Wednesday, September 21 2022

Here’s a roundup of brief news from Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to [email protected]

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Patrick & Henry Community College Announces 2 New Financial Awards

The Patrick & Henry Community College Foundation said this week that it has received two new financial awards that aim to help students achieve greater academic success.

The first comes from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in the amount of $5,100 to provide emergency assistance grants so students can overcome financial hardship. Funds can be used to cover expenses such as transportation, childcare, technology, and basic needs in addition to tuition, fees, books, and necessary materials and supplies.

Students who need help should visit the foundation office in Frith Hall for more information and to apply. These funds must be allocated by December 31.

The second prize is the annual Gerald Baliles Award for the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative in the amount of $75,000.

The funds will be used to support RVHI, which seeks to close the education attainment gap between rural Horseshoe and the rest of Virginia by increasing high school completion rates, college enrollment rates post-secondary level and post-secondary graduation rates.

RVHI funds must be expended by June 30, 2023. The P&HCC Foundation will fund at least 50% of RVHI program costs under the grant agreement.

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Carilion Franklin relaxes visiting policies

Beginning Wednesday, September 7 at 9 a.m., Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital (CFMH) will transition to Yellow level visits. The CFMH has been on a red level visit since August 31.

Generally, the yellow level authorizes a visitor for adult patients in a hospital setting. This less restrictive level also allows visitors with the following guidelines:

  • Patients with physical limitations or cognitive impairments may have a Designated Support Person (DSP) who is not counted as a visitor.
  • Two designated visitors will be permitted for pediatric patients (visitors must be family members and be 18 years of age or older).
  • Day surgery: A visitor as the patient prepares for surgery. Once the patient is brought to the preparation area, the visitor may be required to leave until the patient is in a room and the clinical care team contacts the visitor.
  • High-risk immunocompromised patients may have visits restricted on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the clinical team.
  • Visits for end-of-life patients will be authorized and coordinated by staff and administration.

Currently, CFMH is the only Carilion facility with visitation restrictions. As a reminder, the adjacent Medical Office Building and other ambulatory sites are not impacted. Each Carilion hospital regularly assesses visits based on their own community’s positivity rate, the spread of COVID-19 and mask compliance. These decisions are made to protect patients, visitors and staff.

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UVA Wise welcomes guest playwright

Playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones will host three events at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise this month.

Daniel Alexander Jones. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jones, a black queer playwright, performer, director, songwriter and teacher, will host a panel discussion on arts and activism, a writing and performance workshop and a lecture-performance on belonging and heritage cultural. All events are free and open to the public.

  • At 1 p.m. on September 25 at the Gilliam Black Box Theater, Jones will participate in a panel discussion on “representing communities with care.” The panelists – Jones; Jessica Mullins Fullen of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards; Tommy Anderson of the Roadside Theatre; and Angel Johnson, Founder and President of the Black Student Union, will address issues of representation from both aesthetic and political perspectives.
  • At 4:45 p.m. on September 26 at the Gilliam Center for the Arts Room 114, Jones will lead a writing and performance workshop drawing on the cosmology of ancient Egypt.
  • At 8 p.m. on September 27 at the Black Box Theatre, in partnership with Pro-Art, Jones will present a lecture-performance tracing the aesthetic, cultural and family lines as they have manifested themselves in his work as a writer and performer at the over the past 20 years.

Jones is a TED Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recent winner of the PEN America Laura Pels Foundation Theater Award.

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Bristol Chamber hosts City Council and School Board Candidate Forums

The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce will host candidate forums for City Council and School Board races on both sides of the state line.

  • Bristol, Va., School Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the School Board Office, 280 Lee St.
  • Bristol, Va., City Council: Monday at 6 p.m. at Virginia Middle School, 855 Piedmont Ave.
  • Bristol, Tennessee, City Council: 6:05 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell St. A meet and greet session for school board candidates will be held before the city council forum at 5:15 p.m.

The forums are free and open to the public, but the chamber asks participants to register in advance online.

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