Tag: Southwest Virginia

K-12 teachers invited to free professional development program

Teachers in Southwest Virginia looking to gain professional development credits can register to attend a free institute.


McAuliffe announces $6 million grant for job training initiatives in Southwest Virginia

A project titled Pathways to the American Dream will train workers in Southwest Virginia to support industries critical to the regional economy.


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Warner, Kaine announce more than $700,000 in telehealth services funding

The USDA will provide funding for three Distance Learning and Telemedicine projects that will help connect rural communities in Southwest Virginia.


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Wildland firefighters dispatched to Southwest Virginia

Virginia Department of Forestry wildland firefighters from eastern and central Virginia are being detailed to far Southwest Virginia this week.


Virginia Tech team wins grant to integrate substance-misuse treatment into curriculums

A Virginia Tech team led by Nancy Brossoie, senior research associate at the Center for Gerontology, has been awarded a $945,000 grant to provide substance-misuse treatment training to students in undergraduate and graduate health professions in Southwest Virginia.


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Commonwealth responding to flooding: Preparing for more extreme weather

Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Southwest Virginia and impacted 138 roads across the Commonwealth yesterday. Widespread flooding and expected rain from several weather systems, including the potential landfall of Hurricane Joaquin through the weekend could cause additional impacts statewide and hamper travel.


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Report: Southwest Virginia nears $1 billion in tourism spending in 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that the Southwest Virginia region generated more than $971 million in travel expenditures in 2014 at the 2015 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference in Abingdon, Virginia.


Communities can help laid-off coal mine workers gain new jobs, Virginia Tech study says

Southwest Virginia economies continue to reel from declines in coal production and employment. Against this backdrop, communities can seize opportunities to better support and retrain displaced coal mine workers in an industry where jobs fell to a record low of less than 4,000 in 2014, a Virginia Tech workforce study says.


School divisions in Southwest Virginia, Richmond to benefit from grant to fight childhood hunger

Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced Monday that high-poverty schools in Richmond and seven Southwest Virginia school divisions will participate in a demonstration project to reduce childhood hunger and improve food security among low-income families.


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Nulife Glass to invest $5.9 million to establish first Virginia operation in Bristol

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Nulife Glass will invest $5.9 million to establish its first Virginia operation in the City of Bristol. A Manchester, England-based company, Nulife provides a complete and sustainable recycling service for all types of cathode ray tube (CRT) glass.


Virginia Environmental Endowment awards $250K in environmental grants

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced awards of nearly $250,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment.


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Governor McAuliffe announces 51 new jobs in Carroll County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company, ANDCO Logistics, Inc., will invest more than $5.6 million to expand their agricultural production, warehousing and distribution operation in Carroll County.


October is Virginia Pumpkin Month

Everywhere you turn, pumpkin is on the menu—pumpkin coffees, pumpkin ales, pumpkin breads and more. Last year, Americans spent more than $300 million on pumpkin-flavored products, according to market research from Nielsen.


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Virginians spoke out today about Medicaid expansion

Two days before the start of the special legislative session on Medicaid expansion, Virginia Organizing held a media conference for directly affected people to share their stories of why expansion is important for Virginians.


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Virginia families need higher wages, Medicaid expansion

A new report shows that in Virginia, families are struggling with the reality of making ends meet on a limited budget while state legislators refuse to implement life and cost savings by expanding Medicaid.


Gang members sentenced for plotting to abduct, kill prison warden

Two men were each sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary for their roles in a complicated plot to abduct and murder the warden of Keen Mountain state prison in Southwest Virginia.


Virginia Tech football legend Bruce Smith endorses Mark Warner in new TV ad

Hampton Roads native, NFL Hall of Famer, and Virginia Tech legend Bruce Smith endorsed Senator Mark Warner today in a new television ad that will be broadcast during Virginia Tech’s game against Ohio State on Saturday.


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McAuliffe announces 25 new jobs in Grayson County

Hansen Turbine, a manufacturer of coating spray applications for the aircraft and turbine parts coating industry, will invest $2.5 million to expand operations in Grayson County.


McAuliffe announces 160 new jobs in Smyth County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. (MEC) will invest $10 million to expand its Virginia operations at a new manufacturing facility in the former Merillat plant in Atkins in Smyth County.


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McAuliffe announces grand opening of Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA-Tenn. The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music.


Ken Plum: Virginia, Medicaid and the billion-dollar giveaway

We got to this point by the Republican majority in the General Assembly refusing to pass a plan for Medicaid expansion that would bring more than $5 million dollars a day to the state, produce as many as 30,000 new jobs in the health care industry, insure as many as 400,000 of the working poor, and enhance the quality of life for Virginia’s workforce and their families.


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Vanguard Furniture to establish first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Vanguard Furniture, a high-end upholstery producer, will invest $550,000 to establish its first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation in Carroll County. The project will create more than 200 new jobs.


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Hymes calls on Chafin to disclose role in Puckett scandal

It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission “outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.”


Program aims to reduce opioid related deaths in Virginia

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has launched the REVIVE! Pilot Program. REVIVE! strives to reverse opioid overdoses, which are steadily increasing across Virginia.


Mike Homes is Democratic nominee in 38th Senate

Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Himes will be the Democratic nominee for the 38th Senate District after no on else filed by 5:00pm today. The caucus that is scheduled for tomorrow night in Tazewell County has been cancelled.


Ken Plum: Contrasting views on healthcare, Medicaid expansion

It is time for legislators in Richmond to stop talking politics and start listening to the people in need of healthcare and to those in the community who have health insurance but are concerned for the people who do not.


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Virginia Quilt Museum exhibit ending its run

“From Bedroom to Boardroom – Quilts of Southwest Virginia” will be on display through April 26 at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Va.


Virginia Tech to dedicate its Moss Arts Center on April 25

Virginia Tech has scheduled for April 25 its dedication of the Moss Arts Center, a $100 million facility that is home to the university’s Center for the Arts and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.


Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia relay contract extension with AT&T

Gov.Terry McAuliffe announced today that a one-year contract extension has been signed with AT&T to maintain traditional telecommunication relay services currently provided by the Relay Center in Norton, Virginia.


Who doesn’t mind the snowy winter? Farmers

Cold temperatures and regularly occurring snowstorms this winter have even hardy folks like Virginia farmers eager for spring to arrive.


UVa. Cooper Center official 2013 population estimates for Virginia

Population growth in Virginia slowed last year as fewer people moved to the state, but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation, according to the most recent official state population estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.


Gov. McDonnell announces matching tourism grants

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that more than $750,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 42 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Grant program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars.


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Augusta Aquatics pool builder to speak at Roanoke construction conference

Tim Coleman, owner and managing partner of Augusta Aquatics, a Fishersville, Va.-based pool building company, will speak at the November meeting of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute on Nov. 21, at Taaza Indian Restaurant in Roanoke, Va., at 117 Duke of Gloucester Road.


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Chris Graham: Remove senior assistant AG from board advisory role

Terry McAuliffe made a public request of Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli to remove Senior Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pigeon from her position as an advisor to the state Oil and Gas Board


Cuccinelli, McAuliffe campaigns respond to IG report

The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign released the following statement regarding the Inspector General report that a senior assistant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “inappropriately used Commonwealth resources to support” private litigation filed against two energy companies by Southwest Virginia residents for allegedly cheating them out of royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land.


Inspector general report finds assistant AG went too far in aiding energy companies

A senior assistant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “inappropriately used Commonwealth resources to support” private litigation filed against two energy companies by Southwest Virginia residents for allegedly cheating them out of royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land.


Sophisticated jazz performer Emme St. James has Staunton roots

When Emme St. James takes the stage in the Shenandoah Ballroom of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center on Friday, May 11 from 8-11 p.m., she will be extremely pleased to be bringing her romantic and exciting show to her “home away from home.” Her grandfather, Dr. John Guss, was an internist at King’s […]


William Browning: A key to rural economic growth – increased availability of broadband services

Many of Virginia’s rural communities still lack access to high-speed wireless Internet service, including right here in the Shenandoah Valley and parts of western and southwestern Virginia. While our political leaders continue to discuss, debate, and attempt to reach a workable solution on how to create more quality jobs and jumpstart our economy, it is […]


What Virginia’s delegation had to say on health-care vote

The House of Representatives voted 220-215 late Saturday night to approve legislation that includes mandates to insurance providers and consumers and creates a public option for the provision of insurance coverage. One Republican, Joseph Cao of Louisiana, joined 219 Democrats in voting for the bill; 176 Republicans and 39 Democrats voted against the legislation, which […]


Food City scholarship to aid incoming JMU students

A new scholarship endowed by Food City will help connect top graduates from western Virginia community colleges to the James Madison University College of Business. The Jack C. Smith Scholarship, announced in late September by the Jack and Judy Smith Family Foundation, provides $5,000 annual awards to rising juniors in the COB who hold an […]