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Roanoke Park Shines!

Roanoke Park Shines! »

Over 350 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at The Homestead in Hot Springs. Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation...

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VA Climbs to No. 8 Among Peace Corps’ Rankings of Top Volunteer States

VA Climbs to No. 8 Among Peace Corps’ Rankings of Top Volunteer States »

The Peace Corps has announced the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country. The Commonwealth of Virginia jumped to No. 8 among states with the highest number of Peace...

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McAuliffe Announces $28 Million in Funding for New Voting Machines

McAuliffe Announces $28 Million in Funding for New Voting Machines »

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that he is including $28 million in his budget to provide new voting machines to precincts across Virginia so all polling places will have uniform equipment for the 2015 November elections. On Election...

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Natural Gas Pipeline Battle Heats Up in Roanoke County

Natural Gas Pipeline Battle Heats Up in Roanoke County »

The proposal to build a 300-mile long 42” natural gas pipeline that would traverse through the Bent Mountain area of Southwest Roanoke County has many residents up in arms – including, at least for now,...

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Governor Stops In To Make Pitch for Health Care Coverage

Governor Stops In To Make Pitch for Health Care Coverage »

Governor Terry McAuliffe made a stop in Roanoke last week at the Enroll Virginia local office, located inside a Legal Aid Society office on Campbell Avenue. McAuliffe once again touted the benefits of the Affordable...

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Roanoke Railhouse Back on Track

Roanoke Railhouse Back on Track »

One of Roanoke’s oldest microbrewers is suddenly its newest again – Roanoke Railhouse Brewing is open again at 3106 Franklin Road after a five-month hiatus. Railhouse, the brewer of craft beers like Track 9 and...

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News

Relieve That Holiday Stress on Christmas Eve With Fun Run/Walk »

Veteran tri-athlete and runner Mike Morris says in part one of the reasons he started the free Christmas Eve Fun Run from Vic Thomas Park (on the Greenway) a few years ago, was to thank...

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A Wiley Family Christmas Come to Heights Community Church »

Sunday afternoon brought an electrifying performance by Maestro David Stewart Wiley of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra as he returned to Heights Community Church (formally Virginia Heights Baptist Church) for “A Wiley Family Christmas.” Wiley was...

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Haley Toyota’s City Of Roanoke Christmas Parade »

Haley Toyota’s City of Roanoke Christmas parade took to the streets of downtown Roanoke last Friday night, as the area was transformed into a magical holiday wonderland with marching bands, carriages, elaborate vehicles and floats,...

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Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotels For The Holidays »

Travelers and locals alike flock to certain Virginia hotels every year at Christmastime. Why? These hotels go above and beyond to deliver a magical experience inside. The decorations are stunning, professional creations that stop you,...

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What’s A Tree Thief … and Why All the Kisses? »

Recently, I drove north on Interstate 81 from Lexington toward Staunton, spotting a thick green clump high in a stand of oaks along the roadway. Mistletoe. Unmistakable. The trees had shed their colorful leaves earlier...

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VA Real Estate Markets Remain Strong – Little Change Over The Year »

Sentiment concerning the Virginia real estate market remains strong although little has changed over the year despite falling mortgage rates. Sellers are particularly optimistic about the coming year, while home buyers are more so about...

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Sports

Hidden Valley Girls Dominate In 74-36 Win Over Patriots »

Hidden Valley Girls Dominate In 74-36 Win Over Patriots

If you’re looking for a dominating team in the local girls basketball scene, one name that comes to mind at the top is Hidden Valley. Friday night in Hidden Valley gym, the Lady Titans validated it with an exclamation point. Taking control from the outset...

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North Cross Players Take Home USTA Boys 18 Championship at Greenbrier »

North Cross Players Take Home USTA Boys 18 Championship at Greenbrier

Joseph Cartledge and Michael Flemming of North Cross won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Boys 18 Challenger tournament at The Greenbrier. This was a L4 Challenger tournament and is the second highest level sectional tournament that the players participate in. The tennis partners won in a tiebreaker...

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Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup »

Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup

There’s nothing better than the Christmas season, and I want to begin by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As another year winds down for the Wild Bill column, big shout outs go to each and every reader who keep the...

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Hidden Valley Play In Fourth Quarter Leads To 65-53 Win Over Bruins »

Hidden Valley Play In Fourth Quarter Leads To 65-53 Win Over Bruins

Hidden Valley head basketball coach Troy Wells often preaches patience to his team. Tuesday night in the Titan gym the team practiced what he preached. Turning around a somewhat lackluster performance in the first half, Hidden Valley used a strong fourth quarter to pull away...

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Cave Spring Comes Of Age In Border Battle With Greenbrier East »

Cave Spring Comes Of Age In Border Battle With Greenbrier East

December high school basketball is a time of preparation for conference battles and hopeful runs to state tournament play late in the season. Saturday night in Lewisburg, West Virginia, there was a coming of age for the Cave Spring Knights. Taking on perennial West Virginia...

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Commentary

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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Teens Are Unsung Heroes at Local Assisted Living Facility »

Teens Are Unsung Heroes at Local Assisted Living Facility

After reading Dick Baynton’s recent article, “Threshold to the Future,” I felt the need to add one more set of young unsung heroes to the list. I spent several years working at The Oaks at Richfield, an Assisted Living facility. During that time most of...

Oct 27 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Business

Roanoke Regional Chamber Unveils New Logo, Tagline to Celebrate 125th Anniversary »

Roanoke Regional Chamber Unveils New Logo, Tagline to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new logo and tagline to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the region’s largest business organization. The current black and yellow logo, in use since 2000, has been replaced with a green and teal icon that reflects...

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BBB Alert: Confusing Corporate Records Mailing Is Back »

BBB Alert: Confusing Corporate Records Mailing Is Back

A corporate solicitation that resembles an official government mailing is once again being mailed to Virginia businesses. BBB Serving Western VA is alerting businesses about mailings from Virginia Council for Corporations. This is a new name for Mandatory Poster Agency, a company that is asking...

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Brambleton Merchants Band Together »

Brambleton Merchants Band Together

The Brambleton Business Association (BBA) is closer to becoming a reality, forming along the lines perhaps of the Williamson Road Area Business Association. WRABA executive director Wendy Jones addressed the second meeting of interested merchants on or near Brambleton Avenue in November; last week the...

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Salem Names New Police Chief and Deputy Chief »

Salem Names New Police Chief and Deputy Chief

Just like the two men who preceded him in the job, Salem’s new Police Chief made his way to the top of the city’s law enforcement ladder by gaining valuable experience at every stop along the way. Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess took the “acting”...

Dec 10 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Local Painter Gets His Own Documentary »

Local Painter Gets His Own DocumentaryIf you’ve lived in Roanoke for more than few months you’ve probably heard of Eric Fitzpatrick, the painter and sometimes mixed-media artist voted “Best Artist”...

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Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit Opens December 8 at Wilson Museum »

Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit Opens December 8 at Wilson MuseumThe Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will present Nancy Dahlstom: Luminous Spirit, a major exhibition showcasing a wide variety of recent and older works by Hollins...

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Children of Eden Star Comes With Acclaim and Wide Background and »

Children of Eden Star Comes With Acclaim and Wide Background andChris Van Cleave’s acting and music career has included national tours, eight albums,  and documentary and dramatic films.  He brings his vast experience and talent...

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Spectacular New Scenery To Accompany SVB Presentation of The Nutcracker »

Spectacular New Scenery To Accompany SVB Presentation of The NutcrackerThis year will mark Southwest Virginia Ballet’s 25th anniversary of bringing the art of dance to life in the Roanoke Valley.  For the 25th anniversary celebration Artistic...

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Blue Ridge PBS Premieres Documentary on Local Artist Eric Fitzpatrick »

Blue Ridge PBS Premieres Documentary on Local Artist Eric FitzpatrickAs part of Winter Festival, Blue Ridge PBS will premier their latest documentary, Eric Fitzpatrick: I’m Painting my Life, featuring local artist, Eric Fitzpatrick. The documentary...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

As I Was Saying . . .

In last week’s column, I commented on the importance of gathering correct information by following more than one news source. Too bad Rolling Stone did not think of that and save the paper...

Dec 9, 2014 / More »

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Liza Field

Leaving a Happier Planet

To transform some big ecological crises on the planet, it’s often said that humans need to turn over a new leaf. But old leaves also work. And they can turn themselves, if we...

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Dennis Garvin

Living in The Very Tall Shadow of Lucky Garvin

A requiem or eulogy is offered to honor the deceased.  But the deceased can’t blush.  That is why, while he remains breathing and larger than life, I wanted to offer a commentary on...

Dec 16, 2014 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

The Hungry Lie

I heard this expression from a dear friend within the last couple of months and, as per usual, when something strikes me as potential column title, I write it down.  Often I need...

Dec 9, 2014 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Just Sitting In The Sunlight

I recall stepping outside of myself one day last year and watching me laze in the warm afternoon winter sun. Some of this appreciation came from the “Big Snow of 2014” which was...

Dec 16, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Divide and Conquer: The Policy of Julius Caesar Get A Second Chance

The liberal strategy of ‘divide and conquer,’ borrowed from Julius Caesar ends up as ’Misdirection and Encumber.’ Divisive issues seem to be changing the United States of America (USA) into the Subjugated States...

Dec 15, 2014 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Jeff’s Timely Tips on Deer Processing

My wife grew up hating venison. Her brothers would occasionally kill a deer, or take the hind quarters off road-kill that the state police had told them about. Then her mom would fry...

Dec 11, 2014 / 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

What’s A Tree Thief … and Why All the Kisses?

Recently, I drove north on Interstate 81 from Lexington toward Staunton, spotting a thick green clump high in a stand of oaks along the roadway. Mistletoe. Unmistakable. The trees had shed their colorful...

Dec 12, 2014 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

The Christmas Bike

It looked very familiar, that little green bike, but on the other hand of course it looked like brand new. The apple green paint job was fresh and the tires, at least the...

Dec 18, 2014 / More »

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The Homeless Heart

I wonder if the pieces of my heart are still left out there. Are the pieces searching for me? Are they affixed between the self-professed failures or my heart-painted dreams? Am I too...

Dec 16, 2014 / More »

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A Little Patience Please?

A Little Patience Please?

“I want a little patience please and I want it now!” So goes the old humorous expression a very dear friend of mine barks out from time to time . . . Patience...

Dec 18, 2014 / More »








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