State officials visit PDCCC

Published 9:27 am Friday, June 10, 2011

Nathaniel Marshall, chairman of the State Board for Community Colleges, and William Talley III, state board member, traveled to the Franklin and Suffolk campuses of Paul D. Camp Community College on Tuesday.

A welcoming reception was held at the Regional Workforce Development Center with Student Ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa President Zachary Gurganus and members of the PDCCC Local Board, PDCCC Foundation Board and President’s Advisory Council attending. An overview of the college by President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco followed.

Tours of the workforce building and main campus were conducted, respectively, by Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz and Vice President of Instruction and Student Development Dr. Maxine Singleton.

After lunch at The Elms, which is the home place of the college’s namesake, Paul D. Camp, and a driving tour of International Paper, the guests went to Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

Dean Dr. Harriette Arrington conducted a campus tour, and visitors learned about the recently upgraded technology classrooms through presentations by Justin Oliver, associate professor of math; Cinda Schmitt, associate professor of administrative support technology; and Troy Hand, instructor and librarian.

• Sherby Slaughter so enjoys the Newsoms Ruritan Club’s pork chops grilled over a cinder-block pit that he waited 30 minutes to be the first in line to get one during last year’s Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia.

Sherby was the first one in line this year during Wednesday’s 37th annual festival at the Greensville Ruritan Club.

“They’re always the best,” he said.

Sherby drove two hours from Oxford, N.C., to attend the event, which is billed as one of the East Coast’s largest food festivals. The 71-year-old had four pork chops made by Newsoms Ruritans and plans to be the first in line next year.

Meanwhile, Newsoms Ruritan Club members cooked 4,000 chops over 300 pounds of charcoal. Helping were club members and friends Rhonda and Timmy Vick, Harvey Porter, Bob Rudzik, R.E. Drake, Bruce True, Brent Edwards, Randolph Cook, Ben Bryant, Damian Dwyer, Steve Tucker, David “Boo Boo” Pope, John Brown, Les Everett and John Skeeters.

• Glynn Dansey, who will turn 87 on June 28, continues to travel 108 miles three days a week to deliver The Tidewater News.

A motor route carrier for 26 years, Glynn delivers to 159 customers in parts of Franklin, Courtland, Zuni and Ivor. The Franklin woman gets up at 2 a.m. to do her 3½-hour route, driving either a 2002 Buick Sentra or 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

“If the papers are extra large or there’s bad weather, it takes me longer,” she said.

Glynn also worked for The Virginian Pilot for 25 years.

She has no plans to retire from The Tidewater News.

“As long as I am able. I need to get out and do something,” she said. “I’ve met some nice people out there. They’re just like family and always remember me on my birthday, Easter and Christmas.”