary and her husband David, Beverly Washburn and her husband Kent; one niece, Laura Eddings and her husband Chris, and three nephews Chase and Alex Clary, and Collin Washburn.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at James Square Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  

  14. Albert Randolph Jarratt

    Albert Randolph Jarratt, 79, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Adele Jarratt of Capron; his wife, Patricia S. Jarratt and daughter, Teresa J. Ferguson. Mr. Jarratt is survived by a son, Keith Powell of Monticello, Georgia; daughter, Rebecca Jarratt of Emporia; three grandchildren, Ethan Powell, and Amanda and Vanessa Gaynor; five step-children; two sisters, Louise Wells, Rebecca J. Newsome (Dennis); brother, Alfred Leroy Jarratt (Loretta), all of Emporia.

    “Buddy”, as he was known by family and friends, retired after 40 years as a long-distance truck driver. For the last seven years, he had been a resident of Emporia Manor where they assisted him living with the effects of Alzheimer’s. He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

    The family will receive friends 11-12 p.m. on Friday, August 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 12:30 p.m., also on Friday August 11 at Capron Cemetery officiated by Pastor Troy Green. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

  15. The Good News about Shoulder, Knee and Hip Joints Community Out-Reach Education

    Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases or injuries. Arthritis, or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Your doctor may suggest a joint replacement to improve your quality of life. When something goes wrong with the shoulder, hip and knee joints, what are the options for treatment? Can joint injections help? What can joint protection exercise/therapy do for you?

    If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend August's C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center to learn more about shoulder, knee and hip joints.

    This FREE program will be on Thursday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

    Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD will be the speaker for the program. Patti received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Athletics from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy. She holds an oncology certification, complete complex decongestive therapy certification in lymph drainage and has pediatric specialty. She is McKenzie trained in treatment of spine therapy, has manual skills training in therapy, orthopedic training and is a certified licensed athletic trainer.

    Another joint information class for 2017 will be held from 11:00AM – 12:00PM at the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center on the following date: October 12.

    Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended. For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.

  16. It’s MORE CONVENIENT than Ever to Apply for Social Security Benefits

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

    You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party.We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security.

    Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefitsto get started.Through our safe and secure website, you can apply for:

    o    Retirement benefits;

    o    Spousal benefits;

    o    Medicare;

    o    Disability benefits;

    o    Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs; and, in some cases,

    o    Supplemental Security Income.

    You don’t have to be internet savvy to finish most of our online applications in one sitting with your computer. Or, if you prefer, we offer you the options to apply in person at your Social Security office or by telephone with one of our application representatives. Please call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.

    You should also call us to schedule an appointment if you wish to apply for certain family benefits, including those for surviving spouses and children, divorced spouses and dependent children, and parents of beneficiaries.

    After you’ve applied for benefits — whether online, by phone, or in person — you can securely and quickly check the status of a pending claim through your online my Social Security account. If you haven’t created your account yet, you can do so today by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

    You can also use my Social Security to view estimates of how much you would receive in retirement benefits and potential disability benefits and how much your loved ones could receive in family or survivor benefits.

    We’re with you throughout life’s journey, from applying for your first job to receiving your first retirement payment. And we’re proud to help ensure a secure future for you and your loved ones.

    To learn more about our programs and online services, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

  17. How Do You Celebrate a 99th Birthday? With Friends and Family

    Evelyn Newsome, born in August, 1918 - just before the end of the First World War celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, surrounded by her Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchldren and her Church Family.

  18. Family Hopes to Revitalize Jarratt With New Business

    Tommy and Judy Parker, grew up in Jarratt, have returned home. The couple always knew that they would return, even keeping ther home when Judy was called to Harlem to head up a literacy program.

    Judy has been retired from that program for a few weeks, since just after the shop opened.

    Tommy and Judy, along with their son Mike and his wife Mandy, who take care of the Social Media (check out their Facebook Page here), take part in this family operation. Even their granddaughter has photographs available for sale in the store.

    The store is an eclectic mix of antique china, furniture and local products. There is local honey, local produce (on Saturday), local pecans (and, seriously, if you go for nothing else, get a bag of Crazy Aunt Amy's Pecans) and local peanuts in addition to artisan cutting boards and furniture repurposed by Tommy.  All of the products in the shop come from the immediate area.

    The shop is located at 117 Jarratt Avenue in Jarratt

     

     

         

         

         

         

  19. Meherrin Regional Library offers free eclipse viewing glasses to patrons

    The Meherrin Regional Library System has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this nationwide event, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun, causing total or partial darkness throughout the U.S.

    In Brunswick and Greensville counties, the eclipse will begin around 1:15 PM, reach maximum obscurity around 2:45 PM, and end around 4:00 PM.

    Because Virginia will only experience a partial eclipse, those wishing to view it must wear protective eyewear that can filter out light and prevent damage to their eyes. There is no point where the eclipse will be safe to view directly without a solar filter.

    Beginning August 14, 2017, Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville and Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia will offer a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses and safe viewing info to patrons when they use their library card. Supply is limited, however, and will be on a first come, first served basis.

    For more information, stop by or call the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539 or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

  20. Adam Bryant Harrell

    Adam Bryant Harrell, 33, of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  His passing was heartbreaking to those who knew and loved him.  Adam was born on March 8, 1984 in Emporia, Virginia where he was raised on a small farm by two loving parents whom he cared for deeply.  Growing up, he developed a passion for the outdoors.  Adam was the definition of an outdoorsman, spending many days with family and friends hunting, hiking, camping, and fishing.  Adam excelled at athletics, acquiring numerous accolades in football and helped lead his high school football team to a state title.  Adam graduated from Brunswick Academy in 2002 before leaving to study at High Point University in North Carolina, earning a degree in Criminal Justice 2006.  After college Adam started a career in loss prevention culminating in him overseeing more than 80 stores throughout the state.  Perhaps Adam’s most significant moment was when he followed in his father’s footsteps when he married the “rose of his life” in 2010. 

    Though Adam will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, he will be best remembered by those who knew him as a “shirt-off-his-back guy,” a steadfast Christian, a faithful and supportive husband, a loving son, and a devoted friend.  The joy and excitement he had for life was contagious as anyone who knew him knew.  His story will live on in each and every person his life touched.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents Nelson and Elsie Harrell; grandfather Tom Jarratt; and grandfather Richard Jones.  He is survived by his grandmother Etta Jarratt; beloved parents, Ricky and Joan Harrell; loving wife and hunting companion, Jo Swartz Harrell along with their unborn child and family dog, Molly; father in-law and mother in-law Mark and Mary Jane Yeattes; uncle Benji Jones; uncle Benji Jarratt and wife Hope; aunt DeEtte Gordon and husband Brent; cousin Eric Jones and wife Brandi, cousin Leslie Sabo and husband Chuck; cousin Courtney Moseley and husband Brian; brother-in-law Mark Yeattes; sister in-law Mary Yeattes; sister in-law Sarah Yeattes, and numerous cousins.

    A visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8that Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2pm on Wednesday, August 9th.  Interment will be private.

  21. Doris Marie Carlisle

    Doris Marie Carlisle, 68, formerly Doris Carlisle Tomlin, of Skippers, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Acey Carlisle and Mary "Pig" Finch Carlisle; her former husband, Sam Patton Tomlin; a brother, Daniel H. "Danny" Carlisle and a sister, Shirley Diane Fisher.

    Mrs. Carlisle is survived by two daughters, Terry D. Tomlin-Vaughan and husband, Austin and Samantha Tomlin and wife, Carla Aphayboun-Tomlin; grandchildren, Korye Aphayboun-Tomlin and Bianca Oliva-Tomlin; Brittany Myers; great-grandchildren, Riley Myers and Kitai;  a sister, Sandra Kaye Tomlinson; two brothers, James F. Carlisle and Walter "Butch" Carlisle and wife, Beverly and numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

    A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Harvest Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2767 W. 10th St, Roanoke Rapids, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA  or to a local animal shelter. 

  22. Josy M. Moore

    Josy M. Moore passed away at home after a brief illness on August 3, 2017.  Josy was born December 16, 1932 to Thomas C. and E. Maie Moore of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Josy is survived by her husband of 66 years, the Reverend Charles A. Moore of Emporia and their children Charles A.(Andy) Moore, Jr. (Connie) of Kenbridge, Dr. Kathy M. Baker (Tim) of Chesterfield, and Betsy M. Draper (Calvin) of Emporia; grandchildren Tracy Moore, Emily Ligon (Brian), Kelli Wyatt (Lance), Zach Baker, Kait Baker and Allison Draper; and great grandchildren Matthew and Max Ligon.  Josy was a retired sales associate with Peebles Department Store and worked at the Samaritan House Thrift Store until her final illness.  Charles and Josy served God together at Warfield Baptist Church in Warfield, Virginia for more than 60 years and thereafter have enjoyed a fulfilling membership at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia.  Visitation will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at Main Street Baptist Church on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2 pm with internment to follow at Warfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Warfield, Virginia.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

  23. VPSA Big Game Contest Coming in September

    The Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen's Association (VPSA), in cooperation with the VDGIF, will be hosting its annual BIG GAME CONTEST to recognize those successful Sportsmen who harvested citation size Deer, Bear, and Turkey last season.  This year the contest will include a western Regional, Eastern Regional, and State Competition under one roof.  The event is September 23 & 24 at the Southampton County Fairgrounds.  Each day the show will be open from 9-5.  Entries must be received by 5PM on Saturday September 23.  Cost of the event is $10 for a weekend pass or $7 per day.  12 and under as VPSAll as active duty military are free.

    The VPSA, headquartered in Williamsburg, is a group of sportsmen who serve sportsmen.  VPSA founded the BIG GAME CONTEST in 1940 and developed the Virginia Scoring System for Deer and Bear.  In the early years VPSA assisted the game department with the Whitetail Deer recovery effort in the Commonwealth.  VPSA members had a deer holding pen in Newport News, which is today known as Deer Park.  This contest is the oldest in the country and VPSA has 78 years of records from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Annually VPSA receive many great entries from the Greensville, Southampton, and Brunswick County area Sportsmen of Virginia.  Youth hunters are highly encouraged to attend as VPSA have an entire youth division!

    Successful sportsment wishing to enter a Deer, Bear, or Turkey in the Contest must have a valid confirmation number or game tag from last hunting season.  For Deer we need the antlers to measure; for Bear we need the skull to measure, and for turkey we need the spurs, beard, and certified weight card.  If you have an entry you are free to enter the show at but there will be a $15 per animal fee to score the animal.

    In the deer category we have divisions for archery, muzzleloader, and gun harvests.  We have one division for Bear and one for turkey.  Additionally we have an entire division dedicated to youth hunters.  We award trophies for the top 3 scores in all divisions and state citations for all those who meet the minimum score for a citation. 

    So for example if a you are a Youth VPSA member who harvested a huge buck in Greensville county.  Theoretically you could come home with a State Citation for that buck, VPSA member only contest trophy, Youth Division trophy,  Eastern Regional trophy, and State trophy for that one buck! 

    For more information, email Michael.h.jones52@gmail.com or text or call 757-371-3335.

  24. WARNER, ISAKSON INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO PRESERVE PATIENT ACCESS TO HOME INFUSION SERVICES

    ~ Bill would create a temporary transitional payment for home infusion services ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to create a temporary transitional reimbursement structure for Medicare home infusion services.

    A version of legislation introduced by Sens. Warner and Isakson last Congress to restructure the way Medicare beneficiaries who need intravenous medication receive their infusion treatments from the comfort of their home was included in the landmark 21st Century Cures Act last year. However, the Cures bill did not properly align the change in payments with the new benefit, leading to a four-year gap during which patients would have challenges securing these life-saving treatments. This legislation ensures that patients receiving home infusion treatments maintain their access to these services until policies from the 21st Century Cures Act are implemented in 2021.

    “Home infusion is a safe and effective alternative to inpatient care for many patients,” said Sen. Warner. “This bill expands on the progress made on 21st Century Cures by creating a transitional payment system that will allow Medicare to continue paying accurately for the drugs, while also protecting patients’ access to important services. This commonsense fix will help the Medicare program provide high-quality, lower-cost care, benefiting both patients and taxpayers.”

    “Infusion therapy delivered in the home setting is the most desirable, convenient and by far the most cost-effective. We made important progress for modern medicine in the 21st Century Cures Act, and the home infusion therapy legislation that Senator Warner and I included in that bill makes a real difference for patients who need safe and effective treatments,”said Sen. Isakson. “Home infusion technology is a tremendous contribution to quality health care, and this legislation builds on the Cures Act to help ensure home infusion remains accessible.”

    The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), David Perdue (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

    “This bill builds upon previous legislation so Medicare beneficiaries can receive infusion treatments at home,”Sen. Grassley said.  “This is an option that Medicare beneficiaries sought, and it’s a common sense, cost-effective way to provide care.  The private sector recognized this long ago.  Medicare should continue to reflect the modern practice of medicine and offer the best way of meeting a medical need at the lowest cost.”

    TheMedicare Home Infusion Therapy Access Act of 2017 would create a transitional reimbursement for Medicare home infusion services. Starting in January 2017, the 21st Century Cures Act changed the payment for home infusion drugs, aligning them with payments for other drugs paid under Medicare’s Part B benefit. The 21st Century Cures Act also created a new reimbursement structure for the professional services associated with home infusion, which is set to take effect in 2021. The four-year gap between the January 2017 drug payment change and the implementation of the infusion services payment in 2021 may threaten the accessibility of home-infusion therapy. This bill would help smooth the transition to more accurate payments for home infusions drugs while also protecting patients’ access to these medications until the new home infusion benefit is implemented in 2021.

    Sens. Warner, Isakson, Roberts, Grassley, Cardin, Brown, Portman, and Bennet are all members of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare.

    The legislation is supported by:Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC),  American Association of Heart Failure Nurses,  American Association for Homecare,  American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN),  Amerita, Inc., American Association for Homecare, Appalachian Home Infusion, ARJ Infusion Services, Best Option Healthcare PR, Inc., Big Sky IV Care, BioScrip, BJC Home Care Services Pharmacy, Brooks Home I.V., Inc., CarePro Health Services, CGH Medical Center, Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin, LLC, Chartwell Pennsylvania, LP, Choice CriticalCare Inc., Consortium of Clinical Immunologists (CIIC), Coram, CVS Specialty Infusion, Services, Druid City Vital Care, EMED Technologies, EMZA USA LLC & DeliverIt Pharmacy Inc., Fairview Health Services, Gates Healthcare Associates, Inc., Grifols, Hobbs Pharmacy, Home Health United Xtra Care Pharmacy, Home Parenteral Services, Horizon Healthcare Services, ICU Medical Inc., Infusion Solutions, Inc., Innovatix, INS, Intra Pump Infusion Systems, Intramed Plus, IV Solutions, LLC, John Hopkins Care Group, Kaup Pharmacy, Inc., Lakeland Home, Infusion, Liberty Medical Specialties, Inc., Medical Accounts Receivable Solutions, Inc. (MARs), Medical Alternatives, MK Infusion Pharmacy, LLC., MSD, Nation's Home Infusion, NuCara IV Services, One Source Homecare Services, OptiMed Infusion Services, Option Care, OptionOne Pharmacy, Paragon Healthcare Inc., Pediatric Home Service, Pharmacare Health Specialists, PharmaScript Inc., Preferred Homecare, Premier Infusion Care, Premier Nursing Group, LLC, Premier Point Home Health, Inc., PromptCare Home Infusion, LLC, Redline Specialty Pharmacy, SBH Medical, Ltd., Sentara Home Infusion Pharmacy, Sentara HealthCare, Simfarose Pharmaceutical Specialty, Smiths Medical, Soleo Health, Spectrum Infusion, Inc., TANYR Healthcare, The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, UnityPoint at Home, University of Iowa Community HomeCare, VGM Group Inc., Vital Care, Inc., and the VNA Home Infusion Therapy Pharmacy.

    Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means  (H.R. 3163). The full text of the legislation is available here.

  25. Southside Virginia Community College Recognizes K-12 Partners

    At the July 2017 Board reception held at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Dr. Al Roberts recognized the K-12 partners who help to ensure the success of Southside Virginia Community College.  The partnership the college has with the local public school divisions and private schools is great, he said.  "Together, we have lead the Commonwealth in the establishment of dual enrollment programs and continue to be among the state's leaders in participation as well as in the number of college certificates and degrees awarded through dual enrollment.  SVCC is proud to serve as host to the Governor's School of Southside Virginia which provides gifted, highly motivated high school juniors and seniors in the region a challenging, interdisciplinary program of studies," Dr. Roberts said.   

    He also noted high school partners host the SVCC Career Coaches who work with students to promote secondary education and training.  There are also successful STEM Camps, professional development activities and teacher recertification courses.  Dr. Roberts thanked all those dedicated to supporting the college mission and their dedication to the well-being of the citizens of Southside Virginia.

    Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Jack McKinley, Superintendent of Schools for Amelia County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

    Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dora Wynn, Superintendent of Schools for Brunswick  County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

    Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Angela Wilson, Superintendent of Schools for Greensville  County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

    Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Schools for Halifax County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth

    Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Paul Nichols, Superintendent of Schools for Mecklenburg County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth
     

  26. SVCC Nursing Club Donates to Local Cancer Care Fund

    SOUTH HILL, VA– The Southside Virginia Community College Nursing Club made a recent generous donation to support VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Fund.  Pictured: (L to R) Brandi Harrell, SVCC Nursing Club member; Molly Buchholz, SVCC Nursing Club President; Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing & Development at VCU Health CMH; Ashley Willis, Registered Nurse at the VCU Health CMH Hendrick Cancer Center and Shannon Lambert, Manager CMH Foundation & VCU Health CMH’s Pharmacy Connection.

    The donation benefits the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

    Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment. 

  27. DON’T GET SCHOOLED, GET SMART ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY

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

    Your summer job might be ending soon. You might even hold a part time job while you’re in school. You can easily jump to the head of the class and secure your future with a few simple steps. As a young worker, you’re in the best position for planning, investing, and saving for your retirement, growing that nest egg as large as it can be. The sooner you start, the more money you’ll have.

    There are two easy ways to get started in preparing for retirement:

    Open a free online my Social Security account with Social Security. Having a personal and secure account is easy, but better yet, it empowers you. You can access the services you need in the convenience of your own home or on the go without traveling to a Social Security office. To open or access your account, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

    Many of our resources are available online and my Social Security is one of the best places to access vital information about your retirement. We are constantly adding new features to make your experience with us faster and more convenient. You can even replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card online in certain areas.

    You could also start a myRA account. myRA is designed for people who don’t have a retirement savings plan through their employer, or are limited from other savings options. Check it out at www.myra.gov. If your employer provides a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), learn more about that plan’s potential matching contributions or other benefits. It’s never too early, and the more you save now, the more you’ll have later.

    Did you know that a 20-year-old has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age? Social Security will be there for you if you become disabled and cannot work. Accessing your online account can also help you determine your estimated future disability benefits. To learn more about disability and to apply, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html.

    The earlier you start preparing for the future, the more comfortable that future will be. Like a good friend, Social Security has your back when it comes to retirement planning or in the unfortunate event of disability. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov.  

  28. New State Board Chair Focused on Increasing Community College Enrollments

    RICHMOND – Eleanor Saslaw begins her yearlong term as the chair of the Virginia State Board for Community College this month, and she is focusing on increasing community college enrollment.

    Serving on the board for the last three years – including one year as the Board’s vice chair – represents only a fraction of the experience Saslaw brings to the post. After all, the two-time college graduate has spent her entire career working in education. Her experience ranges from being a teacher, counselor and director of student services in Fairfax County Public Schools, to serving as the president of the Virginia Counselors Association, to serving as a member of and the president of the Virginia Board of Education.

    Saslaw says educating an individual may just be the most important thing you can do for them and the community they live in.

    “If you don’t educate people, you end up supporting them,” she said. “We want to see Virginians succeeding in the 21st century; that includes new Virginians. More education means a higher standard of living. It means our businesses thrive, and it means our tax base is strong. Our community colleges do a terrific job of helping people get there.”

    Saslaw is placing a priority for the coming year on helping Virginia’s Community College serve more people. The colleges are seeking ways to reverse several years of enrollment declines. Saslaw wants the Board to ensure the colleges have the tools and knowledge to turn that around.

    “Chancellor DuBois and I have been talking about that and he shares my concerns,” Saslaw said. “We’ve had good luck in the past using the task force model to address big, statewide challenges. It may be time to do that here.”

    Saslaw was born in San Francisco and moved to the East Coast when she was eleven. She and her husband, state Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax County) moved to Virginia after getting married. They have a daughter who works as a lawyer in San Francisco.

    “I feel like I gave something back with that one,” Saslaw said.

    Saslaw has won numerous awards including the Friend of School Psychologists Award (2011) and Counselor of the Year (1998 and 1994). She has a master’s degree in secondary counseling and a bachelor’s degree in social studies education.

    About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

  29. Precise Systems, Inc. Makes Donation to Local Cancer Care Fund

    SOUTH HILL, VA– Mary Hardin, Director of the VCU Health CMH Hendrick Cancer Center, received a $250.00 donation from Wayne Sculthorp with Precise Systems, Inc..   The donation benefits the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

    Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment.

  30. Jackson-Feild Develops New Service

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    Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has developed Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) to serve children who suffer from both mental health and substance abused disorders.

    Many children are suffering from both mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. These youngsters are unable to function in the community despite receiving extensive recovery services and are in need of residential services.

    Because of the significant overlap among mental health diagnoses and substance abuse disorders Jackson-Feild has developed a new program that will utilize an integrated treatment model where our therapists seek ways to understand and heal underlying causes of addiction such as trauma, low self-esteem and unresolved pain. This concurrent approach uses two treatment interventions simultaneously.

    Located in two renovated former staff houses, the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Program can serve up to six children. They do not interact with the children in our mental health program.  Their schooling will be provided by our Gwaltney School faculty in the houses.

    The licensed and credentialed addiction professionals help facilitate their healing and recovery by providing clinically directed services designed to stabilize and manage substance abuse symptoms and to develop recovery skills.

    Sadly more than 50,000 Americans die annually from drug overdoses. Jackson-Feild’s ARTS program is intended to do our small part to address this nationwide epidemic.

 

 

 

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