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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 the United States – is hands-down the most popular sport in the world. In fact, Billy Beane, former

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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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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

First & Main Marketing Director PearAivey Street

Blacksburg’s lifestyle center First & Main may have a new director of marketing, but her face is probably familiar to many town residents. PearAivey Street has lived in Blacksburg for seven years and owned three very popular...

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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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