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New Horizons Healthcare opens dental clinic

Eileen Lepro, executive director, New Horizons Healthcare, Mayor David Bowers, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Rev.William Lee and Lee Wilham join in as the ribbon is cut to the new dental clinic at the facility on Melrose Ave.   photos by S. Hale
Eileen Lepro, executive director, New Horizons Healthcare, Mayor David Bowers, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Rev.William Lee and Lee Wilham join in as the ribbon is cut to the new dental clinic at the facility on Melrose Ave.      photos by S. Hale

by Shawn Nowlin

On its surface the basic idea of every city in America having affordable dental care available to all residents seems like it would be a foregone conclusion. At its core the issue is much more complicated. Reports show that nearly” half of adults living in Roanoke have not been to a dentist in over two years.” In many other Virginia areas those percentages are much higher. Whether it is because of a lack of funds or knowledge, the numbers are high and are cause for change. Continue reading New Horizons Healthcare opens dental clinic

Virginia Western librarian awarded prestigious honor

Hurt is one of only 10 to receive Carnegie Corporation/New York Times-sponsored award

At a ceremony in New York, Virginia Western Community College librarian Lynn Hancock Hurt received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Hurt is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor. Continue reading Virginia Western librarian awarded prestigious honor

AKAs volunteer at Rescue Mission on MLK Day

Carolyn Haley (left), and Carla Shepherd, chapter vice president, clean and sort donated items at the distribution center.
Carolyn Haley (left), and Carla Shepherd, chapter vice president, clean and sort donated items at the distribution center.

Members of the Beta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. rolled up their sleeves and devoted Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to volunteer work at the Roanoke Rescue Mission Distribution & Recycling Center.

The Roanoke chapter, with other Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters across the country, celebrated the life and memory of Dr. King by participating in a community impact day of service. Community impact days provide local chapters the opportunity to choose service projects that will be beneficial to their surrounding communities. Continue reading AKAs volunteer at Rescue Mission on MLK Day

Who’s Who is America’s Neighborhoods Award

The Who’s Who is America’s Neighborhoods Award was created to recognize individuals whose work mirrors the mission of Neighborhoods, USA which includes: Building and strengthening neighborhoods; Encouraging neighborhood involvement in the decision-making process in local government; and promoting productive communications, collaborations and partnerships among neighborhood associations, local governments and the public-private sectors. Continue reading Who’s Who is America’s Neighborhoods Award