Developed to celebrate Virginia Tech’s 150th anniversary, the limited edition beer All Hail to Thee is a hoppy, full-bodied American amber ale-style beer brewed with Virginia-grown malted barley and wheat. Photo courtesy of Hardywood Craft Park Brewery.

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Second Tech beer now available

All Hail to Thee is the second beer developed by Virginia Tech researchers in partnership with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond. The amber ale can be purchased at select Krogers, Giants, Wegmans, Total Wines and independent bottle shops in Virginia.

The new ale follows the success of the first Virginia Tech-Hardywood beer that was introduced to the market last spring. Fightin’ Hokies Lager, a classic Munich-style Helles lager, was the best-selling new craft beer in Virginia in 2021, according to Nielsen.

Virginia Tech faculty members and brew masters behind the two Virginia Tech beer recipes — Herbert Bruce, Sean O’Keefe and Brian Wiersema — worked with regional maltsters on developing a unique malt blend of Munich-style malt and wheat, which provides the color and clean, malt backbone for the ale, before turning it over to Hardywood to fine-tune and produce.

“All of the malts and wheat used in the new ale were grown and sourced from Virginia barley and wheat growers and then locally malted,” said Bruce in a statement. “One of our maltsters is in Virginia, and the other maltster is in North Carolina.” 

In fall 2020, Virginia Tech announced a partnership with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The result was a proprietary craft beer recipe developed by Virginia Tech researchers and produced and marketed by Hardywood.  

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Feds award more than $1 million to Saltville health center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1,085,348 to Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Inc. headquartered in Saltville.

The center serves residents of Meadowview, Saltville, Tazewell and Bristol, according to Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, who made the announcement.

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Roanoke burial park to honor veterans on May 28

Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke will hold a Memorial Day observance at 10 a.m. Saturday. The burial park will specifically honor a Civil War union solider, a WWI soldier and a soldier who served in Vietnam.  

Don Wilson, president of Evergreen Memorial Trust, said, “Our veterans of special focus will be portrayed by Lee Anthony as his father Lee Hill Anthony wearing his father’s World War 1 uniform; Retired Life Guard 10 pilot Carl Rosapepe was a Vietnam Apache Helicopter pilot; Doug Camper will portray Captain Robert Henry Day, a notable postwar citizen and the only Civil War Union soldier buried at Evergreen. Gary Durek will return to sound Taps, and Dan Lamb and honor guard will present the salute by fire.”

The free public walking tour begins at the Shuttle Challenger flagpole near the east gate and will move from veteran grave to veteran grave, ending at the Lee Monument. Evergreen Burial Park is located between the Wasena and Raleigh Court neighborhoods in southwest Roanoke

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Phi Theta Kappa students at Southside Virginia Community College. Courtesy of the school.

Southside Virginia Community College recognizes honor society students

Southside Virginia Community College has recognized students eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, which promotes scholarship among students in community and junior colleges. 

Southside Virginia Community College students eligible for Phi Theta Kappa must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework toward an associate degree or at least six hours of coursework toward a certificate of one year with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Photo (L to R):First Row: Margaret Anderson, Anisha Marable, Aaliyah Wilson, Autumn Shook, Holly Tucker, Alena Pureskina, Tamieka Jennings, Jaukara Hardy, Janice Hamlett, Kathena West, Kellie Walker, Jonathan Green, Loren Maitland, Jaylen Anderson, Tia Young, Amanda McComas

Second Row: Erica Cochran, Morgan Stanley, Kalie Greene, Brooke Tyree, Savion Adams, Haley Aery, Alexandra Flores, Lindsey Roberts, Dulce Ruby Trejo, Katelyn Ottaway, Sakina Muhammad, Brandi Eggleston, Hayley Perkinson, Melissa Elliott, Mary McIvor, Katina Carrington, Edgar Harrison Jones, Bridget Viscel

Third Row: Marissa MacDonald, Kendra Morris, Canisha Glasgow, Tymire Hughes, Zoe Shreck, Dominique Johnson, Ashley Hamilton, Jaylah Brodnax, Kyra Holliday, Marsha Hawkins, Denise Clements-Bivens, Mabel Wood, Alexix Jones, Megan Jones, Shaun Phelps, Rebekah Sanderson, Mackenzie Delbridge.

Not Pictured: Ashley Exum, Brandon Jefferson, Will Jefferson, Natasha Robinson-Sykes, Alex Townsend.