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Gro52 Breaks Ground for Startup Hemp Growing Facility

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE Sussex County Sells 45-acre tract off Va. Rt. 460  WAVERLY, Va. — A groundbreaking was held on Thursday, Nov. 16 on Cabin Point Road for Gro52, a startup company which recently purchased a valuable 45–acre parcel of land for a first-of-its-kind pilot project to construct a 16,900 square-foot indoor hemp growing facility.  “I am pleased with the continued encouragement to develop new markets for our farmers,” commented Susan […]


Virginia State University Selects New President

Staff Reports, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University has selected a new president to lead the school as it copes with financial and academic woes. The school plans to introduce Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. as the university’s 14th president on Friday. Abdullah comes from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he served as […]


VSU Awarded Specialty Crop Grants

By Staff Reports, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University has been awarded specialty crop grants, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, for two projects. The two projects that are being funded include facilitating coriander and fenugreek production in Virginia and increasing yield of Virginia-grown hops. The main focus of the university project […]


Columbia Gas to Invest $150M in Additional Natural Gas Infrastructure Upgrades

The Progress-Index CHESTER — Columbia Gas of Virginia will invest an additional $150 million over the next five years as part of the continuation of the company’s natural gas infrastructure modernization plan approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The plan extends the ability of Columbia Gas to accelerate the replacement of aging natural gas […]


JTCC Modern Makers Open House Showcases STEM-H Programs & Jobs

When community members entered John Tyler Community College’s (JTCC) Chester campus on Wednesday, October 28, they were surprised to be greeted by flashing lights and commotion. Fortunately, the lights were only coming from the college’s mobile simulation lab for emergency medical services education and the Community College Workforce Alliance’s new mobile learning center parked outside […]


Gov. McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia, VSU Receives 2

By Brian Coy, Office of the Governor Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $503,000 in grant funding for fifteen agriculture-related projects.The grant funding will promote and enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops and create more economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth.  The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the […]


VSU to Host Annual Aquaculture Field Day

The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University is hosting its annual Aquaculture Field Day Thursday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road. The event features demonstrations related to aquaculture and aquaponics management, production and harvesting. Aquaculture, one of the fastest growing food-producing sectors, now accounts for nearly 50 percent of the world's […]


VSU Launches Entrepreneurship Center

By Alex Trihias, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — On Friday, Sept. 18, Virginia State University celebrated the opening of the center for entrepreneurship through the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business. Vendors and community partners gathered in Singleton Hall to network with and talk to students interested in the entrepreneurship program. “Really, today’s ceremony was just […]


VSU Professor Testing Foreign Grain in Virginia Soil

By Shelby Mertens, The Progres Index ETTRICK — A Virginia State University professor is researching a foreign superfood grain that may soon be taking global markets by storm. Vitalis W. Temu, of VSU’s Agricultural Research Station, is conducting a two-year study on Eragrostis tef — more commonly called teff grain — to see if it […]


VSU Fine Arts Program Named Best Among HBCUs

Contributed Reports, The Progress-Index PETERSBURG – HBCU Digest recently named the Virginia State University (VSU) Department of Art & Design the Best Fine Arts Program at an HBCU for 2015­-16. The honor is the second major recognition for the department in the past six months. In May, Animation Career Review ranked VSU’s animation program 46th […]