McDonnell urges no delay in offshore exploration

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Governor-elect writes Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar RICHMOND- Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell expressed his continued strong support of offshore energy exploration and development off the coast of Virginia in a letter sent to United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this past Wednesday. In the letter, McDonnell cautioned against any further delay in […]

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Roanoke’s new city manager has a good sense of humor

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Roanoke’s new city manager has a good sense of humor

With the search executive Colin Baenziger’s words still floating in the frigid air Monday Roanoke learned who the new city manager will be come March 1, 2010. Baenziger who has a sense of humor, as does Roanoke’s new city manager said, “City managers are inherently masochists … they think they can fix anything.” The new […]

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Roanoke welcomes new city manager from Savannah Georgia

Monday, December 21, 2009

Roanoke welcomes new city manager from Savannah Georgia

Christopher Paul Morrill, 47 assistant manager for the city of Savannah, Georgia is Roanoke’s new city manager beginning March 1, 2010. The noon announcement included Morrill’s wife, Kimberly and their two sons, Declan and Daniel who are in kindergarten and 7th grade. It was the first time they had seen snow. Morrill’s starting salary will […]

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Not a good time to ask Council for half million for tennis facility

Friday, December 18, 2009

Not a good time to ask Council for half million for tennis facility

There is little chance that Countryside’s indoor tennis building will get the repairs requested by the Blue Ridge Tennis group. The eventual non-profit organization last month presented to council plans to teach tennis to underserved youth in exchange for free use of the building. The group asked that Council find funds to make repairs. They […]

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New city manager to be announced soon

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New city manager to be announced soon

If Colin Baenziger, the recruiter hired to find a new city manager had his way he’d let it be known now who city council picked behind closed doors on Friday. Baenziger lives in Florida where “everything is done in the open.” But in Roanoke the contract with council’s pick is “in process.” In an email […]

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Roanoke City Code Enforcement Workshop answers neighborhood questions

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Roanoke City Code Enforcement Workshop answers neighborhood questions

Assistant manager for Community Development Brian Townsend preached to the choir at Saturday morning’s Code Enforcement 101 workshop for city residents. The room was filled with just about every neighborhood organization in the city. Building maintenance, zoning, and nuisance codes provide for a healthy, safe and clean environment for all citizens. “The goal is compliance […]

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Dr. Dave Trinkle confirms he will seek reelection for council seat

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dr. Dave Trinkle confirms he will seek reelection for council seat

Councilman Dave Trinkle announced today he will run for reelection to a Roanoke City council seat. He will seek nomination for one of three seats in the March 2 Democratic primary. Dr. Trinkle who is a geriatric psychiatrist for Carilion hospitals ran as an independent along with Gwen Mason and Alfred Dowe, Jr. four years […]

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Southeast community garden dedication

Monday, December 14, 2009

Southeast community garden dedication

The sleet and frigid rain subsided and the sun appeared just in time to welcome the Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) Sunday afternoon as they dedicated the Southeast community garden. The garden is spread across two large city lots owned by Frank Roupas. Twenty gardeners, volunteers and supporters cheered and applauded as a sign designed […]

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Roanoke City Democratic reorganization members predetermined

Friday, December 11, 2009

Roanoke City Democratic reorganization members predetermined

THURSDAY NIGHT TWEETS BELOW – At the Roanoke City Democratic Committee reorganization Thursday night the rules were passed out with an attachment. The attachment had a list of “suggested” members who should be voted into the committee. The new Democratic chair is Roanoke Commonwealth Attorney, Don Caldwell. The districts were reduced from eleven to six […]

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Chair of RCPS school board gets his point across to legislators

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chair of RCPS school board gets his point across to legislators

Local control over the start of the school year was top on the agenda for Roanoke City Schools said school board member Lori Vaught. The Roanoke City School Board and Council met with three legislators at Monday’s council briefing. Senator John Edwards said that each year he voted against it because “it was the biggest […]

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Six 5th district candidates make case for a convention

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In a press release from Freda Morton, Fluvanna County Republican candidate for the 5th District Congressional nomination: “Six out of seven of the Republican candidates for the nomination for the U. S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 5th Congressional District have notified unit chairs throughout the district that they prefer having that nomination made at […]

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Op-ed: A plan in need of clarity by Senator Jim Webb

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Washington Post on Friday, December 4, ran an op-ed by Senator Jim Webb entitled, “A plan in need of clarity.” In the piece, Senator Webb analyzes the Obama administration’s revised Afghanistan strategy and pushes for clarification of the conditions necessary for a successful draw-down of American forces. I have great regard for the careful […]

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