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Democrats Will Choose Nominees for Mayor, Council Seats This Month

Democrats Will Choose Nominees for Mayor, Council Seats This Month »

Two incumbents are choosing not to run again –although one of them has higher aspirations. And the field vying for three seats is crowded. The race for Roanoke City Council includes seven candidates that will...

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The 611 Undergoes Minor Preparations for Spring Excursions

The 611 Undergoes Minor Preparations for Spring Excursions »

Rail tourism continues to be big business in the Star City and across the Roanoke Valley. The Virginia Museum is only days away from hearing the outcome of a donation from the VA Surface Transportation...

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Gun Control, Ethics Reforms, Racial Balance in Redistricting Measured in VA

Gun Control, Ethics Reforms, Racial Balance in Redistricting Measured in VA »

Citizens offer mixed views on gun control efforts The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College has again taken the pulse of Virginians on several issues of interest in the current 2016 General Assembly...

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Carilion Opens New Medical Facility at Former Ukrop’s

Carilion Opens New Medical Facility at Former Ukrop’s »

Carilion spent around 15 million dollars to purchase and renovate the property before opening the doors and equipping the new center with the latest in imaging equipment as well. The building features 125 patient rooms...

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Explore Park’s Future Coming Into Focus

Explore Park’s Future Coming Into Focus »

Roanoke County’s master plan for 1100-acre Explore Park is beginning to come into focus with the latest rounds of public meetings and online surveys giving Parks, Recreation and Tourism more details on what the public...

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Zoo Starts Master Planning For The Future

Zoo Starts Master Planning For The Future »

During a private reception held for board members and other supporters, Mill Mountain Zoo executive director Lucy Cook gave a power point presentation on the state of the hilltop zoo: pretty good at this point...

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News

Roanoke Crime Numbers Continue Downward Trend »

Roanoke is a safe place to live, work and play. That was the message that Police Chief Chris Perkins delivered to Roanoke City Council at a briefing earlier this month. In his final presentation to...

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Thousands Raised for Homeless Students »

In the fall of 2015, after seeing an increase in homeless students, Roanoke City Public Schools started a Help the Homeless Fund. The school system used social media to ask for help. Reese Betton, a...

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“Over The Edge” Coming Back to Patrick Henry »

On May 20-21, 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia (BBBS) will bring Over The Edge back for the third year to Southwest Virginia. Participants will each raise $1000 for the incredible opportunity to rappel...

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Roanoke Students Debate Ethics of “Cyborgs” With Help of VT Researchers »

Two cockroaches scuttle into earthquake rubble looking for survivors. One cockroach is a robot, driven by remote control. The other cockroach, a live one, has a backpack glued to it and is wired with electrodes so...

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Governor / Lawmakers Strike Gun Deal »

Virginia Legislators have announced a bipartisan deal that will be a step towards keeping guns away from domestic abusers and people who cannot pass background checks. “This bipartisan deal to keep guns out of the...

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VA Students Discuss Loan Challenges With Warner & Kaine »

$1.3 trillion in total U.S. student debt; average Va. graduate is $26,000 #InTheRed ~ Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact...

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Sports

Cold Shooting Hands VMI 71-60 Loss To ETSU »

Cold Shooting Hands VMI 71-60 Loss To ETSU

The VMI’s men’s basketball team kept opening the refrigerator door Thursday night inside Cameron Hall. Unfortunately for the Keydets, their shooting was the thing that cooled off the most. Struggling with inconsistency from the field most of the evening, VMI watched as East Tennessee State...

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North Cross Students Lowery and Maurer Commit to William & Mary and UVa »

North Cross Students Lowery and Maurer Commit to William & Mary and UVa

North Cross students Jordan Lowery ‘16 and Sarah Maurer ’16 have signed National Letters of Intent at a joint signing ceremony in the Carter Athletic Center. Family, friends, teachers, and coaches came out to support the two athletes and congratulate them on their commitments.  Lowery...

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PH Quarterback Signs With West VA State »

PH Quarterback Signs With West VA State

Patrick Henry High School quarterback Quishon Calfee is changing colors from purple and gold to black and gold. Wednesday afternoon in the PH gym, Calfee signed to play football for the black and gold of West Virginia State University, located in Charleston, a Division-2 program...

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Lord Botetourt’s Jamie Harless: Leading A Football Program To New Heights »

Lord Botetourt’s Jamie Harless: Leading A Football Program To New Heights

On January 12, 2012, Lord Botetourt High School football changed in a way few people would have ever expected. On that night, the Botetourt County School Board approved Jamie Harless as the new Lord Botetourt head football coach. Cavalier football was on a new course....

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Tanis Steps Down as Knights Volleyball Coach »

Tanis Steps Down as Knights Volleyball Coach

Five-time state championship coach leaves Cave Spring program after 14 seasons Tamalyn Tanis has announced she is stepping down as the coach of the Cave Spring High School volleyball team in order to spend more time with her family. Tanis, a 1989 graduate of Cave...

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Commentary

Finding The Balance Between Protecting The Environment and Fracking »

Finding The Balance Between Protecting The Environment and Fracking

When I look back on my childhood, some of the first memories that come to mind are those that I made at a cabin on a mountain. My extended family has owned this cabin in northwestern Pennsylvania for decades. Down the road, my father and...

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Fast and Furious and El Chapo »

Fast and Furious and El Chapo

Though it didn’t receive widespread coverage in the press, there have been recent developments related to Fast and Furious that I want to be sure was brought to your attention. As you may recall, the Fast and Furious program was run through the Bureau of...

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Presidential Power Grabs From Both Sides Distort Democracy »

Presidential Power Grabs From Both Sides Distort Democracy

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will vote to launch a task force to examine the historic increase in presidential power and executive overreach, which is distorting the system of checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution. Recent news stories have shined a spotlight on...

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Standing up for Life – by Congressman Bob Goodlatte »

Standing up for Life – by Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Life – it’s a gift that with every new breath many of us take for granted. Life is a right that I am proud to stand in strong support of and one that must be protected. This fundamental human right to be born into the...

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The Promise of Christmas »

The Promise of Christmas

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.” For many, this year has brought moments of great joy and for others grief. Some...

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Business

2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge »

2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge

2015 Marks 6th Consecutive Year of Record Growth Virginia’s Blue Ridge lodging properties experienced a record 9.4% increase in room revenue during calendar 2015, according to STR, Inc. The report also indicated that hotel room revenue totaled $99,778,880 or an increase of $8,569,967 over 2014. These...

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Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel »

Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel

Long-time Woods Rogers’ attorney Nick Conte will join Carilion Clinic’s legal team as General Counsel and Senior Vice President in March. “We conducted a professional search with dozens of highly qualified national candidates and found Nick to be the clear choice.” said Nancy Howell Agee,...

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Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber »

Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber, Western Virginia’s largest business organization, has elected officers and directors for 2016. Ken Randolph, president of Rockydale Quarries Corp., has been elected chair. Other officers are: F.B. Webster Day, Spilman Thomas & Battle, past-chair; Nathan Kerr, Scott Insurance, chair-elect; Mark Hudzik,...

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Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region »

Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region

Farmers in the Roanoke Valley are getting to know new faces with the US Department of Agriculture.  Recently, two new employees have joined the Farm Service Agency staff at the USDA Service Center in Bonsack. The Farm Service Agency, (FSA) carries out the farm level...

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Arts & Culture

Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La Traviata »

Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La TraviataOpera Roanoke will present Verdi’s La Traviata on Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 10th at 3pm to conclude their 40th anniversary season. The...

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RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine Performance »

RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine PerformanceThe Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the enchantment of Valentine’s Day with a performance of passionate music from Austrian composers Mozart, Schubert, and Johann Strauss II...

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Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown Roanoke »

Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown RoanokeMore live music is coming to Downtown Roanoke. Opening this Spring, the Spot on Kirk will seek to bring people together, drive tourism in our...

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Book by Pastor, New School Board Member Says It’s About Being, Not Just Doing »

Book by Pastor, New School Board Member Says It’s About Being, Not Just DoingA military veteran, the pastor at CommUNITY Church in Salem, a new Roanoke County school board member – and now an author: Thomas McCracken has...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Shoveling Smoke

When horror abounds as it has these past few days in Paris, the emotional reactions are many. First and undeniably present is the feeling of disbelief. We want so to believe that such...

Nov 16, 2015 / More »

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Liza Field

Clearing The Atmosphere

What will environmentalists be up to in 2016? Spur more carbon reductions, clean up the Bay, affect the vote? It’s impossible to forecast, mainly because “environmentalists” don’t exist. Not the way you’d think,...

Dec 22, 2015 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

The Problem With ‘Focus’ And Special Interest Groups

Our country has always had to deal with special interest groups.  In the Revolutionary War, it was Patriots versus Loyalists.  In the new republic it was Federalism (strong central government) versus State’s Rights....

Feb 2, 2016 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Addicted To Certainty

I found myself saying that I am this very thing to a dear friend after asking her for some advice in a particularly troubling situation. I just want to KNOW, I insisted, how...

Feb 2, 2016 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

My First Jobs: From Piracy To Church Soloist

When I was but a wee shaver, I never shared with my contemporaries the urge to be a cowboy, an Indian, a fireman or other more conventional dreams. I wanted to be a...

Jan 26, 2016 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Legacy of Turpitude

You may not have noticed but the President’s last State of the Union Address (SOTU) on January 12 was not really a presentation of the ‘state of the union’ but one person’s vision...

Feb 1, 2016 / More »

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Dominique Mack

Finding Fatherhood 

I’ve never known fatherhood until I saw it in my daughter’s father. My own father unknown to me I’ve settled for the community package version of fatherhood known as my grandfather, step-father, uncles,...

Jan 20, 2016 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Leonardo Gives Us More Sci-Ice-Fiction

If you’re going to tell a story about an outdoor adventure you should keep it real. The wilds have enough mystery, drama, romance, and excitement that no author or screen writer should feel...

Jan 20, 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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Why Do You Like Thanksgiving? – Carey Kinsolving

Author Lowell Streiker once asked his 4-year-old grandson how he liked his Thanksgiving dinner. “I didn’t like the turkey much, but I sure loved the bread it ate,” he replied. I suspect Grandmother...

Nov 24, 2015 / More »

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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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