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MELIMDA MYERS: Grow Vertically for Added Beauty / Productivity

Expand your planting space, grow a living screen, or add vertical interest to your garden beds. Train vines up a decorative support, onto a fence, or allow them to...

MORGAN GRIFFITH: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for celebrations across the Ninth District, only a few of...

SERWAN ZANGANA: Marijuana: A Silent Destroyer of Virginia Communities

The outcome of legalizing marijuana by Virginia lawmakers can be observed negatively in Roanoke City....

MIKE KEELER: A Genius in 236 Words

OK aspiring writers, this one’s easy. Maybe too easy.Your assignment today is to write a story...

Cats Do Not Manipulate Us Like The Current White House Administration

Many years ago, I thought the idea of having a cat as a pet, specifically...

Medical Malpractice—an Unaddressed Problem in Health Care Reform

In a recent column about the causes of the health care crisis I mentioned that one player has been overlooked:  the consumer.  As congressmen...

A “Country” Girl’s Perspective on Neighborhoods

I have never been one for neighborhood block parties or weekly progressive dinners.  Perhaps because I like my privacy and want to avoid the over-interested...

Goodlatte: Working to Keep Terrorists Out of the United States

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in a war to root out terrorism in order to...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: Fried Green Tomatoes

My friend Stuart (who happens to be the publisher of this paper) has a late blooming garden. I guess when you are a...

Some Families Don’t Travel So Well . . . Or At All

I am not a big fan of summer.  Width challenged people (like me) normally don’t fare well in toasty climates, often producing enough perspiration to...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: End of Summer Vegetable Casserole

By Leigh Sackett I don’t think of summer as being just a "season" . . .   or even a state of mind -...