Then And Now Progress 2022 E-Edition

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Gate City Officials Host New DHCD Director, Staff



Gate City hosted the new director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on Friday as the town looks to benefit from the agency’s resources. It was also an opportunity for the new state director, Bryan Horn, to introduce himself to Southwest Virginia localities. Town officials welcomed the new director as they finish the first phase of […]

SC Library to Host Special Activities Next Week

The Scott County Public Library will join libraries across the country next week to honor National Library Week. The special designated week, April 3-9, 2022, is the perfect time to celebrate the nation’s libraries, library workers, Friends of the Library, interest groups and patrons. It is also serves as a method to promote library use as the country honors all […]

Cost-Share Opportunity Available for Fresh Produce Growers

Thanks to funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, produce growers have an opportunity to learn about new measures that could increase the profit. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is supporting the Fresh Start: On-Farm Produce Safety Investments from Farm to Market program being offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association. The kick-off training session is […]

Spring Kicks Off at Natural Tunnel State Park

Spring activities are beginning next week at Natural Tunnel State Park as the season and warm temperatures arrive. You can tour the galaxy this Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. as astronomy volunteers share the stories of the stars above. Two small telescopes will be on hand for viewing. Feel free to bring along a chair or blanket. Participants should […]

Great Advice: Don’t Eat in Your Car When Driving



I’ve been watching so much NCAA March Madness basketball that I’m almost completely unaware of happenings in the neighborhood. I’ve especially grown fond of St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, N.J., a small Jesuit school of just over 3,000 students. Their team was one of the lowest seeds in the array of 64 universities that began the tournament last week. So […]

Farm Credit Releases 2021 Annual Report

In March, Farm Credit of the Virginias, a financial cooperative serving Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland, released its 2021 annual report, highlighting strong financial positioning. The association made great strides in carrying out its mission to support agriculture and its rural communities and remained focused on helping customer owners navigate a difficult agricultural and economic environment. Farm Credit of […]

Quinn Summary – Who’s Calling?


The phone rings several times a day at my “office,” a place under the stairs where we used to store cleaning supplies. I equipped it with a TV tray to hold my computer, and a carboard box to house my “research materials.” My hope was to attract customer calls for writing assignments. But each time the phone rings, the caller […]

Outfitter Approved for VCEDA Seed Capital Grant

Seeking to capitalize on the growing tourism industry in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region, Appalachian Adventures & Outfitters, Inc. opened its UTV rental business in Richlands, not far from the entrance to Spearhead Trails’ Jawbone Trail. The company is a recent recipient of a $10,000 Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) seed capital matching grant. The business, coowned by brothers, Brad and […]