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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Writer Krisha Chachra

When people ask why I live in Blacksburg, I respond because I figured out a way to come back. I was born here and spent many years plotting my escape. I lived in the Tidewater region attending William and Mary, Northern Virginia working for USA Today and The White House, and attended graduate school at

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Writer Karl Kazaks

Karl moved to the New River Valley in 1999 and got married two years later. Two of his three children are students at Floyd Elementary, and he is the sommelier at Primland. He has a history of...

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Cox’s Driving Range

Text by Emily Alberts Photos by Always and Forever Photography Kevin Campbell and his wife Melissa are quite proud of their decision to buy and renovate Cox’s Driving Range. “It’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment to own...

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Zeppoli’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Shop

Text by Emily Alberts Photos by Always and Forever Photography Cody Thompson and Chris Mullens became business partners in mid-May of this year when they made the life-changing decision to buy Zeppoli’s from previous owner and co-founder...

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Brian’s Lock & Key

Text by Emily Alberts Photos by Always and Forever Photography Brian’s Lock & Key is a family business which owner Tom Flinchum bought in 1989. “Purchasing the company from Brian Behal and his wife, Pam, was a...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

A Sweet Suite

Text by Jennifer Poff Cooper Photos by Always and Forever Photography   “The first thing to know about a Virginia Tech football game,” says Floyd Merryman III, “is that it is an event, not just a game.”...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Retiring in the NRV

Text by Joanne M. Anderson   The New River Valley gets national attention every year for its quality of life and natural beauty across all demographics. For retirees, the mild climate, recreation, reasonable cost of living, wonderful...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Fairlawn

Text by Sheila Nelson Old photos donated by members of the reunion committee Radford Arsenal, a booming World War II war effort industrial complex, rose from a stretch of rural farmland along the New River in seven...

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Barbecue with Faith, Passion and Love

Text by Sheila Nelson Photos by Always and Forever Photography P.J. Slaughter’s earliest kitchen memories include playing with his mother’s pots and pans on the kitchen floor and his first cooking experience with eggs in a microwave....

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Farm Fresh Wedding Day

Though they had lived in bustling Fairfax, Va., and near lively Charleston, S.C., Alyson Thompson and Doug MacAlpine chose a decidedly rural locale for their June wedding: Alyson’s family farm in Floyd. “From the old family cemetery...

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