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'To Kill A Mockingbird’ debate still swirls

Three area ministers are scheduled to express their concerns to South Boston Town Council tonight over the upcoming performance of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Three other items also are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. at council chambers on Yancey Street.

The Rev. Margaret Coleman, the Rev. Frank Coleman and the Rev. Byrd are slated to address council during the public comment portion of the agenda at the end of tonight’s meeting.

The Rev. Frank Coleman confirmed Sunday the group’s concerns over the play being performed are the reason for their appearing before council.

Coleman said even if council can’t stop the play from being performed, members will be asked “to please consider something to stop these kind of things.”

A public hearing on a proposed agreement to develop a botanical garden at Cotton Mill Park is one of the three agenda items for South Boston Town Council at its monthly meeting tonight.

Council discussed a proposed memorandum of understanding between the town and Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens and Environmental Center for developing a botanical garden within Cotton Mill Park at its October meeting.

A concept plan studied by council at that meeting calls for approximately 10 acres of the park to be used for a botanical gardens.

The redirection of Summit Drive and a tie-in to the proposed Heritage Trail are also part of the concept, which calls for the center to maintain the garden at its expense.

Dr. Charles Stallard and Bill McCaleb, members of the center and both extensively involved in planning for the botanical gardens, told council they were looking to create a resource at the park, with multiple impacts on tourism and education.

Two other items are on the agenda for tonight, in addition to a public comment period.

Council is scheduled to discuss a request from the Town of Mineral to join in its efforts to lobby the General Assembly to stop any changes to the BPOL (business, professional and occupational license) tax and also to discuss the process in filling an upcoming vacancy on town council following the resignation of Sandra Thompson.

Thompson’s resignation is effective Dec. 1.