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October 2019

DRS Imaging Partners with Southside Virginia Community College to Invest in Virginia Families

DRS employees outside the facility in Clarksville,Virginia are (Left to Right) Jamie Caknipe, Kelly Gordon, Judieth Cain, Allene Thompson, Shelby Russell , Shantell Cheatwood, Alexis Gregory, Bruce Terry (New Production Manager) Clifford Newman (CEO), Jeanette Rawlings (New Floor Manager) , Tiffany Slagle, SVCC Instructor,  Michelle Jiggetts, Shavonda Hurt, Shavonne Hargrove, Monica Vaughan, Nick Jean-Baptiste, DRS Board Member and Investor, Jessica Caknipe,  and Calvin Long.

A new partnership between DRS Imaging Services, LLC (“DRS”) and Southside Virginia Community College (“SVCC”) has the potential to increase the skillset of Clarksville, Virginia residents, while also creating jobs in the local community.

DRS, a document scanning, storage and retrieval services company located in Clarksville, and SVCC have created an innovative partnership which offers college classes to DRS employees during work hours. The aim of the partnership is to empower DRS’ workforce to meet a growing demand for its services, while also investing in the families of Clarksville.

The partnership is a part of DRS’ on-going commitment to the communities in which it works, particularly rural communities. This new partnership is a good fit for the rural Virginia community, as Governor Ralph Northam has made rural workforce development a priority. He recently stated at the Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity that investing in jobs and workforce development are critical to help the commonwealth’s rural communities thrive.

The first class offering, Introduction to Business, has helped DRS employees grow their skills and enhance their productivity, both on the job and off.

Bruce Terry of Clarksville, a 37-year-old DRS employee, enrolled in the class and was recently promoted to production manager.  He considered college at one time but, instead, joined the workforce out of high school.  The Introduction to Business course is allowing Bruce to now revisit his desires to attend college, he said. 

“It also allows something that my stepdaughter, a freshman at Old Dominion University, and I  can bond over”, he continued. 

Shavonne Hargrove, a mother of three and DRS employee, admits, “I was nervous about taking a college class, especially the testing part”.  However, she has endeavored to learn business and believes that this class will improve her job performance and increase her personal satisfaction.   

Jeanette Rawlings, a floor supervisor, shares that being a college student makes her a role model for her two daughters.  “Anything I can do to help my kids, I am going to do,” said Rawlings.

DRS has eleven nationwide offices, and the company has employed Southside Virginians at the local site for over 16 years. DRS CEO Cliff Newman, inspired by his own father’s success as an entrepreneur, has always sought solutions for a more productive and empowered workforce. The partnership with SVCC was, to him, a no-brainer.

“We have hundreds of employees nationwide and we work hard to take care of them,” said Newman. “Our employees are our core asset, and by investing in them, we are investing in our business. Giving employees an opportunity to gain college credits towards a diploma helps them and, candidly, is also beneficial to the growth of our business.”

Nick Jean-Baptiste, Board Member and an investor in DRS said, “DRS is growing the local community, our employees and our bottom line.  Partnering with SVCC enables us to reach these goals.”

The classes, which are held in a conference room that was quickly converted into an educational classroom to hold 16 eager students, have exceeded everyone’s high expectations. The students love their teacher, Tiffany Slagle, an SVCC Accounting instructor.

 “It has been such an amazing experience working with students outside of the traditional college setting and stepping out of my comfort zone,” said Slagle. “This in-house training program is such a wonderful opportunity for the employees and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, sees this partnership as something that can be replicated by other companies and other community colleges. The partnership, he said, has been a success due to DRS’s commitment.

Dr. Patton said, “It has been a pleasure to work with DRS on creating this opportunity.  It is obvious the company is dedicated to improving their employee's lives and is willing to make this happen.”

Martha Ann Powell Jasso

September 1, 1953 - October 2, 2019

Graveside Services Visitation

2pm October 19th

Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
974 Zion Church Road
Skippers, Virginia

October 19th following service until 4:30 pm

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Road
Skippers, Virginia

Martha Powell Jasso (66) our beloved mother and sister departed her earthly home into God's hands on Wednesday, October 2nd.  For over a year, Mom was in hospice.  She always showed strength and love as she battled the ups and downs associated with her illness, ultimately succumbing to complications from a stroke.

There will be a graveside service 2pm October 19th at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery (974 Zion Church Road Skippers Virginia).  The family will provide refreshments and receive friends to celebrate Martha's life in the Fellowship Hall until 4:30 p.m.  We welcome any pictures and stories of our mother you'd like to share.

Mom enjoyed collecting Angels, watching QVC and Hallmark, observing Birds and other wildlife on her many feeders.  Her favorite thing was visiting with her children, grandchildren and staying connected with family and friends.

Martha was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, however, enjoyed Texas for many years before returning to Virginia.  She loved her time in Emporia, Virginia working as a Radiologist Assistant in the local hospital while caring for her aging parents.  Mom ultimately settled in the Greensboro, NC area to be closer to her three grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Posey Odell Powell (2011) and Betty Ray Powell (2001) she is preceded in death by her brother Mitchell Ray Powell (2015).

Surviving are her Daughters Wendy Conner (Tony) of Julian, NC and Debra Barnes (Chris) of McLeansville, NC; Father of her children Joseph Boyette of Greensboro,  NC; Grandchildren Shelby, Krandle, Emily and Christopher; Sister Patricia Earnhardt (Jerry) of Emporia, VA; Brother Terry Powell (Wanda) of Emporia,  VA; Sister-in-law Melanie Powell of Skippers, VA;  Nephews Tommy, Carl and Robert; Nieces Crystal, Michelle, Caitlin and Lindsey;  and several greatnephews and greatnieces she adored.

We cannot thank the nurses and staff of the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell enough as we witnessed their love and compassion to our mother during her final days.

Mom will forever be in our hearts but we know that she is pain-free surrounded by her family that has gone before and is in the presence of our Lord and Saviour.

Flowers can be sent to Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA or In Memory Of Mom donations can be made to Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell (www.hospiceac.org)

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WELCOMES 59 NEW TROOPERS TO ITS RANKS

RICHMOND – On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, the Commonwealth graduated its 130th generation of Virginia State Troopers. The 59 new troopers were presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County. Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Ryant Washington was in attendance of the graduation ceremony.

The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 130th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 20, 2019.

The graduates of the 130th Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Upon graduation, the new troopers reported to their individual duty assignments across Virginia the week of October 7. For their final phase of training, each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.

130th BASIC GRADUATING CLASS

  Name

Hometown

Assignment

Kevin Alexander Allen

Virginia Beach

Hampton/Newport News

Maximo L. Arduini

Hamilton, New Jersey

Chesterfield

Domanic James Banish

Ticonderoga, New York

Fairfax

Brian Wayne Barrett

Bristol

Scott

Richard Shayne Brooks

Suffolk

York

Sung Hoon Cho

Sterling

Springfield

Jabreia Camay Clark

South Hill

Mecklenburg

Christopher Thomas Cortese

Guilderland, New York

Orange

Kelsea Lee Crotts

Smithfield

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Anthony Carroll Daulton, Jr.

Appomattox

Prince Edward

Luis Brian Delgado

Chester

Chesterfield

 Aaron Matthew Dorr

Suffolk

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Nicholas Charles Fleischer

Bangor, Pennsylvania

Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Jacob Peter Gooch

Woodbridge

Springfield

Keith Aaron Griese

Manassas

Prince William

Devin Nicholas Hacker

Courtland

Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Chance Alan Harrington

Rural Retreat

Frederick

Justin Roy Harris

Seville, Ohio

Campbell

Matthew Lane Hedgepeth

Chester

Hampton/Newport News

Andrew Ryan Jennings

Charlottesville

Arlington

Tanner Blake Jones

Damascus

Halifax

William Revely Keesee

Amherst

Franklin

Alexander Stephen King

Indianapolis, Indiana

Fairfax

Jason Patrick Kirk

Wytheville

Wythe

Joseph James Kulick

Edwardsville, Pennsylvania

Hampton/Newport News

Michael B. LeSage

Port Haywood

York

William McKinley Lester, II

Wise

Scott

William H. Littlejohn, Jr.

Chester

Dinwiddie

Joseph Hunter Lowe

Rural Retreat

Springfield

Larry Nathan Luna

Hackensack, New Jersey

Springfield

Jalante Rashard Manns

Roanoke

Isle of Wight

William Wyatt McCraw

Danville

Pittsylvania

Matthew David Meadows

Verona

Augusta

Conlan Jonathan Miller

Herndon

Fairfax

Bradley Austin Mills

Ashland

Hanover

Christopher Edward Miskin

Midlothian

Chesterfield

Adolfo Alberto Orellana

North Chesterfield

Stafford

Caleb James Parnell

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Rockbridge

Jesse Dylan Peebles

Fries

Albemarle

Joshua Ryan Pelletier

La Crosse

Lunenburg

William Austin Peters

Rural Retreat

Dinwiddie

Alexander Carl Pike

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Warren

Devin Joseph Pluchino

Virginia Beach

Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Isaiah Chance Puckett

Ararat

Botetourt

Katie Jean Reeves

Bealeton

Madison

Benjamin Alan Rhodes

Bracey

Mecklenburg

James Matthew Riggs

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

James City

Alexandra Nicole Roberts

Bumpass

Stafford

David M. Saunders

Henrico

Hanover

Kevin Peter Schumann

Centreville

Fairfax

Timofey Smosyuk

Vestal, New York

Henrico

Lloyd Ryan Spencer

Patrick Springs

Botetourt

Justin Lee Sproston

Gloucester

Mathews

Ryan James Walker

Midlothian

Rockbridge

 Matthew Allan Wilkinson

Clarksville

Appomattox

John Dakota Winebrenner

Danville

Pittsylvania

John Carper Workman

Wytheville

Albemarle

John Tyler Wukich

Christiansburg

Albemarle

James Brandon Yates

Lebanon

Botetourt

Frances Jeanette Phillips

October 8, 1941-October 2, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6-8 pm Sunday, October 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Monday, October 7

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Frances Jeanette Phillips, 77, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019. She was the widow of Marvin T. Phillips and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Chuck Anderton, Bobby Anderton and Earl Anderton.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by two sons, Roger Phillips (T. J.), and Jason Phillips (Rhonda); granddaughter, Tori; step-grandchildren, Justin Mitchell (Brianna), Casey Davis (Justin) and Aleahsia Wyatt; sister, Edna Turner and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 Sunday, October 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, October 7 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Virginia Attorney General Sparks Up Conversation on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

By Jeff Raines, Capital News Service

RICHMOND –Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Virginia Tuesday night. 

“Virginians know we can do better. It’s time to move toward legal, regulated adult use,” Herring said in his retweet ofa studythat revealed more than half of Virginians agree with him. 

The study, published by the University of Mary Washington last month, showed that 61% of Virginians support legalization of recreational marijuana, while 34% oppose legalization. The remaining respondents said they were uncertain.

 This is a noticeable uptick from a UMW study conducted in 2017 that showed 39% of Virginians supported legalizing marijuana for personal use. The 2017 question was worded differently, asking if marijuana should be legalized in general, for personal or medical use, or remain illegal. A plurality said medical marijuana should be legal and the rest (17%) were opposed to legalization. 

Recreational use of marijuana is becoming an increasingly popular issue for Virginia politicians as they go into the November State Senate elections and the upcoming 2021 gubernatorial elections. 

Stephen Farnsworth, a UMW political science professor, said he believes legalization is several years away, but the timeline could change if a Democratic majority is elected in November. Eighty percent of the Commonwealth’s youth (25 and under) are in favor of recreational marijuana, Farnsworth said. “Winning the support of younger voters can be key.” 

Herring, a candidate in the 2021 gubernatorial elections, has long voiced his support for decriminalization of marijuana. 

Micheal Kelly, director of communications for Herring, said in an email the attorney general believes “Virginia needs to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, take action to address past convictions, and a move towards legal and regulated adult use in Virginia.”

Almost all marijuana-related arrests last year (90%) were for possession alone, and arrests for marijuana possession have increased 115% from 2003 to 2017, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. First time marijuana convictions in Virginia have risen 53% from 2008 to 2017, with enforcement costs estimated to be nearly $81 million a year.

Henry Chester "Chet" Boone

September 9, 1938-September 28, 2019

Memorial Services

Monday, October 7, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Henry Chester "Chet" Boone, born September 9, 1938, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the age of 81. Chet spent his formative years in Gates County, NC ; he entered the Marine Corps after high school, and later  earned a degree in accounting and a Master’s in Business from the University of Richmond.  Chet moved with his family in 1969 to Emporia, VA where he worked as a CPA and was well known for his community work in Rotary, Ruritan, YMCA and Main Street United Methodist Church.  After retiring from his work life, Chet remained committed to his community work while dedicating himself to his passions. He earned another degree, this time in fine furniture making; he trained in cooking and gardening and became a fixture in southside Virginia as he travelled on his bike.

Chet is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Ipock Boone, his children: Hank, Bill, Bob and his wife Chantal, Alex (Betsy) and her husband Gary Nelson; seven grandchildren, Laura, Kiara, Kyle, Sarah Mia, Alan, Stephanie, and Cade.  He is also survived by extended family including his sister Edna and her husband Heber Eason, his brother Robert and his wife Lynda, and numerous beloved nieces and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents William and Doris Greene Boone and his brother Bill.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 7, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. Chet’s family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

October, 2019 Update From Congressman McEachin

 

This month we are very excited to announce a special opportunity for the young people of my district, Eco Heroes. Participating students will complete a series of environmentally focused challenges to learn more about the importance of being eco-friendly in our daily lives. This is an opportunity for youngsters in our district to show their passion and be Eco Heroes.

I am very concerned about the environment and the future health of our planet. I have been so impressed by the work, commitment and passion shown by youth around the world to improve the environment, particularly after the Youth Climate Strike. Greta Thunberg and her dedicated climate army are an inspiration to all of us. This program emphasizes the small and easy ways you can make a difference and is open to elementary school students in Virginia’s fourth congressional district.

To register yourself, your child or another youth in your life send an email to va04.projects@mail.house.gov before October 14th. For those who successfully complete the program, I will be hosting a reception for them with their parents and they will each receive a certificate. I hope to meet many, many young EcoHeroes so join the program and become a Fourth District Eco Hero!

Just a reminder - If you have an issue or a problem with a federal agency, my office is happy to help. Just go to my website, mceachin.house.gov, to get started. We are also happy to record your opinion on any news topic. Additionally, my office will be participating in the Grand Opening of Freedmen’s Point on October 15th in Hopewell so please feel free to say hello to them or express any concerns.

-Congressman A. Donald McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th Congressional District

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