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Kroger completes $7.2-million in renovations at local stores with 90th Anniversary pricing on select products and fuel

Mayor of Vinton Bradley Grose (L) and Vinton Kroger Store Manager Bruce Molnar (R).

On Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m., Kroger celebrated its 90th anniversary in the Roanoke Valley with the completion of two extensive remodel projects. Representing an investment of more than $7.2 million made by the grocer, the two remodeled locations include Kroger’s Vinton store, located at 915 Hardy Road, and its Daleville store, at 72 Kingston Drive. Continue reading Kroger completes $7.2-million in renovations at local stores with 90th Anniversary pricing on select products and fuel

NABCJ Scholarship Awards Celebration

NABCJ – From left: NABCJ Lifetime member Curly Sellers; guest speaker Dr. Deneen Evans, professor, Radford University; Director of Dorcus Home and NABCJ member Elliott Major; Scholarship recipient: Tyra McEnheimer, sophomore at James Madison University; NABCJ Lifetime member Rosana Anderson; Scholarship recipient Tenysia Rivera, sophomore at Howard University; NABCJ chapter president Jennie Amison; Roanoke City Council Member Patricia White-Boyd; NABCJ chapter members Linda Moyer, and Jacquelyn Stockton.

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) Western Virginia Chapter held the Rosana Anderson Scholarship Reception Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 pm at the Melrose Library located at 2502 Melrose Ave., NW. The scholarship is awarded to an individual who is enrolled in a college or university and majoring in Criminal Justice or related studies.

For more information about is chapter please visit our web site at www.

String Bean, Corn and Peas Concert a Exceeds Expectations

VOLUNTEERS – From bottom: Rev. Kelvin Edwards, Sr., Danny Ferguson and Roy Ferguson, Jr., making one of the deliveries of canned string beans, corn and peas.

According to the ChildWatch article by Marion Wright Edelman, entitled Ask the Question: When are we going to end Child Poverty in America, (Roanoke Tribune, September 26, 2019, p.2), new data has been released recently from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Almost one-third of the 38.1 million poor people in the United States are children.” Some may point to the reduction in child poverty in 2018 but “the number of poor children—11.9 million (16.2 percent of all children)—remains unacceptable. More than 70 percent of poor children live in working families and the youngest children are the poorest.” Continue reading String Bean, Corn and Peas Concert a Exceeds Expectations

Woman of the Year at Pilgrim

Marvelean Sparrow

Pilgrim Baptist Church is pleased to announce its 2019 Woman of the Year, as Mrs. Marvelean Sparrow, a North Carolina native who has been a member of Pilgrim for more than 57 years! She has served on the Senior Choir, Missionary Society, and Sunday School, worked with Vacation Bible School and currently serves on the Deaconess Board. She has quite the green thumb and enjoys flowers and gardening as well as baking pound cakes and especially sweet potato pies. Continue reading Woman of the Year at Pilgrim

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