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What Wonders Await . . .

What Wonders Await . . . »

. . . at Center in The Square downtown. The little fellow above is a Mandarin Goby – also known as a “Mandarin Dragonet.” There are two of them in the large reef tank and...

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Council Candidates Head Down Home Stretch in Roanoke City

Council Candidates Head Down Home Stretch in Roanoke City »

Three incumbents and seven other hopefuls head to the polls on May 6th in Roanoke for three City Council seats up for grabs. They met recently for several candidate forums, including one sponsored by the...

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Urban Camping Makes Its Way to Downtown Roanoke

Urban Camping Makes Its Way to Downtown Roanoke »

Planning to spend a lot of time in Roanoke this weekend for the Down By Downtown music festival, or the Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday morning? Now you can park your pop-up camper or RV...

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Over 16,300 (16.9%) of Residents in Roanoke Risk Hunger

Over 16,300 (16.9%) of Residents in Roanoke Risk Hunger »

Latest data show 16,330 individuals are ‘food insecure -each person would need nearly $16 per week to no longer be hungry Nearly $16 a person per week. On average, that’s what’s keeping 16,330 people in...

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National College Fishing Tournament Opens On Smith Mountain Lake

National College Fishing Tournament Opens On Smith Mountain Lake »

FLW College Fishing is headed to Smith Mountain Lake May 3 for the first Northern Conference tournament of 2014. Fifty college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in...

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Crime Rate in Roanoke City a Subject of Debate

Crime Rate in Roanoke City a Subject of Debate »

There are several up-ticks in two benchmarks, in two of the four zones Roanoke police divide the city into, but since 2005 overall crime rates in Roanoke are down about fifty percent. “The state police...

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Children’s Trust Introduces Mayor to “Courthouse Dog” »

Advocacy Group Hopes to Have Program in Place Soon A courthouse facility dog will be joining the Children’s Trust staff to assist children and their families during the investigation and prosecution of crimes. Facility dogs...

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Roanoker Serves Country as Part of Naval Amphibious Group »

Ethan Walton has served in the U.S. Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate for five years. “Joining the Navy has been a life long goal for me,” said Walton. “I also joined so that I could...

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VT KnowledgeWorks Winners to Compete in Global Challenge to Be Held in Roanoke »

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for...

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Salem City Council Candidates Discuss Taxes, Party Labels »

Salemites will go to the polls on May 6th to elect two City Council candidates. Incumbents Randy Foley and John Givens, both independents, are being challenged by newcomer Maggie Newman. She is running as a...

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Students, Community Members Compete for Robotic Glory »

Teams created robot vehicles and battled through challenges during National Robotics Week In honor of the fifth annual National Robotics Week from April 5-13, Virginia Western Community College held a Robotics Invitational Competition with a...

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Supervisors, RC CLEAR Members Spar at Work Session »

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has made it clear: the majority of the board will not vote to fund its ICLEI membership again in the future. That means it won’t pay for software that...

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Vote for Controversial Cell Phone Tower Put on Hold »

Roanoke City Council has put off, at least until June,before any decision on whether to allow a cell phone tower to be built in the South Jefferson corridor near River’s Edge and the Virginia Tech-Carilion...

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North Cross Hammers Hargrave In VIC Lacrosse »

North Cross Hammers Hargrave In VIC Lacrosse

Lacrosse fans liking offense came away with smiles on their faces Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Field on the North Cross campus. The Hargrave Tigers must have felt like they had been in a shooting gallery. Taking control midway through the first quarter, North Cross hammered...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

You’ve got to give The Chief credit for intuition and foresight. The Star may be on the cutting edge of expanding circulation opportunities. And, it looks like a universal expansion. Last week the big news in astronomy was the startling discovery of Kepler 186-f, an...

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Cave Spring Dominates Cougars 10-0 In River Ridge Softball »

Cave Spring Dominates Cougars 10-0 In River Ridge Softball

Cave Spring switched attack-mode Thursday afternoon at the Knights softball complex.  Only three days removed from hitting four home runs in the first inning on their way to a 12-9 win over Carroll County, the Lady Knights stuck with singles and doubles to easily knock...

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Wild Bill’s Weekly Roundup »

Wild Bill’s Weekly Roundup

“Drivers, start your engines.” That was the call last Sunday afternoon in Callaway as the Franklin County Speedway had its season opening card with the Racing Dynamiks 200. A picture-perfect afternoon brought out the race fans in large numbers and FCS didn’t disappoint. Admittedly, I...

Apr 17 2014 / No comment / Read More »

North Cross Blanks Catholic 6-0 In Girls VIC Soccer »

North Cross Blanks Catholic 6-0 In Girls VIC Soccer

Junior Anna Robison and sophomore Campbell Lake each scored two goals as North Cross blanked Roanoke Catholic 6-0 in VIC girls soccer Thursday afternoon at Thomas Field. Sarah Maurer and Hope Pollock also netted goals for the Raiders, who improved to 5-0-1 on the season....

Apr 15 2014 / No comment / Read More »

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Protect The Mill Mountain Viewshed – Contact Council Now! »

Protect The Mill Mountain Viewshed – Contact Council Now!

Roanoke is a great place to live, work, play and visit. Recent studies promoting livability and outdoor branding recognize the importance of place. Neighborhood advocates have always protected NYMBY – not in my back yard. Now Roanoke’s frontyard viewshed is being threatened. A 165 foot...

Apr 1 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Bradley Free Clinic Works Miracles »

Bradley Free Clinic Works Miracles

March 11, 2014 Dear Editor, My family recently relocated to Roanoke  from out of state. We lost our health insurance when we moved and now my husband is working with a new employer. His job is an entry level position and we haven’t been offered...

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Obamacare: “Losing on Both Ends” »

Obamacare: “Losing on Both Ends”

When trying to sell the American people on their plans for health care reform in February of 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “This [health care] bill is not only about the health security of America.  It’s about jobs.  In its life, it...

Feb 26 2014 / 2 comments / Read More »

Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws »

Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws

Since taking office President Obama has increasingly pushed the boundaries on executive power beyond their constitutional limits. He has repeatedly declared that, rather than faithfully executing the laws passed by the legislative branch, he will “refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer” and that “where...

Feb 26 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

AG Herring Ignores Oath of Office »

AG Herring Ignores Oath of Office

Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent announcement that he will not defend Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage represents a disturbing trend in liberal politics. Apparently he has misinterpreted his narrow election victory as a mandate to ignore his sworn duties and redefine the office to...

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Nancy Agee to Speak at Church Secretary Appreciation Day »

Nancy Agee to Speak at Church Secretary Appreciation Day

Nancy Agee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carilion Clinic, will be the featured speaker at the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s annual Church Secretary Appreciation Day on May 21st from 12:00-1:30pm. At the event, the Rescue Mission, community, and Auxiliary members will celebrate the service...

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Pamplin Launches New Centers to Study “Big Data” and Entrepreneurship »

Pamplin Launches New Centers to Study “Big Data” and Entrepreneurship

VA Tech’s Pamplin College of Business has launched two new centers to support research, teaching, and outreach in business intelligence and analytics, and in entrepreneurship. The Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics is led by accounting and information systems professor Weiguo (Patrick) Fan, who serves...

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The 3 Major Sins of Sales Management »

The 3 Major Sins of Sales Management

CEOs Must be Aware of How They’re Using Key People, Says Sought-After Speaker It’s a simple fact of business: Without sales, no one else downstream can do their jobs, says veteran sales manager and business speaker Jack Daly. Because of how vital sales are to...

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Competition Opens for National Cyber Challenge »

Competition Opens for National Cyber Challenge

Cybersecurity enthusiasts are invited to compete against their peers for an invitation to one of four cyber camps offered this summer. The U.S. Cyber Challenge is open to high school and college students as well as young professionals across the country. Registration is open and will...

Apr 23 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

ICAT Day Offers Cutting-edge Arts and Technology Research »

ICAT Day Offers Cutting-edge Arts and Technology Research Virginia Tech research that merges the arts and technology, blurs traditional discipline boundaries, and offers new ways to express and create will be showcased during...

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Art Show Explores Intersection of Science and Art »

Art Show Explores Intersection of Science and ArtIn its search for truth, science often finds beauty as well. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute’s Spring 2014 art exhibition...

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Jacksonville Art Center to Undertake Crowdfunding Effort »

Jacksonville Art Center to Undertake Crowdfunding EffortFloyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts is about to explore unmapped territory. The nonprofit arts center is ready to launch a crowdfunding program to raise...

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RSO to Join More than 200 Singers in Performing Mendelssohn’s Epic ‘Elijah’ »

RSO to Join More than 200 Singers in Performing Mendelssohn’s Epic ‘Elijah’More than 200 singers, a full orchestra, and a group of soloists will fill the stage as the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents Felix...

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Local Artists Honored With Reception on May 4th at Rescue Mission »

Local Artists Honored With Reception on May 4th at Rescue MissionWhat do a high school student, a former addict, and a retired executive have in common? They all have a passion for art and a...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

A Hopeful Time

Dante in Devine Comedy, that epic poem about the afterlife, wrote “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” over entrance to hell. The loss of hope is a terrible thing. We have seen...

Apr 21, 2014 / More »

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Liza Field

Getting Big or Getting Out

Looking to shed a few for spring? Great! Just watch out for the “obesogens.” This goblin-blob of a word is less than 7 years old. But it’s gaining widespread familiarity as researchers target...

Apr 22, 2014 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

Of Jews and Christians

Recently, a deranged white supremacist (yes, I know that is redundant) killed three people at a Jewish facility, all three victims being Christian. Memo to imbecile: Jews and Christians, you can’t tell us...

Apr 22, 2014 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

The Fringe Benefits of Failure

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination is the title of J.K. Rowling’s commencement address to Harvard’s class of 2008. Given my proclivity for these often provocative speeches to graduates,...

Apr 15, 2014 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Purring and Tail-Wagging

It is mid-morning here, a time of day that our pets – both canine and feline – by some inner, common accord, decide to nap. Today, however, they are sleeping too-near Brandi. By...

Apr 22, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Despicable Dichotomies

Most polls show that Hillary Rodham Clinton leads all other candidates for nomination for the office of President of the United States. Some supporters may already have a vision of the inauguration of...

Apr 21, 2014 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Blood and Art Speak Across the Centuries

Spain recently reopened the Altamira Cave to the public. You might not recognize the cave by name but you’ve undoubtedly seen photos of it in a textbook or news story. It’s the cave...

Apr 14, 2014 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Faux Praise and Low Expectations

Have you ever wondered if whether or not we praise our children for what really matters?  Are our efforts and monies spent on the many activities of childhood going in the right places? ...

Apr 8, 2014 / More »

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H. Bruce Rinker

“There Are No Black Holes” – The Hazards of Selective Seeing and Doing

Did your parents ever scold you when you were a child for “hearing only what you want to hear?” Did they reprimand you over and over again for a disheveled bedroom – piles...

Mar 17, 2014 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

Plenty of Great Adventure So Very Close To Home

“I haven’t been there in years; it’s been a really long time,” is my feeble summation of when I last visited Natural Bridge. Marybeth and I had seized a free afternoon, and this...

Apr 7, 2014 / More »

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Evolution of Highest Court Decisions Sheds Light on Partisanship

If you suspect we live in a particularly partisan time, take a look at the Supreme Court. Since 2005, when John Roberts became Chief Justice, the Supreme Court has split 5-4 a whopping...

Apr 22, 2014 / More »

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Farewell

Farewell

I went to the town hall to register the death. I had to wait in a line and fill in a form. Clipboard and pen provided. The technical term for someone allowed to...

Apr 9, 2014 / More »








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