There’s a certain grittiness to the town of Roanoke that makes it feel like the industrial town it once was. Old brick buildings still stand strong amongst aging freight yards where countless locomotive cars race pass. The Roanoke Valley has long been known as a prominent hub on the map because of its location just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today however, there is a new light shining on Roanoke. Though elements of the past are still present today, Roanoke is wasting no time rebuilding a progressive, outdoor community that has a little something for everybody. PlayThere is no way to accomplish all there is to do in Roanoke in just one day. You can mountain bike on Mill Mountain, fish the Roanoke River, or catch a sunrise on Roanoke Mountain and never have to get in a car. The accessibility to adventure from downtown Roanoke is unparalleled. The Appalachian Trail is about 15 miles outside of town where the infamous McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs stand beautifully above an epic Virginia landscape. Carvins Cove is about 10 miles from Roanoke and offers about 60 miles of fast, flowy trails to explore. Roanoke Mountain Adventures is an excellent guide service in town that can get you suited up and ready for any adventure you seek. They’ll have maps and all the information you’ll need to get started.StayThough there aren’t any campgrounds within 45 minutes of Roanoke, there are excellent options for accommodations. Dirtbags be warned—don’t try and sleep on the Mill Mountain Parkway or the Blue Ridge Parkway no matter how tempting one of the pull-offs may look. You’ll need to drive to the Appalachian Trail trailhead just outside of Catawba, hike about 1 mile north, and shack up in the AT shelter there. If you’re looking for some classic southern style B&Bs then go to either Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast or the Black Lantern Inn. Both are beautiful, early 20th century homes located right downtown.EatRoanoke has awesome restaurants. There are too many to list, but here are our favorites. For breakfast there are two spectacular options. Scratch Biscuit Company does coffee and biscuits very well, so well in fact you’ll need to buy two biscuits. Don’t worry though it’ll only cost you $4.00. If you’re looking for a diner scene with phenomenal service and a “knock your socks” off breakfast, then The Roanoker is your place.For lunch, you could choose either Fork in the Alley or The Green Goat. Fork in the Alley has wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and great sandwiches. The location to Mill Mountain makes it a must-stop after bombing a descent down some fun singletrack. The Green Goat is a bar and grill type place as well, but they have incredible salads, also with great proximity to the greenway and Roanoke River.For dinner, head to Wasena City Tap Room and Grill for a beer and huge dinner menu (conveniently located next door to Roanoke Mountain Adventures). Overwhelmed by the menu selections? The burritos are excellent.
The Knicks had a busy second day of free agency after they missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.New York reportedly agreed to deals with three players — Wayne Ellington (two-years, 16 million), Reggie Bullock (two-years, $21 million) and Elfrid Payton (two-years, $16 million). The team reportedly signed three forwards, including Julius Randle, on Sunday, as well. The Knicks had been targeting Durant and Irving, but both inked contracts with the Nets shortly after free agency began.The Celtics, meanwhile, may have found a replacement for Al Horford, as they signed Enes Kanter to a two-year contract. Horford left Boston for a four-year deal with the 76ers. Related News Here’s a complete list of notable deals from the second day of free agency:(All trades reported by ESPN, The Athletic, and Yahoo Sports)— The 76ers continued to adjust their roster as they’ve brought in center Kyle O’Quinn.— The Wizards added point guard depth by agreeing to terms with Ish Smith (two-year, $12 million) and Isaiah Thomas (one year). — The Lakers are on the board. They’ll sign Troy Daniels to a one-year, $2.1 million deal. The guard has connected on 40% of his career 3-point attempts. — The Warriors retained a forward but seem to have lost another. Golden State signed Kevon Looney to a three-year, $15 million contract. However, Jordan Bell agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves that the Warriors are not planning to match. — Frank Kaminsky is leaving Charlotte for Phoenix. The stretch forward is set to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Suns. — The Bucks continued to fill out their roster by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with wing Wesley Matthews.— Austin Rivers is returning to the Rockets. He’ll sign a two-year deal with Houston. — The Trail Blazers acquired a center via trade. The Heat dealt Hassan Whiteside to Portland in exchange for Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless, who was then sent to the Clippers. — Seth Curry found a new team. He’ll ink a four-year, $32 million contract with the Mavericks. — The Magic brought back Michael Carter-Williams on a one-year deal. — The Celtics added Enes Kanter on a two-year, $10 million contract. — The Knicks have signed six players since Sunday — Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. NBA trade rumors: Heat have inquired about deal for Wizards’ Bradley Beal Celtics rumors: Boston ‘is not done making moves’ this offseason — Tomas Satoransky is heading to Chicago. The Bulls acquired the guard in a sign-and-trade with the Wizards. He averaged 8.9 points in 27.1 minutes per game last season. — Patrick Beverley is staying with the Clippers. He’ll sign a three-year, $40 million deal and remain in Los Angeles. NBA trade rumors: Bulls searching for deal to move Kris Dunn
Wanda PetersonWanda Peterson, 81, of Wellington died Sunday, March 20, 2016 one day prior to her 82ndÂ birthday at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Wanda Lee Peterson was born March 21, 1934 the daughter of Orville and Evelyn (Jett) Wirtz in Caldwell, Kansas. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1952. On January 21, 1961 Wanda was united in marriage to Marvin Willis Peterson. Wanda worked for USD 353 in the cafeteria and at South Western Bell. She enjoyed auctions, gardening, and going to garage sales, and attending the senior citizens dances with her best friend and companion, Dwight Hatfield.Surviving to honor her memory are her daughter, Michele Riggsbee and husband Scott of Sanford, NC and son, Mitch Peterson and his wife Wanda of Olathe, KS; 7 grandchildren: Christie Wimberly, Jessica Mashburn, Morgan Peterson, Vanessa Peterson, Grant Peterson, Hannah Peterson and Aidan Peterson; sisters: Almetta Iverson and her husband Dennis of Wellington, and Desilu Scott and her husband Randy of Caldwell; and her best friend and companion, Dwight Hatfield of Wellington.Wanda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Marvin Peterson on August 7, 1997 and a brother, Raymond Wirtz.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Interment will follow at the Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Alzheimerâ€™s Foundation and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.