Remembering those who sacrificed the most on Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Remembering those who sacrificed the most on Memorial Day

Lee Plaza as in years past was the site of Roanoke’s Memorial Day Service. Monday 100 veterans, family members and friends paid tribute to veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. While others prepared for picnics or were sleeping in Monday morning the true meaning of the day resonated with many city residents. Before the service […]

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Barbershop choruses are serious business – slideshow

Monday, May 28, 2012

Barbershop choruses are serious business - slideshow

Harmony filled the halls of the Hotel Roanoke this past weekend with melodies both old and new. The Southern Division Barbershop Quartet contest was held Friday evening. Barbershop Choruses competed Saturday morning. The Virginia Gentleman Chorus of the Roanoke Valley hosted the convention with Dennis Ritchie as Master of Ceremonies. Bob Johnson a baritone with […]

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Attorney General’s office hosts gang training in Roanoke

Thursday, May 24, 2012

ROANOKE (May 24, 2012)–Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office hosted a day of gang training in Roanoke to teach members of law enforcement, prosecutors, and community members about current gang trends while giving them the tools to recognize and report gang activity. Presentation topics included: Gangs 101 – History of gangs, how to recognize gang […]

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Tim Kaine holds roundtable on women’s issues

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tim Kaine holds roundtable on women’s issues

Former governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine on Tuesday sat with twenty women at the Starkey Road Mill Mountain and Tea to discuss and listen to issues that were most important to them. On the economy Kaine told them that there are things we have to do right away like ending unnecessary tax […]

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Work group to be formed for local election date study

Monday, May 21, 2012

Work group to be formed for local election date study

Acting city attorney Tim Spencer on Monday hand delivered a letter of advice to council members detailing the steps he recommended to move Roanoke City’s May municipal elections to November. The one-page letter referenced an attached two-page letter (page 1 and page 2) that former city attorney Bill Hackworth gave then Mayor Ralph Smith in […]

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RFP Tidbits – Countryside/Music For Americans

Monday, May 21, 2012

RFP Tidbits - Countryside/Music For Americans

Music For Americans: Regardless of the late revelation by local TV station WDBJ7 that the July 4th Music For Americans would be canceled within days since The Roanoke Times has pulled their sponsorship there is something a brewing. According to Councilman Bill Bestpitch there is a challenge afoot. It’s not a done deal but the […]

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DPVA Chair Brian Moran defends his day job

Monday, May 21, 2012

DPVA Chair Brian Moran defends his day job

Brian Moran, the Virginia Democratic Party chair is still coming under attack for his day job as a spokesperson and lobbyist for Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. The APSCU defends for-profit colleges that are said to offer students little hope of “gainful” employment but leave them with mounds of private and federal student […]

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Councilman Sherman Lea says only ego would keep elections in May

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Councilman Sherman Lea says only ego would keep elections in May

The advantages of moving elections to the November cycle would be as follows: 1) Greater voter turnout at council elections (40,000+ versus 9,000+) using the 2008/2012 election as example in 2008. 40,000 people voted in the presidential race and 9,000 voted on May 1 out of a possible 62,000. 2) Assure the spirit of the […]

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Cuccinelli kicks off series of statewide community and law enforcement gang trainings

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cuccinelli kicks off series of statewide community and law enforcement gang trainings

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be in Salem, Virginia on May 24. Chief Chris Perkins said that the Roanoke City police gang investigator would be in attendance. RADFORD (May 16, 2012)-Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office kicked off a series of five community and law enforcement gang trainings across the commonwealth. The first training was […]

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Roanoke City fiscal year 2013 budget gets approval – schools OK

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Roanoke City fiscal year 2013 budget gets approval - schools OK

Monday’s council meeting was quick and painless with no discussion except to thank staff for their hard work in assembling the 2013 fiscal year budget for final adoption. The city manager, Chris Morrill’s “budgeting for outcomes” task began in September of 2011. The $252.8 million budget was approached conservatively. Revenue is faring well and running […]

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Editorial board’s ego shows retaliation for endorsement loss

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today’s editorial blaming city council for not paying attention to the Republican mayoral candidate Mark Lucas when he suggested a tax for increasing teacher pay is reprehensible. It smacks of a defensive maneuver to cover up their previous editorial where they asked school board chairman David Carson about another tax to raise teacher pay. From […]

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Virginia Republicans reject gay prosecutor for judgeship – videos

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Virginia Republicans reject gay prosecutor for judgeship - videos

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall made good on his promise to scuttle the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Beglund an honorably discharged Navy Lieutenant and Top Gun who he called a “gay activist.” Marshall feared he would be a gay activist on the bench of the Richmond General District Court. The court decides such activist issues as traffic tickets, simple assaults […]

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