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Ralph Berrier


Ralph Berrier Jr. has worked at The Roanoke Times since 1993. He covers the City of Roanoke and writes the Dadline parenting column.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea (with hand raised) takes the oath of office from Roanoke City Circuit Judge Onzlee Ware (right) during Lea’s investi…


The parent portal, or “ParentVue,” or any online system that schools provide for folks to spy on their children Big Brother-style, can provide insight into grades, test scores or discipline. It can also become a little too addictive for parents.

Betty Field told The Roanoke Times in 2004 that she hiked more than 39,000 miles in her life, much of it during daily treks up Mill Mountain. She was also a missionary, a Girl Scout leader, teacher and helper to those who were homeless or needed spiritual encouragement.

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