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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Red Fox Mine, owned by Justice family, found liable for excess selenium dumping in...

By Bobby Bordelon A McDowell County coal mine owned by the family of Governor Jim Justice was found liable for over 3,000 violations of the Clean Water Act for dumping excessive selenium by a summary judgment from Senior United States District Judge David Faber in federal court on July 27. The civil suit was brought against Bluestone Coal Corporation by West...
Salem resident graduates from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management

Salem resident graduates from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management

Shannon Maxey, VP, Deposit Operations Manager, was among the 60 Virginia bankers who graduated July 31 from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.  The three-year school is sponsored by the Virginia Bankers Association in cooperation with the Darden School...
Annual comic book show returns to Salem Civic Center on August 22

Annual comic book show returns to Salem Civic Center on August 22

Submitted photoThe Virginia Vintage Comic and Collectibles Show annually attracts people of all backgrounds throughout the Roanoke Valley.   The Virginia Vintage Comic and Collectibles Show will return to the Salem Civic Center for a 23rd year on August 22. The show...

Protesters rally in Portland as mayor decries violence

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Violent clashes between protesters and police in Portland, Oregon, this week have ratcheted up tensions in the city days after an agreement between state and federal officials appeared to bring calm. More demonstrations were rallying Thursday night, hours after the city's mayor decried the unrest that has roiled Portland since George Floyd...

Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God. Even for a president known for his blunt criticism, Trump's remarks stood out and...

US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread...

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

By TALI ARBEL AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. The twin executive orders issued Thursday — one for each app...

Feds: Man pleads guilty to threatening to burn Black church

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a Black church in Virginia days after one of the church's leaders took part in a vigil for George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minnesota. John Malcolm Bareswill, 63, entered the plea Wednesday, nearly two months after he was...

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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...

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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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