Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education

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If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today – the slain Civil Rights leader would have been 93 this past Saturday – he would still be fighting for a wide range of marginalized people. So says Bonnie Chavez the CEO for Building Beloved Communities, which held a live online celebration today of King’s life on its website and Facebook page. She says a good way to honor King’s legacy is by volunteering for a day of service. Building Beloved Communities -a local business consulting firm providing community centered and expert business solutions for small businesses, and training and education for those in leadership – has archived its MLK Appreciation event today for viewing at other times.

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Tudor House – a non-profit that was created 18 months ago after the death of Louis Tudor to focus on suicide prevention – donated a $25,000 check to the Bradley Free Clinic this morning, to support the new Robinson Behavorial Health Wing now under construction. Tudor House does not have a physical location as of now and has been providing free support groups at the Bradley Free Clinic. A group counseling room in the new wing – expected to open by April – will be named for the non-profit. Ruth Cassell is director of operations for the Bradley Free Clinic:

Roanoke County officials hope to expand career and technical education opportunities in county schools, and that is why the Board of Supervisors and school board members meet today in long-term efforts to make it possible. Roanoke County schools already offer CTE programs at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology, but the demand for such programs in the county far outpaces current capacity. So county supervisors and school officials hold a joint work session today to further consider a new facility that would be devoted to CTE programs. Key questions include where it would be located, how much it would cost and how to pay for it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:



Many Arboretum visitors mistakenly assume that taxpayers cover the attraction’s upkeep. Until now, proceeds from popular plant sales and membership fees to the Friends of the Arboretum program mostly covered the attraction’s day-to-day expenses. Updating several aging areas of the Arboretum will require additional funding sources. WFIR’s Rob Ruthenberg has more

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