Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

By BRYAN ANDERSON, GARY D. ROBERTSON and JILL COLVIN Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he is seeking a new state to host this summer's Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus. Trump announced the news via tweet, complaining the state's governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, and other officials "refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena" and were not "allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised." "Because of @NC_Governor,...

Stocks open higher on Wall Street a day after a late slide

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as investors regain their confidence following a sudden drop a day earlier....

Commission approves report from lodging committee

Tim WalkerAMR Reporter Dave Christopher...

MTC sets reopening guidelines

The town of Marlinton benefited from the reduction in traffic during the “Safer at Home” time, as paving of streets and avenues got...

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Brad Keselowski pulls off surprising win at Bristol

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service Providing exactly the kind of wild finish that has made Bristol Motor Speedway one of the most popular venues...

VT football to begin voluntary workouts

Following the standards established by the State of Virginia and Montgomery County public health officials, Virginia Tech athletics is preparing this week to...

VT’s Petty, Frank headline 2020 VaSID All-State university lacrosse team

Hokie Paige Petty (26) has been named the lacrosse Player of the Year by the state’s SIDs. Kayla Frank (45) was chosen as...

Hokie broadcaster named All-American | Radford News Journal

Hokie student Evan Hughes is an All-American in the field of broadcasting. Evan Hughes, a rising senior at Virginia Tech, has been named a...

Virginia Tech football seat selection under way

Brad Wurthman, the Virginia Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, has announced that the football season ticket reseating process began Monday,...

Hokie broadcaster named All-American | News Messenger

Hokie student Evan Hughes is an All-American in the field of broadcasting. Evan Hughes, a rising senior at Virginia Tech, has been named a...

Hokie swimmers postseason hopes cut short

The Virginia Tech men’s swimming and diving posted a 5-1 record in the regular season with wins over Big Ten foes Penn State...

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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...

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Smooth Ambler shows and shares its community spirit

Smooth  Ambler Spirits in Maxwelton joined relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic by putting aside bourbon for the time being and making bottles of hand sanitizer for first responders and healthcare providers. Along with sending hand sanitizer to other states, the distillery also supplied those close to home, including Pocahontas County. Above, from left, Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department’s...

Rt. 66 curve gets facelift

A crew with AMPECO, Inc. of Elkview is hard at work on Rt. 66 going into Cass where they are removing a portion of the rock face in order to improve visibility and widen the curve for traffic. As seen above, the rubble from construction has reduced a portion of the road to one lane. S. Stewart photo Suzanne...

Commission approves report from lodging committee

Tim WalkerAMR Reporter Dave Christopher and Sam Collins of Silver Creek presented two reports from the “tourism and hospitality committee” to the Pocahontas County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting. The commission appointed members to that committee to design local guidelines and...

MTC sets reopening guidelines

The town of Marlinton benefited from the reduction in traffic during the “Safer at Home” time, as paving of streets and avenues got underway with limited interruption. This corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue now boasts a smooth surface to go along with the new Discovery Junction. The outdoor stage, above, is nearing completion. J. Graham photo Jaynell...

Watoga Trail Report

The incomparable dog named Bongo. K. Springer photo Ken Springer Watoga Park Foundation The improbable story about a dog named Bongo The conclusion The first time I set eyes on him was in a small ranch house about an hour west of St. Louis, Missouri. I had arrived there on a beautiful Saturday morning in May 2016 to pick up a rescued puppy....

Meet Your County Honor Corps

John Sparks ~ Age 69 of Arbovale Conflict – Vietnam Entered Service – U. S. Army, April 6, 1971 Initial Training – Fort Dix, New Jersey Primary Occupation – Radio Relay Carrier Attendant Follow on Training – Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Lewis, Washington Assignments – Fort Lewis, Washington; 40th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Buckner, Okinawa; 38th Air Defense Artillery – Camp Reno Hill, South Korea Discharge...

BOE discuss graduation options

Suzanne Stewart Staff Writer At the May 26 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, superintendent Terrence Beam gave an update on several items, including the upcoming graduation ceremony scheduled for June 20. Beam said the final decision has yet to be made on the ceremony itself, but the plans are still in motion to have the seniors return to Pocahontas County...

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

By BRYAN ANDERSON, GARY D. ROBERTSON and JILL COLVIN Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he is seeking a new state to host this summer's Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus. Trump announced the news...

With wins in 7 states and DC, Biden closes in on nomination

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Biden could lock down the nomination within the next week as West Virginia and Georgia hold primaries. On...

DC officials push back on aggressive response to protests

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital pushed back on an aggressive response by the federal government to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, with the mayor flatly rejecting a Trump administration proposal for the federal government to take over its police force and one Virginia county pulling its officers...

Virginia officers, suspect wounded in early morning shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two police officers and a suspect were shot and wounded during an early morning encounter in Virginia's capital city, according to authorities. Richmond police officers responded to a report of an armed person on the city's south side just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said in a statement. Officers encountered three males, and one produced a firearm...
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Northam says next phase of reopening to start Friday

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam said most of the state will start its second phase of reopening on Friday as Virginia's key health metrics continue to show positive trends amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday that restaurants can start serving customers inside, gyms can reopen indoor areas at limited...

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Dear Patrick County Citizens,

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to express my appreciation to you, the citizens of Patrick County.  This current...

Virginia Tech prepares to welcome its most diverse freshman class

Virginia Tech’s Smyth Hall, an academic building on the Ag Quad, houses offices and classrooms for several departments, including the Department of Crop...

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