Native Roanoker leads international choir to stardom

Jean Bulls and choir bring down the house at Britain’s Got Talent contest.

The 100 Voices of Gospel Choir, an international choir– brought down the house at Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals in London, England.

by S. Rotan Hale

For many the art of music is a force that, under certain circumstances, has the power to uplift and heal the most hardened heart.

For the most part it is a limitless medium that transcends cultures, boundaries and as the 18th Century English playwright coined it, “… hath charms to sooth the savage beast.”

Equally transforming is the human voice in all its many styles through which powerful performances may deliver listeners from the doldrums of despair to harmonious bliss.

Such was the case as the 100 Voices of Gospel–an international choir– brought down the house at Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals in London, England. Continue reading Native Roanoker leads international choir to stardom

Hurt Park Elementary celebrates rededication

Celebration: Newly installed Hurt Park principal Regina Gregory passes out scissors to students preparing to cut the ribbon to the site of a new gym to be erected at the school.

Mayor Sherman Lea, Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Rita Bishop, City Council and School Board members joined a sizable gathering of community members August 17 at Hurt Park Elementary School (HPES) for the rededication of the School, named after Welford Hurt in 1959, the first African-American from Roanoke to die in World War II. Continue reading Hurt Park Elementary celebrates rededication

Deltas Receive 2017 Guiding Star of Excellence Award

Recipients from l-r: Donna Lee, Gloria Manns, Trish White-Boyd, Dr. Deneen Evans and Dr. Gail Brown

The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was honored to receive the Guiding Star of Excellence Award presented by Vision of Faith Bible College of Garden of Prayer #7 Church at a luncheon held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Roanoke Delta Chapter was recognized for its dedication and commitment in serving the community and promoting awareness. Continue reading Deltas Receive 2017 Guiding Star of Excellence Award

Alpha Book Drive

Fraternity members from left: Kendall Pete, William Calloway, Robert Bedford, Hubert Walker and James Cabiness.

The Alpha Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. contacted a book drive to collect children’s books to be shipped to Africa.  The mission of Books for Africa is to “help alleviate poverty of the imagination where imagination is most needed where war and hunger, corruption and injustice seek to crush inspiration.”  Continue reading Alpha Book Drive

Appalachian Power offers recycling incentive

Appalachian Power customers can receive a $50 incentive reward through the Appliance Recycling Program simply by getting rid of an old secondary refrigerator or freezer.

Appalachian’s Appliance Recycling Program provides customers with the opportunity to have inefficient refrigerators and freezers picked up at their home at no cost. In addition to the $50 incentive, participants can save as much as $150 annually through lower household energy usage. Older refrigerators and freezers can require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more energy-efficient models. Continue reading Appalachian Power offers recycling incentive