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STUDENT IS PROUD OF HER GED® ACCOMPLISHMENT

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Julie Boyd of Blackstone, was unable to complete high school. 

“I've talked about getting my GED ever since. I am 21 years old and it took me two weeks to obtain it. I couldn't be more proud of myself,” she said.

She noted that the person that inspired her to move forward with her education is her recently deceased brother. 

“He was my 18 year old brother, his name was Joshua Baughan. He died in a car accident December 21, 2016. He was my best friend, my rock. He pushed me every day to do better for myself. When he passed away, it showed me life was too short to take the small things for granted,” she said. 

She also added that he lived his life to the fullest and accomplished everything he started.   

“He inspired me on so many levels. I did this, not just for me, but for him as well. I will work hard and succeed in everything I do, because he is always with me. This achievement means so much to me. But it's only a start,” she said.

Boyd also has a fiancé’ who has also played a huge roll in her life.

“He supports me in everything I do, and he has stood by my side faithfully for three years. I am very thankful to have him in my life. I love all of my family and friends. I wouldn't be where I am today without them,” she said.

 She plans to continue her education in the nursing field or forensic science.   

Her advice to others, you can do anything you put your mind to if you believe in yourself.

“Never give up. Knowledge is power. With power you can do great things in life. I am grateful for the support of my family. They never gave up on me,” she said.

Southside Virginia Community College offers Adult Basic Education and GED® preparation.  For information, call 434-949-1090.  The schedule of classes is below.

Brunswick

SVCC

Christanna Campus

SVCC

Christanna Campus

 

 

Monday-Thursday

 

Monday & Wednesday

 

 

9:00 am – 12:00 noon

 

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

Brown

 

A. Lewis

Mecklenburg

Boydton Library

 

Chase City Estes Ctr

 

Clarksville YMCA

 

South Hill LCAKC

 

South Hill Bank Building

South Hill Bank Building

 

Tuesday & Thursday

 

Tuesday & Thursday

 

Monday & Tuesday

 

Monday & Wednesday

 

Monday & Wednesday

 

Tuesday & Thursday

 

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

 

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Cherry

 

Wilson

 

Kindley

 

McCarthy

 

Scott

 

F. Lewis

 Halifax

SVHEC

South Boston

SVHEC

South Boston

 

 

Monday - Thursday

 

Tuesday & Thursday

 

 

9:00 am – 12:00 noon

 

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

Stafford/Clarke

 

Clarke

Online

Sunday - Saturday

Anytime

McCarthy

McAuliffe OKs $1.6 million for wrongfully imprisoned man

By Maura Mazurowski, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has cleared Keith Allen Harward to receive nearly $1.6 million from the commonwealth of Virginia for the 33 years he spent in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.

McAuliffe last week signed House Bill 1650approving the compensation package for Harward.

“On April 7, 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia granted Mr. Harward’s Writ of Actual Innocence, formally exonerating him of all the crimes for which he had been convicted,” the legislation stated.

Harward, now 60, was convicted of a 1982 rape and murder in Newport News. According to trial summaries, the rape victim was awakened around 2 a.m. by a loud thumping sound as her husband was being beaten by a man.

The woman was thrown out of bed and repeatedly sexually assaulted as her husband lay dying. Her assailant held a diaper over her head and threatened to harm her children if she did not cooperate.

In 1986, Harward was tried and convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life when two forensic odontologists testified that Harward’s teeth matched those of the bites on the woman.

He was released from prison on April 8, 2016 after DNA testing proved he was not the killer. Harward had always maintained his innocence.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Rip Sullivan, D-Arlington, notes that because of his wrongful conviction, Harward “suffers from numerous painful physical injuries, systemic health conditions, and severe mental anguish and emotional distress and has lost countless opportunities, including the opportunity to marry and have children” and that he “is an impoverished man, with no job skills or career prospects and no savings or accumulated pension benefits, and does not qualify for social security benefits.”

The legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by McAuliffe will take effect July 1. To receive the money, Harward must sign documents releasing the state of any present or future claims.

Then, within 60 days, Harward will receive a check for $309,688. By Sept. 30, the state treasurer will buy a $1,238,751 annuity for Harward. He also will be provided up to $10,000 for tuition for career and technical training from the Virginia Community College System.

During his ordeal in prison, Harward received legal support from the Innocence Project.

He is at least the 25th person to have been wrongfully convicted or indicted based at least in part on bite mark evidence, according to the project.

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