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Roanoke College Poll Shows Warner Maintains Lead / Obama Approval Down

Roanoke College Poll Shows Warner Maintains Lead / Obama Approval Down »

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner holds a comfortable 25-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie (47%-22%), according to the Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled at 5 percent. In the generic Congressional ballot, Democrats hold...

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Roanoke Named One of America’s Best Small Cities on The Rise

Roanoke Named One of America’s Best Small Cities on The Rise »

Roanoke has just been named one of America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise Here’s what SmarterTravel had to say about the Roanoke Valley: What’s Hot: In the last four years, this Blue Ridge Parkway city has...

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Blue Ridge Parkway Tourism Creates $782 Million in Economic Benefit

Blue Ridge Parkway Tourism Creates $782 Million in Economic Benefit »

Report shows visitor spending supports 11,283 jobs in local economy A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park....

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Covington Ranks #1 Among Most Toxic Zip Codes in VA

Covington Ranks #1 Among Most Toxic Zip Codes in VA »

New Report by Sierra Club ranks most toxic zip codes according EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory -Montgomery County and Lynchburg listed as 14th / 15th Located 40 miles north of Roanoke and surrounded by the George...

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Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship

Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship »

It’s been an out of the ordinary season in District 9 American Legion baseball this summer. First, the regular season district members were reduced to Roanoke, Rocky Mount and Christiansburg after Alleghany, Vinton and Botetourt...

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Local Educators To Serve on SOL Reform Committee

Local Educators To Serve on SOL Reform Committee »

It’s called the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee, established by Governor Terry McAuliffe to tackle a sore subject for many educators – and students. That is, the SOL tests public school children in Virginia must...

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Creating Better Dads Goal Behind Fathers First »

A program started by TAP three years ago – Fathers First – hopes to grow in the future, with former participants demonstrating how the ten-week course has helped them to become better parents and partners....

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Valley Metro Rolls Out New Buses »

Valley Metro recently rolled out nine new buses that make it easier for those with mobility issues to board, after their debut outside the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The “low floor” technology models, almost $400,000...

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Roanoke Catholic Becoming More Eco-Friendly »

You may have seen some of the changes taking place at Roanoke Catholic School while driving by on I-581: the school’s windows are being upgraded to more energy efficient models and parts of the roof...

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City Launches Solarize Roanoke »

At a press conference this week, the city of Roanoke officially launched “Solarize Roanoke,” a program designed to make solar energy affordable and accessible to homeowners. Solarize Roanoke is a partnership between the City of...

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Jared The Subway Guy Visits Boys and Girls Club of SWVA »

Last Thursday Roanoke had a very special guest in town to help kickoff Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia, Jared Fogle, also known as the Subway guy. He visited the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest...

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Tech Student Examines Health Impacts of Community Supported Agriculture »

Consuming vegetables and meat grown on local farms is the hip thing to do these days, but is it also healthy? Hayley Billingsley of Monterey, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in...

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Inaugural Big Lick Burger Fest Attracts Over 2,000 Visitors »

More than 2,000 burger lovers from all over the Valley came to downtown Roanoke Saturday to celebrate “all things burger” and enjoy a day out with the whole family, making the inaugural Big Lick Burger...

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Board Outlasts Bolling In Playoff For Women’s City-County Golf Championship »

Board Outlasts Bolling In Playoff For Women’s City-County Golf Championship

There’s no denying a lot of laughter and camaraderie is the norm among members of the Roanoke Valley Women’s Golf Association. Thursday afternoon at Blue Hills Golf Club, the leaders in the final threesome of Meagan Board, Dot Bolling and Sara Cole weren’t even sure...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

It’s time to pursue our second straight edition highlighted by the world of golf. I guess you could say we’re on the back nine. No word yet from corporate headquarters in regard to The Chief accepting my challenge for an 18-hole shootout at Thunder Valley....

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Leroux Rallies For Senior Hall of Fame Golf Title »

Leroux Rallies For Senior Hall of Fame Golf Title

Gary Laroux’s back nine charge was the difference Tuesday afternoon at Ashley Plantation as Laroux used a solid round of 71 to win the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Seniors tournament. His two-round 139 total was good for a two-shot win over Hidden Valley’s...

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First Tee Big Winner In VSGA State Open At Ballyhack »

First Tee Big Winner In VSGA State Open At Ballyhack

Jennifer Blackwood of First Tee Roanoke Valley accepts a $ 5,000 check from Delta Dental officials after Saturday’s final round of the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia golf tournament at Ballyhack Golf Club. First Tee members also enjoyed a clinic on Wednesday before the...

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Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship »

Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship

It’s been an out of the ordinary season in District 9 American Legion baseball this summer. First, the regular season district members were reduced to Roanoke, Rocky Mount and Christiansburg after Alleghany, Vinton and Botetourt made the decision not to field teams in the senior...

Jul 22 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Commentary

City Council Fails to Listen to Residents In Cell Tower Approval »

City Council Fails to Listen to Residents In Cell Tower Approval

Here are some thoughts on the approval by Roanoke City Council for Pegasus Tower Company to construct a cell tower at 1809 Franklin Rd SW, near Roanoke River and the Greenway. * 14 members of the public got involved enough to go to the City Council meeting...

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The Latest Obamacare “Glitch” »

The Latest Obamacare “Glitch”

More than eight months after its launch, the Obamacare system remains incomplete.  People’s costs and coverage remain unclear.As of May 27, according to documents recently released by staff with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, there are at least 4 million inconsistencies in applications in...

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Are We Experiencing an Epidemic of Vicarious Violence? »

Are We Experiencing an Epidemic of Vicarious Violence?

Tired of Frivolous Dehumanization? 4 Ways to Put Dignity Back in Your Family’s Day  We pay large amounts of money to watch people kill one another on giant movie theater screens. Video games allow for players to live a psychopathic life of crime.  America’s favorite...

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Making Veterans Care More Accessible »

Making Veterans Care More Accessible

As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly...

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Protect The Mill Mountain Viewshed – Contact Council Now! »

Protect The Mill Mountain Viewshed – Contact Council Now!

Roanoke is a great place to live, work, play and visit. Recent studies promoting livability and outdoor branding recognize the importance of place. Neighborhood advocates have always protected NYMBY – not in my back yard. Now Roanoke’s frontyard viewshed is being threatened. A 165 foot...

Apr 1 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Business

Medical Internet Could Transform Healthcare »

Medical Internet Could Transform Healthcare

UVA Expert Outlines Ways to Harness Data to Improve Patient Care The medical Internet is not here yet, but the widespread availability of electronic medical records (EMRs) and enhanced data storage capabilities are pushing it closer to reality. As now envisioned, this new cyberspace destination...

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Parallel Problem Solving »

Parallel Problem Solving

Our advertising and marketing agency is located in scenic Downtown Roanoke (www.visitroanokeva.com). With our on street entrance, we have the pleasure of watching people parallel park. There are a lot of different ways to tackle this often challenging task. (My dad taught me the right...

Jul 22 2014 / No comment / Read More »

VT Carilion Study Finds High Stock Market Earners Have Unique Wiring »

VT Carilion Study Finds High Stock Market Earners Have Unique Wiring

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? It may be that, when it comes to stock market success, your brain is heeding the wrong neural signals. In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, scientists at the Virginia...

Jul 9 2014 / No comment / Read More »

BBB Advisory: House Flipping Seminars Won’t Get You Rich Quick »

BBB Advisory: House Flipping Seminars Won’t Get You Rich Quick

BBB is advising consumers to be cautious of companies traveling to Roanoke in July to host free seminars on flipping houses. These Seminars claim to show how the average consumer can learn to successfully buy and quickly resell or “flip” houses to build long-term wealth....

Jul 9 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Jeff Center’s New Season Maybe “Stronger” Than Ever »

Jeff Center’s New Season Maybe “Stronger” Than EverComing off a year in which there were more sellouts than ever – the entire Star City Series was sold out – Jefferson Center has...

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“Dream Boy” Young Adult Novel Will Debut At Museum »

“Dream Boy” Young Adult Novel Will Debut At MuseumTwo long time friends have collaborated on a new book written for young adults – although one of the authors says people of any age...

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Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Second Year Grants from “Educate – Inspire – Create” »

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Second Year Grants from “Educate – Inspire – Create”The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has announced that it has awarded $60,000 in grants as part of its three-year Arts & Culture Initiative.  This initiative,...

Jun 24 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Virginia Chosen as Location For Meg Ryan Film Produced by Tom Hanks »

Virginia Chosen as Location For Meg Ryan Film Produced by Tom HanksRyan will direct and star in an adaptation of William Saroyan novel Officials have announced that the upcoming movie “Ithaca” will be filmed in Virginia...

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“Friends” Present The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Most Visionary Thing! »

“Friends” Present The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Most Visionary Thing!FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway begins its Summer 2014 Saturday Workshops on the Parkway with a presentation on parkway history by Peter Givens, a...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

More Than A Week’s Worth of Sadness

This has been a week that will long be remembered for tragedies on many fronts. The Arab/Israeli conflict escalated for the nth time. Are they no lessons learned from the last four thousand...

Jul 21, 2014 / More »

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Liza Field

Leaving Candyland

Humans want the sweet life. It’s an endearing, useful instinct that has kept our kind like nectar-seeking bees alive through the ages. But today, our sweet tooth appears ready to kill us off...

Jul 22, 2014 / More »

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Dennis Garvin

A Modern Modest Proposal

In earlier commentaries, I had bemoaned the failure of feminism to bring any degree of civility and restraint into public discourse.  Female activists had promised us that, with more women involved in government,...

Jul 21, 2014 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Just Keep Paddling

I thought of Dory’s line from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming. . . just keep swimming” in preparation for this piece and gave it a bit of twist based on a vicarious experience...

Jul 23, 2014 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

Of Canteens and Christmas Truces

There is always a peril which attends the telling of a story one has heard; is it true or counterfeit, partially true yet containing skewed details? All that true, I shall proceed with...

Jul 21, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Rising to Incompetence

Located about an hour’s drive north of San Diego in Riverside County, California, the city of Murrieta is home to more than 100,000 people. On July 2, 2014, the calm of this vibrant...

Jul 14, 2014 / More »

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Jeff Ell

The Cut of Remorse

It doesn’t take a lot of woods to turn someone into an outdoorsy type. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have tens of thousands of acres of unbroken wilderness to explore and...

Jul 21, 2014 / More »

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Keith McCurdy

“Emotions are Not to be Trusted!”

“Pursue your passion,” “Do what feels right,” “Go with what makes you happy,” and many other similar statements seem to permeate our current culture.  I recently listened to a “Ted Talk” on that...

Jul 8, 2014 / More »

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H. Bruce Rinker

A Southerner Bids Adieu to Maine

As a native Virginian, I have endured three years of self-imposed exile in the Yankee wilds of coastal Maine. I’ve lived (barely) through three ghastly Maine winters including the now-infamous Dark Months of...

Jul 2, 2014 / More »

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Johnny Robinson

How Did My Granddad Do It?

I’m deep into what we dentists call a crown preparation. The subject tooth is the upper left second molar, aka tooth number 15. The patient is a kind fellow I have treated for...

Jul 22, 2014 / More »

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Ask The Nature Lady – Black Rat Snakes

One day I was pulling out some plants that were growing under my Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora). This shrub grows eight to twelve feet in height and two to three times wider than...

Jul 21, 2014 / More »

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What About Patrick Henry? – by The Rt. Rev. R. Quigg Lawrence

What About Patrick Henry? – by The Rt. Rev. R. Quigg Lawrence

The Church of The Holy Spirit in Roanoke County and others have worked hard to establish Young Life in Roanoke and beyond. Young Life is a relational ministry to teens, most of whom...

Jul 7, 2014 / More »








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