U.S. Soldier Makes Podium at First Ever American Appearance at Military World Climbing Championships When First Lieutenant Tyler Casey flew to Mitterdorf, Austria to compete in the Military World Climbing Championships, he wasn’t expecting much. Casey, a Dallas, Texas native who began climbing while in college at the University of Arkansas, was the first American…

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Bound by a goal to make Virginia’s music festival scene even better, members of Virginia-based live music production companies gathered in a two-day summit to examine ways to strengthen Virginia’s music festival landscape.

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  Exercise May Keep You 30 Years Younger A new study in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that exercise my keep you 30 years younger. The study took a look at a group of active men and women, many in their 70s, who have been exercising for decades and compared them to a group…

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  Motorcyclist sues National Park Service for 1.7M after crash on Blue Ridge Parkway After a near fatal accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway, South Carolina resident Dallas Fischer, 57, filed a 1.7 million lawsuit against the National Park Service in September. According to the lawsuit, Fischer claims he was riding his motorcycle on the…

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The Blue Ridge is already known for its moonshine and microbreweries, but a new crop of flavorful and innovative beverages have been brewing (or fermenting) in these mountains lately. From sake to cider and soda to juice, we’re taking a look at the family-owned businesses that are bringing innovative new twists to the beverage industry…

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Is Free-Range Parenting Risky or Necessary? About a month ago my toddler was digging for worms in our fenced-in backyard while I pulled weeds behind a row of hedges. My neighbor drove past and, seeing my daughter alone, put her car in park and rolled down the window. “What are you doing out here all…

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Appalachian Legends

Mothman and the Flatwoods Monster. Bigfoot, Brown Mountain Lights, and the Bell Witch. Are these mysteries folklore or fact? It’s not surprising that a 480-million-year-old mountain range would inspire legends of unexplained animals darting through the darkened forest or strange and ghostly apparitions appearing in the night sky. For generations, myths and superstitions have been…

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