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Tech Cadets Develop Strong Link to National D-Day Memorial

Tech Cadets Develop Strong Link to National D-Day Memorial »

For the eighth consecutive year, first-year members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will travel to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on Saturday, Sept. 6. The bonds, both past and present, between the...

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Carilion Receives Grant / Develops New Strategy To Fight Alcoholism

Carilion Receives Grant / Develops New Strategy To Fight Alcoholism »

Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence Recovery from alcoholism is notoriously difficult. The satisfaction of a quick drink often trumps the idea of a later reward, such as better health, stronger...

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Search for Lange’s Successor Underway In Roanoke County

Search for Lange’s Successor Underway In Roanoke County »

Dr. Lorraine Lange won’t step down as the Roanoke County public schools superintendent until July 1 officially, but the School Board and an outside consultant have already started the process of looking for a successor....

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City Police Force Works To Look More Like Roanoke

City Police Force Works To Look More Like Roanoke »

The unsettling events in Ferguson, Missouri – mainly the tension between a mostly-white police force and a predominately African-American public that was protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown – has led the Roanoke...

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Historical Disturbances Provide Foothold for Invasive Plant on Buffalo Mountain

Historical Disturbances Provide Foothold for Invasive Plant on Buffalo Mountain »

Buffalo Mountain in Floyd County, Virginia, is a distinctive knob with popular trails through grassy balds, hardwood glades, and mineral-rich rocks and seeps in a 1,136-acre natural area preserve. However, Japanese spiraea, a robust member...

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Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films

Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films »

“Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, and ski steep slopes.” The Radical Reels Film Festival Tour runs every fall and spans North America bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of...

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News

“Commonwealth Clash” Adds To Historic Tech – UVA Rivalry »

The longstanding rivalry between Virginia Tech and Virginia is getting a new name— the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. Building on a tradition started when the two schools first competed against each other in a...

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Student Team Wins NASA Design Contest For Unmanned Aircraft »

A Virginia Tech Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering student team won First place in a NASA-sponsored competition with its design of a twin-fuselage unmanned aircraft fueled by liquid hydrogen. The annual University Aeronautics Engineering Design Challenge...

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Indebted Virginia Economy Needs ‘Reboot’ »

Not long ago, Virginia was considered to be in the pink of economic health. That diagnosis has turned dark red as the state and its municipalities pile up debt. On paper, Virginia maintains a balanced...

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Feud Continues as Environmental Group Seeks Gag Order »

Claiming “trade secrets” are at stake, an environmental group wants a gag order slapped on an upcoming case involving Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta. The inspiration for a new farm protection law that passed just...

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Some Wild Summer Weather . . . »

The Roanoke Valley has experienced some intense summer storms in recent days that have put on quite the light show. Roanoke Star photographer Terry Aldhizer captured this amazing image of lightning shooting through the clouds...

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Roanoke County Sheriff Announces Retirement »

Roanoke County Sheriff Mike Winston announced Wednesday his retirement, effective October 31, 2014. Winston submitted his resignation to Board Chairman Joe McNamara. “I am grateful to the citizens of Roanoke County for their strong support...

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Tech Launches Roanoke Based PhD Program in Translational Medicine »

This new, innovative program is the largest interdisciplinary graduate program in Virginia Tech’s history 77 percent of the incoming class members are women Virginia Tech’s new Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program is a research-intensive,...

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Sports

Celtics Top Wildcats In 3-2 Volleyball Marathon »

Celtics Top Wildcats In 3-2 Volleyball Marathon

To say the volleyball teams of Roanoke Cathoilc and Rockbridge County were both hot Thursday evening in the Celtic gym may be the understatement of the young season. Sweltering conditions in the Catholic gym made playing conditions akin to a sauna at an athletic club....

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Wild Bill’s Sport’s Roundup »

Wild Bill’s Sport’s Roundup

The Chief always says everyone around here should reach for the stars. Accordingly, I’m going to reach out to a star. We’re getting a lot of feedback from surprised readers who still think Ronald Reagan played Knute Rockne in the MGM 1940 classic, “Knute Rockne-All...

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Patriots Sweep Rockbridge County 3-0 In Volleyball Opener »

Patriots Sweep Rockbridge County 3-0 In Volleyball Opener

Rusty play, jittery nerves and point streaks by both teams ruled the action Tuesday night in the Patrick Henry gym as the Patriots and Wildcats from Rockbridge County took to the hardwood for the volleyball season opener for both teams. In the end, Patrick Henry kept...

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Legends Of The Game – Dick Kepley »

Legends Of The Game – Dick Kepley

Monday night at Roanoke Country Club, the Roanoke Valley Sports Club presented legendary Roanoke basketball coach Dick Kepley its “Legends of the Game” award during the club’s monthly meeting. Kepley had a long and successful coaching career career at both Jefferson High School and Patrick...

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Salem Sox Look For Playoff Spot In Final Week »

Salem Sox Look For Playoff Spot In Final Week

Monday night in the final regular season home game at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Pat Light and Kyle Martin were both excellent on the hill as Salem completed its 4-game home stand against the Wilmington Blue Rocks by taking three of the four games. Jantzen Witte...

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Commentary

Hurray for The Virginia Cooperative Extension! »

Hurray for The Virginia Cooperative Extension!

The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is completing its hundred years this year(2014), which is a landmark and a milestone. VCE has been helping garden-lovers for a CENTURY! I am a Virginian for the last twenty-two years. Originally I came from India. In the house I...

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Boulders Along Roanoke Streets Way Out of Line »

Boulders Along Roanoke Streets Way Out of Line

Dear Mayor, Members of City Council and neighborhood advocates: Well as this picture shows, tackiness in yards now extends outside the bounds of Southeast. These boulders are on city property and the city is allowing it, even though many neighbors on Westmont St in the...

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Veterans Deserve Better »

Veterans Deserve Better

On Wednesday, July 30, the House of Representatives passed the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (H.R. 3230).  Importantly, this bill will require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow eligible veterans to receive care outside of the VA system...

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House Acts to Curb Border Crisis »

House Acts to Curb Border Crisis

Over the last month, the flow of Central Americans attempting to enter the United States along the southern border has not stopped. Young children and teenagers, as well as their family members and other adults, continue to arrive on American soil in violation of the...

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Local Rehab Reflects on Actors Apparent Suicide and Relation to Depression & Addiction »

Local Rehab Reflects on Actors Apparent Suicide and Relation to Depression & Addiction

Our hearts go out to one of the great comedians of the era. Robin Williams recently passed away of an apparent suicide. As we remember the many amazing ways in which he enriched media and culture with his comedy and acting, we should also take...

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Business

Faith Christian Announces New Head Of School »

Faith Christian Announces New Head Of School

Faith Christian School, a JK-grade twelve Christian classical school in Roanoke County, has announced the appointment of its new Head of School, Peter G. Baur. Peter and his wife Lois hail from Memphis, TN where he has served for twelve years at Westminster Academy. Peter...

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Virginia Consumers Sentiment Rises In the Commonwealth »

Virginia Consumers Sentiment Rises In the Commonwealth

Jump in current conditions fuels sentiment Virginians weighed in on their opinion of the economy for the third time this year. The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 603 Virginians about their financial situation, general business conditions now and in the future, their inclination for purchasing durable...

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The Ad Game »

The Ad Game

When did advertising become a naughty word? Most of us skip ads on TV, complain about them in the newspaper, fuss about them on billboards while driving down the highway, change channels when they come on the radio, and get irritated when they pop up...

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VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Winners Announced »

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Winners Announced

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 17-23, 2014, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke,...

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Arts & Culture

More Changes Coming to Center in Square With Sears Back at Helm »

More Changes Coming to Center in Square With Sears Back at HelmSix months after successor Barry Henderson left due to reasons not publicly expressed, 69-year-old Jim Sears was back as president and general manager at Center...

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Wonderland to Feature Art Exhibit: “Frames of Steel, Rails of Fire” »

Wonderland to Feature Art Exhibit: “Frames of Steel, Rails of Fire”In October, Wonderland Gallery will display a series of oil paintings depicting the vibrant energy of today’s industrial Magic City. These paintings by Gerry Hubert are forged...

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“A Life of Sorrow: The life and times of Carter Stanley” to be Performed at South County Library »

“A Life of Sorrow: The life and times of Carter Stanley” to be Performed at South County LibraryA lot of people assume that bluegrass is a genre of music that has been around for centuries. In truth, it came to widespread attention...

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Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films »

Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films“Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, and ski steep slopes.” The Radical Reels Film Festival Tour runs every fall and spans North America bringing a...

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Local Organists Stay Busy Through Church and Guild Performances »

Local Organists Stay Busy Through Church and Guild PerformancesConsider the plight of the church musician. As a professional worship leader, this musician often has no colleagues – unless you count the pastor. So...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

Rage and Reaction

In recent weeks, we’ve certainly seen enough rage to recognize its pervasive presence. What has been surprising is how unfocused it seems to be. All of us carry beneath our consciousness trigger points,...

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Liza Field

Gone Green

A broad effort to keep our planet alive is burning up planetary life. Make sense? Not to some researchers. Three southern universities recently evaluated the wood-pellet industry and its impact on eastern forest...

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Dennis Garvin

The Heroes In Our Midst

I pity the younger generation as they savage their sensory input with ipods and video games.  They can be in a crowd, yet as isolated as anyone afflicted with blindness or deafness.  They...

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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...

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Lucky Garvin

She Always Has Your Back

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I, as an animal rehabber, watch many wildlife documentaries. But there is one I saw some years ago is by far my favorite. I...

Aug 25, 2014 / More »

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Dick Baynton

A Conservative Plan for National Renewal

The United States is heading in the wrong direction. Our national debt is high and international respect is low and sinking further. We are immersed in scandals that shake the chambers of government....

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Jeff Ell

The Time Has Come for The Hunter-Gatherer Burka.

The cops had me surrounded. I was lathered in sweat, my hands were stained with a dark liquid, and a yet unidentified substance was in a plastic jug around my neck. I was...

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Keith McCurdy

Be at Peace

I was recently asked to speak during pre-planning at my children’s school on a passage from the book of Philippians, chapter 4 verses 8 -9…. it is a school theme for the year....

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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...

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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...

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A Perspective on Rocks

I have a special place in my heart for rocks. I always have. I like their strength. I like the history they hold — from marbled veins to embedded fossils and hidden crystals....

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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...

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