Hokies hire new basketball coach

Mike Young Va Tech photo

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands and Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Sunday that Mike Young has accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at Virginia Tech. The Radford, Virginia native joins the Hokies after a record-setting 17-year tenure at Wofford. The Terriers posted a 30-5 overall record in 2018-19, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Southern Conference play and registered a convincing 84-68 win over Seton Hall in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

“We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Mike Young to Virginia Tech, not only because of his proven leadership and coaching ability, but because Coach Young is home in Southwest Virginia and leads his life in the true Hokie tradition of integrity and commitment to service,” Dr. Sands said.

Brookneal Boys Home closing

(from News & Advance) After serving children in need for nearly 60 years, Patrick Henry Family Services is closing its Brookneal campus this summer. The 700-acre campus was the location of the nonprofit’s residential boys home since it began helping youth in 1961, with services like a farm program, swimming pool, gym and tennis courts.

Now, CEO Robert Day said the organization is shifting its focus from group homes to placing children in short-term care with local families. In October 2018, Patrick Henry Family Service’s 28-member board of trustees voted to close the Brookneal campus, which costs around $150,000 to maintain annually. Day said the decision came after five years of strategic planning and evaluating the shifting landscape of children’s homes. Additionally, the federal government enacted new legislation in 2018 that stresses prevention and early intervention in child welfare.

Pres. Trump: we’re “full”

(from Fox News) President Trump on Friday visited the southern border, saying that “our country is full” and warning potential migrants thinking about crossing into the U.S. that this country “can’t take you anymore.” “Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal immigration, can’t take you anymore. Our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry, can’t happen, so turn around — that’s the way it is,” he said at a roundtable in Calexico, Calif., with law enforcement and immigration officials.

Trump also toured a two-mile border stretch of 30-foot fencing in the area, which has recently been rebuilt. Trump has used that barrier to declare that his central campaign promise of a wall on the southern border is being fulfilled despite significant opposition in Congress.“It looks great, it’s better and much more effective than previous wall, and we can actually do it faster and it’s less expensive, if you can believe it,” he told reporters in front of the barrier.

The White House says the barrier is marked with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top Homeland Security officials. During the roundtable, officials also handed the commander in chief a plaque that contained a piece of the rebuilt barrier. Trump declared a national emergency on the border in February after Congress agreed to only a fraction of the $5.6 billion he had requested for the wall. That declaration, which was opposed by Democrats and some Republicans, gives the administration access to more than $3 billion in funding that can be used on the wall.

Major narcotics distribution network dismantled

(from Amherst County Sheriff’s office/News & Advance) A major narcotics distribution network has been dismantled with the cooperation of multiple Central Virginia law enforcement agencies, leading to indictments against 14 people Thursday in Amherst County, the county’s sheriff’s office announced Friday.

Amherst County Sheriff E.W. Viar said Operation Falcon Heights interrupted illegal narcotic activities inside the county through aggressive criminal enforcement that caught the drugs before they came to Amherst County. The criminal network involved trafficking up to 2,000 grams of methamphetamine in the Lynchburg region since December 2018, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office. The volume of meth seized and intelligence collected provides evidence which allows for enhanced sentencing options as the cases head to criminal prosecution, Viar said.

Liberty men punch ticket to the NCAA tourney

(from Liberty.edu) For the fourth time in school history, Liberty is going to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed Flames defeated the No. 1 seed Lipscomb 74-68 to claim the ASUN Championship. (The Flames are heard in Lynchburg on our sister station The Vibe 100.1)

Liberty is the first league team to win the ASUN Final in its debut tournament since the 1997-98 season. The Flames (28-6, 14-2 ASUN) now have tied their school record with 28 wins on the season. Liberty’s Lovell Cabbil Jr., Caleb Homesley and Scottie James were named to the ASUN All-Tournament team, while James was also named the ASUN Tournament Most Valuable Player.



Campbell County supervisor bowing out

(From News & Advance) Campbell County Supervisor Bob Good , who represents the Sunburst District, will not seek reelection in November according to a news release issued Saturday.“I am truly grateful for the trust and responsibility afforded me by the voters of the Sunburst District nearly four years ago, as a first-time seeker of elected office,” Good said in the release. Good said he is proud of what the county has accomplished in the last four years and to have had a role in not raising taxes and reducing non-essential spending; setting aside funds for current and future school facility needs; and encouraging economic development.

Northam revamps BOE

(AP)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has named three new commissioners to service on the State Board of Elections, sweeping out the previous members. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Northam said Friday that he’s appointing Bob Brink, Jamilah LeCruise and John O’Bannon. Brink was an aide in former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration and former Democratic member of the House of Delegates from Arlington County. LeCruise is a lawyer from Norfolk, and O’Bannon is a former Republican delegate from Henrico.

The board oversees statewide elections, tabulates results and implements election policies set by the General Assembly and governor. Its members also supervise an elections commissioner chosen by the governor. Legislators must approve the appointments. The board’s membership would expand from three to five under a measure that legislators sent to Northam last month.

Liberty women advance in ASUN tournament

The Liberty Flames women’s basketball team has advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals next Wednesday after defeating Jacksonville 65-53 on Friday night at the Vines Center. Jacksonville led after three quarters, aided by Flames turnovers before Liberty’s 15 point edge off turnovers flipped the script in the fourth quarter. The 15-15 Flames will host North Florida on Wednesday night. Meanwhile the Liberty men’s team battles Lipscomb on the road tomorrow for the ASUN title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Flames have already beaten top-seeded Lipscomb in Nashville this season – after losing to the same team at the Vines Center.


Northam says he will not resign

(from Virginia AP) After ignoring calls for his own resignation, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is declining to weigh in on whether the state’s embattled lieutenant governor or its attorney general should step down.

Northam said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that it’s up to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring to make their own decisions. All three Democrats are embroiled in controversies involving race or sex.

Northam said he supports Fairfax’s call for an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by two women. Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations. Herring admitted to wearing blackface in college. Northam said of Herring, that, “just like me, he has grown.”

The governor has ignored calls to resign since a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced. He denies being in the photo. But he admitted to wearing blackface in 1984.

Virginia Dare Marina destroyed in fire

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(from WDBJ-7) Bedford County is investigating what caused an overnight fire on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake.Crews were called to building along Airport Road in Huddleston around 3:45 Saturday morning.

Flames destroyed a restaurant and marina associated with the Virginia Dare lake cruise. The cruise ship was not damaged, but the main building attached to the business is a total loss.