What’s News Today: STEM Center, food collection drive
The Pittsylvania/Danville Health District is holding a COVID-19 testing clinic today. You can get a test between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Frith Fine Arts Center at Averett University. Roanoke Mutual Aid is holding a food drive today. It’s unveiling a Mobile STEM Center today, allowing the Girl Scouts to take STEM Opportunities to communities throughout the region. The Virginia Department of Health holds a COVID-19 vaccine clinic today.
Averrett University to join ODAC in 2022-2023
DANVILLE, Va. – Averett University has announced that its Department of Athletics has been offered and has accepted membership to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), beginning with the 2022-23 academic year. ”Becoming a member of the esteemed ODAC is both exciting and an honor,” Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said. ”Averett University has been privileged to compete in the USA South, and we will always treasure the years of spirited competition,” Franks said. Current ODAC member Emory & Henry College will depart the ODAC after the 2021-22 academic year as it transitions to NCAA Division II. Greensboro College is an affiliate member of the ODAC in swimming, as is Southern Virginia University in football through 2020-21.
Averett University no longer on lockdown after receiving threatening email
DANVILLE, Va. – UPDATEAverett University is no longer on lockdown, but police will remain on campus out of an abundance of caution. ORIGINAL STORYDanville Police are assisting in security at Averett University after the campus went on lockdown due to a threatening email. Police said the email made a general threat to the university. Danville authorities provided security both on the Main Campus and North Campus while investigators began tracking down the source of the message. According to police, there’s no indication this was a legitimate threat, but the university will remain on lockdown until further notice.
Suspect named in arson case at Averett University building in Danville
He is charged with one count of arson in connection with the fire at Averett University on Tuesday. UPDATE 12/30Tuesday morning at 3:14 a.m. Danville Fire Department responded to a building fire on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue. (Danville Fire Department)Investigators in Danville are looking for the person they said started a fire at an Averett University building on Tuesday morning. ORIGINAL STORYTuesday morning at 3:14 a.m. the Danville Fire Department responded to a building fire on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue. The building was a house that had been turned into offices for Averett University, according to DFD.
What’s News Today: ‘The Nutcracker’, Christmas lights
Enjoy the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker.” Normally, this is performed at the Berglund Center before a live audience. Head to Uptown Christiansburg, formerly the New River Valley Mall, for the Town of Christiansburg’s reverse Christmas Parade. The theme for this year’s event is “Light up the tree, it’s Christmas you see.” the parade runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy Christmas lights and interact with Santa and Mrs. Claus starting tonight. On Friday and Saturday nights, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there.
Three Colonels celebrate next step to Averett University
Roanoke Va. – There was a family celebration for trio of Colonels at Countryside Sports Complex. Two Colonel football players and a girls basketball player are all headed to Averett University to continue their careers. She’s a three point sharpshooter at guard who was a big contributor for the Colonels perennial playoff teams. And teammate Nick Andrews is another wide receiver and defensive back who was a starter his senior season. All three are headed to Averett, and all three are good examples of hard work paying off.
What’s News Today: Flu shots, skiing
ROANOKE, Va. – The New River Health District holds free seasonal flu vaccine clinics today. There are clinics from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Radford and Giles County Health Departments. We will learn more today about a new collaboration between two local schools. We will have more on the announcement today on 10 News at Noon. Virginia Tech students will join law enforcement for Buffet with Blue.
Averett University lifts lockdown after reported suspicious person on campus
DANVILLE, Va. - Averett University was put on lockdown late Saturday evening. The university and Danville Police have responded and said there was no immediate threat during the initial response. Officials conducted a follow-up investigation based on information known to the university. Out of precaution, Danville police conducted an additional follow-up Sunday, resulting in the conclusion of the investigation Sunday afternoon. According to Danville police, the rumors on social media of shots being fired or related posts were also false.
Local Bahamian college students watch intently as Hurricane Dorian batters their home country
DANVILLE, Va. - Some college students in Southwest Virginia are feeling Hurricane Dorian's devastation nearly a thousand miles away. About a dozen students at Averett University in Danville are watching helplessly as slow-moving Dorian hits their homes in the Bahamas. Winston Sinclair, a junior at Averett, said his family in Nassau was spared, but his friends saw the devastation firsthand. Dorian tore shutters off of Averett junior Peter Culmer's family home in New Providence and knocked down nearby power lines. So far, Hurricane Dorian has claimed at least five lives, destroyed homes and flooded storm shelters.