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Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She…

Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of…

Verdict reached in corruption trial of ex-Va. gov.

RICHMOND (AP) — The jury has reached a verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The jurors were expected to announce…

Trial dealt a hit to ex-governor’s reputation

RICHMOND (AP) — Regardless of the outcome of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial, a string of personal details that emerged during five weeks of testimony shattered an image…

Initiative will train Virginians to work in state film industry

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@www.southwesttimes.com If you’ve always dreamed of working in the film industry, but didn’t have the skills needed to do so, here’s your chance. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe…

Extras being sought for Civil War pilot

RICHMOND — An open casting call will be held in Richmond Friday, Sept. 5, to find background extras for the Civil War pilot “Point of Honor,” which is filming in…

Protect your child; use a safety seat

Protect your child; use a safety seat

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@www.southwesttimes.com   Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for children ages three to 14 years; but failure to use a safety seat isn’t always…

Former Southwest Times Newspaper carrier reflects back on job 60 years ago

By CALVIN PYNN calvin@www.southwesttimes.com   Fred Owen holds a copy of The Southwest Times, folded into a triangle similar to a paper football. When he worked as a carrier in…

Emerald Ash Borer creeping closer

Emerald Ash Borer creeping closer

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@www.southwesttimes.com “It’s a pretty nasty insect,” Pulaski County Forester Jim Mueller said of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which is creeping ever closer to Southwest Virginia and…

WCC monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree approaching

Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Rich in Tradition and the South Carolina Broadcasters on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m.…