Three way race for Catawba board of supervisors

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Catawba – Longtime Catawba resident and volunteer fire fighter David Drake will enter the race for the Catawba Board of Supervisors Seat. Drake will run as a Republican and plans to receive the party’s nomination at the July 16 mass meeting. “I am very humbled by the opportunity to become an active part of the […]

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NAACP recognizes Freedom First Credit Union as corporate citizen of the year

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NAACP recognizes Freedom First Credit Union as corporate citizen of the year

Seven General Electric employees started with $40 of their own money and founded Freedom First Credit Union in 1956. Today they have grown to be a full-service community credit union with 10 branches and 36,000 member-owners. Freedom First Credit Union’s CEO Paul Phillips said, “Helping people prosper is more than just a mission statement.” Their […]

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Governor McDonnell to make Virginia the energy capital of the east coast

Monday, June 27, 2011

RICHMOND – Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech today gave an update on Governor Bob McDonnell’s natural resource and energy goals during a morning press briefing in Richmond. During the briefing, Domenech discussed land conservation, Chesapeake Bay restoration and progress towards making Virginia the “Energy Capital of the East Coast.” He also announced that […]

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NAACP Roanoke Branch citizen of the year awards banquet

Monday, June 27, 2011

NAACP Roanoke Branch citizen of the year awards banquet

“Celebrating Diversity” was this year’s theme for the 13th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards banquet at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood Friday evening. The festivities started with a reception and ended with dancing the electric slide. Joy Sutton formerly with WDBJ and now marketing communication manager for HCA was the master of ceremonies. Brenda Hale […]

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Holding court at Roanoke City Council – updated with video

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Holding court at Roanoke City Council - updated with video

It wasn’t the first time that city council member Ray Ferris held court at Roanoke City Council but it was the first time he’s been called on the carpet. I’ve never seen any council member of any past council cross-examine a citizen like Ray Ferris did me Monday evening. Bill Bestpitch was close behind attempting […]

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General Assembly’s passage of pneumatic gun exemption creates a stir

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

General Assembly’s passage of pneumatic gun exemption creates a stir

A bill introduced in the senate by Democrat Roscoe Reynolds of Martinsville created a stir at Roanoke City Council Monday afternoon. No council member wanted to endorse it but state lawmakers trump local city code every time with Virginia’s Dillon rule the law of the land. Localities can only do what Virginia lawmakers tell them […]

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Chief Chris Perkins on combating gangs and domestic violance

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chief Chris Perkins on combating gangs and domestic violance

Tim Heaphy, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia and Associate Attorney General, Thomas Perrelli held an anti-violence forum June 9. Following the press conference Chief Chris Perkins gave me a local perspective on various Roanoke City crime topics: Domestic Violence: Domestic aggravated assaults have increased 46 percent in 2010. Council Member Sherman Lea […]

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Senator Bill Stanley will face incumbent Roscoe Reynolds

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Senator Bill Stanley will face incumbent Roscoe Reynolds

Incumbent Republican Senator only candidate to file for GOP nod against Democrat Roscoe Reynolds in November. Glade Hill VA, 16 June 2011: Jeff Williams, Chairman of the 20th Senatorial District Republican Committee, today announced that only one candidate filed the paperwork required by the Commonwealth of Virginia to qualify for the August 23, 2011, Republican […]

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Justice Department approves Virginia’s new voting districts

Friday, June 17, 2011

RICHMOND (June 17, 2011) – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced this afternoon that he has received notice from the U.S. Department of Justice that it has approved Virginia’s state legislative redistricting plan as submitted on May 11. The approval means that all redrawn Virginia Senate and House of Delegates districts have been approved and can […]

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What they really think of us Roanoke citizens

Friday, June 17, 2011

What they really think of us Roanoke citizens

The Countryside neighborhood has not heard a word from the Roanoke City Planning Department or anyone else regarding progress of the project. The Countryside Master Plan goes before Council on Monday at the 7:00 p.m. meeting. It will be adopted into the city’s comprehensive plan the same as other neighborhood plans though it is actually […]

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First Lady Maureen McDonnell visits West End Community Market

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

First Lady Maureen McDonnell visits West End Community Market

First Lady Maureen McDonnell visited the West End Community Market on Monday while the governor participated in a panel at a business conference at the Hotel Roanoke. The market is one of four of the First Lady’s Opportunity Hall of Fame Award Recipients for 2010-2011. The project brings fresh produce to the low-income neighborhoods of […]

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Anniversary of Eat for Education exceeds revenue projections

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Anniversary of Eat for Education exceeds revenue projections

Roanoke, VA — The City of Roanoke held a press conference today to announce year-to-date results from the Eat for Education campaign. Mayor David Bowers and Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools, were speakers at the event, which was held at Honey Baked Ham, an Eat for Education participating restaurant, located at […]

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