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There were free hot dogs, a fire truck, face-painting, rainbows blossoming on the asphalt, the tang of charcoal in the air. And, of course, because it was the annual Grandin Village block party, rain. Now in what organizers say is its ninth year, rain for the block party is a bit of a tradition. "It always seems to rain," said Jake Gilmer, president of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League, which with the Grandin Village Business Association sponsors the party. "But we always get lots of people," he added. Maybe it's the free food.
The public will have a chance to comment on the pay raise proposal for Roanoke City Council and the mayor during this evening's council meeting. The council plans a June 3 vote on the proposal, which calls for a 28.5 percent pay increase for the council and a 15 percent bump for the mayor. The public comment session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Noel
One person was taken to the hospital Sunday night when a cooking fire damaged a Roanoke apartment. According to a Roanoke Fire-EMS Department news release, crews responded to the 2300 block of Longview Avenue at 6:09 p.m. They found a fire in the kitchen, with heavy smoke. Crews contained the fire to the kitchen and controlled the fire by 6:30 p.m. Two people were in the building when the fire
1988 (25 years ago) “The U. S. Education Department on Wednesday named Roanoke County’s Mountain View Elementary School as being among the top schools in the nation.” “For all the titles his teams have won in track over the years, William Fleming’s Sherley Stuart had to wait until nine days before the end of his track coaching career to win an outdoor region crown. Fleming’s girls gave Stuart his first
Each year on a Monday night in late May, Cindy Goldstein steps to a podium at the B'nai B'rith Athletic and Achievement Awards banquet and announces the name of a local high school senior. And each year, a grateful teenager takes home the Artie Levin Personal Life Award, named in memory of Goldstein's father. [ See the nominees ] The winner receives a trophy after the audience is treated to
Q: I'd like to know which major movies have been shot in and around the Roanoke Valley over the years. - Sherrick Drews, Roanoke A: I hesitate to answer this question because I know I'll be leaving some out, but a little digging reveals that Hollywood has been visiting our region for more than 90 years. My personal opinion is that the best of the bunch is "What About Bob?"
Roanoke City Council Regular meeting When: 2 p.m. today, work session, 7 p.m. public hearings Where: Council chamber, fourth floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave S.W. On the agenda: School board member interviews and public hearings, public comment at 7 p.m. on pay raise proposal for the council and mayor. Franklin County Board of Supervisors Regular meeting When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday; public hearings at 6 p.m. Where:
Police are continuing to investigate a crash of a car into the Trail Days parade in Damascus that injured more than 50 people on Saturday. Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley said he expects to make a recommendation to the Washington County commonwealth's attorney on whether or not to charge the driver later this week. The driver's 1997 Cadillac was one of the last vehicles in the parade. The car accelerated
A Blacksburg man was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and obstruction of justice early Sunday morning. Police responded to the intersection of Draper Road and College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg at 2:35 a.m. in reference to a fight and possible stabbing, according a news release from the town's police department. Blacksburg police, with assistance from Virginia Tech police, found one person with multiple lacerations, the release said. A suspect description was
WASHINGTON - If you have a defined benefit pension or a traditional plan provided by your employer, federal law says you have to be provided with an illustration of how much money you can expect to receive each month. But if you have money invested in a 401(k), the only thing you may see is a lump sum amount and little if any direction on how that money translates into
ADVERTISING Brandi Surber has joined Access Advertising & Public Relations as an account executive. EDUCATION The National Academic Advising Association awarded two Virginia Tech faculty members with Outstanding Advising Awards: Andrew Becker, associate professor of ancient Greek, Latin and classical studies and associate chairman in the department of foreign languages and literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was named winner of the Outstanding Advisor Award -
They’re deserving of more than a little appreciation, these fans of neat streets who stoop beside moving traffic to collect the public’s litter. No item is too icky as they scoop up every scrap. “Car parts, road signs, old license plates, baby bottles, baby diaper bags, dirty baby diapers,” said Melissa Campbell of recent finds. She is chief of the Adopt-A-Highway crew at NanoSonic in Giles County, which cleans U.S.
If you’re curious why Roanoke County is sponsoring a bicycle safety event June 8 at Tanglewood Mall, you should listen to the stories of local lawyer David Harrison. Twice in the past five years, he has been hit by cars while riding his bike carefully and legally. The first time was on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2008 when he was bumped off the road by a passing sedan pulling
Three out of four groups registered with Adopt-A-Highway in Virginia didn’t report collecting any trash last year, state records show. That’s possibly why there was an empty plastic motor-oil bottle on the side of Buck Mountain Road recently, 500 feet east of a blue Adopt-A-Highway marker that reads “Roanoke County Democratic Committee.” The Democrats withdrew from the program and quit collecting trash three or four years ago. The sign seen
The state’s open government law doesn’t apply to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, his office says, elaborating on responses to requests for public records connected with a company whose CEO gave $35,000 in gifts to Cuccinelli and Gov. Bob McDonnell. The office says the Freedom of Information Act doesn’t apply to it because the office is established by the Virginia Constitution and is not therefore a “public body” as defined by
Celebrate dogs and support local animal rescues at the 7th Annual Woofstock Dog Festival. Music, food, vendors, contests and games will be featured during this fundraising event, benefiting animal rescues through Sponsor Hounds. Donated items for the rescues will be collected at the festival.
Today Grandin Village Block Party Sponsored by the Grandin Village Business Association and the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League. When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Grandin Village, Roanoke Cost: Free Contact: 774-6690, email@example.com TUESDAY Writers at Liminal: Anything Goes II We welcome readings in all genres. This reading is open-themed. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Liminal: Alternative Artspace at Community High School, 302 Campbell Ave., Roanoke Cost: Free Contact:
TUESDAYMAY21 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT GOLF TOURNAMENT Proceeds purchase classroom kits for grades K-12. Where: Roanoke Country Club, 3360 Country Club Drive N.W., Roanoke When: 11:30 a.m. Cost: $800 team registration; $200 hole sponsorship; $200 individual golfers Contact: 989-6392, firstname.lastname@example.org BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Network and enjoy breakfast with fellow Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce members. Registration recommended. Where: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Ave. N.W., Roanoke When: 7:30 to
The first condo building at the South Peak development has been completed, and a different part of the project will start to take shape soon. Dirt has already been moved to prepare the site of a Hilton Garden Inn at the Roanoke County development, situated on a 62-acre hillside at the intersection of U.S. 220 and Virginia 419. The hotel is expected to take about a year to complete, opening
ROANOKE Over $400,000 Barnhardt, Richard J. Jr. and Neely Barnhardt to Theodore G. Keller Jr. and Anne Mason Keller, 2938 Wycliff Ave. S.W. Roanoke VA 24014, $775,000 05/03/2013. CBW Rentals LLC to SBC Properties LLC, 2230 and 2232 Plantation Road, 2501 Delano St., 2507 Delano St. N.E., 2101 and 2103 Riverdale Road S.E., 931 and 933 Van Buren St. N.W., Roanoke VA, 24012, 24013 and 24017 $410,000 05/01/2013. LaFollette, James
Dr. Paul Stewart is no ordinary veterinarian. Instead of dogs and cats, his patients include marmosets, wolverines and $10,000 hyacinth macaws. Stewart has practiced exotic animal veterinary medicine for 17 years and is the current veterinarian-in-charge at Mill Mountain Zoo. Three years ago, he opened his own exotic pet clinic to fill a need for emergency vet services for exotic animals in southwest Virginia. Stewart recently talked about his love
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