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Profits up at Valley Bank


  • icon Posted: April 27
Monday 04/27/2015
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 2:00 am
Virginia Tech students aim to create pipeline information clearinghouse

Instructor Jordan Hill described the unconventional class as being essentially laggard free.

Posted: April 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
Retail Roundup: Bedford Hardware to close after 118 years

From its creaky old floors to the rolling wooden ladder that reaches the highest shelves, nearly everything about Bedford Hardware is reminiscent of the old-fashioned hardware shops that were ubiquitous in small towns years ago.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 6:31 pm
Virginia Tech students prepare to take the reins of America's farms

While many may not think about it when they sit down at the dinner table, the future of farming in the United States is undergoing a major generational change.

Posted: April 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Names and changes: Business recognitions and promotions for week of April 26, 2015


Posted: April 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Color of Money: The curse of credit

Credit is evil.

Posted: April 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Real estate transfers for April 26, 2015


Posted: April 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Upcoming events for the week of April 26, 2015

Scheduling change: The "iPad for Business" workshop scheduled for Thursday at the Greenfield Center has been canceled.

Friday 04/24/2015
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Old Virginia Brick in Salem suspends operations

Old Virginia Brick has suspended operations and furloughed the majority of its workforce until further notice, according to a letter from company President C.W. McNeely posted on the door of the 125-year-old Salem business.

Posted: April 24, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Apple Watch a joy for Blacksburg tech firm

BLACKSBURG — Bob Summers has been almost unable to wipe the grin off his face these past few days.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 10:07 pm
Restaurateurs pan Roanoke City Council's meals tax proposal

A party of six Roanoke restaurateurs pressed Roanoke City Council to take a cleaver to their proposed meals tax Thursday night.

Posted: April 23, 2015 - 9:23 pm
eBay to expand in Henry County, add 191 jobs

eBay will expand its operations in Henry County, adding 191 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $4 million and investing $5.8 million in capital improvements, officials announced Thursday.

Posted: April 23, 2015 - 7:00 am
Aumni form VT Investor Network

BLACKSBURG — They’ve long left, but a bunch of them still want a hand in some of the most ambitious and promising ventures coming out of their alma mater.

Posted: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fire temporarily closes Mac and Bob's in Salem

Mac and Bob's restaurant, a stalwart of downtown Salem, had to close yesterday after a fire in the building.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm
Hotel Roanoke's $616 million economic impact lauded 20 years after its reopening

The landmark Hotel Roanoke reopened 20 years ago this month, after years of being shuttered, following a $42 million renovation and the addition of a conference center.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Apptech Solutions expands in Roanoke County, plans to hire more than 100 employees

Roanoke County’s director of economic development described the expansion of Apptech Solutions as a prime example of the fruits that regional entrepreneurship can yield.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Shenandoah Life staying, but Brambleton Avenue building is on market

After first hoping to lease out its excess office space, Shenandoah Life Insurance Co. revealed Wednesday it now prefers to vacate its longtime home office on Brambleton Avenue for another user or use.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm
New restaurant and bar coming to Roanoke City Market Building

Downtown Roanoke's City Market Building is getting a new restaurant and bar.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 2:24 pm
Virginia Tech ramps up student entrepreneurship opportunities

BLACKSBURG — Building a website that could, umm, arrange endless deliveries of those college-staple ramen noodles to a dorm room is not all that hard to do for some computer whizzes.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am
Cancer incidents will grow along with an aging Virginia

Demographers expect the percentage of Virginians with cancer will increase significantly as both the number of people living in the commonwealth grows and ages.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 2:31 pm
More children take meds rather than therapy for ADHD

Do parents and professionals rely too much on medication alone to treat children with ADHD?

Monday 04/20/2015
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 9:15 pm
Catawba Sustainability Center seeks to nurture budding farmers

On a drizzly spring afternoon with Catawba Mountain in the background and fields of bright yellow wildflowers sprouting seemingly everywhere, a group of Virginia Tech students planted trees in the Catawba Valley.

Posted: April 20, 2015 - 7:15 pm
Botetourt to host public forum Tuesday on wind turbine ordinance

The possibility of a commercial wind farm in Botetourt County will get its first public reaction on Tuesday.

Posted: April 20, 2015 - 7:30 am
Construction begins on new Aldi grocery store

Aldi is getting closer to opening its first Roanoke location.

Sunday 04/19/2015
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 11:45 pm
The Park dance club in Roanoke comes back stronger than ever

There was a time when everyone thought The Park was dead.

Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:04 pm
Lilly Pulitzer for Target is gone in hours

If anyone happened to see an unusually large crowd outside of Target this morning, the ladies there were not in line for orange juice.

Posted: April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am
Heyo positions itself to try to shake up online commerce

BLACKSBURG — As if a past investment from a Forbes-ranked billionaire wasn’t an indication of its potential, digital marketing firm Heyo now believes that it can go toe-to-toe with

Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Upcoming events for the week of April 19, 2015


Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Names and changes: Business recognitions and promotions for week of April 19, 2015


Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Retail Roundup: Sadness abounds over the loss of Abbotts restaurant

No more Fat Boy specials. No Tommy Two Tons or Boulevard sandwiches. Abbotts restaurant and its famously monstrous cheeseburgers have left southeast Roanoke.

Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Color of Money: Climb out of that financial hole

Here’s a quote to live by: If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Real estate transfers for April 19, 2015


Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Pipeline proponent: People, pipelines can coexist peacefully

CHRISTIANSBURG — Geosciences professor Bob Bodnar chose the O’Charley’s eatery for lunch, but his choice had nothing to do with the menu.

Friday 04/17/2015
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:47 pm
Dominion to close coal ash ponds in Virginia

Dominion Virginia Power said Friday it plans to close all of the coal ash ponds at its Virginia power stations, including the company’s Chesterfield Power Station in Chesterfield County, where a new landfill for coal ash is in the works.

Posted: April 17, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Georgia-Pacific invests $50 million in Big Island plant renovations

The Georgia-Pacific plant in Big Island is undergoing about $50 million in improvements with its biggest expense being an upgrade to its pulp mill.

Posted: April 17, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Energy commission schedules scoping meetings for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The matriarch of a Catawba Valley farm family grilled Paul Friedman during an open house held April 7 in Craig County by Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Posted: April 17, 2015 - 6:30 am
Firearms cleaning company takes top prize in student business competition

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech students almost never run dry of neat ideas.

Thursday 04/16/2015
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 6:00 pm
New star rating system allows patients to compare hospitals

The federal government on Thursday made it easier to compare one hospital with another by instituting a new star rating system on its Hospital Compare website.

Posted: April 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Roanoke Law Foundation to hold legal seminar for seniors Tuesday

On Tuesday April 21st, the Roanoke Law Foundation will present its annual program aimed at clarifying legal issues of general interest, particularly for seniors.

Posted: April 16, 2015 - 9:51 am
How can care be improved for dementia patients?

Within the next decade, the number of Virginians with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is expected to rise to nearly 200,000. Dementia diminishes the lives not only of its victims but those of their family members.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm
USPS Roanoke operations expected to begin move to Greensboro on Saturday

After years of protests and political lobbying, this week the U.S. Postal Service plans to begin moving operations from the Rutherford Avenue mail processing center in Roanoke to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Posted: April 15, 2015 - 3:45 pm
Virginia emergency workers learn to handle train chemical spills

Emergency responders strived Wednesday to master the skill of capping a leaking tank of chemicals on a rail car.

Posted: April 15, 2015 - 3:12 pm
Pulaski County candlemaker boosts production

DUBLIN — More Polish candles with a Pulaski County twist will be available in Wal-Mart stores around the country, following a ramp up of production at the Korona S.A. Candle factory.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 7:15 pm
Roanoke Regional Airport Commission eyes BB&T property

The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission has proposed more than $6 million in capital improvements to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport next year, including purchasing the nearby BB&T call center.

Updated: April 14, 2015 - 1:47 pm
Group calls for Amtrak passenger service extension to New River Valley

A new public campaign to expand passenger train service, this time to the New River Valley, is underway.

Monday 04/13/2015
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Summit targets skills gap in manufacturing

One goal: Make engineering technology sexy.

Sunday 04/12/2015
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 1:21 pm
Construction company dedicated exclusively to work at Liberty

Back in 1970, Bobby Moon was a toddler tagging along with his father as he worked to erect steel for Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Posted: April 12, 2015 - 5:00 am
New Roanoke facility trying to turn into fitness hotbed for area athletes

Jake Roy tightly grips a waist strap with his powerful hands as he barks at the teenager in front of him to sprint down the artificial turf.

Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
Retail Roundup: Farm to Table takes off in Roanoke County

Farm to Table farmers market at Greenbrier Nurseries in Roanoke County recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
Color of Money: Getting into college shouldn't be an arms race

If you are upset that your child didn’t get into a certain selective college, I have a book for you.

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