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Retired educator, coach recognized for decades of selfless service

Coach Poindexter (left) holding plaque received at his induction into the Roanoke Regional Tennis Hall of Fame. – Photo by Shawn Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin

Former educator and tennis coach Carnis Poindexter recently received one of the highest accomplishments a city resident can earn – induction into the Roanoke Regional Tennis Hall of Fame in front of a court named in their honor.

A group of former students, city officials, family members and longtime friends gathered Thursday(4/15) at River’s Edge Sports Complex to show their support for Poindexter and his career milestone. Continue reading Retired educator, coach recognized for decades of selfless service

VA Teacher of the Year to speak at Ferrum College Class of 2020 Commencement

Anthony Swann

FERRUM, VA – Ferrum College is pleased to announce that Anthony Swann, Virginia’s 2021 “Teacher of the Year,” will be the keynote speaker for the class of 2020’s in-person commencement ceremony planned for Friday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the class of 2020 graduates will don regalia and cross the commencement stage set up in Adams Stadium to take a photo with Ferrum College President David Johns. Continue reading VA Teacher of the Year to speak at Ferrum College Class of 2020 Commencement

RAISE combines faith with the earth for garden blessings

Advocates – Participants gather at the Hurt Park Community Garden on Salem Avenue in Roanoke on Saturday, April 17. — Photo by Christa Madison

On Saturday, April 17, 17 people gathered at the Hurt Park Community Garden on Salem Avenue NW in Roanoke to bless the garden and to participate in a planting activity. Rev. Don Shovely, Evangelist Mabel Jones, and Minister Jimmy Cook led the proceedings. Participants prayed, sang, and reminisced about the history of the garden, which was established 10 years ago. The garden is now organized by LEAP (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) and John McNamara of LEAP organized a planting activity after the blessing. Participants planted kale and lettuce in a prepared bed and discussed their hopes for the future of the garden. Continue reading RAISE combines faith with the earth for garden blessings

Apostles build Wall of Faith for Habitat for Humanity

Project – 22 area churches build the Wall of Faith for Habitat For Humanity Roanoke Valley’s 2021 Apostles Build.

Every alternating year, Habitat organizes a collaborative Apostles Build where churches of all sizes and denominations from all over the Greater Roanoke Valley pledge financial support and send volunteers from the congregation to help build a home for a hard-working, vulnerable family in need of safe, fair, affordable homeownership. Continue reading Apostles build Wall of Faith for Habitat for Humanity