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Girlfriends’ Installation Ceremony

Janice Burk, Saundra Butcher, and Francine McLaughlin
Janice Burk, Saundra Butcher, and Francine McLaughlin

The Roanoke Chapter of the Girl Friends welcomes Saundra Fenner Butcher. The installation ceremony took place on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Holiday Inn, Ordway. The Roanoke Chapter is one of 47 chapters nationally located throughout the United States. Janice Burk (left) is president of the local chapter. Francine McLaughlin was the sponsor of the newest member, Saundra Butcher (center).

Church’s Youth of the Year

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Winners of Pilgrim Baptist Church’s Youth of the Year (from left): 8-year-old Diamond Dance-–3rd grader at Westside Elementary School, first runner-up, daughter of Marlene Diamond; Ricky Shifflett, Jr.–6th grader at Lucy Addison Middle School, 2nd runner-up, son of Brenda Shifflett and 1st place winner, Curtis Staples, an 11th grader at Salem High School, son of Tasha Steele. Congratulations are wished to all the winners and continued success in their endeavors.

Local Deltas present “Real Men Cook”

Chefs: (front row, from left): Ricardo Stovall, Rev. E.T. Burton, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Darnell Glover, John Elliott, Michael Creasy, Jack Ehlenback. Back row:  Andre’ Peery, Peter Lewis, Lee Graves, Rev. Dwight Steele, George Ferguson and Robert Hopson.   Photos by S. Hale
Chefs: (front row, from left): Ricardo Stovall, Rev. E.T. Burton, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Darnell Glover, John Elliott, Michael Creasy, Jack Ehlenback. Back row: Andre’ Peery, Peter Lewis, Lee Graves, Rev. Dwight Steele, George Ferguson and Robert Hopson.          Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

It was all about the culinary skills, tasty treats and recipes as local Deltas held their Cook-Off 2014 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center Saturday, Dec. 6. The “Real Men Cook” event featured 13 chefs that offered an array of scrumptious delights for “tasting only” with no judging as in the past–which was a refreshing twist. Continue reading Local Deltas present “Real Men Cook”

Gospel greats take it to the “Clouds” with unforgettable performance

Legends: (from left) Michael McCowin, Joe Ligon and Ron Staples of the Mighty Clouds of Joy perform during Christmas Extravaganza at Garden of Prayer #7. Photos by S. Hale
Legends: (from left) Michael McCowin, Joe Ligon and Ron Staples of the Mighty Clouds of Joy perform during Christmas Extravaganza at Garden of Prayer #7. Photos by S. Hale

by Shawn Nowlin

Events that bring the community together through entertainment and fellowship potentially invigorate the soul on so many levels. One such event took place Sunday, Dec. 8 at Vision of Faith Bible College (VFBC) at Garden of Prayer #7 on Cove Rd.  Continue reading Gospel greats take it to the “Clouds” with unforgettable performance