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SVCC Programs Lead to Jobs

Southside Virginia Community College offers evening welding classes at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center. Two of the students are employed at American Buildings Company in LaCrosse and are continuing their skills training to be prepared for opportunities. 

Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology said, “I really love each of the programs in my division because they lead to good jobs.  I would strongly encourage anyone who likes a challenge and who has a good work ethic to spend a few nights a week learning a professional skill like welding.”

Patton also said, “SVCC has many success stories and we are proud of each and every one of them.”

For more information about welding and other classes offered at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center or other SVCC locations, www.southside.edu or call Maki Malone at 434 955 2252.

Pictured (Left to Right) are John Evans, the instructor, Yasin Jones, Wesley Gregory, Raheem Hayes, Douglas Reed, and Gabriel Drewry.

“Holiday Greetings”

Well Christmas time is almost here
And we enhance the joy of giving
Yes the Christ Child that once in a manger lay
Has changed our style of living.
 
Most every yard is lit up
With bright lights for all to see
In most every home somewhere you’ll find
A very special Christmas Tree.
 
Now the presents will be wrapped up
So the gifts they do not show
Yet take it from me, viewing the size and shape
What it is each youngster will know.
 
We try to please each child with toys
For all would like some of those
Still if we would stick to reality
The need is for good warm clothes.
 
The Wisemen three did travel far
Across the open desert sand
Guided only by a star
On their way to a strange land.
 
They were heading off to Bethlehem
Bearing gifts along the way
Searching for a special manger
In which the baby Jesus soon would lay.
 
Now Christians all await Christmas Eve
For then its soon to be Christmas Morn
Yes and through the excitement don’t forget to remind
It’s the day our Savior was born.
 
May all have a blessed Christmas.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Helen Poole Gibson

Helen Poole Gibson, 77, of Emporia, passed away on December 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lori Peirce and is survived by her sons, Tony Gibson and wife Debbie, David Gibson and wife Norma, Michael Gibson and friend Jeanette, and Timothy Gibson; sister, Gale P. Moore, 1 brother, William B. Poole & wife Lori; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, 11am, at Concord Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Gene Marshall Johnson

Gene Marshall Johnson, 74, of Midlothian, formerly of Emporia, passed away on December 14, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Ann Faison Johnson; daughter and son in law, Amy and Jimmy Parks; son, Jay Johnson; grandchildren, Abby and Marshall and special brother in law and wife, Bobby and Sandy Faison. He served as the 8th Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections, appointed by Governor Mark Warner in October 2002 and reappointed by Governor Timothy Kane in January 2006. During his 45 years of distinguished service, he was known for his commitment to the agency. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Monday, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, 1pm, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Employee Assistance Fund, Attn: Barbara Reyes, Department of Corrections, P.O. Box 26963, Richmond, VA 23261. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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