As more and more Americans get vaccinated and travel and leisure restrictions are rolled back, the tourism industry is ramping up for a busy vacation season. One of the obstacles hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are facing is staffing. The Omni Homestead, in Hot Springs is working to solve this problem with weekly job fairs…

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The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with Mrs. Lori Hicks. The full audio file is linked below. I’m Lori Hicks; I’m the director of marketing and communications at Bath Community Hospital. Thank you for the opportunity. The state has announced a new Virginia Covid-19 information center in Richmond; it’s available 7…

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Covid-19 restrictions and health regulations have forced public libraries to get creative in finding ways to serve their communities. I reached out to two members of the Bath Branch of the Rockbridge Regional Library, Amy Porterfield and Amanda McGuire, to find out how they’ve evolved to better serve the community. Below is a conversation about…

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According to a report published by the World Economic Forum, the global music industry is worth over $50 billion dollars with two major income streams. The first: live music which makes up just over 50% of the total revenue from sales of tickets to live performances. The second: recorded music which combines revenue from streaming…

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This past spring more than 124,000 schools closed due to the Coronavirus. Those closings affected 55 million students. Today Coronavirus continues to impact public schooling. Many families have chosen full-time online learning. This decision is presented. Rural communities like the Allegheny Mountain radio listening area with a set of problems suburban and metropolitan families don’t…

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Millions of families across America have been separated from their elderly loved ones due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Many facilities and families have taken advantage of technology to stay in touch; other facilities broke out the arts and crafts supplies to make posters and signs that can be seen by family and friends visiting through windows.…

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In part one of this story, the Duke of Jazz, Pete Pitard talked about his journey through music and radio and how he landed at Allegheny Mountain radio. In this part he talked about his other musical interests and a message for anyone interested in maybe volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio.  Q: Are there any…

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The smooth sounds of Grover Washington Junior’s hit Winelight have become synonymous around these parts with one thing: Light’s Out Jazz on Allegheny Mountain radio. Recently, I sat down with the Duke of jazz Pete Pitard to talk about his 20-year anniversary as the host of the show.  Q: How are you doing Duke? A:…

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With so much of the news focused on the Covid-19 crisis it’s easy to lose sight of some of the other issues facing our country. Even though gas prices are as low as they have been in several years we still have future energy needs to consider. In 2017, Valley Elementary in Bath County became…

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On Wednesday, March 18th the Omni Homestead Resort announced that it would be activating furloughs and reducing the hours of staff to remain in compliance with the best medical advice about ways to combat the corona virus. According to United Nations world travel organization tourism has been one of the most affected sectors of the…

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On Tuesday, February 25th details on the plans to restore and reopen the Jefferson Pools were released by representatives of the Omni Homestead Resort, 3 North and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The teams focused on maintaining the existing character of the Jefferson Pools while, “referencing the structures to the way they were when…

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It’s easy to find the doctor in the emergency room, but how many times can you find an author? I sat down with Dr Keith Hummel from Bath Community Hospital to talk about his upcoming project and what inspired them to write. Dr. Hummel was a navy flight surgeon and a rally co-driver, but that’s…

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