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VaNews for Radford City

Amid pandemic, college students haven’t gone (too) wild, officials say

By HENRI GENDREAU AND SAM WALL, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews April 2, 2020

Virginia voters encouraged to vote absentee in May elections

By ALISON GRAHAM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 18, 2020

Radford City candidates’ forum tonight

By BRIAN PERDUE, News Journal

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.

VaNews May 2, 2016

Air monitoring, new incinerator planned for Radford ammunition plant

By MIKE GANGLOFF, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 7, 2016

RU Board of Visitors passes budget, discusses faculty morale

By TONIA MOXLEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews September 16, 2013

Grede to close Radford facility, costing city 250 jobs

By JACOB DEMMITT, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews September 5, 2013

Radford Univ. president Kyle awarded $1 million bonus, new 5-year contract

By TONIA MOXLEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews July 8, 2013

Radford development group pulls plug amid series of woes

By JACOB DEMMITT, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews July 4, 2013

Typo in another Radford diploma

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a 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.

VaNews June 28, 2013

Radford University to send new diplomas after misspellings

By TONIA MOXLEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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?

VaNews June 26, 2013