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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Waynesboro documentary maker returns home to show his work

Jeff Howlett has worked as a social worker, musician and IT employee.

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Tech hopes to score big on recruiting trail

Friday was an important day for Virginia Tech mens basketball with the Buzz Williams era now in full swing. Two talented recruits, four-star shooting guard Ahmed Hill (Augusta, Ga.) and center Satchel Pierce (Saltsburg, Pa.), were both in Blacksburg to visit the Hokies. Both Hill and Pierce originally committed to Marquette, where Williams coached for six years, taking the Golden Eagles to the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite 8 once, before accepting the job at Virginia Tech last month, replacing James Johnson.Pierce is a 3-star center from Kiski School (Pa.), and he recently got released from his letter of intent to Marquette. The star big man, who is 7-feet tall and weighs 260 pounds, played in a tournament at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro last season and showed his potential. He has a soft touch around the rim, a college-ready body and a fundamental style of play, while also being able to hit mid-range jumpers. Pierce would be a big pickup as Tech looks for a replacement for freshman Trevor Thompson, who transferred to Ohio State recently. Pierce told The News Virginian that there is a ‘good’ chance he ends up at Virginia Tech. As of Friday, he had not committed and did not put a specific timetable on announcing where he will play college basketball. When he decided to commit to Marquette, Miami and Pittsburgh were also in the picture. “I really like it,” Pierce said of Tech. “I've been sold on Buzz’s plan since November when I first signed to Marquette.Hill is a four-star prospect. According to ESPN.com, he is the No. 54 recruit in the nation and would be the highest rated player for next season’s freshman class. Hill boasts offers from Florida and Indiana, among others. Pierce and Hill were set to have breakfast with Williams on Saturday morning before flying home. New Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock wanted to make a splash when he replaced Johnson, and he did with Williams. Now his new coach hopes to make a huge splash on the recruiting trail less than a month into his tenure.

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Which candidate do you want representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate?

Sen. Mark Warner has multiple challengers this year for his seat. They include four Republicans and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The four Republicans are Tony DeTora, Ed Gillespie, Shak Hill and Chuck Moss, who will face off in a primary to determine which one advances to the November election.

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