Local officials: Revisions will be beneficial to students
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer
Upcoming changes to the SAT standardized test likely will prove beneficial, according to two local college coordinators.
The College Board — the private nonprofit that publishes the SAT — recently announced plans to extensively revise the college admissions exam. Changes include returning to a maximum score of 1,600 (down from the current 2,400), removing penalties for incorrect answers, removing some of the more difficult vocabulary words and changing the essay portion of the test from mandatory to optional.
Dr. John P. Bing, a retired physician and medical examiner who became an expert on local history, died Monday at Stanleytown Health and Rehabilitative Center. He was 92.
Bing “could light up a room. To me, he was the Bob Hope of this area. He had so much talent at what he did and so much humor,” said Doug Stegall, who was among Bing’s closest friends. “He was a true professional, an author, a historian and a giver. He was a wonderful, wonderful person.”
The Martinsville Community Development Department is accepting public comments as part of a process required to be considered for a Community Development Block Grant to rejuvenate an area on the city’s north side.
The project’s focus is to be the area around Franklin and Dillard streets and Warren Court. The area is near Liberty Fair Mall and Commonwealth Centre, the redeveloped former Tultex factory with the clock tower building.
Part of the Martinsville High School Bulldog Marching Band will perform Sunday in the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C
Sixty-seven band students who “wanted to go” and about 13 adults will take the three-day trip, according to Kevin Lewis, MHS director of bands. The marching band had about 110 students in all this year, he added.
This will be the band’s third appearance in the parade. The band previously performed in 2001 and 2010, Lewis said. It was named best band in parade in 2010, he added.