Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery – where is it?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery - where is it?

What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It  hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children. According to The Roanoke Times the pilot […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith votes against appropriation amendment regarding Confederate flag

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rep. Morgan Griffith votes against appropriation amendment regarding Confederate flag

UPDATED clarifying his vote see below. Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding his vote against the Huffman Amendment to H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017: “Today, I voted no on the Huffman Amendment, which would prohibit the use of […]

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‘Virginia Tech Remembrance Day’ declared – flags at half-staff

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

‘Virginia Tech Remembrance Day’ declared - flags at half-staff

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today declared April 16, 2016 as “Virginia Tech Remembrance Day” in the Commonwealth in honor of those who were killed or injured during a mass shooting at the university on April 16, 2007. Henh Lee was a graduate of William Fleming High School. “We will stop on April 16 not […]

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Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Alphonzo Holland passed away Saturday, December 12, at the age of 98. He worked at Norfolk and Western railroad for 46 years. A quote hangs on the wall at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. “At first we had a segregated union … then we got sick leave, vacation and hospitalization. When I first worked on […]

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Senators Warner, Kaine, Hillary Clinton, DPVA chair recognize the 50th anniversary or the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, August 6, 2015

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act by renewing their call for the Senate to take up legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. On June 24, Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the […]

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Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe statement on Nelson Mandela’s passing

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe statement on Nelson Mandela's passing

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to the passing of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela: “I was deeply saddened to learn that the world has lost a giant in the enduring fight for justice and human rights with the passing of President Nelson Mandela.  His service and sacrifice to […]

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Reverend Carl Tinsley, Sr. dies at age 80 – “People Get Ready”

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Reverend Carl Tinsley, Sr. dies at age 80 -

Reverend Carl T. Tinsley, Sr., 80, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at home after an extended illness. Memories of Rev. Tinsley include his big smile and hug he gave in greeting his friends. I was grateful to be one of them. Two memories stand out – Rev. Tinsley’s big smile when opening the door to […]

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Memorial Day at Lee Plaza is always special

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day at Lee Plaza is always special

It was 9:47 a.m. Monday as a bus full of veterans pulled up to Roanoke Valley War Memorial  at Lee Plaza across from the Municipal Building. Veterans, their families, officials and Roanoke citizens took time out of their holiday to honor all who served our country. Sitting with former Roanoke City Sheriff and Councilman Alvin […]

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Governor McDonnell on Passing of Former Delegate Clifton A. “Chip” Woodrum

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Governor McDonnell on Passing of Former Delegate Clifton A. “Chip” Woodrum

RICHMOND — Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement following news of the passing of former delegate Clifton A. “Chip” Woodrum. “In public service, there are a select few who make a mark on the lives of those they represent and the Commonwealth for both their personality and compassion and for their policy achievements. Chip Woodrum […]

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Bill Hopkins remembered as a giant in the Senate

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bill Hopkins remembered as a giant in the Senate

Former state Senator William B. Hopkins Sr., a Franklin County native and veteran Roanoke lawyer died Tuesday at the age of 90. He was retired from his law firm where he was a partner at Martin, Hopkins & Lemon. In 1959 Hopkins defeated Earl Fitzpatrick, Bev Fitzpatrick’s uncle in a primary . He became a […]

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Lucian Grove: “the best man I ever met”

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lucian Grove: “the best man I ever met”

Lucian Grove was a husband, devoted father, a businessman, a philanthropist, a politician for a time, and a visionary who saw better things for downtown Roanoke. He was, according to his daughter Anne Grove, “the best man I ever met.”  Lucian Grove passed away last week at age 88, after battling Parkinson’s disease gamely for […]

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Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden dedicated

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden dedicated

The Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden was dedicated in Vic Thomas Park Thursday morning. Over 100 people gathered as Mayor Bowers, the artists, Clean Valley Council, the Roanoke Arts Commission and Eric Thomas cut the ribbon. Vic Thomas’ son Eric said the contributions Masters made to a cleaner, better environment is what his dad […]

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