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From Schoolgirl to Heroine

From Schoolgirl to Heroine

On April 23, 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns stood in front of her classmates at the overcrowded, underheated, all-Black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Va., and led the most consequential student walkout of the civil rights era.

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The Legend of the Woodbooger

The Legend of the Woodbooger

In Southwest Virginia’s Powell Valley, near the city of Norton, legend has it that a Sasquatch-like creature roams the hills, and it’s at least partially responsible for boosting the local economy.

A High-tech Hangout

A High-tech Hangout

At the dawn of rural electrification, cooperatives formed community living rooms and kitchens to show members how this new thing called electricity could power appliances and change their lives.

Of Heroes and Dads – 2022 Youth Art Contest

Of Heroes and Dads – 2022 Youth Art Contest

For this year’s annual Cooperative Living Youth Art Contest, artists from kindergarten through fifth grade were asked to portray visual interpretations of the theme, “Why Lineworkers Are Heroes.”

Chicken and Pickin’ in Virginia

Chicken and Pickin’ in Virginia

Sometimes the stars align just right, allowing for great things to happen. That’s how Becky McDonough, CEO of the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce, explains the creation of the now-annual Hopewell, Va., Bluegrass Jamboree concert series.

The New News

The New News

Dwayne Yancey says he felt like he was living in a stately, venerable mansion with the roof caving in. So, he moved out and built a smaller structure by hand.

Judgment Day

Judgment Day

By his nature, Clint Card is not one to judge others. Except, of course, when there’s serious competition going on. As competitors climb up and down utility poles in front of him like gymnasts in hardhats, Card’s keen eyes monitors their every move.

Counting Sheep, and His Blessings

Counting Sheep, and His Blessings

Augusta County attorney-shepherd is living his dream When Francis Chester-Cestari was a little boy, he dreamed of sheep, but not in the conventional way. He dreamed of owning them. Although born and bred in Brooklyn, he says he always dreamed of farming and raising...

The College’s Keepsakes

The College’s Keepsakes

It took a community to build a college. And it will take a community to preserve it. That is the lesson of a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, state and local agencies, and volunteers in Lawrenceville, Va., who are sorting through the vestiges of St. Paul’s College.

Chicken and Pickin’ in Virginia

Chicken and Pickin’ in Virginia

Sometimes the stars align just right, allowing for great things to happen. That’s how Becky McDonough, CEO of the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce, explains the creation of the now-annual Hopewell, Va., Bluegrass Jamboree concert series.

The New News

The New News

Dwayne Yancey says he felt like he was living in a stately, venerable mansion with the roof caving in. So, he moved out and built a smaller structure by hand.

Judgment Day

Judgment Day

By his nature, Clint Card is not one to judge others. Except, of course, when there’s serious competition going on. As competitors climb up and down utility poles in front of him like gymnasts in hardhats, Card’s keen eyes monitors their every move.

Counting Sheep, and His Blessings

Counting Sheep, and His Blessings

Augusta County attorney-shepherd is living his dream When Francis Chester-Cestari was a little boy, he dreamed of sheep, but not in the conventional way. He dreamed of owning them. Although born and bred in Brooklyn, he says he always dreamed of farming and raising...

The College’s Keepsakes

The College’s Keepsakes

It took a community to build a college. And it will take a community to preserve it. That is the lesson of a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, state and local agencies, and volunteers in Lawrenceville, Va., who are sorting through the vestiges of St. Paul’s College.