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Roanoke College Poll Shows Warner Maintains Lead / Obama Approval Down

Roanoke College Poll Shows Warner Maintains Lead / Obama Approval Down

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner holds a comfortable 25-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie (47%-22%), according to the Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled at 5 percent. In the generic Congressional ballot, Democrats hold an insignificant lead over Republicans (38%-36%).  In an early look at possible 2016 Presidential match-ups, Hillary Clinton holds significant and […]

Roanoke Named One of America’s Best Small Cities on The Rise

Roanoke Named One of America’s Best Small Cities on The Rise

Roanoke has just been named one of America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise Here’s what SmarterTravel had to say about the Roanoke Valley: What’s Hot: In the last four years, this Blue Ridge Parkway city has attracted hundreds of hipster residents to a revitalized downtown with a new amphitheater venue in Elmwood Park and a new […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Tourism Creates $782 Million in Economic Benefit

Blue Ridge Parkway Tourism Creates $782 Million in Economic Benefit

Report shows visitor spending supports 11,283 jobs in local economy A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities. The 2013 economic benefit figures are slightly lower than the 2012 results […]

Covington Ranks #1 Among Most Toxic Zip Codes in VA

Covington Ranks #1 Among Most Toxic Zip Codes in VA

New Report by Sierra Club ranks most toxic zip codes according EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory -Montgomery County and Lynchburg listed as 14th / 15th Located 40 miles north of Roanoke and surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, Covington is home to 6,000 residents. In 2012, those residents were exposed to almost 3 million pounds […]

Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship

Roanoke Post 3 Wins District 9 American Legion Championship

It’s been an out of the ordinary season in District 9 American Legion baseball this summer. First, the regular season district members were reduced to Roanoke, Rocky Mount and Christiansburg after Alleghany, Vinton and Botetourt made the decision not to field teams in the senior division this year. For the record, all of those latter […]

Local Educators To Serve on SOL Reform Committee

Local Educators To Serve on SOL Reform Committee

It’s called the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee, established by Governor Terry McAuliffe to tackle a sore subject for many educators – and students. That is, the SOL tests public school children in Virginia must now take by their junior year in high school. Proponents say the Standards of Learning are a good way to […]

Creating Better Dads Goal Behind Fathers First

Creating Better Dads Goal Behind Fathers First

A program started by TAP three years ago – Fathers First – hopes to grow in the future, with former participants demonstrating how the ten-week course has helped them to become better parents and partners. Fathers First held a recruiting event last week, where Rob Wormley – alias Fhat Rob – debuted a new hip-hop […]

Valley Metro Rolls Out New Buses

Valley Metro Rolls Out New Buses

Valley Metro recently rolled out nine new buses that make it easier for those with mobility issues to board, after their debut outside the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The “low floor” technology models, almost $400,000 apiece, were paid for with federal and state grants, and local matching grants. The new models, which hold slightly fewer […]

Roanoke Catholic Becoming More Eco-Friendly

Roanoke Catholic Becoming More Eco-Friendly

You may have seen some of the changes taking place at Roanoke Catholic School while driving by on I-581: the school’s windows are being upgraded to more energy efficient models and parts of the roof have been replaced on the campus. Inside classrooms older window air-conditioning units have been upgraded with new, more energy efficient […]

City Launches Solarize Roanoke

City Launches Solarize Roanoke

At a press conference this week, the city of Roanoke officially launched “Solarize Roanoke,” a program designed to make solar energy affordable and accessible to homeowners. Solarize Roanoke is a partnership between the City of Roanoke, Community Housing Partners, local solar installers, Freedom First Credit Union, and local community members. The program will run until […]


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