Race Impact Continues to Grow, Tops $2.6 Million Over 6 Years

Race Impact Continues to Grow, Tops $2.6 Million Over 6 Years »

Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Star 10K create $556,000 in economic impact in 2015 alone More racers brought more money into the Roanoke Region’s economy during the sixth annual Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon,...

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On Derecho Anniversary, APCO Notes Efforts To Reduce Tree-Related Outages

On Derecho Anniversary, APCO Notes Efforts To Reduce Tree-Related Outages »

Three years after a massive “derecho” or straight line wind storm swept across 10 states and left 4.3 million customers without electric service, including more than a half-million Appalachian Power customers in Virginia and West...

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Roanoke Pinball Museum Proves “Old is New and Vintage is Cool.”

Roanoke Pinball Museum Proves “Old is New and Vintage is Cool.” »

“Ah, it looks like someone got too aggressive with this one.” Rachel Hopkins, project manager of the new Roanoke Pinball Museum in Center in the Square, looks closer at one of the space’s forty-plus pinball...

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For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team”

For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team” »

Ask Cave Spring head coach Susan Delp the key to the school’s first-ever girls tennis state championship, and you’ll get an emphatic reply. “It’s all about the team!” At first glance that may seem somewhat...

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Vinton Library Impresses Already

Vinton Library Impresses Already »

Glass rails, bright orange trim and floor to ceiling windows are just a few of the new features of the Vinton library but its new structure, designed by HBM Architects, offers more than just aesthetic...

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News

The Athletes Are Coming ! »

10,000 athletes competing in 60 sports to be exact. For 26 years the Subway Commonwealth Games have provided excellent opportunities for thousands of Virginians to develop and foster new relationships, establish new goals and personal...

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Savannah Lane POPS Her Way To 2015 Miss Virginia Crown »

Savannah Morgan Lane, Miss Piedmont Region, powered her way to being crowned Miss Virginia 2015 Saturday night at Roanoke’s Berglund Center. Using her platform, Power of Performance (P.O.P.), Lane thrilled the audience and the judges...

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Greenbrier Classic Kicks Off With Blockbuster Field »

The field is set for the 6th annual Greenbrier Classic PGA TOUR stop in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice has pulled all the stops to make sure the week-long...

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Owl Feathers Inspire Tech Engineers to Improve Wind Turbines »

Virginia Tech engineers, leading an international team of researchers with members from Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, and Cambridge University, say a turbine blade inspired by the downy covering of owl feathers may offer a...

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Former Hidden Valley Star Returns To Roanoke After 8 Years In Pros »

Former Hidden Valley High School baseball pitcher Mikey O’Brien returned to the Roanoke Valley Thursday night in his first local appearance after eight years in professional baseball. The former Titan right-hander who played under then-Hidden...

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CHIP Expands Into Second Building on 3rd Street »

Thanks in large part to a grant from the James A. Meador Foundation, CHIP of Roanoke Valley, which addresses the health care needs of Pre-K youngsters who come from lower income families, has been able...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

Well, the buzz is still prominent about my proposed sculpture of ‘Manneken Chief’ for our corporate fountain. Evidently, the average person thinks this beauty can be created in a couple weeks. No way. We’re talking years. Auguste Rodin said “Sculpture is the art of the...

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For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team” »

For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team”

Ask Cave Spring head coach Susan Delp the key to the school’s first-ever girls tennis state championship, and you’ll get an emphatic reply. “It’s all about the team!” At first glance that may seem somewhat modest, considering that two of the members of the Cave...

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The Athletes Are Coming ! »

The Athletes Are Coming !

10,000 athletes competing in 60 sports to be exact. For 26 years the Subway Commonwealth Games have provided excellent opportunities for thousands of Virginians to develop and foster new relationships, establish new goals and personal bests while at the same time learning teamwork, sportsmanship, as...

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Greenbrier Classic Kicks Off With Blockbuster Field »

Greenbrier Classic Kicks Off With Blockbuster Field

The field is set for the 6th annual Greenbrier Classic PGA TOUR stop in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice has pulled all the stops to make sure the week-long event spells out one common denominator. There will be plenty...

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Former Hidden Valley Star Returns To Roanoke After 8 Years In Pros »

Former Hidden Valley Star Returns To Roanoke After 8 Years In Pros

Former Hidden Valley High School baseball pitcher Mikey O’Brien returned to the Roanoke Valley Thursday night in his first local appearance after eight years in professional baseball. The former Titan right-hander who played under then-Hidden Valley head coach Jason Taylor, made headlines in 2008 when...

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Commentary

What Happens Upstream, Shows Up Downstream »

What Happens Upstream, Shows Up Downstream

Once upon a time, in a galaxy not at all far away, “the facilities” were an outhouse 100 feet from the kitchen door. Time and population growth led to septic systems and eventually, to “public” wastewater treatment plants – and under-river pipes carrying products that...

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Caldwell No Choice for Roanoke Democrats »

Caldwell No Choice for Roanoke Democrats

Don Caldwell is a snake in the grass. I mean no insult to snakes by comparing them to Caldwell but they are the best analogy I can make. I saw Caldwell’s narcissistic behavior on display when he orchestrated kicking-out a number of older women from...

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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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Business

Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags »

Study: Even Fraud-Savvy Investors Often Look for the Wrong Red Flags

New research identifies the types of investors who are vigilant about corporate fraud, but finds that most of those investors are tracking the wrong red flags – meaning the warning signs they look for are clear only after it’s too late to protect their investment....

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Small Business Development Center Names New Director »

Small Business Development Center Names New Director

Bart Smith has joined the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) as director of the agency. As director of the Roanoke Regional SBDC, Smith counsels new and existing small businesses, offers training to small business owners, and works to secure local funding partners for...

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Regional Chamber Beginning Next 125 Years »

Regional Chamber Beginning Next 125 Years

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has been around for a long time – 125 years to be exact – but the organization cut the ribbon recently at a “grand opening,” when it also vowed to add 125 new members in 125 days. President and CEO Joyce...

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“Friends of The Blue Ridge Parkway” Wins Cox Heroes Award »

“Friends of The Blue Ridge Parkway” Wins Cox Heroes Award

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Roanoke Chapter chair Heidi Ketler (at center) has won the 2015 Virginia Cox Conserves Heroes Award, besting two other nominees in online voting. Cox Communications will donate $10,000 to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter (the conservation...

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Arts & Culture

Fairytale Classic Comes Alive in Mill MT’s Main Stage Summer Production »

Fairytale Classic Comes Alive in Mill MT’s Main Stage Summer ProductionA classic fairytale popularized by Walt Disney’s animated feature film will come alive next month in Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the...

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6th District Art Competition Winner Honored in Washington »

6th District Art Competition Winner Honored in WashingtonCongressman Bob Goodlatte welcomed Kayla Prillaman, winner of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition, to Washington this week. Her photograph, Autumn Trails,...

Jun 27 2015 / No comment / Read More »

North Cross School’s Fishwick a Standout in Arts and Athletics »

North Cross School’s Fishwick a Standout in Arts and AthleticsNo matter how great a spring you had this year, chances are Jack Fishwick has you beat. Not only did he earn a spot in...

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Local Artist is Right on Track with New Exhibit »

Local Artist is Right on Track with New Exhibit“To me a good piece of art is something that the artist is willing to share with the world and that people respond to.” Phillip...

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“Crossing Streets” Is Big Hit At The Grandin »

“Crossing Streets” Is Big Hit At The GrandinA small-budget, independent movie shot in Roanoke last year debuted at a sold-out Grandin Theatre recently, as the film’s producers continue to look for wider...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

One Summer Week: A Landmark Time

There is no shortage of things on which to comment this week. The horrors of the Charleston murders took an unexpected turn when the families of the victims, while obviously crushed by their...

Jun 29, 2015 / More »

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Liza Field

A Place for Us?

There have been a few times in our history that we have completely transformed our understanding of the basic, fundamental question, what is our place in the universe?  —Jason Kalirai, Astrophysicist An old...

Jun 2, 2015 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

Unintended Consequences:  As Goes The Scottish Tartan So Goes The Confederate Flag?

It would appear that we are witnessing another ironic historical convergence.  I refer to the recent actions taken against the flag of the Confederacy.  Also, the statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia...

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Caroline Watkins

Even This . . .

I heard these two seemingly meaningless words on my most recent trip to Haiti. A fellow team member shared how God has whispered to her in two word phrases of late. Besides “Marry...

Jul 1, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Looking Way Back

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

Jul 1, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

What Happened to Sig?

‘Sig’ is the affectionate nickname for Sigmund Davidson, an iconic citizen of the city of opportunity; Roanoke, Virginia. Sig was born on January 14, 1922 at the ’old’ Jefferson Hospital on Franklin Road....

Jun 29, 2015 / More »

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Dominique Mack

When You’ve Been Abandoned

Pain is something we never get use to and none of us are immune. Either unknowingly or deliberately along life’s journey we’ve all encountered circumstances that have left us bruised. We’ve learned to...

Jun 3, 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 here and hundreds of new teenage drivers are hitting the streets with new found freedom…. “I am out of school, I can drive, I can do whatever I want” is often...

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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Arresting and Ephemeral

Arresting and ephemeral. These two lovely adjectives seem common in the botanicals when naturalists describe Virginia Bluebells, one of my favorite native wildflowers in low-lying land during the fleeting days of mid-Spring. Now,...

Jun 4, 2015 / More »

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Why Go To Church?

Why Go To Church?

I find it interesting that just a few minutes before starting to work on this sermon I received a communication from a friend who I haven’t seen in years who was professing something...

Jun 22, 2015 / More »








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