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VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment

VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment »

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their...

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Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces

Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces »

For the first time in its’ 67-year history, the Rescue Mission will begin distributing food boxes to more than 800 families when it partners with Manna Ministries this Spring. Manna leaders approached the Mission late...

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How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past »

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign...

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VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus

VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus »

Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a common — and, in the developing...

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Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke”

Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke” »

Historic Garden Week will feature “Springtime in South Roanoke” on April 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Seven uniquely beautiful homes will be featured this year: 2731 Carolina Avenue – The Irons Home. Situated on...

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Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts »

Organizers of the Foot Levelers Down by Downtown Music Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend...

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News

Forgotten Canneries Exhibition Showcases Lost Legacy of VA Foodways »

Though little evidence can be seen driving rural roads today, hundreds of small canneries once dotted the Virginia countryside. Yet by 1950, nearly all of them were closed, leaving behind workers’ memories, empty buildings, and...

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VA Family Farmer Named as Finalist for “Courage in the Face of Power” »

Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the annual Weyrich Awards for “Courage in the Face of Power.” This prestigious award will be given...

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“Love Your Parkway” Cleanup Nets Far Less Trash and “Other” »

What a change a year can make. Last year, volunteers with Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter uncovered 1,189 whipped cream canisters and other trash and recyclables strewn from J.P. Fishburn to the...

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Virginia Tech Rises in Peace Corps Rankings »

Virginia Tech ranks No. 11 among large schools in the Peace Corps’ rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country, according to ratings from the international service organization. Virginia Tech has 43...

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Black Dog Salvage Chosen to Expand Woodcraft Upcycling Program »

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools, supplies, and plans, has entered into a partnership with Black Dog Salvage of Roanoke. Black Dog is the focus of...

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The Texas Tavern: Endurance Counts »

This past weekend the venerable Texas Tavern celebrated its 85th anniversary. I don’t think any other local eating establishment can match that for continuous operation under management by a single family. The recent death of...

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Sports

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

The Chief always points out that Clark Kent was a mild-mannered reporter. All this snow is not keeping me mild, and my recent demeanor won’t be applauded by Miss Manners. It’s been an exercise in patience trying to get in all the high school basketball...

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Dry Spell Dooms North Cross In VIS State Quarterfinal Loss »

Dry Spell Dooms North Cross In VIS State Quarterfinal Loss

Snow was on the ground and snow was in the forecast Wednesday night at the North Cross campus. Unfortunately for the Raiders in the Jim Muscaro gym, their second quarter was as dry as the Sahara Desert. Outscored 15-1 by visiting Williamsburg Christian in the...

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Faith Christian Varsity Basketball Teams Head To State Quarterfinals »

Faith Christian Varsity Basketball Teams Head To State Quarterfinals

Faith Christian School’s Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Basketball teams have advanced to the State Quarter Finals. This is the first in the school’s history that both teams have advanced. The Girls Varsity team is the Regional runner-up and is the #2 seed in the Quarterfinals....

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Patriots’ Season Ends In 57-41 Loss To Varina »

Patriots’ Season Ends In 57-41 Loss To Varina

Basketball is a game of runs. Tuesday night in the Patrick Henry gym Varina High School made the first run. The Blue Devils then clinched the 6A Conference 3 semifinal with a dominating run to the final horn. Scoring the game’s first 10 points and...

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Cave Spring Advances To Regional Berth With 70-44 Win Over Demons »

Cave Spring Advances To Regional Berth With 70-44 Win Over Demons

After eleven days of weather-related disruptions, some rust on the wheels was to be expected in Monday night’s 3A Conference 32 boys basketball semifinal between the Cave Spring Knights and Christiansburg Blue Demons. Christiansburg had fought back from an early 17 point deficit to cut...

Feb 24 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Commentary

Goodlatte & Capuano: College Ratings Plan Not The Answer »

Goodlatte & Capuano: College Ratings Plan Not The Answer

By Reps. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) – 02/26/15 Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students choose humanitarian service...

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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...

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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...

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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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Business

Virginia Tech Sports Fundraising Director to Retire »

Virginia Tech Sports Fundraising Director to Retire

Lu Merritt, senior director of development for intercollegiate athletics, who has managed the university’s sports fundraising since 1994, will retire in July 2015. A national search will be conducted for his replacement. “Lu’s tenure has coincided with a tremendous period of growth and success for...

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B2C Enterprises’ Bruce C. Bryan Reappointed Chairman of Kirk Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign »

B2C Enterprises’ Bruce C. Bryan Reappointed Chairman of Kirk Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign

The Kirk Family YMCA has appointed Bruce C. Bryan, president of B2C Enterprises, chairman of their upcoming Annual Support Campaign for the second year in a row. The Annual Support Campaign raises funds to provide financial assistance to families and children who cannot afford the...

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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...

Jan 19 2015 / No comment / Read More »

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 »

Arts & Culture

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts »

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music ActsOrganizers of the Foot Levelers Down by Downtown Music Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a...

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Grammy-nominated Jazz Vocalist to Perform Music of Judy Garland »

Grammy-nominated Jazz Vocalist to Perform Music of Judy GarlandGrammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will pay tribute to the jazzier side of the legendary Judy Garland with “Hello Bluebird, Celebrating the Jazz of Judy...

Feb 16 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Guest Pianist Joins Symphony for Evening of Romance »

Guest Pianist Joins Symphony for Evening of RomanceThe Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming masterworks concert features Armenian-American pianist Tanya Gabrielian, who will perform Tchaikovsky’s romantic and inspiring first piano concerto, along with pieces from...

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Healing Strides of VA Instructors Now USHJA Certified Trainers »

Healing Strides of VA Instructors Now USHJA Certified TrainersHealing Strides of VA (HSVA), a 501©3 non-profit organization, has announced that two of their instructors are now USHJA Certified Trainers. Head Trainer, Stacey Fitzgerald...

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Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And Craft »

Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And CraftThe Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s  latest presentation of three one-person exhibitions highlights internationally recognized artists who reinvent and merge various disciplines, including painting,...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Remote Challenge

The recent snow has left many a householder confined to their dwelling. It was a good time to sort out the arcane intricacies of a recently installed wireless, high-speed cable system. Men are...

Feb 23, 2015 / More »

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Liza Field

The Superbug of Fatalism

Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Epidemic diseases, morphing superbugs, allergies to everything – eggs, meat, wheat, wind, dirt, flowers, trees, life. Add in the...

Feb 19, 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 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 Visit

It was the first day of December last year she came to visit. It was the sixteenth day of February she left… Cemone. Perhaps you heard her story, treated by her former owner...

Feb 18, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Rhetoric is No Substitute for Reality

On January 7, 2015, the satirical newspaper ‘Charlie Hebdo’ was stormed by jihadists in Paris, France. The siege ended at a Jewish kosher supermarket with a total of 17 deaths over three days....

Feb 23, 2015 / More »

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Dominique Mack

Nobody’s Savior

Sometimes you’ve got to let people fall on their face, scrape their knee, break a few bones, suffer an unrecoverable injury and you not be there to kiss their wounds. Let them nurse...

Feb 10, 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 Dash of Darwin, a Pinch of Puzzlement

On 12 February 2015, we celebrated International Darwin Day to honor the 206th birthday of Charles Darwin, British naturalist, author, and humanitarian. Arguably, he was, and remains, the most noted and influential scientist...

Feb 23, 2015 / More »

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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

FIRST READING JONAH 3:1-5, 10 / GOSPEL MARK 1:14-20 Well – for all his fits and starts Jonah turned out to be a whole lot better prophet than even he expected to be! Remember...

Feb 19, 2015 / More »








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