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City and Preservation Foundation Partner to Teach How Communities Change

City and Preservation Foundation Partner to Teach How Communities Change »

The City of Roanoke Planning, Building, and Development Department and the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation (RVPF) have partnered to create a workbook of easily implemented lesson plans related to the teachings of The Little House, written and illustrated by...

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Eight Ton Boulder Secretly Delivered to Faith Christian School

Eight Ton Boulder Secretly Delivered to Faith Christian School »

Faith Christian School received a mysterious gift this week in the form of an eight ton boulder that was deposited on its 28-acre property in Roanoke County. The history of the infamous FCS boulder dates...

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VT “Campus Kitchens” to Address Hunger in Southwest Virginia

VT “Campus Kitchens” to Address Hunger in Southwest Virginia »

On a campus that serves thousands of meals each day — meals of lobster, fresh fruit smoothies, artisan sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, and all-you-care-to-eat buffets — it’s difficult to grasp that people in our own community...

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Div III National Championship Crowns Winner in Salem

Div III National Championship Crowns Winner in Salem »

The Wisconsin-Stevens Point basketball team had some extra pressure in the weekends Division-III basketball Final-Four at the Salem Civic Center. Keep the streak alive. Having never lost in six previous Final-Four games in the City...

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Unmanned Aircraft to Be Used For Pipeline Route Inspection

Unmanned Aircraft to Be Used For Pipeline Route Inspection »

The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route — with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground...

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An Emotional Day As VTC Achieves 100 Percent in Residency Matches

An Emotional Day As VTC Achieves 100 Percent in Residency Matches »

Forty soon-to-be doctors at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine met their match during the school’s second annual Match Day celebration Friday. Suspense was high as each student learned where they would be going...

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News

State Unveils “Stewardship VA” Campaign »

Stewardship Virginia, a statewide campaign to encourage and recognize voluntary activities with a tangible impact on Virginia’s natural resources, continues this year with events across the state. The campaign features activities in the spring and...

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Major Road Changes Ahead for South End of VA Tech Campus »

A major Virginia Department of Transportation project that begins this spring will significantly change the entrances to the south end of the Virginia Tech campus. VDOT will build a new grade-separated interchange to replace the...

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Family Service to Serve as Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day »

Designation includes $2,000 grant for community improvement through youth-led service Family Service of Roanoke Valley will serve as a Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day, as designated by Youth Service America (YSA) and accordingly will...

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VA Tech to Assist State in Research Production and Use of Industrial Hemp »

Virginia Tech will be able to begin research on growing industrial hemp in the commonwealth as a result of a new state law and the establishment of an industrial hemp research program by the Virginia...

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McAuliffe Has Easy Choice: Fair or Flawed Elections »

Republicans are challenging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign three election-integrity bills. If McAuliffe follows fellow Democrats who voted against two of the bills at the General Assembly, the governor could whip out his veto pen....

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VT Corp To Host Cadets From Over 27 Schools at Leadership Conference »

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will host cadets and faculty from more than 27 military institutions, academies, and colleges across the country, as well as several military high schools, at the Virginia Tech Corps...

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Sports

Vikings Roll In 17-4 Softball Win Over Patrick Henry »

Vikings Roll In 17-4 Softball Win Over Patrick Henry

The Northside softball team had the base running carousel going in full stride Monday afternoon at  Patrick Henry. Taking advantage of a series of walks and a bases clearing double by Lyndsey Spangler, the Lady Vikings scored four runs in the first inning and never...

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Late Rallies Lead Cave Spring To 6-3 Softball Win Over Byrd »

Late Rallies Lead Cave Spring To 6-3 Softball Win Over Byrd

Monday afternoon’s non-districe softball matchup between Cave Spring and William Byrd was a contest defined by rallies. In the end, the Lady Knights got the two that counted most as Cave Spring outlasted William Byrd 6-3 in 8 innings at Terrier Field. Trailing 2-1 and...

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Div III National Championship Crowns Winner in Salem »

Div III National Championship Crowns Winner in Salem

The Wisconsin-Stevens Point basketball team had some extra pressure in the weekends Division-III basketball Final-Four at the Salem Civic Center. Keep the streak alive. Having never lost in six previous Final-Four games in the City of Champions, Stevens Point captured their fourth D-III title Saturday...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

This is what the sports department calls the shoulder season in high school sports. Basketball is done, but spring sports can’t get unraveled because of cold, snow and rain. And, the catchphrase weather gang only make things worse. Last week the newbie phrase was ‘inverted...

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Hidden Valley Tops Northside 4-1 In Titan Season Opener »

Hidden Valley Tops Northside 4-1 In Titan Season Opener

Hidden Valley starting pitcher Tyler Brogan took to the mound Tuesday afternoon as a virtual rookie. Seven innings later he looked like a seasoned veteran. Going the distance on the mound in the Titans’ baseball season opener, Brogan struck out seven and scattered five hits...

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Commentary

A Parent’s View of the “Growth Through Opportunity” Cadet Program in Roanoke »

A Parent’s View of the “Growth Through Opportunity” Cadet Program in Roanoke

From 2004 to 2008 I was invited to present several times by Officer Bryan Lawrence and Sgt. Susan Camper (both retired) at the Roanoke Police Training Academy and other locations in Southwest and Central VA. I would share personal experiences, the families’ perspective of having...

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Back To The Land »

Back To The Land

Life’s still good, but death’s just become more interesting. I always figured on cremation – modest expense, no concrete, bronze and embalming chemicals in the earth; friends and family would enjoy scattering the ashes in cool places I’d enjoy designating. But Doug Carroll and his...

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It’s About the Rule of Law »

It’s About the Rule of Law

For those who might have missed it, last week’s column discussed efforts to protect the Constitution and take action against the President’s recent actions on immigration.  I and others in Congress believe that these actions were improper, and that the President does not have the...

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Standing With Israel »

Standing With Israel

 The United States and Israel share a strong bond. Since Israel declared its independence in 1948, the U.S. has developed a positive relationship with Israel based on shared democratic values and common security interests. Israel has proven to be a valuable American ally since. As...

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A Corporate, Bottom-Line Attitude Has Altered How Medicine Is Practiced »

A Corporate, Bottom-Line Attitude  Has Altered How Medicine Is Practiced

The Prescription Could Be An Injection Of Humanity, Physician Says The changes in medical care over the last five decades have been dramatic. Technological and scientific advances gave patients access to a level of medical diagnosis and care previously undreamed of. During this time, Medicare,...

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Business

Salem Names New Deputy Fire Chief »

Salem Names New Deputy Fire Chief

Salem Fire and EMS Chief, John Prillaman, has announced that Captain Matt Rickman has been named the department’s new Deputy Chief, effective March 15. Prillaman vacated the Deputy Chief position on January 1 when he replaced Chief Pat Counts, who retired after 40 years of...

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Jefferson Center Announces New Marketing Hire »

Jefferson Center Announces New Marketing Hire

Jefferson Center announced its recent addition to their team to meet the needs of their upcoming performance schedule. Matthew Wirt was tapped as Marketing Manager at the beginning of March, 2015. “I couldn’t be more excited to join this team,” says Wirt. “For a decade,...

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PCA Healthcare to join Carilion Clinic in June »

PCA Healthcare to join Carilion Clinic in June

Move adds five practice locations and 17 physicians to Carilion’s presence   ­ PCA Healthcare today announced that it intends to join Carilion Clinic in June.   “Carilion Clinic’s philosophical approach to medicine is where we see the future of our practice, especially as it...

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The Bridges Nears Completion as Starbucks Arrives »

The Bridges Nears Completion as Starbucks Arrives

The new Starbucks, on South Jefferson Street across from the Virginia Tech Carilion medical campus, has actually been open for several months but a symbolic ribbon cutting just took place recently. Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill, store employees and principals with The Bridges mixed-use development...

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Arts & Culture

Festival in The Park is “Bringing it Home” »

Festival in The Park is “Bringing it Home”The 46th Annual Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park  May 22-24 This year is the first back at the downtown Roanoke green space and...

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Top of The Taubman Opens The Third Floor Balcony »

Top of The Taubman Opens The Third Floor BalconyCome check out the view or take a picture inside the new “Smile Frame” on the open air, third floor balcony at the Taubman Museum...

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Roanoke Chef Does Star Turn on FOX TV Reality Show »

Roanoke Chef Does Star Turn on FOX TV Reality ShowMeghan Gill, the executive chef at Stefano’s Italian Kitchen on the City Market, had just left a previous job and figured what the heck –...

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A Readers Paradise . . . And More! »

A Readers Paradise . . . And More!It’s a little surprising when an excellent and important event, like the upcoming 21st annual Virginia Festival of the Book, goes largely unnoticed in our...

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MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound »

MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New SoundMill Mountain Theatre launches its 2015 Season with the all-new Mill Mountain Music concert series and in a venue that’s newly equipped with the region’s...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

VWCC — A Local Jewel

Colonial Avenue is a major thoroughfare that bisects the campus of Virginia Western Community College. It has not always been so. It used to be a country road that meandered in the general...

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Liza Field

Best Not Goof Off When It Comes to Clean Water

March 22 is World Water Day. It’s the biggest splash you’ve never heard of. Why? Perhaps because it’s also National Goof-Off Day – a good old American invention, unofficial but thriving. The two...

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Dennis Garvin

The Unfortunate Use of the ‘S’ Word

Following the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11, George Bush addressed the nation. In the body of his message regarding the government commitment to punish the perpetrators, he used the word (intentionally...

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Caroline Watkins

Whispering From the Rooftops

I found myself “saying” this via a text message to three sisters regarding my middle daughter’s early admission to my alma mater – a feat I would likely not accomplish if reapplying today...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

The Trials and “Trivulations” of Young Love

Sure and it’s setting up to be a grand morning! I read the Obituaries today [I was not among the featured] and my pregnancy test came back negative. Small wonder then I’m in...

Feb 27, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

The Progressive Treadmill to Perpetual Poverty

The liberal issues of inequality, the ‘war on women’, LBJ’s Great Society, increased entitlements and ‘tax the rich’ are all progressive strides on the treadmill to limited freedoms. On the other hand that...

Mar 23, 2015 / More »

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Dominique Mack

An Uncertain Place

Things change abruptly, plans fail, dreams are diminished, bad things happen. Without warning. And definitely without our permission. In an instance, everything that made sense can be gone forever. It is in that...

Mar 23, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Antlerology 201

In last months column we revealed the scientific breakthrough that is shaking the foundations of the hunting and the scientific communities. Naturalist, physicist, zoologist, and even cosmetologist, from all over the globe are...

Feb 26, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Social Media….Not!

I just spent the weekend with a bunch of Boy Scouts and leaders in the Greenbrier Valley, camping and riding the Greenbrier Trail for three days.  The trees were gorgeous, the river was...

Oct 21, 2014 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

 The Tale of the Frozen Cat

We had lots of cats in my family when I was growing up. We had dogs too but not many of them; somehow the canines just didn’t seem to last as long for...

Jan 20, 2015 / More »

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A Silly Little $5 Billion Salamander

Virginia Sneezeweed and the Cow Knob Salamander. Their common names sound like droll Dr. Seuss characters. Their scientific names, on the other hand, resonate with conservation significance: Helenium virginicum and Plethodon punctatus, respectively....

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Knowing Nothing – Doing Everything

Knowing Nothing – Doing Everything

FIRST READING ISAIAH 40:21-31 / SECOND READING 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23 /GOSPEL MARK 1:29-39 Our Old Testament reading from Isaiah grabs us by the shoulders and give us a good strong shake, doesn’t it?     ...

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