SAVE THE DATE Shake, Bake & Sprout
A children’s event series featuring Where: Vinton
hands-on learning about container Farmers
gardening, a hands-on cooking activity When: 10 a.m.
and a fun exercise and movement to 2 p.m., July
activity. Lancerlot Sports Camp, lead 16
by the Roanoke Children’s Theatre, will Contact:
present the original musical, “Cookin’ It.” 983-0613
THE ROANOKE TIMES SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011
Crowd Tea party hopeful fears U.N. control
is fair’s Tripp Godsey said a transportation law supported by Del. Dave
Nutter and Sen. John Edwards erodes personal property rights.
to issue a statement commending the
board and promising to ﬁght for repeal
of the mandate.
best By Mason Adams
fall in a race for the 21st Senate District
seat, is criticizing both men for those
votes, saying the bill has created more
The issue is a big one for the Roa-
noke Tea Party, which had called for
its members to speak out before the
board’s vote. Godsey was recruited by
problems than it solved. the tea party to run against Edwards, Tripp Godsey Dave Nutter
Virginia Sen. John Edwards and Godsey’s criticism stems from a and his campaign manager, Greg Dislikes urban Wants to
development curb eminent
Del. Dave Nutter both saw a 2007 section of the lengthy bill that requires Aldridge, is a prominent leader within zones. domain.
omnibus transportation bill as a way localities of a certain size and growth the Roanoke Tea Party.
A few years back I invited to fund roads without a wholesale tax rate to establish “urban development “Not all laws, brought up either by Follow all things
a well-heeled friend and his increase. areas” in which to focus new growth. Republicans or Democrats, are good political west of
children to join me and my Now, Tripp Godsey, who is running The Roanoke County Board of Super- laws,” Godsey said. “If I can get elected, Richmond and
kids at the Salem Fair. His against Nutter for the Republican nom- visors unanimously voted down a beyond at
face twisted into a scowl. ination and right to face Edwards this proposal last week, which led Godsey See SENATE, 8 blogs.roanoke.com/politics.
“Have you seen the people
there?” he asked hesitantly.
Such elitist attitudes
toward the 24-year-old Roa-
noke Valley institution are
unfortunate but not uncom-
mon and have been spreading
in recent years.
like this: It
seems as if every
dan.casey 150 miles shows
@roanoke.com up at the Salem
981-3423 Fair. Mostly
they come out at
night, like vampires, except
many are missing incisors Montgomery school
(or other teeth).
They sport beastly tattoos,
ofﬁcials must ﬁnd a way
bizarre piercings and brightly
dyed mohawks. Some men
to fund $96 million of
wear camouﬂage garb, even the building costs.
though hunting season is
long past. Some women are By Katelyn Polantz
clothed in tube tops or halters firstname.lastname@example.org
about eight sizes too small. 381-1669
They are so unusual
looking they might even
The projects to build
get kicked out of the world-
Blacksburg and Auburn high
famous Texas Tavern, which
schools and renovate Auburn
Middle School will cost Mont-
Mind you, this is what
gomery County about the
snobs like my friend say. Not
same amount, $125 million,
that ofﬁcials had previously
I believe the elitists are
said, and could cause a jump
missing out on the best peo-
in the property tax rate of 10
ple-watching experience the
cents or more.
Roanoke Valley has to offer.
According to a proposed
Because — let’s face it
contract released by the
— the fair is a wonderful and Photos by REBECCA BARNETT | The Roanoke Times
school district after 10 p.m.
wacky menagerie of human- Scott Franzak of Mechanicsville, Md., stands back with a soda as his friends Julia Wallace and her ﬁance Gary Friday, the cost for a private
ity, more eye-popping than Furrow, both of Rocky Mount, enjoy wine tasting at Floyd Fandango on Saturday. Franzak was the designated
driver. “It’s because he’s a good guy,” said Furrow. “Nobody wants to hurt anybody, so it’s good to have a D.D.” company to build the schools
the paintings in the Taubman
may not exceed $110 million,
At wine festival,
Museum of Art, and far more
or $35.7 million for Auburn
interesting than the slumber-
High, $18.8 million for Auburn
ing animals at the Mill Moun-
Middle and $55.5 million for
No question, plenty of nor-
But that amount doesn’t
mal-appearing people will be
include all expenses, such as
among the 250,000 to 300,000
contingencies and furniture
souls who will pass through
purchases, Craig Meadows,
the fair’s gates between now
the county administrator,
and next Sunday.
said Saturday. Those necessi-
But you also see those
ties should add another $14.5
folks walking downtown, or
million to the price, pushing
dining at Famous Anthony’s,
the projects’ total to about
or shopping at Valley View
Mall. Because they’re ordi-
“I think the school board
nary, they fade into the sum-
mer’s background like a green Designated drivers get extra through their negotiations
with [construction company]
leaf on a 100-foot-tall oak. privileges so the event won’t Branch [& Associates] have
The others stand out like
streetwalkers in a Christian be anybody’s last fandango. done a tremendous job get-
ting high-quality schools,”
bookstore. And there’s a high
By Jorge Valencia Meadows said. “That’ll be our
concentration of them at the
email@example.com challenge — to put the num-
981-3349 bers together so we can keep
Wednesday morning, I vis-
it as low as possible for the
ited the fair organizers to sug-
Responsible friends do not let taxpayers.”
gest they highlight this aspect
their friends drive drunk, so Scott The school district released
in their promotional advertis-
Franzak sometimes goes for Diet the contract price tag Friday
ing. For years that has mostly
Cokes instead of beer or wine. along with the draft contract
focused on carnival rides,
For Floyd Fandango, the annual with a group of companies.
blue-ribbon jams and cakes,
July drinks and bands festival off The release didn’t include
a petting zoo, racing pigs and
the Blue Ridge Parkway, Franzak information about the proj-
the Abe Lincoln act by U.S.
planned to drive his girlfriend and ects’ total costs. School dis-
Rep. Morgan Grifﬁth.
three friends to Rocky Mount after
“I think you’re missing a
a day of music and beverage tastings See TAX, 8
prime marketing opportuni-
— though not for him.
ty,” I told Carey Harveycutter,
“You’ve got to have a designated
lord of the Salem Civic Cen-
driver for everything,” he said Satur-
ter and the fair. With him was School costs
day, holding a frosty can to his chest.
John Saunders, his assistant.
“Otherwise, you don’t want be out
The fair was their idea, back Blacksburg High
on the road.”
about 1986. $55.5 million
Festival organizers and police
Now, I didn’t hint a bit
everywhere agree with him, espe- Auburn High
about what they were miss-
cially during holidays. The people $35.7 million
ing. But Harveycutter is
who put on Floyd Fandango encour-
no fool. He’s probably the Auburn Middle
age designated drivers by reducing $18.8 million
See CASEY, 8
admission cost for those who say
they will be driving and giving them Other expenses
free non-alcoholic beverages during $14.5 million
the two-day event.
Join the discussion The Virginia State Police increas- TOTAL
es enforcement during the July 4
weekend to three-quarters of its
Ali Pearce of Fort Mill, S.C., relaxes under the beer tent at SOURCE: Proposed construction contract
at blogs.roanoke.com/ Floyd Fandango in Patrick County. Pearce said she came to released Friday by Montgomery County
dancasey. the festival to enjoy the atmosphere and the camping. See WINE, 8
1,8,8 3,2,3,6 5,8,9,10,13 3,9,17,18,28,40 Free Ball 15 12,17,30,35,47 Mega Ball 26 (4x) 1,11,18,29,51 Power Ball 32 (3x)
Saturday drawings Wednesday drawing Friday drawing JACKPOT $12 million Saturday drawing JACKPOT $20 million
2,3,2 3,8,2,9 3,13,25,27,33
8 THE ROANOKE TIMES Sunday, July 3, 2011
Board blindly, Godsey says
will vote FROM 1 eral government and United
on plan I can come in and have a posi-
tive effect on this issue.”
Godsey, a Roanoke insur-
“What they’ve been trying
to do for years is implement
the U.N.’s Agenda 21 on how
FROM 1 ance agent, announced his to organize and manage land
intention to seek the Repub- and people resources all over
trict spokeswoman Brenda lican nomination to run the world,” Aldridge said. “At
Drake Bowdel and school against 16-year incumbent every stage of this process,
board chairman Wendell Jones Edwards, D-Roanoke, in early there’s grant money involved
weren’t available for comment June. A couple of weeks later, to bribe localities, and it
Saturday. Nutter, a Christiansburg looks harmless until you get
The school board plans to Republican, announced he to the point where you lose
vote on the contract at its next would also seek his party’s control. Once you turn man-
meeting, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. nomination for the seat. agement over to these larger
at the Government Center in Rather than ceding the regional authorities, the local
Christiansburg. Photos by REBECCA BARNETT | The Roanoke Times nomination to Nutter, who boards lose authority. Since
In the fall, the district had John West, 5, of Floyd rides a mechanical bull at Floyd Fandango in Patrick County. The festival’s has received endorsements they’ve taken the money
said construction would cost organizers encourage designated driving and emphasize their event is family-friendly. from Virginia Sens. Ralph along the way, they’ve lost
about $125 million, with $57.5 Smith and Mark Obens- control.”
million for Blacksburg High, hain and U.S. Rep. Morgan Aldridge also criticized
$44.6 million for Auburn High Grifﬁth, Godsey has found Nutter for his vote: “The
and $22.5 million to renovate
the current Auburn High
WINE: reason to criticize both of
gentleman who wants to be
the District 21 senator, not
given free soft drinks
building into a middle school. And after bashing Edwards only is he not reading what
The plan released Friday for voting “no” on a measure he’s voting on, but some of
calls for a Blacksburg High that would require law- the stuff he’s voting on is an
School for 1,400 students, makers to post budget bills absolute abuse of Virgin-
an Auburn High for 600 stu- online for 72 hours before a ian citizens and he allowed
dents and Auburn Middle for vote, Godsey is again taking it by not paying attention.
460 students. That size for a similar path in saying that The people in the district he
Blacksburg High has more neither Edwards nor Nutter wishes to represent should
uniformed ofﬁcers, or 1,400,
capacity than the district fully understood the 2007 ﬁnd this just abhorrent. This
to prevent crashes. Last July 4
ﬁrst planned, though parents transportation bill before is the worst kind of represen-
weekend, troopers made 152
recently have worried that its voting on it. tation, I believe.”
arrests for driving under the
size still won’t be adequate. The bill was written and Nutter, who works in
inﬂuence and cited 10,880
If passed, the contract passed by a House of Del- Virginia Tech’s economic
people who were speeding.
would bring to a close a debate egates and Senate that were development ofﬁce, charac-
“Unsafe driving is just
that has consumed the school both run by Republican terized Godsey’s comments
plain stupid,” said Erika John-
board and county for a year: majorities. Edwards voted as an attempt “to overcome
son, festival director at Floyd
how to replace Blacksburg against the bill before then- broad, Republican support”
High School after its gym col- Gov. Tim Kaine amended it, that Nutter has received for
For events such as this one,
lapsed and, at the same time, at which point he voted for it. his campaign.
which hosted 6,000 people last
give long-awaited new or Nutter consistently voted in Nutter noted that the
year for attractions including
updated schools to families in favor of the bill’s passage. 2007 transportation package
beer and wine tastings and the
the Auburn area, near Riner. Since it was passed, the has been in place for several
sale of leather drinking glass
The Montgomery County law has encountered its share years.
slings, it is especially impor- Josh Taylor of Pulaski and Abby Eastman of Dublin enjoy the
Board of Supervisors still atmosphere under the beer tent at Floyd Fandango. of problems. It contained the “However, concerns have
tant to prevent accidents.
must decide how to pay for “abusive driver” fees that arisen recently by some that
When Floyd Fest, the big
the schools. The board has set were later repealed by the this legislation could be used
sister of Floyd Fandango, On Saturday, children sun-
aside money for a small frac- Floyd Fandango General Assembly, as well by international organiza-
started in 2002, residents bathed and played in swing
tion of the cost already and has as the creation of regional tions to deprive property
and law enforcement ofﬁcers sets, in a water tank, and on a
discussed funding the rest — WHAT: Acts include Anders transportation authorities owners of their rights,” Nut-
from nearby Floyd and Pat- mean mechanical bull.
about $96 million — by selling Osborne, These United States that were ruled unconsti- ter said. “I oppose any effort
rick counties publicly fretted People who planned to
municipal bonds backed with and Dangermufﬁn. Drinks tutional by the Virginia like Agenda 21 to deprive
over orderly trafﬁc ﬂow. The drive — such as Franzak, who
a real estate tax increase. from more than 25 wineries Supreme Court. Virginians of their property
National Park Service, which is a forester for a utility com- and breweries.
Two ﬁnancing options The urban development rights and have voted to put
patrols the Blue Ridge Park- pany in southern Maryland,
include tax increases in 2013 by WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Today areas, required in the bill for into the Virginia Constitu-
way, has deployed additional got free non-alcoholic drinks
either 10 cents or 13 cents per localities with a growth rate tion limitations on local
ofﬁcers, netting about 50 from coolers for designated WHERE: Rock Castle Gorge
$100 assessed property value, of 5 percent and a popula- governments from taking
citations and one year pull- drivers. Road, off milepost 170.5, Blue
according to ﬁnancial advis- Ridge Parkway, near Floyd tion of at least 20,000, were personal property under
ing over Floyd County Sheriff “It’s a very well behaved
ers. A 10-cent increase would included with the rationale eminent domain.”
Shannon Zeman, who hap- crowd,” said Patrick County COST: Beverage tasters
amount to a $977 annual tax that better planning for new Nutter noted he voted for
pened to be driving on the Sheriff’s Sgt. Elbert Cassady, $25 advance, $30 gate;
on a $115,000 home, $115 more development could ulti- a bill earlier this year that
parkway. who patrolled the grounds designated drivers and ages
than this year’s rate. A 13-cent mately reduce transporta- would make urban develop-
Since then, tensions have with two other deputies. 13-20, $15 advance, $20 gate;
increase would be equal to tion costs. ment zones optional instead
defused and festival organiz- “Nobody wants to go to jail. children 6-12, $5 advance, $8
$150 in additional taxes for the gate; free to children 5 and The Roanoke Tea Party, of mandatory. Although that
ers say they have cultivated People who come here are
same value home. younger with paying adult. along with other tea party bill passed the House, it died
relationships with local com- very calm. They’re just here
In past years, the county groups, sees the requirement on a party-line vote in a Sen-
munities and emphasized to have a good time with their MORE: www.floydfandango.com
has stuck to smaller tax rate as a power grab by the fed- ate committee.
their event is family-friendly. friends and family.”
changes, such as the 2-cent
increase this year that set the
tax at 75 cents.
The private group that may
be hired with this contract
includes construction ﬁrm
Branch & Associates Inc.,
and RRMM Architects, both
of Roanoke, and designers
CASEY: Midway games, sideshows dying traditions
SHW Group from Charlottes- FROM 1 ter explained. He knows this low named Bob Pinson, who Like everything else, the shot in Jamaica.
ville. The group would work because of surveys every few recently died. fair is constantly changing. Anyway, in the subculture
with the school district under smartest and most effective years. “You all have a higher Of course, greasy funnel of carnivals, “sideshows are
public-private guidelines, a municipal civil servant in Unlike my snobby pal, propensity of women who cakes are a constant, and so all but dead,” he declared.
process that has emphasized North America. Harveycutter said he respects wear their underwear on the are overpriced cotton candy, Which is understandable,
negotiation and expedited “Are you talking about the the folks who show up. outside than anywhere else,” ice cream and soft drinks, and at least for the Salem Fair.
planning and replaced the people who come to the fair?” “We have the afﬂuent, and Pinson once conﬁded to Har- the rides. Who needs a sideshow
district’s traditional design- he asked. the nonafﬂuent,” he said. To veycutter. But this year, there are with all the fascinating-look-
bid-build approach to con- “That’s it!” I exclaimed. his credit, not once did he Saunders said he already fewer carny games than in ing people walking around
tracting. “They are a microcosm,” use terms such as “freak,” has taken baby steps toward the past, Harveycutter said. who you can gawk at for
The district chose to pursue he replied with the diplomacy “yahoo,” “knuckle-dragger” developing my people-watch- And there are no sideshow free?
a public-private agreement of an ambassador to China. or the phrase, “people who ing idea. booths where you can pay 50 See you on the midway. I’ll
rather than a lowest-bidder The Salem Fair draws look like they’ve crawled out For this year’s fair, he’s cents to see a bearded lady or have my eyes peeled.
contracting process this year people from a 170-mile radi- from under a rock.” installed a 24-foot sitting the world’s tiniest woman.
because of promises that it us that includes southern But he did recall the bench just opposite the bath- The latter, Harveycutter Dan Casey’s column runs
could save time and money in West Virginia and northern words of one longtime fair rooms. This will be prime noted sadly, retired from the Sunday, Tuesday and
building the three schools. North Carolina, Harveycut- T-shirt and cap vendor, a fel- viewing territory for sure. road because her husband got Thursday.
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VIRGINIA T H U R S D AY THE ROANOKE TIMES 9
Sites collecting old
meds for safe disposal
Unused or expired medi-
cations can be turned in for
safe disposal as part of the
second annual National Pre-
scription Drug Take-back Day
on April 30.
The event runs from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fol-
n Roanoke Civic Center
n Salem Police Depart-
n Daleville Kroger in
n Tanglewood Kroger in
The medications will
be destroyed by local law
enforcement and U.S. Drug
The event is sponsored
by Roanoke Area Youth Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition, West-
ern Virginia Water Authority,
Prevention Council of Roa-
noke County, DEA, Roanoke
Police Department, Roanoke
County Police Department,
Salem Police Department
and the Botetourt County
Sheriff’s Ofﬁce. STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The Roanoke Times
Rocky Mount Police Chief David Cundiff (in red) listens as Shannon Moore (left), sales manager for L-3 Communications Mobile-
— The Roanoke Times Vision, shows surveillance cameras to Cundiff’s staff. Craig Sloan (right), sergeant of investigations, checks out an infrared camera.
Police chief updates force
Runner who collapsed
gets medal for race
A 64-year-old man from
Northern Virginia who col-
lapsed near the ﬁnish line
of Saturday’s Blue Ridge
Marathon received a ﬁnisher
medal Wednesday from the David Cundiff was hired to be Rocky Mount’s temporary police chief, but his advances could bring long term beneﬁts.
doctor who he credits with
saving his life. By Janelle Rucker Cundiff’s focus. VHS tapes, Cundiff said, a prob- that the use of an experienced
Ed Deitch, who fell on firstname.lastname@example.org Last week, he introduced two lem because VHS tapes are getting law enforcement ofﬁcer in a part
Norfolk Avenue, is expected 981-3159 new four-legged members of the harder and harder to ﬁnd. time capacity is a great way to get
to be released from Carilion
department — the town’s ﬁrst K- “It’s been a good challenge results,” Ervin said in email. “The
Roanoke Memorial Hospital
ROCKY MOUNT — In 10 9 unit. bringing forth programs to beneﬁt savings to the Town in total costs
today, said John Carlin, an
months, the town police depart- “We had them [the dogs] in the community,” Cundiff said. “And and the beneﬁt of getting a more
organizer of the marathon.
ment has faced challenges and the county and saw what valuable it’s been an opportunity to extract experienced leader make it a great
Deitch began training
advancements. assets they were to the commu- from the guys here their knowl- solution for smaller communi-
for the half-marathon about
Soon after David Cundiff was nity,” Cundiff said. edge and techniques they’ve had ties.”
hired as the temporary, part-time The dogs are trained in track- dormant. There are some sharp The part-time status allows
ago. He ran
police chief in June, there was a ing and narcotics searches. Ofﬁcers ofﬁcers here.” former law enforcement ofﬁcers
the race with
large break-in at an area grocery were so on board with the idea that When he was hired, Cundiff, to work with a department with-
store and $8,000 in cigarettes was they volunteered to purchase the who also serves on the county out losing their state retirement
who lives in
stolen. Then there was the accident dogs themselves. board of supervisors and has a beneﬁts.
that killed two town ﬁreﬁghters, Ofﬁcers have received gang farm in Union Hall, said he didn’t Cundiff is looking forward to
followed by two armed robberies intelligence training and the know if he wanted the job to be restoring his ranks to full capacity.
Ed Deitch he was feel-
and six bomb threats in town. department has joined Operation permanent. With Mollin’s departure, the resig-
ing so good
“It’s been a challenge,” he said. Blue Ridge Thunder — now known “I’m just trying to help them out, nation of one ofﬁcer and the inju-
that he decided to pick up the
Cundiff was hired after Erik as the Southern Virginia Internet and we’ll see what happens after ries of two others, Cundiff has been
pace for the last 100 yards,
Mollin stepped down from the Crimes Against Children Task that,” he said at the time. operating with as few as 14 ofﬁcers
but made it only about 10
post. Force started by Bedford County When he took the role, Cundiff in a department that’s supposed to
steps before falling.
Cundiff had spent 30 years — Cundiff said. said he told town ofﬁcials it would have 21.
Medics performed CPR
with the Franklin County Sheriff’s He was able to get the county to take at least a year to bring the Cundiff promoted longtime
on the scene before he was
Ofﬁce, retiring as a lieutenant. donate an old rescue squad vehicle department up to date. department ofﬁcer Roger Williams
taken by ambulance to the
Mollin was serving as a captain that has been transformed into a The town advertised the perma- as assistant chief to help with day-
in the Rocky Mount department mobile command unit, equipped nent, full-time position last year to-day operations while he works
Dr. Karen Alldredge, who
when Cundiff arrived, but Mollin with computers and communica- with a salary between $60,000 and on obtaining equipment upgrades
revived him with a deﬁbril-
left earlier this year to work for a tion devices. $70,000, but will now look to make and training. He also hired Todd
lator in the ambulance, pre-
private company overseas. In his ﬁrst budget with the town, the permanent position a part-time Maxey, a former co-worker in the
sented him the award at his
Cundiff works 32 hours a week he included money for new video one. sheriff ’s ofﬁce to head the town’s
hospital bed Wednesday.
and makes $60,000, with no ben- recording devices and updated “Given the Town of Dumfries’ investigations unit.
Deitch suffered two
eﬁts, said Town Manager James laptops and software for police success with this approach and the “Everything’s falling into place,”
Ervin. cruisers. great job Mr. Cundiff has done in Cundiff said. “This has really been a
He said he plans to run in
Updating the department’s Two of the town’s in-car video guiding the Rocky Mount Police team effort. Everyone has listened.
next year’s race.
equipment and training has been recording devices still record to Department, the Town believes … Every ofﬁcer has stepped up.”
— Sheila Ellis
Disabled veterans deserve a place to park
Bob Hambrick of Roanoke eral employees. Sometimes in all of the teeth-gnashing employs 428 workers in there will not be designated Instead, we treat them like
got blown up by a land mine the pay lot across Franklin and recriminations over that downtown Roanoke. handicapped parking around a little kid who whines for
in Vietnam. It broke more Road was full. building’s pending $51 million “I’ve spent years trying the building because of home- more candy. We act like we
bones in his body than So Hambrick would (or more) renovation: There to keep downtown Roanoke land security requirements wish they would shut up.
not, and since 1970 he’s park his car down on still won’t be any parking for vibrant,” said Goodlatte, R- following 9/11,” Thompson They can’t even get a hand-
been a fully disabled Luck Avenue near disabled veterans once the Roanoke County. “And one of said. No other public park- icapped parking space outside
veteran. Oakey’s Funeral Ser- work is done. the ways to do that is to keep ing either. a VA ofﬁce after a $51 million
Now 63, Hambrick vice, almost three This has raised the dander workers downtown.” The VA has applied to the (perhaps more) renovation.
remembers well his six blocks away. On his of Joe Dannel, 64, another Kevin Thompson, a city to create three handi- I’m just struck by the image
or so visits to the U.S. Dan Casey crutches, he’d struggle partially disabled veteran spokesman for the regional capped spots along Jefferson of Bob Hambrick, the disabled
Department of Veter- up a short hill along who lives in Vinton. He asked VA ofﬁce, said the idea has Street, outside the former vet and cancer survivor, park-
ans Affairs regional @roanoke.com Third Street, past First an interesting question: Why been considered, but reject- Stone Printing building. It’s ing outside Oakey’s on Luck
ofﬁce back in 2009, after 981-3423 Baptist Church, then can’t the feds move the VA ed by the General Services one of four temporary ofﬁces Avenue and struggling on
11 months of treatment down to Franklin. regional ofﬁces to the Veter- Administration in Washing- the agency will occupy during crutches over to the Poff Fed-
for cancer. Eventually he’d make it to ans Affairs Medical Center ton, the keeper of the Poff the Poff renovation. But once eral Building for his appoint-
The memories are not fond the Poff Building, where he’d complex in Salem? Building, the VA medical VA workers move back into ments.
ones. wrestle with the revolving It would be a one-stop complex and other federal Poff, disabled vets will once Don’t he and the area’s
He was weak from radia- doors. They’re no fun when shop for veterans. There’s property. Thompson said he again be out of luck. other disabled vets — at the
tion and chemotherapy and you’re winded and wielding plenty of land there. A new couldn’t elaborate on that When you think about it, very least — deserve a nearby
he had a bad foot, the result crutches. ofﬁce building for the VA decision Wednesday. this is a pretty good indicator parking space?
of another surgery. “To be honest with you, probably would cost far less Let’s assume for a minute about the value this country
Hambrick needed to use it hurt,” Hambrick told me than the Poff Building’s con- there are many great and places on its military veter- Dan Casey’s column runs
crutches for each of those vis- Tuesday. “Sometimes, I didn’t troversial makeover. wonderful reasons for keep- ans. Tuesday, Thursday and
its, for the purpose of updat- think I was going to make it.” And there could be close- ing the VA ofﬁces in the Poff We pay them some homage Sunday.
ing his VA records. But there There’s been no handi- in parking reserved for dis- Building. on Veterans Day, but most of
was no handicapped parking capped parking at the Poff abled veterans. What about creating some the rest of the time we forget
for veterans at the Poff Fed- Building or any other federal U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, parking for disabled veterans them. Join the discussion
eral Building in downtown courthouse since the Oklaho- the ﬁercest critic of the Poff as part of the renovation? They put their lives on the with columnist
Roanoke. ma City bombing in 1995. renovation, said it’s not that It’s not going to happen, line, and in return all they Dan Casey
All of the Poff ’s parking And here’s a little detail simple. Thompson said. want is for this country to at blogs.roanoke.com/
spaces are reserved for fed- that perhaps has gotten lost The VA regional ofﬁce “I was told by the GSA that deal with them half-decently. dancasey.
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VIRGINIA T H U R S D AY THE ROANOKE TIMES 11
Class on grants set
for nonproﬁt groups
Members of nonproﬁt
organizations that serve
Roanoke residents can
receive free lessons in
applying for federal grants
later this month.
A class scheduled for
Feb. 25 is part of a commu-
nity outreach effort by the
U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce for the
Western District of Virginia,
which has been seeking to
connect community groups
to federal resources and to
“We hope that this pro-
gram provides support for
nonproﬁt organizations. …
These groups do so much to
make neighborhoods safer
and stronger,” U.S. Attorney
Tim Heaphy said in a state-
The class is to be held at
the Higher Education Center
in Roanoke, organized with
the Council of Community
groups from outside Roa-
noke also may take the class,
but must pay a fee. Preregis-
tration is required for all. For
— Mike Gangloff
STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The Roanoke Times
COVINGTON Amy Hernandez, 6, checks out the new charm that Na Mareon Hunter, 7, received from Hurt Park Elementary School Principal Julie Gilliam at the end of a
school day in January. Gilliam uses the plastic, colorful charms as incentives to motivate the students to accomplish various feats.
Injured CSX worker
Kids string up successes
remains in hospital
A CSX railroad employee
who suffered serious injuries
Feb. 8 in a work-related acci-
dent in Covington remained
hospitalized Wednesday at
Carilion Roanoke Memorial
Covington resident Alvin
“A.J.” Boguess, 24, was in
good condition Wednes- The principal at Hurt Park Elementary gives charms to students for good grades and perfect attendance.
day, according to hospital
spokesman Eric Earnhart.
A week ago, Boguess was By Courtney Cutright viously worked used charms in Shen Melton said probably is the most
in critical condition after the email@example.com conjunction with a physical ﬁt- ando popular.
accident, which was ﬁrst 981-3345 ness initiative. She suggested ve. Dafroze Hakizimana, 6, an Eng-
reported at 7:19 p.m. Tues- buying ribbon-shaped charms for ACKS lish Language Learning student
day to the Covington Police Teachers and administrators at Red Ribbon Week, a drug abuse from Burundi, said she received the
Department. Hurt Park Elementary School in prevention campaign, but Gilliam Hurt Park thumbs up charm for “being a good
Neither authorities nor Roanoke wanted to a way to con- right away recognized the charms Park
Hurt Park Elementary listener” and the red ribbon charm
CSX has released speciﬁc nect with the students. Something and bracelets would be popular all public
public for “saying ‘no’ to drugs.”
details about the accident. inexpensive to engage, encourage year long. “The cool thing about this is
But the national website of and excite the children. “I immediately thought of brav- Ave. everybody’s is different,” Gilliam
the United Transportation What the educators implement- ery beads,” Gilliam said. said. “What they have is different
Union reported that Boguess ed is simply charming. Her daughter, Lauren Bush, from the child beside them.”
“fell some 50 feet from a CSX Hurt Park is using plastic, multi- 7, earned a “bravery bead” each School board representative
bridge into the Jackson River colored charms to push students to time she went to Carilion Clinic Suzanne Moore said she was
while part of a three-person succeed academically and socially. Children’s Hospital, where she impressed by the positive rein-
crew switching cars into the “We were looking at some way of was treated for leukemia. Lauren, ROANOKE forcement tactic.
trying to get the kids motivated and who ﬁnished chemotherapy eight Patter “It may not work in every school,
MeadWestvaco paper mill in son Av
Covington.” excited about different things,” said months ago, ﬁlled two long neck- e. but it works in that school,” she
The Roanoke Times
The union represents Crystal Melton, the second-grade laces and has beads left over. said.
many railroad and transpor- teacher who proposed the idea to “It was something difﬁcult for Lauren, a second-grade student,
tation workers in the United Principal Julie Gilliam. her, and the beads were an incen- is a high-ﬁve, purple 100 is for the earlier this school year begged her
States and Canada. The students string necklaces tive to get through it, like the bright 100th day of school, orange thumbs mom to bring her home an A-plus
Co-worker Dale Smith, with brightly hued charms they spot at the end of the tunnel,” Gil- up is “just for doing something charm “just in case” she aced that
48, waded into the river that earn for feats including perfect liam said. good,” Gilliam said. Each student’s day’s spelling test. Gilliam agreed
night to help rescue Boguess, attendance and passing test scores A cabinet in her ofﬁce holds bracelet contains a yellow dog tag because her daughter had struggled
according to the union and to trying a new fruit or vegetable stacked containers ﬁlled with a with his or her name on it. with spelling.
others. Smith declined last in the school’s healthy snacks pro- rainbow of beads. A bag of 250 On Friday, Gilliam doled out Lauren did earn an A. Her mom
week to talk about his role. gram. So far this school year, Gil- charms usually costs about $30, hundreds of charms for benchmark said she thinks maybe it was that
The Federal Railroad liam has given away thousands of or about 12 cents apiece. The royal test scores, perfect attendance and little something to look forward to
Administration is investi- charms. blue paw print is for the school’s citizenship awards. Each student that pushed Lauren to succeed. Gil-
gating the incident. A school where Melton pre- husky mascot, the lime green hand also gets a birthday charm, which liam sees it work at Hurt Park.
— Duncan Adams
Mountaintop removal mining is the greatest thing going
The coal industry has been company will need less coal to Mountaintop removal also sure and cholesterol. Thus, When those power plants guide jobs, and lures Yankee
harshly criticized in recent generate electricity. saves highway money. mountaintop removal reduces burn coal removed from the anglers here.
years over the mining process Which means the coal Moving earth and building deaths from heart attacks. mountain, one byproduct is In a nutshell, most of the
known as “mountaintop company won’t have to bridges are the most expensive You will never read this in sulfurous clouds, which fall in world’s problems could be
removal.” remove the mountains. parts of road-building, you the New England Journal of the Northeast as acid rain. solved if we got busy and
Environmental critics In that sneaky but know. When coal companies Medicine, though, because This has pretty much killed removed more mountaintops,
have gotten all the atten- counterintuitive way, blast away the hills and ﬁll in the pharmaceutical companies all the trout up there, which rather than continue to whine
tion and given mountain- mountaintop removal the streams, all the major site that make billions off choles- forces Yankee anglers to come about mountaintop removal.
top removal a bad rap. actually saves moun- work is free. terol medicines have paid off down here to ﬂy-ﬁsh. That’s All the above is rather com-
Nobody has explored its Dan Casey taintops, though this is Cheaper highways mean the coal mining companies to been a great boon for the recre- plex. So just remember this
many beneﬁts. dan.casey not widely understood. transportation trust fund shut up about it. ational ﬁshing industry, which slogan:
It’s time to even that @roanoke.com Flattening the land- revenues will stretch further, Mountaintop removal also employs thousands of former You’ve got to remove those
score. 981-3423 scape has other beneﬁts. which means less pressure to creates huge, sprawling plains mom and pop store workers mountains to save them.
The best thing about People save money on raise gasoline taxes. ideal for new Walmarts. New whose employers closed after Make sure you tell your
mountaintop removal is that gasoline because they’re not That is no great beneﬁt for Walmarts mean additional Walmart opened. lawmakers.
it removes those shade-caus- driving up steep hills all the Virginia, though, because the local government revenue, So there you have it — all
ing mountains. Have you ever time. They also save money state General Assembly will which helps keep real estate the beneﬁts of mountaintop Dan Casey’s column runs
lived on the east side of one on brake pads because they’re never raise the gasoline tax taxes down. removal that critics have con- Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
of those in the winter? It gets not driving down them. again, for any reason. But it Just ask Roanoke County spired to hide.
darn cold when the sun drops The side beneﬁts include might help in other states that about that. The new Clear- It reduces heart attacks,
behind them about 2:30 in the reduced emissions of carbon, have transportation-funding brook Walmart has been global warming, lung cancer
afternoon. which causes global warm- policies that are more sane. open only a few weeks, and and highway-building hassles.
Join the discussion
Removing those mountains ing. Let’s keep that on the Flatter land also means the county’s bean counters It helps keep a lid on taxes and
will warm people’s homes, down-low though, because easier bicycling. That means already are acting like they heating bills (but not necessar-
which will cause people to we wouldn’t want to upset more people will ride bikes, won the lottery. ily sophistry).
use their electric heaters less, the pro-pollution crowd. You which will get them in shape Tourism is another beneﬁt It spurs retail development, at blogs.roanoke.com/
which will mean the power know how they can get. and lower their blood pres- of mountaintop removal. creates Walmart and ﬁshing- dancasey.
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APRIL 12, 2011
VIRGINIA T U E S D AY THE ROANOKE TIMES 7
A compromise on the Virginia is
Ten Commandments? of weird
Hi! My name is Graham Smith and I need
help with my state report. I am in fourth grade
and my school is in Massachusetts. I’ve been so
lucky to get the wonderful state of Virginia. I
am so excited to learn more about
the Old Dominion state so please
Most of the stuff we use to learn
about the state is kind of lame so I
want some really cool stuff to learn
about your amazing state. Some of
the things that would be nice to get
dan.casey is, this newspaper article, little sou-
981-3423 venirs, post cards, maps, pictures,
general information, or any other
items would be useful. Nothing alive or that can
rot. Thank you for all your help.
Ms. Collins’ Class
Wellesley, Mass. 02481
Thank you for asking. You are right to be
thrilled with your assignment, because the Old
Dominion is indeed an amazing state.
I’ve lived here almost 17 years, and it still
amazes me every day. I promise that none of
what follows will be lame. Or rotting.
Virginia has only one “G” in it, but there are
KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
three G’s that are very important down here.
Attorney Bobby Lilly proposes to display the Ten Commandments in company with several other The ﬁrst two are God and guns. Most people
Proposed historical documents. Lilly made this display board of his proposal to show the school board.
wording love both.
It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that
This is the proposed
text for the Ten
A Giles County parent wants schools to display a collection of founding in Roanoke, there’s a church on almost every
street corner. The worst trafﬁc in town is on
of a historical document
documents that includes the controversial biblical list that has caused a stir. Sundays after services let out.
display that will be It would be a stretch to say there’s a gun
discussed in Giles County By Katelyn Polantz newrivervalley.com store on every street corner. But just about any-
Public Schools. The text firstname.lastname@example.org for ongoing coverage and to share your one can legally walk around almost anywhere
comes from the New 381-1669 thoughts on the Ten Commandments in Virginia with a gun that’s in plain view. The
King James Version of the controversy. right to hunt is in our constitution.
Bible: A Giles County father felt the vitriol in this Since July 1, Virginia has allowed concealed
1. “I am the Lord your God, year’s back-and-forth when the Ten Command- and state without talking about one side of it,” guns in bars, and just last week our attorney
who brought you out of ments were removed from the county’s public he said. general ruled that carrying a concealed gun
the land of Egypt, out of schools. ACLU of Virginia attorney Rebecca Glenberg is OK in church. You need a permit to carry
the house of bondage. You So Bobby Lilly found a possible compro- questioned Monday how Lilly’s proposal contex- a concealed handgun, of course, but those are
shall have no other gods mise. tualizes the commandments. ridiculously easy to get. You can get one even if
before Me.” The attorney with a second-grade daughter “I see here a bunch of documents related to you’ve never touched a gun in your life.
2. “You shall not make at Narrows Elementary School wants the district U.S. history and one religious document,” she The third “G” is for gays. Many people in
for yourself a carved to hang a “civics lesson” of sorts in its hallways said. Virginia do not love them. Unlike Massachu-
image, or any likeness of — a display of nine American government doc- The ACLU of Virginia and Wisconsin-based setts, gays can’t marry in Virginia. They’re
anything that is in heaven uments, historical texts and symbols, including Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened also barred by the Virginia constitution from
above, or that is in the
New King James Bible’s wording of the Ten Com- the lawsuit that’s kept the commandments off entering into marriagelike contracts. Even
earth beneath, or that is in
the water under the earth; mandments. school walls since February. Utah allows those.
you shall not bow down to “The whole point of doing this was to make Glenberg said the ACLU will evaluate any It’s also legal in Virginia to discriminate
them nor serve them. For this not inﬂammatory,” he said last week. decision the board makes on Lilly’s proposal and against gays in other ways. Some state univer-
I, the Lord your God, am a “I did it because I was a parent. Because I was a will discuss it with their clients in Giles County. sities had policies barring job discrimination
jealous God, visiting the citizen and had family and friends and neighbors “One of the questions from a constitutional against gays. But our attorney general wrote
iniquity of the fathers on caught up in this polarizing debate.” standpoint is what is the intent? Is the intent reli- those colleges stern letters warning that those
the children to the third Displays of the commandments have gone up gious or secular?” Glenberg said. policies are unlawful.
and fourth generations and down in Giles County Public Schools since The Supreme Court decided a case in 2005, It’s OK for gays to own guns, though — at
of those who hate Me, December, when a secular group ﬁrst pressured McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, that least so far.
but showing mercy to
thousands, to those who
the district to remove them, to the outrage of the commandments shouldn’t be part of a his- Next we will tackle the Civil War, which is
love Me and keep My hundreds of citizens. torical display when earlier displays promoted a big deal here. As you may know, our state
Commandments.” Toting a red tri-fold poster board, Lilly gave religion. capital, Richmond, was also capital of the
the controversy new legs at the last school board But Liberty Counsel founder Mathew Staver Confederacy.
3. “You shall not take the
name of the Lord your
meeting. said Lilly’s display would be constitutional, Your Yankee teachers may have taught you
God in vain, for the Lord He proposed a display of framed 8-by-10- because of a federal court of appeals decision in the Civil War is over. That is not quite accurate.
will not hold him guiltless inch copies of the Mayﬂower Compact, Virginia 2010. That decision, called ACLU of Kentucky v. Down here, many folks are still fuming about
who takes His name in Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Inde- Grayson County, allows the Ten Commandments it, 150 years later. Some still call it “the War of
vain.” pendence, U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the to hang among other historical documents in a Northern Aggression,” spurred by Massachu-
4. “Remember the Magna Carta, sheet music of “The Star-Spangled courthouse. setts businessmen who were jealous about the
Sabbath day, to keep it Banner” and a picture of Lady Justice, with her The Liberty Counsel has advised the Giles South’s inexpensive labor.
holy. Six days you shall blindfold and scales. County school system since the debate ﬂared They will argue forever that the war was all
labor and do all your work, But the school district and others are most earlier this year. about states’ rights rather than slavery.
but the seventh day is concerned with the Ten Commandments, which School board Chairman J.B. Buckland received Like in Massachusetts, there’s a lot of sci-
the Sabbath of the Lord would hang near the bottom left of the cluster, the speciﬁcs about Lilly’s proposal last week. entiﬁc research down here, especially at the
your God. In it you shall next to the Virginia Statute for Religious Free- “We’re not considering the Ten Command- University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and
do no work: you, nor your dom. The pairing of these two texts, Lilly says, ments — this is historical documents,” he said, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
son, nor your daughter, would promote tolerance and show students they clarifying the difference he sees between the But lately, some scientists are being extra
nor your male servant,
nor your female servant,
have the right to believe what they choose. previous display and this one. careful. They’re concerned that our attor-
nor your cattle, nor your Lilly, 44, serves as assistant commonwealth’s Buckland said the district hadn’t ﬁnished ney general, Ken Cuccinelli, may investigate
stranger who is within attorney in Pulaski County, and weighed his legal reviewing the proposal, and a vote isn’t on an them for fraud if he doesn’t like their research
your gates. For in six training with his Methodist faith and involvement agenda for the board’s meeting this afternoon. results. He’s doing that right now with an inter-
days the Lord made the in the education of his daughter, Meredith. The Giles County School Board meets at the nationally known climate scientist who moved
heavens and the earth, “The lawyer side of me aside, the common school administration ofﬁce in Pearisburg at to Penn State a long time ago.
the sea, and all that is sense side of me says you can’t talk about church 4 p.m. One day, if Cuccinelli ever attains national
in them, and rested the ofﬁce, he may do that in Massachusetts, too.
seventh day. Therefore the In which case Harvard will probably move to
Lord blessed the Sabbath Toronto.
day and hallowed it.”
Like most places, Virginia has some famous
5. “Honor your father and restaurants. One of the most famous is right
your mother, that your here in Roanoke.
days may be long upon This landmark has only 10 seats, and it
the land which the Lord
your God is giving you.”
serves “chile” that is unlike any I’ve ever eaten
elsewhere. Opinions of the stuff run the gamut;
6. “You shall not murder.” people feel as strongly about it as they do the
7. “You shall not commit War of Northern Aggression.
adultery.” The restaurant is called Texas Tavern, and
8. “You shall not steal.” I’m enclosing a TT bumper sticker, key chain,
and fridge magnet for your report.
9.“You shall not bear false
witness against your
I know — it’s kind of weird that a famous
neighbor.” Virginia restaurant is named after another
10. “You shall not covet But hey, there’s lots that’s weird, and won-
your neighbor’s house;
derful, about Virginia.
you shall not covet your
neighbor’s wife, nor his
male servant, nor his Dan Casey’s column runs Tuesday, Thursday
female servant, nor his and Sunday.
ox, nor his donkey, nor
anything that is your MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times Join the discussion with Dan Casey
neighbor’s.” A truck trailer with a Ten Commandments message stands parked in a private ﬁeld on the edge of at blogs.roanoke.com/dancasey.
the town of Pearisburg in Giles County earlier this month.
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