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Priceless Vol 11 Number 9


Personal and Professional Empowerment www.hamptonroadsmessenger.com


Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 200+ Men


Honor African American Male Scholars


Page 7


Entrepreneur Cheryl Jones Demonstrates Versatility


Bishop Brown Named 2017 Chesapeake First Citizen


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Free June 2017


Hampton and Norfolk State Graduation Photos


Page 8-9


Missing Mother and Daughter from Hampton


BY CHANCE MEETING Residents of


Hampton and Newport News were shaken by the news of a 34-year-old Hampton resident's disappearance along with


her eight-month


old daughter. Keir Johnson and


BY CHANCE MEETING In the professional world,


the skills of being flexible and adaptable are key, and no profession boasts the virtue of versatility like that of an entrepreneur. Cheryl P. Jones is an insurance agent and entrepreneur and her resume is a perfect example of versatility through her professions, life experiences and entrepreneur- ship. She resides in Chesapeake, VA with her husband of twenty years Carl Jones and her dogs, and attends Saint Paul Church of Christ Disciples in Norfolk.


After receiving her Legal Secretarial Diploma, Cheryl P. Jones attended William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ. She transferred to Norfolk State to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Mrs. Jones is a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Army, National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. She has worked for the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Norfolk State University,


The City Attorney’s Office in Norfolk, Cox Communications, A Better Airfare, MCI, and other companies in the business world.


Mrs. Jones, as one would have to be with the many business ventures that occupy her time, is a hard-worker who always has her hands full, but is always on top of the tasks at hand. Her success comes from the discipline and experience she has garnered moving through the many occupations she has had.


she offers burial, life insurance (both term and


As an insurance agent, whole


life),


final expense, health insurance, dental, vision, and Obamacare.


In addition to insurance, Mrs. Jones operates a motor club membership business at www.towmeplease. com. Mrs. Jones says that the membership's array of benefits includes


“24/7/365 roadside


assistance for unlimited towing (up to 100 miles), battery boost, assist with car lockouts,


VERSATILITY PAGE 4


Health Editorial Education


THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS Father’s Day offers an opportunity to reassess


USDA Tip for Safe Food this Summer “NSA Day of Cyber” Challenge


Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


NPL’s Presents MTS Beat Clinic and Contest Young Entrepreneurs Society


Veterans Emergency Grants


her daughter Chloe went missing on April 30. More recently, Johnson’s abandoned Kia Optima was found in Newport News, ten miles from the last place they had been seen. Based on the location of the vehicle, the case was given to the Newport News Police Department aſter first being handled by


Hampton Police.


Circumstances were rendered peculiar when an AMBER Alert was not issued until May 11. Te Hampton Roads Messenger did not


receive any information, photos, flyers or statements regarding the case from any of the law enforcement agencies involved prior


MISSING PAGE 2


Paying off student loans: What it takes to really be free


going to tell my story to inspire others.


I graduated from


North Carolina A&T State University on December


12, 2015


with a degree in applied mathematics and no job offers. I gave a lengthy introduction


because 5 4


14 11


BY SHARISE DANTZLER This past May 4th I had the opportunity 14


to make the final payment on my student loan debt of $10,300 and the feeling is still unbelievable. I was so excited to overcome the debt that I released a video to share the experience with my followers. I received so many kudos and inquiries


about my accomplishment that I finally decided I was


I want to highlight that I was under the impression that I had 6 months to find a job while also student loan interest would begin to accumulate.


However, this was not the case.


Fortunately, I was offered a job a week later but student loan debt was the furthest thing from my mind. I was on top of the world and I was finally an adult, or so I thought.


Going forward I started my first official job on February 8, 2016 and I was ecstatic. Now what I’m about to say is super important since this is what most new grads ponder. When I received my first pay check all I could think about was all the things I was STUDENT LOANS PAGE 6


Keir Johnson and daughter Chloe


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