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Hospital sets construction start Oct. 3

Groundbreaking for 70-bed VCU-CMH
facility slated at 73-acre building site

Clarksville gets more time for Cove Project

Auctioneer recalls tobacco’s heydey

Back when tobacco, the “golden leaf” of Virginia was a celebrated crop, and tobacco auctions were a festive occasion, no one was more celebrated than the market auctioneer.

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Comets win season opener, 38-18

HCHS had success in all three phases of football and repelled a gritty effort by Patrick County Friday night.

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HCLT, Prizery join forces for Christmas Carol

South Boston News
Halifax County Little Theatre and The Prizery will join forces this fall to bring back a wonderful holiday tradition to the local stage: Alan Menken’s musical version of  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Performances will run from Nov. 27 - Dec. 13. Auditions will be held Monday Aug. 17 and Monday Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery. Director Chris Jones is looking for actors and singers of all ages to fill this large cast of characters. Limited roles are available for children age 8 and older, including Tiny Tim, angels, and ensemble parts, and many roles are available for older children, teens and adults.  Those auditioning are asked to be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of their choice. Rehearsals begin Aug. 31.

Gold Heart sisters bring country twang to Prizery this Saturday

South Boston News
The teenage prodigies of Gold Heart — the Gold sisters — play at The Prizery this Saturday night. The five-piece band is taking their country/bluegrass sound around North America promoting, “My Sister and Me,” a tribute to sisterhood, family and faith. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens or college students and $10 for youth. To purchase, call the box office at 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com. For deep discounts on groups of 12 people or more, call Bob Mares at 572-8339.
Take three fetching teenage sisters, velvety harmonies and the twang of Southern heritage, and you’ve got Gold Heart, playing this Saturday evening at The Prizery arts center.

Benchmark starts fund to buy Steinway for Prizery piano

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Keith Pendergraft of Hopper Piano Co. of Raleigh, N.C., and Benchmark Community Bank Senior Loan Officer and Vice President Mike Rowe join Prizery Executive Director Chris Jones to announce Benchmark’s campaign to raise money to buy a Steinway grand piano for The Prizery arts center. The Prizery now must rent such pianos for certain performances. Having one in-house would save rental costs, attract top-notch performers and be used in student piano recitals and contests. To donate, stop by any Benchmark branch or send mail to The Steinway Fund, P.O. Box 834, South Boston, Va. 24592

Benchmark Community Bank is on a mission to raise funds to buy a Steinway piano for The Prizery arts center so The Prizery won’t have to rent pianos for professional performers.

Local talent search for ‘Annie’

The Prizery, in South Boston, will hold auditions for the musical “Annie,” which will run for three weeks this summer in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre.

Classical music frenzy at Prizery this week

South Boston News
Massimiliano Valenti, an Italian classical pianist, plays Thursday night in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre followed by a reception given by Benchmark Bank.

Regina Carter plays the Prizery

South Boston News
Grammy-nominated jazz violinist Regina Carter and her quintet played at The Prizery on Friday night. Carter, who plays jazz and classical violin, is a winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Carter has shared the stage with Billy Joel and Dolly Parton and has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill. Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O, and others have raved about her music.

Quilting as art at Prizery

“North Halifax Quilting Ladies: Hand-quilting at its Finest,” a exhibition of beautiful hand-sewn quilts sponsored by the Parsons-Bruce Art Association, opens at The Prizery arts center this coming Sunday, March 21, with a free reception just prior to the performance by the Rainier Piano Trio. It will remain hanging through May.

Prizery founds professional summer stock theatre

The Prizery arts center has established a resident Professional Summer Theatre Company that will stage three vibrant musicals in June and July starring professional actors, singers, dancers and support staff from around the region. “Dames at Sea,” “The All Night Strut” and “Annie” will run live in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre for multiple performances.

Grammy-nominated jazz violinist Regina Carter at Prizery on Friday

South Boston News
Grammy-nominated jazz violinist Regina Carter and her quintet play at The Prizery on Friday night. A free reception follows. Carter is promoting her sixth album, set for release in May. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for college students and senior citizens and $15 for youth. Call The Prizery at (434) 572-8339 or see http://www.prizery.com. Big discounts are available for groups of 12 or more; call Bob Mares at The Prizery.
One of the most dynamic and technically accomplished violinists now recording will appear Friday night at The Prizery arts center. Regina Carter, who plays jazz and classical violin, is a winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Carter has shared the stage with Billy Joel and Dolly Parton and has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill. Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O, and others have raved about her music.

Theatre Camp sleepover

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