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1988 (25 years ago)

n"The Roanoke Valley is getting a new state park - called Explore."

n"Biff Baron, veteran Mill Mountain Theatre actor and director, won more than $47,000 in prizes this week on the daytime version of the 'Wheel of Fortune' game show."

n"The five young musicians who are the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's first full-time players will be featured soloists in Monday's fourth subscription concert of the 1987-88 season."

n"Roanoke County sure knows how to throw a party. The Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee kicked off its yearlong observance of the county's 150th birthday Sunday with a cocktail party for some 1,000 guests."

n"Woody Deans, who guided Patrick Henry to the state basketball title and a 29-1 record that stamped the Patriots as one of the finer high school teams in the country, has been named the Associated Press' Group AAA coach of the year."

1963 (50 years ago)

n"Nobody has kept score but the Roanoke County Sanitation Authority may have been called more names than any other body politic in the history of Virginia government."

n"Tourists of tomorrow will see the wheels and wings of yesterday in Wasena Park in Roanoke. The formal opening of the Roanoke Transportation Center and Railroad Museum will be Memorial Day this year."

n"Steps have been taken to organize a health and accident insurance company in Roanoke which, if licensed, would be the only one of its type domiciled in Virginia."

n"Like a middle-aged woman with figure problems, the Roanoke City School Board would like to take it off here and put it on there, but the dilemma of suburban over-crowding in the schools just gets worse - and a successful diet is nowhere in sight."

n"Roanoke's police department will start a 40-hour work week on a trial basis next Tuesday under a four-platoon system."

n"Spring arrived in Roanoke at 3:20 a.m. Thursday - but in name only. It was just like a winter day."

n"Alex Cosmidis, manager of the Salem Rebels, announced Thursday that the Rebels will be the subject of David Brinkley's Journal on NBC television next Monday."

n"Roanoke City Council has received 'warm thanks' from former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill for its resolution endorsing honorary citizenship for him."

1938 (75 years ago)

n"Veterans of the Spanish-American War, their ranks thinning and their hair turning gray, gathered at Hotel Patrick Henry last night to remember those who went down on the Maine."

n"Sighing audibly with pessimism, Joseph Sandy (Buddy) Hackman, Roanoke college assistant coach and mentor to the baseball nine, last night announced the schedule for his diamond clouters and flingers this spring."

n"Without fanfare or the blowing of horns, Vinton, the oldest settlement in Roanoke county yesterday observed its fifty-fourth birthday, having been incorporated as a town by an act of the state legislature on March 17, 1884."

n"The reorganized Roanoke Little Theatre league clinched its place in the heart of the city's civic and cultural life last night with a splendid presentation of 'Children of the Moon,' most ambitious and difficult production undertaken since the days of 'The Drunkard.'"

n "Amateur boxing made a triumphant return to the Magic City last night to thrill a near capacity crowd of 500 fans at the City market auditorium."

n"Jim Long, former Roanoke college athlete, said yesterday that track practice at William Fleming high school will start Monday afternoon. This will mark the first year that a track team has ever been attempted at William Fleming."

n"'Some objection' has been heard by members of council to the abbreviated costumes sometimes worn by tennis players on local public courts, City Manager W. P. Hunter was informed yesterday."

n"National Business college's nine Golden Eagles, wiser and more experienced, returned to their nests on the corner of Jefferson street and Franklin road Sunday after a trip to the National A. A. U. basket ball tournament." They lost in the first round.

n"Timothy Driscoll - the oldest of the four Confederate veterans now left in Roanoke - will be 94 today."

1913 (100 years ago)

n"Yesterday, St. Patrick's Day was observed quietly in Roanoke, although the emblems of the Emerald Isle were much in evidence."

n"Talk about good news! Jap Efird writes Manager Pressly that he will be here รข? Efird is the best right hander in the Virginia League."

n"When the news of the assassination of King George, of Greece, which was flashed over the wires yesterday afternoon, was confirmed by members of the Greek colony in this city, there was widespread sorrow and dejection at the untimely death of the popular monarch."

n"Right along the lines of progress that the Norfolk & Western Railway is making these days, comes the announcement of the Safety Commission, an organization of officials and employees of the rail road, who will interest themselves in every subject that will tend to prevent accidents."

n"Base ball enthusiasts appear to be taking kindly to the season ticket arrangement inaugurated by the management of the Roanoke club. These tickets are sold for $12, are good for sixty games and can be transferred to any person."

n"They will be here tomorrow. Who? The ball players of course."

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