When newly minted Sen. David Suetterlein rose to take his oath of office Wednesday, he placed his hand on — not one — but two Bibles.
The post-election reshuffling in the General Assembly means some key committee changes for Southwest Virginia reps.
Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt County, has put in a resolution honoring the life of WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Alison Parker.
Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, filed a resolution Wednesday honoring slain WDBJ (Channel 7) cameraman Adam Ward.
Del. Sam Rasoul is among the founding members of a new 35-and-under caucus announced Monday.
The compromise struck in Thursday's fraught Virginia Senate GOP Caucus leadership decision was the product of weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner edged into the No. 4 spot — up from No. 5 last year — in Roll Call's annual rankings of the wealthiest members of Congress.
I visited Crystal Spring Baptist Church when polls first opened this morning at 6 a.m. and saw election officers dealing with computer laptop crashing issues. A handful of voters (about 5-6) waited in line.
At 10 a.m., we were seeing a turn-out in Roanoke that sharply favored Republicans — with the GOP-heavy precincts accounting for a higher-than-usual percentage of the vote.
Updated 2:23 p.m. — see note in bold below.
Voter turnout hit 8.5 percent in Roanoke and 12 percent in Roanoke County by 10 a.m., according to midmorning reports from local registrars.
Corey Fitzgerald saw his opportunity, and he took it.
The elections are just days away and if you're looking to do some last-minute boning up on the contenders for state Senate, WFIR has a new series of candidate interviews.
UPDATE (3:20 p.m. Friday):
On today's editorial page, we make the case that the infamous mailers from the conservative Middle Resolution PAC purporting to show Democrat John Edwards as a "conservative" go beyond being just a dirty trick to confuse left-of-center voters.
One week before Election Day, Sen. John Edwards rallied supporters and pledged to carry a bill next year to raise the minimum wage.
As a second wave of controversial mailers hit Roanoke, Virginia Democrats pressed Republican Nancy Dye on Wednesday to disavow The Middle Resolution PAC and return a $7,000 donation from the conservative group.
The controversial mailer that hit Roanoke mailboxes this weekend cost the conservative Middle Resolution PAC $6,008, according to finance reports compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Big money is flowing into the 21st District Senate race at a fast pace as the election enters its final days.
Independent candidate Donald Caldwell is rolling out a TV commerical — his first of the election — in the final days of the race to win the 21st District Senate seat.
The Republican State Leadership Committee just invested another $80,000 in Nancy Dye's bid to oust incumbent Democrat Sen. John Edwards in the 21st District race.
Since same-sex marriage was legalized a little over a year ago, Virginia has seen more than 3,500 same-sex unions take place, according to new data released this week by the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Vital Records.
Republican contender Nancy Dye has signed onto the anti-tax increase pledge created by Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform.
The Edwards for Virginia Senate commercial that Republicans blasted for missing a required disclosure statement also turns out to have misspelled the name of its chief spokesman — former Virginia Tech admissions staffer Allen Trigger.
In today's paper, we delved into some of the issues about energy policy and the federal Clean Power Plan being raised in the 21st District Virginia Senate race.
Independent candidate Steven Nelson won't appear at a forum tonight in Montgomery County, and he offered the following explanation to organizers in an email he shared with The Roanoke Times:
Public service announcement: Today is the deadline to get registered to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 elections.
The Democratic contenders for president will gather for their first debate Tuesday night. Host CNN will air it live and stream it online for free. Questions from the public can be submitted via Facebook and Instagram.
Speaking to a crowd braving the drizzly Saturday weather, Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and Del. Joseph Yost (R-Pearisburg) said in strong terms that Virginia needs to prioritize its public schools over alternative ideas like charter schools and vouchers.
The surprising news that U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was dropping out of the speaker's race inspired an online rallying cry this week among Virginia Republicans who saw one of the commonwealth's own poised to fill the void.
Two of the three candidates for the 21st Senate District appeared before the Rotary Club of Salem on Thursday.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, will roll out a sentencing reform bill today as part of the committee's larger work on criminal justice issues.
In an effort to cater to our blog's target audience of policy and politics fanatics, here are a few odds and ends that didn't make it into the article about Tuesday night's candidate forum.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers is joining up with Hillary Clinton's Virginia Leadership Council in the 2016 race for president, according to Clinton's camp.
Here's a little public service blog post to let you know about two candidate forums happening tonight:
In Sunday's newspaper, we touched on the long-brewing belief that Southwest Virginia is too often an afterthought for leaders in Richmond.
Saturday Night Live took aim at some of the low-polling presidential contenders last weekend — including former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
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.
Pearl Hughes Myers Drewry, of Roanoke, born May 15, 1920, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 after a brief illness. From an early childhood surrounded by loving parents and 10 siblings, through the end of her life, Pearl remained grateful to be surrounded by a large family.She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman Aubrey Drewry; her stepsons, Lyman Aubrey Drewry Jr., John Thomas Drewry, and Victor Randolph Drewry, as well as a grandson, James Aubrey (Jim) Drewry. Pearl is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Tom Steele, Linda Lundy, and Deborah and Kenny Cox; and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Drewry, Judy Drewry, and Anita Drewry. Pearl took comfort and joy in her many grandchildren, Thomas Drewry, Timothy Drewry, Jonathan Drewry, Andy Drewry, Dale Drewry, Trayce Coe, Alison Cowling, Greg Steele, Laura McKeage, Jessica Craig, and Whitney Lundy, as well as her 14 great grandchildren.Pearl graduated from Radford College (now Radford University), and worked as a teacher and extension agent with VA Cooperative Extension Service in Tazewell and Botetourt Counties. In addition to being a hardworking professional, Pearl was a talented homemaker, gracious hostess, volunteer at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and an active member of the Ruritan and Garden Clubs and Fincastle United Methodist Church. For much of her life, Pearl maintained her competitive streak for games, and loved spending time in her garden and walking the woods that surrounded her Fincastle home.Pearl's family expresses deep gratitude to the caregivers that brought her comfort in her final years, Vera Cobbs, Annette Nibblett, Darlene Dickerson, Breyarn Mattox, Amy Girty, and Tia Hunt, and to the stellar physicians that guided her to the age of 95 years- Dr. John Gaylord and Dr. Soheir Boshra.A funeral service honoring Pearl's life will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Fincastle United Methodist Church, 137 South Church Street, Fincastle with the Rev. Terry Mabrey officiating. A private burial will be at Godwin Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.Pearl's family suggests memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Fincastle United Methodist Church.On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Ethel Maxine Howell, 72, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, at her home in Radford. She was retired from Radford University Housekeeping Dept.She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Howell; parents, Leo and Audrea DeWitt; sister, Barbara McCready; and brothers, Robert, Ronald and Thomas DeWitt.Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Randy Hopkins of Hiwassee; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Sandy Howell of Radford, Randy and Pat Howell of Radford, Carl and Tina Howell of Christiansburg, and Leo Howell of Radford; grandchildren, Kim and Jason Dunbar, Randall and Mandy Hopkins, Krista and Caedan Howell, Susan and Mike, and Bradie and Nicole Howell; brothers, Charles, George and Richard DeWitt, all of Maryland; sisters, Betty Sexton of Woodlawn, Mary DeWitt, Debbie Wissig, and Shirley Burkett, all of Maryland, Martha Harris of Indiana, and Nancy Best of Louisiana; and many other relatives and friends.The family would like to thank Intrepid Hospice nurses and Dr. Charles Judy for their care of Ethel.The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg.The Howell family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com
John Douglas Slusher, 78, of Shawsville died, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at VA Medical Center. He was born in Radford, on July 11, 1937, to the late Tempie and Algie Slusher.He was also preceded in death by his two wives, Emma Pauline Slusher and Vurden "Sissy" Slusher; daughter, Teresa Slusher; and grandson, Justin Ratcliffe; sisters, Edith Gearheart, Sibyl Stratton, Mozelle Chambers, Marie Viers; brother, Theron Slusher. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy D. Slusher (Fairlawn), Debbie and Perry Lowery (Christiansburg), Connie and Roger Jones (Christiansburg); sister, Barbara Neil Long (Fairlawn); 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 8, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Buckner officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr. S.W. Blacksburg, Va.
Betty Howerton Welch, of Salem, Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. "Miss Betty" was born in Roanoke on June 7, 1929, to the late Eugene E. and Rosamond Isabel Howerton.She spent her formative years during the depression and World War II growing up in Cloverdale, Va., and graduating from Troutville High School in 1947. She raised three children to adulthood in Roanoke before moving to the milder climate of South Carolina for health reasons. She loved that state's small town life and spent many years as a resident of Hartsville."Miss Betty" loved keeping a nice home and flower gardens as well as spending time with her rescue pet dogs "Lobo" and "Browndog." She was a people person and never met a stranger. Even in her last years as a resident of Richfield in Salem she spent time visiting other residents. She was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in particular of her time working at the Shriners Hospital for Children when she lived in Greenville, S.C.She was predeceased by her parents; loving older brother, Eugene E. Howerton Jr.; long-time companion, Henry "Buddy" Moreland; and former husband and friend, Thurman S. Turner.Surviving are her three children, Linda Blevins (Larry) and Thomas Turner (Karen) of Roanoke, and Wayne Turner (Janet) of Parkland, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.Special thanks to staffs of Richfield Care and Recovery and Gentle Shepard Hospice for their care.A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Fair View Cemetery with Chaplain Gary Kingery officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.oakeys.com.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, Shriners Hospital for Children or to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.