CIAA announces big attractions

Football, Cross Country and Softball Championships headed to Salem

CONFERENCE: CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams is flanked on the dais by Salem Mayor Byron “Randy” Foley (l) and Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea as they answer questions at the 2017 CIAA Football Media Day held at Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Thursday, July 20. – Photo by Lut Williams

by Lut Williams, Special to The Roanoke Tribune

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) returned to the Roanoke Valley last week for the first time following the successful staging of the conference’s football championship last November in Salem and for the first time since announcing last month a deal that will keep the title game here for another three years.

Administrators and staff from the league along with head coaches and two players from each of the conference’s 12 football-playing institutions converged on Roanoke’s Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center for three days of meetings culminating with last Thursday’s 2017 Football Media Day. Continue reading CIAA announces big attractions

VWCC professor earns 2nd Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair

Alexander Scott

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation has awarded the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair to Alexander Scott, an associate professor of Spanish at Virginia Western Community College. The endowed chair is named for Don Smith, retired head of Roanoke Electric Steel and a Director Emeriti of the Educational Foundation. Steel Dynamics Inc., formerly Roanoke Electric Steel, established the endowed chair in 2006 with a $100,000 gift to honor Smith’s longtime leadership. Smith was president of Roanoke Steel from 1985 to 2004 and worked for the company 49 years. Continue reading VWCC professor earns 2nd Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair

Roanoke hosts Francis Family Reunion

Francis Family reunion attendees

Members of the Francis family held their reunion July 22-23 at the Sheraton Hotel off Hershberger Rd.

It was truly, as the reunion’s theme perfectly stated, “A Time to Remember”  for the participants who reveled at this momentous occasion.

From the oldest to the youngest the joy and camaraderie could be felt throughout the entire celebration of this family affair. Continue reading Roanoke hosts Francis Family Reunion

Christiansburg activist passes

Nannie Hairston was dedicated to preserving local history and educating youth.

ICON: Nannie Hairston upon receiving an award in 2011 from the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History organization. – Courtesy of Clinton Strane

Nannie Mae Berger Hairston of Christiansburg went home to be with the Lord on July 14, 2017. She was 95, born August 7, 1921, the oldest of 10 children of the late Samuel and Bessie Mae (Robinson) Berger of West Virginia (a true coal miner’s daughter).

Nannie Mae graduated from Excelsior (WV) segregated High School and married her life-long husband and friend, John Tyrone Hairston, on June 14, 1941. Their lives together from that point would hold any audience captive until his passing. Their granddaughter, Nannie Mae, also preceded her in death. Continue reading Christiansburg activist passes

Adages and Attitudes – let’s think about it. . .

A popular adage frequently heard, especially in today’s ever increasing free society is, “It takes a Village to raise a child.” Like any other this too can be questioned or even debated. Some contend that it only takes two good parents to do so. This certainly would be the ideal way but even the dichotomy of “good parents” has drastically changed in recent years.

When you listen to the “old folk’s tales” of some senior citizens you will hear many speak of how neighbors, teachers and others acted as surrogate parents exercising full rights and privileges to punish bad behavior before reporting it to the parents–who, in turn would repeat the physical punishment-–all outlawed in today’s modern, undisciplined society. Continue reading Adages and Attitudes – let’s think about it. . .