I wrote in today's paper about efforts at Fallon Park Elementary School to help families who are struggling financially. There's another effort underway to help students at William Fleming High School.
Recommendations from state education leaders submitted to the governor's office Wednesday call for changes to Virginia's graduation requirements and standardized testing procedures, among other things.
This morning, county and school leaders met for the annual State of the County and State of the Schools addresses. You can read Carmen Forman's coverage of the event here.
Roanoke and Franklin County school leaders are in Washington, D.C., today for a celebration of this year's National Blue Ribbon school award winners.
As my colleague Casey Fabris and I reported Sunday, the state's Department of Education has staff on the ground in Franklin County this week to do a review of the school district's special education services.
Roanoke County educators have endorsed four candidates vying for county supervisor and school board seats this fall.
Roanoke Catholic School students and teachers filled a bus with donations for homeless students in Roanoke’s public schools, one of the largest donations so far.
Two new Carilion billboards that went up this week feature a Patrick Henry freshman's artwork.
At tonight's Roanoke City School Board meeting, the board will receive a report showing how much of the district's spending over the last year was with locally-owned businesses, as well as minority- and female-owned businesses.
At Salem City Schools' convocation Wednesday morning, Steven Staples, the state's superintendent of public instruction, played five clips from popular TV shows and movies to make his point about five myths in education.
A new member is expected to be appointed to the Roanoke County School board on Wednesday, to fill the seat vacated by Drew Barrineau.
In memory of the two WDBJ-TV reporters killed Wednesday, the Roanoke County School Board added their names to a statewide media honor roll.
Before tonight's Roanoke County School Board meeting, past and present school board members gathered for a reception for four of its members.
The hallways and classrooms at Glenvar High School still have "the new car smell," as Roanoke County Schools Director of Operations Martin Misicko put it.
Four elementary schools in Roanoke were awarded state grants that will allow the schools to offer additional enrichment services for students before and after school.
Staff writer Sara Gregory covers K-12 education for The Roanoke Times. She blogs about school-related happenings in the Roanoke region. Follow her on Twitter @saragregory.
Gene Spence, 69, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 540-586-7360.
Walter Brice, 83, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2015. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Joe Carr treasured a day of golf, a cold Bud, and eyeing pretty girls. And in his eyes, we are all beautiful. Flirty and fun-loving, gentle and gentlemanly, Joe got a tee time in Heaven on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.His license plate read "5HOLSN1," which he had to update from "4HOLSN1" when he was in his mid-80s.Joe was born and raised in the Triple Cities of New York on January 17, 1926, the youngest of three boys. A member of "The Greatest Generation," the family struggled, moving from one boarding house to another during The Depression. Joe filled his youth with playing baseball and listening to the Big Bands.After graduating from high school, Joe joined the Merchant Marine and was assigned to look out for German submarines off the coast of Maine, a job at which he excelled because Maine was never attacked during World War II.He played a lot of baseball, and was pretty good. While playing for a New York Yankees' farm team, Joe had a chance to try out for the major leagues. But famed Coach Lefty Gomez had this advice for the 140-pound catcher: "Joe, you're a smart guy and you've got a strong arm, but you're just too small. Some 300-pound third-baseman is going to cream you." So Joe traded in his catcher's mitt for golf clubs, and worked on perfecting his game for the next 60 years.While working at GE in the 1950s, he met the love of his life, Marie Hoover. She was already engaged to another fellow, but Joe's charm, talent for jitterbugging and a snow storm on New Year's Eve 1954 worked in his favor. The couple married on July 7, 1956. First, they added to their family with a beautiful collie, which Joe named Zsa Zsa. Later they added a happy daughter, who Marie named Heidi.In 1958, Joe went to work as a contracts negotiator for IBM, the ideal assignment for his outgoing personality. In the '50s and '60s, he worked on the B-52 bomber; in the '60s and '70s, he worked with NASA's Mercury and Apollo programs. And in the '70s and '80s, he worked with the Navy's submarine program. He also ran the IBM golf league, never raising suspicion as he and his partners consistently won the Watson Trophy year after year.Joe retired from IBM in 1989, and life really began. Joe and Marie built their dream home at Smith Mountain Lake, and spent their weekdays playing golf and weekends pulling Heidi on an inner tube off the back of their boat. For the next 20-plus years, Joe could also be found at Roanoke-area golf courses, "working" as a starter. He'd be the guy at Countryside, then later Hanging Rock and most recently Westlake Country Club, schmoozing with the players as they started out, or driving the golf cart around the course to make sure play was running smoothly.Life was heaven on earth for Joe. He loved watching football, especially Notre Dame and the Redskins, reading the newspaper "till the ink rubbed off," taking mulligans on the golf course when he thought no one was counting, and ending his day with a cold Budweiser. But most of all he loved his Marie, and was heartbroken when she passed away in 2009. But life went on. He still golfed even playing Pebble Beach when he was 83 and he had a new collie, a beautiful, sweet girl named Callie. He also had many people who loved him, and he enjoyed telling all the girls how pretty they are.On November 17, 2015 Joe was dressed in one of his spiffy Pebble Beach golf shirts, but he was looking sad. One of the caregivers at the Miami Jewish Health Systems memory care unit asked if he felt OK, and Joe replied, "I miss my wife." Soon after, he had a heart attack. He waited at the hospital for his daughter to arrive, and they held hands and sang old Big Band songs. Then he closed his blue eyes and smiled, and joined his precious Marie.Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.Joe is survived by Callie, who inherited her father's gentleness, and Heidi, a University of Miami professor, who inherited her dad's looks and humor.
Robertine W. (Robin) Hawkins, 98, of New Market, passed away Monday evening, November 23, 2015 at the Mont Vue Nursing Home in Luray.She was born April 3, 1917 at Blacksburg and was a daughter of the late James Lee and Dora Price Wall. Mrs. Hawkins was a retired registered nurse having been employed at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Roanoke. She was the widow of Hugh M. Hawkins.Surviving are three sons, H.M. Hawkins, II of McAllen, Texas, Daniel A. Hawkins of New Market and Ken W. Hawkins of Mount Sidney; a brother, Joseph Wall of Blacksburg; two grandchildren; a step grandson; three great-grandchildren and a step granddaughter.Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market. Interment at Emmanuel Cemetery, New Market.Arrangements by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.