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The Roanoke Times

Salem, VA, United States

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Past articles by Matt:

Trump supporters, opponents feel the heat during Roanoke stop

The candidate was sweating, and it wasn’t from the pressure of the campaign. → Read More

Ex-UVa rector Dragas voices concern over closed meeting

A controversial former University of Virginia Board of Visitors member is questioning the legality of a closed meeting — her last with the board — to discuss a $2.3 billion pot of money she has called a secret “slush fund.” → Read More

Roanoke's comeback mayor bows out ... for the last time?

It was enough political poison to have killed most careers. → Read More

Trump speech at Radford University disrupted multiple times by protesters

RADFORD — Donald Trump brought his presidential campaign to Radford University Monday, rolling out personal attacks against Republican rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and emphasizing his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. → Read More

Lea's path to mayor clears as Settles bows out, Trinkle opts against independent run

In the course of a half-hour Thursday afternoon, Democrat Sherman Lea went from having potentially two opponents in the race for Roanoke mayor, to none. → Read More

Roanoke's new recycling bins wheel into service this week

It’s time to put “blue” to work. → Read More

Petite Eiffel Tower rises in northeast Roanoke, over city's objection

A Roanoke couple won a court appeal to keep a vintage Gravitron amusement ride in their northeast Roanoke back yard this summer and then celebrated by erecting a lighted, three-story Eiffel Tower replica. → Read More

CityWorks (X)po founder looks to a new generation of leaders

Roanoke social entrepreneur and idea man Ed Walker is stepping away from one of his signature creations, the annual CityWorks (X)po. → Read More

Energy upgrades save Berglund Center tens of thousands in utility bills

Energy efficient upgrades from a mechanical chiller to LED lights are expected to save the Berglund Center civic events facility up $250,000 a year in utility costs and cut the local government subsidy it receives by about a third. → Read More

Goodlatte cruises to 12th term in Sixth District

Republican Bob Goodlatte cruised to a 12th term representing Virginia’s 6th House of Representatives district Tuesday. → Read More

Dog poisoning in Roanoke's Highland Park likely isolated and accidental, police say

The ingestion of rodent poison by a dog in a Roanoke park this week was likely an isolated and probably accidental event, according to Roanoke police. → Read More

Bare in the name of business: Grandin-area businesswomen plan fundraising calendar

Michelle Bennett was where you’d expect to find her. → Read More

Roanoke's renovated downtown library to reopen Tuesday

The curling, yellow slide is safe and fully functional. → Read More

Roanoke to drop criminal history question from its job application

The city council also hears summaries of two plans to reduce the number of voting precincts in attempt to speed up voting. → Read More

Roanoke eyes old hospital as hub for technology startup businesses

Roanoke officials are looking to acquire the old Gill Memorial Hospital building on Jefferson Street downtown from Carilion Clinic to create a technology innovation hub for startup companies. → Read More

Senate candidates bring their messages to two Roanoke events

At a pair of appearances in Roanoke on Monday, the two major party candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia worked to define each other’s politics, but on policy, incumbent Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie did little to set themselves apart. → Read More

Roanoke ponders 'banning the box' in city hiring process for ex-offenders

Advocates for ex-offenders hope a proposal to have a question about prior felony convictions removed from Roanoke government job applications will spread to the private sector. → Read More

Entrepreneur and idea man Ed Walker named Roanoke Citizen of the Year

Roanoke City Council named developer, entrepreneur and idea man Ed Walker its 2014 Citizen of the Year on Thursday evening. → Read More

Architect of Roanoke City Market Building renovation honored

The architect responsible for the renovation of the Roanoke City Market Building completed in 2011 is being honored for the project by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. → Read More

TAP to celebrate 50 years with "Hope Revolution" country music concert

The bands to play at the Fourth of July 2015 concert in Elmwood Park will be announced soon, promoter says. → Read More