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April 2, 2024

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Valley EV Teams Take Home Wins In International Competition

By Ashlyn Campbell for Daily News-Record

Before going to Abu Dhabi to compete in the UAE Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, the Harrisonburg High School EV team hoped to place at least higher than the last ten.

Well, the HHS EV Team and the Shenandoah Valley Short Circuits in Augusta County completely surpassed their hopes on the track this March — the two teams won two of the top three spots, HHS taking third and the Short Circuits taking first in a competition against 28 schools worldwide.

Read the full article at Daily News-Record.

Photo by Matt Gentry for The Roanoke Times

Montgomery County students build beds for kids in need

By Mike Gangloff for The Roanoke Times

Power tools whirred and sawdust silted across a gym floor as teams of middle school students and their adult helpers raced through the construction of 40 twin beds intended for local children in need.

“I’m here with my softball team and like that we get to help the community,” said Cassidy Bond, a seventh grader at Christiansburg Middle school, where the after-school build event was held on March 15.

“I know how uncomfortable it is to sleep with your sibling and not have your own bed,” she added.

Read the full article at The Roanoke Times.

Back to where it all began: Steeves returns to the Northern Neck

By Richard Burrell for Northern Neck News

The story of George Steeves is a rather remarkable one. While some might say it reeks of the Hollywood cliche of someone managing to succeed in spite of a disability that ails him, the fact of the matter is these sorts of cliches come about because there’s a great element of truth in them.

Read the full article at Northern Neck News.

Photo by Nicolas Galindo for Richmond Times-Dispatch

Commentary: To preserve philanthropy in Virginia, protect the donors

By Jack Salmon for Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia may be for lovers, but of late, it is not for charitable givers. As one of the top 10 most charitable states in the nation, Virginians generously donate almost $6 billion to charities every year, with the average Virginia donor giving almost $4,000 annually to causes they support.

Read the full article at Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Photo by Evan Goodenow for Loudoun Times-Mirror

Sterling firefighter injured in deadly explosion released from hospital

By Evan Goodenow for Loudoun Times-Mirror

Brian Diamond thanked God for surviving a Feb. 16 house explosion in Sugarland Run that killed volunteer firefighter Trevor Brown and injured 13 others.

“I was down in that basement and I said a prayer and God got me out of that,” Diamond, a volunteer firefighter with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, said on March 20. He had just been released from The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.

Read the full article at Loudoun Times-Mirror. 

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