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Reporting on Your Colleagues’ Death – A Perspective From The BBC

Reporting on Your Colleagues’ Death – A Perspective From The BBC »

Here is a very well done segment by the BBC on what it has taken to carry on at WDBJ7 during these difficult days: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34078308 How do you report on your colleagues’ death? What about your...

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Prayers For WDBJ7 Reporters

Prayers For WDBJ7 Reporters »

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, friends and co-workers of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Today’s tragic events are among the most senseless and sad that our Valley has experienced in many...

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Clinton / Trump – Abortion Views – Flag Opinions Covered in Roanoke College Poll

Clinton / Trump – Abortion Views – Flag Opinions Covered in Roanoke College Poll »

Among Virginians, likely Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump (45%-32%), but is in a virtual tie with Jeb Bush (42%-41%), Marco Rubio (41%-40%), and Scott Walker (42%-38%), according to The Roanoke College Poll....

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Corps of Cadets Continues Strong Relationship With National D-Day Memorial

Corps of Cadets Continues Strong Relationship With National D-Day Memorial »

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ first-year cadets will travel to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, on Saturday, Sept. 5, the ninth consecutive year for such a visit. The bonds, both past and...

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WVTF’s Charlie Perkinson and Steve Brown Signing Off Public Radio

WVTF’s Charlie Perkinson and Steve Brown Signing Off Public Radio »

WVTF Public Radio’s music hosts will both retire this month. Charlie Perkinson, former host of the nightly “Jazz Tonight” and the weekend “All That Jazz”, and Steve Brown, music director and former host of “Morning...

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Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee Seek Answers From Planned Parenthood Affiliates

Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee Seek Answers From Planned Parenthood Affiliates »

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) have sent a letter to 58 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country requesting information on their clinical procedures...

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News

Thrivent / Habitat for Humanity Celebrate 10 Year Partnership »

110 Years, 10 Builds & 200,000 volunteer hours.  In Roanoke the Kadariya family marked an important milestone in the construction of their new home – and the community joined in on the fun. The celebration...

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Chantilly / Floyd Auto Fair Continues to Grow »

Organizers of the Floyd Auto Fair and Vintage Swap Meet, hosted at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, enjoyed incredible summer weather last weekend bringing in attendees from as far away as Pennsylvania and Georgia. Presented by...

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VA Tech’s Natural Resources / Conservation Program Ranked No. 1 in Nation »

USA Today College has ranked Virginia Tech as the nation’s best for studying natural resources and conservation. “We are proud of our efforts that contributed to this ranking,” said Paul Winistorfer, dean of Virginia Tech’s...

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Former TAP CEO Edlich to Receive National Award in San Francisco »

The national Community Action Partnership will present Ted Edlich, former CEO of TAP (Total Action for Progress) with the 2015 Robert M. Coard Innovation Award at their annual conference in San Francisco, California on August...

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Skelton 4-H Welcome Center Named in Honor of T. Marshall Hahn Jr. »

The welcome center building at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake has been named in honor of former university president T. Marshall Hahn Jr., during whose tenure the center was...

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Hunting Hills Tennis Tournament Lays Groundwork For World Record »

If you play it, they will come. That was the case Saturday afternoon at Hunting Hills Country Club, where the Southwest County tennis facility was looking to become part of the Guinness Book of Records...

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Sports

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

It’s essential to open this column with a salute to Adam Ward, a fellow media member who was a familiar figure on the sidelines, shooting video and reporting for WDBJ7. Like myself, Adam attended Andrew Lewis in Salem where we both had been Wolverines. Ward,...

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High School State Champs Meet National Championship Coach at Roanoke Valley Sports Club »

High School State Champs Meet National Championship Coach at Roanoke  Valley Sports Club

Monday evening at Roanoke Country Club, Karl Kuhn, pitching coach for the UVA NCAA national baseball champs, was joined by members of the Cave Spring High School Group 3A VHSL state championship girls tennis team at the club’s monthly meeting. Kuhn, with the national championship...

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Joey Lagano Repeats In Bristol Night Race Shootout »

Joey Lagano Repeats In Bristol Night Race Shootout

NASCAR’s Joey Lagano obviously has the Tennessee Bullring dialed in. Saturday night, Lagano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the second straight year, leading 176 laps and holding off a late charge by Kevin Harvick on his way to picking...

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Hunting Hills Tennis Tournament Lays Groundwork For World Record »

Hunting Hills Tennis Tournament Lays Groundwork For World Record

If you play it, they will come. That was the case Saturday afternoon at Hunting Hills Country Club, where the Southwest County tennis facility was looking to become part of the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s largest tennis tournament. Hunting Hills Tennis Director...

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Hidden Valley On Target With Bob McLelland Metro Invitational Win »

Hidden Valley On Target With Bob McLelland Metro Invitational Win

The Hidden Valley golf team has picked up right where they left off. The defending Group 3A state champions won their second major high school golf tournament of the week, following up Monday’s win at the Heritage Invitational, with a 18-shot cakewalk in Thursday’s final...

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Commentary

Search For Mysterious Copper Hill House Resolved »

Search For Mysterious Copper Hill House Resolved

Since the article appeared in The Roanoke Star in August last year I was delighted to receive a number of contacts from residents of the area who were all eager to help me solve the mystery of the house I visited some thirty years hence....

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Climate Change Worsens Our Health in Virginia and Nationwide »

Climate Change Worsens Our Health in Virginia and Nationwide

Dear  Editor : This summer we’ve witnessed severe storms, heavy rainfall, and local flooding in the greater Roanoke area.  Sadly, as extreme weather events like these continue to take place throughout the seasons and across our state, our safety and well-being will continue to be...

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Melrose Community Policing Project a Win for Citizens and the City »

Melrose Community Policing Project a Win for Citizens and the City

This summer I embarked on a project to strengthen the relationship between the City of Roanoke, the Police Department, and most importantly the community. The results far exceeded my expectations. Before I talk about the results, let’s take a look back to the spring. I...

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Protecting Those Who Serve »

Protecting Those Who Serve

Serving in the line of danger is not foreign to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They bravely serve throughout the globe, facing threats each and every day. But when acts of horrific violence happen here at home against our men...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Washington, D.C. and Bristol, VA »

A Tale of Two Cities: Washington, D.C. and Bristol, VA

In his great novel about the French Revolution, 19th century author Charles Dickens writes of the horrors taking place in Paris, France, and the relative calm in London, England. On Monday, August 3, we saw a less violent but still troubling scenario that calls to...

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Business

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers »

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Elects New Trustees and Officers

The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy (BRLC), a regional organization working to preserve open space throughout Southwest Virginia, has named four new trustees and elected officers for 2015-2016. Linda Pharis will be president. Pharis has served as the chairwoman of the Public Relations and Education committee...

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Firefli Makes The Move To Downtown »

Firefli Makes The Move To Downtown

Founder and CEO Greg Brock jokes about “going broke” as he gets ready to sample the lunchtime options in downtown Roanoke – but that’s where his digital strategy boutique firm is now located as of August 1. Firefli moved from the Grandin CoLab building on...

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Roanoke County Names Fire & Rescue Chief »

Roanoke County Names Fire & Rescue Chief

Roanoke County Administrator Thomas Gates today announced the appointment of Stephen G. Simon as Fire & Rescue Chief. Simon will assume his new position July 29th. “We are fortunate to be able to appoint a Chief that comes from our own ranks,” said Gates. Steve...

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Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags »

Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags

New research identifies the types of investors who are vigilant about corporate fraud, but finds that most of those investors are tracking the wrong red flags – meaning the warning signs they look for are clear only after it’s too late to protect their investment....

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Arts & Culture

WVTF’s Charlie Perkinson and Steve Brown Signing Off Public Radio »

WVTF’s Charlie Perkinson and Steve Brown Signing Off Public RadioWVTF Public Radio’s music hosts will both retire this month. Charlie Perkinson, former host of the nightly “Jazz Tonight” and the weekend “All That Jazz”,...

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Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Honors Conservation Heroes »

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Honors Conservation HeroesThe Blue Ridge Land Conservancy will honor local conservation heroes Betty and Liza Field and Jim Woltz at its annual Conservation Celebration dinner on September...

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Individual Tickets Now Available for Center for The Arts 2015-16 Performances »

Individual Tickets Now Available for Center for The Arts 2015-16 PerformancesPatrons now can purchase tickets to individual performances for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s 2015-16 season. Choose from a season full of...

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Hodgin Returns to Mill Mountain Theatre »

Hodgin Returns to Mill Mountain TheatreJere Hodgin spent twenty years as the producing artistic director at Mill Mountain Theatre before he left a decade ago for the Rocky Mountain west....

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Smaller Floyd Fest 14 May Be “Best Ever” Says Co-Founder »

Smaller Floyd Fest 14 May Be “Best Ever” Says Co-FounderKris Hodges is an eternal optimist by nature it seems and towards the tail end of this year’s late July four-day music festival in the...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Power of Negative Thinking

Yes, you read the title correctly. A half century ago Norman Vincent Peale made millions of dollars on his book The Power of Positive Thinking. To oversimplify, he said if you think positively...

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Liza Field

The Sound of One Fin Flapping

 . . . For the call of the running tiide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied. - John Masefield Up here in rural Virginia, the mountains...

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Dennis Garvin

Supreme Court Ruling Threatens Faith Based Giving

It was Mother’s Day.  I had finished my surgical rounds and, while on the way to the parking lot, observed a couple coming toward the hospital entrance.  They were walking away from the...

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Caroline Watkins

Forgiveness Without Borders

This title is a tweaking of one I started with: Trust Without Borders, which came from a song I recently heard in church. Without fail, when I have had a title, I have...

Aug 25, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

My Room

Although many years have past, Stephentown, the wee hamlet in New York State where I spent my teenage, growing up years, maintains an abiding grasp on my memory. Strange the reflections, the echoes...

Aug 17, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

 Professional Politicians: Public Service or Political Posturing?

At a press conference on Wednesday, August 12, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said this; “We are going to be fully accountable for this in a transparent way. The EPA takes...

Aug 24, 2015 / More »

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Dominique Mack

When You’ve Been Abandoned

Pain is something we never get use to and none of us are immune. Either unknowingly or deliberately along life’s journey we’ve all encountered circumstances that have left us bruised. We’ve learned to...

Jun 3, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

No Till Gardening – Or How Not To Garden Like A Heathen

A few weeks ago, I found out that I garden like a heathen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I was burning incense in the bean rows or burying amulets in the...

Jul 10, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Teen Curfew Leads to Detachment

Summer is here and hundreds of new teenage drivers are hitting the streets with new found freedom…. “I am out of school, I can drive, I can do whatever I want” is often...

Apr 29, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

First Time to Dragon’s Tooth

“We better start heading back; it’ll be getting dark before long,” I suggest. “Yep,” says Rocky, as he gazes westward at the lowering slant of the sunshine. His younger brother Jeff is checking...

Jul 27, 2015 / More »

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A Challah of Protest

In Jewish tradition, Challah is a loaf of yeast-risen bread, often braided, blessed and then consumed on Sabbaths and holidays. Every aspect of Challah – from its making to its eating – is...

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The Perfect Power of Weakness

The Perfect Power of Weakness

2 SAMUEL 5:1-5, 9-10 / 2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10 Our first reading this morning from I Samuel describes David finally being anointed King over all of Israel. But a lot sure has happened prior to...

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