VA News Reader

March 17, 2023


Photo by Shaban Athuman for Richmond TImes-Dispatch

John Marshall built its basketball juggernaut by the books, but VHSL chief is open to rule changes

By Zach Joachim for Richmond Times-Dispatch

John Marshall’s boys basketball team finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country, polishing its elite resume with a 91-34 victory in the state title game over Radford High. But Radford coach Rick Cormany was pointed in his postgame comments, calling the loss “embarrassing” and lamenting that his team never had a chance.

Read the full article at The Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Photo by Tristan Lorei for The Free Lance-Star

Military spouse works to extend mental health services throughout armed forces community

By Cathy Dyson for The Free Lance-Star

Natalie Ealy wants to highlight the need for mental health services in the military community, not just for those in uniform but also for their families. Her husband, Dan, has been in the Marine Corps, both enlisted and as an officer, since 1998, and she said the topic of suicide is just as taboo among spouses and their children as the military members themselves.

Read the full article at The Free Lance-Star.


Photo by Chris Rose for Rappahannock Times

Unearthing the Past at Emerson’s Ordinary

By Chris Rose for Rappahannock Times

A beehive of activity occurred Saturday morning and afternoon at 314 South Water Lane in Tappahannock as around two dozen people — ranging in age from pre-schoolers to senior citizens — gathered to discover what was in the soil at the historic Emerson’s Ordinary.

Read the full article at Rappahannock Times.


Photo by Andra Landi for Orange County Review

Country singer returns to Gordonsville to debut music video for single

By Andra Landi for Orange County Review

Micah Fletcher has been making his way to the forefront of the country music scene in recent months, but he definitely hasn’t forgotten his roots.

The singer and musician grew up in central Virginia before spending a few years in Missouri. Now, he’s back in Gordonsville and ready to drop the video for his debut single, “The Look In Your Eyes,” on Friday, Feb. 24. Born into a musically gifted family, the 18-year-old has been singing along at home and church his entire life. His first experience singing in front of a crowd was with his brother at the age of three. By the time Fletcher was five, the duo was able to sing in harmony.

Read the full article at Orange County Review.


Product of the Danville IT Department

Danville’s revitalization plan faced skepticism, but now it’s a model for other communities. Here’s how the city did it.

By Grace Mamon for Cardinal News

Danville’s downtown revitalization is one that other localities are trying to mirror.

Locals say that Craghead Street used to be like a ghost town, and now it’s home to restaurants, apartments, a brewery and a science center. The city’s downtown, called the River District, alone has seen about $300 million in public and private investment in the last decade. How did Danville do it?

Read the full article at Cardinal News.

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