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Heaven’s Fire and Heaven’s Light

Heaven’s Fire and Heaven’s Light

Star contributing photographer Terry Aldhizer went up to the top of the Roanoke City parking garage on June 30th to capture “Heaven’s Light” as she called it – which was to be the once in a lifetime closest configuration of Jupiter and Venus in the western sky. Instead she was given an awesome display of […]

In Memoriam: Jim Weaver, Retired VT Director of Athletics

In Memoriam: Jim Weaver, Retired VT Director of Athletics

Jim Weaver, whose vision and leadership as the director of athletics catapulted Virginia Tech in the Big East Conference and later the Atlantic Coast Conference, passed away at his Blacksburg home Wednesday night at the age of 70. Weaver served as the director of athletics at Virginia Tech for more than 16 years from 1997-2013 […]

Key 2015 Legislative Actions Now in Effect As Law

Key 2015 Legislative Actions Now in Effect As Law

Key pieces of legislation that are expected to improve the Virginia Economy are among the nearly 800 pieces of legislation that take effect On July 1st. From reforming workforce development and transportation planning to enhancing economic development and better assisting Virginia veterans, the states’s legislative accomplishments represent efforts to lay a foundation for the new […]

Things Not So “Happy” At Flea Market These Days

Things Not So “Happy” At Flea Market These Days

Race Impact Continues to Grow, Tops $2.6 Million Over 6 Years

Race Impact Continues to Grow, Tops $2.6 Million Over 6 Years

Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Star 10K create $556,000 in economic impact in 2015 alone More racers brought more money into the Roanoke Region’s economy during the sixth annual Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon, and Anthem Star 10K. “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” hosted 1,677 runners who generated more than $556,000 in economic […]

On Derecho Anniversary, APCO Notes Efforts To Reduce Tree-Related Outages

On Derecho Anniversary, APCO Notes Efforts To Reduce Tree-Related Outages

Three years after a massive “derecho” or straight line wind storm swept across 10 states and left 4.3 million customers without electric service, including more than a half-million Appalachian Power customers in Virginia and West Virginia, the company is seeing success in its efforts to reduce tree-related outages. A three-year vegetation management pilot set to […]

Roanoke Pinball Museum Proves “Old is New and Vintage is Cool.”

Roanoke Pinball Museum Proves “Old is New and Vintage is Cool.”

“Ah, it looks like someone got too aggressive with this one.” Rachel Hopkins, project manager of the new Roanoke Pinball Museum in Center in the Square, looks closer at one of the space’s forty-plus pinball machines. “They tripped the tilt,” she says as she moves to correct the machine. Such is the way of some […]

For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team”

For Cave Spring Girls State Tennis Champs “It’s All About The Team”

Ask Cave Spring head coach Susan Delp the key to the school’s first-ever girls tennis state championship, and you’ll get an emphatic reply. “It’s all about the team!” At first glance that may seem somewhat modest, considering that two of the members of the Cave Spring nine-girl squad are her own daughters, Fallon and Reagan […]

Vinton Library Impresses Already

Vinton Library Impresses Already

Glass rails, bright orange trim and floor to ceiling windows are just a few of the new features of the Vinton library but its new structure, designed by HBM Architects, offers more than just aesthetic improvements. Safety and access are at the forefront of its new design. With its metal and black brick exterior in […]

The Athletes Are Coming !

The Athletes Are Coming !

10,000 athletes competing in 60 sports to be exact. For 26 years the Subway Commonwealth Games have provided excellent opportunities for thousands of Virginians to develop and foster new relationships, establish new goals and personal bests while at the same time learning teamwork, sportsmanship, as well as individual and team responsibilities. Various reports show that […]



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