Help has finally arrived for the aging Poff Federal Building, possibly Roanoke’s tallest man-made eyesore.Five years ago this November, a crew sheared off its original brickwork after the discovery of a bulge on the building's west side. A safety measure, that action exposed a gray surface at least 75 feet across and more than 200 feet tall. The bare face looms over Franklin Road, which carries 5,600 vehicles a day, and blemishes the federal courthouse, which also houses the U.S.
Second quarter results improved at Roanoke-based HomeTown Bank.The bank's parent company earned $434,000 during the three months that ended June 30, an increase of 94 percent over the $224,000 it earned during the same period a year ago, an Aug. 3 press release said.Before figuring profits, the bank set aside $465,000 during the latest quarter to increase its buffer against bad loans. President and CEO Susan Still said loans, deposits and market share each grew.
Valley Metro riders who want to sound off about a proposed fare hike will have about a one-hour window in which to speak at an October hearing.It will then be time to catch the bus home.Valley Metro has announced plans for its first fare increase in 10 years. The agency plans to submit the proposal to the public for feedback on Oct. 26.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".