May 15 marks women’s expo event

WELDON — The Roanoke Valley Woman Expo is set to run from 4 to 8 p.m. May 15 at a new location — The Centre on the campus of Halifax Community College in Weldon. This is the third year for the Expo, conceived by The Daily Herald’s Publisher Titus Workman and Advertising Director Carol Crittendon. […]

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Woman wants support from family

DEAR ABBY: I’m a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a woman, “Stephanie.” We hit it off immediately, and I was shocked to learn she’s a transgender woman who was born male. We have spent a lot […]

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Fertilizing for beginners

Fertilizing a lawn is a springtime tradition for many homeowners. Winter can take its toll on a lawn, but fertilizer can go a long way toward helping a lawn recover from harsh weather. While lawn-and-garden enthusiasts might know the ins and outs of fertilizing a lawn, novices might need a little help as they look […]

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Color of Money: Some options for paying the IRS

WASHINGTON — You’re deeply in debt to the Internal Revenue Service when you hear a radio ad promising to settle the bill for a fraction of what you owe. There will be a team of tax experts, some of whom used to work for the IRS, to help you negotiate with the agency, the ad […]

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Money woes ruins romantic night

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. We recently spent a romantic night at a hotel, complete with dinner, drinks — the whole shebang — that he organized. I know he was a little stressed about money because he mentioned it. He asked if I could shell out some money, […]

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Color of Money: A scam that could tax you dearly

WASHINGTON — Imagine your caller ID indicates the Internal Revenue Service is on the line. You think, “I better answer this call.” You are told you owe a large tax bill and will need to immediately wire money to avoid serious consequences. You might protest, but then the caller threatens you with arrest, suspension of […]

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Politics: The business of black America

CHICAGO — The National Urban League’s 2014 report on the state of black America released a torrent of negative assessments. “Dismal and getting worse,” read one headline. “Blacks behind whites, Latinos in job market, report says,” read another. While superficial, these summaries do contain one truth: On measures of economics, health, education, social justice and […]

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Pros and cons of only childhood

DEAR ABBY: “Maybe Only One in Georgia” (Jan. 7), who asked whether she should have a second child, needs to understand there are no guarantees. Her 5-year-old could end up hating her younger sibling, or adoring her. Parents create a child because they want to share their union with a new life. Each child is […]

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On My Mind: Valley rallies for one of its finest

The Roanoke Valley never fails to amaze. If only the community could bottle and sell its way of caring for its neighbors. A fine example is especially when giving one of its own a hand up in the form of a daughter wanting to help her father. Andrea Mason didn’t have the money to give […]

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Color of Money: A boss with one taxing challenge

WASHINGTON — John Koskinen could be relaxing in retirement, spending time with his four grandchildren. Instead, he decided to take on the task of running an agency that is feared and attacked. As the 48th commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Koskinen oversees the management of about 90,000 employees and a budget of about $11 […]

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Readers help celebrate the season

DEAR READERS: It’s April Fools’ Day, the one day I can share some of the more unique letters that come my way — clearly, more than a few of which were written in an attempt to have some fun with me. Enjoy! DEAR ABBY: Many times when I would wake up in the morning, I’d […]

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