Big Stone Gap, VA – The Pro-Art Association will present the Grammy nominated group The WannaBeatles on Saturday, September 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodloe Center on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College as a part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series.
The group blends music and comedy to deliver a different kind of Beatles experience, one that receives standing ovations in theaters across the country. Using their impressive multi-instrumental skills, they re-create all eras of the Beatles' songbook as well as their contemporaries, including hits from The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Monkees.
Tickets are available at the door, and are free to students or $15 dollars to the general public. A season ticket to 20+ shows can be purchased for $40 – less than $3 per show. Season tickets can be purchased at www.proartva.org, in person at any show, or by calling 276-376-4520.
Please note that masks are currently required on the Mountain Empire Community College Campus. Pro-Art asks that patrons wear a mask for the duration of the performance.
Pro-Art partners with a variety of venues, therefore individuals with mobility issues are encouraged to call or email the Pro-Art office to make arrangements for parking.For evolving conditions related to the global pandemic, inclement weather, or similar unforeseen circumstances, patrons are encouraged to visit proartva.org or call 276-376-4520 for up-to-date information.
The United Way of Southwest Virginia is working with Buchanan County Emergency Management authorities to provide relief to victims of the floods brought by Tropical Storm Ida to the Hurley Community. The American Electric Power Foundation and the United Way of Southwest Virginia have created a dedicated emergency fund, with all proceeds to go to the effort.
"Today the United Way and the AEP Foundation purchased more than100 lanterns, more than 100 flashlights and the batteries needed to run them," said Travis Staton, president and CEO of the United Way of Southwest Virginia. "We're also looking at purchasing food vouchers, coolers and ice, hopefully in the next few hours as well."
The storm left more than 20 homes uprooted from their foundations, according to media reports. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department said it rescued around 50 people during the storm.
The United Way and the AEP Foundation are working with Buchanan County authorities to identify unique needs of Hurley, Va., residents. "As the storm was passing over Buchanan County, some students were forced to spend the night at their school because there was simply no way for them to make it home," Staton said. "By working with our local partners in Buchanan County, we can make sure this assistance is distributed to those in greatest need first."
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds everyone that many locations are available throughout the region and across the Commonwealth for individuals seeking COVID-19 testing. Testing demand has recently increased across the western region, as cases of COVID-19 are rising due to the more contagious Delta variant.
All COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. While vaccination is the most effective strategy to protect individuals, families and communities, testing remains an important tool to help identify individuals with illness, protect those around them and monitor trends in COVID-19 infections.
"It's critical that we reserve our hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies, so if you're seeking a COVID test and it is not an emergency, please utilize other testing locations," said Laurie Forlano, M.D., deputy director, VDH Office of Epidemiology.
VDH recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:
Those with symptoms or signs of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Those who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated people should be tested three to five days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.
People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure, and again five to seven days following exposure if the first test is negative. Those who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings).Those who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the health department. Those who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel with some exceptions for fully vaccinated people. Those who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19.Those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not need to get tested after exposure as long as they do not have symptoms. VDH has partnered with Walgreens to provide Abbott BinaxNow Rapid antigen testing at no cost, at selected locations. Walgreens pharmacy team members will help you self-administer your COVID-19 test. Test results will be processed at the pharmacy and provided to patients within 24 hours. COVID-19 testing is available by appointment to adults and children ages 2 and older who meet screening criteria for testing. Make an appointment at Walgreens.com/COVID19Testing.Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, some testing locations may prioritize tests for symptomatic persons or persons with known close contact to a person with COVID-19.For questions about COVID-19 testing or a list of testing locations, visit the VDH website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.To schedule your vaccine, request a vaccination record or for more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov.