Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 21, 2013

Tazewell supervisors provide ‘safety net’ for Second Chance to rock

TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County board of supervisors stepped up to serve as a safety net, and the Second Chance Learning Center is primed and ready to rock the two Virginias again this summer.

Acting on a motion by Eastern District Supervisor Charles Stacy and seconded by Northern District Supervisor Thomas Childress, the board voted unanimously to award Second Chance a $50,000 grant with $45,000 of it repayable.

“This is what I need to make my commitments for the concert,” Erik Robinson, executive director of Second Chance Learning Center said. “I have the greatest sponsors anyone could want. I haven’t heard from the town (of Bluefield, Va.) yet,” he said. “We have a lot of support for the concert.”

The board of supervisors opened its recessed meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday evening. After discussing some a summer internship program and approving a $215,600 check for the county Industrial Development Authority from the Capital Projects Fund — County Capital Projects Fund to be used by the IDA to reimburse Bluefield College for expenses related to the Dental School Project, the board adjourned into executive session at 5:10 p.m.

After meeting more than one-half hour in executive session, the board invited a quorum of members of the Bluefield, Va., Town Council into the executive session, and met with them for another half-hour. The combined board and council asked Robinson to join them for about 15 minutes. When he emerged, he said only: “They sounded very positive.”

The board and council ended their joint executive session at 6:27 p.m., returned to open session, and passed Stacy’s motion.

“This gives me the safety net I need to move forward,” Robinson said after the meeting. “I think I’ll be able to repay the loan portion of the grant well before it is due.”

Robinson did not release any details about the concert line-up or date, but suggested that those announcements should be coming in the not-too-distant future.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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