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June 2019

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Breanna Williams – Success Story

 

Breanna Williams of Nottoway County recently obtained her GED® certificate through Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC), but the road to her goal was not always easy. Breanna left high school before graduating due to a lack of support and feeling incomplete. She gained experience in the workforce being a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and working for Amazon for a short time.

 

 

 

Lacking a sense of direction and with self-doubt keeping her from completing her GED®, she realized she needed to clear everything away that was not important, focus on the present, and control what she could to shape herself into a better person. Shortly thereafter, she began working towards completing the equivalency diploma.

 

 

 

When asked to talk about her experiences with the Adult Education/GED® preparation classes, Breanna stated, “I actually loved this class because I had more than just support; I had love also. My instructor was my English teacher from high school, (Mrs. Hickman) and she played a huge part in my whole experience in the program. She kept reminding me of how far I’ve actually come, and that will stick with me and be in my heart forever!”

 

 

 

Now that Breanna has her GED®, many doors have opened, and she is excited about the future.  She plans to enroll in SVCC’s Truck Driver Training program and earn her Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

 

 

 

She stated, “Either way it goes from now on, I will always do anything that comes from the heart and not because I want a paycheck. Love will keep you young, and I want my career based solely on helping the homeless, donating to charities, keeping babies and children as healthy as possible, and making people’s dreams come true! More like an activist all while driving a truck.”

 

 

 

Breanna explained that the process of completing her new high school-level education impacted her relationship with her son. “Coming to class at first was pretty decent; I had a little help. But every day I left home to come to class my desire to graduate grew a little bit more. My son made me start to view myself in different lights, and I started to ask myself personal questions like: “Is this what I really want to keep doing in life? Is this what I want my son to learn about me? Is this what I really want to pass down to my son? Is it possible to go higher than the normal person that graduates?”

 

 

 

Breanna has advice for today’s teenagers who may be thinking of leaving high school: “Do you want to win or do you want to WIN WIN?! There is a huge difference between the two. Do you want to get hired, or do you want to be the one doing the hiring and owning your own business? You need a degree or a GED® for good jobs. No more settling for less!”

 

 

 

Breanna also had advice for adults returning to the classroom also. 

 

 

 

She said,  “Since we all are grown, always keep your mind clear and sure of what you want out of life. No need to hesitate on it anymore, just go! Take that risk you were always dying to take. What can honestly happen when you aim higher than your comfort zone?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SVCC offers FREE GED classes throughout 10 different counties at many convenient locations. Please contact Lois Hicks at 434-736-2048 for more information.

 

Welding by SVCC Offered at Emporia Site

Southside Virginia Community College will be offering a Welding Certification Training Program August 5 through December 19, 2019. The program will be held at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

The program curriculum provides both hands-on training and a detailed knowledge based in the most prevalent welding and cutting processes used in industry today. Students will become proficient with metalworking tools used in manufacturing and fabrication, learn to read technical drawings, develop basic hand drafting skills, and train for welding certification tests in structural plate and pressure pipe. The welding certificate program provides a firm foundation of skills students will be able to build their career upon.

Financial assistance may be available and often,  our graduates earn the cost of the program within 4-10 weeks of graduating. Quite a few companies in Southside Virginia hire workers that weld.  Welders are needed in the fields of construction, manufacturing, timber, agriculture, industrial maintenance, motorsports and transportation. If you are willing to travel, there are even more opportunities and higher pay.

SVCC is a great option in Southside Virginia for welder training. We have state of the art facilities, excellent instructors, free certifications, and low tuition. 

 For more information, visit southside.edu, contact courtney.starke@southside.edu, or call (434)-949-6614.

Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling

November 26, 1951 - July 05, 2019

Visitation Services

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Monday, July 8, 2019, 2:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling, 67, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 5, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:1.)

Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara; son Zachary (Heather); daughter, Teresa (Mike) along with his grandchildren, Kenny, Mikey, and Katie. He is also survived by brothers, Bob (Debbie), and Tim along with the extended Putnam family and his loving nieces and nephews.

Steve retired from Dominion Power to enjoy time with family and friends on the farm and at Lake Gaston. He was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Jarratt.

His journey in this life is over, but he has been an inspiration and entertainer to all he met. The family would like to thank all of the care providers throughout this journey – you were his inspiration.

The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 8. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 BlueStar Hwy., Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

SVCC Hosting New Student Orientation in July!!

All new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer at Southside Virginia Community College! New Student Orientation will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 200 Daniel Rd. Keysville, VA and on the Alberta Campus of SVCC(109 Campus Drive, Albert, VA)on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Registration will start at 9:00am in the Workforce Development Building. Please wear comfortable shoes. Parents and/or mentors are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is not required. While at NSO, you can finish your admission process, learn more about SVCC services, win door prizes, and meet SVCC staff. Plan now to attend.  For more information, contact Le’Tina Giles at letina.giles@southside.eduor 434-736-2023.
 

Beware of People Pretending to be From Social Security

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

Social Security is committed to protecting your personal information. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or internet. If you receive a call and aren’t expecting one, you must be extra careful. You can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and — if you do need more clarification — contact the official phone number of the business or agency that the caller claims to represent. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who called you.

There’s a scam going around right now. You might receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security or another agency. Calls can even display 1-800-772-1213, Social Security’s national customer service number, as the incoming number on your caller ID. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your SSN, on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

Callers sometimes state that your SSN is at risk of being deactivated or deleted. The caller then asks you to call a phone number to resolve the issue. People should be aware that the scheme’s details may vary; however, you should avoid engaging with the caller or calling the number provided, as the caller might attempt to acquire personal information.

Social Security employees occasionally contact people by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a very few special situations, such as when you have business pending with us, will a Social Security employee request that the person confirm personal information over the phone.

Social Security employees will never threaten you or promise a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, please report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

You can also share our new “SSA Phone Scam Alert” video at http://bit.ly/2VKJ8SG

Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission. You work hard and make a conscious effort to save and plan for retirement. Scammers try to stay a step ahead of us, but with an informed public and your help, we can stop these criminals before they cause serious financial damage.

WARNER & HAWLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO FORCE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE HOW THEY ARE MONETIZING USER DATA

~ Bipartisan legislation would improve transparency, allow users to understand exactly what data is being collected for profit ~

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) will introduce the Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden Oversight And Regulations on Data (DASHBOARD) Act, bipartisan legislation that will require data harvesting companies such as social media platforms to tell consumers and financial regulators exactly what data they are collecting from consumers, and how it is being leveraged by the platform for profit.

“For years, social media companies have told consumers that their products are free to the user. But that’s not true – you are paying with your data instead of your wallet,” said Sen. Warner. “But the overall lack of transparency and disclosure in this market have made it impossible for users to know what they’re giving up, who else their data is being shared with, or what it’s worth to the platform. Our bipartisan bill will allow consumers to understand the true value of the data they are providing to the platforms, which will encourage competition and allow antitrust enforcers to identify potentially anticompetitive practices.”

“When a big tech company says its product is free, consumers are the ones being sold. These 'free' products track everything we do so tech companies can sell our information to the highest bidder and use it to target us with creepy ads,” said Sen. Hawley. “Even worse, tech companies do their best to hide how much consumer data is worth and to whom it is sold. This bipartisan legislation gives consumers control of their data and will show them how much these 'free' services actually cost.”

As user data increasingly represents one of the most valuable, albeit intangible, assets held by technology firms, shining light on how this data is collected, retained, monetized, and protected, is critical. The DASHBOARD Act will:

  • Require commercial data operators (defined as services with over 100 million monthly active users) to disclose types of data collected as well as regularly provide their users with an assessment of the value of that data.
  • Require commercial data operators to file an annual report on the aggregate value of user data they’ve collected, as well as contracts with third parties involving data collection.
  • Require commercial data operators to allow users to delete all, or individual fields, of data collected – and disclose to users all the ways in which their data is being used. including any uses not directly related to the online service for which the data was originally collected.
  • Empower the SEC to develop methodologies for calculating data value, while encouraging the agency to facilitate flexibility to enable businesses to adopt methodologies that reflect the different uses, sectors, and business models.

The DASHBOARD Act is the second tech-focused bill Hawley and Warner have partnered on. The first was Hawley’s Do Not Track Act, which would be modeled after the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Do Not Call” list and allow users to opt out of non-essential data collection.

 A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here. Bill text is available here.

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How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help

Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions that affect oral motor skills, swallowing, and speech and language abilities. The speech therapists at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) work closely with neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and other specialists to treat a variety of conditions. Voice therapy is personalized to each individual through techniques for improving vocal care and hygiene as well as training strategies and exercises for improved vocal quality.

Concerns regarding voice problems should first be evaluated by an ENT doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist. Referral to a speech-language pathologist should be made for voice therapy when appropriate. Speech therapy helps regain speech loss due to diseases that affect the voice or following treatment for certain diseases such as cancer.

Who Might Need Treatment?

  • Individuals with chronic reflux
  • Individuals with phonotrauma/laryngeal trauma
  • Individuals with vocal abuse/misuse behaviors
  • Individuals with neurological disease (Parkinson’s)
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
  • Following laryngeal cancer treatment
  • Smokers
  • Individuals with difficulties swallowing or communicating

“Speech therapists at SVRMC are experienced in helping patients with short-term and long-term memory disorders. They work with patients who are struggling with impaired memory and having difficulty finding words,” says Richard M. Alexander, PT, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at SVRMC.

According to the American Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Association, cognitive-communication disorders often happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or dementia. Consult your doctor if you notice a sudden change in you or someone you know in cognitive communication including:

Symptoms

  • Difficulty organizing thoughts
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty planning
  • Difficulty problem solving

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center offers speech pathology services for all ages, from children to seniors. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (434) 348-4871.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF RECOVERED FUNDS TO CANCER CENTERS AFTER LANDMARK LAWSUIT AGAINST SHAM CANCER CHARITIES

~ $2.5 million to be distributed across the nation to cancer centers eligible to apply such as those at Virginia Commonwealth University or the University of Virginia; the Virginia Office of the Attorney General served on the Executive Committee for this multistate lawsuit ~

RICHMOND (June 20, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that $2.5 million will be distributed to cancer centers across the country as a result of a multistate lawsuit brought against sham cancer charities. The $2.5 million was recovered through settlements of a landmark lawsuit that Attorney General Herring filed along with all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against four affiliated sham charities – Cancer Fund of America, Inc., The Breast Cancer Society, Inc., Cancer Support Services, Inc., and Children’s Cancer Fund of America – and their founder James Reynolds, Sr. and other individuals. Additionally, the people responsible for fronting the sham charities have been banned from any charity or fundraising activities for the rest of their lives. This was one of the largest charity fraud actions ever brought by enforcers and the Virginia Office of Attorney General has served on the Executive Committee for this multistate action. 

“False charities that solicit funds from folks who want to help cancer patients are disgraceful and need to be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I am glad that we were able to shut down these fraudulent operations and recover money that will now actually go towards helping cancer patients as the donors intended. This unprecedented case should serve as a strong warning to those would take advantage of Virginians’ generosity and I want to thank my team for their hard work and cooperation with our law enforcement partners.”

The distribution of funds marks the conclusion of the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in May 2015. The suit was the first time that all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the FTC joined together to shut down sham charities.

The complaint alleged that the so-called charities, led by Reynolds and his family members, bilked the public out of more than $187 million dollars between 2008 and 2012. The defendants used telemarketing calls, direct mail, and websites to portray themselves as legitimate charities with substantial programs that provided direct support to cancer patients in the United States, such as providing patients with pain medication, transportation to chemotherapy, and hospice care. But these claims were deceptive and, as alleged in the complaint, the charities “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation, with none of the financial and governance controls that any bona fide charity would have adopted.” Of the money collected, only about 3% was directed to cancer patients in the United States and most of it was either paid to professional fundraisers or squandered by the defendants. 

Cancer Fund of America also claimed to supply patients with pain medications and transportation to chemotherapy treatments, when it provided no such services. The charities also participated in a “gift-in-kind” program in which they sent drugs that had nothing to do with cancer to other countries. The complaint alleged that the purpose of this program was to make the organizations appear larger than they were and to hide their high fundraising costs.

The complaint also alleged that the defendants used the organizations for lucrative employment for family members and friends, and spent consumer donations on cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships.

The money will be transferred to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) who, under a services agreement with the plaintiffs, will distribute the funds to select health and medical programs targeting breast and pediatric cancer. Eligibility will be determined through an invitation-only application process, and is limited to NCI-designated Cancer Care Centers, a designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute on institutions and programs recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research. RPA CEO Melissa Berman noted, “We are pleased to be part of this landmark process of ensuring that the philanthropic intent of donors is coming to fruition, despite the conduct of bad actors.” RPA will ensure that the funding will serve patients in all 50 states, and will monitor, ensure compliance and provide detailed reporting for all grants awarded.

As NCI-designated Cancer Centers, both Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia Cancer Center will be eligible to apply for funds.

Overall, Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section has recovered more than $301 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators. The Section has transferred more than $33 million to the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and following a major reorganization and enhancement in 2016 the Section has been even more effective in fighting for Virginia consumers.

Before giving to a charity, remember these tips:

  • Give to charities you know and trust

  • Watch out for groups with names that sound like other well-known, reputable charities

  • Don't give to someone pressuring you to make a quick donation or requiring that you give cash or wire money

  • Ask for detailed information about programs and services in writing

  • Find out how much of your donation will go to the charity's programs and services

  • Check if the charity and its fundraiser are registered with the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - (804) 786-1343 orhttp://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/food-charitable-solicitation.shtml

 

Earlene Pearson Grizzard

March 20, 1925 - June 20, 2019

Graveside Services

Monday, June 24, 2019
11:00 AM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Rd
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Earlene Pearson Grizzard, 94, of Emporia, widow of Frank E. Grizzard, Sr., departed this life Thursday, June 20, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Pearl S. Pearson and was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Pearson, and four sisters, Ella Cannon, Lucille Waters, Vera Lee Grizzard, and Shirley Skinner.

Mrs. Grizzard was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Frank E. Grizzard, Jr. (Sydnee), Tracy Lane Grizzard (Toni) and William D. Grizzard (Tom); nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Amelia Clyde Lotts; sisters-in-law, Peggy Pearson, Polly Proctor, Willie Mae Harris, Barbara Barlow, Alease Braswell, and Diane Smith; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Meherrin Regional Library Independence Day Schedule

Both libraries in of the Meherrin Regional Library System - The Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville and The Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia will be closed Thursday, July 4th through Saturday, July 6th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The libraries will reopen Monday, July 8th at 10:00 am. For more information please call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 (Lawrenceville) or 434-634-2539 (Emporia). To keep up to date with library news follow on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

"Up, Up and Away"

It would be nice to be a Senator or Congressman
if only for one day
just to hop on their new super jet
and go to some special hide-a-way.
 
Yes we put these people in office
after they said they'd look out for us
well they are up there flying
while we're waiting for the bus.
 
Its not just you, but also me
these politicians so impress
yet it seems after each election
we get in a greater mess.
 
Why not a probationary period
like most people have on their jobs
perhaps this would make it a little harder
to get friendly with the capital fobs.
 
What they do on their own we do not know
and what they do for us; it's much later we find
now you may not agree, but in time you shall see
my assessment of them has been too kind.
 
Yes start them all at a minimum wage
and let them earn their keep
I'm sure the Government debt would go down
while you and I are asleep.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

Understanding Social Security Benefits

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

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, whether at the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the onset of a disability, or the transition from work to retirement. For more than 80 years, our programs have contributed to the financial security of the elderly and the disabled. Social Security replaces a percentage of a worker’s pre-retirement income based on their lifetime earnings. The amount of your average wages that Social Security retirement benefits replaces varies depending on your earnings and when you choose to start benefits. If you start benefits after full retirement age, these percentages are higher. If you start benefits earlier, these percentages are lower. Most financial advisers say you will need about 70 percent of pre-retirement income to live comfortably in retirement, including your Social Security benefits, investments, and personal savings.

You can learn more about retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement. Our resources and publications are easy to share with people you think might need the information.

Many people think of Social Security as just a retirement program. And it’s true that most of the people receiving benefits are retired, but others receive benefits because they’re:

  • Individuals with disabilities;
  • A spouse or child of someone who receives benefits;
  • A divorced spouse of someone getting or eligible for Social Security;
  • The spouse or child of a worker who died;
  • A divorced spouse of a worker who died; or
  • The dependent parent of a worker who died.

If you can’t work because of a physical or mental condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Our disability rules are different from private or other government agency programs. Qualifying for disability from another agency or program doesn’t mean you will be eligible for disability benefits from us. Having a statement from your doctor saying you’re disabled doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

. We’ve made learning about our disability programs very easy at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/disability.

   Please share these resources with friends and family who might need them.

Log Truck Accident Blocks Traffic

A truck carrying logs lost it's payload on South Main Street at the intersection with Brink Road in the City of Emporia on Tuesday. Luckilly, no injuries were reported.

Tyler Rae Congratulated by Mayor and City Council on Earning Eagle Scout Honor

Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America is a vital force in the development of our youth through its many programs which encourage the ability of its members to do things for themselves and especially for others; and

Whereas, Tyler Rae is a member of Troop 232 and has not only proven himself to be an outstanding member of the Boy Scouts of American, but has attained the highest honor bestowed on a Scout – the Eagle Scout Award; and

Whereas, one of the major objectives in the Scouting program is to develop citizenship through community involvement and in addition to working for citizenship merit badges, Scouts are encouraged to participate in community service projects; and

Whereas, for his Eagle Scout project Tyler coordinated the renovation of the current flag pole located at the Emporia City Veteran’s Park; and

Whereas, the Eagle Scout Award is a distinction that will follow him throughout life and will be a beacon to others of the leadership quality and commitment this young man has shown; and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that I, Mary L. Person, Mayor and the Council of the City of Emporia, Virginia hereby congratulate Tyler Rae for his many accomplishments and especially recognize him for earning the distinguished rank of contributions and wish him much success in all of his future endeavors.

Done this 18th day of June 2019.

Boozman-Warner Legislation Aims to Expand Outreach, Create Measurement Tool to Improve Effectiveness in Fight Against Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation to improve coordination of veteran mental health and suicide prevention services and to better measure the effectiveness of these programs in order to reduce the alarming number of veteran suicides.

The IMPROVE (Incorporating Measurements and Providing Resources for Outreach to Veterans Everywhere) Wellbeing for Veterans Act creates a new grant program to enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct additional outreach through veteran-serving non-profits in addition to state and local organizations.

“Congress has provided significant resources to the VA to decrease veteran suicides, yet the number of veterans who take their own lives everyday remains unchanged,” Boozman said. “We all share the goal of saving the lives of veterans. We must have better coordination of existing programs; a common tool to measure the effectiveness of our programs; and better information sharing, data collection and continual feedback in order to identify what services are having the most impact. Creating a framework for these necessary pieces is essential to empowering organizations to work together in the fight against veteran suicide.” 

“Of the 20 veterans who commit suicide every day in this country, roughly 14 of them don’t receive treatment from the VA,” said Warner. “This legislation will target that group by providing grant funding to private organizations with a proven track record of strong mental health and suicide prevention efforts among veterans. It’s my hope that broad coordination between the VA, state veterans affairs departments, first responders, and local leaders, will allow us to support more at-risk veterans and make a meaningful impact on reducing veteran suicide rates in this country.”

In Fiscal Year 2010, the VA requested $62 million for suicide prevention outreach. In Fiscal Year 2020, that number nearly quadrupled to $222 million. Despite the sharp increase in funding, the rate of veterans suicides has remained roughly unchanged at 20 per day. Only six of those 20 veterans are receiving healthcare services at the VA. This points to a significant need to empower the VA to work through community partners to expand outreach. At the same time, national data indicates there are more than 50,000 organizations that provide suicide prevention services for veterans, yet they are hard for veterans to find, access, apply for and use.

To date, policy makers have assessed capacity and access to services as a measurement for effectiveness. Despite significant capacity increases, the rate of veterans suicides remains the same. There are no shared tools to measure the effectiveness of programming at improving mental resiliency and outlook, which would be indicators of reduced suicide risk.

To address these programmatic gaps, the IMPROVE Wellbeing for Veterans Act will accomplish three broad objectives:

  • Enable the VA to directly or indirectly reach more veterans than it currently does.
  • Increase coordination among currently disparate community resources that serve a wide variety of veteran needs – all of which play a part in reducing the purposelessness that ends in suicide.
  • Create and inspire broad adoption of a measurement tool that will indicate effectiveness of services provided for veterans suicide prevention.

Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are original cosponsors of the legislation.

SVRMC Celebrates Men’s Health Month

Emporia, VA – To celebrate Men’s Health Month, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) along with Men’s Health Network, the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, and hundreds of other local and national organizations will be focusing on men’s health awareness.

The goal: Educate the public about the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys, and empower them and their loved ones to move towards a healthier, happier life. Men die five years younger than women, on average, and die at higher rates for nine of the Top Ten causes of death. Men are the majority of workplace injuries, less likely to be insured, and far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care. All of this impacts their ability to be an involved father, supportive husband, and engaged member of their community.

“We recommend men complete an annual physical with their primary care provider to ensure they are in their best health,” says Spencer Feldmann, Jr., M.D. “It is important to make sure they are getting age-appropriate screenings.”

“This year continues to be a pivotal one for men’s health—new guidance on prostate cancer screenings and the declining mortality rates for large groups of men means awareness and education is paramount,” says Ana Fadich, Vice President at Men’s Health Network.

You can find more information on a variety of health issues at the Men’s Health Resource Center: www.MensHealthResourceCenter. Visit SouthsidePhysicians.com to make an appointment with a primary care provider or call (434) 348-4680 and health profiles of men and boys in each state can be founstateshealth.com.

McEachin & Olson Lead Bipartisan Bill Cracking Down on Robocall Violators

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a bipartisan group of House members led by Congressman A. Donald (D-VA) McEachin and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General. This would strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls.

The bill was introduced by Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX), with original co-sponsors Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), Congresswoman Susan Brooks(R-IN), Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN).

“Robocalls can be a nuisance or even predatory,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin.“This bill will allow for greater transparency and oversight over the enforcement of robocaller infractions which is desperately needed at a time when robocalls are on the rise. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan legislation that will help protect Virginians and all Americans from these unwanted calls.”  

"The constant interruption from unwanted and illegal robocalls disrupt and aggravate all Americans," said Congressman Olson. “The Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act will provide important information to the Department of Justice, so they can fully prosecute criminals who engage in deceptive and illegal robocall practices. I'm proud to work on this bipartisan issue to help Texans hang up on harassing robocalls. I thank my colleagues for helping on this critical issue and hope we can pass it on the floor soon.”

“These robocalls aren’t just annoying, they’re a tool for fraud aimed at members in our community and they must be stopped,” said Congressman Kim. “I’m proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to bring this solution to the table. I look forward to working together to get this passed into law and give New Jersey residents the relief from this predatory behavior they deserve.”

Robocalls are disruptive and often prey on our communities’ most vulnerable populations in hopes to capitalize off of their private and personal information,” said Congresswoman Brooks.“With these kinds of scams on the rise, we must do more to protect consumers by ensuring those who violate the law are prosecuted. The Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act is a bipartisan bill we can all support that works to diminish the dangerous telemarketing scams Hoosiers and people across the country face daily by better providing law enforcement the information they need in order to put a stop to fraudulent robocalls.”

“Upstate New Yorkers are fed up with intrusive and unwanted robocalls,” said Congressman Brindisi. “These calls aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and can scam hard-working Americans out of time and money. I'm proud to support the bipartisan Locking Up Robocallers Act to make sure law enforcement officials have the information they need to put an end to these scam calls and financial frauds”

“I have heard from countless people throughout West Tennessee who are tired of the endless stream of harassing robocalls,” said Congressman Kustoff. ““Robocalls are illegal, abusive, dangerous and anyone with a phone can fall victim to them. I look forward to getting this bipartisan legislation passed into law and finally put an end to these scams.”

According to the FCC, they receive over 200,000 complaints a year from residents receiving predatory robocalls. Another FCC report shows that an estimated 26.3 billion robocalls were made to mobile phones and more than 47 billion were made in total to phones in the U.S. in 2018.

“Every day, Americans’ phones are flooded with unwanted robocalls, often originating from scammers,” said NCTA, the internet and television association who has endorsed the legislation. “Both the Locking Up Illegal Robocallers Act and the Ending One-Ring Scams Act take important actions to alleviate illegal robocalls and keep consumers safe from harmful schemes. While combatting robocalls is a complex challenge, we look forward to working with House members on passage of these two pieces of legislation.”

The full text of the bill can be found by clicking here.

Mother/Son Graduate from SVCC

Mother and son team, Amy Sloan(Left) and JaReese Arrington (Right) are proud graduates and shown being congratulated by Dr. Al Roberts, President of Southside Virginia Community College on May 11, 2019 during the annual commencement ceremony.  

By Meredith Feinman

Every graduate is unique; however, Amy Sloan and JaReese Arrington truly stood out on May 11, 2019, when mother and son graduated from Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From Emporia, Virginia, they attended Greensville County High School where Sloan graduated in 1997 and Arrington graduated in June 2019.

Sloan’s journey to her diploma was far from easy. She began taking classes at SVCC in 2004 after being recruited by Dr. Al Roberts who is currently the president.   Between raising three children and working full-time, life just got in the way of taking classes. In 2015, Dr. Roberts urged Sloan to return to Southside to finish her degree. Life was not any less hectic for Sloan as it was in 2004. She was still working full-time, raising her family, and would soon be a caretaker for her mother. With the help of her son, JaReese, Sloan returned to Southside in 2015 to complete her degree.

JaReese’s path to his degree began in high school. His guidance counselor pushed him to take advantage of the great opportunity SVCC provides to high school students. By taking dual enrollment classes at his high school, while also working, playing sports, and teaching dance classes, JaReese was able to complete his associate degree before his high school graduation.

Both Amy and JaReese say that their most meaningful experiences at SVCC came from the people they met. Dr. Roberts, Erica Andrews, Kayla Green, and Kathryn Slagle are a few of the people that helped this mother and son on their journey. Dr. Dianne Edmonds also played a vital role in their success as she not only taught both these graduates, but counseled them after the passing of Sloan’s mother and kept her from leaving college in her time of grief.

After completing her associate degree in Human Services, Amy plans on continuing to work full time and attend Old Dominion University in the fall to study sociology. She wants to work improving the lives of others by teaching and mentoring, just as Dr. Edmonds did for her. After completing his associate degree of Arts and Sciences, General Studies, JaReese plans on attending Virginia Commonwealth University to major in dance, possibly with another major in social work. He has been dancing since the age of seven, choreographing since he was 10, and dreams of showing people how dance can be a powerful counseling tool.

When asked if they had any advice for future SVCC students, JaReese said, “SVCC makes everything worth your while. They are always there to work with you, and they give you the chance to succeed.” Amy replied, “Adults and parents, SVCC gives you the opportunity to keep your current life and still succeed. They help you get to the next level; they open every door to you.”

STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK R. HERRING ON SUPREME COURT WIN IN REDISTRICTING CASE

~ Court agrees with Attorney General Herring that the House of Delegates lacked standing ~

RICHMOND (June 17, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the statement below following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill. The Court agreed with Attorney General Herring that “the House lacks standing, either to represent the State’s interests or in its own right” and dismissed House Republicans attempt to protect racially gerrymandered districts:

“This is a big win for democracy in Virginia. It’s unfortunate that House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts, but the good news is that this fall’s elections will take place in constitutionally drawn districts. I’m really proud of the work my team and I did to protect the new, constitutional districts, and to protect the voting rights of all Virginians.”

Writing for the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “In short, the State of Virginia would rather stop than fight on. One House of its bicameral legislature cannot alone continue the litigation against the will of its partners in the legislative process.”

In June 2018, a three-judge panel found that eleven House of Delegates districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. In July 2018, Attorney General Herring announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia would not appeal the decision, citing the seriousness of the constitutional violation, the low likelihood of success, and the considerable time and more than $4.5 million in taxpayer money spent by House Republicans to defend racially gerrymandered districts.

Eight Students Graduate from Jackson-Feild

Eight students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild received either their high school diploma or GED certificate on June 7. 

Mr. Johnnie McKeller, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony which was held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Seven scholarships and two book awards were given to students to help with college, nursing school, or trade school expenses. The funds for these scholarships were donated by loyal supporters of Jackson-Feild.

The Rev. Johnnie Worrell, pastor of Grace Commission Outreach Baptist Church in Franklin     provided the commencement address. Rev. Worrell is a retired New York City police officer. He message of life choices and their consequences was well received by the graduates and Gwaltney students.

One graduate spoke about her experience at Jackson-Feild and at the Gwaltney School. She expressed thanks for the help and assistance she received while in treatment and shared her plans to attend nursing school in the fall.

Each graduate was presented with a class ring given an anonymous donor. Young ladies were given a dozen roses, and young men a wallet. In addition, cash gifts were given from two anonymous donors and the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the food service staff of Jackson-Feild.

Since its opening in 1994, 185 students have graduated from The Gwaltney School.

Dr. Walker Receives Honarary Degree

Dr. Kenneth Garren, President of the University, Dr. Thomas Walker and Sally Selden, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Thomas Walker, MD, received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Lynchburg during the University's recent Baccalaureate Service.

The citation he received read as follows:

"Dr. Thomas A. Walker, '53, paired his work as a physician with philanthropy and service to the community for more than 55 years. He earned his biology degree with a chemistry minor at Lynchburg College in 1953 and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1957.

He practiced medicine in Stony Creek, Virginia, for seven years before settling in Emporia, Virginia. When he retired in 2012 he still had patients whom he had served in his first year of practice.

He met his wife, Barbara Jones Walker, when they were both Lynchburg College students. All three of their children pursued careers in health care. They started the Susan Lynn Walker Scholarship Fund in honor of their daughter, a member of the first Lynchburg College nursing class.

Dr. Walker served on the Lynchburg College Board of Overseers for 10 years before joining the Board of Trustees in 1995. As a trustee he served on the Advancement and Educational Programs Committees. He retired from the board in 2018.

He and Barbara have been generous as well. In addition to several capital campaigns they supported the creation of the Walker Human Performance Libratory, an integral component of the University's Exercise Physiology Program.

In recognition to the service he has rendered to his alma mater, his patients, and his community, the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees is pleased to confer upon Dr, Thomas A. Walker the degree of Doctor of Science."

Summer Reading is Fun for the Family

The Meherrin Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program features events and movies that are sure to delight children of all ages. Monday Movies begin June 24th, with events beginning Thursday, June 27th.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” All events will be held at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville at 10:30 AM and at the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia at 2:00 PM.

Uncle Henry and his animals will present “The Wild Side of the Alphabet” on June 27th for our first event. On July 11th, ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone and his “ventriloquppets” will use music and comedy to share the joys and benefits of reading. Hunter Rhodes will be on hand July 18th to present a fun and interactive live magic show for all ages. The last event on July 25th will feature author Christine Emery, who will use storytelling, comedy, and magic to encourage children to see themselves and the world in a magical way. Door prizes will be given out at all events, and Top Reader Grand Prizes will be given out at the last program to those who read the most books in their age group.

Monday Movies will be held at the Brunswick County Library at 10:30 AM and at Richardson Memorial Library at 2:00 PM. The Lego Movie: The Second Part will be shown on June 24thHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 1stThe Lion King on July 8thFinding Nemo on July 15th; and Wonder Park on July 22nd. Snacks are welcome, and children under age 10 must be supervised.

To learn more about Summer Reading at the Library, stop by your closest branch or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or the Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539. Visit www.meherrinlib.org for more information, or follow the Meherrin Regional Library on Facebook @meherrinregionallibrary.

VIRGINIA’S 2018 CRIME ANALYSIS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2018 is now available online at the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.virginia.gov, under “Forms & Publications.” The detailed document, titledCrime in Virginia, provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses and arrests by the reporting agency.

Overall, Virginia experienced a 2% decrease in violent crime (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault) compared to the previous reporting period.

The following 2018 crime figures in Virginia are presented in the report:

  • The number of reported homicides decreased from 455 to 391 or (-14.1%). Victims tended to be younger males; 43.7% of homicide victims were men between 18 and 34 and 49.4% of offenders were men between 18 and 34.
  • Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased 2.4% compared to the previous year.  During 2018, 10,472 motor vehicles were stolen and 9,836 motor vehicles were recovered. Of all motor vehicles stolen, 42.5% were taken from the residence/home and an additional 21.8% from a parking lot or garage. The reported value of all motor vehicles stolen was $94,796,605.
  • Drug and narcotic arrests increased when compared to the previous reporting period (3%). Marijuana arrests accounted for 59% of all drug arrests, with an increase of 3.6%, when compared to the previous reporting period. Arrests for amphetamines/methamphetamines had the greatest increase from 2,063 to 3,483 (68.8%).
  • Fraud offenses decreased 8.5% compared to 2017.
  • Of the 663 arsons and attempted arsons that were reported, slightly more than 56% reported the location as “residence/home.”  Neither the time of the day nor the day of the week appears to be associated with this offense.
  • Robbery decreased 16.1%. Of the 3,623 robberies and attempted robberies, 42% took place between 6 p.m. and midnight. Days of the week showed little variability in terms of the number of robberies that took place.
  • Of the known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 77.2% of homicides and 55% of robberies. Firearms were used to a lesser extent in the offense of aggravated assault (27.4%).
  • There were 161 hate crimes reported in 2018, which represented a 20.3% decrease compared to 2017. More than half (60.2%) were racially or ethnically motivated. Bias toward religion and sexual orientation were next highest (15.5%, 14.3%, respectively). Of all reported bias-motivated crime, 33.5% was associated with destruction/damage/vandalism of property; another 36% was associated with the offense of assault.    

The report employs an Incident Based Reporting (IBR) method for calculating offenses, thus allowing for greater accuracy. IBR divides crimes into two categories: Group A for serious offenses including violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault), property crimes and drug offenses, and Group B for what are considered less serious offenses such as trespassing, disorderly conduct, bad checks and liquor law violations where an arrest has occurred.

Between 2017 and 2018, adult arrests for Group A and Group B offenses decreased 1.1%. Juvenile arrests also decreased by 4.3%. For both Group A and Group B offenses, there were a total of 279,288 arrests in 2018, compared to 282,987 arrests in 2017, representing an overall decrease in arrests in Virginia of 1.3%.

Per state mandate, the Virginia State Police serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices. The data are collected by the Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division via a secured internet system. This information is then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, media and the general public.

These data become the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and sent to the FBI incorporating them into their annual report, Crime in the United States.

Remote Area Medical coming to Emporia, VA to provide free care to those in need

ROCKFORD, TN (May 23, 2019) – Remote Area Medical- RAM® -- a major non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals-- is returning to Greensville County High School June 22-23. 

All services are free and no ID is required.   

Patient parking will be located at Greensville County High School, 403 Harding Street Emporia, VA 23847. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 22. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 23.

Services available at the 2019 Emporia RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women's health exams, mammograms, chest x-rays, pulmonary function testing, and general medical exams. Along with the standard services provided by RAM, specialists will be onsite to provide EKGs, immunizations, HEP A screening, HIV screening, diabetes care, labs, pharmacy services, dermatology, endocrinology, pediatric, gastroenterology, and podiatric services. RAM will also be performing school physicals. No additional or prior paperwork is required.

“We want to help empower the Emporia community by addressing some of the health care issues of their most vulnerable,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “Our clinics enhance quality of life so people can reach their full potential.”  

For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Virginia and Maryland Authorities Searching for Abduction Suspect

ACCOMACK, Va. - State and local law enforcement in Virginia and Maryland are continuing their search for an Accomack County man wanted for abducting an 18-year-old female early Wednesday (June 12) morning  near the state line. A Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert was activated for Miss Vermelle Tontrese Moore, 18, who was most recently residing in Accomack County, Va. She was safely located in Maryland shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 12).

The search continues at this time for her abductor, Jerry A. Satchell, 20, of Horntown, Va. Satchell is wanted for one felony count of abduction, one felony count of destruction of property and one felony count of assault.

It was around 3 a.m. Wednesday (June 12) when Moore was a passenger in a vehicle traveling through the Captains Cove subdivision in Greenbackville, Va., and was forcibly removed from the vehicle by Satchell.  Satchell forced Moore into a dark green 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck and fled the scene. As he was leaving the neighborhood, he intentionally backed into another vehicle and left the scene.

Satchell is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'11 and weighs 185 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black-and-white checkered shirt, dark pants and a red hat. The green, Ford pickup truck he was driving was also located Wednesday afternoon in Accomack County.

No one in the vehicle that was struck by the pickup truck was injured in the crash.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Chesapeake Field Office is being assisted by the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police and local law enforcement in Maryland.

Anyone with information about Satchell  is encouraged to call 911 or the Virginia State Police at 757-424-6800 or #77 on a cell (in Virginia) or contact us by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov

Shana Williams, VHU-CMH May Team Member of the Month

W. Scott Burnette, Chief Executive Officer; Shana Williams, Dietary Aide; Curtis Poole, Director of Food and Nutrition Services; and Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services.

Shana Williams, a dietary aide with Food and Nutrition Services, is the Star Service Team Member of the Month. She has been employed at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for nearly a year and a half, and worked in food services for about five years prior to working at the hospital. Her quick attention to a patient in his time of need shows how much of a wonderful asset she is to VCU Health CMH.   

Shana said she was talking with a patient early one morning, and everything seemed fine. While seated in his room, the patient later went to pick up his tray, leaned over, and began slurring. Shana said she immediately contacted his nurse, and the nurse checked to see if the patient could squeeze her hand. When the patient couldn’t, it was clear he was experiencing stroke symptoms.

“I used to do personal care and in-home care eight years ago,” Shana added. “I’ve very familiar with the signs of a stroke.”

The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated Shana went “above and beyond the call of duty.”

Shana said favorite part of her job is interacting with patients.

“I love how everyone has different personalities and I enjoy hearing about, their backgrounds and stories,” she said.

Shana lives in Chase City with her two children Sharniece Cary, 12, and Kenyae Carter, 9.

In addition to the award certificate, Shana 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.

Other team members nominated in May were: Jannifer Alcudia, Latasha Alexander, Krystal Cheely, Brenda Closson, Binyam Dessie, Sonya Hall, Jonathan Mihnovets, Saleem Naviwala, Nimesh Patel, Gloria Rogers, Larry Rogers, Gabby Spainhour, and Terry Wootten.

Self Employment and Social Security

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

Many people enjoy the independence of owning and operating their own small business. If you’re a small business owner, you know that you have additional financial responsibilities when reporting your taxes. A part of this is paying into Social Security.   

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, adds a matching contribution, then sends those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and reports the wages to Social Security. Self-employed people must do all these actions and pay their taxes directly to the IRS.

You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file.

You must have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a certain length of time to get Social Security benefits. The amount of time you need to work depends on your date of birth, but no one needs more than 10 years of work (40 credits).

In 2019, if your net earnings are $5,440 or more, you earn the yearly maximum of four credits — one credit for each $1,360 of earnings during the year. If your net earnings are less than $5,440, you still may earn credit by using an optional method described below.

We use all your earnings covered by Social Security to figure your Social Security benefit, so, report all earnings up to the maximum, as required by law.

Family members may operate a business together. For example, a husband and a wife may be partners or run a joint venture. If you operate a business together as partners, you should each report your share of the business profits as net earnings on separate self-employment returns (Schedule SE), even if you file a joint income tax return. The partners must decide the amount of net earnings each should report (for example 50 percent and 50 percent).

You can read more about being self-employed and how that affects your Social Security benefits including optional methods of reporting at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10022.pdf.

Life-Saving Diagnostic Technology at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center

Emporia, VA – The imaging department at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has Computed Tomography (CT), a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. CT scanning is often the best method for detecting disease since the images allow radiologists to confirm the presence of abnormalities and determine size and location. CT is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. It is important that emergency rooms have access to CT because it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

Amanda Lynch, RTR (M)(CT), is a CT Tech that has worked at SVRMC for 15 years. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she says, “I enjoy knowing that I can make a difference in my patients’ well-being. I like working with the physicians as part of a team to provide our patients with quality care.” Lynch is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management.

    

SVRMC offers CT scans 24/7, 365 days a year. The most widely used procedure is a head CT to rule out a stroke, but CT is also used to diagnose pulmonary embolism, all forms of cancer and kidney stones. Recently, they had a patient that had been experiencing headaches for some time. The patient visited their primary care physician several times and finally decided to come to the emergency room.  The Emergency room physician ordered a CT of the head and the patient was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor that needed to be removed immediately. The patient has undergone the surgery and is doing well. Lynch explains, “This kind of situation happens more often than you would think. A routine CT can be lifesaving, because it can catch things we just can’t see from the outside.”

To make an appointment have your physician fax an order to (434) 348-4964. To find a provider near you, visit our physician directory at SVRMC.com.

Brunswick Academy students awarded Benchmark Community Bank $mart$tart Scholarship

Recent Brunswick Academy graduates are shown receiving $1,000 $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank.  Lawrenceville’s AVP/Branch Manager Nicole Young presents Hannah Waller (below right); Emporia’s VP/Senior Business Banker Jim Saunders presents Jonathan Paul (above); and VP/Area Manager Holly Blackwell of South Hill presents Lucy Smith (below left).

Kenbridge, VA – Three recent Brunswick Academy graduates were recently announced as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank. Hannah Waller of Brunswick County, Jonathan Paul of Greensville County, and Lucy Smith of Mecklenburg County were three of eleven recipients selected from a pool of over 75 applicants for the bank’s $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship named for Benchmark’s teen savings and money management program.

The awards were presented during Brunswick Academy’s senior awards program. The annual $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship recognizes dedication to community and extracurricular service throughout a student’s high school career. Waller (Medicine) and Paul (Chemical Engineering) plan to attend the University of Virginia. Smith plans to major in Nursing at Radford University.

    

“All of these students distinguished themselves through service with several community organizations, as well as involvement and leadership in multiple extracurricular organizations while at Brunswick Academy,” Benchmark President/CEO Jay A. Stafford said of the recipients. “We need young people like these to further their educations and return to Southside Virginia to contribute their skills and talents for the future of our region. It is Benchmark’s privilege to help these students succeed.”

“The goal for our $mart$tart savings and money management program is to help teens build the solid skills that will put them on the road to greater financial security,” explained Executive Vice President for Retail Banking LeAnne Emert. “Soon after the program launched, we began hearing great stories about some of our $mart$tart customers and other young people in our area who were contributing time, skills, and experiences to improve the quality of life in their schools and communities. We believe those contributions should be rewarded and cultivated to benefit our hometowns.”

Benchmark Community Bank, founded in 1971, is head­quartered in Kenbridge, VA, and operates sixteen branches throughout Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. For the thirteenth consecutive year, American Banker magazine has named Benchmark as one of the Top 200 Community Banks out of over 5,000 community banks in the nation. To learn more about Benchmark, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, please visit www.bcbonline.com or stop by our area branches located at 220 W. 5th Avenue, Lawrenceville; 316 W. Atlantic Street, Emporia; or 905 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

“To All the Fathers”

Now some will call him father
While others call him dad
Still some call him by his first name
But wish they never had.
 
Yes a father is an elite position
And should be treated with respect
In the same thought all the fathers
Should never show neglect.
 
A father will get the credit
For the children he helped bear
Still a fathers not a father
If when needed, he’s not there.
 
The duties of a father
Can make a list from here to there
Yet the most important aspect
Is for the raising chores to share.
 
In the home life a father is needed
Around the campfire so to speak
Solving problems before they materialize
And ever reach their peak.
 
Now if in the aferementioned
You come close in any way
Your are definitely a father
So please enjoy your special day.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

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