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2008-08-28 03:00:27

ROANOKE Back to school Tuesday Crystal Spring Elementary School Address: 2620 Carolina Ave. S.W., Roanoke, VA 24014 Phone: 853-2976 Web site: www.rcps.info Principal: David Merritt Fairview Elementary School Address: 648 Westwood Blvd. N.W., Roanoke, VA 24017 Phone: 853- 2978 Web site: www.rcps.info Principal: Julie Bush Fallon Park Elementary School Address: 502 19th St. S.E., Roanoke, VA 24013 Phone: 853-2535 Web site: www.rcps.info Principal: Cynthia Delp Fishburn Park...

2008-08-27 03:00:50

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 Roanoke Superintendent Rita Bishop plans to attack the school system's discipline problems this year. Bishop told many of the district's 2,200 employees at the school system's annual convocation Monday that she will set up a committee tasked with trying to bring down the number of suspensions in Roanoke schools. Roanoke students sat out 14,990 school days last year because of suspensions, she said. By contrast, Fairfax County, which...

2008-08-26 03:00:48

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 As more than 14,000 Roanoke County students head back to school today, some of their parents may be getting ready to go back to the classroom, too. Roanoke County's 2-year-old adult education program, which more than doubled in size in its first year, could well see another jump in enrollment when the fall classes resume Sept. 9. About 134 people took classes preparing them for a GED test, and 158 took classes to help them learn...

2008-08-26 03:00:48

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523"One of the things that we had to do this year is get structures in place." Rite Bishop Roanoke schools superintendent A year ago, Roanoke's new superintendent, Rita Bishop, warned the city's 2,200 school employees that she would underpromise but overdeliver. She then seemed to undercut her warning by delivering a laundry list of initiatives that she promised would be in place within one year, surprising many in the audience...

2008-08-23 03:00:23

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474 Saturday Blueground Undergrass This is as close to the original BGUG as you're going to get, and man, this version delivers. Core members Jeff Mosier (banjo), his brother Johnny Mosier (guitar) and steel guitarist Mark van Allen are backed by an adventurous and excellent rhythm section and hot new fiddle player Owen Saunders, recently of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. It's a good fit, as the band proved live at this...

2008-08-23 03:00:18

An apparent drowning on Monday was the only reportable on-water incident in the past week, said Lt. Tony Fisher with Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Early Monday morning, three lake area residents -- Barry Phillipe, Moneta; Danielle Bratton, Hardy; and Bobby Smith, Wirtz - - were fishing on Gills Creek near marker G10. Their boat became swamped and began to sink around 2 a.m. While there were life preservers on the boat, no one was wearing one. Bratton and Smith made it to...

2008-08-21 03:00:41

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 If you're driving along Electric Road near its intersection with Colonial Avenue in Roanoke County, it's easy to miss the small private school tucked behind a shopping center. Although North Cross School has been around since 1961, its overall profile in most of the area has been rather low. Tim Seeley wants to change that. As he embarks on his first full year as headmaster, he's trying to spread the word about the school, an...

2008-08-21 03:00:34

By Amanda Codispoti amanda.codispoti@roanoke.com 981-3334 The pilot who took off from Roanoke Regional Airport on Monday without authorization after he threatened to crash into Smith Mountain Lake will likely not face any criminal charges. However, the Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation to determine whether he violated federal regulations, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the FAA. The pilot, Samuel Shields, 50, of Blue Ridge landed safely back at the airport and...

2008-08-20 03:00:38

By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@roanoke.com 981-3251 Appalachian Power Co. sought approval Monday to build a new power line over Poor Mountain in Southwest Roanoke County, proposing it run alongside an existing one. Appalachian spokesman Todd Burns said the company consulted at length with area residents before naming its preferred corridor for the planned, 138 kilovolt transmission line. The filing with the State Corporation Commission sets in motion a formal, public review of the...

2008-08-20 03:00:25

By Neil Harvey neil.harvey@roanoke.com 981-3349 A fire in an apartment at a west Roanoke County retirement community caused the evacuation of some of the center's residents Monday morning but nobody was injured, officials said. According to Roanoke County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton, crews from Fort Lewis, Mason Cove, Hollins, Cave Spring and Salem responded to a fire about 10:45 a.m. at the Ridgecrest complex within the Richfield Retirement Community. The blaze...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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