Celebrate Pamplin! will take place tomorrow from 2-to-6 p.m. on Main Street.
The rain-or-shine event will include live music all day long, as well as vendors, food, a bounce-house, entertainment and more. Proceeds will help benefit the Pamplin Restoration Fund.
A Pamplin native came close to earning the title of Miss America on Sunday. Courtney Paige Garrett placed as first runner-up at the competition, which was held at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. As first runner-up, Garrett was awarded a $25,000 scholarship.
There’s a purse snatcher on the loose in Farmville. On Sunday September 14, 2014 at 9:14 p.m., Longwood University Police were called behind South Ruffner Hall for a robbery of a student. A subject came up behind the student and grabbed her backpack and tried to pull it off her. He then demanded she give it to him which she did and he left running towards Venable Street.
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Over a quarter of Virginia’s children are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. The National Survey of Children’s Health found that 28 percent of girls and 31 percent of boys between the ages of 10 and 17 in the Commonwealth of Virginia were overweight. Childhood obesity isn’t just a national issue. Here, in Southside Virginia, the number of overweight children is also growing, according to local pediatrician Dr. Hussien Al-Shammaa.. Dr. Al-Shammaa has been practicing medicine in Farmville for over 20 years. He has personally seen an increase in the number of overweight children who visit his office. He says , “It is an epidemic.”
Steven Smith, conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, will speak Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood University’s Wygal Hall on “The Human Connection in Music.”
In the forum-style lecture in Molnar Recital Hall, which is free and open to the public, Smith will draw on his extensive career to discuss the benefits of music to contemporary society. Smith has twice conducted the RSO at Longwood and will conduct the symphony in a Nov. 7 campus performance. Smith, who holds the Lewis T. Booker Music Director Chair, also serves concurrently as music director of the Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony and recently completed a 14-year tenure as music director of the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus. Previously he was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and taught at Oberlin Conservatory.
Smith conducted the Virginia Opera’s performances of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2013, has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the United States and performed with ensembles in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Mexico. He also is an ASCAP award-winning composer.
The lecture is hosted by Longwood’s Music Department and underwritten by the Office of the President.
There will be a dedication service Sunday in memory of the late Laura Woody Evans, who was an Appomattox County Public School employee.The service will be at 2 p.m. at the Appomattox County High School concourse where a paver will be dedicated in memory of Evans, who died in January after being shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Quik E Food Store.Her estranged husband, Aubrey “Butch” Evans III is charged with first-degree murder, in connection with her death.
If your kids get a cold, keep a close eye on them. It looks like that scary respiratory virus that has been sending kids to the hospital across the country has arrived in Virginia. Federal lab tests show that seven of 10 children treated at a Richmond hospital for severe respiratory illness were infected with enterovirus D68, the same virus suspected of making hundreds of children across the country severely ill.Results on specimens collected from an additional 28 Virginia children are not yet back from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Longwood University is apologizing for the role they played in segragation. Following a landmark Supreme Court decision banning racial segregation in the nation’s schools, Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV said the university practiced a “conspicuous silence” during that era. Besides the apology, he says, Longwoood has established a new scholarship program to help make amends. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the university’s board of visitors adopted the resolution expressing Longwood’s regret, and follows similar resolutions from other schools, including the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia.
Alcohol is being blamed for a fight at a party in Farmville that landed a Longwood junior basketball player in jail. Shaquille Johnson has been charged with assault after he allegedly punched Hampden Sydney College student, Aaron Doman, at a party on Buffalo St. in Farmville, August 31, because he was not happy with the results of a dance off competition between the two. Farmville Police say alcohol is the reason things got out of hand. Longwood told the Rotunda that it will wait until Johnson’s case plays out before deciding on his future at the school. He is still on the basketball team.