Mid-Week News Briefs – Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dem Gubernatorial Hopefuls Met for Third Debate

RICHMOND – Democrats Tom Perriello and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam met for a third debate at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Richmond last evening for a spirited debate highlighting “issues of racial and economic justice.”

The debate was hosted by Progress Virginia, New Virginia Majority, Black PAC and SEIU Virginia 512: all political activist groups. Moderating the debate were WTVR Richmond anchor Bill Fitzgerald and Barbara Clara of Norfolk’s WTKR.

Gubernatorial primaries for both major parties in Virginia are set for June 13, 2017.

Cassini Spacecraft Beams Back Breathtaking Images from 2nd “Ring Dive”

PASADENA – The NASA/ESA space probe Cassini, which is in the “Grand Finale” stage of its mission to study the gas giant planet Saturn and its myriad moons and rings completed the second of many scheduled so-called “ring dives” this week. The first images from the second ring dive are being processed today after making the light-speed trip back home from Saturn in a little over an hour and fifteen minutes.

The next ring dive will occur this coming Monday, May 15, 2017 at about 7:30 p.m. EDT. Successive ring dives will bring Cassini closer and closer to the giant planet and its rings in increasingly hazardous conditions.

Ultimately, the spacecraft will be deliberately flown into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it will safely burn up upon entry, preventing the radioactive batteries and any surviving microbial life on-board Cassini from contaminating the Saturnian system. This decision was made because some of the basic building blocks and possible conditions for life were discovered in the Saturnian system throughout the course of the Cassini mission.

Visit NASA’s Jet-Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for more information on Cassini’s Grand Finale and all the discoveries made during the missionon the Cassini mission

Chelsea Manning to Leave Prison Next Week

FT. LEAVENWORTH – Convicted spy and traitor Chelsea Manning is scheduled to leave Ft. Leavenworth Prison in Kansas next week after former President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence as on of his final acts of clemency before leaving office in January this year. Manning entered prison as Bradley Manning, but was allowed upon approval of the U.S. Army to receive hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery while serving his prison sentence. Manning was sentenced to a 35-year prison term for crimes he committed relating to the largest leak of classified information in U.S. History. It is unknown what Manning’s plans are after prison.

Lee County School Board Meeting This Thursday @ 6 p.m.

JONESVILLE – The Lee County School Board will have its monthly meeting this Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Conference Room at School Board Place, Jonesville. You can download a copy of the upcoming meeting agenda here.

17th Annual Raid at Martin’s Station This Weekend at Wilderness Road State Park

ELYDALE – Watch as two cultures clash and the flames of war are once again ignited on Virginia’s frontier. Frontier battles between the natives and the settlers highlight the 17th annual Raid at Martin’s (May 12-14) at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Wilderness Road State Park in Elydale.

More than 450 re-enactors, merchants, artists and artisans bring history to life during the Raid at Martin’s Station. Visitors will be able to walk through and shop at an 18th-century market fair, visit a Cherokee Indian camp, listen to colonial music and tour Historic Martin’s Station. The event features Saturday afternoon and evening frontier battles between the militia at Martin’s Station and Native American re-enactors. Battles start at 1 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday only.

Activities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10.00 per vehicle Friday and Saturday; and $4 per vehicle on Sunday. Friday is a special school day with students from the tri-state area treated to more than 10 frontier demonstration stations at the fort. Admission for the Friday school day is $1 per student.

Other Local Events this Weekend:

ATV Drag Race Test & Tune – Friday @ 6 p.m.
Leeman Field ATV Drag Strip, Pennington Gap

3rd Annual Cumberland Bowl Park Cruise-In – Saturday @ 10 a.m.
Starts at Cumberland Motors in Pennington Gap, Cars will be on display in Cumberland Bowl Park in Jonesville after the cruise and throughout the day.

ATV Drag Race – Saturday @ 3 p.m.
Leeman Field ATV Drag Strip, Pennington Gap

Grand Re-Opening of Keokee School Gym – Saturday all day
Events and festivities all day, ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.
Keokee School Gym, Keokee

Event information is provided by individual event planners. While we strive for accuracy and precision, mistakes or typos can occasionally slip through. Contact newsroom@leedaily.com for additions or corrections. Thank you!

 

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