Category Archives: Archive News

NAACP holds justice rally

Local officials and branch youth raise awareness to police violence

Rally–Brenda Hale, president, NAACP, local Branch (left) with Youth Council members at the Justice Rally held Sunday, September 4 at the Martin Luther King Bridge in downtown. – Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

All things considered, life has become more challenging on a global level like never before. We’re living in an information age unfortunately flooded with bad news.

With corruption at an all-time high, society continues to be plagued by an unprecedented number of challenges ranging from a global pandemic, gun violence, the unimaginable devastation from the record-breaking California wild-fires, the threat of war constantly looming, the age-old problem of racial injustice and the resurrection of Jim Crow in the post Obama age. Continue reading NAACP holds justice rally

Garden of Prayer #7 renovates “Providence House” for youth department

Elder Michael Cherry II

by Jazmine Otey

Just six months after relocating to Roanoke, Elder Michael Cherry II has already made a lasting impact on the community. Last week, the 29-year-old was presented with the prestigious Roanoke Star award for his efforts in helping to revamp the Providence House at Garden of Prayer #7 where the church will temporarily host its youth ministry, “Gen Now.” Continue reading Garden of Prayer #7 renovates “Providence House” for youth department

City pays tribute to Hunton Life Saving Crew 

Dedication – From left: Nathaniel L. Bishop, senior associate dean for diversity inclusion, Va Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Katherine Strickland, executive dir., VWCC Educational Foundation; Rev. Nelson Harris, HLSFAC research team head; Leslie Dunnaville, former crew member; Vice Mayor Joe Cobb and Councilwoman Trish White-Boyd at the HLSFAC dedication ceremony held in Northwest, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

The City of Roanoke held a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 28, to unveil and dedicate an historical marker recognizing the Hunton Life Saving and First Aid Crew. The marker is located at 28 Wells Ave. NW in the grassy area between Henry Street and Jordan Alley. Continue reading City pays tribute to Hunton Life Saving Crew 

Health District’s support of local long term care facilities

by Dr. Molly O’Dell

We have received many questions about our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long term care facilities (LTCFs). These facilities represent a combination of two high-risk populations: individuals in a congregate living facility, and older adults, who are at highest risk for severe illness. This pandemic brought on an entirely new set of circumstances for most facilities. It was very important to our team to provide extra support to these facilities, and we have done so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Health District’s support of local long term care facilities

Inaugural Beautification Day showcases community resiliency

Service – Several volunteers teamed up on Friday, Sept. 25, to pitch in and help with landscaping and planting flowers at local homes.

by Shawn Nowlin

Some of the best advice Salem native James Edwards ever received came from his grandmother when he was in the fifth-grade: “Do not ever judge somebody wholly by what someone else says about them. Gather as much information as you can before reaching a final conclusion.”

Nineteen years later, those words resonate more than ever for Edwards. Anytime he gets a chance to give back to the community, Edwards tries to take full advantage. Such an opportunity presented itself Friday, Sept. 25, when the first-ever Roanoke Valley Beautification Day took place at Kennedy Park. Continue reading Inaugural Beautification Day showcases community resiliency

HUD awards $3.7-million to protect residents from home health hazards

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joseph J. DeFelice announced on Friday, Sept. 25, that $3,718,733 has been awarded to the City of Roanoke to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards. The funding is part of nearly $165 million awarded nationwide to 44 state and local government agencies in 23 states. Continue reading HUD awards $3.7-million to protect residents from home health hazards