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2014 Debutante Ball winners announced

From left: Asia Stephens, Aaliyah Gray, and Jamyra Ball at the 61st Debutante Ball held at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
From left: Asia Stephens, Aaliyah Gray, and Jamyra Ball at the 61st Debutante Ball held at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The Altruist Club of Roanoke hosted its 61st Debutante Ball on Sunday, Dec. 28 in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. More than 400 people attended the event in which eight area high school young ladies participated.

Aaliyah Shemae Gray, a senior at Northside High School, was crowned 2014 Debutante Queen. She is the daughter of Anthony and Jamay Gray of Roanoke. Her escort was Brian Garnett, son of Paula Garnett of Roanoke. Sponsores for Miss Gray were Dr. Melva Belcher and Liberty Tax Service, Roanoke. Continue reading 2014 Debutante Ball winners announced

A salute to a “consummate educator” at 80 years old

From left: Kelly Mason, mother Peggy Sue Mason, Councilwoman Anita Price and Tina Mason Brown at the birthday luncheon held at Hotel Roanoke.
From left: Kelly Mason, mother Peggy Sue Mason, Councilwoman Anita Price and Tina Mason Brown at the birthday luncheon held at Hotel Roanoke.

by S. Rotan Hale

Not everyone understands the importance of strengthening and supporting others and how critical it is to the development of not only children but people of any age. Then there are those like Peggy Sue Mason, a celebrated educator who not only understands such a dynamic but continues to be empowered through her efforts to teach and encourage others.  Continue reading A salute to a “consummate educator” at 80 years old

New Horizons Dental Care Open House

New Horizons Healthcare announces the Opening of New Horizons Dental Care  After fourteen years in business providing affordable primary health care options to the Roanoke community, Eileen Lepro, chief executive officer of New Horizons Healthcare announces that the health center has expanded its services to include New Horizons Dental Care. The clinic is currently open five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will begin offering limited Saturday hours later this year. New Horizons Dental Care employs a complete dental team to provide services, including three part-time dentists, a registered dental hygienist, dental assistants, and front office staff. New Horizons Dental Care has a sliding fee program for those who qualify, based on income, and also accepts most dental insurance plans.  Continue reading New Horizons Dental Care Open House

VSC NAACP Executive Committee appoints Legislative Representative

At its Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, Jan. 3, the NAACP appointed Rodney B. Thomas as its Legislative Representative (lobbyist).

Mr. Thomas comes to the VSC NAACP with over 40 years of business, governmental fund development and legislative experience. Additionally, he is the senior managing partner of Resources Building Tomorrow, llc, a consulting firm. As such, not only will the VSC NAACP get the experience and expertise of Mr. Thomas additionally, he has stated that his associates will also be available to assist in his lobbying efforts on behalf of the Virginia State Conference NAACP and its unit offices.

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