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2008-08-01 09:00:26

By TANAYA MCLEMORE By Tanaya McLemore Teen correspondent WASHINGTON The Internet is here to stay. And tweens and teens need to be able to navigate it safely. That was the message last week during Cox Communications' Internet Safety Summit, hosted by Cox's Take Charge program, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and NetSmartz.org . The summit's in its fourth year. Fifteen students from across the country were selected to attend the event by either writing...

2008-08-01 03:00:29

Virginia is considering adding a high school's graduation rate to the state's accreditation standards, a logical next step in public school accountability. It's a step Virginia can take because it now can measure graduation rates with an unheard-of degree of accuracy -- a significant technological advance. But should it? And, if so, where should the benchmark be set and how should it be figured? These issues still need sorting. The Virginia Department of Education proposes setting a...

2008-07-31 09:01:25

By Nona Nelson, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 31--Today Indian cuisine Seasonings and spices to expand your Indian cuisine repertoire. Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg When: 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantryonline.com Wednesday Persian cooking Simple techniques for mastering this rich, aromatic Eastern cuisine. Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg When: 6 p.m. Cost: $55 per person...

2008-07-24 03:00:44

By Greg Principato There's a saying common in the aviation industry that when you've seen one airport, you've seen one airport. People who live in Roanoke know how unique and special their airport is. Having worked in Virginia state government during the Baliles administration when important investments were made in Roanoke's airport, I know how special it is. The same can be said of all the other regional airports in the United States. That is why studies that lump all airports...

2008-07-23 12:01:22

By David Harrison, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 23--Suppose you're a high school student in Roanoke whose family has no health insurance and who doesn't have a family doctor. Where do you go if you need medical help? For the past 16 years that place has been the teen health centers, located at Patrick Henry High School, William Fleming High School and the Hurt Park Community Center. The centers offer sports physicals, school physicals, treatment for minor injuries and illnesses,...

2008-07-19 03:00:30

By Courtney Cutright courtney.cutright@roanoke.com 981-3345 School board members in Bedford County are turning to an outside consultant to help determine which capital improvement projects to take on next. The board voted 7-0, with one member absent, Thursday evening to pay construction company MB Kahn of Roanoke $35,000 to conduct a study of the school system's facilities, and help project its long- term building needs. "With the JF [Jefferson Forest] and Staunton River projects behind...

2008-07-19 03:00:25

Northside High grad Andy Reaser, son of Salem High band director Dennis Reaser, moved to Los Angeles, hoping to break into show business with his writing. He did, with an unglamorous job as a production assistant for the show "Charmed." Four years later, Reaser is a co-writer on ABC Family's brand- new television series "The Middleman," which broadcasts Mondays at 10 p.m. For more information about the show, check out abcfamily.go.com/middleman or themiddleblog.livejournal.com. He recently...

2008-07-19 03:00:21

By Neil Harvey neil.harvey@roanoke.com 981-3340 Fire destroyed an automobile and left a Southwest Roanoke County family of four temporarily homeless Wednesday night, officials said. According to Capt. Brian Witt of Roanoke County Fire and Rescue, a vehicle fire broke out about 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of Woodvale Drive. Flames spread from the car to a carport shelter and then to the two-story house. The house had smoke and water damage and electrical problems, Witt said, and the...

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...