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‘Leading Lights’ appeals for Pulaski nominations

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   If you know a Pulaski County volunteer whose service impacts the community and who serves as a model to inspire others, New River Valley Leading…

Hash to speak at Black History program

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   Fairlawn pastor Gary Hash will be the keynote speaker for a free Black History Month program to be held at New River Community College, Sunday,…

PCHS hosting free college financial aid event

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   Those wishing to apply for state and federal financial aid for college are encouraged to attend a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) “Super…

Homeschool sports access banks on Senate shakeup

By COLIN KENNEDY Capital News Service   RICHMOND — After nearly a decade of debate, some Virginia legislators are hopeful homeschooled students will soon be allowed to participate in public…

Legislators poll SW Virginia priorities

By LIZ BUTTERFIELD Capital News Service   RICHMOND — Southwest Virginians asked for more coal mining jobs, hospitals and drug testing of welfare recipients, and less gun control, in an…

Short-term closure slated in 114 widening zone

CHRISTIANSBURG — As part of the Route 114 widening project at New River Valley Mall, Marshall Drive in Christiansburg will be closed at its intersection with Route 114 (Pepper’s Ferry…

‘Andrew’s Law’ advancing in Senate

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   “Andrew’s Law,” which is named in memory of Pulaski County-based State Trooper Andrew Fox, who was killed while directing traffic in Oct. 2012, is advancing…

IRS tax tip series begins today

WASHINGTON – Beginning today, the Internal Revenue Service will make available a special series of daily tax tips to help people prepare their tax returns. More than 60 IRS tips…

APCo asks customers to conserve electricity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power is asking its customers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to conserve electricity during the latest cold snap. The utility says in a news…

Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he’s raising the minimum…