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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 9, 2017 Page 5 King University brings multi- platinum country music artist Osh Turner to Bristol on 3/31 Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music's mo~t rec- ognizable hit-makers. King is delighted to welcome Josh Turner in concert at Viking Hall in Bristol, Tenn., on Friday, March 31. The concert begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25. A contest to win Josh Turner concert tickets will run from Feb. 20- March 3 on WXBQ, the exclusive radio partner for the concert. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style. Josh Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disci- ple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut "Long Black Train" to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release "Punching Bag," Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY. CMA. and ACM nominations. Turner's hits include "Your Man," "Why Don't We Just Dance." "Firecracker." "Would You Go with Me." "All Over Me." and "Time Is Love." the most played country song of 2012. A Hannah, S.C.. native Turner is currently on the road in support of his latest radio single. "Hometown Girl." which Rolling Stone Country notes, "'pairs the South Carolina native's unmistakable, country-to- the-core baritone with a modern, rollicking beat." "King University is proud to include this event in our celebration of King's 150th-anniversar2L" said Denise Asbury, director of Development at King. "'Josh Turner is a tremen- dous country artist, and we look forward to a wonder- ful evening of entertain- ment. Bristol and King share a rich history and legacy together, and it is fitting that we include and welcome the community to share in celebration our first 150 years." "March 31st will be a special day as Josh Turner brings his talents to Viking Hall. Our students are excited." said Rob Littleton. Ed.D.. vice presi- dent of Student Affairs at King University. "This is a great kick off to Dogwood. our alumni weekend March 31 - April 2.'" Tickets are $20 for the general public: tickets for King University students are free; and tickets for King University alumni, faculty, and staff are $10. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25th and can be purchased at King University's Office of Development by calling 800.621.5464 or emailing dmcmurray@ Tickets may be purchased at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce by calling 423.989.4850 or at the Chamber office located at 20 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, Tenn.. as well as at the Bristol Country Music Museum at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Bristol. Va. For more information on Josh Turner, visit Russell Count : Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: February 13 Retirement Party for Nene Gilmer Estep - 4-H Agent Russell County Conference Center - 4 to 6 prn February 16 Russell County Cattlemen's Association Russell Co Conference Center - 6:30 pm February 16 Tobacco GAP's Meeting SW VA 4-H Center Abingdon. VA - 6 pm February 18 Last day to wean for March VQA Feeder Calf Sale February 27 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Annual Meeting Washington County Fairgrounds -6:30 pm March 19 BCIA Bull Test Open House 1-4 pm at the New Test Station March 25 BCIA Bull Sale 12 noon Umberger Test Facility Exit 79 - Wytheville. VA If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Russell County Cattlemen's Association The next meeting of the Russell County Cattlemen's Association will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 pm at the Russell County Conference Center in Lebanon. Gene Copenhaver. President of Virginia Cattlemen's Association. will give an update concerning issues facing beef producers. The meeting will also focus on Spring Farm Management (fertilizer. soil testing, etc). This session will be held in cooperation with Russell County Cooperative - Southern States. Dinner will be served. If you would like to attend, please con- tact the Extension Office so we can prepare the food. (276.889.8056) Tobacco GAP's Meeting There will be a tobac- co growers meeting at the Southwest VA 4-H Center in Abingdon at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017. As you are aware all producers must receive GAP's training to satisfy contract require- ments for buying compa- nies. Attendance at this meeting will satisfy the GAP's training require- ment.'We are going to tie the GAP's training into production topics. You will receive a certificate of attendance to keep with your records. We will be serving supper (no charge) so please call in (276-8897 8056) by Wednesday, February 15 and let us know how many will be attending. Be sure and bring your GAP's card. The Russell County Extension Unit Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worre!l --is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at Joint statement from Senator Ben Chafin, Senator Bill Carrico, Delegate Terry Kilgore, and Delegate Todd Pillion on VCEDA The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 with the mission of grow- ing and diversifying the economy. In recent times, lack of economic growth has substantially impacted the coalfield of region Virginia causing many of our hardworking families to search for work else- where and leave our beau- tiful region. The members of the Southwest delegation have been in discussions with VCEDA since last summer about the direction of eco- nomic development in Southwest Virginia and the coalfield region. As the elected state representa- tives of the region, bur con- stituents are looking to us for answers and results in creating new jobs and opportunities in the coal- field counties. We must take the lead on improving the economic situation in the region with a more aggressive approach. These issues and others have been discussed with VCEDA leadership for several months. After meeting with VCEDA several times and getting feedback from county and local economic development officials, we felt that a strong and differ- ent approach to economic development was neces- sary during this General Assembly Session. With the widespread visibility of the lack of aggressive economic development marketing and lead generation from VCEDA, we can no longer tolerate the same mindset. Weare suffering in Southwest Virginia from long term high rates of unemployment and a lack of diversity in the econo- my. Drastic and aggressive measures are needed to turn our economy around. In the House and the Senate, budget amend- ments have been proposed to use VCEDA funds matched with Tobacco Commission funds to hire a regional marketing direc- tor. This new position will be funded to showcase our assets in Southwest Virginia to prospective companies to locate and create jobs in tile coalfield region. The regional mar- keting director and his staff will be personally respon- sible for locating prospec- tive businesses and bring- ing them in hand to Southwest Virginia. A regional initiative such as this is necessary to kick start new investment in the region. The members of the Southwest delegation met with the regional county administrators, boards of supervisors, local industri- al and economic develop- ment authority members, and other stakeholders in Richmond just last week about these issues. We asked them directly if they were happy with the amount of leads and jobs VCEDA was bringing to their areas.' Not a single person in the meeting rep- resenting their locality expressed that they were pleased with how aggres- sive VCEDA has been in creating jobs and generat- ing leads. As part of the composi- tion of the VCEDA board, five members are appoint- ed by the Governor. These are the only VCEDA board members that require General Assembly approval. Therefore, we are exercising our over- sight of the VCEDA board membership to ensure VCEDA is following their mission and is responsive to the needs of the region. We felt a change was need- ed to make this happen. The House and Senate members will be working together to remove the five members appointed by the Governor. Working with the Secretary of Commonwealth and the Governor's Office to replace the five members, we can instill in VCEDA that a new direction must be taken. After meeting with the Secretary of Commonwealth and the Governor's administration, we will be proposing to the Governor and his staff new members to fill the vacated positions. These changes made to the board were necessary to establish a new vision for VCEDA's role. The decisions made with the VCEDA board membership were made to move VCEDA in a new, more aggressive direction with economic develop- ment. Moving forward, it is important to make sure we are all working together to reach the goal we all have to create new jobs and opportunities in Southwest Virginia. We must maxi- mize the exposure of Southwest Virginia in the global, market to land prospective employers; The House and Senate members representing the coalfield region are dedi- cated to economic develop- ment and job creation. The budget items and changes to the VCEDA board fur- ther reinforce that the members are committed to move economic develop- ment in a new direction forward for the betterment of Southwest Virginia. Expanded library hours at Russell County Public Library Effective February 1, hours at the Russell County Public Library will expand. Lebanon Library will now be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Honaker Community Library will now open at 2 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. Library Director Kelly McBride Deiph said "We are pleased we can increase the hours and hope that we can do so again later in the year." The current schedules are listed below. Watch the RCPL website or Facebook pages for programs and services, or call 889-8044 or 873-6600 for more informa- tion. Honaker Community Library Monday 2 pm - 7 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5:30 pm Friday Noon - 5:30 pm Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm Lebanon Library Monday 10 am - 2 pm Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday 10 am - 5:30 pm Thursday 10 am - 8 pm Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm Saturday 10 am - 3 pm