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The man behind the logo

By Kelsey Bartlett
Since he was a kid, and even before, Virginia Tech football has played a vital role in Clark Ruhland’s life. Ruhland’s parents met at a Virginia Tech football game in the ’70s, and he has sported maroon and orange since he was a kid growing up in the ‘90s. When Frank Beamer, who has... »

VT student charged for threatening ‘another 4.16 moment’

By Submitted
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech and Blacksburg Police have made an arrest in a case involving the post of a threatening message on social media Tuesday night. Kiung Moon, a 21-year-old senior majoring in business information technology, turned himself in at the Virginia Tech police department and was taken into custody after the investigation identified... »

See what the new VT interchange will look like

By Submitted
(Scroll down for artists renderings; click on each rendering to enlarge) BLACKSBURG — The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Wednesday awarded $38.7 million to a Roanoke company for the construction of a new interchange on the south end of the Virgina Tech campus. Starting this spring, Branch Highways Inc. will begin building a new grade-separated... »

Virginia Tech fires Johnson as men’s basketball coach

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BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced today that James Johnson has been relieved of his duties as head men’s basketball coach. In making the announcement, Babcock said a national search for Johnson’s replacement will begin immediately. “I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university... »

The man who keeps Salem’s power on

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – When the lights go out in Salem, Electric Department Director A.K. Briele III might just be the one who responds. “I do whatever needs to be done,” he said. “When we get a lot of outages, I go out. I always feel like I can help them. It gives that home-town feeling,”... »

Baby camel Otis moves in

By Meg Hibbert
CRAIG COUNTY – Clyde the Camel has passed on, but he’s definitely not forgotten by people who passed by on Lower Craigs Creek Road and stopped to feed him carrots and apples. Now there’s a baby camel to attract people. Otis, an 18-month-old, arrived at White Oak Hill Farm on Saturday, Feb. 22, from... »

Clyde the camel remembered as ‘gentle giant’

By Meg Hibbert
CRAIG COUNTY – Clyde the camel is dead but definitely not forgotten. The gentle giant passed away at age 10 on Feb. 1. Scores of local people are already missing Craig County’s gentle giant. He was a favorite with adults and children who stopped on Rt. 615 to take pictures, feed him carrots and... »

Descendants honor Southern dead in East Hill Cemetery

By Correspondent
SALEM – Soldiers in Confederate uniforms, ladies in their hoop-skirted finery and a 21-gun salute marked the dedication of a marble marker to honor 29 Southern dead in Salem’s East Hill Cemetery on May 26. Soldiers who fought for the Confederacy did so, not to preserve slavery, but for “duty, honor, country” asserted John... »

Elementary students get pepped up about SOL tests

By Meg Hibbert
NEW CASTLE – A giant kangaroo, a famous gobbler and the Craig County Rocket Dog helped get third, fourth and fifth-graders at McCleary Elementary on May 3 excited about upcoming Standard of Learning tests they will take this week. Earlier last week across the mountain, Mugsy, the Salem Red Sox Baseball mascot was doing... »

Jamie Garst named assistant principal at Andrew Lewis Middle School

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Salem High School science teacher and baseball coach Jamie Garst has been named an assistant principal at Andrew Lewis Middle School, with his new job starting July 1. Garst’s appointment was announced today, April 25, by Salem School Superintendent Dr. Alan Seibert. Garst was Salem High School’s varsity baseball coach for the... »