Luanne Rife, The Roanoke Times

Luanne Rife

The Roanoke Times

Roanoke, VA, United States

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Past articles by Luanne:

Rural ERs see fallout from national nursing shortage

Earlier this year, patients, doctors, nurses and EMTs took 3-minute turns telling Tennessee officials what they saw happening inside their hospitals after two health systems merged to form Ballad Health. → Read More

Cowboy Christmas: A gift even better than a horse (with photo gallery)

On Saturday morning, 9-year-old Maggie Hoover, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, woke up in her grandmother’s Ironto home knowing they’d be off on an adventure, though she worried it might be one of those senior trips Carol Mitchell is always taking. → Read More

Martinsville man killed at Henry County motel

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in solving a homicide early Sunday morning that left a Martinsville man dead at a motel. → Read More

Snow yields to warmth and plows; drivers to remain on guard

A Virginia Department of Transportation motor grader plowing in southwest Roanoke County went over a long, steep embankment Sunday afternoon. → Read More

Area lawmakers file bills on taxes, education, health care, other issues

Lawmakers could guarantee they are gift-free, at least for the moment; universities could make wine, as long as they don’t sell it; freshmen could be guaranteed the same tuition all four years, as long as they stay in school full time; Virginians could raise money through crowdfunding without running afoul of the Securities Act, as long as they follow a set of rules; and more feral cats could be… → Read More

Buena Vista votes to default on $10 million bond

BUENA VISTA — The city council on Monday agreed to stop debt payments on a $10 million bond that was issued in 2005 to finance a municipal golf course. → Read More

Former VMI cadet found guilty of stealing from roommate

LEXINGTON — A former Virginia Military Institute cadet was convicted Tuesday of stealing $140 from her roommate. The February theft kicked off a string of events that led to the former cadet claiming a VMI police officer performed a full body cavity search during the investigation, and that when she reported the sexual assault, authorities retaliated by having her charged with lying to police. → Read More

Truck hauling cream overturns on U.S. 220

A tractor-trailer truck hauling cream overturned in the median of U.S. 220 in Franklin County Friday morning, state police said. → Read More

Governor tells VMI cadets Virginia will do better for its veterans

LEXINGTON — The governor on Tuesday promised cadets marking the Virginia Military Institute’s 175th anniversary that if they choose to serve their nation, they will return to a commonwealth better prepared to provide for their health needs. → Read More

Burcham fueling new fires in Clifton Forge -- and feeling the heat

CLIFTON FORGE — Seven of the eight town council candidates took the stage at the fire hall. The room was packed. Every seat was taken and the spillover stood along the wall waiting to hear the answer to the first question: Just what do you intend to do about the town manager? → Read More

Nursing student wants to meet the man whose life she helped save

DALEVILLE — A Wendy’s shift manager who is working her way through nursing school saved the life of a drive-through customer in August. → Read More

Suspect in double killing turns himself in to Martinsville police

Martinsville police said a suspect in a double homicide turned himself in a few hours after the department held a news conference to announce arrest warrants had been issued and to ask for the public's help in locating him. → Read More

Suspect arraigned in one of string of shootings over 3 days in Roanoke

City police say the shootings, which have injured six men in northwest Roanoke, are unrelated. → Read More

Natural Bridge unveils $4 million room renovation

NATURAL BRIDGE — The new owners of the Natural Bridge Hotel on Wednesday staged a media event to show off the first of 156 rooms slated to be renovated during a $4 million project. → Read More

Ex-pastor of Buena Vista church found guilty of molesting teenager

LEXINGTON — A Rockbridge County jury on Wednesday found a former Buena Vista preacher molested a teenage parishioner during the three years he attended the Pentecostal Outreach Church. → Read More

Opening statements made in sexual abuse trial of former Buena Vista pastor

LEXINGTON – The first of three trials began Tuesday for a Buena Vista pastor accused of sexually molesting three boys who belonged to his Pentacostal churches, but not before the defense tried to have the prosecutors removed from the case. → Read More

Botetourt County joins neighbors in planning Tinker Creek Greenway

Something happened last week that had not occurred in the 20 years of building greenways in the Roanoke Valley. → Read More

Supervisors plan how to shape Botetourt County's future

DALEVILLE — In a few months, the Botetourt County supervisors expect to have a plan that will shape what the county will become during the next several decades. They want it to be clear, concise, a step ahead of everyone else and something that all of them can agree to fund. → Read More

Buchanan names its first ever town manager

Mary Zirkle has a background as a government planner with previous jobs in Bedford County and Roanoke County. → Read More

SVU's recently retired president dies

Paul K. Sybrowsky who recently stepped down as president of Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista has died. He was 70 years old. → Read More