Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Monday, November 19, 2012
Everybody loves a parade: The local Christmas holiday season kicked off in earnest last week – ahead of this weekend’s “Black Friday,” or Black Thursday even, with some stores set to reopen Thanksgiving night. The annual Grandin Village Christmas parade brought out thousands of spectators, and seemingly just as many parade participants. Marchers included local schools, marching bands, merchants from the Grandin Village area like the Grandin Theatre, Local Roots, Viva La Cupcake and the Natural Foods Co-op.
There were Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, bagpipers, ragtag bands, Vikings and, of course, Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers. He was last seen headed to a local pub with a bunch of those rowdy-looking Vikings. Grandin Village merchants and eateries like the annual parade since it attracts many that might not frequent the area otherwise. The Christmas parade ended as it always does, with Santa Claus waving to the crowd from atop a Roanoke City fire department truck. (Gene Marrano)
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Local Events
Tags: festivals, neighborhood