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2008-07-17 03:00:33

By Anna L. Mallory anna.mallory@roanoke.com 381-8627 Members of the Montgomery County School Board said they are proud of their accomplishments the past year, including extending Superintendent Tiffany Anderson's contract, choosing to consolidate Elliston-Lafayette and Shawsville elementary schools and giving teachers living out-of-county a break on tuition, but they do plan to improve how they communicate and make decisions. The year had a "positiveness to it," despite having to...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

By Tim Thornton, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 16--NARROWS -- Danny Melvin was playing pool in Blacksburg on Sunday night when he got the call. Riverview Campground was flooding. There was a smell like diesel fuel in the air. Melvin, who helps his brother-in-law take care of the campground, jumped in his truck and headed back to Narrows. He called Giles County's emergency dispatchers and told them what was going on. The Narrows Fire Department had already been called out. Riverview...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Cody Lowe, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 14--MONETA -- Developer Trey Park has agreed to a dozen additional restrictions on his proposed LakeWatch Spa and Resort following negotiations with a group that sued him and the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. The plaintiffs in that case reported on the proposed agreement in a meeting with other Smith Mountain Lake area residents Sunday. The development on Virginia 122 will be closest to a group of residents along the Betty's Creek...

2008-07-10 09:01:28

By Nona Nelson, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 10--THURSDAY, JULY 10 Something's fishy In a rut with fish? Learn some new ways to prepare tasty dishes from this very healthy food. Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg When: 6 p.m. Cost: $55 per person Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantryonline.com SATURDAY, JULY 12 Anti-inflammatory foods Chef Laura Pole demonstrates foods that tip the balance toward -- and away from -- inflammation. Where: The...

2008-07-10 06:00:42

By Pete Dybdahl pete.dybdahl@roanoke.com 981-3376 The superintendent of Salem schools, Alan Seibert, got a new four- year contract and a raise Tuesday night. The Salem School Board scratched his existing contract, which expired June 2010, in favor of one that has Seibert running the school system through June 2012. The new contract also offers a salary of $131,634 for the coming year -- a 6.5 percent pay increase that matches what teachers in the district will receive for the coming...

2008-07-09 06:00:34

That old storm door that rattles when the wind blows, that bit of sunlight peeking through the window air-conditioner mounting, the little hole in the wall next to the switch plate left from your last home repair: They're all telling you something. Your house is leaking air. Come winter, it will be leaking heat. And, unless you're made of money, you're not going to be able to afford that. Last month, Roanoke Gas Co. sent a friendly warning to its customers about the potential for a 50...

2008-07-08 06:00:19

By Neil Harvey neil.harvey@roanoke.com 981-3340 Botetourt County fire crews and the Department of Forestry worked late Thursday night to control a brush fire. The fire is on a mountain in Buchanan, according to a dispatcher with the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office. She did not know the exact location or the size of the fire but said no lives or property were in immediate danger. She said the U.S. Forest Service was also on the scene assessing the damage. -- Neil Harvey (c) 2008...

2008-07-08 06:00:19

By Amanda Codispoti and Jessica Marcy A wildfire in Botetourt County has burned 505 acres as of Friday night, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service said. Ted Coffman of the service said that the fire is burning two miles east of Buchanan on Cove Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest. It has not yet been contained and it could take days to do so because of the rough terrain, Coffman said. No structures are threatened at this time and 69 people are working to establish a fire...

2008-07-08 06:00:19

By Sarah Bruyn Jones Rain on Friday night helped to slow the wildfire in Botetourt County that has burned more than 500 acres. Chris Rose, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the half-inch of rain helped as 69 people continue to battle the blaze that was first reported Thursday. "There doesn't seem to be as much smoke on the mountain this morning," Rose said Saturday. "It's not contained yet, but we are working on it. ... We are making a lot of progress." The fire is...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

By Beth Macy, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 1--The Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley broke ground Monday on a $1 million facility in Salem that will allow it to expand services to area elderly and disabled adults. Plans for the building, due to be completed next spring, call for the consolidation of the two adult day-care centers, one on Williamson Road and the other at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem. The new 7,700-square-foot center will be located at 2300 Roanoke Blvd.,...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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