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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 • USPS 387-780 • • 75 cents Land Transfers - Page 6 Sponsored by SUBMITTED PHOTO The Radford High School Forensics team has been named Region C/D Super Region Champions and will move onto the state competition on Mar. 28 at Cloverhill High School. RHS Forensics team wins regionals, moves onto state competition The Radford High School Forensics team has been named Region C/D Super Region Champions and will move onto the state competi- tion later this month. Forensics coachTina Tapp announced the list of team members at Tuesday’s school boardmeeting, receiving con- gratulations from Superin- tendent Robert Graham and school board members. Tapp was assisted by Video Pro- duction and Drama teacher CaseyWorley in coaching the team. The students involved in the team, and their place- ment in their respective events include: Caroline Bryant - 1st Place- Original Oratory MelanyBarocio - 3rdPlace - Extemporaneous Speaking Sadie Hurst - 3rd Place - Impromptu Speaking Sydney Schepisi - 3rd Place - Storytelling Erin Wilson - 1st Place - Poetry Isabella Walsh - 1st Place - Prose OwenTaylor - 2nd Place - Dramatic Interpretation Zoe Tapp/Elias Cervantes - 2nd Place - Serious Duo Aaron Burnette/Pierce Johnson - 2nd Place - Hu- morous Duo Abby Ridpath - 4th Place - Dramatic Interpretation Persephone Stevens - 4th Place - Storytelling James Johnson/Audrey Bucy - 4th Place - Humorous Duo Ellie Lovik - 4th Place - Humorous Interpretation Kimani Ferguson - 5th Place - Poetry Lianna Almeida - 5th Place - Original Oratory Students who placed in first through third place will move onto the state competi- tion on Mar. 28 at Cloverhill High School. Gina Hall story, Virginia’s first no-body trial headed to big screen Film director Scott Mac- tavish has acquired the documentary rights to the true-crime book Under the Trestle: The 1980 Disap- pearance of Gina Renee Hall and Virginia’s First “No Body” Murder Trial. The film will be pro- duced as a feature documen- tary and distributed to the- aters, streaming platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and Blu Ray/DVD nationwide. Mactavish’s recent films in- clude Ride for Lance and MURPH: The Protector, based on LT Michael Mur- phy, a Navy SEAL who gave his life for his men and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for hero- ism. MURPH was a contend- er for an academy award in several categories, including Best Feature Documentary. “I was born and raised in Pulaski County and viv- idly remember the Epperly trial from high school,” said Mactavish. “Ron Peterson has done a masterful job of capturing the drama from those intense weeks in 1980. Under the Trestle is one of the best true-crime books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of them. I’m excited to return to southwest Virginia and honored to tell Gina’s story.” The book’s author, Ron Peterson, Jr., is doubling as a producer on the project. “I’m thrilled to work with Scott to bring Gina Hall’s story to the screen,” Peter- son said. “Scott brings a very unique perspective to the project, not only as an ac- complished filmmaker, but as a guy with roots in the New River Valley.” "Americans and the Holocaust" traveling exhibition will be located on the second floor of Newman Library in Blacksburg from March 16 - April 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA). ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition coming to Virginia Tech Monday From March 16 through April, 27, 2020, University Libraries at Virginia Tech will host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling ex- hibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibi- tion examines the motives, pres- sures, and fears that shaped Ameri- cans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The touring exhibition — based on the special exhibition of the same name at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washing- ton, D.C. — will be located on Newman Library’s second floor. The University Libraries is one of only 50 U.S. libraries chosen to host the exhibition during its 2020 to 2022 tour. “This traveling exhibit from the String quartet Brooklyn Rider, harpist Maeve Gilchrist team up Sunday to celebrate Celtic music at Moss Arts Center In an adventurous new col- laboration, vanguard string quar- tet Brooklyn Rider and Celtic harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrist celebrate Celtic music as both an ancient tradition and a living art form in a breathtaking perfor- mance at the Moss Arts Center on Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20-45 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be pur- chased online; at the Moss Arts Center’s box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Fri- day and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur- day; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours. Brooklyn Rider has been called by NPR music “a string quartet of boundless imagination,” and Celtic harp virtuoso Maeve Gil- christ has been described as “a phenomenal harpist who makes her instrument ring with unpar- alleled purity” (Dirty Linen). They come together Sun- day to celebrate the roots and branches of Celtic music as both an ancient tradition and a living art form. Drawing from newly imagined settings of traditional repertoire, works composed for Brooklyn Rider, and material from Gilchrist’s groundbreaking new album the Harp Weaver, this evening will meld the string quartet with an emblem of an- cient Ireland in a handshake be- Celtic harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrist tween two traditions that is both timeless and breathtakingly new. Hailed as “the future of cham- ber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers an eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Brooklyn Rider celebrated its 10th anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplin- ary project Brooklyn Rider Al- manac, for which it recorded and toured 15 commissioned works, each inspired by a different artis- tic muse. Last season, Brooklyn Rider released So Many Things with Anne Sofie von Otter on Naïve Records, which includes mu- sic by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Björk, Kate Bush, and Elvis Costello, among others. Their tour together in- cluded stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich. After performances at the Ja- cob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the quartet toured the U.S. with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing Some of a Thousand Words. Using music from a di- See Celtic music , page 3 American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Mu- seum is an opportunity for us to serve the people of the New River and Roanoke valleys by bringing premier research about the Ho- locaust to them,” said Anthony Wright de Hernandez, University Libraries’ community collections archivist and inclusion and diver- sity coordinator and exhibit lead. Based on extensive new research of that period, “Americans and the Holocaust” addresses impor- tant themes in American history, exploring the many factors — in- cluding the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism — that influ- enced decisions made by the U.S. government, the news media, orga- nizations, and individuals as they responded to Nazism. This exhibi- tion will challenge the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded. The exhibit asks questions, it presents facts and stories, and it leaves conclusions to the viewers. See Holocaust , page 5 PHOTO BY HEATHER BELL Radford Building Official Chris Childress, left, introduces Property Maintenance Inspector Terry Nicholson, right, to the members of the Radford City Council and the public at Monday’s council meeting. New litter, debris and car ordinances have ‘teeth’, city officials say RADFORD - The Radford City Council has passed a series of amended ordinances regarding the appearance of properties in the City of Radford, in- creasing the penalties for violations “constituting a nuisance,” including long grass, debris, litter and in- operable vehicles. A second violation in 12 months for any indi- Heather Bell See Ordinances , page 6 See Gina Hall , page 9