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New River Valley staff writer Cameron Austin will receive the John Eure Award in Journalism at Virginia Tech.
Tiffany Stevens started working at The Roanoke Times in January. She covers crime and breaking news.
Justin Goldberg started in August as a copy editor on the newsroom's night production desk. He now works with the community publications as well.
Carmen Forman was hired in August to cover Roanoke County.
Because of press problems overnight, the delivery of the Sunday newspaper will be delayed.
Newspaper delivery could be delayed this weekend because of inclement weather.
Update (Feb. 17): Karen's husband, Gary, shared his own photos, too.
Cameron Austin joined our New River Valley bureau staff Jan. 5 to cover crime and courts.
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Virginia Tech lost to Pittsburgh, 21-16.
Readers picked their favorite trick-or-treating spots for southwest Roanoke County, Salem, the New River Valley and Botetourt County in our 2014 Best Of community polls.
We posted our recent review of El Mariachi in Blacksburg on Facebook, where readers are sharing their favorite specials and menu items.
The bad news? Rain this weekend. The good news? Plenty of indoor fun for kids of all ages. Among the options:
Bring out your foggers, your inflatables, your singing jack-o-lanterns.
It wasn’t for lack of trying, but over its first three years CityWorks (X)po wasn’t quite getting it right.
The Hokies are hot off their win against a ranked Ohio State team last weekend and bring that excitement back to Lane Stadium at noon today to take on pass-centric East Carolina.
We made a huge gaffe on the front of Sunday’s sports section. Understandably, we’ve heard from dozens of readers upset that we reversed the logos and score of the Virginia Tech-Ohio State football game. It was an unfortunate mistake, a human error, made by a team of editors working under intense deadline pressure because the game ended just a few minutes before midnight.
The Roanoke Times seeks an enterprising and energetic reporter to join our nine-person bureau near Virginia Tech.
From Southern Living magazine's list of top 100 places to eat in the South:
In this "Giving Spree" clip (Aug. 7), "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" gives an overview of the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
Add a tweet by actor Tom Hanks to the list of glowing reviews for Beth Macy's "Factory Man."
Some say this Florida mom is "amazing," others call her 1,020-mile journey "nuts."
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Most of the changes are print-centric and involve page margins, a new weather package, a (temporarily) combined front/Virginia section and a new broadsheet New River Valley section.
Dwayne Yancey, a veteran journalist at The Roanoke Times for more than 30 years, has been named editorial page editor of the newspaper.
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We shared this photo from Kevin Light of Riner on Facebook (above), where folks started posting their own backyard Indiana Jones moments in the comments.
A little over two weeks ago, the story about Dereck Merrill's recovery from a drug overdose in 2012 was published in The Roanoke Times. I had the opportunity to get to know the family and document their story.
Amy Friedenberger joined our newsroom in April to cover the crime/general assignment beat. Follow her on Twitter: @AJFriedenberger.
Lawrence McConnell, a veteran newspaper editor and publisher, was appointed Monday as executive editor of The Roanoke Times. He succeeds Joe Stinnett, who announced his retirement effective at the end of July after guiding the newsroom in a yearlong leadership transition.
Over the years, Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s free outdoor movie screenings have moved from Elmwood Park to Wells Fargo Plaza and now to the renovated Market Square.
Eight years ago, I packed up my life in Durham, N.C., drove 140 miles northwest and landed in Roanoke’s Raleigh Court neighborhood.
Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian's reaction to the Supreme Court decision on legislative prayer was noted in a piece on gossip/media website Gawker this afternoon, entitled Official Moves to Christianize His County After Supreme Court Ruling and filed under "bad ideas."
The website Grandparents.com recently published a list of the six most affordable cities in America for retirees, and Roanoke was one of them.
In April, Matt Dooley joined our digital news team, which helps report breaking news, edits the roanoke.com homepage and posts to Facebook and Twitter (among many other behind-the-scenes web tasks). Follow @MDooley on Twitter.
The Roanoke Times seeks an enterprising reporter who enjoys leaving the pack to chase and break political news. We want a reporter who knows how to write engaging features and produce watchdog stories.
We're looking for a six-month intern (ideal for someone graduating this spring) as a community journalist for Laker Weekly.
"What happened to the blogs??"
The Roanoke Times | roanoke.com is looking for a versatile copy editor to join its night editing desk. We need someone who has a demonstrated knowledge of sports – and relishes editing sports content -- but is also comfortable editing a government story or writing a music review headline.
UPDATE 11 a.m. Monday: Sorry, Roanoke. We lost to Asheville, N.C., which now goes up against Savannah, Ga., in the Final Four. Voting is open until Tuesday evening. The winner faces either Franklin, Tenn., or Hot Springs, Ark., in the championship.
Because of press problems, readers can expect Sunday's newspaper delivery to be delayed. We expect all deliveries to be completed by noon and appreciate your patience.
Here in Extra, we’re dedicated to helping readers make the most of their entertainment time and budgets. That’s why we offer not only a Thursday print section packed with weekend planning ideas, but also an online calendar tool that can be used to both search for events and submit information about upcoming happenings.
Do you live at or near Smith Mountain Lake? Or do you visit the lake? Either way, we'd like to hear from you.
As you've discovered if you've tried to comment on a story or blog post this evening -- or even just to read the comments -- our Facebook comment feeds aren't displaying quite right.
Erica Yoon joined our photo team in December. Follow @ericayoon on Twitter and @ericasyoon on Instagram.
The Roanoke Times seeks an enterprising and energetic reporter to join our newsroom. We need a reporter to cover the city of Salem, regularly write general assignment stories and back-up our public safety reporters as needed. We want a reporter who tackles breaking news with gusto, who knows how to work sources, and who can ferret out the bigger, enterprise stories. Just as important, we’re looking for a reporter who is comfortable using digital tools and social media to push out information quickly and engage readers.
Paul Edward Thompson, 83, of Friendship Retirement Community, Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the Salem VA Medical Center in the Palliative Care Unit, surrounded by his family and minister.He was diagnosed with lung cancer in March and has been battling COPD for many years. He was born on August 18, 1931 in Roanoke, Va. to the late John William and Elsie Young Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Marvin; brother, Cleatis "Click" Earl Thompson and brother, Roy William Thompson (1-29-15); father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter (Pet) and Della Owen Chewning; brothers-in-law, Thomas Craig and Jerry, Ed, Jim, Bob and Corky Chewning; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Mabel C. and Pete McLain, Sallie C. and Alton Meador; also, a niece, Jo Alice Thompson.Paul is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 56 ½ years, Nancy Chewning Thompson; three sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Patti Thompson, Doug and Pam Thompson, all of Roanoke, and Dean and Jenna Thompson, of Vinton; three grandsons and wife, Matthew Thompson, of Roanoke, Aaron and Sara Thompson, of Crown Point, Ind., and Trevor Thompson, of Vinton; four granddaughters and husband, Courtney Thompson Lindeman and Joe, of Crozet, Va., Amanda Thompson, of Oakland, Calif, Amy Thompson, of Roanoke and Samantha White, of Bedford; and his first great-grandchild, due in August, Asher James Lindeman. Paul is also survived by two sisters, Mildred T. Craig, of Mobile, Ala. and Betty T. Anderson, of Vinton; brothers-in-law and wives, Melvin (Marie, deceased) Chewning, Dick and Janie Chewning, Bill and Jean Chewning and Alvin (Peggy, deceased) Chewning, all of Vinton; sisters-in-law, Mary W. Thompson, of Vinton, Connie Chewning, of Sacramento, Calif., Claudine Chewning, of Roanoke, Bootie Chewning and Shirley Chewning, of Vinton; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.Paul was a devoted member, Deacon and Deacon Emeritus of Belmont Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He and Nancy were married at Belmont on November 1, 1958. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on November 1, 2008, at Belmont with a candlelight service and renewed their wedding vows. Mr. Thompson was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict from April 1951 – April 1955. His tour of duty took him to Albuquerque, NM, "Anawetok", in the Marshall Islands and received his honorable discharge in Las Vegas, NV, as a Staff Sergeant.Paul was employed by Mick-or-Mack Stores Company for thirty-three years as a meat manager, buyer and merchandiser. He opened his own butcher shop in Vinton in 1982, along with his sons as, Thompson's Meat Market. They had many faithful customers for 18 years. He and Nancy also had their own bus tour business, Jolly Tours, for 18 years. They traveled extensively around the country, going as far as the Rockies, Alaska and California. They enjoyed meeting new friends on each trip and traveling with their family and friends for many years.Paul was a wonderful husband, father, PaPa (to his seven grandchildren), brother, brother-in-law and friend to so many. He will be dearly missed by all.The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to their families, friends and church family for all the prayers and love shown to Paul during this difficult time. Also, many thanks to the doctors, nurses and CNA's at the Salem VA Medical Center, the Palliative Care Unit at the VA, and to the Intrepid Hospice who came to our home, for all their skill and compassion.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Belmont Christian Church the with Rev. Craig Rutherford officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, with full military honors by the United States Air Force. Pallbearers will be nephews and a cousin.Flowers will be appreciated or you may make donations to Belmont Christian Church, 1101 Jamison Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 3959 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018, or to the American Cancer Society (for Relay for Life of Vinton), 2840 Electric Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018.Friends may visit at Oakey's Vinton Chapel anytime after 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2015 and family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.Though our hearts are broken, we can rejoice in the promise that we will one day be reunited because of what Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die".
Rex Rhudy Blevins, 77, of Galax, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Snow Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.
Warren G. McNew, 88, of Dublin, died Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. He was born on May 20, 1927, in Saltville, and was the son of the late Lona Mae Bise McNew and Gypson McNew.Mr. McNew was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Navy. He retired from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, and was a member of the Dublin Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hoover McNew; and four sisters, Margaret Blevins, Hazel Darnell, Barbara Blevins and Berva Surber; and a former son-in-law, Randall E. Ratcliff. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Myrtle L. McNew of Dublin; a son, Malcolm "Mack" McNew and his wife, Janet of Dublin; and a daughter, Patty M. Simpson and her husband, Greg of Dublin. He is also survived by six grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Dublin Baptist Church at 1 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Ivy Adams. Interment will follow with military honors at Highland Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, may make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior's Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski. 540-980-1700.
Betty Snider Aker, 82, of Cloverdale, passed on Saturday, May 30, 2015, for her Heavenly Home. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Edward Aker; two daughters and son-in-law, Jeannie and Robert Houser and Debby Oliver.Betty is survived by her daughter, Denise Aker; and grandson and his wife, Dustin and Jackie Paysour; also three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jeannine and Forrest Bowe, Charlotte Wilson, Shirley and Sam Stiltner; and many nieces and nephews.She had a colorful life starting with her love of basketball in High School and continued into College, being the star player. She graduated from National Business College majoring in Business Administration. Betty found the love of her life and married in 1952. She was a loving and compassionate wife, mother of three daughters, sister, grandmother and friend. She worked part-time at Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, then at Hollins University for 17 years in the Alumni Office and also as the Assistant to the Chaplain and continued her employment at the United Virginia Bank for 10 years. Betty had a passion for music, food, gardening, history, knitting, lighthouses, beaches, traveling, butterflies and birds. She was a member and Deacon at the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren.A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Oakey's East Chapel with Pastor Patrick Starkey officiating. Interment will follow in the Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren or the Read Mountain Rescue Squad.