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FANS of all sorts will
appreciate the amazing
abilities of the New
Shanghai Circus' star
performers, as they
carry on one of
China's finest folk
CHINESE art of Bench
Balance requires an
astonishing sense of
balance with superior
strength. Jun Xu
astonishing sense of
balance with superior
strength, as he
practices the Chinese
art of bench
Shanghai Circus To Wow Audiences
by JoBeth Wampler
New Shanghai Circus, one of the most exciting acts of the
season, will perform at Riverview Elementary/Middle School
on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
event, which is expected to captivate audiences with
gravity-defying and breathtaking feats of skill, is
sponsored by the Community Arts Council and TruPoint Bank
and underwritten by the Town of Grundy and Buchanan County.
fans of all sorts will appreciate the amazing abilities of
the New Shanghai Circus' star performers, as they carry on
one of China's finest folk art traditions.
a variety of acrobatic skills, performers will entertain and
awe with numerous acts of contortion, balancing,
plate-spinning and juggling.
many acts, performers display several of these abilities to
stun audiences with their unparalleled diversity and range.
the comic knife throwing act to the bicyclist who finishes
by balancing ten of his colleagues aboard his bike, the show
is bound to be extraordinary.
one act, a woman balances a glass of water on her nose. As
she gently places a plate on the rim of the glass, she goes
on to stack many more glasses and plates to build an
impressive glass structure. But, she takes the act a step
further, showing off her gracefully difficult acrobatic
moves – all the while, maintaining absolute control over
the glass structure atop her nose.
display their plate-spinning talents, balancing six plates
at once on the ends of sticks while contorting their bodies
in the most amazing ways.
building an fragile foundation of a table topped with four
vases, one woman stacks chair after chair upon the structure
and acrobatically makes her way to its peaks.
a huge jar, usually using only his back or shoulders, one
man presents his amazing timing and balance by catching it
on its edge on the top of his head.
young man, who builds an a clumsy structure of more than 20
wooden benches, balances the arrangement atop his head.
audiences will question the secret of the woman who manages
to lie horizontally with no apparent support but the point
of a sword placed against the back of her neck.
Music and Dance Theater will follow the New Shanghai Circus
as the next Community Arts Council event scheduled this
season, which will perform February 13.
its use of old forms of dance twisted into something
completely new and original, Ragamala provides a bridge
between cultures, both ancient and modern.
admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students age 18
and under, and $7 for students over age 18.
more information, interested persons may contact the
Community Arts Council
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2007 Election Slate Draws More
Cathy St. Clair
2007 election draws closer and deadlines for filing with respective
political parties in the county nears, the field of announced
candidates is continuing to grow.
supervisors seats, as well as the constitutional offices of sheriff,
Circuit Court Clerk, commissioner of revenue, treasurer and
commonwealth attorney will be on the ballot.
seven non-partisan posts on the Buchanan County School Board will be
up for election as well.
and Republican party officials have agreed there has been much
speculation already on who will seek office in November, however the
list of candidates who have formally announced their intent is
small, but growing.
Democrats have established dates and deadlines leading to their
party's convention in June.
date Democrats may officially file with the party to seek the
party's nomination for any office is February 23. The deadline to
file is March 9. Precinct meetings will be held March 17 to select
delegates for the June convention.
for the Republican party have not yet been announced.
indications are that the clerk's office post is likely to be one of
the most hotly contested, with five Democrats now having announced
their intent to seek the office. Among the formally announced
candidates are incumbent Beverly (Bev) Tiller, who was recently
appointed to the post to fill the unexpired term of Jim Bevins, who
resigned due to health reasons; Jay Rife, Chris Horn, Tony Matney
and Pat Imel.
Republicans have formally announced their intent to seek the office.
A race for
the sheriff's nomination is already shaping up in the Democrat Party
with Pat Wolford, Randy Ashby and Tim Potter each having announced
their intent to seek the post.
Republican Ray Foster, who is seeking his second term as sheriff, is
the only announced Republican candidate seeking the office of
Commonwealth Attorney's race, incumbent Democrat Sheila Tolliver has
announced her intent to seek the Democrat nomination and Tamara Neo
this week announced her intent to seek the Republican nomination.
in the other constitutional offices are expected to seek
re-election, but to date have not formally announced their intent to
announced candidate for supervisor to date is in the Knox District
where Trey Adkins has formally announced his intent to seek the Knox
District Democrat nomination.
formally announced school board candidate to date is also in the
Knox District where Phyllis Sumrall has announced she will seek the
of the incumbent supervisors, nor any of the incumbent school board
members have formally announced whether they will seek re-election.
Teacher Suspended at Council After Federal Charges
Cathy St. Clair
the Buchanan County School Board agreed Tuesday on a 6-0-1
vote to support a decision by Superintendent Tommy P. Justus
to suspend a Council Pre-K teacher indicted in federal court.
members voted to continue the suspension without pay of Tracy
Mitchell Puckett, age unavailable, of Rt. 2, Honaker,
following a personnel hearing attended by Puckett and her
attorney which was held during the meeting behind closed
was indicted in September on one count of conspiracy to obtain
money or property by means of false pretenses and one count of
mail fraud. She pled guilty under a written plea agreement
December 28 to one count of mail fraud. A pre-sentence report
was ordered and sentencing was set for March 21 in U.S.
was charged along with her husband, Adam Carroll Puckett, who
pled guilty to both counts in November. He will be sentenced
Pucketts were indicted in connection with a scheme which
alleged that in an effort to defraud GEICO Insurance and to
recover the proceeds of an insurance policy, Adam Puckett
intentionally set fire to and destroyed an automobile and the
couple then provided false information to GEICO regarding the
circumstances surrounding the burning of their automobile, in
order to collect reimbursement from the insurance company for
the value of the vehicle.
said he learned of the charges over the Christmas break when
Tracy Puckett called to let him know she had been charged.
motion to support the superintendent's action to suspend Tracy
Puckett without pay was made by Prater School Board Member
Bill Crigger and was seconded by Garden School Board Member
Steve Hamro III.
vote saw the six board members voting to support the
superintendent's recommendation doing so with what some
described as "a heavy heart."
Grundy School Board Member David Thornbury abstained from the
Personnel Items Approved Unanimously
Teachers, Cooks, Custodians, Bus Driver Approved
Cathy St. Clair
personnel items were approved Tuesday morning during a meeting
of the Buchanan County School Board.
motion by Garden School Board Member Steve Hamro III and a
second by Rocklick School Board Member Rhonda McClanahan, the
vote to approve the personnel items was unanimous.
substitute teachers approved included Sherry Blankenship,
Matthew Chapman, Jessica Clevinger, Andrea Cole, Jessica
Davidson, Carolyn Deel, Tammy Elswick, Cindy Fields, Keith
Friend, Kathy Fuller, Tana Funk, Sabrina Griffey, Bonnesha
Hackney, Nick Harman, Beth Hess, Preston Hibbitts, Connie
Hunt, Tommy Jackson, Tonya Jackson, Arlene Johnson, Melissa
Keen, Melissa Kinder, Robbie May, Latasha McCowan, Jessica
Neice, Rita O'Quinn, Janie Owens, Mona Owens, Judy Ramey,
Pennie Ratliff, Timothy Salyers, Sharon Spake, William Stacy,
Jill Stepp, Kenneth Stiltner, Michael Stiltner and Mary Sykes.
substitute cooks approved included Juanita Blankenship,
Lillymae Cantrell, Tana Funk and Deirdre Tiller.
substitute custodians approved included Dedra Duty and
Rife was approved as a substitute school bus driver.
volunteers approved included Shannon Adkins, Amanda
Blankenship, Ted Hagen, Delena Hamilton and Kerri Rowlett.