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Historic CIAA championship returns

Salem promotes 150-year tradition of college football at its best
CHAMPS l-r: CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams (with a big smile), Winston-Salem State Chancellor Elwood Robinson, WSSU Athletics Director Tonia Walker and Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea pose with Winston-Salem State Rams after their win over the Bowie State Bulldogs. The game, played November 2016, was the first year Salem hosted the conference that was previously held for years in Durham, NC.

by Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner

The year 2019 has been a big one a century-and-a-half in the making for college football. The sport is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary marking the very first intercollegiate contest between Rutgers and New Jersey.

The CIAA, which currently holds its annual football championship game in Salem, is a part of that legacy of college football.

And a more important one than many people know or realize. As Commissioner of the CIAA, I always welcome a chance to share that context with people. Continue reading Historic CIAA championship returns

Coloring Book raises money for charities

Lion Andre Peery and others publish vividly illustrated Roanoke history book
Copy of Lions Coloring Book.

by Shawn Nowlin

Regardless of age, for most people, there is something peaceful about filling in the lines of an illustration in a coloring book. Earlier this year, Andre Peery and members of his Lions Club had an idea for a unique coloring book – one that features a picture history of the Roanoke Valley.

Peery belongs to the Roanoke Valley Breakfast Lions Club. The mission of the organization is to “empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.” Continue reading Coloring Book raises money for charities

Talum Smith receives Courage Award at “Wrestle Like A Girl” Gala

Talum Smith

Ferrum College senior and member of the women’s wrestling team Talum Smith was honored Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, during the “Wrestle Like A Girl” fourth annual gala. The event was held in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

Out of 427 nominated student wrestlers, Smith was chosen to receive the Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston Courage Award presented by Tiffany and Co. The award was created in 2016 by the “Wrestle Like A Girl Foundation to honor Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston who moved from Iran to the US and became the first woman in America’s history to win a wrestling medal for the US at the 1989 World Championships. Continue reading Talum Smith receives Courage Award at “Wrestle Like A Girl” Gala

Girl Friends involved in Community Project

Girl Friends Carolyn Shovely, Carolyn Patterson and Thelma Haynesworth, and Activity Coordinator Barbara James at Melrose Towers.

One of the 2019 Community Service Project recipients of The Girl Friends, Inc. Roanoke Chapter is Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Melrose Towers site, an independent living facility that provides housing for the elderly and disabled, chosen for the outstanding and exemplary service they provide to the community. Continue reading Girl Friends involved in Community Project

Virginia’s Veterans Parade celebrates 10th year

The Virginia’s Veterans Parade is celebrating 10 years of recognizing those who have served with a public procession featuring floats, music, and other entertainment. The event will be held in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:00 a.m., the weekend before Veterans Day. In addition to spectators being invited to attend in person, the parade will also be broadcasted live on WSLS. The free event is an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation for service members from all branches of the military. Continue reading Virginia’s Veterans Parade celebrates 10th year