Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education

G Marrano photo

For the past month Angels of Assisi employees, with the aid of a PetSmart grant, have been working with inmates from the Roanoke County jail – who are being taught basic obedience skills they can pass on to dogs waiting for a new home at The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection. Roanoke County Sheriff Eric Orange says the inmates who have taken part so far are enjoying it:

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Martha Hooker
( Courtesy of Roanoke Board of Supervisors)

Martha Hooker says she is energized and ready to run for a second term on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, as reported here recently.  The former long-time Planning Commission member applauds recent investment and job creation but she wants to see the county benefit more from the Virginia Tech-Carilion campus in the city. To date no other candidates for the Catawba district has stepped forward. Hooker made her formal announcement yesterday:

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San Jose Public Library

Getting more girls interested in computer coding – closing the gender technology gap. That nationwide initiative comes to Roanoke County public libraries starting next Monday as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Orientation meeting location by grade level. All meetings next week begin at 4pm

Monday, February 25, 4 pm at Mt. Pleasant (for grades 6-12)
Tuesday, February 26, 4pm at South County (6-12)
Wednesday, February 27, 4pm at Hollins (6-12)
Tuesday, February 26, 4pm at Vinton (for grades 3-5)
Thursday, February 28, 4pm at Glenvar (3-5)