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IA Barbara Kyle of Oak Grove to retire at the end of the school year

Barbara Kyle, an Instructional Assistant at Oak Grove School since 1999, will be retiring from teaching come June. Mrs. Kyle, as she’s known at OG, was a high school basketball player in Harrisonburg and received a degree in social work from JMU. She worked off and on as a social worker while also having stints as a stay-at-home-mom for her four children, but ultimately wanted to be able to spend her summers with her kids – and that desire lead her to the IA job.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Clearbrook Elementary kicks off Spring break with egg hunts
Posted: April 24, 2014

Classes at Clearbrook Elementary took advantage of the snow make-up day and the sunny weather on April 18 to hold egg hunts in different parts of their outside campus.  To see photos of the first grade egg hunt, view the photo gallery, or for a different view with captions, click here.

NRV 17 Sharks place 3rd at Asheville volleyball tourney
Posted: April 24, 2014

NRV 17 Sharks placed third in 17/18 Open Gold Division at Jr. Hi Neighbor Volleyball Tournament on April 12-13 in Asheville, N.C.

46th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament is May 2-4
Posted: April 24, 2014

The 46th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament will be held at Gill's Creek Marina on Smith Mountain Lake on May 2-4. Prizes will be awarded up to a maximum of $15,000.

8.3% of Roanoke County residents risk hunger, according to Feeding America’s annual “Map the Meal Gap” study
Posted: April 24, 2014

More than $17 a person per week.

'Battle of The Boarders' youth basketball tourney registration ends May 9
Posted: April 24, 2014

We will be hosting a two-day basketball tournament at Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows. We are planning on 60-plus teams of boys and girls from third to 12th grade on May 17 and 18.

Wednesday 04/23/2014
Photos of Cave Spring, Hidden Valley track at All American Relays
Posted: April 23, 2014

Jon Fleming has this photo gallery of Cave Spring and Hidden Valley track athletes at the All American Relays at Radford last week.

Open house at Camp Roanoke on Saturday
Posted: April 23, 2014

Interested in summer camp for your kids? Join us this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free open house at Camp Roanoke. Meet the staff, try camp activities, and find out if camp is right for your child. A light lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided.

Play the Bug Bite Game at South County Library on Thursday
Posted: April 23, 2014

South County Library will host a Bug Bite Game on Thursday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

Roanoke County launches suite of new mobile GIS apps
Posted: April 23, 2014

Roanoke County has launched a new generation of public geographic information system (GIS) applications that allow greater and easier access to the County’s mapping, tax parcel, zoning, and government services data.

NRV 16 Rox volleyball places 2nd at Asheville tourney
Posted: April 23, 2014

NRV 16 Rox Travel Volleyball team placed 2nd/Open Silver division in the Jr. Hi Neighbor Tournament in Asheville, N.C., on April 12-13.

Oak Grove Elementary School participates in first-ever McTeacher's Night
Posted: April 23, 2014

Customers to the Oak Grove Plaza McDonald's may have thought it was an April Fool's Day prank when they were greeted at the cash register by an Oak Grove teacher instead of a McDonald's employee...but rest assured, this was no joke!  On April 1, Oak Grove participated in their first-ever McTeacher's Night.  For three hours, teachers worked the counter and the drive-through window, and sold boxes of cookies -- all in an effort to raise money for Oak Grove's PTA.  McDonald's had generously promised to donate 25% of all proceeds made during those three hours to the OG PTA. 

Oak Grove's fourth-graders present 'Mr. Madison's Front Porch'
Posted: April 23, 2014

On April 8, the fourth-grade class of Oak Grove Elementary School presented 'Mr. Madison's Front Porch,' a performance celebrating Virginia featuring song, dance, and instrumentals.  Under the able direction of music teacher Gloria Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Madison came alive with portrayals by Noah Moretz and Emma Kate Shaver.  Parents, friends, and classmates were entertained by the guitar ensemble, pitched percussion demonstrations, and recorders.  The Virginia Reel made for a lively break in show and the many soloists were applauded both for their skill and nerves of steel!  (Soloists were DeAsia Williams, Emma Kate Shaver, Harman Kanda, Desiree' Williams, Julia Torre, Rebecca Justice, Kelsey Roche, and Elizabeth Milne.) 

Health Focus to offer youth sports physicals at Northside on May 17
Posted: April 23, 2014

It’s time for our Annual Middle and High School Sports Physicals! This is a community service offered to all students entering grades 7-12 for the 2014-15 academic year and living in Roanoke, Salem and surrounding areas. The physicals are very comprehensive and low-cost -- $17 per student -- and surpass sports physical requirements. This event will take place at Northside High School on Saturday, May 17. Sports participation not required. All students need to arrive between 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Third annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk Amazing Race held in Salem
Posted: April 23, 2014

The third annual MDA Muscle Walk Amazing Race took place Sunday, April 6th, at the Salem Civic Center. Over 200 participants from MDA families and Roanoke Valley businesses raised $45,000 to fight 43 neuromuscular diseases covered by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

South County Library to host Summer Preview Party on Friday
Posted: April 23, 2014

South County Library will hold a Summer Preview Party on Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free.

Tuesday 04/22/2014
Oak Grove's Anne Fox to retire from teaching
Posted: April 22, 2014

Anne Fox has been teaching since Jimmy Carter was President, but she’s getting ready to lay down her chalk come June. Of course, nowadays teachers use SmartBoards and Expo Markers, though Mrs. Fox, as those at Oak Grove Elementary know her, is one who appreciates the tried and true ways which come from a 30+ year career teaching Kindergarten.

Photo: 1st-grader Jack Barbour achieves 5th star at Superkicks
Posted: April 22, 2014

Jack Barbour, a first-grade student at Cave Spring Elementary, recently achieved his fifth star and earned a karate medal through Superkicks, located in the West Village shopping center in Southwest Roanoke County. Jack earned his medal by working hard as a student at Superkicks, school, and by being a good citizen. Jack is currently a green belt at Superkicks, where he is learning American Freestyle Karate.

South County Library to host Dead Fish Game on Thursday
Posted: April 22, 2014

South County Library will be offering a Dead Fish Game on Thursday, April 24.

Painting, renovations, and spring cleaning at historic Jefferson Center for Faith Christian's annual Project Faith
Posted: April 22, 2014

On Friday, April 25, students, faculty, staff and parent volunteers from Faith Christian School in Roanoke County will donate more than 2,000 volunteer hours at downtown’s Jefferson Center as part of Project Faith, the school’s annual service project and fundraiser.

Eat S'mores at the South County Library on Thursday
Posted: April 22, 2014

South County Library will host a S'mores-making event on Thursday, April 24.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue to host 10th annual Character Academy on Aug. 6-8
Posted: April 22, 2014

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue's 10th annual Character Academy will be held Aug. 6-8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Showtimers presents 'Dancing at Lughnasa' April 23-May 4
Posted: April 22, 2014

Showtimers Community Theatre will present 'Dancing at Lughnasa' April 23-May 4, under the direction of Michael Mansfield.  Wednesday through Saturday shows will begin at 8pm and Sunday shows will begin at 2pm.  The play is set in the summer of 1936 in the home of the Mundy Family of Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland. 

Governor's School offers free summer science camp for middle schoolers
Posted: April 22, 2014

The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology is offering a free three-week summer science camp titled "Gateway to the Governor's School" for a select group of 16 rising sixth- and seventh-graders. The camp is sponsored by the Interactive Achievement Foundation for Kids.

Into the Wild 5k at Mill Mountain Zoo is Saturday, May 10
Posted: April 22, 2014

Mill Mountain Zoo is holding its first-ever 5k fun, timed trail race, Into the Wild, at Explore Park, 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, during Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism’s Open House of Explore Park.

Roanoke County Democrats to meet Thursday, May 1
Posted: April 22, 2014

The Roanoke County Democratic Committee will meet on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at South County Library on 6303 Merriman Road in Roanoke.

Monday 04/21/2014
Photos from Salem vs. Cave Spring Knight Hawks U9 lacrosse
Posted: April 21, 2014

John Wimmer has this photo gallery of the Salem-Cave Spring Knight Hawks u9 lacrosse game last week.

Hidden Valley Middle boys soccer team bests Cave Spring Middle by a score of 2-0
Posted: April 21, 2014

The Cave Spring Middle School boys soccer team traveled to Hidden Valley Middle on April 17 to play the Eagles on their home field.  Both teams played hard, but HVMS came out with the win with a score of 2-0.  Felipe Garcia scored both times for the Eagles. 

Brandon Oaks to honor Earth Day by planting large tree on campus
Posted: April 21, 2014

Brandon Oaks Retirement Community will take part in the international celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, by planting a 12’-14’ Norway Spruce tree at 10:30am. The large, evergreen tree will be placed at the entrance to Brandon Oaks as a welcome addition to the beautifully landscaped grounds. Residents and staff have been invited to witness as the Norway Spruce is lowered into place. Along with the planting of the evergreen tree, residents will be able to learn more about Earth Day’s beginnings in the 1970s and different ways to help the environment in their daily life.

South County Library to host jelly bean challenge Wednesday
Posted: April 21, 2014

South County Library is hosting Fear Factor: Jelly Bean Style on Wednesday, April 23. The event is free.

Green Ridge indoor pool adds hours this week
Posted: April 21, 2014

The indoor pool at Green Ridge Recreation Center will be open extra hours this week while Roanoke County Public Schools are on spring break! All pool features will be open noon to close every day this week. Pick up a day pass at the front desk and splash in the pool with us! Visit our website for exact times.

Submitted by Roanoke County

South County Library to host 'Star Wars' marathon Wednesday for teens
Posted: April 21, 2014

The Teen Center at South County Library is showing all six of the Star Wars movies and making fresh popcorn Wednesday, April 23.

Cave Spring Symphonic Band receives superior rating from VBODA
Posted: April 21, 2014

On March 12th, the Cave Spring Symphonic Band traveled to Bristol, Virginia to perform in the 2014 Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association Concert Assessment. The ensemble performed, in concert, three selections that were judged by a panel of music educators. These judges listened and evaluated the performance on many criteria that include the overall performance within standards used by the VBODA. With all taken into account, the Symphonic Band received Superior ratings from across the panel. Superior is the highest level of achievement and pursued by all ensembles attending the event.

South County Library hosts six balloon events for teens on Tuesday
Posted: April 21, 2014

Join teams, tie balloons around your ankles, and let the popping begin! Each team will have a designated color. The last team to lose all their balloons wins a small prize! Starting times are: 11:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. Please call (540) 777-8788 or stop by for more information about our spring break activities!

South County Library hosts Teen Craft Day today
Posted: April 21, 2014

Already board on the first day of Spring Break? Join us in the Teen Center to create your very own marshmallow shooter! Please call (540) 777-8788 or stop by for more information about our spring break activities!

Bent Mountain Center to host car, truck and motorcycle show April 26
Posted: April 21, 2014

A car, truck and motorcycle show will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bent Mountain Center, 10148 Tinsley Lane in Bent Mountain.

Like Peeps? South County Library hosts multiple Peeps events today
Posted: April 21, 2014

* Looking for something to do this Spring Break? Come out to the South County Library for some awesome fun, starting with a marshmallow shooting tournament! Tournaments start at 11:00 A.M, 2:00 P.M and 5:00 P.M. Please call (540) 777-8788 or stop by for more information about our spring break activities!

North Cross to host Big Flea Sale, family fair May 10
Posted: April 21, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, North Cross School will hold its giant Big Flea Sale and its Olde Tyme Family Fair. Big Flea Sale doors open at 7 a.m and the Family Fair begins at 9 on the campus of North Cross School.

Amateur radio club's annual auction is April 26 in Roanoke
Posted: April 21, 2014

The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club Annual Auction 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will be held at the American Red Cross Chapter Building on Church Avenue in Roanoke.

Friday 04/18/2014
Cave Spring Middle School hosts track meet
Posted: April 18, 2014

Cave Spring Middle School played host to Hidden Valley Middle, Faith Christian, and Northside Middle in a quad track meet on April 9.  The cold and wind didn't stop these middle schoolers from running their hardest and giving their best while representing their respective schools.  In both the boys' and girls' division, Cave Spring Middle bested Faith Christian, Hidden Valley Middle, and Northside Middle.  Hidden Valley Middle and Northside Middle both came out on top against Faith Christian School.  First place finishers in each event are listed below.   

Green Ridge Recreation Center to close Sunday for Easter
Posted: April 18, 2014

Please note that Green Ridge Recreation Center will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of Easter. We will be open as scheduled all other days this week.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by Roanoke County

Burton Center for Arts and Technology students participate in SkillsUSA-Virginia
Posted: April 18, 2014

The 50th annual SkillsUSA Virginia Leadership Conference and Skill Competition took place on April 4-5 at the Roanoke Civic Center.  Approximately 1,300 high school and college students participated in 102 competitions demonstrating their skills in career areas including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services.  Roanoke County's Burton Center for Arts and Technology had more than 36 students representing all five Roanoke County high schools participate.

Roanoke County Schools holds first-ever Jazz Fest
Posted: April 18, 2014

In advance of National Jazz Appreciation Month, jazz bands from all over Roanoke County gathered on March 26 at Northside High School to play for each other and be assessed by professional jazz musician Jeff Bryant. 

HVHS clarinetist Ben Phillips performs with All-Virginia Band
Posted: April 18, 2014

Hidden Valley High School freshman clarinetist Ben Phillips performed with the All-Virginia Band from April 3-5.  Nearly 800 wind, brass, and percussion players auditioned in February, and 230 made one of three ensembles. Conductors were Alfred Watkins (Lassister High School, Georgia), Craig Kirchoff (University of Minnesota), and Walt Straiton (Corona Symphony, California).  The event was held at the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

South County Library to host Teen After Hours on Saturday
Posted: April 18, 2014

South County Library will host Teen After Hours on Saturday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free.

Early morning fire displaces two families in Southwest Roanoke County
Posted: April 18, 2014

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 4300 block of Garst Mill Road in The Villages of Garst Creek complex just after midnight this morning.

WVTF/Radio IQ Book Club to discuss Austen reboot April 29
Posted: April 18, 2014

The WVTF/Radio IQ Book Club has a real treat coming -- discussing "Sense and Sensibility" by Joanna Trollope. The book is part of the Austen Project, a rewrite of classic novels to show modern-day relevance. It's been described as "entertaining and ingenious." Shirley Lendway, book club member and adjunct faculty member in English and political science at Central Virginia Community College, will moderate the evening session, at 7 p.m. April 29 at WVTF's Broadcast Center, 3520 Kingsbury Lane.

Roanoke County's early-bird summer camp savings end April 28
Posted: April 18, 2014

There are only a few days left to take advantage of savings of up to $25 off each week of summer camp through early bird registration. Roanoke County offers over 200 weeks of programming to - including outdoor adventure, athletics, overnight, crafts, swimming, day camps and more. April 28 is the last day for early bird savings. Check out our new environmental education programs at Explore Park! Call (540) 387-6078 for more information.

Good Shepherd Lutheran to host Rummage/Bake Sale on May 3
Posted: April 18, 2014

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Preschool, 1887 Electric Road, Roanoke, will hold a Rummage/Bake Sale on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and find affordably priced household items, White Elephant items and freshly baked goodies. Sale is sponsored by LWML, and proceeds will be used for local and foreign missions. Proceeds are matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Thursday 04/17/2014
Photos: Back Creek staff members volunteer at Color Run
Posted: April 17, 2014

Back Creek Elementary staff Miss Bell and Miss Danielle volunteer at the Color Run to help raise awareness for Autism on April 5. Miss Bell ran a great race for the students.

Frances Rogers

Frances Rogers is the community journalist for SwoCo and can be reached at 981-3191. You can share your news and photos using the button below or at news@swo-co.com.

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