Ben Casteel

If Ben Casteel invites you over for a home cooked meal, ask him to serve eggplant parmesan. He grows the main ingredient himself and considers the dish one of his specialties. If he offers to play you a song, request... Continue Reading →


Ben, Jeremy, Joseph & Johnnie

When Jeremy Sizemore enters his classroom each day, he feels like he’s stepping onto the set of the television series “How It’s Made.” “If you like that show, you’ll like this class,” he said, referring to the show on Science... Continue Reading →

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson wants to change the Constitution. Not the U.S. Constitution, but rather the principles that guide the VHCC Student Government Association. The move is needed, he explained, to establish a food pantry on campus that will be maintained by... Continue Reading →

Courtney Blankenbeckler

Courtney Blankenbeckler is a material girl. Not the type that’s focused on the finer things in life, but rather the kind that enjoys shopping for a unique piece of fabric, then transforming it into a one-of-a-kind garment with her trusty... Continue Reading →

Brotherhood of VHCC Welders

The toy department of a busy retail store seems an unlikely place for a college exam, but 11 young men in VHCC’s welding program said they completed one of their most important tests of the semester there. With $325 of... Continue Reading →

Erick Farris

By the time Erick was 14, he was already saving to buy a Volkswagen Beetle, much like the one featured in the 1968 film The Love Bug. By the time he had enough to buy a 1973 model – nicely equipped with a lifetime of rust and a family of rodents – he had convinced his father to help with the restoration project.

Jim Fry

He’s used to butter being a tad more yellow and hasn’t had a good slice of bread in months, but otherwise Jim Fry is adjusting nicely to life some 3,500 miles from his native Scotland. "Because my wife is American... Continue Reading →

Emma Tilton

Emma Tilton’s hands-on approach to career exploration convinced her that she’d enjoy a career in the medical field – but probably not as a nurse. Already working as a Nursing Assistant at Johnston Memorial Hospital, she’s seen first-hand what a... Continue Reading →

Tom Brake

Tom Brake is a special kind of landlord. Not only does he design and build living spaces with the needs of his tenants in mind, he spends many warm summer afternoons helping them perform routine housekeeping tasks. It’s more than... Continue Reading →

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