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Friday 01/29/2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 3:53 pm
An inspired prank -- by someone who could use a dictionary

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 ...

Saturday 12/19/2015
Posted: December 19, 2015 - 5:10 pm
She said: YES!

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.

Posted: December 19, 2015 - 2:30 pm
He wants to ask her one question

They're heading back to Southwest Virginia, after a year in Seattle. But first, there's one loose end to tie up.

Monday 12/07/2015
Posted: December 07, 2015 - 4:46 pm
We're accepting nominations for the 2015 Dano Awards

The year's most acidic and beloved column is on its way. Remind Dan about who deserves an award and why.

Friday 12/04/2015
Posted: December 04, 2015 - 12:15 pm
How a member of ISIS could join the NRA

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.

Friday 10/30/2015
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 11:30 am
Sen. Bill Stanley got 2011 Dano award for 'Best Gun Threat By a Public Official'

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.

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 8:00 am
Casey's Kolsch is back on tap -- TONIGHT

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.

Tuesday 07/21/2015
Posted: July 21, 2015 - 9:15 am
Hot dog and zombie poetry

Roanoke Weiner Stand No.2, on Brandon Avenue near Peters Creek Road, changes its funny sign more regularly than anyplace else I've found.

Monday 07/20/2015
Posted: July 20, 2015 - 9:15 am
Sometimes, signs are spelt wrong

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."

Sunday 07/19/2015
Posted: July 19, 2015 - 9:15 am
Reality & wine in one sign

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!

Saturday 07/18/2015
Posted: July 18, 2015 - 9:15 am
Rhyming pawnbroker strikes again!

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).

Friday 07/17/2015
Posted: July 17, 2015 - 9:15 am
Show us your tats!

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.

Thursday 07/16/2015
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 9:15 am
Local bank gets clever with savings

This one is just a little bit past the top of the hill on Washington Avenue in Vinton.

Wednesday 07/15/2015
Posted: July 15, 2015 - 9:15 am
How to do your thinking . . .

Who said pizza jockeys aren't clever with words? This one is outside the Little Caesar's on Orange Avenue northeast.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
Posted: July 14, 2015 - 9:15 am
That's quite a combination

I took this picture at the KFC on Hardy Road in Vinton.

Monday 07/13/2015
Posted: July 13, 2015 - 9:15 am
Put your trash where?

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."

Sunday 07/12/2015
Posted: July 12, 2015 - 9:15 am
A new hybrid of fruit & vegetable?

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."

Saturday 07/11/2015
Posted: July 11, 2015 - 9:15 am
A sign about women's underwear

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."

Friday 07/10/2015
Posted: July 10, 2015 - 9:15 am
This sign takes on the Salem Fair

I took this shot Thursday at the Skate Center on Apperson Drive in Roanoke (also known as Brandon Avenue).

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Posted: July 08, 2015 - 9:15 am
Sign: A new perspective on plumbing

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."

Tuesday 07/07/2015
Posted: July 07, 2015 - 9:15 am
Seems like a lot for a baseball dinner

A correspondent named gdaniel sent this in, from the American Legion Post on Apperson Drive in Salem.

Sunday 07/05/2015
Posted: July 05, 2015 - 9:15 am
This Roanoke church has sublime signs

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.

Saturday 07/04/2015
Posted: July 04, 2015 - 9:15 am
No exceptions to the rules sign

This sign from a few years back was at a convenience store in West End.

Friday 07/03/2015
Posted: July 03, 2015 - 9:15 am
Prayer sign outside Franklin County church

I shot this photo a couple of years ago along Route 40 east of Rocky Mount.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 9:15 am
Sign along the greenway in Roanoke

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.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 9:15 am
Tanning salon sign offer: Free snow

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.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 9:15 am
Those are some hot-selling chickens

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.

Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 9:15 am
Entertaining hooker -- half off

Nicole sent in this one. The sign is on Orange Avenue just east of the Berglund Center (formerly the Roanoke Civic Center).

Sunday 06/28/2015
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 10:15 am
Pomp and patriotism on Elliston church's sign

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.

Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 9:15 am
No Justin Bieber fans at M&K Food Shop

This sign photo was sent in by Karen Ayyildz. It's on the tip jar at M&K Foods on Grandin Road. 

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 9:15 am
This stand's funny signs are real weiners

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.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 9:15 am
Salem REALLY doesn't want you parking there

Charlotte Hale shot this sign at the City of Salem Beautification Department on Indiana Street, near the plant section.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 9:15 am
Popular Hollins place plays on 'Virginia is for lovers'

Katie Broyles sent in this shot from Lew's Restaurant, the landmark Hollins eatery that delivers a tasty meal at a fair price.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 2:45 pm
Stock in the Confederate flag sinks to historic low!

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.

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 9:15 am
Is nursery calling its customers a name?

David Williamson took this shot at Townside Gardens on Franklin Road in April.

Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 9:15 am
Eat free at Dominos in Salem?

This beaut is from Dominos on 4th Street in Salem, and was submitted by General Manager Victoria Bissell.

Sunday 06/21/2015
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 11:30 am
Laundromat sign in Grandin Village

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.

Saturday 06/20/2015
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 12:15 pm
No bad workers wanted sign

This is at Cave Spring Corners, along Brambleton Avenue, and was submitted by Mark W. Thomason.

Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm
A Roanoke salon's clever sign

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...

Tuesday 06/16/2015
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 5:48 pm
Dan wants your pics of the Roanoke Valley's witty signs

Know of a funny -- and local -- sign? Send in your picture. The good ones will be featured on Dan's blog.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:37 am
How much will Roanoke's real estate and meals tax hikes cost you?

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.

Thursday 02/19/2015
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 2:43 pm
Public Citizen: Will McAuliffe lock-in windfall electric-utility profits?

A measure on the governor's desk would reward a power company’s political donations with license to fleece customers.

Monday 02/16/2015
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 8:00 am
Some wisdom about teaching from Virginia Rep. Dave Brat

Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.

Saturday 02/14/2015
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 9:00 am
Overcharged on your electric bill? Here are the lawmakers who voted to deny you refunds -- and the ones who voted for YOUR interests

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.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 8:00 am
He had a lot of help from his friends -- RIP the amazing Joe Cocker

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.

Sunday 12/21/2014
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 2:20 pm
'The Season's Upon Us' by the Dropkick Murphys

This may be the best Christmas tune since the Ramones' classic "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 1:26 pm
We're accepting nominations for the 2014 Dano Awards for glaring stupidity

It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 9:25 am
R.I.P. Bobby Keys
Friday 11/21/2014
Posted: November 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Picking fruit on the Friday drive-time tune

Read more about this amazing musician here.

Posted: November 21, 2014 - 8:00 am
Guess the famous American who said this about immigrants


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