What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

By The Associated Press  The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating across Latin America, Russia, India and Pakistan while the number of cases are flattening and businesses start to reopen in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. India saw its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic began, and Pakistan and Russia recorded their highest death tolls. Even so, many governments say they need to shift their focus to saving jobs. In the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, the unemployment numbers are staggering. The Federal Reserve chairman has estimated that 25% of Americans could be jobless by June, while...
Update from Director of Communicable Disease Dr. Molly O’Dell

Virus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly...

Radford elects four newcomers to school board, council

RADFORD – The COVID-19 pandemic conditions kept turnout light for the City of Radford’s municipal elections Tuesday, with the majority of citizens who did...

United Way’s drive-thru breakfast fundraiser set for Friday

Photo courtesy of Whitescarver Photography – Hundreds of people enjoy the United Way’s drive-thru breakfast fundraiser each year. The sixth annual drive-thru breakfast will be...

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Sports

Highlanders add top golf recruit

Radford head women’s golf coach Jeff Beeler announced Tuesday afternoon the addition of Niki Batac to the program for the 2020-21 season. She joins...

Podaras named Bigacademic | Radford News Journal

  Radford University catcher Straton Podaras has been named to the Big South All-Academic team, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. “Straton exemplifies everything that...

Blacksburg native Adam Linkous honored at Concord

Photo courtesy of Concord Athletics – Blacksburg native Adam Linkous is Concord U’s rep from the baseball team for the spring sport achievement...

Remembering Dan Callahan | Radford News Journal

From the sidelines By Marty Gordon   When I walked into the press box at Pulaski County High School 20 years ago, a booming voice greeted...

Eastern Montgomery names new volleyball coach

By Marty Gordon NRVsports@ourvalley.org   Eastern Montgomery High School athletic director Kirk Lytton has announced that Haley Duncan is the school’s new volleyball head coach. Duncan is...

Motor Mile Speedway, dragway shut down for 2020

Because of the recent developments and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the–stay at–home mandate through June 10 issued by Virginia...

Pulaski Yankees expect delayed start to 2020 season

By Marty Gordon NRVsports@ourvalley.org   The Pulaski Yankees Appalachian League baseball team had expected an early June home opener, but that seems to be in a...

Remembering Dan Callahan | News Messenger

From the sidelines By Marty Gordon   When I walked into the press box at Pulaski County High School 20 years ago, a booming voice greeted...

Entertainment

Stayin’ in restaurants operations list

  50 East: Dining Room – Closed. Carryout or delivery. Delivery orders must be $20+ See 50 East’s Facebook page for details. 304-536-2274. Alderson Big...

GVT delays opening of 2020 season

For the safety of its patrons, staff and actors, Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, has decided to...

April First Friday cancelled

In response to the Coronavirus, the downtown Lewisburg businesses have cancelled the First Fridays After Five event on Apr. 3. At this time...

National Park Day at Arbuckle’s Fort postponed

The program and clean-up at the Arbuckle’s Fort property at Blaker’s Mill near Alderson scheduled for Apr. 4 as a part of National...

WV Department of Arts, Culture and History to begin accepting entries for annual Juried...

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will begin accepting entries for the 2020 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings...

Recent News

From the Pulpit: “Light of the World” By Rev. Travis Russell, Vinton Baptist Church

The following is the Baccalaureate sermon Rev. Travis Russell, Senior Pastor at Vinton Baptist Church,  shared with graduating seniors from William Byrd High School at the online Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 17, 2020. On behalf of the Vinton community, your...

Radford home destroyed by fire

Photo by Mason Bell – A home on Rock Road was destroyed by fire Thursday, displacing four people and sending one of them to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. RADFORD – Four Radford residents are currently without a home after the house they were living in was destroyed by fire just after midnight on Thursday. According to Radford Public Information...

Radford elects four newcomers to school board, council

RADFORD – The COVID-19 pandemic conditions kept turnout light for the City of Radford’s municipal elections Tuesday, with the majority of citizens who did cast their votes dong so by absentee ballot. The election was postponed for two weeks, from May 5 to May 19, by order of Gov. Ralph Northam. Onassis Burress and Forrest Hite won the two open seats...

United Way’s drive-thru breakfast fundraiser set for Friday

Photo courtesy of Whitescarver Photography – Hundreds of people enjoy the United Way’s drive-thru breakfast fundraiser each year. The sixth annual drive-thru breakfast will be hosted by the United Way of the New River Valley at the Holiday Inn in Christiansburg on Friday, May 29, from 6 – 9 a.m. A $10 donation entitles the donor to order a breakfast bag...

Christiansburg Marketplace to add multi-family residences, hotel, grocer

CHRISTIANSBURG – The team redeveloping the Christiansburg Marketplace at 2705 Market St. NE plans to add multi-family residences, a hotel, and an anchor grocery store, creating a vibrant shopping/living/visiting district in the main shopping area for the region. The new community will be ideally situated for young professionals, visitors, and thriving businesses, according to Walt Rector, the founding principal of...

What’s that noise? The 17-year cicadas are back

As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre will emerge from the ground this spring in Southwest Virginia. Photo for Virginia Tech by Doug Pfeiffer. With warm daytime weather and mild nights upon us, you may find yourself opening a window to enjoy the cool spring air. But accompanying this breeze will be a cacophonous whining like a field of...

Christiansburg Rescue wins fourth straight American Heart Association award

  Christiansburg Rescue recently received an EMS Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition program.   The Gold Plus award is the program’s highest achievement award and recognizes EMS agencies for providing quality, pre-hospital emergency care and implementing improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. This is the fourth consecutive year Christiansburg...

United Way’s drive-thru breakfast fundraiser set for Friday

The sixth annual drive-thru breakfast will be hosted by the United Way of the New River Valley at the Holiday Inn in Christiansburg on Friday, May 29, from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. A $10 donation entitles the donor to order a breakfast bag stuffed with a hot breakfast biscuit, a fresh baked good, fruit, a freshly brewed Starbucks coffee,...

Man charged with wife’s murder

Gerald Tompkins At 8:47 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the 1400 block of Red Hawk Run in Christiansburg. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered 51 year old Michelle L. Tompkins suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Riner Rescue Squad members transported her to the New River Valley...

What’s that noise? The 17-year cicadas are back

As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre will emerge from the ground this spring in Southwest Virginia. Photo for Virginia Tech by Doug Pfeiffer.   With warm daytime weather and mild nights upon us, you may find yourself opening a window to enjoy the cool spring air. But accompanying this breeze will be a cacophonous whining like a field of...

News Brief: Fire destroys Radford residence

At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May, 21, Radford Fire and EMS was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 560 Rock Road West. Four individuals live in the home, and all escaped the residence. One person was transported to the New River Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The structure is a rental property owned by Inglewood Properties...

Local events postpone, cancel due to COVID-19

By Sarah Richardson As the battle against coronavirus continues across the nation, a multitude of festivals and other events have been cancelled locally. As Gov. Justice continues with reopenings in “The Comeback” plan, large gatherings are still not permitted due...

Education

Nester to head MOD school

Amy L. Nester will serve as the principal of Meadows of Dan Elementary School, beginning July 1. Nester has a Bachelor’s of Science...

BCPS is participating in Pandemic-EBT program

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