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Roanokers Pay It Forward

Roanokers Pay It Forward

Have you ever heard the phrase “Pay It Forward”? Ever since the movie of the same name debuted in 2000, people have been adopting the “PIF” mindset into their own lives. You have probably heard of national examples, such as the mystery person who puts a $10,000 diamond ring in a red Salvation Army bucket […]

The Gauntlet Wraps Up First Edition

The Gauntlet Wraps Up First Edition

The Advancement Foundation held the finale of its first-ever “Gauntlet” competition (think TV’s Shark Tank) at the Grandin CoLab in mid-January, handing out cash and in-kind business services to a dozen small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs who went through a series of boot camps before presenting their ideas to judges. Two sessions on January […]

Gov School Student Works to Improve Memory Performance of Alzheimer’s Patients

Gov School Student Works to Improve Memory Performance of Alzheimer’s Patients

At the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology, students are charged each year with carrying out a science fair project. This year, RVGS/Craig County High School senior Kacey Price elected to work in the biotechnology field on a project titled Prognostic and Diagnostic Measure for Circuit Disruption in Alzheimer’s Disease. “I have been […]

Bowers, Cutler Reflect on Life of Cabell Brand

Bowers, Cutler Reflect on Life of Cabell Brand

The man who created Total Action Against Poverty – TAP – a successful businessman turned philanthropist, Cabell Brand, died recently at age 91. This came just days after Brand spoke at the retirement party for Ted Edlich, who had been at the helm of TAP – now called Total Action for Progress – for many […]

Market Foundation Looking For A Better Way Forward

Market Foundation Looking For A Better Way Forward

At an open forum for City Market vendors in early January and during a board meeting late in the month, the Market Building Foundation that runs the building has been zeroing in on issues pertaining to its operation. The big concern: how to get more people through the doors at the renovated City Market Building, […]

Big Lick Soup Provides Another Opportunity For Micro-Funding

Big Lick Soup Provides Another Opportunity For Micro-Funding

The latest version of the “Shark Tank” to hit Roanoke arrives on February 26th with something called “Big Lick Soup,” at 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue. Wherein, four finalists will spend up to 4 minutes pitching their civic-minded ideas; something designed to make Roanoke a better, more interesting place to live. It could be […]

New Coach Brings High Energy and Enthusiasm To Cave Spring Sideline

New Coach Brings High Energy and Enthusiasm To Cave Spring Sideline

When the full-throttle offense and pressure defense of the Cave Spring High School basketball team goes into motion, it’s a six-man energized rotation that makes you realize you better not blink. Six? Yep, there’s the five players on the court, and another along the sideline. Welcome, Cave Spring first-year head coach Jacob Gruse. “The day […]

Carilion Wellness Makes It Official

Carilion Wellness Makes It Official

What was the Roanoke Athletic Club (the RAC) on Starkey Road in southwest Roanoke County officially became Carilion Wellness about a month ago. Carilion officials made the name change a little more official with a ribbon cutting in late January. The Botetourt Athletic Club and the RAC Express downtown also changed their names to better […]

General Assembly Session in Full Swing

General Assembly Session in Full Swing

This year’s General Assembly session is a short one, scheduled for 45 days. Local legislators like Republicans Chris Head and Greg Habeeb, and Democratic delegate Sam Rasoul are in Richmond, introducing their own bills and debating the merits of others. Soon comes crossover day where the House of Delegates and the State Senate swap bills […]

Virginians: McDonnell Good Governor But Should Serve Time; Opinions Divided on Actions of Police

Virginians: McDonnell Good Governor But Should Serve Time; Opinions Divided on Actions of Police

According to the latest Roanoke College opinion poll a majority of Virginians (57%) think Bob McDonnell was a good governor overall, but also agree (57%) with the judge’s sentence of prison time for his convictions on corruption charges, according to The Roanoke College Poll.  Residents of the Commonwealth tend to agree (49%) with the decision […]



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