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VTC Researchers Appointed as Roanoke’s Chief Science Officers for Human Development

VTC Researchers Appointed as Roanoke’s Chief Science Officers for Human Development »

Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig Ramey were recently named the City of Roanoke’s chief science officers for human development. The Rameys are both professors and distinguished research scholars at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute...

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Foundation Work Begins at Greenfield Historical Structures

Foundation Work Begins at Greenfield Historical Structures »

Contractors for Botetourt County have begun the next phase of work on the two relocated historical structures at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield. Crews from Timber Works of Interest, LLC have begun building the foundations...

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Another Craft Brewer to Locate in The Roanoke Valley

Another Craft Brewer to Locate in The Roanoke Valley »

First there was Deschutes – and now the 11th largest craft brewer in the U.S. is coming to the Greenfield Center in Botetourt County.  San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits will build their east...

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Clinton / Trump Tied in Virginia But Neither Viewed Favorably

Clinton / Trump Tied in Virginia But Neither Viewed Favorably »

Likely presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in Virginia with each garnering the support of 38 percent of likely voters, according to The Roanoke College Poll. While only 11 percent of likely...

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Movie Starring Adrian Grenier / Mimi Rogers to Film in Virginia

Movie Starring Adrian Grenier / Mimi Rogers to Film in Virginia »

Producers of the upcoming political thriller Public Affairs have selected Norfolk, Virginia as their filming location. The project will star Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Mimi Rogers (Hope Springs), and will be directed by Sundance alum...

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30th Annual Don Holliday Scholarship Winner Announced

30th Annual Don Holliday Scholarship Winner Announced »

The Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship Tournament Board of Directors has announced Christian Blackwell of Patrick Henry High School as the 30th recipient of the Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship. A Patrick Henry High School graduate Blackwell...

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News

VA Leads The Way in Developing Unmanned Systems Technology for Aviation and Energy »

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology to research long-distance flights and inspect energy infrastructure  The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership has announced initiatives that will further develop unmanned systems technology to strengthen the new Virginia economy, with an...

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81st Miss VA Pageant / Scholarship Program To Be Held In Roanoke June 23rd – 25th »

Twenty-seven young ladies from across the Commonwealth arrive in Roanoke on Sunday, June 19th, for a week of appearances, rehearsals, and competitions leading up to the crowning of Miss Virginia 2016 on Saturday evening, June...

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22 Recruits Graduate from Roanoke Valley Fire & EMS Academy »

The Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Academy #19, consisting of 22 personnel representing the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Roanoke County, graduated earlier today at the Berglund Center, Performing Arts Theatre. Each recruit...

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Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Name Roanoke One of 50 Invest Health Cities »

The City of Roanoke has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. Invest Health is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size...

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UVA Researchers Discover Potential ‘Fountain of Youth’ Gene »

A gene that scientific dogma insists is inactive in adults actually plays a vital role in preventing the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine...

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Virginia Firefighters Gather To Train »

Hundreds of firefighters from across Virginia and several states will convene May 24 – 28 at Longwood University for specialized training at the 16th annual Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Academy, hosted by the Virginia Department...

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Sports

Migliaccio Repeats In Scott Robertson Girls; Cao Rolls In Boys 15-18 »

Migliaccio Repeats In Scott Robertson Girls; Cao Rolls In Boys 15-18

North Carolinian Emilia Migliaccio rolled into Roanoke this week looking to become another in a long list of repeat winners in the Scott Robertson Memorial Junior Golf Girls 15-18 Division. Putting her game on cruise control over three days at historic Roanoke Country Club, Migliaccio...

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30th Annual Don Holliday Scholarship Winner Announced »

30th Annual Don Holliday Scholarship Winner Announced

The Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship Tournament Board of Directors has announced Christian Blackwell of Patrick Henry High School as the 30th recipient of the Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship. A Patrick Henry High School graduate Blackwell maintained a GPA of 4.45 and was ranked 11th in...

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Brown Named Northside Head Coach »

Brown Named Northside Head Coach

Former defense coordinator to take head coaching position Tyler Brown has been named the new head football coach for the Northside High School Vikings.  Brown, a special education teacher at Northside, served as an assistant coach from 2012-2014, where he was defensive coordinator for the...

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Beamer and His ‘Protector’ Honored By Class of 2018 »

Beamer and His ‘Protector’ Honored By Class of 2018

Virginia Tech alumnus and recently retired head football coach Frank Beamer is the Class of 2018 class ring namesake. Capt. Vince Houston of the Virginia Tech Police Department, Beamer’s protector at home and away football games since 1989, is the class sponsor. Selected by each...

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Former Cave Spring Knight, Va. Tech and Milwaukee Brewer George Canale Honored »

Former Cave Spring Knight, Va. Tech and Milwaukee Brewer George Canale Honored

Cave Spring High School honored one its own Friday afternoon before the Knights scheduled baseball game against Christiansburg. George Canale, who grew up the Cave Spring National Little League and Cave Spring Dixie League before playing his high school ball at Cave Spring, had his...

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Commentary

The Pains of Tax Season Call for a New Tax Code »

The Pains of Tax Season Call for a New Tax Code

There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18th deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again....

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City Needs to Address Trash Issues in Southeast »

City Needs to Address Trash Issues in Southeast

Something simply should be able to be done about the horrendous trash situation at the Hardee’s on 9th Street. I stopped in there yesterday and the trash is simply out of control all around their entire building and the perimeters. Who hasn’t been aware of...

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Protecting the People’s House »

Protecting the People’s House

What do regulating puddles, attempting to ban popular ammunition, and making recess appointments have in common? They are all examples of attempts by President Obama to overstep his power and bypass Congress. But these are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to...

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EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead” »

EPA – “Let Them Drink Lead”

As you may recall from my column of January 25, a group of 25 Virginia Tech researchers led by Dr. Marc Edwards (an expert on water quality) was vital in exposing the crisis in Flint, Michigan in which the water has been shown to have...

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Connecting Veterans with Resources »

Connecting Veterans with Resources

It’s not enough to say “thank you” just one day each year. Every day is an opportunity to remember those who have stood guard on distant battlefields and here at home to protect the liberties at the core of the United States. We owe them...

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Business

Roanoker Named Outstanding Recent VA Tech Alumna »

Roanoker Named Outstanding Recent VA Tech Alumna

Anh Tran of Roanoke, Virginia, received the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award during the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards ceremony. Tran earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2006 and is currently a senior research associate with Novozymes Biologicals Inc. in Salem,...

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Roanoke Firm Receives 22nd Annual Communicator Award »

Roanoke Firm Receives 22nd Annual Communicator Award

Two Communicator Awards were presented to B2C Enterprises for their work with Boxley and Reid’s Fine Furnishings. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications...

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Oakey’s Funeral Service Names Vice President »

Oakey’s Funeral Service Names Vice President

Debbie Moss has been named Vice President of Oakey’s Funeral Service. In addition to her new role, she will continue as Aftercare Coordinator providing additional care for the friends and family of the deceased. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington...

May 11 2016 / No comment / Read More »

The Handbook of Small Business »

The Handbook of Small Business

Roanoke Star Columnist Dick Baynton recently authored a book that was published in March of this year. Surprisingly, the publication is not about politics like many of his columns. It is a book about business; a resource for business students, entrepreneurs and the more than...

May 8 2016 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Movie Starring Adrian Grenier / Mimi Rogers to Film in Virginia »

Movie Starring Adrian Grenier / Mimi Rogers to Film in VirginiaProducers of the upcoming political thriller Public Affairs have selected Norfolk, Virginia as their filming location. The project will star Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Mimi...

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New P. Buckley Moss Print Commemorates 35th Anniversary Of Life-Guard »

New P. Buckley Moss Print Commemorates 35th Anniversary Of Life-GuardRenowned artist P. Buckley Moss has created a new painting titled “Guardians of Life”, which will be released as a limited edition giclée on paper...

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Wilson Museum to Present Women Working with Clay Exhibition »

Wilson Museum to Present Women Working with Clay ExhibitionIn conjunction with the Hollins University Women Working with Clay Symposium, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents this exhibition of work by the program’s Director...

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Annual Sidewalk Art Show To Feature Original Work By Nearly 130 Artists »

Annual Sidewalk Art Show To Feature Original Work By Nearly 130 ArtistsThe Taubman Museum of Art will present the 58th annual Sidewalk Art Show June 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  The show...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Authenticity: Does it Matter?

Words are important but it is equally important that we understand their meaning. Our old friend, Merriam-Webster, has this to say about authenticity: Worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based...

May 11, 2016 / More »

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Liza Field

Outgrowing Despair

Hold on to what is good                even if it is a handful of earth.                         ...

Apr 5, 2016 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

The Lord’s Prayer – Bureaucracy Style

Despite all the talk about separation of church and state, the working definition of this doctrine is:  rooting out all spirituality in government or government supported institutions; while encouraging government invasion into nongovernmental...

Mar 31, 2016 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

The Sounds of Silence

I hesitated using this title as I thought I had done so already. Not true! Senior moment, I suppose. Interestingly however, I just “happened” to have come across several things this week on...

May 4, 2016 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Love, Loyalty and Ginger

Sabrina heard it over the TV. “Seven-year-old mixed breed free to good home. Come see her at a local vet clinic.” Well, Sabrina phoned the clinic for an appointment to go see the...

May 25, 2016 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Why Government is a Volatile Enterprise

On May 19th, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference in Washington, District of Corruption. In his speech he mentioned that he “had never been gainfully employed...

May 23, 2016 / More »

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Dominique Mack

The State of Black Fatherhood: A Community of Family

The product of a teenage mother and absentee father you’d believe that Wallace’s chances for success were slim. Combine those odds with being Black and male in a society that’s taught to fear...

Feb 22, 2016 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Hard Rain and No Fish But Still A Great Day

I went fishing the other day. I left the house in the late afternoon with the hopes of getting hooked up with a couple of catfish as the evening settled in. But by...

May 12, 2016 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Parenting 911….HELP!

“It’s an unfortunate time of year” quoted a parent recently, commenting on the first nine weeks grade reports.  While I had to chuckle a little, the parent went on; “there is bound to...

Sep 30, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

McAfee Knob in the Snow

We got a foot and a half of snow in the valley but I’m sure there’s two feet of it up here on the ridge leading to the summit. A few sections of...

Jan 26, 2016 / More »

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What Wondrous Variety!

In the early 1990s, while on expedition in equatorial Africa, I helped to discover two new species: a tiny ant and an equally diminutive spider. The former was an arboreal weaver ant, and...

May 5, 2016 / More »

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The Preachers Corner

Called To What?

SECOND READING HEBREWS 5:1-10 / GOSPEL MARK 10:35-45 Well there’s that name again: “Melchizedek.” Even those who are fairly good at dwelling in their bibles as much as possible are only likely to come...

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