City Council chamber fills with VCE supporters and strange dialogue

Friday, April 26, 2013

City Council chamber fills with VCE supporters and strange dialogue

The public hearing on the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget was akin to the movie “Groundhog Day.” A rerun of years past. Over half of the 22 speakers at Roanoke City’s public hearing advocated for restoring funding to the Virginia Cooperative Extension to the fiscal year 2012-2013 level of $67,267. The VCE had asked for a […]

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First Cuccinelli ad goes up staring his wife Teiro Cuccinelli

Friday, April 26, 2013

Springfield, Va. – The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign today announced the  release of its first television ad of the 2013 campaign.  The ad will begin running on statewide television on Monday, April 29th. Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign Manager Dave Rexrode said, “For most of his adult life, Ken Cuccinelli has worked to make his community, and […]

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Roanoke City Sheriff Primary candidates at RVDW annual event

Friday, April 26, 2013

Roanoke City Sheriff Primary candidates at RVDW annual event

Roanokers may be paying little attention to the local Democratic Primary Sheriff race scheduled for June 11. Octavia Johnson the incumbent Republican is seeking her third term as Roanoke City’s sheriff. She squeaked out a win in her last run against Democrat Frank Garrett in 2009. Thursday evening was the annual Roanoke Valley Democratic Women’s […]

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Hard hiring freeze at Department of Justice

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Attorney Office for the Western District of Virginia said that the Department Of Justice is in the midst of a hard hiring freeze. “When that freeze lifts the Community Outreach Coordinator position that Gwen Mason held will be advertised and filled,” he said. McGinn emphasized that the position has […]

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Gwen Mason becomes part of Tim Kaine’s staff

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gwen Mason becomes part of Tim Kaine's staff

Former city council member, Gwen Mason has been selected as a member of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s staff. Mason will serve as Regional Director for the Roanoke area. A Roanoke office location has yet to be selected. UPDATE: According to Mason she will start work for Senator Kaine on May 6th.  “The Regional Directors have responsibility […]

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Another Republican primary candidate for Del. Putney’s seat bows out

Monday, April 22, 2013

Republican candidate Jim Crosby throws his support behind Jim McKelvey as he announces his withdrawal from the Republican primary race for the 19th District House of Delegates. The seat currently held by the retiring Delegate Lacey E. Putney. Crosby in a statement said: “The May 7th Republican primary to identify its candidate to run in […]

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An endowment is key to funding Roanoke’s Arts and Culture

Monday, April 22, 2013

An endowment is key to funding Roanoke's Arts and Culture

Sustaining the arts and culture in Roanoke City has been a challenge since the recession. The siphoning of generous philanthropic funds to the Taubman Museum and the dwindling amount of public money left  to spread around to other arts and performance venues is reaching a critical stage. Councilman Dave Trinkle along with philanthropist David Wine […]

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Candidate for Lt. Gov. Aneesh Chopra racks up endorsements

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Candidate for Lt. Gov. Aneesh Chopra racks up endorsements

ARLINGTON, VA — Today the Mayor of Richmond, Dwight C. Jones, and other mayors across Virginia endorsed Aneesh Chopra for Lt. Governor of Virginia. “Aneesh is uniquely qualified to take on the challenges that face the next Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and I know that he’s got what it takes to deliver real results for Virginians,” […]

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Sen Mark Warner on Senate gun votes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner issued the following statement after the Senate rejected a series of gun measures: “It’s very disappointing that we could not reach 60 votes in the Senate for the reasonable, bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks. The compromise put forward by Sens. Manchin and Toomey would have closed the […]

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Kaine Statement On Gun Violence Votes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding the votes today on gun violence measures: “On the sixth anniversary of the horrible shootings at Virginia Tech yesterday, I took to the Senate floor to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives.  The tragedy happened after a dangerous young man illegally […]

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Zachary Hatcher will run in primary for 19th house district

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Zachary Hatcher will run in primary for 19th house district

Botetourt County resident Zachary Hatcher, a small business owner and pastor at Mount Bethel Church of the Brethren in Eagle Rock., announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination of Virginia’s 19th House of Delegate District. When asked why he was running, Hatcher said, “After years of praying that God would raise up Godly men and women […]

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Roanoke City School Board selection process dilemma

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Roanoke City School Board selection process dilemma

After much gnashing of teeth and consultation with the city attorney Dan Callaghan Roanoke City Council decided that the replacement of school board chairman Dave Carson will be advertised and applications taken until May 3 and reviewed by council on May 6. Carson has been appointed to the 23rd District Circuit Court and will take […]

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