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Spotlighting Virginians profiles interesting and intriguing figures in the local area. These individuals accomplished something that deserves a spotlight! 

Anna Collette

Anna Collette took over her former boss' business and rebranded it as Paws Up Service Dogs. The biggest goal she has for Paws Up is to create harmony, trust, love, and confidence with all teams. Anna Collette hopes to change the world through dogs and all animals. 

If you are interested in Paws Up Service Dogs, feel free to contact Anna Collette at 

Claudia Whitworth

In this installment of Spotlighting Virginians we sat down with Claudia Alexander Whitworth, the editor and publisher of the Roanoke Tribune, to learn about the history of one of the oldest Black newspapers still in print today. Founded in 1939 by F. E. Alexander, Claudia started working for the paper after graduating from Christiansburg Institute and takes pride in publishing news that “leaves a good taste in your mouth after reading.” Take a look at what Mrs. Whitworth had to say about the paper’s history and the reward of making the Tribune a family affair.

Learn more about the Roanoke Tribune here.