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Norfolk Southern to close Roanoke offices

Move will relocate 500 of 1,700 area positions out of area
Norfolk Southern’s Roanoke office building at 110 Franklin Road SE.
Norfolk Southern’s Roanoke office building at 110 Franklin Road SE.

by William C. Vantuono, editor-in-chief, Railway Age

Norfolk Southern on Jan. 27, 2015 said that it will close its Roanoke office building at 110 Franklin Road SE later in the year and relocate the functions currently housed there to Atlanta, Ga., or its Norfolk, Va., headquarters. The move will affect about 500 of the 1,700 people work currently work for NS in Roanoke. Continue reading Norfolk Southern to close Roanoke offices

General District Court Judge George Harris, Jr., passes at 78

Harris broke barriers as first Black judge in Roanoke history
Judge Harris
Judge Harris

by S.Rotan Hale

Judge George Harris, Jr., 78, was well known as an unrelenting adjudicator whose passing, Friday, Jan. 23 created a wide range of reactions from his peers, many attorneys and those who went before him through numerous cases over which he presided.

“What impressed me most about Judge Harris was that he was an independent thinker that wasn’t afraid to make a decision that wasn’t traditional,” said Judge Onzlee Ware whose recent appointment to the bench in Roanoke raised the number of Black judges in the area.  “He understood the plight of other people and was willing to give second chances to those he felt really deserving,” he added. “You didn’t want to get on his bad side, because Harris could strike fear in some people’s hearts.”  Continue reading General District Court Judge George Harris, Jr., passes at 78

Basketball Classic spotlights top talent and community issues

From left: Sherman Lea, Jr., with Bishops’ Sacha Killeya–Jones and Sherman Lea, Sr. Jones was one of several MVPs picked at the multi-game Basketball Classic held at Roanoke’s Berglund Center.
From left: Sherman Lea, Jr., with Bishops’ Sacha Killeya–Jones and Sherman Lea, Sr. Jones was one of several MVPs picked at the multi-game Basketball Classic held at Roanoke’s Berglund Center.

by Shawn Nowlin

As the days for the Winter Classic Basketball Challenge approached, it was a foregone conclusion that those who enjoy the game of basketball would come out and support the event.” The day that I found out about the hoops classic I sent a text to my wife and son,” Roanoke native Michael Lawson said. “We are all big basketball fans and wanted to see some of the best players in high school basketball do their thing.” Continue reading Basketball Classic spotlights top talent and community issues