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Friday, August 1st, 2014

A Giles County Shangri-la ……….. Maybe

Jimmy and Joann Hammons were relaxing one day in the rockers on the front porch of their personal, circa 1950s, store building. A car went by on the 2-lane, back country road, slowed down, backed up slowly and turned in. A lady emerged from the vehicle and walked toward the porch. Friendly souls at heart,

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

The African Safari

My first African Safari ironically started on the beach. We landed in Durban, South Africa, and swiftly checked in to the Belmoral Hotel. From my window, I could see the endless Indian Ocean making its way toward...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Manpower with Heart and Horsepower with Purpose

As much as our culture is notable for its use of wireless and advanced technologies, we’re still a society shaped by old-fashioned principles. Take, for example, what would happen were you in need of emergency help for...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Most Popular NRV Hiking Trail

Grab your backpack, sneakers or hiking boots, water bottle and camera because we are going hiking. One of the most beautiful adventures in the New River Valley, I now know, is to hike to Cascade Falls. It...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Science Fair Projects

The back-to-school lists include binders, paper, pens, pencils, glue sticks, folders, tissues, crayons, calculator, a new backpack. Let’s add a science fair project to the list because back-to-school means papers and projects. According to 12th grade advanced...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Where Music Lessons ROCK!

Remember the days when your parents dragged you to boring music lessons? Nowadays it is the kids who are dragging the parents – all the way to Blueridge Rock School where music lessons rock. “Why can’t music...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Helping your Children Master and Love Reading

TIPS FROM A READING SPECIALIST Parents know that a child’s reading ability is directly related to how well he or she will do in school and in life. Helping children learn how to read can be a...

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Brain that Never Sleeps

By Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Shanen Photography Barry Keller is like an original Transformers Toy guy, taking something, disassembling it and putting it back together as something else. Around age 6, he found an old, abandoned...

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Cube

By Jenn Bates The Cube is a blank canvas—a completely black box. It is a space for artistic exhibits and installations, virtual reality explorations, intimate performances or even simply a meeting room. It is ambiguous, yet malleable. Within the $100 million Moss...

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Summer Camps

Going to overnight summer camp is a marvelous experience ~ practically a rite of passage for children seeking their first away adventure of independence. First-time campers might express a bundle of enthusiasm tempered with some normal anxiety,...

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