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2011-01-26 08:03:00

ROANOKE, Va., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Business and the Roanoke Times will gather the region's key business and workforce development leaders on January 26 to talk about 2011 job growth forecasts for the Roanoke Valley region. This symposium is part of the Cox Business "Executive Discussion Series." The session will take place on Wednesday, January 26 and will be held at the Hotel Roanoke, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission to the Executive Discussion Series is...

2008-10-11 03:00:22

By JoAnne Poindexter joanne.poindexter@roanoke.com 981-3232 Laney Mofield has no qualms about asking customers to drop loose change into the collection canisters at McDonald's restaurants. As executive director of the Ronald McDonald House on Jefferson Street Southwest in Roanoke, she's seen those coins go to work to operate the house as a temporary residence for parents of hospitalized children and to support many programs that provide services and assistance to children throughout...

2008-09-19 03:00:28

The Town of Blacksburg, Virginia is requesting sealed proposals to obtain miscellaneous professional services on an as needed basis within the following disciplines airport engineering, civil engineering, water systems and tanks, sewer systems and pumps, architecture, landscape architecture, database programming/GIS support, technical support, planning, land surveying, geotechnical, environmental assessment and mitigation, structural engineering and mechanical engineering. Projects may...

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...

2008-09-05 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...

2008-08-06 12:00:00

By Janelle Rucker, The Roanoke Times, Va. Aug. 6--To Rocky Mount officials, the drought and subsequent call for voluntary water conservation are temporary setbacks. "Under no condition is the town of Rocky Mount about to run out of water," Councilman Jerry Greer said. "Our tanks are full." The July 28 initiation of stage two of the town's drought response plan was a simply a call for residents to use water wisely, he said. Flow in the Blackwater River, the town's sole water source,...

2008-08-05 09:00:00

By Sarah Bruyn Jones, The Roanoke Times, Va. Aug. 5--As the number of sick children continued to climb, health officials said Monday that ground beef tainted with E. coli was found at a Boy Scout camp in Rockbridge County. "They did have a box left over of the ground beef used and we took it back to lab and tested it and it did contain E. coli," said Dr. Douglas Larsen, director for the Central Shenandoah Health District. "It matched with stool samples taken from several of the...

2008-08-03 12:00:29

By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times, Va. Aug. 3--WHITE GATE -- A customer stopping at Nature Way Country Store for a drink or a scoop of ice cream probably wouldn't notice that the coolers and freezers are powered not by Appalachian Power Co. but by a diesel engine. Nature Way, like most Amish-owned businesses and households, exists "off the grid" using alternative fuel sources such as propane lights. But even the Amish tradition of self-sufficiency hasn't insulated this small business...

2008-07-31 12:00:00

By Courtney Cutright, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 31--Lack of rain in the region prompted officials from Appalachian Power Co. to decrease the flow from the two-dam Smith Mountain project this week in an effort to raise the water level at Smith Mountain Lake -- hopefully by a foot or more. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality had to approve a variance for the reduction, but in its re-licensing request, Appalachian is proposing to change that process. The variance enacted...

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...