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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 31. 2009 Re by Karen Gent COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS...J. Fred Vlatthews Memorial Library Community Christmas was held on December 8. Participants were entertained by a wonderful selection of holiday songs performed by Sisters in Song. The trio consists of (left to right) Kathy Stewart, Jan Jennings and Sharon Moore. The festive holiday refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Library. Artist Anthony Jones helped decorate Fourth Avenue by painting Christmas and other seasonal scenes on the windows of the old Willis Building. Grower's School series of lectures Dr. R. Allen Straw, Area Vegetable Extension Specialist, will present a series of lectures on various crops and aspects of growing during January, Feb- ruary and March. The sessions are open to anyone who is in- terested in gardening, commer- cial growing, or interested in how their food is producted. The dates and titles of the sessions, all of which will be held at the Tacoma Community Center, include: January 25-- Irrigation, Fertiligation & Plas- tic Culture; February 1--Toma- toes & Peppers; February 8-- Cucurbits: Melons, Cucumbers, Squash; February 15--Brassicas: Turnips, Cabbaghe, Broccoli; February 22--Corn, Beans & Potatoes; March 1 --Strawber- ties, Bluegerries & Brambles; and March 8--Snow Day/ Ad- ditional Session if Needed. These workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registra- tion is preferred for each work- shoop so that adequate .seating and handouts will be available. Pre-register by calling the Wise County Extension Office, 276- 328-6194. Cherie Osborne of Lebanon, Virginia is doing what she once thought was impossible. After years of battling drug and alcohol abuse, she has gotten on the right track and is suc- cessfully preparing for her future. Cherie dropped out of high school at age seventeen to get married. She thought about going back to complete high school, but after having been assessed, found that she was too far behind to catch up with others her age. So, she gave up on that idea. Cherie soon found herself spiraling downward as she be- came heavily involved in drug and alcohol abuse. As a result, she suffered from emotional problems as well. Cherie re- calls, "Over the years, I became part of several abusive rela- tionships, went through two divorces, had two children, and was admitted to several mental facilities and drug treatment centers: Cherie ended up on disability because of her severe problems. While in her mid-thirties, a friend encouraged Cherie to work toward earning her GED, certificate. Cherie re- calls that she was further inspired to earn 'her high school credential by her two children, who excelled in academics and graduated from high school. She wasn't sure that she could do it, but she decided to give it a try. Cherie went to a GED class to take the Official GED Practice Tests. She was sur- prised when she passed them, indicating that she was ready to take the complete battery of GED Tests. In March 2001, Cherie earned her GED. In 2007, Cherie's life began to change drastically after be- coming a Christian. She was finally able to overcome her drug and alcohol addictions. She felt a renewed desire to enter the workforce. In the fall of 2008, her pastor, Gerald Lester, spoke with her about PlugGED In a GED-technology program which was scheduled to begin in February 2009. Cherie applied and was ac- cepted into the program. Cherie was ready to learn once again. Even though she Cherie Osborne had already acquired her GED, the PlugGED In program offered so much more. She was taught technology skills and professional soft skills wh.ich are essential in today's work- place. Studying the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, part of the PlugGED In curriculum, proved to be an eye-opener for Cherie. Cherie says, "It changed my way of thinking, I always thought just i .... American Heart Association Uy FIgMIng Heart Disease and Stroke. about myself, but now l fliink about others. She continued, "Me is what has held me back my whole life. If you stay focused on yourself, you don't do anything else." Cherie also relates that math has always been a weakness for her, but she says that PlugGED In really helped her in that area. She was also able to improve her writing skills while parti- cipating in the program. In July 2009, Cherie grad- uated from PlugGED In. She completed the program with her GED certificate, a Career Readiness Certificate, a Digital Literacy Certificate, and 24 college credits. She was awarded a Virginia GED Bridge Scholarship and began a phle- botomy program at Southwest Virginia Community College in the fall. Cherie says that all the data she collects must bf /ogged into a computer, so the .chno- logy skills she acquhed in PlugGED In have been very beneficial. She is scheduled to graduate from the phlebotomy program .in May 2010 and plans to go to work in a laboratory. "I'm very excited. I've found what I love to do. If not for PlugGED In, I could not have done this. I wouldn't have had the necessary skills for college." Cherie is grateful to her husband Brad who, she states, has been her biggest supporter. Cherie says that PlugGED In prepared her for the transition to college and helped her develop the habits that she needed for college. If you didn't finish high school, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1- 866-581-9935. You could be the next GED success story! CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their continued support, and to say RED TAG SALE CHRISTMAS SALE 09 Chevrolet Impala Sale Ends January 4, 2010 09 Pontiac G6 / J #15129 Tax, Title & Tags Extra #14814 Tax, Title & Tags Extra Sale Price $16,411 or Sale Price $21,596 or 322.17 for 72 months $262.66 for 72 months WAC. _ ..... _ 09 Chevrolet Aveo #15088 Tax, TRle & Tags Extra Sale Price $12,962 or $199.55 for 72 months WAC | Call 27G-762-2311 or Toll Free 1-800-834-3325 Click www.morgan:mcclure.com Visit Morgan-McClure US Hwy 58 Castlewood, VA