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Seven Years and Counting for Your Hometown Community Newspaper

Seven Years and Counting for Your Hometown Community Newspaper »

Wow – time sure flies when you’re having fun! (Well, mostly.) Seven years ago on November 22nd 2007, after several months of envisioning, researching, planning (and yes praying), two otherwise reasonably bright individuals (Lawson Koeppel...

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Police Usher in “Growth Through Opportunity” Program

Police Usher in “Growth Through Opportunity” Program »

The Roanoke City Police Department claims it’s the first of its kind in the country – a program designed for young adults out of high school with special needs, be it autism, Down’s syndrome or...

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Angel Trees Signal Christmas is Coming

Angel Trees Signal Christmas is Coming »

Look for them in public places like Valley View and Tanglewood Malls … and in private offices. The Angel Trees are here – Christmas trees decorated with tags supplied by the Salvation Army, containing the...

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Passenger Rail Closer To Becoming Reality

Passenger Rail Closer To Becoming Reality »

Actual work may not begin until January at the earliest, but the downtown passenger rail station got a ceremonial groundbreaking last week while Governor Terry McAuliffe was in town for a Transportation Conference. McAuliffe, State...

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Land of Two Suns?

Land of Two Suns? »

Well . .  not quite. Star Photographer Terry Aldhizer captured this photograph of a “Sun Dog” (or “Mock Sun” or “Phantom Sun”) which is an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a bright spot on one or both...

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George Washington National Forest Plan Protects Important Trout Habitat

George Washington National Forest Plan Protects Important Trout Habitat »

New plan will not allow leasing of any additional lands for energy extraction, reducing risks to coldwater streams The new George Washington National Forest management plan offers a reasonable approach to shale gas development on...

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News

$302,000 Awarded to Six Local Organizations »

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation giving exceeds $2 million dollars Celebrating its tenth year, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF), a component fund of Foundation for Roanoke Valley,  has announced the recipients of its grant awards, the...

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GOP Has Cause to Both Cheer and Second-guess Virginia Election »

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s apparent victory leaves Virginia very much a purple state, with just enough Libertarians to change the hue from election to election. If Republicans were enthused by Ed Gillespie’s better-than-expected performance, GOP leaders may...

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Blue Ridge Literacy Has New Digs »

They didn’t move far – just from once side of the downtown main library branch in Roanoke to the other side – but Blue Ridge Literacy celebrated their new space with a ribbon cutting on...

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Cable TV Network VH1 Works With City Schools To “Save The Music” »

Five years, 17 grants and $510,000 for musical instruments: that’s how much VH1’s Save the Music Foundation program has meant to Roanoke City Public Schools. For the first time this fall all 17 city elementary...

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An Interview With Ol’ Tom Turkey »

Mr. Tom Turkey has been spotted about town lately, and this reporter had the opportunity to visit with him. He is looking very dapper in his 5-6 thousand feathers, and his wattle and snood (the...

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Crystal Spring Elementary Annual Turkey Bowl Reaches $20,000 Donation Mark »

Millions of people will be watching football on television on Thanksgiving Day, but there is another game of note happening in Roanoke on the day before Thanksgiving. That’s the day that Crystal Springs Elementary School...

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Project Manager Discovers That Birds and Windows Are Deadly Dilemma »

When a bird flew into the window of Becky Schneider’s office at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center last year, the avian ecologist rushed outside and found a stunned flycatcher that flew off shortly afterward....

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Sports

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

The Wild Bill “Big-11″ predictions wound to their conclusion last week after the first round of the high school playoffs. It was another stellar playoff performance, going 7-2 ( .778 ) in a playoff week that traditionally reduces the “Big-11″ survivors to a handful. This...

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Knights Advance To State Final With Sweep Of Kettle Run »

Knights Advance To State Final With Sweep Of Kettle Run

Kettle Run High School is named after a key 1862 battle in the Civil War. Tuesday night in the Cave Spring gym, the Cougars must have felt like they had been dispatched by a cavalry. Combining their signature power at the net with a strong...

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Kevin Jones Speaks At Roanoke Valley Sports Club »

Kevin Jones Speaks At Roanoke Valley Sports Club

Kevin Jones, Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at Virginia Tech, was the guest speaker Monday night at the monthly meeting of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club held at the Salem Civic Center. Jones, a consensus All-American running back at Tech in 2003, enjoyed a...

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Cave Spring Pair Ink Softball Scholarships »

Cave Spring Pair Ink Softball Scholarships

Two Cave Spring softball players signed to play at the college level during a ceremony Thursday afternoon in the high school auditorium. Pami White, the Knight catcher who has been the anchor of the Cave Spring pitching battery, will play college softball at Colgate University....

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Salem Dominates In 52-13 Lancing Of Black Knights »

Salem Dominates In 52-13 Lancing Of Black Knights

Figures can be revealing. Some figures are unnerving. Friday night at Salem Stadium, figures didn’t lie. Taking control from the outset, the Salem Spartans totally dominated the visitors from Charlottesville High, 52-13, in the opening round of the Group 4A North playoffs. On a frigid...

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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...

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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

Roanoke County Board Names Administrator »

Roanoke County Board Names Administrator

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has announced the appointment of Thomas C. Gates as County Administrator. “This is a significant day for Roanoke County,” stated Chairman Joe McNamara. “I am pleased that my fellow supervisors and I can share that we have selected a...

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BBB Tips: Finding a Legitimate Holiday Job »

BBB Tips: Finding a Legitimate Holiday Job

Tis the season to be hiring. After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation has announced it expects sales this holiday season to increase a healthy 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion. According to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday hiring survey, 43 percent of companies plan...

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Co-op Shoppers “Give Up!” to the Tune of $25K »

Co-op Shoppers “Give Up!” to the Tune of $25K

Since establishing the “Give Up!” program in October 2013, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s shoppers have contributed over $25,000 in loose change to 14 different local organizations in the Roanoke Valley. At the two co-op locations in Roanoke – Grandin Road and Downtown Roanoke – co-op...

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DePaul Community Resources Names New COO »

DePaul Community Resources Names New COO

DePaul Community Resources has announced Linda Hentschel as their inaugural Chief Operating Officer. In this new role, Hentschel will oversee almost all internal operations and provide both day-to-day and strategic leadership. Originally a social worker in the agency’s treatment foster care program, Hentschel spearheaded the...

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Arts & Culture

Virginia Rail Trails Book Showcases 45 Paths »

Virginia Rail Trails Book Showcases 45 PathsFew Virginians probably realize how rich the state has become in its rail trail offerings. Joe Tennis, who has been writing about trails since 1992...

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VT Carilion School of Medicine Art Exhibit to Feature Medical Avatars »

VT Carilion School of Medicine Art Exhibit to Feature Medical AvatarsThe powerful effects of habit on health will come to life in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s newest art exhibit, Medical Avatar: The...

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Tech and Taubman Offer Students First-Hand Experience Researching Art »

Tech and Taubman Offer Students First-Hand Experience Researching ArtStudents from Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies are receiving hands-on research experience through a partnership with the Taubman...

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Museum Announces Exhibition Celebrating 100th Birthday of O. Winston Link »

Museum Announces Exhibition Celebrating 100th Birthday of O. Winston LinkThe O. Winston Link Museum has announced the release of a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of O. Winston Link. The exhibition will feature...

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Local Colors Passes the Baton »

Local Colors Passes the BatonAfter more than 20 years at the helm, Pearl Fu has stepped down as executive director for Local Colors, the non-profit that celebrates Roanoke’s diversity....

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Some Things Never Change

What does change is the way we hear about them. Newspapers . . . that’s what we call them because they used to give the news. Now, by the time it appears in...

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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...

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Dennis Garvin

A Lesson on Grace, Granddaughters and Butterflies

Whenever possible, I leave work and go play with my 7 year old granddaughter. She is my delight and we have been best buddies for virtually her whole life. The game we play...

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Caroline Watkins

I Wonder As I Wander

I thought of this Appalachian hymn turned Christmas carol as I watched a short segment by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain entitled, “Let your mind wander,” which suggests that your brain makes connections when you...

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Lucky Garvin

The Many Ways and Wonders of Friendship

Friendship has been defined as like unto slipping into a comfortable old pair of shoes. As commonly as this wondrous connection may occur, very little is known of how – exactly – friendship...

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Dick Baynton

Bipartisanship is Commendable, not Contemptible

If people were randomly stopped on the street and asked what should be done to assume a smooth political path forward most would likely speak about ‘bipartisanship.’ That would be the correct answer...

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Jeff Ell

Mastering The E-Hunt

Deer hunting and smartphones were made for each other like Brad and Angelina. About seven years ago the old bachelor sport met the lithe piece of technology and they went on their first...

Nov 3, 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...

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H. Bruce Rinker

Millions of Miles from Darwin

Early this morning (Wednesday, 12 November 2014), we all heard the news that the European Space Agency’s Philae probe landed on a comet hundreds of millions of miles from Earth: a big and,...

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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...

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Keep Your Leaves to Save Butterflies, Moths, and Many Other Critters

October is the month in which we might be treated to a colorful show of leaves, courtesy of our deciduous trees. Yet, to most people, the minute those lovely leaves fall to the...

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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...

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