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VT Relay participants already in high gear for 2014 event

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
After a semester of planning, recruitment and fundraising, it’s obvious that Virginia Tech Relay for Life aims to remain the world’s largest collegiate Relay. “The accomplishment I am most proud of for this year’s Relay for Life is the amount of buzz we have generated on campus,” said Thomas Lawler, senior business information technology major [#8230;]

Gilbert Auto Parts to supply parts for auto-repair donations

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Gilbert Auto Parts of Radford and Dublin has teamed with the New River Valley Business Development Group to provide repair assistance to four impoverished people in the community who have cars that are in need of repair. Each repair facility that is represented by the New River Valley Business Development Group in team with a [#8230;]

In Balance Yoga in Blacksburg holds ribbon cutting

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
In Balance Yoga, 401 S. Main St. in Blacksburg, held a ribbon cutting with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 12 to celebrate its transition into new ownership. Thank you to Krisha Chachra, council member and Vice Mayor elect from the Town of Blacksburg for joining in the event. The studio sported new [#8230;]

NRV Riders make donations to Ann King Angel Tree

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Once again, members of the New River Valley Riders motorcycle group came together to support the Ann King Angel Tree for children currently in the Montgomery County foster care system. This tradition began three years ago following the death of Ann King, who was murdered in 2009. Prior to her death, King took care of [#8230;]

Photos of Blacksburg girls basketball vs. Hidden Valley

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Jon Fleming has this photo gallery from Hidden Valley girls basketball at Blacksburg on Tuesday. Click through to see the photos individually or click here to see them all at once as thumbnails.

Tricky mix on Saturday

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Saturday is one of those situations that give me pause. There is nothing on the models tonight that would make me think this will be anything but a period of sleet mixed with snow changing to rain for the U.S. 460 corridor (Blacksburg-Roanoke) and southward, with maybe some minor slushy accumulation. There will be more [#8230;]

Virginia Tech named to list of best public education values

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Virginia Tech has been named to the 2014 list of the top 100 best values in public education by Kiplinger#8217;s Personal Finance. Tech is ranked No. 27 on the list; the school has been included in the rankings every year since they began in 2006. Kiplinger’s said Virginia Tech was included because of its “high [#8230;]

Next system: Possible ice/snow Sat.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Wednesday#8217;s Weather Journal column: The recent ice storm neither #8220;busted#8221; nor was #8220;hyped#8221; (by most reliable sources) Tuesday#8217;s missed shot at light snow in the Roanoke and New River valleys was yet another example of how cold air just about never (here, at least) catches up to departing moisture in time for snow. BUT #8230; [#8230;]

Christiansburg Red Lobster gets remodeled, expands menu

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Christiansburg#8217;s Red Lobster seafood restaurant on Peppers Ferry Road recently underwent remodeling changes and expanded its menu. The redesign is part of a major national program where Red Lobster#8217;s around the country will be remodeled by 2015, according to a spokeswoman for the company. The Red Lobster in Roanoke was remodeled with the many of [#8230;]

Rain is here; no snow

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
UPDATE 7:45 AM: This one ain#8217;t happening folks. Not for Roanoke/New River valleys. Moisture zipping away too fast to northeast and not deep enough cold air for snow. Not a shocker really. Maybe some flakes at the end later. END UPDATE Precipitation has spread rapidly across Southwest Virginia early this morning, with the rain/snow line [#8230;]

LewisGale nurses in Blacksburg get national honor

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
The nurses at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery have received a national recognition. The nursing program received a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction held by less than seven percent of U.S. hospitals, LewisGale officials said in a recent announcement. “This is the highest national honor for nursing excellence, and I am very [#8230;]

RR: Christmas tree business expands, nonprofit bookstore opens

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
In this week#8217;s Retail Roundup column, one Floyd County Christmas tree business has expanded. Like most retail stores, John Houston’s family business was open for Black Friday. But most of their customers weren’t looking for slashed prices or good deals, but for long-held traditions. As the owner of Sweet Providence Farm, based in Floyd County, [#8230;]

Retired U.S. Air Force general to speak at Virginia Tech as part of leadership series

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Gregory Martin is the next speaker in the Leaders in Action lecture series hosted by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. The Dec. 5 talk is free and open to the public. For details, see Virginia Tech#8217;s news release: BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 27, 2013 – As part of the Leaders [#8230;]

Diversity on the rise at veterinary college

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
pThe Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is doing its part to contribute to the diversity of the veterinary profession. Since 2012, the college has seen a more than 50 percent increase in its minority student enrollment./p

Dwight D. Viehland named Jack E. Cowling Professor of Engineering

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
pSince coming to Virginia Tech, Dwight D. Viehland has been a pioneer in the development of magneto-electric composites. These new composites have potential for many applications for energy conversion, energy harvesting, data storage, and sensors./p

Highty-Tighties to perform at two upcoming concerts

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
pThe Highty-Tighties will perform during Spring Family Weekend on April 25 and on May 4 for their annual concert./p

Maestro Steven White to conduct New River Valley Symphony Orchestra

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
phe New River Valley Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 on April 18 in the Moss Arts Center with guest conductor Steven White./p

Mason Adams named assistant editor of Virginia Tech Magazine

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
pMason Adams spent 10 years as a reporter at The Roanoke Times covering politics and the city of Roanoke./p

Seeding success in India turns coconut dust into gold

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00
pThanks to the intervention of a Virginia Tech-led program, farmers in southern India are producing much healthier vegetables. The innovative method of using coconut dust in seedling trays creates jobs for women, helping to raise the standard of living./p