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Will You Be My Victim  . . . Oops, I Mean Valentine?

Will You Be My Victim . . . Oops, I Mean Valentine? »

  It’s February and love is in the air! But if your new boo is someone you met online, he or she could be a scammer… especially if you haven’t yet met in person. BBB...

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Reviving an Old American Valentine

Reviving an Old American Valentine »

There’s a sweetheart of an American tradition that has mostly vanished. It’s called “love of country.” But “country,” here, means more than campaign talk. At one time, the word evoked a sense of actual place—in...

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Tech Team Places 4th in Hyperloop Competition, Advances to Build Prototype

Tech Team Places 4th in Hyperloop Competition, Advances to Build Prototype »

The Hyperloop at Virginia Tech team, “Vhyper,” scored big in Texas with a fourth place finish and a Technical Excellence Award against more than 120 teams representing many of the top universities in the world....

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VTC Research Scientists Make Key Finding in How Brain Works

VTC Research Scientists Make Key Finding in How Brain Works »

The brain still has a lot to learn about itself. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain’s cells can change through experience. Their...

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SWVA Wildlife Center Notes: Birds and Spring-time

SWVA Wildlife Center Notes: Birds and Spring-time »

For those us who care deeply about birds, here are some ideas we can use in our own backyards to make their Spring easier. It’s not too soon to start in the Roanoke Valley; bluebirds...

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Leaders Celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Repairs and River Access at Ribbon Cutting

Leaders Celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Repairs and River Access at Ribbon Cutting »

United States Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods, and Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors P. Jason Peters, along with other community leaders and numerous volunteers, gathered this week at Milepost 114.9...

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News

Democrats Will Choose Nominees for Mayor, Council Seats This Month »

Two incumbents are choosing not to run again –although one of them has higher aspirations. And the field vying for three seats is crowded. The race for Roanoke City Council includes seven candidates that will...

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The 611 Undergoes Minor Preparations for Spring Excursions »

Rail tourism continues to be big business in the Star City and across the Roanoke Valley. The Virginia Museum is only days away from hearing the outcome of a donation from the VA Surface Transportation...

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Gun Control, Ethics Reforms, Racial Balance in Redistricting Measured in VA »

Citizens offer mixed views on gun control efforts The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College has again taken the pulse of Virginians on several issues of interest in the current 2016 General Assembly...

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Carilion Opens New Medical Facility at Former Ukrop’s »

Carilion spent around 15 million dollars to purchase and renovate the property before opening the doors and equipping the new center with the latest in imaging equipment as well. The building features 125 patient rooms...

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Explore Park’s Future Coming Into Focus »

Roanoke County’s master plan for 1100-acre Explore Park is beginning to come into focus with the latest rounds of public meetings and online surveys giving Parks, Recreation and Tourism more details on what the public...

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Zoo Starts Master Planning For The Future »

During a private reception held for board members and other supporters, Mill Mountain Zoo executive director Lucy Cook gave a power point presentation on the state of the hilltop zoo: pretty good at this point...

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Sports

Cave Spring Holds Hidden Valley At Bay In 62-50 Boys Win »

Cave Spring Holds Hidden Valley At Bay In 62-50 Boys Win

It was a typical Cave Spring-Hidden Valley boys basketball rivalry game Thursday night in the Titans’ gym. A pair of teams battling for bragging rights in front of a overly-raucous full house. In the end, Cave Spring took a 47-36 lead into the fourth quarter,...

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Freeland Tops 1,000 Career Points As Titans Roll Past Cave Spring 72-40 »

Freeland Tops 1,000 Career Points As Titans Roll Past Cave Spring 72-40

Hidden Valley junior sharpshooter Drew Freeland entered Thursday night’s rivalry matchup against Cave Spring with 992 career points as a Titan. Getting the last eight to reach 1,000 was an adventure. Picking up her third personal foul early in the second quarter, Freeland went to...

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Haviland Slam Sends Cave Spring Past PH 58-55 »

Haviland Slam Sends Cave Spring Past PH 58-55

In the traditional pre-game ceremony saved for the last regular season home game, the Cave Spring boys basketball team honored five senior players and one indispensable manager before Tuesday night’s River Ridge matchup with Patrick Henry. Knight 6ft-7 junior center Baker Haviland made sure the...

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Northside Makes The Grade In 60-52 Win Over Bulldogs »

Northside Makes The Grade In 60-52 Win Over Bulldogs

The encore matchup Saturday night in the Roy Stanley Memorial Shootout featured a pair of one-loss teams looking to go deep in upcoming postseason tournament play. It was the Northside Vikings that proved to be the survivor, dominating the last four minutes of the fourth...

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Hidden Valley Girls Outlast Floyd 68-63 In Roy Stanley Shootout »

Hidden Valley Girls Outlast Floyd 68-63 In Roy Stanley Shootout

The Hidden Valley girls basketball team came to Roanoke College’s Bast Center Saturday afternoon knowing two things about their opponent from Floyd County. The Lady Buffs are proficient with their full-court press and they love to put big numbers on the scoreboard. The Lady Titans...

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Commentary

EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead” »

EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead”

As you may recall from my column of January 25, a group of 25 Virginia Tech researchers led by Dr. Marc Edwards (an expert on water quality) was vital in exposing the crisis in Flint, Michigan in which the water has been shown to have...

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Connecting Veterans with Resources »

Connecting Veterans with Resources

It’s not enough to say “thank you” just one day each year. Every day is an opportunity to remember those who have stood guard on distant battlefields and here at home to protect the liberties at the core of the United States. We owe them...

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Finding The Balance Between Protecting The Environment and Fracking »

Finding The Balance Between Protecting The Environment and Fracking

When I look back on my childhood, some of the first memories that come to mind are those that I made at a cabin on a mountain. My extended family has owned this cabin in northwestern Pennsylvania for decades. Down the road, my father and...

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Fast and Furious and El Chapo »

Fast and Furious and El Chapo

Though it didn’t receive widespread coverage in the press, there have been recent developments related to Fast and Furious that I want to be sure was brought to your attention. As you may recall, the Fast and Furious program was run through the Bureau of...

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Presidential Power Grabs From Both Sides Distort Democracy »

Presidential Power Grabs From Both Sides Distort Democracy

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will vote to launch a task force to examine the historic increase in presidential power and executive overreach, which is distorting the system of checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution. Recent news stories have shined a spotlight on...

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Business

2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge »

2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge

2015 Marks 6th Consecutive Year of Record Growth Virginia’s Blue Ridge lodging properties experienced a record 9.4% increase in room revenue during calendar 2015, according to STR, Inc. The report also indicated that hotel room revenue totaled $99,778,880 or an increase of $8,569,967 over 2014. These...

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Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel »

Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel

Long-time Woods Rogers’ attorney Nick Conte will join Carilion Clinic’s legal team as General Counsel and Senior Vice President in March. “We conducted a professional search with dozens of highly qualified national candidates and found Nick to be the clear choice.” said Nancy Howell Agee,...

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Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber »

Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber, Western Virginia’s largest business organization, has elected officers and directors for 2016. Ken Randolph, president of Rockydale Quarries Corp., has been elected chair. Other officers are: F.B. Webster Day, Spilman Thomas & Battle, past-chair; Nathan Kerr, Scott Insurance, chair-elect; Mark Hudzik,...

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Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region »

Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region

Farmers in the Roanoke Valley are getting to know new faces with the US Department of Agriculture.  Recently, two new employees have joined the Farm Service Agency staff at the USDA Service Center in Bonsack. The Farm Service Agency, (FSA) carries out the farm level...

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Arts & Culture

The Muddle East »

The Muddle EastThe ‘Arab Spring’ was supposed to wring all the evil from the Middle East, install generous and brilliant new leaders to the ‘rogue’ nations that...

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Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La Traviata »

Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La TraviataOpera Roanoke will present Verdi’s La Traviata on Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 10th at 3pm to conclude their 40th anniversary season. The...

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RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine Performance »

RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine PerformanceThe Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the enchantment of Valentine’s Day with a performance of passionate music from Austrian composers Mozart, Schubert, and Johann Strauss II...

Jan 28 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown Roanoke »

Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown RoanokeMore live music is coming to Downtown Roanoke. Opening this Spring, the Spot on Kirk will seek to bring people together, drive tourism in our...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Shoveling Smoke

When horror abounds as it has these past few days in Paris, the emotional reactions are many. First and undeniably present is the feeling of disbelief. We want so to believe that such...

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Liza Field

Reviving an Old American Valentine

There’s a sweetheart of an American tradition that has mostly vanished. It’s called “love of country.” But “country,” here, means more than campaign talk. At one time, the word evoked a sense of...

Feb 10, 2016 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

The Problem With ‘Focus’ And Special Interest Groups

Our country has always had to deal with special interest groups.  In the Revolutionary War, it was Patriots versus Loyalists.  In the new republic it was Federalism (strong central government) versus State’s Rights....

Feb 2, 2016 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Addicted To Certainty

I found myself saying that I am this very thing to a dear friend after asking her for some advice in a particularly troubling situation. I just want to KNOW, I insisted, how...

Feb 2, 2016 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

The Story of Commodore Duck

His story went like this: he wanted to sell his boat and buy another, so he spent the day tuning the motor of his old boat and taking it out for a run....

Feb 8, 2016 / More »

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Dick Baynton

The Muddle East

The ‘Arab Spring’ was supposed to wring all the evil from the Middle East, install generous and brilliant new leaders to the ‘rogue’ nations that seemed to spark descent and unrest. The Arab...

Feb 8, 2016 / More »

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Dominique Mack

The State of Black Fatherhood: Parenting Behind Bars

At age eleven Imani’s world would drastically change forever. “I had just came home from school and the house phone rang.” Her father called to tell her the news she never expected to...

Feb 10, 2016 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Leonardo Gives Us More Sci-Ice-Fiction

If you’re going to tell a story about an outdoor adventure you should keep it real. The wilds have enough mystery, drama, romance, and excitement that no author or screen writer should feel...

Jan 20, 2016 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Parenting 911….HELP!

“It’s an unfortunate time of year” quoted a parent recently, commenting on the first nine weeks grade reports.  While I had to chuckle a little, the parent went on; “there is bound to...

Sep 30, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

McAfee Knob in the Snow

We got a foot and a half of snow in the valley but I’m sure there’s two feet of it up here on the ridge leading to the summit. A few sections of...

Jan 26, 2016 / More »

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Why Do You Like Thanksgiving? – Carey Kinsolving

Author Lowell Streiker once asked his 4-year-old grandson how he liked his Thanksgiving dinner. “I didn’t like the turkey much, but I sure loved the bread it ate,” he replied. I suspect Grandmother...

Nov 24, 2015 / More »

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Called To What?

SECOND READING HEBREWS 5:1-10 / GOSPEL MARK 10:35-45 Well there’s that name again: “Melchizedek.” Even those who are fairly good at dwelling in their bibles as much as possible are only likely to come...

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