Blue Ridge Railcar Repair to invest $2.41 million; 37 New Jobs in Charlotte County

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Blue Ridge Railcar Repair LLC (Blue Ridge), a subsidiary of Patriot Rail Company LLC, will invest $2.41 million to expand its operations in Charlotte County. Virginia successfully competed against Louisiana for the project, which will create 37 new jobs.  Continue reading

Advances in ‘tumor engineering’ lead to grant to improve drug therapy

VA TechCertain malignant tumors have illustrated an ability to evolve in such a way that they are able to resist therapy in relatively fast time frames.

But if researchers are able to better understand the responses of experimental tumor tissues to chemotherapy drugs, they may be able to identify the key interactions that may hinder a drug’s response, said Scott Verbridge, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the Virginia Tech — Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. Continue reading

Spacey Offers U.Va. Students ‘Frank Underwood’s Guide to Surviving College’

UVADespite jokingly claiming that he was the third-choice speaker for this year’s installment of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts at the University of Virginia – after the Charlottesville-based Dave Mathews Band and basketball superstar Joe Harris – Kevin Spacey captured a John Paul Jones Arena audience of about 9,000 people with stories of his career, life advice for students and impressions of celebrities. Continue reading

Ted & Company TheaterWorks to Present Fall Spiritual Focus

bridgewater collegeTed & Company TheaterWorks will present Bridgewater College’s Fall Spiritual Focus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.

Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught will present “Creation, Dysfunction & Destiny” at 9:30 a.m. and “Jesus Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public. Continue reading


mark herringAttorney General Mark R. Herring is teaming up with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the ASPCA for a statewide Law Enforcement Conference on Combating Animal Fighting in Virginia. The event will give police departments, sheriff’s departments, and prosecutors from around the state the tools they need to identify and investigate animal fighting, strategies for building a case against suspected animal fighters, and tactics for successfully prosecuting animal fighting cases. The daylong conference will take place on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and it is open to all Virginia law enforcement that register. Continue reading

Duke’s Cavalier Challenge

10372283_10152448580937635_4528485457693252317_nDuke emerged as the ACC’s surprise team in 2013, winning 10 games during the regular season and claiming the program’s first Coastal Division crown.

The Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1) aren’t letting up, but Virginia (4-2, 2-0) has been the team defying expectations so far this season. The Cavaliers enter Saturday’s 12:30 game at Duke as the only Coastal Division team without an ACC loss. Continue reading

Ivey, JMU Down Drexel 2-1 in Double Overtime

jmuThe James Madison women’s soccer team earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory Friday night in double overtime against Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association play at Vidas Soccer Complex. “An outstanding road win for us to say the least,” JMU head coach Dave Lombardo said. “We played a tough Drexel team and showed a lot of heart and grit to pull back from being down a goal late in the second half. We had a couple tough breaks that forced us to change a few things but the team stepped up to the challenge and I’m really proud of our effort in this one.” Continue reading

Shenandoah National Park to Implement Night Closures of Skyline Drive During Virginia 2014 Hunting Season

Shen Natl ParkPark Superintendent Jim Northup announced today that portions of the Skyline Drive, the famed mountain road through Shenandoah National Park, will be closed at night during hunting season.He noted that this is the thirty-fourth year that this closure has been undertaken and stressed its importance in reducing illegal hunting activity within the park during the Commonwealth of Virginia hunting season outside the park. Continue reading