Posted: January 16, 2014

Tony Hall To Speak


Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former United States ambassador Tony P. Hall will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions around the world.

 In 2002, President George W. Bush asked Hall to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, a position from which he retired in April 2005.

Hall is currently the executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, which works to end hunger at home and abroad.

Hall was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work.

The program, sponsored by the Kline-Bowman Endowment Fund for Creative Peacebuilding, is free and open to the public.


Landes Call For Entries


Due to the response to last year’s Local Artists Show, the Grant County Arts Council is again sponsoring an art exhibit of local works at the Landes Arts Center during February.

Local artists are encouraged to submit as many as three prints or original works of art.

All art is welcome, including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, stained glass, textiles, pottery, sculpture and other three-dimensional works.

Artists are encouraged to provide a short biography and description of the work.

Works will be accepted from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Landes Arts Center, 18 Mountain View St., Petersburg, W.Va.

The show will open Feb. 1 with a reception and public viewing. When the exhibit is open to the public, docents will be on site. Those dates and times will be announced.

For more information, contact Hinkle at (304) 257-4891 or


WVPT Hosts Contest


In celebration of the season four kick-off of Downton Abbey, WVPT presents its Travel Sweepstakes, featuring a grand prize trip to London and tour of Highclere Castle, the set of Downton Abbey, as well as a second prize trip to Cancun, Mexico.

Virginia residents ages 18 and older may purchase sweepstakes tickets for $51 online or by phone, mail or visiting the WVPT studios weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 20. Three tickets are $120; ten tickets are $300. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold.

The announcement of the winners will be broadcast Feb. 23 on WVPT.

The grand prize travel package includes six nights at a 4-star London Area Hotel, most meals; daily sightseeing, one full day at Highclere Castle with a guided tour, whiskey tasting and more.

 Valued at more than $1,200, the second prize includes a vacation certificate valid for five days and four nights of hotel accommodations for up to four people — one of whom must be at least 28 years old — at the Ocean Spa Hotel or the Laguna Suites Golf and Spa.

The second prize travel package includes five days Cancun, four nights at Cancun’s Ocean Spa Hotel or Laguna Suites Golf and Spa, $500 airfare gift card and all taxes and booking fees.

Sweepstakes winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 on WVPT.


From Staff Reports