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500 Jobs Leaving Valley: Roanoke City Responds to Norfolk Southern’s Announcement

500 Jobs Leaving Valley: Roanoke City Responds to Norfolk Southern’s Announcement »

On Tuesday Jan 27th, Norfolk Southern Railroad President Jim Squires announced that Norfolk Southern Corp. will close its Roanoke office building in downtown Roanoke and move the functions housed there to Atlanta and Norfolk. According...

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Virginia Military Institute Basketball: No Ordinary College; No Ordinary Life

Virginia Military Institute Basketball: No Ordinary College; No Ordinary Life »

It’s twenty minutes before tipoff on a recent Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall on the Virginia Military Institute campus in Lexington, Virginia. Diehard VMI faithful and college basketball spectators filter into Cameron, eager to see...

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Roanokers Pay It Forward

Roanokers Pay It Forward »

Have you ever heard the phrase “Pay It Forward”? Ever since the movie of the same name debuted in 2000, people have been adopting the “PIF” mindset into their own lives. You have probably heard...

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The Gauntlet Wraps Up First Edition

The Gauntlet Wraps Up First Edition »

The Advancement Foundation held the finale of its first-ever “Gauntlet” competition (think TV’s Shark Tank) at the Grandin CoLab in mid-January, handing out cash and in-kind business services to a dozen small business owners and...

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Gov School Student Works to Improve Memory Performance of Alzheimer’s Patients

Gov School Student Works to Improve Memory Performance of Alzheimer’s Patients »

At the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology, students are charged each year with carrying out a science fair project. This year, RVGS/Craig County High School senior Kacey Price elected to work in...

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Market Foundation Looking For Better Way Forward

Market Foundation Looking For Better Way Forward »

At an open forum for City Market vendors in early January and during a board meeting late in the month, the Market Building Foundation that runs the building has been zeroing in on issues pertaining...

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News

Big Lick Soup Provides Another Opportunity For Micro-Funding »

The latest version of the “Shark Tank” to hit Roanoke arrives on February 26th with something called “Big Lick Soup,” at 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue. Wherein, four finalists will spend up to 4...

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Carilion Wellness Makes It Official »

What was the Roanoke Athletic Club (the RAC) on Starkey Road in southwest Roanoke County officially became Carilion Wellness about a month ago. Carilion officials made the name change a little more official with a...

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General Assembly Session in Full Swing »

This year’s General Assembly session is a short one, scheduled for 45 days. Local legislators like Republicans Chris Head and Greg Habeeb, and Democratic delegate Sam Rasoul are in Richmond, introducing their own bills and...

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Bowers, Cutler Reflect on Life of Cabell Brand »

The man who created Total Action Against Poverty – TAP – a successful businessman turned philanthropist, Cabell Brand, died recently at age 91. This came just days after Brand spoke at the retirement party for...

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Virginians: McDonnell Good Governor But Should Serve Time; Opinions Divided on Actions of Police »

According to the latest Roanoke College opinion poll a majority of Virginians (57%) think Bob McDonnell was a good governor overall, but also agree (57%) with the judge’s sentence of prison time for his convictions...

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Carilion Clinic Renames Patient Transport Center After Long-Time Board Member »

In a ceremony Monday night, Carilion Clinic renamed its patient transport center after George B. Cartledge, Jr., in honor of his nearly 40 years of service as a member of the Carilion Clinic Board of...

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Sports

Blacksburg Up To The Challenge In 79-72 Win Over Cave Spring »

Blacksburg Up To The Challenge In 79-72 Win Over Cave Spring

Fast-paced offense, swarming defense and efficient execution are the typical trademarks that normally make for a long night for Cave Spring basketball opponents. Tuesday night in the Cave Spring gym, River Ridge foe Blacksburg was up to the challenge to fend off the home team....

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

It’s been a stressful week here at The Star sports desk. Getting The Chief’s new monthly tabloid out is quite an undertaking. Pictures, feature articles and this column, all under The Chief’s watchful eye, make the deadline clock click like a time bomb.Sounds like a...

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North Cross Height Keys 74-51 Win Over Roanoke Valley Christian »

North Cross Height Keys 74-51 Win Over Roanoke Valley Christian

The tip off Monday night came at the tipoff. Standing in the center court circle for the opening jump ball, 6-foot-7 North Cross forward Bennett Holley never left his feet when the ball went up. His counterpart from Roanoke Valley Christian easily controlled the tip...

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Virginia Military Institute Basketball: No Ordinary College; No Ordinary Life »

Virginia Military Institute Basketball: No Ordinary College; No Ordinary Life

It’s twenty minutes before tipoff on a recent Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall on the Virginia Military Institute campus in Lexington, Virginia. Diehard VMI faithful and college basketball spectators filter into Cameron, eager to see the traditional 1:00 pm Saturday matchup. The game has significant...

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New Coach Brings High Energy and Enthusiasm To Cave Spring Sideline »

New Coach Brings High Energy and Enthusiasm To Cave Spring Sideline

When the full-throttle offense and pressure defense of the Cave Spring High School basketball team goes into motion, it’s a six-man energized rotation that makes you realize you better not blink. Six? Yep, there’s the five players on the court, and another along the sideline....

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Commentary

An Animal-Free Circus Is More Fun! »

An Animal-Free Circus Is More Fun!

Let’s figure out a creative way to make the animal circus a thing of the past in Roanoke! The worldwide trend is for circuses to be animal-free. They are more fun, more creative and easier to operate. But perhaps most importantly animal-free circuses say no...

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Christmas: No Time for Public Expression of Faith? »

Christmas: No Time for Public Expression of Faith?

Around this time of the year, the “War on Christmas” and the “War on the War on Christmas” once again enter the public discourse, with each side claiming support from assorted statistics and anecdotes. Though there are certainly some who inexcusably exaggerate threats to public...

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Why Educational Reform Cannot Work »

Why Educational Reform Cannot Work

Think of our schools as a horse and buggy – it worked well in a different time, but times have changed. Educational needs have changed as much as transportation needs.  Retrofitting a horse and buggy will not give us an airplane, and yet we seem...

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Countering Senate Inaction »

Countering Senate Inaction

Throughout this year, the House of Representatives acted to pass numerous appropriations bills to fund federal agencies and keep the government operating. Unfortunately, keeping with the trend we have seen, the U.S. Senate failed to act on these bills and allowed the House-passed legislation to...

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More on Ending the Modern Filibuster Rule »

More on Ending the Modern Filibuster Rule

On many occasions, I have taken issue with the modern interpretation of the Senate filibuster rule.  When I last wrote on this topic in a newsletter, it was just before this year’s elections.  Control of the Senate had not yet been determined. As I have...

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Business

B2C Enterprises’ Bruce C. Bryan Reappointed Chairman of Kirk Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign »

B2C Enterprises’ Bruce C. Bryan Reappointed Chairman of Kirk Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign

The Kirk Family YMCA has appointed Bruce C. Bryan, President of B2C Enterprises, chairman of their upcoming Annual Support Campaign for the second year in a row. The Annual Support Campaign raises funds to provide financial assistance to families and children who cannot afford the...

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Opera Roanoke Hires Linda Gavel Webb as Executive Director »

Opera Roanoke Hires Linda Gavel Webb as Executive Director

Opera Roanoke has named Linda Gavel Webb, an accomplished leader in the non-profit world, its executive director. Webb will share responsibility for the management of Opera Roanoke with Scott Williamson, the Artistic Director, now in his fifth year with the company. Webb is well known...

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Roanoke County School Board Names New Superintendent »

Roanoke County School Board Names New Superintendent

The Roanoke County School Board has named Dr. Greg Killough as the next superintendent for Roanoke County Public Schools, beginning July 1.  Dr. Killough will replace Dr. Lorraine Lange, who will retire on June 30 after serving as superintendent since 2006. Dr. Killough has served...

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VT Carilion Professor Receives International Master Teacher Award »

VT Carilion Professor Receives International Master Teacher Award

Michael Nolan, a professor of basic science at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has received the 2014 Master Teacher Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators. The annual award is presented to an association member who, over the course of many...

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Arts & Culture

Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And Craft »

Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And CraftThe Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s  latest presentation of three one-person exhibitions highlights internationally recognized artists who reinvent and merge various disciplines, including painting,...

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In Memoriam: Vibe DJ “Dose” Was A World Traveler »

In Memoriam: Vibe DJ “Dose” Was A World Traveler(Note: the Roanoke Star first told the story of DJ Big Dose early in 2013. Christopher Thorne died in a tour bus accident on January...

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Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain Chemistry »

Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain ChemistryNicholas Milinazzo will exhibit his electrochemically-inspired abstract paintings during the month of February in Sagacitas (Latin—roughly translated “I perceive keenly”), a solo art show at...

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St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis Conference »

St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis ConferenceBeginning on 13 February St. John Lutheran Church will host a free C.S. Lewis conference entitled “C.S.Lewis’s Big Ideas” featuring Dr. Jerry Root from Wheaton...

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Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and Turns »

Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and TurnsWhen a motorcycle enthusiast, conspiracy theorist, military history buff pens a novel about a motorcycle club, the Vietnam War, and layer upon layer of corruption,...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Who Is John Boehner?

The second most powerful man in America would be a good answer. As Speaker of the House of Representatives he has enormous clout. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to national politics...

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Liza Field

Table It

At your next supper, passing around hot cornbread, squash, greens or apple pie, scoot back from the table a moment and digest one nutritious truth. Food connects. Person to person, people to planet....

Jan 6, 2015 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

The Unfortunate Use of the ‘S’ Word

Following the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11, George Bush addressed the nation. In the body of his message regarding the government commitment to punish the perpetrators, he used the word (intentionally...

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Caroline Watkins

Whispering From the Rooftops

I found myself “saying” this via a text message to three of my sisters regarding my middle daughter’s early admission to my alma mater – a feat I would likely not accomplish if...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

History’s  Wheel Comes Round

The Greek Isocrate’s long life spanned the second and third centuries, BC.  Although he founded a renowned school of rhetoric in Athens, he eventually came to spend the bulk of his time as...

Jan 28, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

The State of The Union Address: True or False?”

Sitting next to the First Lady at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Rebekah Erler’s face broke into an obsequious smile when the President announced her name and...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Missed A Big Buck Lately? This Columns for You – Antlerology 101

If you know a hunter, you’ve undoubtedly heard the same old story that goes something like this: “There was this giant buck right in front of me, I had my sights on him,...

Jan 7, 2015 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

Social Media….Not!

I just spent the weekend with a bunch of Boy Scouts and leaders in the Greenbrier Valley, camping and riding the Greenbrier Trail for three days.  The trees were gorgeous, the river was...

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H. Bruce Rinker

Je Suis Charlie!

On Wednesday, 7 January 2015, people around the world were horror-struck to learn that masked gunmen had stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, killing 12 people including the...

Jan 12, 2015 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

 The Tale of the Frozen Cat

We had lots of cats in my family when I was growing up. We had dogs too but not many of them; somehow the canines just didn’t seem to last as long for...

Jan 20, 2015 / More »

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In Your Eyes

For sister-friends, brothers, cousins, daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, and people everywhere who’ve given up on love. One day somebody’s going to walk in your life and love all those things they didn’t like...

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No Time For Jesus

No Time For Jesus

FIRST READING GENESIS 1:1-5  SECOND READING ACTS 19:1-7 It’s all kind of crazy isn’t it? I mean life . . . The fact that we live on this big rocky, sandy, mountainous, yet...

Jan 13, 2015 / More »








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