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Iconic coach and educator George “Kila” Miller passes away at 69

Beloved mentor, coach impacted countless lives.
Coach George “Kila” Miller at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the New Colonel Stadium, September 2010. – Photos by S. Hale

by Shawn Nowlin

Roanoke Valley has lost one of its brightest stars George “Kila” Miller who passed away November 17 at Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center following recent complications from COVID-19 and other lingering health conditions, including prostate cancer and diabetes.

Coach Miller, certainly got the most out of his 69 years on earth. Known for his tough love coaching style, “Kila” as he was known by many, was a force.The story of Virginia high school athletics cannot be told without mentioning his name. For five seasons, Miller served as William Fleming High School’s head football coach, leading the Colonels to the 1997 Division 5 Championship Game. Continue reading Iconic coach and educator George “Kila” Miller passes away at 69

City starts Youth and Gang Violence Assessment initiative

Anti-violence advocates march

The City of Roanoke’s Gun Violence Prevention Commission is at the forefront in the efforts to reduce gun violence in our community. To that end, the Commission is pleased to partner with Elite Business Strategies, LLC. in undertaking a Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment that will serve to provide community driven perspectives – particularly youth perspectives – on the issues surrounding gang violence. Continue reading City starts Youth and Gang Violence Assessment initiative

Salem Stadium hosts CIAA Championship

Bowie State three-peats, beating Fayetteville State 17-7
Bowie State Bulldogs roll out on the field at Salem Stadium for the game against Fayetteville State, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. – Photos by Shawn Nowlin

by Lut Williams, BCSP Editor

SALEM, VA – It was a great day for football weatherwise. Tailgaters as well as fans took full advantage as this year’s CIAA Championship resumed in full form at Salem Stadium, Saturday (11/13).

One fan, April Clark, remembers going with her parents to see HBCU marching bands and cheerleaders compete against each other.

Last Saturday, Clark, 44, brought her teenage daughter to the game, primarily so the two could bond over the action not on the field. Both ultimately agreed that while the BSU cheerleaders displayed more enthusiasm, the FSU cheerleaders were more coordinated. The story of CIAA athletics in recent years can’t be told without the City of Salem. In addition to the football title, the championship city has also hosted youth clinics, cross country meets and more. Continue reading Salem Stadium hosts CIAA Championship

The divine art of “Thanksliving”

This week all across the nation native and foreign born Americans of every race and religion, of every culture, creed or national origin, will pause at least for one day to offer thanks to whatever “powers that be” for the blessings that are ours–compared to those less fortunate regardless of one’s condition, there can always be found those less and more fortunate. Continue reading The divine art of “Thanksliving”