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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The Magical Guy

Imagine a hobby that can teach you to read, and years later, pay your way through college and law school. Magical thinking? No, just ask Bobby Lilly, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Giles County and also, magician extraordinaire. “It started with kindergarten Show & Tell,” he says. “I purchased a magic set with money I got for

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Teeth, Tongues and Tails! Oh, My!

The once formal dining room in the Pruden family home in Blacksburg has been completely transformed, except for the chandelier and antique wood table, into Howling Dragon Studios. The only thing showing on the antique table is...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Football kicks and kickers

As a football game unfolds, the fans watch the snap, the run, the pass, the handoff, the play execution as team members in different positions move every which way. Someone simply cannot watch every player every second....

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Champion for Pulaski County

Ask Peggy White, executive director of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, what her operating principle is for that organization and she answers: “Muddy Boots on the Ground.” Sometimes this is literal, as when she dons boots...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Experience the transition from summer to fall, NRV-style

How fortunate we are in Southwest Virginia to boast a well-rounded calendar year. We mark winter for snowfall (seemingly less these days, but still a treat), and spring for flowers, rushing creeks and the tease of consistently...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The ABCs of Retiring in the NRV

Aquatic centers. Both Christiansburg and Blacksburg claim aquatic centers, with Christiansburg featuring a premier pool where high school and college level swim and dive meets are held. For retirees, of more interest might be the soothing exercise...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Know When to Fold ‘Em

Navigating the financial and emotional gamble of retirement.   For some, it’s a decision you’re weighing right now. For others, it’s something in a galaxy far, far away. And still for others, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The NRV Gets Creative

What do small eclectic towns with local artisans and shops do when faced with a pandemic like they’ve never encountered? They find ingenious ways to stay well, be creative and bring their goods to customers in innovative...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Logan Smith’s Inspiring Life ~ of Courage, Faith and Community

Coming home from school on Oct. 21, 2016, Logan Smith lost control of his red Ford F250 hydroplaning on a slick road in Dublin and plunging 35 feet down. The truck rolled over and landed on rocks...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Distance Healing

The ‘tele’ prefix means ‘at a distance,’ which is apropos for describing life these days. Our increased use of the telephone and television may be leaving us with desires to teleport elsewhere – perhaps closer to friends,...

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