Wednesday, April 1, 2020 • USPS 387-780 • ourvalley.org • 75 cents Virginia governor issues statewide stay-at-home order Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay- at-home order Monday afternoon to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Executive order number 55 took effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or re- scinded by a further executive order. The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely lim- ited circumstances. Individuals may leave their resi- dences to obtain food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53, which was is- sued last week by the governor; to seek medical attention, essential so- cial services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services; to take care of other individuals, animals, or to visit the home of a family; to travel as required by a court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care; to engage in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social dis- tancing requirements; to travel to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work; to travel to and from an educational institution; to volunteer with organizations that provide charitable or social services; and to leave one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement or at the direction of another govern- ment agency. The executive order also directed all Virginia institutions of higher ed- ucation to stop in-person classes and instruction. Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide ex- cept for fishing and exercise. “We are in a public health cri- sis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” the governor said. “Our message to Virginians is clear: stay home. We know this virus spreads primarily through human-to-human contact, and that’s why it’s so important that people follow this order and practice social distancing. I’m deeply grate- ful to everyone for their cooperation during this unprecedented and dif- ficult time.” Paula Bolte stands behind a sign asking customers to maintain a distance of six feet from each other while shopping at her Blacksburg store, Annie Kaye's Mainstreet Market. Near the sign are disinfectant spray and gloves for customers. Bolte's staff will take groceries out to customers who phone ahead. Other local stores are delivering and providing pick-ups for online customers. Local grocers providing shopping options, even under social distancing conditions Customers who enter Annie Kaye’s Mainstreet Market in Blacksburg are greeted by two signs. The one outside informs them that the store is offering curbside service. The other asks that those who enter the store stay six feet apart. Tape on the floor shows what six feet look like. That’s the way grocery shopping is in the time of COVID-19. Like larger grocers, Annie Kay’s offers hand sanitizers at the store’s entrance and free gloves to in-store shoppers. “It’s so easy,” said owner Paula Bolte of phone or- ders, “and we can usually get things ready within an hour.” Larger stores require on- line orders for pick-up, and some even deliver. “We’re pretty old school,” said Bolte. As the coronavirus pan- demic awareness height- ened, “I told employees it was their choice whether to work or not,” said Bolte. She said some went home to families, but “most of my employees are college stu- dents who need the money.” On North Main in Blacksburg, Stephanie Prof- fitt, the weekend man- ager at Eats Natural Foods on North Main Street in Blacksburg, said her store is offering both curbside pick- up and delivery. Orders over $50 are taken to Blacksburg homes for free. Smaller Pat Brown Contributing writer See Grocers , page 2 U.S. News &World Report ranks six Radford University graduate programs among best Six programs in Radford Univer- sity’s College of Graduate Studies and Research are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released earlier this month. Featured in the 2021 U.S News & World Report rankings are Radford University’s Master of Business Admin- istration (MBA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Occupational Ther- apy (MOT), Master of Science or Arts in Communication Sciences and Dis- orders with a concentration in Speech- Language Pathology and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In addition, Radford University Carilion (RUC) was ranked among the top health schools. RU President Brian O. Hemphill said he is proud of the university’s rank- ings. “Radford University has long been PHOTO BY ETHAN BELL Kyle Hall on Radford University’s campus is a welcoming sight for visitors. Six programs in Radford University’s College of Graduate Studies and Research are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released earlier this month. known and respected for its delivery of high-quality academic programs in a student-centered environment,” said the president. “This latest set of rank- ings reaffirms the unique nature of the Highlander experience across many disciplines and degree levels. On behalf of the Radford family, I am so proud of the great work occurring on the main campus and at the recently established Radford University Carilion.” The Davis College of Business and Economics’ part-time MBA program provides a broad-based, cross-func- tional education in core business areas with targeted electives in analytics and innovation designed to prepare stu- dents for advanced leadership roles in the global economy’s private and public sectors. Graduate business courses pro- vide experiential learning opportunities that engage students in the educational process, thereby providing a bridge be- tween theory and practice. The MBA program, along with Davis College, is accredited by the prestigious Associa- tion to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program is The Radford Public Library offered curbside pickup service last week so patrons could pick up their materials they had on hold. For now, however, curbside service is not available. Digital resources available at Radford Library despite closure From free Wi-Fi in the parking lot to increased allowances for dig- ital checkout on Hoopla, the Rad- ford Public library is reminding library patrons there are resources available for entertainment and connectivity. In its newsletter, the library of- fered the following information: Parking Lot Wi-Fi Even though the building is closed, the library’s Wi-Fi is still available in the parking lot. The in- formation about connecting to the Wi-Fi is on the windows. Patrons should park in the front half of the lot for the best connection. Fine Free, Virus Free Don’t worry about returning your items to the library dur- ing the COVID-19 closure pe- riod. The library prefers not to have returns during this time and is also requesting that donations not be left in the book drop or on the premises because of concerns about the cleanliness of items. Please know that regardless of the due date, overdue fees will not ac- cumulate from March 15 through April 30. Borrow More Hoopla To help combat the doldrums of staying home and avoiding social contact, the library has increased the number of checkouts per month for Hoopla from 6 to 10 while funding allows. New items have also been added to Overdrive. Happy reading, happy listening and happy viewing. Curbside Pickup Temporarily suspended The library offered curbside pickup service last week so that patrons could pick up items they had on hold. There were a few glitches in the service that must be addressed to continue this service. For now, curbside service is not available. However, holds are still being pulled and held. United Way awards Radford-Fairlawn’s Daily Bread, Community Health Center COVID-19 Impact Fund money Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, which has continued to provide meals to hungry people during the pandemic, is one of two organizations to receive round-one funding from the United Way of the New River Valley’s COVID-19 Impact Fund. The other orga- nization receiving impact-fund money is the Community Health Center. “As the Coronavirus contin- ues to spread across Virginia and the U.S., the United Way of the New River Valley has been working diligently to sup- port community response ef- forts,” reads a statement by the United Way. “In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the United Way of the New River Valley created a COVID-19 Impact Fund. The fund was created to support local non- profits who are supporting individuals and families in the New River Valley impacted ar- eas by COVID-19. “These funds will facilitate community efforts for service providers by allowing them to access funds from one collabor- ative source during this crisis.” On Thursday, Mar. 26, United Way NRV was able to distribute funds to two com- munity agencies “thanks to the generous donations received to date.” Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread was awarded $2,000. “This money will be used for them to provide [more than] 100meal boxes to their clients,” according to the United Way. “Distribution of boxes will be in lieu of take-out meal service for community members most vulnerable to the impact of the virus or who have been placed on in-house isolation. This will serve as an alternative to take- out meals to encourage vulner- able or ill neighbors to remain in their homes while still re- ceiving requests. Requests will be taken by phone, and boxes will be delivered weekly by vol- unteers from the Radford Sher- iff’s Department.” “We want to thank United Way of the New River Valley for everything,” Radford-Fair- lawn Daily Bread’s Program Manager Dora Butler said. “We are extremely grateful for their support.” The Community Health Center of the New River Val- ley, based in Christiansburg, was awarded $2,750 from the impact fund. The health center See Radford Ranked , page 3 See UnitedWay , page 5 Michelle Brauns (left), the CEO of the Community Health Center, receives a donation from Sara Bohn, Executive Director of United Way of the New River Valley.