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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Benefits of a Custom Education . . . Why hyper-focused training may be better than a four-year degree

Box fan air-conditioned dorm rooms, dining halls with bulk cereal dispensers, picturesque quads, a smattering of Greek letters here and there can only mean … college. Though certain age-old signs are constant, education itself seems to be changing. It’s changing to meet students where they are vs. making them chase down an education. It’s a

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The Price of a Smarter Tomorrow . . . Keeping the cost of college manageable from birth

More than 20 million students are enrolled in American colleges and universities. That’s 20 million souls with dreams of career grandeur, goals of professional fulfillment, and hopes for a tomorrow that’s more financially lucrative than today. It...

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Matriarch of the Monarchs

Thelma Kirkpatrick can be considered a matriarchal figure to the monarch butterfly. She takes great care to gently remove each caterpillar from the milkweed plants that line her driveway, cautiously placing them into tennis ball containers (one...

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A Treasured LBC ~ Little British Car

Adolescence is a formative time, filled with indelible moments. Like careening off the road when the right front shock mount of your 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BJ7 breaks, sending you through three fence posts, snapping the...

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019

A Barn, China and Steak

Lucky is the groom who has a bride with simple requests. The family farm’s barn for the venue. Mismatched thrift store china for dishes. Steak at the reception. Kent Firestone is that fortunate man who met Sarah...

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The Fleming Family Home Building Project

As their home state of Florida began to lose its unique appeal, along with the rural landscapes they once cherished, Paul and Linda Fleming decided to move. “We chose the New River Valley for its natural beauty,...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Southside Garden Club

Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Kristie Lea Photography   The members of Southside Garden Club are serious folks. Serious about gardening, garden shows, trading seeds and ideas, touring local gardens, friendship, having fun and much...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Local father/son artists create connections through painting

More often than not, a monumental moment in time isn’t marked with bells, whistles or a hallelujah chorus. When a destined life path is discovered, sometimes it’s something more subtle or simple like, say, crayons. “My mother...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Remembering Virginia’s Pioneer Spirit

It is July of 1619 in Jamestown. The first General Assembly is preparing to meet. A council appointed by the Virginia Company, Governor George Yeardley and a new group composed of two male representatives from each of...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Breathe in Portland, Maine

The minute we drove over the bridge into downtown I closed my eyes and breathed in the heavy salt air. There was no mistaking it. That harbor fish smell mixed with the scent of food frying and...

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