Celebrate Patriotism with the Tour of Flags
Posted 4/14/14 9:15pm
Show your patriotism and attend the Tour of Flags on Sunday, April 27th. There will be 27 important flags on the tour including the flag flown over all three September 11th sites. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. at Richlands Tabernacle, then at 4:30 p.m. at Raven Assembly of God, and finally at 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church. Scott Koebel will be the speaker and will present flags to the churches at each location. A flag will also be presented to the Richlands Masonic Lodge at the 6 p.m. event. Each visitor will receive their own handheld flag and U.S. flag code and guidelines book. For more information, contact Karen Patton at 963-0303.”
SW VA Children's Choir, a Very Deserving Ensemble
Posted 4/7/14 9:01pm
By Adam Howington
Formed in 2003, the Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir was originally established for one purpose, to fill the void in the region’s musical education.
The program incorporates children from both Tazewell and Russell Counties. Co-founded by Wrenda Fuller and including Dr. Joseph Trivette, the Choir utilizes the talents of children in grades five through seven. Fuller, a now retired music educator from Russell County, and Trivette, Chair of the Music Program at SWCC, have put their hearts into establishing this organized choir.
The choir serves dual purposes, it gives back to the community by
performing in front of live audiences and it provides the youth from the
participating counties an opportunity to become involved in organized singing and performing. Currently, Rebecca Sykes, a music educator from Russell County, is working with Trivette to coordinate and plan songs and events for the program. The musical program combines the efforts of Southwest Virginia Community College and local area school boards.
Not to be overlooked are the school systems that certainly do not upset when it comes to supporting this program. The local school systems provide transportation to weekly rehearsals and they divide the expenses for the choir program. “The Singing Christmas Tree” sees high success in December as it is performed for the community and students alike, from several surrounding areas. Adding even more credentials to their resume, the choir engages in a clinic, in which students can learn from and participate in, by internationally-acclaimed conductors. This clinic takes course each spring.
To note just some of the accomplishments of the choir, they were chosen to sing at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference in Norfolk in 2005. Most recently, the Children’s Choir was selected to perform for the 2013 VMEA conference at the Homestead. This particular feat was not easy, as the Children’s Choir qualified by audition among applicants throughout the State of Virginia.
The Children’s Choir sang at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the largest US Presbyterian Church with a congregation of approximately 6,000 members. They gave a special performance, singing the National Anthems of the U.S. and Canada at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, in the spring of 2012. They have been invited twice, by Duke Chapel, to sing at their establishment on the Duke University campus.
Ranging from around 60-90 students from semester to semester,
this program is something that brings nothing but good things to our community. Special thanks go out to Patricia McPherson and Terrance Hall for their support and help with this program.
Brenner Receives Korean Fellowship
Posted 4/2/14 9:54pm
Dr. John Brenner, Professor of Sociology and Global Education Coordinator at Southwest Virginia Community College has received a fellowship from The Korea Society. The fellowship is in its tenth year is extended to only eight persons from across the United States to participate in the 2014 Spring Fellowship in Korean Studies. The unique program will offer Brenner a docent-led study tour of South Korea from April 8 through the 19th. During his study and travel tour of South Korea, Brenner will visit historic sites in the country while also receiving lectures on a variety of topics such as the Korean economy, geographical issues, and Korean history. The group will also visit many places such as: Royal Tombs, national museums, villages, Korea’s Confucian Academy and tour Hyundai Heavy Industry Factory.
Dr. Brenner has a long career in global arenas. He has academic background in Asian studies with a specialization in China. This past year, he received a grant from the University of Virginia called Building Bridges at Community Colleges. This grant provides Southwest Virginia Community College faculty with seminars at UVA’s Campus during the summer and stipends for internationalization the curriculum at SWCC. The grant provides faculty development opportunities and the purchase of global teaching materials for the college.
It was through participation in that grant that Brenner learned of the fellowship offered by the Korean Society. The knowledge and educational resources that he will gather while being in South Korea will be shared with his committee members on the grant from UVA plus the entire campus and community. Brenner stated that “These trips are wonderful opportunities for faculty to travel to South Korea and learn about their culture and will enhance the sociology classes that I teach. I will also be able to offer faculty and students an insight into this emerging Asian country through lectures and slidepresentations.” Dr. Brenner feels honored and humbled that he was chosen to participate with this select group.
Chamber of Commerce Taking Scholarship Applications
The Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2013-2014 Chamber Scholarship year. One $300 Scholarship will be awarded to any Richlands High School senior with a 2.5 GPA or greater. For information and an application form please call (963-3385) or come by the Richlands Area Chamber office.
Applications are available on line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Richlands High School guidance office. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2014.
Richlands Chamber Holds Annual Banquet
Posted 3/3/14 4:00pm
The Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet, Thursday, February 27 at Southwest Virginia Community College. The featured speaker was Tonya Mallory the 2013 Virginia Business Person of the Year and CEO of Health Diagnostic Laboratory. (Pictures left to right) Dr. Joe Adair, Chamber Board of Director and standing beside Moon Mullins co-presenters of the inaugural 2014 Business Person of the Year presented to Jim Ramey, Tonya Mallory, Buddy D. Stanley, 2013 recipient of the Chamber’s highest honor the Distinguished Citizenship Award, Gene Hurst, Jr. presenter of the award and Karen Patton, President of the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Not pictured is Ron Allison recognized in celebration of his retirement serving Cumberland Mountain Community Services for 34 years.
Food Pantry Still Taking Donations for Alternate Pantry Location
Indictments Released from March Grand Jury
Posted 3/14/14 11:32am
Names of those indicted by the Tuesday, March 11 sitting of the Grand Jury in the Tazewell County Circuit Court have been released. The Grand Jury passed down 93 Indictments..
Sheriff's Office Searching for Memorabilia
Posted 3/6/14 5:33pm
The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in putting together a historical display.
The department is in the process of putting together old photographs, equipment, calendars, campaign materials, journals and other such items from the past which relates to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Dispatch and the Jail. The display will be located inside the Sheriff’s office and will be available for the public to view. The items will have a description on them and the owner’s name, if it is an item borrowed for display. If anyone has anything they would be willing to donate or they could make copies of please contact Ms. Cindy Tomlinson at 276-988-1167.
SWCC Festival Celebrates 20th Year
Posted 3/6/14 1:26pm
The annual Festival of the Arts sponsored by Southwest Virginia Community College began in 1995 with the theme Spotlight on America: From Sea to Shining Sea. Since that inaugural year many countries and cultures have been explored through the arts, all made possible by the generosity of many donors.
The 2014 festival theme is Winds of Change, Winds of War-1890-1920: An Era of Empire, Invention and Upheaval and will be from April 24-May 4, 2014. It is an unusual theme and one that has many tentacles that reach around the world. According to the knowledge and expertise of the Festival historian and author of the popular Cultural Walk, Randy Forehand, “some of the avenues for exploration will be Victoria’s Greater Britain, the rising might of Germany, the resurgent France, Austria-Hungary’s creaking empire falling to the music of the waltz, the Romanoff’s and Russia, the arrogance of Japan, the doomed Ottoman Empire, the wannabe Dutch, Italian, Belgian, Portuguese and Spain. And, of course, the big stick diplomacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the upstart USA. We are moving to the tunes of John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin. War and revolution are born during
this period but also the seeds of soaring aspirations and artistic creativity including the birth of modernism in art, music and architecture and the rise of the film and recording industry.”
These years mark the transition from isolationism to the status of a world power; the beginnings of transcontinental telephone service and mass communication; the rise of the automobile industry and mass production; the women’s suffrage movement to secure the right to vote and the beginning of civil and military aviation and sadly, the rise of modern warfare and World War I. The world-wide environment from 1890-1920 played a part in this important event before, during and after.
As in previous years, the focal point of the Festival is the concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. This performance will present selections to honor the theme, featuring pianist Pavlina Dokovsk. The SWCC Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, will also perform with the orchestra.
The popular Camerata Virtuosi New York is comprised of four internationally acclaimed chamber musicians including two violinists, violist and cellist. They are also joined by pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic . They will perform three different programs with repertoire that reflects the festival theme. The Festival Finale will be the very popular concert featuring pianists Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Joseph Trivette in Piano Times Three.
We will include a performance by Richmond Ballet II as a tribute to the French empire and the home of ballet. A concert by VITA IN CANTO, from Ekaterinburg, Russia, features a diverse repertoire of Black Gospel, African American spirituals, popular songs, sacred music by US and European composers and world music, to celebrate the Russian culture.
The popular Cultural Walk, Jeopardy and Festival Café will be on the schedule. Art exhibits on the theme of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and World War I memorabilia will be a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of the Arts.
For information, call 276-964-7348, email@example.com or www.sw.edu.