The Damage Done

Two young men from southwest Roanoke County kept the severity of their drug habits hidden from parents and friends. Today, one is dead and the other is in federal prison. View the project here.

Picking Up The Pieces

With the closing of scores of furniture and textile factories – along with many smaller businesses whose fortune was connected to theirs – unofficial unemployment rates are estimated to be as high as 25 percent in Galax and 35 percent in Martinsville. In this series, we explore how these Virginia communities – linked by similar economic bases and founding family ties – attempt to recover. What are the consequences of globalization in our region? And what are the prospects for the laid-off workers left behind? View the project here.