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Big Brothers Big Sisters Goes Over The Edge Again in May

Big Brothers Big Sisters Goes Over The Edge Again in May

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia’s signature fundraising event, Over The Edge, is being held on May 20-21. Fundraisers will rappel from the roof of the Patrick Henry to benefit children facing adversity in our community. Registration is still open and there is still time to fund raise for the event. Over The Edge […]

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Writes Update on Massive Fire

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Writes Update on Massive Fire

Dear Fellow Citizens: As many of you know, Shenandoah National Park is experiencing a very large wildland fire, currently the second largest in the Park’s history, at 9,386 acres.  (Now over 10,000 acres on 4/26/16) Understandably, the fire has caused a great deal of concern from park neighbors and supporters, and there has been some […]

Roanoke County Now Offering Park Improvement Grants

Roanoke County Now Offering Park Improvement Grants

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is currently accepting grant applications for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Incentive Fund (CIIF). This year up to $25,000 in matching funds will be awarded to park improvement projects that further the mission of the department. Approved grants may receive up to 50% of the cost of a […]

Education Foundation Awards $76,600 in Scholarships

Education Foundation Awards $76,600 in Scholarships

The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation held their annual scholarship awards presentation April 25 at Hidden Valley High School. In all, the Foundation awarded 91 scholarships totaling $76,600. “These scholarships are being awarded to outstanding young men and women who are the pride of Roanoke County Public Schools,” said Foundation president Rob Hendren. “The […]

Roanoke Valley 4-H Youth Learn Communications Skills

Roanoke Valley 4-H Youth Learn Communications Skills

  The Roanoke Valley 4-H program gives youth the opportunity to learn communication skills, practice these skills and compete at local and district Public Speaking and Presentation contests. This volunteer and parent led program, works with young people, ages 9-18 giving them the tools that they need to begin developing this important life skill. Having […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Temporary Road Closure from Milepost 90 to 105.8

Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Temporary Road Closure from Milepost 90 to 105.8

A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 90.0 to Milepost 105.8 will close Monday, April 25, 2016, for approximately five weeks in order to make necessary paving repairs to the road and overlooks in the area. Access to Peaks of Otter from the south will be available via VA43. Detour signs will be […]

Tech Professor Who Helped Expose Flint Michigan Water Crisis Named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 

Tech Professor Who Helped Expose Flint Michigan Water Crisis Named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 

Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards, who led a team of university students and researchers that helped bring international attention to the lead-in-water and legionella contamination in Flint, Michigan, has been selected for the 2016 TIME 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. Edwards and Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha were honored and featured […]

Roanoke Library Director Receives National Award

Roanoke Library Director Receives National Award

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2016 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries.  The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service […]

PARK Roanoke Introduces New Off-Street Meter Pilot Program

PARK Roanoke Introduces New Off-Street Meter Pilot Program

New solar-powered parking pay stations have been installed at the Market Lot, the Gainsboro Garage Lot, and the Higher Education Center Lot. The pay stations accept coins, bills, and credit cards, and operate in English and Spanish. Parkers can also use their mobile phones to pay for parking at these locations. PARK Roanoke entered into […]

Allegiant Air Expands Service From Roanoke To St. Petersburg / Tampa

Allegiant Air Expands Service From Roanoke To St. Petersburg / Tampa

Allegiant Airlines has announced it will expand service to St. Petersburg/Tampa, from Roanoke?Blacksburg Regional Airport. This year, as the airline celebrates its 10th anniversary at ROA with air service to St. Petersburg, it will increase service from seasonal to year round with two flights per week on McDonnell Douglas MD?80 aircraft throughout August and September. Allegiant […]



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