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Mother and Woman of the Year celebration at Central Baptist

Lori A. Otey
Lori A. Otey

Mother of the Year
Lori A. Otey born and raised on a farm in Cross, SC was a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church. She was a member of the choir and the usher board. Throughout her school years, she was a  Girl Scouts, in the Honor Society, played instruments, head majorette in high school, played sports, and was Miss Senior of the1979 class at Cross High School in South Carolina where she graduated.

Lori earned her associates degree in clerical skills at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke. She has worked for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for 29 years as a diet technician in the customer care office. Lori has earned the nickname “Big Momma” or ”Momma O”due to her loving, caring personality and constant advice when needed. She is a faithful member of Central Baptist Church where she attends Sunday School, Bible Study, Teachers Meetings, and sings on the Gospel Choir. Continue reading Mother and Woman of the Year celebration at Central Baptist

Annual Gainsborough Block Party slated

In celebration of Roanoke’s individual unique neighborhoods, the City of Roanoke has designated the entire month of May as Neighborhood Month. Accordingly, to show pride in its neighborhood, the Gainsborough Southwest Community Organization (GSCO) will hold its third Annual Neighborhood Block Party between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16 near the Gainsboro Library at Patton Ave. and Jefferson St. NW. Continue reading Annual Gainsborough Block Party slated

Spring, a harbinger of life – and Mother’s Day

Although officially arriving each calendar year on March 21 at the vernal equinox, a time when day and night are of equal length, Mother Nature seemingly has different timing for its actual appearance, “always after the 8th of May,” as old folks always say. “That’s usually after the last frost,” when equated with planting flowers and gardens that would be exposed if planted too soon. How very appropriate that Mother’s Day (honoring all mothers) should fall at that precise time of year, the time when Mother Earth is being refreshed and rejuvenated and all plant life is budding and astir with new birth. Continue reading Spring, a harbinger of life – and Mother’s Day

People of Faith must do more than pray

by Barbara Baylor

When someone I know shares their personal troubles with me, I must confess that at times I have responded, “I’ll be praying for you and your family.” You have probably heard this trite statement many times, perhaps you have used it. We realize that this catchphrase is no excuse for inaction. Although seemingly without compassion, it is our sincere desire to respond in love, particularly when we are not sure what to do. The incarceration of a loved one or a family member is an issue that challenges our response. There is often silence in our churches when a family member gets the courage to speak up about their situation. We may listen to their stories, but our inaction creates a feeling of abandonment. Continue reading People of Faith must do more than pray

Multi-Musical Showcase celebrates Roanoke Tribune 76th anniversary

Outstanding “one of a kind” event marks 76 years of publishing
Celebration (from left): Tribune Asso. Editor Stan Hale; Germaine Fletcher, program MC; Editor Claudia Whitworth and Co-MC Pam Banks at the Showcase held at the Salem Civic Center.
Celebration (from left): Tribune Asso. Editor Stan Hale; Germaine Fletcher, program MC; Editor Claudia Whitworth and Co-MC Pam Banks at the Showcase held at the Salem Civic Center.

If you were not there, you just should have been when The Roanoke Tribune rang out the end of its Diamond Anniversary celebration and in the beginning of its 76th year of “Making and recording Black History since 1939” as its current motto states.

Other slogans have included, Because we love you, we care what you read” and “The voice of the turtle shall be heard throughout the land,” from whence came Turtle-Talk editorials.

In similar vein, “The Roanoke Tribune – the heart of the community” was the theme of  the Diamond anniversary which began April 18, 2014 with a grand celebratory banquet and dance in the Salem Civic Center’s main banquet room where the Multi-musical Showcase was also held Thursday evening (April 23). This grand event, as intended, showcased many of the Roanoke Valley’s finest choral groups and musicians with each adding new dimension to the musical spectrum. Continue reading Multi-Musical Showcase celebrates Roanoke Tribune 76th anniversary