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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 off they went in search of a class. “We both fell in love with kempo karate,” Mike explains.

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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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Monday, July 18th, 2016

A Family Legacy ~ A Fishing Farm ~ A Second Chance

Mark Henderson always knew he would eventually re-open the Montgomery County trout farm his grandfather once operated. He just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. “Yeah, I had planned to do this for my retirement,” Henderson...

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Bee Motel

“Necessity, who is the mother of invention,” is attributed to the Greek author and philosopher Plato a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g time ago, 427 BC – 347 BC. His words have proven true myriad times over, and Daryl Alderman...

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Monday, May 16th, 2016

Jennifer Poff Cooper

Born and raised in Christiansburg, Jennifer Poff Cooper graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in marketing, married an Alabama native she met in college and moved to Huntsville, Ala., for 16 years. After her grandfather and...

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Monday, May 16th, 2016

Shannon Ainsley

Shannon Ainsley and her family moved from the beaches of Pensacola, Fla., to Pulaski County almost a decade ago, and they are staying. They have as many kids (3) as dogs (3), and they love the New...

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