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May 2018

Career Opportunity

Science Teacher

Would you like to provide educational direction and instruction to Virginia’s disadvantaged youth in a small class setting?  A private rural accredited residential special education facility seeks experienced Virginia licensed secondary Science Teacher.  Qualified candidates must possess the analytical and observational skills to make decisions which safeguard the health, safety, and educational plans of students in care.

Competitive salary & benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, &life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete criminal background, CPS, and drug/alcohol screenings.  Position Open until filled.

Mail, e-mail, or fax resume and cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Re:  Job #: 2018-9
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237
E-mail:  cthompson@jacksonfeild.org

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN

LCSW or LPC

(In-Patient)

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling experience and certification preferred.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is required.  Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is required.  Residential experience is preferred. 

Seeking experienced candidates.  Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2018-4
Fax: (434) 634-6237
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org      

Career Opportunity

Social Studies Teacher

Would you like to provide educational direction and instruction to Virginia’s disadvantaged youth in a small class setting?  A private rural accredited residential special education facility seeks experienced Virginia licensed secondary Social Studies Teacher.  Qualified candidates must possess the analytical and observational skills to make decisions which safeguard the health, safety, and educational plans of students in care.

Competitive salary & benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, &life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete criminal background, CPS, and drug/alcohol screenings.  Position Open until filled.

Mail, e-mail, or fax resume and cover letter to:

Chris Thompson
Re:  Job #: 2018-12
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867
Fax: (434) 634-6237
E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org


Moving/garage sale, Fri & Sat, June 1 &2, rain or shine, 1579 Doyle's Lake Road, Emporia.

Saturday, June 7 Yardsale hosted at Roanoke-Wildwood Vol. Fire Dept., 790 Lizard Creek Rd. (aka River Rd.), Littleton, NC, (252) 586-5737. 9:00-1:00 rain or shine. Furniture, household goods, electronics, tools, toys, linens, and much, much more are for sale. Proceeds go to support the Fire Dept.

"We Can Do It!"

Yes, lets all protest together
about our sad and dreary life
just forget about the children,
faithful husband; and gracious wife.
 
Don't remember your friends and neighbors
though the numbrs do increase
fighting battles in some foreign land
so we may live in peace.
 
Yes and what about that one that took the job
you didn't want to do
he is still working steadily
and that could have been you.
 
I think we've convinced our leaders
and those who one day will do the same
our students will graduate with honors
if we only change the schools name.
 
With this one we have a problem
for history you do not change
the good, the bad or the ugly
you can only rearrange.
 
Give our protest money to the teachers
that should make up a good raise
yes nd if they can teach the students how to use a pencil
offer them some extra praise.
 
Roy E.Schepp

VIRGINIA’S ANNUAL CRIME ANALYSIS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WEBSITE

RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2017 is now available to the public on the Virginia State Police website. The annual “Crime in Virginia” report provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the Commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses by the reporting agency as well as arrests by jurisdiction.

Overall, Virginia experienced a 3.9 percent decrease in violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) compared to the previous reporting period. The FBI’s figures for 2017 are not yet available. However, comparing the first six months of 2016 with the first six months of 2017, nationwide, violent crimes decreased less than 1 percent (0.8%).

Property crime in Virginia, including the offenses of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, also decreased when compared to the previous year (- 2.6%). Although the FBI’s data for 2017 is not yet available, comparing the first six months of 2016 with the first six months of 2017, nationwide, there was a 2.9 percent decrease.

The following 2017 crime figures in Virginia are presented in the report:

The number of reported homicides decreased from 480 to 455 or (-5.2%). Victims and offenders tended to be relatively young: 48 percent of homicide victims and 64 percent of offenders were less than 30 years of age. Victims and offenders were most likely to be male (72%, 86% respectively).

Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts increased 3.9 percent compared to the previous year.  Of the 10,223 motor vehicles stolen, 6,438 or 63 percent were recovered. Of all motor vehicles stolen, trucks had the highest frequency of being recovered (73%) followed by automobiles (68%). Recreational and “other” motor vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, etc.) were least likely to be recovered (49%, 39% respectively). Of all motor vehicles stolen, 43 percent were taken from the residence/home. The reported value of all motor vehicles stolen was $86,025,726.

Drug and narcotic arrests increased when compared to the previous reporting period (15.6%). Where type of drug was known, 71 percent of all drug arrests were for marijuana. Marijuana arrests increased 20.6 percent compared to the previous reporting period. Arrests for heroin and crack cocaine decreased (-3.2%, -3.0% respectively). Arrests for powder cocaine and amphetamines/methamphetamines increased (14.2%, 22.7% respectively).

Fraud offenses decreased almost 4 percent (-3.8) compared to 2016.

Of the 809 arsons and attempted arsons that were reported, nearly half (48.5%) 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 10 percent. Of the 4,320 robberies and attempted robberies 42 percent took place between 8 p.m. and midnight. Days of the week showed little variability in terms of the number of robberies that took place although more took placeon Friday and Saturday than any other days of the week.

Of the known weapons reported for violent crimes, firearms were used in 74.6 percent of homicides and 58.2 percent of robberies. Firearms were used to a lesser extent in the offense of aggravated assault (27.3%).   

There were 202 hate crimes reported in 2017 representing a 47.4 percent increase compared to 2016. Over half (54%) were racially or ethnically motivated. Bias toward religion and sexual orientation were next highest (22%, 19%, respectively). The remaining 5 percent reported was attributed to a bias against a victim’s physical or mental disability. Of all reported bias motivated crime, 46 percent was associated with destruction/damage/vandalism of property; another 40.6 percent 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.

For Group A offenses, between 2016 and 2017, adult arrests increased 4.3 percent. Juvenile arrests for Group A offenses also increased (1.6%). For Group B arrests, there was an increase of 1.8 percent for adults while juvenile Group B arrests decreased 9.9 percent. For both Group A and Group B offenses, there were a total of 282,987 arrests in 2017 compared to 276,144 arrests in 2016, representing an overall increase in arrests in Virginia of 2.5 percent.

Per state mandate, the Department of 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.

Five Steps for Social Security Success

 

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

 

 

No matter how much you’ve planned, there’s no better time than now to think about your future. We’d like to encourage you to take Five Steps toward Your Financial Security. Planning for the future may seem intimidating to many, but we’ve broken the task down into five easy steps:

 

 

Step 1: Get to know your Social Security — You and Social Security are on a journey for life, but there is so much you may not know about the benefits and services we provide. Social Security delivers financial security to millions of children and adults before retirement; including the chronically ill, children of deceased parents, and wounded warriors. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency.

 

 

Step 2: Verify your earnings — Your benefits are calculated using your employment records. You can use your personal my Social Security account to verify that your earnings are recorded accurately. Access your account today at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

 

Step 3: Estimate your benefits — With our Retirement Estimator, you can estimate your future retirement or disability benefits based on your actual earnings record. This can be invaluable as you plan for your future. View our calculators at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/benefitcalculators.html.

 

 

Step 4:  Apply for benefits — You can apply for retirement, Medicare, or disability benefits online through our easy-to-use, secure online application that is convenient to navigate. Read more about benefits and apply now at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits.

 

 

Step 5: Manage your benefits — Social Security puts you in control by offering convenient and secure services that fit your needs. Verify your payment information, change your address or phone number, get a benefit verification letter, and even start or change direct deposit of your benefits. See all the things you can do at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

 

Share this information with the people you love. Get to know your Social Security and the many ways we help secure today and tomorrow for you and your family at www.socialsecurity.gov/5steps.

MOTORISTS URGED TO PUT TRAFFIC SAFETY ON THEIR TRAVEL AGENDA THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

RICHMOND – As travelers plan their vacations and pack their bags for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Virginia State Police is urging motorists to make sure traffic safety is at the top of their agenda. Already this year, 280 individuals, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists, have lost their lives in traffic crashes. The startling number comes on the heels of an almost 11 percent increase in traffic deaths during 2017.  

“Last year, 843 people were killed on Virginia’s highways. On average, that’s more than two people a day, 16 people a week and 70 people a month. But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The sad fact is that many traffic crashes are preventable, but in order to prevent them we all have to do our part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, eliminating distractions and never driving impaired.”

To ensure the Memorial Day holiday is as safe as possible, Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the long holiday weekend. Beginning Friday, May 25, 2018, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2018 Memorial Day statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, and continues through midnight Monday, May 28, 2018.

During the 2017 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 109 drunk drivers, cited 10,337 speeders and 2,395 reckless drivers, and issued 250 citations for child seat violations. They also cited 820 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt.

The 2018 Memorial Day weekend falls during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, and state police troopers will be vigilant in their efforts to increase seat belt usage for travelers of all ages. The two-week concentrated education and enforcement initiative began last Monday and runs through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Of the 843 total traffic deaths last year throughout Virginia, 351 were unrestrained.

With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

From 2008 to 2017 nationwide, 126 law enforcement officers working along the roadside were struck by a vehicle because a driver failed to heed the “Move Over” law.

To raise awareness of this law and the impact it has on first responders and highway safety workers, Virginia State Police has coordinated the 2nd Annual National “Move Over” Tweet-Along. Over a 24-hour period on Friday, May 25, 2018, public safety agencies, departments of transportation and numerous other local and state agencies from across the country will inundate Twitter with the “Move Over” message using hashtag #MoveOver18. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING AND HAMPTON ROADS HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE LAUNCH NEW REGIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

~ Billboards going up on major highways across Hampton Roads to bring awareness to the realities of human trafficking and engage victims ~

    

NORFOLK (May 22, 2018) – Attorney General Mark Herring today announced that the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force will launch a new awareness campaign across the Hampton Roads region. Beginning this week, billboards will be placed on major highways across the region encouraging victims or those with information about possible human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline. The billboards are estimated to make 2.5 million impressions while they are up across the region. Additionally, the campaign will include bilingual digital advertising which will run in the region. In 2017, Virginia has had thefifteenth highest number of human trafficking cases referenced on the hotline, and experts believe human trafficking occurs in Virginia because of its location on the east coast, international air and sea ports, and large number of major interstates.
 
“Human trafficking robs its victims of their dignity, their identity, their freedom, and in a tragic number of cases, their childhood,” said Attorney General Herring. “Virginia has made great strides in combating this crime and my team and I have been proud to be a part of those efforts. By raising awareness about the existence and impact of human trafficking and promoting critical resources, we can help restore victims and seek justice against those who perpetrate this dehumanizing crime. I want to thank our Hampton Roads Human Trafficking partners for their continued efforts to combat this heinous crime.”
 
Human trafficking is a $150 billion dollar enterprise worldwide, and is widely considered one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The United Nations' International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands of victims here in the United States.
 
Hampton Roads billboard locations include:
  • 3210 Bainbridge Boulevard, near the intersection of Rosemont Avenue, Chesapeake, VA
  • US 60, near the intersection of Elmhurst Street East, Newport News, VA
  • 3601 Chestnut Avenue, near the intersection of 36th Street, Newport News, VA
  • 2720 Hampton Boulevard, near the intersection of 35th Street, Norfolk, VA
  • 2019 Granby Street, near the intersection of 21st Street, Norfolk, VA
  • 3001 Lafayette Boulevard, near the intersection of Ballentine Boulevard,Norfolk, VA
  • 2561 Airline Boulevard, near the intersection of Victory Boulevard,Portsmouth, VA
  • 3307 George Washington Highway, Portsmouth, VA
“No one anticipated how prevalent the problem would be, we have opened three new shelters and served over 60 victims since the inception of the program 16 months ago,” said Robin Gautheir, Executive Director, Samaritan House.
“We know that awareness and outreach are two important tools in identifying victims of human trafficking, and we hope this billboard campaign will encourage the public to report suspicious activity to us,” said Dewey Mann, supervisory special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Norfolk. “One of the task force’s first successful investigations began with a tip to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.”
 
In November 2016, Attorney General Herring announced a $1.45 million grant that would help fund the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, which we then launched in January of 2017. The Office of the Attorney General partnered with Homeland Security, Samaritan House, the US Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police, and law enforcement agencies from Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake for the task force. Since October 2016, just before the launch of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, there have been a total of 108 new trafficking investigations, 45 arrests, and 76 victims have been identified.

Just in the STROKE of time! Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.  Every minute the brain is oxygen deprived, brain cells are damaged.  The good news is, if the stroke is treated immediately, brain damage can be minimized. 
 
As a Primary Stroke Center, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of stroke.  American Stroke Month in May gives us an important opportunity to join together to prevent, treat and beat the number five killer in the United States.
 
How can a stroke be prevented?  What are clot busting drugs with new clot “retrievers”?  What are ways to beat stroke and manage fatigue and depression?
 
If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend May’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about stroke.
 
This FREE program will be on Tuesday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center located inside the C.A.R.E. Building, 1755 N. Mecklenburg, Avenue, South Hill, VA.
 
Dr. Nina J. Solenski will be the speaker for the program.  She is an associate professor in neurology, subspecializing in cerebrovascular disease at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  Dr. Solenski is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA ’89).  She received her residency training at Dartmouth Mary-Hitchcock in internal medicine and at University of Virginia in neurology.  She completed an ACGME accredited cerebrovascular disease fellowship training program at UVA in clinical and basic research.  She is currently dual APBN boarded in general and vascular neurology.
 
Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

A Touch of Elegance Moves to Halifax Street

A ribbon cutting was held last week for A Touch of Elegance at their new building on Halifax Street. From the founder of the business, Darlene Cain:

I began directing and decorating weddings many years ago with a friend in Carson. Over time, it truly became my passion. It was she that gave me the vision to open a business. Before then, it was a mere thought.  From there, A Touch of Elegance was birthed.

In 2008, my husband and daughter stepped in as my business partners. We secured a permanent office location on Main St. in the same year. There we stayed for 9 years.   

We moved to Halifax St. in January in this year.   Over the years, our business has tremendously evolved.  Initially, we focused on the planning, directing and decorating aspects of a wedding.  It has allowed us to travel for events out of town and even to the Governor’s mansion.   We are now truly a One Stop Shop.  

We offer a wide range of products and services.   Wedding & Party planning, decorating & directing.  Linen Rentals.  Tuxedo rentals.   Catering.  (Large crowds, family reunions, graduations &  private parties).

We have quite a few local businesses that continue to support our business.   We’d like to thank Delegate Tyler for giving us our first big break and most recently the Emporia/Greensville Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support.

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Margaret Hobbs Wright

Margaret Hobbs Wright died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at her home in Emporia. She was the daughter of the late Waverly P. Hobbs, Sr. and Sally Newsome Hobbs. 

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Milton Wright of Emporia; sister, Dora H. Doyle of Emporia; special friend, Kathy B. Tuck of Emporia; and several nieces and nephews. She was a former worker at Southampton Textile.

A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Brian Mallary officiating.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Greensville County Public Schools Names New Superintendent

Emporia, VA – Dr. Kim Evans was appointed as the next superintendent of Greensville County Public Schools at this evening’s school board meeting. Her new position will be effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Evans has more than 27 years’ experience working in public education in Virginia. Since 2014, she has served as the assistant superintendent of schools in Hopewell City Public Schools. She has also worked in Dinwiddie County, Colonial Heights, and Mecklenburg County Public Schools.

“I am excited, honored, and humbled to have been chosen as the new superintendent of Greensville County Public Schools and look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents and community,” said Evans. “I’m committed to providing all students with an exceptional educational experience which will assist them in becoming productive members of an ever-changing global society.”

Rhonda Jones-Gilliam, chairman of the Greensville County School Board, believes Dr. Evans will be a great fit for the division. She stated, “We welcome Dr. Evans to Greensville County Public Schools. Her experience, leadership and professionalism will be a great asset to the division and community.”

Evans earned a Doctor and Master of Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University, and a Bachelor of Science in business education from Norfolk State University.

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the Greensville County school board with the superintendent search process

Rose Allen Crowned "Best in Show" at 10th Doggie Fashion Show


 

Second Runner-up and winner of the Large Breed Group - Luna Taylor owned by Chelsea Taylor is a 5 pound black and white Black Lab Mix weighing 60 pounds. She enjoys tugging on her favorite rope toy, napping and swimming, and performing for treats - she knows how to sit. She loves getting belly-rubs.

First Runner-up and winner of the Small Breed Group - Bailey Baker owned by Natalie Baker is a white and black Malshie (a mix between a Maltese and Shih Tzu) and weighs 13 pounds. Bailey loves meeting new people (and having them pick her up), the beach, playing in the sand and riding in the car with her mom.

Best In Show and winner of the Medium Breed Group - Rose Allen owned by Aimee Allen is a red-coated English Bulldog. Rose weighs 43 pounds and is the baby of the family. rose loves to cuddle and be held, going to work with her mom and treats.

Other winners, not pictured, include:

Best Costume - Lucy Pitt owned by Ashley and Dane Pitt.

Best Look Alike - Chevy Watson owned by Nancy Whatson.

Best Personallity - Vanna White Allen owned by Aimee Allen

FIRST LADY APPLAUDS SVCC GRADUATES

Group of Greensville County High School students attending SVCC graduation and receiving their degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Samantha Kery Dickens of Greensville County High School was among the graduates at SVCC.

Proud graduates from Southside Virginia Community College are (Left to Right) Ingrid Fogg of Kenbridge, David Evans of Lawrenceville, and Melissa Wood of Jarrett.

“You made it.  Give yourselves a round of applause,” said Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam as a greeting to the class of 2018 of Southside Virginia Community College at Commencement on May 12 at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.  Under blue skies and what the Mrs. Northam called ‘Texas Heat’, SVCC celebrated 946 credit graduates along with 238 students receiving workforce credentials.

“I bring congratulations from the Governor.  We are proud of you as you finish this hard-won journey,” she said.  She noted that change takes courage and reminded the crowd that “Virginians have always been explorers, revolutionaries and innovators.”

“We are at our best when we challenge ourselves,” she said.

She also spoke of community colleges being a critical aspect of education and workforce training in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She noted that Virginia is a commonwealth instead of a state meaning that its citizens work for the common good of all. 

“When you began this journey, it may have seemed like a mission impossible.  I am so happy to celebrate with you…mission accomplished,” she said.

“Virginia has a history of leading the way, we have a chance to do that again, you are our best asset and greatest treasure,” she concluded.

Pamela Northam became the First Lady of Virginia when her husband, Governor Ralph Northam, was sworn in as governor of January 13, 2018.  Aneducator,environmentalist and longtimeadvocate,Mrs. Northam has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads and Virginiatoprotectwaterqualityandimprovethehealthof the Chesapeake Bay.

During the ceremony, the college awarded two Honorary Associate Degrees in Humane Letters.  These are conferred by the State Board for Community Colleges in recognition of distinguished achievement.  These were presented to Dietra Y. Trent, Ph.D., former Secretary of Education for Virginia and a strong advocate and true champion of education.  A native of Halifax County, she has a fondness for the college that serves her community.

Also awarded was Russell B. Clark.  In his role as County Administrator for Charlotte, he was on the job for 37 years, and worked collaboratively with SVCC, other county governments and many partners through the state for the betterment of the area.  He is a member of the SVCC Foundation Board of Directors, serves on the board for Virginia’s Heartland Regional Partnership, Virginia’s Growth Alliance and the Bank of Charlotte County. 

Honors program graduates were Katelyn Bryant and Emily Davis. Two students were nominated this year and named to the All-Virginia Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.  These students were recognized as well, Anesia Powell and Sara Ruotolo-Sarnataro.

Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, conferred the degrees on the SVCC students, shaking each hand as they crossed the stage.






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Omar Tyree Banks Emporia Regina M Warmouth Brodnax
Laticia Danielle Cain Emporia Dylan Franklin Weed Brodnax
Jada Denise Brown Emporia Jesse Dallas James Brodnax
Catherine Camille Robinson Emporia Eric Dwayne Brazeal Brodnax
Ziliko Zannelle Seldon Emporia Kelci Faith Spence Brodnax
Gabriel Lorenzo Drewry Emporia Katlyn Rose Sadler Brodnax
Amanda Leagh Huskey Emporia Danielle Angelica Valentine Brodnax
Jasmine Leneise Terry Emporia Christopher Wayne Chandler Brodnax
Kadaja Shante' Tennessee Emporia Kitiko Andrea Davis Jr. Broadnax
Tiarra Nicole Thomas Emporia Dynasia Margarite Holmes Brodnax
Brady Lamar Perkins Emporia Margarete Leane Davis Dolphin
Robert Todd Thorpe Emporia T'zharay Jahmiel Valentine Dolphin
Brooklyn Shayla Mason Emporia TaNeisha Mae Moore Ebony
Sabrina Genell Britt Emporia Kashayla Monea Macklin Ebony
Zaykeese L Dunn Emporia Jazmine Dominque Eccleston Ebony
Robert SeQuan Mullins IV Emporia Beth Holloway Elliott Freeman
Zariah Noel Powell Emporia Sherry D Wall Freeman
Khari Z Carr Emporia Aaliyadriah Love Cleaton Freeman
Tyshera Janae Bittle Emporia Kelita Arella Trotter Freeman
Tia Shawane Powell Emporia Corey Lamont Long Jr. Freeman
Shaquella Jenay Stephens Emporia Torri Marie Long Freeman
Willie Lee Valentine Emporia Tiara Shantelle Bobbitt Freeman
Akayla RaShay Benton Emporia Hailey Karissa Roberts Gasburg
Ziaire Sade Bynum Emporia Ethan Thomas Warwick Gasburg
Cheryl Kelly Moody Emporia Emily Elizabeth Watts Gasburg
Markel ShaCoy Threat Emporia Carli Marie Inge Gasburg
Aikayla Lyshelle Green Emporia Sussex County
Jermari O'Neal Walton Emporia Austin Blake Lewis Stony Creek
Jada Chantay Banks Emporia Carter Garnett Lewis Stoney Creek
Kailee Star Phillips Emporia Southampton County
Ja'Zona Le'Ann Spates Emporia Sateria Antonia Adams Capron
Trinitey Divine Myles Emporia
Nicholas Coletran Wells Emporia
Caroline Layne Taylor Emporia
Malik LaDarius Ellsworth Emporia
Rahmi-Iyl Imamm Jennings Emporia
Charles Isaac Gregory III Emporia

Meherrin River expected to Crest at 24.6 Feet

With all of the recent rain here and to our west, the Meherrin River has overtopped the dam and is at of it's banks and we are currently under a Flood Warning.

Do not attempt to drive through standing water.

Below is a chart of the flood stages of the Meherrin River at the Emporia Gauge:

Depth Condition
36.1 River stage sensor operating limit
34 Water begins to flow across the Hicksford Ave Bridge.
33.5 Water reaches the intersection of Center St and High St.
30 Water reaches the entrance to Meherrin River Park along Hicksford Ave.
25

Homes on Center St between Cleveland Ave and Monroe St are inundated.  Homes along Meherrin Park Rd

begin to flood and the ball fields in the EGRA park are flooded.

24 Portions of Center St begin to flood and some residential areas are threatened.
23 Flood waters infiltrate sewer system. The parking lot next to the ball fields in EGRA Park begins to flood.
20 Water reaches the top of the boat ramp in the Meherrin River Park/EGRA Park.
19 Water covers the walking bridge in the Meherrin River Park.
16 Meherrin River Park and Veterans Memorial Park are closed to public access.
15 Water begins to cover portions of the walking trail in the Meherrin River Park.
13 Cautionary stage. Water begins to overflow the banks in the Meherrin River Park.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Sutdents

The Phi Theta Kappa 2018 All-Virginia Academic Team Awards Program was held recently in Richmond, Virginia.  Two students from Southside Virginia Community College were among the nominees for this award and chosen for the All-Virginia Team.  These students are Anesia Powell of Greensville and Sarah Ruotolo-Sarnataro of Halifax.  Shown in the photo with her medal is Anesia (Center) and Dr. Al Roberts (Left) and Dr. Glen DuBois (Right), Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.  

Anesia Powell is a senior at Greensville County High School.  She currently has a 4.1 GPA and class rank is 6 out of 177.  She has been a member of GCHS school’s Beta Club for 3 years and this year she had the honor to serve as president.  She is dually enrolled at Southside Virginia Community College and when she graduates from high school, she will also have an associate degree.   After graduation, she plans to double major in finance and marketing at Old Dominion University in the fall 2018.

State Board Sets Tuition for 2018-2019 Academic Year

RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges established the 2018-2019 academic year in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $154 per credit hour today at its regular May meeting. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $3.75 per credit hour – an increase of 2.5 percent – meaning the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $11.25, and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $112.50.

The new rate keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to pay a share of rising employee fringe benefit costs; strategic enrollment initiatives; costs associated with using various Virginia administrative systems; and facility maintenance and operating costs.

“Today’s decision requires us to find the balance necessary to advance two different priorities,” said Eleanor Saslaw, chair of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. “College affordability remains essential to the community college mission, and we’ve honored that. Meanwhile, resources are needed to increase student advising and other essential initiatives, like those identified in last fall’s JLARC report on our colleges, to help more students succeed and complete their programs of study. I believe we are honoring those needs too.”

Out-of-state tuition

The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $3.75 per credit hour to a total of $351.60 per credit hour.

Out-of-state students make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Tuition differentials

There were no differential tuition increase requests for fall 2018, meaning that the tuition differential rates remain unchanged from last year for the eight colleges that implement them  (Germanna, John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Reynolds, Tidewater, Thomas Nelson, and Virginia Western).

Donald John Bowen

Donald John Bowen, of Emporia, passed away May 14, 2018, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell (Honey) A. Bowen, Jr. and Olga Ondov Bowen, and two sisters, Dorothy Bowen Leonard of Suffolk, Virginia, and Judy Bowen Jones of Emporia. 

Donald is survived by his brother, William Bowen of Eure, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald L. Jones, Sr. and wife Carol; nephews, Gene C. Leonard, Jr. and Donald (Buck) L. Jones, Jr. and nieces, Sharon Leonard Adkison, Anne Marie Leonard and Mary Beth Bowen Maitland. 

Donald grew up working in his family’s business, Bowen Gas & Electric.  He graduated from Brunswick Academy in 1972.  In 1997, he started Computer Networking Services, following his love of all things electrical.  Donald will forever be remembered by his dear friends and clients, who were also his family.

A graveside service will be held at the Emporia Cemetery Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Robert W. Griles presiding.   Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made to echolsfuneralhome.com.

 

Joan Liebold Dolloff

Joan Liebold Dolloff, of Queens, NY, died on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Greensville Manor in Emporia, VA. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Liebold and Margaret Schaffer Liebold. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Charles Dolloff.

She is survived by her husband, Donald T. Dolloff of Emporia; two daughters, Diane Dolloff of San Francisco, CA and Cynthia Dolloff of Carmel, N.Y.; son, Donald T. Dolloff Jr. and wife Denise of Waterboro, ME; brother, Herbert Liebold of Cresco, PA ;   four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dolloff, Allison Joan Dolloff, Amethyst Arbore, and Dustin Arbore. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

A visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral home Chapel on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 P.M until 8:30 P.M. A service will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Joker “Jong” R. Bayta officiating. Interment will follow at the Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, ME at animalwelfaresociety.org.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Stephen Peter Skowronski

Stephen Peter Skowronski, 68, passed away at home on May 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by one son, Benjamin Andrew Skowronski.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Ligon Skowronski, and a sister, Donna Clymer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, George Benjamin Ligon, Jr. (Mary), sister-in-law, Sandra L. Allen (Kenny), and many nieces and nephews.

Steve had a love for the game of golf and was an accomplished golf course and turf management superintendent.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave. in Emporia, VA.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, by phone 1-800-822-6344, or by mail at: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Brunswick Academy Graduation

    

    

Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Dan Jarrell of  New Hope Baptist Church in South Hill, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Thirty-four seniors will be graduating. The valedictorian is Zachary Earle Clary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Clary of Bracey.  The salutatorian is Sydney Nicole Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson of Lawrenceville.  Zachary Clary will be attending the College of William and Mary.  Sydney Robertson will be attending James Madison University.

There will be two other honor graduates at this year’s graduation.  They are Heather Dianne Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson of  Emporia and Benjamin Wilson Lewis, son of Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt and Mr. F. W. Lewis of Stony Creek. Heather Thompson will be attending the University of Virginia. Benjamin Lewis will be attending Marymount Manhattan College. 

Seventeen seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.

MAY 2018 BA STUDENT OF THE MONTH JACKSON OWEN COMBS

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that JACKSON OWEN COMBS has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month. Jackson, a senior, is the son of Mark and Kerrie Combs of Emporia.  He has one sister, Olivia, also a student at Brunswick Academy. Jackson has played JV and Varsity Football, (Captain) and Varsity Baseball (Captain).  He has received multiple All Conference awards while playing sports at Brunswick Academy.   He was a member of the Student Council Organization and the Spanish Club.   

Jackson is a member of Boy Scout Troop #232 of Purdy.  He has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He is an active member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia.  He reads scripture during services and has attended 5 mission trips with the youth group at church. 

Jackson loves to play golf, hunt and go to Lake Gaston.  He recently joined a kickball team with his classmates. 

He will attend West Virginia University in the fall where he plans to major in Forest Resource Management.

MAY 2018 BA STUDENT OF THE MONTH MATTHEW TYLER HARRISON

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Matthew Tyler Harrison has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month.  Matthew, a senior, is the son of Matthew and Patricia Harrison of Warfield.   Matthew has played JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball while at Brunswick Academy.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, The BA Honor Council, Latin Club and Junior Beta Club. 

Harrison works tirelessly in his family business, Nottoway Restaurant.  In his spare time, Matthew enjoys fishing, the beach and any outdoor activity. 

He will attend Southside Virginia Community College for two years and then transfer to Virginia Tech.  He plans to major in Business Administration and Management.

Aprill 2018 BA Student of the Month - Benjamin Wilson Lewis

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Benjamin Wilson Lewis has been chosen the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April. 2018.  Ben, a senior is the son of F.W. Lewis of Stony Creek and Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt. Ben has one sister, Madison, who is a Brunswick Academy graduate and one step-brother, Ryan Lee. 

Ben is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program, which is the most rigourous and challenging program of studies.  Consistently, he has made the honor roll. 

Since the seventh grade, Ben has been chosen to be his Class President.  He is a member of Junior Beta Club, President of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the SCO and Secretary of the Honor Council. 

He participates in AVA Forensics and has received numerous awards since 9th grade. He was the recipient of the BA Varsity Forensics award in 10th and 11th grade.   He took first place in the State of Virginia for the Riparian Woman’s Club Poetry Contest in 2013.

Ben has been a nine-year member and stage manager of the Brunswick Academy Theatre.  He has held roles in various productions and this year he was the co-star in the production of White Christmas.     

Since the 8th grade, Ben has been a member of the Junior Classical League (Latin Club).   Within this group he has held the position of Philanthropic chair, Vice-President and currently Co-President.   Ben was a three-year member of the Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team and a three-year member of the Yearbook staff.    Ben led the Public Relations Committee for Brunswick Academy’s “Lone Star Relief Effort” to provide aid for those persons affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  

Ben was a Junior Marshal and received the “I Dare You” Award for Leadership at last year’s graduation.   He will be an Honor Graduate for the Class of 2018.  

In his spare time, Ben takes piano lessons and is a counselor for children for Grades K-5 at the YMCA of Greensville-Emporia.  He was chosen employee of the Month at the YMCA. 

Ben will attend the Honor’s Program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.  He will major in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media. 

Replace Your Social Security Card Online

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

Need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card? If you live in a qualifying state, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. There’s no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or Card Center.

As long as you’re only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free online service from the comfort of your home or office. All you need to do is create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Your identity and personal information matter to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity. Once you have a personal account, simply follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card.

In many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. Most of the time, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. Visit our website to find out whether you can request your replacement Social Security card online or what the requirements are in your area at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.

New Nurses Pinned

Southside Virginia Community College held at Pinning Ceremony for those successfully completing the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  This program prepares students to become Registered Nurses.  Those who attended classes at the Christanna Campus are: 

1st row left to right:  Brandi Harrell of Baskerville, Beth Holloway Elliott of Freeman;2nd row left to right: Demetria Anderson of Blackstone, Amber Miles of Blackstone, Patricia Rice of Emporia;3rd row left to right: Emily Watts of Gasburg, Victoria Finch of South Hill, Julie Thi Nguyen-Powell of Emporia, Allison Cheely of Blackstone.

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Wins National Public Relations Media Award

First row: Jody Kane, CTE Coordinator; Nathanial Grizzard, SkillsUSA member; Samantha Dickens, SkillsUSA Member and President;  LaMeka Harrison, GCHS Principal. Second row: Stephen Wells, Advisor; Joshua Sutton, SkillsUSA Member and Treasurer; Destiny Johnson, SkillsUSA Member and Secretary; Marsha Campbell, Advisor; and James Wright, Advisor.

The online challenge encouraged local chapters and state officer teams to demonstrate how they showcased SkillsUSA to the news media in ways that highlighted career and technical education opportunities and student success. The purpose of the challenge was to help students grow in their communication and teamwork skills and to promote SkillsUSA to a wider audience. Teams promoted SkillsUSA to a minimum of three audiences in the community and then documented all media coverage.

The public relations challenge was open from Sept. 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018. The required media coverage period was three months to six months. Coverage included broadcast television, print media, social media and video posts, blogs, and school newspapers.

The goal of the challenge was to gain positive local media attention for schools, programs, and events. Participation in the SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge supported the program of work and chapter standards by helping students learn to document and measure efforts. 

GCHS SkillsUSA received a grant of $300 in recognition of their media efforts this school year. The first-place school winner and SkillsUSA Media Champion was Hueytown High School, in Hueytown, Ala. 

SkillsUSA’s head advisor is carpentry instructor, James Wright. Remaining SkillsUSA advisors are: Welding Instructor, Jerry Brown; Economics and Personal Finance Instructor, Marsha Campbell; Graphic Imaging Instructor, Dennis Holland; Culinary Arts Instructor, Stephen Wells; and Drafting Instructor, Gerald Wozniak. GCHS CTE Coordinators are Jody Kane and Courtney Mosley. .

The members and advisors will receive additional recognition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference, June 25-30, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Students will be sponsoring fundraisers throughout May. Please support the club in their efforts to attend the national conference. Members are currently selling tickets for the Annual Boston Butt until the day of the sale, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  Please see any member to purchase a Boston Butt party pack for $50.00 or Boston Butt Only for $35.00.

If you would like to make a donation to support the club, send to Greensville County High School SkillsUSA Club, 403 Harding Street Emporia, Virginia, 23847. If you need additional information please contact one of the advisors: James E. Wright, Jerry Brown, Marsha Campbell, Stephen Wells, Gerald Wozinak, or Brittany Wright at 434-634-2195. Greensville County High School SkillsUSA would like to extend a special thanks to the GCHS CTE Department, GCHS faculty, parents, and community for their continued support and donations to the club.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Ashley Wray, Registered Nurse in Surgical Services, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for April.  There to congratulate Ashley was Joanne Paynter, Director of Perioperative Surgical Services.

Ashely has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 13 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, “Ashley has always demonstrated pride in her work at CMH and has exhibited true teamwork.  She has recently taken on working every weekend and also helped in the ER when needed.  Even though this wasn’t her normal area, she remained upbeat and positive through a very busy day.  Ashley definitely demonstrated STAR service by going above and beyond to offer support to another area that she knew was in need.”  “Ashley is a remarkable person.  She is very willing to do whatever is asked of her.  Ashley always represents this hospital well and is a true STAR performer.” 

In addition to the award certificate, Ashley 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.

Ashley resides in LaCrosse, VA.

Congressman McEachin to Host 2nd Annual Parent Power Forum

Petersburg, Va. – SATURDAY, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host his annual “Know Your Rights: Parent Power Forum” at Petersburg High School to provide parents and caregivers with information about their student’s rights in the classroom. Attendees will be able to benefit from a panel discussion and workshops lead by experienced educators, school administrators, parents, and education advocates.

Who:    Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Mayor Samuel Parham (Petersburg), Mr. Kenneth Pritchett, Chair of the Petersburg School Board, and Dr. William Wynn, Principal of Petersburg High School

What:  Congressman McEachin’s annual “Know Your Rights: Parent Power Forum” aims to provide parents and caregivers with information about their student’s rights in the classroom with a panel discussion and workshops lead by experienced educators, school administrators, parents, and education advocates. The information will focus on ways to better support the needs of students with special needs and different learning abilities.

When: SATURDAY, May 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805

COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL AWARDS $83,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 74 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

Richmond, VA – May 11, 2018 – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $83,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 74 Virginia students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Since 2001, more than $28 million has been awarded to nearly 27,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program.

“All of our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners show a strong commitment to their communities and academic achievement,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they further their education.”

Comcast, joined by the Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and other elected officials and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, May 10. One student, Tai-Tonia Owens, a senior at Armstrong High School in Richmond was selected to receive an additional $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s Leaders and Achievers scholarships,” said Governor Ralph Northam. "And, thank you to Comcast for supporting our future leaders as they continue their education. I am honored to see so many community, academic and leadership achievements from students throughout Virginia.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
 
Visit here to learn more.

2018 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Our Region

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Emporia

Destiny Mangrum of Greensville County High School

Sussex County

Rebekah Shabazz of Sussex Central High School

CSI: Career Scene Investigation

Special Summer Camp for Middle School Students

South Hill—No, we’re not investigating crime scenes, we’re exploring the world of healthcare.  Area middle school students in Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties will have the opportunity to attend a unique program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill that will introduce them to a broad range of health careers. 

A special, one-week, summer camp has been planned for the last week in July entitled, “CSI: Career Scene Investigation” and will focus on the many exciting career opportunities that are available in health care.  Partnering with Southside Virginia Community College, VCU Health CMH will choose fifteen middle school students who have an interest in a health career to attend this summer’s health care camp during the week of  – July 30th  – August 3rd   .   

The camp will be offered at no charge to students.  During this week-long camp, students will spend time with staff from many clinical areas and have “hands-on” opportunities.  They will learn how to apply casts and splints, take x-rays, learn about monitoring the heart, spend time in the Emergency Department, dress in scrubs, see the operating rooms, learn how to suture, work with Rehabilitation Therapists and much, much more!  The week will be fun, interactive and exciting for students and VCU Health CMH staff. 

“We are very pleased to offer to area students this excellent opportunity to learn about the world of health care,” said Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, Education Department Manager for VCU Health CMH.  “The program will offer a variety of activities that will allow students to observe and interact with health care professionals in their work environment and gain valuable insight into health care careers.  We want to provide a positive learning experience for students and encourage teens to explore health care careers.”

According to Mrs. Willis, health care careers are the fastest growing, and will be the most in demand careers for the future. Rapid technological and scientific advances in the medical field, along with a large aging population have created high demand for health care professionals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth rate of new jobs in health care professions will be twice the rate of job growth in non-health care professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a need for 5.3 million health care workers to fill job openings created by departures and new positions in the next five years.

The middle school years are the ideal time to reach students and introduce them to career ideas so they can begin to plan a curriculum that includes the necessary sciences and other required courses. 

A total of fifteen students from local middle schools with at least a “C” average will be selected to attend the camp from applications that include a short essay about why they want to attend the camp, and from teacher/guidance counselor recommendations.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily for the students.  Transportation to and from VCU Health CMH will be the responsibility of the students’ parents.  Students will receive a backpack with supplies and a CSI: Career Scene Investigation T-shirt.  Parents will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the week.

Applications for the camp may be obtained through each school’s guidance counselor, online by visiting vcuhealth.org, from VCU Health CMH’s Education Department or Human Resources.  For more information or for an application, please call Hazel Willis at (434) 584-5438.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING ANNOUNCES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

RICHMOND (May 11, 2018) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he has taken enforcement actions against three unlicensed contractors operating in Virginia. The three unlicensed contractors are Ricky Harmon Pettit, operating under Pettit’s Home Improvement, Ricky H. Pettit Home Improvement, and R. H. Pettit Builders in Central and Northern Virginia; Timothy Oneal White, operating as White Renovation and Construction and White Renovations in the City of Roanoke; and Gerald Lee Whitfield, operating as Whitfield’s Home Improvements in the City of Chesapeake. Each of the unlicensed contractors allegedly committed numerous violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, which generally prohibits the use of any deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, or misrepresentation in connection with a consumer transaction.
 
“No one should have to worry about whether the contractor they have hired to work on their home is licensed or trained to do the work they say they can,” said Attorney General Herring. “These unlicensed contractors are not only lying to consumers they are potentially putting them in danger with shoddy workmanship. My Consumer Protection section will continue to investigate claims of fraud and abuse against consumers and take action where we can to stop it.”
 
Ricky Harmon Pettit – Pettit’s Home Improvement, Ricky H. Pettit Home Improvement, and R. H. Pettit Builders
The Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Ricky Harmon Pettit for providing unlicensed contractor work in consumers’ homes in Central and Northern Virginia. The lawsuit alleges that in several instances Pettit offered contractor services to consumers, obtained money before performing those services, and failed to complete those services. Pettit also falsely told consumers that he was insured and licensed with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Contractors. The Complaint alleges Pettit violated the Consumer Protection Act by:
 
  • Representing that he was a plumber, when he has never held a tradesmen license with a plumbing specialty as required by statute;
  • Taking payments of $2,524.99 from one consumer to install floor and wall tiles in a bathroom, and later install a toilet, pedestal sink, and water heater, and never finishing the work;
  • Taking payments of $21,000.00 from another consumer to renovate the consumer’s kitchen, and never finishing the work;
  • Representing himself as licensed and insured on business documents including an invoice, a business card, a written contract, and his website, when Pettit was not licensed and insured;
  • Making other false statements and unfulfilled promises throughout his transactions with consumers; and
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license when a license is required.
 
Timothy Oneal White – White Renovation and Construction, and White Renovations
The Attorney General reached a settlement with Timothy Oneal White related to unlicensed contractor work performed in the City of Roanoke. Specifically, the Attorney General alleges that White violated the Consumer Protection Act by, among other things:
 
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license;
  • Taking payments of $6,650 from one consumer to complete various renovations to the consumer’s home bathroom including plumbing to make it accessible for persons with mobility issues, and never finishing the work;
  • Representing that he was a plumber, when he has never held a tradesmen license with a plumbing specialty as required by statute; and
  • Making various other misrepresentations and deceptions in his interactions with the consumer.
 
Under the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, White is prohibited from operating as a contractor without a required license and will have to pay $6,650 in restitution to the affected consumer, $2,500 for civil penalties and $500 for attorney’s fees and expenses. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance has been adopted and approved by the Roanoke City Circuit Court.
 
Gerald Lee Whitfield – Whitfield’s Home Improvements
The Attorney General has reached a settlement with Gerald Lee Whitfield alleging that Whitfield committed numerous violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by:
 
  • Undertaking work without a valid Virginia contractor’s license;
  • Taking payments of $8,796 from one consumer to complete various remodeling projects in the consumer’s home, including framing, hanging drywall, painting, and refinishing floors, and never finishing the work;
  • Describing himself in writing as a “Contractor”;
  • Representing that he was licensed to do electrical work, when he has never held a tradesmen license with an electrical specialty as required by statute; and
  • Making various other false statements and unfulfilled promises in his interactions with the consumer.
 
Under the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, Whitfield will be prohibited from operating as a contractor and electrician and will have to pay $4,398 for restitution to the affected consumer, $2,000 for civil penalties, and $500 for attorneys’ fees and expenses. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance has been filed for approval with the Chesapeake Circuit Court.
 
The three matters were handled for the Commonwealth by Assistant Attorney General Stephen John Sovinsky and Investigator Christopher Olson.
 
Consumers are encouraged to remember these tips when hiring a contractor:
  • Hire only licensed contractors.
  • Verify the contractor’s license status and check on any complaints with the Board for Contractors at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/ or call (804) 367-8511.
  • Get referrals from friends, neighbors or co-workers.
  • Check references and look at past work.
  • Get written estimates from at least three contractors.
  • Don’t automatically choose the lowest bid. Ask for an explanation of price differences.
  • Get a signed contract that includes start and completion dates, payment schedule, all materials needed, any promises or warranties.
  • Limit any down payment.
  • Don’t pay cash.
  • Don’t pay in full before all work is complete to your satisfaction.
  • Keep all paperwork.
  • You have three days to cancel most sales made at your home. If you have second thoughts, consider exercising this right.

 
If you think you have been a victim of an unlicensed contractor please reach out to the Office through Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963, or file a complaint on its website.
 
During Attorney General Herring’s administration, the Consumer Protection Section has undergone a significant reorganization and expansion, and recovered more than $243 million in relief for consumers and payments from violators.


Answering a Call for Help

By Dr. Al Roberts

It starts with a call for help. When an incident causes serious illness or injury, someone makes a phone call. Each occurrence is different. There are traffic-related injuries, workplace accidents, heart attacks, strokes, falls, and countless other events that place life and limb at risk.

After the call, emergency vehicles respond. Every time I pull over to let an ambulance dash on its way, the occasion reminds me to be thankful for the comprehensive system that exists to ensure that urgent medical care arrives when and wherever it is needed.

In years gone by, the situation was different. The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association explains “The system we have in place today was forged one link at time, dating as far back as the Civil War. With widespread trauma, a systematic and organized method of field care and transport of the injured was born out of necessity. It wasn’t until 1865, however, that the first civilian ambulance was put into service in Cincinnati.”

Our nation’s first independent, volunteer rescue squad was established in Roanoke, Virginia in 1928. Virginia’s first EMT-paramedics were certified in 1976. Today, the existence of emergency personnel waiting to be called into action is so ubiquitous that their presence is easy to take for granted.

To help raise awareness, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians work together in support of National EMS Week to recognize the contributions of personnel who bring pre-hospital care to people in need. This year, National EMS Week will be observed on May 20-26. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of SVCC, I offer these dedicated practitioners a wholehearted “Thank you” in recognition of all they do to safeguard the wellbeing of people across our communities.

Beyond giving thanks, I also feel a sense of pride. Many of the men and women who serve as EMTs and paramedics across the counties that comprise Southside Virginia received their training from programs at SVCC. As Bobby Lester, one of the College’s Emergency Medical Technician instructors explains, “The EMS program is vital to the community because it provides an avenue for our students to provide care to the citizens of our local community. Many of our students become volunteer members at local EMS and fire departments.”

Ricky Lyles, Instructor of Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services, wants prospective students to know, “SVCC offers a comprehensive slate of courses to prepare students for EMS careers.” These include four Career Studies Certificates and an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services.

If you want to be prepared to answer someone’s call for help, you can contact Ricky Lyles (ricky.lyles@southside.edu or 434-736-2097) or Bobby Lester (bobby.lester@southside.edu or 434-949-6603) for more information.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

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