Recently, Police Chief Chris Perkins said Roanoke may see around 73 ex-federal inmates return to the city in the coming year.
The hoofers who took to the stage last weekend to raise some much-needed money for the Salvation Army's Turning Point shelter included Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, and his wife, Layaly.
Want to see a debate between the Democratic and Republican leaders of Virginia's state Senate? You can on Monday, and all you need is a computer.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m. Tuesday):
Could Roanoke County's own Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) be tapped to succeed soon-to-retire House Speaker John Boehner?
The National Rifle Association is backing Sen. John Edwards in his bid for re-election — a typically attractive political plum in the conservative Southwest; but one that's grown dicier for the Roanoke Democrat amid the emotional debate spurred by last month's WDBJ7 shooting.
In the days after the WDBJ7 shooting, Alison Parker's father highlighted a General Assembly bill — sometimes called the gun violence restraining order bill — in an impassioned column criticizing the region's pro-gun lawmakers.
Some random political thoughts:
Scott Walker dropped out too soon.
Frank Roupas waited patiently for the clock to strike 8.
UPDATE (8 p.m. Friday):
PEARISBURG — A forum that organizers intended to be low intensity and low confrontation took a turn Tuesday night when Republican activists squared off with the Democratic and independent candidates for the 21st District Senate seat.
Poor Jim Gilmore isn't doing so well. Some candidates are bummed when they didn't make the cut for the "big" debate. Gilmore didn't even qualify for the "kids table" debate this time around.
As you've probably heard by now, CNN is hosting a presidential debate for Republican Party hopefuls on Wednesday night.
Preserve Giles County, an anti-pipeline citizens group, is kicking off a series of candidate forums tonight with the 21st District Virginia Senate seat.
The Republican State Leadership Committee — a national group working to get Republicans into state office — gave 21st District Senate candidate Nancy Dye a major financial boost on Monday, pouring $90,000 into her campaign.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte and state Sen. Steve Newman had a little lighthearted fun at a employee picnic for Delta Star.
Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will help drum up some cash for Senate Republicans this month at a coffee klatch billed as "Java with Jeb!"
That's our new favorite verb. Trolled. As in the Internet lingo for provoking someone online. Sometimes good-naturedly. Sometimes not.
This morning, ahead of a D.C. rally that Andy Parker and Gov. Terry McAuliffe are expected to attend, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner called for moving toward universal background checks for gun buyers.
While the timing closely follows the tragic WDBJ-TV shooting, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said the idea behind a new gun bill he rolled out today reflects something he’s been mulling over for months.
Senate candidate Nancy Dye said this week she takes no position on the contentious Mountain Valley Pipeline project.
State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, announced today he's backing Ted Cruz for president and will serve as state chairman for the campaign in Virginia.
Del. Ben Cline (R) and challenger Ellen Arthur (D) will share the stage during at least three events between now and Election Day.
State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar has canceled a fundraiser planned for tonight, citing respect for the victims of Wednesday's stunning on-air shooting of a WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) news crew.
On Thursday night, citizens once again paid their respects to Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, the two WDBJ-TV journalists fatally shot while reporting live from Smith Mountain Lake on Wednesday morning.
Juanita C. Thomas, 97, of Floyd, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, VA, 540-745-2007.
Denice Long Bowen, 62, of Catawba, died Saturday, October 3, 2015. Arrangements by Arritt Funeral Home, Covington.
Eunice Leonorah Ellis, 86, of Salem and formerly of Marlie Garden, Jamaica, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, October 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Williams and Mabel Smith-Williams; husband, Neroy Alexander Ellis; sisters, Maylin, Gertrude, and Olga Williams; brothers, Michael and Windell Williams; and son, Raymond Ellis.Eunice was employed as an accountant with the Jamaican government prior to retiring. She was a faithful and dedicated Christian, and an avid gardener.Family left to cherish her memory include her children and their spouses, Maxine Ellis-Lopez (Junior), Norman Ellis (Lorna), Trevor Ellis, Madge Ellis-Lawrence (Steven), and Ann Mureen Ellis-Rhoden; siblings, Everald Williams, Vandel Williams, Vernice Williams, Violet Williams, and James Williams; eighteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nephews; and nieces; and grandnephews and nieces.The family wishes to express special thanks to LaRhonda Bratton, Lewis Gale OR staff of Salem, and Surgical Associates of Salem.The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6 until 8 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, with Pastor Wayne Gadman officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.
Paul Andrew Thomas, 55, of Vinton, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Emett J. Thomas Sr., and a brother, Emett J. "Bo" Thomas Jr.Paul was an energetic fun person who loved everybody, lived life to the fullest and had the God given ability to produce a smile on the faces whom knew him on the cloudiest of days. He enjoyed the outdoors and raising his garden.He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, onboard his beloved carrier in the Pacific. He was a retired carpenter, whom had an attention to detail that was second to none and that greatly molded and defined his life. His greatest enjoyment though and sacrifice was tending to and taking care of his ailing mother for the past several years.He is survived by his mother, Betty Mullins Thomas; siblings, Dani "Linda" Thomas, Edward Preston Thomas (Pat), Roger Lee Thomas Sr. (Joyce), Vicky Marie Clarke (John); numerous other family members and friends. He is also survived by some very close friends who include, Connie Shepherd, Ernie Johnson, Harry Hale, Barry Mullins, Sandy Kay, Timmy Callahan, and his girlfriend whom he dearly loved, Catherine Mazibuko.Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. Pastor Mark Boyd will officiate and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.The family will receive friends Tuesday morning for 1 hour prior to service at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, www.oakeys.com.