BLAND COUNTY BEARS FOOTBALL STADIUM GETS A FRESH COAT AUGUST 14, 2016
~(Bastian, Virginia) – Bland County Bears Football Stadium will be a brighter place this fall due to community and business support this past Wednesday and Thursday. The bleachers at the stadium had improvements made to the structural supports as well as a new coat of paint.
Bland County Schools notified county administration on Tuesday of concerns regarding the condition of the bleachers at the football field. Working closely with the School Superintendent, a plan was devised to make improvements that would not only make the bleachers look better, but also be safer for visitors. “We are tremendously grateful to Pascor Atlantic and American Mine Research for donating lumber and paint for us to make the repairs,” stated Randy Johnson, member of the Board of Supervisors. “Supports were placed underneath all of the seats as well as the boards that people walk on. The bleachers were then coated using decking restoration in Bland County blue and orange.”
Pascor Atlantic and American Mine Research made contributions towards the cost of the materials and the labor was provided by the county and the New River Valley Regional Jail. “The school staff has been working hard all summer to get ready for students to return. I am pleased that this project came together quickly and we were able to bring it to completion prior to the first scrimmage,” stated Adam Kidd, member of the Board of Supervisors. “It is amazing what can be accomplished as we work together as a community. Every effort counts. There were even volunteers that brought refreshments to the workers, such as Mrs. Hodock.”
“I am very pleased in the work of the county staff. They worked very hard to pull this project off in a short amount of time,” stated Nick Asbury, member of the Board of Supervisors. “The county would not have been able to finish the project in two days if it was not for Corrections Officer Gerald Dobbins of the New River Valley Regional Jail for bringing extra help,” stated Karen Hodock, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are looking forward to watching the Bears take the field this fall and hope people enjoy the new look of the stands.”