Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech. Courtesy of Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech, Liberty light buildings for Ukraine

Freedom Tower at Liberty University. Courtesy of Liberty University.

Virginia Tech’s Burruss Hall will be illuminated in blue and yellow, which are the colors of Ukraine’s flag. The lighting will be visible beginning through sunrise March 4.

On Friday night, Liberty University lit its Freedom Tower in blue and yellow.

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GE Aviation recruits at Danville Community College

GE Aviation recently held a recruiting event for Danville Community College precision machining students.

Representation from GE Wilmington, GE Asheville and GE West Jefferson, all locations in North Carolina, were present for the recruiting event where machining students learned about the various career paths open to them after completion of the two-year precision machining program. 

 “These aviation facilities are always looking for talented machinists, CNC programmers and CNC operators,” said  Josh McDowell, precision machining associate professor at DCC, in a statement released by the school. “These entry-level roles have compensation packages that begin at $52,000 with excellent benefits, and progress at a rate dependent on the individual.” 

For more information about the precision machining program at DCC, or to enroll, visit www. danville.edu/nextsteps and fill out the interest form.

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Prescribed burn today in Alleghany County

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a prescribed burn today in Alleghany County.

Location: The northern 40-acre sub-unit of the Tri-County prescribed burn unit includes portions of Green Pastures Recreation Area and is located two-tenths of a mile southeast of Interstate 64 in Alleghany County.

Date and Time: The Forest Service and Virginia Department of Conservation, Douthat State Park plan to begin ignitions on Thursday if weather conditions are appropriate. This prescribed burn will be completed in one day. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area for several days after the burn.

This project will improve wildlife habitat by restoring open woodlands and grasslands
to the forest landscape and reduce hazardous fuels.

The burn area runs directly adjacent to Green Pastures Recreation Area. Portions of North Mountain Trail (Forest Trail 467) and Tri County Road (Forest Road 271) may be temporarily closed. The prescribed burn is expected to have lingering smoke effects in the Longdale Furnace area, on Longdale Furnace Road (State Route 269) and along the I-64 corridor. Caution should be used traveling along Tri-County Road (Forest Road 271) to ensure firefighter and public safety. Residents and travelers in this area will likely see or smell smoke.