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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Wine Country

You don’t need a passport or have to worry about clearing customs if Napa is your destination. Traveling through the Valley feels almost like you’ve been transported to another land in another time. It may not be another continent, but it is another country: wine country. During a week touring San Francisco with my long-time

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

HokieBird

As “Enter Sandman” begins to play, the entire New River Valley can hear and feel the pounding of feet at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium. One set of feet stands out due to its vivid orange hue and...

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Orlando Salinas has come home

If you were in Richmond around 1990-92, you would have seen him on WWBT television news. In Austin, Texas, a couple years later. Then Cleveland, Ohio. If you watched any of the controversy over the 5-year-old Cuban...

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Kevin Jones Youth Football Training Camp

It’s really a Challenge with a capital C for a Virginia Tech football player when the National Football League comes courting prior to graduation. In 2001, Kevin Jones of Chester, Penn., was the number one recruit in...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Homeschooling 101

While students throughout the New River Valley begin purchasing backpacks and thinking about how to organize lockers, hundreds of homeschool families are rearranging furniture to find more space on the wall for another bookcase. The newest materials...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

School Lunches . . . Nutritious and Delicious

Kids love fast food. Burgers, fries, chicken—as long as it is greasy or fried, it’s a winner in their eyes. But with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools had to cut back on calories and fat while...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Winterfrost Farm – Home of the Ride-a-Rescue

Reagan Miles was 9 years old when her family rescued two horses from a neighboring county. There’s no need to describe their condition ~ the main point is that it had a huge impact on her young...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

From Father to Son . . . Love, Friendship and Harleys

Ed Stevens passed down a number of things to his son, Harry. He gave him the nickname Butch, which has stuck to this day. He gave his boy a passion for motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidson flatheads. Most importantly,...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Furry Friends Welcome

Pets like adventures, too, and you can bring them to many stores, parks, trails, lodging establishments and outdoor patios at restaurants around the New River Valley. Claytor Lake State Park allows dogs on land as long as...

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Noah Gillie

Jan and Ranae Gillie started their vegetarian restaurant on the popular Draper and College corner in Blacksburg in 1974. The building was originally a mill, then an appliance store, then a jewelry shop. When their sons Noah...

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