Across the Virginias: School year approaches swiftly as boards write and revise reopening plans

By Bobby Bordelon Reporting by Debbie Hall, Sarah Richardson, Matt de Simone, Aila Boyd, Brian Hoffman Since closing in-person classes for the last academic school year, boards of education across the country are trying to find a way to prevent the mass spread of COVID-19 before students return to class. Although progress on these plans kicked off during the summer, several big things have changed, such as the delay of fall sports in Virginia, the governor-set opening time table in West Virginia, positive COVID-19 cases, and more. Even as the boards confirm plans, revise plans, set new guidelines, and open up...

Some West Virginia kids go hungry as state touts summer feeding plan

By Amelia Ferrell Knisely for Mountain State Spotlight This story was produced by Mountain State Spotlight, a nonprofit news organization covering West Virginia. Find them...

Shirt. Shoes. Facemask?

By Brandon Martin Wearing face masks has been one of the more touted countermeasures against the current coronavirus pandemic but that doesn’t mean that everyone...

Civic groups in Pocahontas County struggle to help those in need during COVID economic...

Laura Dean Bennett Staff Writer It’s hard to calculate exactly what economic impact the global pandemic will have on our community in the long run. Thankfully, we’ve...

Hundreds turn out to support Patrick County Patriots, a new civil group looking to...

By Debbie Hall More than 200 gathered in Stuart on July 18 after a civic group issued a call to action. Sammy Hughes, vice president of...

Pocahontas County Masonic Lodge opens cornerstone from 1948, finds the Times

  Marlinton Lodge No. 127 members, from left: Matt Buzzard, Jason Sharp and Gary Sharp look at the items which were found inside the 1948...

Creative barn quilts continue to provide funds for local Craig County library

The beauty of the Barn quilts graces many country roads, including Sinking Creek. This barn not only has a sunflower quilt, but grows the...

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Authorities seek help to find missing woman – Henry County Enterprise

Authorities seek help to find missing woman – Henry County Enterprise

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking residents help to locate a missing woman, according to a release. Jeneen Lavita Jamison Valentine, 58, of Ridgeway, has been missing since July 3. She was reported missing on July 16 by...

GCC addresses EMT ‘unintended consequences’ in western end

By Peggy Mackenzie The Greenbrier County Commission’s July 28 morning meeting included renewed discussions about ambulance coverage for the western end of the county. Following GCC’s approval at the July 14 meeting for White Sulphur Springs EMT service to assist Quinwood EMT with emergency coverage of the western end, 911 Center Executive Director, Mike Honaker said “unintended consequences” arose with the...

Area woman celebrates 100th birthday in North Carolina

On Monday morning, Aug. 2, 1920, Mary Katherine Greene was born to Ethel Brown Greene and her husband, Toda Burton Greene, in Marlinton, WV. Within the next two years, the Greenes returned to their family and friends on Teaberry Road in the Fort Spring District. Mary Katherine Greene during her college days Mary Katherine’s childhood years were spent here with family...

Several $25K Bridges are a partial solution to a nearly $1 million flash flooding...

By Bobby Bordelon The day after June flash flooding in Alderson, a group of neighbors, town workers, and volunteers fought to redirect water away from a home at the bottom of Flat Mountain Road. Monroe Street was partially collapsing after water poured over it and rocks from a nearby construction site were dumped into several homes and yards along with...

Asia shares mixed amid jitters over US stimulus, China trade

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced while Tokyo and Sydney retreated. Gold, which has set a string of records, rose again after a deadly explosion in Beirut. Investors are watching the stalemate among U.S. legislators...

Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law. His encouragement follows a surge in Democratic requests to vote for mail...
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‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

By SUMAN NAISHADHAM, CARLA K. JOHNSON and PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the...

Hiroshima survivors worry that world will forget

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn't just kill and maim. The survivors have also lived for decades with lingering shame, anger and fear. Many in Japan believed radiation sickness is infectious or hereditary. Some hid their status as survivors. Some harbored thoughts of revenge in their hearts. Some...

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Is history repeating itself?

A Taste of the Fair continues

The popular “Taste of the Fair” continues at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg as more vendors join the schedule. Open...

Celebrate West Virginia Day in Cass

Cass Scenic Railroad State...

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...

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VHSL made the right decision – Radford News Journal

VHSL made the right decision – Radford News Journal

From the sidelines By Marty Gordon   A lot of sports fans will be upset with me, but I believe the Virginia High School League made...
VHSL decision leaves concerns for local athletic directors – Radford News Journal

VHSL decision leaves concerns for local athletic directors – Radford News Journal

By Marty Gordon NRVsports@ourvalley.org   The recent decision by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to postpone fall sports to the spring has left many concerns...
VHSL’s guidelines for reopening of sports/activities – Radford News Journal

VHSL’s guidelines for reopening of sports/activities – Radford News Journal

By Marty Gordon NRVsports@ourvalley.org   The Virginia High School League (VHSL) is making plans for the reopening of sports later this year and includes many different...
NRV Tigers win 17U commonwealth games – Radford News Journal

NRV Tigers win 17U commonwealth games – Radford News Journal

The New River Valley Tigers 17U team took gold in last week’s Virginia Commonwealth Games at Salem Red Sox Stadium. The players on...
NRV Tigers win 17U commonwealth games – News Messenger

NRV Tigers win 17U commonwealth games – News Messenger

The New River Valley Tigers 17U team took gold in last week’s Virginia Commonwealth Games at Salem Red Sox Stadium. The players on...

Education

Radford students win Virginia School Boards Association art contest – Radford News Journal

Radford students win Virginia School Boards Association art contest – Radford News Journal

This artwork by Isaac “Trindon” Morton-Robertson, a Belle Heth Elementary School student, is the first place winner in the VSBA’s Blue Ridge Region...

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