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Job Posting

Maintenance Worker

 

Job Posting #:  2018-20

Residential treatment facility is seeking a full-time Maintenance Worker. Job duties include basic building and vehicle maintenance, performing equipment and building safety inspections, painting, plumbing, basic carpentry, electrical, & HVAC repair and installation.    

Formal experience in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, or HVAC is required.  Tradesman certification in one of the above listed trades is preferred.

Competitive pay & benefits including company sponsored 401(k) plan, health, life, dental, and vision insurance.  Post offer drug screen, physical, and criminal background screening required.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is a Drug Free Work Place.  Position Open until filled.  EEO. 

Mail, fax, or e-mail cover letter and resume by December 17, 2018 to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job#:  2018-20
546 Walnut Grove Drive
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Fax: (434) 634-6237

E-mail:  careers@jacksonfeild.org

 

Career Opportunity

Guidance Counselor

Brunswick Academy is seeking an experienced Guidance Counselor certified in Guidance beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Brunswick Academy is a PreK-12 independent school located in Lawrenceville, VA.

Requirements: Possession of a Master’s Degree in School Counseling, Guidance Counseling, or School Guidance and Counseling from an accredited college or university; possession of or eligible for a Virginia Department of Education professional teaching certificate with a guidance endorsement and preferred 3 years experience in guidance or related field.

Job duties include but not limited to the following:

  • Provides academic, personal/social, and career counseling • Coordinates comprehensive school counseling program • Communicates with parents and agency representatives • Coordinates teacher and parent conferences as needed • Interprets test data and student records for parents and teachers •  Scheduling of classes • Engaged and on task • Performs other duties as required • Must have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum, instruction and counseling/guidance theory and practice • Communication skills, both oral and written, must be highly developed to meet the diverse needs of the clientele, professional staff and other community agencies • Must be able to organize and carry out student activity programs; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Health insurance and 403(b) retirement program available.

Brunswick Academy is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free work place.  Brunswick Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, race, religion, or sex in employment or education.  Applicants considered for employment must successfully complete the following background investigations/tests: • State Police Criminal History Investigation • Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigation • Tuberculosis Screening/Test.  This position is open until filled.

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to:

Brunswick Academy
Attn:  Kristine Thompson
Guidance Counselor
E-mail:  thompsonk@brunswickacademy.com

Angel Tree at Benchmark Community Bank Helps Our Neighbors

Benchmark Community Bank is sponsoring a 2018 Angel Tree to benefit an Emporia family that recently lost everything they had. Each angel represents items needed by different members of the family. Branch Manager Gloria Robinson, pictured, invites the community to include this family as you give to a neighbor in need. To participate, stop by the branch located at 216 W. Atlantic Street in the Goodwill Shopping Center.

Hours are 9-5 Monday-Thursday and 9-5:30 Fridays. Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 14th. To learn more about the Angel Tree project, stop by the Emporia branch or call 434-829-2877

Kenneth T. Herrick

Kenneth T. Herrick, 68, of Emporia, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Herrick; his father, Albert Herrick; brother, Olin Herrick of Lawrenceville, VA; two sisters, Carolyn Montgomery of Florida and Martha Hall of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law, Gail A. Mainwaring and husband, Frank of Emporia; niece, Christina Lake and husband, Ron; nephew, Jonathan Lynch and wife, Laci and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 21 at First Christian Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after funeral services in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Rd, Emporia. Virginia 23847.

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

 

Representatives McEachin, Schneider Introduced P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act

Legislation to highlight why U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is disastrous

WASHINGTON – Congressmen A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Produce All Relevant Information to Safeguard (P.A.R.I.S.) Climate Act at the same time the United Nations Climate Change annual conference takes place in Poland.

“Climate change poses an existential threat to the world as we know it, and preventing that change is one of the most pressing issues we face. Public health, environmental quality, and our economy are at risk if we do not act. Several international and domestic reports have confirmed the urgency of our situation, and this administration must use the facts we have to protect the American people and everyone with whom we share this one Earth,” said Congressman McEachin. “Three years after the signing of the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference, Congressman Schneider and I introduced the P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act because we know the Paris Agreement was a crucial step toward ensuring our world is livable and healthy, and science shows our withdrawal endangers that precious goal.”

“The Trump Administration is stubbornly set on ignoring the science of climate change and slowing our transition to renewable sources of energy,” said Congressman Schneider. “The recently released National Climate Assessment illustrates that time is running out to curb emissions and address the climate threat to our economy, nation, and planet. Our legislation would require the Administration to answer for its wrong-headed decision to unilaterally withdraw from the international Paris Agreement. I will continue to work with Congressman McEachin and my colleagues to put the United States on a path to lower emissions and reengagement with the international community.”

The P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act would require the Secretary of State to regularly publish a public assessment that highlights the damaging consequences of the Trump Administration’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This straightforward bill demands regular answers to the following questions:

  1. How many parties have formally indicated an intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement?
  2. Does the State Department have a reasonable expectation that any parties may pursue withdrawal in the next year? If so, which, and for what reasons?
  3. Has the U.S. established specific terms for re-engagement with the Paris Agreement, per stated administration policy?

The P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act will force the administration to acknowledge the dangers of withdrawal, again and again. Every other nation recognizes the threat posed by climate change; Reps. McEachin and Schneider believe that this administration should stop preventing the United States from doing as much as possible to mitigate the impact of climate change. Bill text of H.R. 7220 is available here.

IG Warns Public About Fraudulent Phone Calls Threatening Arrest or Legal Action

Posted on  by Andrew Cannarsa, OIG Communications Director

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is urging citizens to remain vigilant of telephone impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continues to receive reports from across the country about fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be from SSA.  Recent reports have indicated that unknown callers are using increasingly threatening language in these calls.  The callers state, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number (SSN) or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number to address the issue.  This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls or provide any personal information.

SSA employees do contact citizens, generally those who have ongoing business with SSA, by telephone for customer-service purposes.  However, SSA employees will neverthreaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information.  In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

“Unfortunately, scammers will try anything to mislead and harm innocent people, including scaring them into thinking that something is wrong with their Social Security account and they might be arrested,” Stone said.  “I encourage everyone to remain watchful of these schemes and to alert family members and friends of their prevalence.  We will continue to track these scams and warn citizens, so that they can stay several steps ahead of these thieves.”

The OIG recently warned that some of these impersonation calls have “spoofed” SSA’s national customer service phone number, displaying 1-800-772-1213 as the incoming number on caller ID.

The Acting Inspector General urges citizens to be extremely cautious, and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.  If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, you should report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

For more information, please visit https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness.

Seasonal work can empower you

By Jacqueline Weisgarber

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

Soon after school begins in the fall, many businesses begin advertising for seasonal workers.  It’s a good way for people to make some extra income during the busy holiday season or ease back into working.

The diversity of jobs appeals to many people. Each year, companies also hire for seasonal work-from-home positions. These jobs include: customer service, sales, tech support, call center representatives, healthcare support, order taking/review, and more. Seasonal positions may help bridge employment gaps on your resume. They show proven experience and that you are ready, willing, and able to succeed. They also can help you to develop new or strengthen existing skills through training.

If you receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), special rules make it possible for people to work and still receive monthly payments. If you want to try working again, seasonal work may help you ease back into the work force. ReadWorking While Disabled at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10095.pdf or visit our Ticket to Work website at https://choosework.ssa.gov for more information.

Keep in mind that you must report all earnings, including your seasonal earnings, to Social Security; however, they also count toward your future benefits. You earn Social Security credits when you work in a job and pay Social Security taxes. We use your total yearly earnings to figure your Social Security credits. You can learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10072.pdf.

You can also get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But if you’re younger than full retirement age and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced, although not dollar for dollar. Your benefits may increase when you reach full retirement age. You can read more about working while retired at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/retire/whileworking.html.

Getting back to work can empower you in a number of ways. Social Security is here for you throughout your life’s journey — at each step of your working life and beyond.

Greensville Memorial Foundation Helps Jackson-Feild

Recognizing the importance of doing all they can to improve the quality of life and health of the community, the Greensville Memorial Foundation recently awarded grant funding to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health (JFBHS) Services to purchase a new eight-passenger van.

On average, residents at JFBHS are driven 20,000 miles per year for medical and dental appointments. Replacing a 2010 minivan with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, this new vehicle is expected to provide reliable transportation of the children for a number of years.

The board and staff of JFBHS are most grateful to Executive Director Jill Slate and the board of the Greensville Memorial Foundation for this wonderful gift.

VSP Urging Motorists to Stay Off the Roads, Even as Two Troopers Struck by Vehicles

Two Virginia State Police troopers have been struck due to vehicles losing control on Virginia's slick highways. Since the Governor of Virginia declared a State of Emergency Saturday (Dec. 8), Virginians have been advised to avoid travel during the storm. Yet, Virginia State Police have responded statewide to more than a thousand traffic crashes and just shy of 1,150 disabled/stuck vehicles between 12:01 a.m. Sunday and 10 p.m Sunday (Dec. 9, 2018). 

At 6:44 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 81 lost control at the 94 mile marker in Pulaski County and slammed into a trooper and his patrol vehicle. The trooper was seated inside his patrol car at the time of the crash. Fortunately, the trooper was not injured nor was the driver of the out-of-control vehicle. 

On Sunday at approximately, 7:11 p.m., a Virginia State Police Trooper was stopped with his emergency equipment activated assisting a disabled vehicle on the left hand shoulder of southbound I-95, at the 89.6 mile marker in Hanover County.  A 2003 GMC Yukon traveling southbound lost control and struck the trooper's vehicle in the rear.  The trooper was sitting inside of his vehicle at the time of impact sustaining minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.  No other injuries were reported.  (The attached photos are the property of the Virginia State Police, which permits for their publication/broadcast.)

This is why the Virginia State Police is still advising folks to delay travel unless absolutely necessary. The highways are still slick and snow-covered. As the temperatures drop overnight, roadways will freeze and turn even more dangerous.   

As of 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9), the Virginia State Police are responding to the following:

Richmond Division: 
31 Disabled Vehicles
68 Traffic Crashes
Culpeper Division: 
3 Disabled Vehicles
11 Traffic Crashes
Appomattox Division: 
23 Disabled Vehicles
14 Traffic Crashes
Wytheville Division: 
13 Disabled Vehicles
6 Traffic Crashes
Chesapeake Division: 
8 Disabled Vehicles
8 Traffic Crashes
Salem Division: 
15 Disabled Vehicles
13 Traffic Crashes
Fairfax Division:
3 Disabled Vehicles
1 Traffic Crash
   
 
 
 
 
 

Toy Drive at Union Bank and Trust

Now through the 18th bring new and unwrapped toys to Union Bank and Trust at 100 Dominion Drive in Emporia for families being sponsored by Social Services in this time of need. You may drop your toys from  Monday-Thurs 9:00-5:00, Friday 9:00 – 6:00 or Saturday 9:00 – 12:00 in the drive thru

Once the drive has ended, we will deliver the toys to Social Services and they will deliver these to the children in the area.

Branch Manager Brent Mason and employees Pam Brown, Shirley Mangrum, and then Nancy Cobb all from the Union Bank & Trust Emporia branch.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Safety Technician: Will report to Safety Manager and have administrative responsibilities of all aspects of safety management. AAS Degree in Safety/Health or related field or HSD/GED with at least 3 years of health and safety experience or related field. Should include identifying & mitigating hazards, incident investigation, training, etc..  Job Order #1514887

 

 

Security Officer Veteran Jobs Mission SUSA:  HSD/GED required. Will observe and report all activities/incidents at an assigned client site, providing for the security & safety of client property and personnel.  Job Order #1514358

 

 

Supervisor Trainee:  HSD/GED required. Experience in Microsoft Office Software. Willing to work in hot, humid, cold/noisy industrial environment and work any shift and become proficient in OSHA safe work practices.  Job Order #1514564

 

 

Hotel Desk Clerk:  HSD/GED required. Possess basic computer skills, able to work in fact paced environment, multi-task and make decisions. Willing to work days, nights, holidays, weekends.  Must have prior hotel desk reception experience. Job Order #1514882

 

 

GREENSVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER IS HAVING A JOB FAIR AT VEC OFFICE IN EMPORIA ON DECEMBER 17TH 10AM – 1PM. Job Order #1512544

        

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

From the Desk of Delegate Tyler: Do you need healthcare?

~Medicaid Expansion for Healthcare Coverage deadline is December 15.~

If you do not have healthcare, please review the updated eligibility criteria for Medicaid. Medicaid expansion applications will reach their application deadline on December 15, 2018. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 19-64 and you CANNOT be eligible for Medicare. One of the most notable improvements is that Medicaid will now cover adults without children, which was not offered before. The amount of income one can make also has increased which provides an opportunity for even more people to gain coverage. To apply for healthcare coverage, apply online at https://www.healthcare.govor contact your county’s Social Services office for more assistance (**see contact information below**).  The income requirements are as follows:

INCOME REQUIREMENTS

MONTHLY                                                YEARLY

Family Size                             Monthly Income                     Yearly Income

1 (No Children)                            $1,397                                                 $16,754

2 Members                                   $1,894                                                 $22,715

3 Members                                     $2,391                                                 $28,677

4 Members                                     $2,887                                                 $34,638

5 Members                                     $3,384                                                 $40,600

6 Members                                     $3,881                                                 $46,562

7 Members                                     $4,378                                                 $52,523

8 Members                                     $4,875                                                 $58,485

 

SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT. CONTACT INFO

Greensville Co., VA & Emporia, VA Social Services: (434) 634-6576

Southampton Co., VA Social Services: (757) 653-3080

Franklin, VA Social Services: (757) 562-8520

Brunswick Co., VA Social Services: (434) 848-2142

Dinwiddie Co., VA Social Services: (804) 469-4524

Isle of Wight Co., VA Social Services: (757) 365-0880

Lunenburg Co., VA Social Services: (434) 696-2134

Surry Co., VA Social Services: (757) 294-5240

Sussex Co., VA Social Services: (434) 246-1083

Law Enforcement Honored at SVCC Banquet

The Eleventh Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet was hosted by Southside Virginia Community College on November 29, 2018.  The event featured local law enforcement officers chosen to receive Officer of the Year awards for their department.  Those attending and receiving the award are (Left to Right) Dr. Alfonzo  Seward, SVCC Associate Professor of Administration of Justice, Detective Carie Watters chosen for South Hill Police Department, Sgt. William V.. Smith, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Devin Jones, Clarksville Police Department, Deputy Robert Sawyer of Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sheriff Davis Cumbia of Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department, Virginia State Trooper Natalie Jimenez from Area 35, Sgt. William Stembridge, Chase City Police Department, Captain David Shidell of Emporia Police Department, Deputy Jimmy Lee Pair of Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Trooper William Dean II, Area 22, Matthew Gatling, Victoria Police Department, and Guest Speaker First Sergeant George Crespo, Virginia State Police. 

Community Invited to Complete Survey in Search for SVCC’s New President

The preliminary stage of the process to secure a new president for Southside Virginia Community College is underway.  Dr. Al Roberts, current president, will retire effective July, 1, 2019 and the college and the Virginia Community College System will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Betsy Sharrett, Chair of the SVCC Local Board, said, “On behalf of the SVCC Local Board, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Roberts for his devoted leadership.  He has provided five years of outstanding service to both our College and Southside Virginia.”

As one of the first prescribed steps the Board will identify the most pivotal challenges or opportunities that the College will face over the next three to five years.  These will be used as a guide in constructing a strategic framework and determine the leadership quality required of the next president. 

The entire community is urged to take an online survey as stakeholders in the process and the future of SVCC.  Please respond by December 11, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8NXSCLW or find it on the college website www.southside.edu

Sharrett noted, “While we are losing a much-respected leader, we are confident that we will be able to find a worthy successor to lead this great institution.”

Microsoft and MidAtlantic Broadband Communities Corporation Donates for Purchase of Dental Equipment for Children

Front Row: Todd Howell, Vice-President of Professional Services at VCU Health CMH; Sandra Hubbard, CMH Foundation Cabinet Co-chair; and Shannon Lambert, CMH Foundation Manager. Back Row: Tad Derisio, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation; Nathan Hamm, IT Operations Manager at the Microsoft Data Center; Brian Bourroughs, Data Operations Manager at the Microsoft Data Center; and Jeremy Satterfield, Manager of the Tech Spark Initiative.

During a recent joint initiative, Microsoft and MidAtlantic Broadband Communities Corporation came together to donate $75,000 to benefit the purchase of pediatric dental equipment for the new VCU Health CMH Family Dental Clinic.

The clinic, which opened on November 26, 2018 will serve adult and pediatric patients, providing a full array of dental services for residents of the community.

Led by Dr. Natasha Grover, staff members, dental students, dental residents, endodontic residents and faculty in addition to oral surgeons for the VCU School of Dentistry will provide state of the art dental care in a new technologically-advanced facility.

Generous support from Microsoft and MidAtlantic will ensure access to specialized dental equipment for children.

“Support from our leaders in the business community is so important to the success of a community hospital. We are so appreciative of the generosity of Microsoft and MidAtantic Broadband Communities”, said Todd Howell. “This philanthropic generosity will mean a great deal to our patients, and to our community.”

 

Averett University and Southside Virginia Community College Partner in Sociology/Criminal Justice Articulation Agreement

DANVILLE, Va. (November 30, 2018) -- Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) President Dr. Alfred Roberts signed the first articulation agreement and a community educational partnership agreement between the two schools in order to make the transfer process to Averett orderly and smooth for graduates of SVCC.

The articulation agreement focuses on those studying sociology and criminal justice, allowing for students who have completed SVCC’s administration of justice program to transfer to Averett University and continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice. The students will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.  

The community educational partnership agreement guarantees acceptance into Averett with a junior status of any student from SVCC who has completed an associate’s degree. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be able to transfer.

“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Southside Virginia Community College. This is a wonderful opportunity for more students who wish to build upon their two-year degree by taking that next step to a four-year university,” Franks said. “We want to make the transition as easy as possible and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Southside Virginia Community College.” 

Both the Community Educational Partnership Agreement and the articulation agreement allow for an orderly and smooth transition for students, including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.

"Partnerships such as this one with Averett University are critical to the success of SVCC and our students. By joining others who share a common commitment to access and opportunity, we are able to provide additional pathways for our students to further their educational journey. We look forward to continued collaboration with Averett to better serve the citizens of Southside Virginia," said Dr. Roberts.

“Give it a Try”

Christmas soon will be here
and just so we don’t regret
think of all the many presents
that for our family get.
 
Yes add that puzzle book for Tommy
and a doll for his sister Sue
perhaps you’ll realize at least this year
that all their other gifts will do.
 
Just make a list of the take aways
that they can do without
then think of all the disaster victims
in and around about.
 
Yes many people all around us
were waiting for Christmas too
yet the perils of a lifetime struck
and there was nothing they could do.
 
Now we cannot change what happened
but now so many will have none
unless we do the right thing
and from Tommy’s and Sue’s list take back one.
 
Explain to them the reasoning
and the most will understand
yes and you will feel better too
for lending all a hand.
 
                                  Roy E. Schepp
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