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2008-09-11 03:00:20

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 It's that time of year again. The time when schools that have not met federal standards for two straight years have to offer parents a chance to pull their children out and to place them in another school that has fared better on state tests. The school choice provision was one of the most hotly debated parts of the federal 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, with critics charging that it was a ploy to drain struggling schools of...

2008-09-09 03:00:14

By Mark Taylor mark.taylor@roanoke.com 981-3395 Easing stealthily up to the hole, pro angler John Crews put his plan into action. Crews had his eyes on a couple of two- to three-pound bass that he'd spotted in the area. The bass had proven tough. So Crews had to get tougher. "I figured out that they cruised in the same general pattern," said Crews, a full-time professional angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series. He cast his tiny drop shot rig, let it sink and waited. Eventually...

2008-09-09 03:00:12

By Rob Johnson rob.johnson@roanoke.com 981-3234 A Lexington-area church will celebrate a total of 250 years of worship on Sept. 14. Oxford Presbyterian Church's pastor, the Rev. Horace Douty, said that church doors will open at 9:30 a.m. There will be a number of displays of historical photographs and other memorabilia. Copies of a book written by Douty, "Rockbridge, Virginia: History Lessons from a Country Church," will be offered for sale. The location of the brick-and-stone...

2008-09-06 03:00:20

By Cathy Benson Adequate Yearly Progress, also called "No Child Left Behind" results, are in from the Virginia Department of Education and Botetourt County as a school division and all schools except Central Academy have passed the muster. Each year until 2012 school divisions nationwide have to pass by increasing percentage increments until every child passes the tests. Last year Central Academy Middle School failed to meet the AYP in mathematics in a specific core group and this school...

2008-09-05 03:00:25

By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@roanoke.com 981-3251 State regulators preparing to open hearings this month have received 2,000 comments on a proposal to raise electrical rates in Western Virginia. Virginia State Corporation Commission spokesman Ken Schrad said most, if not all, are expressions of protest of Appalachian Power Co.'s plans. The SCC is gathering written reaction to proposed increases of more than 30 percent in electrical bills, arising from three rate- hike filings. The...

2008-09-03 03:00:20

By Laurence Hammack and Mason Adams The Roanoke Times l aurence.hammack@roanoke.com 981-3239 m ason.adams@roanoke.com 981- 3253 A Roanoke judge is being asked to decide the latest dispute arising from the controversial closing of Forest Park Elementary School. In a petition filed Friday in Roanoke Circuit Court, the parents of four children who attended Forest Park in the last school year accused Superintendant Rita Bishop of failing to provide them with enough choices of where to go when...

2008-09-03 03:00:20

The Virginia Department of Education last week released annual statistics that judge whether schools made adequate yearly progress in teaching reading and math. The results were exactly as expected: Suburban schools with mostly white, middle-class students performed well on state tests. Poorer, urban schools, where most kids eat free lunches, have failed yet again. It's the same old story retold every year since No Child Left Behind promised all that would change. Where exactly is the...

2008-09-03 03:00:19

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 One of the items on Shawnell Jackson's back-to-school to-do list was signing up his two young children at the YMCA's Magic Place after-school program. They'll spend about three hours a day there until he gets off work and can pick them up about 5:30 or 6 p.m. With one day to go until the start of the school year in Roanoke, parents and students are adjusting to new school hours, which are changing in the city for the first time in 40...

2008-08-29 03:00:30

By Janelle Rucker and Kevin Myatt The Roanoke Times Tropical Storm Fay's remnants dumped 3 to 7 inches of rain on much of drought-stricken Southwest Virginia on Tuesday and Wednesday, increasing water flow more than a hundredfold in one river that had been nearly dry. Water flow in the Blackwater River, which has been in constant decline this summer, was measured at 117 cubic feet per second Wednesday afternoon. The river -- the town of Rocky Mount's only water source -- hit a historic...

2008-08-28 03:00:36

The creek that runs across the eighth hole at Countryside Golf Club in Roanoke was dry Monday evening. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay might have provided some water to it temporarily, but recent rain will not end the drought that lingers over Southwest Virginia. So Rocky Mount officials this week imposed mandatory conservation. The town's water source, the Blackwater River, hit a historic low Monday. It's not alone. Both the Roanoke and New rivers are flowing far below historic levels...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.