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Monday, January 9th, 2023

The Barn Builder

What child – or adult(?) – doesn’t crane his or her neck to get a look at a barn and perhaps glimpse a horse or cows, sheep, goats or llamas. Barns capture the imagination and speak of rural lifestyles and agriculture, even milk and eggs. Barns have been a necessity since, well, who knows? The

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Music for Everyone ~ 30 Years and Counting

It started with a compliment and an exhortation to bring music instruction to the community. Nearly 30 years later, the Renaissance Music Academy is making Blacksburg and the New River Valley a place where music thrives,...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

One Glass Bubble

Parker Stafford was 12 years old when he remembers first being impressed by glass. He had traveled to England with his grandparents and was awestruck by stained glass windows. After graduating from high school in Floyd County,...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

VT Men’s Soccer Head Coach ~ Mike Brizendine

There’s an old joke that says watching soccer is like watching grass grow, except with soccer players in the way. The real joke is the absurdity of that statement because soccer – known as football everywhere outside...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Unexpectedly Retiring to the New River Valley

When Joe Hotter was told 900 words – or thereabouts – were needed on his life for this article, he exhaled sarcastically: “Oh boy. We’re in trouble now.” But with the first question, his story began with...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Retire and Become a Travel Writer

re you looking forward to retirement? I did. There was a mental countdown that last year of school; 179 more days…98 …23 …1! I could hardly wait, but a friend asked, “If you retire, what will you...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Candle-Making and Dancing through High School

The entrepreneurial bug can bite young, and Lindsay Santos, 15, doesn’t remember a time when she did not want to start a business. She would daydream about it and even sketch out business plans and marketing ideas....

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Nail Art: Meet the Monet of Manicures

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in art to recognize the masterful work of Blake Le, the New River Valley’s resident nail guru. While his canvas may be small, his creativity is boundless. After seeing what can...

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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...

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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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