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What Wonders Await . . .

What Wonders Await . . .

. . . at Center in The Square downtown. The little fellow above is a Mandarin Goby – also known as a “Mandarin Dragonet.” There are two of them in the large reef tank and two in the Seahorse Aquarium in the center’s main lobby.  The species was first discovered in the Philippines in the […]

Council Candidates Head Down Home Stretch in Roanoke City

Council Candidates Head Down Home Stretch in Roanoke City

Three incumbents and seven other hopefuls head to the polls on May 6th in Roanoke for three City Council seats up for grabs. They met recently for several candidate forums, including one sponsored by the Williamson Road Area Business Association, where members submitted questions answered by the candidates. There wasn’t much controversy, although crime data […]

Urban Camping Makes Its Way to Downtown Roanoke

Urban Camping Makes Its Way to Downtown Roanoke

Planning to spend a lot of time in Roanoke this weekend for the Down By Downtown music festival, or the Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday morning? Now you can park your pop-up camper or RV downtown: welcome to Urban Camping LLC. It’s the latest brainchild from restaurateur, physician and City Council member Dave Trinkle, a […]

Over 16,300 (16.9%) of Residents in Roanoke Risk Hunger

Over 16,300 (16.9%) of Residents in Roanoke Risk Hunger

Latest data show 16,330 individuals are ‘food insecure -each person would need nearly $16 per week to no longer be hungry Nearly $16 a person per week. On average, that’s what’s keeping 16,330 people in Roanoke from no longer being hungry. An annual study released this week finds that 16.9 percent of the city population […]

National College Fishing Tournament Opens On Smith Mountain Lake

National College Fishing Tournament Opens On Smith Mountain Lake

FLW College Fishing is headed to Smith Mountain Lake May 3 for the first Northern Conference tournament of 2014. Fifty college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Northern Conference Invitational tournament. “Smith Mountain Lake is my home lake,” said Castrol pro David Dudley of Lynchburg who […]

Crime Rate in Roanoke City a Subject of Debate

Crime Rate in Roanoke City a Subject of Debate

There are several up-ticks in two benchmarks, in two of the four zones Roanoke police divide the city into, but since 2005 overall crime rates in Roanoke are down about fifty percent. “The state police crime numbers reflect [that] downward trend,” said Deputy Chief Tim Jones, noting it is now the lowest crime rate on […]

Children’s Trust Introduces Mayor to “Courthouse Dog”

Children’s Trust Introduces Mayor to “Courthouse Dog”

Advocacy Group Hopes to Have Program in Place Soon A courthouse facility dog will be joining the Children’s Trust staff to assist children and their families during the investigation and prosecution of crimes. Facility dogs are specially bred and trained graduates of accredited assistance dog organizations. These dogs have similar training as a service dog […]

Roanoker Serves Country as Part of Naval Amphibious Group

Roanoker Serves Country as Part of Naval Amphibious Group

Ethan Walton has served in the U.S. Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate for five years. “Joining the Navy has been a life long goal for me,” said Walton. “I also joined so that I could serve.” Before joining the Navy Walton volunteered as an EMT for the Roanoke, fire department. His grandfather also served in […]

VT KnowledgeWorks Winners to Compete in Global Challenge to Be Held in Roanoke

VT KnowledgeWorks  Winners to Compete in Global Challenge to Be Held in Roanoke

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech and entrepreneurs to present before a panel of local business leaders. The Challenge began with […]

Salem City Council Candidates Discuss Taxes, Party Labels

Salem City Council Candidates Discuss Taxes, Party Labels

Salemites will go to the polls on May 6th to elect two City Council candidates. Incumbents Randy Foley and John Givens, both independents, are being challenged by newcomer Maggie Newman. She is running as a Republican – the first time in 20 years any candidate in Salem has run with a party label. Newman, a […]


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