Martinsville Bulletin from Martinsville, Virginia (2024)

22. 2016 MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN AS July 1 melt In the microwave during an arts camp Tuesday at Piedmont Arts. Children learn artistry of soap Bulletin photos by Amie Pickerat Alice Lawrie (from left), Stella Kayack, Paris Riviana and Harper Lawrie cut a block of soap into smaller pieces to Kids get creative during soap, etching lessons at Piedmont Arts summer camp By AMIE PICKERAL MARTINSVILLE There are more mediums for art than pencils and paint. Becki Williams Vasquez and Chanelle Willard taught children how to make etchings and soap during a camp Tuesday at Piedmont Arts. Bailey Hendricks enjoyed crafting her etching "We colored a design on there.

Then we scraped it. Then we put war paper on it and colored it again. And in a few days, we'll scrape it and made a Hendricks said. Aiden Calloway said, "It's a design and we're going to make a sketch with Tahrell Scales used several colors in his masterpiece. I put fainbow colors, Scales said.

"But on the ground, I put stuff flying with boosters. When I colored it brown, it looks like they're flying low. Landon Hairstont thought Harper Lawrie pours melted soap into a mold. of Minecraft while drawing. think of something I can do in my game and I draw it.

In the game, you can create different worlds," Hairston said. snack time students were asked to rinse out one: of their snack containers -a Pringles can. Once the cans were clean, the containers were used as soap molds for the second project of the day, Each child put a rubber Legislators seek details on alleged U.Va. 'slush fund' By KARIN KAPSIDELS. BH News Service Seven members of the General Assembly are pressing the University of Virginia for additional details on how operating balances were transferred to create a $2.3 billion Strategic Investment Fund.

In letters Tuesday to the university and to three state investigative agencies, the lawmakers say their, examination of investment reports provided by U.Va. appear to show that the balances were transferred to the fund a month before the university's governing board voted to create it in February 2016. letters are signed by Sens. William R. DeSteph Jr.

R- Virginia Beach; J. Chapman Petersen, D- Fairfax City; and John A. Cosgrove R-Chesapeake; and Dels: Barry D. Knight; R-Virginia Beach; Scott W. Taylor, R-Virginia Beach; Glenn R.

Davis R-Virginia Beach; and Robert S. Bloom Jr. R-Accomack. Identical letters were sent to the state attorney general, inspector general and audi tor of public accounts. Were board members informed ofthe $2.3 billion bal ance in the fund at the time it voted to raise tuition for incoming students by 10 percent in February 20167 the letter asks, in additico to questioning why university announcements about new tuition rates did pot Today in history Lee Ford Camp was slated to open (The following excerpt repairs upon the building.

is from the July 22, 1949, have also been made. The edition of the Martinsville camp will be sprayed as Bulletin. a precautionary measure RL. Whitener, chair- before the boys arrive man of the Underprivileged The property, on which Children's Committee of the the Camp is located in the Martinsville Kiwanis Club, Horsepasture community, has announced that the Lee was given by Heck Ford and Ford Camp for boys will the buildings were built by open Monday, July 25, for the Kiwanis club and named two weeks period. for Lee Ford, son of Mr.

and Immediately upon arriv- Mrs. Heck Ford, who lost al the boys will be given a his life during World War IL physical examination and As the result of the sucthe program of games, cess of the Kiwanis expo: swimming, instruction and sition, conducted several fun will begin. months ago, it will be posListed among the sible fora full quota of local improvements at the camp boys to attend the camp. this year are a new swim- The camp was not opened, ming raft and new cook- last year as a safety precauing equipment. Extensive tion.

On this date ing the stuff was the hardest part. Harper Lawrie preferred a minimalistic approach. Tm just going to put in a ball. I'm not going to put in glitter or pompoms because if Fuse it in the shower, I won't get clean, I'll get dirty," Harper said. Willard said that she and Williams.

Vasquez chose projects they thought the kids would enjoy. thought of things that would be fun for them to take home and show their parents," Willard said. Williams Vasquez said the camp at Piedmont Arts exposed students to a variety of different crafts. "I think letting kids have the opportunity to figure out what kinds of art they like to do is cool. Here at art camp, we do so many things.

They can see what kind of art speaks to them," Williams Vasquez said. Amie Pickeral reports for the Martinsville Bulletin. She can reached at amie. picker- In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under, mysterious circ*mstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland (correct).

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama." In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II. In 1946, the militant Zionist group Irgun blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 people.

In 1957, Walter "Fred" Morrison applied for a patent for a "flying toy" which became known as the FrisLa Pr In 1963, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their rematch in Las Vegas to retain the world weight title. 3 In 1975, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

(President Gerald R. Ford signed the measure on August In 1986, for the first time in a half-century, the House of Representatives impeached a federal official; Judge Harry E. Claiborne was later convicted by the Senate of tax evasion and bringing disrepute on the federal courts. In 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys (Dahmer ended up being beaten to death by a fellow prison In 1995, Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, South Carolina, of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. (She was later sentenced to life in prison, and will not be eligible for parole until 2024.) Ten years ago: Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored personnel 3.

carriers knocked down fence and barreled over the Lebanese border as forces seized the village of Maroun al-Ras from the Hezbollah guerrilla group. 3 duck in their chip container, then instructors filled the containers with melted soap. While they were letting their ducks settle, students mixed made unique soaps in separate molds. Cherilynn Denny put "a bouncy ball, some sparkles and some pompoms" in her soap because "they look pretty." Ria Titus said, "Choos- State legislator has called for an outside investigation of agency's performance BH News Service Troubled Rockbridge County social services agency seeks interim director abuse or corruption' in the department. A spokeswoman for the inspector general said she was checking late in the day to determine the status of the case.

Already, an internal social services review has found the Rockbridge area office failed to properly investigate reports of child abuse and neglect. And Commonwealth's Attorney Christopher Billias confirmed last week that a criminal investigation of the office is underway. Susan Lawrence, a family advocate who spoke at Wednesday's board meeting, said afterward that she has also been in touch with the inspector general's office. died," Lawrence told the board. "We knew it was a problem.

And the whole system just fell down" The calls for additional investigation come after an internal review by the social services' Piedmont Regional Office. The review found former supervisor had shredded reports that should have been investigated by Child Protective Services and was responsible for "extremely flow morale in a department that serves Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. A Other problems included slow responses to emergen: cy calls, missed deadlines, altered documents and a failure to conduct background, checks on employees and job, applicants. The 38-page report cited one case in which the depart- A include the percentage increase for new students. The lawmakers are asking fora 10-year accounting ledger for the sources and originally approved uses for money in the university operating fund and in the investment fund.

The amount in the fund was disclosed July 6 in an online opinion column in The Washington Post by former Rector Helen Dragas, whose two four -year terms on the board of visitors expired June 30. As rector four years ago, Dragas sought unsuccessfully to fire President Teresa A. Sullivan: Dragas alleges the university created a fund to spend on projects designed to enhance the versity's national reputation rather than using operating surpluses to lower tuition for Virginia students, U.Va's current rector, William H. Goodwin said the fund was created. during a public session and the money has been includedi in the university's audited financial statements.

According to the univer sity, the fund is expected to result in as much as $100 million to be spent annually on grants for projects that align with the strategic Cornerstone Plan. The university said the fund complements the "Affordable ExcelI lence" financial- aid program and emphasizes its ranking. in Money magazine as they third-best value among America's public universities. 4. LEXINGTON The board that oversees social services in Rockbridge County sought new leadership Wednesday amid growing concerns that the agency ignored reports of child abuse and neglect.

Following a closed ses- sion, board Chairman Duane Fitzgerald said an interim director has been identified for: the Rockbridge Department of Social Services. The board withheld an announcement until the person officially accepts the position. As the departments board of directors began to deal with the fallout of a scathing internal review which recently found that a visor documents former department supers rather than have them investigated a state legislator called for an outside investigation. It needs to be done quickly and solutions implemented Del, Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge, said. lives are at stake, and we have to act Cline said be sent a letter: Wednesday asking the state.

inspector general's office to investigate any fraud, waste, ment failed to offer services to an infant identified as "high risk" in an unfit home. The 3-month-old girl died in April after she stopped breathing and was rushed to a hospital. Authorities also have complained that social services failed to investigate conditions in a home where four children, ages 3 to 15, were later sexually abused by a Rockbridge County brother and sister. 24 While the regional office's review was underway, social services Director Meredith Downey announced her plans to retire, effective Aug. 1.

Susan Reese, who heads the social services Piedmont Regional Office, said two retired directors from nearby agencies have been approached about taking the job on an interim basis until a full -time director be hired. Reese also updated the board Wednesday on what's been done to correct problems identified in the review. can tell you that every: body here at the agency, has hit the ground running to try to get things straightened out," she said, "The employ ees are pulling together." A specialist from the regional office in Roanoke has been screening reports, to Child Protective Services, which had been the job of the former supervisor accused of shredding documents, These supervisor was not identified in the report, and Reese. has declined to comment on when or why the supervisor. left the department.

Since the change, Reese said, the number of cases accepted for further investigation has grown considerably. Files that were in disarray are being organized, dropped cases are getting a second look, and officials are mending what had been strained relationship with law enforcement. "Morale has shown a whole lot of improvement," Reese said. "I think in just a little bit of time they are making a great deal of progress." But some say a more detailed investigation is needed. "I think given the severity of the problems and the terrible nature of the findings, there needs to be an external investigation," Cline said.

"We want to make sure that the problems are identified and that the solutions. proposed actually solve the. problems, and don't just address some of the issues and leave additional prob: lems to fester in the future "If there was willful negligence on the part of these managers or people in charge, they need to be held accountable," he said. The findings of the internal report, based on a month investigation by the regional office, have shocked the community, Cline said. I was stunned by the level of incompetence and mismanagement by.

directors within the agency," he said. of in the and he.

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