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Great Jobs, Great Lives: VT Alumni Thrive, According To Gallup Survey

Great Jobs, Great Lives: VT Alumni Thrive, According To Gallup Survey »

Virginia Tech graduates outpace the national average when it comes to thriving at work, having great careers, and leading lives that matter. Results from a research collaboration with Gallup indicate that Virginia Tech alumni flourish...

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Extension / Cooperatives to Hold 39th Annual Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours

Extension / Cooperatives to Hold 39th Annual Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours »

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with Virginia’s natural resource agencies, companies, and associations, will hold their 39th Annual Fall...

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Matt Doughty: From North Cross Raider To NCAA National Champion

Matt Doughty: From North Cross Raider To NCAA National Champion »

Few people saw this coming. Even the athlete himself. In the spring of 2014, Roanoker Matt Doughty was finishing up her senior year at North Cross School where he had been a standout in both...

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VA Tech Showcases New Avian Research Facility

VA Tech Showcases New Avian Research Facility »

On Monday, Sept. 21, Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment officially opens its new Research Aviary, one of few such university facilities in the region. “Virginia Tech has incredible strengths in avian biology,...

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Faith Christian Starts School Year On High Note

Faith Christian Starts School Year On High Note »

Faith Christian Head of School Peter Baur, who welcomed students back to classes for a second year recently, said enrollment at the middle and upper school levels is the highest-ever this academic year for the...

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VTC Students Take It To The Streets in The Name of Public Health

VTC Students Take It To The Streets in The Name of Public Health »

Walking along Roanoke’s greenways and through downtown is good for your health, and recently Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students did just that – for your health. It was part of the school’s program...

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News

Bedrosian Not Giving Up His Crusade Against United Way »

No stranger to ruffling feathers, Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian has stepped up his campaign against United Way and Planned Parenthood.  Roanoke County Administrator Tom Gates has said that the county does not contribute directly...

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Reporting on Your Colleagues’ Death – A Perspective From The BBC »

Here is a very well done segment by the BBC on what it has taken to carry on at WDBJ7 during these difficult days: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34078308 How do you report on your colleagues’ death? What about your...

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Prayers For WDBJ7 Reporters »

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, friends and co-workers of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Today’s tragic events are among the most senseless and sad that our Valley has experienced in many...

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Clinton / Trump – Abortion Views – Flag Opinions Covered in Roanoke College Poll »

Among Virginians, likely Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump (45%-32%), but is in a virtual tie with Jeb Bush (42%-41%), Marco Rubio (41%-40%), and Scott Walker (42%-38%), according to The Roanoke College Poll....

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Corps of Cadets Continues Strong Relationship With National D-Day Memorial »

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ first-year cadets will travel to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, on Saturday, Sept. 5, the ninth consecutive year for such a visit. The bonds, both past and...

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WVTF’s Charlie Perkinson and Steve Brown Signing Off Public Radio »

WVTF Public Radio’s music hosts will both retire this month. Charlie Perkinson, former host of the nightly “Jazz Tonight” and the weekend “All That Jazz”, and Steve Brown, music director and former host of “Morning...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

Don’t worry that those were hurricane winds you heard last Friday night. It was actually a huge sigh of relief from The Chief after Northside failed to convert a two-point conversion in its loss against Pulaski County. For those that missed last week’s column, The...

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Better Bring Your “A” Game To Putting Club’s Weekly Shootouts »

Better Bring Your “A” Game To Putting Club’s Weekly Shootouts

Zach Johnson showed his expertise on the greens of the Old Course at St. Andrews. Jason Day followed with his PGA major win at Whistling Straits. Both proved the adage, “you drive for the show and putt for the dough.” Yet, it would be a...

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Matt Doughty: From North Cross Raider To NCAA National Champion »

Matt Doughty: From North Cross Raider To NCAA National Champion

Few people saw this coming. Even the athlete himself. In the spring of 2014, Roanoker Matt Doughty was finishing up her senior year at North Cross School where he had been a standout in both basketball and as a baseball pitcher and infielder for the...

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William Byrd Rides Basham’s Ground Game Past Cave Spring 31-10 »

William Byrd Rides Basham’s Ground Game Past Cave Spring 31-10

Friday night’s high school opener between William Byrd and Cave Spring turned on a blink of the eye. In the end, Byrd flipped the game back in their favor, running away with the convincing 31-10 win in the season opener for both teams. On the...

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Numbers Sink North Cross in 54-28 Loss To Nansemond-Suffolk »

Numbers Sink North Cross in 54-28 Loss To Nansemond-Suffolk

It was a numbers game Saturday afternoon at Thomas Field on the North Cross campus. Due to injuries, North Cross began the afternoon with only 18 players suited up to play. When three more Raiders fell victim to injury, not to mention leg cramps on...

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Commentary

Search For Mysterious Copper Hill House Resolved »

Search For Mysterious Copper Hill House Resolved

Since the article appeared in The Roanoke Star in August last year I was delighted to receive a number of contacts from residents of the area who were all eager to help me solve the mystery of the house I visited some thirty years hence....

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Climate Change Worsens Our Health in Virginia and Nationwide »

Climate Change Worsens Our Health in Virginia and Nationwide

Dear  Editor : This summer we’ve witnessed severe storms, heavy rainfall, and local flooding in the greater Roanoke area.  Sadly, as extreme weather events like these continue to take place throughout the seasons and across our state, our safety and well-being will continue to be...

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Melrose Community Policing Project a Win for Citizens and the City »

Melrose Community Policing Project a Win for Citizens and the City

This summer I embarked on a project to strengthen the relationship between the City of Roanoke, the Police Department, and most importantly the community. The results far exceeded my expectations. Before I talk about the results, let’s take a look back to the spring. I...

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Protecting Those Who Serve »

Protecting Those Who Serve

Serving in the line of danger is not foreign to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They bravely serve throughout the globe, facing threats each and every day. But when acts of horrific violence happen here at home against our men...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Washington, D.C. and Bristol, VA »

A Tale of Two Cities: Washington, D.C. and Bristol, VA

In his great novel about the French Revolution, 19th century author Charles Dickens writes of the horrors taking place in Paris, France, and the relative calm in London, England. On Monday, August 3, we saw a less violent but still troubling scenario that calls to...

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Business

BBB Alert: Spear Phishing Scam Hits Area Business »

BBB Alert: Spear Phishing Scam Hits Area Business

A Roanoke area business has been the target of a sophisticated phishing scam that attempted to take them for $47,000. BBB is warning other area businesses that they could be next. According to the company, scammers used an email account connected with their old website...

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The Hive Offers Startups Chance “To Play In This World” »

The Hive Offers Startups Chance “To Play In This World”

Annette Patterson, president of the Vinton-based Advancement Foundation, realized a dream several weeks ago: the opening of a business incubator on South Pollard Street in Vinton. Located adjacent to her Charity Cottage, a thrift store that provides funding for her operations (and five other local...

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First Job Fair a Success For Grass Roots Organization »

First Job Fair a Success For Grass Roots Organization

Khaid Jones, the president and CEO for Community Cultivators Inc. calls his organization a grass roots effort “that cares about its community.”  The first big initiative for Community Cultivators was a late July street rally and job fair in northwest Roanoke, when around a dozen...

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Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers »

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers

The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy (BRLC), a regional organization working to preserve open space throughout Southwest Virginia, has named four new trustees and elected officers for 2015-2016. Linda Pharis will be president. Pharis has served as the chairwoman of the Public Relations and Education committee...

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Arts & Culture

Market Gallery Announces September Exhibitors »

Market Gallery Announces September ExhibitorsMarket Gallery is featuring the work of three new members in September: Tracy Budd, Vera Dickerson and Gina Louthian Stanley. Also showing is current member...

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Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Announces New Hours / Exhibits »

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Announces New Hours / ExhibitsThe Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University has announced new open gallery hours to better accommodate the needs of the Hollins campus and Roanoke...

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30 Years Later “On Golden Pond” Returns To MMT »

30 Years Later “On Golden Pond” Returns To MMTMill Mountain Theatre continues its Golden Anniversary Season with one of the classics of American drama, On Golden Pond. The conveys a serious message with...

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MMT Announces New Instructor for Improv and Sketch Comedy »

MMT Announces New Instructor for Improv and Sketch ComedyMill Mountain Theatre announced that a Chicago actor, comedian and improvisation performer has joined its teaching faculty for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 8....

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Virginian Railway Memories Book Released »

Virginian Railway Memories Book ReleasedOne of the most colorful and interesting railroads in American history was the Virginian Railway which was built in the early 20th century and connected the...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Enough of Reaction!

In June I wrote an article after the Charleston massacre. Go to roanokestar.com, enter Hollingsworth guns in the search box and you can find it; “Guns . . . a Little History and...

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Liza Field

Taking Heart

“This climate stuff makes me feel like crap,” a relative told me, tossing aside some ecology mail he wanted nothing to do with. “I’m tired of hearing it. Those people have an agenda.”...

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Dennis Garvin

Reflections of A Former Darwinist

I am a reasonably educated man.  Valedictorian of my college class, honors graduate of medical school, product of a surgical subspecialty training program ranked in the top two in the nation.  I was...

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Caroline Watkins

Forgiveness Without Borders

This title is a tweaking of one I started with: Trust Without Borders, which came from a song I recently heard in church. Without fail, when I have had a title, I have...

Aug 25, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Thor’s Second Chance

Several weeks ago, Sabrina and I witnessed a twisted irony. [I guess there’s no other kind.] But before I tell you what happened, a brief word of preface: There was a young lady...

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Dick Baynton

American Foreign Policy Needs Some Adult Supervision – Now

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented a ‘Reset’ Button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in March 2009, not long after the Obama Presidency was launched. On September 17th, the week before...

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Dominique Mack

When You’ve Been Abandoned

Pain is something we never get use to and none of us are immune. Either unknowingly or deliberately along life’s journey we’ve all encountered circumstances that have left us bruised. We’ve learned to...

Jun 3, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

No Till Gardening – Or How Not To Garden Like A Heathen

A few weeks ago, I found out that I garden like a heathen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I was burning incense in the bean rows or burying amulets in the...

Jul 10, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Teen Curfew Leads to Detachment

Summer is here and hundreds of new teenage drivers are hitting the streets with new found freedom…. “I am out of school, I can drive, I can do whatever I want” is often...

Apr 29, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

Overnight on Deer Island

It had been a while since I had spent a night out camping solo, and I was itching to do so, especially after my friend Rob reminded me of a jewel I had...

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A Challah of Protest

In Jewish tradition, Challah is a loaf of yeast-risen bread, often braided, blessed and then consumed on Sabbaths and holidays. Every aspect of Challah – from its making to its eating – is...

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Thou Shall Not Hate

Thou Shall Not Hate

FIRST READING JAMES 1:17-27/ GOSPEL MARK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23  Watching the tragic events unfold at Smith Mountain Lake, in which two of our local television reporters were gunned down in cold blood by a...

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