Jamestowne: A Likely Story
celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding
of Jamestown, the Barter Players will present
Jamestowne: A Likely Story at the Grundy Community
Center on Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by
the Community Arts Council, this presentation will
feature artwork by local students on display in the
lobby beginning at 6 p.m. For ticket information,
contact Lucy Bowman at 276-935-2128.
Election Slate Beginning to Take Shape
Number of Political Races Already to Be Contested
Cathy St. Clair
more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring
in the past few weeks, announcing their formal intent
to seek election in November.
total of 13 candidates have filed their statements of
organization with the Buchanan County Voter
seven 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 and two director's
positions for the Soil and Water Conservation District
board will also be on the November 6 ballot.
have established dates and deadlines leading to a June
2 countywide party convention, the first of which
falls this week. Friday is the first day Democrats may
file with the party announcing their intent to seek
the nomination for any office up for grabs in
November. The deadline to file with the party is March
9 at 5 p.m. To file, candidates need to contact
Democrat Party Chairman Vern Presley. The Democrat
filing fee for constitutional offices is 1 percent of
the salary for that office. The filing fee to seek
election as the Democrat candidate for a district
board of supervisors seat is $150.
meetings will be held March 17 to select delegates for
the June convention.
for the Republican party have not yet been announced.
seeking to be elected to the Buchanan County School
Board must file with the Voter Registrar's office by
no later than June 12, 2007 at 7 p.m.
seeking election to the school board must be qualified
to vote and hold the office they are seeking; must
have been a resident of the state for the year
preceding the election; must reside in the district
they seek to represent; and submit a petition signed
by 125 registered voters of the district in which they
are seeking election asking for them to be named a
candidate on the November ballot. To date, the only
formally announced school board candidate is Phyllis
Sumrall, who announced she will seek the Knox District
post. Other school board candidates are reportedly
considering a run, but to date, those candidates have
not yet officially announced or filed statements of
organization with the registrar's office, according to
Voter Registrar Vicki Clevinger.
for the soil and water conservation district director
posts, Clevinger said, only need the signatures of 25
registered voters in order to be considered eligible
to run for those posts.
early 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
appointed to the post earlier this year to fill the
unexpired term of Jim Bevins, who resigned due to
health reasons; Jay Rife, Chris Horn, Tony Matney and
Republicans have formally announced their intent to
seek the office.
race for the sheriff's nomination is shaping up in the
Democrat Party with Pat Wolford, Randy Ashby and Tim
Potter each having announced their intent to seek the
Republican Ray Foster, who is seeking his second term
as sheriff, is the only announced Republican candidate
seeking the office of sheriff.
the Commonwealth Attorney's race, incumbent Democrat
Sheila Tolliver has announced her intent to seek the
Democrat nomination and Tamara Neo has announced her
intent to seek the Republican nomination.
Treasurer Bill Keene announced last week he will again
seek the Democrat Party nomination for that post.
Commissioner of Revenue Victor Breeding announced last
week he will retire at year's end and that he will not
seek re-election, leaving that office up for grabs. No
one has stepped forward to announce their intent to
seek that post.
only announced candidates for supervisor to date are
in the Knox District where Trey Adkins formally
announced his intent to seek the Knox District
Hall has announced his intent to seek the Republican
nomination for the Knox District supervisor's post.
other supervisor candidates have filed their
statements of organization with the registrar's office
including incumbent Knox Supervisor Pat Justus, who
will again seek the nomination for the Knox post;
Steve O'Quinn, who will seek the Prater supervisor's
post nomination; and incumbent Carroll Branham, who
again seek the North Grundy supervisor's post
other five incumbent supervisors have not formally
announced whether they will seek re-election, nor had
they filed statements of organization with the
registrar's office as of Tuesday at press time.
noted that several other potential candidates had
picked up the paperwork to fill out, but had not yet
returned it to her office.
dates of note for the upcoming election, she said
include October 9 which is the last day to register to
vote; October 30, which is the last day to vote by
mail; and November 3 which is the last day to vote
absentee in person.
Takes Look at Funding Regional Sewer System Initiatives
sewer systems could get a shot in the arm thanks to a budget
amendment approved by the House of Delegates this month.
by Second District Delegate Bud Phillips (D), the amendment would
shift approximately $17 million in funds for use with public sewer
systems in Southwest Virginia.
amendment would reportedly allocate $1.7 million for wastewater
improvement. An additional $15 million would be spent to fix
existing sewer problems.
$300,000 would be used for localities to implement wastewater
revamp public sewer systems are especially needed to help attract
additional economic development to the region, Phillips reportedly
said. The improvements would also bode well for housing development
and the environment, he said.
areas within the region are already on the verge of being developed,
Phillips said, but remain hindered by the lack of a public sewer
conference to develop a plan of action for the projects is also
reportedly in the works. Representatives from the Department of
Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Health, the
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and the federal
Rural Development are expected to attend, according to a published
report. Additional sources of funding for the projects will be
sought during the conference.
has also confirmed regional sewer projects would be given priority
in the effort.
of Pharmacy To Host 'Open House' At Garden Campus
University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy will hold its grand
opening and open house at its new Garden campus on Rt. 460 at
will get underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.
Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan, Virginia Court of Appeals judge,
will deliver the keynote speech.
of Trustees Chairman Mickey McGlothlin will deliver the welcome and
members of the former Garden High School Garden Aires Choral Club
will present the National Anthem.
Kilgore, founder of the University of Appalachia, will also address
Eleanor Sue Cantrell, president and dean, will introduce faculty
members and deliver comments tho those in attendance.
Aires will perform a musical medley.
presentation of the keys to the building will be made by Bill Coxton,
president of the Garden High School Alumni Association.
reception will follow