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Governor Signs Bond Bill, Advances Health Sciences and Technology Innovation District in Roanoke 

Governor Signs Bond Bill, Advances Health Sciences and Technology Innovation District in Roanoke  »

Gov. Terry McAuliffe authorized more than $2.2 billion in state capital improvement projects, including Virginia Tech’s request for about $45 million to expand health sciences and technology research and training assets in Roanoke, during a...

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Tech Researchers Reveal New Evidence About Space Weather

Tech Researchers Reveal New Evidence About Space Weather »

New evidence regarding a scientifically controversial theory about the earth’s magnetic field and space weather was discovered almost as soon as Virginia Tech researchers finished installing six data-collection stations near the South Pole in January. The...

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BRAAC Breaks Ground on $1.7 Million Expansion

BRAAC Breaks Ground on $1.7 Million Expansion »

Local community leaders and officials joined together today with Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC) and their honored guests to officially break ground on a $1.7 million expansion on the current Roanoke facility. The...

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Celtic Cross Dedicated at Roanoke Catholic

Celtic Cross Dedicated at Roanoke Catholic »

On April 24, 2016 the Fr. John Lynch Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Roanoke Catholic School dedicated a Celtic Cross on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland on...

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Democrats, Independents Split City Council Vote

Democrats, Independents Split City Council Vote »

Roanoke City Democrats lost their absolute stranglehold on City Council after the May 3 municipal election but still walked away with the Mayor’s and Vice Mayor’s seats, while two newcomers who ran as independents will...

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Roanoker Making A Positive Impact In The Middle East

Roanoker Making A Positive Impact In The Middle East »

Jasmine Bates has spent most of her professional life in places like the Congo, Haiti and now Afghanistan, where for the past eight months she and a staff of 400 have been setting up classrooms...

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News

Project Faith Impacts Local Communities Again »

For the 15th straight year students in grades K-12, teachers, staff and parents associated with Faith Christian School in Southwest Roanoke County rolled up their sleeves and went to work for Project Faith, a daylong...

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NASA / Virginia Tech Test Management Platform for Drone Traffic »

Efforts to protect air travelers are becoming essential as business leaders ramp up efforts to use unmanned aircraft for agriculture, real estate, inspections, and commercial purposes. The most recent step is an effort involving the...

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Visitor’s Bureau Makes It Official As “Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge” »

The Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more – in name anyway, adopting a title more in line with its message and a move taken by similar organizations across the country. Landon Howard...

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High Speed Broadband Arrives in Much of Roanoke Valley »

With the flick of a switch and an elaborate ribbon cutting ceremony last week the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority turned on 47 miles of fiber optic lines capable of carrying large amounts of digital information...

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Top Junior Golfers Set For 33rd Annual Scott Robertson Memorial »

Many of the top girls and boys junior golfers in the world are coming to the Roanoke Country Club. The 33rd annual Scott Robertson Memorial will be played at the historic A.W. “Tillie” Tillinghast-designed course...

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Month of May Is A Good Time To Say “Hi Neighbor!” »

May is a good time to say “Hi Neighbor!” An event that started as a one-day observance has now grown to a full month and includes block parties, pot lucks, fish fries and community yard...

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Sports

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup

The Mummy’s update. Many of you thought I was walking like The Mummy – but I have to tell you, even The Mummy didn’t have it this bad. After walking a little crooked for over two months, turns out I had an ankle broken in...

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Top Junior Golfers Set For 33rd Annual Scott Robertson Memorial »

Top Junior Golfers Set For 33rd Annual Scott Robertson Memorial

Many of the top girls and boys junior golfers in the world are coming to the Roanoke Country Club. The 33rd annual Scott Robertson Memorial will be played at the historic A.W. “Tillie” Tillinghast-designed course in Roanoke on May 20, 21 and 22. Roanoke Country...

May 3 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Jensen Outduels Boone As North Cross Tops Catholic 3-0 »

Jensen Outduels Boone As North Cross Tops Catholic 3-0

Roanoke Catholic starting pitcher Austin Boone was sharp on the mound for Roanoke Catholic Tuesday afternoon. North Cross starter Justin Jensen proved to be sharper. Holding the visiting Celtics to three hits, Jensen went the distance on the hill as the Raiders topped Roanoke Catholic...

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Patrick County Outlasts Cave Spring In Extra-Inning Softball »

Patrick County Outlasts Cave Spring In Extra-Inning Softball

Unconventional, unexpected, wind-swept. Any of those could be used to describe Monday afternoon’s softball action between the home standing Cave Spring Knights and visiting Patrick County Cougars. Giving up a game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh that forced extra innings, Patrick County put...

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Roanoke Volleyball 15 National Team Excels »

Roanoke Volleyball 15 National Team Excels

The Next Revolution In Volleyball 15 National team won their 4th consecutive one day tournament on Saturday.  Saturday’s tournament was at Spectrum Sports Academy in Roanoke.  Their record in these tournaments this season is 47-1.   Even more amazing is that in 3 of those 4...

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Commentary

The Pains of Tax Season Call for a New Tax Code »

The Pains of Tax Season Call for a New Tax Code

There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18th deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again....

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City Needs to Address Trash Issues in Southeast »

City Needs to Address Trash Issues in Southeast

Something simply should be able to be done about the horrendous trash situation at the Hardee’s on 9th Street. I stopped in there yesterday and the trash is simply out of control all around their entire building and the perimeters. Who hasn’t been aware of...

Apr 7 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Protecting the People’s House »

Protecting the People’s House

What do regulating puddles, attempting to ban popular ammunition, and making recess appointments have in common? They are all examples of attempts by President Obama to overstep his power and bypass Congress. But these are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to...

Mar 18 2016 / No comment / Read More »

EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead” »

EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead”

As you may recall from my column of January 25, a group of 25 Virginia Tech researchers led by Dr. Marc Edwards (an expert on water quality) was vital in exposing the crisis in Flint, Michigan in which the water has been shown to have...

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Connecting Veterans with Resources »

Connecting Veterans with Resources

It’s not enough to say “thank you” just one day each year. Every day is an opportunity to remember those who have stood guard on distant battlefields and here at home to protect the liberties at the core of the United States. We owe them...

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Business

City Market Building Has New Director »

City Market Building Has New Director

The City Market Building Foundation has announced that it has appointed Elliot Broyles as the first executive director in the history of the Foundation. In the newly created role, Broyles will oversee management and operations of the facility, tenant relations, marketing and event management, and...

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Roanoke Library Director Receives National Award »

Roanoke Library Director Receives National Award

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2016 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries. The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who...

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The Handbook of Small Business »

The Handbook of Small Business

Roanoke Star Columnist Dick Baynton recently authored a book that was published in March of this year. Surprisingly, the publication is not about politics like many of his columns. It is a book about business; a resource for business students, entrepreneurs and the more than...

Apr 15 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Study To Measure Growth in Roanoke / Blacksburg Entrepreneurship »

Study To Measure Growth in Roanoke / Blacksburg Entrepreneurship

Building on efforts to foster entrepreneurship in the region, Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development will spend the next six months measuring progress and exploring issues raised in the 2013 Regional Innovation Blueprint. Business and civic leaders created the blueprint in 2013. It was designed...

Apr 14 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Wilson Museum to Present Women Working with Clay Exhibition »

Wilson Museum to Present Women Working with Clay ExhibitionIn conjunction with the Hollins University Women Working with Clay Symposium, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents this exhibition of work by the program’s Director...

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Annual Sidewalk Art Show To Feature Original Work By Nearly 130 Artists »

Annual Sidewalk Art Show To Feature Original Work By Nearly 130 ArtistsThe Taubman Museum of Art will present the 58th annual Sidewalk Art Show June 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  The show...

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Diverse Voices, Fresh Works, and Timeless Classics Punctuate New Season at Moss »

Diverse Voices, Fresh Works, and Timeless Classics Punctuate New Season at MossThe Moss Arts Center’s newest season of performances welcomes curiosity with a rich mix of programs that highlight diverse voices and viewpoints, fresh new works...

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Student Written, Produced Film Premieres Saturday at Roanoke College »

Student Written, Produced Film Premieres Saturday at Roanoke CollegeStephanie Spector could not get the image of a day-lily out of her mind. About a year ago, she penned her first screenplay for a...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

A Critical Time 

Thomas Jefferson is purported to have once said, “All democracies eventually commit suicide.”  No matter how much we venerate his memory, everyone now understands that he had as many faults as the rest...

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Liza Field

Outgrowing Despair

Hold on to what is good                even if it is a handful of earth.                         ...

Apr 5, 2016 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

The Lord’s Prayer – Bureaucracy Style

Despite all the talk about separation of church and state, the working definition of this doctrine is:  rooting out all spirituality in government or government supported institutions; while encouraging government invasion into nongovernmental...

Mar 31, 2016 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

The Sounds of Silence

I hesitated using this title as I thought I had done so already. Not true! Senior moment, I suppose. Interestingly however, I just “happened” to have come across several things this week on...

May 4, 2016 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Just A Day At The Beach

It was not the sort of day you would expect Death to intrude, but if my instincts were true, He would have a go at it this morning. His target? A toddler; a...

May 3, 2016 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Can We Regain Triumph From Tragedy?

This week’s column is an update on some of the events that don’t get headlines on the front pages or breaking news on radio and TV. Let’s start with that great Midwestern city...

May 3, 2016 / More »

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Dominique Mack

The State of Black Fatherhood: A Community of Family

The product of a teenage mother and absentee father you’d believe that Wallace’s chances for success were slim. Combine those odds with being Black and male in a society that’s taught to fear...

Feb 22, 2016 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Leonardo Gives Us More Sci-Ice-Fiction

If you’re going to tell a story about an outdoor adventure you should keep it real. The wilds have enough mystery, drama, romance, and excitement that no author or screen writer should feel...

Jan 20, 2016 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Parenting 911….HELP!

“It’s an unfortunate time of year” quoted a parent recently, commenting on the first nine weeks grade reports.  While I had to chuckle a little, the parent went on; “there is bound to...

Sep 30, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

McAfee Knob in the Snow

We got a foot and a half of snow in the valley but I’m sure there’s two feet of it up here on the ridge leading to the summit. A few sections of...

Jan 26, 2016 / More »

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What Wondrous Variety!

In the early 1990s, while on expedition in equatorial Africa, I helped to discover two new species: a tiny ant and an equally diminutive spider. The former was an arboreal weaver ant, and...

May 5, 2016 / More »

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The Preachers Corner

Called To What?

SECOND READING HEBREWS 5:1-10 / GOSPEL MARK 10:35-45 Well there’s that name again: “Melchizedek.” Even those who are fairly good at dwelling in their bibles as much as possible are only likely to come...

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