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Virginians: McDonnell Good Governor But Should Serve Time; Opinions Divided on Actions of Police

Virginians: McDonnell Good Governor But Should Serve Time; Opinions Divided on Actions of Police »

According to the latest Roanoke College opinion poll a majority of Virginians (57%) think Bob McDonnell was a good governor overall, but also agree (57%) with the judge’s sentence of prison time for his convictions...

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Carilion Clinic Renames Patient Transport Center After Long-Time Board Member

Carilion Clinic Renames Patient Transport Center After Long-Time Board Member »

In a ceremony Monday night, Carilion Clinic renamed its patient transport center after George B. Cartledge, Jr., in honor of his nearly 40 years of service as a member of the Carilion Clinic Board of...

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VA Tech Senior Communications Officer Larry Hincker Announces Retirement

VA Tech Senior Communications Officer Larry Hincker Announces Retirement »

Lawrence “Larry” Hincker, associate vice president for university relations at Virginia Tech, has announced he will retire from his position later this year. Hincker, who has served as university spokesperson and the senior communications officer...

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Roanoke College Poll Reveals Latest on Where Virginians Stand

Roanoke College Poll Reveals Latest on Where Virginians Stand »

Virginians support ethics reforms; split on Medicaid expansion; favor protecting gun ownership but support expanded background checks Virginians strongly support ethics reforms for legislators, but remain divided on Medicaid expansion, according to The Roanoke College...

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Gov School Students Research New Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

Gov School Students Research New Pancreatic Cancer Therapy »

At the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology, students are charged each year with carrying out a science fair project. This year, RVGS/Patrick Henry High School senior Ashley Lemon and RVGS/Salem High School...

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Commentary – A Pivotal Decade

Commentary – A Pivotal Decade »

When we look back at the previous century, there have been many decades in which the direction of life on earth endured a seismic seizure. World War I, also called The Great War, The War...

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News

Confederate Veterans Organizations Come Together to Honor Birthday of Robert E. Lee »

On Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke, an event was held to commemorate the birthday of General-in-Chief Robert E. Lee. It began with a color guard of nine...

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Roanoke Native Brings Breakout Progressive Blue Grass Band Back to Hometown »

Up and coming Bluegrass fusion band “?Barnstar!” which began as the brainchild of Roanoker Zachariah Hickman (who has also performed as bassist for Josh Ritter and musical director for Ray Lamontagne) is bringing the bluegrass supergroup back to the Star...

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VA Filmed Point of Honor Pilot Premiers on Amazon »

The premiere of the pilot episode of Point of Honor has premiered on Amazon.com. The series, filmed entirely in Virginia, follows a Virginia family and its courageous struggles during the Civil War, and became available...

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Rescue Mission to Honor Superhero Volunteers »

Capes will soar and cheers will roar on Sunday, February 8 when the Rescue Mission holds its annual Volunteer Appreciation event. The theme for this year’s event is Superheroes. Beginning at 2PM, the Rescue Mission...

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VMT To Publish Children’s Book in Support of J611 Restoration »

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, home to the Norfolk & Western Class J 611, one of the most powerful steam passenger locomotives ever built, has announced it will publish “Dash Dupree and the Queen of...

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Local Disc Golf Course Receives International Attention »

After being open for just over six months, the Botetourt County’s Greenfield Disc Golf Course has been ranked 20th in the world out of over 5000 courses. DG Course Review, a major online community of...

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Sports

VMI Platoons Rally Keydets To 85-75 Military Rivalry Win Over The Citadel »

VMI Platoons Rally Keydets To 85-75 Military Rivalry Win Over The Citadel

For the third straight game Saturday afternoon, VMI head basketball coach Duggar Baucom resorted to the 5-player platoon system. The visitors from The Citadel must have thought they were battling the light brigade. Reeling off a 31-10 run to start the second half, VMI held...

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Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup »

Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup

Well, it’s officially official. Last Friday afternoon, I proceeded to the corporate headquarters of Macado’s in downtown Roanoke. Nested quietly in a booth, I waited until corporate official Gail came forward to tell me the that after passing all the facts by the head big-wig,...

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Hidden Valley Dominates In 66-35 Win Over Lady Knights »

Hidden Valley Dominates In 66-35 Win Over Lady Knights

Was this going to be the year the Cave Spring girls basketball team finally ended their long drought against Southwest County rival Hidden Valley? The Lady Knights are off to one of their best records in recent memory, entering Tuesday night’s girls-boys varsity doubleheader with...

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4th Quarter Barrage Sends Knights To 67-48 Win Over Titans »

4th Quarter Barrage Sends Knights To 67-48 Win Over Titans

The saying says opportunity only knocks once. Tuesday night in the Hidden Valley gym, opportunity knocked three times for the Titans basketball team, but the home standing team couldn’t get the door ajar. That’s when the visitors from Cave Spring blew the door right off...

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VMI Overcomes Adversity In 85-79 Win Over East Tennessee »

VMI Overcomes Adversity In 85-79 Win Over East Tennessee

Adversity can often test one’s strength. Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall in Lexington, VMI fought off adversity from all angles to pull out the emotional 85-79 win over East Tennessee State in a key Southern Conference basketball matchup. First of all, the Keydets, 6-12 overall...

Jan 19 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Commentary

An Animal-Free Circus Is More Fun! »

An Animal-Free Circus Is More Fun!

Let’s figure out a creative way to make the animal circus a thing of the past in Roanoke! The worldwide trend is for circuses to be animal-free. They are more fun, more creative and easier to operate. But perhaps most importantly animal-free circuses say no...

Jan 20 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Christmas: No Time for Public Expression of Faith? »

Christmas: No Time for Public Expression of Faith?

Around this time of the year, the “War on Christmas” and the “War on the War on Christmas” once again enter the public discourse, with each side claiming support from assorted statistics and anecdotes. Though there are certainly some who inexcusably exaggerate threats to public...

Dec 18 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Why Educational Reform Cannot Work »

Why Educational Reform Cannot Work

Think of our schools as a horse and buggy – it worked well in a different time, but times have changed. Educational needs have changed as much as transportation needs.  Retrofitting a horse and buggy will not give us an airplane, and yet we seem...

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Countering Senate Inaction »

Countering Senate Inaction

Throughout this year, the House of Representatives acted to pass numerous appropriations bills to fund federal agencies and keep the government operating. Unfortunately, keeping with the trend we have seen, the U.S. Senate failed to act on these bills and allowed the House-passed legislation to...

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More on Ending the Modern Filibuster Rule »

More on Ending the Modern Filibuster Rule

On many occasions, I have taken issue with the modern interpretation of the Senate filibuster rule.  When I last wrote on this topic in a newsletter, it was just before this year’s elections.  Control of the Senate had not yet been determined. As I have...

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Business

Opera Roanoke Hires Linda Gavel Webb as Executive Director »

Opera Roanoke Hires Linda Gavel Webb as Executive Director

Opera Roanoke has named Linda Gavel Webb, an accomplished leader in the non-profit world, its executive director. Webb will share responsibility for the management of Opera Roanoke with Scott Williamson, the Artistic Director, now in his fifth year with the company. Webb is well known...

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Roanoke County School Board Names New Superintendent »

Roanoke County School Board Names New Superintendent

The Roanoke County School Board has named Dr. Greg Killough as the next superintendent for Roanoke County Public Schools, beginning July 1.  Dr. Killough will replace Dr. Lorraine Lange, who will retire on June 30 after serving as superintendent since 2006. Dr. Killough has served...

Jan 8 2015 / No comment / Read More »

VT Carilion Professor Receives International Master Teacher Award »

VT Carilion Professor Receives International Master Teacher Award

Michael Nolan, a professor of basic science at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has received the 2014 Master Teacher Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators. The annual award is presented to an association member who, over the course of many...

Jan 6 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Roanoke Regional Chamber Unveils New Logo, Tagline to Celebrate 125th Anniversary »

Roanoke Regional Chamber Unveils New Logo, Tagline to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new logo and tagline to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the region’s largest business organization. The current black and yellow logo, in use since 2000, has been replaced with a green and teal icon that reflects...

Dec 17 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain Chemistry »

Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain ChemistryNicholas Milinazzo will exhibit his electrochemically-inspired abstract paintings during the month of February in Sagacitas (Latin—roughly translated “I perceive keenly”), a solo art show at...

Jan 19 2015 / No comment / Read More »

St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis Conference »

St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis ConferenceBeginning on 13 February St. John Lutheran Church will host a free C.S. Lewis conference entitled “C.S.Lewis’s Big Ideas” featuring Dr. Jerry Root from Wheaton...

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Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and Turns »

Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and TurnsWhen a motorcycle enthusiast, conspiracy theorist, military history buff pens a novel about a motorcycle club, the Vietnam War, and layer upon layer of corruption,...

Jan 19 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Roanoke Native Brings Breakout Progressive Blue Grass Band Back to Hometown »

Roanoke Native Brings Breakout Progressive Blue Grass Band Back to HometownUp and coming Bluegrass fusion band “?Barnstar!” which began as the brainchild of Roanoker Zachariah Hickman (who has also performed as bassist for Josh Ritter and musical director for Ray...

Jan 15 2015 / No comment / Read More »

“Gods and Goddesses” Now on Exhibit at Gallery 202 »

“Gods and Goddesses” Now on Exhibit at Gallery 202Impassioned local artist, Margaret Sue Turner Wright has opened her new show of nude figure paintings, ‘Gods and Goddesses’, now on exhibit at Gallery 202...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Who Is John Boehner?

The second most powerful man in America would be a good answer. As Speaker of the House of Representatives he has enormous clout. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to national politics...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Liza Field

Table It

At your next supper, passing around hot cornbread, squash, greens or apple pie, scoot back from the table a moment and digest one nutritious truth. Food connects. Person to person, people to planet....

Jan 6, 2015 / More »

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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...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Whispering From the Rooftops

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

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Old Rage Reemerges

To speak the truth frankly, I am somewhat ashamed of, and surprised by, myself. Having met Cemone, [the Doberman Sabrina and I recently rescued and adopted into our home, and heard her story,...

Jan 14, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

The State of The Union Address: True or False?”

Sitting next to the First Lady at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Rebekah Erler’s face broke into an obsequious smile when the President announced her name and...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Missed A Big Buck Lately? This Columns for You – Antlerology 101

If you know a hunter, you’ve undoubtedly heard the same old story that goes something like this: “There was this giant buck right in front of me, I had my sights on him,...

Jan 7, 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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H. Bruce Rinker

Je Suis Charlie!

On Wednesday, 7 January 2015, people around the world were horror-struck to learn that masked gunmen had stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, killing 12 people including the...

Jan 12, 2015 / 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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In Your Eyes

For sister-friends, brothers, cousins, daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, and people everywhere who’ve given up on love. One day somebody’s going to walk in your life and love all those things they didn’t like...

Jan 15, 2015 / More »

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No Time For Jesus

No Time For Jesus

FIRST READING GENESIS 1:1-5  SECOND READING ACTS 19:1-7 It’s all kind of crazy isn’t it? I mean life . . . The fact that we live on this big rocky, sandy, mountainous, yet...

Jan 13, 2015 / More »








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