This was sent to me by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. It's on Scruggs Road in the Westlake area of Franklin County. And it may be the funniest political billboard in all of America right ...
Jacob Demmitt popped "the question" to Melissa Powell on a Washington State beach today, in advance of them returning to Southwest Virginia after a year in Seattle.
They're heading back to Southwest Virginia, after a year in Seattle. But first, there's one loose end to tie up.
The year's most acidic and beloved column is on its way. Remind Dan about who deserves an award and why.
Let's say you live in Syria, Somolia, Yemen or Libya and you want to join the National Rifle Association. No problem -- simply fill out their online form.
Long before Stanley began exploiting a grieving father's anger for political purposes, he was no stranger to gun threats. He issued one himself -- perhaps it was a joke -- back in 2011.
At its debut weekend back in June, the blazingly popular brew from Big Lick Brewing Company nearly sold out. It's back on tap this evening, on Salem Avenue at 2nd Street.
Roanoke Weiner Stand No.2, on Brandon Avenue near Peters Creek Road, changes its funny sign more regularly than anyplace else I've found.
Pfeaganes writes: "Hey Dan … Love the funny sign series – here is one from the Tanglewood Wendy’s from years ago (2008 I think). I always get a chuckle out of signs spelled wrong."
This one is outside Mr. Bill's Wine Cellar on Brambleton Avenue (kind of across the street from The Coffee Pot). They also have a nice beer selection!
This shop of pawn is gone, but its rhyming sign lives on. If you sell them your gold, you should be quite bold. Don't let it go for a song. (This closed store is on Dale Avenue in southeast Roanoke; the operators have moved to 9th Street SE).
That's TATS, folks, rather than the not-so-family-newspaper-friendly word that employs another vowel. This sign is on Orange Avenue northeast, between Williamson Road and King Street.
This one is just a little bit past the top of the hill on Washington Avenue in Vinton.
Who said pizza jockeys aren't clever with words? This one is outside the Little Caesar's on Orange Avenue northeast.
I took this picture at the KFC on Hardy Road in Vinton.
Reader Bob Bidwell writes: "I ran across these about three weeks ago when visiting Fast Signs in Salem. I'm not sure, but I think it was before you started asking for photos."
Joe Brown of Troutville sent this in. He writes: "Okay! First I like my freestone free from other stuff. I like peaches simply peachy. Plus I want my corn with nothing mixed in thank you. Free stone is good for paving but not when you add peaches and corn. Come to think of it peaches in corn sounds bad enough by itself."
My colleague Neil Harvey took this pic. "It’s two years old. This was over on 24th Street, at a hair salon in that stretch between Shenandoah and Melrose. It was taken in Feb. 2013. Alas, to my knowledge, the promise of this sign never came to fruition."
I took this shot Thursday at the Skate Center on Apperson Drive in Roanoke (also known as Brandon Avenue).
James Coleman writes: "This is a photo of a sign that isn't from the Roanoke Valley or even Virginia it was painted on a plumbers' shop door located in the Pittsburgh, Penn. area. It has since been demolished, but the image lives on. Hope it qualifies. My wife and I think that it is (was) rather unique . . . and cute too."
A correspondent named gdaniel sent this in, from the American Legion Post on Apperson Drive in Salem.
Metropolitan Baptist Church on Shenandoah Avenue is known for its smile-inducing signs, which vary depending on the side. These pics were taken last week.
This sign from a few years back was at a convenience store in West End.
I shot this photo a couple of years ago along Route 40 east of Rocky Mount.
My colleague Katrina Waugh found this one Saturday near Brambleton Avenue. "I think it's something to do with flood control, like a high-water storm drain. All I know for sure is it's not a trash can," she wrote.
A correspondent by the name of Becky Snyder sent this in. "This photo was taken a several years ago at a tanning salon on Orange Avenue northeast," she wrote.
This photo is courtesy of Erin Brooks. She took it at Country Crossing on Virginia 24 - the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut at the gas station.
Nicole sent in this one. The sign is on Orange Avenue just east of the Berglund Center (formerly the Roanoke Civic Center).
Carter Turner found this sign on U.S. 460 in Elliston. "The only way this could possibly be true is if Americans were too humble to believe it," he writes.
This sign photo was sent in by Karen Ayyildz. It's on the tip jar at M&K Foods on Grandin Road.
Dexter Kingery sent in this shot of his all-time favorite Roanoke Weiner Stand (No. 2) sign, which changes regularly. It's along Brandon Avenue in Southwest Roanoke.
Charlotte Hale shot this sign at the City of Salem Beautification Department on Indiana Street, near the plant section.
Katie Broyles sent in this shot from Lew's Restaurant, the landmark Hollins eatery that delivers a tasty meal at a fair price.
Today, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe got in on the act, declaring the Confederate flag symbol would be removed from specialty license tags issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
David Williamson took this shot at Townside Gardens on Franklin Road in April.
This beaut is from Dominos on 4th Street in Salem, and was submitted by General Manager Victoria Bissell.
Is any time really a good laundry time? Or does it have to be before 5? This is along Grandin Road, near the 7-Eleven in Grandin Village. It was sent in by Travis.
This is at Cave Spring Corners, along Brambleton Avenue, and was submitted by Mark W. Thomason.
This is but one of a slew of clever road-side signs readers have sent in, in response to my appeal for photos earlier this week. This one is from Shear Perfection Salon on Brambleton Avenue, across...
Know of a funny -- and local -- sign? Send in your picture. The good ones will be featured on Dan's blog.
For the owner of a $100,000 house, the increase will cost $30 annually in real estate taxes. The meals tax hike will increase the cost of a $25 dinner by 13 cents.
A measure on the governor's desk would reward a power company’s political donations with license to fleece customers.
Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.
SB 1349, which passed the House of Delegates Thursday, would block state regulators from reviewing Dominon Resources and Appalachian Power "base rates." Those reviews have resulted in millions in customer refunds in recent years.
The British soloist took a relatively simple Beatles hit and turned it into an operatic tour de force. (Plus, he sweated more than anybody, ever, on stage). Well done, sir.
This may be the best Christmas tune since the Ramones' classic "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."
It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.
Read more about this amazing musician here.
Alvena Flora Plunkett Edens, 87, of Boones Mill, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 6, 2016.She was born July 1, 1928, to the late Dean Stanley and Georgia Ann Flora Plunkett. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Plunkett Hill and Virginia Plunkett Sink.Mrs. Edens was a lifelong member of Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren.Surviving are her sons, Michael W. Edens (Martha) of Greensboro, N.C., and Mark S. Edens (Madeline) of Stamford, Conn.; sister, Alvera Plunkett Abshire; brothers, Jarius Plunkett and Darius Plunkett; and a grandson, Christopher Edens of Atlanta, Ga.Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Conner-Bowman Funeral Home (220 Location) with Pastor Bruce Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park.The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 9, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren, 2363 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. The family would like to thank Carilion Clinic Hospice of Franklin County and the Caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care for their loving care.Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, 62 Virginia Market Place Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151…540-334-5151...www.connerbowman.com
George William Shelor, of Floyd, Va. passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 after a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Elaine Scales.He is survived by his children, Beth Shumaker(Bruce) Richmond, Carl Shelor (Cherie), and David Shelor; both from Floyd. There are five grandchildren and one great grandchild. George was a retired farmer and millwright and served in the Army during World War II.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14, 2016 at the Floyd VFWPost 7854, 186 Epperly Mill Rd., Floyd, VA 24091. Special thanks go out to the staff members at Warm Hearth in Blacksburg where George resided for the past few years.Online condolences may be made by visiting www.maberryfuneralhome.com
Lawrence Edward (Eddie) Dalton Sr., 54, took his last ride to meet his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 27, 2016.He was preceded in death by his parents, Acie Hendrick Dalton and Rachel Lillian King Dalton Cowling Hardison Greenway; and the loving mother of his eldest son, Matthew, Rosa Mae Conner Donahue.He is survied by his wife, Nancy Ann Corvin Dalton; daughter, Bonnie Dalton with grandsons, Noah and Nicholai Guthrie; sons, Matthew Dalton with granddaughter, Alexis Dalton; Lawrence Dalton Jr. with grandchildren, Desimus and Maddison Dalton; Michael Dalton; brother-in-law, Donnie Callahan; siblings, Jerry King Sr., Thomas Dalton, Lillian Hagy, and Charlene Semones.Growing up in poverty, he struggled with education. Out on his own, becoming an adult with his mother's loving support, he chose a change. He found employment with W.E. "Curly" Donald and George Coleman who taught him to be a respectable, excellent painter that later grew him into his own business, and with the help of Ray Craighead and Jeannine Hanson, it flourished.Eddie was a quiet, strong, hardworking, honest, likeable, creative, good humored man living the American Dream. Next to his family, his favorite enjoyment was riding his custom Harley Deuce "Jeannine."Eddie made a good life for his family, always supporting them. Being with his wife 33 years and would say "She is a good woman, that's why I married her." He was a good husband, perfect example of a father and loved his children dearly. He gave everything of himself to them and continuing with raising the eldest grandson, Desimus. He loved and enjoyed all his grandchildren, and will be missed dearly.Praising the support of Bonnie and Michael for being there almost daily through all his hardship, and special thanks to Betty Corvin, his mother-in-law, for caring for him day and night when needed.A memorial get together will be announced at a later date.
Jack J. Conner, 88, of Moneta, Va., passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.