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MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound

MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound »

Mill Mountain Theatre launches its 2015 Season with the all-new Mill Mountain Music concert series and in a venue that’s newly equipped with the region’s most up-to-date sound system. The combination will be an evening...

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VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment

VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment »

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their...

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Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces

Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces »

For the first time in its’ 67-year history, the Rescue Mission will begin distributing food boxes to more than 800 families when it partners with Manna Ministries this Spring. Manna leaders approached the Mission late...

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How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past »

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign...

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VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus

VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus »

Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a common — and, in the developing...

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Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke”

Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke” »

Historic Garden Week will feature “Springtime in South Roanoke” on April 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Seven uniquely beautiful homes will be featured this year: 2731 Carolina Avenue – The Irons Home. Situated on...

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News

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts »

Organizers of the Foot Levelers Down by Downtown Music Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend...

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Forgotten Canneries Exhibition Showcases Lost Legacy of VA Foodways »

Though little evidence can be seen driving rural roads today, hundreds of small canneries once dotted the Virginia countryside. Yet by 1950, nearly all of them were closed, leaving behind workers’ memories, empty buildings, and...

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VA Family Farmer Named as Finalist for “Courage in the Face of Power” »

Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the annual Weyrich Awards for “Courage in the Face of Power.” This prestigious award will be given...

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“Love Your Parkway” Cleanup Nets Far Less Trash and “Other” »

What a change a year can make. Last year, volunteers with Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter uncovered 1,189 whipped cream canisters and other trash and recyclables strewn from J.P. Fishburn to the...

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Virginia Tech Rises in Peace Corps Rankings »

Virginia Tech ranks No. 11 among large schools in the Peace Corps’ rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country, according to ratings from the international service organization. Virginia Tech has 43...

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Black Dog Salvage Chosen to Expand Woodcraft Upcycling Program »

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools, supplies, and plans, has entered into a partnership with Black Dog Salvage of Roanoke. Black Dog is the focus of...

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Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup! »

Wild Bill’s Sports Roundup!

The Chief likes eye-catching sporting events. With high school basketball winding down, no better way than to end our “unusual game of the week” feature than a game that takes the cake. Read on to the end of the column, where two squads put a...

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Northside Goes Overtime To Edge Knights 62-60 In 3A West Regional »

Northside Goes Overtime To Edge Knights 62-60 In 3A West Regional

Monday night’s 3A West regional playoff between the Northside Vikings and Cave Spring Knights had the makings of a heavyweight boxing match. Toe-to-toe action with plenty of flurries by both competitors in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Cave Spring gym. In the end,...

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Cave Spring Player Fights His Way To College Football Scholarship »

Cave Spring Player Fights His Way To College Football Scholarship

High school football players learn how to fight off a block. They learn how to fight off a tackle. For Cave Spring High School senior Zac Foutz, his journey included fighting for his life. On the first Wednesday of February, Foutz took his position on...

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G.W. Danville Ends Fleming Season In Epic 44-42 Battle »

G.W. Danville Ends Fleming Season In Epic 44-42 Battle

Although they were on opposite benches Friday night in the William Fleming gym, Colonel head coach Mickey Hardy and G.W. Danville head coach Ron Parson agreed on one key matter. This was a championship caliber basketball game. In the end, Eagles’ Khajuan Watkins stole a...

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Mocs Edge Keydets 86-82 In Double Overtime »

Mocs Edge Keydets 86-82 In Double Overtime

The VMI Keydet basketball team is getting used to going the extra mile. Playing their second double overtime game in less than a week, the Keydets came up just short Thursday night at Cameron Hall in Lexington as UT-Chattanooga pulled out the nail biting 86-82...

Feb 27 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Commentary

Goodlatte & Capuano: College Ratings Plan Not The Answer »

Goodlatte & Capuano: College Ratings Plan Not The Answer

By Reps. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) – 02/26/15 Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students choose humanitarian service...

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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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Business

New Outfitters Business Will Open In April »

New Outfitters Business Will Open In April

Roanoke Mountain Adventures isn’t waiting for its new leased home at Wasena Station – the old train station and former Virginia Museum of Transportation site – to be remodeled before they open. The outfitters company, which will offer guided outdoor adventures as well as bike,...

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Roanoke Business Owner Named VA Small Business Veteran of The Year »

Roanoke Business Owner Named VA Small Business Veteran of The Year

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network has selected Cmdr. Michael W. Leigh, USN (ret.) and CEO of OpX Solutions, as the 2014 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year. The Roanoke Regional SBDC nominated Leigh for the award, which will be presented at...

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Virginia Joins FTC To Challenge Proposed Merger Of Sysco And Us Foods »

Virginia Joins FTC To Challenge Proposed Merger Of Sysco And Us Foods

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined ten other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods because of the potential harm to Virginia consumers – especially those in Western and Southwestern Virginia. A preliminary injunction complaint filed...

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Roanoke Star Tank “Tip-Off” Announced for May 14, 2015 »

Roanoke Star Tank “Tip-Off” Announced for May 14, 2015

Applications now being accepted for the business development focused event Following a successful event last November, Roanoke Star Tank has announced a new mid-year event, Star Tank Tip-Off on May 14, 2015, inside the CoLab on Grandin Road. Star Tank’s marquee event will continue to...

Mar 1 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Arts & Culture

Festival in The Park is “Bringing it Home” »

Festival in The Park is “Bringing it Home”The 46th Annual Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park on May 22-24 this year is the first back at downtown Roanoke green space and...

Mar 4 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Top of The Taubman Opens The Third Floor Balcony »

Top of The Taubman Opens The Third Floor BalconyCome check out the view or take a picture inside the new “Smile Frame” on the open air, third floor balcony at the Taubman Museum...

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Roanoke Chef Does Star Turn on FOX TV Reality Show »

Roanoke Chef Does Star Turn on FOX TV Reality ShowMeghan Gill, the executive chef’s at Stefano’s Italian Kitchen on the City Market, had just left a previous job and figured what the heck –...

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A Readers Paradise . . . And More! »

A Readers Paradise . . . And More!It’s a little surprising when an excellent and important event, like the upcoming 21st an-nual Virginia Festival of the Book, goes largely unnoticed in our...

Mar 2 2015 / No comment / Read More »

MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound »

MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New SoundMill Mountain Theatre launches its 2015 Season with the all-new Mill Mountain Music concert series and in a venue that’s newly equipped with the region’s...

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Hayden Hollingsworth

The Remote Challenge

The recent snow has left many a householder confined to their dwelling. It was a good time to sort out the arcane intricacies of a recently installed wireless, high-speed cable system. Men are...

Feb 23, 2015 / More »

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Liza Field

The Superbug of Fatalism

Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Epidemic diseases, morphing superbugs, allergies to everything – eggs, meat, wheat, wind, dirt, flowers, trees, life. Add in the...

Feb 19, 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...

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Caroline Watkins

Whispering From the Rooftops

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

Jan 26, 2015 / More »

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Lucky Garvin

The Trials and “Trivulations” of Young Love

Sure and it’s setting up to be a grand morning! I read the Obituaries today [I was not among the featured] and my pregnancy test came back negative. Small wonder then I’m in...

Feb 27, 2015 / More »

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Dick Baynton

Truth & Consequences in Government

Politics is an occupation where some candidates lie to get into office, lie to stay in office and truth is often revealed when they leave office. Confirmation of this is the sentencing of...

Mar 2, 2015 / More »

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Dominique Mack

Nobody’s Savior

Sometimes you’ve got to let people fall on their face, scrape their knee, break a few bones, suffer an unrecoverable injury and you not be there to kiss their wounds. Let them nurse...

Feb 10, 2015 / More »

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Jeff Ell

Antlerology 201

In last months column we revealed the scientific breakthrough that is shaking the foundations of the hunting and the scientific communities. Naturalist, physicist, zoologist, and even cosmetologist, from all over the globe are...

Feb 26, 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...

Oct 21, 2014 / 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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A Dash of Darwin, a Pinch of Puzzlement

On 12 February 2015, we celebrated International Darwin Day to honor the 206th birthday of Charles Darwin, British naturalist, author, and humanitarian. Arguably, he was, and remains, the most noted and influential scientist...

Feb 23, 2015 / More »

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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

FIRST READING JONAH 3:1-5, 10 / GOSPEL MARK 1:14-20 Well – for all his fits and starts Jonah turned out to be a whole lot better prophet than even he expected to be! Remember...

Feb 19, 2015 / More »








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