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Summer Camp celebrates homecoming

Apple Ridge Farm observes 30-years of educating youth to outdoors


Majestic–Supremely scenic view of Blue Ridge Mountains seen from Apple Ridge Farm’s Climbing Tower that stands at 2,900 ft. above sea level. – Photos by S. Hale

Music from an eclectic line-up of bands rang out over the Blue Ridge Mountains Saturday, June 9 as Apple Ridge Farm (ARF) celebrated the camp’s Homecoming 2018.

John Lewis, son of ARF founder Peter Lewis, presently serves as directer–a position he’s proudly held for two years. Together with his father and help from a host of volunteers, John led the project in efforts to celebrate 30 years of the academic summer camp with a bang. Continue reading Summer Camp celebrates homecoming

SCLC continues Juneteenth celebration

Natasha Harvey performs an interpretive praise dance on stage at Juneteenth celebration June 9, 2018. – Photos by S. Nowlin

by Jazmine Otey and
E.J. Shaw contributor

The Annual Juneteenth Celebration, sponsored by the local Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took place Saturday, June 9 in Washington Park. The event, held 12-noon-5:30 p.m., featured food vendors, praise dancers, various artists and much more. Continue reading SCLC continues Juneteenth celebration

Congratulations to the following graduates…

Janae Williams

Janae Y. Williams, who graduated from Elon University in North Carolina on Saturday, May 19 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and minors in African & African-American and Jewish Studies. She received the Pi Mu Epsilon Research Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the dissemination of mathematic research.

Pi Mu Epsilon is the honorary national mathematics society. Janae presented at the 13th Annual Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference at UNC-Greensboro in November 2017 and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma in April 2018. Continue reading Congratulations to the following graduates…

Doomsday or Dumas Day?

by Mary E. Campagna

The 30th of June will be piping hot with activity in honor of the historic Dumas Hotel, an African American icon in this town since the 1930s; a place where a host of greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Domino performed. The week-end will kick off with two revival services: at 7pm June 28 at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Gainsboro and another at 7:00 p.m., June 29 at a church to be designated later this week. (Check the Dumas Legacy Facebook page). Continue reading Doomsday or Dumas Day?

Families who need safety–TAP Sabrina’s Place

by Stacey Sheppard,
TAP Dir. of Human Services

Families who are in crisis all over the state and even families from out of state seek safety and solace at a hidden space in Roanoke called Sabrina’s Place. The center, named in memory of Sabrina Reed, opened in 2006. Sabrina Reed was murdered by her estranged husband in 2005 during the exchange of her daughter. Sabrina was a daughter, a sister, a nurse, an athlete and a friend to many. Continue reading Families who need safety–TAP Sabrina’s Place