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Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Expects New FAA Policy to Speed Research

Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Expects New FAA Policy to Speed Research »

Officials with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement last week that it will soon be simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research....

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Where Are They Now? Medical School Charter Class Has Come A Long Way

Where Are They Now? Medical School Charter Class Has Come A Long Way »

A year ago, 40 anxious graduates of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine were about to head off into the next phase of their training – residency. They had proudly and confidently broken new...

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Roanoke County Accepts Award for Civil War Anniversary

Roanoke County Accepts Award for Civil War Anniversary »

Regional Sesquicentennial Committee Honored at Virginia State Capitol In a ceremony at the Virginia State Capitol, Roanoke County Special Events Coordinator Wendi Schultz accepted a leadership award honoring efforts made by our region to commemorate...

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“1964 The Tribute” Headlines Elmwood Park Amphitheater Music

“1964 The Tribute” Headlines Elmwood Park Amphitheater Music »

It may have been 51 years ago, but Sunday night’s performance by “1964  The Tribute,” a group playing many of the top hits of The Beatles, kept the sizable Elmwood Park Amphitheater crowd rocking. The...

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Herring’s Bill: $19,501 For Sweet Briar College FOI

Herring’s Bill: $19,501 For Sweet Briar College FOI »

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the...

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Roanoke Research Team Heads to Antarctic to Get Icy Insight

Roanoke Research Team Heads to Antarctic to Get Icy Insight »

At the southernmost extremes of the planet lives a fish different from all other vertebrates on Earth. Aptly nicknamed the icefish, the notothenioid lives in such cold temperatures that antifreeze runs through its veins –...

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News

Festival People’s Choice Award Winner Announced »

The City of Roanoke and Roanoke Arts Commission have announced the Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the temporary exhibition AIR (Art in Roanoke) at Elmwood Park. Voters chose “Ask the Fish 2.0″ by Stephen Fairfield as...

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Virginia is For Lovers – And Now, For Weddings »

Virginia is for Lovers is an iconic and instantly identifiable slogan for Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). VTC has long been in the business of promoting Virginia’s rich tourism products, but recently, the state tourism agency...

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Endangered Roanoke Logperch on Display at Center in the Square »

Roanoke River Aquarium now features the rare state and federally endangered species Center in the Square has announced that the federally endangered Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) has now found a permanent home in the Atrium...

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Brain Scanning by VTC Researchers Reveals That Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together »

The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia...

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Virginia Mountain Tourism Marketing Region Announced »

An historic occasion for tourism in Virginia has occurred. Virginia’s Western Highlands (including the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Craig, Highland and City of Covington), Virginia’s Blue Ridge (including the counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke along...

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Warner Urges Further Work On Counter-Drone Technology »

Suggests a pilot program to develop technology that can safely detect and disrupt “rogue” drones  U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, urged the U.S. Secretary of...

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Titans’ Brogan Outduels Bruins’ Verneil In Conference 32 Baseball Semifinal »

Titans’ Brogan Outduels Bruins’ Verneil In Conference 32 Baseball Semifinal

When Blacksburg knocked off Hidden Valley at Titan Field early in the regular season, it was pitching, defense and consistent hitting that led the Bruins. Wednesday afternoon in the Conference 32 baseball semifinal at Hidden Valley, the Bruin bats stayed at home. Riding a stellar...

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Knights Dominate In 3A West Girls Tennis Quarterfinal »

Knights Dominate In 3A West Girls Tennis Quarterfinal

Cave Spring’s Fallon Delp defeated Fort Defiance’s Whitney Kiser 6-0; 6-0 in the #1 singles match, then teamed with sister Reagan Delp in the #1 doubles to knock off Kiser and Carly Wine as Cave Spring won 5-0. The Knights advanced to a semifinal showdown...

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Knight Bats Come Alive In 12-2 Softball Win Over Bruins »

Knight Bats Come Alive In 12-2 Softball Win Over Bruins

Monday’s 3A Conference 32 first round softball game between Cave Spring and Blacksburg had a tentative start for the Knights. It also had a decisive ending. Down 2-0 after the first three pitches of the game, Cave Spring roared back by scoring the final 12...

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Titans Complete Regular Season Softball Sweep Over Knights With 7-5 Win »

Titans Complete Regular Season Softball Sweep Over Knights With 7-5 Win

Heading into the 2015 softball season, the last time the Hidden Valley seniors had enjoyed a win over Southwest County rival Cave Spring was when they were freshmen. Thursday afternoon at the Knights softball complex, the Titan girls completed the regular sweep over Cave Spring...

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Pitcher Dominates On Senior Day As Knights Blank Christiansburg 4-0 »

Pitcher Dominates On Senior Day As Knights Blank Christiansburg 4-0

Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field it was Senior Day for the Cave Spring baseball team. Starting pitcher Thomas Forest made sure the upperclassmen went out in style. Throwing a masterful complete game two-hitter, the lefty struck out nine as Cave Spring blanked the visitors from...

May 20 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Commentary

Freedom, Liberty, and Knowledge »

Freedom, Liberty, and Knowledge

Last week, among other things, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives considered several bills relating to our national defense. For example, I joined 399 of my colleagues in supporting the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (H.R. 1191).  All of Congress, Democrats and...

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The USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security »

The USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security

Almost two years ago, we learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting, in bulk, Americans’ telephone records. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, countless telephone metadata records are flowing into the NSA. Since then, the American people have made it clear...

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A Gift to The City – The Roanoke Men’s Initiative »

A Gift to The City – The Roanoke Men’s Initiative

The prison ministry I had been doing for seven years changed my life.  Going with a team of men from Roanoke to live out the gospel in the heart of maximum security prisons in Southwest Virginia is powerful: I’ve seen the lives of men transformed...

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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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Business

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Wins 2015 VIRGO Award »

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Wins 2015 VIRGO Award

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) was recently awarded a VIRGO Award for last year’s summer ad campaign, Blue Ridge Standard Time. The prestigious award is presented by the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (VACVB), an association supporting destination marketing organizations...

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Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Joins Gentry Locke »

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Joins Gentry Locke

Gentry Locke has announced the addition of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Cynthia D. Kinser, who will serve as Senior Counsel to the firm. Justice Kinser will focus on appeals, criminal matters, and government investigations. As Virginia’s first woman chief...

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Record Number Attend BBB Secure Your ID Day »

Record Number Attend BBB Secure Your ID Day

BBB Serving Western Virginia reported a record-breaking turnout for their semiannual ‘Secure Your ID’ document shredding event held April 25, 2015 at the Salem Civic Center. BBB served 668 vehicles, resulting in 30,000 lbs of shredded personal documents. “We are overwhelmed by the number of...

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Change of Plans at Wasena Station »

Change of Plans at Wasena Station

Turns out that Roanoke’s new outdoors outfitter – Roanoke Mountain Adventures – will not be moving into the refurbished Wasena Station after all. The long-shuttered former train station and one-time home to the Virginia Museum of Transportation – closed since the Flood of 1985 –...

Apr 27 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Author With Local Roots Adds to Appalachain Trail Series »

Author With Local Roots Adds to Appalachain Trail SeriesThe Appalachian Trail Conference and Arcadia Publishing has announced the release of award-winning author and former Roanoke resident Leonard M. Adkins’ 20th book, Along the...

May 26 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Roanoke County Accepts Award for Civil War Anniversary »

Roanoke County Accepts Award for Civil War AnniversaryRegional Sesquicentennial Committee Honored at Virginia State Capitol In a ceremony at the Virginia State Capitol, Roanoke County Special Events Coordinator Wendi Schultz accepted a...

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“A.I.R. Art In Roanoke” Wows Elmwood Park Festival Crowd »

“A.I.R. Art In Roanoke” Wows Elmwood Park Festival CrowdThose visiting last weekend’s Festival in the Park activities in Elmwood Park were greeted by the latest installment of  “A.I.R. Art in Roanoke”, a collection...

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Anonymous Donor Challenges Opera Roanoke To Match 100k Gift By June 30 »

Anonymous Donor Challenges Opera Roanoke To Match 100k Gift By June 30Opera Roanoke has been promised $100,000 if they can raise matching funds by the end of their fiscal year, which is June 30. An anonymous...

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Jeff Center Aims For Major Cash Infusion »

Jeff Center Aims For Major Cash InfusionA silent phase has meant more than two million dollars towards a goal of four million that has already been raised for “Performance Beyond: the...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

A Threatening Scam

Rarely does a day pass that you don’t receive several RoboCalls or an email that is obviously fraudulent. Here is a twist of which we should all be aware. On answering the phone,...

May 26, 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 Power of Forgiveness

In modern society, forgiveness is countercultural. In the human breast, it is counterintuitive. In our country, it is also ‘counter-profit’: all one needs to do is watch television, movies and video games. The...

May 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

I Really Am The Lucky One

Long ago, I heard the expression ‘Ghost Lives.’ Apparently we all have them. The concept refers to the apparently endless variation each of our lives might have taken had we made choices other...

May 27, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

A Memorial Day Tribute

Several weeks ago, I won the weekly drawing at the conclusion of ‘The Big Lick Breakfast Club’ meeting. Our Breakfast Club is an elite organization that requires applicants to have the ability to...

May 25, 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

Dad Dementia Dreams Dolphins

For years marine biologist have been trying to figure out why cetaceans beach themselves. Nice people try to save them by coaxing them back into the water, but that rarely works. I’m starting...

May 11, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Teen Curfew Leads to Detachment

Summer is just around the corner and hundreds of new teenage drivers will be hitting the streets with new found freedom…. “I am out of school, I can drive, I can do whatever...

Apr 29, 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 False Promise of Pride

The False Promise of Pride

I heard a wonderful sermon at our Presbytery meeting this week. It was called “The Goodly Heritage of the PCUSA” and was delivered by one Joe McCutchen. The sermon wasn’t so much on...

May 20, 2015 / More »








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