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Seven Years and Counting for Your Hometown Community Newspaper

Seven Years and Counting for Your Hometown Community Newspaper

Wow – time sure flies when you’re having fun! (Well, mostly.) Seven years ago on November 22nd 2007, after several months of envisioning, researching, planning (and yes praying), two otherwise reasonably bright individuals (Lawson Koeppel and I) pulled the cord on the project we had been working on and “The Roanoke Star-Sentinel” was born. (We […]

Police Usher in “Growth Through Opportunity” Program

Police Usher in “Growth Through Opportunity” Program

The Roanoke City Police Department claims it’s the first of its kind in the country – a program designed for young adults out of high school with special needs, be it autism, Down’s syndrome or other challenges. They call it “Growth through Opportunity,” and it rolled out at a recent event where the first four […]

Angel Trees Signal Christmas is Coming

Angel Trees Signal Christmas is Coming

Look for them in public places like Valley View and Tanglewood Malls … and in private offices. The Angel Trees are here – Christmas trees decorated with tags supplied by the Salvation Army, containing the names of a needy child and the holiday gift they are wishing for. People can take a tag from that […]

Passenger Rail Closer To Becoming Reality

Passenger Rail Closer To Becoming Reality

Actual work may not begin until January at the earliest, but the downtown passenger rail station got a ceremonial groundbreaking last week while Governor Terry McAuliffe was in town for a Transportation Conference. McAuliffe, State Senator John Edwards – one of the area’s biggest advocates for passenger rail – Mayor David Bowers and officials from […]

Land of Two Suns?

Land of Two Suns?

Well . .  not quite. Star Photographer Terry Aldhizer captured this photograph of a “Sun Dog” (or “Mock Sun” or “Phantom Sun”) which is an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a bright spot on one or both sides of the sun. The phenomena often also occur with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo. Sun dogs are a member […]

George Washington National Forest Plan Protects Important Trout Habitat

George Washington National Forest Plan Protects Important Trout Habitat

New plan will not allow leasing of any additional lands for energy extraction, reducing risks to coldwater streams The new George Washington National Forest management plan offers a reasonable approach to shale gas development on the 1.1 million acre forest in Virginia and West Virginia, according to Trout Unlimited, the nation’s leading trout and salmon […]

$302,000 Awarded to Six Local Organizations

$302,000 Awarded to Six Local Organizations

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation giving exceeds $2 million dollars Celebrating its tenth year, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF), a component fund of Foundation for Roanoke Valley,  has announced the recipients of its grant awards, the largest total given to date. The latest grants, a total of $302,000 awarded at a luncheon held at The Shenandoah […]

GOP Has Cause to Both Cheer and Second-guess Virginia Election

GOP Has Cause to Both Cheer and Second-guess Virginia Election

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s apparent victory leaves Virginia very much a purple state, with just enough Libertarians to change the hue from election to election. If Republicans were enthused by Ed Gillespie’s better-than-expected performance, GOP leaders may be kicking themselves in hindsight. “If there’s one regret, it’s that they didn’t spend enough here,” University of Mary Washington […]

Blue Ridge Literacy Has New Digs

Blue Ridge Literacy Has New Digs

They didn’t move far – just from once side of the downtown main library branch in Roanoke to the other side – but Blue Ridge Literacy celebrated their new space with a ribbon cutting on November 18. The non-profit, which tutors people – mainly recent immigrants – in English reading and writing skills – employs […]

Cable TV Network VH1 Works With City Schools To “Save The Music”

Cable TV Network VH1 Works With City Schools To “Save The Music”

Five years, 17 grants and $510,000 for musical instruments: that’s how much VH1’s Save the Music Foundation program has meant to Roanoke City Public Schools. For the first time this fall all 17 city elementary schools are providing music education, helping to complete a “feeder system” that delivers children with music training to the middle […]



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