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Friday, July 17th, 2020

T-Rex and Lexis great UTV rides for family fun

Brett and Kristie Fleming’s Kawasaki Teryx LE 750 is the ultimate off-road crossover – a blend of the speed and sport you find in All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and the function, power and design in the more work-oriented Universal Terrain Vehicles (UTV). T-Rex, as the Flemings and their 13-year-old daughter, Amber, call their off-road vehicle,

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

First and Main Splash Pad

The newest addition to First and Main on S. Main St. is Blacksburg’s first splash pad on artificial turf in front of the Alumni Hall store and Residential Mortgage Services office. The opening date to turn on...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Trail Champion outdoor enthusiast Ralph Robertson leads Giles County in adventure

In 1987, Ralph Robertson was featured in Outdoor Life Magazine for float fishing the New River. Now he is instrumental in efforts like ReNew the New and River Cleanup and often volunteers his time to teach interested...

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Monday, July 8th, 2019

Dubai: The Largest, Tallest and Greatest of Everything

Not known to shy away from a superlative, the glitzy city of Dubai prides itself on being home to the largest, tallest and greatest of most everything. This luxury stopover for travelers crisscrossing East and West already...

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Three nearby state parks worth an overnight adventure

Hungry Mother State Park Molly’s Knob – Photo by Billy Bowling There are well over 10,000 state parks across the United States. With that number in mind, it’s hard to imagine not bumping into one on any...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

New River Trail State Park

It’s sometime in the early 20th century, and a Norfolk & Western locomotive is chugging along the “Cripple Creek Extension” through southwest Virginia carrying iron ore to a main line water stop called Martin’s Station (now Pulaski)....

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Following the Sun

Our lives literally revolve around the sun. Regardless of how we may try to fight the morning light with blackout curtains and eye masks, or how we attempt to silence the birds with ear plugs and loud...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Natural Bridge Steps up to State Park Status

It’s hard to believe what now looms 215 feet above Cedar Creek and a well-traversed pedestrian walkway was likely the subterranean roof of a cave. Natural Bridge, once a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

An Experiment in Art & Science

It would seem that popularity knows no bounds. When at one time you wouldn’t think to link Virginia with wine, now, with nearly 300 wineries and counting, it’s almost like the Commonwealth is sitting back, feet up,...

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Virginia’s 14th State Park . . . exploring the on-land and underwater wonders of Claytor Lake State Park

Text by Nancy S. Moseley   They range from riverside to lakeside, from the edge of the coast to the top of the mountain, all carefully corralling the natural and historic wonders that surround Virginia residents. The...

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