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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 11, 2016 iiPluggedlnVA araoptometric i program participant I: The following article I was written by Kellie Peck ii Of Pounding Mill, a partic- I i ipant in the PluggedlnVA ] i Paraoptometric program, ] which ran from January 5, 2015 to August 12, 2015. In listgoes on ]::her article, Kellie talks ep about how getting a post- card in the mail and mak- ~ ing a phone call brought ~ about a significant change i~ in her life. !~ A Second Chance i: by Kellie Peck ~' i , What makes your clock I tick? Is it your drive to suc- ' ceed or money in your pocket? Mine is both. ~i However, since I wasn't i~ eligible for financial aid, ',i this made my college aspi- i~7;rations difficult. That was 12what I thought, at least, '(~ until the day I received a 12. postcard about the PluggedInVA program. ~With postcard in hand, I ,made a ten minute tele- ,;,phone call that changed my life. I knew that this would be a second chance and a new start. For many people, there are grants and loans to assist with education. There are Pell Grants, and on. Depending upon your grades and classes that you have taken and passed, these options can be avail- able to you. But what if that luxury isn't presented to you because of circum- stances in the past? It is not fair in the least, but that doesn't stop it from hap- pening. A few years ago, I was a single mother of a new born. I was working forty plus hours each week, and I was going to school. I wanted to be able to juggle all of my roles, but eventu- ally, I knew that I had to make some" choices. Disappointingly, after countless pursuits to extend my educational knowledge, I had to put college in the backseat to be able to raise my daugh- ter on my own. Stopping college when I did dam- aged my ability to apply for financial assistance in the future. I thought that the only way I would ever be able to return to college would be if I were to save thousands of dollars so that I could pay in cash. That's what I thought, at least, until I heard about the PluggedInVA program. I received the Tobacco Scholarship to assist with my tuition through the PluggedInVA program which is how I am here Recip. by Hdbert able to contribute finan- cially to any part of my educational career. That is why I am so thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me, and I hope to extend my educa- tion after my paraoptomet- ric program has concluded. I know that I have now conquered the first steps to ensuring that I have a more stable future for my daugh- ter and me. Without that, my entire education will have been for naught. This program, and its scholar- ship funding~ is a wonder- ful asset to SWCC, and it has helped many people, like me, pursue a success- ful career. While in the program, Kellie earned a Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometric by com- pleting 28 college credits. She also earned, a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate and a Career Readiness Certificate. Kellie is currently employed at Clinch Valley Medical Center with Patient Access. Kellie says, "The paraoptometric pro- gram helped me to get a foot forward in the medical field and begin my career with Lifepoint Hospitals." For information about future PluggedInVA pro- grams in the region, con- tact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866- FRUIT SALAD 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained 1 can crushed pineap- ple, drained 1 cup small marshmal- lows 1 pkg. pecan pieces 1 can pineapple tidbits, drained 1 jar sliced maraschino cherries, drained 1-8 oz. sour cram Mix all together, chill at least one hour. BROWN RICE ' 1 onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 can beef consomme soup 1/2 stick butter or mar- garine 1 cup rice 1 can golden mush- room soup Saute pepper and onion in half stick butter. Mix together both soups and one can water. Put rice in a baking dish. Stir in onion and pepper, soups and water with rice. Cover and bake 350 degrees. Stir occasionally. If it get too dry add a little water. Cook until rice is done. QUICK AND EASY MEATBALLS 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes 1/2 cup applesauce salt and pepper to taste 1 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 cup catsup 1/2 cup BBQ sauce 1/2 cup water Mix corn flakes, apple- sauce, salt and pepper and ground beef and roll into balls. Then mix catsup, BBQ sauce and water and pour over meat balls. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees covered. Then take cover off and bake 10 minutes longer. CHOCOLATE SUGAR PUFFS 1/2 cup margarine 1 2/3 cups sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 2-1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, melted 2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts Cream margarine and sugar. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs, then chocolate. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk. Stir in nuts. Chill 2-3 hours. Form dough in l" balls and roll in choice of powdered sugar or granu- lated sugar. Place on light- ly greased cookie sheet 2- 3" apart. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Topics Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 Precious memories Back when I was a lad growing up, about all the places had a name, and that's how people would know where we could be found if we told them where we were going to be on that particular day. I wonder how many of our readers might be able to identify' some of these places and how that they adapted their name. And I will just start with the place where I first sa,;v the light of day, Possom Holler, the Steele House Holler, the Frank Belcher Holler, the Buffalo Holler, the Brack Holler, the Holler Rock, the Huckleberry Pint, the Harve Orsborne Ridge, the High Point, the Buckeye Knob, the Deadmen Hill, the Cowan Gose Field, the Bob Chase Holler, the Alf Holler, Castle Run, Bull Run, Buzzard Roost, the Poole Hill, the Salt Rock, Baker's Ridge, Chestnut Ridge, Sinking Creek, the Wildcat Holler, Ervintown, the Johnson Settlemen, Pumpkin Hill This is not to list the names of all the family cemeteries, Cowan's Creek and the list goes on. Dicken's Holler, Saw Pond. I've been to all these places and know how most of them got their name. But the one I remember most is not where I was born. It's not where I was raised. It was in a little 4 room shack known as the George Casteel House, and that's where I found Jesus, and that's where He found me, lost and on my way to Hell. But that place, the old house, is gone. But there's a lot of memories still there. You probably have some places like this wherever you live. If you do, some of them are prob- ably precious memories. Stafford loans, subsidized today. I work, but I am not 581-9935. ~ ~ and unsubsidized loans; the: Jury convicts Coeburn man for spitting Fr0ntier Health's Employment ,Services hosting Business Advisory :,Committee on February 18 businesses," said Cristi Blalock, Frontier Health IPS Team Leader. If you would like to come to the luncheon, please RSVP to Cristi at 423-360-4088, or cblalock@ frontierhealth.or Frontier Health's - iEmployment Services pro- -- grams are pulling together :, a Business Advisory ,Committee beginning with '[ a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb, 18, 2016. This Advisory Committee g. )~'is an avenue for local busi- Frontier Health'S focus Lness leaders and hiring managers to talk about ,,.ways Frontier's Individual ,Placement and Support Services may better serve ' area businesses. Employment Services r" has planned five Business Advisory Committee I luncheons a year for lead- ~, ers who would consider volunteering their time and I expertise. "We're looking I for individuals to collabo- rate and help increase i awareness, involvement Employment Service programs are available at several regional Frontier Health facilities. Frontier Health ~s the region's leading provider of behavioral health, men- tal health, substance abuse, co-occurring, intellectual TRUSTEE ORI}FRED SOID and participation of local on Sheriff's Deputy The first jury trial of 2016 was held in the Wise County Circuit Court on Friday, February 5, 2016. Christopher Scott Hale, 42, of Coeburn, was convicted by a jury of felony assault and' battery of a law enforcement officer. The evidence presented at trial revealed that on January 10, 2015, Wise County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the Coeburn Duffiel& Hale repeatedly told officers that he was going to spit on them. Without provocation, Hale then lunged forward and spat on Deputy Zachary Clifton, hitting Clifton on the chest near his face. The case was tried by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jason Grace. Commenting on the troubling because of the risk to spread very serious diseases." Sentencing is scheduled for April 7, 2016. Hale also faces a charge for violation of probation on the Commonwealth's motion that he be ordered to serve previously suspended sen- tence from a similar inci- dent last year for spitting on a Coeburn Police Officer. is to develop employment and developmental disabil- area on a call of a man jury's decision, Slemp said, ................... opportunities for ities, recovery and voca-knocking on doors at "There is nothing more ~ ~6~ Employment Services job tional rehabilitation servic- Sheffield Apartments in the degrading and disgusting Cinema seekers who fit the needs es, and has been providing middle of the night. Upon than being spit on. Our law i~l~ ~ ~6~S'~'~ ~ arrival, they found enforcement officers work of the individual and the services since 1957. Its Christopher Scott Hale to tirelessly to protect the business. "Employment Services is able to provide continued supports to help individuals reach their full potential as valued mem- bers of any team," Blalock said. 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