Virginian of the Year

Petersburg veteran, Col. ‘P.T.’ Taylor, named VPA Virginian of the Year

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Col. Porcher L. Taylor can add one more honor to an ever-growing list of accolades that have been bestowed upon the soldier, Civil Rights leader and humanitarian.

The Petersburg resident, who fought in three wars and broke color barriers along the way, was chosen as the Virginia Press Association 2014 Virginian of the Year, joining a list of past recipients that includes civic leaders, politicians, athletes and celebrities.

Roanoke’s Avner to be honored as the 2015 Virginian of the Year

Estelle Avner, who retired this year after nearly 40 years as the executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, was named the 2015 Virginian of the Year.