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Herring’s Bill: $19,501 For Sweet Briar College FOI

Herring’s Bill: $19,501 For Sweet Briar College FOI »

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the...

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Roanoke Research Team Heads to Antarctic to Get Icy Insight

Roanoke Research Team Heads to Antarctic to Get Icy Insight »

At the southernmost extremes of the planet lives a fish different from all other vertebrates on Earth. Aptly nicknamed the icefish, the notothenioid lives in such cold temperatures that antifreeze runs through its veins –...

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Virginia is For Lovers – And Now, For Weddings

Virginia is For Lovers – And Now, For Weddings »

Virginia is for Lovers is an iconic and instantly identifiable slogan for Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). VTC has long been in the business of promoting Virginia’s rich tourism products, but recently, the state tourism agency...

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Endangered Roanoke Logperch To Go on Display at Center in the Square

Endangered Roanoke Logperch To Go on Display at Center in the Square »

Roanoke River Aquarium now features the rare state and federally endangered species Center in the Square has announced that the federally endangered Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) has now found a permanent home in the Atrium...

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Brain Scanning by VTC Researchers Reveals That Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together

Brain Scanning by VTC Researchers Reveals That Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together »

The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia...

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Virginia Mountain Tourism Marketing Region Announced

Virginia Mountain Tourism Marketing Region Announced »

An historic occasion for tourism in Virginia has occurred. Virginia’s Western Highlands (including the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Craig, Highland and City of Covington), Virginia’s Blue Ridge (including the counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke along...

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News

Warner Urges Further Work On Counter-Drone Technology »

Suggests a pilot program to develop technology that can safely detect and disrupt “rogue” drones  U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, urged the U.S. Secretary of...

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Roanoke and SML Discovery Shops Forecast to Hit $8 Million This Week »

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake expects to hit the $2 million mark at its annex sale this coming Thursday, May 14, 2015. This milestone will put the two shops (Roanoke...

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Liberty Wins Smith Mountain Lake College Fishing Conference Opener »

The Liberty University team of Ryan Suhy, Forrest, Virginia, and Shane Fetty, Newport News, Virginia, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 3...

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2 GOP Lawmakers Help McAuliffe Kill Voter ID Bill »

  Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a photo identification bill was upheld by two Republican lawmakers who maintained that the election measure was flawed. Siding with a solid bloc of Democrats, Delegate Bob Bloxom Jr....

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Letter Carriers Collect Food for Region’s Hungry »

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) teamed up with Feeding America Southwest Virginia and Food Lion to conduct Stamp Out Hunger, an annual food drive that took place on May 9th. It’s part of...

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Agee to Roanoke College Graduates: “Live life well” »

Roanoke College Commencement speaker, Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, advised graduates on Saturday to live life well. She shared with the College’s approximately 452 graduates the stories of six different people, including...

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Sports

Titans Complete Regular Season Softball Sweep Over Knights With 7-5 Win »

Titans Complete Regular Season Softball Sweep Over Knights With 7-5 Win

Heading into the 2015 softball season, the last time the Hidden Valley seniors had enjoyed a win over Southwest County rival Cave Spring was when they were freshmen. Thursday afternoon at the Knights softball complex, the Titan girls completed the regular sweep over Cave Spring...

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Pitcher Dominates On Senior Day As Knights Blank Christiansburg 4-0 »

Pitcher Dominates On Senior Day As Knights Blank Christiansburg 4-0

Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field it was Senior Day for the Cave Spring baseball team. Starting pitcher Thomas Forest made sure the upperclassmen went out in style. Throwing a masterful complete game two-hitter, the lefty struck out nine as Cave Spring blanked the visitors from...

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Cave Spring’s Klimaitis Signs With Christopher Newport »

Cave Spring’s Klimaitis Signs With Christopher Newport

Cave Spring High School has long been noted for having one of the top high school volleyball programs in the state. Monday afternoon in the school’s auditorium, Knight senior Tessa Klimaitis announced her intention to play for one of the top Division-III college programs in...

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Girls / Boys Winners Take Different Roads at 32nd Scott Robertson Memorial »

Girls / Boys Winners Take Different Roads at 32nd Scott Robertson Memorial

Migliaccio It was contrasting paths for the girls and boys senior division winners Sunday afternoon at the 32nd annual Scott Robertson Memorial Junior Golf Tournament played at Roanoke Country Club. For Cary, North Carolina native Emlia Migliaccio, the girls 15-18 winner, it was a late...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

Well, it didn’t take long after our first restaurant review before we were up to our ankles in pancake batter. While the Macado’s review resulted in positive comments about the Wild Bill Burger, my questioning the woman at the Kiwanis Pancake Day about requesting square...

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Commentary

Freedom, Liberty, and Knowledge »

Freedom, Liberty, and Knowledge

Last week, among other things, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives considered several bills relating to our national defense. For example, I joined 399 of my colleagues in supporting the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (H.R. 1191).  All of Congress, Democrats and...

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The USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security »

The USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security

Almost two years ago, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting, in bulk, Americans’ telephone records. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, countless telephone metadata records are flowing into the NSA. Since then, the American people have made it clear...

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A Gift to The City – The Roanoke Men’s Initiative »

A Gift to The City – The Roanoke Men’s Initiative

The prison ministry I had been doing for seven years changed my life.  Going with a team of men from Roanoke to live out the gospel in the heart of maximum security prisons in Southwest Virginia is powerful: I’ve seen the lives of men transformed...

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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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The Congressional Mail Bag: What You’re Saying »

The Congressional Mail Bag: What You’re Saying

Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks: I ask you...

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Business

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Wins 2015 VIRGO Award »

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Wins 2015 VIRGO Award

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) was recently awarded a VIRGO Award for last year’s summer ad campaign, Blue Ridge Standard Time. The prestigious award is presented by the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (VACVB), an association supporting destination marketing organizations...

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Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Joins Gentry Locke »

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Joins Gentry Locke

Gentry Locke has announced the addition of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Cynthia D. Kinser, who will serve as Senior Counsel to the firm. Justice Kinser will focus on appeals, criminal matters, and government investigations. As Virginia’s first woman chief...

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Record Number Attend BBB Secure Your ID Day »

Record Number Attend BBB Secure Your ID Day

BBB Serving Western Virginia reported a record-breaking turnout for their semiannual ‘Secure Your ID’ document shredding event held April 25, 2015 at the Salem Civic Center. BBB served 668 vehicles, resulting in 30,000 lbs of shredded personal documents. “We are overwhelmed by the number of...

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Change of Plans at Wasena Station »

Change of Plans at Wasena Station

Turns out that Roanoke’s new outdoors outfitter – Roanoke Mountain Adventures – will not be moving into the refurbished Wasena Station after all. The long-shuttered former train station and one-time home to the Virginia Museum of Transportation – closed since the Flood of 1985 –...

Apr 27 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Anonymous Donor Challenges Opera Roanoke To Match 100k Gift By June 30 »

Anonymous Donor Challenges Opera Roanoke To Match 100k Gift By June 30Opera Roanoke has been promised $100,000 if they can raise matching funds by the end of their fiscal year, which is June 30. An anonymous...

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Jeff Center Aims For Major Cash Infusion »

Jeff Center Aims For Major Cash InfusionA silent phase has meant more than two million dollars towards a goal of four million that has already been raised for “Performance Beyond: the...

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2nd Helpings Gallery Hosts Local Photojournalist »

2nd Helpings Gallery Hosts Local Photojournalist“I decided to stop the aging process with a 12-gauge shotgun.” “The very first Project Hands interview was powerful, heartbreaking and inspiring – I’ll never...

Apr 23 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Southwest Virginia Ballet To Present Cinderella »

Southwest Virginia Ballet To Present CinderellaCinderella goes to the ball with the pre-professional dancers of Southwest Virginia Ballet. SVB brings the classic fairytale to life as Cinderella is transformed from...

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‘ICAT Day’ Gives Access to “The Cube” and Other Innovative Arts and Tech Research »

‘ICAT Day’ Gives Access to “The Cube” and Other Innovative Arts and Tech ResearchFrom luminescent forests to laptop orchestras to 3D tornado visualizations, see how Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technologyis blazing a path between transdisciplinary...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Without Your Mother, Where Would You Be?

The obvious answer is: Not here! The second Sunday in May is the day that President Woodrow Wilson designated as the official day to recognize our mothers, and so it has remained. But...

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Liza Field

Eau De Toluene – A Scent No River Should Wear

After decades, my friend Mr. Crigger has abandoned his old foot-worn fishing spot along the river that bottoms our mountain watershed. He quit not because the catch, even combined with his grandson’s, kept...

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Dennis Garvin

Israel / Palestinian Question Shows American Hypocrisy

I have written two previous commentaries about hypocrisy. Maybe having chastised myself for hypocrisy, I am more aware of it. Or, maybe I now suffer from a bit of smug complacency. In any...

May 4, 2015 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Blinded By The Light

I was reminded of this song recorded by “The Boss,” Bruce Springstein in the 1970’s after what amounts to an unplanned hiatus in my writing, a dry spell of sorts. I have been,...

Apr 22, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

The Vigil

It’s the type of intake all rehabbers dread: An adult, female groundhog shaken by a dog. Dog bites are typically blunt, and although they can gash, they usually impose severe bruising and internal...

Apr 17, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

The Liberal Blame Game Forges Ahead

The current controversy about the terrible train wreck in the Philadelphia area is one of the most despicable displays of political behavior that reflects what is wrong with our great nation. We are sliding...

May 18, 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

Dad Dementia Dreams Dolphins

For years marine biologist have been trying to figure out why cetaceans beach themselves. Nice people try to save them by coaxing them back into the water, but that rarely works. I’m starting...

May 11, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Teen Curfew Leads to Detachment

Summer is just around the corner and hundreds of new teenage drivers will be hitting the streets with new found freedom…. “I am out of school, I can drive, I can do whatever...

Apr 29, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

Come and Get It!

My mom did not have the booming voice possessed by some of the other moms in the neighborhood, like Mrs. Fisher for instance, but nevertheless we free-ranging kids knew when it was suppertime....

Apr 8, 2015 / More »

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A Few Small Nips

In her 1935 painting, “A Few Small Nips,” revolutionary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo recorded in cartoon-like fashion a grisly murder: a bare and bloodied woman lying on a bed underneath her knife-wielding macho...

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The False Promise of Pride

The False Promise of Pride

I heard a wonderful sermon at our Presbytery meeting this week. It was called “The Goodly Heritage of the PCUSA” and was delivered by one Joe McCutchen. The sermon wasn’t so much on...

May 20, 2015 / More »








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