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Lynchburg gets first female African American mayor

Treney L. Tweedy

Lynchburg will continue its new tradition of female leadership for two more years as City Council has selected Treney Tweedy as mayor and MaryJane Dolan as vice mayor for the 2018-2020 term.

“I want to be inclusive of us growing as a city. I also want to continue the economic growth of our city and ensure that the businesses have the workforce that they need,” said Tweedy, who was selected over fellow council member Turner Perrow in a 4-3 vote. I want to work with our education system to support economic development and to make sure our neighborhoods are supported — not just in our urban core, but across our city.” Continue reading Lynchburg gets first female African American mayor

Veteran achieves a dream, opens food truck business

Julio Battistini, retired US Army with his patriotic foes truck.

by Shawn Nowlin

After completing 12 years in the United States Army, Julio Battistini decided to try his hand at a new career: the food truck industry. The Salem resident debuted his new business on Friday, June 1.

“I always wanted to cook and had a natural ability to create unique and tasteful items. The hardest part was actually taking that step into making my dream a reality,” Battistini said. “The start was not easy. It took a lot of work and commitment. I plan on taking five percent of my profit and giving it to Veteran-owned organizations. I am really excited about the future.” Continue reading Veteran achieves a dream, opens food truck business

AKA’s Implement Healthy Living

PARTICIPANTS – AKA committee members; guest speakers, Marguerita Cubas and Lamoryae Mayo; and children.

The Family Strengthening Committee of Beta Chi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® implemented a healthy living activity at Hurt Park Community Center on Saturday, June 30. Neighborhood children and their parents were invited to come learn how to make wise choices to maintain healthy lifestyles. Continue reading AKA’s Implement Healthy Living

‘Tenth Year of Pubic Art’ celebration to conclude with Newly Commissioned Art

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission announce the selection of Stephen Fairfield of St. David, AZ, to create a special work of art celebrating 10 years of public art in Roanoke. The piece, titled Global Harmony, will be placed in Entranceway Park at 114 Wells Ave. NW. The city issued a Request for Qualifications seeking an artist or artist team to design artwork that would reflect the inclusivity and diversity of the population of the City of Roanoke. Fairfield was selected out of four finalists who presented proposals. Continue reading ‘Tenth Year of Pubic Art’ celebration to conclude with Newly Commissioned Art

Jazz on the Lawn, a solid sender

NAACP annual event garners funds to send local ACT-SO contenders to nationals.

It was truly “Jazz on the Lawn” as the Roanoke Branch NAACP held its annual fund-raiser Sunday, June 24 at the home of Clint Barlow.

On a picture-perfect day weather-wise, attendees under a giant tent set up on Barlow’s huge lawn, dined on fried fish dinners while live music provided the perfect soundtrack for this soulful affair.

“My mother’s name was Non-aa (pronounced No-nay),” Clint said. “I built this outdoor kitchen we use all year ’round as a tribute to her and we called it Non-aa’s Cafe.” Continue reading Jazz on the Lawn, a solid sender