Doug Wilder, black former Virginia governor, rips Kamala's church ad for McAuliffe
Douglas Wilder, the only African American governor in Virginia's history, is no fan of the video endorsement Vice President Kamala Harris made for Terry McAuliffe, which is being played Sundays in hundreds of the Old Dominion's black churches.news.yahoo.com
Virginia gets close to legalizing recreational weed as other states eye cannabis tax windfalls
Mike Blake | ReutersVirginia is close to becoming the first Southern state to get a tax revenue high as it moves to legalize recreational weed. Support for marijuana legalization has steadily increased over the years. A report from nonpartisan think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective estimates the state could see at least $300 million in tax revenue annually. Highlighting the drawbacksWashington, which in 2012 became one of the first states to legalize recreational weed, earned a total of $395.5 million in legal marijuana tax revenue and license fees in fiscal 2019, according to the state's annual report. She also highlighted racial justice, tax windfalls and cannabis research as important benefits of legalization.cnbc.com
Donation from Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey helps create a music studio at his Botetourt County alma mater
BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – What started out as a few guitars and a dream is now a full-blown music studio thanks to James River High School alumnus Matthew Ramsey. Now, his latest donation of $19,000 has helped create a music studio for the school. A few years ago, McLeese and another teacher visited a school in Northern Virginia that had a music studio in the school. James River High School librarian Jim McLeese inside the school's music studio. There’s new opportunities to learn new stuff.”Teachers hope Ramsey’s donation inspires other students to give back.
Lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty in Virginia
Two years later, Rachel Sutphin was one of 13 family members of murder victims who sent a letter to the General Assembly asking lawmakers to abolish the death penalty. We all know the death penalty doesn't do that. Even last year, death penalty abolition bills in the General Assembly went nowhere. Historically, Virginia has used the death penalty more than any other state, executing nearly 1,400 people since its days as a colony, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, Virginia, with 113 executions, is second only to Texas.cbsnews.com
Virginia Tech women upset No. 2 NC State 83-71 in OT
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Kenny Brooks has won nearly 63% of his games since becoming the Virginia Tech women’s basketball coach in 2016. Aisha Sheppard scored 18 of her 28 points in overtime to help Virginia Tech upset No. Virginia Tech had never beaten an opponent ranked higher than No. That was the difference.”AdElizabeth Kitley added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Azana Baines had 16 points for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech: Hosts North Carolina on Sunday.
Old Dominion wins ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ at CMA Awards for third year in a row
2020 is proving to be a big year for a country band with ties to the Roanoke Valley. Old Dominion took home a CMA award on Wednesday night for “Vocal Group of the Year." This is the third year in a row the band has won in that category. As 10 News reported back in September, the group also took home the “Group of the Year” award at the 2020 American Country Music (ACM) Awards. That ACM Award was also their third in a row in that category.
Old Dominion wins ‘Group of the Year' at ACM Awards for third consecutive year
A country band with ties to the Roanoke Valley is making hometown fans proud once again with a big win at the 2020 American Country Music (ACM) Awards. Old Dominion was recognized Wednesday night as the 2020 “Group of the Year.”Two members, singer and guitarist Matt Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers, are from Botetourt County. Ramsey graduated from James River High School. The band also took home awards for “Group of the Year” at the 2018 and 2019 ACM Awards.
Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey surprises James River seniors with more than congratulations
BUCHANAN, Va. – Graduation ceremonies at James River High School came with a big surprise. I graduated from James River High School just like you and I’m here to say congratulations. You worked really hard to get hear,” said Old Dominion front man Matt Ramsey in a pre-recorded video. Ramsey didn’t just send his congratulations, but also a donation of $50,000 to James River High School for its fine arts program. “Before you run off into the world, going whatever you’re gonna do next, look around, you live in one of the most beautiful spots in the world,” Ramsey reminded the seniors.
Lawsuit filed against Gov. Northam to reopen Virginia’s gun ranges will be heard in Lynchburg on Friday
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order related to the coronavirus is being challenged by gun rights organizations. Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, SafeSide Lynchburg and the Association of Virginia Gun Ranges filed the suit in Lynchburg Circuit Court challenging Executive Order 53, according to Attorney General Mark Herring’s office. The organizations are seeking an injunction to overturn the order and allow shooting ranges to remain open and operating during Virginia’s state of emergency. “Despite federal guidance which deems gun ranges as essential, Gov.
Joe Biden wins Virginia Democratic primary, NBC News projects, one of the biggest prizes of Super Tuesday
WASHINGTON Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Virginia Democratic primary, according to an NBC News projection. The win may portend a strong showing for Biden on Tuesday night, when Democratic voters will award more delegates than on any other night of the primary. As recently as March 1, the polling average for Virginia at FiveThirtyEight.com showed Sanders leading Biden by 5 points. In 2016's Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton defeated Sanders in Virginia by nearly 30 points. Over the weekend, two of the state's most prominent Democrats, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Gov.cnbc.com
Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. Each member is nominated twice for single of the year as artists and producers of “One Man Band.”Others earning five nominations include Thomas Rhett, producer Dan Huff and Grammy winner Maren Morris. 1 country song of 2019, Morgan Wallen's “Whiskey Glasses," eligible. Wallen did earn a nomination for new male artist, but his hit song isn’t competing for any prizes. __A previous version of this story had the incorrect number of nominations for the group Old Dominion and its individual band members.
Democratic sweep in Va. gives new life to Equal Rights Amendment
Earlier this year, the state Senate voted to advance the ERA. The new Democratic legislative majority is poised now to finish the job -- and make Virginia the critical 38th state to back the amendment. "One thing we are going to need to do right away is pass the Equal Rights Amendment in a Virginia," state Senate Democratic leader Dick Saslaw told a cheering crowd. "In January of 2020, these elected officials will take up ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Ralph Northam in 2017 to succeed fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the party made gains in the state House.
Democrats win full control of Virginia statehouse
Virginia Democrats continued their winning streak under President Trump on Tuesday and took full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Of the four states with legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one where control of the statehouse was up for grabs. Gun control and clean-energy groups affiliated with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent several million dollars helping Democrats. President Donald Trump tried to rally Republicans via Twitter but stayed out of Virginia, a state he lost in 2016. The president's election three years ago has been disastrous for Virginia Republicans, particularly in growing suburban areas.chicagotribune.com
MONDAY HUDDLE: Old Dominion nearly does it again
Bryce Perkins #3 of the Virginia Cavaliers scrambles away from Keion White #6 of the Old Dominion Monarchs. Old Dominion nearly pulls off another stunnerA year after a historic upset over Virginia Tech, Old Dominion nearly pulled off another shocker by winning at Virginia on Saturday. Still, it was another valiant performance by Old Dominion, which hopes to take the same energy it showed in Charlottesville into the start of Conference USA play against East Carolina on Saturday. Showdown set for VirginiaPerhaps one reason for Virginia's slow start against Old Dominion was that the Cavaliers were looking ahead to one of their biggest games in years. Long prep winning streak snappedIt was quite a run for the Roanoke Catholic football team, which had a 34-game winning streak heading into a game at unbeaten North Cross on Friday.
No. 21 Virginia rallies past Old Dominion to stay undefeated
21 Virginia rallied past Old Dominion 28-17 on Saturday night to remain undefeated. Fueled by Virginia penalties and defensive miscues, Old Dominion jumped out to a 17-0 lead with 10:32 left in the first half. A 57-yard kickoff return by Joe Reed gave Virginia the ball at the Old Dominion 33-yard line, the Cavaliers finally got going in the second quarter. THE TAKEAWAYOld Dominion: Smartt's running ability will help keep Old Dominion in a lot of games. Led by linebackers Jordan Mack and Charles Snowden, The Cavaliers forced two three-and-outs and twice stopped Old Dominion on fourth down.
Virginia Tech ready to face familiar offense against Furman
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies got in the win column on Saturday after their 31-17 win over Old Dominion. The Paladins are consistently ranked in the FCS classification and they're running an offense Virginia Tech is familiar with. With a new coach at Georgia Tech this season, so long to stopping the Yellow Jackets triple option... and hello to Furmans'. We've had some experience with [it] at Georgia Tech." But Tech's defense has looked pretty stout and with years of facing Georgia Tech, they should have no problem stopping the run.
MONDAY HUDDLE: 3 takeaways from this weekend's football scene around the state
Zane Zandier #33 jumps in celebration after Jordan Mack #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers sacks Hollis Mathis #12 of William & Mary. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)Here are three takeaways from this past weekend's football action around the state. Redemption for Patrick HenryThe last two seasons against Brookville, Patrick Henry High School had lost by a combined score of 80-13, including 52-0 last year. Determined for payback, Patrick Henry seemed like it might suffer another setback after Brookville rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to tie the game. But Patrick Henry quarterback Roy Gunn led what turned out to be the game-winning drive, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left to give Patrick Henry a 28-21 win and some sweet redemption against Brookville.
Virginia Tech must limit minor errors against Old Dominion Saturday
BLACKSBURG, Va.- - The Virginia Tech Hokies are gearing up for Week 2 with Old Dominion coming to town. Last year, the Monarchs won on their turf 49-35 and now they're coming off a Week 1 win against Norfolk State. But it couldn't be more true for the Hokies, who lost to Old Dominion last year due to those little things. "It's always going to be mistakes and mess ups and things like that," running back Keshawn King said. But like any in-state game, the best Virginia team wants to come out on top.
People stood in line for hours to purchase tickets to see ...
ROANOKE, Va.- - Old Dominion front man, Matthew Ramsey, is coming back to his hometown in Botetourt County for a special concert and he's bringing some friends. Tickets went on sale at noon Friday but people started lining up at the Buchanan Library early in the morning to guarantee some of the best seats in the house. Fans like Jennifer Myers got in line at 3 a.m. for tickets. "Matt came from a small town, just love the story how he made it big, it's just inspiring to people in a small town," said Jessica Myers, from Buchanan. Tickets will be on sale again Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Buchanan Library.
Old Dominion front man to return to Botetourt County for annual benefit concert
A country music superstar is coming home to Botetourt County for a special one-night concert and he's bringing his songwriting friends with him. Matthew Ramsey, front man of Old Dominion, created the event several years ago as a way to make a difference in his hometown. He wanted to know what he could do to help the community.About a 100 people attended Nashville Night that first year in support of a local food pantry. She says this community has been so supportive and that was evident when Old Dominion played the Berglund Center last fall. Nashville Night tickets will be on sale at the Buchanan library on Aug. 16th from noon- 7 p.m. and Aug. 17th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gasperini, Stutler lead Delta Dental State Open of Virginia
Roanoke, Va. - Round one of the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia got underway bright and early Thursday morning at Ballyhack golf club..We have co-clubhouse leaders at -7. Radford senior Peter Gasperini and Manakin-Sabot pro Mason Stutler are tied at the top of the leaderboard. Old Dominion's Carter Morgan is alone in third at -542 players did not complete round one because of a weather delay. Action resumes Friday morning at 730 a.m. with the completion of round one. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Busy signing day in Southwest Virginia
The second national signing day for the 2019 class in southwest Virginia meant a couple of key acquisitions for our Commonwealth colleges, and lots of local talent continuing their athletic and academic careers. Meanwhile at Virginia, the building process continues with head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Tackle Josmeer Blake and receiver/cornerback Aaron Moore both signed letters of intent to play for Glenville State College in West Virginia. Giving an example to the younger kids that one day being on that stage is possible," Weaver said. Other Eagles moving on include Quenton Elam to Virginia State and Marquis Carter to Ferrum.
Hokies Hire ODU's Zohn Burden as Wide Receivers Coach
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10)- The Hokies have filled their vacant wide receivers coaching position by hiring Virginia native Zohn Burden. The VMI graduate joins the Virginia Tech Football program from Old Dominion, serving on the Monarchs squad for the past three seasons as passing coordinator. "We are excited to welcome Coach Burden and his family into the Hokie Nation," Coach Frank Beamer said in a release from the Virginia Tech Athletic department. "We appreciate the efforts of Coach Burden with our football program. Zohn helped start our program back in 2007 as one of the original staff members," says ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder through the ODU Athletic department.