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Local NAACP program reflects community’s efforts in action

Banquet speaker decries Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Keynote Banquet speaker Sharon Lettman-Hicks delivers a rousing address at the 17th Annual NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet Friday, May 22. – photos by S. Rotan Hale
Keynote Banquet speaker Sharon Lettman-Hicks delivers a rousing address at the 17th Annual NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet Friday, May 22. – photos by S. Rotan Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

The Roanoke Branch NAACP held its 17th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards banquet Friday, May 22 at Tanglewood Holiday Inn. Journalist Brie Jackson, of WSLS 10 served as emcee for the well-attended affair that recognizes a host of area individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions on various levels.

In a somber tone, Mayor David Bowers, focused his opening remarks on the current, racially charged, civil unrest resulting from incidents involving excessive force by police nationwide. Continue reading Local NAACP program reflects community’s efforts in action

Craft wins top Athletic and Achievement Award

Senior is first male winner from William Fleming High School since 1986

 

Warren Craft and mother Toni Brown stand behind Athletic and Achievement Award trophy.
Warren Craft and mother Toni Brown stand behind Athletic and Achievement Award trophy.

by Eva Shaw-Gill

Warren Craft a senior at William Fleming High School has added another award to his impressive credentials by winning the top award at the 65th B’nai B’rith Athletic and Achievement Awards banquet held Monday, May 18.

This award (equivalent to the Heismen trophy) was presented by the Israel Friedlander Lodge at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center. Continue reading Craft wins top Athletic and Achievement Award

Hill Street Mother of the Year

Rev. Crystal Smith
Rev. Crystal Smith

Rev. Crystal Smith was honored as Mother of the Year at Hill Street Baptist Church during the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 10.

Rev. Smith is the daughter of the late John and Mary Smith. She was born and raised in Roanoke and educated in the local public school system. She started her Christian journey as a child at Hill Street Church where she was baptized and is currently one of three associate ministers. She also serves as a member of the Senior Choir and Women’s Choir and also holds the title 2nd Moderator in the Valley Baptist Association. Continue reading Hill Street Mother of the Year

City Worker receives “Hero Award”

Roanoke City sanitation worker Joe Brewer, Jr. was recently awarded the Public Works Hero Award during the 57th Annual Conference & Equipment Show of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter America Public Works Association held recently in Baltimore, MD. The Public Works Hero Award, the first ever awarded, recognized Joe for his service “Beyond the Call of Duty” in the Roanoke community. Continue reading City Worker receives “Hero Award”

Guns & Hoses MDA Benefit Game

Everyone mark your calendars for the Saturday, June 6 Annual Guns & Hoses Softball Game to benefit the MDA! Let’s pack Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium like we do for Guns & Hoses Hockey! If interested in catching up with the team, contact Firefighter Dave Burnette at 420-1550.  The team will be playing this weekend at the Botetourt Sports Complex.