Category Archives: Regional News

A Message to Sisters’ Night Out Participants

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer. Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death among African American women and by far the most common cancer among all women, Black or white.

Sisters’ Night Out (SNO) an event in the community held to bring awareness to this fact was held traditionally the last Thursday in September and attended each year by over 200 plus sisters. SNO was not held in 2020, and due to the resurgent of the Delta variant SNO will not be held in 2021. Based on how COVID-19 has impacted us the format of gathering may become a thing of the past for the safety of the attendees. Continue reading A Message to Sisters’ Night Out Participants

Local High School Bands to host Star City marching bands Classic Competition

William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools are excited to host marching bands from across Virginia during the upcoming Star City Classic set for 2pm Saturday, Sept. 24. at William Fleming High School, 3649 Ferncliff Ave. NW.

Sponsored by the Emory and Henry College Marching Band, The Star City Classic will feature 17 high school bands from across the region as they perform shows that combine music, precision marching, color guard routines, dance, and theatrics. Bands will be judged in categories including, Music, Visual, General Effect, Percussion, and Color Guard with awards presented to exemplary groups. Continue reading Local High School Bands to host Star City marching bands Classic Competition

A life of administering from the heart

Anderson couple brings years of caring to new positions
Dr. Eric and Tracey Anderson

by S. Rotan Hale

Imagine the mounting complexities faced by today’s teachers. Simply handling the ‘students of today’ with all their issues and attitudes alone is something most people of reasonable stability really wouldn’t want to deal with–especially on a daily basis.

In addition to the pandemic and the challenges of virtual learning, throw on the personal struggles of daily life in these trying times and it all quickly becomes quite overwhelming.

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) projects there being a demand for approximately 300,000 new teachers nationwide and a struggling supply of just over 100,000 by 2024. Continue reading A life of administering from the heart

Feeding Southwest Virginia celebrates 40 years of service

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America CEO

by Shawn Nowlin

Southwest Virginia (FSWVA) celebrated 40 years of service September 10, Feeding with a celebratory luncheon. Present at the gathering was Governor Ralph Northam, FSWVA CEO Pam Irvine, Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. Also attending were various political representatives, longtime volunteers, staff personnel and donors.

Praising Irvine and all of the organization’s supporters, Gov. Northam said, “Pam has been with this organization for 40 years. When you think about that many years of service, and certainly there are a lot of other individuals who have been part of this process, but you have touched a whole lot of lives.” Continue reading Feeding Southwest Virginia celebrates 40 years of service