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Study Shows Tech Football Brings $69 Million / 300 Jobs to Region

Study Shows Tech Football Brings $69 Million / 300 Jobs to Region »

Virginia Tech home football games draw an influx of out-of-town fans – a boon to many businesses in the region. The visiting maroon-and-orange contingent now has a dollar value: $69 million. The annual economic impact...

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State Announces Major Conservation Initiative: “Virginia Treasurers”

State Announces Major Conservation Initiative: “Virginia Treasurers” »

Plan seeks to identify, conserve and protect 1,000 Virginia Treasures  The State of Virginia has announced the launch of “Virginia Treasures,” the Commonwealth’s new strategy for conserving land and expanding access to public outdoor recreation. Governor...

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Economic Impact of Hotel Roanoke Estimated to Be $616 Million Since Reopening

Economic Impact of Hotel Roanoke Estimated to Be $616 Million Since Reopening »

The overall economic impact of the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center is pegged at more than $616 million since the renovated hotel and new conference facility opened in 1995, according to a report by the...

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RIDE Solutions Kicks off  Cyclist Awareness Campaign

RIDE Solutions Kicks off Cyclist Awareness Campaign »

“Change Your Perspective” aims to increase safety as commuting by bicycle becomes more popular RIDE Solutions, which provides alternative transportation options for the region, has kicked off a new campaign – “Change Your Perspective”—to increase...

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Southwest Virginia Ballet To Present Cinderella

Southwest Virginia Ballet To Present Cinderella »

Cinderella 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 a poor servant girl to a beautiful princess with the...

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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 Research »

From 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 research and artistic output, scientific and commercial discovery, and educational...

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News

Attorney General / County Prosecutor Spar Over Sweet Briar Closing »

Angry alumnae of Sweet Briar College are accusing Attorney General Mark Herring of “waging war on women’s education.” The charge comes in the wake of an abrupt announcement the historic women’s college in Amherst County...

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VA Tech Joins Other Universities in Leap to 100 Gigabits Per Second »

Virginia Tech and other Virginia universities that are members of the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance, Inc. (MARIA) will increase campus connections to the Internet2 Network to 100 gigabits per second (100G). This upgrade will deliver...

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Winds Blow Strong for 17th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival »

Families, community groups, and kids of all ages gathered at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County to attend the 17th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival on April 18th. The Festival was another huge success with...

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Woman and Dog Rescued at Roanoke River Overlook »

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched at about 6:45 PM lon Monday for a technical rescue call at the Roanoke River Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Two women and a dog were...

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Modern Woodman Announce Their Hometown Hero 2015 »

Roanoke’s newest Woodman Hometown Hero grew up in East Alton, Illinois, and worked as a manager of pipe and tobacco shops which ultimately lead him to move to VA Beach. In July of 1974 he...

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Blue Ridge Marathon Attracts Record Numbers »

The numbers were up for Saturday’s Blue Ridge Marathon. Way up. Attracting 2,000 runners from 47 states, up from around 1,000 from the inaugural event in 2010, Saturday’s runners in the marathon, half-marathon and 10K...

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Sports

Fishburne Military Tops North Cross 7-3 With Late Inning Rally »

Fishburne Military Tops North Cross 7-3 With Late Inning Rally

Fishburne Military broke a 3-3 tie with four sixth-inning runs, and the Caissons held on to defeat North Cross 7-3 in VIS baseball Thursday afternoon at Porterfield Field on the North Cross campus. Fishburne loaded the bases with none out in the top of the...

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Patriots Edge Cave Spring 3-2 In River Ridge Baseball »

Patriots Edge Cave Spring 3-2 In River Ridge Baseball

Rob Brailsford’s RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the eventual game-winning run, and PH reliever Ryan Mceachern put out a Cave Spring rally in the seventh, as Patrick Henry edged the Knights 3-2 in a rare noon start Saturday at John Edwards...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

We shall begin this week’s column with a session dominated in deep thought. “A clever man commits no minor blunders.” German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in 1748, gave us this classic quote. Yes, you always learn something when you read this column. Ole...

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Cave Spring Softball Standouts Sign College Letters »

Cave Spring Softball Standouts Sign College Letters

The Cave Spring High School softball team has been one of the top VHSL programs in recent years. Wednesday afternoon in the Cave Spring gym, the Knights’ tradition continued as two of its standout players signed letters of intent to continue to play at the...

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Parulis, Kent Lead Lady Knights To 8-0 Win Over PH »

Parulis, Kent Lead Lady Knights To 8-0 Win Over PH

Wednesday afternoon in the Cave Spring gym, standouts Cassi Parulis and Kylie Kent signed to play softball at the college level. Later in the day, the two put their signatures on a key Cave Spring win as the Knights blanked visiting Patrick Henry 8-0 in...

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Commentary

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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Obamacare an “8 out of 10,” According to President Obama »

Obamacare an “8 out of 10,” According to President Obama

As part of a recent wide-ranging interview with ABC News, President Obama was asked to rate “the success” of Obamacare on a scale of 1 to 10.  I was shocked when he gave the health care law a rating of 8 out of 10. The...

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Downspout Disconnects, a Disconnect from Reality »

Downspout Disconnects, a Disconnect from Reality

I enjoyed reading the article by Liza Field in the April edition of The Roanoke Star. As always her article was insightful and eloquently written. I too enjoy the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking and camping have been a part of my life since…well since I...

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A Parent’s View of the “Growth Through Opportunity” Cadet Program in Roanoke »

A Parent’s View of the “Growth Through Opportunity” Cadet Program in Roanoke

From 2004 to 2008 I was invited to present several times by Officer Bryan Lawrence and Sgt. Susan Camper (both retired) at the Roanoke Police Training Academy and other locations in Southwest and Central VA. I would share personal experiences, the families’ perspective of having...

Mar 23 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Business

4 Rules For Hiring & Retaining Your Best Employees »

4 Rules For Hiring & Retaining Your Best Employees

Veteran Entrepreneur Says The Best Teacher Is Experience Exorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college, says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur. There is now $1.2 trillion worth of college debt in the...

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Roanoke City To Hold Career, Lifestyle and Financial Fitness Fair »

Roanoke City To Hold Career, Lifestyle and Financial Fitness Fair

The City of Roanoke will hold a Career, Lifestyle and Financial Fitness Fair in conjunction with the offices of Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Morgan Griffith on Monday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Berglund Center in the Special Events Hall located at 710 Williamson...

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Common Financial Blunders That Will Leave Your Wallet Empty »

Common Financial Blunders That Will Leave Your Wallet Empty

Financial Literacy Month Is A Good Time To Get Your Fiscal House In Order To err is human, but when mistakes affect your pocketbook it’s not exactly divine. Don’t feel alone if you’ve committed a financial blunder, though. Two-thirds of Americans have made a significant...

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Ferrum Launches Online Criminal Justice Degree Program »

Ferrum Launches Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

Program is designed to prepare students with applied science degrees in criminal justice for enhanced careers in law, law enforcement, corrections, and social science research. Ferrum College has launched a fully accredited Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Online Degree Completion Program designed to prepare students with applied...

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Arts & Culture

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...

Apr 22 2015 / No comment / Read More »

‘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...

Apr 22 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Carilion Exhibit Seeks to Capture Power of Art in Fostering Empathy »

Carilion Exhibit Seeks to Capture Power of Art in Fostering EmpathyThe Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will present the newest installment in its art show series on April 21. The Art of Precision and...

Apr 17 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Second Sunday Art Market to Debut in May »

Second Sunday Art Market to Debut in MayThe City Market Building in downtown Roanoke, which has been looking for ways to get more people through its doors since reopening several years ago,...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Class J Rides Out of History

As everyone who lives in the area must know, the Class J locomotive, 611, will soon steam back into Roanoke from its restoration at the Spencer, NC shops. The exact date and time...

Apr 20, 2015 / More »

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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...

Apr 17, 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

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

Leadership By Indolence

On April 15th, millions of taxpayers sent their alms to Uncle Sam, the colloquial name for our beneficent federal government. If you didn’t pay your taxes on time, there is a good chance...

Apr 20, 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

Of Broad Heads and Bullets and Mysterious Forces

Here is the evidence you’ve been so patiently waiting for. The irrefutable, seeing is believing proof, that the antlers of whitetail deer have the ability to manipulate both physical matter and disrupt the...

Apr 13, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Grumbling is an Opportunity for Growth

A common question asked by many parents is “How can I get my child to stop grumbling at my requests?”  My response is obviously…..”Stop asking them to do things they don’t want to...

Mar 31, 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...

Apr 17, 2015 / More »

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The Claim of The Holy Spirit

The Claim of The Holy Spirit

Posted on April 20, 2015 by peacesermons FIRST READING ACTS 3:12-19 /  Luke 24:36-49  The beginning of our passage really is rather humorous the way Peter addresses the people that have just witnessed him...

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