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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 9, 2017 ram participant Krystal Mears of Raven is happy to have earned her GED certificate. Krystal is a participant in the BOOK Program at the District 43 Probation and Parole Office in Tazewell County. The BOOK Program is provided "through a partnership 'between Southwest Regional Adult Education and the Virginia Department of Corrections. Krystal dropped out of high school when she was in the tenth grade because her family moved, and she didn't want to go to a new high school. Krystal remembers that she felt insecure about attending a new school and meeting -new people. Years later, Krystal. a single mother of two children, became a stu- dent once again after she was put on probation for a year. Krystal says that at first she could only go to class a couple of days a month, but with the aid of Social Services. she was able to get help with transportation and child care. which opened up more opportuni- ties for her to participate in the class. Krystal prepared for GED@ testing for six months before she was able to pass her final test- math- which, for her. was the most challenging of the four GED subject tests. Krystal commented that she had missed out on a 1o~ of math by dropping out of high school, but that she was actuall3, good at math and enjoyed it. Now. she is a tutor in the class. Krystal was very pleased to be rec- ognized at the BOOK Program Graduation Ceremony in December as the Valedictorian for 2016. Tammy Brown, BOOK Program Facilitator, remarked, "Krystal has set many goals for herself since her first day in the BOOK Program~ I don't think that she ever antici- pated that she would stay in the program after she earned her GED. but almost as soon as she met that goal, she set another and another and another. She is eager to learn and always wants to know a lit- tle more. I am not sure what sparked this educa- tional fire in her. but it is burning bright, and it is contagious. Now that Krystal is a tutor in the pro- gram. she is inspiring oth- ers to love the process of learning as well as the product. She is a true shin- ing star!" Krystal is very appre- ciative of the opportunity to participate in the BOOK Program. She says it is a very supportive program that has not only helped her earn a GED certificate. but it has helped to prepare her for employment. She stated that being in the pro- gram made her realize that she could succeed in things and that it has helped her to become more motivated. She has also learned about Krystal Mears job searching and money management. In addition to earning a GED certificate, Krystal has earned a gold-level Career Readiness Certificate and a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate while in the program. Krystal's time in the BOOK Program has also helped her earn credit toward paying off fines and court costs. Krystal recom- mends the BOOK Program for anyone who is on pro- bation, and she has set a goal for herself of attend- ing college in the future. For information about earning a GED certificate or adult high school diplo- ma. contact Southwest Regional Adult education at 866-581-9935. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. another storm season? Call us today for a . free roof tnspeettonl i - Cinema Citv :" Check Sho~,limos Online nortoncJnema.com 0 CENTRAL"" : DRIVE- IN : e E~'~CkWOOCF, VA 276-'679-3761 # em ABUIt.~S: ~ CHILDREN: $4 : eeeiolloooe, oeeeeeo The January winner of Reading for Rewards at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library is Robin Mullins. She received a $25.00 gift certificate for The Donut Connection provided by the Friends of the Library. She is now eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The draw- ing will be held in December 2017. epics Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 Jesus is standing at the door knocking Well, back a few years ago, I was a carpenter by trade and we were building an addition on to Meade's Fiber in Kingsport, Tennessee. My friend and I took a day about riding with each other to work. So one day it was raining and they knocked the carpenter crew off because we were outside. But my buddy, being an electrician, he didn't have to come home. It was early in the morning and I went and told him that I would just catch me a ride and come back home. I'd always been fairly lucky at hitchhiking. So, he said, "Yeah. I'll pick you up this evening." About the first car that came along gave me a ride to Gate City. And by that time it was raining hard and the temperature had dropped and I had done caught a chill. This pickup truck pulled up and stopped. The guy driving knew me and said, "Well. where you headed?" I said. "I'rn going home." He said, 'Td be glad to take you fight to the house but I've got to go through Fort Blackmore. If you don't mind riding the back of the truck Until Fort Blackmore. I'm letting out my passenger and you'll be able to get in the cab." Well, I thought that was a sure ride home so I said, "Yeah, I'll do that." The old boy in the middle jumped out and said, "No, you won't do that.You get up there in this cab where it's warm. I'll ride back there." I said,"No, no. That's alright, i don't want to take you out of your good. warm seat." He said, "No. Just get up there." He hopped in the back of the truck and we went on. Well, a few years went by and Clint was killed in a job related accident in Bristol, Virginia. His request was that I would say the last words over him when he was gone. Well. I remember very well that day I told that story just as I'm rehearsing it to my readers today. You know, the Bible said, "Greater love hath no man than this: That he would lay.down his life for his friends." I'm proud to say that I've got a lot of friends om in this world. Some of them know the Lord. Many of them don't. But they're still my friends. Your friend and your neighbor is not always the person liv- ing next door. Let me tell you about a friend of mine that I have never met in person but one day it will all come about. I had made a debt that I could not pay. That debt was a sin debt. There was a man that came into this world without sin. No guile was ever found in his mouth. He went to Calvary's cross and paid a debt for me that I couldn't pay and a debt that He did- n't even owe. His name was Jesus. I wonder how many reading this article might still just be running your debt up day after day, more and more. But you know what? Regardless of how big it is or how much you owe. that man called Jesus is standing at the door knocking and saying, "'Whosoever will let him come and he can sup with me and I will sup with him." His name is Jesus. He paid your debt. Recipes by Mildred H err 7~