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Arena football returns to Roanoke in 2019!

The Official Virginia Iron Horses logo

Berglund Center is pleased to announce the return of indoor arena football and welcomes the Virginia Iron Horses to Roanoke in the spring of 2019. The National Gridiron League (NGL) will debut a new spring indoor football league in twelve U.S. cities in March 2019. Roanoke’s team, the Virginia Iron Horses, will play its first home game in the spring of 2019.

The NGL was founded in 2017 as a minor league alternative to the National Football League to become a respectable destination for recent college football graduates. Based in the Southeast, the League will draw many of its players from college football’s major conferences. The NGL launched in the hopes of providing an exceptional quality product on the field and to have a positive community impact off the field. Continue reading Arena football returns to Roanoke in 2019!

Continentals Award Local Scholarships

Recipients – (left to right) Sheridan Saunders, Neya Williams, Yebelee Willis-Desta, 
and Phazhon Nash.

Members of the Roanoke Chapter Continental Societies, Inc. are proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to eight very deserving high school students at its June chapter meeting on Saturday, June 16, at High Street Baptist Church with Continental Elsie Scott hosting. Continue reading Continentals Award Local Scholarships

Women’s Day Honorees

Hill Street Baptist Church honored the following members during Women’s Day Service on Sunday, July 8: Kayla Gilchrist, Deaconess Carolyn Smith, Deacon Robert Johnson, Lumi Ross and Rev. Crystal Smith.

Deacon Beverley Brower and Renee Wood are Women’s Day chairperson and co-chairperson, respectively.

GMZ Man of the Year

Harold Finney

Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church recognized Harold Finney as 2018 Father of the Year during the morning service on Sunday, June 17. He was presented with a plaque, a special song and more.

Harold Finney was born May 1941 in Roanoke son of the late William Henry and Hazel Hancock Finney. He attended Roanoke City Public Schools and graduated from Lucy Addison High School in June 1959. Continue reading GMZ Man of the Year

Native son headlines Dumas Legacy Concert

Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield returns to support the Dumas Project

Former Roanoker Adrian Crutchfield belts out one of many songs performed at the “Dumas Legacy” concert held Saturday, June 30 outside the historic Dumas Hotel on First Street NW in downtown.

by S. Rotan Hale

Once again it was show-time on Henry Street at the historic Dumas Hotel. A sizable crowd of music lovers filled the street blocked off outside the structure where the second annual Dumas Legacy Concert featuring saxophone virtuoso Adrian Crutchfield was held.

A sizable crowd of music lovers filled the street blocked off outside the structure where the second annual Dumas Legacy Concert featuring saxophone virtuoso Adrian Crutchfield was held.
Attendees dance in the street at the Dumas Legacy concert.

The beautiful Saturday evening sky, (6/30) coupled with occasional soft summer breezes provided the perfect conditions for such a night. Continue reading Native son headlines Dumas Legacy Concert

Ruth D. Hunt honored by Department of Defense

HONORED – Former Roanoker Ruth D. Hunt (right) with Nancy Zwetsch, NYS Regent, NSDAR.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration presented Ruth D. Hunt with a Certificate of Appreciation Award at the 127th Constitution Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Headquarters, at Constitution Hall Washington, DC. Hunt received the award Friday, June 22 from the Department of Defense (DOD), James T. Jackson, U.S. Major Gereral, U.S. Army, Retired, and Nancy Zwetsch, NYS Regent, NSDAR. Continue reading Ruth D. Hunt honored by Department of Defense