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Virginia on-time graduation rate tops 89 percent

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today nearly nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 earned a diploma within four years, and…

Closings announced for Columbus Day

By TRAVIS HANDY travis@southwesttimes.com   Observance of Columbus Day will mean a break for some governmental offices and banks, but for others, Monday, Oct. 14 will be business as usual.…

Wounded vets in new battle rescuing exploited children

WASHINGTON – An elite team of U.S. military professionals will soon be taking to a new battlefield with an urgent mission: to locate and rescue American children from sexual abuse…

Over one million in Virginia set to participate in ShakeOut

Although Virginia is not particularly prone to frequent, major earthquakes, over one million Virginians have signed up to participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, set for Oct. 17. According to…

The sweet taste of victory (and improvement)

The sweet taste of victory (and improvement)

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Thanks to award winner Elaine East’s hard work, it’s certainly a more popular one, at least…

Scott Vest to take reigns of PCHS athletics, activities

Scott Vest to take reigns of PCHS athletics, activities

By TRAVIS HANDY travis@southwesttimes.com   Scott Vest has been announced as the new dean of athletics and activities at Pulaski County High School. The school board’s decision was officially made…

VT faculty member receives award to study flu virus

BLACKSBURG – Influenza strikes five to 15 percent of the population and is estimated to cost the U.S. economy a hefty $90 million per year. If researchers can improve the…

BBB warns consumers of ‘pinkwashing’

ROANOKE – October has arrived and with it the colors of the fall season: orange, red, brown, and … pink.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many businesses…

Suspect in Va. community college shooting indicted

CHRISTIANBURG, Va.— A grand jury has indicted a man accused of shooting two women at a community college inside a Christiansburg mall. Neil MacInnis, 19 and a former student at…

Dublin Moose holding Halloween party for kids

Dublin Moose Lodge will hold a Kid’s Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 26, at the lodge, 5700 Bagging Plant Road. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is free and open…