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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 of awards, and Roanoke’s Elmwood Park won the Best New Renovation/Addition Award. The awards ceremony is a state-wide program that […]

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 Corps volunteers. With 260 volunteers currently serving worldwide, Virginia overtook Ohio and Michigan to claim the No. 8 spot after […]

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 Day 2014, 49 Virginia localities reported voting equipment issues, and currently Virginia precincts are using a wide variety of machines […]

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, the Board of Supervisors, which voted 4-1 last week for a resolution against it. Supervisors cited concerns about possible damage […]

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 Care Act, urging more Virginians to sign up via the federal website, HealthCare.gov. He also talked about the 100 or […]

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 Switch Monkey, closed its tasting room/brewery in the Wimmer Tire Store on McClanahan Avenue five months ago. After renovating a […]

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

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 the support people that hand out water and other goodies as athletes – or weekend warriors – come trudging by. […]

A Wiley Family Christmas Come to Heights Community Church

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 joined by his wife, Leah, an acclaimed soprano and actress, and their two children, daughter Mara on violin and son […]

Haley Toyota’s City Of Roanoke Christmas Parade

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, along with community groups and costumed characters. Perfect weather had the spectators lined 7-deep in spots along the parade route […]

Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotels For The Holidays

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, and leave you standing with your mouth gaping wide open. Don’t believe me? To quote Disney’s Brave, “feast your eyes …” […]



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