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iL ::;P;':';:; National Storytelling Festival : kicks off October 3rd , i ! . wax...by Ann Young Gregory The staff and board of claimed albums until dissolving 111 Makmgadifference directrs f the Internatinal in 1990 - at which pint O'Brien Storytelling Center are excited to had a! ady begun to establish armounce that world famoushimseltas a solo artist. nd musician Tim O'Brien listens to bluegrass [ Repri ated from October 5, 2000 buildings, including a library and dormitories, and s .er a . . O'Brien will headline an even- and hears the muslc'S roots in t :'" *" . renovated older ones have given a new spark to the "-- ^---" durin *h kickoff modal Irish ballads and vintage [ It doesn't*sound very plausible. Nevertheless, eight camnus One of the orioin-1 o,-,v "' ofthe ......... National Storytelling " = Fest- swing. .... Hemslghtfully re- [ years ago, a.t'all, thin young man from Nebraska hit buila 'ino ival in Jonesborou h, Tennessee examines and reconstructs those | ...... ~ ......... ~ .... ~ ~) iJt~)J v~'~.JtJt t.Jtt.~xJt)..).Lvllll~,,~,lt lllLl.J .I-J"kJ~*,,'J.~.~--k.JLI.LJL~)III g . . / the hills ot Southwest Vlrglma as though he d hved .......... - - "-' - ' v t - . ...... nail, an aammlstrauve center, ann 1[ s a ShOwplace on Thursday, October 3rant 7:30 styles, and manyothers, m [ here all his Iif6; and within what seemed hke about In the school' " - -' - " p.m. own music, throwing off new ' , . . . s plans are extensive renovations to a I fifteen minutbs, had established friends, all the right number of other buildin s com letion of th fi .... " sparks by reawakeningthe H tl ennneCtl l sc, i d a fiar lgr o]]aetheed a lJUl nnv ha .wa , stadium, and constructgon for Pal' student c2e2 ia tension and interplay of the. colliding components at the | .... y g ty center. High on the wish list is a convocation center . heart of American music. "Over [ virginia. , ;';-". ..... which would seat 5,000, making it a regional, rather the years," he explains, "my |,, . lnat s now Jay Lemons arrlveaann oecame "h " " '" " """ . . . , t an just a co,ege, IaClHty. " h " L" chancellor-of.far Southwest Virginia s only four-year t n ,- wilt: )h, mustc as become a certain ................... , ..... - .... , ............. thing. Each time I go into the [. mstltuhon o.f-..h gher educatmn. After announcing Virolnln'~ cmlv annhllo~ncllc~ et.Gan , on),~n tho Mr ~ " F.' several weeks,ago that he was on the "short list" for ;**e,**;**-; 7 .... o ....... , ..... .......... ..... I . t ,ho .. .......... Irom uva-wlse, ann mrougn an on-going expansion l . -oUn versffY ",2n program, is becoming available to more and more l. -. ' .'"Y" * area residents through translator stations which are 17 ctePste -- epos uonr, on. unaayL e l i assume ms being built in arious strategic locations. A nursing l' ,-, , " .... ...... W"*",* '7 ,'y degree is now offered, as well as a degree in the new [. _re_t)ma y. whoever )s Chosen to im ow ram as administration ofjustice program, Both were added to t.;lliaHt;t llOr win imu mlngs quite a Olt allIerent man I' vwerewnen n r. n, monsarrvenm ..... 1009 the curriculum m response to regional needs. To :, tne 'erlaaps the-m-o eoigvious-listl e name change, provide an additional area for students to become ti:? What had been, Clinch Valley College since 1954 prepared for productive adult lives, the Connections Nora Jane Struthers became, on J aly.,t, 1999, The University of Virginia's Program is being developed under Lemons and The Party Line College at Wise. or UVa-Wise for short. After the ;,leadership. The program has several facets, including Tim O Brien ..... , . , ...... coma mare an Iris.n. recoro, or a CVC Advlso13r. Board responded to a marketing report community service, Wtilch will see students working Growing up in Wheeling, bluegrass record, or a country ['i which lonclurSeti that the name, "Clinch-Valleyas volunteers in various capacities throughout the West Virginia, O'Brien was record...but it seems artificial to : " " r " ' " " " [.. College, lacked recognmon, Jay Lemons led the eglon s commumtles. Dr. Lemons has said students surrounded by classic country sift anything out.I feel like I'd |" nearly year-16n effort to determine what the new participating in the program will, as graduates, "do and bluegrass music first, be leaving out something im- name should' and then to persuade the Virginia things that are truly extraordinary." subsequently augmented by the portant. In the end, I just to [" General AssO . ly to adopt it. The extensive and International ties have developed under Jay revolutionary folk music of the make it round..." | structured pro ess, which included meeting with Lemons' leadership as The University of Virginia's era, including Bob Dylan, whom Joining O'Brien for the [e',, groups of aJu.mni and members of the various College at Wise has acquired a sister school in Turkey O,Brien paid tribute to on the evening will be the always communities in the area, went well--and positively. A as the result of the increased interest in the 'area's acclaimed ,1996 release Red On entertaining Nora Jane Struthers Blonde. O Brien pursued guitar and The Party Line. The high [ new name--The University of Virginia at Wise--was Melungeon heritage prompted by Vice-Chancellor and banjo, eventually adding energy, Nashville-based quintet [ chosen. Souttlw t Virginia's members of the General Brent Kennedy's research and books. Dr. Kennedy mandolin and fiddle to his performs Struthers' original [6.. Assembly all,..agreed to support the change. A brief came to. the CVC campus during Jay Lemons' tenure arsenal by the time he left for story-songs with tight three-part but nasty rea