Students perform at recital

Published 8:12 am Friday, July 1, 2011

Teressa Holt’s annual piano recital was held on May 16 in the sanctuary of Courtland Baptist Church.

Students performing were Samantha Brown, Emily Fuller, Kristen Hayes, Anthony Ona, Lee Johnson, Brenna Hayes, Maryann Johnson, Setta Brown, Gwen Overby, Nancy Sours, Alex Ona, Kaylynn Winningham, Sally Vick, Aiden Hatch, Jacob Turner, Jordan Bowden, Olivia Hatch, Caroline Fowler, Katherine Davis, Haley Lowe, Maria Ona, Morgan Ognibene, Ayrn Sipos and Brooke Whitley.

Students not participating were Trisha Dunn and Itrish Scott-Brown.

Students received certificates for their performances after the recital, and a reception was held in the church social hall.

Nick Anderson, left, who caught the 143-pound Virginia state record and possible world record blue catfish, hoists the monster cat with help from his father, Rick Anderson, and brother, Jeramie Mullis. -- SUBMITTED by DALLAS WESTON | MECKLENBURG NEWS-PROGRESS

• Last week I got word from Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, confirming that a 143-pound blue catfish caught on June 18 in the John H. Kerr Reservoir, known as Buggs Island Lake, is a new state record. The fish may also set a new world record.

The state committee members reviewed the application, verified the location of the catch as well as the species, weight, length and girth of the fish. A VDGIF conservation police officer and fisheries biologist were present at the weigh-in.

Richard Nicholas “Nick” Anderson caught the catfish while fishing with his father and brother. After 45 minutes, the fish was wrangled aboard their pontoon boat.

The fish was weighed at Mecklenburg Supply in Chase City, which was one of the few venues available with a scale large enough to accommodate it.

At 143 pounds and 57 inches in length with a girth of 43.5 inches, the new state-

record blue catfish smashes the previous record. The previous state record weighed 109 pounds and was caught by Tony Milam in Buggs Island Lake near the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke rivers on March 17, 2011.

This is only the third confirmed freshwater fish over 100 pounds caught in Virginia.

The International Game Fish Association will handle official certification of the trophy blue catfish as a potential new world record. If certified by the IGFA, the Virginia blue catfish will shatter the previous world record, a 130-pound blue catfish caught in the Missouri River in 2010.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is