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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, May 8, 2014 Castle is I adult  Edun Coein career coach Amanda Castle has been an adult career coach at Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) for the past two years. Amanda lives in Castlewood with her hus- band Jeff and two daugh- ters, Candace and Alyssa, Amanda is a graduate of St. Paul High School (1988), SWCC (2004), and Old Dominion University (2009). She holds an Associate degree in Education and a Bachelor degree in Human Services. Amanda, a former adult learner herself, remarks that because of her past experience, "I am entirely better equipped to relate to adult learners. I understand the full range of challenges and barriers adult learners face and can assist them in the fullest way possible." In a recent interview, I asked Amanda some ques- tions about her work with adult learners and her experience of being an adult learner. This is part one of my interview with Amanda; part tWO will fol- low next week. Karen: Please give a brief description of your work at SWCC as an adult 6areer coach. Amanda: As an adult career coach, I assist adult learners with furthering their education and train- ing. Through career explo- ration activities, I help adult learners decide the career path that best suits their skills and abilities. Assistance is provided with the enrollment and admis- sion process for the col- lege/s of their choice. I also After graduating 'high school in 1988, I attended Clinch Valley College (now UVA Wise) for one semester. I was married and expecting my first child, so family, not col- lege, was my first priority. I made the decision to reenter the world of higher education when I realized my 10 year old knew more about computers than me. After acing one Windows computer class, my confi- dence soared. Through networking with friends and family who attended SWCC, I learned about financial aid, online classes and distance education. Knowing my classes were paid for and that I could work/take care of my fami- ly while attending con- vinced me to make the leap and become a full time stu- dent. I was beginning to recognize college was not just an option for high school graduates; but an opportunity, as an adult, to invest in my future. There were a few challenging 'classes along the way and many long nights of study- help adult learners secure ing and, homework that finanoiM ,. ,.,aid ..... and-. made me question my deci- sion to retum to college, grant/scholarship funding to make their educational plans a reality. Karen: Describe your personal experience as an adult learner. Amanda: but a wise counselor often reminded me, "It's three months of your life- three months. You can do this." I am so very glad I did. Karen: How has your own educational experi- ence impacted your approach to your present work? Amanda: As I say, I have a heart for adult learn- ers. The most resistant learners are usually my favorite. Why? I've jug- gled a job, family, school, and all the stress associat- ed. I identify with them and their situations com- pletely. I genuinely care about them, their struggle, and success. I am willing to go the extra mile for them because that one encouraging word or ges- ture can make all the differ- ence to an adult learner. Amanda commented in the interview, "As a first generation college gradu- ate, I am proud to set an example for my daughters. It's never too early, or too late, to invest in yourself and a college education." If you didn't finish high school, but you want to become college-ready, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. Register for a free GED prepara- tion class, or ask about our Pluggedln VA cohorts. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. Grand Jury returns 150 indictments against Bobby Joe Gobble Gobble served as a jani- tor at the Lebanon Elementary School until his arrest, a position he has held for the last seven years. The charges for which Gobble was indicted involve four separate vic- tims, all 14 years of age and younger. Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton stat- ed that "no further details will be released at this time because the investigation remains ongoing." Gobble is scheduled to be in Russell County Circuit Court on June 26, 2014, for a hearing on the charges pending against him. This case in being investigated by the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Police Department, and the Virginia State Police. Lebanon, Va. - On Monday, May 5, 2014, a Russell County Grand Jury returned 150 indictments alleging various counts of sexual assault against Bobby Joe Gobble, a 41 year-old male. Gobble was originally arrested on February 12, 2014, and has been held continually with- out bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon. o Russell Extension News SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Beef producers have enjoyed another record- breaking / price setting week. For the first time, Futures Prices for feeder some ideas as to why cattle prices have soared: - The recent Cattle on Feed Report was positive for prices as it showed March placements of feed- er cattle in feed yards down cattle settled above  4.7 percent. $190.00 / Cwt. Here are - There were 1.66 mil- SWII00GS AND NONE lion head of cattle market- ed in March. This is down almost 4% from last year. "GRILLING SEA- SON" is here! - Feedlots are very cur- rent in cattle marketings. There are not many feedlot owners "holding back" market ready cattle. Many worry that high Nancy Evans ?4549 Bul! Run Road Coeburn VA 24230 276395-2"t 02 REVIVAL Calve Baptist Church 16ff/Cdn/BapliM Rtma - Clileoa Pastor Erie Capaei ho. Bet Sffinl]m, lfansas May11-13 Sunday 10 am Mo ndey & Ttmeday 7 pm Enjoying the festivities on Saturday at the Riverside Diner were (left to right): Kyle Fletcher, Terry Kilgore, Bob Brown and Bill Lohmann 0000t00vard Winning Photographer ,00Lnd Journalist Visit St. Paul beef prices will decrease consumption, and this could certainly impact the industry. Last Wednesday the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) was released. The RPI tracks the health of and the outlook of food service establishments in the US. Photographer Bob Brown and feature journal- ist Bill Lohmann of the Richmond Times Dispatch have what appears to be the perfect job. They roam the state of Virginia meeting, interviewing and showcas- ing the Commonwealth's unique, interesting and col- orful people, places and things. While doing so they try to sample every town's best homemade pies. At the Riverside Diner fresh made-from-scratch coconut, chocolate and butterscotch pies received a ten rating as did the main courses of cornbread and seven mystery meat stews. The forty or so brave participants sampled the stews identified only by a number assigned to each. After the meal was finished the main ingredients were announced. Facial expressions rangeef-T'rom  relieved to concerned as the iestaurant owner revealed that deer, elk, goat, moose, squirrel, rabbit and ground hog graced their bowls. The Richmond visitors were presented the first ever "Ferinners of the Year" award from Mountain Heritage, a St. Paul based group that has for years cleaned up dumps, removed straight pipes from the Lick Creek watershed, published watershed books for chil- dren, built trails and helped preserve our region's histo- ry and showcased our cul- ture. Delegate Terry Kilgore was the event's guest of honor and local attorney Frank Kilgore credited him for obtaining funds from the Tobacco Commission for the town's new farmer's market and other initia- tives. As the region's senior delegate Terry gave an update of the proposed Clinch River State Park that St. Paul will potential- ly anchor. He mentioned that the Town's easy access, existing trails and ongoinb downtown revital- ization efforts have caught the attention of state plan- ners which, in turn, will create new jobs and attract businesses if town leaders and supporters stay the course. The Furriners of the Tear were given keys to the town by Mayor Kyle Fletcher which he predict- ed would soon be ratified by the town council. The guests also received plaques made by the Reverend Michael Moore. Two carvings by the accomplished minister were also presented to the guests, for which they appeared genuinely sur- prised and appreciative. A tour of the town's trailheads, the river and downtown by the guests preceded the festivities and acular Degeneration FIll o Jr f (tm qet E Scoop g: r "._,. wll help yo,J s,e bathe p'. "., .. ""."; ._/,41 .,. ,.i Cellt FFIEEpnonacr,JtEIon '. /" " . wk Dr Arrn Opratl oi  Bo=-, Chaacnl orttn rt,dk the efforts of many were recognized. Todd Christenson, the planner and driving force behind the Heartwood regional visitor's center and a believer in the town's progress and potential, commented that with posi- tive thinking, action and publicity that the town and surrounding area would benefit for generations from investments being made today. A new pictorial book recently published by Lohmann and Brown enti- tled "Back Roads, people, places and pie from around Virginia", is available at the Heartwood Center in Abingdon or at Amazon. Southwest Virginia is amply showcased in this keepsake publication and makes a perfect gift for all Virginians. 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