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Season 3 of Roanoke Based ‘Salvage Dawgs’ Premieres Sunday

Season 3 of Roanoke Based ‘Salvage Dawgs’ Premieres Sunday »

The first episode of their third season finds the Salvage Dawgs crew on a salvage job in Mt Jackson, Virginia. With glowing reviews and strong audiences nationwide, the DIY Network original documentary-style series starring Robert...

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Grandin Theatre Stretches Out With Non-Movie Events

Grandin Theatre Stretches Out With Non-Movie Events »

Ian Fortier, the new executive director for the Grandin Theatre Foundation since early September, came aboard with at least one mission: the former director of patron services at Jefferson Center wanted to grow the number...

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Go Outside Festival Grows In Leaps and Bounds

Go Outside Festival Grows In Leaps and Bounds »

Peter Eshelman, the director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership and the force behind the RoanokeOutside.com website, said the idea for the Go Outside Festival was hatched more than four years ago. “We...

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Gas Pipeline Proposal Raises Concerns in Roanoke County

Gas Pipeline Proposal Raises Concerns in Roanoke County »

Its apparent that local residents for the most part do not seem receptive to the thought of a natural gas pipeline coming through their property, whether they live in Roanoke County’s Bent Mountain area or...

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Fall Colors Peak In Southwest Virginia

Fall Colors Peak In Southwest Virginia »

The mountains of Southwest Virginia have come alive this week with their vibrant and striking cloak of fall colors. Robin Scott of Roanoke captured this high valley scene not far from Roanoke on a country road...

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Precinct Consolidation Still Up In The Air

Precinct Consolidation Still Up In The Air »

Following a public hearing that lasted more than an hour, members of Roanoke City Council voted 4 to 2 to consider a second plan for cutting the number of precincts in the city. Councilman David...

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News

City Encourages Stormwater Management With Painted Rain Barrels »

Roanoke’s stormwater utility manager, Dwayne D’Ardenne, said city residents have been slow to pick up on the credits they can earn towards the stormwater management utility fee that is now collected every month from residents...

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VT Carilion Awarded $1.7 Million For New Approach To Addiction Recovery »

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists plan to use social media to help develop a new approach to addiction recovery, one that takes advantage of people’s instinct for social connectedness. Warren Bickel, a professor at...

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Drive Carefully This Fall Season – Deer Are On The Move »

Autumn is here, and along with colorful leaves, crisp air, and shorter days, it means Virginia’s white-tailed deer will be on the move. With daylight savings time just around the corner, many motorists will be...

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Strange Brew: Richmond Puts Brewery on Public Tab »

Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River. The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.” If...

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Virginia Lawmaker Targets Police Asset Seizures »

Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from citizens, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in Virginia. “Current Virginia law allows for seizure of personal property without a criminal conviction. My legislation would...

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Roanoke Main Branch Library Now Has “Wow Factor” »

It’s brightly colored, open, airy – and is now better connected to adjacent Elmwood Park via large picture windows and an outdoor deck. Three million dollars and eleven months later Roanoke City’s main library branch...

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Brambleton Merchants May Band Together »

It has worked well on Williamson Road: the Williamson Road Area Business Association (WRABA) has helped business along that busy commercial corridor in Roanoke City and Roanoke County gain a stronger voice when it comes...

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Sports

Knights Volleyball Dominates With 3-0 Sweep On Senior Night »

Knights Volleyball Dominates With 3-0 Sweep On Senior Night

Tuesday night at the Cave Spring gym, Senior Night provided plenty of emotion for a trio of Knight volleyball standouts. The Christiansburg Blue Demons were the unfortunate victims of the Cave Spring showcase night. In a ceremony prior to the match, defensive setter Sydney McTigue,...

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Backups The Difference As Hidden Valley Dumps Pulaski 31-7 »

Backups The Difference As Hidden Valley Dumps Pulaski 31-7

Backup players can be the key to winning when called on in a tough situation. Friday night at Dwight Bogle Stadium it came down to which team’s backup quarterback would rise to the occasion. Unanimous decision to Hidden Valley’s Jeremy Rice. Putting on a display...

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North Cross Gets Timely Win In 48-28 Victory Over Covenant »

North Cross Gets Timely Win In 48-28 Victory Over Covenant

In sports, timing is everything. Saturday afternoon at Thomas Field on the North Cross campus, Raider quarterback Max Revercomb had his timing down perfectly, despite there being some major timing issues on the North Cross scoreboard. After all was said and done, the Raiders broke...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

Sometimes, you get what you wish for . . . and sometimes – not so much. A couple months ago The Chief asked for a new column picture, but I suspect he now wishes he’d kept quiet. I pulled out all the stops on this one....

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Foutz Serves Up Big Win In 3-0 Knights Volleyball Sweep »

Foutz Serves Up Big Win In 3-0 Knights Volleyball Sweep

In sports it’s often said the team that scores first has the advantage. Tuesday night in the Cave Spring gym that strategy fell apart in a hurry courtesy of Cave Spring junior Alayna Foutz. Following Pulaski County’s opening-point winner in the second set, Cave Spring...

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Commentary

Teens Are Unsung Heroes at Local Assisted Living Facility »

Teens Are Unsung Heroes at Local Assisted Living Facility

After reading Dick Baynton’s recent article, “Threshold to the Future,” I felt the need to add one more set of young unsung heroes to the list. I spent several years working at The Oaks at Richfield, an Assisted Living facility. During that time most of...

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Obamacare Means No Care for 250,000 Virginians »

Obamacare Means No Care for 250,000 Virginians

You all really need to be reporting on this and bringing awareness FULL FORCE!  I was one of those people! I live and work in Roanoke. I bring home 320.00 a week after taxes. My affordable insurance was just cancelled and the new policy, which...

Sep 17 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Landlords, Homeowners Share Cause Aainst City »

Landlords, Homeowners Share Cause Aainst City

Property owners who are tired of nuisance trash in their neighborhoods caused by renters should consider doing the unthinkable — side with landlords against city code enforcement and its policies. It’s unthinkable because landlords are typically portrayed as the problem more so than ones with a...

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Hurray for The Virginia Cooperative Extension! »

Hurray for The Virginia Cooperative Extension!

The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is completing its hundred years this year(2014), which is a landmark and a milestone. VCE has been helping garden-lovers for a CENTURY! I am a Virginian for the last twenty-two years. Originally I came from India. In the house I...

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Boulders Along Roanoke Streets Way Out of Line »

Boulders Along Roanoke Streets Way Out of Line

Dear Mayor, Members of City Council and neighborhood advocates: Well as this picture shows, tackiness in yards now extends outside the bounds of Southeast. These boulders are on city property and the city is allowing it, even though many neighbors on Westmont St in the...

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Business

Brambleton Merchants May Band Together »

Brambleton Merchants May Band Together

It has worked well on Williamson Road: the Williamson Road Area Business Association (WRABA) has helped business along that busy commercial corridor in Roanoke City and Roanoke County gain a stronger voice when it comes to affecting change there. Future improvements that could make Williamson...

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ECPI University Opens New Campus in Roanoke »

ECPI University Opens New Campus in Roanoke

Degrees Aimed at Fulfilling Local Hiring Needs ECPI University has announced that it has established a campus in the City of Roanoke, located at 5234 Airport Rd NW. Founded nearly 50 years ago, ECPI University offers prospective students the opportunity to earn Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s...

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3 Tips for Effective Communication »

3 Tips for Effective Communication

Words are Powerful; Use With Care, Media Expert Notes  It’s easy to take words for granted; most of us use them as effortlessly as we breathe. But words hold power that we often overlook at our own peril, says media expert Steve Kayser. “Language is...

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Roanoke Welcomes Advanced Technology for Tattoo Removal »

Roanoke Welcomes Advanced Technology for Tattoo Removal

Jefferson Surgical Clinic of Roanoke is one of the first in the nation to offer “PicoSure,” the world’s only picosecond aesthetic laser for tattoo removal.  According to the manufacturer, the advancement in laser technology safely and effectively erases tattoos with fewer treatments and better results. ...

Sep 23 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Grandin Theatre Stretches Out With Non-Movie Events »

Grandin Theatre Stretches Out With Non-Movie EventsIan Fortier, the new executive director for the Grandin Theatre Foundation since early September, came aboard with at least one mission: the former director of...

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Market Gallery to Feature Artists: Rod Adams, Winn Ballenger, Virginia Klute »

Market Gallery to Feature Artists: Rod Adams, Winn Ballenger, Virginia KluteMarket Gallery Featured Artists for November are Rod Adams, Winn Ballenger and Virginia Klute. The public is invited to meet and chat with the artists...

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The Brentano String Quartet Performs Classical Works by Mozart, Bartók, and Schubert »

The Brentano String Quartet Performs Classical Works by Mozart, Bartók, and SchubertThe Brentano String Quartet will present a program of classical music that highlights the ensemble’s ability to mesh virtuosic sounds perfectly, yet showcase the individual...

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Mill Mt Theatre Receives Major Grant From Foundation for Roanoke Valley »

Mill Mt Theatre Receives Major Grant From Foundation for Roanoke ValleyThe Foundation for Roanoke Valley has announced it has awarded a $40,000 grant to Mill Mountain Theatre under the Foundation’s three year, $300,000 Arts & Culture...

Oct 16 2014 / No comment / Read More »

SWVA Ballet to Offer Free Performance of MamLuft&Co. Dance »

SWVA Ballet to Offer Free Performance of MamLuft&Co. DanceOn Saturday October 18, for one night only, at 7 pm the Southwest Virginia Ballet (SVB) is commemorating its 25th anniversary season by presenting a free...

Oct 8 2014 / No comment / Read More »

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Election—Please Vote

November 4 is the “off-year election.” We all know what that means but I would hesitate to call any election the “on-year election.” That would indicate that everyone would give full attention and...

Oct 28, 2014 / More »

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Liza Field

This Little Light of Ours

Some wonderful bad news is emerging. The kind that easily converts to good news. A powerful toxin is now sprawling across land, water and sky. This pollutant degrades everything from phytoplankton to entire...

Oct 1, 2014 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

VMI and The Citadel – A True Band of Brothers

I am a Citadel graduate, class of ’69 (I may look like class of 1869, but trust me, it’s 1969). You notice I use the present tense; no military school graduate ever saying...

Sep 23, 2014 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

A Call To Childhood

I heard this expression recently while speaking with my parents’ long-time financial advisor, John Wannen.  He used it to describe the life he leads at his getaway in western Maryland, which is surrounded...

Oct 21, 2014 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

The Spouses Bluebird Project

There is, in my own thinking anyway, a distinction to be drawn between a chore and a project. A chore is done with some regularity: straighten the bed, feed the dogs and cats,...

Oct 6, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Misadventures + Incompetence = Lost in the Labyrinth

With the emergence of the Ebola dilemma, the cumulative failures of the Obama administration are on display. The President and his amateur planners, problem solvers and decision makers have met the prerequisites of...

Oct 27, 2014 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Roanoker Wins Alaskan Fishing Tournament:

When Roanoke local Rusty Pugh landed a promotion from his company this summer, he didn’t know that salmon fishing would be part of his new job description. Pugh, who graduated from William Byrd...

Sep 23, 2014 / 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

The Passing of a Pigeon

This is the year for two notable, and related, anniversaries. As we observe the 200th birthday of the national anthem of the United States, “The Star-Spangled Banner” by lawyer and amateur poet Francis...

Sep 20, 2014 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

Along The Crooked Road

It really is crooked, that western portion of Virginia’s US Route 58, tightly weaves through the mountains and hollows of Grayson County and on west through Washington and Scott. The modern road obviously...

Oct 21, 2014 / More »

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A Handshake For The Century

Sometimes you are a witness to history, and sometimes you step up and grab it by the hand. George Shuba was by any measure a good ballplayer. He grew up on the tough...

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Image Is Everything    – Stuart Revercomb

Image Is Everything – Stuart Revercomb

Remember the old commercial with Tennis Star Andre Agassi that featured the key line “Image is everything?” It was a big hit for both Canon Cameras and Agassi at the time. The implication...

Oct 20, 2014 / More »








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