VaNews for Radford City
The kids are all right.
That’s the message university and police officials gave Wednesday after Blacksburg and Radford residents raised concerns about college students gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Because of the nature of how things can be perceived, people look very differently at four or five college students standing in the yard than a mom, dad and two kids standing in the yard,” said Frank Shushok, Virginia Tech’s vice president for student affairs.
The Virginia Department of Elections is encouraging voters to use absentee ballots in the upcoming May municipal elections to protect their health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Salem, Vinton and Radford will be holding elections May 5.
A candidates’ forum for the Radford City Council and School Board races has been scheduled from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Radford High School auditorium.
Those attending will have the opportunity to write questions for the candidates on index cards. The questions will be vetted for appropriateness and repetition before being handed to moderator Ann Hess.
Drone-based air quality tests and a new, enclosed incinerator at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant — measures long-sought by environmental advocates — are on the way, the facility’s commander said last week.
And another, less-commented-upon environmental improvement, the replacement of the arsenal’s coal-fired power plant, will be finished within a year, Lt. Col. Alicia Masson said.
The Radford University Board of Visitors approved the school’s operating budget Friday and heard concerns about the latest faculty morale survey.
On a 13-0 vote, the board approved the $202 million operating budget, as well as a six-year plan required by the General Assembly.
Grede will shut down its foundry in Radford later this year, a decision that will cost the city 250 jobs and could send an economic ripple throughout the New River Valley.
The facility makes steel parts for the automotive industry, but has been limping along since the economy turned sour. The foundry — a presence in west Radford for decades — has been closed twice and changed ownership three times since its previous operator, Intermet, went into bankruptcy in 2008.
Patience can be as rewarding as it is virtuous.
After five sometimes tumultuous years, Radford University President Penelope Kyle recently qualified for a controversial $1 million “stay bonus” approved in 2009.
An economic development group dedicated to promoting downtown Radford ceased to exist on Sunday in the midst of a barrage from all fronts.
Main Street Radford saw its funding slashed, executive director laid off and former president resign in frustration within its final month.
When Marshall Wildberger heard Radford University had awarded diplomas that misspelled Virginia at the past two commencements, he decided to double-check the diploma he received a year ago.
Virginia is spelled correctly, but his major — information science and systems — isn’t.
Some 2013 Radford University graduates put their education to good use this week.
They, and even a parent or two, noticed two spelling errors in diplomas that were awarded this spring – and they lit up social media with photos and complaints.
But did any of their 2012 predecessors notice they had the same errors?