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Friday, November 11th, 2016

Mike Wade

The New River Valley has always been home for Mike Wade and he’s okay with that. A native of Narrows, the only significant time Mike spent outside of the area was the four years he attended Concord College, where he earned a degree in graphic design and advertising. Mike’s plan to move to a larger,

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016

A GINGER KID – Toys that Teach

As busy working parents, Adam Harman and Nicole Haskins wanted their time with son Hudson, now 7, to be valuable and memorable. Spending time teaching fundamentals like tying his shoes, doing simple math and telling time on...

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Fain Tire & Auto

Aw, the foolhardiness of being young. “My dad bought my first car when I turned 16,” says Rob Fain. “It was a Pontiac GTO, and I thought it was big and ugly. I’d just seen “Smokey and...

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Bobbie Shaver

Bobbie Shaver stepped into her entrepreneurial role just over a year ago, dedicated from day one to providing excellence in customer service. “My mission statement is: ‘Provide exceptional customer service to every customer every day!’” she says....

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Mike Petersen’s Kempo-Karate School

A couple decades ago, Mike Petersen was doing what many a good dad does ~ be involved with his then 8-year-old son, Shaun, and keep himself in good physical shape. Shaun wanted to try martial arts, so...

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The NRV’s Version of Flea Market Flip

We’ve all seen the Facebook posts and Pinterest pins where someone has taken an old dresser headed for curbside pickup and turned it into a stunning work of art. A coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, some...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The Team in Black ‘n White Stripes . . . ACC refs walk, run, jog 5 miles in one game

By Mike Wade | Photo courtesy of David Epperley   They are the Rodney Dangerfields of the sports world, constantly criticized and scorned by coaches, spectators and broadcasters alike – even when they’re right. Yet, it would be...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Life’s Too Short to Play a Bad Guitar

Text by Jennifer Poff Cooper  |  Photos by Kristie Lea Photography   Windy Hill GuitarWorks began in 1992 after Mike Mears took a trip on a whim to the Martin Guitar factory in Nazareth, Penn. It dawned...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

KELSEY FOSTER

Born and raised in Northern California, I moved to Blacksburg four years ago when my husband entered a doctorate program in chemistry at Virginia Tech. I had never traveled to Virginia, but found an easy connection with...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Nathan Cooke

Nathan Cooke was born and raised in the coal fields of West Virginia. He attended Concord College and West Virginia University with the dream of becoming a therapist, which he is, who helps children and families in...

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