Sanchez Promoted to Associate Head Coach at UVA

Ron SanchezVirginia men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett has promoted assistant coach Ron Sanchez to associate head coach.

Sanchez has served as an assistant coach at Virginia for the last six seasons after holding the same position on Bennett’s staff at Washington State for three seasons from 2007-09. The Bronx, New York, native was the coordinator of men’s basketball operations at Washington State under Bennett’s father, Dick, from 2004-06. Continue reading

Jim Weaver, retired Virginia Tech AD, dies

Jim WeaverJim Weaver, whose vision and leadership as the director of athletics catapulted Virginia Tech in the Big East Conference and later the Atlantic Coast Conference, passed away at his Blacksburg home Wednesday night at the age of 70.

Weaver served as the director of athletics at Virginia Tech for more than 16 years from 1997-2013 before announcing in November of 2013 that he was retiring at the end of the calendar year because of health reasons. In 2004, Weaver had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading

Corn kernel character teaching about GMOs

va-farm-bureauA new character named Jake is teaching Americans how seeds for genetically modified organisms are created.

Jake, a GMO corn kernel, stars in The Life of a Seed, an animated video created for, a website dedicated to answering consumers’ questions about how food is grown. Its goal is to make information about GMOs in food and agriculture easier to access and understand. Continue reading

Warner, Kaine Applaud Federal Recognition Of The Pamunkey Tribe

warner and kaineThursday, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised the announcement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that the Pamunkey tribe will be granted federal recognition. Since serving as Governors of Virginia, Warner and Kaine have been strong supporters of the Virginia Indian tribes’ efforts to gain federal recognition. Continue reading


mark herringNew legislation took effect on July 1 in Virginia, including a trio of bills from Attorney General Mark R. Herring to address Virginia’s heroin and prescription drug overdose crisis. Additional bills to protect children, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and to promote public safety throughout Virginia will also take effect. Continue reading

Ken Plum: Happy Fourth of July

plumOur national holiday the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is known for fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and of course retail sales. In the midst of all of our “Red, White, and Blue” festivities, we need to remind ourselves that the Fourth is about the celebration of freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. While we tend to forget the list of grievances we as colonists had against the Mother Country that are enumerated in the Declaration, almost everyone remembers its most significant message: all men are created equal and have certain rights that can’t be taken away–life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Continue reading

Morgan Griffith: Weekly Newsletter

morgan griffithIndependence Day

Last week before a Republican Conference meeting, a wonderful brass quintet from the U.S. Air Force Band was playing.  As I was entering the room, they were playing one of the more popular songs of the World War I era, “Over There” written by George M. Cohan, a versatile playwright, composer, singer, dancer, producer, etc.  Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Congratulates the Virginia Pamunkey on Historic Federal Recognition

pamunkeyGovernor Terry McAuliffe congratulated members of the Pamunkey tribe following Thursday’s announcement that they are the first Virginia Indian tribe to be recognized by the federal government.

“This is a historic day in Virginia. I want to congratulate members of the Pamunkey tribe on their tireless efforts to ensure that they receive the federal recognition that they deserve,” said Governor McAuliffe.  Continue reading