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Valley Metro forgoes fares to practice social distancing

Valley Metro Bus

by Shawn Nowlin

Having access to reliable transportation is a luxury that is not afforded to everyone. Thousands of people throughout Roanoke use the Valley Metro Bus System weekly to get to work, purchase groceries from the store and run errands, among other things.

Albeit with some changes due to COVID-19, Valley Metro is still operating at nearly all of its Roanoke bus stops. Passengers are asked to adhere to the following guidelines: travel only for essential needs, use the front door when getting on the bus and the rear doors to get off the bus, limit interaction with bus operators to emergencies only and do not engage in extended rides on one route. Continue reading Valley Metro forgoes fares to practice social distancing

Roanoke City offers payment of Taxes options

The City Treasurer’s Office reminds citizens that the Personal Property Tax Deadline is June 1, 2020, and the Real Estate Tax Deadline is April 6, 2020. Payment of taxes is essential because City of Roanoke departments (Fire-EMS, Police, Solid Waste, Fleet, and E-911) rely on tax dollars to provide services to our community.

In light of current circumstances associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), all City of Roanoke Municipal Facilities are closed to the general public. Continue reading Roanoke City offers payment of Taxes options

TOPS Tips for staying healthy while staying home

MILWAUKEE, WI – At a time when social distancing is the new reality, it’s easy to feel alone and disconnected. That’s why it’s important now more than ever to practice self-care, finding balance between staying informed while taking time to unplug and reset.

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers several tips on how to make these extended periods at home more enjoyable, while creating or sustaining habits that can lead to a healthier you. Continue reading TOPS Tips for staying healthy while staying home

Local NAACP Youth Honored Leaders

The Roanoke NAACP Youth Council presented its seventh annual Black History program on Sunday, March 1, in the William Fleming High School auditorium.

The “Impactors of Excellence Awards” program recognized and honored the following: Patrick Curtis, Sr., Garland Gravely, Eboni Harrington, Donna Welcher Lee, Rev. Anthony L. Holmes, Sr., QuoVadis Washington-Brown, Lorena Taylor, Rollins Wilson, and Richard Wilson for their untiring service to the community and the impact each has made on the lives of the youth members and in the community. Continue reading Local NAACP Youth Honored Leaders

Roanoke Moles Give Resolutions to Community Leaders

From left: Rebecca Coger, Monica Callaway, Liza Word and Marzetta Sinkler.

The Roanoke Chapter of The Moles entertained and presented beautifully framed resolutions to two community leaders, Dr. Brenda Hale, and posthumously, Rev. M. Sylvia Ball at the chapter meeting hosted by Moles Monica Callaway and Diane Jones at the Holiday Inn, Ordway Drive. Continue reading Roanoke Moles Give Resolutions to Community Leaders