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~Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, January 26, 2017 Book Program graduation On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the Book Program ,held its graduation and awards ceremony at the Tazewell County District '43 Probation & Parole 'Office in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. The GED Book " Program is offered through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Corrections District 43 -Probation & Parole Office and Southwest Regional Adult Education. The Book Program is a key strategy of the gover- nor's offender re-entry ini- tiative and part of the Department of Correction's Virginia Adult Re-entry Initiative Strategic Plan. In , the program,' probation officers refer probationers who lack a high school- level credential to become students who work toward earning a GED Certificate. Probationers who already have a high school-level credential may be trained to serve as tutors in the program. Both student and tutor hours go toward community service ' work credit and credit toward court fines. At the ceremony, the , invocation was given by Steve Branch, Senior Pastor of Destiny Outreach Ministries. The Pledge of .Allegiance was led by Phillip Ward, a United States veteran and D43 'probation officer. Bobby Adkins, D43 Chief Probation Officer, gave the welcome and opening remarks. Tammy Brown, Book Program Facilitator, introduced the graduates and presented awards. Jeffrey Keen, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, closed the ceremony. A reception followed. There were four GED graduates recognized at the ceremony: Krystal Mears (Valedictorian), Tina Rose (Salutatorian), Brittany Doud, and Randy Sianni. Amber Fox was recognized as Student of the Year. Seven program partici- pants earned a Digital Literacy Certificate. Seven participants earned a Career Readiness Certificate. Eleven partici- pants received attendance awards. Eleven partici- pants were recognized for showing an Educational Functioning Level gain during the year. A total of fifty-nine probationers par- ticipated in the program in 2016. Tammy Brown, Book Program Facilitator, com- mented, "I am very proud of how successful the BOOK Program has been, and I know that a lot of this success is due to the posi- tive environment found at the probation center. Students are motivated to work their best because they receive support from the entire staff. Everyone in the office celebrates stu- dent achievements and gives constant encourage- ment. Many probationers have told me that they look forward to coming to class each day, and many ask if they have to stop coming once their goals have been met. I know that no one is happy about being on pro- baton, but these incredible students are able to fred the good in a bad situation. I am very biessed to have such supportive co-work- ers and to be able to teach a group of such determined students." For information about earning a GED credential or an adult high school diploma, contact Sou~west Regional Adult Education at 866-581- 9935. Tuition-free classes are offered at convenient times and locations throughout the region. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. by MiUra Habert PINEAPPLE BANANA UPSIDE DOWN "CAKE 1/2 cup butter or mar- garine 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour 2 teas. baking powder 1/2 teas. salt 3/4 cup milk 1 banana, mashed 2/3 cup brown sugar . 1 cup crushed pineapple 1/2 cup chopped pecans 4 tbsp. butter, melted Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg and mix well. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add grad- ualIy with the milk to the butter and sugar mixture. Fold in banana. Melt butter and sprinkle brown sugar on the bottom of a round cake pan. Carefully put pineapple and nuts on top. Pour batter over mixture and bake 350 degrees 25- 30 minutes. APPLE SNACK SQUARES 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 3/4 cup oil 21/2 cups self-rising flour 1 teas. cinnamon 3 cups diced peeled tart apples 1 cup chopped walnuts 3/4 cup butterscotch chips Combine sugar, eggs and oil; mix well. Stir in flour and cinnamon (batter will be thick) Stir in apples and nuts. Spread in a greased' 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle with chips. Bake 350 degrees for 35-40 min- utes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. RED RICE 1 roll sausage 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup uncooked long grain rice 1 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup each chopped green, yellow and red sweet pepper 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 teas. pepper 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 1/2 teas. salt 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, do not drain In a skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain: Transfer to a 2 qt. casserole dish. Stir in water, rice, onion, peppers, butter and pepper. Add bacon and salt. Cover and bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Bake 15 minutes longer. TOP OF THE STOVE TURNIPS 1 cup milk 1 cup water 1 tsp. salt 3 cups thinly Sliced turnips 2 cups sliced carrots 1/2 cup sliced onion 1/4 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced green pepper 1 tbsp. butter 1 cup grated cheese 3 tbsp. fine cracker crumbs Bring water and milk to a boil in a saucepan. Add salt, turnips, carrots, onion, celery and green pepper. Simmer until tender. Add butter, cheese and cracker crumbs. Simmer covered until cheese melts. Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 The Lord has promised us a place of rest By now, I'm sure all you readers of 'Topics' know I was raised a poor hillbilly boy in Russell County. I remember getting up as my mother cooked breakfast. I would go out to the barn - milk the cow; feed the hogs; take care of the horses; and feed the chickens. After breakfast I would go to the field with my dad. On a farm, there was little free time because there was always some- thing that needed to be done.Working on a farm is a "thirteen month" a year job! That was my life until I left home to start my own family. I worked many jobs throughout the years. One job was working for Shirley Constuction in D.C. I would work for ten hours on my construction job'tben drive across town and work another six hours stripping floors and putting down carpet for Bobby Wilson. I found out. from my childhood on that there was an advantage to work- ing long hours - I NEVER had any problem falling asleep. Insomnia was a for- eign word to me! Seems like now-a-days everyone complains about not being able to sleep. They need a pill to put them down and another pill to wake them up. If they could have ever worked a day for my dad - Bill Jones - I'm sure they would have fallen asleep before their head hit the pillow! Well, it's true it is a dif- ferent world we live in today with completely dif- ferent stresses and worries than we' had when I was a boy; but I'm glad the Lord has promised us a place of rest while the ceaseless ages roll on. Pictured from left to right are Krystal Mears, Bobby Adkins, Tina Rose, Tammy Brown, and Randy Sianni. Coffee time at library invites area senior citizens 2 Every Monday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate and light Make plans to come refreshments, by the library each Visit with your Monday for coffee and friends, talk about the conversation. news going, on in the For more information area, read the local news- contact the J. Fred papers or browse through Matthews Memorial the library's magazine Library at 276-762-9702. selections. Tornado sports alumni invited to KU Winter Sports Reunion Saturday, February 4 King University's Athletic Department and Office of Development are hosting a Winter Sports Reunion Saturday, Feb. 4 in honor of former Tornado student-athletes in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's wrestling, and cheer. Events begin at 11:30 a.m. on the mezzanine in the Student Center Complex on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The events will kick off with a luncheon in the Student Center Complex with coaches, captains, and players. At 2 p.m., atten- dees will enjoy watching two competitions as the Tornado women's basket- ball and men's basketball take on Limestone College at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respec- tively. "We are excited to wel- come back athletic alumni "for a time of fellowship and a chance to be recog- nized at halftime during both games," says Dana K. McMurray, director of alumni relations at King University. "This will be a great opportunity for for- mer King athletes to meet the current coaches and their captains, as well as enjoy some exciting Tornado competition. Celebrating our 150th anniversary through events such as this gives alumni opportunities to reminisce about their days at King." Athletic Director David Hicks says, "'While alumni of the basketball, wrestling, and cheer pro- grams will be formally rec- ognized, alumni of all sports are encouraged to attend. A similar event will be held in the spring for other sports." RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 30 to Dawn McMurray at 800.621.5464 or by email to dmcmurray@ king. e du. There is no cost for the event. Visit for additional information. c,vi Cinema Stadium Theatres : i Movie Hotline For Sl~,,~,'ti~i i 276-679-.425 Check Showtimes Online : .CENTRAL : : DRIVE- IN B~Oovoot.l. 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