News for Human Interest

Thursday, November 15, 2018
In a joint ceremony held today at Woods Rogers’s Roanoke office, the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley accepted the firm’s 2018 contribution, marking a total of $100,000 the firm has given to the organization since 2004.    “I can think of no better way to close out our 125th year of business than to support this important group and the work it does in providing more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, November 12, 2018
“Weird Al” Yankovic has just announced the dates for his 2019 Strings Attached tour - a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and - for the first time - a full orchestra. For his 2018 Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Weird Al wanted to reward his hardcore fans with an intimate, scaled-down show that showcased a rotating set list of more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Sue Moore Ranson, founder and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospice in Roanoke, Virginia, will retire the end of this year.  Good Sam, as it is fondly referred to, was the first Medicare-certified hospice to serve the Roanoke Valley (licensed in March 1992) and remains the only non-profit, community based hospice in the area.   “I vividly remember March 9, 1992,” says Ranson.  “The day our hospice more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Aaron Housh has been named CEO of the only non-profit, community-based hospice serving the Roanoke & New River Valley areas of Virginia.  As the organization’s founder, Sue Moore Ranson, prepares to retire at the end of 2018, Housh becomes only the third CEO in the organization’s history.  Housh was born and raised in a small town in central Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Political more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Valley View Mall is proud to announce Santa Claus is returning to Santa’s Workshop, located inside the Barnes & Noble entrance, at Southwest Virginia's premier shopping destination this holiday season. The big red guy will arrive on Saturday, November 10th for photo opportunities children of all ages. Santa will also be joined by the Leonard Bear-stein Orchestra, a signature holiday activation more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, October 04, 2018
LewisGale Regional Health System announced today it is acquiring Salem based Virginia Orthopaedic effective October 1. The new entity will be named LewisGale Physicians – Virginia Orthopedics, as nine of Virginia Orthopaedic’s 10 providers will remain with the new organization. “Virginia Orthopaedic has been a pillar in the community since 1999 and enjoys a strong, excellent reputation more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Monday, October 01, 2018
Presented by Food for the Hungry, the tour will kick off on November 29th in Roanoke, VA and make stops in Orlando, Lafayette, and San Antonio before wrapping in Austin, TX on December 16th.  Joining Lauren will be Americana duo The War and Treaty. Tickets for The Behold Christmas Tour will go on sale Friday, September 28th and can be purchased at, at Berglund Center Box more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Monday, October 01, 2018
A COMMITMENT TO HIRE AND RETAIN VETERANSAs of August 2018, Branch Group and operating companies are now a Virginia Values Veterans V3-Certified company. They will be focusing their hiring and retention efforts to specifically hire and retain veterans.  “We believe that veterans, including guardsmen and reservists, do and will continue to play an essential role in the building of a competent more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, September 12 at 10 AM and will be available at, at the venue Box Office, and by phone at 1-877-HTB-TIXNow. From his rural Texas roots, cutting his chops on his father’s Country-Western record collection, to the small Baptist church where he was first compelled by congregational singing, and now in his current position as the definitive more
Categories: Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, July 23, 2018
Southwest Virginia Ballet, now celebrating its 28th season, has made the annual production of The Nutcracker a holiday tradition for families and visitors to the Roanoke Valley. Featuring a cast of 150 performers that represent over 15 dance schools from the Roanoke Valley and beyond, the ballet continues to delight audiences of all ages year after year. Cast members drawn from the community more
Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Smyth Companies, a leader in the printing and packaging industry, has invested $6.5 million in new equipment at its printing operation in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County. The company, which acquired Bedford’s Piedmont Label Company in 1998, has purchased and installed a KBA Litho press and a new Comco roll-fed press. Smyth Companies will receive more
Categories: General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time. The news was delivered at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held in Richmond today. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the more
Categories: General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced $750,000 in federal funding to help the Roanoke Regional Airport Commissionbring new non-stop service from Roanoke Regional Airport to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and/or Detroit, Michigan. The Commission can use the funds for a revenue guarantee, a marketing program, and fee waivers. This effort more
Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
Monday, July 09, 2018
Berglund Center is pleased to announce the return of indoor arena football and welcomes the Virginia Iron Horses to Roanoke in the spring of 2019. The National Gridiron League (NGL) will debut a new spring indoor football league in twelve U.S. cities in March, 2019. Roanoke’s team, the Virginia Iron Horses, will play its first home game in the spring of 2019.   The NGL was founded in 2017 as a more
Categories: General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vistar Eye Center is proud to welcome back ophthalmologist and Roanoke-native, Dr. Stuart Tims, following his 7-day trip to Central America with the Eradicating Cataracts Honduras Outreach Foundation (ECHO). Dr. Tims returned June 15th after he and his team helped perform 150 sight-restoring cataract surgeries and 3 corneal transplants for the people of Honduras. His team, called a brigade, was more
Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Human Interest
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Prominent regional Chambers of Commerce from across the Commonwealth are in favor of Virginia recovering federal funding available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help as many as 400,000 uninsured Virginians get health coverage. Many Virginia Chambers of Commerce support this because it will return taxpayer dollars to the Commonwealth, have a positive benefit on public health, help more
Categories: Human Interest, Chamber, Press Release