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Montgomery County’s School Board is poised to revisit the topic of middle school gym classes, but it’s unclear if the board will act during a scheduled meeting tonight to undo a budget-saving step that cut the number of physical education classes each week. “For next year, I think it’s pretty much done,” school board Chairman Wendell Jones said Monday. Although board members have criticized a reduction in the number of
The Roanoke City Council spent more than two hours Monday interviewing school board candidates looking to fill two seats with expiring terms and the unexpired term of the board's leader. Officials are considering a single pool of candidates for the three spots, which include the unexpired term of board Chairman David Carson. Carson, who has a year left on his term, was recently tapped to become a circuit court judge.
Flash flooding from a burst of heavy rain Monday afternoon closed streets and damaged a building in downtown Roanoke. Roanoke Fire-EMS crews responded to the first block of Church Avenue Southeast shortly after 3 p.m., where a portion of a roof had collapsed into a space that is currently up for lease. Crews closed the street from Jefferson Street to the Market Square Garage while they evaluated the building and
Roanoke’s mountain marathon and half-marathon spurred nearly a half-million dollars in economic impact last month, according to a survey of the runners. The $476,000 in direct and indirect spending by 1,684 runners in the April 20 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon — and their friends and family who traveled with them — is up 26.3 percent from last year, according to the survey by Roanoke Regional Partnership
To get to one of the most noteworthy homes of late on Smith Mountain Lake, you head east on Virginia 40 from Rocky Mount. Pass the one-horse communities of Redwood and Glade Hill. Soon you’ll come to Penhook and the local landmark known as Carl’s Place, a friendly diner and gas station. Just past Carl’s, follow some back roads for 3 to 4 miles to the lushly landscaped golf community
The U.S. Forest Service is citing the case of an ATV rider who was fined for damaging the Kimberling Creek Wilderness in Bland County as a reminder of laws designed to safeguard natural places from man-made impacts. The Kimberling area is a 5,805-acre, federally declared wilderness under stringent conservation laws. While hiking, hunting, horseback riding and other relatively low-impact activities are permitted, the law forbids vehicles, mechanized equipment such as
Most of those who showed up to speak their mind about proposed pay increases for council members and the mayor Monday said they didn't like the idea - but there weren't many of them. Only five people spoke, and one of them said he supported the idea of a pay increase. The council started the process of giving itself a 28.5 percent pay raise for itself while boosting the mayor's
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told his staff to stop suggesting to people seeking public records that he isn’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act. His office has been responding to FOIA requests saying a Virginia Supreme Court ruling that the act didn’t apply to the State Corporation Commission “could be similarly extended to include the Attorney General.” The office has also been saying that “a good-faith argument could
BLACKSBURG -- The Midtown Village proposal for development of the old Blacksburg Middle School site does not meet the master plan that Blacksburg and Montgomery County developed for the property, says a town staff report released over the weekend. The report goes to the Blacksburg Planning Commission, which has scheduled a June 4 public hearing on the rezonings required for the development, and to the town council, which has scheduled
Roanoke area law enforcement agencies are intensifying traffic patrols over the next two weeks in coordination with the national Click It or Ticket campaign to boost seat belt usage. Police and rescue officials from throughout the valley joined forces Monday to hold a license checkpoint on the Blue Ridge Parkway, signifying the beginning of a two-week blitz that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of wearing a seat belt,
Roanoke police have matched a man to DNA evidence found on the scene of a 2005 homicide. According to a warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court, police are looking to link a man to the scene where Jamie Lavar Penn, 23, was found shot to death in the early morning hours of Aug. 16, 2005. Penn was found dead in a rental car in the 1100 block of Thomas Avenue
The public will have a chance to comment on the pay raise proposal for Roanoke City Council and the mayor during this evening's council meeting. The council plans a June 3 vote on the proposal, which calls for a 28.5 percent pay increase for the council and a 15 percent bump for the mayor. The public comment session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Noel
There were free hot dogs, a fire truck, face-painting, rainbows blossoming on the asphalt, the tang of charcoal in the air. And, of course, because it was the annual Grandin Village block party, rain. Now in what organizers say is its ninth year, rain for the block party is a bit of a tradition. "It always seems to rain," said Jake Gilmer, president of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League,
One person was taken to the hospital Sunday night when a cooking fire damaged a Roanoke apartment. According to a Roanoke Fire-EMS Department news release, crews responded to the 2300 block of Longview Avenue at 6:09 p.m. They found a fire with heavy smoke in the kitchen. Crews contained the fire to the kitchen and controlled the fire by 6:30 p.m. Two people were in the building when the fire
1988 (25 years ago) “The U. S. Education Department on Wednesday named Roanoke County’s Mountain View Elementary School as being among the top schools in the nation.” “For all the titles his teams have won in track over the years, William Fleming’s Sherley Stuart had to wait until nine days before the end of his track coaching career to win an outdoor region crown. Fleming’s girls gave Stuart his first
Each year on a Monday night in late May, Cindy Goldstein steps to a podium at the B'nai B'rith Athletic and Achievement Awards banquet and announces the name of a local high school senior. And each year, a grateful teenager takes home the Artie Levin Personal Life Award, named in memory of Goldstein's father. [ See the nominees ] The winner receives a trophy after the audience is treated to
BLACKSBURG — Frances Brennan “Rusty” Rice said she knew something terrible had happened. On May 24, 1938, she was 17 years old and walking home from high school. She saw scores of cars parked near her family’s home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Elinor, an older sister, stopped her. “Oh, Rusty, our daddy has been killed,” Elinor said. Michael Brennan, 44, was a contractor who often worked in coal mines. He died
Q: I'd like to know which major movies have been shot in and around the Roanoke Valley over the years. - Sherrick Drews, Roanoke A: I hesitate to answer this question because I know I'll be leaving some out, but a little digging reveals that Hollywood has been visiting our region for more than 90 years. My personal opinion is that the best of the bunch is "What About Bob?"
Roanoke City Council Regular meeting When: 2 p.m. today, work session, 7 p.m. public hearings Where: Council chamber, fourth floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave S.W. On the agenda: School board member interviews and public hearings, public comment at 7 p.m. on pay raise proposal for the council and mayor. Franklin County Board of Supervisors Regular meeting When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday; public hearings at 6 p.m. Where:
Police are continuing to investigate a crash of a car into the Trail Days parade in Damascus that injured more than 50 people on Saturday. Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley said he expects to make a recommendation to the Washington County commonwealth's attorney on whether or not to charge the driver later this week. The driver's 1997 Cadillac was one of the last vehicles in the parade. The car accelerated
Weather JournalDeadly Okla. tornado; Roanoke floods