Category Archives: Featured Stories

Roanoke loses an icon

Evelyn Bethel

by Thomas Schwendeman

A wise man once suggested that the smarter people are, the easier they are to do business with. Nothing, at least from this perspective, could be truer of Evelyn Bethel. Of course, there was just one caveat to that simple affirmation; you had to be on her side. If you were, you could also add that business could be fun. Not so much so for the other side, though.

While living in the midst of what once was, fighting to save what still could be, Evelyn Bethel never lost her grace, her integrity, her tenacity, nor her sense of humor. Even in her last days, she maintained that wonderfully infectious laugh while still staying abreast of the machinations of her neighborhood. Continue reading Roanoke loses an icon

Stephanie Moon rises as Independent Candidate for Roanoke City Council

Stephanie Moon

Stephanie Moon is pleased to announce her Independent candidacy for Roanoke City Council in the November 2020 General Election. Moon is no stranger to the City of Roanoke’s government. Her career with the City spans 42 years, during which time she rose to one of the most prominent positions – Roanoke City Clerk. Continue reading Stephanie Moon rises as Independent Candidate for Roanoke City Council

Graduation Parade

Remington Dowe

by Mollie DeBerry

With the Coronavirus replacing many graduation ceremonies with virtual Pomp and Circumstance, many families are feeling the moss of a significant ritual. Families are striving to make this time as memorable and meaningful as possible, despite the overwhelming interruption of a Worldwide Pandemic. Having dedicated my professional career as an advocate for youth, I was determined to congratulate and motivate the youth of my very own family. As a concerned aunt, I was compelled to deliver change for my nephew, Remington Lee Dowe, a 2020 graduate of Roanoke Valley Christian School (RVCS) in grand style, in honor of all of his outstanding accomplishments. Continue reading Graduation Parade

JMU students place first at 2020 National Collegiate Wind Energy Competition

A virtual format for a national wind energy competition didn’t stop James Madison University students from excelling once again.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that JMU placed first in the project development category of the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition, topping 11 other universities from around the country. Other institutions competing were: California Maritime Academy; California State, Chico; Northern Arizona, Pennsylvania State, Texas Tech, Tuskegee, University of Maryland; University of New Haven; University of Wisconsin; Virginia Tech; and Washington State University-Everett. Continue reading JMU students place first at 2020 National Collegiate Wind Energy Competition

Youth Summer Reading Program

“Feed & Read Curbside!”

Hosted by Roanoke Public Libraries

Stop by your library each week to pick up a new kids’ kit that includes a free book, a literacy activity, and a prize. There will also be free meals for kids under 18-years-old
offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from July 6 – August 24, between 12noon and 2 pm at the following libraries: Gainsboro, Main (Downtown), Melrose, Raleigh Court and Williamson Road. The Cafe to Grow-Food Truck will be at the Belmont Branch Library in SE from 12:00-12:45 Monday-Friday. Continue reading Youth Summer Reading Program