Last summer, four days after school let out, I set off on a trip of a lifetime with my friend Makenzie. We had been planning the trip for a year and the time had finally come. I said goodbye to my family and we set off to Singapore, an island off the southern coast of Asia.
Leading up to my trip, I had a lot of people ask me “Why?” I couldn’t really answer the question. I was skeptical myself. I had chosen — out of an offer to travel anywhere in the world — to go to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
When I first heard that Sephora would be opening in JCPenney at Valley View Mall, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I quickly texted my friends to spread the good news. We always find amazing products at Ulta, another store at Valley View, so it could only be to our advantage for another beauty shop to open.
Step into the latest fashion craze: monograms. Dogs, babies, men and women are covered from head to toe in their initials. The trio of letters seen hanging from necks and passing by on handbags does not stand for a designer brand name; they are a simple way to personalize anything. Some may say it is just a fad, while others hope it will stay in style forever.
The clothing company Lilly Pulitzer is expanding its horizons this spring. The brand is launching a line for Target, expected to hit stores Sunday and aptly named Lilly for Target.
Many people go through hardships in their lives. Some people aren’t always able to get past those hardships, but that is not the case for Josh Duncan.
With the warm rays of spring in the air and blooming flowers on every path also comes the onslaught of tiny, pesty bugs sneaking their way into just about every place I go. Now, I’m not one of those girls who freaks out every time a fly gets near me, but I’m not one of those girls who are immune to their appearance either.
Summer is on its way, and with it comes a new season of music festivals. Friday marks the start of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and many more await.
“Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin. It rested right on the ground and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives.”
Edge staffer Elena Hernandez has used nail art as a form of expression. Here she has painted the Japanese symbols for smile, love, peace and luck with black nail polish.
The popular Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will be staged by the students of Hidden Valley High School on April 17-19. The production, which involves about 30 students, is directed by Beth D’Alelio.
Some organizations offer college scholarships to students on the basis of their unusual talents, interests, creativity or even food choices. Some of these may appear strange at first, but they may be worth a try for those who are looking for something new or out-of-the-ordinary.
This February, I received the opportunity to travel to Japan with a teacher, Sarah Kerr, and another student, Mallory Wohlford, as part of Lord Botetourt High School’s student exchange program. I traveled to a city in northern Japan called Sapporo, which is best known for the 1972 Winter Olympics. This nine-day trip was the first time I had ever been out of the United States, so it was a headfirst dive into international travel for me.
The show must go on, but this winter it was the snow that went on — and on. Despite that, the Patrick Henry High School students involved in the play “Legally Blonde: The Musical” didn’t stay home and wait for it to melt.
Actors and actresses are resurfacing for the spring to contribute their theatrical talents in Cave Spring High School’s musical performance of “Annie.”
Growing up in the Roanoke Valley presents a unique childhood experience in a city surrounded by mountains and countryside. Due to the juxtaposition of urban and rural environments, some local high school students identify with aspects of country culture .
It seems like just about every time I’m behind someone in line at a fast food restaurant they order sweet tea. Why is this? Maybe it is because sweet tea is more than just a drink to those living in the South; it is a way of life.
With the stress of report cards, GPAs, college applications and more, teenagers often find themselves going above and beyond to keep up with school. A heavy course load can mean hours of homework every night, and some students find themselves pulling “all-nighters” to save their grades.
I will never forgive the people that told me senior year is the easiest. It’s hard and overwhelming, at least for me. I learned the hard way that going and going and never taking a second to breathe is not the right way to live.
I have come to find that I have an internal feud for the duration of winter. While I have a special place in my heart for the joys of sledding and building snowmen and skiing, the dreary, cold and overcast days of winter create a massive longing for spring.
The development of the science, technology, engineering and math professions is vital to America’s leadership and the world’s economy. STEM careers , such as software development, IT management and engineering, can enhance innovation for future generations.
On Nov. 11, 2013, a fatal car crash involving four young adults took place on Merriman Road near Cave Spring High School. The driver, Dominique Lorenzo Young, now serving time in prison, was a student at Cave Spring.
The timeless designer Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Underachieving, dressing down, thoughtless and uncoordinated: the true essence of “grunge.”
I’m excited for summer for a couple of reasons. First, it’s only early March and I’m already sick of the cold. Second, Harper Lee, famed author of the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is publishing a new book.
Spells of warm weather this winter have offered an exciting glimpse into what spring will bring in the coming months. Moderate to high temperatures will become typical, rain will come and the landscape of the Roanoke Valley will begin to change. However, it’s not just the landscape that will change.
Everyone on Earth is different in physical and mental aspects. Every human on Earth also has a story, or a past experience of something that they never forget; maybe they even have a special treasure that holds a meaning. Edge staffers set out to find these people on the streets of Roanoke.
Where do teens hang out nowadays? After school or on weekends, where do they go to meet friends and have a good time?
Main streets can be the hub of a town or city. Cars go up and down the street at all times, with people walking or shopping on the sidewalks next to small, independently owned stores. But for small towns, it can be difficult to accommodate everyone.
Botetourt County is a large area in the Roanoke Valley region. Though it covers a lot of miles, some teens say there isn’t much to do. Recent construction on U.S. 220 near Lord Botetourt High School has opened up some opportunities for fun, but some teens in the area still find themselves bored with no where to go.
The current teenaged generation will make executive decisions for the City of Roanoke in the future. Therefore, an environment that provides an opportunity to meet others and share positive experiences will be essential for the city’s outlook.
The New River Valley is home to two universities: Virginia Tech and Radford University. The area is composed of several cities and towns, specifically Blacksburg, Radford and Christiansburg. Because of this, localities such as Blacksburg and Radford contain adequate entertainment opportunities.
Award season is upon us, and with it comes my excitement and envy of stars as they gracefully walk the iconic red carpet. The men straighten their ties, and women glance coyly at the trains of their designer gowns.
On Jan. 25, eight high school Key Clubs, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, came together to help raise awareness and collect donations to help support UNICEF and The Eliminate Project to provide maternal and neonatal Tetanus shots around the world.
In today’s competitive job market and college application process, it is important to have good interview skills.
Voices lift up and rise to the ceiling of the duPont Chapel at Hollins University, but this isn’t a religious service. his is the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, and they will travel to Salt Lake City to perform on February 28 at the American Choral Directors Association’s National Convention.
In 2007, David Karp was 20 years old. He wasn’t in college or searching for a career or trying to figure out his life. He was too busy building and launching his own website: a multimedia blogging platform called Tumblr.
As the new school semester begins, many seniors will commit to college. However, a serious “disease” may accompany the deposit: senioritis.
A high school forensics team doesn’t examine dead bodies — they practice a different type of forensics, one that involves public speaking and acting.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” “The Great Gatsby.” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” “Harry Potter.” “The Diary of Anne Frank.” “The Grapes of Wrath.” “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Brave New World.”
Many teens in today’s society grasp onto what they know best, straying from the idea of stepping out of the box and experiencing new ideas and concepts.
Most kids wish for snow days as a way to take an unexpected day off of school. However, when I was younger, I never wanted the snow days because I knew that the more we were out, the more work we would have to do when we returned.
As a new tradition, my family voyages across the Caribbean Sea on a cruise during Christmas. This year, we visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Key West and the cruise line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.
Music is an important aspect in many people’s lives. Whether playing or listening to it, music is used as a way to better oneself.
Roanoke Catholic School offers seven, 49-minute-long class periods per day. Students take a math, science, English, theology and history or social studies class all year round. Some electives are offered year round, while others are offered as semester classes.
Block scheduling is a common way to organize classes in high schools across the United States. Botetourt County is one of the school districts around the Roanoke and New River valleys that uses this scheduling format.
There was a time when all Roanoke County Public School students associated a regular school day with seven periods, each lasting 45 minutes. Students began their school day at 8:25 a.m. and ended it at 3:05 p.m.
Every new year the tradition is to make a "New Years Resolution" that most people end up breaking the second week of January. In my opinion the new year is about bettering yourself and making realistic goals. I think a lot of people do the whole "resolution" thing for the recognition on social media. The draw of being able to say "this year I want to lose 100 pounds" creates buzz. I believe that is unrealistic and you shouldn’t just want to make a change in your life because you want to be a part of the New Year bandwagon and gain attention. This year I think everyone should focus on themselves and the things that are going to make everyday life more positive and enjoyable.
While clothing is often used to make a statement, one retailer has received some negative feedback on its sense of style.
For most students, the arrival of winter break welcomes a promise of family, sleep and fun holiday cheer. The same cannot be said for most student athletes, however.
Ruby Kemper Tingler, 95, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Riverland Road Baptist Church. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
William Kenneth Hankins, 84, of Bedford, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the husband of the late, Cynthia Chittum Hankins.Born May 7, 1930, in Eden, N.C., he was the son of the late William Bryan Hankins and Josephine Hensley Hankins. William retired as a police officer with the Bedford Police Department after 30 years of service. He was also the clerk for local auctioneers. William was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.William is survived by his daughters, Kathie Moorman and her husband, Jimmy, Judy Hankins and Tim Huffman; sister-in-law, Janette Markham; sisters, Phyllis Jean Whitt, Faith Marie Vernon; and nieces, Kim Cook and Denise Motsinger.A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by the Rev. Travis Keith. The family will receive friends one hour before the service and also from 6 TO 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015.Interment will take place Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton. Please consider making a memorial contribution to the Bedford Fire & Rescue. 315 Bedford Ave, Bedford, VA. 24523.Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Otho Carol Duncan Taylor, 81, a life long resident of Sinking Creek in Craig County, died at home on Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was born July 8, 1933, the oldest daughter of the late Martin Van Buren and Mary Trenor Duncan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Barney Taylor.She is survived by daughters, Jeanette Kremer and husband Allan, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and Brenna Rose and husband Frank of New Castle; beloved grandchildren, Craig Abbott and fiancee Marilea Hale, Elizabeth Abbott Crush and husband Charlie of New Castle, Zane Miller of Christiansburg; and great-granddaughter, Cordelia Crush of New Castle; two sisters, Rachel Mattox and husband Harold, and Sarah Fisher and husband Dallas of New Castle; stepgrandchildren, Chris Rose and wife Jessie of New Castle, Amy Witmer and husband Phil of Huddleston; and stepgreat-granddaughter, Madaly Rose. At her death she left behind her special companion, Macy, a Boston Terrier.She received her BA Degree from Radford college and began her teaching career at New Castle High School. She retireed from Craig County High School in 1991 having taught English to most graduates and all levels of French offered. As an undergraduate at Radford she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Honor Sorority and President of her Junior Class.She was musically gifted, pianist and later organist for more than 50 years at Bethel Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School classes. She was a member of the Craig Valley Chapter of the NSDAR. Mrs. Taylor was the first teacher to take studens to French speaking Quebec, Canada to experience the French language and culture. Over her years of teaching she was a class and club sponsor supporting both academic and extracurricular programs. She was active in the Craig County Education Assoiation providing leadership for English Department standards, and a member of the Old Trenor Family Cemetery Restoration project.In adddition to Carol's career and community activities, she farmed with her husband raising beef cattle. She was recognized as a person with great integrity who honored the value and uniqueness of all individuals and was known to reach out with kindness and compassion. Carol was known to clip and share information on a broad range of topics she found interesting, and was often a confidant and advisor to students, friends, and family. Above all, Carol was committed to her family and her Christian faith.A special thanks to Debbie St.Peter for her unwavering devotion as a friend and neighbor, her caregivers, Beulah Brown, Bobbi Hunter, and Margie Harris. The family request donations be made to Bethel United Methodist Church.Visitation will be Monday, April 27, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Paitsel Funeral Home in New Castle. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church with Pastor Willie Guill and Pastor Larry Gent officiating. Interment will follow at Ross Cemetery. www.paitselfh.com
Darla Leatrice Jennings, 52, of Pulaski, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was chief financial officer for Cygnus Management Group, general manager of Greenwood Hills Apartments in Pulaski and executive director of the West Virginia Council of Affordable and Rural Housing. She was also former executive director of the Friends of Claytor Lake.She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Hugh Jennings.Survivors include her children, Hannah and Roland Tucker of the home; mother, Shelby Jennings of Athens, W.Va.; her life partner, Ronald Powers of Pulaski; sister and brother-in-law, Prema and Delmar Stilwell of Athens, W.Va.; brothers and sister-in-law, Timothy and Lisa Jennings, and Billy Jennings, all of Athens, W.Va.; uncles and aunts, Albert B. Jennings, Jr. of Man, and Bertha and Cam Wiley of Pilot; nieces and nephews, Jeremiah, Terra, Mark, Andrew, Caleb, Carlie, Morgan and Elijah; and special companions, her three dogs and six cats.A Celebration of Darla's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with Rev. Delmar Stilwell, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 5 p.m.The Jennings family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com