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Kyle Dudley Starts 2014 Victorious with Racing Dynamiks Win

Kyle Dudley Starts 2014 Victorious with Racing Dynamiks Win »

Three-time and defending Franklin County Speedway track champion Kyle Dudley began his championship defense in style with a victory in the Racing Dynamiks 200 on Sunday. Dudley inherited the lead on lap 77 when race...

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Vote for Controversial Cell Phone Tower Put on Hold

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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GOP Ticket For City Council Weighs In On The Issues

GOP Ticket For City Council Weighs In On The Issues »

The Republican candidates for Roanoke City Council’s May 6 election didn’t make it to the recent Greater Raleigh Court Civic League forum with the other six Democrats and independents – citing prior commitments – but...

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VA Releases Comprehensive Plan for Outdoor Recreation, Land Conservation

VA Releases Comprehensive Plan for Outdoor Recreation, Land Conservation »

The Virginia Outdoors Plan, Virginia’s official guide for the planning of public outdoor recreation and land conservation, has been revised and is now available online. The plan, which is updated every five years, is a product...

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Transportation Museum Announces New Exhibit

Transportation Museum Announces New Exhibit »

“Fueling Progress: 100 years of the gas station, roadside attractions and Virginia on the move” The Virginia Museum of Transportation has announced the opening of “Fueling Progress: 100 years of the gas station, roadside attractions...

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Students Compete in NASA Sponsored Robotics Competition

Students Compete in NASA Sponsored Robotics Competition »

A Virginia Tech College of Engineering student team is building a six-wheeled lunar robot and will travel to Houston’s Johnson Space Center in June as part of the 2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge, sponsored by NASA and...

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Kiwanis Unveil 2014 Unsung Hero Award Winners »

Sunday night at the Salem Civic Center, the Roanoke, Salem and Botetourt Kiwanis Clubs handed out what is considered the most prestigious awards in local high school basketball during the 46th Annual Kiwanis Roanoke Metro...

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Clinic Among the First in Virginia to Implant New Heart Valve »

When someone has Aortic Stenosis (hardening of the arteries), the aortic valve becomes stiff and limits the amount of blood that can travel through the heart. The valve can be replaced with open heart surgery,...

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Vinton Plans for “Pocket Park,” Other Projects »

The Town of Vinton doesn’t have much green space downtown – and it’s planning to fix that. Vinton is drawing up plans for what Town Manager Chris Lawrence calls a “pocket park” next door to...

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Retiring Moran Says Congress is ‘Underpaid’ »

With nothing to lose — except perhaps sympathy from any American making less than $174,000 a year — retiring Democratic Virginia Congressman Jim Moran said in an interview with CQ Roll Call last Thursday that...

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Suntrust Gives $9,500 Grant to Rescue Mission for Playground Expansion »

The Suntrust Foundation provided a $9,500 grant to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke to contribute to the playground improvement project located behind the Mission’s Women and Children’s Center. Based on crowding and safety issues for...

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Tech Program Helps Fifth-graders Consider Benefits of College »

For the last five years, busloads of fifth-graders have experienced what it’s like to be a Virginia Tech student. This annual college aspirations program helps young students consider the possibilities and benefits of attending college. After...

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Roanoke / Vinton Mayors Volunteer for “Rebuilding Together – Roanoke” »

Mayor Bowers of the City of Roanoke and Mayor Grose of the Town of Vinton volunteered with a local nonprofit organization during Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service last Tuesday. Both mayors chipped in...

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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...

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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....

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Kyle Dudley Starts 2014 Victorious with Racing Dynamiks Win »

Kyle Dudley Starts 2014 Victorious with Racing Dynamiks Win

Three-time and defending Franklin County Speedway track champion Kyle Dudley began his championship defense in style with a victory in the Racing Dynamiks 200 on Sunday. Dudley inherited the lead on lap 77 when race leader Mike Looney dropped off the pace due to an...

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Hidden Valley Downs Byrd 6-2 In Extra Innings »

Hidden Valley Downs Byrd 6-2 In Extra Innings

Using the long ball can be decisive in high school baseball. Fifteen foot rollers can be damaging as well. Taking advantage of two fielding miscues on sacrifice bunts in the second extra inning, Hidden Valley plated three runs on its way to the 6-2 win...

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North Cross Tops Roanoke Catholic 9-3 With Early-Inning Surge »

North Cross Tops Roanoke Catholic 9-3 With Early-Inning Surge

North Cross batted around in the first inning for six runs, and the Raiders held on the rest of the way to defeat cross-town private school rival Roanoke Catholic 9-3 in VIC Div.-I baseball Thursday afternoon at Porterfield Field. The Raiders added a single run...

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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...

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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...

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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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VT KnowledgeWorks Announces $25,000 Game Changers Challenge »

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces $25,000 Game Changers Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks has announced the Game Changers Challenge, an opportunity for one entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to qualify for a $25,000 “Running Start” loan plus a package of free startup assistance services. Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance. Any aspiring entrepreneur or...

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Is Corporate Culture Part of Your Business Plan? »

Is Corporate Culture Part of Your Business Plan?

Whether you’re launching a new business or wondering why your existing company isn’t performing as well as predicted, longtime corporate executive Larry Katzen suggests taking a careful look at your business plan. Did you include a section describing the workplace culture and the steps you’ll...

Apr 8 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Goodlatte Recognizes Trane for Receiving Energy Star Certification »

Goodlatte Recognizes Trane for Receiving Energy Star Certification

The Trane office building located in Roanoke and owned and managed by Newbern Properties, received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict...

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Roanoke Doctor Receives State Veterinarian of the Year Award »

Roanoke Doctor Receives State Veterinarian of the Year Award

Dr. Jesse A. Webster Receives Honor For Standard of Excellence And Dedication To The Advancement Of Veterinary Medicine The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) has announced that Roanoke Veterinarian Dr. Jesse A. Webster is the 2014 recipient of the Paul F. Landis Veterinarian of the...

Apr 8 2014 / No comment / Read More »

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Fitzpatrick Shows Students How He Overcame Challenges »

Fitzpatrick Shows Students How He Overcame ChallengesThe North Cross School program for children with language-based learning challenges, “CrossWalk,” took a field trip last week to meet someone who has taken the...

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Evolution of Portraiture Traced at Center For The Arts »

Evolution of Portraiture Traced at Center For The ArtsThe Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s newest exhibition provides a glimpse into the evolution of portraiture through the lenses of traditional and technology-based art....

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“So Percussion” to Take The Stage at Roanoke College »

“So Percussion” to Take The Stage at Roanoke CollegeFor more than a decade, the instrumental ensemble, “So Percussion” has been creating music that explores the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. On April 16,...

Mar 25 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

New Name, New Channel, New Time—But Still The Same Joy Sutton! »

New Name, New Channel, New Time—But Still The Same Joy Sutton!Joy Sutton and her team of lifestyle specialists have announced Season Three of the “The Joy Sutton Show” formerly “The Hour of Joy.” Joy and...

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Exhibition Showcases Emerging Artists »

Exhibition Showcases Emerging ArtistsFloyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts will mount an exhibition of artistry from emerging and young creators in its Hayloft Gallery. The show opens April...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Changing Practice of Medicine

This past week I had lunch with a group of retired physicians. There were about 25 of us and that represented almost a thousand doctor/years of practice in Roanoke. There was much reflection...

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Liza Field

Breathing With Relief

In spring, you can get out and breathe. Here in our water-steeped eastern states, many humid airs flow into you as one—from fields, rivers, ocean and soil. Everything breathes together. Wind is no...

Mar 25, 2014 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

Silly Science – Part I

Science is defined as ‘knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.’ In truth, science creates as many questions as it answers; a lot of...

Apr 7, 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

“I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For Where I Been . . .”

The common understanding of the word ‘bookmark’ is that slip of paper we interpose into a book to de-mark a finished page and the one next to be read. But, in my own...

Apr 7, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Congress: Overbearing, Overpaid, & Overrated

Recently, Representative Jim Moran (D) Virginia said in an interview with CQ Roll Call the following: “I think the American people should know that members of Congress are underpaid.” Other remarks were added...

Apr 14, 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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“Bugs Rule!” – Ask the Nature Lady by Marlene A. Condon

An ideal choice for anyone who wants to learn about insects and their relatives is the new book, Bugs Rule!, published in late 2013 by Princeton University Press. It’s so easy and interesting...

Apr 7, 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...

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