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***Updated-Upcoming CSX Railroad Crossing Closures-Updated***

The Following Rail Road Crossings in the City of Emporia and Greensville County will be closing on or near the dates below. Changes will be posted as they are made available. During the Closures both East Atlantic Street and Low Ground Road will remain open as detours.

As of 8/15/2019, Southampton St, Hicksford Ave, and Greensville Ave. have closed

The plan for next week is as follows:

  • Briggs Street-Close on 8/19

  • Low Ground Road (will not close until Hicksford, Greensville, and Briggs all re-open)- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Liberty Road (Stage emergency response vehicles at crossing)- Tentative closure of 8/19 or 8/20

  • East Rock Bridge Road- Tentative closure of 8/21 or 8/22

  • Bass Road-TBD

  • Rolling Acres Road-TBD

  • Forrest Road-TBD

John David Diani

June 8, 1951 - August 16, 2019

 

Graveside Memorial Services

11 a.m. Saturday, September 7

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

 

John David Dianis, 68, of Emporia, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Matthew and Margaret Dianis. David is survived by three brothers, Matthew “Marty” Dianis, Jr. (Evelyn), George Dianis (Debbie) and Walter Dianis (Amy); nieces, Mandy Jones (Dwayne), Andrea Horsley (Alex) and Morgan Dianis; nephew, Daniel Dianis; great niece, Jamison Jones and great-nephew, Ben Horsley; aunt, Betty Veliky; numerous cousins and his co-workers at the Greensville-Emporia Combined Court whom he considered as extended family.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the social hall at St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley

December 11, 1934-August 13, 2019

Graveside Services

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

New Kent Chapel Cemetery
13100 Cooks Mill Road
New Kent, Virginia
 

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home in Emporia, Virginia. He was born December 11, 1934 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Ralph Fraley and Mabel Boze Fraley Clarke. In addition to his parents and step-father, Holden U. Clarke, he is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edith Maxine Fraley, and his son, Michael Allen Fraley.

He is survived by his children, Robert Munson, Cheryl O’Berry, Donna Smith, four step-children, Sue Waddell, Barbara Spangler, Jerry Loan and Ray Loan, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, one sister, Charlotte Fraley Freeze, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

A graveside service and interment will take place at New Kent Chapel Cemetery, 13100 Cooks Mill Road, New Kent, Virginia on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Arrangements entrusted to Vincent Funeral Home, West Point, Virginia.

VCU Health CMH Heart Walk set for Sept. 21st

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to have a heart walk at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA on Saturday, September 21st.  Activities will begin at 10:00AM and the one mile walk (two laps) around the hospital will begin at 10:30AM. There are plans to have snow cones, games, music, blood pressure checks, health information and an appearance by Rodney the Ram at the event.  T-shirts will also be available for a $25.00 donation.  A new feature for this year’s walk is you can receive a personalized shirt (up to 15 characters) with a separate payment of a one-time $20 screening fee per team name and a $5 imprint fee per shirt.  The t-shirt vendor, River City Logo in Richmond, will donate $10 from each screening fee to the AHA.  All personalized shirt orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 10.  If you would like to make a donation and receive a t-shirt before the event please call, (434) 447-0917.

If you are interested in participating, please sign-up at:  www.RichmondVAHeartWalk.org

McEachin Announces Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one for $159, 551 to the American Civil War Museum Foundation for a summer program for teachers' professional developed. The second grant is awarded to the Library of Virginia for $324,958 to restore and digitize historic American newspapers.

"I am thrilled to see these monies come into Virginia. As we all know, the Civil War is an important, but sometimes difficult and fraught subject to teach. Teachers, like everyone else, bring the biases of their upbringing and location. This program can help sift through that so the legitimate historical information can be imparted and then shared with students,” said Congressman McEachin. “Newspapers are struggling and all too many are dying. This grant will allow the Library of Virginia to help ensure that history, as it happened, through local newspapers can be preserved and appreciated. 

Both of these grants will help ensure a better, more objective and more accurate understanding of our history."

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces the Safety Superstar Award

Emporia, VA – Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, has been named Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s (SVRMC) Safety Superstar for the Second Quarter of 2019. Letrice, who works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit, was caught making a difference in safety and was chosen by the SVRMC Safety Coaches to receive this award.  Her nomination included the following statements:  “She is always safety conscious and uses her error prevention tools on a daily basis.  She is often called the safety person on the Unit”.  Her Manager, Theodora Zacharopoulos stated “Letrice is always eager and willing to assist with the patients and staff on the unit.  Most importantly, she is extremely observant and we are proud to have her as part of our Behavioral Health Unit”.

Each quarter, safety coaches at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center nominate employees that have been caught making a difference in safety from safety coach observations throughout the quarter. The employee chosen is a wonderful example to others and is one that stands up for safety as well as uses their error prevention tools on a daily basis to ensure the patients at SVRMC receive the best and safest quality of care possible. These employees are never afraid to stand up for safety!

Front row, left to right: Susan Williams, CNO, Krista Turner, Quality Director, Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, Theodora Zacharopoulos, Behavioral Health Manager, Peggy Dunn, Surgical Services Director; back row left to right: Meghan McCormack, Behavioral Health Unit RN, Sarah Wright, Quality Analyst, Wilson Thomas, CEO.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for July 2019

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Lynn Holt, Long Term Care Social Worker, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Lynn was Tammy Trent House, Director of Social Work, Care Management and Chaplain Services, and Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Lynn has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 11 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, “Lynn went above and beyond her normal work hours when asked to help the staff.  Her willingness to give up her personal time to meet the needs of her department demonstrates her professionalism and true teamwork philosophy.  She also exhibited a positive attitude through this usually busy period.  She performs thoughtful acts of kindness to other team members and is always well respected by her coworkers.  She constantly exhibits qualities of the Star Service Program and is a valuable asset to The Hundley Center.”

Lynn has been married to her husband for 50 years, has two sons, and two grandchildren.  When asked what words of wisdom she would give other employees, she stated, “Work hard and keep your sense of humor!”

In addition to the award, Lynn 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.

Lynn resides in Union Level, VA.

SVCC Employee Completes Apprenticeship Training in IT Field

Maynard Stowe (Left), with the Department of Labor, presents Anthony Taylor (Center), a Southside Virginia Community College employee, with his Apprenticeship card and certificate, and is accompanied by Kelly Arnold (Right), SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator.

A Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) employee has distinguished himself as the first in the Virginia Community College System to complete a certificate of Apprenticeship in Information Technology.  Anthony Taylor of Alberta, a server technician, received his journeyworker card from the Virginia Apprenticeship Council in a ceremony held on August 7, 2019, at the Christanna Campus of SVCC. Implementing the apprenticeship model proved to be an ideal training platform for SVCC’s IT department, relates Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer.  

Maynard Stowe, an Apprenticeship Consultant for the Department of Labor, presented the certificate and card to Taylor. This certificate represents 2000 hours of On-The-Job (OTJ) training and 144 educational hours completed by Taylor, who is a graduate of SVCC and Old Dominion University.

“The program proved to be a lot of work but carries so much value with it,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s dedication and commitment to the program guaranteed a positive experience. The college’s investment in a Registered Apprenticeship program is ensuring a talent development program for the IT staff at SVCC.

According to Kelly Arnold, SVCC’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, “The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. Keeping current is critical and the college’s apprenticeship program is the solution. While the apprenticeship model is well known within the building trades, it’s coherent approach to training fuses well in the IT world.  OJT hours combined with educational hours contribute to the program’s strong success. New IT occupations are being added to the DOL’s database.”

This training was made possible through the AAI Grant (American Apprenticeship Initiative) which awards funds to support the expansion of IT and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships in Virginia. 

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr.

June 6, 1925 - August 14, 2019

Services

Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019. He was born on June 6, 1925, to the late Arthur W. Harrison, Sr. and Daisy Lynch Harrison. A.W. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Jeanne Rouse Harrison.

A.W. was a 1941 graduate of Greensville County High School. Following high school, he worked for twelve years at Mitchell Brothers Grocery and then ran an Esso service Station from 1953 – 1959. In 1959 he went to work for what would become Citizens National Bank and spent thirty years as a devoted employee.

In his early years A.W. went to photography school in New York City, and become an avid photographer. He traveled to Europe and visited many countries, was a small craft pilot and served on the Emporia – Greensville Airport Commission for numerous years.

He is survived by cousins, Billy Skroback and wife Anita, Joan Shumaker of Chesterfield, VA., Janice Cohen and husband Frank of Richmond, and Thomas Shumaker and wife Debra of Chesterfield, VA. The family would like to give a special thank you to his loving caregivers, Theresa Myers, Faith Vann, and Debra Lipscomb.

Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00P.M. Interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.

In Lieu of flowers, it was A.W.’s wish for donations to be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Emporia, VA.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING SHUTS DOWN DECEPTIVE ORGANIZATION THAT EXPLOITED SERVICEMEMBERS

~ Multistate settlement includes $10,000 in payments and will shut down Hearts 2 Heroes, permanently ban owners from engaging in charitable solicitations ~

 

RICHMOND(August 14, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has led a coalition of four states to shut down a deceptive organization that exploited goodwill towards those in the military and misused funds that were supposed to benefit servicemembers serving overseas. The multistate settlement involves Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., a for-profit company doing business as Active Duty Support Services Inc., which made door-to-door sales of “care packages” ostensibly to be sent to service members overseas. Last summer, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Hearts 2 Heroes alleging that the company violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by misrepresenting the nature of the business and the care packages purchased, and by misusing donated funds. The lawsuit was announced as part of “Operation Donate with Honor”, a nationwide sweep to crackdown on fraudulent charities that exploit the name of America’s veteran community to solicit donations. As part of the settlement, the business has been shut down and the owners will be permanently banned from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization.
 
“Organizations who prey on the kindness of Virginians and deceptively solicit donations from folks who are hoping to help veterans or servicemembers are shameful and should be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I hope this settlement sends a strong message to other organizations that may have similar deceptive operations that they must follow through with their promises and be honest about where their money is going.”
 
The complaint, filed in Henrico County Circuit Court, alleges that Hearts 2 Heroes violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia’s Solicitation of Contributions law by:
  • leading prospective donors to believe that Hearts 2 Heroes is a charity, when it is not, and that donations made are tax deductible, when they are not;
  • delivering care packages, if delivered at all, to military bases in the United States, not overseas as represented;
  • representing to consumers that staff were veterans or volunteers when in fact those staff were not veterans or volunteers; and
  • employing staff who would “skim” cash donations for personal use.
 
The settlement reached by Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia includes injunctive relief in the form of a ban of the two owners from engaging in charitable solicitations or working for a charitable organization, as well as the dissolution of the business. The settlement also includes a $286,959.95 restitution judgment against the now-defunct company, which will be suspended but enforced if the other terms of the settlement are not complied with. Additionally the states will receive a total of $10,000. 
 
The settlement is in the form of a Consent Judgment that has been filed with the Henrico County Circuit Court for approval. The Commonwealth is represented in this matter by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky.

Otto Wachsmann Announces Candidacy for Virginia’s 75th House of Delegates District

Stony Creek, VA – Otto Wachsmann, a pharmacist and small business owner, announced his candidacy for the 75th House District, which encompasses all of Sussex, Southampton, Greensville, and Brunswick Counties, all of Franklin and Emporia City, and parts of Lunenburg County.

“Having lived most of my life in Sussex County, I have watched businesses close and jobs leave our region, our healthcare system fail our neighbors, with leaders in Richmond more interested in partisan politics than helping rebuild our community. As a small business owner and pharmacist, I have dedicated my career to serving my patients and our community. I am running for the House of Delegates because we need a new prescription for Southside that will make our community the best place to work and live for future generations,” Wachsmann said.

“My family has owned a locally operated pharmacy in Stony Creek for more than 50 years. I see on a daily basis the struggle those in our community have with paying for prescriptions and navigating the complex health insurance maze of requirements that even health care providers often do not understand.

As a small business owner, I also understand how important it is to promote policies that bring back and keep jobs in Southside. That starts with lowering taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, and investing in our students to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. We must make it a priority to keep great teachers in the classroom and that means our teachers need to be fairly compensated.”

As your delegate, I would be committed to working with you to solve these problems and more. I will work with anyone, regardless of party, to find creative solutions for the unique problems facing our region. We deserve a leader that will put our community ahead of politics. It is time for a new prescription for Southside.”

Otto Wachsmann is a pharmacist and owner of Stony Creek Pharmacy in Stony Creek, VA. The Pharmacy has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years, with his father Howard Wachsmann owning the store from 1966-2003. Otto is a graduate of Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree in Pharmacy in 1986. After graduation he worked in chain pharmacy as well as a number of independent pharmacies throughout Virginia. Otto has also spent time working for the A H Robins Company in Richmond where he gained a keen awareness with how prescription medications are marketed, priced, and the relationship between the drug manufacturer and the insurance industry.

In 1996, Otto served as the Director of Experiential Education at Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia for fix years. It was during this time that he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association from 1997-1998.

Otto and his wife Judy live in Sussex County and have two daughters, Katherine (Kate) and Kirsten. Born and raised in Sussex County, Otto has always had a passion for service. For 16 years he was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club.

Learn About All Things Agriculture at AgFest Field Day 2019

~Showcasing Innovation In Virginia’s Food Production~

Surry county farmer and retired Extension agent Clifton Slade talks with participants at VSU's Field Day about how to make the most of their farming operations and increase productivity.

nterested in learning how to raise healthy fish in freshwater, how to properly prepare soil for growing niche crops, such as hemp and blackberries, or how versatile livestock, such as sheep and goats, can add value to farming operations? Then AgFest Field Day 2019 is the place to be.

The field day will be held Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Randolph Farm at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

AgFest Field Day is a fun and informative event that is open to the community, including farmers, teachers, students and anyone interested in learning about agriculture production in Virginia. The day will include demonstrations and exhibits for every age range and experience level, from beginning farmers to experienced farmers, as well as vocational teachers and youth interested in learning about careers in agriculture.

Farmers can explore the latest techniques in aquaculture, goat and sheep management, hydroponics, aquaponics as well as learn about sustainable and urban agriculture initiatives. 4-H programs will provide middle- and high-school students with a rich, hands-on learning experience and teach them about careers in agriculture.

If you have any questions about this event or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. VSU is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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Brunswick Students Attend SVCC STEM Camp

    

    

Brunswick High School students were able to attend a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Camp held on the campus of Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) in Alberta this summer.  The supervisor of the camp is Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter who is an assistant professor of Mathematics on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

The first half of the camp focused on the current epidemic in the increase of cases of mumps and measles in the United States.  Students learned about the diseases, how they are spread, and symptoms.  Using their math skills, students explored if there was a correlation between the number of cases of mumps compared to the number of cases of measles.  They also computed the equation for the line of best fit to predict the cases of mumps and measles.

The second portion of the camp explored the decline in the bee population in the United States.  Students learned about the importance of bees to pollinate the plants that make many of the foods we consume today. They simulated how drones could deliver pollen to pollinate crops without the assistance of bees.  Students enjoyed sampling various kinds of honey and made beeswax candles the last day of the camp.

Changing Your Direct Deposit Information With Social Security

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

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments.

The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information with Social Security is by creating a my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once you create your account, you can update your bank information without leaving the comfort of your home. Another way to change your direct deposit is by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make the change over the phone. If you prefer to speak to someone in-person, you can visit your local Social Security office with the necessary information.

Because we are committed to protecting your personal information, we need some form of identification to verify who you are. If you are online, we verified your identity when you initially created your my Social Security account. All you need to do is log in at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount with your secure username and password to gain access to your information.

If you call Social Security, we will ask identifying questions to ensure we are speaking to the right person. If you visit the office, you will need to bring a driver’s license or some form of ID with you. Once we have identified that you are the correct person and are authorized to make changes on the Social Security record, all we need is the routing number, account number, and type of account established. We don’t ask for a voided check, nor do we obtain verification from the bank. Therefore, you should be sure you are providing accurate information to us.

Because you may be unsure if your direct deposit change will affect your next payment, we highly recommend that you do not close the old bank account until you have seen your first Social Security deposit in the new bank account. That way, you can feel secure you will receive your benefits on time, regardless of when the change was reported to Social Security.

When you have to report changes to your direct deposit, be sure to visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Social Security always strives to put you in control by providing the best experience and service no matter where, when, or how you decide to do business with us.

AG HERRING URGES VIDEO STREAMING INDUSTRY TO PROTECT YOUNG VIEWERS FROM TOBACCO

~ Coalition of 43 attorneys general provide policy guidelines to streaming industry to combat increasing use of tobacco products by young people ~

RICHMOND(August 8, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content, including smoking, vaping, or any other tobacco or nicotine product. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018. Smoking remains the number one preventable killer in the United States and causes over 480,000 deaths per year.
 
“The number of young people using e-cigarettes has risen at an alarming rate and the U.S. Surgeon General has said that exposure to tobacco in the media increases the likelihood of usage,” said Attorney General Herring. “Too many families in Virginia know the harmful effects of tobacco products all too well, which is why it’s so important to keep them out of the hands of young people. We need to make sure that entertainment companies are sending young people the right messages about tobacco usage instead of romanticizing something that could eventually kill them.”
 
In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that watching movies with tobacco imagery increases the likelihood that adolescents will become smokers. In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues urge the video streaming industry to adopt the following policies to protect young viewers from the ill effects of tobacco content:
 
  • Eliminate or exclude tobacco imagery, including smoking, vaping or the use of any tobacco or nicotine product, in all future original streamed content for young viewers, including any content rated TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14, G, PG, and PG-13, and ensure that any promotional material such as previews, trailers, image galleries, and clips be tobacco-free. Content with tobacco imagery should be rated TV-MA or R and only recommended to adult viewers. 

  • Only “recommend” or designate tobacco-free content for children, adolescents, families, and general audiences.
  • Improve or offer parental controls that are effective, prominent, and easy-to-use, that allow parents and guardians specifically to restrict access to all content with tobacco content, regardless of rating.
  • Mitigate the negative influence of tobacco content, from whatever source and with any rating, by streaming strong anti-smoking and/or anti-vaping public service announcements, as appropriate, before all videos with tobacco content.
 
In 1998, Attorneys General across the nation fought to enter into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which imposed major restrictions on tobacco company marketing practices and prohibits advertising aimed at youth. This included banning the advertisement of tobacco products on TV shows, movies and other video content. Despite the ban, studies by the public health organization Truth Initiative found a high rate of tobacco content in streamed videos that are popular with young viewers. In particular, the study discovered high rates of tobacco usage in TV-Y and TV-PG shows. Further, a 2018 study found the streamed videos that are most popular with young viewers feature higher rates of tobacco content than programs shown on traditional television. A 2019 report by the Truth Initiative showed that the danger has only grown in the past year. 
 
Joining Attorney General Herring in sending the letter are the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Ladies of Antioch UMC Donate to VCU Health CMH Garland Birthing Center

Antioch UMW  Seated: Nannie Sue Dawson Standing (left to right): Susan Moseley, Shirley Hite, Barbara Callis, Anne Day, Nancy Turner, Dawn Bacon, Ginny Arthur  

The ladies of Antioch United Methodist Women (Lunenburg Charge) held a program, inviting Terry Wootten, Nurse Midwife, to come and speak about Maternal and Child Health. In conjunction with the informative and enlightening program, they had a Baby Shower for "Anybody's Baby" and invited members of their congregation to join in the cause. Many useful items were collected, including clothing, blankets, socks, diapers, Vitron-C iron supplements, Latch Assist, and more. These items benefit underprivileged babies and mothers at the Garland Birthing Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital. The employees and medical staff at the hospital are grateful for these donations and would also like to thank Providence United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church for their previous support.

Lynda Jennings King

 

9/24/1948 - 8/8/2019

Visitation Services

2 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

3 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

Lynda Jennings King, 70, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was the daughter of the late William and Mattie Jennings and also preceded in death by her son, Chris King. She is survived by her husband  Edward Marvin “Red” King; two sons, William King and wife Stacy and James Edward King and wife Lynette, daughter-in-law, Tabby Owen and husband John Michael; thirteen grandchildren, Sheree Coleman and husband Richard, Jesse King and loving companion Megan Burke, Mattie and Britt King, John Luke Owen, Austin, Stephen, and Chassity King, Jennifer Benton, Brittany Boland, Kathy Harvey, Ashley Musselman and Victoria Auton; seven great-grandchildren, Alia Wulf, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dunn, William Coleman, Addison and Dakota King and Zoe and Zane Auton; one sister, Marie Butler and husband Tommy, three brothers, Harold, Johnny and Butch Jennings.

Lynda adored children; A brilliant twinkle was evident in her eyes and her smile was infectious when she interacted with children. She was quick to get eye to eye with children and talk to them in a manner that put them at ease.  She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a devoted and loving grandmother who was always present.  She lives in their hearts and they will always remember her eyes full of infinite tenderness.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd, Skippers, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

SVHEC Welcomes New Community College Presidents

It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents. Dr. Jacqueline Gill-Powell, Danville Community College (DCC) and Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) took the helm of their respective institutions on July 1st. By virtue of their positions, they will each have a seat on the SVHEC’s Board of Trustees.

“We enjoyed a phenomenal day meeting and celebrating with our new Community College Presidents. Both presidents impressed me as sincere, down-to-earth, collaboratively-minded professionals who want to do what's best for students. I’m excited to work with them to strengthen our region,” said SVHEC Executive Director, Dr. Betty Adams.

Dr. Johnson stated, "We are excited about our partnership with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center! Many thanks to Dr. Adams, and the entire SVHEC Team, for the warm welcome and excellent tour provided during the recent reception in South Boston. We are looking forward to building a stronger partnership moving forward as we collaborate to better serve the workforce and educational needs of the Southside Virginia region."

The tour of SVHEC facilities provided Dr. Gill-Powell and Dr. Johnson with an opportunity to learn more about the SVHEC, their off-campus operations at the Center, and options for expanding the community colleges presence. A welcome reception provided community leaders and stakeholders with a chance to meet and introduce themselves to the new presidents.

“The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center provides a great opportunity for the people in Halifax County to receive a quality education at DCC and other institutions,” said Dr. Gill-Powell. “As I gain more understanding during my first year as president at DCC, I look forward to collaborating on future initiatives with SVHEC. Expanding on the key partnerships we have developed in South Boston and Halifax County to bring in-demand workforce training opportunities to the great people of Southern Virginia is something the three of us, Dr. Adams, Dr. Johnson, and myself do not take lightly and will make every effort to ensure the success of this new chapter together. I am humbled and honored to have been so warmly received by the community at the elaborate reception held on July 31st. I look forward to extending that same warmth and welcome to students, colleagues, and new industry partners as our regional economy continues its transformation.”

DCC and SVCC are founding partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, with a collaboration that dates back more than 30 years.  Today, the majority of students who attend classes at the Center are enrolled with one or both community colleges.

“The SVHEC can't be successful if our Community College Partners are not successful,” Adams stated. “I pledge that the SVHEC will do everything it can to support and complement the work of our Community Colleges, and to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Adams believes those future opportunities include:

  • Developing feeder programs from SVHEC technical programs to Community College Associate Degree programs;
  • Featuring Community College degrees in an upcoming marketing campaign;
  • Participating in the College & Career Readiness Initiative under the Halifax County Community Strategic Plan; and
  • Expanding the use of technology to livestream instruction from DCC & SVCC campuses to the SVHEC.

Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Winners

Kenneth Pitts, Auxiliary President; Mary Anne Carter, Auxiliary Member; Jessica Johnson, RN; Jennifer Weston, Acute Care Cardiac Monitor Tech; W. Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer; and Darlene Ferguson, Auxiliary Member.

The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary recognized the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund Winners Jessica Johnson, RN, and Jennifer Weston, Acute Care Cardiac Monitor Tech.

Applicants for the scholarship, funded by donations to the “Tree of Love,” had to pursue a degree or certification that would enhance the employee’s capabilities in a position at the hospital. Both Jessica and Jennifer were selected after the committee evaluated each applicant’s required essay on how “receiving the scholarship would enhance your life.”

As part of Jennifer’s essay, she revealed how an organ transplant saved her life.

“I would love the opportunity to be present when others receive this life saving gift and to help take care of them,” she said. Jennifer is in the RN program at Southside Virginia Community College.

Jessica Johnson stated how much the scholarship would help offset the cost of books and supplies in her continued education being “13 months away from the completion of my post masters certificate in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.” Jessica attends Maryville University online.

W. Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer and members of the Auxiliary were on hand to congratulate the winners and present the award.

Chester Rotary Presents Corn Hole Sets to Jackson-Feild

On a hot summer evening members of the Chester Rotary Club met with residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to present six corn hole sets. Members of the club constructed the sets and residents helped them with the final assembly. The club also donated bags for each set.

The construction of these sets was a labor of love headed by Rotarian Peter Adler and his Rotarian helpers. The Chester Rotary Club has constructed sets for our charities and causes in the past.

After the final assembly of the legs and the presentation of the sets to the children the Rotarians, children and staff sat down to an old fashioned ice cream social. Brownies and cookies were also a part of the fare. Nothing tastes as great as ice cream on a hot summer night.

The residents of Jackson-Feild are most grateful to the Chester Rotarians for constructing these sets which will give them hours of enjoyment in the future.

Our Future Health Care Providers

Career Scene Investigators - 1st row left to right: Abbie Long, Mary Katelyn Hite, Meredith Graham, Drew Jones, Claire Williams, Jayla Whitehead. 2nd row left to right: Hazel Willis, Education Manager and Camp Coordinator,  Kailey Smith, Alease Cleaton, Tristan Buchanan, Cassidy Smith, Lexi Weaver, Grace Howell, Yyetta Carter, Theresa Griles, RN Educator

Submitted by Hazel Willis, RN, BSN

CSI (Career Scene Investigators) returned to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, not to investigate crime scenes, but to explore the suspects of health care. VCU Health CMH offered a week camp to seventh and eighth graders from local middle schools July 29th thru August 2nd.  Thirteen students from Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, and Brunswick County Middle Schools participated in the camp. The focus of the camp was to give students an opportunity to learn about the many exciting careers available in health care. The camp offered a variety of activities that allowed the students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment.  The campers rotated through various departments getting hands on experience with simulated activities that health care professionals perform daily.         

The middle school years are the ideal time to introduce students to the various career opportunities in health care. It attributes to the selective science, math, and or English courses that they may include into their curriculum as they choose their classes throughout their high school years. By the end of the week some of the campers want to be doctors, nurses, and physical, speech or occupational therapists; while others want to become engineers, computer technologists or marine biologists.  We are excited that some of our campers from previous years chose health care careers; have graduated from college; and are currently employed here at VCU Health CMH as registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and exercise physiologists.   

VCU Health CMH is pleased that they can offer this excellent opportunity to area students to learn about the world of health care.  Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta participates and supports the camp each year with the provision of activities and a pizza lunch. Southside Virginia Rescue and VCU Health Med-Evac also participate in the activities for the campers. According to the students, it was a fun week and they learned what health care professionals do daily to help and provide care to others. 

We encourage other middle school students to apply to attend the CSI Camp next summer. The information and the application for the camp will be delivered to the local schools in the Spring of 2020 and it will also be available on VCU-CMH.org.

McEachin Announces “For the People” August District Work Period Events

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin has spent the past 200 days working to lower health care costs, protecting our environment, increasing paychecks by rebuilding American and restoring ethics and integrity in our government to deliver progress to the people of Virginia’s fourth congressional district. He will be holding events to discuss his vision for the country, give legislative updates, and hear directly from his constituents on what matters most to them. Congressman McEachin issued the following statement:

"After spending several months advocating and passing good policy For The People, I am very excited to be coming home with extended opportunity to meet with constituents,” saidCongressman A. Donald McEachin. “We have events planned all over the district - a town hall about gun violence in Petersburg with special guest, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, another town hall with Congressman Scott in Chesapeake and a town hall in Emporia about healthcare. I will also be doing several book drops at libraries in the district and I will also meet with constituents in Surry to discuss food deserts, an issue in which I have introduced bicameral legislation with Senator Warner.

“I plan to be all over the district to hear the concerns of my constituents and share information about the first seven months of this Congress. It will be a busy time and I look forward to being out around the district for an extended period.”

August 7th at 6:30pm: Emporia Health Care Town Hall in cooperation with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, City of Emporia, and local health care experts City Council Chambers;Municipal Building,  201 S. Main St. Emporia, VA 23847

SVCC Grad’s Cool Job Is A Family Tradition

By Meredith Feinman, SVCC Intern

Whitney Hawkins' job is cool because she followed in her parents’ footsteps by becoming a school teacher.  She grew up in Alberta, Virginia and attended Nottoway High School and the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia at the same time. 

Whitney said, “I chose to attend the governor's school while in high school because I wanted a head start when it was time for me to graduate and attend a university. Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)  allowed me to get a feel for college-level coursework while also allowing me to prepare myself to be successful for life after high school.” 

Since graduating from high school and SVCC with an Associate degree in General Studies, Whitney transferred to James Madison University where she majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching the following year. She now teaches kindergarten in Brunswick County Public Schools and was recently named Teacher of the Year for both her school, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, and the entire county. 

Her dad, Crawley Hawkins, teaches at Red Oak-Sturgeon and has been a teacher for 25 years and her mother, Priscilla, retired after 30 years in the classroom.  

Outside of teaching, Whitney runs a program called “Bike and Read”. In this program, students are provided with the opportunity to enjoy bike rides on a local trail, have lunch, and read books throughout the year. She also recently hosted an event called “The Mommy and Me Brunch,” where she celebrated all mothers do for their daughters and recognized key mothers from the local area. 

In the future, Whitney says she plans on “pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership with hopes of becoming a principal. I also would like to work on getting my summer Bike and Read program to be an official nonprofit organization.” Whitney also said, “Many people dream of moving far from home and establishing themselves, but I truly love making an impact here in my hometown.”

Looking back on her experience at SVCC, Whitney had these thoughts: “My time at SVCC was challenging but so well worth it. I was able to experience college-level course work while still in high school in a more personal setting, and I encountered some of the best professors such as Dr. Joyce Hurt, Mrs. Celeste Paynter, and many more. I also made lifelong friends who I am still in contact with to this day. I continue to rave about the wonderful experience I had while attending SVCC for governor's school, and recommend all high school students to look into it and apply if the opportunity arises for them.”

She is proof that you don’t have to land far from home to have a very rewarding and cool career!!

5 Ways to Use Social Security Online

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

Social Security is here for you, not just when you need us financially, but when you need accurate information about our programs, retirement, and more. There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right information.

By using www.socialsecurity.gov, you know that what you’re reading and watching is approved by our experts and specifically created for you. Here are five of our resources that can offer you invaluable information.

Want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social Security Matters is our blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov. From there, you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos.

Our online calculators, such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life Expectancy Calculator, and the Early or Late Retirement Calculator, can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/calculators.

Have you lost or misplaced your Social Security card? Find out how to get a new, replacement, or corrected card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. In fact, you may be able to quickly request a replacement card online with a my Social Security account, if you meet certain qualifications, at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Verify your annual earnings and review estimates of your future Social Security benefits when you access your Social Security Statement, one of the many services available with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Do you have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? How do you apply for Social Security retirement benefits? What is your full retirement age? Discover the answers to your Social Security related questions at our Frequently Asked Questions page at www.socialsecurity.gov/faq.

With so many services available online, Social Security is here for you when your schedule allows. And we’re the authority for Social Security program and benefits information. Be sure to tell friends and family about all the business they can do with us from the comfort of their home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov.

SVCC STEM Camp Students Launch Rocket Replicas of Apollo 11

Students work at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center on rockets at a STEM Camp offered through Southside Virginia Community College.  The Saturn V replicas of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon were successfully launched after being constructed by the students.  The camp was designed as a commemoration of the actual trip to the moon undertaken by Americans 50 years ago. 

During July of 2019, Associate Professor Brent Richey from Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) led a group of  Mecklenburg County students through a space camp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew completed the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy eight years prior: to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Held in South Hill’s Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, this camp was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The students spent two days creating four feet tall replicas (1/100 scale) of the Saturn V rocket that launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,  and Michael Collins into space.

On the third day of the camp, which was the actual date of the moon landing 50 years ago, the students got to see if their rockets would successfully launch. There were many excited spectators present at Parker Park to view launching of the model rockets including the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department who were there as a precaution. The spectators watched in wonder as all 20 rockets built by these young scientists launched as planned. 

Richey said, “The students had to commit to all four days of the camp, or not at all since there was no way to "catch up" if someone missed a day.  Also, the construction of the rockets is tedious but rewarding and there is no cost to participants.”  

He noted that the rocket kits are very detailed and the finished product makes a great display once finished properly.  

“Everyone got to keep his/her rocket after the launch, provided it survived,” he said.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING SECURES $6 MILLION FROM CISCO SYSTEMS IN MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT

~ Virginia to receive $546,000 as its part of the settlement ~

RICHMOND (August 1, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in settling a multistate lawsuit against Cisco Systems, Inc. concerning security surveillance system software sold to Virginia, a collection of other states, and the federal government. A whistleblower came forward under the federal False Claims Act to assert that Cisco’s software had major flaws rendering the system vulnerable to hackers, and that despite learning of the exposure, Cisco failed to report or remedy this security flaw for several years. Virginia will receive approximately $546,000 of the total settlement payment.

“It is inexcusable that Cisco was aware of the security flaws in its software for years, yet failed to do anything about it,” said Attorney General Herring.“These security flaws opened our surveillance systems up to hackers and could have put Virginians at risk. My team and I will continue to hold manufacturers accountable and make sure they know that they must report and repair any flaws that they find or they will have to deal with the consequences.”

In 2009, according to the action, Cisco discovered security flaws in a software product designed to control security camera systems sold to Virginia, multiple other states, and the federal government, but the company failed to report or remedy these flaws until 2013, and only after commencement of the investigation of the action.

The now-discontinued software contained flaws that would permit unauthorized access to the system, with the potential to control and otherwise manipulate security cameras and the recorded footage. 

The investigation began after parties involved in the settlement received information from a former Cisco employee who came forward as a whistleblower and filed an action under the federal False Claims Act and whistleblower acts of the multiple states involved. The joint investigation uncovered no evidence that a hack or any unauthorized access of security surveillance systems ever took place.

The $6 million fine will be distributed among the plaintiff states, with a share for the whistleblower. The Virginia False Claims Act allows private persons to file civil actions on behalf of the government, and to share in any recovery.

Attorney General Herring and his team conducted this investigation in coordination with the States of California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.

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