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2008-09-27 03:00:23

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474 Sunday The Claire Lynch Band She has sung with the best -- Ralph Stanley, Linda Ronstadt. She's written for the best -- Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea. Now the Grammy-nominated, International Bluegrass Music Association-winning Lynch brings her band to the Floyd Country Store. Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd. $18. (540) 745-4563, dlpconcerts.com, floydcountrystore.com,...

2008-09-26 03:00:33

By Duncan Adams duncan.adams@roanoke.com 981-3324 City and health department officials met at noon Wednesday in the Roanoke City Market Building with food court vendors, a construction manager and fire marshal officers to discuss progress to date for cleanup and repairs that could reopen the mice-infested, city- owned building downtown. Robert Parker, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Wednesday that there is no estimate yet about when the vendors' licenses to...

2008-09-23 03:00:23

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 A total of 58 Roanoke students, a fraction of those eligible, have switched schools this year under a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act. Under the 2002 law, students who attend schools that have failed to meet federal standards in the same subject area for two consecutive years can move to a better-performing school. But very few students take advantage of that option, nationally and in Roanoke. This year, students at...

2008-09-23 03:00:23

By Carole Tarrant carole.tarrant@roanoke.com 981-3210 Now that we have settled into a new school year, it's a good time for me to share what goes into covering K-12 education for The Roanoke Times. How we cover it has changed a bit in the past year -- for the good, I hope you will agree -- because we have added to our coverage in print and online. Since March, you have seen expanded coverage of Roanoke Valley schools each Wednesday on the Your Community page inside the Virginia...

2008-09-23 03:00:18

By Jennie Tal Broadway in Roanoke is back for another year of singing, dancing and entertaining. If you want a series subscription, act now, because you'll have to get them before this season's premiere show, "Chicago," which is on stage Thursday. All shows are in the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre at the Roanoke Civic Center and are preceded by buffet dinners at the Encore Grille (extra charge). This year's lineup also includes "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (Nov. 25); "American Idol"...

2008-09-20 12:00:45

James River High School and Central Academy Middle School are the feeder schools in the program called the Strategic Instructional Module of the University of Kansas. On Sept. 11, six educators were recognized at the regular school board meeting. Joni Poff, supervisor for instruction, noted that the seven teachers and staff honored had been certified as SIMS professional developers at the not-so-easy accomplishment. Said Poff, "This rivals the work that goes into National Board...

2008-09-19 03:00:21

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474 Tonight My Radio CD release party With Tricia Carter and the Lady J's reunion If you like your pop music rocking with shades of the Cars, Smithereens and later Elvis Costello, then you need to be listening to My Radio. The good news is that you can buy the group's debut, self-titled CD at their release party tonight. The better news is that you can hear the band live. The Lady J's are getting back together to...

2008-09-18 03:00:19

By Chris Craft I applaud the past Roanoke City School Board for looking outside the box as far as the hiring of a new school superintendent last year. When it hired Rita Bishop, it did one of the greatest things it has done in years. Bishop is a former Roanoker and Roanoke city school employee. She knows this city and our schools. I am actively part of our city schools as a volunteer and a member of Roanoke City School Central Council PTA. Considering where we came from, I think we're in...

2008-09-18 03:00:08

By Duncan Adams duncan.adams@roanoke.com 981-3324 Optical Cable Corp.'s acquisition of SMP Data Communications in May had mixed effects on the fiber optic cable manufacturer's third- quarter results, which included a jump in net sales and gross profit but a drop in net income for the Roanoke County-based company. On the positive side, the SMP purchase added $3.3 million to the corporation's total net sales during the quarter that ended July 31. During the period, total net sales increased...

2008-09-17 03:00:22

By Shanna Flowers shanna.flowers@roanoke.com 981-3220 In June, thousands of Roanoke-area high school seniors adorned themselves in colorful caps and gowns and reveled in the pageantry of pomp and circumstance. At commencements or other ceremonies for graduates, school administrators and principals saluted their students and waved many of them off to colleges and universities across the country. But as some of those high school students settle into college life, a disappointing reality...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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