VA News Reader

July 11, 2023


File photo, The Roanoke Times

No finale yet for Christiansburg’s Starlite; new season to start soon

By Yann Ranaivo for The Roanoke Times

Despite some concerns in the community over its future, the Starlite Drive-in Theater plans to open at the end of the month and has even booked a lineup of movies for several weekends, said a person close to the decades-old institution.

Read the full article at The Roanoke Times.


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Stafford teen creates special doll for toddler born without thumbs

By Cathy Dyson for The Free Lance-Star

It’s not unusual for a child to pick an American Girl doll whose hair or eyes, skin tone or ethnicity, matches her own.

But it’s not every day that a little girl who was born without a thumb on each hand, then had surgery to fashion them from other fingers, gets a doll that has been through something similar. And, when a teenager who runs the Joy Doll Hospital recently made that happen for little Arabella Emery, the 2½-year-old took the black-haired doll in her arms, then reached for a plastic accessory that came with it.

Read the full article at The Free Lance-Star.


Photo by Gincy Carrington Plummer for The Crozet Gazette

Local Artist Beautifies Crozet Connector Trail Tunnel

By Clover Carroll for The Crozet Gazette

On April 17, Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Leadership classes organized their annual “WAHS With a Cause” day, when students can sign up for a range of community service projects. Nine students, accompanied by two teacher chaperones, volunteered to whitewash the Crozet Connector Trail tunnel that runs under Eastern Avenue, which had attracted some unwanted graffiti since Albemarle County built it in 2019. One of the Trails Crew supervisors was local artist Gincy Carrington Plummer, who was inspired by this blank canvas to paint beautiful butterfly murals on both tunnel entrances. She has been working on the project ever since, as the weather and her schedule allows.

Read the full article at The Crozet Gazette.


Photo submitted by Paul D. Camp Community College

Against the odds, Sampson found success at Camp

By Staff at The Tidewater News

Zyneisha Sampson, a recent graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College’s Registered Nursing program, had a long journey to her successful completion.  

A news release from Camp noted that her story is that of perseverance and help along the way from her family and Camp faculty and staff.  

Sampson reflected that the odds of her being where she is now were slim. She was a mother at age 16 and again at 20. She was living paycheck to paycheck and living in a bad section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Read the full article at The Tidewater News.


Photo by Cal Cary for The Daily Progress

‘Incubator of brotherhood’: M-Cubed summer academy is about more than just mathematics

By Faith Redd for The Daily Progress

R.J. Gatling was transitioning into the fifth grade at Baker-Butler Elementary School when his principal approached him about an opportunity in the M-Cubed program.

M-Cubed, which stands for “Math, Men and Mission,” is dedicated to helping middle school students from Charlottesville and Albemarle County achieve higher math class placements when they reach high school, according to the nonprofit group behind the summer program: 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.

Read the full article at The Daily Progress.

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